Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 19th, 2018

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Alberto Suárez Laso at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Suárez is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 meters and marathon events.

((Wikinews)) Hi this is Laura Hale. I’m interviewing Alberto Suárez, who is a visually-impaired runner competing for Spain in the IPC World Championships. What events are you doing?((es))Spanish language: ¿En qué eventos estás?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Marathon and 5000m.

((es))Spanish language: Maratón y 5000m.

((WN)) You have a World Record? Are you going to smash it and give Spain a gold medal?((es))Spanish language: ¿Vas a romper el record mundial y darle a España un oro?

Alberto Suárez Laso: This time it’s a bit complicated because I’m going a bit injured.

((es))Spanish language: Esta vez está un poco complicado porque voy un poco lesionado

((WN)) Ah. You finished second in London [the 2012 Summer Paralympics]?((es))Spanish language: ¿Terminaste segundo en Londres?

Alberto Suárez Laso : I finished first.

((WN)) The injury has impacted you training?((es))Spanish language: ¿La lesión ha perjudicado tu entrenamiento?

Alberto Suárez Laso : For the last three weeks I’ve been doing gym and walking machine only. I have pain in my Achilles tendon.

((es))Spanish language: Llevo tres semanas solo con gimnasio y elíptica. Tengo dolor en el tendón de Aquiles.

((WN)) So, as someone who writes from an international perspective, do you think Spain’s got all that stuff to help you properly? The medical support, stuff to help you recuperate and be a great runner?

Alberto Suárez Laso : I hope so. We’re there, they’ve been treating me very well and I hope to be able to run without pain, which is the most important thing. I’ve got the training, but I need to remove that pain.

((es))Spanish language: Espero que sí. Estamos ahí, me están tratando bastante bien y espero correr sin dolor, que es lo fundamental. La preparación la tengo, pero hay que quitar ese dolor.

((WN)) Do you run with a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : No.

((WN)) Okay, so are you T-13?

Alberto Suárez Laso : T-12.

((WN)) Oh. So it’s optional for a guy at T-12?

Translator : He could, but he’s not too badly impaired. He can run by himself.

((WN)) So is your preference to run without a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : It’s complicated because of the pace I run at. I would require several guides, and it’s hard to find them.

((es))Spanish language: Es una complicación por el ritmo al que corro. Necesitaría varios guías y es dificil conseguirlos.

((WN)) Do most of your competitors run with guides?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Not among the first ones. Well, there are a couple that do run with guides, but the rest don’t.

((es))Spanish language: Los primeros no. Bueno, hay un par de ellos que corren con guía, los demás no.

((WN)) Is there anything you would like to say about this competition coming up that people from an international sporting community would find valuable to know?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Mm, I don’t know what to say!

((WN)) Okay. Thank you very much!((es))Spanish language: ¡Muchas gracias!

Alberto Suárez Laso : You’re welcome!

((es))Spanish language: De nada.

Experienced Remodeling Contractors In Allentown, Pa Include Both Building Contractors And Plumbers

by YuA7sh8g ~ May 19th, 2018

byAlma Abell

Professional plumbers accommodate plumbing jobs of all sizes so even if you want an entire bathroom installed, they will make sure that each appliance and fixture is installed correctly right from the start. A good plumber can be counted among other types of remodeling contractors in Allentown, PA because they can renovate a bathroom or kitchen or create one from the ground up, making it easy on the homeowner. They can make a small room look bigger and even modernize the room so it looks a lot more attractive, giving you a beautiful result when they’re done.

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Professional remodeling contractors can include building contractors and even professional plumbers so if you want a new bathroom sink installed, a shower repaired, or a kitchen sink replaced, they are the ones to contact. Renovating a home is a great way to make it look brand-new and since it is also less expensive than purchasing a new home, it can save you a lot of money as well. Plumbing and remodeling contractors work on homes of all sizes and types and they take care of everything from start to finish, even putting the finishing touches on the final paint job.

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Remodeling contractors that take care of bathrooms and kitchens do a comprehensive job so that the results are ones that you will be proud to show off to others. Companies such asTim Beil Plumbing hire well-trained and experienced plumbers that guarantee the job will be done to your satisfaction every time. If you contact them at 610-261-2074, they will make sure that you get all the services you need to have a beautiful home in the end. They work with all types and sizes of homes so they will never consider your job too big, too small, or too complex. You can follow them on Twitter for latest news and updates!

London Knights trade Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers

London Knights trade Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 19th, 2018

Sunday, January 6, 2008

On the morning of January 4, 2008, while at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, 19-year-old goalie Steve Mason received a phone call from Canada informing him that he was traded by the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers.

In a press release Friday, Kitchener Rangers Head coach and General Manager Peter DeBoer announced the trade to the Knights. In return for obtaining Mason, the Rangers have sent the Knights, Centre Phil Varone, Defenceman Steve Tarasuk along with 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks in 2011 and a 2nd round pick in 2012.

Mason said that he had an enjoyable time playing for the London Knights, but nonetheless, he believes that he has a bright future playing for the Kitchener Rangers. He also notes that he doesn’t want the trade to distract him from playing in the Gold Medal Game, against Team Sweden.

Team Canada won the game in overtime 3-2.

SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch

SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 19th, 2018

Monday, November 28, 2005

SpaceX called off the much-delayed inaugural launch of their new Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday from Kwajalein’s Omelek Island launch site. The intent was to launch the U.S. Air Force Academy’s FalconSat 2 satellite, which will monitor plasma interactions with the Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere.

The launch was delayed, then finally cancelled after an oxygen boil-off vent had accidentally been left open. The oxygen was unable to cool the helium pressurant, which then proceeded to evaporate faster than it could be replenished. A main computer issue, probably serious enough to cause a scrub on its own, was also discovered.

This long-anticipated flight was originally expected to be launched in January 2005, however a series of setbacks forced a series of delays, with the flight most recently scheduled to be in early 2006. It was intended to be launched from the Kwajalein atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The maiden voyage was originally intended to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a Naval Research Laboratory satellite and a Space Services Incorporated space burial payload.

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Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 19th, 2018

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Two people have been killed and 47 people have been injured as the result of a coach crash in Cornwall, England. The vehicle, which was carrying 48 passengers as well as the driver, were travelling back from a journey to the village of Mousehole to see Christmas lights. The accident occurred at 2215 GMT yesterday in the village of Townshend, not far from the town of Hayle. Road conditions at the time were icy, which may explain why the accident occurred. The first police car that arrived at the scene lost control on the icy road and crashed into the already overturned coach. The two officers in the car were uninjured, however the earlier crash had caused the deaths of two women. One of them died at the scene of the accident and the other was later killed as a result of the injuries suffered. 47 people were injured, five of them seriously.

The sequence of events that is believed to have happened, according to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, is that the coach went off the road, collided with a tree, going through a hedge before finally overturning, causing the vehicle to end up on its side. 60-year-old Ann Ellis, who comes from the village of Illogan in Cornwall, was physically involved in the crash. Desribing her experience of this incident, she said: “All I can remember is a big bang and we just went over. I got trapped under somebody else and there was someone on top of me. It was difficult to breathe but two gentlemen dragged me out. I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.”

I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.

Derek Smith, lives near where the accident occurred. He said that “[w]e were just going to bed when we heard a knock on the kitchen door. She was covered in mud and had no shoes or socks on and was shaking as she stood there. I could hear this commotion going on.

She said to ring the police and ambulance as their coach had turned over and there were 50 people in it and some of them were injured. My wife rang 999 and the lady was in a real panic. We gave her some socks and boots straightaway because she was freezing as she had nothing on her feet.”

75-year-old Charles Parker, who is living in St. Agnes in the county, was also injured in the accident, suffering injuries to his leg and his head. “The roads were so icy,” he explained. “I heard a cracking noise and all of a sudden we had turned over. I remember later being helped out of the coach through a window. We were close to a house and they took most of the people in there. Then helicopters turned up. It was very frightening.”

Inspector Matthew Shaw, who comes from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, explained “[i]t seems from initial investigations that the coach has slipped on ice. The road is covered in a sheet of ice, it’s treacherous, it’s difficult to even walk down there.” The amount of time taken to transport the injured passengers to a hospital was four hours.

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Twelve injured in Washington after ride at fair topples over

Twelve injured in Washington after ride at fair topples over
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 18th, 2018

Sunday, April 19, 2009

At least twelve children have been injured after a swing ride at the Puyallup, Washington Spring Fair toppled over.

The ride is called a ‘LollySwing’, which is located in Kiddyland, where the riders sit in swings while the machine spins them around. It is owned by Funtastic Traveling Shows which has been a ride provider for the fair for over 50 years. The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Injuries are being described as mostly cuts and bruises, but one child was reported to have been in a neck brace and was taken to a local hospital. Five other children were also hospitalized.

According to one witness, “it just all of a sudden topped over.” The cause is under investigation. The ride has been at the fair for the past five years. Among the seven largest operators of fair rides in Washington, from 2001 to 2007 there were only seven reports of injuries related to mechanical failures.

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U.S. TV networks look to past for future programming

U.S. TV networks look to past for future programming
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 18th, 2018

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Los Angeles, California — Four of six national television broadcast networks recently wooed potential advertisers for the 2005-2006 season with programming offerings in the new development phase. These included NBC, Fox, ABC and The WB. Two other networks, CBS and UPN, plan to preview their offerings March 24.

After four years of focusing on high-profile reality television, network executives are turning to the past for inspiration on scripted series. Some networks said they are “more consciously aggressive about developing shows” that recall such classics as Taxi and Barney Miller, Craig Erwich, a programming executive for Fox, told USA Today. In the same report, Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment chief said, “I don’t think the answer has to be that it’s groundbreaking or something you’ve never seen before.”

But at least one ad buyer had reservations about the rear-view mirror technique. “Every network seems to be looking back rather than forward for programming ideas. The reminiscence factor may be good if you are looking for an older audience, but it may not be a way to bring in the younger audiences,” Laura Caraccioli-Davis, senior vice president and director of Starcom Entertainment told Mediaweek magazine.

  THE CONTENDERS: New series touted for possible inclusion in the 2005-2006 season
Network Development
Emily’s Reasons Why Not 
(Sitcom) – an unmotivated teacher in a class of Type-A students.
(Drama) – a group of young 20-somethings in Chicago facing life on their own.
Soccer Moms 
(Drama) – two suburban mothers become private investigators.
Briar & Graves 
(Drama) – a horror series in the vein of X-Files.
(Comedy drama) – a brother and sister run a Las Vegas wedding chapel.
Kitchen Confidential 
(Sitcom) – antics in an upscale New York restaurant.
The Loop 
(Comedy) – the travails of a young Chicago executive.
New Car Smell 
(Comedy) – a Brooke Shields star vehicle in a Las Vegas car dealership
Queen B 
(Sitcom) – Alicia Silverstone as a trendsetting columnist.
(Drama) – shows the lives of a group of friends over 20 years with each episode chronicling one year.
All In 
(Sitcom) – Janeane Garofalo as a single mom and professional poker player in Las Vegas.
(Sitcom) – sports themed revolving around an NFL star.
Hot Property 
(Sitcom) – the competitive world of the real estate agent.
Lies and the Wives We Tell Them 
(Sitcom) – politically incorrect family comedy.
(Sitcom) – Tori Spelling stars in a mockumentary of her life.
Nobody’s Watching 
(Sitcom) – two normal guys win a reality show where their lives become a sitcom.
Pepper Dennis 
(Drama) – Rebecca Romijn as a modern Mary Richards-type journalist in Chicago.
(Drama) – four sisters coping with life in the city.

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Tourist plane crash in Papua New Guinea leaves thirteen dead

Tourist plane crash in Papua New Guinea leaves thirteen dead
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 18th, 2018

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thirteen people have died after an Airlines PNG plane crashed in Papua New Guinea. The plane was carrying two local pilots as well as nine Australian, one Japanese and one Papua New Guinean passengers.

The Twin Otter had been trying to land at Kokoda yesterday as Airlines PNG Flight CG4684, but had aborted once already. About ten minutes before it was due to land from its second approach it disapeared. The crash site was located today and is so inaccessable that two policemen were dropped into the jungle in order to hike to the scene and seek survivors. The search had been hampered by the same bad weather that had caused the aborted landing.

Australian helicopter pilot David Inau has flown over the crash scene and commented that the plane appears to have “impacted head first into a sheer cliff face”. The area is described Papuan Civil Aviation Authority head Joseph Kintau as “very, very difficult terrain”.

The tourists had been intending to hike along the Kokoda Trail, a route used by Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese during the second world war. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that “There is a horrible tragedy involved when families send off their loved ones for what they expect to be the experience of a lifetime only for it to turn into a tragedy such as this.” The Australian military assisted in searching for the aircraft.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare commented on his own “great sadness” over the crash and promised a full investigation. “I have requested the ministers of the various responsible authorities to commence investigations into the accident and to furnish a report to cabinet,” said Somare.

The airline has also released a statement describing the pilots as “highly experienced” and commented that “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this very difficult time.”

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St. Anthony Foundation provides hope

St. Anthony Foundation provides hope
by YuA7sh8g ~ May 17th, 2018

Friday, September 23, 2005

On the corner of Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St. in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, right next to the Civic Center you can see a throng of low-income and homeless people lining up outside of St. Anthony’s Dining Room hall which opens up it’s doors everyday at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers dressed in St. Anthony Foundation shirts help keep the lines moving as hundreds of homeless and low income people shuffle their way towards the dining hall underneath the watchful eyes of a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

“There’s a lot of people who go hungry out here and it ain’t right.” says Jimmy Scott, a slightly brawny 44-year-old black man who has been living homeless in San Francisco for the past three years. “There are families out here with kids and everything and they have to walk around all night just to stay awake so they don’t get hurt or killed…Right here in the U.S. this is going on…it ain’t right.”

The dining hall, which has been open for the past 54 years, is owned by the St. Anthony Foundation which helps low income and homeless people and families in the Civic Center, Tenderloin, and SOMA areas with clothing, shelter, food, drug rehabilitation, and many other services. St. Anthony’s administrative offices are found at 121 Golden Gate Ave. with the majority of the foundation’s buildings on Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St.

“We are right in the heart of the homeless population of San Francisco,” says Barry Stenger, 55, who’s been working for the St. Anthony Foundation for one year, and is the Director of Development and Communications, “and people are pushed here because of the economic forces of San Francisco because it’s hard to be upper middle class in San Francisco.”

According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “San Francisco’s cost of living remains one of the highest in the country” with the average household income in San Francisco being around $76,400 and the average price of housing being $543,000. Average household income for the United States in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was $42,409 and the average price of housing for the United States according to the National Association of Realtors was $185,200 in 2004.

“We served our 32 millionth meal on Tuesday,” said Stenger, “and we serve 2,500 meals a day. Some of our people who work here actually get served [food] here because they spend all their money towards rent and medical costs.”

The St. Anthony Foundation was started by Fr. Alfred Boeddeker in 1950 one year after Fr. Boeddeker became pastor of St. Boniface church on Golden Gate St. where he was baptized as a child. During his lifetime, according to the foundation’s website, he was referred to as the “Patron St. of the Tenderloin” and had Boeddeker park named after him because of his, and his foundation’s, achievements with helping out the homeless and low income community.

“[St. Anthony’s] is a good thing,” said Jimmy Scott, “they provide a good service and they feed people and they clothe them and provide furniture when you get housing and give you groceries when you have AIDS. It’s a good little organization.”

“Our dining room is open 365 days a year.” Said Stenger. “Our other facilities are open seven days a week. We have a residence for senior women and our [free medical] clinic is open five days a week and we also have a furniture and clothing store. We have 12 programs all together.”

Some of those programs are the Father Alfred Center which provides 61 men two programs for getting out of drug and alcohol abuse, the Employment Program/Learning Center which helps participants in educational and employment opportunities and provides each one with a personal staff advisor, and a Senior Outreach and Support Services center which states its mission is to “promote independence, self determination, and alleviate isolation” for seniors who are 60 and older.

A few homeless people who were interviewed complained that St. Anthony’s had some staff who were rude and that they were kicked out of the dining hall; other homeless within the area refuted those claims saying St. Anthony’s has nice staff and only kicks people out who cause trouble.

“It’s a good place and good people. Everybody is so kind and so respectful and everything is under control.” Said John Henderson, a tall and skinny 57-year-old homeless black man who has only been living in San Francisco for close to two months because he recently moved there from Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s pretty cool because they’re under control because yesterday I saw at Glide [Memorial Church which also has services for the poor and low income] and they were handing out food boxes and people were just rushing in and the woman in charge there was freaking out and so she just sat down. That would never happen at St. Anthony’s.”

“And they clean too!” Henderson said laughing with a grin on his face referring to the fact that there are no drugs allowed in the premises. “Not that Glide ain’t clean if you know what I mean.”

“We [also] have a whole division that deals with justice education and advocacy to change the system that brings people to our doorstep.” Said Stenger. “We hear a lot of appreciation from the people we serve. We get a lot of testimony from our clients who have become clean and sober. Sometimes we have to push them a little to get them out the door because they love the [foundation] so much because it has changed their lives.”

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

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Small Windows Possible Treatments For Them

by YuA7sh8g ~ May 17th, 2018

Submitted by: John Schofield

Your house would not be a full house without even a single window. Windows are important parts of the house and not just plain holes. They can provide the opening to let in light and air but they also serve as additional decor to your home. They can undoubtedly help enhance the interiors of your house. You need to pay enough attention to them too. With proper window treatment, your house will look beautiful and stunning from the outside. The streaming of the light to the interiors of your house would also be controlled with the use of the window treatment.

There are different types of window for a house. However, if you have a small window in any of your rooms, you need to be extra picky with the window treatment. You need to make it look quite bigger than its real size. A room might look awkward with a small window. It might come in the form of a narrow window, a short window, or high basement window. There are different treatments for small windows from shutters, drapes, curtains, blinds, and more. You just have to choose treatments which will enhance the beauty of the rooms without emptying your pockets. You would no longer need to see your small window as an awkward hole on the wall. With the right window treatments, you can transform it into a captivating focal point. It would not be just any hole that can be dismissed of easily. Here are the different window treatments to choose from.


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These can give an illusion that the small window is bigger than it actually is. The ideal panels to use would be brightly coloured panels that should be installed from the top of the window to the floor. To seemingly extend the width of the window, a wider panel should also be used. The panel should be considerably wider than the window. Other accessories can be added such as visually appealing wood poles, ring tops, brackets, and finials.


These are also called Roman shades. You can have your pick among the different types of Roman shades but for a small window, an ideal choice would be hobbled or flat Roman shades. These shades can also deceive the eyes because a short or narrow window can look bigger when the shades are pulled. To add depth and more dimension to your window, you can use woven wooden shades or even bamboo shades. Fabric blinds might be too ordinary for your taste. To impose privacy, you can use blackout lining with your shades.

Stained Glass

The presence of the small window can be emphasised by using stained glass on it. Instead of paying attention to how small the window is, the attention of the people would be diverted to beauty of the stained glass. The room would also have the warm of the colourful light reflected by the stained glass from the outdoor light. However, stained glass is a bit expensive compared to the other window treatments.


They are classic options for window treatments. For a unique touch to your window, you can use cafe curtains with iron rods or decorative wood. To make a short window longer, the curtain can hang lower than the usual level and let it cover the entire length of the window. Curtains are ideal for rooms that are not too private.

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