Driver hits median strip, rolls vehicle in NSW, Australia

Driver hits median strip, rolls vehicle in NSW, Australia

By | June 30, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia —

A driver in the New South Wales city of Bathurst, West of Sydney has had a lucky escape after rolling his vehicle onto its side and narrowly avoiding other vehicles.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. AEST today when a small Sports Utility Vehicle sped out of Gilmour Street, Kelso onto the Great Western Highway before attempting to turn into Lee Street. Witnesses told Wikinews that the car hit the median strip, spun and then rolled onto its side.

Michael Reynard, a witness to the accident told Wikinews it was amazing that only a single vehicle was involved. “The road is busy at this time of day, he only just missed cars on the other side of the road,” said Mr Reynard.

“He came flying around the corner, hit the median strip and just lost it. The next thing you know, he was on his side,” recalled Mr Reynard.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

Gov. Bobby Jindal supports creationism as part of ‘the very best science’

Gov. Bobby Jindal supports creationism as part of ‘the very best science’

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday and said he supports teaching intelligent design (ID) in public school as “the very best science.” Jindal, who was elected governor in 2007, is a Hindu convert to Catholicism who takes the Bible literally.

In his exchange on the Sunday morning talk show, “Some want only to teach intelligent design, some only want to teach evolution. I think both views are wrong, as a parent.”

In a September 2007 debate he supported the view of creationism saying, “Personally, it certainly makes sense to me that when you look at creation, you would believe in a creator.”

Recently, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed legislation, which the National Center for Science Education said “opens the door to creationism in public school science classes.” The bill is currently on his desk.

Jindal is currently considered a possible Vice President candidate for John McCain’s U.S. Presidential campaign.

Eligibility Criteria For Employers In Ontario}

By | June 29, 2018

Submitted by: Ejaz Qureshi

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program


If Canada is the dream country regarding immigration then Toronto, located in the province of Ontario, is the dream city to migrate and settle in Canada. The province of Ontario is home to more than 13 million people and the most populous and second largest Canadian province by area. Being located in the heart of Canada, Ontario is surrounded by strategic destinations of US and Canada such as New York, Michigan, Quebec and Manitoba.

Ontario is considered as the most popular and preferred immigration destination of Canada. The capital city Toronto is the most populous and largest Canadian city housing over 5.3 million populations. Toronto, Canadas financial city has been ranked currently at second place for business destination just behind New York City.

Ontario is immigrants first choice and the decision is backed by the economy and job opportunities available there as well as the provincial government. Skilled or overseas workers find it easy to search a job in Toronto or entire Ontario province. If you are still puzzled where to settle after immigrating to Canada then Ontario can be your destination find out more.

Population and Geography

Ontario is the most populous province of Canada with over 13 million populations. It stands second on the grounds of area in Canada and neighbour of popular destinations of US and Canada. Almost half of the Canada immigrants settle in Ontario, making it a truly multicultural destination. The province has pleasant climate having warm, humid summers and cold winters. Province is well famous for its natural diversity covering large forest land, provincial parks, Great Lakes and renowned Niagara falls.

Living and Culture

Ontario is high on quality of life and rest better living aspects. Candidates from over 200 nations, speaking around 130 languages reside in Ontario making the worlds multicultural city. Cities and landscapes are vibrant and spectacular. Toronto has ranked among most aspiring city of the world to live, work and business along with Ottawa. The democratic society is prosperous and built by generations of migrants visiting the province. Toronto and rest cities attract global artists, intellectuals and entertainers, supporting a wealth of foreign talents. With its very high foreign-born population, Toronto offers a feel of the world within being the city of dreams with vibrant activities all around. Toronto and Ottawa are persistent top rankers among the most livable cities of the world on the grounds of cleanliness, healthcare, safety, public welfare and service availability.

Economy and Employment

Ontario is known as the economic heart of Canada reflecting every kind of industries and business activities. Toronto has earned the tag of the worlds most preferred business destination in 2011. It is a hub of information economy and strong modern service as well as backing on a solid manufacturing stand. The chief manufacturing industry is the auto sector and in auto field Canadian companies are current globe leader. A strong natural resource acts as an add-on to the economic growth such as mining. Tourism is also a great fuel of the growing economy. Getting a job in Ontario is easy as backed with flurry of jobs in all the booming sectors. Toronto is the city of opportunities offering maximum number of jobs to locals as well as abroad candidates. Investment in the economy is always encouraged by the government by offering easy immigration to business people and investors.

Jobs and Working Conditions

The robust economy creates an array of job opportunities in professions, from information technology, automobiles to agriculture. Job creation has been the strongest in recent period and is predicted to continue. Unemployment rate is below Canadian average. Wages and income in Ontario is among highest ranking at second best family income in Canada as well as mandatory minimum wage is second best with $ 10.25 per hour. Cost of living a bit over Canada standard, but can be easily affordable due to higher wages to enjoys quality living. More than 50 percent of new Canadian migrants land in Ontario to incorporate their business find a job or settle in Canada.

Ontario Immigration Programs:

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Eligibility (Who can apply)

Ontario PNP applicants must receive the Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate to be eligible to apply for the program. Ontario PNP is entirely an employer-driven scheme and an applicant cannot apply directly without having a job offer of permanent full-time nature from an employer of Ontario, or may have acquired a PhD from an Ontario university that is publicly-funded. Ontario PNP is a two-step procedure involving employer and applicant both to nomination

Step1: Pre-screen Application (By Employer)

Employers of Ontario province submit and complete the pre-screen application procedure, earning approval for the foreign candidates for specified positions. A period of 60 days is available for the employers to complete the recruitment process and also can be extended by 30 days further.

Step 2: Nominee Application (By Applicant)

Thereafter, recruited candidates apply for the nominee certificate to the Opportunities Ontario PNP. After receiving Nominee Certificate, the candidate has to apply to CIC office for Permanent Residence. Nominee can apply for temporary work permit while their PR application is being processed.

The Ontario PNP or Opportunity Ontario has two categories

Ontario PNP General Category The Ontario PNP General Category enables certified employers and investors (companies) of Ontario to hire foreign workers. The candidate must fulfill the requirements of

Job offer (in which they are skilled) from an approved employer of Ontario of full-time nature in an occupation (NOC A, B, or 0)

Work experience of minimum two years or having apposite registration in Ontario (if the job is regulated in the province)

Obtained an Approved Employer Pre-Screen Position as well as the approved nominee certificate

Proposed wage matching the standard of existing Ontario wage level for the occupation

Legal status for prospective nominee living in Canada

OPNP General Category Sub-section: Companies Establishing in Ontario

This sub-class is to create doorway for important persons into companies that are infusing heavy investments in the province. Candidates have to fulfill the similar qualifying criteria of General Category and the employer has to meet the basic employer eligibility (link to Employer Eligibility).

Ontario PNP Individual Investors

Investment category of Ontario PNP is directed to companies investing in Ontario, individual investors looking for nomination are also eligible for the program. Eligibility for this program does not require any minimum personal net worth as well as Ontario exploratory visit and government deposit not required. Applicant of Individual Investor has to fulfill the following four criteria

Active involvement in the business management as well as creation of minimum of five new jobs for citizens or permanent residents

Minimum of 33.33 percent control of the business equity or open for an investment of minimum of 1 million dollars in the business

Option of investment redeem after a specified time not available

Investment in the business must not be directed towards the main intention of gaining interest, capital gains or dividends.

Eligibility Criteria for Employers

There are some regulations for the employers to be eligible for hiring foreign workers in Ontario

Greater Toronto Area companies require:

Minimum of three years of existence and operation prior to application

Minimum Gross revenue of 1,000,000 dollars in last fiscal yea

Minimum of five permanent full-time workers

A business place located in Ontario

Outside Greater Toronto Area companies require less stringent criteria:

Minimum of three years of existence and operation prior to application

Minimum Gross revenue of 500,000 dollars in last fiscal yea

Minimum of three permanent full-time workers

A business place located in Ontario

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UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

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A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, July 8, 2013.

Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar

Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar

By | June 28, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2012

Qatari non-profit organization Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) launched a low emissions car at the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha. The car was designed and developed in Qatar.

Revealed during a press conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the car in addition to an internal combustion engine, includes an automotive thermoelectric generator designed to capture waste heat to produce hydrogen. GORD expects the heat waste collecting system to be compatible with any gasoline or compressed natural gas car.

GORD chairman Dr Al-Horr summarised the key concepts of the invention in a statement saying, “Our car produces electricity at no cost by capturing thermal waste energy, reducing costs and eliminating the need for an external source of electricity. Also, bulky compressed-hydrogen cylinders are a thing of the past, as our concept accomplishes the production of hydrogen by using water through fuel cells integrated within the car.”

Most of the energy in Qatari vehicle comes from the the car’s gasoline tank, supplemented by a thin film photo-voltaic panel on the roof. Normally in a combustion engine, chemical energy stored in a fuel, such as gasoline, is converted into heat energy through combustion. This heat energy is then converted into mechanical energy, manifested as an increase in pressure in the combustion chamber due to the kinetic energy of the combustion gases. The kinetic energy of these combustion gases are then converted into work; because of the inefficiencies in converting chemical energy into useful work, internal combustion engines have a theoretical maximum effiecincy of 37% (with what is achievable in day to day applications being about half of this). Of the chemical energy in the consumed fuel used by an internal combustion engine 40% is dissipated as waste heat. However, the Qatari vehicle uses a thermoelectric generator to convert this waste heat into electricity. Such generators are used in space vehicles, and produce electricity when thermoelectric materials are subjected to a temperature gradient, the greater the gradient the greater the amount of electrcity produced. In the GORD vehicle the electricity produced is used to electrolyse potable water to produce hydrogen which can be introduced into the vehicle’s existing fuel system.

The researchers showed that the heat waste collection engine caused a decrease in the car’s emissions, including a decrease of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide emissions by more than 50%, the fuel efficiency increasing by 20%. On its website, GORD said that the heat waste collector engine is universal, “Any car can be adapted to accommodate the system as it doesn’t alter any electro-mechanical systems”.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

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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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At least four dead and hundreds of homes destroyed after week of wildfires rage throughout Texas

At least four dead and hundreds of homes destroyed after week of wildfires rage throughout Texas

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Parts of Texas have been scorched by sweeping wildfires this week. Officials state that a wildfire which swept much of central Texas this week destroyed at least 1,400 homes and forced about 5,000 people to evacuate to safety. An official with the Texas Forestry Services told news sources on Thursday that much of that fire has been contained.

Officials have speculated that this fire alone has destroyed more homes than any other wildfire on record in the state. Officials are welcoming dropping temperatures, stating this will increase their ability to fight the fires effectively. A converted DC-10 aircraft was recently made available to fire authorities, but cannot be used until Friday as workers still need to time to prepare on-board equipment.

One of the two fatalities in the central part of the state has been identified as Michael Troy Farr, 49, who died at his home. Earlier in the week, a woman and her infant died in a related blaze that quickly engulfed their home located near the city of Gladewater, located in the eastern part of the state. On Thursday, officials warned that East Texas has become the center of wildfire activity in the state.

At least 170 wildfires have ravaged much of the state over the past week. On Tuesday, a thick haze of smoke enveloped the city of Tyler for several hours, forcing school officials to cancel all outdoor sports activities. Since late 2010 the overall devastation of wildfires in the state is estimated to cost at least US$216 million (£136 million,€157.5 million) in firefighting expenses. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, David Dewhurst, who is the acting governor in Governor Perry’s absence, indicated he will ask the federal government to declare Texas a major disaster area. President Obama has also promised to provide needed assistance to local officials.

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American Indian Movement spokesperson dies, age 75

American Indian Movement spokesperson dies, age 75

By | June 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Vernon Bellecourt, once the primary spokesperson for the American Indian Movement, died recently at age 75. Bellecourt, an Ojibwa who fought for Native rights, was perhaps best known for his opposition to Native names and mascots for sports teams.

First in the headlines in 1972, Bellecourt organized a cross-country caravan of the Movement, to Washington. Once there, members of the group occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs offices. His goal of international recognition for Aboriginal nations and their treaties found him meeting with figures like Libyan Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, and Palestine’s Yasir Arafat. In 1977 Leonard Peltier was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the murder of two FBI Agents during a 1975 shoot-out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Bellecourt led the campaign to free him.

Most recently, he visited Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, to discuss getting free or cheap heating oil for reservations.

His work as president of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media made a much wider known mark, though. Bellecourt emphasized that he believed such names perpetuated racial stereotypes, clouding the real identities and problems facing natives.

Teams with native-related names could almost guarantee on Bellecourt showing up at major games. He twice burned an effigy of Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians baseball team mascot, and both times was arrested. When the Washington Redskins of the National Football League made the Super Bowl, Vernon was there to protest. The United States Commission on Civil Rights was critical of such names by 2001, calling them “insensitive in light of the long history of forced assimilation”. Some newspapers have stopped using the names of teams with Native origins.

None of his “big four” targets have shown any indication of changing: the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Indians or the Atlanta Braves.

Post-season use of American Indian mascots were banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2005, suggesting the names are “hostile or abusive”. Bellecourt was pleased with the NCAA sanctions, but suggested such actions were only going “half way”.

The Florida State Seminole and the Illinois Illini were among the 18 colleges affected by the ban. Florida president T.K. Wetherell threatened legal action in response. The Florida Seminole tribes have endorsed the University’s usage of the name, but some out-of-state tribes were “not supportive”, according to the NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion.

Born WaBun-Inini, Bellecourt died from complications of pneumonia on October 13, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

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Australian school in Westboro’s sights

Australian school in Westboro’s sights

By | June 24, 2018

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Margaret River Senior High School, in Western Australia, has become the latest target for the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The Kansas-based extremist group announced their plans to picket the school’s upcoming play via its Twitter account on Wednesday.

The school captured the attention of WBC when the group discovered students will be performing The Laramie Project — a play about Matthew Shepard, a young gay man killed in a homophobic attack in 1998.

On Wednesday, WBC — well-known for their anti-gay stance — tweeted “WBC to preach God H8s Fags @ the Margaret River Senior High School — the land of the damned down under”. Another appeared on Thursday reading: “Westboro pickets Margaret River HS on 4/2/2014 [April 2, 2014]”.

According to the school’s arts teacher Mem McCormack, the students are excited to have attracted a response from WBC, saying, “They have had an emotional response but they feel quite empowered by it — they feel they are doing something right.”

Principal Andrew Host remained sceptical of WBC’s plan to picket the school, telling Fairfax radio, “I believe it’s highly unlikely that people would travel from the United States to disrupt a play in Margaret River, therefore I don’t think the threat is credible.”

Graeme Watson, editor of Out in Perth, a gay and lesbian magazine, also believes the group will be unsuccessful, saying that WBC’s protest “are as unwelcome here as they are anywhere else”.

WBC has previously traded their announced plan to picket an event — a memorial service for victims of the shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords — for radio talk show airtime.

The Laramie Project is a set text in the school’s drama program chosen because it presents a challenge to the students, according to Mr Host.

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American politician, John Kerry, apologizes for Iraq war remark

American politician, John Kerry, apologizes for Iraq war remark

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Thursday, November 2, 2006

John Kerry, former Presidential candidate, U.S. senator from Massachusetts, and decorated war veteran, apologized yesterday for a statement made on Monday at an appearance at Pasadena City College that American students who did not study hard and stay in school would end up “stuck in Iraq.”

“You know education,” he said, “if you make the most of it, and you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Kerry posted on his website that he meant to say if you don’t study hard, you would end up like U.S. President George W. Bush stuck in Iraq.”My poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to, any troop,” Kerry said yesterday. “I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.”

Mr. Bush said Kerry’s comment was “insulting” and “shameful” and that he should apologize to the U.S. forces. War veterans also demanded that he say he was sorry.

On November 1, 2006, the following statement was released by the Democratic Senator’s office:

As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.

I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.

“Sen. Kerry’s apology to the troops for his insulting comments came late, but it was the right thing to do,” said the White House, which were quick to respond to Kerry’s apology.

In response to the comment, U.S. troops in Iraq held up a sign saying: “Halp us Jon Carry — We R stuck hear N Irak.” Eight U.S. soldiers, who are stationed near the southeastern city of Nasiriya, are shown holding the sign in a photo that has been widely distributed on the Internet.

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