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Funding crisis puts charities on the edge

By Kathryn May

Canada’s voluntary sector is trapped in a funding crisis that has left many charities teetering on the brink while watching control over what they do slip from their boards of directors into the hands of bureaucrats and corporate sponsors who hold the purse strings.

Many of Canada’s 100,000 charitable and non-profit . . . → Read More: Funding crisis puts charities on the edge

It’s a fringe lifestyle, not violent

By Ray Parker

The small dance area has disco lighting and the circular bar caters to a gay clientele most days, but on Tuesday nights disk jockey Bob Lucas delivers the only Gothic music scene in Southwest Florida.

For almost six years, he has hunkered over his sound system, mixing old and new musical . . . → Read More: It’s a fringe lifestyle, not violent

50,000 child soldiers to be recruited

Children, including girls, are deployed in combat situations.

by Sanjaya Dhakal

Nepal’s Maoist rebels have announced plans to raise a militia of 50,000 children by April, amid reports of mass abduction, even sexual abuse of kids, who they allegedly use as cannon fodder and human shields. On February 22, the leader of the . . . → Read More: 50,000 child soldiers to be recruited

The Betrayal of Siegfried

Teutonic Myth & Legendby Donald A. Mackenzie1912

The Betrayal of Siegfried

The Rival Queens–Their Quarrel–Brunhild plots against Siegfried–Hagen’s Vow–The Tragic Hunt–How Siegfried was deceived–The Death Wound–Last Words–A Sad Homecoming–Kriemhild’s Sorrow–Scene in Church–Blood Testimony–Gunther pleads for Forgiveness–Treasure taken to Worms–Where Hagen concealed it.

SIEGFRIED and Kriemhild went riding with a gay company towards . . . → Read More: The Betrayal of Siegfried

Canada sends three Hercules aircraft to Haiti to rescue Canadians

Prime Minister Paul Martin says his government is very concerned about the deteriorating situation in Haiti.

He says three Hercules aircraft are en route to Haiti at this time. They’ll be in a position to bring back Canadian citizens if the situation continues to worsen – and if any of those people want to . . . → Read More: Canada sends three Hercules aircraft to Haiti to rescue Canadians

Shocking report on the state of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

National Disaster? The chairman of a congressionally appointed task force discusses a shocking report on the state of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

By Brian Braiker

Lucy Spelman, director of the 114-year old National Zoo in Washington, D.C., announced plans to retire Wednesday, the same day a highly critical, yearlong independent review by the National Academy . . . → Read More: Shocking report on the state of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Via chief apologizes for ‘pitiful single woman’ remarks

“I don’t want to be mean, but this is a poor woman in a pitiful state, a woman with no husband that I know of. She’s feeling the pressure of being a single mother with financial responsibilities,” Pelletier told La Presse. “Basically, I find it pitiful.”

The head of Via Rail apologized Friday for the . . . → Read More: Via chief apologizes for ‘pitiful single woman’ remarks

Push for tougher ban on ‘bee-killing’ pesticide

French environmentalists and bee-keepers Friday demanded the government ban outright a pesticide whose sales were suspended this week because of suspicions it was killing off bees in huge numbers.

The main farmers’ union, led by anti-globalisation campaigner Jose Bove, led the charge against the product, marketed under several brand-names including Regent TS, one day after . . . → Read More: Push for tougher ban on ‘bee-killing’ pesticide

Burn Me Up, Scotty

Super-Hot Trash Zapper May Yield Hydrogen

This just in: The future is now. “Plasma torch technology” is gaining acceptance among corporations and governments, and may soon show up at a waste facility near you. Here’s how it works: Trash ““ anything from municipal garbage to toxic waste to PCBs ““ is zapped (at least we . . . → Read More: Burn Me Up, Scotty

Is it dawning of Aquarius? No, just unusual Leap Year

By Joanne Fox

Greg Roming, Western Iowa Tech Community College instructor, discovered facts about Leap Year through some research and mathematical calculations. (Staff photo by Jerry Mennenga)

Maybe the moon isn’t in the seventh house and Jupiter isn’t aligning with Mars, but February 2004 has five Sundays. How unusual is that? Somewhat, according to . . . → Read More: Is it dawning of Aquarius? No, just unusual Leap Year