“Woofstock” dog festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.

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Gasoline pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills hundreds

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Reports say that hundreds of people are dead after a gasoline pipeline exploded in the northern suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday.

“Some of the bodies were so burnt that it would be difficult to recognize them as those of human beings,” said one Red Cross official, Kingsley Amori.

The Red Cross says that many of the victims can only be identified by looking at the remains of their skulls. Estimates suggest that 200-900 people were killed, and another 60 people received medical treatment.

“The bodies are scattered over the ground. We can’t get close enough because the fire is still burning. We cannot confirm how many hundreds were killed.” said secretary-general of the Nigerian Red Cross, Ige Oladimeji.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by vandalization in the pipeline. Reports say that thieves used a drill to punch a hole in the pipeline in order to steal gasoline, which is sold on the black market.

Fuel was being pumped into the pipes to be distributed for consumer use when it exploded. The pipeline is operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which is owned by the State of Nigeria. Workers have stopped pumping fuel through the pipelines.

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Customize Your Dollhouse By Using Your Very Own Dollhouse Plans

By Lily Morgan

Building a dollhouse can be lots of fun, especially if you love arts and crafts, decorating, or even if you are just an architect want-to-be. But one of the first questions you will ask yourself is: Should I use a doll house kit or make my own doll house plans? The answer to the question really depends on you, on how unique you want your doll house to be, and on how much time you have to put into it. Making a dollhouse from scratch will take up quite a bit more time. You also want to consider how much money you want to put into the project.

The Time Factor

Building your own dollhouse from your own plans can be very rewarding, and you will end up with a very original doll house, but you need to think about how much time you have to invest in the Project. You also need to look at your abilities. Are you a skilled carpenter and do you have the right tools? If you do, then of course you will want to build your doll house from scratch.

If you have the time, or are willing to prolong your project, and are willing to find the right plans, draw them out to the size you need, cut everything you need to the size you need, and are willing to take the time to get all the measurements right, then you should. When you create a dollhouse from scratch, then your dollhouse will be more unique and original.

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The Disadvantages

Of course, if you are under a time constraint or are not that good with carpenter tools, then you probably want to get a dollhouse kit. Putting together a dollhouse from a kit takes a lot less time, less cutting, because everything is pre-made.

The problem is you don’t have a dollhouse that is very unique or different when you build it from a kit, and you cannot really customize it to your needs.

The Cost

Obviously, the money you put into a custom built doll house is going to depend on the type of materials you use. But if you are taking the time to do it this way, then you probably want to buy the best woods and materials you can. After all, you want a dollhouse that can become an heirloom.

Where do you find the Plans?

You can find lots of free doll house plans in every kind of shape online. You can find chalets, and castles, American homes, antique homes, and anything you want. Most online plans give you the scale to work in and the types of materials you will need.

Many of these sites that offer free dollhouse plans also offer free plans for miniature furniture, which you can use to furnish your new house. The dollhouse you build from your own plans is something that will bring your child hours and hours of enjoyment.

Many of these sites that offer free dollhouse plans also offer free plans for miniature furniture, which you can use to furnish your new house. The dollhouse you build from your own plans is something that will bring your child hours and hours of enjoyment.

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Airbus launches world’s largest passenger plane

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Toulouse, FRANCE — In a ceremony attended by several European political leaders and 5,000 VIP guests, Airbus unveiled plans for the A380, a twin-deck aircraft that can carry up to 840 people in all-economy class (550 for a Boeing 747), or 555 people in typical three mixed classes layout.

The new aircraft will take the world’s-largest title away from rival Boeing’s 747. Boeing’s upcoming new design, the 7e7, does not attempt to compete directly with the A380 but instead is aimed at a more efficient and comfortable flight at 200-250 seats.

Airbus chief executive Noel Forgeard stated that he expected sales of the aircraft to exceed the 250 required for the project to break even. To date, 149 confirmed orders for the aircraft have been received. Airbus has hopes that sales will exceed 700. The company is currently in talks with China regarding possible sales there.

The first test flight of the aircraft may take place as early as March, and the first commercial flight is expected to take off in mid-2006 from Singapore’s Changi Airport.

British and American airline Virgin Atlantic has purchased six of these aeroplanes and intend to fit them with gyms and bars as well as seats.

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Law will delay University of Minnesota strike

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A law was passed that will prevent clerical, technical and health care workers from striking when the University of Minnesota students return to classes on Tuesday, however, the new law makes no guarantee about workers striking on Wednesday.

According to Jan Johnson, with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, both sides do wish to avoid a strike if at all possible.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have filed for a ten-day notice to strike, however, the ten-day notice to strike law requires that the tenth day of the cooling-off period fall on a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, thus, Labor Day Monday is out of reason. A strike, therefore, would not be possible until at least Wednesday, the second day of classes.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

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2007 Top Ten Anti Spyware Software Programs

Submitted by: Sue Dingerson

Protecting your computer from spyware is getting harder. Even corporate giant Microsoft has found its own systems compromised on more than one occasion. Just like antivirus software, Anti-Spyware software is essential to a computer s ability to fend off spyware. These products are designed to protect against the ability of spyware to take over your PC.

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1) Editor’s Choice: BitDefender

BitDefender has won PC World’s #1 Best Buy award for its new antivirus and anti-spyware suite, BitDefender Antivirus version 10. BitDefender’s premium products have been popular for years in Europe and elsewhere, and now it’s catching on in the United States as it surpasses the more familiar Norton and McAfee suites. BitDefender protects your computer in real time — defending you against malicious websites, emails and — most importantly — spyware, which is the leading source of identity theft.

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Easy to install and updated automatically, BitDefender is an “install and forget” security program. No more annoying “in-your-face” scanning and reminders to upgrade your security software to a more expensive version, simply the knowledge that your computer is protected from virus and spyware threats. For advanced users who want more control over their computer security, BitDefender is also customizable to suit your needs.

The vendor allows you to purchase two licenses for the price of one and protect two computers for two years for only $39.95.

2) Webroot Spy Sweeper

Webroot Spy Sweeper is the hottest anti-spyware on the Web today. It won PC World’s Editor’s Choice and Best Buy awards in 2006 and was Softpedia’s “Pick” of 2007. Even the most malicious and advanced spyware installations such as CoolWebSearch and Look2Me are no match for Spy Sweeper’s security suite.

Its easy-to-use interface and accessible online and telephone customer service allow users of all skill levels to protect themselves against spyware. Less computer-savvy users can click through the standard setup, while experts can customize their level of protection to suit their needs. Spy Sweeper also now offers automatic inbound and outbound email attachment scanning, the option for manual or automatic updates and the ability to seek out and destroy existing spyware on a computer that’s already infected. It is priced at $29.95.

3) Spyware Doctor

Spyware Doctor is a very popular program — boasting more than 100 million downloads over its lifespan. Its won awards from Computer Shopper, PC World and tucows — and PC Tools “Best of the Year 2005 and 2006. Spyware Doctor offers free customer service to all its users, the latest security upgrades to let you know you are always protected, and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Spyware Doctor has beaten many other programs in head-to-head spyware detection tests, and it consistently outperforms the competition in spyware detection, removal and blocking. Spyware Doctor is constantly evolving to block new threats, so even as the spyware coders are outsmarting other programs, Spyware Doctor is working overtime to protect your machine and personal information. It’s available for download for $29.95.

4) AntiSpy

Ever worry that someone might be watching your online activities? Never fear, AntiSpy is here! AntiSpy is designed to completely erase your computer history — all the websites you’ve visited, downloads you’ve made, documents you’ve sent… It’s all history when you activate AntiSpy.

AntiSpy can erase your tracks from Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera, Mozilla, Windows and even IM messaging programs. It also clears your history from Windows Multimedia Player, ACDSee and RealPlayer, and it can rid your computer of its network logon history, records of opened files, all Internet searches, temporary files and swap files. Not only that, but it will clear your Cookies, program files you might have downloaded, Plug-ins, computer caches… the list goes on and on.

AntiSpy is also an award-winning anti-spyware program. It is not as full featured as BitDefender or Spy Sweeper, but for the casual user it is easy to use and reliable. Not only will AntiSpy ensure that Big Brother can’t look over your shoulder, it will also save you loads of space on your hard drive! Available now for $24.95.

5) eTrust PestPatrol

eTrust PestPatrol Anti-spyware protection software can identify and eliminate viruses, trojan horses, worms and other spyware threats that slip past your firewall and antivirus software disguised as legitimate programs. A free test version is available to test for low-level threats, but you must upgrade to the full program in order to completely clean your machine. PestPatrol will remove any existing spyware from your computer, keep you safe from spyware that tracks your online activities, stops adware pop-ups from ruining your surfing experience and recovers your memory time that is being eaten up by hidden applications. Buy it for $29.95.

6) McAfee AntiSpyware

McAfee is a big name in computer security — possibly second only to Norton in name-recognition and popularity. Its anti-spyware programs protect you from keyloggers, trojan horses and worms that can steal your personal information, leading to identity theft. Viruses, hackers, spyware coders beware — a machine with McAfee installed is immune to your infiltration efforts. Automatic updates and several new and improved features make this a sure bet for users of all skill levels.

7) BPS Spyware Remover

BPS Spyware and Adware Remover will protect your machine from keylogging programs, trojan horses, dialers that can run up phone bills into the thousands, tracking spyware that watches your every move online… This program has it all. Active memory scan checks your computer’s memory for active ad components that only appear when the computer is turned on. The Remover also scans for known spyware parasites and “scum-ware” components, alerts you of their presence, and allows you to safely remove them from your system. Pop-ups are history, along with pop-unders, when the Remover is installed on your machine. No more annoying interruptions while you’re surfing from site to site. Buy it for $29.

8) Max Anti Spyware

Max Anti Spyware is designed to scan, detect and destroy viruses and spyware that have infected your machine. The complete package also comes with cookie, active x and BHO blockers to keep your personal information safe from prying eyes. Max will back up your registry, keep track of registry activity and report anything suspicious, and monitor your computer’s processes for unusual activity. Max can even protect your website against hijackers with its Live Monitoring feature. Live updates keep Max looking for the latest security threats, so you can rest assured your computer is clean. Buy it for only $29.95.

9) #1 Spyware Killer

Spyware Killer is designed to detect even the most innocuous-looking viruses, spyware and worms. Files and documents that slip past your firewall undetected are no match for Spyware Killer. This program guards your privacy by seeking out and destroying keylogging programs, spyware that tracks your online activity and viruses and adware that slow down your computer processing time. Buy it for only $34.95.

10) Agent Spyware

Agent Spyware can detect viruses, malware and spyware on your machine in moments! One of the newest security suites available online, Agent Spyware offers protection against and detection of dangerous programs, files and documents that can compromise your security and slow your computer to a frustrating crawl. Buy it for $29.95 to $39.95.

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Buckingham Palace releases trivia about Queen Elizabeth II

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

As Queen Elizabeth II approaches her 80th birthday, on April 21, Buckingham Palace has released 80 little known facts about her.

Did you know that: The Queen owns all dolphins, porpoises, and sturgeons in British waters. She has sat for 139 official portraits, opened 15 bridges in the UK, launched 23 ships, and speaks fluent French.

The Queen sent a message of congratulations to Apollo 11 astronauts, for the first moon landing on July 21 1969, and it was put in a metal container and placed on the Moon’s surface.

Or that in 1976 at an Army base she sent her first e-mail. Or she has owned more than 30 corgis, starting with Susan who was her 18th birthday present. And in 2002, at 76 years of age, that The Queen was the oldest monarch to celebrate a Golden Jubilee.

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Wikinews interviews Democratic candidate for the Texas 6th congressional district special election Daryl Eddings, Sr’s campaign manager

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas’ 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, the office of Democrat Daryl Eddings, Sr. agreed to answer some questions by phone March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Ms Chatham on behalf of Mr Eddings, Sr.

Eddings is a federal law enforcement officer and senior non-commissioned officer in the US military. His experience as operations officer of an aviation unit in the California National Guard includes working in Los Angeles to control riots sparked by the O. J. Simpson murder case and the police handling of Rodney King, working with drug interdiction teams in Panama and Central America and fighting in the Middle East. He is the founder of Operation Battle Buddy, which has under his leadership kept in touch with over 20 thousand veterans and their families. He was born in California, but moved to Midlothian, Texas. He endeavours to bring “good government, not no government”. Campaign manager Faith Chatham spoke to Wikinews on matters ranging from healthcare to housing.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered “lean Republican” by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year’s US presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016’s presidential election, the same poll stated.

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