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Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia

  • Posted on July 17, 2018 at 1:18 am

Monday, August 31, 2015

A fire in the eastern Saudi city of Alkhobar tore through a housing complex for oil workers yesterday, killing eleven, according to civil officials.

The Radium complex is rented by oil firm Aramco for their employees. According to nearby resident Mohammed Siddique the fire broke out early in the morning. Siddique says the building contains locals, as well as Westerners and Asians. The cause is unclear but the civil defence ministry tweeted “Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers”.

Over 200 people were injured. Firefighters scaled the burning tower on ladders, and helicopters were on-scene. Other towers in the complex were evacuated. Thick smoke from the blaze complicated rescue efforts.

Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser said the firm is “deeply saddened to learn of the fatalities and injuries. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families. Our immediate priority is to provide full support to those affected by this tragic incident.” Aramco, which produces and exports more crude oil than any competitor worldwide, say the fire is under investigation.

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Controversial Berlin opera features interactive drug usage

  • Posted on July 17, 2018 at 1:13 am

Friday, August 26, 2005

Berlin’s Neukoellner Opera House is causing a stir with its new production, The Yellow Princess.

The story presented in the French opera, by Camille Saint-Saens, is of an artist “whose life is dictated by a love for drugs and Japan.” As a result, the performers smoke cannabis joints on stage, and the theatre itself is encouraging the audience to join in.

Artistic director Bernhard Glocksin says that the theatre is claiming the metaphorical “artistic licence”, to excuse the actions of the actors and audience, which are against German law. Glocksin was quoted by Ananova as saying opera would be “improved with a few joints and some appetising lines”, noting the production was partly an experiment, to see what they could “get away with.”

Artistic licence” is at par to an “artistic liberty”, where something is exaggerated or changed for the sake of the art itself. For example a visual artist painting a landscape might move a tree to another area of their work, for better balance, or a poet ignoring pentameter when writing a traditional sonnet.

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The Elemental Trader Scam Is A Ridiculous

  • Posted on July 17, 2018 at 1:09 am

The more popular something becomes, the more it must appeal to the lowest common denominator. When I first started working as a broker, people were deadly serious about it. Most of them dressed like bankers, in three-piece suits. They studied charts and earning reports on a daily basis.

Then the dot.com bubble came along and the salesmen came in. They started marketing these new trading systems and tools to the average American. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, per se. But really, what good is a tool if you don’t know how to use it? That is where most of these products fall short. They don’t have any interest in seeing everyday investors actually succeed.

Then I heard about an Elemental Trader scam. It was the early diatribes and philippics that attracted me to the product at first. They seemed so contrived and orchestrated that I just had to find out about the Elemental Trader scam on my own.

Now I know what they were railing against. It wasn’t an inferior product, it was a superior one. Their competitors were simply jealous that the Elemental Trader offered consumers something new, something they had never seen before.

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If you have ever purchased a trading system or program online, you probably know the score. They are often advertised as get-rich-quick schemes that any fool can use. The only problem is that they don’t tell customers how to use them.

The most popular software program that is used in the forex market (foreign exchange for short) is called pattern recognition software. It relies on technical analysis to detect buying opportunities and emerging trends. In the opinion of most seasoned traders, it really does work. But again, it is only a tool.

What the Elemental Trader program provides that nearly every other trading tool ignores is the importance of personal trading plans. Not every investor is the same. Some of them invest for the long haul, while others can afford to take on greater risk by investing from day to day. Elemental Trader accommodates all investors. But it focuses most acutely on the new investor.

What does a new investor need to succeed? For starters, he needs a plan. Investing in the forex market takes planning and discipline. With the help of the program’s six-part tutorial, new traders can create their very own personal trading plan.

What about the Elemental Trading scam? I can’t speak for other people. But what I can say unequivocally is that this program is something new, something special. I never bought into the whole get-rich-quick idea of investing. I knew from the start that traders make money because they put in long hours and don’t follow the crowd.

Forex trading takes an awful lot of work. Currency markets are almost always open, which means that you must do hours of research. Even as a part-time investor, I follow the forex market for at least a few hours each day. When I finally do trade, I make sure that it meets the rather rigid criteria of my personal trading plan. The good news is that I’m finally making money.

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The ElementalTrader service is hitting the streets in January of 2011. Only a limited number of traders will be allowed to take part each month, and demand will be high. “Those who are able to come on board with us will find that they being trading with discipline, responsibility, and will have a lot of fun in the process, because no in-depth technical analysis skills are required with this strategy” says Pass.Author: Freddie Rocha

Wikinews international report: “Anonymous” holds anti-Scientology protests worldwide

  • Posted on July 16, 2018 at 1:39 am

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Internet group Project Chanology today held protests critical of the Church of Scientology. The protests marked what would have been the 49th birthday of Lisa McPherson, who is claimed to be a victim of the Church of Scientology’s practices. Lisa died in 1995 during a running of what Scientologists refer to as an Introspection Rundown, a procedure intended to help Church members deal with a psychotic or deeply traumatic event.

Protests were planned throughout the day in 14 countries and over 50 different cities. The estimation of total protesters world wide for Feb. 10, 2008 is 9,250 people.

Wikinews had correspondents at a number of protest locations to report on the events. This article was updated throughout the day with reports from around the globe.


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Thai-Cambodian generals in talks after border clash kills two

  • Posted on July 16, 2018 at 1:10 am

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Today saw high-level talks between Thai and Cambodian military leaders following a border skirmish yesterday which left two Cambodian soldiers dead, injuries on both sides, and ten Thai troops captured. Several hours of talks have led to an agreement for joint military patrols along the disputed border.

Wednesday’s exchange of fire in the disputed border region surrounding Preah Vihear Temple is the latest in a dispute over an area of scrubland which both Cambodia and Thailand claim. While each side claims the other initiated the clash, government officials in both capitals have sought to downplay the seriousness of the incident and stress that a negotiated settlement is the only reasonable solution. The disputed territory is a little under five square kilometres and was, in 1962, awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice. The decision caused resentment in Thailand which continues to this day.

Downplaying the incident, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong spoke of the negotiations in positive terms, stressing the skirmish was, “an incident between soldiers and not an invasion by Thailand”. Thai Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat stressed the need for the dispute over territory to be resolved peacefully.

According to officials, apart from the two Cambodian soldiers who died in the skirmish, an additional two Khmer troops and five Thais were injured. Thailand has denied the claim by Cambodia that ten soldiers were captured in the disputed territory. On the other side of the border, Cambodian officials have said the captives will be returned upon request.

The dispute over the contested territory flared up in June; UNESCO awarded the Hindu Preah Vihear Temple the status of World Heritage Site as a Cambodian property, bringing the issue back into the spotlight. The 900-year-old temple sits at the centre of a military build-up on both sides of the border and despite an agreed pull-back in August the situation deteriorated when Cambodia asserted that Thai troops had returned to the entrenched positions that now see around 1,000 soldiers from both sides facing each other. The return of Thai military forces saw the Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen threaten to turn the area into a “death zone”.

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon spoke yesterday on the incident, expressing grave concern over the escalation of the conflict and loss of life. A spokesperson for the Secretary-General said, “He calls on both parties to exercise utmost restraint and urges them to expedite bilateral talks so that their differences can be resolved peacefully”. This is not the first time Ban Ki-moon has spoken on the issue; previously calls for restraint have been issued as the military build-up in the area has continued.

The ongoing dispute and yesterday’s escalation have seen moves to take civilians out of harm’s way. The government in Bangkok urged Thai citizens in Cambodia to leave the country if they were not there on urgent business. Over 400 returned on a Thai Airways flight following the call to evacuate Thai nationals. With a 2003 dispute and unrest having seen Thailand’s embassy in Phnom Penh torched, Cambodian authorities deployed riot police around the building yesterday in case the dispute led to violence. In the disputed region, thousands of Cambodians have left due to the build-up of forces on both sides of the border and increased tensions.

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The current flare-up along the border is the second incident this month; on October 3 there was a clash where Thailand claims Cambodian forces crossed the border and fired on Thai rangers causing two injuries. That incident saw both sides exchange protest letters. Thailand claimed that rangers patrolling on their side of the border encountered Cambodian troops and demanded they return across the border. The alleged response was apparently orders from superiors for the Cambodians to begin firing. The strongly-worded complaint stated, “the above-mentioned intrusion of the Cambodian soldiers into Thailand’s territory is a serious violation of Thailand’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Furthermore, the shooting by the Cambodian troops against the unarmed Thai para-military rangers is regarded as a brutal and aggressive act and is contrary to the spirit of friendly relations between Cambodia and Thailand.”

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Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

  • Posted on July 16, 2018 at 1:09 am

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.


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PBS show asserts greenhouse gases, atmospheric pollutants dimming future

  • Posted on July 16, 2018 at 1:02 am

Saturday, April 22, 2006

This week, the Public Broadcasting Service aired a NOVA program titled “Dimming the Earth”, which presented research by leading scientists on the complex systems of our global climate and human activity’s effect on it. One of the largest interactions (or “inputs”) humans have with the atmosphere is the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Consumption has risen 2% per year for this decade.

Fossil fuels burnt in factories and automobiles send their waste into our atmosphere in two forms. The first is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which have received substantial attention in the last few years because of the way they trap heat in the atmosphere. The second is the tiny particles of sulfur dioxide, soot and ash, which scientists call aerosols (basically smog). Research into understanding the negative health effects of air pollution has resulted in the development of catalytic converters for cars as well as devices to remove particulate solids from industrial waste before it reaches the air.

More recently, atmospheric scientists have come upon the phenomenon of the reduction of direct sunlight reaching Earth’s surface— observing a nearly a 5% decline between 1960 and 1990, with evidence of a recovery since then. This has been dubbed the “global dimming” effect, and is probably due to the way these aerosols act upon clouds. It is important to realise that this does not represent a net loss of this much sunshine to the climate system – if so, large temperature declines would have been observed. Instead, the sunshine is absorbed elsewhere in the system, with a much smaller net loss.

Clouds form when moisture gathers around airborne particles, such as pollen or dust. Clouds formed by the aerosol particles emitted by fossil fuel consumption are made of many more tiny droplets than “natural” clouds. These smog-created clouds have two notable effects: they shield sunlight from reaching Earth’s surface and, due to water’s reflective nature, the millions of tiny droplets suspended in them reflect light back into space, allowing even less light to reach Earth.

Many scientists now believe that global dimming caused by these pollutants has mitigated the temperature rises brought about by global warming. Over the last thirty years, Earth’s temperature has increased by about 0.5 oC.

In the absence of global dimming, however, the Earth might be 0.3 oC warmer than it currently is, suggesting that a “tug-of-war” exists between greenhouse gases and particulates released by burning fossil fuels. Efforts to mitigate the human health dangers of smog have allowed more heat into our atmosphere and brought about a sharper increase in global warming.

Dr. James E. Hansen, professor at Columbia University and the head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies [1], believes that if we continue on our current pattern, this warming could be as much as five degrees in the next thirty years and ten to fourteen degrees over the course of the century. Such a temperature rise would devastate life on Earth, likely bringing on a cascade of self-reinforcing warming effects. Earth’s forests drying and burning, a steady thawing of the Greenland and arctic ice sheets, and, most dangerous of all, a release of the methane hydrates that are now frozen at the bottom of the oceans, could remake the planet into something inhospitable to human life. Dr. Hansen warns that, according to his research, man has just 10 years to reduce greenhouse gases before global warming and other responses to human activity by Earth’s climate reach a “tipping point”, becoming unstoppable.

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Bombing of Peshawar Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan kills 18

  • Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:32 am

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Militants in Pakistan launched a truck bomb attack on the Peshawar Pearl Continental hotel, killing 18 and wounding at least 55. Among the dead were two foreign United Nations officials working for the World Food Programme.

According to the BBC, Fidayeen-e-Islam, a relatively obscure Pakistani militant group, claimed responsibility for the blast. The attack follows a threat from the Taliban made on May 27, warning of “major attacks” in Pakistan.

The bombing occurred despite the property being heavily guarded and secure. The militants gained entrance by overcoming the guards with gunfire, and forcing a bomb-laden truck, containing at least 500 kilograms of explosives, through the gates. Police official Liaqat Ali told the Associated Press that the militants “drove the vehicle inside the hotel gates and blew it up on reaching close to the hotel building.”

The bomb caused a 15-foot wide crater, and brought down the west wing of the hotel. An injured guest, Jawad Chaudhry, said, “The floor under my feet shook. I thought the roof was falling on me. I ran out. I saw everybody running in panic. There was blood and pieces of glass everywhere.”

The hotel is regularly used by businessmen and diplomats, and is located in a secure area of the city. Neighbours include the Peshawar High Court, Provincial Assembly and the official home of the Commander of the Frontier Corps. The perceived security of the neighbourhood makes it a candidate for the location of a planned United States consulate.

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Remnants of Hurricane Felicia affect Hawaii

  • Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:30 am

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The remnants of former Hurricane Felicia continue to affect the Hawaiian islands today, prompting the issuance of a flash flood watch for Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kauai. According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch is issued “to indicate current or developing hydrologic conditions that are favorable for flash flooding in and close to the watch area, but the occurrence is neither certain or imminent”.

Felicia, once a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, weakened to a tropical depression before dissipating Tuesday. Its remnants produced showers across most of the islands, though as of yet, no damage or flooding has been reported. The precipitation, reaching 6.34 inches at a gauge on Oahu, was described as “beneficial”. Some of the rainfall was accompanied by thunderstorms and frequent lightning.

…when I heard there’s going to be 12- to 15-foot faces, I was excited.

The advisories are due to expire late tonight, as officials caution that further rainfall could potentially lead to flooding. On Kauai, some rivers have already begun to swell.

Surfers, however, have been enjoying unusually high waves generated by the storm. One resident of Oahu said, “I’m pretty excited. We usually don’t get this much big surf at [Sandy Beach Park]. So when I heard there’s going to be 12- to 15-foot faces, I was excited. I thought I’d grab my fins, come out, check it out this morning.” Bathers other than experienced surfers were advised to avoid the water.

Despite the demise of Felicia, the tropics remain active; two tropical depressions are currently persisting in the Eastern Pacific, while several systems are being watched for development in the Atlantic.

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Vitamins For The Elderly Which Ones Do You Really Need}

  • Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:25 am

Submitted by: Brad Bahr

One great thing about aging is that we learn from experience and grow wiser. However, sometimes this does not apply to our food choices. It’s important that we understand what vitamins are important to us older folks. We have different nutritional needs than a twenty year old person may have.

We older people need more vitamins and minerals in our diet than a younger person does. Why? Because as our bodies age they get less efficient when it comes to utilizing nutritional substances. Not getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals can lead to illness and the need for prescription medicines which further decrease our nutritional uptake capabilities. It can be a vicious circle.

Elderly people need plenty of vitamin D. This vitamin is very important for strong bones. Many older people don’t get enough of this important nutrient and suffer needlessly from broken bones due to simple falls. Easily broken bones and osteoporosis can be avoided by taking the proper amounts of vitamin D. Be sure to eat a lot of dairy products to keep your bones healthy. If you can’t eat dairy products you can easily obtain a vitamin D supplement from your local drugstore or from an online store.

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Watch out for dangerous free radicals. They destroy healthy cells in your body and cause oxidation. This can lead to all kinds of problems such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts and other serious conditions. Wrinkles and saggy skin are tell-tale signs of cell damage by free radicals. You can help prevent free radical damage by taking plenty of antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and E. These contain a high amount of beta carotene which protects your body from oxidation. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to insure you’re getting enough antioxidants. It’s also a good idea to use an antioxidant supplement such as pine bark extract, red wine extract or raspberry extract. These all contain lot’s of healthy free radical fighting antioxidants.

Vitamin K is another often neglected vitamin. It’s especially important for seniors as it helps to keep the blood circulation in good working order. It also helps the blood to clot properly. Vitamin K is known to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease too. Some great sources of Vitamin K are spinach, cabbage, green tea and dark green lettuce. Eating them fresh is best as freezing can destroy vitamin K.

Along with the vitamins already mentioned there are other important trace minerals your body needs on a regular basis. A great source of these trace minerals is green algae which is available in supplement form. Also any kind of sea vegetable such as kelp is good too.

Try to get a well balanced variety of vitamins by eating right and taking a multi-vitamin for seniors and some antioxidants every day. You’ll live longer and look and feel a whole lot better.

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