Indigenous Australians told to “wash for fuel”

Thursday, December 9, 2004

MULAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA — Under a draft plan of the Australian Federal Government’s “mutual obligation” agreements, members of the Aboriginal community Mulan in Western Australia will be obliged to ensure that homes and yards are clean, students attend school, rubbish bins are emptied twice a week and that children undertake frequent facewashing.

As a “quid pro quo” the community will receive $172,000 AUD in federal funding for petrol bowsers and fuel stations, while the Western Australian Government will provide regular testing for skin infections, worm infestations and the eye condition trachoma, which is widespread in Mulan.

Community administrator Mark Sewell approached Wayne Gibbons, a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission chief executive, to initate an agreement four months, once it became clear that the face-washing program at the Mulan Catholic school was having a positive effect. The program, which has been running for eighteen months, has reduced the levels of trachoma among students from 80% to 16%.

Presently, the residents of Mulan must drive 44km to the nearby community of Balgo for fuel.

Acting race discrimination commissioner, Tom Calma, has approved the deal, despite concerns from members of the Mulan community. Aboriginal lawyer and land rights activist Michael Mansell claimed that placing conditions on funding is unlawful and unenforceable. The government proposal has been widely labelled as ‘humiliating’ to the community.

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Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed further

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

Buffalo, New York —The Common Council of Buffalo voted on Tuesday to send the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal “to committee for further discussion”, after citing the need for more public involvement.

The Elmwood Village Hotel is a development proposal by the Savarino Construction Services Corporation, a project designed by the architect Karl Frizlen of The Frizlen Group. The hotel would be placed on the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo.

To make way for the project, at least five buildings located at 1109 to 1121 Elmwood Ave would be demolished. At least two properties on Forest Avenue could also be demolished. The Elmwood properties, according to Eva Hassett, Vice President of Savarion Construction, are “under contract”, but it is unclear if Savarino Construction actually owns the Elmwood properties. Hans Mobius, a former mayorial candidate, is still believed to be the current owner the properties. Mobius also owns 607 Forest Avenue.

The properties 605 and 607 Forest Avenue could also be included in the proposal according to Hassett.

“We would use a Special Development Plan to rezone 1119-1121 Elmwood and 605 Forest to a C-2 zoning category,” stated Hassett. It is possible that Savarino Construction may try to obtain a variance for 605 Forest, which would allow them to enforce eminent domain, should the hotel be allowed to go forward.

The building at 607 Forest was also discussed to be rezoned, but it is unclear what the plans would be for that property. During the February 28 Common Council meeting, Hassett stated that the properties 605 and 607 were “now off the agenda”.

Pano Georgiadis, owner of Pano’s Restaurant at 1081 Elmwood, owns the property at 605 Forest and attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

“Having a hotel is a bright idea. We all love the idea of a hotel, but the way that it is presented, is wishful thinking. This hotel does not fit. It’s like putting two gallons of water in a gallon jug, it does not fit. At the last meeting, the architect admitted that they are planning to put the undergound parking lot and the hotel, right at the property line. If I open my window, I will be able to touch the wall, that goes fifty feet high”, said Georgiadis.

“There is a problem having a seventy-two room hotel and fifty-five parking spaces. That means that all the other cars will spill all over the neighborhood. The footprint is simply too small. If you have a bigger [parking] lot, and a smaller hotel, I will welcome a hotel. I have a parking lot at my own business, and I am chasing people all day long. Remember, the city says it has ‘zero tolerance [for illegal parking]’. Try telling that to the guy from Albany who came to see his kids, that are going to Buffalo State, who would get tickets totaling over a hundred dollars”, added Georgiadis.

The city’s Planning Board is scheduled to meet on March 14, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. about the proposal. Although a discussion will take place, no vote is expected to be taken.

At the moment, none of the properties are zoned for a hotel. Savarino Construction plans on asking for a C2 zoning permit. If that does not work, they plan to implement a new zoning plan called a “special development plan” which would allow for only a hotel on the site. That zone would not be able to be changed.

“This [project] justifies Mobius’s refusal to invest in any maitenance[sic] or improvements”, on the properties said Clarence Carnahan, a local resident. “Where were the Council persons over the years? Where were the city inspectors over the years, to make sure that he maintained and improved his properties? The government was supposed to be protecting, not being preditorial. I see a predatorial issue here when it comes to this hotel. Over the years: Why has the local government been disfunctional when it came to Mobius’s properties? Refusal to invest in improvements, doesn’t that sound like a slumlord? Maybe I am missing a point here, but what kind of messages does this send to other slumlords that havn’t[sic] been jailed or fined? It’s [the hotel] trying to be pushed through.”

Carnahan also presented signs for residents and or business owners who are opposed to the hotel, that could be placed in windows or on stakes in the yard. Some of the signs said, ‘No tell hotel’, ‘Hans off, no hotel’, ‘It takes more than a hotel to make a village’. and ‘Keep Elmwood free, no hotel’. Carnahan plans on making more signs for a protest to be held on Saturday March 18, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Elmwood and Forest. Some signs were given to individuals after the meeting.

“First things first, Hans is the problem, and I don’t think it has been addressed. Let’s roll back the clock on this project. What can we do with Hans? There is such thing as eminent domain, which could be of greater interest to the community, to seize the property at its lowest assessed value”, said Nancy Pollina, co-owner of Don Apparel with Patty Morris at 1119 Elmwood. “There are so many ideas that have not been explored and we are about to give this parcel away, to a big developer.”

Mobius has not returned any calls by Wikinews regarding the situation.

A freelance journalist writing for Wikinews has obtained a letter, exclusively, addressed to one of the five business owners from Hans Mobius stating:

There is a proposal to develop my property which you are currently renting. Because of opposition to this development, it does not look like it will happen. I will let you know if there any changes.

Despite the letter, there have been no plans or decisions made to end the proposal.

To date, none of the business owners or residents of 1119-1121 Elmwood have received an eviction notice.

Business owners and residents gave an indication of what they would like to see happen at the corner; a project similar to one done locally last year. There, developers renovated two buildings on Auburn and Elmwood Avenues, merging the buildings into one thus allowing for more shop space. Among some of the shops to move in after the development were Cone Five Pottery, The Ruby Slipper, and Abraham’s Jewelers. Prior to the renovation work, the left building in the picture was boarded up for several years. Many of the concerned locals would like to see a similar development on Forest and Elmwood.

Rocco Termini, a developer in Buffalo, proposed a similar design at the February 28 community meeting

In an interview after the February 28 meeting, Termini stated, “I will be willing to take a look at this myself, or I would be more than happy to be partners with Sam, Sam Savarino”, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Savarino Construction Services Corp.

So far Savarino Construction has no plans to team up with Termini.

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Montreal Real Estate Experiences Growth

Submitted by: Laurence Montplaisir

For the first quarter ending March 31, 2010 the upswing in real estate sales was approximately 16%. Like many areas, Montreal is beginning to see a turn around after being affected by the nearly worldwide poor economic trend. In the Montreal Metro area alone the increase in the first quarter was about 46% compared to last year’s figures. Single family home sales were up around 8% in comparison to the first quarter of 2008 which was before the recession. The price of the single family home is on the rise as well.

Montreal real estate is definitely on the mend. Baby boomers continue to retire at a fast rate and want to sell their larger homes and reinvest in a condo or cottage. On the other side of the coin, the younger generation is looking to invest in a home to settle down and raise a family.

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If you are interested in buying or selling a home you should seek out a Montreal real estate agent. These agents will help you to find exactly the home you are looking for or find you prospective buyers for your home. In the process they can actually save you time and money and make sure that you are not taken advantage of. The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board can give you an extensive list of reputable real estate agency’s if you are not sure where to turn. If you are just interested in viewing homes for sale and doing a personal price comparison before buying or selling, you will find many excellent homes listed in the MLS sites, or Multiple Listing Services.

Montreal real estate agent’s keep up on the current trends in home sales and will help you in your buying or selling venture. Due to the recent recession many rules have changed in regard to mortgages and bank financing and these professional’s are kept abreast of any and all changes affecting your sale or purchase.

In April of 2010 the Canadian government made some changes to its policies for government backed mortgages only. Some of these changes are considered a boon for the investor, while others are not getting the accolades of the real estate agent. One of these changes affects the variable rate mortgage. Because these types of mortgages can increase, the government is now requiring a home buyer to not only prove they can afford a mortgage payment at the present low rate, but also at the future higher rate if that is where the market trend goes. The government says they are doing the buyer a favor by preparing them for a possible higher payment. Based on this ruling it is now more difficult for a home buyer to qualify for a government backed mortgage but fortunately not a lot more difficult. Montreal real estate agent’s are aware that most lenders already use a similar rating ratio and this is a good change for the buyer.

The negative part of the governments’ new ruling is that you can no longer refinance your home up to 95% of its value but only 90%. Borrowers will no longer be able to pay off as many high interest loans using their homes equity because this amount has been reduced by 5%. Still, it also prevents people from using their home equity to produce further debt.

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New method of displaying time patented

Saturday, October 14, 2006

An American inventor has patented a pair of new time formats with a footprint less than 50% of that of conventional four-digit time. The more unusual of the two new formats, called “TWELV”, dispenses with numerals altogether. In place of clock hands or digits, the new clock uses color to convey the hour and a moon image to convey the minute, which moon slowly grows throughout the course of an hour from a narrow crescent to a full-fledged circle.

The second and more approachable of the new formats retains numerical digits to indicate the minute but uses colors to convey the hour.

Early critics question whether the aesthetic benefits of the moon-clock will be sufficient to encourage users to learn the color-based time-telling system. However, the size advantages of the new system may make it particularly suitable for mobile applications, particularly cell phones, wearable computers, and head-mounted displays.

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Bluetongue disease appears in UK for the first time

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The first ever case of Bluetongue disease has been reported in the UK. The case involves a cow at a farm near Ipswich, Suffolk.

Bluetongue affects ruminants such as sheep and cows, but is not known to affect humans. It is sometimes fatal, depending on the animals affected, and presently has no treatment. The disease was prevalent in Africa for many years and had since migrated to European nations such as France and Germany, causing officials had feared a UK outbreak in the UK follows recent outbreaks of the disease on the European continent in nations such as France and Germany.

Experts such as microbiology professor Hugh Pennington of Aberdeen University had suspected the disease would eventually spread to the UK.

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Wikinews interviews 2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor Candidate Wayne Tseng

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor candidate Wayne Tseng answered some questions about his campaign for the upcoming election from Wikinews. The Lord Mayor election in the Australian city is scheduled to take place this week.

Tseng runs a firm called eTranslate, which helps software developers to make the software available to the users. In the candidate’s questionnaire, Tseng said eTranslate had led to him working with all three tiers of the government. He previously belonged to the Australian Liberal Party, but has left since then, to run for mayorship as an independent candidate.

Tseng is of Chinese descent, having moved to Australia with his parents from Vietnam. Graduated in Brisbane, Tseng received his PhD in Melbourne and has been living in the city, he told Wikinews. Tseng also formed Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce, an organisation responsible for many “community bond building initiatives”, the Lord Mayor candidate told Wikinews.

Tseng discussed his plans for leading Melbourne, recovering from COVID-19, and “Democracy 2.0” to ensure concerns of minorities in the city were also heard. Tseng also focused on the importance of the multi-culture aspect and talked about making Melbourne the capital of the aboriginals. Tseng also explained why he thinks Melbourne is poised to be a world city by 2030.

Tseng’s deputy Lord Mayor candidate Gricol Yang is a Commercial Banker and works for ANZ Banking Group.

Currently, Sally Capp is the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Victorian capital. Capp was elected as an interim Lord Mayor in mid-2018 after the former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle resigned from his position after sexual assault allegations. Doyle served as the Lord Mayor of Melbourne for almost a decade since 2008.

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4 Reasons Why Health Insurance Is An Important Investment

Including notes for health insurance buy in your investment portfolio could turn out to be one of the smartest moves. Planning investment for retirement is assuming a lot about arriving there hale and hearty. If not, tough times won’t be easier with all the wealth in the world at your disposal. People usually spend first half of their life expending their health to gain wealth. Then they spend their wealth to try and gain back their health for the rest of their lives. Don’t let this happen to you. Taking necessary precautions like health insurance allows you slack to progress while dealing with current problems effectively.

ProHealthInsurancequoteonline service providers reaching out to employees across the country with family health insurance quote. The state wise consumers can pull data and information from vast digital database platforms to know more solutions and options open to them. Getting free online quotes is a just a click away here. Consumers can understand the basic terms, visit market place as well as explore plans under standard levels of coverage. They can find out all about health insurance discount and subsidies which help in getting individuals financial safety covers.

Medical costs are injurious to your savings.

Younger people do not feel the need or realize importance of health insurance. What they are not aware of is having proper insurance as early as their twenties helps them save a lot on premiums over the years. This is assuming they do not let any gaps appear in their continuous health insurance coverage. Proper attention is must for health family insurance early on as part of their investment planning.

Click here to know why you should invest in family health insurance early

Medical costs keeping rising along with inflationary costs of living year on year. Hospitalization and medical procedure costs are rising steeply. Having no insurance for yourself or your family members indicates you will have to be bear emergency costs out-of-pocket. Insurance enrollment gets you a bed or instant medical attention without having to worry about ready cash on hand. Medical costs are important financially because they are a drain on savings or wealth.

On the other hand, timely family health care insurance takes care of emergency expenses. Health insurance can come to the rescue and save the day.

You can get tax credits

Health insurance policy is a great way to accrue tax credit. You will get tax benefits if you are paying for personal, family and relatives health insurance premiums.

Health insurance helps in retirement planning too

Some health plans can be renewed lifelong. There is no maximum renewal age. Senior citizens get state benefits of Medicaid and ACA – affordable care act. Health plans firmly in place over the years spare savings at later stages in life.

Teach your children the power of a health plan

Your health insurance for low income habits are passed on to your children. This is an important contribution towards a next generation of aware and healthy citizens. Children of such parents grow up including health insurance as a necessary part of planning their life and reap benefits.

Pair taken off plane because of “suspicious” behaviour

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Two men who were reportedly seen acting suspiciously on a flight bound for Manchester had to be taken off the plane, it has emerged today.

According to Monarch Airlines, a number of passengers informed staff of their worries surrounding the pair’s behaviour in Malaga on Wednesday. As the passengers’ requested, the two men were then removed from the Airbus A320, which was carrying 150 people.

They were then questioned by police for several hours and allowed to fly back to the United Kingdom at the end of the week.

A Monarch Airlines spokesman said: “There were two passengers on the flight who came to the attention of the other people because they were apparently acting suspiciously. The flight attendants were sufficiently concerned to alert the crew who in turn informed the security authorities at Malaga airport.”

According to reports, the men were of Asian appearance, and their alleged suspicious actions have not yet been revealed.

Patrick Mercer, a homeland security spokesman for the Conservative Party, told the Mail on Sunday today: “For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense.”

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Alex Sanchez suspended for drugs

Sunday, April 3, 200528 year old Alex Sanchez, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is suspended without pay for 10 days for using a performance enhancing drug. Sanchez is the first player to be suspended under Major League Baseball’s new, stricter drug policy.

The Baseball officials and the players’ union have both decided to not disclose the specific substance which tested positive.

Sanchez originally planed an appeal against the ban, but decided against it. He denies taking any performance enhancing drugs and blames the positive test on over-the-counter vitamins, muscle relaxants and protein shakes that he takes, but has not identified any specific medications as of yet.

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Things To Know About Suv Cars

Things to know about SUV cars


Reneta Vasileva

SUVs have become quite popular over the past years. As the full name (Sport Utility Vehicle) suggests the main purpose of these cars is to transport various sports equipment. It could be sports equipment for skiing or biking. The SUV cars are able to transport even such large items like boats. Hence, the main requirements to these cars are to be capacious, powerful and practical enough. After all, this kind of equipment is meant to be delivered outside the city.

If you d compare the SUV cars with other types of off-roaders, you would probably notice a great number of similarities. At the same time, all these cars also have some differences. Moreover, you can see different designations of these cars in the catalogues, which is slightly confusing for the novice motorists. As you can see, the concept of the \”off-roader\” is quite peculiar. It includes the cars of high practicability. They are designed for the off-road usage. If you have ever read the authoritative automotive publications, it should not be a problem for you to understand that SUVs should be called dumpers, floating trucks etc. These machines are not designed to drive on public roads.

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It turns out that the SUV cars are something in between the passenger cars, light trucks and trucks. The first thing to say about SUVs is that they have the bearing body mounted to the loading platform. For example, the crossovers are known to have the body mounted to the passenger platform. Engines of these cars are very powerful. Some of them are of more than 6 liters and 250 horsepower. You can hardly speak about a great economy here, because only recently the manufacturers have begun to pay more attention to this factor.

The versatile body and a lot of interior space allow you to drive the SUV cars together with all your family and friends. This is a big advantage for those people who enjoy family trips to the countryside. And in case you are planning to take everything you need for resting in comfort, it should not be a problem for you to do so. The most powerful SUVs have excellent towing characteristics, and it means that you can even take a trailer with you if you so desire.

The main reason for the SUVs to be so popular is that they are incredibly powerful and have the most amazing off-road qualities. SUVs have all inherent characteristics of the off-roaders, such as high seating, high ceiling, four-wheel drive, high ground clearance, increased practicability. In our days, the manufacturers have started to improve the aerodynamics of the SUVs. The main reason for such change is that the most famous brands have turned their attention to the SUVs. And while the SUVs have always been the most practical sports utility cars, they have eventually turned into the most functional family cars with some extra sports options. However, one thing remains the same. SUVs are the relatively affordable cars with all-wheel drive.

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