Pet Medical Treatment In Alexandria, Va Can Relieve Your Pet’s Suffering From Allergies

byAlma Abell

Could your dog or cat have allergies? Pets don’t have the same allergic reactions that humans do, although they can be allergic to many of the same things. When a dog starts licking and chewing on his feet in the fall, it might be a ragweed allergy. In the spring, constant licking and rubbing might indicate a pollen allergy. A pet who spends most of their time in the house could develop an allergy to dust mites. Food allergies are quite common. As pets get older, the symptoms may worsen.

Allergy Symptoms

It’s fairly common for pet lovers to mistake their pet’s constant chewing or scratching for something else. If the allergy isn’t diagnosed, then treating only the symptom will not bring a permanent cure. Successfully managing a pet’s allergy can be frustrating.


Common allergy symptoms include:

1. Chewing and licking the feet, side or groin area;2. Face rubbing;3. Constant itching and possible hair loss;4. Chronic ear infections;5. Tiny facial scabs on cats or hot spots on dogs;6. Respiratory problems and wheezing, especially in cats.

Diagnosing Allergies

The veterinarian may be able to diagnose the probable

allergen after conducting a physical exam and taking a complete history. If not, the next pet medical treatment in Alexandria VA would be a skin test similar to the skin tests that are used to diagnose allergies in humans.

If a food allergy is suspected, the vet weeks, individual foods can be added one at a time until the one(s) causing the allergic symptoms has been identified. One indication of a possible food allergy would be skin infections that respond well to antibiotics, but then return when the treatment has ended.


Treatment depends on the allergen. Removing it from the pet’s environment may be necessary. Weekly bathing with prescription shampoos can alleviate itching. Some dogs benefit from allergy injections or other pet medical treatment in Alexandria VA. An epi-pen may be prescribed if a pet has had a severe allergic reaction.

The Hayfield Animal Hospital offers preventive care, dental care, grooming, surgical procedures and diagnostics. Whatever your pet’s problem, including allergies, they understand how important your pet is to you. Visit their website at to learn more.

Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A car accident involving the car occupants and a dentist’s office happened on Sunday night in Santa Ana, California. A white Nissan sedan which was apparently driving too fast hit the raised concrete median on the road, after which it was launched into the air, slamming straight into the wall of the second floor of a two-story dental practice building, where the car got wedged.

According to the police, the car approached from a side street. The room of the dental office penetrated by the sedan was used as a storage space. A fire department crane was used to extract the vehicle from the building, which took several hours.

There were two people in the sedan. One of them managed to escape from the hanging vehicle on his own, while the other one remained trapped inside it for over an hour. They were both hospitalized with minor injuries, according to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). According to the police, the driver of the car admitted narcotics use, and after toxicology tests the case is to be submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The moment of the accident was captured by surveillance video from a bus which the car narrowly missed when becoming airborne.

According to OCFA spokesperson Captain Stephen Horner, there was a small fire after the crash, which was extinguished quickly.

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Manitoba’s flood creating hazardous conditions

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Red River at Winnipeg is almost clear of ice blocks and ice jamming, however there are still dangers from the Red River flood.

Ice blocks which were as high as two storey buildings were ripping out trees, fences and railway ties. “You’ll see huge pans of ice standing vertical, up to 20 feet (6 m) high,” said Steve Topping, an official with the provincial Water Stewardship Department. “Ice was shoved up on the shore and took out trees with a very devastating effect. It has changed people’s view of the river.”

“It is incredible, the force. One piece of ice pushed out of the river about 20 feet. You watch the force push this up right in front of your eyes,” said Dean North, of the Selkirk Golf and Country Club.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are ticketing sight seers who are driving through road closure signs and approaching excavators, cranes and crews breaking up the ice. Vehicles, people, boats, and kayaks are getting in the way.

An eight year old boy is in critical condition after slipping on a culvert Thursday. He was pulled underwater by the speed of the flowing water and remained under for about five to ten minutes until adults could rescue him. The air ambulance supplied by Alberta’s STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) remains in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“This is not a spectator sport. It’s not about getting the best pictures for the family albums. I know floods are seen as a bit of an event, but some of the instances I’m hearing about, people should give their head a shake, they really should,” said Steve Ashton Manitoba Emergency Measures Minister, “Those who fall into the river or get into trouble in another way would be not only endangering themselves but the emergency response crews trying to rescue them. I don’t want to see a situation … where we’re trying our darndest to prevent flooding and save lives and somebody [who] decides to go have a white-water experience ends up killing themselves.”

Early Easter Sunday morning floodwater reached the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements north of Winnipeg. Residents were sent an evacuation advisory Good Friday, however some residents remained. Rescue efforts commenced Saturday night to find those stranded and unable to leave as their vehicles cannot travel in the swollen overland floodwaters. Some people were rescued from roof tops as entire houses were swept off of their foundations by the large ice blocks hurtling down the river.

Highways in the area remain closed. Neil Gobelle, of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation said to “definitely continue to watch the Red River Valley and north of the city up in the Selkirk area. Things are changing quite a bit, quite quickly, so we’ll keep an eye on those areas.”

As of Easter Sunday, Winnipeg is expected to be ice free on the Red River. The River rose 4 feet (1 m) in the course of 24 hours. Rain is in the forecast and the higher temperatures of 17 °C (62.6 °F) will cause melting of snow and ice.

A weather system caused by La Niña is being watched by the United States National Weather Service and its potential effects between April 16-18 for residents along the Red River Valley. “We want people to be aware there is a very real possibility of the river going higher than what is out there,” said Mark Ewens, data manager at the NWS, “To have spring floods like this back-to-back is just an unfortunate series of events that have come along to plague us this spring. We’re wanting people to understand that this is a potentially serious problem.”

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Wikinews interviews William Pomerantz, Senior Director of Space Prizes at the X PRIZE Foundation

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Andreas Hornig, Wikinews contributor and team member of Synergy Moon, competitor in the Google Lunar X Prize, managed to interview Senior Director of Space Prizes William Pomerantz of the X PRIZE Foundation about the competitions, goals, and impacts via e-mail for and Wikinews.

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Fashion Apprenticeships Overseas! Get A Job Before You Go!

By Natasha Zurnamer

Have you ever dreamed about working in a fashion apprenticeship overseas? Imagine the glamour and prestige of having an apprenticeship at a top New York, LA or San Francisco fashion house on your CV? Imagine securing a job before you set off into the sunset

I have just found out that its possible! In the competitive world of fashion you need to look at a point of difference; an experience and life skill that is going to set you apart from the graduating masses from Australian Unis, Tafes and Private Colleges. The short of it is you all qualify to work in the industry, its just the jobs are so few and far between you need to be able to show a future employer youve got something different to offer So let me tell you a few ways that you can get some savvy o.s experience and knock the socks off any employer in fashion when you return

Option One buy a ticket and knock on doors. This is expensive and can be unfruitful! Many have scored it lucky when they pack their bags and knock on the door of their favourite fashion house overseas but it often has its pitfalls. If you find a company that will take you on often due to visa problems you cant work for an extended amount of time and more often the pay can be very low or even work experience (unpaid). So yes, you can say you worked for so and so but ultimately it was not real in-depth experience and you will probably need to wait tables at night to fund the rest of your trip!


Option Two buy a ticket and visit a temping agency when you arrive. I have seen many fashion graduates work for fabulous companies in the UK, Europe and USA thru Temporary Agencies. If you dont mind lots of variety and you can be flexible about the type of companies you work for you can find yourself in great roles with fabulous brands. In terms of really learning the ropes the major pitfall can be a day here and a day there which is not going to leave you with any solid knowledge but the upside can be that you could score it lucky and have an extended stay in a company you love it has happened..

Option Three finding an internship before you go. I recently came across a company who arranges 18 month internships with amazing companies in the USA. If you have the qualifying experience, usually a fashion degree or diploma or 18 months fashion work experience you can apply. The amazing thing with these internships is that you get a Visa to work for a whole 18 months with one company and you also get paid a salary while you work (and there are more benefits on arrival too!). There are some costs to get your visa and your travel costs as you would expect but the fact that you have a guaranteed job when you arrive and 18 months experience with one company is a great deal. The internships that I have seen are really comprehensive and take you thru an 18 month program, so you clearly learn the ropes not pack boxes and run errands. For more information you can contact Chris Gegg at or go to the global recruitment website

What can you expect when you return! Overseas experience is great and many employers are happy when you Gen Ys have the travel bug out of your system. The solid experience that you get from an internship would be considered like working in a full time job and the knowledge you have gained is highly attractive to Australian Fashion employers.

Dont fall into the trap of over stating your experience when you return if you have only worked for a flick of an eye with major brands overseas a week here and a week there. Unfortunately you just dont get given much autonomy when you are a fill in staff member and even though the experience may have seemed intense to you. In the eyes of an employer its the longevity that counts. So a few weeks here and a few weeks there may not impress them enough

What ever you end up doing here are my golden rules Record all jobs overseas and at the time that you end each job write a list of the experiences you had while they are fresh in your mind. Get a reference or at least a certificate of work from each employer. Also get email addresses and phone numbers of referees. Make sure the referees are Management level and not just colleagues you befriended! Explain gaps in work while you traveled and dont overstate any experience, the global hub of fashion is a small community you just never know who knows who!

Above all good luck, enjoy the experience and dont forget to stay in touch with your loved ones while you are away!

About the Author: Natasha Zurnamer Director of Global Hub of Fashion


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Singapore police arrest death penalty book author

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Singapore police arrested British author and journalist Alan Shadrake one day after the launch of his book about the country’s use of the death penalty.

Shadrake, 75, was arrested on Sunday morning at a hotel in Singapore and taken into custody by police on charges of criminal defamation, in response to a complaint lodged by the city-state’s Media Development Authority (MDA) over the contents of his new book, Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock. Separately, the Attorney-General served Shadrake with an application for an order of committal for contempt of court, accusing him of “cast[ing] doubt on the impartiality, integrity, and independence” of Singapore’s courts through his book.

Shadrake’s latest book discusses alleged “double standards” in the country’s application of the death penalty, and contains interviews with local human rights activists, lawyers, and former police officers, including retired Changi Prison executioner Darshan Singh; Singh later claimed that he had been “tricked” into the interview. In earlier media comments, Shadrake stated that he expected “trouble” but no concrete action from authorities over his book, lest they draw even more attention to its claims. Retailers took his book off shelves after inquiries by the MDA; a spokesman for the MDA stated that the book was not banned, but suggested that booksellers “seek legal advice to ensure that the books they sell do not contravene Singapore laws”.

Shadrake has written for a variety of newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph of London as well as the New Straits Times of neighbouring Malaysia. His previous book, The Yellow Pimpernels, told the tale of various attempts to escape from East Germany over the Berlin Wall. If convicted, he faces a two-year imprisonment and a fine.

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Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The San Diego, California suburb of Chula Vista has responded to the recent housing crisis with an aggressive blight control ordinance that compels lenders to maintain the appearance of vacant homes. As foreclosures increase both locally and throughout the United States, the one year old ordinance has become a model for other cities overwhelmed by the problem of abandoned homes that decay into neighborhood eyesores.

Chula Vista city code enforcement manager Doug Leeper told the San Diego Union Tribune that over 300 jurisdictions have contacted his office during the past year with inquiries about the city’s tough local ordinance. Coral Springs, Florida, and California towns Stockton, Santee, Riverside County, and Murietta have all modeled recently enacted anti-blight measures after Chula Vista’s. On Wednesday, 8 October, the Escondido City Council also voted to tighten local measures making lenders more accountable for maintenance of empty homes.

Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.

Under the Chula Vista ordinance lenders become legally responsible for upkeep as soon as a notice of mortgage default gets filed on a vacant dwelling, before actual ownership of the dwelling returns to the lender. Leeper regards that as “the cutting-edge part of our ordinance”. Chula Vista also requires prompt registration of vacant homes and applies stiff fines as high as US$1000 per day for failure to maintain a property. Since foreclosed properties are subject to frequent resale between mortgage brokers, city officials enforce the fines by sending notices to every name on title documents and placing a lien on the property, which prevents further resale until outstanding fines have been paid. In the year since the ordinance went into effect the city has applied $850,000 in fines and penalties, of which it has collected $200,000 to date. The city has collected an additional $77,000 in registration fees on vacant homes.

Jolie Houston, an attorney in San Jose, believes “Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.” Traditionally, local governments have resorted to addressing blight problems on abandoned properties with public funds, mowing overgrown lawns and performing other vital functions, then seeking repayment afterward. Chula Vista has moved that responsibility to an upfront obligation upon lenders.

That kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States during recent years, Chula Vista saw 22.6% growth between 2000 and 2006, which brought the city’s population from 173,556 in the 2000 census to an estimated 212,756, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Chula Vista placed among the nation’s 20 fastest growing cities in 2004. A large proportion of local homes were purchased during the recent housing boom using creative financing options that purchasers did not understand were beyond their means. Average home prices in San Diego County declined by 25% in the last year, which is the steepest drop on record. Many homeowners in the region currently owe more than their homes are worth and confront rising balloon payment mortgages that they had expected to afford by refinancing new equity that either vanished or never materialized. In August 2008, Chula Vista’s eastern 91913 zip code had the highest home mortgage default rate in the county with 154 filings and 94 foreclosures, an increase of 154% over one year previously. Regionally, the county saw 1,979 foreclosures in August.

Professionals from the real estate and mortgage industries object to Chula Vista’s response to the crisis for the additional burdens it places on their struggling finances. Said San Diego real estate agent Marc Carpenter, “that kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.” Yet city councils in many communities have been under pressure to do something about increasing numbers of vacant properties. Concentrations of abandoned and neglected homes can attract vandals who hasten the decline of struggling neighborhoods. Jolie Houston explained that city officials “can’t fix the lending problem, but they can try to prevent neighborhoods from becoming blighted.”

Does Chula Vista’s solution save neighborhoods or worsen the financial crisis?
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CEO Robert Klein of Safeguard, a property management firm, told the Union Tribune that his industry is having difficulty adapting to the rapidly changing local ordinances. “Every day we discover a new ordinance coming out of somewhere”, he complained. Dustin Hobbs, a spokesman from the California Association of Mortgage Bankers agreed that uneven local ordinances are likely to increase the costs of lending. Hobbs advised that local legislation is unnecessary due to California State Senate Bill 1137, which was recently approved to address blight. Yet according to Houston, the statewide measure falls short because it fails to address upkeep needs during the months between the time when foreclosure begins and when the lender takes title.

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Wikinews interviews candidate for Cleveland mayor Arthur Kostendt

Monday, June 14, 2021

Arthur Oliver Kostendt, a candidate running in the mayoral election of the US city of Cleveland, Ohio set to take place November 2, discussed his campaign and policies with Wikinews this spring.

According to Cleveland Scene, 29-year-old Kostendt is a member of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Republican Party but has referred to his campaign as “casual”. According to his web site’s personal biography, he was a cadet for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), scout platoon leader for the 2nd Squadron of the 107th Cavalry Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard and logistics officer for the 1st Battalion of the 145th Armored Regiment. He served in Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and assisted coalition force detachments in Southeast Asia.

Kostendt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and summa cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University. He writes he uses an apostrophe to abbreviate his middle name as “Arthur O’Kostendt” instead of the customary period after the O to emphasise his Irish heritage.

A poll published May 5 by Baldwin Wallace University, which does not feature Mr Kostendt, has Dennis Kucinich and Basheer Jones leading in the mayoral race by 17.8 and 13.3 points, respectively, with a margin of error of up to five per cent either way. 48% of those surveyed were undecided. Incumbent mayor Frank G. Jackson, who won the 2017 Cleveland mayoral election with 59% of the vote, is eligible for a fifth term but announced on May 6 he would retire.

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Choosing A Shipping Provider}

Submitted by: Merlyn Netto

A less than desirable shipping experience will leave a bad taste in a customers mouth. It can very easily negate the otherwise excellent work delivered up to this point in the value chain.

While it may seem a matter of commonsense, the reality is that most businesses end up paying almost all attention in getting all the aspects of customer experience right and tend to ignore shipping. Why is that? Its because so often shipping goes through a carrier service and isnt directly handled by the distributor. Unless you sell something that only your company knows how to assemble, chances are you rely on a third party to get your product to your customer, especially in areas far from your warehouse.

When evaluating a shipping provider, its important to see if they have thecapabilities to make a good delivery and a great customer experience.

Reach / Range

Where does the shipping company provide services? If you have or expect customers from a specific location, make sure the shipping providers youre considering deliver in that area.

Shipping Rates and Speed


Different shipping companies have different rates for the same delivery. Depending on how you pack your products, you should find the one that offer the best rates.

If you offer options like same day delivery or next day delivery, you want to make sure the shipping provider is capable of fulfilling that order. Even if you dont, it might be good to check how quickly the shipping companies can make the delivery in case a customer has an urgent need.

Product Policies

Not all shipping companies are willing to deliver all kinds of products. If you sell machines or chemicals, youll have to make sure the providers youre considering are willing and equipped to handle it correctly.


Some shipping providers have insurance for deliveries. If the product you sell is expensive, you may want a shipping provider who covers it under their policy.

Delivery Tracking

If the shipping provider offers a way for you to track the product and you can integrate that feature on your site for customers to use, it would be a great way to enhance the customer experience. While this isnt a must today, it will become an expected feature in the very near future.

Returns Handling

Theres always a chance that there is a defect or damage to the product. The shipping company that handles your deliveries should be prepared to handle product returns by customers for you.

Assembly / Disassembly

If your product is something that needs to be assembled at the customers premise, then your shipping provider needs to have staff capable of doing so. They should also be capable of disassembling the product in case of a product return.


While some shipping companies appear good on paper, customers who have had products delivered to them are more reliable sources of information. See if you can find reviews of the shipping providers service from their customers or in online forums. This will tell you if customers find the shipping company easy to deal with.

Growth Prospects

A factor that may not come up when choosing a shipping partner, but one that matters is whether the partner is capable of growing with you. An online business can grow pretty fast, and your shipping partner needs to be capable of expanding their business to match yours, whether its in terms of new locations or greater volumes.

About the Author: Merlyn Netto is a technical consultant at Unilog Corp. He writes articles on topics related to B2B eCommerce Software.


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Cyclists Jason English and Liz Smith win 24 Solo in Australia

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Mount Stromlo, Canberra — This Easter weekend, elite mountain bike riders competed in the Australian 24-hour solo championships at Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park. Jason English from Port MacQuarie rode 33 laps and won the men’s race. Liz Smith from Wollongong rode 25 laps and won the women’s race.

Races are won by riding the most laps. If two riders complete the same number of laps in 24-hours, the winner is the one who has ridden them in the shortest time.

Riders wear lights on their helmets and bicycles during night laps. Due to the time of year, there is roughly twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness each day.

The event is a curtain raiser for the WEMBO World Solo 24 hour Mountain Bike Championships, which will be held at Stromlo Forest Park on 12 and 13 October 2013. The race was for solo riders only.

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The weekend before, the teams of riders took to the track at the Mont 24 hour race at Canberra’s Kowen forest. With over 3,000 riders participating, it is now Australia’s largest cycling race.

The team version of the race was favoured by the weekend warriors, but also attracted more than a few elite athletes. Laps were ridden in relay fashion: each rider handed over the baton (which looked like a credit card) to another member of the team after riding one or more laps.

The track was in excellent condition, running through the trees. Without steep climbs or overly difficult technical sections, it permitted fast lap times.

No injuries were reported.

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