On the campaign trail, September 2012
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The following is the eleventh in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: Wikinews chronicles three of the lesser-known speakers at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a controversial pastor and write-in candidate talks to Wikinews about the unrest in the Middle East, and the ballot-qualified American Third Position Party (A3P) presidential nominee travels to Iran to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Fatal shooting at Salt Lake City mall

Fatal shooting at Salt Lake City mall
July 6th, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Five people were killed by an 18 year-old man who opened fire inside the Trolley Square Mall on Monday evening, according to preliminary reports.

Police say they have shot dead one suspect.

The shootings started at 6:45 in The Old Spaghetti Factory on the second floor of the Trolley Square Mall.

Two employees of the Williams-Sonoma store, near the southwest corner of Trolley Square, told KSL that they heard shots and breaking glass from the area of the west parking garage. They say they saw a gunman about 6’3”, wearing a dark trench coat, carrying a shotgun, probably in his 20’s. He came into the mall from the parking garage.

A witness at Trolley Square has said that there may have been a second shooter, a man dressed in normal clothing and carrying a young child. Multiple news outlets have reported an off-duty police officer from the nearby city of Ogden confronted and shot the suspect. This officer is likely the “second shooter” reported earlier.

KTVX had reported that there may have been another shooter inside the facility, however this was later found to not be the case.

The mall evacuation began at 7:00 and is progressing slowly.

The shooter has been identified as Solejman Talovic, an eighteen year-old Bosnian refugee living in Salt Lake City.

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July 6th, 2020 | Camping |

Camper Hire Plans


John DouglasGenerally known as camper vans or dormobiles in the UK, recreational vehicles are one great solution for an unforgettable holiday; especially designed to solve both transport and accommodation issues, they give tourists a feeling of independence and the opportunity to explore at will. In a nutshell, a camper van is a home on wheels, and by “home” we actually imply all the equipment that makes life comfortable in a regular house. Let’s have a look at a regular camper van and the facilities it offers, so that you know what to look for when you decide to hire one.

First of all, camper vans have a small kitchen-like compartment with a refrigerator and a gas hob with two or even three burners. You can get a quick meal ready in no time. So far so good, but for those of you who wonder about lighting at night, there’s no need to worry. Camper vans have a dual battery system; besides the car battery there is another one that supplies you with the necessary power, which is also called the leisure battery. Moreover, most campsites have a hook-up cable for you to attach to their electrical supply system.

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Many of the more established camping sites in the UK offer cable television and wireless internet access in the UK. As the demand for camp site services is growing you’ll find more and more campsites offering the extras that we enjoy at home. There is though the other side to hiring a motorhome and that’s the ability to get away from it all. Some though, prefer to just have the basic facilities in return for a more remote and secluded location. You may even prefer to try both a dedicated campsite and a remote location during the same trip. That’s the beauty of using a camper, you can do what you want.

The history of camper vans began with Volkswagen Company, an international leader on the recreational vehicle market, however in UK, you’ll find other well-represented companies such as Ford, Fiat or Bedford that were among the first to appeal to the public. Every year, Volkswagen organizes the Vanfest, held in Malvern. Most of the participants offer fine examples of four-wheeled accommodation standards. If you’ve got a van and need to buy something for it, then this is the place to go.

When hiring a camper, deciding which one is right for you depends on whether it is going to be a family trip or not. The childrens ages can also play a big part in the choice as a van that has to accommodate teenagers will definitely need to be bigger than one for toddlers. Most vans have one double bed and then a number of additional single and sometimes even double beds. These details should be worked out and discussed with the rental company before hand so that your needs are met. When taking toddlers on a camper trip make sure that you use dedicated child seats and that they are used at all times when moving.

A truck camper is designed to be able to reach more isolated places off the beaten track. This type of camper is ideal for those looking to venture out into more remote areas of the lanscape. The design of this “off road” style camper is often space limited as the extra suspension ride height, takes up some cabin space. A few rental companies offer this type of van, but it does cost more than using a traditional camper.

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France: Villepin’s cabinet announced

France: Villepin’s cabinet announced
July 5th, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Newly named Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin has had his cabinet accepted by President of the Republic Jacques Chirac.

Head of the majority Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, Nicolas Sarkozy, comes as a second-in-command as Minister of the Interior, with the honorific rank of Minister of State. The Ministry of the Interior is traditionally one of the most important positions in the cabinet, with that of Finances; the Minister of the Interior is in charge, notably, of law enforcement and relationships with local governments. There is some uneasiness in having the head of a party in a position that is partly in charge of electoral redistrictings. Also, this arrangement creates a peculiar situation: it is public knowledge that Villepin and Sarkozy consider each other a dangerous political rival with respect to the 2007 presidential election, and they are widely said to loathe each other.

The cabinet was presented as a “restricted” cabinet. However, as many as 31 ministers, delegate ministers and secretaries of state were named; still, this is a reduction from the preceding 43. While the cabinet is for a large part copied from the preceding one, some ministers who had provoked controversy and animosity were removed or moved to another less risky position. François Fillon, formerly Minister of National Education, whose plan for reforming public education was lambasted by members of his own party, including president of the National Assembly Jean-Louis Debré, was ruled partly unconstitutional by the Constitutional Council, and provoked widespread student protests and unrest in high schools, is no longer a minister. Dominique Perben, who pushed for controversial law which opponents allege curtail fundamental constitutional freedoms while Minister of Justice, was moved to the less sensitive position of Minister of Transportation and Equipment. It is also possible that the movement of Brigitte Girardin from Minister for the Oversea (relationships with French overseas departments and territories) to (international) Cooperation was motivated by the crisis that occurred in French Polynesia between Gaston Flosse and his opponent Oscar Temaru.

While the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party, led by François Bayrou, formally remains in the ruling coalition along with the UMP, it has decided that, because the new government would probably do more of the same policies, it would not participate in it. The only member of the government from UDF is Gilles de Robien, as in the preceding government.

Previous head of government Jean-Pierre Raffarin had lost the confidence of the French, with polls putting him as low as 22% confidence. President Chirac’s confidence among the citizenry is also a record low of 24%.

Mr Dominique de Villepin is Prime Minister.

  1. Mr Nicolas Sarkozy — Minister of State, Minister of the Interior and of the management of the Territory (law enforcement, French National Police, French Gendarmerie; relationships with local governments; safety regulations; territory subdivisions)
  2. Mrs Michèle Alliot-Mariew:Minister of Defense (France)
  3. Mr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  4. M. Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of employment, social cohesion and housing
  5. M. Thierry Breton, Minister of Economy, Finances and Industry
  6. M. Gilles de Robien, Minister of National Education, of Higher Education and Research;
  7. M. Pascal Clément, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice;
  8. M. Dominique Perben, Minister of Transportation, Equipment, Tourism and the Sea (national roads, help to local governments for transportation, some government constructions)
  9. M. Xavier Bertrand, Minister of Health and Solidarities;
  10. M. Dominique Bussereau, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries;
  11. M. Christian Jacob, Minister of the Civil Service|;
  12. M. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture and Communications; (museums, cultural activities, supervision of broadcasting)
  13. Mrs Nelly Olin, Minister of Ecology and sustainable development;
  14. M. François Baroin, Minister for the Oversea;
  15. M. Renaud Dutreil, Minister for small and middle businesses, Commerce, artisans, and self-employed professionals
  16. M. Jean-François Lamour, Minister of Youth, Sports and associative life.

Delegate ministers operate as subordinates of ministers.

  1. Mr Henri Cuq, delegate minister for relationships with Parliament;
  2. Mr Azouz Begag, delegate minister for the promotion of the equality of chances;
  3. Mr Jean-François Copé, delegate minister for budget and the reform of the State, spokesman of the Government;
  4. M. Gérard Larcher, delegate minister for employment, work, and the professional insertion of the young;
  5. Mrs Catherine Vautrin, delegate minister for social cohesion and parity [of the sexes];
  6. Mrs Brigitte Girardin, delegate minister for [international] cooperation, development and francophonie;
  7. Mr Brice Hortefeux, delegate minister for local governments;
  8. Mrs Catherine Colonna, delegate minister for European affairs (relationships with the European Union and other members thereof);
  9. Mr François Goulard, delegate minister for higher education and research;
  10. Mr Léon Bertrand, delegate minister for tourism;
  11. Mr Philippe Bas, delegate minister for Social Security, the elderly, the handicapped, and family;
  12. Mr François Loos, delegate minister for industry;
  13. Mrs Christine Lagarde, delegate minister for foreign commerce;
  14. Mr Hamlaoui Mékachéra, delegate minister for war veterans;
  15. M. Christian Estrosi, delegate minister for the management of the territory.

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Protestors want ‘carnival not confrontation’ at Forbes conference

July 4th, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The 30A network has said that it wants to create a carnival atmosphere while protesting at the Forbes Global CEO conference. The protest, which starts on August 30, is expected to attract up to 2,000 protesters. Similar events in the past often had instances of violent confrontations between police and some of the activists. The 30A network is a loose affiliation of groups and individuals co-ordinating the protest.

30A spokesman Bruce Knobloch, of the International Socialist Organisation, made the call for a peaceful protest in a press release last week.

“We want a safe community action showing that people in Sydney oppose Howard¹s plan for a US-style wages system, the war in Iraq and his kow-towing to global corporate chiefs. We pose no threat to the Opera House or the millionaire delegates, or to other users of east Circular Quay,” Mr Knobloch said.

The conference will be held at the Sydney Opera House. The Forbes website says that at the event “senior figures from the world’s leading companies and institutions will discuss the best ways to nurture and capitalize on innovation and reveal the latest global trends.” It was recently announced that George Bush Sr will be attending the conference, along with former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Prime Minister John Howard, and former NSW Premier Bob Carr.

Mr Knobloch described the attendees as “a few hundred neo-conservative corporate chiefs”.

The protesters have been denied access to the Opera House forecourt for the duration of the conference. Mr Knobloch believes that this decision is unjustified. He also accused the police of deliberately creating the conditions for confrontation.

“The police seem intent on creating chaos and confrontation, which is the last thing we need. We’ve urged police to build a barrier in front of the Opera House proper and to allow us to use the public space in the forecourt. By pushing us out into the CBD the police are going to create problems for commuters and business owners,” he said.

30A protestors this week organised a media conference outside Surry Hills Police Station, requesting a meeting to negotiate an agreement. According to an article on Sydney Indymedia, police at the station were unable to discuss the issue, but told 30a representatives that they would be contacted to organise a meeting.

“Minimising the protesters right to peacefully rally dramatically increases police powers and strikes at the heart of protesters’ democratic right to peaceful assembly,” the article said.

ASIO has assessed the conference to be “medium risk”, and this has been used by the police and government to justify the increased security.

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Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews ">
Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

July 3rd, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In February 2017, the Iranian Chess Federation announced two teenage chess players, Dorsa Derakhshani and her younger brother Borna Derakhshani, were banned from representing the national team. The federation announced their decision although Dorsa Derakhshani had previously decided and informed the chess federation she did not wish to play for Iran.

Dorsa Derakhshani is currently 21 years old and holds the International Master (IM) as well as Woman Grand Master (WGM) titles. Her brother, Borna, plays for the English Federation and holds the FIDE Master title.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned since she did not wear a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, while competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in January 2017. Under the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, hijab is a mandatory dress code. Her brother Borna Deraskhsani was banned for playing against Israeli Grand Master (GM) Alexander Huzman at the same tournament. Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, and previously, Irani athletes have avoided playing against Israeli athletes.

Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh, the president of the country’s chess federation, explained the decision to ban the players saying, “As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran and in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team.” ((fa))Farsi language: ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ?? ?? ????? ? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????? ????. He further stated, “Unfortunately, something that should not have happened has happened and our national interest is paramount and we have reported this position to the Ministry of Sports.” ((fa))Farsi language: ????????? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????.

IM Dorsa Derakhshani, who currently studies at Saint Louis University in the United States and plays for the United States Chess Federation, discussed her chess career, time in Iran and the 2017 controversy, and her life in Saint Louis with a Wikinews correspondent.

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How Do I Prepare For The Cscs Card Test?}

July 1st, 2020 | Granny Flat Builder |

How Do I Prepare for the CSCS Card Test?


Graeme HickYou can’t dream of a career in construction industry without owning a skill-and-safety qualification like CSCS Card. And whether you have to renew your CSCS Card or get a fresh one altogether, passing a CSCS Card Test is a must. But the million dollars (err, pounds will work too!) question is: how to prepare for the CSCS Card Test?This article just seeks to answer that question of yours.Make sure you are taking the right CSCS Card Test:Believe it or not, construction safety qualifications however irritating you may think achieving these is are necessary evils of the industry. They have contributed a great deal in bringing down the number of onsite injuries down close to 50% and sickness down 35% since the year 2000. No wonder why it CSCS Test has become so vital to have a career in the industry.Now coming back to the original theme, there are 3 types of CSCS Tests: one for managers (CSCS Test for Managers and Professionals), one for supervisors (CSCS Test for Supervisors) and then there is one for every other tradesman (CSCS Test for Operatives). Make sure the test you take leads to the CSCS Card you need!Know the format of CSCS Card Test:Though the scope and questions vary, the format of all 3 CSCS Tests remains the same. You get 45-minute touch screen test with 50 questions- 12 based on behavioral case study while the rest 38 judge your health and safety knowledge in your role on construction sites. Budget your time in a way that you get to attempt all 50 questions, read each carefully before answering, any score of 42/50 or more will see you through.When you know what you are getting into, you avoid last-minute shocks that can ruin your performance, and overall are better prepared to deal with upcoming challenges. Like the wise men say Knowing the enemy is half the battle.Do get the preparatory material:Passing a test without preparatory materials is like winning a war without a gun which is next to impossible. So don’t be extra adventurous and opt for preparatory material (DVD/Smartphone Apps/Test Revision Book – whatever suits you) instead.There is an 11-minute video (transcript in case of Revision Book) teaching you how to behave on sites to stay safe. 12 behavioral case study questions will be based on this video so watch it time and again till your concept is clear. To answer the rest 38 knowledge based questions, practice mock tests. They improve your awareness on health, safety and environmental issues influencing site safety.Practice all you can:The more you practice, more prepared and confident you become of passing the test. It also quickens your response time and thus helps in time management.

Graeme Hick life revolves around two C’s: Cricket and Construction. When his mind space is not occupied by cricket, you can find him reading and writing about construction. It comes with years spent in construction helpline. Construction Helpline is your one-stop shop’ for all your construction needs: be it booking a CSCS Test, getting preparatory material,

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Australian PM promises to assist Corby

June 30th, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Monday, July 11, 2005

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has promised that his government will do whatever it can to assist Schapelle Corby’s legal team. He said this as part of a three page letter sent in response to a request from Corby herself.

“Let me assure you that the Australian Government will continue to provide every assistance it can under our legal system, consistent with our approach to date,” he said.

Corby was recently sentenced by an Indonesian court to 20 years in jail for attempting to smuggle four kilograms of marijuana into the island of Bali. The case has been controversial in Australia, with many people believing she is innocent and that the legal process was unfair.It has been alleged that the drugs were planted in Ms. Corby’s luggage by baggage handlers, as part of a smuggling ring internal to Australia, and that they were not collected by the intended “pick up”, leaving them in Ms. Corby’s possession when she arrived in Bali. The Bali High Court decided during an appeal that new evidence should be heard in the case. During the original case a number of key witnesses were not called.

Wikinews Australia has in-depth coverage of this issue: Schapelle Corby

Corby’s lawyers are now collecting new information and preparing for the case. Mr Howard pledged to support them in this process.

“Looking ahead, the Australian government will do what it can to support your legal team as they work to collect further evidence in Australia”, he said.

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Appalachian Mountains coal company target of protesters

June 29th, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Saturday, July 9, 2005

A Friday protest in downtown Richmond drew around 200 protesters to Virginia’s state capital to demonstrate against strip mining practices of Massey Energy Company. Demonstrators marched through town and gathered in front of the company’s office building where nearly 20 laid in the street of the city’s main thoroughfare, and were nearly arrested. A few linked arms around a sidewalk structure to avoid being hauled away by police.

Chanting “Blankenship, Blankenship, Blankenship,” and waving bed sheets for flags, the demonstrators demanded to be seen and heard by the Massey Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship. Arrests for civil disobedience were avoided when two security guards were sent by the company to retrieve a list of their demands.

The demonstration, timed to coincide with Scotland’s G8 conference, was organized by a group called “Mountain Justice Summer” and environmentalists to protest mountain top removal mining techniques. The company’s mining operations are located in the Appalachian Mountain chain in the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Massey is the United States’ fourth-largest coal mining operation.

A statement issued by a Massey spokesman defended their respect of people’s rights, and decried what they said was, “a great deal of misinformation.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that unofficial “legal observers” accompanied the demonstrators and carried notebooks to record crowd and police activity.

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5 Relationship Dating Techniques

June 21st, 2020 | Dogs |

Submitted by: Robbie T. James

“How can I get a date?” This has been an age-old question for single, lonely men and women throughout the ages. And, let’s face it – we have all asked ourselves this question at one point or another. Everyone faces a time in their lives when they have trouble hooking up with that right person for a date.

When you are looking for a date, it can feel like everyone but you has someone. And – it may even seem like certain other men or women you know have got some special “something” that makes it easy for them to get dates. The good news is, relationship dating techniques are very learnable, and anyone can do it if you have the right guidance.

Here are 5 relationship dating techniques that will put you in the position to hook up with that desirable somebody in no time:

1. Fish where the fish are:

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There is an old saying among fishermen: fish where the fish are. In the world of dating, of course, this translates to: spend time and hang out where the desirable men and women are. This may sound obvious, but many people ignore this advice completely. They spend time alone on Saturday nights with a book, watching favorite TV shows, or surfing the Internet. Of course, that is the safest option for spending Saturday night. Trouble is, it is guaranteed not to net you a date. Instead, spend time where there are a lot of desirable potential mates hanging around. Could a bookstore, could be a bar, could be church – or even a rave. It doesn’t matter where you go, just as long as you put yourself where the fish are.

2. Get involved:

If you are like most people, you have settled into a routine that goes something like this: go to work/school, come home, engage in TV/Internet, go to bed .. . [repeat pattern next day]. Chances are you, if you think real hard, you will remember of a few hobbies that you used to love – or that you don’t spend enough time doing. The point is: zero in on what these hobbies are – these things you love to do – and find a way to do engage in them that can involve other people. Try online sites like MeetUp to get you away from your computer and in the presence of other who love what you love. Interested people are inherently more attractive than are people stuck in a rut. With just a little effort, you will find yourself in the midst of a bunch of potential mates. And, in the meantime, you will have rekindled your passion for life.

3. Tap friends and family for an introduction:

If you are fortunate enough to have at least one good friend or family member in this world, congratulations, you have a network (if not, revisit #2 above and you soon will). That means that it is highly likely that they know someone (who knows someone, etc.) who is great dating material. So, don’t be shy: leverage your personal contacts and ask them for an introduction to someone they think might be a love connection for you. What’s the worst that can happen? If you strike out on the blind date(s) they set you up on, you now have some more dating experience under your belt for next time.

4. Get a dog and take it for walks:

As common wisdom dictates, dogs and babies are great conversation starters. That is why it is so easy to meet other people at a dog park if you have a dog, and it’s the same reason why mothers find it so easy to hook up with other moms in their area. Try borrowing a friend’s dog or signing up to be a part-time professional dog walker. I guarantee that your dog will be a conversation starter. This is a great way to practice your communication skills, and it just might land you a date. (And, if you are a single parent, try joining a parent/child group in your area).

5. Put your most attractive self forward:

Many lonely single people resist putting too much effort into coming across and looking their best. This, of course, is a mistake if you want to get a date. Every time you leave your house, make sure you are clean, smelling good, and wearing clothes that make you look your best. If you are woman, try giving men a little eye contact now and again. If you are a man, project the right balance between cool confidence and humility. Put forth your best side and the best sides of others will be reflected back at you.

A parting thought: some lonely, single people harbor a flawed-but-understandable way of thinking that says, “If I risk and fail I will end up looking and feeling bad, but if I don’t try at all I have no chance of failing.” This type of thinking leads to inaction, and inaction is the greatest enemy of people looking for a date.

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