Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has warned against a fraudulent email claiming to be from the ATO. The email, which is similar to previous scams, uses the ATO logo and has the subject line of ‘Notification – Please read’, ‘Australian Taxation Office – Please read’ or other variations.

The email directs recipients to a bogus website that looks similar to the ATO website and requests credit card and personal details.

“People should be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Tax Office,” says Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo.

“As an extra precaution we recommend you type internet addresses directly into your internet browser rather than clicking on links embedded in emails,” added D’Ascenzo who also stated that anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this scam are urged to contact their credit card provider.

The ATO Says that it does not send any unsolicited emails.

Massachusetts lawmakers enact plan for universal health coverage

Friday, April 7, 2006Legislators in the Massachusetts General Court, their name for the state legislature, approved legislation on Tuesday, April 4, that would make it the first state in the United States to require all residents to have health insurance and impose penalties for non-compliance. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican who is expected to run for U.S. President in 2008, is expected to sign the bill.

The bill passed the lower house, the Massachusetts House of Representatives by a vote of 155-2, and unanimously by the state senate. The Democratic Party holds supermajorities in both houses of the legislature.

Among the bill’s provisions are these:

  1. Businesses that employ more than 10 people are required to provide health insurance for all staff or face fines of $295 per year per uninsured worker.
  2. Individuals will be required to enroll in a health plan by July 1, 2007, or face tax penalties.
  3. Health insurers will provide partially to fully subsidized coverage for low-income residents.

At least one other state (Hawaii) requires employers to provide employee health insurance, but no other state holds individuals accountable for coverage.

Window Cleaning Facts

byAlma Abell

Window cleaning for your commercial property ensures that you present your best image to your clients and customers. Dirty and cloudy windows send a message of disrepair and that is not a good presentation to make. For this reason, it is imperative to find a window cleaning company in your local area of Charleston, SC who can help you keep your property looking its very best at all times. With adequate window cleaning, your business will be kept well and serviced properly so that you can enjoy a clear and pristine view while feeling confident that your property looks its very best.

Improve your image

One of the facts you should know is that clean windows always improve your image. They show that the business owner is meticulous about the condition of their property and that they are also likely to handle business deals with the same level of attention. Many people forget that it is in the small details that all the difference is made. When it comes to window cleaning, finding the best service provider in Charleston, SC will help improve your image each and every time.

Create a clear view

Viewing the outdoors boosts morale and improves the atmosphere inside the office. When your windows are dull and cloudy, the view is obstructed. This is one of the most important facts about commercial window cleaning that you should be aware of. Getting a professional company to clean out the dirty windows is sure to have the desired effect of improving the view so everyone can enjoy a clear and unobstructed influx of light into the office environment.

Heat Efficiency indoors

Another fact about window cleaning that Charleston, SC property owners should be aware of is that when the light enters the indoors through your windows, it keeps the interior warm and bright. Improperly cleaned windows will have the unwanted effect of keeping this natural warming agent out. When you keep your windows in the best condition, you can enjoy the benefits of clean windows and increased energy efficiency.

Keeping these basic facts in mind will help you to understand the importance of proper window cleaning in Charleston, SC. You can find a reputable company online who can help you with all of your window cleaning needs.

Summit Building Services Inc. can help you with all of your window cleaning needs in Charleston, SC. Find out what a difference they can make when you visit them online.

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate David Sparrow in Don Valley West

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate David Sparrow in Don Valley West
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with David Sparrow. Sparrow is a candidate in Ontario’s Don Valley West riding, running under the New Democratic Party (NDP) banner. The riding was set to vote in a by-election on September 22, 2008, following the resignation of John Godfrey, but Stephen Harper’s sudden election call nulled that effort.

Also running in the Toronto riding are Liberal Rob Oliphant, Conservative John Carmichael, Green Georgina Wilcock, and Communist Catherine Holliday.

The following is an interview with Sparrow, conducted via email. The interview is published unedited, as sent to Wikinews.

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One dead in ski chairlift accident in Switzerland

One dead in ski chairlift accident in Switzerland
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Thursday, January 3, 2008

At 12:50 pm on January 3, a ski chairlift ride cost a German skier’s life and another German woman was left with serious injuries after the lift cable derailed from the mast sheaves in a windstorm. The derailed chairlift is the two-seater Fallboden lift at Kleine Scheidegg, next to the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland.

Two more Australian tourists were lightly injured. About 20 further people had to be evacuated from the stopped chairlift. Wind velocity peaking at 90km/h prevented a helicopter from rescuing the trapped passengers, complicating the rescue.

According to, the lift was manufactured by Garaventa AG, a major Swiss ski lift company, now a part of an international group Doppelmayr/Garaventa. When contacted no one was available for comment.

Shortly before the accident, a wind alarm was activated few times by a 60km/h wind. The operator decided to close the lift and waited for the lift to unload all passengers; at the moment of the catastrophe the bottom station of the lift was already closed, but 75 passengers were still on the lift.

According to the Swiss law, every chair lift must be designed to withstand a lateral wind load of 250 newtons (approx. 25kg) per square meter. However there is no law limit at which wind speed or lateral loads the chair lifts have to be stopped. This safety aspect is left to the responsibility of the operator. The safety of the lift was checked by the Swiss Federal Office of Transport in January 2006. This chairlift accident is said to be the worst in Switzerland for the last 8 years.

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Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling

Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Monday, April 18, 2005

At a press conference Monday, Lance Armstrong announced his intention to retire from professional cycling after going for his 7th Tour de France title in July 2005.

“Ultimately, athletes have to retire,” said the 33 year-old American. “The body doesn’t just keep going and going.”

Speculation on the retirement of the six-time Tour de France winner had been growing in recent months. The Texan had hinted at wanting to spend more time with his children and his cancer charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. There was talk he may marry his well-known girlfriend, rock-star singer Sheryl Crow.

Armstrong battled with testicular cancer in 1996 before coming back to win the 1999 edition of the legendary French race. He went on to win the next five Tours de France and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport.

Asked about his chances for Tour success, he expressed hope tempered with praise for his opponents. “Can I win this year? I’m not sure, but I’ll try… This will be a different year for the Tour with Jan Ullrich looking better and a host of young riders coming up,” he said.

Should Armstrong follow through with his plans, he will begin his final race in the United States tomorrow at the first stage of the Tour de Georgia. He has successfully used the springtime race in the past as a tune-up to the Tour de France in the summer. The contract with his new team sponsor, the Discovery Channel, obligates him to compete in one more Tour de France.

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What You Should Look For In A Cosmetic Dentist

Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Dentist

What You Should Look For In a Cosmetic Dentist



Would you like to boost your self-esteem with those pearly whites? Would you like to be able to brighten someone s day with your beautiful smile? Would you like to get rid of that disturbing gab in your teeth and have the perfect set of teeth that you ve always dreamed of? If so, you will be pleased to know that one dental professional can make all these things happen for you a cosmetic dentist.

A cosmetic dentist is a specialist who goes beyond providing preventive oral care and hygiene he is an expert in the field of elective and restorative procedures that will help you be at your best. In Las Vegas which is home to some of the country s most innovative and competent dental professionals, typical services offered by Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentists include teeth whitening, smile makeovers, full mouth reconstructions, tooth contouring and reshaping, composite bonding, and dental implant Las Vegas, among others. When you do a simple search for a Cosmetic Dentist in Las Vegas, you will be pleasantly surprised at the sheer number of results that you will get. With the myriad of choices that you are presented with, how do you know which one is the best? Here are some considerations that you should take into account when you are scouting for a cosmetic dentist.

Impeccable Credentials

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One of the most rudimentary factors that you should look into is the cosmetic dentist s credentials. Your preferred professional must be a member of the American Dental Association in good standing and preferably hailing from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to ensure that you ll be getting quality service. A specialist would usually need two to three years on a specialization program after graduating from a dental school. Thus, check out those framed certificates on your dentist s office because those are not just for show those are pinned up to give the clients the peace of mind in knowing that they are in competent hands.

Experience and Reference

Having plenty of experience in the field and having excellent references may be firm badges of a dentist s top quality work. Although being a newbie in cosmetic dentistry does not necessarily translate into incompetence, wouldn t you want to engage the services of one who has done the procedure countless times before?

A Solid Portfolio

One of the simplest ways to find out if a particular cosmetic dentist is someone you would like to work with is by checking on his portfolio of before and after pictures. This will help you decide if this professional is able to deliver the quality of work that you are expecting and appropriately address your specific dental needs.

Whatever may be the service that you would like to get done, make a careful assessment on the qualifications of your cosmetic dentist. Take the time in scouting the market for available professionals because you deserve nothing but the best.

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Appalachian Mountains coal company target of protesters

Appalachian Mountains coal company target of protesters
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, July 9, 2005

A Friday protest in downtown Richmond drew around 200 protesters to Virginia’s state capital to demonstrate against strip mining practices of Massey Energy Company. Demonstrators marched through town and gathered in front of the company’s office building where nearly 20 laid in the street of the city’s main thoroughfare, and were nearly arrested. A few linked arms around a sidewalk structure to avoid being hauled away by police.

Chanting “Blankenship, Blankenship, Blankenship,” and waving bed sheets for flags, the demonstrators demanded to be seen and heard by the Massey Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship. Arrests for civil disobedience were avoided when two security guards were sent by the company to retrieve a list of their demands.

The demonstration, timed to coincide with Scotland’s G8 conference, was organized by a group called “Mountain Justice Summer” and environmentalists to protest mountain top removal mining techniques. The company’s mining operations are located in the Appalachian Mountain chain in the states of Virginia, West Virginia , Kentucky and Tennessee. Massey is the United States‘ fourth-largest coal mining operation.

A statement issued by a Massey spokesman defended their respect of people’s rights, and decried what they said was, “a great deal of misinformation.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that unofficial “legal observers” accompanied the demonstrators and carried notebooks to record crowd and police activity.

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China threatens to take action over US-Taiwan deal

China threatens to take action over US-Taiwan deal
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Sunday, January 31, 2010

China has stated that they will cease all military exchanges with the United States in response to a US$6.4 billion (NT$204 billion) weapons deal with Taiwan going ahead. He Yafei, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister, said that there would be a “serious negative impact” with regards to the relationship between the US and China.

…a seriously negative impact on many important areas of exchanges and co-operation between the two countries…

Taiwan and mainland China have been ruled by separate governments since 1949, and neither recognize each other’s independence. In an effort to regain control of Taiwan, the government in Beijing has been open to running the island like Hong Kong, in a “one country, two systems” manner, but people in Taiwan support the status quo. The Chinese defense ministry said that they had “decided to suspend planned mutual military visits”. They “strongly demand” that the United States “respect the Chinese side’s interests,” calling for the proposal to be rejected.

China summoned the US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, to warn the US Government about the consequences, and to urge for cancellation of the deal. The Pentagon proposed the deal, that was first promised during the later days of the Bush administration, to Congress earlier.

Yafei issued a statement on the Foreign Ministry website stating that “the United States’ announcement of the planned weapons sales to Taiwan will have a seriously negative impact on many important areas of exchanges and co-operation between the two countries.”

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However, the US is defending itself. “Such sales contribute to maintaining security and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, Laura Tischler, spokeswoman for the US State Department, said.

Beijing is threatening to review co-operation on major issues and impose sanctions on companies selling arms, even though US companies are banned from selling arms to China as a result of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, so it is not clear what the effect will be. A Chinese defence ministry spokesman said that the sanctions reflected the “severe harm” the deal would have. A foreign ministry spokesman stated that there would be “repercussions that neither side wishes to see” if the deal went ahead.

Taiwan, one of Asia’s few functioning democracies, welcomed the proposal, with Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou being quoted as saying “It will let Taiwan feel more confident and secure so we can have more interactions with China.”

The arms deal includes UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, communications equipment and MIM-104 Patriot missiles, but does not include the F-16 fighter jets that Taiwan’s military were looking for. The US is legally obliged to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons under the Taiwan Relations Act 1979.

In 2003, an unnamed US briefing stated that “[the US] would have to get involved if China tried to use coercion or force to unilaterally change the status of Taiwan”.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Brett McKenzie, London North Centre

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Brett McKenzie, London North Centre
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Brett McKenzie is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the London North Centre 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.

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