2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This year’s Leisure Taiwan trade show (a.k.a Taiwan Sport Recreation and Leisure Show) started yesterday, with 131 companies participating including sports media companies such as ESPN and VideoLand Television, businesses selling sports equipment and fitness clubs.

There were also a variety of sports being played in the arena built for the trade show. The events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free style shooting, and bicycle test-riding. In addition, conferences discussed issues related to sports and physical education.

A major topic in the trade show was energy-efficiency and, as a result, bicycles and similar sports equipment were being heavily promoted.

Next Tuesday, companies from the electronics industry plan to promote their industry at “2008 Digital E-Park.” In previous years, organizations from the electronics industry have showcased their products at Leisure Taiwan instead of at the Digital E-Park, so this move has reduced the number of markets covered by Leisure Taiwan.


Bus Trips To Grand Canyon Are Fun And Affordable

Submitted by: Luke Plunket

Savvy travelers know that Grand Canyon bus tours from Las Vegas are the most affordable way to see this natural wonder. Prices start at $80 per person and packages can be extended to include some great side-trips. If you’ve made it all this way to Vegas, make sure you don’t leave without a bus ride to the National Park.

From Las Vegas, there are two places that buses go to in the canyon: The West Rim and the South Rim. Trips start in the morning and take from a full day to 15 hours (South Rim). These all-inclusive tours come with free hotel pick up and drop off at all major Las Vegas Strip hotels, a lite breakfast, and a box lunch. Hands down, the South Rim bus tour is the most popular, so let’s tee off on that one.

South Rim Bus Tours

Yes the ride is long but it’s worth it. The South Rim is the real deal. It’s the place with the best scenery and the most awesome lookouts. You get up to three hours to explore the Park. Most guided tours take you to Mather Point, Yaki Point, and Yavapai Observation Station. Grand Canyon Village is your final halt. It’s here where you’ll enjoy the best gift shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.

If you are feeling really adventurous, I strongly suggest you extend your tour to include a helicopter ride. This flight leaves from Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan (a small town just outside the gates of the National Park) and makes a beeline for the Dragoon Corridor. This is the widest and deepest part of the canyon. It’s here where you’ll really get an understanding of the canyon’s magnitude. This trip turns back at the stoic cliffs of the North Rim.

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West Rim Bus Tours

The bus tour from Vegas to the West Rim is 2.5 hours. The drive is effortless and before you know it you’re standing at the edge of the rim. There’s a free shuttle service. Use it to visit Guano Point and Eagle Point. Price of admission also includes access to the Hualapai Indian Village. It’s an incredible re-creation of an Indian pueblo and includes tee pees, dwellings, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Many bus travelers add a helicopter ride to their package and do 4,000-foot descent to the base of the canyon. This comes with a Champagne picnic. Once down here, why not add a Grand Canyon river-rafting trip to the mix? The big pontoon boats are just a short walk upstream. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water as well as a brimmed hat – it gets hot down there.

The other most popular add-on is the Grand Canyon Skywalk. This glass bridge is world-famous and attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year since its opening in 2007. This world-class attraction lets you walk 70 feet past the edge of the rim. Hold your breath and look down. There, 4,000 feet below you is the Colorado River! It’s a realization that can leave you breathless.

Book Online

Vegas bus tours to the Grand Canyon are definitely the most affordable way to get there. But don’t let that hold you back from getting a knockout deal. Shop these bus tours on the Internet. This is where tour operators and brokers post their best deals. For example, I know of one where you can get a round-trip to the South Rim for just around $80 per person. That’s phenomenal.

While on the website you might be tempted to pick up the phone and let customer service book your trip for you. Stop. That person at the other end of the line is a commissioned sales person. Book with them and you’ll be upsold in ways you can’t imagine. My advice is to get your questions answered, say “thanks,” and then conclude the transaction online. It’s always cheaper this way.

Time to Ride!

Let’s get you off the Strip and on board a Grand Canyon bus tour from Las Vegas! These motor coaches are top-of-line luxury buses. Departures leave every day of the year including holidays. Destinations include the West Rim and the South Rim. Feel free to upgrade your bus package with a helicopter ride or a rafting trip. It’s OK to splurge. Especially considering the monster deal you’re going to nail on the Web.

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Oldbury nuclear power station suffers fire

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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

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

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


Psychiatrist Dr. Jerald Block tells Wikinews about addiction to the Internet

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dr. Jerald Block is a psychiatrist based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Dr. Block has attracted some media attention due to one theory of his – the idea that Internet addiction can be viewed as a distinct mental condition.

In an interview with Wikinews, Dr. Block discusses this theory, including what needs to be done about it, and the alleged violent response that can arise from an addict’s withdrawal. Below is the full exclusive interview.


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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, €120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”


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Stress Relief While You Are Working

Stress Relief While You are Working


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Stress Relief While You are Working

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The place where most people feel stressed is at work. No matter what your job might be, a job involves a number of responsibilities, dealing with other people, and often navigating office politics – all at the same time. It’s really not surprising that people become anxious. But since you need to work in order to pay the bills, it’s a good idea to learn how to get stress relief while you are at work. There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea as well as many ideas for making stress one less thing you need to worry about during business hours. Benefits of Managing Work Stress When you begin to take control of the stress in your life, you will begin to see the benefits. Not only are you going to be helping your body be healthy, but you will also be able to work in a more productive way. When your body isn’t constantly stressed, you will be able to do your job better and you will even find that your work tasks seem easier. A person who is less stressed is also a person that is easier to work with, helping your relationships among colleagues and clients. You will also find that you’re not as upset about things which happen at work; you’re better equipped to let problems slide off of you. You can face the issues you need to face, deal with them, and then move onto something else, instead of holding onto your worries when you get home. Making Your Work Less Stressful You can make your work less stressful in a number of ways. You might want to start by figuring out exactly what makes you feel stressed and whether you can do anything to prevent the tension. In some cases, you may find you can’t think of solutions, so turn to your manager or other co-workers to help you come up with solutions. When you begin to find new ways of approaching your problems, you will find that work isn’t as stressful as it seems. You will then want to carve out some time each day for you to relax. Whether you take a walk at lunch time or you simply walk away from your desk for a few minutes each hour, look for ways to remove yourself from your work pile. Those few minutes you don’t work will help you to refocus your thoughts and begin to change the way you approach your tasks. You may also want to add some exercise to your daily routine and try to limit the time you spend on work at home. Choosing to See Life in a Positive Light The best way to when you’re at work and when you’re anywhere in life is to change your attitude. Though it might seem to be helpful to complain about everything, it’s actually causing your body to feel more stressed. Instead, try to find the positive side in everything that you do. Whenever you’re faced with a problem, ask yourself, ‘What is positive about this situation?’ You might find that, with practice, you can find something good about everything that you’re experiencing. You will begin to see that things aren’t as bad as they once seemed. As you break the negativity habit, your stress levels will lower naturally, allowing you to adapt more easily to any stress-inducing situation.

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KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.


‘The Gates’ opens in New York City

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

New York, New York –On February 12, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped the first piece of fabric in The Gates, a land art project by Christo and Jeanne Claude.

The artists installed 7,500 metal “gates” along 23 miles of pathways in New York City’s Central Park. Each gate supported a flag-shaped piece of saffron fabric. The project is scheduled to run from Feb. 12, 2005 through Feb. 27, 2005. The project is sometimes referred to as “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005″ in reference to the time between the artists’ initial proposal and the present day.