Scottish Midlothian car crash kills three

June 28, 2017

Monday, December 24, 2012

Two cars have been involved in a road traffic accident in the Scottish Lothian and Borders region, causing three fatalities and sending three to hospital. The incident occurred on the A68 road approximately 1.5 miles south of the Midlothian village of Pathhead when a Škoda Octavia and a Nissan Note travelling in opposite directions collided at approximately 0730 UTC today.

The Nissan, which was carrying five occupants, overturned and came to rest on its roof. Three male Buddhist monks who sat in the back of the car died at the site of the crash. The female driver of the vehicle managed to get out of the vehicle herself but another male passenger in the front of the car had to be cut free by fire service members. The two front-seat passengers as well as the male driver of the Škoda were hospitalised at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, although none of their injuries are considered likely to be fatal.

“This is a tragic incident,” Inspector Simon Bradshaw of Lothian and Borders Police said, “and we are currently in the process of carrying out inquiries in order to establish the full circumstances of the collision.” The A68 road close to the location of the accident was temporarily closed to allow police to investigate the incident, with traffic redirected to the B6370 road via the town of Gorebridge. The road has since reopened.

6 Delicious Ways To Prepare Kielbasa}

June 26, 2017

6 Delicious Ways to Prepare Kielbasa


Jordan Rocksmith

It’s that time of day again. It’s time to figure out what you are going to make for dinner. You are probably going through your normal list of recipes and nothing sounds good. If you are in a rut with your meals, it’s time to try something new. Ditch the chicken and steak for something new. Kielbasa is a savory smoked sausage that hails from Europe. Sometimes known as a polish sausage, it has many different names depending on the area. While different countries might prepare it differently, this cut of meat is delicious in all forms. So, next time you’re racking your brain for meal plans, try one of these delectable ideas.

1.Jambalaya. If your family loves spicy Creole food, this should be a staple meal. This rich southern dish is a perfect fit for kielbasa. While there are many different ways to prepare it, jambalaya is nothing without sausage. Cooked and added to a pot with chicken, peppers, rice, and seasoning, it will create a delicious Cajun dish that your family will ask for regularly.

2.Soups. One of the most traditional dishes that include this type of sausage combines lentils, seasonings, and broth with chopped-up pieces of this smoky meat. However, kielbasa is also a great addition to cheesy potato soups, chowders, and chili. Another popular soup combines orzo pasta, kale, kielbasa, and broth. It doesn’t matter which recipe you decide to use it in, with this savory sausage in the mix, your soup will be perfect for those cold winter nights!

3.Grilled with sides. If you don’t feel like getting too fancy with your meal, try grilling the sausage plain. Kielbasa is also great by itself! Serve it next to some steamed broccoli or mashed potatoes for a meal that is simple, yet satisfying. You can also try adding it to a skewer with your favorite garden veggies. Placing it on a shish kebab with zucchini, tomatoes, and onions will result in a meal that will complete those picturesque summer days.

4.Serve it traditionally. Kielbasa hails from Eastern Europe. While traditional dishes may vary, they are all excellent. Depending on the region, recipes will vary. For example, you can serve this sausage up with sauerkraut on a bun or in a skillet for a German twist. You can also try a casserole with potatoes, onions, cheese, and kielbasa. No matter what you decide to use it in, your guests will definitely be asking for seconds!

5.For breakfast. Are you in a rut when it comes to the first meal of the day? Kick your breakfast up a notch. Fry up a couple of eggs and serve this delectable sausage up next to it. Add some fruit and a piece of toast and you have a well-balanced, delicious meal that you will be thinking about for the rest of the day. If you have a little bit more time in the morning, throw some peppers, onions, and hash browns into a skillet with the sausage. Let it cook until the veggies are soft. Then, top off this savory hash with an egg over easy.

6.As an appetizer. Want to start your party off with a bang? Cut up pieces of kielbasa into bite-size circles. Then, cook them up in your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve them to your guests on toothpicks for an appetizer that everyone loves!

There are hundreds of other great ways to use this delicious sausage in your meals. Don’t let your dinner rotation get boring. Use this meat as a great alternative to your go-to cuts. Kielbasa offers a way to spice up your favorite dishes.

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Emergency declared in US state of Washington, eight additional casualties, many still without power

June 26, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2006

A state of emergency was declared Sunday for the U.S. state of Washington by governor Christine Gregoire, as additional reports of storm-related casualties surfaced. The state National Guard has been deployed to aid in distributing supplies.

Thousands were still without power in the coastal and Puget Sound regions, though most urban areas were back with power as late as Sunday afternoon, and outages were mostly contained to rural and unincorporated areas. Puget Sound Energy reported that roughly 500,000 energy customers out of the 700,000 who lost power were back in service by Sunday evening. Seattle City Light, the city’s independent municipal utility, reported only 18,000 customers still without power as of Monday morning, down from a peak of 175,000.

Four additional deaths related to the post-storm power outage had been reported as of Monday, bringing the total number of casualties to eight. A man in Gig Harbor was electrocuted by a downed power line while walking his dog. Another man in Spanaway died when an unattended candle caused a house fire.

Two died from carbon monoxide poisoning in separate incidents related to use of combustion devices indoors. Roughly a hundred additional cases of non-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning were reported from people using generators or grills indoors. News radio stations and authorities warned the public to stay away from downed power lines and not to use grills indoors. Dr. Neil Hampson at Virginia Mason’s hyperbaric unit, where a number of victims were being treated, warned it could be “the worse case of carbon monoxide poisioning in the country”.

On Monday, four new carbon-monoxide deaths were reported in a family of five in Burien due to an indoor generator. In Canada, which had some damage from the week’s storms, two southern British Columbia carbon monoxide deaths were also reported. Despite continued warnings, hospitals are still seeing cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, including a family in w:Shoreline, Washington which was taken to the hospital after they reported symptoms due to their indoor grill. Neighbors of the Burien family suggested that noise concerns are leading people to place noisy generators indoors.

The massive power outage left many stores and gas stations unable to operate. Some businesses opened with the help of backup generators, conserving power by foregoing heat and refrigeration, exterior lighting, and half the interior lighting. Most stores had run out of “D” size batteries, the most common size for flashlights, as well as firelogs and other essentials. Gasoline shortages were reported throughout the area, with one man selling excess fuel for as high as $15 per gallon, over 5 times the average retail price.

The Red Cross set up shelters throughout King and other affected counties for those without power or food. Hotels reported no vacancies as whole families took shelter in powered hotels, especially in Seattle. Restaurants also reported brisk business as people sought out a hot cooked meal. Tons of perishable food were expected to have become unsafe after the prolonged outage disabled refrigerators and freezers both in homes and stores.

Many of those without power visited nearby friends and family living where power had been continued or restored, while others traveled out of the area to places that had not been affected. The widespread outage made long-distance traveling treacherous on some major routes, with roadway lighting, cellular towers, and services disabled by the outage.

Most major roadways which were closed during the storm were reopened on Friday. The 520 Floating Bridge over Lake Washington, a major conduit to the technology-rich Eastside, sustained minor damage. Amtrak, which had halted its Cascades service, resumed Saturday evening. Sea-Tac Airport resumed operations with a reduced flight load, after a transient power outage on Friday disabled the airport radar and caused all planes to be grounded until it was repaired.

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension: More Fuel For The Charleston, Sc Market}

June 17, 2017

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Weve had great news in the housing market this past week! The $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit will be extended through April 30, 2010. This extension is good news especially for first time home buyers taking advantage of the credit.

But, even if you dont qualify for it, know that you should benefit indirectly from it. Its been a very effective incentive for getting homes sold in Charleston, and as Realtors weve seen the results firsthand in our area. The extension is expected to help continue the healthy growth that weve seen in the Charleston real estate market in the past few months.

I have included below more of the details regarding the tax credit extension. These are important to note because this go round, there are more provisions to meet compared to the original tax credit.

1) The IRS defines a first-time home buyer as someone who has not owned a principal residence for the three years prior to purchase.

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2) The amount is equal to 10 percent of the homes purchase price, up to a maximum of $8,000.

3) The purchase price of the home must be $800,000 or less.

4) The time frame includes sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. However, if a binding sales contract is signed by April 30, 2010, a buyer can still qualify if he/she closes by June 30, 2010. Buyers who are in the military have some special extensions for these deadlines, so be sure to tell your lender if you meet this qualification.

5) For homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before November 6, 2009: single tax payers must meet the income limit of $75,000 (for married couples filing jointly, their income must not exceed $150,000).

6) For homes purchased after November 6, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010: single tax payers must not exceed the income limit of $125,000 (married couples filing jointly must not exceed $225,000).

7) The main benefit of a tax credit is that it works as a dollar-for-dollar benefit. If it were a tax deduction, it would only reduce your tax liability and would only save you $1,000 to $1,500 in the long run. So, lets say you are a first time home buyer qualifying for the entire credit. If you owe $8,000 in income taxes qualify for a tax credit of $8,000, you would owe nothing.

8) The tax credit is also refundable, which means you can receive a check for the credit if you have little or no income tax liability. So, lets say you are eligible for a tax credit of $8,000, and you owe $3,000 in income taxes. You can still receive a check for the remaining $5,000!

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Waters on trial for House ethics charges

June 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A United States House of Representatives ethics panel has charged Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) with violating unspecified ethics rules, making her the second Democrat in a week to be charged with ethical violations.

Since 2008, the Office of Congressional Ethics has investigated Waters for requesting a meeting with former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. Although the meeting was supposed to be about minority-owned banks, the actual conversation focused on one bank, OneUnited. Water’s husband, Sidney Williams, had been a stock-holder and board member in the bank at the time.

OneUnited later received US$12 million in bailout funds, and an unnamed member of Congress said that Waters had been unsure how to deal with OneUnited, which had been near collapse, “because Sidney’s been on the board.”

A statement from the panel does not disclose when it will state the charges or say how many there are.

Waters released a statement stating “I have not violated any House rules. Therefore, I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in a public hearing.”

She also vowed to take the case to a public trial, and also said “The record will clearly show that in advocating on behalf of minority banks neither my office nor I benefited in any way, engaged in improper action or influenced anyone.”

Waters has represented her district in South Central Los Angeles, California for 20 years.

This incident comes just five days after another House Democrat, Charlie Rangel of New York was charged with thirteen ethics violations. Rangel’s charges range from tax evasion to donations he solicited for an education center bearing his name.

Senior security official: “Hardly any chance” to ban German Church of Scientology

June 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Responding to a request of the chairman of the German Minister of Interior Conference, the interior affairs chief of the State of Saxony, Mr. Albrecht Buttolo, told the Associated Press (AP) today that he sees hardly any chance to ban the German Church of Scientology. His statement adds to heavy critique by the extremism expert of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Kristina Köhler, as well as speakers of all other Federal Parliament parties, who stated that it would not be a governmental task to ban a group like the Church of Scientology. The Berlin government expert Ulrich Battis added that a religious community like Scientology is almost impossible to ban.

The organization has been under investigation by the German government for over a decade by the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution. A spokesperson of the Office stated recently that a ban of the organization would be “not realistic” at the moment and that there isn’t enough evidence to support freezing its activities.

As German domestic security services prepared for a December 7 meeting, they found that the organization does operate in ways that may be perceived as hostile to the German constitution, but that at present the Church of Scientology has failed to successfully infiltrate German society; membership has stagnated. Investigators will initiate more intense surveillance through the Autumn of 2008 before deciding on whether to take further action.


A speaker of the Federal Ministry of Interior, senior agency of the Office for Protection of the Constitution, stated that the public request for a ban was organized by some State Ministers of Interior as a “warning shot” for Scientology. The Church of Scientology had been increasing its public activities in 2006 and has opened new 41,000 square foot headquarters in the German capital Berlin in 2007. Also, in November 2007 well-known Scientologist Tom Cruise was awarded the German media prize “Bambi“, for courage in taking on the subject of German Resistance in the Third Reich in his newest movie Valkyrie. Cruise had been under public attack by the Federal Government first and refused permits for filming at historical sites. Later the Government dropped its concerns and decided to allow him to shoot scenes at the requested locations.

Canadian government announces major tax reductions

June 17, 2017

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a five-year program that could reduce taxes by a total C$60 billion.

The planned tax reduction measures include:

  • Low-end personal income tax rates would be reduced from 15.5% to 15%, taking retroactive effect to the start of 2007;
  • The basic personal exemption, the amount at which income is taxable, is raised from C$8,929 to C$9,600, also backdated to January 2007;
  • Business tax rates are expected regularly drop from the current 20.5% to 15% in 2012;
  • The Goods and Services Tax that applies to most purchases would be reduced from 6% to 5% as 2008 begins. This rate was previously reduced from 7% July 2006, shortly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office.

These measures will be brought before the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday as a confidence motion. In Canada’s minority government situation, opposition parties could defeat these measures and likely prompt an election. However, opposition leader Stéphane Dion has expressed an unwillingness to defeat the government on this matter.

Common Mistakes Black Women Make When Caring For Their Hair}

June 17, 2017

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It is common knowledge by now that Black women tend to spend a lot of money on their hair. Money is spent on everything from shampoos, conditioners, pomades, hair tonics, and treatments to hair extensions, wigs and hair pieces. Every month, new glossy adverts are published with the latest miracle product that promises to solve one of your hair woes or the other. Be it restoring your hair line to its original glory, or growing your hair to lengths youd never dreamt possible, each new product promises wonders.

Ive often noticed that whenever there is a buzz word in the hair care industry, new products quickly appear on the market with the buzz word splattered across its labels and advertising campaigns. For example, argan oil has become popular recently for its moisturising and conditioning effects on hair. As a result a plethora of new products have appeared clearly highlighting the fact they have argan oil in them. It is easy to get carried away by the many benefits these products claim to have and start using too many of them at once.

Black women, who are always on the look out for hair products that will make their hair easier to style tend to fall into this trap time and time again. Below Ive laid out the common mistakes Black women make when caring for their hair which leads them to spend excessively on hair care products.

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1.Receeding hair lines are usually a result of traction alopecia, so addressing the cause of traction alopecia itself will produce quicker results than applying some miracle growth product while wearing tight braids or weaves. It would be like taking a headache tablet because youve banged your head against a wall, then continuing to bang your head against the wall after youve taken the tablet and expect it to work. It wont. Stop the cause of hair pulling that is causing your traction alopecia before you begin treating it.

2.Miracle lotions and potions to treat bald patches or receeding hair lines are a waste of time. If youve suffered from traction alopecia for a long time because of weaves, braids and hair pieces, first take a break from the extensions, then use a proper hair growth treatment like Rogaine or Regaine in Europe on the affected areas for guaranteed results. Minoxidil has been proven to treat hair loss for years so why not use it? Women often fear theyll grow a beard or facial hair, but they neednt be worried as first of all any facial hair grown isnt noticeable, can be waxed off and is only temporary.

3.The scalp doesnt not need the quantities of oil or grease that is often used to moisturise it. African American hair is naturally dry and doesnt reflect light like Caucasian hair does, so Black women tend to use oils and grease to make it shine. The hair industry loves producing these useless pomades and creams every year that claim to encourage hair growth when applied to the scalp regularly. These greases and creams only serve to clog the follicles because black women dont tend not to wash their hair regularly because of how dry it is naturally. If you must, use an oil like virgin coconut oil not more than once a week as it actually gets absorbed by the scalp instead of just sitting on the scalp. Note that dandruff is not caused by a dry scalp but rather by bacteria, so if you suffer from dandruff, find a suitable medicated treatment for it like Nizoral shampoo.

Now with this new found knowledge, take a look in your bathroom cupboard and notice how many of your hair care products you don’t really need anymore.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2016

June 16, 2017

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the Free & Equal Foundation holds a presidential debate with three little-known candidates; three additional candidates give their final pleas to voters; and past Wikinews interviewees provide their electoral predictions ahead of the November 8 election.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Free & Equal Debate
  • 3 Final pleas
  • 4 Predictions
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Aaron Parent, Essex

June 16, 2017

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Aaron Parent is running for the Libertarian in the Ontario provincial election, in the Essex riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.