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In many ways it’s even more crucial to purchase the right indoor swimming pool design than it is for an outdoor pool. This is because an indoor pool becomes a central part of your home itself, rather than something which is set apart. Personal safety, resale considerations and internal decor/aesthetics must all therefore be taken into account, and a design must more acutely match the daily needs and routine of the household. One pool specialist has a veteran team of highly skilled engineers and designers who are well versed in swimming pool construction Windsor and nearby.
They treat every indoor pool as an opportunity to vastly improve a home, adding value and providing many years of luxurious enjoyment for inhabitants. Of course, part of the responsibility for creating the perfect pool lies with you the owner.
Without an idea of what you hope to achieve, including the size, style and features that your pool is to incorporate, plans may not fully satisfy every homeowner’s needs and desires for their pool.
For this reason, this team carries out extensive on site research beforehand to compile a detailed and accurate brief. This allows them to be able to bring almost any dream design to life. They can match pools seamlessly with the existing aesthetics, or create a microcosm into which tired homeowners can escape to unwind.
Perhaps you have children in the family? Pools can be a great way for kids to stay active and healthy. This firm always ensures that every safety precaution is installed and that all pools adhere to the relevant health and safety regulations -all the time bearing in mind that swimming should be a fun and exciting pastime.
And remember, their online shop also sells swimming pool supplies and they offer swimming pool repairs, which can preserve this idyllic retreat and increase its longevity.
For more information regarding bespoke designs and indoor swimming pool construction Windsor why not call this industry leader for an informal discussion. They design and construct saunas and steam rooms, and can provide hot tubs if desired so that your pool area caters for every preference at competitive and sensible prices.
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Written by Joel Tarplin on behalf of Edge Building and Leisure Ltd, specialists in swimming pool construction Windsor Author: Oliver Kyle
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Two ill after eating burgers laced with multi-purpose cleaner in Bathurst, Australia
Thursday, March 25, 2010
A prank by three young kitchen staff at Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant in the Central-Western New South Wales city of Bathurst went wrong when two customers required medical treatment after eating burgers they had laced with multi-purpose cleaner.
According to staff at the Emergency Department of Bathurst Hospital, two Hungry Jack’s customers became ill Sunday night after eating burgers contaminated with a chemical believed to be multi-purpose cleaner. One of the patrons was in a serious condition upon arrival at Bathurst Hospital due to being allergic to an ingredient in the cleaning product. “He presented to the emergency department as he was having an allergic reaction after eating a burger from Hungry Jacks, he was in a really bad way when he arrived here and if he had waited much longer it could have been much worse,” said a Greater Western Area Health Service employee. “We called Hungry Jacks and they said that three of their employees had been goofing off and sprayed multi-purpose cleaner inside the burgers so we then treated the patients for poisoning.”
Both customers are expected to make a full recovery. During an investigation undertaken by Wikinews reporter Nathan Carter, it was learned that the chemical sprayed into the burgers was KAY multipurpose cleaner which is reported to cause nausea, diarrhoea and mucosal and gastric irritation. The Material Safety Data Sheet for KAY multipurpose cleaner lists Antonic Surfactants as its hazardous ingredient.
In New South Wales, it is a criminal offence to make food intended for sale unsafe punishable by 2 years imprisonment. Due to restrictions on the publication of the name of young people involved in crimes in New South Wales, the names of kitchen staff can not be published. Wikinews was told by Hungry Jack’s staff that the staff involved in the incident remained employed by Hungry Jack’s. Josh, a Hungry Jack’s manager at the Bathurst restaurant, told Wikinews that his boss Adam was aware of the food contamination issue and would be taking steps to address it.
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Submitted by: Eric Winston
Are you green with envy over your neighbour s lush lawn? Wondering how he keeps it so perfect looking? He may just have a professional secret up his sleeve.
Choosing a commercial lawn maintenance company needs the same consideration as choosing someone to house sit or walk your dog. There are inscrutable companies all over, and avoiding them can be easy if you know what to look for and the questions to ask.
Your first task when looking for a commercial lawn maintenance company is to determine exactly what it is you want. It s not enough to say I want a pretty lawn , you need to think about things like what kind of fertilizers you want used on your property, how flexible you want the company you re working with to be, and how often you expect the company to treat your property. It s vital that you and your lawn and garden care professionals see eye to eye on what a lush, green, well cared for lawn and garden looks like.
Once you ve got a general idea of what you want from a commercial lawn maintenance company, ask your friends and neighbors for a recommendation. Even take a drive around and find a lawn and garden you admire, and talk to the owner about their maintenance routine and which lawn care service they use. Recommendations is the best way to learn about the reputation companies in your area have and what people really think of them.
Narrow your choices down to three or four commercial lawn maintenance companies in your area, and then interview them. Call for a free estimate, ask about their commitment to the environment and what kind of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers they use and how they handle broadleaf weed problems. Do you have an opportunity to request that certain products are or are definitely not used on your lawn and in your garden?
While you re asking these questions, it s important to remember to ask about their fertilization program. How many pounds of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium will be applied and when?
Find out up front what their pricing programs include and if there is a discount for paying annually. Talk to the company about what they can and cannot do; what kind of treatments are recommended, approximately how often the program suggests they should be applied. Are service calls included or is there a charge associated with them?
Make sure that the commercial lawn maintenance company you select is licensed and that they have the proper permits to apply elemental fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The Ministry of Environment will have strict regulations about the kinds of chemicals that can be used in lawn care programs. Does the company offer a guarantee of any kind on the results? What happens if the company fails to meet your expectations?
Finally, the last and most important thing to put into place is a written estimate. The document should clearly describe the services you will receive and how much it will cost you (either annually or per application).
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Isiah Thomas found guilty of sexual harassment
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The jury in the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment trial revealed a guilty verdict Tuesday, ruling that the current New York Knicks coach subjected former Madison Square Garden executive Anucha Browne Sanders to unwanted sexual advances and verbal insults.
In a minor victory for Thomas, the ruling also said that Thomas will not have to pay punitive damages. However, Thomas’ employer, Madison Square Garden, was also found guilty of harassment and will have to pay millions dollars worth of punitive damages to Browne Sanders.
The ugly three-week trial originated with a US$10 million lawsuit filed by Browne Sanders, the former senior vice president of marketing and business operations for the Knicks. She was fired by the team in December of 2006, and following her dismissal she filed the explosive lawsuit alleging that Madison Square Garden fostered an environment of sexism and inequality, personified by the conduct of Isiah Thomas. She stated that Thomas repeatedly called her a “bitch” and a “ho”, and pressured her to kiss him and said that he loved her. She also stated that the firing was the result of her filing a complaint about Thomas. Madison Square Garden, and the coach known for his charismatic and emotional demeanor, denied the charges.
After the guilty verdict was read, a relieved Browne Sanders hugged her family and friends who were present at the trial. Thomas met with his lawyers, and while leaving the courthouse stated, ““I’m innocent, very innocent, and I did not do the things she has accused me in this courtroom of doing. I’m extremely disappointed that the jury did not see the facts in this case. I will appeal this, and I remain confident in the man that I am and what I stand for and the family that I have.”
Madison Square Garden is also expected to appeal the decision.
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Cutty Sark blaze treated as ‘suspicious’
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Cutty Sark, one of the most famous historic sailing ships in the world, was seriously damaged by fire in the early hours of Monday morning, May 21, 2007. The 19th century ship, which is in dry dock in Greenwich, London, England, set a speed record during its working days, and has been a popular tourist attraction for many years.
The fire brigade was first called to the blaze on the tea clipper at 4:45 a.m. BST and reported that the flames had been extinguished by 7:00 a.m., but firefighters were still on the scene damping down at 8.30 a.m. The blaze was so intense that eight fire engines and 40 firefighters were sent to put out the fire. No injuries have been reported.
Cutty Sark Trust chief executive Richard Doughty said he was told the blaze was being treated as suspicious. “We’re losing history,” he lamented. “It’s unbelievable.” He went on: “When you lose the original fabric, you lose the touch of the craftsmen; you lose history itself. What is special about Cutty Sark is the timber, the iron frames, that went to the South China Sea. To think that is threatened in any way is unbelievable. It is an unimaginable shock.”
However, Doughty also confirmed that half of the ship’s planking, and all of the masts and rigging had been removed for renovations prior to the fire. The iron framework of the hull has been twisted and buckled.
The Chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, Chris Levitt, speaking later at the scene, said: “We had removed 50% of the planking, so 50% of the planking wasn’t on site and that’s safe and secure, and from where I stand there is not a huge amount of damage to the planking that was left on. There are pockets of charred planking and some have gone, but it doesn’t look as bad as first envisaged.”
Cutty Sark Trust curatorial consultant, Dr Eric Kentley was optimistic that the Ship is not completely devastated and can be saved. Speaking about the Cutty Sark, he said: “We will put her back together – but it’s going to take much much longer and a lot more money than we originally thought.”
The historic ship, one of London’s best known tourist attractions, has been in dry-dock in Greenwich since 1954. It is currently undergoing a £25 million renovation scheduled to last until 2009. It was feared that gas canisters used in the reconstruction work might explode in the blaze but the London Fire Brigade later confirmed that none were present, although concerns about the risk of explosion had caused some delay in tackling the fire. It is a Grade I listed monument and is on the Buildings At Risk Register in the UK.
Police believe the fire on board the ship may have begun in suspicious circumstances. They are studying CCTV footage which showed some movement around the ship in the early hours of the morning. They are appealing for witnesses who might have seen anyone near the ship or a silver car that was reported driving away from the scene.
The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 by Scott & Linton, Dumbarton in Scotland and completed by Dennys. It is the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Because the clippers were build of wood, but with a framework made of iron, they marked the transition from wood to iron. The windjammers that emerged some 30 years later were build completely of iron or steel.
The clippers were used in long-distance races between China and England, with large profits for the first ship back with the first tea of the year. The Cutty Sark sailed in the China trade between 1870 and 1877/78. She sailed in the Australian wool trade between 1883 and 1895, during which period she achieved the record breaking voyage under wind power between Australia and England via Cape Horn of 72 days in 1885.
The ship takes its name from a character in Burns‘ poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter.
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I have been asked this question many times. Sometimes by people who were well meaning and a lot of times by those who were not. People have asked me this under the guise of concern and curiosity but I was always able to gauge what they really wanted to know. My fellow teachers in my school were extremely unhappy when the Right to Education made it mandatory for them to have children with special needs in their classrooms. They used to complain about the extra burden, lack of facilities and infrastructure and for not being trained to handle children with special needs. I used to tell them to forget about all that and just accept. Acceptance paves the way for a lot of problems and solutions can be found within its realm. It was not just fellow teachers; there were parents too who thought having special needs children in the class would affect their childrens behaviour and these kids should go and study in special schools.
One of the common misconceptions was and still is that children with special needs are not educable and it is a time wasting exercise to put effort into teaching them. I believe this is a very dangerous thought for teachers to have, because if you are not convinced yourself, then the chances are youd never be able to fully support the inclusion.
Now back to the question, why do parents want to put their special needs children into mainstream schools? The answer is not one dimensional and frankly, many special needs parents have not had the best experience with inclusion. Many of them home-school their children based on their unpleasant experiences with the school system but other optimistic parents still send or want to send their kids to school. Let me be clear, academics is the last thing we have in our mind. So what makes this decision for us?
It is our RIGHT: Yes, the children with special needs are as much a part of the society as other children are. It is their right to be treated in the same way. Just like all the children going to the school are not alike and have varied abilities and skills, the same applies to our little special brigade as well. They all come with their own skills, strengths and challenges and it is their right to get the same treatment that their neuro-typical counterparts do.
Research suggests it is for the best: Inclusion is a natural extension of the philosophy that embraces diversity and celebrates individual differences. The advantages of inclusion in the classroom by mixing in students with special needs, regardless of the severity of a students disability or socio-economic status, have been well documented, whereas special needs kids who remain in segregated classes fall academically and socially further behind. One area in which children who enjoy inclusive education show long-term benefits is in their social-emotional development. The bottom line is that regular, sustained interaction in inclusive classrooms offers children with disabilities opportunities to observe, develop, expand, and generalize their social skills (Strain, McGee, & Kohler, 2001, p. 357). One research study concluded that children with social and communication delays show marked developmental progress on intellectual and language measures in comparison to their counterparts segregated from typically developing peers (Strain & Bovey, 2011,p. 134).
We parents want it: In an ideal world where educators would be well trained and accepting, resources would be plenty and nobody would treat our children differently; no parent would home school or send the children to so called special schools. But even in this less than ideal world I want my child to be a part of the society she has to live in all her life and to equip her to deal with the challenges rather than keeping her in a cocoon. My daughter, who has Downs Syndrome, goes to a mainstream school with her brother and I cant begin to describe the feeling when I wave them both goodbye in the morning. I have always wanted them to feel equal and get equal opportunities, and inclusion seems a good way for doing that!
It helps typical children: There is strong evidence of the positive effects of inclusive education on students who do not have disabilities. Both research and anecdotal data have shown that typical learners have demonstrated a greater acceptance and valuing of individual differences, enhanced self-esteem, a genuine capacity for friendship, and the acquisition of new skills, according to Long-Term Effects of Inclusion, from the ERIC Clearing House on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
Inclusion improves learning for both typical and special need students. When youngsters who have learning problems are included, students without disabilities often do better academically. A teacher is more apt to break instruction into finer parts or repeat directions if he or she has a youngster in the room who deals with deafness, blindness, or a developmental disability. Also when children are exposed to inclusion at an early age and consistently throughout their lives, they are more likely to approach children with disabilities with acceptance (Rafferty et al., 2001) and are less likely to view a disability as an impairment. Education World, Special Education Inclusion
It is the law: Yes, it is the law and not abiding by it is an offense. It is important for everybody to know that the RTE (Right to Education) Act was passed in 2009 and it is against the law to discriminate against special needs children and deny them admission. It is the responsibility of the schools to hire special educators and have the necessary infrastructure for the inclusion. It is true that many schools still dont care, but some do.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network says, How children are treated in schools often mirrors how they will be treated in later lifeA society that separates its children [during their school years] is likely to maintain those separations indefinitely, reinforcing attitudinal barriers to disability in all aspects of life.
Inclusion is still a dream for many parents. We look forward to the day when it will not be a struggle or a fight to put our children into a mainstream school. The day when a child will be treated with respect, dignity and care irrespective of his disability and when the school, parents and the teachers would promise to do the same that is when the true inclusion takes place.
About the Author: A teacher by profession and a writer by choice, Deepa Garwa is an opinionated blogger, a self advocate on disabilities and a parenting enthusiast. She believes that by thinking out of the box parents can help their children reach their best. A mother of two, (a soccer crazy son and a special needs daughter), Deepa writes about her parenting experiences on
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Samoa looking ahead to Rio Paralympics with eye on powerlifting
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
London, England — In an interview with Samoa’s Chef de Mission at the London Paralympics, Julie Tuala said she hopes to get a powerlifting program under way in Samoa following the London Games.
The Samoa Paralympic Committee, she explained, with assistance from the Oceania Paralympic Committee is submitting a grant request to acquire the equipment necessary for a powerlifting program in Samoa; equipment costs around A$18,000 to A$20,000 used, and is specifically built for paraplegic competitors who need to be strapped down when lifting. If Samoa is successful in getting the money for the equipment, the next challenge will be finding money to cover the cost of freighting it to Samoa. Tuala and the nation’s athletics coach have previously held raffles, run events at a golf club, and run bake sales to assist in covering costs for developing disability sport in the country and look to do it again if they can get the grant. The last grant the International Paralympic Committee gave for the region for the equipment did not include Samoa.
According to Tuala, equipment costs are a major barrier to participation in the development of disability sport. Samoan London Paralympian Leitu Viliamu needs a new leg as she has outgrown hers. A high quality leg like the one worn by Oscar Pistorius can cost upwards of AUD$10,000 per leg. Viliamu and fellow Samoan Paralympian Milo Toleafoa only acquired real running shoes for the first time when they arrived in London.
Samoa has primarily sent athletics competitors to past Paralympics because of the cost factor.
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Japanese wheelchair basketball player Mari Amimoto leads in scoring at world championships
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
With five days of competition complete as of last night, Japanese wheelchair basketball player Mari Amimoto leads in scoring at the Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship taking place in Toronto, Canada. She scored 122 total points, 7 more than the second highest leading scorer, Canadian Janet McLachlan.
The 4.5 point player Amimoto, who plays club basketball in Australia, led her team in scoring with 18 in their opener against Canada, which they lost 83–53. In her team’s 61–55 loss to China, she again led her team in scoring with 22 points. In her third game in pool play, a 48–62 loss to Great Britain, she again led her team in scoring with 25 points. In her team’s only win in pool play, she scored 37 points against Brazil in a game they won 63–52. In the final game of pool play, she scored 20 points, leading her team in scoring in their 82–49 loss to Germany.
Amimoto matched up against British player Helen Freeman, another leading scorer in the tournament, in her game against Great Britain. Freeman held back Amimoto’s game after Japan took a very an early lead 4–2.
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Overall in the competition, 126 players have scored at least two total points. Canada is the only nation with more than one player amongst the top ten scorers. Their second leading scorer is Katie Harnock, with 75 points so far. Other players in the top ten include USA player Rebecca Murray with 105 points, Dutch Mariska Beijer with 101 points, Chinese player Yong Qing Fu with 99 points, Mexican player Floralia Estrada with 96 points, British player Helen Freeman with 89 points, German player Marina Mohnen with 88 points, and French player Angelique Pichon with 76 points.
Round robin play concluded yesterday, with France, Germany, China, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States all having qualified to play in quarter-final matches scheduled for tomorrow. Japan was scheduled to play Mexico for ninth place, and Brazil was scheduled to play Peru for eleventh place.
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Dozens killed in Mexican prison riots
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Dozens of people have been killed in Mexico after two separate prison riots broke out in the city of Mazatlan.
According to the Public Safety Secretary, in the first attack, which occurred Monday, twenty inmates of the jail were shot to death after members of a gang started shooting at a rival group. Jail security staff managed to regain control of the prison, and found two assault rifles inside.
Another inmate was hospitalised and later died; three policemen were also wounded, and one is in serious condition.
Eight hours afterwards, another clash erupted, this time when inmates were stabbed by fellow prisoners, according to Public Safety Department spokesman Angeles Moreno. He added that police are investigating the cause of the attacks.
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