The Simpsons episode to premiere on Sky1

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In the Name of the Grandfather“, the fourteenth episode of the twentieth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons will today become the first episode of the show to premiere in Europe. It will air at 7:30 PM on Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and be paired with “Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes“. The special broadcast is part of FOX’s year-long “Best. 20 Years. Ever.” celebration which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the show. To promote the broadcast, executive producers Al Jean and James L. Brooks, as well as Nancy Cartwright visited Ireland and are scheduled to participate in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. The episode was screened at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on March 16. The American debut of the episode will be March 22, 2009.

In the episode, the Simpson family travels to Ireland so Grampa can visit a pub where he once had the best night of his life. Guest stars scheduled for the episode include Colm Meaney as Tom O’Flanagan, Kathy Ireland as herself, Glen Hansard as a street musician and Markéta Irglová as an Eastern European woman.

We wanted it to be an affectionate love letter to Ireland.

Executive producer Al Jean stated the episode is intended to be “an affectionate love letter to Ireland” because many of the writers have Irish roots. The episode will feature Irish landmarks including Giant’s Causeway, the Blarney Castle and the Guinness Brewery.

Previous episodes of the show where the Simpson family visits other countries have been controversial. For example, the Simpsons visited Australia in “Bart vs. Australia” and Brazil in “Blame it on Lisa“, and both episodes generated controversy and negative reaction in the visited countries.

The Rio de Janeiro tourist board claimed that the city was portrayed as having rampant street crime, kidnappings, slums, and monkey and rat infestations; and threatened FOX with legal action. When asked whether he thought this episode would generate similar controversies, Al Jean replied “I’m Irish American and I know Irish people have an excellent sense of humor so we weren’t very worried.”

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Submitted by: Jake Devenz

Many studies have been done to show that yoga can make a difference in how your body handles stress. Many diseases have their origins in a stress reaction, and while doctors are not entirely sure how yoga works and makes a difference, practicing yoga can definitely help moderate the bodys reaction to stress.

Yoga brings together the mind, body and spirit. Yoga involves stretching the body and creating various poses, all the while monitoring your breathing and moderating it through different breathing techniques. There are many styles of yoga and each style can be said to have a different purpose. Flow yoga can be almost an aerobic workout, having you move through a set of poses quickly. Other styles concentrate on slowly relaxing into a pose, stretching the muscles and joints deeply.

The physical benefits of yoga are fairly straightforward. Yoga develops flexibility and using body weight, can develop great strength. Yoga elongates muscles and exercises joints. Learning yoga breathing can help you in other aspects of your workouts. If can help you increase your endurance in your aerobic activity. Yoga offers you the ability to center yourself and to disconnect from the stresses of daily life. The spiritual aspect of yoga can be something you find restorative, connecting with a spirit of the universe.

Regular yoga practice can be a great addition to traditional strength training workouts. Finding room for yoga in your weekly workouts can help increase your flexibility and increase your endurance. Yoga will help you calm your body and its reaction to stress. After you practice yoga for awhile, you will find that you sleep more soundly. You will find that you might have an enhanced sense of well being and that your general level of anxiety is reduced. You might also find that your health improves. Perhaps allergies you might have had could lessen. A medical condition you might have been battling might improve. You will feel more energized, stronger, and more content.

The ability of yoga to reduce stress is just one benefit of incorporating it into your weekly workout routine. Learning new yoga poses can be an interesting and creative way to add some new dimension to your workout, challenging your mind as well as your body. Yoga will also help you become more flexible, more centered, and just might help fight the aging process!

Yoga is one of many ways you can reduce stress and gain flexibility. If yoga is too difficult for you than you can try stretching exercise. This is a great way to work your way up to becoming able to do yoga. Yoga exercises can be extremely difficult and it is a good idea to work your way up to being able to do the poses.

Using yoga blocks can also help you balance and stabilize if you are not flexible enough to touch the ground in some cases. If you do not have yoga blocks then get creative and use something lying around the house to help you out.

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Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed further

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
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  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

Buffalo, New York —The Common Council of Buffalo voted on Tuesday to send the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal “to committee for further discussion”, after citing the need for more public involvement.

The Elmwood Village Hotel is a development proposal by the Savarino Construction Services Corporation, a project designed by the architect Karl Frizlen of The Frizlen Group. The hotel would be placed on the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo.

To make way for the project, at least five buildings located at 1109 to 1121 Elmwood Ave would be demolished. At least two properties on Forest Avenue could also be demolished. The Elmwood properties, according to Eva Hassett, Vice President of Savarion Construction, are “under contract”, but it is unclear if Savarino Construction actually owns the Elmwood properties. Hans Mobius, a former mayorial candidate, is still believed to be the current owner the properties. Mobius also owns 607 Forest Avenue.

The properties 605 and 607 Forest Avenue could also be included in the proposal according to Hassett.

“We would use a Special Development Plan to rezone 1119-1121 Elmwood and 605 Forest to a C-2 zoning category,” stated Hassett. It is possible that Savarino Construction may try to obtain a variance for 605 Forest, which would allow them to enforce eminent domain, should the hotel be allowed to go forward.

The building at 607 Forest was also discussed to be rezoned, but it is unclear what the plans would be for that property. During the February 28 Common Council meeting, Hassett stated that the properties 605 and 607 were “now off the agenda”.

Pano Georgiadis, owner of Pano’s Restaurant at 1081 Elmwood, owns the property at 605 Forest and attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

“Having a hotel is a bright idea. We all love the idea of a hotel, but the way that it is presented, is wishful thinking. This hotel does not fit. It’s like putting two gallons of water in a gallon jug, it does not fit. At the last meeting, the architect admitted that they are planning to put the undergound parking lot and the hotel, right at the property line. If I open my window, I will be able to touch the wall, that goes fifty feet high”, said Georgiadis.

“There is a problem having a seventy-two room hotel and fifty-five parking spaces. That means that all the other cars will spill all over the neighborhood. The footprint is simply too small. If you have a bigger [parking] lot, and a smaller hotel, I will welcome a hotel. I have a parking lot at my own business, and I am chasing people all day long. Remember, the city says it has ‘zero tolerance [for illegal parking]’. Try telling that to the guy from Albany who came to see his kids, that are going to Buffalo State, who would get tickets totaling over a hundred dollars”, added Georgiadis.

The city’s Planning Board is scheduled to meet on March 14, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. about the proposal. Although a discussion will take place, no vote is expected to be taken.

At the moment, none of the properties are zoned for a hotel. Savarino Construction plans on asking for a C2 zoning permit. If that does not work, they plan to implement a new zoning plan called a “special development plan” which would allow for only a hotel on the site. That zone would not be able to be changed.

“This [project] justifies Mobius’s refusal to invest in any maitenance[sic] or improvements”, on the properties said Clarence Carnahan, a local resident. “Where were the Council persons over the years? Where were the city inspectors over the years, to make sure that he maintained and improved his properties? The government was supposed to be protecting, not being preditorial. I see a predatorial issue here when it comes to this hotel. Over the years: Why has the local government been disfunctional when it came to Mobius’s properties? Refusal to invest in improvements, doesn’t that sound like a slumlord? Maybe I am missing a point here, but what kind of messages does this send to other slumlords that havn’t[sic] been jailed or fined? It’s [the hotel] trying to be pushed through.”

Carnahan also presented signs for residents and or business owners who are opposed to the hotel, that could be placed in windows or on stakes in the yard. Some of the signs said, ‘No tell hotel’, ‘Hans off, no hotel’, ‘It takes more than a hotel to make a village’. and ‘Keep Elmwood free, no hotel’. Carnahan plans on making more signs for a protest to be held on Saturday March 18, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Elmwood and Forest. Some signs were given to individuals after the meeting.

“First things first, Hans is the problem, and I don’t think it has been addressed. Let’s roll back the clock on this project. What can we do with Hans? There is such thing as eminent domain, which could be of greater interest to the community, to seize the property at its lowest assessed value”, said Nancy Pollina, co-owner of Don Apparel with Patty Morris at 1119 Elmwood. “There are so many ideas that have not been explored and we are about to give this parcel away, to a big developer.”

Mobius has not returned any calls by Wikinews regarding the situation.

A freelance journalist writing for Wikinews has obtained a letter, exclusively, addressed to one of the five business owners from Hans Mobius stating:

There is a proposal to develop my property which you are currently renting. Because of opposition to this development, it does not look like it will happen. I will let you know if there any changes.

Despite the letter, there have been no plans or decisions made to end the proposal.

To date, none of the business owners or residents of 1119-1121 Elmwood have received an eviction notice.

Business owners and residents gave an indication of what they would like to see happen at the corner; a project similar to one done locally last year. There, developers renovated two buildings on Auburn and Elmwood Avenues, merging the buildings into one thus allowing for more shop space. Among some of the shops to move in after the development were Cone Five Pottery, The Ruby Slipper, and Abraham’s Jewelers. Prior to the renovation work, the left building in the picture was boarded up for several years. Many of the concerned locals would like to see a similar development on Forest and Elmwood.

Rocco Termini, a developer in Buffalo, proposed a similar design at the February 28 community meeting

In an interview after the February 28 meeting, Termini stated, “I will be willing to take a look at this myself, or I would be more than happy to be partners with Sam, Sam Savarino”, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Savarino Construction Services Corp.

So far Savarino Construction has no plans to team up with Termini.

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Award winning singer George Michael cautioned after caught with drugs in London public toilet

Sunday, September 21, 2008

British Grammy Award winning singer George Michael has been cautioned over drug use. The 45 year old singer was caught with class A and C drugs in the Hampstead Heath area of London. He was arrested on 19 September after being caught in the public toilet. British Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said drug laws needed to be “flexible”. He stated he did not know the details of the case when questioned why Michael was given a mild sentence.

Michael was banned from driving for two years after being caught slumped behind the wheel of his car twice. He pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs. On May 15, 2006 Michael was found semi-conscious apparently snoozing at traffic lights while in his Range Rover. In the early hours of October 1, 2006, Michael was found unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz S-Class car, causing an obstruction.

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Buying A Stair Lift For The Home

By James Burrow

Home stair lifts are more popular than ever and, thanks to the increased number of manufacturers and distributors, are available to those with even the most modest of budgets. Before you run out an purchase one, you need to have a basic understanding of the types of stair lifts available and the technologies that make them work. This will insure that you get the right stair lift for your home and that you will have years of trouble free service.

Moderns stair lifts use one of two types of drive mechanisms; rack and pinion or cable driven. Rack and pinion uses a gear attached to the seat or chassis of the stair lift that runs the length of a straight toothed track. The electric motor located under the seat provides the motion to the gear and allows the smooth movement up and down the track. A big advantage of this type of stair lift is the ability of the user to adjust the speed. This is due to the use of a circuit board or computer chip to dynamically control the voltage from the battery to the motor. A rack and pinion lift will require more maintenance than a cable driven lift. With a rack and pinion lift, the toothed track that allows the seat chassis to move up and down is exposed and is prone to attract more dust than a cable driven stair lift. As such, it will require frequent cleaning and lubrication.

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Cable driven stair lifts have become very popular due to their simple, but reliable design. A cable driven lift utilizes a direct drive systems which means that the cable itself does not actually move. Instead, the seat or carriage is pulled up the track. The cables used in modern stair lifts are high strength aluminum aircraft cables and require practically no maintenance. In addition, the entire drive system is completely enclosed in the seat chassis and is not subject to the accumulation of pet hair and dust that can interfere with the function of the rack and pinion types. The only routine maintenance required is the occasional lubrication of the track.

Whether you decide on a cable driven stair lift or a rack and pinion stair lift, make sure that you have the features that you require and an understanding of the maintenance and installation requirements of your particular model. Manufacturers design stair lifts with one person installation in mind. As a result, stair lift installations are generally straight forward and can be accomplished in an afternoon by anyone that is handy with basic tools.

Keep these tips in mind when deciding on what type of stair lift to purchase and you will not only have years of worry free service from your new stair lift, but you will add value to your home and regain your lost independence.

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Andrea Muizelaar on fashion, anorexia, and life after ‘Top Model’

Monday, November 26, 2007

In the 18 months since Andrea Muizelaar was crowned winner of the reality TV series Canada’s Next Top Model, her life has been a complete whirlwind. From working in a dollar store in her hometown of Whitby, Ontario, to modeling haute couture in Toronto, she had reached her dream of becoming a true Top Model.

But at what cost? Unknown to casual television viewers, Muizelaar had been enveloped in the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, which inevitably became too much for her to bear. She gave up modeling and moved back to Whitby, where she sought treatment for her disorder, re-entered college, and now works at a bank. Where is she now? Happy and healthy, she says.

Recently Andrea Muizelaar sat down with Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman in a candid interview that stretched to nearly two hours, as she told all about her hopes and aspirations, her battle with anorexia, and just what really happened on Canada’s Next Top Model.

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Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.

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Gift Ideas For The Football Lover

By Chad Henners

Football season is in the air and it’s that time of year that you need to start thinking about what you are going to get them. There are tons of ideas for the person who is a football lover. All you have to know is their team that they root for religiously and you will learn what you can get them.

One of the first things that you can get in terms of gift ideas would be things they can wear. There are gloves for those that live in the cold. There are tshirts and caps to go with it. Others of you might choose socks or even a jersey which can be worth a bit of money. There are still many more items that are considered to be clothing that you can choose from.

Other things you can choose are things that the football lover might use at school if you have a younger football lover that is. There are some who might choose binders. They are coming out with notebooks which any person who goes to school is going to need. Some of them might find that they can get pencils and pens and other things of the sorts. This allows them to show their team pride even when they aren’t at home.

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For the person who is driving, they love nothing more than to show their pride in their team. With that being said, there are all sorts of gift ideas for them as well. There are some who have gone to buy a steering wheel cover. There are others who might find that there are window clings that are nice to get or even mats and seat covers. If you are going to have them go out in style, they have to go all out.

Others will find that you got to prepare that person for the games they might host when they are cheering their team on. There are all sorts of plates and blankets and such that they can put around the house to show people who come in that they are a huge fan of this team and only wish them the best. There are cups and bowls for chips that can be bought. There are many places that a person can go too when they are looking for such things.

Looking at this, this might give you a good starting point of things to get. It doesn’t matter if they are new or have been a fan for a long lasting time. It doesn’t even matter how old they are. There are even baby items such as bibs, onesies, bottles, and pacifiers you can get to train them right. So, start looking as they need to cheer their team on as best as they can.

If you really want to get something that will cost quite a bit of money, you can get collector items or something that has been signed. You might even give them tickets to a big game. There are trading cards as well that can do some good. These are some ideas that many have gone with.

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