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Things To Consider When Camping With Your Kids

By Benedict Smythe

If you are trying to find a perfect bonding activity with your kids, you ought to take them camping. Spending the night outdoors with your children can be a great way to renew your closeness with them while making sure that they learn something. Camping outdoors can be a great way to increase your children’s awareness about nature and their surroundings. You can also make use of camping as a special activity that will harness your child’s life skills.

If you are planning to have a night out with your children this weekend, you should first orient yourself with the following tips that can help you make the most out of camping with your kids:

a. Plan your trip with your kids. Make sure that your kids are highly involved with the activity. When deciding where you will set your camp, consider their interests. However, do not forget your children’s actual outdoor experiences along with their corresponding ages. When plannng your itinerary, make sure that you will allow your children to pick the activities that they want to engage in. When shopping for your equipment, tools, food and beverages, bring your children and let them make their choices. Encourage them to prepare and pack their things but make sure that you provide proper guidance so you can be certain that they will not forget anything.

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b. When going camping for the first time, try a backyard camp-out first. This will help you gauge if your children are ready for a real outdoor night out. Such will also help them prepare themselves for a night out of their usual bedroom scenery. When having a backyard camp-out, better teach your kids the basics of camping such as how to set up their very own tent. Show them how they should use other camping equipment as well and let them sleep in their actual sleeping bags. Try cooking outdoors as well and try a few camp activities.

c. When you campout, make sure that your children fully understand the essence of an outdoor experience. When taking them out, make sure that each experience will make them familiar with the outdoors so they will be at ease during the night. Try to help them get rid of their fears related to camping out. Teach them well about respecting and preserving nature. Make sure that they are also fully equipped with the necessary outdoor skills and ethics needed in adapting to wildlife and interacting with other campers. Never forget to teach them first aid practices.

d. Plan activities and chores that are suitable for children. When you camp out, make sure that you assign actual camp chores for each of your children. Match their responsibilities with their age and their physical capabilities. Among the most common chores that you can assign are collecting firewood, helping your prepare the food and snacks, helping you set up the tent by hammering tent stacks, filling the water containers, picking fruits, and others.

However, whenever you assign tasks, make the chores fun and engaging. Turn the simple activities into contests and give corresponding awards. As for the camping activities, you can include day hikes in the woods or low mountains, fishing, picnics, and scavenger hunts.

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Tens of thousands of workers demonstrate in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Despite heavy snowing, tens of thousands of workers and supporters marched today in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the largest demonstration since the country’s independence in 1991 to protest against the government programme of economic reforms, including privatisation of public services, tax cuts for businessmen and the abolition of the lower value added tax rate for items like food and books.

The protests, jointly organized by several trade union federations and attended by representatives of almost all Slovenian trade unions, began with an hour-long march from Ljubljana’s Tivoli park to the Congress Square (Kongresni trg). Workers and trade unionists were joined by supporters from Croatia, Italy and Austria, as well as students, anarchist groups, and general population. Several politicians from the opposition Liberal democracy and Social democrats were seen in the crowd. Noisy protesters armed with whistles, rattles and even some flares, marched through the snow waving trade union flags and carrying banners denouncing government policies. There were even a couple of old socialist flags with red stars. Riot police were seen on side streets and guarding accessess to government buildings, but they did not intervene.

The protest continued at the Congress Square with speeches of the representatives of trade unions and student organizations who denounced the government policy as leading into greater inequality and decreased standard of living for ordinary people. The loudest boos of the audience were drawn by the remarks about blaming the unemployed for being unemployed, introduction of university fees, and government’s waiving of taxes and health and pension fund contributions for church officials. The speeches were followed by a musical program, but the crowd soon started dispersing to escape the weather. Trade unions organized transport for 40,000 people to attend, but many buses were stuck in traffic jams on snowy roads and arrived too late for the protest. The police estimated the number of protesters to 25,000.

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Oil company BP to pay for Gulf of Mexico spill

Monday, May 3, 2010

The British oil company BP has said it will pay the cleanup costs from a severe oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a statement on its website posted earlier today, BP pledged to take responsibility for cleaning up after the Deepwater Horizon oil well ruptured, adding it would pay what it called “legitimate and objectively verifiable” compensation for claims of damage or injury.

“We are responsible, not for the accident, but we are responsible for the oil and for dealing with it and cleaning the situation up,” said BP chief executive Tony Hayward on the TV show Good Morning America, claiming the company was not at fault for the collapse of the oil rig itself, whose equipment was provided by another company, Transocean.

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell responded by saying: “We will await all the facts before drawing conclusions and we will not speculate.”

The Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20 and killed eleven workers. The cause of the disaster is not known.

Canberra central business district trials urinals

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canberra CBD Limited (CCBD) released data this week about a urinal trial in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)’s Central Business District (CBD) this past weekend that showed the temporary urinals collected 220 litres of urine in a four day period between 7pm and 7am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Estimates showed that 1,200 men relieved themselves in this period, with 450 of them doing so on Saturday night.

A number of businesses in the CBD had complained about men using storefronts and streets to relieve themselves despite the possibility of AU$200 on-the-spot fines. 277 people have been fined in the territory in the past year, with 228 of them being fined for public urination in the CBD.

The urinals were placed in a number of public places including Verity Lane, at the bus interchange on the corner of Alinga Street and Verity Lane, and on City Walk near the corner of Saraton Lane. They have small doors at hip level to provide some degree of privacy despite their very public location. Barcham, writing on The Riot-ACT, notes the privacy afforded to men is limited as the doors appear to be for very short men, saying “The doors sit well below ‘business’ level, meaning they won’t actually provide privacy to anyone over 5 foot tall.”

The urinal trial is scheduled to continue over Easter weekend. In a press release issued by CCBD, CCBD’s chief executive officer is quoted as saying, “Canberra CBD is focussed[sic] on providing a clean and safe city for the broader Canberra community. […] This urinal trial is not a permanent solution, rather a trial to provide data for decision making purposes.”

Before the start of the trial, CCBD said if the trial proved successful, the ACT government could consider making the urinals a permanent fixture in the CBD. Kros Urinals is maintaining the urinals.

A survey on the Canberra Times website found 43% of respondents liked the idea of the urinals and wanted them to become permanent while only 13% thought the answer was not urinals but more policing for public urination.

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.