Thursday, July 23, 2009

FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football, has fined the Ivorian Football Federation $47,000 over the stadium disaster on March 29. Between 20 and 22 football fans died and over 130 were injured as 36,000 fans packed into the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium to see the Ivory Coast face Malawi in a qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup. The stadium’s capacity is 34,600 fans. The stampede took place after a wall collapsed as thousands of fans massed outside the stadium, trying to get in. The game was played despite the accident, and the Ivory Coast won 5&ndasp0.

FIFA imposed a sanction of 50,000 Swiss francs, approximately US$46,800. They also set a 20,000 attendance limit on the next qualifier, against Burkina Faso. In addition, they have called for a mandatory traffic control cordon. FIFA has donated US$96,000 to a fund which supports the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

“In the event of any similar incidents, FIFA would have no choice but to impose more severe sanctions on the Ivorian Football Association,” read a statement released by FIFA.

The government of the Ivory Coast has opened its own investigation into the disaster.

byAlma Abell

When making a visit to memorable Hawaii, one of the things people will want to take advantage of is transportation to get around. It is no fun being in a hot spot like Hawaii and not be able to visit every imaginable place an individual would want to go. When landing in Hawaii, there will be services that provide Airport Express in Maui. Such services provide transportation in the areas of Maui and Kahului as well as shuttle back and forth from the airport. Following are some of the exciting sights and adventures to experience while in Maui.

• One of Maui’s great tours is the whale watching that takes place on the Pride of Maui. It is a combination of two complete hours of whale watching and snorkeling on one of the coral reefs. The destination will be selected at the discretion of the captain on the day of the tour.

• Waihee Ridge Trail is another great experience. On this adventure, a five mile round trip takes the adventurer to a 1,500 feet ascension which includes beautiful falls and lush forest greenery. An early start gives the adventurer the nice opportunity to view the Waihee Valley without the distraction of clouds.

• Some of the best beaches offered in Hawaii are in Maui. These beaches range from the dramatic with crashing waves to the calm and serene setting, usually preferred by the older couples. The names of some of the beaches are the Hamoa Beach, the Kaanapali Beach, and the Big Beach.

• Another Maui experience that absolutely should not be missed is the Haleakala National Park. The park is known for its distinct five climate zones. Of rare opportunity, is the chance to see the Silversword, a plant that only grows at levels above 6,000 feet.

To get started on experiencing the many wonders of Maui, Choose VIP Trans. They have shuttles and services that operate around the clock. They will help the visitor with tour packages and other things to experience while visiting Maui. When you arrive in Maui at the airport, call them for Airport Express in Maui. More information about these services and all the various packages offered can be found when you Visit the website,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Officials from France and Germany have warned people against using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, citing security holes, and encouraged users to find an alternate browser to surf the Internet.

The government agency Certa, which oversees cyber attacks and security, warned against using all versions of Internet Explorer. Officials from Germany had warned last Friday against the browser when malicious code was published on the Internet.

“Pending a patch from the publisher, Certa recommends using an alternative browser,” Certa said in a statement.

Graham Cluley, from the security firm Sophos, said that the weakness had only been exploited in IE6, but he noted that “Microsoft themselves admit there is a vulnerability, even in IE8.” He noted that, since more information into the malicious code is now available on the internet, hackers could alter the code to make it affect other versions of the browser.

The head of Microsoft’s security and privacy department, however, commented that “the risk is minimal. There are very few of them out there,” adding that in order for a computer to be infected by a virus, it would have to be running IE6 and be on a compromised website. “If you look at other browsers, it’s likely they will have other vulnerabilities,” he said to the BBC. “We feel strongly that IE8 is most secure browser on the market.”

Microsoft encouraged users to upgrade to IE8, which they described as the “most secure browser on the market”.

The firm is working on a patch to fix the problem, however, a spokesman said there wasn’t any specific timeframe for its release.

Friday, July 20, 2007

On Friday, a group of hikers and 18 boy scouts were airlifted by helicopters away from a wildfire in Nephi Canyon, Utah. The hikers and scouts escaped into a rough rocky area to keep a safe distance from the dangerous wildfire after it advanced on their campground.

The wildfire started in a campground in Salt Creek Canyon, 85 miles from Salt Lake City, and has burned 13,000 acres across 20 square miles as of Friday. The fire has burned a campground and motel, and forced the evacuation of all campgrounds and cabins in its path.

Friday, June 15, 2007

An 11th man was arrested yesterday by U.S. federal agents in Fresno, California, on charges connected to the plot by 10 other men to overthrow the government of Laos.

Later yesterday, the federal grand jury Sacramento handed down indictments for the 11 men, including former Royal Lao Army general and Hmong leader Vang Pao.

Dang Vang, 48, was arrested at his Fresno home in an early morning raid by agents from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF.

Dang Vang, Vang Pao and the others are charged with violating the U.S. Neutrality Act, which outlaws using United States soil to conspire to overthrow a foreign government that has peaceful relations with the U.S.

“Federal law is without equivocation: you cannot conspire to overthrow a foreign government with whom our nation is at peace,” U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said in a statement to reporters.

According to the ATF, Dang Vang put the group’s “action plan” to paper, summarizing its plot to blow up government buildings in Laos and assassinate government officials. The plot even had a name: “Operation Popcorn,” or “Political Opposition Party’s Coup Operation to Rescue a Nation.”

In addition to the 77-year-old Vang Pao and Dang Vang, 48, those charged are:

  • Harrison Jack, 60, a West Point graduate, retired California National Guard colonel and U.S. Army Ranger in the Vietnam War.
  • Lo Cha Thao, 34, of Clovis
  • Lo Thao, 53, of Sacramento
  • Youa True Vang, 60, of Fresno
  • Hue Vang, 39, of Fresno
  • Chong Vang Thao, 53, of Fresno
  • Seng Vue, 68, of Fresno
  • Chue Lo, 59, of Stockton
  • Nhia Kao Vang, 48, of Rancho Cordova, California

Most of the men indicted are prominent members of the Hmong immigrant community in California’s Central Valley. They were arrested last week in a sting operation as the group was trying to purchase a rifles, missiles, rocket launchers, mines and explosives from an ATF agent posing as an arms dealer.

In an 88-page criminal complaint, federal prosecutors detailed the plot, which included airlifting the weapons to Thailand, and had an estimated cost of US$27.9 million. Funds for the operation were raised from donations by the Hmong community and other supporters of Vang Pao from across the U.S.

During the 1960s and ’70s, Vang Pao led a covert army of Hmong people, backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, against communist forces in the Laotian Civil War, or “Secret War”, which paralleled the U.S. war in Vietnam.

Since the communist takeover of Laos in 1975, according to a March 2007 report by Amnesty International, Hmong people in Laos have taken to hiding in the mountains, on the run from a government that persecutes them for their role in the war.

U.S.-Laos diplomatic relations were strengthened in 1992, and in 2004, President George W. Bush extended normal trade relations to the southeast Asian country.


Choosing one of the recognized, professional and experienced national moving companies in Atlanta has several benefits over new companies, local moving companies, and do-it-yours types of moves.

Utilizing the experience and expertise of national moving companies in Atlanta not only provides the safest option for transporting the contents of your home, apartment or condo but it also is the least stressful option. Moving can be a very chaotic time if you don’t have a lot of experience in packing, organizing and coordinating the move.

This is where national moving companies in Atlanta offer solutions to common or unusual issues you may face. These companies have decades of experience in moving people just like you, and they put all the experience to work with each and every move they complete.

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Long Distance Moving Experience

Moving is more than just packing boxes and carrying furniture. It includes strategic packing of trucks, including wrapping of items and balancing of loads to prevent shifting while in transit.

At top national moving companies in Atlanta will have experienced drivers as the crew leaders, ensuring the truck is packed to minimize any risk to the contents. They also provide you with tips, ideas and resources to make your move as easy as possible without any last minute problems.

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Not only will national moving companies in Atlanta have professionals loading your truck, but they will also have an experienced, trained team of movers to unload the truck at your destination.

With long distance moves it is not typical for the moving team to travel with the load. Instead, because of their national presence, these companies have teams in major centers across the country to complete all loading and unloading requirements.


Some but not all of the national moving companies in Atlanta now offer the benefit of technology to help you to track your load as it travels across the country. Through a secure website portal, you can log on and track your truck as it travels from your old home to your new.

This not only helps with coordination for your move-in, but it also is another way for the moving company to be completely transparent in providing top quality services. The national moving companies in Atlanta using this technology find their customers appreciate the up to the moment insight into the progress of their belongings.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, €120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Torbjorn Zetterlund is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Willowdale riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.



Tuesday, May 9, 2006The Australian Budget (Appropriation Bill No. 1) for 2006-2007 was released by the Australian Liberal PartyAustralian National Party coalition government treasurer, Peter Costello (Higgins, Liberal).

Costello noted the resilience of the economy against natural disasters and terrorism, and through “disciplined and prudent management” the Government was able to “repay Labor’s debt” of quoted 96 billion dollars of net debt and the Government was now “debt-free”.

Costello noted that the Government budget was in “surplus for the ninth time” with a forecast surplus of 10.8 billion.


  • 1 Infrastructure
  • 2 Tax reform
  • 3 Assistance to families
  • 4 Defence
  • 5 Conclusions
  • 6 Sources

byAlma Abell

If you are a business owner, it is important to keep all of your assets insured. The best way to achieve this goal is by working with a commercial insurance services agent. The details of the type of coverage you need to best suit your needs can be well laid out in the beginning.

Property Insurance for your Business

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The best way to be sure your business is insured is by getting insurance on your office or building. Property insurance will work to prevent any losses and will allow the business owner to avoid financial problems in the event of damage.

It is ideal to rely on the advice provided by your agent as far as the amount of your coverage. The agent can visit the property and assess the amount required for optimal coverage in the event of a fire or other catastrophic event. It is important to rely on the advice of an agent which deals with insurance on a daily basis.

Insurance for Business Vehicles

The business is likely to have a number of vehicles that are used to assist the business on a daily basis. This may involve trucks, cars or other modes of transportation. By keeping these insured, this will decrease the chances of any type of serious loss in the event of an accident.

General Liability Coverage

One of the most critical types of insurance involves covering you legally in the event you are sued. Every business offers some type of product or service to the customers and this will increase the chances of being sued by another party.

General liability coverage will provide the adequate amount of coverage to protect any business that is involved in this situation. The legal fees will be covered during the process of civil litigation and this can potentially save the business owner thousands of dollars.

Finally, consider Ackerman Insurance Services to answer any questions you may have regarding specific coverage that may be required to assist in avoiding any type of financial loss. By having coverage in place, this will allow for peace of mind. Connect with us on Facebook!!

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