Travel To Live Life To The Full

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The word travel always has to do with moving, or going from one place to another. It was Ulysses who said: ‘I cannot rest from travel: I will drink life to the lees.’ Those words capture how journeying inspires interest and zest in life. That is not true of all people because some are happiest staying in one place.

Migration is one big reason for trekking. Animals migrate in order to survive, following food sources as they become available. Human beings migrate usually because of social and political factors that force them to move. In such cases travel can be painful. People may walk, or travel on whatever comes to hand, clutching the few possessions that they can take with them. However, some travel deliberately to new countries in search of safer or more prosperous lives.

In big cities people move continuously, in and out and around, going about their work. The vast cities of the world, like Beijing, London and Paris depend upon movement. It is like the blood coursing through veins and when travellers stop the city seems to sleep. Millions of people leave home in darkness and return every day in darkness. Transport is the huge industry that enables all the movement that is the hum of city life.

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Many of the reasons for travel have been eliminated by communication technology. Emails and videos can replace the one-to-one communication and transmission of messages that used to entail travel. However, the numbers of travellers keep rising. Perhaps once it is in the blood people become like Ulysses who cannot rest from journeys.

In the business world globalization provides many reasons for inter-continental flights. So popular is business flying that there is now much demand for private jets which eliminate most of the discomforts of flying for those who can afford it. It could just be possible that journeys could be a way of getting away from the hum drum for a while but one would be hard put to find a business person who would agree with this.

Most business people are not in the higher echelons where they can take trips at company expense. Instead they are tied to work stations where they may dream about places like Bali or Thailand where they can lie beneath the sun and let sea breezes waft across their bodies.

One of the earliest pieces of English travel writing is ‘Canterbury Tales’ published around 1400 by Geoffrey Chaucer. Himself an enthusiastic traveller, Chaucer makes no bones about the fact that pilgrims, ostensibly going to Canterbury to worship, are actually on a fun trip and using the pilgrimage as an excuse to have some fun. That fun is in meeting new and interesting people.

Leisure travel still gives those same opportunities to experience new and interesting places. In a world that has become something like a global village people fly from one end to another and back again, happy to meet people from opposite ends of the earth. They find that the can appreciate differences and enjoy what they have in common.

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State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

According to US health officials, New York state governor David Paterson has declared a state of emergency in the state as a result of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

The Associated Press news agency reports that the six-page declaration was issued because at least 75 people have died of H1N1 related illnesses in New York since April. Three have died from H1N1 related illnesses just this past week. The declaration also says that human cases of the virus are on the rise.

Paterson says he issued the declaration because “a disaster has occurred throughout New York State, for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.”

The declaration will allow health officials more access to the H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu shot. It will also allow for an increase in the number of vaccine doses available in the state and will allow more health care facilities to administer the vaccine, including dentists and pharmacists. Schools with health centers will also be allowed to administer both vaccines.

Despite the declaration, officials stressed that there is no reason to worry. A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, Claire Pospisil, said that “it [the declaration] helps us to be more prepared.”

The order came shortly after US president Barack Obama declared a national emergency last Saturday, a response to the spreading of the virus, which has now been circulated in 46 states.

BDSM as business: Interviews with Dominatrixes

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Whether the Civil War, World War II or the Iraq War, it can be challenging to face how conflict penetrates the psyche of a nation and surfaces in the nuances of life. There are thousands—if not millions—of individuals who indulge in fantasies others would deem perverse that have their nascence in some of the darkest moments of human history. It is possible someone you know pays a person to dress like a German Nazi to treat them like a “dirty Jew”, or to force them to pick cotton off the floor like a slave.

An S&M dungeon is a place where these individuals act out such taboos. Businesses that operate to meet their needs are often hidden, but they do exist and are typically legal. The clients want to remain confidential for fear of ostracism in their respective communities. As Sigmund Freud wrote, “Anyone who has violated a taboo becomes taboo himself because he possesses the dangerous quality of tempting others to follow his example.”

Last week Wikinews published the first in a two part series on the BDSM business: an interview with Bill & Rebecca, the owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber. This week we publish the second part: an interview with three dungeon employees, Mistress Alex, Mistress Jada and Mistress Veronica. In their world, BDSM is a game, a harmless pursuit of roleplaying exercises that satiate the desires of the tabooed. These Dominatrixes are the kind of women men fantasize about, but they all look like they could be babysitting your children this Saturday night. Most likely, they will not be.

Mistress Alex has a distinctive sheen when David Shankbone walks into the room. Her moist skin cools quickly from the blow of the air conditioner she stands in front of. Just having finished an hour and a half session, she is dressed in a latex one-piece skirt and matching boots. Mistress Jada, a shapely Latina dressed in red, joins the conversation and remains throughout. When Alex needs to tend to a client, Mistress Veronica, who looks like she would be as comfortable teaching kindergarten as she would “tanning a man’s hide”, takes over for her.

The interview was neither sensational nor typical, but what you read may surprise, repulse, or even awaken feelings you never knew you had. Below is David Shankbone’s interview with three Dominatrixes.


  • 1 Starting out
  • 2 What they get asked to do
  • 3 The psychology of S&M
  • 4 Psychological challenges
  • 5 Psychology II
  • 6 Comfort levels in the sessions
  • 7 Advice for those who want to be a Mistress
  • 8 Strange requests
  • 9 What they discover in themselves
  • 10 Boundaries
  • 11 BDSM Culture
  • 12 Dating for Dominatrixes
  • 13 Related interviews
  • 14 Sources
  • 15 External links

Lib Dems launch manifesto

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

An exhausted Charles Kennedy returned to the election campaign to launch a twenty page Liberal Democrat manifesto targeted at disaffected Labour voters, promising a fairer tax system and withdrawal from Iraq.

Entitled The Real Alternative the manifesto pledges to reduce the lowest rate of income tax, but increase the rate on those earning over £100,000 to 50%. The party would also scrap the unpopular local council tax in favour of a new local income tax. The manifesto also promises to remove hidden “stealth taxes”.

Under this system the party claims the poorest 15 million (25%) of people in Britain would be better off, and the middle 50% would be paying no extra tax.

The manifesto promised to scrap the controversial university tuition fees, increase services for pensioners and add £100 a month to the state pension, and train 21,000 new primary school teachers and 10,000 new police. A Lib Dem government would make eye and dental checks free, and reduce the cost of prescription medicine.

The Liberal Democrats were the only one of the three largest parliamentary parties to have consistently voted against the Iraq war, and the manifesto has promised an exit strategy with a phased withdrawal of Britain’s 8,000 troops still in the country.

“We reject a foreign policy based on ‘my ally right or wrong’,” Kennedy said. “And we say that war should always be a last resort.”

Kennedy, who became a father on Tuesday, admitted he’d had little sleep before the manifesto launch, and stumbled while answering questions on the proposed tax system.

Continuing Education Program In Nursing}

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Continuing Education Program in Nursing


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Today the nursing profession is an important element of every healthcare management system. Nevertheless, with the introduction of twin developments of better diagnostic techniques and changing social factors for healthcare delivery has pushed up new challenges to the nursing profession. This certainly implies that now merely having the theoretical or practical knowledge about the technical aspects of nursing is not sufficient for nurses. They must be able to demonstrate and perform leadership roles. The key elements of the emerging scenario clearly indicate that in a present situation the nurse must be capable of make and set up appropriate standards for evaluation and adopt cost-effective healthcare strategies. Thus, in order to respond effectively to the demands of change, continuing education programs in nursing has gained immense popularity over the last few years.

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In the past few years, continuing education programs in nursing has become one of the major nursing fields across the United States. They serve as a feasible mean of improving the nursing competence of the practitioner with the outcome of improved health care. The prime objective of continuing education program in nursing is to ensure that nurses remain up-to-date and competent in their professional practice. It is one of the few courses that allow nurses to sharpen professional competence, develop ethical principles of conduct and have the leadership qualities to adapt to changes in the society. Apart from all this, the program even let a nurse make further career advancement in nursing profession. It gives more credentials, which in-turn may help nurses increase their nursing salary. As per the recent study conducted by some of the leading industry experts, near about 80 percent of nurses when interviewed said their salaries increased by more than 15 percent after they decided to advance or continue their nursing education.

These days there are many nursing schools and universities offering online nursing continuing education programs and fulfilling the contact hour requirements for RNs, LVNs and LPNs. In fact, offering benefits like the convenience of completing the course on your own time and pace, online continuing nursing course is emerging as a better option. So, if you are looking to advance your nursing career and select online nursing continuing education program make sure that the course is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation or another professional body. In the United States, different states have different requirements, so ensure that the program you are taking actually meet the requirement for practicing as a nurse in your state. However, learning more about specific requirements in your state may further assist you in deciding the right continuing nursing education course.

Certainly, one cannot deny the fact that continuing education program in nursing is an excellent option for completing required courses to renew nursing credentials. Today there are many accredited nursing continuing courses available that is making it simpler for nurses to find the right classes for career advancement or credential renewal.

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News briefs:May 9, 2006

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The time is 13:30 (UTC) on May 9th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 Bush announces food aid to Darfur, AU faces fund crisis
    • 1.2 Beckett: no plans for Iran
    • 1.3 Australian Budget for 2006-2007 released
    • 1.4 Tasmanian miners rescued
    • 1.5 Third Australian miner laid to rest
    • 1.6 Varanasi bombings suspect shot in Kashmir
  • 2 Closing statements

News briefs:July 9, 2006

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The time is 18:00 (UTC) on July 9th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 Passenger airplane crashes in Siberia
    • 1.2 India successfully test-fires Agni-III missile
    • 1.3 Communal tensions rise in Mumbai as Shiv Sainiks protest desecration of statue
    • 1.4 Belated New Jersey budget passes, ending most of the shutdown
    • 1.5 Tory leader to make ‘hoodie’ plea
    • 1.6 Indian royal family disinherits gay scion
    • 1.7 Missing French girls Emeline and Melissa found safe
    • 1.8 Elderly man’s mutilated body found in Wellington’s south coast, NZ
  • 2 Closing statements


England’s elderly face human rights breaches in home care system

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A report published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) finds that, in many cases, England’s home care system breaches the human rights of the elderly it is supposed to serve. The Close to home: older people and human rights in home care report is the result of a twelve-month investigation into care generally provided by local authorities.

Approximately half of those receiving home care, plus friends and family, providing evidence to the inquiry were satisfied with the quality of care provided. However, the report stresses that there are “systemic problems” arising from “a failure to apply a human rights approach to home care provision”. The report asserts that it is generally not the fault of individuals providing care, but serious problems exist as local authorities seem unaware of their obligations under the Human Rights Act and fail to commission, procure, and monitor care accordingly.

The report says articles two, three and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights are frequently being breached. These, respectively, cover an individual’s right to life, protection from inhumane and degrading treatment, and respect for dignity and personal independence. Criticisms include that care is not provided in a common-sense manner, and funding of care for the elderly is at lower levels than for younger people with similar problems and needs.

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The EHRC’s investigation highlights a range of recurring complaints and attempts to identify the underlying causes; cost is repeatedly mentioned, with use of the private-sector leading to some local authorities offering a “one size fits all” service leaving many elderly feeling they are “a task to be undertaken” and have “little or no choice” as to help received, or when care workers visit. A failure to invest in care workers is noted, with significant responsibility and the wide range of skills required being rewarded with low pay and status; this, the report states, adversely impacts staff retention and, a high turnover of care workers can put the security of care recipients at-risk.

Within the wider investigation, a commissioned independent social report by The Arndale Centre conducted in-depth interviews with a cross-section of 40 elderly individuals receiving home care. As-stressed in the report, those selected were not on the basis of good, or bad, experiences with their – mainly local authority-provided – care. It highlights a widespread feeling amongst those interviewed that they are treated “like a number”, and that aspects of the care provided lead to, or fail to resolve, feelings of social isolation.

The Manchester-based Arndale Centre report concludes that, “[t]he general picture is of a wider home care system in which older people are not effectively involved: which they do not understand, and which does not often make the extra effort required to involve them in ways tailored to their state of health and other needs”.

nobody to talk [to] face to face. Nobody will knock on that door,[…] a life of isolation.

A recurring theme in the responses of those interviewed is the social isolation that their home care is not adequately addressing. One male interviewee in his seventies who previously used a scooter to get about said in his interview, “I haven’t been out of the house now for about four weeks. I daren’t. The last time I went out on the scooter I hit the kerb and it frightened the living daylights out of me.” Another, an 85-year-old woman who lives alone, expressed sadness at her inability to do normal things, “I would love to go to town to do some shopping. I haven’t been to town for about two years… Wander round the town and have a cup of tea… I’d love that.”

The social isolation many elderly experience was summed up neatly by another woman in her eighties in her interview: “When you go now, I will maybe not talk to anybody till tomorrow; maybe the whole of tomorrow nobody to talk [to]… face to face. Nobody will knock on that door, that is it, a life of isolation.”

The EHRC, having commissioned this report in the face of funding changes and reform of the care system, intends to press for legislative changes to ensure those receiving care at home are given the same protections under the Human Rights Act as those in residential care. In the conclusions of their report they offer to work with, and support, local authorities in understanding and delivering care that respects peoples’ rights and dignity; and, recommend better guidance as to the choices available to the elderly, and their families, be made available.

Popular Urban Wear Trends For Men And Women

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By Randy Mark

Urban wear is a type of dress code derived from street fashion. This apparel is also influenced by the music industry to a large extent. The trends of this fashion style for both men and women are somewhat similar, though there are trends that are uniquely designed for each gender.

Some of the most popular urban fashion trends for men and women include stripes. Stripes come in different styles and colors. These striped designs favor both genders, offering a variety of selections. Stripes go well with a number of other types of clothing patterns, though they have to be carefully matched up. Striped clothing includes shirts for both genders. With a variety of stripe colors, this trend has its place in urban wear.

The other trend in urban wear is prints. This is one of the most popular trends for both men and women. Print designs are available in abstract form, animal prints, floral prints, and geometric prints. This wear is unique with many designs that one can choose from depending on taste and preference. Various urban fashions for both men and women have exclusive print designs. This urban fashion includes tops, shirts, skirts and dresses.

The latest fashion in urban wear trends is the skinny jean. This is a bottom, and as the name suggests, it is a tight fitting, straight jeans. They come in different unique colors that run from red, green, white, yellow, denim blue to dark colors. With stylish pockets, these jeans have become part of urban fashion.

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Popular urban wear trends for both genders also involve the incorporation of graphics on clothing. These graphics are achieved through graffiti, which is printed using different paints including spray paint. These graphics include specific messages on shirts decorating them according to the style of urban fashion. The graffiti artwork on clothing, which includes tops, shirts, shorts and trousers, is an urban fashion trend that is popular, offering a wide variety of clothes for both men and women.

Another urban wear trend that favors both men and women includes adornments like studs, rhinestones and glitter, which complement the graphics incorporated in urban clothing.

Sneakers and hats are also part of urban wear clothing. Sneakers have many variations and their designs change day by day. The way to keep with urban sneakers fashions is simply to have a pair of trending sneakers. Urban style hats are also fashionable with vast unique colors and graphics.

Clothing associated with urban wear also includes unique shorts. Urban fashion offers large, long and baggy shorts. These shorts usually fall below the knee and have wide leg patterns. These shorts are usually worn below the waist with a belt to keep them in position. These shorts have an inimitable urban style.

Undergarments are also part of urban wear. These items, which include boxers and undershirts, offer a wide selection of decorative patterns. Urban fashion boxers are usually worn with pants or shorts by most young people. This is part of the urban style as well. These need to match the undershirt for a complete fashion look.

In general, urban wear is mostly associated with young men and women as it incorporates trends that involve designs, mostly favoring the youth. It also involves changing and implementing new designs from day to day. These range from baggy pants with large back pockets to fitting and tight pants. Urban fashion is amongst the latest fashion trends.

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Galloway and Pasqua deny any wrongdoing on their part in the oil-for-food program

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Following accusations issued by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), British Member of Parliament George Galloway and Senator Charles Pasqua of France have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

George Galloway declared:

I’ve now had a chance to read the report which was compiled without this Senate committee asking me a single question about these absurd allegations. I repeat once more. I have never traded or benefited from any oil deals with Iraq.

One of the companies named, with ostensible links to me– Aredio Petroleum– I have never heard of until today and I have certainly had no dealings with. The other company, Middle East Advanced Semiconductors, was owned by Fawaz Zureikat, who was the chairman of the Mariam Appeal. It is well-known that Mr Zureikat traded with Iraq but he did not do so on my behalf. I have not received a penny piece or any oil voucher from Iraq, directly or indirectly.

You would have thought that natural justice would have demanded that these allegations would have– must have been!– put to me, but they haven’t been. Senator Joseph McCarthy would have been proud of this committee.

On May 17, Galloway appeared before the U.S. senatorial panel and vehemently denied any wrongdoing in a tone seldom used in a senatorial hearing. He accused the U.S. administration of creating a “smoke screen” to divert attention away from the situation in Iraq. He also declared, “The biggest sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians. The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of your own government.”

Galloway denied receiving any money out of the scheme. Galloway demanded, “What counts is, where’s the money, senator? Who paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars? The answer to that is nobody,” while glaring toward U.S. senator Norm Coleman (Republican from Minnesota), according to a New York Times report.

Galloway also accused the US senators, especially senator Coleman, of shoddy standards of justice. He claimed they have already ruled him guilty, and that they rely on dubious evidence and wrongful or coerced testimonies.

Galloway declared:

You have my name on lists provided to you… by the convicted bank robber and fraudster and con man Ahmed Chalabi, who many people, to their credit, in your country now realize played a decisive role in leading your country into the disaster in Iraq.

In these circumstances, knowing what the world knows about how you treat prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison1, in Bagram Air Base [Afghanistan], in Guantanamo Bay — including, if I may say, British citizens being held in those places — I’m not sure how much credibility anyone would put on anything you manage to get from a prisoner in those circumstances.

1. Alluding to the acknowledged Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse.

Charles Pasqua also denies any personal wrongdoing in the case. Pasqua indicated that he was “serene” and that he hoped the investigations by the U.S. Senate would probe the matter to the bottom.

Pasqua judged the situation detrimental to relationships between the United States and France. For this reason, Pasqua declared that he had asked the president of the French Senate for the creation of an investigation commission, wishing that the French and U.S. senatorial commissions should collaborate.

Pasqua declared himself convinced that misconduct took place in the oil-for-food program, and that it was probable that some French people were involved. He then wished that they should be sought and prosecuted. “If one wants to find the origin of the financial streams, one can do so.” Pasqua mentioned the Swiss company Genmar, which the U.S. report claims to have served as Pasqua’s intermediary.

Pasqua denied information presented as facts in the report. For instance, he denied having met Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.

Pasqua pointed out that nothing in the senatorial evidence indicates that he had benefited from vouchers, only that one of his former advisers, Bernard Guillet, had received oil allocations in his name. From December 2000 onwards, allocations meant for Pasqua ceased and were replaced by allocations to Bernard Guillet.

Guillet was arrested by French authorities in April in connection with abuses under the oil-for-food program. Mr Guillet has been put under formal investigation for allegedly participating in a system of occult kickbacks and fees between 1996 and 2001 involving major French companies, including Total. He is suspected of having received amounts of money without good explanation from an intermediary specialized in the resale of Iraqi oil.