UN reports condemn West Bank settlement

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UN reports condemn West Bank settlement

Posted by EhmE36 on September 17, 2017

Friday, November 21, 2008

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon summarized two reports conducted by the UN concluding that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and other territories is illegal and “a breach of the fourth Geneva Convention.” This is not the first time that the UN has condemned Israeli breach of the convention, but this comes at a crucial time when Israeli blockades of the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera and Democracy Now, are endangering approximately 750,000 Gazans who rely on UN and Israeli food aid for survival.

The statement by Ban Ki-Moon was made after the reissue of two reports condemning Israeli occupation, “The advisory opinion and a number of United Nations resolutions have all affirmed that Israel’s practice of constructing settlements—in effect, the transfer by an occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies —constitutes a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” reads the first report: Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan. “In addition to the construction of the settlements, other activities related to settlements are also illegal. “These include the requisition of land, the destruction of houses and orchards, the construction of roads meant for the use of settlers only, the exploitation of natural resources within the occupied territory and the alteration of the character and status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The international community has also raised concerns regarding the depletion of natural resources as a result of settlements,” the report continues.

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All metal cladding taken off Cabot Circus Tower due to fault

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All metal cladding taken off Cabot Circus Tower due to fault

Posted by EhmE36 on September 17, 2017

Thursday, April 17, 2008

All metal cladding has been forced to be taken off the primary tower at Cabot Circus, Bristol, United Kingdom, due to a fault.

This move comes only five months before the shopping centre is due to open.

A representative for Cabot Circus did, however, say that the move has not “compromised the overall budget.”

The shopping centre is intended to be home to 120 new shops.

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A Brief Background Of Arcade Games}

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Submitted by: Adriana Notton

Arcade games are coin operated electronic machines that can often be found in family restaurants, hotel game rooms, and other public places. They’ve been around since the early twenties and are either one of three types. Redemption games, which rewards the player with coins or tickets, merchandisers, machines filled with small toys and other prizes, and video games, for which the only reward is being memorialized on the high score screen.

These type of games have historically featured simple controls, and very short levels which rapidly increase in difficulty. This is because of the atmosphere that they are traditionally found in. In the crowded hotel and mall game rooms, players are essentially renting the particular arcade game they are playing. The short and difficult levels ensures that the user either leaves the machine and gives someone else a chance to play or pumps more quarters in to extend their own.

The very first arcade type games could be found on amusement park midways of the 1920s. These included carnival type shooting games and coin operated fortune tellers. In the early thirties, these devices were joined by the highly popular electronic pinball machines. Unlike their predecessors, these games were made out of wood and featured mechanized scoring.

In 1966, a company called Sega introduced the first electro-mechanical arcade game. It was a submarine simulator and featured a gun shaped controller and colorful lights and sounds. It cost one quarter to play and quickly became a huge sensation in North America and Japan. A few years later the same gaming company released a new one based on combat flight simulators. It consisted of a more advanced gun, moving targets, and was the first arcade game to feature a joystick.

The world’s first coin operated game was invented and built by a group of students at Stanford University. It was called the Galaxy Game and was a based on a similar computer game called Spacewar. The first mass produced arcade game was released to the public just a few months later.

In 1972 the electronic and gaming corporation, Atari, was formed and revitalized the video gaming industry with their state of the art ping pong game. The product’s incredible success sparked waves of imitations from competing brands and, in the mid seventies, the various games began springing up in malls and restaurants all over the country.

It was around this time in which the golden age of video arcade games took place. By then, video and gaming technology was so sophisticated that just about every electronics company was able to saturate the market with games featuring high quality graphics and sounds. Although, products that came out in later years were much more advanced, it is always the games from this era that are the most collected and prized.

By the mid eighties, the device’s popularity began to decline as they competed with home consoles. The video arcades were no longer the most advanced gaming systems and most consumers found renting a game to be much cheaper than playing it’s arcade version for fifteen minutes. Despite this, today the classic arcade machines are highly prized collectibles.

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2011 BRIT Awards highlights

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2011 BRIT Awards highlights

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Friday, February 18, 2011

On Tuesday, the 2011 BRIT Awards were presented from The O2 Arena in London, England. This is the first time that the awards ceremony has been hosted from this venue; previously, the regular location for the show was the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which is also located in London.

The BRIT Awards, presented by the British Phonographic Industry, is an annual ceremony that awards music artists for excellence in music. The BRIT Awards started in 1980; this year’s event is the 31st BRIT Awards. ITV1 broadcasted this year’s programme from 2000-2200 UTC, with British actor and presenter James Corden hosting it.

The ITV1 programme contained performances from various artists, many of which had been nominated for BRIT Awards. The performers and the performances are displayed below but are not in chronological order. They are as follows:

British rapper Tinie Tempah was nominated for most awards than any other artist, with ‘Best British Album’ and ‘Best British Male’ included amongst his four nominations. He was given two BRIT awards – one for ‘Best British Single’, which was Pass Out, and the second for ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’. Upon receiving what would turn out to be his first award of two, Tinie Tempah proclaimed: “I want to big up God and my family for sticking by me when times are hard.” Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire were also successful in achieving two BRIT Awards, one for ‘Best International Group’ and the other for ‘Best International Album’; their album is entitled The Suburbs.

Dermot O’Leary presented an award to British pop group Take That for ‘Best British Group’, the first time the group have ever achieved such an award. While the group received the award, member Mark Owen looked at Robbie Williams, who had recently rejoined Take That, and said: “Can I say thanks for coming back mate. Appreciate it. It’s a real pleasure for the five of us to be up here.” The group had a second nomination for ‘Best British Album’ but were unsuccessful in winning the award.

Cee Lo Green, a member of the group Gnarls Barkley, received one BRIT Award for ‘Best International Male’. In his acceptance speech, he commented: “I’m so excited. Thank you so much for this honour. Such a pleasant surprise.” Cee Lo was also nominated for ‘Best International Album’ but failed to achieve the award.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of English rock group The Who, humourously commented that “[i]t’s good to see the British music industry still has enough money for a good booze up” before giving the award for ‘Best British Album’ to Mumford & Sons for their album, entitled Sigh No More. Marcus Mumford, of the group, said that “[t]his is very bizarre, very strange. Thank you very much indeed. We are very honoured, very humbled.”

Mark Ronson and Ellie Goulding awarded the ‘Critics’ Choice’ to English singer-songwriter Jessie J. Backstage, Jessie J – who is currently at number one in the UK Singles Chart with her song Price Tag, featuring American rapper B.o.B – remarked that “[p]op stands for popular. I want to be a pop icon and take Britain across the world.”

Plan B, another British rapper, achieved the award for ‘Best British Male’. “There’s a lot of people I could be thanking right now, I wanna thank them all together,” he said during his acceptance speech. Having expressed thanks to various family members, friends, his record labels and the people he had worked with, he concluded his speech with the line: “Thank you, everybody. That’s all.”

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Earlier in February 2011, Markus Dravs was given the BRIT Award for ‘Best British Producer’ by Chris Martin, a member of the group Coldplay; Dravs is co-producing a fifth album for the group at present. Dravs was nominated for his work in relation to Arcade Fire album The Suburbs and Mumford & Sons album Sigh No More. “You could hear it in the lyrics and in the commitment in the demos,” he commented. “I really wanted to get involved and see if I could help make the record.”

During the BRIT Awards programme on Tuesday, Cheryl Cole presented the ‘Best International Female’, which was won by Rihanna. The Barbadian pop and R&B singer exclaimed during her acceptance speech: “Britain, I love you! This is so exciting. I want to thank everybody at my label, Mercury […] all my fans here. You guys are the best! I love you so much. This is…this is big. It doesn’t get much bigger than the BRITs, so I love you guys. Thank you so much. This means a lot. I’m the only girl in the world!”

The award for ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’ was given to Justin Bieber, a Canadian pop music / R&B singer. Upon accepting the award, Bieber commented: “I want to thank all my fans over here. You guys are amazing. I want to thank the label over here”. Laura Marling was subsequently awarded ‘Best British Female’. After being presented with the award by Boy George, Marling said: “Thank you. My name’s Laura and there you go, mum. That’s for you and thank you very much to Adam and Laura and everyone at Virgin. This is really weird.”

Shortly after the broadcast of the main programme, performances became available to purchase via iTunes. The The BRIT Trust will receive all of the downloads’ profits as a donation.

Below, all of the recipients of the awards on Tuesday night are available to view in a list, which is not presented in chronological order.

Below is an image gallery displaying library photographs of some of the acts who appeared at the BRIT Awards 2011:

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Adele, who sang ‘Someone Like You’, performing in 2007.Image: Mpawsy.

Rihanna, who won ‘Best International Female’ and who sang ‘Only Girl (In the World) / S&M / What’s My Name?’, performing in 2010.Image: Vitorvicentevalente.

Mumford & Sons, who won ‘Best British Album’ for their album ‘Sigh No More’ and who sang ‘Timshel’, performing in 2009.Image: prusakolep.

Plan B, who won ‘Best British Male’ and who sang ‘She Said / Prayin”, performing in 2007.Image: Tony2Times.
Tinie Tempah, who achieved ‘Best British Single’ and ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’, as well as singing ‘Written in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out’ alongside Eric Turner and Labrinth, performing in 2010.Image: Göteborg & Co.

File:Rock en Seine 2007, The Arcade Fire.jpg Arcade Fire, who won ‘Best International Album’ – for their album ‘The Suburbs’ – and ‘Best International Group’, as well as singing ‘Ready To Start’, performing in 2007.Image: Bertrand.

Cee Lo Green, who won ‘Best International Male’ and who sang ‘Forget You’ alongside Paloma Faith, performing in 2008.Image: Chris Hakkens.
Laura Marling, who won ‘Best British Female’, performing in 2007.Image: DearCatastropheWaitress.
Justin Bieber, who won ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’, at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.Image: Daniel Ogren.
Jessie J, who was given the ‘Critics’ Choice’ award, performing in 2008.Image: Lancashire County Council.
Presenter James Corden, seen here at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow in 2008.Image: Ben Salter.

On Wednesday, the news emerged that the BRIT Awards 2011 gained approximately 4.8 million viewers, the smallest viewing figures the show has experienced for five years. The ratings of the ceremony were beaten by the last episode of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings in the series, broadcast on Channel 4 from 2100–2200 UTC on Tuesday; the viewing figures stood at approximately 6.5 million viewers. Holby City, broadcast on BBC One, also attracted more viewers than the BRIT Awards 2011. The programme, which was shown from 2000-2100 UTC, received approximately 5.8 million viewers.

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Thrill rides in U.S., Canada shut down after girl’s feet are severed

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Thrill rides in U.S., Canada shut down after girl’s feet are severed

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Friday, June 22, 2007

The United States amusement park operator Six Flags has shut down nine thrill rides at four parks after a 13-year-old girl’s feet were cut off on a tower-drop ride yesterday at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.

Kentucky state officials said a loose cable on a ride called the Superman Tower of Power severed the girl’s feet above the ankles, but they had not determined how the cable broke free, or at what point in the ride the accident happened. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet (54 metres) straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph (86 km/h).

The girl, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a hospital. Details of her condition were not immediately available.

Six Flags spokeswoman Carolyn McLean told The Courier-Journal that there has never been a major incident on the Tower of Power. Formerly known as the Hellavator, the ride was built in 1995.

In addition to Kentucky Kingdom, rides have been shut down at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois; Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri; and Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, Maryland.

A Superman Tower of Power Ride at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington has not been shut down because it is not the same as the ones in Kentucky and the other locations that have been shut, Six Flags spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg told the Associated Press.

The rides that have been shut down are made by a Swiss-owned company called Intamin.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company said it was shutting down similar thrill rides at its theme parks at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio; Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario; Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia; Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Great America in Santa Clara, California.

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Interview with Mathew Njenga, City Council candidate for Wards 2 & 6 in Brampton, Canada

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Interview with Mathew Njenga, City Council candidate for Wards 2 & 6 in Brampton, Canada

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Brampton municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council or the council of the Peel Region.

Wikinews contributor Nick Moreau contacted many of the candidates, including Mathew Njenga, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. This ward’s incumbent is John A. Hutton; also challenging Hutton is Derrick Coke, Navdeep Gill, Jim Howell, Joyce Rodriguez, and Doug Whillans.

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How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

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How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Friday, September 9, 2005

New Orleans, Louisiana — After Category 4 storm Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, on the night before August 29, 2005, several flood control constructions failed. Much of the city flooded through the openings. One of these was the flood wall forming one side of the 17th Street Canal, near Lake Pontchartrain. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the primary agency for engineering support during such emergencies. A USACE team was assessing the situation in New Orleans on the 29th, water flow was stopped September 2nd, and the breach was closed on September 5th.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 August 27: Before the storm
  • 3 August 29: Day of the storm
  • 4 August 30: Flood
  • 5 August 31: Recovery begins
  • 6 September 1: Construction
  • 7 September 2: Water flow stopped
  • 8 September 3
  • 9 September 4: Almost done
  • 10 September 5: Breach closed
  • 11 September 6: Pumping and moving on
  • 12 See also
  • 13 Sources

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Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26

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Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26

Posted by EhmE36 on September 16, 2017

Thursday, December 30, 2004Mosul – With a Friday dump truck car bombing that left a massive crater and many dead, Iraqi insurgents frontally assaulted U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq. Initial reports showed 25 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier dead. (As of this writing, additional information on the bombing was expected.)

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Brazilian President Lula met Chavez, military and economic cooperation

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Brazilian President Lula met Chavez, military and economic cooperation

Posted by EhmE36 on September 15, 2017

Thursday, February 17, 2005

CARACAS, Venezuela – The Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on February 14, 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. Brazil and Venezuela signed agreements of cooperation on many areas. According to the Brazilian government this was a strategical encounteur. This meeting is the first of three meetings that President Lula will have with South American Presidents in three days. The scheduled meetings are with the presidents of: Venezuela (February, 14), Guiana (February, 15) and Suriname (February, 16).

President Lula was accompanied by the following comitiva: the Minister of Development, Industry, and External Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan, the Minister of Finance Antônio Palocci, the Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim, the Minister of Health Humberto Costa, the Minister of Mines and Energy Dilma Roussef, the Minister of Tourism Walfrido Mares Guia, the President of Petrobras José Eduardo Dutra, the President of National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) Guido Mantega, the President of Eletrobrás Silas Rondeau Cavalcante Silva and the Special Secretary for Aquaculture and Fisheries José Fritsch. In addition a delegation of executives representing enterprises from Brazil accompanied the President.

The Brazilian Ministry of External Relations told the trip aims the construction of a strategical alliance and commercial integration between both countries. The Brazilian Presidential Advisor Marco Aurélio Garcia said:”With this gesture, Brazil will consolidate one of its major political goals, which is the constitution of a South American community of nations”. He added: “These agreements with Venezuela are strategical. We want this agreement as a model for other agreements in the region.”

According to President Lula the integration of the Latin America is the priority number one of his government. Days before the arrival in Venezuela and commenting about the trip Lula said: “We’re going to do the same thing in Colombia and in other countries in which integration is no longer a campaign speech but part of the way we deal with real things, day to day”.

The integration of the Latin America is the politics repeatedly proposed by Lula during the meetings of the Foro de São Paulo. According to him and the others members of the Foro there must be a integration among all the left parties and governments of Latin America. The union aims to be an alternative and opposing force to the politics and influence of the richest countries, mainly the United States. Among the organizations which are usually participants of the Foro de São Paulo are: Communist Party of Cuba, Colombian Communist Party, Communist Party of Bolivia, Communist Party of Brazil, Workers’ Party, Paraguayan Communist Party, Peruvian Communist Party, Socialist Party of Peru, National Liberation Army, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity, Tupamaros.

On December 4, 2001 during the 10th edition of the Foro de São Paulo in Havana Lula said:”A shoal of small fish may mean the finishing of the hungry in our countries, in out continent. We should not think as the History ended on our journey by the Earth. Even it happens just once, or with one gesture, let’s effectively contribute to the improve the life of millions of human beings who live socially excluded by this neoliberal model.”[1]

In Venezuela, once again, he brought out the integration wish: “This is the biggest dream I am carrying, that we can negotiate collectively, not like one country, but like a set of countries so we can do that our people may have the chance to conquer the full citizenship.”

Contents

  • 1 Economic cooperation
  • 2 Military cooperation
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References

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Wikinews Shorts: August 30, 2008

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Wikinews Shorts: August 30, 2008

Posted by EhmE36 on September 15, 2017

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, August 30, 2008.

Contents

  • 1 Gambian Central Bank predicts economic growth of 6.5%
  • 2 Teenager killed in Liverpool, UK
  • 3 iPhone ad labeled ‘misleading’ by UK’s Advertising Standards Authority
 Contribute to Wikinews by expanding these briefs or add a new one.

The Central Bank of The Gambia has predicted that Gambia will grow by more than 6.5 percent during the year of 2008. According to the report that announced the findings, this level of growth is due to a “strong rebound in agricultural output and the continued growth in the services and construction sectors.”

The report also said that the rate of inflation for the first half of 2008 is lower than the rate for the first half of 2007. “Money supply grew by 8.5 percent in the year to end-June 2008 compared to 12.9 percent a year earlier.”

Sources


A sixteen-year-old in the British city of Liverpool was stabbed to death in the early hours of this morning after engaging in an argument at a party.

A spokesperson for the area’s police force said that “we are appealing for anyone who was at the address during the course of this party to come forward and make contact with the police.”

Sources


The body for regulating advertisements in the United Kingdom, the Advertising Standards Authority has described an iPhone advertisement as misleading and banned it due to the fact it claims that “all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone”.

The authority said this was misleading as neither Adobe Flash Player nor Java, both of which are used on many web pages, are available on the iPhone.

Sources


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