Toyota to suspend sales of Lexus GX 460 over new safety fears

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Japanese auto maker Toyota is to temporarily suspend sales of its luxury Lexus GX 460 SUV following an unfavorable verdict from Consumer Reports, which concluded “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk,” the first such warning in almost a decade.

After conducting its standard emergency handling tests on the 2010 version of the Lexus GX 460, Consumer Reports became concerned that the rear of the vehicle had a tendency to slide out, which in real life situations could lead to rollovers. However, the consumer organisation is also unaware of any such incidents with the 5000 GX 460s sold since its launch three months ago.

Already embattled with ongoing safety issues with its vehicles, Toyota has been quick to act, though it did claim that the car was safe to drive and that it had passed internal safety standards. According to Toyota, “Lexus’ extensive vehicle testing provides a good indication of how our vehicles perform and we are confident that the GX meets our high safety standards.”

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Polish humanitarian Irena Sendler dies at age 98

Monday, May 12, 2008

Irena Sendler, a Polish humanitarian who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish people during World War II, died on May 12 in a Warsaw hospital. She was 98.

In 1942, when the Germans began liquidating the Warsaw Ghetto, Sendler, who had been active in the ?egota underground organisation dedicated to helping Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, smuggled children out by drugging them and placing them in body bags as typhoid fever victims. She then placed them with Polish families and in convents, hiding their records in jars so they could have their identities re-established after the war.

She was arrested by the Gestapo Gestapo in 1943 and sentenced to death after being tortured in Warsaw’s Pawiak prison. Her colleagues from ?egota saved her by bribing her German captors before the planned execution.

Born on February 15, 1910 in Otwock, Poland, Selndler had been a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize, and had been recognised by Israel’s Yad Vashem institute as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for her work.

In 2007, she was honoured by the National Assembly for organising the “rescue of the most defenceless victims of the Nazi ideology: the Jewish children.”

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Urinary Incontinence Homeo Approach}

Submitted by: Steven Guptha

Urinary incontinence is the inability to control urination.


There are five types urinary continence:

Stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, mixed incontinence and functional or environmental incontinence.

1.Stress incontinence:

It is the most common type of urinary incontinence and happens when a person leaks urine when they cough, sneeze, exercise or do anything that puts pressure on the bladder.

2.Urge incontinence:

This occurs when the bladder muscles are too active.

People with urge incontinence lose urine as soon as they feel a strong desire to go to the bathroom.

3.Overflow incontinence:

This is the feeling of never completely emptying the bladder.

4.Mixed incontinence:

It is the combination of stress and urge incontinence.

5.Functional or environmental incontinence:

This occurs when people cannot get to the toilet or get a bedpan when they need it.

The urinary system may work well, but physical or psychological disabilities prevent normal toilet usage.

Causes and risk factors:

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Urinary incontinence can be caused by temporary problems, such as urinary tract infection, vaginal infection or irritation, constipation, obesity, smoking, frequent high-impact aerobics or effects of medicine.

Incontinence can also be caused by other permanent conditions, such as:

Aging (bladder holds less and urine stream may be weaker)

Weakness of muscles that hold the bladder in place

Weakness of bladder itself

Weakness of the urethral sphincter muscles

Weakness of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy, followed by a long, difficult vaginal birth

Overactive bladder muscles

Blocked urethra (caused by prostate enlargement in men)

Hormone imbalance in women

Neurological disorders

Prolapsed uterus

Structural abnormalities in the urethra



High calcium levels in the blood

Women are far more prone to the urinary incontinence problems than men for several reasons. For one thing, childbirth exerts a heavy toll on the bladder and the sphincter muscle that controls the urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder out of your body). Additionally, the loss of female hormones after menopause leads to a thinning and weakening of the urethral lining that is supposed to keep the bladder closed except during urination.


Enquiry about medical history as well as urinary habits.

A vaginal and rectal examination.

The vaginal exam can reveal anatomic causes, such as a dropped bladder (cystocele), a prolapsed uterus or structural abnormalities in the urethra.

A rectal exam is necessary to assess the sphincter tone and possible fecal backup.

laboratory and diagnostic tests:

The laboratory tests include blood and urine samples.

The diagnostic tests may include a cystoscopic examination, post-void residual (PVR) measurement, stress test and urodynamic testing.

The cystoscopic examination is a procedure in which a small tube with a telescope attached, is inserted into the bladder so the doctor can look for any abnormalities in the bladder and lower urinary tract.

PVR measurement measures how much urine is left in the bladder after urinating by placing a small soft tube into the bladder.

A stress test looks for urine loss when stress is put on the bladder muscles.

Urodynamic testing involves inserting a small tube into the bladder and examining the bladder and urethral sphincter function.


Stress incontinence can be treated in one or more of the following ways:

1. Behavioral Techniques

Behavioral treatments include pelvic muscle rehabilitation, retraining the bladder, weight loss and dietary changes, such as alleviating caffeine-based and carbonated beverages, citrus foods and juices, chocolate, highly spicy foods and alcohol.

Pelvic muscle rehabilitation includes pelvic muscle exercises, biofeedback therapy, vaginal weight training and pelvic floor electrical stimulation. These techniques are recommended to strengthen the muscles around the vagina and urethra.

Vaginal weight training uses a weighted vaginal cone inserted by a woman into the vagina twice daily and worn for 15 minutes.

Bladder training to “hold on” for increasing amounts of time and to void at regular, scheduled intervals. This technique teaches patients to resist the urge to void and gradually expands the intervals between voiding.

Weight loss Losing extra pounds, especially in the abdomen, can relieve pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles.

2. Medication

Stress incontinence can also be treated with medications that increase the contractility of the sphincters at the bladder neck.

If a woman is past menopause and incontinence is due to the thinning or drying of urethral walls, a vaginal estrogen cream is recommended.

Collagen implants are also an option that some physicians use to treat stress incontinence

3. Surgery

Surgery can be 90 percent successful in women with severe stress incontinence.

The vaginal sling operation creates a hammock under the urethra to give support.

More complicated surgical procedures include implantation of an artificial sphincter (a cuff which can be inflated to squeeze the urethra, impeding urine flow) or laparoscopic bladder neck suspension.

In this procedure, three incisions are made in the abdomen and sutures are used to reposition the bladder neck.

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Woman killed in house fire in South Yorkshire, England

Monday, January 25, 2010

An elderly woman has died in a house fire in South Yorkshire, England. The woman, who is currently remaining unidentified, was blind and 93-years-old when her bungalow in Sheffield caught fire as a result of an accident in her kitchen yesterday afternoon.

An internal investigation into the fire has suggested that while the woman was cooking, she dropped a towel onto one of the stovetops while attempting to move a pan on the cooker. The towel then set alight. When she attempted to put out the fire, the towel dropped to the side of the cooker, alongside some plastic bags.

A smoke alarm sounded; a nearby resident heard the alarm and went to assist. The neighbour managed to break into the bedroom window of the bungalow in order to be able to get inside the building. The person made it to the hallway but had to double back upon seeing the fire and the smoke. It is believed that the woman was overwhelmed by the fumes given out from the plastic which was burning.

At around 1350 GMT, fire service workers entered the elderly lady’s residence to find her collapsed inside the kitchen. People investigating the incident have come to the conclusion that this particular fire was an accidental one. A spokesperson for the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service noted: “Neighbours who tried to enter the property were fought back by smoke and flames.”

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Brazilian Vote Buying parliamentary commission present first joint preliminary report

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Monday, September 5, 2005

Brazil — The Post Office and Vote Buying parliamentary commissions of investigation unanimously approved on Thursday (1) their first joint preliminary report of activities. The text was prepared by their redactors, Osmar Serraglio (PMDB) and Ibrahim Abi-Ackel (PP), from Post Office and Vote Buying commissions respectively.

The deputies cited in the report are: Carlos Rodrigues (PLRJ), José Janene (PP-PR), Pedro Correia (PP-PE), Pedro Henry (PP-MS), Sandro Mabel (PL-GO), João Magno (PTMG), João Paulo Cunha (PT-SP), José Borba (PMDB-PR), Josias Gomes da Silva (PT-BA), Paulo Rocha (PT-BA), Professor Luizinho (PT-SP), Romeu Queiroz (PTB-MG), Vadão Gomes (PP-SP), Vanderval Santos (PL-SP), José Mentor (PT-SP), Roberto Brant (PFL-MG), José Dirceu (PT-SP) and Roberto Jefferson (PTB-RJ).

The report indicts 18 Brazilian deputies and the former deputy Valdemar Costa Neto [who resigned on August 1]. They are accused of illegal campaign finance activities, of placing cronies in strategic positions in government enterprises and getting kickbacks from them, and of receiving cash payments in exchange for voting in line with the government in the Brazilian Congress.

The redactors called the allegation made by some parliamentarians that the resources were used to settle debts with electoral campaigns a “lame excuse”. According to them it is “perfectly plausible” that the loans taken by the businessman Marcos Valerio at the Banco Rural and the BMG for the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) were false and created to make the illegal funds seem legal.

In regards to the denunciations done by deputy Roberto Jefferson (PTB) the report says:

  • Everything which he said that could be investigated showed to be true, including confessions against himself .
  • Everything that must be compared to other testimonies showed a great degree of truth. As a matter of fact, all of who, hurriedly, questioned him, saw their defenses collapse, before the successive discoveries.

According to the report, the businessman Marcos Valério is a not reliable person because of his contraditory testmonies.

The report says that several documents were identified and reviewed proving that large sums of money were withdrawn from agencies of the Rural Bank, in Brasilia and Belo Horizonte, as well as from bank accounts of the enterprises SMPB and DNA Propaganda. According to the documents the beneficiaries were federal deputies who received the money in person or through relatives, advisers, or persons nominated by Marcos Valério.

The report affirms that it is possible that some payments were made on a monthly basis, and others more or less frequently. Nevertheless, according to the report the periodicity of the payments is the less important fact.

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The Advantages Of Tall Barstools}

Submitted by: Jeffrey Owens

How to Determine the Right Height of Barstools at Home

Height is a key factor in working out the right height of your barstools so that you and your guests are at a comfortable level and posture when seated at your home bar or kitchen table.

For example, taking into account the fact that any typical bar stool is about 29″ to 31″ tall from floor to its seat, you may have situations where you’d need tall barstools at home. Before shopping, you should know what your requirements in terms of barstool height are. What this also means is that a bar stool of standard size would go well with a 41″ to 43″ tall table. On other hand, for shorter tables, a chair or counter stool may be a better fit. Measure the height of your table so that you buy the barstools of the right height. However, there may be specific places or situations where you would need tall barstools at home because standard size barstools prove to be inadequate.

In fact, tall bar stools are gaining popularity, and the need for taller seats is being felt more and more for accessing higher counters and tables in new homes. There are several instances when you may require extra tall barstools.

Situations that Require Tall Bar Stools at Home

1. Traditionally, you should allow around 8 to 12″ of space from the seat top to underside of the table to let room for individuals of all heights and sizes to be seated comfortably. However, if your tables are higher than standard size then it becomes hard to reach food & beverages. That’s exactly where tall barstools will help!

2. Many people now work on their laptops while seated at their counters. For this, they need to get a taller armless barstool that lets them to hang your arms slightly lower. This allows them to get a bit further away from the keyboard and ease tension in forearms.

3. One needs to pay attention to the needs of taller people as well. For a person 6 foot 3″ or taller, the standard height stools (30″) can be uncomfortable for their posture. Here too, the tall barstools come in handy, as they will let the taller people be seated comfortably; their feet well placed on the foot rail.

Before you purchase your fireplace mantel shelf you will want to measure the area where you would like your mantel to go. Ideally, your shelf should be at least as long as your fireplace. Most shelves range between 50 and 90 inches. It is usually better to buy a longer shelf than a shorter one as it can also very attractive to have a fireplace mantel that extends beyond the edges of your fireplace, as opposed to vice versa. Most fireplace mantel shelves are installed 5 feet off the floor, but the most important consideration is whether your shelf is installed at a safe distance from any flames. You can also install a fireplace mantel as a conventional shelf along any wall to add a flourish to any dcor. Wherever you plan to install your fireplace mantel, be sure that it can be secured to wood studs or a brick surface. Most mantel shelves are fairly simple to install and come with installation instructions. However, if you do not feel completely comfortable or do not have the proper tools, you may want to consider hiring a contractor.

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Suresh Joachim breaks ironing world record

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

BramptonSuresh Joachim of Mississauga, Ontario continues to amaze, breaking yet another world record, this time at The Bay Court in Shoppers World.

From Thursday, September 22 at 8 am, to Saturday, September 24 at 3:05 pm, Suresh ironed continuously for 55 hours and 5 minutes, in front of the thousands of onlookers shopping at the mall those three days.

The achievement, now submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records, breaks the previous record by Eufemia Stadler of Zurich, Switzerland. Stadler completed 40 hours of continuous ironing from September 16-18, 1999.

Originally from Sri Lanka and Australia, Joachim is no stranger to the folks at Guinness. He currently holds twenty other records, ranging from greatest distance travelled on ‘up’ and ‘down’ escalators (225.44 km between May 25 and May 31 1998), furthest travelled on a treadmill in one week (659.27 km at a gym in Paris, France), and longest dance marathon by an individual (100 hours at the Dixie Outlet Mall).

This September, Suresh watched television in the lobby of WABC in New York City for 69 hours and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by 19 hours. The event was covered daily on the talk show “Live with Regis and Kelly” as part of their Guinness World Record Breaker Week. He also recently set the record for longest time rocking in a rocking chair, at 75 hours.

A DJ on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recently tried to break Joachim’s record for longest continuous time as a DJ. He was unsuccessful, and Suresh’s 120-hour World Record set on Geethavaani Tamil Radio in Scarborough stands unharmed.

The event helped raise funds for the Universal Fund for Suffering Children, whose funds are “utilized to save the world’s children from poverty, disease and war.” All of Joachim’s stunts have been dedicated to this charity.

What’s next for Suresh? He plans to start static cycling from October 18th, 2005 to October 22nd, 2005, in Britain. Suresh’s goal is 150 world records, which would beat the long-time record breaker Ashrita Furman, who has accumulated 94 records. While Furman started two decades ago, Suresh only discovered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991, and started record breaking in 1996.

You can visit Suresh online at

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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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Shopping For Diabetic Supplies}

Submitted by: Marifer Vergara

The initial diagnosis of diabetes may be overwhelming enough, and being presented with a list of supplies that is necessary may make the experience even more intimidating. One way to immediately solve the problem of where to purchase supplies is to find a supply company that carries or can get practically everything that is needed.

One such company is Our company specializes in diabetic supplies, and we do not limit ourselves to only a few products. We know that monitors and testing strips are not the only things needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a diabetic.

We do carry monitors and testing strips; however, we go further than that. We offer clothing, socks, and shoesitems which may be hard to find or, if available, may be at a much higher cost but much lower quality.

Because diabetics are at a higher risk of suffering from foot and leg problems, we also have in stock a number of supplies specifically designed for leg and foot care. These include creams, shoe inserts, and, as mentioned earlier, socks and shoes.

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Wounds to the feet and legs can occur, however, and may require special care. We have wound care supplies, including bandages and dresses, tape, pads, and wipes, just to name a few. We offer total wound care packages, which contain everything needed for optimal wound care.

Diabetics may also sometimes need equipment to assist them in their daily activities. We supply canes, walkers, toilet seats, and other articles that can be used so that patients can remain as independent as possible.

Exercise is important in maintaining acceptable blood sugar levels. We can help with that, too. We have fitness and exercise devices available. One of our products is a pedometer, which is excellent for keeping up with those 10,000 steps recommended by health care professionals for good health.

Knowing that all these supplies and more are available at one convenient location is but one way that a diabetic patient can achieve the positive outlook so important to health care. It is a fact that stress can cause physical changes, including fluctuations in blood sugar levels. However, when ordering needed supplies is as simple as a click or a phone call, stress, at least in that area of ones diabetic care, just isnt going to be a problem.

Our prices are comparable to those of other suppliers. In addition, we offer free shipping for orders over $100. With our low prices, it will be easy to reach that amount, but it wont be a case of overspending, because the items we offer are intended for diabetics, making it easy to do one-stop shopping.

Visit our website at and see what we have available. If it isnt listed, contact us, and well see if we can order it. We want to make the diabetic lifestyle a positive one, and helping with the purchasing of necessary supplies and equipment is our way of doing so.

We look forward to offering our assistance in any way possible.

About the Author: Marifer Vergara is an author and the daughter of a diabetic. She has spent the last 3 years learning everything about diabetes and reviewing

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