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Getting even with the law: Wikinews interviews New York City’s ‘Jimmy Justice’

  • Posted on April 26, 2019 at 1:39 am

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

“What bothers me is watching an officer write someone a summons and then commit the exact same violation with their official vehicle.

A civilian known as ‘Jimmy Justice’ who resides in New York City (NYC), New York, the largest city in the United States, has been videotaping NYC police officers and city workers, breaking the law while on the job.

Since 2007, he claims to have caught “hundreds of officers and other city employees violating the law,” and says he has them all on camera. He has posted his best confrontations with them to the video sharing website YouTube. As a result, Justice states that he has been asked to do a United States television show and Wikinews got an exclusive interview with him. For protection, Justice wished not to be called by his real name in fear of police retaliation.

Last year, Justice videotaped a police officer parking in front of a fire hydrant, but has only recently gained attention on social networking news sites such as Digg and reddit.com. So Wikinews contacted Mr. Justice, known as JimmyJustice4753 on YouTube, for an exclusive interview to find out what caused him to get revenge on the law.

On June 30, 2007, Justice caught officer E. Anderson of the NYPD, traffic division, parking directly in front of a fire hydrant while she went inside a restaurant to take a 15 minute lunch break.

“Do you think there is something wrong with parking a vehicle, blocking a fire hydrant,?” says Justice while following Anderson to her car after her meal.

“Mrs. Anderson I’m talking to you,” says Justice as Anderson ignores him. “You parked your vehicle blocking a fire hydrant. You are not allowed to do that. Somebody else would get a ticket for that. Why are you allowed to do it? You should be ashamed of yourself Mrs. Anderson.”

By this time, the incident has gained the interest of people nearby the scene and passing it. One unidentified woman, who claims to be a retired NYC police officer decides to intervene stating that people “are not supposed to film any police, [or] anybody employed with the police department because of the terrorism.” A short time later the woman walked off camera.

Since 2007 Justice says he has caught “hundreds of law enforcement officers and city officials” on “over 30 hours of video” violating laws from illegal U-turns in business districts to blocking bus stops and fire hydrants. Justice has only uploaded the “most colorful ones to YouTube” and recently, on April 8, 2008, Justice videotaped a NYPD tow truck officer blocking a hydrant while he also ate lunch inside a restaurant. According to NYC law, it is illegal for any vehicle to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant and to park in front of a bus stop. It is also illegal for any person to make a U-turn in a business district. Fines for these violations can cost a driver up to US$115.00 for each violation occurred.

When Wikinews asked Justice why he decided to start filming the violations made by officials he answered, “what bothers me is watching an officer write someone a summons and then commit the exact same violation with their official vehicle. I started making these videos to remind the officers (and complacent civilians) that City employees have to abide by the same laws that they are paid to enforce. I plan on doing this and inspiring others to do this as well as a means of leveling the playing field against discourteous officers.”

“In NYC, the traffic cops are notorious for their draconian indiscretion in handing out summonses to civilians for petty violations. Obviously the laws are not enforced as a matter of public safety, but rather to raise revenue,” added Justice.

Justice makes little effort to get the violations on videotape saying “all I have to do to catch them is open my eyes.”

“The problem with abuse of authority is rampant in New York City. I take my video camera with me on the way to work and on the way to social events and band rehearsals and when I see action it takes me less than 4 seconds to have the camera out and in record mode,” states Justice.

His videos have drawn the attention of media and he has been featured on ABC’s ‘I-caught videos’ and Inside Edition. Justice also states that the popularity of his videos have gotten the attention producers in Hollywood, California and as a result, there are plans for a television show.

Since Justice began getting even with officials and their violations, he states that there has been a positive change in the communities.

“The publicity my videos have received has effected positive change in the community, but we still have a long road ahead of us,” added Justice.

As a result of his videos, at the time the NYPD launched an investigation into the violations, but it is not known if any officers were charged or punished. Justice himself has never been arrested, but has been assaulted.

“I have never been arrested for this yet but they have threatened me with arrest. I have been spit on, cursed at, assaulted, and I had 2 cameras broken already,” added Justice.

Getting even with the law: Wikinews interviews New York City’s ‘Jimmy Justice’

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Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

  • Posted on April 26, 2019 at 1:09 am

Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”


  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources
Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

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How To Measure, Install Plus Maintain Roller Window Blinds

  • Posted on April 26, 2019 at 1:08 am

How To Measure, Install plus Maintain Roller Window Blinds



Roller Blinds – How to Measure


There are a quantity of items you ought to consider when gauging for new Roller Blinds. Below is a rapid help guide to aid you. First always have a pencil and certain paper along with a record measure (ideally a steel one).

What to measure in

Always measure inside millimetres (mm) because so many blind suppliers need a size inside millimetres.

Where to measure

In normal windowpane areas there are 2 prospective places for the blinds to be installed, these are recognised as the windowpane face, or the windowpane put. Roller Blinds is fitted to the face of your framework or wall, or into the best of the windowpane put. This provides complete control over the positioning of your blind.

For a put measurement:

Make sure you have enough detail to mount the inside the framework area. 75mm should be fine; any less usually lead to the blind protruding from the put. For those who have not as much as 75mm it can be worth considering installing the blind outside the windowpane put because a face fit.

1) Measure the width of the put from wall to wall at the best. It is where the brackets usually be fitted. Be sure to measure over 3 areas of the width to guarantee the area is the same width (or quite similar) and also the walls you don\’t have bulges which usually affect the operation of the blind. 2) Note down the smallest measuring. 3) Take off 10mm each side – this will offer you certain flexibility inside case of any variants inside the walls and usually ensure the blind doesn\’t receive damaged. If you decide to want total light block out we recommend you fit the blind to the windowpane face. 4) Measure the drop by taking the measuring from the the top of put to the bottom. 5) Note down the smallest measuring.

A stopper is offered with many Roller Blinds meaning you are able to restrict the movement of the blind to ensure it extends down to fit well on your windowsill. Operate the blind cycle with 1 hand and with all the other pinch among the cycle balls amongst the thumb and forefinger and function out when this usually achieve the best of the system. If you have the perfect length worked out nip the blind cycle stopper inside the cycle with a set of pliers.

For a face measurement:

1) Measure the precise width of where you want the blind to be. As a guide add an overlap from the framework of between 55 and 100mm this usually help reduce the space beside the blind, providing greater light control and more privacy. 2) Note down the measuring. 3) Measure the drop from the top of where you want the blind placed to the bottom. 4) Note down the measuring.

And remember…

• Make sure on all put width specifications which you have deducted 10mm from each side. • Measure at the least twice to ensure there are no errors. • Note the side you want the controls to be so they are easily used. • To be sure of a desirable fit it is very important that whenever gauging you account for any obstructions like windowpane handles. • For complete windows we recommend which you measure to approx 20mm off the floor. This will offer enough clearance and permit the blind to have area to settle overtime. • For face fit installations remember to raise the blind by 100-150mm above the frame to enable the roller system to well-defined a glass because potential when raised. This allows more light into the area and is significant when blinds are on gates, to enable clearance. • Decide when the blind is over roll or under roll, i.e. is the fabric to roll off the front of the tube or the rear. The fabric coming off the rear is generally the standard roll.

Other installation considerations

Shallow sill depth (put fitting):

Around 50mm low sill depth is going to need to fasten all brackets because the low depth essential for a flush mount (wherethe product does not protrude into the room). If your sill depth does not cover this you should probably think about a face fit installation.

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Corner windows:

When 2 meet inside a nook or inside a nook where there is only glass, there is a privacy problem. That\’s due to a space where the merchandise fit together. In prescribe to minimize the problem, consider generating 1 product bypass the other, then specify the other product to suit flush into the initially.

French doors:

The bigger and taller you specify the product, the higher the privacy, insulation, and light control. You need approx 100mm (width) x 50mm (drop) extra per Roller Blind for the mounting brackets at the best. This high and bigger measuring means that when the Roller Blind is raised it blocks less of your view.

For the width you moreover could add at the least 30mm on both sides of the glass. However doorway handles may constrain the width you\’d favor. Ideally the Roller Blind could fallonly inside the doorway handle.

Roller Blinds is installed on either a hardwood or steel gates. For steel gates, you\’ll need \”steel screws\” designed for adding to steel gates.

Sliding doors:

All our blinds is specified to mount either in the doorframe (RECESS) or over it found on the wall (FACE). When deciding this ensure you measure to see when the handle is an obstruction.

For an external mount it is very commonly enough to measure about 100mm bigger on both sides. The bigger you specify, the higher the privacy, insulation, and light control. For the top, specify about 50mm above the best of the frame.

Roller Blinds – How to Install


Roller Blinds are really easy to fit and we\’re confident it won\’t take upwards an excessive amount of the time. Be sure to see all the instructions below.

You\’ll need: 1) Power drill 2) Drill Bit 3) Phillips Screwdriver (The 1 with all the crossed head) 4) Flat head Screwdriver5) Box of Screws 6) A pencil

How to fix the brackets into…

Concrete, Brick or Plaster:

If you\’re drilling into concrete, brick or plaster you should utilize a 5.0 mm diameter trade drill bit. We usually moreover need wall plugs and 1 inch phillips head screws (8 gauge).

Wood or Steel:

If you\’re drilling into hardwood or steel you should utilize a 3mm diameter high-speed steel drill bit. Often inside hardwood you are able to secure the screws into the hardwood without any have to pre-drill.


If you\’re drilling into tiles then cover the drilling aim with masking record. This usually avoid the drill from slipping.

1) Gather the tools and unpack the blind. 2) Remove the blind from the package and find the installation brackets that are supplied because a set. Have a consider the blind and view that side you ordered the control to be on. 3) One set is used with all the control side of the blind (the side with all the chain) and also the next set is used with all the rotator side (view Diagram 5). 4) The installation brackets are constantly mounted thus that the interior surfaces face each other. It is important which the brackets are mounted thus that the blind is degree when installed. 5) Decide where you want the blind to be placed. The brackets is put in 3 different ways:

Inside the frame (put fit) mounted to the side of the windowpane put. Inside the frame (put fit) mounted to the best (ceiling) of the windowpane put. Outside the framework (face fit).

6) Mark out the drill gaps with a pencil utilizing the blind brackets offered because templates for gaps. Make sure the brackets are well degree, thus that the blind rolls upwards and down straight. 7) Drill the gaps and then fuck the brackets into area. 8) Just clip the blind into area by putting the other side to the cycle inside initially, and then cutting inside the cycle side

Safety initially! Child safe cycle guide:

It is a prerequisite by Australian Child Safety Laws which the blind cycle must be connected to the wall or windowpane area by the Chain Guides offered. With the Chain Guide secure inside area keeping the cycle you are able to avoid any danger of strangulation, particularly if the cycle is leaner than one.6m off the floor. To preserve child safety guidelines moreover make sure to keep furniture and cots away from blind chains.

To fasten, hook the cycle into the product and mount to the face of your windowpane area or inside the put. Mount the product slightly from the means of the blind, thus it will not interfere with all the operation.

The secured cycle guide must enable the cycle to have certain slack however, be unable to form a circle of more than 220mm. Too much stress make the blind hard to use. The chain could run from the Chain Guide freely.

Troubleshooting / Common Problems

The blind has a crease or kink found on the fabric…

If the blind has a tiny crease or kink, this might be due to transport. Blind fabric requires to settle and quite often tiny imperfections usually rectify themselves. The natural weight and hang of the blind mean which tiny creases or kinks could fall out over short period of time. Warm weather helps this method.

In addition to the blinds which are left in a single position for long periods of time may lead to the fabric keeping a crease or a kink to the cloth. Again, this will drop out over the years. If the blind is rotated frequently in various positions this helps to eliminate this problem.

The blind is not running smoothly…

When drawing the cycle to use the blind when you feel tightness and also the blind does not roll smoothly and makes a sound then it is very very likely which the positioning of the cycle drive end of the blind is within the incorrect position. Check the finish cap where the space for the cycle could be at the bottom, make sure the cap hasnot rotated out of position.

The blind doesn\’t sit well involving the brackets…

The blind could be a superior fit between brackets, when there is as much as 4mm of play involving the blind and also the brackets then this can be started by turning the serrated wheel inside a clockwise way till it locks into position. This extends the pin out.

If the play is much more than 4mm, then we recommend either bending the brackets inside slightly, at the most about 3mm each side.

If there is much more play than which, 1 or both brackets have to move closer together.

Likewise, when you think it is too tight to clip the blind into area you are able to consider bending the brackets out slightly, at the most 3mm on each side. If this is simply not enough one or both brackets have to move closer together.

The blind doesn\’t roll upwards and down properly…

If the fabric is coming off to 1 side this could be fixed by straightening the fabric upwards by drawing it over to its correct position by hand, when this does not function…

Then you are able to consider to increase the diameter of the tube found on the side which the fabric is coming away from. Roll out the blind to expose the tube. Place certain record, ideally masking record, found on the nook of the side which the fabric is coming away from. Occasionally a few of pieces of record are needed, to be stuck on top of each other to create the density upwards enough. You may have to repeat this method a limited occasions till you achieve the perfect roll.

If this does not function, then often the set should be lowered slightly, conquer the problem. It may be 5 – 10 mm, generally because the head of the windowpane is not degree.

Roller Blinds – How to Maintain


Cleaning the blind just requires a moist cloth. Be sure not to rub the blind too much when cleaning because you may damage either the finish or discolour the blind.

Removing the blinds…

If you want to take the blind down, merely switch the well-defined plastic cog at the pin end of the blind. This will release the pin from the set. Be sure you have hold of the blind securely thus it will not drop down – ideally have someone to help you do this.

Blind damage…

If the blind gets damaged most component parts is replaced inexpensively. Refer returning to the supplier for spare parts. Common substitution parts include the bottom train and cycle. The bottom train could need certain more complicated function to replace thus we recommend you send it back the supplier for the rework.

If you ought to substitute the cycle, it is very a simple enough process. Firstly remove the blind from the brackets and also the remove the cycle drive from the tube. Loosen the tiny fuck inside the center of the cycle drive, don\’t remove it fully. Once loosened you are able to pull the finish cap forward enough for you to release the cycle from the cogs. Add yournew cycle and then fasten the fuck and schedule the finish cap in area.

Changing the cycle control side…

If you decide which you want to have the cycle control found on the other side remove the finish caps and swap to other sides. Also swap the bracket positions over.

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Apple introduces iPhone and Apple TV

  • Posted on April 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple Inc. today has introduced the much-anticipated iPhone at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco.

The iPhone is claimed to be “a revolutionary mobile phone” as stated on the Apple website. The device appears to be running a mobile version of the Apple operating system Mac OSX. It is approximately the same size as a 5th generation iPod, it has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display that is used to access all features of the phone including number dial, as well as making phone calls. The iPhone plays music, movies, displays pictures and is able to connect to a wireless network.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device by walking onto the stage and taking the iPhone out of his jeans pocket. During his 2 hour speech he stated that “Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone, We are going to make history today”.

Today Apple also released their Media Center device – Apple TV. It will directly compete with Microsoft’s Media Center operating system. Apple has taken a different approach to the media center market; rather than storing content (such as movies, music and photos) on the device, Apple TV connects to a computer (Mac and Windows) over a wirless network connection and plays all content stored on that computer. This makes it substantially easier for users to organize their media content.

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Wikinews interviews winner of 55 Paralympic medals, Trischa Zorn

  • Posted on April 21, 2019 at 1:04 am

Monday, September 3, 2012

London, England— Last Friday, Wikinews interviewed Trischa Zorn, 55-time medal-winner. The U.S. Paralympic swimmer’s haul includes 41 golds.

Zorn discussed a variety of issues, including frustration with the classification system that has disadvantaged some United States swimmers because of what she sees as its subjective nature. She also talked about the increased visibility of the Games, how things have changed from when she started in 1980 to the current 2012 Summer Paralympics. Zorn discussed how sponsorship has evolved from her early time participating, and issues with the Paralympics inside the United States at the present.

This year Zorn was inducted into the International Paralympic Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. Having last competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics, if she was swimming today, she would be classified as an S12 swimmer. She currently works for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, helping returning soldiers adjust to life as civilians.

((Laura Hale)) We do Wikinews, which is related to Wikipedia … And, your article on Wikipedia sucks.

Trischa Zorn: Right
((WN)) The sources don’t agree on how many [Paralympic] medals you won. So how many medals have you won?

TZ: 55 medals. 41 gold, nine silver and five bronze.
((WN)) More gold medals than the next nearest total medal winner.

TZ: Correct
((Hawkeye7)) In fact, the next two, three, maybe four, put together.

TZ: Correct
((WN)) You started [Paralympic] swimming in 1980.

TZ: My first games was in 1980, and my last games was in 2004 in Athens.
((WN)) 2004?

TZ: Yes. Eight years ago.
((WN)) And you medalled there?

TZ: I got a bronze. I was only swimming in two events.
((WN)) And you remember all 55?

TZ: I know what events I swam. Relays and stuff. The discrepancy is because early on they weren’t really keeping track of the events. Like my first games in 1980, I won seven medals, and they only recorded five. In 1984, because the games were in New York, and because of the boycott, from when we boycotted in 1980, not a lot of European countries came over. So there wasn’t a lot of statistic keeping.
((WN)) We have found the IPC database had a lot of problems on the Australian side. We have been correcting that.

TZ: I have a whole list of all the events.What ones I won. A British writer was writing a book and wanted to include me, so I collated all my results and sent it to her.
((WN)) When you started in 1980, did they have the three categories for blind swimming?

TZ: They had the three categories, but they weren’t like S categories now. There was B1 for blind, B2 and B3. I was in the middle, a B2. The equivalent to S12 now.
((WN)) Has classification on the blind sports side changed much since you started?

TZ: They would like it to be in the regular classification S1 to S10. They would like everybody to be all one and use a points system. But I’m not a big fan of the points system, and I’m not a big fan of the classification procedure.
((WN)) Blind sports is the only medically based classification left. The rest are all functionality based.

TZ: Correct
((WN)) They are moving towards an evidence based system, but I’m not sure what that is.

TZ: Unfortunately, the classifications are very subjective. And a lot of the classifications, they don’t go by actual evidence of medical documentation, it’s what you can do in the water. So, for example, we have one of our athletes, Mallory Weggemann, that was an S7. She had multiple world records as an S7 and two days before she was supposed to comes here the IPC says: “We want to reclassify you. We want to do your classification all over” So she came here and they put her through a dry land regimen of classification. Then they said “let’s get you in the water. We’ll classify you there.” Then they said: “Oh no! You’re an S8!” Even though she had medical documentation to say that she was a T10 paraplegic with no function in her legs.
((WN)) Did classification ever effect you?

TZ: Not with me, but there has been problems with the S13. It’s supposed to be best corrected. There have been people that I swam against in the past that two years later were disqualified. Their vision, now they found out, was too good. It’s very subjective. There needs to be a test where they can see what you can see. Because, as an athlete, you go in and somebody says: “Can you see this?” or “Can you read that?”
((WN)) You’re involved with the veterans? On the sports side?

TZ: I work for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
((WN)) How long have you worked for them?

TZ: I have worked for them for a year now. I actually see some of the veterans like Brad that have come back lately, and how they have come through Walter Reed. I work more on the business side of it. But its still nice to see that they are being welcomed back, being provided opportunities for sports. Things that they thought that they would never be able to do.
((WN)) One of the criticisms of the US Paralympic Committee, and I don’t want to get you in trouble, is that the reason that the US is having problems right now with funding support is that they have been focused on veterans, and ignoring other people with disabilities. Would you care to comment on that?

TZ: Well I think that anything in the US that deals with veterans, the US is very passionate about, and sports, unfortunately, amateur sports, have become a business. And any kind of funding through the Department of Defense, going for veterans and whatever programs they are involved in is very important. But, as I’ve always said, funds always end up drying up. They’re not always going to be there, so you can’t depend strictly on that. Therefore, you need to have a well-rounded funding base, not just for veterans, for all athletes.
((Hawkeye7)) Where does funding normally come from in the United States?
((Laura Hale)) Hawkeye7’s an Australian, so his model is that the government pays for sport.

TZ: It’s funny, I look and I see what the Paralympic athletes get now, and what we even got in ’08 compared to when I first came. We had to pay to go to the Paralympics. We had to pay for our uniforms. It was only from Sydney that we didn’t have to pay anything, and we were provided uniforms. So each games has built on certain things. So, for example, 1988 was the first time that we had the same venues as the Olympics. ’92 was the first time that we were able to actually hear our national anthem, because before you didn’t, you just heard a games recording. So then in ’96 obviously because it was in the US, I think they thought that that was going to bring more awareness, and it did to an extent; but, once it was gone it kind of dwindled away. And then, in 2000 in Sydney, things had become … we were the first – there were four of us – we were able to train at an Olympic training centre. Not with the team, but we were able to use the facilities at the Olympic training centre full-time. But now they have a full time resident program. They are not training alongside Olympic athletes, but at least they are funded by the Olympic Committee. They get to train there, they get to live there. So things have changed. And then people argue about prize money, and sponsorship. It’s different.
((WN)) Do you think they should be sponsored? In Australia, Evan O’Hanlon, he’s an athlete, he has cerebral palsy, her covers his shoes with tape, because he feels that he is advertising for whoever makes his shoes, and he feels that he should get sponsorship. Do you think that we have reached the point with disability sports on the world stage where the elite athletes should be sponsored?

TZ: Well I think that there are certain talented athletes in the US that are now getting the global sponsors such as Jessica Long being a Visa athlete and having opportunities with Coke. And Rudy Garcia-Tolson with BP. And those big companies are jumpingon board and seeing the opportunities not just from a marketing standpoint, but you are allowing the young athletes to see that and touch it, and before it wasn’t. I mean you are basically competing because you love the sport. Now it’s just like Olympic athletes. They know what the possibilities of an outcome is going to be. Now, granted, Paralympic athletes don’t get $50,000 for a gold medal, or $10,000 for a bronze. We’d be lucky if we get $5,000 or $10,000.
((WN)) Do you think that all 55 of your Paralympic medals are equivalent to Olympic medals?

TZ: They are equivalent in respect that I did the same training as any Olympic athlete. I trained alongside able bodied athletes in the club setting where I trained, and a college setting.
((WN)) Which clubs and which colleges was that?

TZ: Actually, when I was younger I swam for San Diego Matadors down in California, and in college at the University of Nebraska, and then when I moved to Indiana I was training there with a coach it was with the Riviera Swim Club.
((WN)) You’ve been all over.

TZ: I’ve been going east as I’ve left my home state of California.
((WN)) Because of sport?

TZ: Because of coaching. My club coach left the club and went to the college level. So when I went to college he continued coaching.
((WN)) Did you get a scholarship?

TZ: I was on a full athletic scholarship. I was the first physically disabled athlete to get a full Division One scholarship.
((WN)) That is so cool.

TZ: I guess they say, they are not as equal, but medals are medals, and whatever your heart is and whatever you think of it, that is what it means.
((WN)) In Australia, my impression is that they do view them as exactly the same, whereas in America, some people do not even know that the Paralympics are on.

TZ: Yes. And unfortunately it’s a stereotypical society. In the US we don’t typically stereotype Paralympic athletes as the Australians or the Europeans do, and especially if you don’t look disabled. If you put me next to Jessica Long, she’s an incredible athlete but her story is going to be more desirable, because her disability is more noticeable. Don’t do that for me. But it’s to the extent where you are losing the focus of the athletics.
((Laura Hale)) Is there anything else we should know in terms of the history of the Paralympics?
((Hawkeye7)) Particularly about yourself.
((Laura Hale)) Are you a shy and retiring individual?

TZ: I am. And I think that’s part of it. I’m not very good with bragging.
((WN)) At selling yourself?

TZ: At selling myself. And I feel that my medals and my performance in the water speaks for itself.
((WN)) You were out there tonight presenting a medal.

TZ: And it was an honour to be on that side of it for these games. In 2008, I was honoured to be part of the Presidential delegation. I am involved with the US Olympic Committee as an athlete adviser on the rules and regulations and the rights of athletes. That’s basically where I want to be right now. I want to be an advocate for athletes.
((Hawkeye7)) We were at water polo match in Canberra, watching the Australian Olympic water polo team. And Ellie Cole walked in and they announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is Ellie Cole!” These Olympians applauded Ellie Cole.
((Laura Hale)) They do that at the Canberra Capitals games. They introduced Ellie Cole and her dad. It’s a completely different perspective. People outside the United States ask: “Why don’t you acknowledge them? What is wrong with the US?”
((Hawkeye7)) Every ad break [in Australia] there’s a Paralympian
((Laura Hale)) Grace Bowman! You haven’t done any commercials have you?

TZ: No to the extent that some athletes do, but for Visa and Coke. For Atlanta we did some commercials for Coke, it’s headquarters is in Atlanta. I’ve done Hartford Insurance, but not globally.
((Laura Hale)) Thank you.
((Hawkeye7)) Thank you.

Wikinews interviews winner of 55 Paralympic medals, Trischa Zorn

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Swine flu outbreaks appear globally; WHO raises pandemic alert level to 5

  • Posted on April 17, 2019 at 1:34 am

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New cases of the swine flu virus have been reported around the world in recent days, prompting fear of a global influenza pandemic. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level to 5. The United Nations has warned that the disease can not be contained. At least 91 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported worldwide.

In a special report, Wikinews takes a look at the reaction to the outbreak, and how different countries around the world have been affected by it.

The disease, which is believed to have originated in Mexico, has now spread across the globe, with confirmed cases having been reported in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Israel. The United States has also reported its first death from the disease in a toddler. South Korea and France both had probable cases.

The WHO said on Tuesday that while it was not yet certain that the outbreak would turn into pandemic, countries should prepare for the worst. “Countries should take the opportunity to prepare for a pandemic,” said the acting assistant director-general for the WHO, Keiji Fukuda.

“Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5,” said Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the WHO, in a statement on Wednesday. “…All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.” After the announcement was made, Wikinews learned that the WHO website had crashed for several minutes, presumably due to high traffic volume.

There is no vaccine for swine flu. In 1976 during an outbreak of the virus, at least 500 people became seriously ill, and of them, 25 had died when inoculated with an attempt at a vaccination. The 500 that became ill developed a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) which caused paralysis “and is characterized by various degrees of weakness, sensory abnormalities and autonomic dysfunction.” Those who developed the disorder did so because of an immunopathological reaction to the drug. Nearly 40 million US residents, including then US president Gerald Ford, were inoculated.

Screening measures at Canadian airports have been raised on Tuesday to screen passengers returning from Mexico for symptoms of swine flu. The measures come amid reports that thirteen people have now been infected in the country, in four different provinces.

The Public Health Agency has recommended Canadians who have booked flights to Mexico to delay them if possible. Those who choose to fly anyway will be asked questions about their health after they return, such as whether they have had symptoms of the flu, like diarrhea, coughing, or a sore throat. If anyone answers in the affirmative, they may be further assessed and perhaps transferred to a quarantine officer, who will suggest that they seek medical help, or isolate themselves at home.

“These measures will help to prevent further spread and protect the health of Canadians and we thank you for your patience and co-operation with this process,” said the chief public health officer, David Butler-Jones.

Several Canadian airlines have also limited or cancelled flights to Mexico. Air Transat and its partner tour companies, Nolitours and Transat Holidays, have cancelled all flights bound to Mexico until June 1. West Jet has also stated that it will suspend all vacation planning and air flights for Cancun, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and other destinations in Mexico.

Egypt, which has not yet reported any cases of the flu, has recently begun a campaign to slaughter all 300,000 pigs in the country, despite assurances by health officials that the disease is not transmitted from animals to humans. “It has been decided to immediately start slaughtering all the pigs in Egypt using the full capacity of the country’s slaughterhouses,” Egypt’s health minister, Hatem el-Gabaly, told reporters.

Farmers have been protesting the measure. At one pig farming area in the country, crowds of farmers blockaded the roads to prevent health officials from entering to slaughter their pigs. Some of the farmers hurled stones at officials’ vehicles, and the latter was forced to retreat without killing any of the animals.

In Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak, officials have announced up to 159 suspected deaths from the virus, out of a total of 2,498 suspected cases. The Mexican cabinet has announced that all flights departing from Mexico City will be suspended, while Argentina and Cuba have both cancelled all flights to the country. The European Union and the US have both issued warnings against traveling to Mexico.

The Royal Caribbean cruise line has suspended all stops in Mexico indefinitely, while Norwegian Cruise Line announced that its vessels will not make stops at Mexican ports until September of this year.

The government has ordered all restaurants in the country’s capital to serve only carry-out food, and closed archaeological sites with the intent of limiting large groupings of people. Churches, gyms, pool halls, and other institutions in Mexico City have been asked to close. School classes across the country have been suspended until May 6.

The Mexican government has estimated that the epidemic is costing companies in the capital at least US$57 million per day, and that tourism revenue has dropped by 36%. The finance ministry has set up a special fund of $450 million to fight the disease.

Thirteen confirmed cases have been known in New Zealand. All of them have been prescribed the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

New Zealand airports have now started to screen at least ten thousand people who arrive in the country from flights from Northern America. Those who display symptoms of the flu are taken aside by health authorities and placed into a quarantine.

“The number of suspected cases is likely in increase,” said Fran McGrath, the Deputy Director of Public Health. “While the numbers in any category will fluctuate, this is a pattern to be expected from an influenza outbreak. It is important to note that the 13 people we are treating as confirmed cases have all had mild flu symptoms, have received treatment and are all on the mend of have recovered.”

Spain’s health minister Trinidad Jinenez announced on Wednesday that a total of 53 persons in the country are under observation for the influenza. The number of confirmed cases in the country has been risen from four to ten, including one person who did not obtain the illness by traveling to Mexico.

Until now, Jimenez said that all of Spain’s confirmed cases involved persons who had recently visited Mexico, where the outbreak is believed to have began.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that five people who recently visited Mexico are now ill with the swine flu in the United Kingdom. “All of them have traveled recently from Mexico,” he said. “All of them have mild symptoms. All of them are receiving and responding well to treatment.”

The school of one the infected people, a twelve-year-old girl from Torbay, has been shut down and its 230 pupils given the drug Tamiflu, Brown said.

The Prime Minister said that the country is preparing for a possible pandemic. It has increased its stocks of antiviral drugs, enough for fifty million people, and ordered additional face masks for health workers. The government has encouraged all British residents to avoid travel to Mexico.

A 23-month-old boy from Mexico died at a Houston, Texas hospital on Wednesday, the first casualty from swine flu in the United States. The child had arrived in Brownsville, Texas, near the border with Mexico, with unspecified “underlying health issues” on April 4. Several days later, he presented symptoms of swine flu, and was hospitalized on April 13. The next day, the boy was transferred to a Houston hospital, where he remained until dying on Monday night of pneumonia brought on by the virus.

In response to the epidemic, Texas governor Rick Perry has given a disaster declaration. Schools have closed down statewide. Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has also declared a state of emergency in his state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the number of incidents of swine flu in the country to 64 on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for a fund of $1.5 billion to fight the outbreak, saying that it is needed for “maximum flexibility to allow us to address this emerging situation.”

US health authorities have warned that more cases and fatalities from the flu are probable. “We expect to see more cases, more hospitalizations, and, unfortunately, we are likely to see more deaths from the outbreak,” said Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary.

Swine flu outbreaks appear globally; WHO raises pandemic alert level to 5

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Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007

  • Posted on April 17, 2019 at 1:27 am

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

San Jose, California –Cell phones, cigarette lighters and glowsticks are raised in tribute as Circle of Life begins playing. Soon cheers drown out the song as the multicoloured performers appear on stage. A somewhat unusual introduction; but this is no ordinary show, and these are no ordinary attendees. This is Further Confusion, the second largest furry convention in the world.

The volunteer organizers have something to cheer about, too; Furry fans have gathered from far and wide at the DoubleTree Hotel to indulge their love of anthropomorphics, and Further Confusion’s 9th year is its largest, with a paid attendance of 2061. Their gains mirror those of Midwest FurFest, a similar convention held in Schaumburg, Illinois which grew 35% last November.

Both events feature art shows and auctions, live puppetry performance, masquerades, variety shows, games and parades, as well as panels that range from science and technology to society, sex and spirituality. Filling out the schedule, the hotel walls are lined with announcements of public and private room parties for separate groups. At night, the disco floor fills with dancing cats, dogs, and dragons.

For some, dressing up plays a large part of the convention – almost 300 brought a full costume. There are few professional mascots here, though, and only one or two of the costumes would be recognized by even the most avid cartoon-watcher. Instead, each act is planned and performed by other attendees, wearing “fursuits” of their own design. Many play off the year’s secret-agent theme — “Fur Your Eyes Only”.

Other fans seem content to restrict themselves to small accessories — perhaps some combination of paws, ears, or tail. Each fur bears a 3″x2″ badge detailing their personal character, or “fursona“. Often these characters are better-known than the people who play them.

It may seem lighthearted, even frivolous, but these conventions are becoming big business. Furry fans spent over $180,000 for lodging during the five days (Jan 18-22) of Further Confusion, and another $50,000 at the art auction. Attendees also purchase all manner of merchandise from attending dealers and artists, from on-the-spot art commissions and comic books of all ratings to prints, sculptures, and plush toys – even their very own fluffy tail.

Of course, any business has risk, and conventions can drain wallets when the sums just don’t add up. The first furry con, ConFurence in Southern California, ran successfully for over a decade, but cost its new organizer an estimated $60,000 in its last four years due to falling attendance before folding in 2003.

Anthropomorphic Arts and Education board member Peter Torkelson says that won’t happen to Further Confusion. Indeed, the convention ran a healthy surplus of almost $30,000 on $125,000 revenue last year, allowing it to pay off the last of its old debts and save for the future. As Torkelson explains: “The idea is if for some reason, say an earthquake happens, and it cripples the revenue stream, the convention will be able to survive into the next year. It does help our staff to know that we have [a reserve].”

The reserve also gives AAE the financial flexibility to fund charities throughout the year, a big part of its 501(c)(3) mandate. Over the nine years of the convention, attendees have raised over $60,000 for a variety of animal sanctuaries, wildlife refuges, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Further Confusion’s hopes for the future are high. Chairwoman Laura Cherry noted that, unlike previous years, the board has “gone all out” for next year’s tenth anniversary, booking as many rooms as the hotel could offer. The host for 2009 has yet to be decided, but for many fans the question was not whether the current hotel will reach a limit, but when – and where – the convention will find a new home.

Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007

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Mother of another Brazilian soccer player kidnapped

  • Posted on April 17, 2019 at 1:11 am

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Brazil – The mother of Brazilian soccer player Rogério has been kidnapped. According to Brazilian Sports website Gazeta Esportiva, the kidnapping occurred the night of Monday, March 21, in Campinas, 83,5 km (51.88 miles) of São Paulo.

Police did not release further details. According to recent reports, three armed men kidnapped Inês Fidélis Régis, the mother of Rogério, who plays in Sporting Clube de Portugal.

This is the fourth kidnapping of a soccer player’s mother in the last four months. On February 23, Ilma de Castro Libânio, 51, the mother of the Brazilian soccer player Edinaldo Batista Libânio, 25, known as Grafite, was kidnapped.

On November 6, 2004, the mother of Robson dos Santos, or Robinho, was kidnapped. On March 11, the mother of Brazilian soccer player Luis Fabiano was kidnapped by criminals, also in Campinas. The mother of Fabiano is still missing. The other hostages were released and are well.

Mother of another Brazilian soccer player kidnapped

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Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

  • Posted on April 16, 2019 at 1:18 am

Sunday, February 24, 2008

In the year 2000, Dries Buytaert created Drupal, a freely licensed and open source tool to manage websites, as a bulletin board for his college dorm. Since Dries released the software and a community of thousands of volunteer developers have added and improved modules, Drupal has grown immensely popular. Drupal won the overall Open CMS Award in 2007, and some speakers in Drupal’s spacious developer’s room at FOSDEM 2008 were dreaming aloud of its world domination.

Buytaert (now 29) just finished his doctoral thesis and has founded the start-up Acquia. The new company wants to become Drupal’s best friend, with the help of an all-star team and US$7 million collected from venture capitalists. Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent sat down with Dries in Brussels to discuss these recent exciting developments.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 On FOSDEM
    • 1.2 On Drupal
    • 1.3 Acquia: company-community interaction
    • 1.4 The future, near and far
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links
Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

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