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Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spain’s men’s national goalball team arrived in Espoo, Finland Friday for the start of the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships. The team comes into the tournament with the goal of securing a medal, which would qualify them for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The team missed the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Head coach Francisco Monreal said, “The objective is to reach the medal round, and qualify directly for the 2016 Games, but we need to be realistic and not think game by game, we can get a surprise. […] The competition will be decided in one game, head or tails, where it doesn’t matter what happened before. ((es))Spanish language: ?el objetivo previsto es alcanzar las medallas y clasificarnos directamente para los Juegos de 2016, pero hay que ser realistas y como no vayamos pensando partido a partido, nos podemos llevar una sorpresa. […] La competición se decidirá en un partido a cara o cruz, como son los cruces de cuartos, y donde no sirve de nada lo realizado en la primera fase

Coming into the competition, the team was ranked eleventh in the world based on the IBSA Unofficial rankings published late last month, down one spot from the April rankings. The team is scheduled to play their first game against the ninth ranked United States men’s team on Monday morning, before playing twenty-first ranked Germany later in the afternoon. Their other scheduled competitors in pool play are top ranked Iran, third ranked Algeria, seventh ranked Finland, twelfth ranked Czech Republic and twentieth ranked Ukraine. The team needs to finish in the top four in their group to advance to the second round.

The team’s roster includes Jose Daniel Fernández, Cristian Santamaria, Félix Vargas, Roman Martínez, Jesús Santana, and Javier Serrato. They are led by head coach Monreal, with assistant coach Carles Estrany and physiotherapist José Bravo. The team is drawn from around the country, with Santana playing for a club in the Canary Islands, Serrato playing for Valencia, Fernández for Madrid area Chamartín, Santamaría for Cantabria, Vargas coming from Barcelona and Martínez from Aragón.

Absent from the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the last major international competition the team competed in was the 2010 Goalball World Championships in Sheffield, England where the team finished fifth. In last year’s IBSA European Goalball Championships in Turkey, the team finished second, behind World Championship hosts and Paralympic gold medalists Finland.

Goalball was created in 1946, exclusively for people with a visual disability and designed to help with the rehabilitation of veterans returning from World War II. Play in the Paralympics consists of two twelve-minute periods, with a three minute break between halves. Players are blindfolded to ensure all are equally visually handicapped on-court, and the game can be stopped to ensure goggles are properly fitted. Standing in front of a long goal, they throw the ball at the opposition team’s net who in turn try to block it by listening to the ball, which contains a bell, and using their bodies to prevent the ball from going in. The audience is asked to remain silent during play.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Larry Stevens, Kitchener-Conestoga

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Larry Stevens is running for the Libertarian Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Kitchener-Conestoga 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.

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Submitted by: Leigh Booker

In the fast pacing life, we are forcing us to be constantly on the go. As we all know that in almost all the houses both the spouses are on the work. Some people are constantly on travel, some are doing late night work in office.

So how to take care of your homes plumbing, blocked drain, gas leak, sewer chokes, toilet repairs, gas fitting, hot water heater repairs requirements is there anyone who can take care or do this for you. Are they reliable..? How will you find them..? There are many questions in our mind and yes every question has answers too for getting Professional Reliable & 24/7 Emergency Plumbers.

Here are some of the facts for finding:

1) Approaching Friends and Neighbors to find out best and reliable service – This is one of the best ways to know about professional Newcastle plumber. Just we need to ask our neighbor; contact your family friends to whom they prefer for their Emergency Plumber Services. Ask them for their experience with the one they had. Get the reviews from your friends and neighbors and if they are positive then contact them.

2) All do with Online Search – One of the great thing use of internet for searching good one for us, If you are still not getting your good choice then go through online search, you will get a number of choices. Read the reviews of the company, ask for their quotations, and check the background of the company, read the testimonials of their past clients. If after this you find yourself satisfied then only book the appointment with them.

3) Find News Media Advertisement – In this days you are going to get everything is advertised at its best possible level. You will also find the information from the advertisement in News Papers and Magazines. Just contact them and do necessary enquiries and find best complete efficient, Emergency, maintenance and reliable plumbing services in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas including all of their suburbs.

4) Learn from past experience – Don’t repeat mistakes we did in the past for hiring plumbing services, all services providers are not reliable at all. Try to find each and every possible detail related to the plumbing service provider when going to hire, check their previous services records by reading testimonials.

5) Prepare a well defined Checklist – Prepare a checklist of what things you need to be done. Like leaking pipes, leaking hot water, blocked pipes, blocked drains, sewer chokes, blocked sewer, blocked toilet, hot water heater, leaking toilet. According to that ask the plumbers to do their complete plumbing solutions.

6) Request quote and Budget Requirement – We need to discuss about your Budget for all the services. Ask plumbers to give well define pocket friendly budget and time for completion, so we are going to hire in the future as well.

All above findings are required before or after hiring reliable plumbing services for any cause.

When it comes to providing the best drain repair Newcastle, emergency plumber Newcastle, there are a number of different reasons why hiring Plumbing professionals is worth the money. Most people do tend to go through their basic plumbing and gas fitting chores on a regular basis. Oftentimes they are only doing so out of necessity. These are some of the reasons that a Leigh booker professional plumbing service in Newcastle is worth the money.

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Mississippi medical board allows embattled physician to keep license

Friday, April 17, 2015

On Wednesday, the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure chose to let Doctor Carroll Frazier Landrum keep his physician’s license, following an investigation sparked by an anonymous complaint. Media reported the Mississippi doctor has been working out of his Toyota Camry for about two years, making house calls to see patients.

The investigation, started earlier this year, reportedly centered around Dr. Landrum having no physical office thus possibly being unable to properly store patient records.

Volunteers are presently renovating the former post office in the town of Edwards, Mississippi, United States for the doctor to have an office. Estimations indicate the new office should be ready by early next month. Landrum, 89, closed his Edwards office two years ago. Landrum has routinely seen three or four patients per day since that time. Reportedly, illegal drug activity in the vicinity of his office placed him in danger. The doctor stated he was told his physical safety was in jeopardy.

Becoming tearful, Dr. Landrum told reporters he’s glad he’s been able to help so many people and “give them some hope and relief, and help them survive.” Landrum has assured the medical board he will refresh his training with a medical record-keeping course. According to Landrum’s attorneys, at first the board were unwilling to release their investigative records, although ultimately they did release some of the documents.

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

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Antalya property is high rentals and capital appreciation

Antalya property for sale has become the most highly sought after by Turkish growing professional population and foreign investors. Properties located in Konyaalti and Lara offers a wide selection of houses for vacationers and those willing to engage in business. The place is very much loved by foreign investor mostly European nationals because of the good return of investment on properties. Speaking of Antalya property, it can be tag as synonymous with high rentals and capital appreciation. So, if you think of a viable property investment nothing beats than that of getting one in Antalya, Turkey.

A Short Glimpse of Antalya

A very diverse area in the southwestern part of the Mediterranean Coast, Antalya enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine and crystal clear waters. From the highland part can be viewed the snow-capped mountain peaks down to the charming view of its blue sea. In Belek, you can find the best golf courses in Turkey where popular golf enthusiasts pay their regular visit because of great terrain and weather. Among the properties purchased by foreign investors includes luxury apartments and villas in the coastal strip of Kemer, Kas and Kalkan.

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Property Market Listings to the Rescue

If you re looking for the lists of Antalya property for sale, there are so many websites in the internet that provides property market listings particularly in Turkey. From their sites you can get almost all informations you need from pictures of the actual property to its corresponding prices. They serve as the best guide to property buyers who made their choice in getting a dream house in Antalya. Among the properties that are commonly advertised in the market includes sea view and hillside properties such as luxury villas and apartments. Also included are beach front hotels and golf courses in Belek region.

A Blend of History and Contemporary Style

Antalya being popular for its chief resorts for what has become known as the Turkish Riviera, blends history with the modern amenities to build a twenty first century destination that attracts growing numbers of holiday makers, second home purchasers and investors. Dating back to the second century BC, the place has a well preserved old town Kaleici with narrow streets, wooden houses and its thirteenth century mosque tower of Yivli. On the other hand, the city center with palm-fringed boulevards, lined with luxury hotels and smart shops gives a cosmopolitan feel to the place.

Learning the Buying Process

When you have decided to buy a property in Antalya, the first thing you should do is to get to know the buying process considering that you are a foreign buyer. The property you ve chosen will not get off in the market until you have signed a reservation contract and paid the reservation fees. In Turkey, the processing of the property on sale requires a 30% deposit before the final contract will be drafted and signed. And once you ve paid the full purchase amount, it will only then that the final contract will be issued together with the deed of title or TAPU.

Legal Issues Not So Bad!

However, there are certain legal issues that you may consider in buying a property in Antalya. One of the biggest issues in the Turkish property market is the problem of securing the title and undervaluing. This may sound discouraging but this a true fact. So it is best to get a good and independent solicitor to take over all the actions for you. Moreover, there is also a requirement for a military check to ensure that foreigners should not acquire any property within the military zone. And this process usually lasts to three months before clearance is released.

Whatever your purpose in visiting Antalya, you cannot escape the splendor of the place a must-see tourist spot destination. The wide array of Antalya property for sale helps each and every property buyer to get the best that suits their tastes and preferences.

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President-elect Sarkozy promises change for France

Monday, May 7, 2007

After winning the presidential election on Sunday, President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy immediately began to lay out his plans for France. Political observers consider the 53% to 47% the victory over Ségolène Royal, a “resounding win,” lending credibility to his policies.

Sarkozy is expected to announce his government soon. He left Monday to go on a retreat with his family, while considering his cabinet line-up and strategy for the important parliamentary election in June.

Cheering crowds were seen at Place de la Concorde in Paris. “I am proud to be French with him as president. He is a man of action, he doesn’t give up,” said Laurent Scipio, 55. “We are happy because Sarkozy will let people keep their hard-earned money,” said Martine Vellard, 52. “He will discourage people from living off benefits.”

Elsewhere people were not so happy. Rioting broke out on the other side of the city at Place de la Bastille. Unrest was reported from several suburbs. “Sarkozy ran a better campaign. Ségolène did not have a positive message. She only rallied those who were against Sarkozy,” said Doriana, 22, a Royal supporter. Another had a different view: “Sarkozy won because he manipulated the media,” and added “He is just like [Silvio] Berlusconi. We have a fascist in power!”

Tonight is not the victory of one France over another.

Official figures released by police today, said Sunday’s unrest saw 730 cars set ablaze and 78 policemen injured across France. 592 people were arrested in the violent protests against Sarkozy.

His party, the Union for a Popular Movement, wants to capitalize on the victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 10 and June 17. “We are going to see how we can give him the biggest parliamentary majority possible so he can put into effect his undertakings,” Alliot-Marie said.

“We have to act, the French people expect it. They have given him a real mandate,” said Sarkozy’s chief of staff, Claude Guéant.

“As he said again last night, he wants to carry out all the commitments he made during the campaign,” said Michèle Alliot-Marie, the Defense Minister and high-ranking member of UMP, outside his campaign-headquarters.

Nicolas Sarkozy, who has often been described as a devisive cabinet minister, was conciliatory in his victory speech. “France has given me everything, and now it is my turn to give back to France what France has given me,” he said. “Tonight is not the victory of one France over another,” he continued and pledged to represent “all of France and leave no one by the side of the road.”

Sarkozy is expected to seek an end to the 35-hour workweek which was one the mainstays of his campaign. “I want a France where everyone has a chance – but chance comes for those who work for it,” he said. Another part of his so-called “economic revolution” is a pledge to bring unemployment down from current 8.3% to below 5% by 2012, the end of his term.

I want a France where everyone has a chance – but chance comes for those who work for it.

Another reform would be a curb on the amount of power that is held by labor unions. “All attempt to pass things by force would backfire,” said Jean-Claude Mailly, secretary general of Force Ouvrière one of the five biggest unions in France.

Sarkozy also proposes allowing employees to work overtime, as well as reducing restrictions on hiring and firing staff. He is also expected to tighten immigration laws.

Sarkozy announced that “France is back in Europe,” saying that the European Union should pay more attention to the people it is supposed to protect. During Jacques Chirac’s term the European Constitution failed to pass. Sarkozy favors a shorter, less ambitious treaty for changes in the EU to be submitted to the French parliament for approval, and not voted on in a referendum.

“I enjoyed that he said the word ‘Europe,’ which in the campaign was a non-word,” Peter Radu?ski, a former advisor to Helmut Kohl, said. “I hope it will get us moving forward.”

The only issue of foreign policy that Royal and Sarkozy debated was the EU membership of Turkey. Sarkozy is opposed to admission of Turkey. This concerned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, who told reporters: “Our heart-felt wish is that we won’t hear the kind of statements made by Mr. Sarkozy during his election campaign in our bilateral relations as well, both in contacts between France and Turkey and in the EU process.”

Nicolas Sarkozy also wants to thaw the oft frosty relations between France and the United States. “I want to call out to our American friends to tell them that they can count on our friendship,” he said shortly after being declared the winner.

“He will be a better partner for the United States,” said Peter Radunski. “It was important that he mentioned he wants a good relationship, which for a French president, is very significant.”

“He does not come to office with the baggage of a certain kind of anti-Americanism,” observed Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We know that there have been areas of disagreement but on the other hand there are certainly real opportunities to work together on a broad range of issues,” White House spokesperson Tony Snow said.

“I mean, it would be nice to have someone who is head of France who doesn’t almost have a knee-jerk reaction against the United States,” U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer told CNN.

In a recent television interview, Sarkozy said he is opposed to keeping French troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.

“I want to tell all those in the world who believe in the values of tolerance, liberty, democracy and humanism, that France will be at their side, that they can count on her,” Sarkozy said, hoping to base French foreign policy on a commitment to human rights.

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Wikinews Shorts: June 14, 2007

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A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, June 14, 2007.

A bomb blast during a soccer match at stadium in Pattani injured 14 police officers who were providing security for the game between two local teams.

Police said the bomb was placed inside a flower planter and detonated via cellphone, and that five officers were seriously injured.

Related

  • “13 schools torched in southern Thailand” — Wikinews, June 14, 2007

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  • Agencies. “Soccer match bomb wounds 14” — Bangkok Post, June 14, 2007
  • “Bomb at soccer injures five” — The Nation (Thailand), June 14, 2007

A 29-year-old man in Riau was confirmed today to have died of the H5N1 strain of avian flu, making him the 80th person in Indonesia to die from the virus.

“Before showing bird flu symptoms, he slaughtered and cooked sick chickens,” Muhammad Nadirin of the Health Ministry’s Bird Flu Center was quoted as saying by Kyodo News.

Indonesia has the highest number of human deaths from H5N1, and the highest number of cases at 100.

Sources

  • Agence France-Presse. “Indonesia confirms 80th bird flu death” — Channel NewsAsia, June 14, 2007
  • Kyodo News. “Indonesia bird flu cases top 100, death toll rises to 80” — Yahoo! News, June 14, 2007

An outbreak of H5N1, the avian flu virus, was reported today by a livestock official in Myanmar. He said about 1,000 chickens were slaughtered after the virus was found on June 3 in 28 chickens on a farm in Bago, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of Yangon.

It is the first outbreak of the bird flu in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since April.

Sources

  • Agence France-Presse. “Myanmar reports fresh outbreak of bird flu” — Channel NewsAsia, June 14, 2007
  • Associated Press. “Burma reports new bird flu outbreak” — The Irrawaddy, June 13, 2007

Hamas has said that their forces have taken control of the main compound of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas located in Gaza City.

Abbas was not in the compound at the time.

Reports also say that Fatah members fled the compound just before it was attacked.

Sources

  • “Report: Hamas forces take over Abbas’s compound” — Jerusalem Post, June 14, 2007
  • “Hamas takes over presidential compound in Gaza City” — International Herald Tribune, June 14, 2007

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Enjoy Working Your Garden With The Right Gardening Tool}

Submitted by: David Chandler

Nearly every gardener has some type of gardening tools. In fact, it is nearly impossible to have a garden without the necessary garden tools. What kind of gardening equipment you use will obviously depend on the size and extent of your garden, what you are able to handle, if you want to spend a lot of time in your garden or get it done quickly, and finally, how much money you are willing to spend.

While many gardeners do not have expensive or high-tech gardening tools, all of them have some type of gardening equipment for cultivating. Tools for cultivating can include both hand held tools and power tools. What kind you buy depends on how serious of a gardener you are. Hand tools include your everyday items like shovels, spading forks, rakes, trowels, and diggers. These can all be used to get a garden ready for planting and are relatively easy and do not require much strength to use. Other tools include a wheel cultivator, pickax, and mattock.

While power tools are a little more expensive than hand tools, they really cut down on the hard labor. The most essential piece of gardening equipment is undoubtedly the tiller. The tiller will break up the ground and get it ready for planting, chop up any debris, and help mix in fertilizer and compost. If you do not want to spend the money on a tiller, you can hire someone or rent a tiller. Other power tools that are very popular include chippers and garden shredders.

If you have shrubs, hedges, or small trees in your yard, pruning tools are a vital piece of gardening equipment. Pruning shears are good for branches about in diameter, while lopping shears can handle branches from a half inch up to about 2 inches. Pole pruners are on a pole and can reach branches about 15 feet above ground. Hedge shears and pruning saws are both larger, more heavy-duty pruning tools for the serious gardener.

Since your plants must be watered in order to survive, and lets face it, it doesn’t rain whenever we want it to, gardening equipment for watering is a must have. The one thing you cannot get along without is a water hose, everything after that is optional. Many gardeners use sprinklers or drip irrigation hose. There are even timers you can purchase for sprinklers or drip hoses, if you are willing to drop the extra cash.

Gardening without gardening tools would be a nightmare. Sure there are some people who enjoy getting a little dirty while they plant their flowers, but even those types of people have the most basic of gardening tools, like a rake or a hoe. Gardening equipment is a part of gardening, as important as the dirt and the seeds.

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US president Obama, Congress call for blocking of executive bonuses at AIG insurance company

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

United States President Barack Obama stated Monday that insurance giant AIG is in financial trouble due to “recklessness and greed,” and called for legal action to stop the company from giving out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives.

“It’s hard to understand how derivative traders at AIG warranted any bonuses, much less $165 million in extra pay,” Obama said. “How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat.”

Obama’s statement comes after reports surfaced last weekend saying the insurance agency, which is in deep financial trouble, had paid US$165 million to executives in bonuses, after receiving $170 billion as part of a government bailout plan.

AIG has said that the bonuses have to be given out, as the company is legally required by contract to do so. A representative with the National Economic Council, Lawrence H. Summers, also said that the bonuses were required to be given out. If AIG had refused to give out the bonuses, employees could file a lawsuit against the company for the money.

“We cannot attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to lead and staff the A.I.G. businesses — which are now being operated principally on behalf of American taxpayers — if employees believe their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury,” AIG CEO Edward M. Liddy said in a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Saturday.

Liddy said that he asked Geithner “to use that leverage and pursue every legal avenue to block these bonuses and make the American taxpayers whole.”

“I want everybody to be clear that Secretary Geithner’s been on the case,” Obama said. “He’s working to resolve this matter with the new CEO, Edward Liddy, who, by the way, everybody needs to understand, came on board after the contracts that led to these bonuses were agreed to last year.”

If the bonuses cannot be stopped, the U.S. Congress says they want AIG to reimburse the government. Congress is looking to impose stiff new taxes on the pay, or ordering the company to return the money which was originally granted from a government bailout. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, senator Richard Shelby promised that the treasury will recover all of the money. Several U.S. senators along with Liddy have sent letters to AIG asking for the bonuses to be renegotiated, something AIG agreed to and says they will reduce future bonuses by 30%. Senators state that if Libby does not respond by renegotiating the bonuses, the Senate Finance Committee will propose an excise tax. Not only will an excise tax be proposed on AIG, but all companies receiving bailout money and their employees who receive bonuses.

What is the highest excise tax we can impose that will stand up in court? Let’s find out.

Numerous House Democrats have introduced legislation which would place a 100% tax on any bonuses of over $100,000 from companies that are receiving government bailout funds. Meanwhile in the Senate, a bipartisan proposal by Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) would levy a special 90% excise tax on AIG’s bonuses. Asked Senator Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee: “What is the highest excise tax we can impose that will stand up in court? Let’s find out.”

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