Wikinews interviews Claire Lin of Pepsico Foods Taiwan

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Following the launch of the Doritos Coolpedia website on September 28, and voting on October 14, this website has now become a complex portal with textures, pictures, and multimedia after adding video candidate function. As Coolpedia originally followed Wikipedia’s example of Internet-relay contribution, Wikinews Reporter Rico Shen interviewed Claire Lin (Assistant Media Manager of Marketing Department, Pepsico Foods Taiwan) about the origins and objectives of Coolpedia.

BDSM as business: Interviews with Dominatrixes

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Whether the Civil War, World War II or the Iraq War, it can be challenging to face how conflict penetrates the psyche of a nation and surfaces in the nuances of life. There are thousands—if not millions—of individuals who indulge in fantasies others would deem perverse that have their nascence in some of the darkest moments of human history. It is possible someone you know pays a person to dress like a German Nazi to treat them like a “dirty Jew”, or to force them to pick cotton off the floor like a slave.

An S&M dungeon is a place where these individuals act out such taboos. Businesses that operate to meet their needs are often hidden, but they do exist and are typically legal. The clients want to remain confidential for fear of ostracism in their respective communities. As Sigmund Freud wrote, “Anyone who has violated a taboo becomes taboo himself because he possesses the dangerous quality of tempting others to follow his example.”

Last week Wikinews published the first in a two part series on the BDSM business: an interview with Bill & Rebecca, the owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber. This week we publish the second part: an interview with three dungeon employees, Mistress Alex, Mistress Jada and Mistress Veronica. In their world, BDSM is a game, a harmless pursuit of roleplaying exercises that satiate the desires of the tabooed. These Dominatrixes are the kind of women men fantasize about, but they all look like they could be babysitting your children this Saturday night. Most likely, they will not be.

Mistress Alex has a distinctive sheen when David Shankbone walks into the room. Her moist skin cools quickly from the blow of the air conditioner she stands in front of. Just having finished an hour and a half session, she is dressed in a latex one-piece skirt and matching boots. Mistress Jada, a shapely Latina dressed in red, joins the conversation and remains throughout. When Alex needs to tend to a client, Mistress Veronica, who looks like she would be as comfortable teaching kindergarten as she would “tanning a man’s hide”, takes over for her.

The interview was neither sensational nor typical, but what you read may surprise, repulse, or even awaken feelings you never knew you had. Below is David Shankbone’s interview with three Dominatrixes.


  • 1 Starting out
  • 2 What they get asked to do
  • 3 The psychology of S&M
  • 4 Psychological challenges
  • 5 Psychology II
  • 6 Comfort levels in the sessions
  • 7 Advice for those who want to be a Mistress
  • 8 Strange requests
  • 9 What they discover in themselves
  • 10 Boundaries
  • 11 BDSM Culture
  • 12 Dating for Dominatrixes
  • 13 Related interviews
  • 14 Sources
  • 15 External links

Deaths on South African roads at 1215 for December 2005

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Thursday, January 5, 2006

According to the South African government’s Department of Transport, the number of fatalities on the country’s roads during December 2005 was 1,215. This is compared with 1,234 the previous year, where the total number of deaths in traffic accidents was 10,530.

Department of Transport spokeswoman, Collen Msibi, stated that 512 of the fatalities were pedestrians, 414 passengers, and 289 drivers. 2005 saw the number of vehicles on South Africa’s roads rise by nearly half a million to just under eight million with 779,000 new drivers adding to the dangers on the country’s roads.

“To deal with this high level of unsafety, traffic authorities will increase the number of patrol vehicles on the road, law enforcement officers and unmarked vehicles to do more spot checks and roadblocks,” Msibi said.

“Our analysis has revealed that most accidents are preceded by offences such as ignoring road signs, driving drunk, speeding, vehicles cutting in front of others, driving defective vehicles and fatigue.”

The road toll in South Africa is similar to that of South Korea, Mexico, Japan and Thailand. However, except for South Korea these countries have significantly larger populations.

The worst country in the world for deaths in road traffic accidents, is currently accepted to be China. Figures released for 2002 reveal that 250,007 people were killed in that year.

The South African government has acknowledged the problem since 2001. At that time they launched their “Arrive Alive” campaign, targeting vehicle condition, driver fitness, speeding and drunk driving.

Federal Judge puts California’s Prison Health Care system into receivership

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Saturday, July 2, 2005

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco has ordered the state’s health care system for prisoners be put under the control of a receiver to stop deaths of inmates due to medical malfeasance. The system provides medical care to 164,000 inmates at a cost of US$1.1 billion annually. Reportedly the judge described conditions in the state’s medical system as barbaric. The appointment of a receiver was the last resort available after repeated failures of Governor Schwartenegger’s administration to improve medical conditions at state prisons.


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US intercity passenger train collides with truck, derails

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

An Amtrak passenger train de-railed after hitting a pickup truck in Plant City, Florida, in the United States. The driver of the pickup truck was killed on impact. The crash occurred at a marked railroad crossing inside of an industrial area, according to an Amtrak spokesperson.

None of the 133 passengers were seriously hurt, however, the train’s engineer and five passengers were taken to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries. The remaining passengers were taken to a local bowling alley. Although the train’s two locomotives and nine cars de-railed, they remained upright.

Witnesses report the train sounded its horns at the appropriate times. It was reported the pickup truck simply drove in front of the train.

The crash is the second to occur this week with a train; on Monday, a driver in a Pontiac Grand Am deliberately ignored the lights and crossing arms at another railroad crossing in the area, and drove around them, into the path of a different Amtrak train on the same route. The impact caused the car to go airborne. All four people in the car were killed; no one on the train was injured.

UK court remands man in custody over Leytonstone knife attack

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A UK court has remanded a man in custody after he appeared in court over a stabbing incident in the capital London. Muhaydin Mire, a 29-year-old from east London, was charged with attempted murder after reportedly at least two people were injured, one seriously, in Leytonstone tube station on Saturday. The suspect, who spoke only to confirm personal details in yesterday’s hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, is also set to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

The motivation for the attack is not yet clear, although prosecutors told yesterday’s hearing imagery associated with Daesh was thought to be on the suspect’s phone. Witnesses reportedly heard the suspect shout the words “this is for Syria” when the attack occurred. The House of Commons voted in favour of UK military action against Daesh in Syria three days earlier. The Metropolitan Police have said they are treating this attack as a terrorist incident.

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday condemned the attack as “hideous” and praised the public and police response. “It’s obviously a hideous attack,” he said, “and we’ve all seen pictures of it and read about it and first of all, full credit to the person and people who took on this attacker, and full credit to the very brave police officers who managed to subdue him […] I think this event simply showed again what brilliant and brave and dedicated people there are when it comes to our police officers.” Earlier, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “The stabbing in Leytonstone is absolutely shocking. My thoughts are with the victim and his family.”

The Prime Minister also endorsed the sentiment of the phrase ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’, which one man is heard to shout in video of the suspect’s arrest, and which subsequently became a Twitter trend. “Some of us have dedicated speeches and media appearances and soundbites and everything to this subject,” Cameron said, “but ‘you ain’t no Muslim, bruv’ said it all much better than I ever could and thank you because that will be applauded around the country.” Additionally, Sadiq Khan, Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London, used the hashtag in a tweet in which he added: “To defeat extremism we must directly challenge their poisonous ideology”.

Repeal of ministerial control of RU486 bill passes Australian Senate

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

The bill on whether the Australian Federal Health Minster Tony Abbott should not exercise ministerial control of the abortifacient RU486 has passed the Australian Senate February 9, 2006. If the bill passes the Australian House of Representatives, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will exercise control and evaluation of the suitability of the drug for use in Australia.

Senators were allowed a free vote on the issue. The result of the vote on the third reading, the final stage of the bill, was 45 for to 28 in favour of TGA exercising control. 23 of the 26 female senators voted in favour of the bill, while numbers were more evenly split between the male senators; 21 of them voted for the bill and 25 were against.

The bill will be debated in the House of Representatives on February 14, 2006.

Colombian reporter slain in home

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Milton Fabian Sanchez was killed on Wednesday evening in his house in Yumbo municipality in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, when gunmen entered the home and shot him dead.

Sanchez, 30, worked for a local radio and television station. Police could not immediately provide a motive for his killing.

Jose Leon, chief of the local police said that the investigation is following three leads: “incidents relating to his journalism, the second those relating to his family, and finally what he was doing at the time of the murder,”.

Some press organizations have ranked Colombia among the most dangerous for journalists to work in.

Certificate Of Creditable Coverage For Texas Health Insurance

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By Tim Jarvis

The term “creditable coverage” and the resulting document titled Certificate of Creditable Coverage are the products of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996. HIPAA was originally sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) and Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan) and is comprised of two sections Title 1 and Title II. Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for insured members and their families when they change or lose health insurance coverage. Title II, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions.

The term “creditable coverage” is the coverage requirement in order for an individual to realize a reduction in the exclusion period placed on benefits when enrolling in a new health insurance plan. Health insurance plans may restrict benefits relating to a preexisting condition for a period of up to 12 months after enrollment in the plan. However, if the individual has maintained creditable coverage prior to enrolling in the plan and did not experience a “significant break” in coverage, the exclusion period may be reduced or eliminated. “Creditable coverage” is defined quite broadly and includes nearly all group and individual health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. Short-term or temporary health insurance coverage typically does not meet the requirement of “creditable coverage”, although some carriers will accept short-term coverage as “creditable coverage.”

A “significant break” in coverage is defined as any 63-day period without any creditable coverage. A gap in coverage of less than 63 days does not jeopardize the “continuous coverage,” but it is important to maintain a short-term health insurance policy if there is going to be a gap between two health plans.

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The Certificate of Creditable Coverage is the accepted documentation in order to confirm an individuals prior health insurance coverage. A Certificate of Creditable Coverage indicates each individual who was covered by the health plan and the length of time each individual was continuously covered under the health plan.

A common misunderstanding regarding the purpose of a Certificate of Creditable Coverage is that the document qualifies an individual for guaranteed issue coverage with full access to benefits related to a preexisting condition. The Certificate cannot fulfill this purpose because individual health insurance plans are subject to medical underwriting which may establish eligibility requirements excluding individuals with prior health issues. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage also does not eliminate or reduce a rider assigned to coverage that deals with a specific health condition. A rider is either a permanent or temporary waiver of benefits related to a specific health condition. A rider is an alteration of an insurance contract between the insured member and the insurance carrier. The Certificate of Creditable Coverage does not nullify the rider assigned to the coverage.

Certificates of Creditable Coverage are generated by the health insurance carrier after the termination date of coverage. When you receive a Certificate of Creditable Coverage be sure to check the document for accuracy. Individuals covered by the health plan should be listed with the start date and stop date of coverage included.

To illustrate the application of the Certificate of Creditable Coverage, assume an individual enrolls in a health plan on January 1, 2010. The individual was previously insured under another plan from January 1, 2009 until February 1, 2009 and from August 1, 2009 until December 31, 2009.

To determine the value of the creditable coverage and how much prior coverage can be credited against the exclusion period in the new plan, start at the enrollment date and count backwards until you reach a significant break or gap in coverage. Counting backwards would result in five months of coverage between August 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, which would reduce the exclusion period by the same number of months. But a gap in coverage was experienced between February 1, 2009 and August 1, 2009 of greater than 63 days. Because the gap in coverage is greater than 63 days and would meet the definition of a “significant break” in coverage, no coverage prior to it can be used to reduce the exclusion period. The covered individual could deduct five months from the exclusion period, reducing the exclusion period to seven months.

The Certificate of Creditable Coverage should not be overlooked, because it serves an important administrative function to document your prior coverage. If you have questions concerning the Certificate of Creditable Coverage contact Stateside Insurance Services or the carrier responsible for providing you with the Certificate of Creditable Coverage.

About the Author: Texas Jarvis is a licensed Texas health insurance broker with extensive knowledge of the Individual and Small Group health insurance markets in Texas.

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Leonard Skinner, namesake of rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies at age 77

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Leonard Skinner, the namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at the age of 77. Skinner was a gym teacher and basketball coach and taught members of the group. His death was announced by his son, also named Leonard Skinner, who also said that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Skinner died at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor nursing home in Riverside at 02.30 a.m. His son said that he had a bowl of ice cream shortly after midnight. He had been at the home for about a year.

The coach taught the members of the group in the 1960s and was reportedly hard on the students. He later said in a 2009 interview that “he was just following the rules”. He disputed the rumours that he was extra tough on them or that he kicked them out of school.

In later years he opened up his own bar and became friends with some members of the group and even introduced them at one of their concerts in Jacksonville.