Wikinews interviews Amber Merritt Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer

Wikinews interviews Amber Merritt Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Amber Merritt changing a wheel in the game against Mexico. Image: Laura Hale.

London, England— Tuesday, following her team’s 62–37 win over Mexico in the quarter-finals at the North Greewich Arena, Wikinews interviewed Amber Merrit of the Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team.

In their next match, the Gliders will face the victors from the United States versus Canada, having suffered their first loss of this year’s Games to Canada on Sunday night by seven points.

((Laura Hale)) I’m excited to see you in London, because you were so fantastic in that interview.

[Wikinews previously interviewed Merrit, and teammates in July. —Ed.]

Amber Merrit: Thank you.

((WN)) Which state are you from?

AM: I’m from WA. [Western Australia —Ed.]

((WN)) You wheel change! What was wrong with your wheel?

AM: I smashed out three spokes. Someone hit me, and I lost three spokes in my chair.

((WN)) was that because you were playing really aggressively against Mexico?

AM: Yeah, or they were playing really aggressive against us.

((WN)) Watching that game it didn’t seem that they were playing that aggressive, in terms of they came in with set pieces; they weren’t doing the full-court press; they didn’t seem prepared for your offensive and defensive tenacity. ((Hawkeye7)) You kept on all holding them out, where they weren’t even getting across the centre line

AM: I think we have a really physical style of basketball where we’re going to press, and when we press we try to stop chairs and make sure they don’t get over that halfway line. They’re going to come out and play as hard as they can against us and sometimes there is that odd mishap where they might smash a few spokes cause they hit us. It happens.

((WN)) You tipped a lot in previous games. You haven’t tipped so much in this series.

AM: No, I’ve managed to keep my balance this time. Or maybe they haven’t hit me hard enough to put me down on the floor.

((WN)) Part of the appeal of wheelchair basketball, and I feel guilty admitting it, it watching you guys tip.

AM: And fall out. It’s embarrassing but I like it.

((WN)) You’ve got your next game coming up, which is going to be against the winner of the United States or Canada later today

AM: We’re not 100% sure yet who that’s going to be.

((WN)) Looking forward to meeting them?

AM: Yeah! Looking forward to coming up against them.

((WN)) Who would you prefer?

AM: I don’t know if I have a preference, to be honest. Whoever its going to be, we’re still going to go out there and play as hard as we can and take it to them as a team.

((WN)) Do you think you’ve been adequately prepared coming in to this, with your tournament in Sydney, your tournament in the Netherlands?

AM: Yeah, I think we’ve come in very well prepared for this tournament. We’ve been together for a while now as a team. Of course we had the Gliders and Rollers world challenge. We also went to Arnheim in the Netherlands for a pre-tournament, and we’ve trained together in Cardiff. And then after Cardiff we came in to London; so we’ve had that time together as a team and we’re doing really well.

((WN)) Does that give you an advantage over other teams?

AM: I’m not sure, because I don’t know what other teams have been doing behind the scenes as their training.

((WN)) Thank you very much.

AM: No worries!
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Analyzing The Ideal Medical Schools

When you are looking to further your career in medicine then you should think about medical billing and coding. It rapidly becomes overwhelming when you are trying to discover the best potential school to get your certification with but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

When choosing a medical billing and coding school, you should not make your decision by choosing the school with the cheapest cost. It is realized that with these days’s economy you may not have excess funds to spend on schooling. There are numerous schools out there that are pretty expensive. If you settle upon a medical billing and coding school because you can afford it, you’re taking a huge chance. This is not the time or the area to skimp out on, because this is an investment in your career.

Make sure you get a practical idea of how long it will take to get your academic degree and how much time you’ll have to commit to it. If you’re working then it might be smart to think about looking for online medical billing and coding schools. With far more flexibility, you can acquire your certificate from online schools and wholly avoid disrupting your daily life. You will have the ability to take the courses you need while you can be comfortable in your own home. Remember that will can keep on work and earning a salary while you are doing the required things to make your life better.

When looking for online medical billing and coding schools, you should always stay with those who are trustworthy. A number of the online schools are technical schools and you may be able to help you with financial assistance.

Two of the foremost online medical billing and coding schools are Drexel and Allied Medical Schools which are both very good. Allied Medical School is presently offering a free laptop when you enroll at their school. Both schools offer ways to acquire fiscal aid, either through zero down financing or some other type of financial aid including grants and scholarships.

There’s nothing blocking you now from starting a new vocation in the exciting medical field now that acquiring a academic degree in medical billing and coding is so simple for you to complete. Do a little search online for some of the schools both online and offline and discover the right medical billing and coding school for your lifestyle.

Wreckage of Kenya Airways flight 507 found in jungle; All 114 on board killed

Wreckage of Kenya Airways flight 507 found in jungle; All 114 on board killed

Monday, May 7, 2007

The latest information on the Kenya Airways information website states, “Kenya Airways regrets to confirm that its Flight KQ 507 from Douala to Nairobi has been located on a mangrove swamp, 20 km southeast of Douala, on the planned flight path.” The website also indicates that search and rescue operations have been initiated. There are no survivors.

Plane 5Y-KYA photographed in 2006. Credit: Terry Wade

Flight KQ 507 had 8 crew members, 106 passengers and a flight engineer on board, and was traveling from Abidjan to Nairobi. It made a stopover in Douala, Cameroon where more passengers got on the plane before it continued on its flight. The plane sent a distress signal at 2:00 a.m., just after it took off from Cameroon, but it is not known what triggered the distress signal. The plane was supposed to land at 6:15 a.m. local time, but never arrived. It left Abidjan at 11:05 p.m. local time in Nairobi.

“All I can say for now is that the wreckage of the plane has been located in the small village of Mbanga Pongo, in the Douala III subdivision. Access to the area is very difficult. We are beginning a new painful phase. Our task will be more difficult now, the task of recovering the corpses,” said Hamidou Yaya Marafa, Cameroon’s Minister of State for Territorial Administration, during a press conference.

So far only small portions of the plane have been found, as much of the plane is reported to be underwater.

“The plane fell head first. Its nose was buried in the mangrove swamp,” said chief of meteorology for the Douala airport, Thomas Sobakam.

Reports say that many of the remains of the individuals on board the plane are dismembered and when rescuers attempt to recover the remains, they fall apart in their hands.

“It’s devastating. I found one or two whole bodies at the start, but since then everything is in pieces. People were afraid of the bodies at the start, so I had to pick them up with my own hands, and they came apart in my fingers,” said Captain of Cameroon’s fire department, Francis Ekosso.

There were passengers from 26 different countries on the plane, not including the 9 crew members from Kenya (see list below). Kenya Airways has released the names of all passengers on board Flight KQ 507 (see external links below).

The area where the plane went down is reported to be thick with forest, and difficult to reach. Local Fisherman are said to have lead rescuers to the crash site after they heard a “boom” and saw “disturbances in the water.”

“We are told the aircraft was covered by a canopy of trees, and that was the delay in sighting the crash site. The mangrove area is a very tricky area, access is very difficult. I think they will use trekking and boats,” added Marafa.

Earlier the chief meteorologist for the airport in Douala, Cameroon, Thomas Sobakam said that “signs” of Flight KQ 507 were located, but also said that what was located was not wreckage. Sabakam also said that the reports that wreckage had been found were “premature.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials say the plane took off in bad weather and are looking into whether engine failure played a role or not. At least one black box from the plane has been found, but its not known if it was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder.

The next scheduled press briefing will be on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Countries highlighted represent the nations whose citizens were aboard Kenya Airways Flight 507 when it crashed. Image: Robert. Updated by: Jason Safoutin and Marek Lugowski.
  • 37: Cameroonians
  • 15: Indians
  • 9: Kenyan crew members
  • 7: South Africans
  • 6: Nigerians; Ivorians
  • 5: British, Chinese
  • 3: Nigerians
  • 2: Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea;
  • 1: Burkina Faso; Comoros; Congo-Brazzaville; Egyptian; Ghanaian; Malian; Mauritius; Mauritanian; Senegalese; South Korean; Swede; Swiss; Tanzanian; Togolese; American

An international passenger information centre has been opened by Kenya Airways in South Africa where all questions can be addressed.

The public inquiry number is +27 11 2071100

A local passenger information centre in Kenya has been opened by Kenya Airways at the Intercontinental Hotel where all questions can be addressed.

The public inquiry numbers are +254-20-3200353, +254-20-3200354, and +254-20-3274349.

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4 Steps In Applying For Undergraduate Degree In Dentistry}

Submitted by: Job Carto

So youve spent hours and days contemplating the profession you want to take for the rest of your life, and, perhaps because you liked your dentist or youre impressed by the ridiculous sum of salary, youve decided that you want to become a dentist. You researched and found that there are a lot of specialisations you can later on choose from, and feel like its going to be worth the price. Now what?

Applying for an undergraduate degree in UK involves a stringent process that only the serious and dedicated ones pass through (not always, though). In dentistry, there are basically four steps you have to take to ensure a place in a top-ranking dentistry school in the United Kingdom:


1. Sit the UKCAT dentistry. First of all, you have to know that not all dental schools in the UK use this admission test, so better check with your prospective campus first before taking it. The UKCAT stands for the ‘United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test’ and is used to assess your mental aptitude and ability. Important note: it is not a test of knowledge. Lasting for around two hours, it is divided into five parts: Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Decision Analysis and Situational Judgement Test.

It is to be sat between July 1 and October 4 of the same year you are going to apply to Dentistry. The raw score you get here is not the important thing per se; it is the percentile score, the score that shows how you performed compared to others, that the higher ups are particularly interested with.

2. Send application to UCAS. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is a charity that handles the application process for almost all British universities. You can visit its main website to learn the specific details of applying for dentistry. If your prospective campus requires the UKCAT, pass the test first before sending your application to UCAS.

3. Compose a compelling personal statement. One of the most important requirements in applying for dentistry is a personal statement which details why you want to take up dentistry, any related work experience, extracurricular activities, other interests and hobbies, etc. It should give Universities an accurate portrayal of who you are as a student and as a person. It is on this document, along with your schools reference, that Universities will heavily base whether to give you a chance for an interview or not. The number one tip for creating a dentistry UCAS personal statement is never lie. Interviewers will go over your personal statement line by line, and will ask you specific details on anything they might fancy.

4. Pass the interview. If your personal statement, schools reference, UKCAT percentile score, and other requirements, convince Universities to grant you an interview, do absolutely everything to nail this down. Research the usual dental interview questions, practice your answers, and if you need to, seek dental interview tips from dentistry students and professional dentists. Prepare and give it your best shot, because if you fail and still want to pursue dentistry, you have to repeat the whole process all over again next year.

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Gay marriage banned in three states; other ballot measures decided

Gay marriage banned in three states; other ballot measures decided

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Voters in California, Florida and Arizona voted on Tuesday to ban gay marriage, bringing about a victory for conservatives on a day which did not bring many conservative wins.

Meanwhile, voters in Colorado, South Dakota and California voted on measures which would have restricted abortion in those states. In Massachusetts and Michigan, voters passed measures that loosen marijuana laws. Finally, in the state of Washington a measure was passed that allows physician-assisted suicide.

The California ballot measure, Proposition 8, overturns the recent June ruling by the California State Supreme Court in the case In re Marriage Cases which reversed a 1977 statute passed by the California State Legislature and a 2000 ballot measure, Proposition 22, which also banned same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The wording of Proposition 8 is identical to Proposition 22. It was noted that many of the African-Americans and Latinos who cast their votes for Obama, also voted for the measure. The measure passed at 52% to 48%.

Lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres noted, “This morning, when it was clear that Proposition 8 had passed in California, I can’t explain the feeling I had. I was saddened beyond belief. Here we just had a giant step toward equality and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away.”

Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen.

Singer Melissa Etheridge, who is also a lesbian, stated that she would no longer pay taxes due to the passing of Proposition 8, announcing in a blog post, “Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen.”

Also in California, voters rejected a measure which would require parental notification for a minor to receive an abortion. The measure was rejected with the same percentage as Proposition 8, 52% to 48%. Meanwhile in Colorado, voters rejected a measure that would define life as beginning at conception. While the measure did not specifically mention abortion it would have required legislators and courts to confront legal rights for fetuses – effectively preventing abortion. The measure was defeated in a wide margin, 73% to 27%

In South Dakota, voters also defeated an anti-abortion measure which would have outlawed abortion in all cases except in the case of rape, incest or if the mother’s health was in serious question. If passed, the law would most likely have been challenged as unconstitutional.

In Michigan, voters approved a measure which legalizes medical marijuana. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, voters approved a ballot question that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana in which the possession of an ounce or less would be punishable by a $100 fine. The measure will also require minors under the age 18 to participate in and complete a drug awareness program and do community service. Failure to do so, would net the minor a $1,000 fine.

“Tonight’s results represent a sea change. Voters have spectacularly rejected eight years of the most intense government war on marijuana since the days of ‘Reefer Madness,'” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “The people were ahead of the politicians on this issue; they recognize and want a more sensible approach to our marijuana policy,” said Whitney Taylor, the chair of Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, which backed the Massachusetts proposition.

Also, in Massachusetts, voters overwhelmingly, in every single Massachusetts city and town, rejected a ballot measure which would have eliminated the state income tax by 2010, the ballot measure was sponsored by the Committee for Small Government, which is headed up by two libertarians, Michael Cloud, a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2002 and Carla Howell, Libertarian Party candidate for governor in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election.

The last time the income tax elimination measure was on the ballot was in 2002, where it was defeated, narrowly by 45.3%. This stunned supporters of the income tax, who mounted a fierce campaign against the measure this time warning Massachusetts residents that repealing the income tax would have drastic effects on the state’s finances, leading to cuts in services, education and local aid.

Wonderland Greyhound Park is one of two Massachusetts dog racing tracks that will be shut down by the passing of Question 3.Image: Patrick Mannion.

Finally, voters passed a question which bans dog racing in Massachusetts, which will lead to the closure of Massachusetts’ two greyhound racing tracks, Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park and Wonderland Greyhound Park.

The campaign against dog racing was headed up by the Committee to Protect Dogs and endorsed by GREY2K USA and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals along with other animal protection organizations who claimed that dog racing was inhumane as the dogs were stuffed into cramped cages and endured injuries. The measure was opposed by the park owners including George Carney who owns the Rayham-Taunton park and Charles Sarkis, a restaurateur who owns Wonderland.

“We did it. We did it for the dogs,” said Carey Thiel, executive director of GREY2K USA. “For 75 years, greyhounds in our state have endured terrible confinement and suffered serious injuries. We’re better than that,” Thiel added.

One campaign supporter, Sandy Bigelow noted, “It means everything. We’ve worked so hard for the dogs and they heard us. It feels so good. Oh, God, it feels so good.”

George Carney said of the results, “It’s not a very pleasant thing right now. Some of these people have been here 40 years. Here’s a company that did nothing wrong, paid their federal taxes on time, paid the town on time. The town is going to be a severe loser, and a lot of people here dedicated their life to the company.”

We did it. We did it for the dogs.

Both sides used emotionally-charged advertisements, the anti-racing side showing “sad-eyed greyhounds,” while the pro-racing side highlighted the workers who would be out of work when the tracks close.

Both measures must now come before the Massachusetts Governor’s Council for approval.

A ballot initiative approved by voters in the north-western state of Washington will make it the second state to permit physician-assisted suicide. Initiative 1000 follows the ten-year-old example of the Death With Dignity Act of neighboring Oregon, and will allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication for a terminally ill patient to administer themselves. It was approved by a margin of 16%, and the ‘Yes’ campaign outspent the ‘No’ campaign by more than three-to-one. The law comes into effect in 2009.

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TECA celebrates 60-year anniversary with Taipei Audio Video Fair

TECA celebrates 60-year anniversary with Taipei Audio Video Fair

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The 28th Taipei Audio Video Fair (TAVF), organized by the Taipei Electrical Commercial Association (TECA), featured not only some innovative domestic market exhibition ideas, but also offered a pavilion entitled the “Global Audio and Video History Corridor”, to showcase the audio and video industry’s world-wide history. Wikinews reporter Rico Shen attended the fair, which, this year, highlighted TECA’s 60th anniversary.

At the Taipei Grand Hotel (Yuanshan Hall), some participants (exhibitors) rented soundproof guest rooms, which offered the best quality and performance for audio experiences. With high-definition television becoming a popular topic, some pre-market or marketed wide-screen HDTVs featuring 1080p were exhibited at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC Hall).

The TAVF show runs from November 8 to 12, closing at 8:00 p.m. (Taipei Time) each night except November 12, which has a closing time of 6 p.m. To assist visitors from The Grand Hotel, TWTC and TECA hired the Metropolitan Transport Corporation for an inter-hall shuttle service. The peak number of visitors are expected to be on the weekend after permitting minors under 120 cm to enter the showground.

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Five Things To Know Before Purchasing A Private Aircraft

Being able to go anywhere anytime is one of the benefits everyone wants to enjoy. TheAviation Expert Servicessuggest you get a private jet when you have a hectic travelling schedule. It benefits in multiple ways and brings luxury in a package. Buying a private plane is not a big deal at all. It involves some of the tricks and considerations. Here we are discussing five of the necessary things you need to know before signing a deal for your private aircraft.

Check the business trips frequency

The distances you will be, covering with your jet is something you should assess before buying a private jet. If most of your trips are within the Euro zone. So, there is no need to invest in the private plane in the range of 6000+km. If more than, 10% of your flights are longer than 6000+km range; your broker will more than likely try to find a model with 9,000 km to 12,000 km range at the least investment. If more than, 10% of your flights are longer than 6000+km range, or your trips are regularly outside the Euro zone, so it must be essential to get a private jet.

Typical passengers on board

You should take into consideration the type of passenger that will join you on the jet. What will be the average size of your party? You must consider these essential things before striking a deal with a private jet aircraft broker. Size is the most important thing in aircraft, which should be in consideration as well. Some cabin feels minuscule, which is depending on your size, so you should consider the size of the cabin as well you, should accommodate your passenger of all height and sizes.

A new or used jet to buy

It is the key question that many people thought who are purchasing a private aircraft for the first time. Mostly, people agree on buying a new jet aircraft, which is better than old models because of their comfort speed, fuel consumption’s, and safety. On the other hand, old planes can cost much more for its maintenance.

New aircraft have much more features that make them more versatile. On the other hand, the old jet aircraft can be temping a variety of reasons. It may cause many problems. If you can get any recent model aircraft in the used category with lesser maintenance cost and good performance. Then it is better to strike it instead of a new one.

Benefits that balance the costs

Buying a private jet is not like getting you a smart device. A complete aircraft involves many other things on board such as plane crew, maintenance crew, airport spaces and much more. You will need many people and facilities to manage it. All these things seem to be tricky and expensive. If you look at the other side of the picture, such as the benefits coming out of this deal, then you may feel good. It is necessary to think about the benefits and savings you will be able to make as a whole against a specific cost for one time.

Taking trial flight

Never lock the deal with your private aircraft before having a trial flight. You should see how it looks when you are at a height of about 6,000 ft. Get your crew on board with the broker to ensure it is working good and safe for long-term flights. It helps you to have the overall inspection of the plane. Eventually, you will be able to end up with a better deal.

Bottom line

Purchasing a private aircraft involves several concerns and things to review. It is never too easy and quick to make a decision especially when you are doing it for the first time. Considering some of the necessary and basic things will help you to make a logical and profitable deal out of it. Remember never buy a private aircraft without any need. Just because you want to have, one cannot be proper reasoning of investing huge money into an aircraft. Justifying the need to buy the jet it necessary as it makes your investment valid and satisfactory at the same time.

Scottish politician to face perjury trial

Scottish politician to face perjury trial

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tommy Sheridan Image: Dominique Natanson.

Former member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Tommy Sheridan and his wife are to be tried for perjury.

The charges stem from Tommy and Gail Sheridan’s successful £200,000 defamation suit against British tabloid newspaper The News of the World in 2006, during which the judge said that conflicting evidence meant some witnesses were perjuring themselves. This led to an investigation by Lothian and Borders Police. The newspaper had accused Tommy Sheridan of having an affair.

Sheridan established the Scottish Socialist Alliance in 1996, which became the Scottish Socialist Party and stood in the 1999 elections to the newly re-established Scottish Parliament. Sheridan was elected as MSP for Glasgow. He was re-elected in 2003 but the party split in 2006 — with some members giving evidence against Sheridan in his court case — and Sheridan and another MSP, Rosemary Byrne, formed a new party, Solidarity. However, this party — and the remaining Scottish Socialists — lost all their seats in the 2007 election.

After leaving Holyrood, Sheridan hosted a chat show at the Edinburgh fringe and had a talk radio show before joining the latest series of Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother. He is now studying law at the University of Strathclyde.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Kristen Monster, Willowdale

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Kristen Monster, Willowdale

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kristen Monster is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Willowdale riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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