Road accidents, suicide, pregnancy and violence among top killers of world’s youth

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Road accidents, suicide, pregnancy and violence among top killers of world’s youth
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 22nd, 2018

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A World Health Organisation study published in The Lancet has revealed the main causes of death for people aged 10–24. It has described the majority of these deaths as preventable and suggested solutions to the problems.

97% of the 2.6 million fatalities annually occur in low- and middle-income countries. The age group comprises 1.8 billion people, 30% of the total population. 15% of female deaths were down to “maternal mortality” which included pregnancy complications, unsafe abortions, and mutilation of genitals. Road traffic accidents accounted for 10% of deaths.

6.3% of the deaths were suicides and 6% were down to violence. Tuberculosis and similar lung infections took 10% of the lives and HIV/AIDS killed 5.5%. Most of the deaths were in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Africa and Southeast Asia were also the only places where male deaths were not above those of females, as much of the maternal mortality occurred there. The data came from 2004.

In developed countries, 32% of the deaths were down to road accidents. “There has long been an assumption that young people are healthy, fit and they don’t die,” explained the report’s lead author, Australian children’s health expert George Patton. He goes on to say “I’ve certainly heard politicians and policy-makers make statements of that kind… Some of these problems, related to emotion, are actually very prominent causes not only of death in adolescence, but health problems later in life.”

The study said safer speed limits, more use of helmets and seatbelts, and better enforcement of drunk driving law could greatly curb the road deaths. Maternal deaths and sexually transmitted disease rates could be cut by sexual education, safe abortion clinics, pregnancy support, HIV testing and treatment, and access to contraceptives.

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Violence and suicide could be reduced by education in life skills and an improved role of parents, the study found. It also sought reduction of availability of poisons, firearms, and other dangerous items. In the case of suicide, the study said more work was needed to help young people recover from acts of violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in both the short and long term. Alcohol access reduction was also requested.

The study was conducted by University College London’s Russell Viner, World Health Organization’s Krishna Bose and George Patton of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Wikinews at Toronto film fest party, with Diddy

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Wikinews at Toronto film fest party, with Diddy
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 21st, 2018

Monday, September 8, 2008

Toronto residents are abuzz as the stars walk among them, during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The capital of and largest city in Ontario, Canada has been playing host to the premieres of major motion pictures, up-and-coming indy films, and international films alike. Over the last few years, the festival has become one of the most popular in the world.

On September 5, Wikinews sent freelance photographer Richard Burdett to the eTalk Festival Party, held by television broadcaster CTV. Described as a celebration of Canadian and international film and filmmakers, the party was held at CTV’s festival headquarters, the former CHUM-City Building. The red carpet extended into the parking lot stage area meaning celebrity guests were interviewed in the same spot where Diddy performed. DJ Samantha Ronson spun well into the night for revelers, as Lindsay Lohan hid from prying eyes inside the building.

Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tayna Kim of CTV’s eTalk program, the party was broadcast live for an hour on Startv.

Write Effective Sales Copy With These Powerful Selling Words

by YuA7sh8g ~ June 21st, 2018

By Aaron Hoos

Writing sales copy is both an art and a science, and your sales copy can have greater impact simply by following a few time-tested principles. This article examines 6 powerful selling words that you should incorporate into your work the next time you write sales copy:

You. If you are unable to personalize the copy by incorporating your audiences name, “you” is the next best option. “You” enables customers to take the benefits you describe in your copy and apply them (in their imagination) to their lives. That makes them want to buy the product. Example: Instead of “this computer is easy to use” write “you wont believe how easy this computer is to use”.

Own. Forget the words “buy” or “purchase”. These words turn off potential customers because it reminds them of the upcoming transaction and links your product or service with them handing over their money. Instead, substitute “own” to link your product or service with them enjoying it. Example: Instead of “buy it now” write “own it today”.

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Free. People love this word because everyone loves free stuff! If you have a product or service and youd like to sell more of it, consider packaging it with a free product or service. Make sure the free product has perceived value to your customer but isnt so costly to you that your offering becomes unprofitable. Example: “When you invest in this SUV today, youll also receive this free hitch and winch package.”

Secret. This word is very magnetic; people love secrets. They are drawn to secrets and enjoy knowing what other people do not know. Consider how your product is either the best kept secret or perhaps reveals a secret that successful people have always known then market that revelation. Example: “You are about to learn an astonishing technique which has been the best kept weight-loss secret of 2007”.

Exclusive. Similar to secret, people are drawn to things that they feel might normally be out of their reach. In fact, many popular brands are only popular because there was a time when not everyone could get them. And when that happened, everyone wanted them! By narrowing your niche you can exclude many people and therefore, your product becomes so much more attractive. Example: “This beautiful painting hangs in Buckingham Palace but the artist has agreed to an exclusive, limited release of 100 signed prints”.

Guarantee. This can make a sale if its there or break it if its not. A guarantee is a great way to convince the fence-sitting prospect to try your product. Have a good guarantee that lasts a long time. The better guarantees offer more back to the customer (like 110% or 120%) and dont have a lot of restrictions. Example: “You have nothing to lose. If youre not completely satisfied, our rock-solid guarantee ensures that youll receive back your entire investment and you can still keep the set of wrenches”.

Right words are just the start. Your sales copy will succeed when you combine the right words with the right format and sell the highest value product to the most appropriate customer. These words will give your sales copy some added punch to make it more effective.

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Endangered Luzon Buttonquail photographed alive by Philippines documentary

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Endangered Luzon Buttonquail photographed alive by Philippines documentary
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 21st, 2018

Sunday, February 22, 2009

According to ornithologists, a rare Philippines buttonquail feared to have gone extinct was recently documented alive by a cameraman inadvertently filming a local market, right before it was sold and headed for the cooking pot. Scientists had suspected the species—listed as “data deficient” on the 2008 International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List Category—was extinct.

Last month, native bird trappers snared and successfully caught the Luzon Buttonquail (Turnix worcesteri or Worcester’s buttonquail) in Dalton Pass, a cold and wind-swept bird passageway in the Caraballo Mountains, in Nueva Vizcaya, located between Cordillera Central and Sierra Madre mountain ranges, in Northern Luzon.

The rare species, previously known to birders only through drawings based on dead museum specimens collected several decades ago, was identified in a documentary filmed in the Philippines called Bye-Bye Birdie.

British birder and WBCP member Desmond Allen was watching a January 26 DVD-video of a documentary, Bye-Bye Birdie, when he recognized the bird in a still image of the credits that lasted less than a second. Allen created a screenshot, which was photographed by their birder-companion, Arnel Telesforo, also a WBCP member,in Nueva Vizcaya’s poultry market, before it was cooked and eaten.

i-Witness: The GMA Documentaries, a Philippine documentary news and public affairs television show aired by GMA Network, had incorporated Telesforo’s photographs and video footage of the live bird in the documentary, that was created by the TV crew led by Mr Howie Severino. The Philippine Network had not realized what they filmed until Allen had informed the crew of interesting discovery.

Mr Severino and the crew were at that time, in Dalton Pass to film “akik”, the traditional practice of trapping wild birds with nets by first attracting them with bright lights on moonless nights. “I’m shocked. I don’t know of any other photos of this. No bird watchers have ever given convincing reports that they have seen it at all… This is an exciting discovery,” said Allen.

The Luzon Buttonquail was only known through an illustration in the authoritative book by Robert S. Kennedy, et al, A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines. This birders “bible” includes a drawing based on the skins of dead specimens collected a century ago, whereas the otherwise comprehensive image bank of the Oriental Bird Club does not contain a single image of the Worcester’s Buttonquail.

“With the photograph and the promise of more sightings in the wild, we can see the living bill, the eye color, the feathers, rather than just the mushed-up museum skin,” exclaimed Allen, who has been birdwatching for fifty years, fifteen in the Philippines, and has an extensive collection of bird calls on his ipod. He has also spotted the Oriental (or Manchurian) Bush Warbler, another rare bird which he has not seen in the Philippines.

“We are ecstatic that this rarely seen species was photographed by accident. It may be the only photo of this poorly known bird. But I also feel sad that the locals do not value the biodiversity around them and that this bird was sold for only P10 and headed for the cooking pot,” Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) president Mike Lu said. “Much more has to be done in creating conservation awareness and local consciousness about our unique threatened bird fauna. This should be an easy task for the local governments assisted by the DENR. What if this was the last of its species?” Lu added.

“This is a very important finding. Once you don’t see a bird species in a generation, you start to wonder if it’s extinct, and for this bird species we simply do not know its status at all,” said Arne Jensen, a Danish ornithologist and biodiversity expert, and WBCP Records Committee head.

According to the WBCP, the Worcester’s buttonquail was first described based on specimens bought in Quinta Market in Quiapo, Manila in 1902, and was named after Dean Conant Worcester.

Since then just a few single specimens have been photographed and filmed from Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet, and lately, in 2007, from Mountain Province by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.

Dean Conant Worcester, D.Sc., F.R.G.S. was an American zoologist, public official, and authority on the Philippines, born at Thetford, Vermont, and educated at the University of Michigan (A.B., 1889).

From 1899 to 1901 he was a member of the United States Philippine Commission; thenceforth until 1913 he served as secretary of the interior for the Philippine Insular Government. In 1910, he founded the Philippine General Hospital, which has become the hospital for the poor and the sick.

In October, 2004, at the request of Mr Moises Butic, Lamut CENR Officer, Mr Jon Hornbuckle, of Grove Road, Sheffield, has conducted a short investigation into bird-trapping in Ifugao, Mountain Province, Banaue Mount Polis, Sagada and Dalton Pass, in Nueva Vizcaya.

“Prices ranged from 100 pesos for a Fruit-Dove to 300 pesos for a Metallic Pigeon. Other species that are caught from time to time include Flame-breasted Fruit-Dove and Luzon Bleeding-heart; on one occasion, around 50 of the latter were trapped! All other trapped birds are eaten,” said Hornbuckle. “The main trapping season is November to February. Birds are caught at the lights using butterfly-catching type nets. Quails and Buttonquails were more often shot in the fields at this time, rather than caught, and occasionally included the rare Luzon (Worcester’s) Buttonquail, which is only known from dead specimens, and is a threatened bird species reported from Dalton Pass,” he added.

In August, 1929, Richard C. McGregor and Leon L. Gardner of the Cooper Ornithological Society compiled a book entitled Philippine Bird Traps. The authors described the Luzon Buttonquail as “very rare,” having only encountered it twice, once in August and once in September.

“They are caught with a scoop net from the back of a carabao. Filipino hunters snared them, baiting with branches of artificial red peppers made of sealing wax,” wrote McGregor and Leon L. Gardner. “The various ingenious and effectual devices used by Filipinos for bird-trapping include [the] ‘Teepee Trap’ which consists of a conical tepee, woven of split bamboo and rattan about 3 feet high and 3 feet across at the base, with a fairly narrow entrance. ‘Spring Snares’ were also used, where a slip noose fastened to a strongly bent bamboo or other elastic branch, which is released by a trigger, which is usually the perch of the trap,” their book explained.

A passage from the bird-trap book, which explains why Filipinos had eaten these endangered bird species, goes as follows:

Thousands of birds appear annually in the markets of the Philippine Islands. Snipe, quails, wild ducks, silvereyes, weavers, rails, Java sparrows, parrakeets, doves, fruit pigeons, and many more are found commonly. Some of these are vended in the streets as cage birds; many are sold for food. Most of them are living; practically none has been shot. How are these birds obtained? The people possess almost no firearms, and most of them could ill afford the cost of shells alone. Nevertheless, birds are readily secured and abundantly exposed for sale. In a land which does not raise enough produce to support itself, where the quest for food is the main occupation of life, where the frog in the roadside puddle is angled, the minnow in the brook seined, and the all-consuming locust itself consumed, it is not surprising (though regrettable) that birds are considered largely in the light of dietary additions.Philippine Bird Traps, by Richard C. McGregor and Leon L. Gardner, 1930 Cooper Ornithological Society

A global review of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicates drastic decline of animal and plant life. This includes a quarter of all mammals, one out of eight birds, one out of three amphibians and 70 percent of plants.

The report, Red List of Threatened Species, is published by IUCN every year. Additionally, a global assessment of the health of the world’s species is released once in four years. The data is compiled by 1,700 experts from 130 countries. The key findings of the report were announced at the World Conservation Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.

The survey includes 44,838 species of wild fauna and flora, out of which 16,928 species are threatened with extinction. Among the threatened, 3,246 are tagged critically endangered, the highest category of threat. Another 4,770 species are endangered and 8,912 vulnerable to extinction.

Environmental scientists say they have concrete evidence that the planet is undergoing the “largest mass extinction in 65 million years”. Leading environmental scientist Professor Norman Myers says the Earth is experiencing its “Sixth Extinction.”

Scientists forecast that up to five million species will be lost this century. “We are well into the opening phase of a mass extinction of species. There are about 10 million species on earth. If we carry on as we are, we could lose half of all those 10 million species,” Myers said.

Scientists are warning that by the end of this century, the planet could lose up to half its species, and that these extinctions will alter not only biological diversity but also the evolutionary processes itself. They state that human activities have brought our planet to the point of biotic crisis.

In 1993, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson estimated that the planet is losing 30,000 species per year – around three species per hour. Some biologists have begun to feel that the biodiversity crisis dubbed the “Sixth Extinction” is even more severe, and more imminent, than Wilson had expected.

The Luzon Buttonquail (Turnix worcesteri) is a species of bird in the Turnicidae family. It is endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, where it is known from just six localities thereof. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, in the highlands of the Cordillera Central, although records are from 150-1,250 m, and the possibility that it frequents forested (non-grassland) habitats cannot be discounted.

The buttonquails or hemipodes are a small family of birds which resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails. They inhabit warm grasslands in Asia, Africa, and Australia. They are assumed to be intra-island migrants, and breed somewhere in northern Luzon in April-June and that at least some birds disperse southwards in the period July-March.

These Turnicidae are small, drab, running birds, which avoid flying. The female is the more brightly coloured of the sexes, and initiates courtship. Unusually, the buttonquails are polyandrous, with the females circulating among several males and expelling rival females from her territory. Both sexes cooperate in building a nest in the earth, but only the male incubates the eggs and tends the young.

Called “Pugo” (quail) by natives, these birds inhabit rice paddies and scrub lands near farm areas because of the abundance of seeds and insects that they feed on regularly. These birds are characterized by their black heads with white spots, a brown or fawn colored body and yellow legs on males and the females are brown with white and black spots.

These birds are very secretive, choosing to make small path ways through the rice fields, which unfortunately leads to their deaths as well, they are hunted by children and young men by means of setting spring traps along their usual path ways.

Buttonquails are a notoriously cryptic and unobtrusive family of birds, and the species could conceivably occur in reasonable numbers somewhere. They are included in the 2008 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). They are also considered as Vulnerable species by IUCN and BirdLife International, since these species is judged to have a ten percent chance of going extinct in the next one hundred years.

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News briefs:June 20, 2006

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News briefs:June 20, 2006
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 21st, 2018

The time is 18:00 (UTC) on June 20th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.

Contents

  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 New Zealand PM faults Japan over Whaling Commission vote
    • 1.2 Australian House of Representatives moves to affirm support for heterosexuality of marriage
    • 1.3 Italy seeks indictment of U.S. marine
    • 1.4 Tony Blair orders two government jets
    • 1.5 Twin babies in NZ foster home die of head injuries
    • 1.6 BBC’s famous ‘Top of the Pops’ programme to be axed
    • 1.7 “Avast ye scurvy file sharers!”: Interview with Swedish Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge
    • 1.8 Apple plans to sell movies on iTunes
    • 1.9 Germany too hot for Ecuador in Group A
    • 1.10 Poland win 2-1 against Costa Rica in Group A
  • 2 Closing statements

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Airport Car Parking Facilities In London

by YuA7sh8g ~ June 20th, 2018

Airport Car Parking Facilities In London by Nick MordenBefitting of being a commercial hub and one of the busiest cities of the world, London has five airports. These, namely Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and London City Airport, provide apt air-transportation to the Londoners as well as to people from all over the world. Car parking in all these airports are provided by quite a few parking service providers. We enumerate below the facilities provided at each of Londons airports for car parking and allied requirements.London City AirportThe London City airport offers Short term, Long term and Disabled parking facilities. Both of the Short Term Parking area and the Long Term parking area are located near the terminal in walking distance. There are also special reserve bays for disabled users.Gatwick AirportThe Gatwick Airport has two terminals- North and South. Both the terminals have long term and short term car parks. If you wish to park for more than five hours, it is advisable to opt for the long term parking, which will be cheaper in comparison. The Gatwick Airport also has a separate business parking and a disables parking too. The short term, long term and business parking are inter-connected. The short term car parks at Gatwick serve both arrivals and departures. The long term car parks are connected to the terminals via twenty-four hour bus service. Courtesy coaches are available at the long term parking areas.Business parking is available at the short term car parks in form of Fast Track parking. Users availing Fast Track parking are also provided with valet services.The long term parking services at Gatwick are offered by two companies. So while availing the courtesy coaches, users must make sure to avail the right bus to collect their respective vehicles.Heathrow AirportHeathrow Airport in London has four types of car parking short stay, long stay, business and valet parking. The four terminals of Heathrow have their own short stay car parks, which are comparatively expensive. Among them Terminal 1 has separate car parks for arrival and departure.The Business car parks for terminals one, two and three are located on the Northern Perimeter Road. Frequent bus services are offered from all three parking lots to the three terminals. Terminal four has a business car park of its own, located on the Southern Perimeter Road.Located on the Eastern Perimeter Road, the long stay car park serves all the four terminals. Free bus services are available for the major part of the day. Valet parking facility is available in all the four terminals. A driver awaits you at the terminal forecourt and parks your car. Upon arrival, you will find your car waiting for you.Stansted AirportApart from the regular short sty and long stay, London Stansted offers a mid stay parking. The short stay parking is in front of the terminal. The terminal can be accessed via the subway and then by ramp, lift or escalator.The long stay car park is a fifteen minutes ride in the free bus, near the airport vehicle entrance.The mid-stay car park offers more access time than short stay and lesser than long stay. The daily rates are cheaper compared to that of the short stay parking.Stansted is comfortable for disabled users as there are bays in the car parks and wheelchair lifts and tracking in the airport buses.Luton AirportLuton Airport offers Long term, short term and mid term car parking facilities. There are also options of disables parking and priority parking. While availing priority parking, the user should not leave the car unattended.All the airports and ways to the airport terminals have signs to guide the user to access the service one is looking for. A number of companies take care of the car parking services in the different airports. Information about these service providers, rules and regulations and price charts are available on the Internet.Nick Morden is an expert in providing authentic information regarding car parking services.Find Out more information about this article visit 247parking.comArticle Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Moldovan wines win three medals at contest in Bordeaux

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Moldovan wines win three medals at contest in Bordeaux
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 20th, 2018

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Moldovan wine producers took three silver medals at the third annual international contest of wine tasting and judging of strong alcoholic beverages, the “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008”. This year the event was held in Bordeaux, France. Previously, the event was held in Portugal and in Maastricht in 2007 and will held in Spain next year.

Moldovan wine makers participated with 12 types of wine. The medals went to the wines produced by the stock company Acorex Wine Holding, Amaro de la Valea Perjei 2003, Pinot Grigio/ Aligote/ Sauvignon Blanc 2005 and Pinot Noir 2005, with the last two being from the Private reserve series.

Last year’s fourteenth edition of the contest, held in the Netherlands in 2007, Moldovan wines won three gold medals and three silver ones.

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UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

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UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013
by YuA7sh8g ~ June 20th, 2018

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, July 8, 2013.

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Finding Affordable Health Insurance In Baltimore Md

by YuA7sh8g ~ June 20th, 2018

byAlma Abell

Anyone who has had to have a major surgery knows that importance of having Health Insurance Baltimore MD. Without insurance, you could end up owing a medical provider thousands of dollars. There are many reasons why people decide not to get health insurance. The main reason is because they think that they cannot afford it. The reality is that there is an insurance policy out there that is affordable to everyone, regardless of their income.

There are a few things that you can do to ensure that you get the right policy without spending a bunch of money. One thing that you should do is to check for exemptions. You should find out if the policy will cover any preexisting conditions that you have. If there are doctors that you currently see, you should be sure that the new insurance plan will allow you to continue having them as your provider. If the plan doesn’t, you should consider either finding another doctor or getting a different plan.

It is very important to know what services each policy will cover and how much your yearly deductible will be. Some policies require you to pay a copay at doctors visits and some do not. Many plans will have a higher monthly premium, if you do not have a deductible. You should also check to see what the deductibles will be on medications. If there are several medications that you are currently taking, check to see how much you will have to pay for those medications under your new insurance plan. Many insurance policies will give you discounts such as wellness discounts. This may include doing things such as joining a fitness facility.

If you are looking for Health Insurance Baltimore MD, you should contact Atlantic Smith Cropper & Deeley, they will be able to help you find the right insurance policy to meet your needs and include the services that you need. They will also be able to provide you with insurance quotes for these services. A quote will not obligate you to accept an insurance policy. If there are things about the quote that you don’t understand, they will happily explain it for you. If there are things that you are not happy with on the quote, they will help you make changes to the policy that will work for you.

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