Benefits To Hiring A Party Bus


byAlma Abell

You meet up with family and friends. Your energy is up. You’re excited. At least until you get lost trying to find your way to the venue. Or you take a wrong turn and get stuck in traffic. Or you can’t find a parking space and have to circle the lot for at least half an hour. There are plenty of things that can happen before you and your pals meet up. How do you eliminate some of the hassles, if not all? Hire a party rental bus in Florida. Take a look at some of the benefits that would go your way:

Travel together

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You can all just meet up at home or at a spot that’s accessible to everyone before going to the party venue or club. That way, you won’t have to worry about anyone getting lost or stuck in traffic. You’ll get to where you’re going all together. It’s also an excellent way to make sure your guests don’t have to worry about transportation or parking just to get to the reception venue after a lovely wedding ceremony at the church, says Enlighten Me.

Get there in style

One of the best things about getting a party rental bus in Florida is that you and your friends get to wherever you’re going in style. So consider this if you want to offer your wedding entourage an enjoyable ride back to the hotel or want to make sure you and your friends arrive at whatever venue you reserved in style.

Fun onboard

Some party buses have great amenities. Rent one out for a few hours of laughter, drinks and merriment on board with family and friends to cap off the night. You and your guests are sure to have a fun, memorable time.

So rent out a party bus. And find out what you and your pals are missing.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Cecile Willert, Ajax—Pickering


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Cecile Willert is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ajax—Pickering riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her 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.

Heavy snow causes disruption across northwestern Europe


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wintry conditions are causing widespread disruption across parts of northwestern Europe over the past two days. Heavy snow as well as sub-zero temperatures have resulted in cancellations of hundreds of flights and caused traffic disruptions on major roads.

Many hundreds of passengers became stranded at Frankfurt Airport in Germany on Tuesday night as the airport closed, with many more flights cancelled yesterday. Tuesday in Paris, at the Charles de Gaulle Airport a quarter of the flights were cancelled. At Orly Airport a landing Tunisair slid, prompting evacuation of 140 passengers.

The Eurostar train service which connects London, United Kingdom with Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium was suspended after heavy snow. Many drivers stayed in their cars overnight in south Britain.

Maria Fanucchi from the Montmartre area of Paris said, “It was a winter wonderland for a day (yesterday [Tuesday]), but now it’s melting very fast. The streets are full of a dirty, slushy mix of black snow and water […] [my] trip to The Hague was canceled because the bus company didn’t want to risk getting stuck in the snow.”

Randy Tahtouh of Berlin said, “it snowed more then usual this year, well the public transport were not functioning properly and some roads were jammed”, and “in Friedrichsfelde, there was about 4 inches of snow.”

Helena Kristiansson from Brussels said she was stuck on a road for nine hours in 65 kilometers of queues; she tweeted, “Stuck at a road for Brussels closed since 5pm yesterday due to shoulder deep snow.. Really France? Really? #FML #fb”.

Belgium had over 1,600 kilometers of traffic jams during the Tuesday morning rush hour, reported the Touring breakdown assistance association, as lying snow on roads made driving difficult. The Belgian Pensions Minister Alexander De Croo struggled to attend the cabinet budget meeting as the snow hit. He said, “The budget won’t be simple, but just getting into Brussels to get started is a task of a different order altogether”.

Guernsey Airport, one of the major airports in the Channel Islands, opened on time this morning after heavy snow and ice caused the airport to close for a time yesterday.

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Going To African On Safari! This Is How You Should Be Packing!


By Solomon Okila

Packing for your long-awaited safari to Africa may appear like such a little task until you begin. Then you suddenly realize you do not have sufficient information to help you make good choices on what to carry or leave behind. Many are gripped with anxiety trying to figure out what to take along in order to enjoy some level of comfort. A few commandments that might help you in the process of packing for your African Safari are given here:

Generally, keep your bag light

You are probably restricted to approximately 30-40 kilos on your flight. That fact along should in some way determine how much you will take along from home. In any case, you are better off if you were able to tote your bags yourself for short distances in the event this becomes necessary.

Besides, you’d like to have extra room left over for souvenirs at the end of the safari! Most travelers pack too much. Choose clothing with multiple uses. Find toiletries in sample sizes. Remove all disposable material from your gear before you leave home.

Get a day pack or rucksack:

For your daily necessities like water bottles, camera gear, sunscreen, etc, get a day pack or rucksack. Use this as your carry-on bag on your flights, and keep it with you during game drives and walking trips. A day pack keeps both hands free. Store camera gear and important papers in plastic bags within to protect them from dirt and moisture.

Packing your Carry-on Bag:

Use your day pack/rucksack as your carry-on bag for your flights. In it pack a change of clothes, camera gear, all medications (especially essential prescription medications), several changes of socks and underwear, and other irreplaceable or breakable items.

Get a duffel bag or soft-side luggage:

A sturdy zippered duffel need not to be expensive. Depending on how much you bring, you’ll need a duffel about 26″ to 30″ long and about 12″ to 15″ in diameter. Look for heavy nylon fabric, wrap-around handles and a heavy-duty lockable zipper. You can buy a duffel bag with built-in wheels from just about anywhere.

Use plastic shopping bags, nylon stuff sacks, smaller zipper duffels or special mesh bags to separate clothing and gear inside your duffel. Isolate liquid toiletries in heavy duty zip-loc bags. Bring a few spare bags, including one for dirty laundry.

What clothing for your African Safari?

Plan to dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Be sure to bring all the warm clothing on your packing list. You will need at least one heavy wool sweater, as well as a warm fleece jacket in the season May to October – at least in the case of East Africa Safari.

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You can buy clothing designed especially for travel. Avoid tight-fitting jeans. If you like to hand-wash your clothes, bring socks and underwear made of silk or a cotton-synthetic blend, which will dry out overnight.

You may be on your feet a lot during game drives, where you can stand in the vehicle to view wildlife. Bring supportive and comfortable shoes. You might consider light hiking boots, for increased ankle support.

Style Hints

Dress on safari is functional and casual, while being neat and presentable in the lodges. In local communities, and to some extent in the lodges, your dress should be modest and conservative. Although many tourists are not sensitive to this, travelers who observe this are likely to receive a warmer welcome. Avoid tank tops and sleeveless shirts. You should usually not wear shorts in towns, and women will get better reception if they wear a mid-length skirt. (A travel skirt is also unbeatable for roadside pit stops in open country, so you can maintain a degree of modesty without hiking all the way to the horizon!).

Recommended Clothing

If you are on this trip over a period of about 2 weeks, the following list may serve as a good guideline on what to bring along in terms of clothing. You won’t need much else, and you won’t have room for much else in your duffel any way!

The list:

Short-sleeved cotton shirts – 5. Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts

Long sleeved cotton shirts – 2. These can include light dress shirts for sun protection and flannel shirts and cotton turtlenecks for layering

Trousers: two pairs, comfortable and loose-fitting. One lighter, one a bit heavier for warmth in the evening.

Travel skirt, for women. Not required, but highly recommended.

Underwear – 7 to 10 changes. Due to the very bumpy roads, brassieres are suggested for women, even if you usually don’t wear one.

Fleece jacket

Light rain jacket with a hood. A water- proof breathable jacket can double as a wind breaker. This should be sized to fit over your sweater or fleece jacket

Light rain jacket with a hood. A water proof breathable jacket can double as a wind breaker. This should be sized to fit over your sweater or fleece jacket

Wide brim sun hat

Footwear

Pack comfortable walking shoes. Look for shoes with good arch support. Sports sandals. Not required, but very highly recommended, especially if you are taking an extension tom the beach/coast.

Socks – 5 to 7 pairs. During May to August, one or two pairs should be warm hiking socks made of wool, capilene or Thermax.

Optional Clothing

Swim suit (recommended for dips in swimming pools, except in June July and August, when it might be too cool to swim- East Africa speaking)

Walking shorts, long-cut for modesty (Not needed May through August – East Africa speaking)

The above commandments are only suggestions provided for your convenience. It is important to mention that it is often possible to do laundry during the safari, although dryers might not be available.

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Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant


Thursday, March 24, 2005

San Jose, California — A woman eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant bit into a chewy bit that turned out to be a human finger. She immediately spat it out, warned other patrons to stop eating, and upon recognizing the object as a finger, vomited.

“I’m more of a Carl’s Jr. person,” the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman, Anna Ayala, told Knight Ridder. She said this incident was her first visit to a Wendy’s restaurant. Ayala described how she found the finger, “Suddenly something crunchy was in my mouth,” she continued, “and I spit it out.”

According to Devina Cordero, 20, after Ayala found the finger, she ran up to her and Cordero’s boyfriend and said, “Don’t eat it! Look, there’s a human finger in our chili.”

“We went up to the counter and they told us it was a vegetable,” Cordero continued. “The people from Wendy’s were poking it with a spoon.”

The restaurant is located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

According to Ben Gale, director of environmental health for Santa Clara County, the finger did not come from any of the employees at the restaurant. “We asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there,” he said. The found portion of the finger likely belonged to a woman because of its long and manicured fingernail, also found in the food.

Officials seized the food supply at the restaurant and are tracing it back to the manufacturer, where they believe the finger may have gotten mixed in with the raw ingredients used to prepare the chili. The restaurant’s operators were later permitted to re-open after preparing new chili prepared from fresh ingredients.

As this story was filed, there was no mention of the incident on the Wendy’s corporate web site. Wendy’s issued a statement through a spokesman.

“Food safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Wendy’s spokesman Joe Desmond. He referred to the incident as an “unsubstantiated claim.”

“We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy’s we plan to do right by our customers,” Desmond said.

According to county health officials, the unfortunate woman who bit into the finger is doing fine, despite her initial reaction. Officials also noted that the finger would have been cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy any viruses.

The Santa Clara county medical examiner reported that the finger had a solid fingerprint, although investigators did not say if a search of fingerprint databases would be performed to find the owner of the finger.

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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

US fans turn out for 2012 Phoenix Comicon


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona — Last weekend, Phoenix fans of comics, science fiction, horror, fantasy, cos-play, anime and manga, Society for Creative Anachronism, and more, marked a milestone as the city held its tenth annual Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event — which is entirely the work of more than 700 volunteers according to coordinator Colin Aprill — generated around US$5 million for the “Valley of the Sun” during its four-day run. Wikinews was there.

As one unknown source from the crowd was overheard saying, “It’s all about the fans.” Descending into the hall by escalator gave a sense of the scale to the creativity in the center. Fans could be seen scattering about in a flurry of motion on their way from one event to another and producing their own spectacle, most in costume, on their way.

This year the four-day convention in the Valley was estimated to set a new attendance record as 30,000 visitors showed. Most were clothed in costumes that transformed themselves into Batmans, creeper box heads, furries, Lady and Knight couple, pirates, pixies, Star Trek officers, Star Wars’ Empire troopers, Superwomen, and zombies. One of the most common activities at Comicon was people taking photos of each other while they took turns posing or snapping shots.

The Camp family stopped intermittently to have their photos taken by others. The Camps were led by eldest brother Jim “Batman” Camp. He attended Comicon with his sister Tina “Good Witch” Camp, who brought her daughter Katie “Super Woman.” Sibling Tony Camp, who attended with his daughter Stella “Bat Girl,” was said to be “the instigator” behind the family’s turnout at Comicon. “You get to be dressed up and can act goofy, and you don’t feel weird because everybody is dressing up, too,” said Tony about the family-friendly event.

The exhibit hall was filled with artists and merchants selling comic books, trinkets, memorabilia, wares and keepsakes. Amidst the shoppers, the photo opportunities continued to attract the most attention. For all the star-studded autograph booths and an artist alley with famed comic book artists, the most fun was simply enjoying the presence of other fans in costume.

The Thirteenth Floor Haunted House took advantage of the photo-op activity by supplying monsters “Nemesis” and “Collosus” for more of this activity. Manager Tim Pugsley says the company owns five out of the top 1300 haunted houses in the United States. The monsters’ human counterparts remained anonymous on purpose. “The characters don’t get ruined that way,” said a handler.

Montana E. had his picture taken with “Nemesis” by friend Joey Deihl, while Eddie Deleon and young Raquel Munguia posed with “Collosus.”

Fans also gathered Saturday for a flash mob event, in which people danced or acted to Michael Jackson’s mega-hit song “Thriller”. An entertainment group calling themselves “The Zombie Chicks” attended the flash mob and then later drifted in trance through the exhibitor hall of the convention center. “We’re here for the performance, not for the stuff,” said Tori Hoganson, who pointed like a bored consumer at the trinkets in a stall. She was careful to use as few words as possible to speak her mind out of character before going back mindfully to her mindless performance. She was accompanied by her friends, who in human form are known as Emmalaine Wright and Lyle Yanak. The group was watched closely and held at bay by “The Keeper” Ben Fondren, who lurked nearby as a faceless shadow.

The fans also turned out to see big stars, like William Shatner, who portrayed Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series; LeVar Burton, who is synonymous with the ship’s engineer Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation; or Jon Bernthal, who was the sometimes hero and sometimes anti-hero Shane Walsh in the TV series The Waking Dead.

Father and son John and David Phelps, who are both Star Trek fans, attended the event together and were excited to see Shatner. “He can be funny, but he’s also fun to laugh at,” said John Phelps with a smile. His son David liked to laugh at Shatner when the artist attempted to sing. Shatner has had an alternative “tongue-in-cheek” career singing hits such as “Common People” on the 2004 album Has Been.

Hunter Lewis got Jon Bernthal’s autograph, which came penned with the message, “I F@&#’in hate Zombies.” Zombies were the main source of the angst that bedeviled characters in his hit TV show. Hunter’s friends Justin Rose, Ryan Scola and Taylor Fagen also met with Bernthal in the autograph line. This was just one of many examples of how friends and family were bonding and sharing together in the spectacle throughout the convention center.

There were also breakout sessions for classes, performances, gaming, and crafts. Nyki Robertson Crosby, a.k.a. “Lady Thunder,” who is the matriarch of one of the largest houses for the Society for Creative Anachronism in the Phoenix area, sponsored a class on creating a “Basic T-shirt Tunic” so that anyone who wanted to attend an S.C.A. event in costume could fit in with a minimal investment in time, effort and money. She said the secret is to create a costume that could be one someone would wear between 600–1600 A.D. “We’re the Society of Creative Anachronism and not the Society of Creative Accuracy,” Robertson Crosby said.

The Phoenix Comicon was carnivalesque in its look and feel. And it spread well beyond the convention center as knights and Wonderland characters and more walked the streets of Phoenix and lunched and dined with the “civilians”. The civilians were the ones who kept asking, “What’s going on?”

They may have been “out of towners” visiting the “Valley of the Sun” between May 24–27, because after ten years, Phoenix now has an established tradition.

This year’s largest Comicon is to be Comic-Con International San Diego 2012, July 12–15 in California.

How To Make A Tiki Bar


By James Coetzee

If you are in desperate need of an island style vacation, but you just do not have the time of money for such an expensive trip, why not bring the island to your backyard?

Adding a Tiki bar to your backyard is much less expensive that a vacation and you will continue to benefit form it years later!

If you are interested in building your own Tiki bar, keep on reading.

Before you start building you need to put your ideas down on paper. Planning your Tiki bar is essential and will ensure a perfect end product. Consider the purpose of your Tiki bar, is it only for a once-off party or is it going to be your permanent bar? Budget is also very important, the bigger the bar the bigger the budget needs to be. If you do not have a very big budget you can always cut costs by using reclaimed wood.

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We suggest that you purchase a Tiki Bar Guide that has been written by a professional builder. Ideally the book should include diagrams or photographs which are easy to follow and top prize will be if you have access to the author should you have and queries during the making of your Tiki Bar.

Besides a proper guide or plan for your Tiki Bar it is recommended that you ensure that you either have, or have access to, all the proper equipment that one would need for a building venture of this nature. There are few things in life more frustrating than not having the proper tools to do a job. Make sure that all your tools are in good working order and are electrically sound.

Make sure you have all your building material beforehand. Supplies are readily available from pool stores, nurseries, hardware stores and building yards. The basic height for a bar is 42 inches. According to the height of your bar and the space available, you can start building the frame of your Tiki bar with 2x4s. You need to bear in mind that you want to be able to prepare drinks on the one side of the bar counter and have bar stools on the other side for your guests to sit on.

Once you have your Tiki bar frame in place you can start filling the gaps. Attach the bar counter and put the palm leaves or thatch on the roof. Buying quality, pre-treated palm leave can last you up to 7 to 10 years before you need to do any maintenance work on it. The roof of a Tiki bar is specially designed to withstand heavy rain.

You can finish of your Tiki bar by covering the outside with Bamboo Fence to give it a real authentic look. If you want to make your Tiki bar more classy you can add a bar sink, shelving and glass racks, and even a bar fridge for keeping your supplies cold.

Add some nice bar stools for your guests, and decorate your Tiki bar with some shells, tropical flowers and a Tiki statue of two.

Now you just need to stock the bar and invite your friends over for some Tiki bar fun!

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New edition of Canada’s Food Guide released


Thursday, February 8, 2007

A new version of Canada’s Food Guide was announced by Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement on Feb. 5, 2007. The guide has helped Canadians with healthy eating habits since 1942 but was last updated in 1992. It is the Canadian government’s most-requested publication after income tax forms.

Changes to the Food Guide include:

  • a first-time recommendation to include a small amount of unsaturated fat in regular diets;
  • physical activity to complement healthy eating;
  • advice for some people to take vitamin supplements;
  • an advisory to limit foods with excess salt, sugar, fat and calories, which is considered an unprecedented caution regarding junk food.
Examples of the Food Guide’s four groups (clockwise from top left): vegetables and fruit, grain products, meat and its alternatives, milk and its alternatives

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Laying Out Your School Uniforms For Men


Submitted by: Max Johnson

Most commonly, school uniforms have been thought to be solely for children. Recently, changes have made it evident that even adults can benefit from having the appropriate garments in an educational setting. Regardless of your age or gender, educational apparel is a vital part of your educational experience. When you look good, you are able to better concentrate on your studies, which will improve your grades.

So when it comes to laying out your school uniforms for the following day, there are a few steps that will insure you get more from your lifestyle and experiences.

Start with assessing your needs. Generally, you will need a basic set of bottoms and tops. Outerwear may be necessary, and accessories are always appreciated. Knowing what to wear and when is all part of the whole package.

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Long sleeved shirts are best for cooler temperature, and short sleeved shirts are best for warmer temperature. You will find that polo shirts or button down shirts are the preferred choice for those wanting to look great while they get a quality education. You get to choose from colors and amenities such as pockets, by having a high quality shirt is going to be a good place to start when you are laying out your apparel.

Bottoms come in the form of shorts, pants, or somewhere in between. Usually, trousers are the preference. Light or dark colors are both used according to temperatures and preference. Men s shorts are popular during warmer months, and men s slacks are popular the rest of the time. Getting the right size means knowing your waist width as well as your inseam. While an inseam can be relatively easy to alter if the need is there, it is advised to lay out apparel that fits right from the start.

With bottoms and tops laid out, now is the time to take a look at a few accessories. Adding a belt is a great idea. You will find there are many styles and types of belts to insure you get the added security a belt offers. Adding a tie is great if you are getting a formal education. What type of tie would you like today? Of course, you will also need to consider the footwear!

Footwear can be as simple as high quality sandals or a more complex type of boot. You get to decide! Loafers are always popular being a nice slip-on style easily used when needed. Make sure to keep your footwear looking great by cleaning when needed with a dry or moist cloth. Dry completely, and store with a shoetree in place to insure a perfect fit each and every day.

When you have your school uniforms set out for the following day, you are insuring you will not run behind when you awaken. You will know before hand if you cannot find that one stray sock because the sock monster struck, or perhaps you need to iron that button down shirt. Regardless of what you need, when you choose school uniforms for your own, laying out your ensemble the night before just makes good, old fashioned commonsense.

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