Monday, October 13, 2008

Cook Islands and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats rugby league player Adam Watene has died. The Wildcats announced the death of the 31-year-old earlier today. They reported he collapsed in the gym shortly after a training session.

A spokesman said, “The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are sad to announce the sudden passing of Adam Watene. The circumstances surrounding Adam’s death were sudden and unexpected. Everyone at the Wildcats’ thoughts are with Adam’s family, and we ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”

Watene started his rugby league with the Castleford Tigers and was later signed by the Bradford Bulls. After a year of playing for the bulls of which he only made five first team appearances, he was allowed to sign for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He played a total of 28 games in the two seasons he was with the club.

The Wildcats also said “There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.” Watene is survived by his wife and two children.

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, November 13, 2008.

Contents

  • 1 Study shows that carrying excess fat around waist increases risk of early death
  • 2 EU abolishes rules banning oddly-shaped fruit
  • 3 Vase bought for £1 sells for £32,450
  • 4 Blackwater may pay financial penalties for improper arms shipments
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A new study has found that people storing extra fat around their waist have a strongly increased chance of early death, even if their overall weight is average. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine today, found that for each addition 5 cm on the waist, the chance of early death is increased by between 13% and 17%.

In the study, 360,000 people from across nine countries in Europe were surveyed.

One of the study’s authors, Professor Elio Riboli of Imperial College London, commented on the findings. “We were surprised to see the waist size having such a powerful effect on people’s health and premature death,” he stated.

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The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has today lifted its ban on unusually shaped fruits and vegetables, in what the EU’s agriculture commissioner has called “a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot”.

The regulation has previously been criticized as an example of the EU’s bureaucracy by critics of the organisation.

The products affected by the deregulation are apricots, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, avocadoes, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflowers, cherries, courgettes, cucumbers, cultivated mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts in shell, headed cabbage, leeks, melons, onions, peas, plums, ribbed celery, spinach, walnuts in shell, water melons and witloof/chicory.

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A vase purchased at a car boot sale for £1 has sold for £32,450, following advice from experts on the BBC‘s Antiques Roadshow television program. The vase was sold in an auction at Christie’s.

The vase was found to be a 1929 work made by the French designer Rene Lalique.

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Recent anonymous press briefings by US State Department officials indicated that its arms control division may punish Blackwater Worldwide for improper paperwork.

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has the power to fine or agree voluntary penalties with exporters of certain weapons, who do not follow correct procedures. Blackwater Worldwide, a private military company, exported automatic weapons to Iraq that became the subject of a federal investigation first disclosed in 2007. Concern was expressed by the unnamed officials that paperwork errors may make the weapons untraceable, and that some reached Iraq’s black market.

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Friday, April 1, 2005 Several sources report Pope John Paul II, who was receiving nutrition from a tube inserted through his nose, is no longer using the tube. The tube was inserted shortly after the pontiff appeared at his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square and was only able to speak several words.

The tube used was threaded down the nose and throat into the stomach. A surgically implanted tube was also considered at the time, but it was deemed excessively invasive according to Dr. Barbara Paris, director of geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in New York.

There are reports the pontiff has a severe urinary tract infection. The infection caused a severe fever which developed into a medical crisis. He is being treated by antibiotics and has recently suffered from heart failure and a significant reduction in kidney function. According to the Vatican, he is currently “lucid”, breathing shallowly, and surrounded by his top aides.

The Pope’s condition has led many to pray — both Catholics and non-Catholics. A large number of people are outside the papal apartment in the Vatican City. Many people have also come to pray at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

The ailing Pope also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which makes it difficult for him to talk while knee and hip ailments are taking a serious toll on his mobility. The series of new ailments follows the breathing tube insertion by only a month’s time.

Pay Day Loans – What you should know

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Todd O\’Brien

You require cash right away but you do not want to ask a favor from friends and relatives. Pay day loans refer to short-term loans usually acquired during paydays. You get the cash through your bank account and you pay for the interest usually on your next payday. Knowing the interest or a cost involved in a payday loan will give you an idea whether you will pursue getting one or not.

First, the best thing to do first is to search for lending companies offering lower rates on their payday loans. Third, before signing in for a payday loan require the lending company to provide you with the computation of the composition of the payday loan. Moreover, if you are not able to pay the full amount of your payday loan the lending company will charge you a finance fee to lengthen the duration of your loan.

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Always bear in mind that the lending company will push you to pay the full amount of the loan. Pay day loan also referred to as a pay day advance, is a little and short term loan normally given to borrowers and secured against their next salary. These loans has been a savior to many people caught up by urgent expenses in the middle of the month before the next salary, without someone to turn to.

Such emergency cases include medical expenses, school fees, vehicle repair and other expenses, which could not have been predictable at the time of the last pay check. The reason why the rates are so high is that risks exposed to the lender are higher compared to conventional loans. If the borrower fails to repay the loan in due time, then the loan grows incredibly at a blast. Another problem is that there is exploitation by the lenders. Many people get enclosed into a trap of a pay day cycle.

Pay day loans are a loyal rescue to so many problems but should always be the last option to think about. It is advantageous when borrowers are informed on the rapid growth of interest rates associated with these loans before attempting to borrow. A Quick Run Down Of Pay Day Loans If Your Looking To Get One. Usually with no credit check required, credit issues that would prevent other types of loans are no longer a problem. With cash available either the same day or next day for many payday loan companies, there is no long wait required.

Companies are constantly competing for business in the payday loan market and will offer rates that are suitable for any budget. Without having to worry about where the extra money is going to come from for any situation, the stress of an emergency is astronomical. It\’s important to be well-informed and ask questions if something seems unclear. Many companies even offer extended payment plans, or can give you a renewable loan if the problem is ongoing. Pay day loans can offer an affordable solution to consumers who find themselves in an emergency situation with no cash on hand.

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help pay to get a vehicle or house unexpected emergency, like your boiler providing up 1 you, or an expensive car part heading these types of loans are excellent. Although in case your going to just buy luxurious items your proberly greatest saving. These pay day loans are excellent for emergancy buys similar to house or vehicle problems which you just cant afford now.

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Contents

  • 1 Wikinews News Brief, February 27 2008 0430 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Events of worldwide notability, military action, disasters etc.
      • 1.2.1 Kenya peace talks put on hold
      • 1.2.2 Jersey child abuse case ‘was not covered up’
      • 1.2.3 Nigerian election result will not be annulled
      • 1.2.4 Iraq demands immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops
    • 1.3 Non-disastrous local events with notable impact and dead celebrities
      • 1.3.1 Massive blackouts hit Florida
      • 1.3.2 Thousands protest privatisation of Australian electricity industry
      • 1.3.3 Pakistan’s ban on YouTube lifted
      • 1.3.4 Minor earthquake shakes England
    • 1.4 Business, commerce and academia
      • 1.4.1 Seeds placed in Norwegian vault as agricultural ‘insurance policy’
      • 1.4.2 Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to be auctioned off
      • 1.4.3 Microsoft Network users experience international outage
      • 1.4.4 Video hosting website Stage6 to shut down
    • 1.5 Arts and culture
      • 1.5.1 N.Y. orchestra helps forge relations with North Korea
    • 1.6 Footer

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Monday, July 16, 2007

In two separate incidents, men posing as members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), have invaded homes in the New York City area. In both cases, they robbed the residents, but in the most recent, they sexually assaulted a woman.

On Saturday, July 14, at 1:09 a.m. EDT (UTC-4), four men knocked on the door of a Yonkers, New York, apartment. The 33-year-old male that lives there opened the door, as the men outside wore NYPD hats and t-shirts, and had badges hanging around their necks.

The men promptly ordered the male victim to the floor. “When this guy pushed me, he had a gun in my face,” the victim said. “I could see the other guy. He motioned to the others, come on, let’s go, let’s go.” The intruders shouted “Where are the drugs?” as they ransacked the apartment.

Two of the men entered the bedroom and sexually assaulted the 30-year-old female. The couple has a five-year-old child, who was sleeping in another bedroom. “The more I resisted, the more he began to hit me,” the woman said. She said she was sexually assaulted by two of the men while her boyfriend was bound and guarded.

Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know

Police said the men then left with a cell phone, a laptop computer, a diamond ring and a gold chain. Police do not believe that they were real officers. As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, July 5, shortly after six p.m. in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn five men knocked on the door claiming to be “the police.” When the victims opened the door, they pushed their way in demanding the family give them drugs and money.

When police responded to a call reporting a robbery, they found the family, husband, wife and their daughter, tied up. The man suffered a head injury when he was pistol-whipped. Police say the robbers got away with a camera, jewelry, and US$5,000 in currency.

Neighbors told NY1 that they were stunned. “Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know,” said one of the neighbors. “Now you be asking for all this ID and stuff and even still you’re going to wonder, are they for real? So it’s kind of scary.”

There is no word about whether the two cases are connected. Yonkers is on the border of New York City, but is outside the jurisdiction of the NYPD.

byAlma Abell

Is a broken air vent causing issues and costing you money in your home or business? The surprising truth is probably more than you realize. For most people, air vents more than likely never really cross their minds. In many cases an air vent is placed in an area that is easily over looked, like high up near the ceiling or perhaps even behind furniture. Esthetically this is can be a good thing, but sometimes it can also be a hindrance of basic home maintenance and repair.

Signs You May Need Air Vent Repair:

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  • Specific rooms not heating/cooling

  • Suffering from allergies

  • Odd or displeasing smells

  • Higher heating/cooling bills

Flow into Better Air Quality

Over time air vents collect dust and other particles or debris that can create poor ventilation issues. This can cause a significant increase in how hard a heating and cooling system has to work, thus resulting in higher energy bills each month. As if that is not enough incentive to check your home for any needed air vent repair, it can also increase the amount of allergens circulating in your home. Smell something odd? Odd odors in your home, especially those contained in specific rooms could be signs of mold growth within your vent or its filter. This could potentially cause issues for not only allergy sufferers, but for those who have asthma as well.

Call a Professional and Breathe Easy

If you have noticed any of the signs mentioned above, take the time to call a professional to check the air vents in your home. You can get the most out of your air ventilation systems by utilizing the services of companies like Duct Armor, who specializes in products and services that optimize the performance and quality of your ventilation systems and essentially the air you breathe.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Chinese medicine which was banned over 10 years ago is still on sale in the United Kingdom. Jingzhi Kesou Tan Chaun Wan was banned in July 1999 after it was revealed that the pills can cause cancer. Over 900 bottles are currently circulated around the UK.

The distributor of the pills, Ekong International (UK) Ltd., recalled the medicine last month, but only received a quarter of the shipment back. The pills are sold in white bottles with approximately 180 pills per pack.

The shipment of the banned medicine arrived from China with an English label placed over the original Chinese version with the symbol for Aristolochia, a banned and highly dangerous toxic genus of plants.

Head of herbal policy at the MHRA, Richard Woodfield released a statement saying that “Aristolochia is a highly toxic plant that can cause serious injury and even death if taken. I would strongly advise anyone who has used this product to stop taking it and to immediately consult their doctor.”

Last month a criminal court in Britain heard how a woman developed cancer and kidney failure after taking pills containing Aristolochia.

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Residential property in Ahmedabad mainly comprises of flats in Ahmedabad, and townships in Ahmedabad. Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, Sanand, Thaltej and Prahladnagar are some of the favourite hot spots for development of residential projects in Ahmedabad. Accommodated with trendy facilities and modern amenities such as swimming pool, jogging park, lawns, clubs, gyms, children play areas and spacious car parking, they are catching eye of lot of investors who are looking to invest in luxury homes in Ahmedabad. Buying luxurious apartments, luxurious villas and affordable bungalows in Gift City Latest Update is the finestoption to avail all these luxurious amenities at finestaffordable prices.

Ahmedabad offers great infrastructural base and excellent opportunities for commercial purposes. From investment point of view Ahmedabad certainly has quality commercial projects in store. Shopping malls, office spaces, retail spaces, hospitality centres are the finestinvestment options for one who is looking to invest in Ahmedabad commercial property. This is the right time to invest in Ahmedabad retailing sector that is very much on the upswing in the city with the entry of big retail chains such as Star India Bazzar, Pantaloon and Big Bazzar into retail market of the city. Thus it will not be wrong to say that in Ahmedabad is a profitable and equally wise option. Ahmedabad is better known as the capital city of the state of Gujarat. Gift City News is the seventh largest metropolis of India. A city more popular for its industrial background, is now growing on the real-estate map, slowly and steadily. Ahmedabad is among the top 10 cities to reside, invest and earn, according to a study ‘The city skyline of India 2006’ conducted by Indices Analytics. Surat and Ahmedabad are as well as ranked in the top ten ‘alpha cities’ as well as classified by the study as the elite club of 10.

Ahmedabad enjoys strategic location advantage of proximity to Mumbai, commercial capital of the country. Western, Middle East and African markets are as well as accessible. Going by the ever growing construction of skyscrapers, shopping malls and multiplexes, the city is moving on fast. Investors and NRI Gujarat is have been attracted due to its mega city status and the strides it has made in terms of healthcare, cuisines and malls.

Retail and information technology are the upcoming sectors in the state. IT parks are being set up. Projects in the auto parts industry are being planned for the city. An arterial road network of 155 kms has been identified for a Rs 950 crore Bus Rapid Transit System BRTS in Ahmedabad.

S.G Highway and Ambawadi are the places where IT companies are coming up with their campuses. Prime residential areas are Sabarmati, Vastrauram, Satellite, Ambavadi and Chandkhera. Prime Commercial areas are C.G road, S.G highway Satellite, Vastrapur. Coming of SEZ will further boost real-estate residential and commercial values because of increase in number of floating population. Current Ahmedabad real-estate market is less expensive as compared to the neighbouring localities and this is going to be a crucial factor – as more number of International players will establish their campus here.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Evan Wolfson, the founder of the modern gay marriage movement, tells the waiter he would like an iced decaf and “the usual.” Wolfson, one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World, is a man who unflinchingly knows what he wants and stays his course, whether it be in his choice of restaurant or in his choice of battle. And others always know when they see Evan coming what it is that he wants.

Since his time at Harvard Law School when he wrote a paper on the topic, what Wolfson wants is the right for gay people to marry. The issue gained national prominence in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court held in Baehr v. Lewin that the government had to show a reason for the denial of the freedom to marry, not just deny marriage licenses to the plaintiff gay couples. Wolfson was co-counsel in the historic 1996 Hawaii trial in which he argued that the government does not have a sufficient reason for excluding same-sex couples from marriage. In 1999, Wolfson contributed to Baker v. Vermont, the case that led to the creation of civil unions; advised the lead attorneys in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the case that led to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts; and since 2003, when he founded the primary umbrella organization coordinating the efforts to win marriage for gay people, Freedom to Marry, Wolfson has played a role in every marriage equality case in the United States. He is the movement’s founder and leader, and his focus remains square on winning that right. “For years,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, “many of us were saying to him, ‘We’re not ready. The country’s not ready. And, by the way, you’re crazy.'”

When I make a statement to him about his devoting his life to gay marriage, he corrects me: “I’ve played a part in cases that span the entire spectrum of eliminating gay people’s exclusions and limitations on who gay people are, and I’ve also written on immigration and economic justice, and I have worked on cases involving race discrimination in jury selection and women’s inequality. I don’t think one has to pick one of these things; they work together.”

Indeed, he has. Wolfson was lead counsel before the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the case arguing against the expulsion of gay scoutmasters. As an intrepid young assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, Wolfson worked on People v. Liberta to end the exemption that allowed women to be raped by their husbands legally, a right in New York State as early as 1984. And he helped end the practice of choosing jurors based upon their race.

Wolfson’s entire career has been at the center of the most explosive legal and cultural issues of the last 30 years in the United States, and his influence has been profound. David Shankbone sat down with him to discuss some of the recent decisions affecting gay marriage, gender in marriage and reactions in the gay community to his fight for their rights.

Contents

  • 1 Wolfson and gay marriage
  • 2 The gay community and marriage
  • 3 The Iowa and Maryland decisions
  • 4 Freedom to Marry’s role
  • 5 Domestic partnerships and civil unions
  • 6 Transgender people and marriage
  • 7 Sources
  • 8 External links