11 September

Pope John Paul II dies

Saturday, April 2, 2005

John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojty?a) 1920-2005

After months of failing health, His Holiness Pope John Paul II passed away today, April 2, at 9:37 p.m. local time (19:37 UTC). He was 84 years old. An email message to journalists from the spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls from The Vatican confirmed the death at 20:00 UTC.

The Pope had a tracheostomy earlier this year to help him breathe, and then lost his ability to speak last week. On Thursday March 31 he developed a urinary tract infection that led to septic shock and cardiovascular collapse. A nasogastric feeding tube was inserted to help him regain strength. The Pope elected not to return to Rome’s Gemelli hospital, but instead to stay in his own apartments where he was tended to by his personal doctors and Vatican medical staff.

The same night, he was administered the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick also known as the last rites. On Friday April 1, the Vatican said he was having difficulties with both his heart and his kidneys.

Italian news agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reports the pope’s final message was “I am happy, you be happy, too. Let’s pray together with joy. I entrust everything to the Virgin Mary with joy”.

A description of the last moment of the holy father from father Jarek Cielecki, director of the Vatican service news and of the Italian TV catolic Tele Padre Pio, tells us the last moment of life of this great man. “The Holy father died looking at the window, gathered in prayer. As such he was conscious. Just before dying, the Pope raised his right hand in a sign of blessing, as if he was aware of all the people gathered in prayer. Then, as soon as the prayer ended, the Pope did a huge effort, said the word ‘Amen’ and died.”

The Vatican has announced that the funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 6 and that the Pope’s body will lie in state from Monday, April 4.

11 September

Wikinews interviews Richard H. Clark, independent candidate for US President

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

While nearly all cover of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

As a non-partisan news source, Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. The most recent of our interviews is Gaithersburg, Maryland’s Richard H. Clark (b. 1960), a senior software engineer and member of MENSA.


10 September

Concepts And Elements To Consider When Landscaping Property

Concepts and Elements to Consider when Landscaping Property



If your gardens need a \”makeover\” to make it look wider and clearer yet more colorful, you need landscaping services to help you get exactly what you need. While landscaping involves the extensive planting of new shrubs, grass, or trees in selected areas in your yard, this should be done carefully to prevent a crowded look. What you would want is to make your surroundings look fresh and welcoming.

You should start the planning process by measuring the space. This can help your landscaper determine how to make the most of your space as well as select the most suitable types of plants and flowers. This also helps determine the style and theme of the landscape that would work best with your building or house.

Designing your driveway is part of the landscaping process. Whether you like your driveway curved or straight is up to you, but this can also depend on what is good for the space. For example, if you live in an apartment building, a curved driveway leading to the parking area can make the place look more spacious, and it makes traffic more fluid.

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The same goes for walkways; curved walkways through a garden give the illusion of length and space. The curves also create spaces for shrubs, small trees, or even vegetable patches or playgrounds, if your space allows it. Walkways may consist of a simple concrete path, or one made of bricks, stones, or hopping stones.

If your space allows it, water forms or irrigation systems can keep your grass and plants fresh and teeming with life. Children would be delighted with a fish pond or small artificial falls with its relaxing rush of water.

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architects can help you manage this project and help you create a good irrigation system.

Chicago landscape design

involves the careful selection of plants and shrubs. Many popular species for landscaping are potentially invasive species that somehow \”escape\” the premises. When choosing these plants particularly tropical or subtropical species with no natural predators or competitors you may need to hire a skilled gardener to keep them under control. Fortunately, some local plant species may be quickly subdued.


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homeowners hire would be happy to help you select an overall theme for the landscape design. Minimalist modernist styles with Asian influences have been popular lately. However, if you prefer something grander, like having a small forest or a topiary maze, you may discuss that with your landscaper. For more information, see LandscapingIdeasOnline.com.

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10 September

Controversial Berlin opera features interactive drug usage

Friday, August 26, 2005

Berlin’s Neukoellner Opera House is causing a stir with its new production, The Yellow Princess.

The story presented in the French opera, by Camille Saint-Saens, is of an artist “whose life is dictated by a love for drugs and Japan.” As a result, the performers smoke cannabis joints on stage, and the theatre itself is encouraging the audience to join in.

Artistic director Bernhard Glocksin says that the theatre is claiming the metaphorical “artistic licence”, to excuse the actions of the actors and audience, which are against German law. Glocksin was quoted by Ananova as saying opera would be “improved with a few joints and some appetising lines”, noting the production was partly an experiment, to see what they could “get away with.”

Artistic licence” is at par to an “artistic liberty”, where something is exaggerated or changed for the sake of the art itself. For example a visual artist painting a landscape might move a tree to another area of their work, for better balance, or a poet ignoring pentameter when writing a traditional sonnet.

9 September

Oldbury nuclear power station suffers fire

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Oldbury nuclear power station in South Gloucestershire, England caught fire today after overheating. No-one was injured in the blaze which is believed to have been an accident and was extuinguished within minutes by an automatic sprinkler system.

The fire took place on the non-nuclear side of the plant, in an electricity transformer, but prompted shutdown of the reactor for the foreseeable future in “accordance with standard procedure,” said Dan Gould, spokesman for the British Nuclear Group. He also stressed that there was no release of radiation. There were also reports of an explosion in the transformer.

The BBC reported that 12 fire trucks attended the scene of the fire, but ITV stated ten crews were involved and tvnz.co.uk quoted a spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue as saying that ten trucks were sent.

9 September

Peggy Whitson, record-breaking ‘American space ninja’, returns to Earth

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Just after sunrise on Sunday (1:21 UTC), NASA astronaut and biochemist Peggy Whitson, 57, returned to Earth in Kazakhstan, in a Soyuz capsule, after a 288-day mission in the International Space Station (ISS), bringing her lifetime total days in space to 665, the most for any U.S. astronaut, most for any female astronaut internationally, and eighth overall.

Whitson was greeted with flowers, a pair of sunglasses and a medical team. All three arriving on the capsule, Whitson, fellow top-ten endurance astronaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, were carried from the capsule in chairs because they were no longer used to Earth’s gravity. Because of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded the Johnson Space Center and much of the rest of Texas the previous week, NASA was unable to send a plane to pick them up at their landing site. Instead the European Space Agency transported all three to Cologne, Germany.

The astronaut left in command of the ISS, Randy Bresnik, had left them with, “We are in your debt for the supreme dedication that you guys have to the human mission of exploration,” and called Whitson in particular an “American space ninja.”

Whitson’s colleagues on the ground said she worked at great speed, continually seeking and performing new experiments. Her team completed work on plant physiology, chemotherapy drugs, and the effects of microgravity on stem cells and human eyes.

Whitson’s home, in Houston, was not destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, though NASA’s staff there has experienced some hardship, with many sleeping at Mission Control. Whitson commented, “Any trepidations I might have about returning in the aftermath of a hurricane are entirely eclipsed by all those folks keeping our mission going.”

According to the Associated Press, Whitson has broken a few other records: She is the oldest woman to serve in space and the most experienced female spacewalker, at ten spacewalks. She is also the first woman to have commanded the ISS more than once.


8 September

The Best Massage Therapy Techniques}

Submitted by: Brian Goodwin

There is nothing like a quick massage when you feel the need for some relaxation. You could entrust a good massage therapist to help you get rid of your aches and stresses. The best part is that there are many massage programs that you could choose from. Each massage technique is unique and has its advantages, but all of them stimulate your central nervous system and generate feelings of wellbeing. Your blood circulation will improve and a good massage will also leave your skin glowing. Over time you will be able to know which one type of massage will suit you best.

A Swedish massage is an excellent way to relax because you will really enjoy the long smooth strokes and circular motions that it employs. You can choose the lotion or oil that you prefer for this massage. If you opt for an Aromatherapy massage, on the other hand, the massage therapist will select the scented essential oil that he or she believes will suit you best. While lavender is the most popular oil for this massage, there are other oils as well that relax, energize or de-stress you. Aromatherapy is extremely popular these days because of the stress levels in our daily lives.

A hot stone massage is very unique in that it employs small smooth stones that are heated and strategically placed on your body. Apart from relieving muscle fatigue and pain, this massage is effective at balancing energy centers within your body.

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If you suffer from a lot of pain caused by injury or tight muscles, a Deep Tissue massage would be ideal for you. It is also great for those people suffering from repetitive strain or posture problems. It employs slow strokes or the friction techniques in order to massage the deep muscles as well as the connective tissue.

Shiatsu is a very popular Japanese massage technique. It is a very firm massage and the massage therapist will put pressure on each muscle in a specific and rhythmic manner. This is a powerful way to balance the energy flow in the body and the firm pressure on your body will relax you to a great extent.

Reflexology, as we know it today, is a system of traditional Chinese medicine that is growing in popularity. Most people are unaware that Reflexology has beneficial effects on the whole body even though the massage is done only to the feet. It is much more than a mere foot massage since it stimulates various pressure points that are located in the foot but which benefit the various organs of the body.

If you are pregnant, you can treat yourself to a Pregnancy massage that can help reduce your anxiety levels as well as reduce any pains you might be suffering from.

These days, people are aware of the benefits of professional massage therapy which explains the proliferation of massage schools. You will, therefore, have no difficulty at all in finding a skilled massage therapist who can banish your aches and pains.

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8 September

Teenage boys rape 13-year-old in Zurich, film act on cellphone

Friday, November 17, 2006

A group of 13 teenage boys raped a 13-year old school girl in Zurich last weekend, reports the website of the German language newspaper 20 Minuten. The report says that the girl was raped repeatedly and the act was filmed on mobile phones.

Six of the suspects are Swiss nationals, two come from Serbia and Montenegro, one comes from Italy, two from the Republic of Macedonia, one from the Dominican Republic and one from Bosnia and Hercegovina. All live in Zurich.

All the suspects were arrested on Thursday. Police secured 3 mobile phones. Police say that securing the phones ensures the movies don’t get published on the Internet and cannot spark potential copycat acts.

The alleged act took place in the flat of an 18-year-old colleague of a 15-year-old friend of the victim. The victim and four of the arrested suspects attend the same school Schulhaus Buhnrain in Zurich Seebach.

According to 20 Minuten, the families of the perpetrators have now massively threatened the victim.

Verena Lang Temperli, a school official, told 20 Minuten that this case is a problem of society itself, not a problem of the school.

8 September

U.S. Director of Foreign Assistance Randall L. Tobias resigns

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Randall L. Tobias, the United States Director of Foreign Assistance and USAID Administrator, has resigned after he admitted to ABC News to being a customer of Pamela Martin and Associates, a call girl company.

A woman by the name of Jeane Palfrey, who worked for Pamela Martin recently revealed to the media a list of people who are allegedly customers of the call girl company. One of the names on the list is Tobias’, according to ABC News.

“[I called the agency] to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage. [There was] no sex,” said Tobias.

Despite the claim by ABC, the U.S. State Department says that he resigned due to “personal reasons.”

8 September

Obituaries: January 21-27, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The following deaths were reported over the past week:

Richard Darman, who was the trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Non-Executive Chairman of the AES corporation, as well as being the aide to five presidents died of Leukemia on Friday. In 1990 he successfully persuaded Congress to raise taxes, despite the fact that former president George Bush pledge to do otherwise.


Thomas Cecil Gray born 11 March 1913 in Liverpool, died 21 January 2008. He died peacefully at home on the Wirral. A requiem mass will be held at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 26 January 2008. He pioneered modern Anaesthetic techniques.

Born in Liverpool in 1913, educated at Ampleforth College, he qualified in medicine at The University of Liverpool in 1937. He began his career as a General Practitioner before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He later returned to the University to become Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and was made Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1970, retiring in 1976. As Senior Lecturer he established the Department of Anaesthesia at Liverpool University, the ‘Liverpool technique’, based on the triad of unconsciousness, analgesia and muscle relaxation, was developed as a result.

Professor Gray was the editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia from 1948 to 1964. Until recently Professor Gray continued to give occasional lectures at the university.

Professor Gray was presented with a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen and in 1982 was honoured by Pope John Paul II who made him a Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. In 2007 the Liverpool Echo included him in its list of the 700 greatest Liverpudlians, as part of Liverpools 700th anniversary.

Married twice. He married his first wife Marjorie Kathleen Hely in 1937 they had 2 children, she died in died 1978; He married Pamela Mary Corning in 1979, they had 1 son before she died on 5 January 2008. He had four grandchildren.


Marie Smith Jones, who is believed to be the last remaining speaker of the Alaskan language Eyak has died at age 89. She was an activist who supported conservation and the rights of indigenous people. She is survived by her nine children, none of whom can speak Eyak. Her Eyak name was Udach’ Kuqax*a’a’ch, which she translated as “a sound that calls people from afar”.



Heath Ledger, Australian actor, 28 ===

According to police in New York City, New York, Australian actor Heath Ledger, 28, has died from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs. He was found by his housekeeper in his Manhattan apartment.

At about 3:26 p.m. EST (UTC-5), the housekeeper was on her way to inform Ledger that his masseuse had arrived when she discovered his naked body on the bed.

Ledger starred in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain where he was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also starred in the 2000 movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson.


Journalist and morning news presenter for CBS died in a snowmobile accident. He was pronounced very soon after the emergency services arrived. Scott Hirschey, a childhood friend of Salerno was driving the snowmobile, was also injured.


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