New Orleans police officer commits suicide

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Sgt. Paul Accardo was found dead last Saturday, in an unmarked police car. The officer, who served as a chief spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, committed suicide sometime last week.

“Paul was a stellar guy. A perfectionist. Everything had to be just right,” said Sgt. Joe Narcisse, who worked with Sgt. Accardo. Working 20-hour days after Hurricane Katrina rolled through, seeing the dead and injured, hearing the cries of helpless families, and being unable to help them got to Accardo, said Capt. Marlon Defillo.

The New Orleans Police Department has suffered heavy losses in personnel. As many as 400 to 500 officers were unaccounted for, likely to be searching for their families, or attempting to return to what is left of their homes. But Accardo is the second suicide death to hit the force since the storm. Officials say that officers were being cycled off-duty, and received vacations, as well as counseling, to help reduce the grief and anguish that many officers are experiencing.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday. Accardo is survived by his wife, Anne, his mother, a brother and a sister, and eight nieces and nephews.

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The Need Of Physiotherapists

The Need of Physiotherapists



Physiotherapy or physical therapy is a growing trend in today s world. People all around the world are growing to understand the value and importance of physiotherapists in their lives. Physiotherapy provides perfect alternative to surgeries. Physiotherapists are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of different type of injuries. A


or Physical therapist is useful in curing problems related to mobility and help to reduce the hindrances which an individual faces in his/ her daily activities. Physiotherapists sometimes work with orthopaedic or a surgeon or performs independently. The issues include musculoskeletal and sports injuries, neurological conditions such as stroke or head injury, paediatrics, medical and surgical procedures, back injuries etc. This kind of treatment is an effective and long lasting method to reduce pain as compared to surgeries which at times can be extremely risky and dangerous.

Research all around has shown the growing number of patients seeking the help of physiotherapists for knee related problems. Knee dislocation, ligament tears and patella subluxation, fractures are common among adolescent while aged people often complain of arthritis which means joint pain or inflammation.knee injury treatment requires right diagnosis and right medication. Some of the methods that are used are stretches, massage, acupuncture, Pilates treatment and laser ray treatment.

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There are a number of renowned physiotherapy clinics and rehabilitation centres in Sydney. One such famous clinic called as Sydney physiotherapy which was established in 1993. Another one being CBD Physiotherapy which has been running for over 20years now. These specialists cure all problems including sports and other musculoskeletal conditions. Physio Sydney offers to the localities a lot of choice in terms of deciding which therapist to go to as there are diverse and multiple options available. Another part of Australia which is known for its physiotherapy is Revesby. Revesby is a suburb in the City of Banks town, New South Wales. One can easily go to the

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website which explains in brief about the treatments and methods that professional doctors take to recover and heal patients. The cure includes back and neck pain, arthritic pain and Joint & muscular pain shoulder pain ,foot & heel pain ,correction of spinal scoliosis, headaches, rehabilitation following surgery, core stability exercises, motor vehicle injuries, postural correction, exercise programs, pre-surgery exercise preparation, application of waterproof fibreglass casts & splints for fractures.

As this treatment is widely accepted and recognised as being advanced and scientific one must not be hesitant in meeting a physiotherapist even for minor injuries as timely cure and medication can easily heal the pain and save one from huge and costly surgeries. As an old adage goes it s never too late to begin as it is better to fix things at the right time than to fix the bad thing once it has happened.

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New study claims Stonehenge was a place of healing

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Archaeologists Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University and Geoff Wainwright, President of the Society of Antiquaries, claimed to have found evidence that Stonehenge was once a center of healing. In an excavation conducted at the site, a large number of human remains were found that display signs of physical injury or disease. Study of the teeth from the skeletons indicates that about half of them were from outside the area.

A large number of bluestone or spotted Preseli dolerite chips found during the excavation led the researchers to conclude the stones were venerated for their healing properties. It is believed that about 80 of such bluestone blocks were transported from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales to the Salisbury plains. The inner circle of bluestones are the earliest stone structures found in this site. Later bluestones were encircled by the imposing sandstone monoliths of sarsen stones. “It could be that people were flaking off pieces of bluestone, in order to create little bits to take away… as lucky amulets,” said Professor Darvill.

Stonehenge would attract not only people who were unwell, but people who were capable of [healing] them.

Radiocarbon dating indicates that the original bluestone circle was built around 2300 BC. This date coincides with the burial of “Amesbury Archer“, whose tomb was discovered near Stonehenge. The skeleton of this man reveals that he had serious knee injury and tooth problems. Researchers therefore conclude that the Archer came to Stonehenge to be healed.

Dating of charcoal fragments revealed that the site was inhabited as early as 7200 BC by groups of hunter-gatherers. This is more than 3500 years earlier than previously known.

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The Best Shaggy Rugs

The Best Shaggy Rugs


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By definition, a shag is a carpet or rug that is made of deep long or loopy pile to make a thick shaggy effect. It certainly exudes a unique ambiance to the space or room it is placed. Walking on it makes people feel like its soft and bouncy effect. The thicker the pile, the squishier it gets. Deeper and thicker piles also suggest luxury and supreme comfort. They also add texture and tone to any room. The only downside to deep, thick piles is the difficulty of maintaining the rug to be clean. Dust and other dirt particles get caught in between the thick piles. It requires regular cleaning in order to keep the fullness and softness of the material. Routine cleaning of the shag rugs will prevent damages and keep them in their original condition.

For many interior decorators and designers, choosing the best shaggy rugs for the home can be daunting and challenging. One needs to consider the appropriate type, color, length of pile, etc. for a specific room design. There s no fixed set of criteria to qualify a shag rug as the best type. The best shag rugs will depend on one s personal taste, color preference, comfort requirements, among other considerations. Better quality fibers will naturally come with a higher price, which is also an important factor. There are many types of shag rug and you will surely find one that complies with all your specifications.

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One type is Flokati, which is known as the finest quality shaggy rug over the years. Considered as a luxury and investment, a Flokati rug is handmade in Greece from pure wool fibers from New Zealand. This rug type is originally used by shepherds as protection from the cold winter season. It is a popular and most preferred rug type of all times. Flokati is the most expensive rug type. On the other hand, a similar type but less expensive, is the Aros rug. It has the same feel as Flokati and they are also handmade in India of New Zealand wool fiber. What differentiates Aros from Flokati is felted wool which is used in Aros rug. Tangling the fiber with water and heat makes for durable and tough shaggy rugs, without losing its soft quality.

Another new shag type is Tekla made from a combination of variegated and felted wool of Nordic sheeps, multicolored fine wool and flax yarn. The weaving style copies the confetti appearance giving it a lush, soft rug that can create an instant party effect in any room. Bravoure is a Netherlands hand clumped rug type of equally high quality wool. This rug s high loft and thick pile makes it more luxurious. Bravoure costs are by square foot and they are not sold in bulk. One needs to order to own a rug. Benson rug is made from 100 percent wool produced in Germany. Characteristic of this type is its long-spaghetti-like tufts which gives an aura of fun and luxury.

The last three types are Quinn this is similar to the Benson rug in terms of material, style and cost. Quinn, like the Aros is made of felted wool for a more durable texture and fullness; Love Fur this is an acrylic fur imitation rug, soft in its thick pile; Leather Shag, is handmade of Italian leather. The fine leather tufts make for a unique experience as you walk on leather shag. Because of the cost of Italian leather, this type is expectedly expensive like Flokati.

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Report indicates Mexican monarch butterfly population at ten-year high, reasons unclear

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Center for Biological Diversity announced on Wednesday the monarch butterfly population counted over-wintering in Mexico was 144% greater than last year, with the highest overall population since the winter of 2006–2007. Scientists cautioned against an excess of optimism for the species.

Remarked Center for Biological Diversity scientist Tierra Curry, “This reprieve from bad news on monarchs is a thank-you from the butterflies to all the people who planted native milkweeds and switched to organic corn and soy products[…] But one good weather year won’t save the monarch in the long run, and more protections are needed for this migratory wonder and its summer and winter habitats.” Milkweed is the sole food of the monarch caterpillar.

According to ecologist Chip Taylor of the University of Kansas, last year’s relatively cool temperatures in the insects’ migration corridor kept them in the right place at the right time to lay eggs with a good chance of survival. He also said this is not likely to happen again next year. Ecologist Ryan Norris of the University of Guelph in Ontario also said human actions had little to do with the increased population.

Almost all of the monarch butterflies ranging across the continent, as far north as Canada, return to the same wintering area in central Mexico’s oyamel fir forests every year. Scientists from the World Wildlife Fund Mexico estimate the population by observing the area turned orange by butterfly bodies on the trees. This year, the butterflies occupied roughly 6.05 hectares (14.95 acres; .0605 square km), up from 2.48 (6.12 acres) last year. The hibernation area was as large as 21 hectares in the 1990s and as low as under a hectare in 2014.

Factors cited for the drop in the monarch’s overall population include habitat loss, loss of milkweed to agricultural herbicides, and use of insecticides.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety requested monarch butterflies be given Endangered Species Act protections from the United States government in 2014. The decision is pending and expected in June of this year. George Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety said “This year’s count is a temporary reprieve that doesn’t change what the law and science demands, which is that we protect monarchs under the Endangered Species Act before it’s too late.”

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Wikinews Shorts: June 4, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, June 4, 2007.

MediaCorp Radio in Singapore has been fined 15,000 Singaporean dollars (US$9,800) over an on-air stunt in March in which female guests on a radio show were asked to remove their brassieres, and pose for video that was to be posted on the station’s website and on YouTube.

The Media Development Authority said the radio show’s hosts made improper and sexually suggestive remarks about “how fast the bras were removed, as well as the color, design and cup size of the bras, and the size of the girls’ breasts.”


Researchers at University of Malaya say they have developed an erectile dysfunction cure from walnut extract.

“It takes about an hour for the effects to set in and it will last for about four hours,” said Professor Dr. Kim Kah Hwi of the Faculty of Medicine Physiology.

So far, 40 volunteers have tried the Viagra alternative, called “N-Hanz”, with positive results, Kim said. To make one pill, it takes about 3.3 kilograms (about 7 pounds) of walnuts.


An 8-year-old Indonesian boy died after being attacked on Saturday by a Komodo Dragon at Komodo National Park on Komodo.

The boy was attacked while making a toilet stop in a bush, a park official said. “The dragon bit his waist, tossed him and dragged him. His right leg was badly scratched,” park spokesman Heru Rudiharto said. The boy then bled to death.

Attacks by Dragons on humans are rare, though the reptiles, which can grow to a length of 3 meters (9 feet), regularly kill such prey as pigs and small deer. Komodo Dragons are an endangered and protected species, and about 2,000 of them live in the wild, mainly on Komodo and nearby Rinca island.


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Fur fans flock to Toronto’s Furnal Equinox 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

From March 15 to 17, the Canadian city of Toronto played host to the tenth Furnal Equinox, an annual event dedicated to the “furry fandom.” Programming ranged from music to gender, science to art, covering dozens of aspects of the varied subculture. The event’s featured guests were visual artists Moth Monarch and Cat-Monk Shira, as well as the co-owners of American fursuit costume builders Don’t Hug Cacti.

The event raised nearly CDN$11,000 for Pet Patrol, a non-profit rescue organization in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, run by volunteers. This exceeded their goal of $10,000, the funds needed to finish a rural sanctuary. The furry community is well-known for their charitable efforts. Along with direct donations, the funds were raised through a charity auction offering original artwork, and a fursuit design by guests of honour “Don’t Hug Cacti.” Last year, Furnal Equinox raised funds for a farm animal sanctuary.

While only 10–15% of people within the fandom own a fursuit, according to a 2011 study, 908 of the 2240 attendees at Furnal Equinox brought at least one elaborate outfit to the event. The outfits are usually based on original characters, known as “fursonas”.

Guests of Honour Cherie and Sean O’Donnell, known within the community as “Lucky and Skuff Coyote”, held a session on fursuit construction on Saturday afternoon. The married couple are among the most prominent builders in the fandom, under the name Don’t Hug Cacti. The scale of their business was evident, as Sean had made over a thousand pairs of “handpaws”, costume gloves.

The couple encouraged attendees to continue developing their technique, sharing that all professional fursuit makers had developed different techniques. They felt that they learned more from failed projects than successful ones, citing the Chuck Jones quote that “every artist has thousands of bad drawings,” and that you have to work through them to achieve. Cherie, known as Lucky, recalled receiving a Sylvester the Cat plush toy from a Six Flags theme park at age 10. She promptly hollowed the toy out, turning it into a costume. Creating a costume isn’t without its hazards: the company uses 450°F (232°C) glue guns. They’re “like sticking your hand in an oven.”

Other programming included improv comedy, dances, life drawing of fursuiters, a review of scientific research by a research group at four universities called FurScience, a pin collector’s social, and workshops in writing.

The “Dealer’s Den” hall was expanded this year, with even more retailers and artists. While many offered “furry” versions of traditional products, at least one business focused on “pushing the boundaries of fursuit technology.” Along with 3D printing a bone-shaped name tag when Wikinews visited, Grivik was demonstrating miniature computer screens that could be used as “eyes” for a fursuit. The electronic displays projected an animation of eyes looking around, blinking occasionally. The maker has also developed “a way to install a camera inside suit heads, to improve fursuiter visibility.” He hopes the tech would reduce suiting risks and accidents. Without the need for eyeholes, fursuit makers would have “more options for building different eyestyles.”


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Super high speed internet launched in New Zealand

Friday, September 1, 2006

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, yesterday unveiled Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN). It is super high speed Internet that is capable of transmitting data with speeds of up to ten gigabits per second, 10,000 times faster than the current speed of broadband (1Mbps), and 200,000 times faster than dial-up.

The New Zealand Government put NZ$43 million ($28.1 million USD) into the Crown company: Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand (REANNZ) organization, responsible for the running of KAREN.

KAREN will link universities and research institutions in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Rotorua and then to the rest of the world via a TelstraClear fibre optic cable.

The network will allow geologists/geophysicists to access U.S. data on fault lines, 3D modellers the ability to collaborate on international mapping projects and students will be able to participate in interactive video lectures with experts, anywhere in the world.

The technology so far is limited to just universities and research institutions but Minister for Education Steve Maharey said: “The network will be extended over time to include other institutions, including schools, libraries and museums.” It is also limited to just one university in the South Island, it is located in the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury.

Clark said: “The link is crucial in order to attract and retain scientists, because it allows a greater level of real time collaboration between scientists based in New Zealand, and their colleagues around the world.”

The Telecommunications’ Users Association of New Zealand chief executive, Ernie Newman, said: “Karen was a ‘great initiative’ for the science community, and that would have wider benefits for the country.”

Dr. Mark Billinhurst, HIT Lab director, said: “The network meant the country was now legitimately part of the international research community.”

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Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar

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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Wikinews Shorts: February 5, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, February 5, 2007.

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