CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Paul Arbour in Carleton—Mississippi Mills

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Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with Paul Arbour. Arbour is a candidate in Ontario’s Carleton—Mississippi Mills riding, running under the New Democratic Party (NDP) banner.

The riding is currently represented by Gordon O’Connor, a Conservative. The Minister of National Revenue, O’Connor is up against the NDP’s Arbour, Liberal Justin Mackinnon, and Green Jake Cole. Previous MPs in the riding were Progressive Conservative, Liberal, and Canadian Alliance members. A riding since 1988, Carleton—Mississippi Mills is in the Capital region.

The following is an interview with Arbour, conducted via email. The interview has had very limited editing, to eliminate in-text mentions of website addresses, but is otherwise left exactly as sent to Wikinews.

Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A car accident involving the car occupants and a dentist’s office happened on Sunday night in Santa Ana, California. A white Nissan sedan which was apparently driving too fast hit the raised concrete median on the road, after which it was launched into the air, slamming straight into the wall of the second floor of a two-story dental practice building, where the car got wedged.

According to the police, the car approached from a side street. The room of the dental office penetrated by the sedan was used as a storage space. A fire department crane was used to extract the vehicle from the building, which took several hours.

There were two people in the sedan. One of them managed to escape from the hanging vehicle on his own, while the other one remained trapped inside it for over an hour. They were both hospitalized with minor injuries, according to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). According to the police, the driver of the car admitted narcotics use, and after toxicology tests the case is to be submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The moment of the accident was captured by surveillance video from a bus which the car narrowly missed when becoming airborne.

According to OCFA spokesperson Captain Stephen Horner, there was a small fire after the crash, which was extinguished quickly.

Accident Claims Advice: A Guide To Fatal Accident Claims

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By Jessica A Parker

The thought of losing a loved one in an accident is something which all of us dread. The heartache and despair created by such an event can be overwhelming. However, as reality settles back in some of us might consider taking legal action against those that were responsible for causing the accident.

Some people are reluctant or afraid to make a claim against a person or organisation. This is understandable as it is a step into the unknown. However, accident claims are perfectly justified if negligence or misconduct have in some way caused the death or injury of a human being.

While it is true that no amount of money can replace a loved one, for many people the financial implications of someone’s untimely death can be huge. The hard realities of life are that bills must be paid even when the household’s major breadwinner is not around to pay them. Accident claims can lead to victims’ families being compensated. Often, it is this money which means a bereaved family doesn’t not have to struggle unduly.

Families which suffer untimely deaths, particularly the passing of their main or sole provider, often have to cope with great hardships. Most of us can sympathise with the plight of a single parent who are forced to raise his or her children single-handedly following the sudden death of the other adult.

If that person was killed because of the incompetence or negligence, isn’t the one left behind entitled to compensation? Also, making an accident claim may have the effect of preventing another person from coming into harm.

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Wrongdoers can go unpunished, leaving them with the chance to hurt other people in the future. Accident claims can force them to amend their ways or prevent them from being in that position again.

Accidents that Can Lead to Claims

Fatal accidents can occur in a variety of situations and many of these can lead to accident claims. Workplace or occupational accidents, car accidents or road accidents, medical negligence, military accidents, aviation accidents and accidents abroad are the main types of scenarios which can lead to compensation claims.

Types of Legal Action

Accident claims can be made claim on behalf of the victim (even if that person is dead) and also for their dependents.

Victim’s Claim

A claim can be made on behalf of the victim if they suffered emotional or physical pain or distress before they died. Further compensation can be sought on behalf of the victim if there was any subsequent financial loss. However, if the victim died instantly then no claim can be made.

Dependents’ Claims

Family members who had been dependant on the victim for financial support can make claims for the loss of that money if there it was as a result of a wrongful or negligent act. The law permits a wide range of family members to make claims including children, grandchildren, parents or guardians, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or the children of brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles, husbands, wives, former husbands or wives and cohabiters living as husband or wife for at least two years.

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FBI begins widespread financial probe of 26 firms

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The FBI is investigating 26 firms and 1,400 individuals involved in the US financial crisis for fraud and “sub-prime lending practices”. Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae and AIG are among the firms being scrutinized after recently receiving federal bailouts.

Investigators, who are cooperating with the IRS, Postal Office, and other federal offices to complete their investigation, are concerned that major corporations may have also forced or bribed ratings agencies to favor them.

The probe, which is in early stages, began eight months ago when the FBI began taking a close look at the mortgage industry and widespread irresponsible loaning practices. At least one corporation has been raided, but so far no evidence of fraud has been found.

The FBI has questioned executives of each of the firms closely, and arrested two in June. An anonymous source told The Times that the firms had been ordered to “hold all papers and e-mails under lock and key” as the FBI scours the finances of each firm.

Many of the companies and individuals being investigated are at the center of the nationwide financial crisis and controversial bailout plans, and have been widely blamed for the country’s financial crisis. The investigation has come at a time when the eyes of many in the US and around the world are turned towards the financial markets, as Congress and politicians scramble to fix the crisis while the election date looms closer.

Officials told CNN that it would be a long time before the investigations were finished, adding a warning: “Don’t expect indictments tomorrow or next week or next month”.

Bus crash in Victoria, Australia injures twenty, some critical

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A bus crash in Victoria, Australia has injured at least 20 people, two of whom are listed as critical. One victim is reported to be still trapped in the wreckage.

The accident occurred between a bus and a semi-trailer on the Princes Highway in the Traralgon area around 10:50am AEST. The La Trobe Valley Busliner bus was traveling east when it collided with the back of a heavy haulage truck.

Those critically injured are being airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne. Others are being transported by Ambulance to La Trobe Valley Hospital in Traralgon.

SES crews are on scene, along with St. John Ambulance and fire crews.

The eastbound lanes of the highway have been blocked by police and traffic is being diverted.

News briefs:May 03, 2010

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Common Landscaping Uses For Retaining Walls In Waukesha, Wi

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byAlma Abell

Retaining walls serve a wide variety of practical and aesthetic purposes in modern landscape designs. When they are designed and constructed correctly, they can add a whole new dimension to backyard landscaping. Read on to find out about some common landscaping applications for Retaining Walls in Waukesha WI to learn more.

Prevent Erosion

One of the most common uses for retaining walls is to prevent erosion on slopes and in areas that experience high rainfall. They can stop topsoil from being washed away even during serious floods, allowing homeowners to maintain their beautiful landscapes even in the face of harsh climate conditions.

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Improve Drainage

Small ponds and streams running through a property can really add to the landscape’s overall aesthetic beauty and practical value, but they can also spell trouble for any nearby structures. Retaining walls can be used to keep the soil beneath these structures from becoming too moist, protecting them from water damage and lengthening their expected lifespans through improved drainage.

Expand Usable Space

Retaining walls can be used to terrace sloped areas that would otherwise be impractical for use as gardens or functional outdoor spaces. This provides a perfect solution for homeowners whose backyards are too sloped to support outdoor patios, play areas, kitchens, and other gathering spaces in addition to allowing them to plant gardens where there would otherwise be nothing but a bare slope.

Act as a Focal Point

Not all of the advantages of retaining walls in Waukesha WI are practical. If properly designed, they can also add an element of aesthetic beauty to a landscape by facilitating the creation of raised flower beds, integrated water features, and other visually interesting installations. Plus, the ability to create multiple levels within a yard allows landscape designers to exercise far more creativity when it comes to creating an engaging landscape.

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All of these benefits can only be reaped by homeowners if they do their research before hiring a contractor. Installing retaining walls takes a good deal of dedicated experience and expertise, so it’s always a job that’s best left to landscaping and hardscaping specialists. Contact us for a free estimate or check out additional services and qualifications online to get started today.

Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

Sweden’s Crown Princess marries long-time boyfriend

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976 took place Saturday when Crown Princess Victoria, 32, married her long-time boyfriend and former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, 36. The ceremony took place at Stockholm Cathedral.

Over 1,200 guests, including many rulers, politicians, royals and other dignitaries from across the world, attended the wedding, which cost an estimated 20 million Swedish kronor. Victoria wore a wedding dress with five-metre long train designed by Pär Engsheden. She wore the same crown that her mother, Queen Silvia, wore on her wedding day 34 years previously, also on June 19. Victoria’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked Victoria down the aisle, which was deemed untraditional by many. In Sweden, the bride and groom usually walk down the aisle together, emphasising the country’s views on equality. Victoria met with Daniel half-way to the altar, where they exchanged brief kisses, and, to the sounds of the wedding march, made their way to the the silver altar. She was followed by ten bridesmaids. The couple both had tears in their eyes as they said their vows, and apart from fumbling when they exchanged rings, the ceremony went smoothly.

Following the ceremony, the couple headed a fast-paced procession through central Stockholm on a horse-drawn carriage, flanked by police and security. Up to 500,000 people are thought to have lined the streets. They then boarded the Vasaorden, the same royal barge Victoria’s parents used in their wedding, and traveled through Stockholm’s waters, accompanied by flyover of 18 fighter jets near the end of the procession. A wedding banquet followed in the in the Hall of State of the Royal Palace.

Controversy has surrounded the engagement and wedding between the Crown Princess and Westling, a “commoner”. Victoria met Westling as she was recovering from bulemia in 2002. He owned a chain of gymnasiums and was brought in to help bring Victoria back to full health. Westling was raised in a middle-class family in Ockelbo, in central Sweden. His father managed a social services centre, and his mother worked in a post office. When the relationship was made public, Westling was mocked as an outsider and the king was reportedly horrified at the thought of his daughter marrying a “commoner”, even though he did so when he married Silvia. Last year, Westling underwent transplant surgery for a congenital kidney disorder. The Swedish public have been assured that he will be able to have children and that his illness will not be passed on to his offspring.

Westling underwent years of training to prepare for his new role in the royal family, including lessons in etiquette, elocution, and multi-lingual small talk; and a makeover that saw his hair being cropped short, and his plain-looking glasses and clothes being replaced by designer-wear.

Upon marrying the Crown Princess, Westling took his wife’s ducal title and is granted the style “His Royal Highness”. He is now known as HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. He also has his own coat-of-arms and monogram. When Victoria assumes the throne and becomes Queen, Daniel will not become King, but assume a supportive role, similar to that of Prince Phillip, the husband of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Businesses, Students And Educators Alike Benefit From This E Learning Platform

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byAlma Abell

In the last century, education and learning have morphed into a picture that few people could have predicted. It doesn’t seem that long ago that teachers without a college education themselves were standing in a one-room schoolhouses in the middle of desolate prairies. They taught classes to students from all grades while simultaneously stoking a woodstove to keep herself and her charges warm. There was little paper; students used chalk and wrote on erasable slates.

What a contrast that picture makes to the virtual learning platforms of today! In the 21st century, it is possible for someone to gain a higher education, learn a foreign language, or digest sophisticated concepts all without ever leaving home. It isn’t just educational institutions that have learned new ways to spread learning -; businesses, too, have embraced the concept of an E-Learning Platform as a viable way to disseminate important concepts to employees.

One outstanding source of web-based teaching and training is available at Learning Zen provides an easy-to-use platform that businesses can use to design personal training tutorials using dedicated and proven Internet-based software. The Learning Zen E-Learning Platform accommodates online training courses and assessment platform needs alike, and comprises a complete learning system. Results can be tracked, measured and interpreted 24/7 from anywhere on the planet that has an Internet connection.

There are a number of benefits associated with using Learning Zen’s E-Learning Platform. One that most people appreciate is the ability to access the course at any point in time and do as much or as little as is desired. Participants progress at their on rate of speed. Teachers like the platform because course creation is a breeze -; anyone who can find their way around a word processing program can create a course with ease. Students are able to interact directly with their instructors to get clarification, ask questions, and the like.

Businesses find the cost of Learning Zen to be negligible in comparison to the value of what their employees gain. Since the platform is web-based, it is easily employed anywhere in the world the business has a presence. There is no hardware of real infrastructure to purchase or maintain. Even better, because there is no software to install, there is no need to worry if one has the correct operating system. All that is necessary for anyone to access Learning Zen’s unique offering is a connection to the Internet. You can also connect with them on Facebook.