South Australia enters week-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 Delta variant spread

Friday, July 23, 2021

With five active cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, South Australia begun a one-week lockdown on Monday. Announcing the lockdown, state Premier Steven Marshall declared “we have no alternative but to impose some fairly heavy and immediate restrictions”.

The first case out of South Australia’s active cases was presented to Modbury Hospital on Sunday night, having returned from Argentina earlier this month. The fifth, which Premier Marshall noted as “far more worrying”, visited The Greek on Halifax restaurant at the same time as someone who was later confirmed to be carrying the virus. Chief Public Health Officer for the state Nicola Spurrier said “if anyone has been at The Greek on Halifax they need to get into quarantine and get tested”.

In accordance with new regulations, there are only five reasons for South Australians to leave home: essential work, shopping for essential goods such as food, exercise, but only with people from the same household and within 2.5 kilometers (2 mi) of home, medical reasons (which includes testing and vaccination against the coronavirus, but excludes elective and cosmetic surgery), and caregiving.

Schools have closed for all but children of essential workers, with online learning having begun on Thursday. Face masks are also be mandated for those who leave home. ABC News reported that “support for businesses is expected to be announced…”, with all non-essential retail required to close under the new regulations.

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours A Helicopter Is Your Best Choice

By Grace Canning

Why a helicopter tour is the best way to see the Grand Canyon

You can see the Grand Canyon by airplane, SUV, horse or boat but none of them come close to the experience that you get soaring like a Condor 5000 feet up in a helicopter.

Tour the Grand Canyon by SUV

It’s comfortable and you get plenty of time to take in the information provided by your guide. You only see the Canyon from the ground and it can take a long time to see the sights.

Riding a horse through the Grand Canyon

It’s a great way to spend a few hours or days for that matter but only attempt this if you’re comfortable with horses. It’s not to everyone’s taste.

Boating through the Grand Canyon

See the Grand Canyon from the Colorado river. A great way to spend a day. It’s an awesome sight and can be very relaxing.

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Fly over the Canyon in a fixed wind airplane

This is a good way to see the Grand Canyon if you’re in a hurry. Fixed wing planes fly faster than helicopters but they also fly higher and the window viewing area is not as good as you get in a helicopter. You get to see a lot less of the Canyon this way. Fixed wing tours tend to be cheaper than helicopter tours.

Board your helicopter – You’re in for a treat

The Grand Canyon is an amazing natural wonder of the world. It’s over 270 miles (435km) long following the route of the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 18 miles (29km) wide at its widest points and it’s approximately one mile (1.6km) deep.

A helicopter has to be the best way to see the whole Canyon

The overwhelming scale of the canyon makes a helicopter tour the best way to get a good feel for the area on a short visit or at the beginning of a longer vacation. You’ll be looking down on the Grand Canyon as if you’re a Condor soaring over the magical landscape.

From your position high above the canyon you’ll have an unparalleled ability to compare the distinctively varied landscapes and vivid colours that are present in different areas of the region; from dry, dusty oranges to the greens of the more lush and fertile areas.

Descending below the canyon Rim

As you descend into the Grand Canyon the walls and peaks become visible. This gives you an awesome view of the many layers of rock that are just stacked on top of one another. Layers of rock present a colorful timeline of geological history where the youngest rocks are nearest the top and oldest are at the bottom. The oldest rocks are around 1,800 million years old would you believe that?

Helicopters only carry around 6 – 8 passengers at a time which lets you to escape the confusion of the tourist centres and viewing points. The tourist places get very busy and can spoil your appreciation of the beauty of the Canyon.

Explore one of the most awesome wonders of your natural world, book yourself a Grand Canyon helicopter tour today, you won’t regret it.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Wikinews interviews U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney

Friday, March 7, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Cynthia McKinney, one of the candidates for the Green Party nomination for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

McKinney is a former Democratic Congresswoman from Georgia. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and held her seat for ten years until being defeated by Denise Majette in 2002. She was the first ever African American woman from her state to be elected to Congress.

We asked her why she made the recent switch to the Green Party. She replied, “Due to the importance of environmental issues, Green issues are the issues of today. The Ten Key Values ofthe Green Party stress us getting along with each other in harmony with the planet that gives us life.”

When asked about how she would handle Iraq she replied, “I would instruct the Joint Chiefs to draw up a plan for the orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country. I would dismantle our military bases in the area, and I would also demand that U.S. andother international corporations relinquish any claims to Iraqi oil orother resources and withdraw as well.”

McKinney is running for president because, basically, she thinks that “it’s time that the people win”.

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Boston Celtics win 17th NBA championship

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Los Angeles Lakers 92 131 Boston Celtics

After 22 years of waiting, the Boston Celtics have won their 17th National Basketball Association championship, adding to the 16 that already hang from the rafters of the TD Banknorth Garden and before that, the old Boston Garden.

The Celtics won the game 131 to 92 and won the series with 4 wins over their old rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2. The game was highlighted by Ray Allen‘s seven 3-pointers, tying the NBA Finals single game record, as well as the Celtics 18 steals, easily a single game record also. Paul Pierce has been chosen series MVP.

The season is noted for the biggest single-season turnaround in NBA history as the last Celtics season was considered to be one of the worst in franchise history.

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How To Not Forget A Second Language

How to Not Forget a Second Language



Speaking a second language is one of the greatest talents anyone can have. It opens up opportunities for new careers and new friends, as well as allowing you to travel to exciting and diverse places. Whether you have grown up speaking a second language, learned it in school or picked it up later in life, fluency in a second language is a significant asset.

However, if you are not required to speak your second language in everyday life, you run the risk of becoming rusty or even losing fluency altogether. Although being in regular contact with native speakers is without doubt the best way in which to maintain fluency in a second language, there are several practical approaches that can help.

The tricky thing about language retention is that it has to be a conscious act. Whereas, whilst living abroad, you are forced to hear and use a second language during everyday life, keeping up a language that you don’t regularly use takes considerable time and effort. However, the benefit of familiarity with the language is that you do not need a teacher or the equivalent to provide any explanation. Language retention can be carried out on your own and at whatever time fits into your schedule.

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The key element in preventing you from forgetting a language is exposure to it. This can be achieved relatively easily, provided that you have the time and motivation to apply yourself to it, by reading and watching material in your second language. In order to remain on top of the language, however, it is important that you expose yourself to unfamiliar and fresh content. Rather than simply reviewing the material you have already used to learn the language, immerse yourself in new material in your second language. This will challenge you far more than simply re-traversing already familiar sources.

To ensure that language retention is as effective as possible, work it into your daily or weekly regime. For example, you could buy a newspaper or weekly magazine in your second language; this will also keep you up to date with politics, social and economic matters in the country or countries in question, so that when you next visit, your knowledge of current affairs will be akin to that of a resident.

The internet provides instant access to material in any language; you will find countless items of reading material in your second language. You can even watch foreign television channels and listen to local radio stations on the web.

Another key element in retaining your second language is that of keeping up with idiom and modernisms in the language. Every language is constantly changing and evolving, with new words and meanings emerging. Once again, using current material should help in ensuring that your use of the language does not become outdated.

You will also find that as soon as you are once again exposed to a native speaker, your knowledge of the language will return far more rapidly than you may have imagined possible.

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At least twelve killed after building collapses in Alexandria, Egypt

Thursday, October 9, 2008

At least twelve bodies have been recovered from the rubble of an apartment building in Alexandria, Egypt. Ten people were hospitalized after the four-storey structure, which was illegal, collapsed in at around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. No survivors have been pulled out since an eleven year old girl was rescued this morning. Search and rescue operations hare scheduled to end tonight.

The 53-year-old building was illegally modified in 1997 with the addition of two extra floors by owner Majdi al-Ishaqi. Two years ago, a court ordered the extra floors to be demolished but this never happened. Another subsequent order for renovations was also ignored. Structural alterations were demanded but never made.

“It was not in keeping with housing regulations. This is the third building to collapse in the district. The municipality cannot be exonerated,” said Saleh Subhi of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood. “The building was already ready to collapse.”

Two neighbouring apartment blocks were also evacuated, one suffering a partial roof collapse. One survivor, Samih Nazmi, said he and his parents escaped their ground floor dwelling relatively unscathed as the ground floor remained largely intact. He also described a sound akin to that of an exploding gas canister as the building came down.

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Wikinews interviews Jeremy Hanke, editor of MicroFilmmaker Magazine

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Jeremy Hanke, editor of MicroFilmmaker Magazine. The magazine, which is free to read online, was started as a resource for the low budget moviemaker and features book, independent film, equipment and software reviews as well as articles on film distribution, special effects and lighting.

He says that one of the goals of the magazine is to “connect low-budget filmmakers via a feeling of community, as many…..often compete so viciously against one another in film festivals for coveted “shots” with Hollywood, that they can quickly forget their similarities.”

When asked if films made on a shoestring budget can really compete with those made for millions of dollars, he replied, “no…yes…and absolutely. Allow me to explain.” And so he does in the interview below.

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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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Joint Treatment

Are Toxins And Allergens Causing An Autoimmune Epidemic?

By Mark Hyman, M.D.

It’s a condition that affects 24 million Americans – and its incidence has tripled in the last few decades.

It affects more women that breast cancer and heart disease combined.

And it just may be caused by the huge burden of environmental toxins that surround us.

What am I talking about?

It’s autoimmune disease.

Most of us know the most common autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, and psoriasis.

But there are actually more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, which can affect different bodily systems. These conditions occur when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign molecule like bacteria.

Swimming in a Toxic Soup

Although autoimmune disease can have many causes, toxins may be the most important.

You can read more about this issue in Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s groundbreaking new book, The Autoimmune Epidemic.

Fueled by her own struggle with autoimmune disease, Donna identifies environmental toxins, which she terms ‘autogens’ – foreign compounds that create an ‘auto’ reaction against the self – as the true cause of autoimmunity.

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In his foreword to Donna’s book, Dr. Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says that ‘there is no doubt that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and our increasing environmental exposure to toxins and chemicals is fueling the risk. The research is sound. The conclusions, unassailable.’

It’s no wonder.

We are exposed to astounding amounts of toxic chemicals.

A recent government survey (‘National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals’ issued in July 2005) found an average of 148 chemicals in our bodies.

Other research has found 287 industrial chemicals in the umbilical blood of infants, including pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, flame-retardants, Teflon, and toxic metals like mercury.

A Better Approach to Autoimmunity

This toxic chemical soup clearly has dire effects on our health. But conventional doctors don’t address this when treating autoimmunity.

Instead, they prescribe heavy-duty drugs like anti-inflammatories, steroids like prednisone, anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate, and new drugs like Enbrel and Remicade that block the effects of a powerful inflammatory molecule called TNF alpha.

These drugs may help in the short term – but they can have serious side effects and don’t address the root cause of autoimmunity.

I take a different approach with my patients. I tackle the underlying causes of autoimmune disease, such as allergens, poor diet, toxins, infections, and stress.

Then I add back the things the body needs to function optimally, like whole, clean food, nutrients, exercise, stress management, clean water and oxygen, community, connection, and meaning.

And the results are stunning.

One of my patients was just 42 but could barely function. She suffered from psoriasis and related arthritis. After eliminating gluten and other food allergens, removing heavy metals, and balancing her immune system, she has lost 30 pounds and is completely free of pain and psoriasis.

Another man suffered for years with the bloody diarrhea and pain of ulcerative colitis – until he removed the mercury and other toxins from his body.

And a recent patient with debilitating fatigue from multiple sclerosis got nearly complete relief of her symptoms after she had the mercury fillings removed from her teeth and went on a comprehensive detoxification program.

But this hasn’t just helped my patients. It’s helped my family, too.

I had chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition that has autoimmune features. Once I addressed my mercury poisoning, my chronic fatigue and autoimmune problems improved.

My wife developed debilitating autoimmunity with joint pain and fatigue. Getting rid of the heavy metals in her body with an intensive detoxification program cured her, too.

You can do it, too!

If you or a loved one has an autoimmune condition, try these tips:

— Read The Autoimmune Epidemic to learn why we have this problem, and how to fix it

— Find a Functional Medicine doctor who can help you address autoimmunity

— Come see us for an appointment at the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts

— Get tested for mercury and other heavy metals

— Get tested for celiac disease (an autoimmune reaction to wheat and other gluten-containing grains), which causes over 60 autoimmune diseases

— Take immune-balancing nutrients and supplements, including vitamin D, essential fats (like EPA/DHA and GLA), and probiotics

— Practice deep relaxation daily through yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or anything that reverses the stress response

— Practice the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as ‘better safe than sorry.’

— Learn how to boost your body’s own detoxification system.

Remember, by addressing the root causes of autoimmune disease, you can start feeling better and getting well – today.

About the Author: Mark Hyman, MD is a pioneer in functional medicine, practicing physician and best-selling author. A sneak preview of his book “The UltraSimple Diet” is available. See The UltraWellness Blog for more on

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