Former French president Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption

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Former French president Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption

Posted by VZWk94v8 on July 22, 2018

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The former French president Jacques Chirac has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence after a long-running criminal trial concluded this week.

The events which led to the trial predate Chirac’s time as president but center around Chirac’s prior role as mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. The court agreed with prosecutors who alleged that Chirac created fake government jobs in order to funnel an estimated €1 million of public money to his political allies in the Rally for the Republic organization.

Benoît Hamon from the Socialist Party said he was glad that “justice has been done” and said it was “a good sign for French democracy that an independent judiciary could pronounce such a verdict on a former president of the republic”.

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Wikimedia, IWF respond to block of Wikipedia over child pornography allegations

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Wikimedia, IWF respond to block of Wikipedia over child pornography allegations

Posted by VZWk94v8 on July 22, 2018

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Monday, December 8, 2008

On December 7, Wikinews first reported that some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom, were filtering access to an image and an article on the popular, free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, amid allegations that they contain child pornography. The filter was brought into play by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which issued a statement regarding the filtering shortly after Wikinews published the article. Wikimedia, the host of Wikinews and Wikipedia oppose the IWF’s actions, also issuing a statement.

“A Wikipedia web page, was reported through the IWF’s online reporting mechanism in December 2008. As with all child sexual abuse reports received by our Hotline analysts, the image was assessed according to the UK Sentencing Guidelines Council (page 109). The content was considered to be a potentially illegal indecent image of a child under the age of 18, but hosted outside the UK,” said the IWF in a statement posted on their website.

The image and article in question is that of the 1976 album Virgin Killer, a studio album by the Scorpions, a German rock band. The controversy began after the image of the album’s original cover, which depicted a naked prepubescent girl, was reported to the IWF in early December. Wikinews first discovered the controversial image in May 2008 after there were several attempts to delete it on Wikipedia. The image had been blocked because the IWF considered it to be “potentially illegal”. As a result, the IWF have contacted authorities in the United States and in the UK.

The measures applied redirect Wikipedia-bound traffic from a significant portion of the UK’s Internet population through a small number of servers which can log and filter the content that is available to the end user. A serious side-effect of this is the inability of administrators on Wikimedia sites to block vandals and other troublemakers without potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of innocent contributors who are working on the sites in good faith.

Contributors or individuals attempting to view an affected image or file, depending on their ISP, may get a warning saying, “we have blocked this page because, according to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), it contains indecent images of children or pointers to them; you could be breaking UK law if you viewed the page.” Other ISPs provide blank pages, 404 errors, or other means of blocking the content.

Wikimedia was not informed that the image would be blacklisted because the IWF “does not issue takedown notices to ISPs or hosting companies outside the UK”. The servers for Wikimedia projects are located in Florida in the U.S., and according to Jay Walsh, the head of communications for Wikimedia, the Foundation “opposes” the action taken by the IWF.

“The IWF has confirmed to the Wikimedia Foundation that it has added Wikipedia to itsblacklist, which also had the unintended consequence of rendering UK-based internet usersunable to edit the encyclopedia,” said Walsh.

“We did advise one of our partner Hotlines abroad and our law enforcement partner agency of our assessment. The specific URL (individual webpage) was then added to the list provided to ISPs and other companies in the online sector to protect their customers from inadvertent exposure to a potentially illegal indecent image of a child,” added the statement by the IWF.

“We have no reason to believe the article, or the image contained in the article, has beenheld to be illegal in any jurisdiction anywhere in the world. We believe it’s worth noting that the image is currently visible on Amazon, where the album can be freely purchased by UK residents. Itis available on thousands of websites that are accessible to the UK public,” said Mike Godwin, legal counsel for Wikimedia. The cover has since been removed from Amazon.com.

Wikimedia projects such as Wikinews state in their policies that they are “not censored”. Wikimedia will continue discussions with the IWF in hopes of resolving the issue.

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Category:Lauren Jackson

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Tanker spills 1000s of tonnes of crude oil off Nicobar Islands

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Tanker spills 1000s of tonnes of crude oil off Nicobar Islands

Posted by VZWk94v8 on July 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A Japanese tanker has spilled an estimated 4,500 tonnes (1.4 million gallons) of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean, after colliding with a cargo ship, which it was trying to assist, the tanker’s owners report.

A statement released by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd, the owners of the tanker, Bright Artemis said that the tanker was attempting to rescue the crew of the distressed Singapore-registered cargo ship, Amar, when the two vessels came in contact about 470 km (290 miles) west of the Great Nicobar Island in the Indian Ocean at 1:00 p.m., (3:00 p.m. JST) on Monday. The collision opened a gash 1 meter in height and 5 meters in length on the single-hulled tanker’s starboard side, spilling its crude oil cargo. The statement said that the spill has been contained, the crew of the Amar are safe on board another rescue vessel and no other injuries have been reported.

The tanker reported the location of the incident as 5’46″N, 89’04″E and the cargo ship Amar was on fire when the incident happened, said the statement. It added that oil has been transferred from the damaged tanks to other tanks, the tanker is proceeding east at a reduced speed and that the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore and the Indian Coast Guard have been informed of the incident.

The Bright Armetis was manned by a crew of 23 including Croatians, Filipinos and a Canadian and was carrying close to 250,000 tonnes of crude oil from the Persian gulf to Japan, according to the company.

Indian Coast Guard officials told Reuters news agency that the spill lies outside India’s exclusive economic zone and that they are watching the situation closely.

Bloomberg reports that shares of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. fell as much as 4.3% upon news of the event. Mitsui is Japan’s second-largest shipping company.

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Increase Retail Sales With A Planogram

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All country club golf shops as well as retail golf stores are going through a difficult time as they all chase after the few disposable dollars that are left in our economy. A planogram is an easy way to improve golf shop sales without spending a dime! Obviously what concerns you as the General Manager, Director of Golf or Head Golf Professional have is how are you going to maximize what you already have to increase sales to get through this difficult economic time.

Use a planogram. This may be a new term to you but it has been around for awhile. Planograms have mainly been used by big box retailers but they can help you as well. What exactly is a Golf Shop Planogram? Well I have used a golf shop planograms as documents that show the layout of the golf shop with how the fixtures and product are going to be arranged or displayed for sale. In addition, it contains where information will be placed that is designed to encourage your members to buy and help them to be sold on your products. As we all know golf shop budgets are getting tighter and tighter every single year.

Do more with less! I am sure you have heard it. Many general or retail stores we walk into these days basically offer a self-serve mentality for the members or customers. In turn we must get them as much information as possible. These diagrams will also help you when it comes time for inventory. You may use these sheets to mark off which sections are completed by which employee in case a re-count must be done.

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A golf shop planogram will contain useful information such as where the most popular brands of a certain product will be placed as well as show you the quantity variations of a certain product. For example, if you have a staple best seller you may not want it front and center as you know people will go to find it. This will allow you to feature another brand that may have a better margin associated with it.

The planogram my staff develops will tell us what we should stock and which sizes/colors work best for our store; recommend merchandising tactics like how much space we should allocate to each product; offer insights into the type of customers that buy the products and their motivation for buying; and offer ideal store layouts based on this information. We come up with a seasonal planogram. This meaning we develop four in a year to change the look of our golf shop quarterly. Depending on the type of facility you are at you may need more or you may need less depending on your traffic and what type of traffic it is.

Using the information within the planogram can really help a country club golf shop or retail golf shop to identify which are the best products to stock from each category and to improve the layouts and merchandising to its members and guests.

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Samsung releases its first tablet computer

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Samsung releases its first tablet computer

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Monday, September 6, 2010

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At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) industrial exhibition in Berlin, the South Korean corporation Samsung released its first tablet computer, called “Galaxy Tab”.

The device features the Android operating system and a seven-inch screen. Samsung’s own applications, called “Reader’s Hub” and “Media Hub,” display ebooks and videos respectively. Latest Flash, and an interface to stream to TV also are included. Wireless technologies supported include 3G networks, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

The device is a competitor to Apple’s iPad. British newspaper The Daily Mail considered the appearance of the Galaxy Tab on the market as a serious event for Apple, because the device has a smaller screen, and Samsung was expecting to set a price 1.5 to 2 times lower than the iPad. Samsung were considering a ten inch screen on future models. Galaxy Tab is “the first of the company’s tablet devices”, as a spokesperson said.

Head of product portfolio Thomas Richter expressed optimism about the device’s market future : “This is not just another tablet. We call it a Smart Media device.”

Samsung’s head of mobile communications J.K. Shin was also positive about the release of Galaxy Tab, commenting that “[t]here is a new and emerging consumer demand that Samsung can satisfy since mobile is in our DNA.”

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New study claims Stonehenge was a place of healing

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New study claims Stonehenge was a place of healing

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Archaeologists Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University and Geoff Wainwright, President of the Society of Antiquaries, claimed to have found evidence that Stonehenge was once a center of healing. In an excavation conducted at the site, a large number of human remains were found that display signs of physical injury or disease. Study of the teeth from the skeletons indicates that about half of them were from outside the area.

A large number of bluestone or spotted Preseli dolerite chips found during the excavation led the researchers to conclude the stones were venerated for their healing properties. It is believed that about 80 of such bluestone blocks were transported from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales to the Salisbury plains. The inner circle of bluestones are the earliest stone structures found in this site. Later bluestones were encircled by the imposing sandstone monoliths of sarsen stones. “It could be that people were flaking off pieces of bluestone, in order to create little bits to take away… as lucky amulets,” said Professor Darvill.

Stonehenge would attract not only people who were unwell, but people who were capable of [healing] them.

Radiocarbon dating indicates that the original bluestone circle was built around 2300 BC. This date coincides with the burial of “Amesbury Archer“, whose tomb was discovered near Stonehenge. The skeleton of this man reveals that he had serious knee injury and tooth problems. Researchers therefore conclude that the Archer came to Stonehenge to be healed.

Dating of charcoal fragments revealed that the site was inhabited as early as 7200 BC by groups of hunter-gatherers. This is more than 3500 years earlier than previously known.

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Animal Rehabilitation At The Hoedspruit Cheetah Project

Posted by VZWk94v8 on July 16, 2018

Submitted by: Mark Bottell

Now you can learn about cheetahs and help their conservation by volunteering your time at the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project in South Africa. The Hoedspruit Cheetah Project is part of an education facility, breeding centre and hospital for the rehabilitation of animals that have been orphaned or injured.

A hundred years ago, you could find cheetahs running wild across the majority of Africa and areas of Asia. Now their numbers have dwindled and are confined mostly to protected areas. The wild population has reduced by half since the 1970s, which has made them vulnerable to extinction, so the rehabilitation of these animals and the rejuvenation of their numbers has become critical.

This is where the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project, based at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa, comes in. Their efforts include campaigning for the security of the cheetah territory, the breeding and rearing of cheetahs in captivity, and the education of the local communities and the conservation volunteers who visit the projects. Conservation volunteering at Hoedspruit is an active and rewarding pursuit that brings you into close contact with cheetahs, their cubs and a number of other animals in rehabilitation or breeding projects.

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Part of the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project’s mission is to teach about how man has affected the cheetah’s natural habitat. This means visiting schools and encouraging the pupils to understand the problem. Life is difficult for the cheetah in the competitive environment of the wild. They have to contend with predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas, as well as the threat of rival cheetahs roaming into their territory. Cheetahs must endure the ongoing struggle of hunting for food while protecting vulnerable cubs and the species must also face the narrowing of their territory by human influence.

Cheetahs need wide areas of land to hunt their prey; they prefer flat land where they can take advantage of their immense speed. The availability of such open space has reduced because of the spread of people and farm land, and the cheetahs are sometimes considered as pests by ranchers who want to protect their farm animals from predators.

In South Africa, when cheetahs are found injured or orphaned either from an encounter with lions or with man, they are brought to the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project. This is a place where students on conservation volunteering courses can witness and assist in an animal’s rehabilitation, helping to bring animals back to their full strength and confidence before their careful reintroduction into the wild.

A similar process takes place with cheetahs and other animals that are bred at the centre. The Hoedspruit Cheetah Project makes it their task to maintain healthy cheetah populations in the wild by crossbreeding from different territories to ensure a healthy genetic mix.

Animal rehabilitation and rearing is a slow, gradual process that requires care and attention. Those volunteering help the conservation of the cheetahs by taking part in their daily care and the upkeep of their enclosures at the centre. This involves feeding the animals, holding them, assisting the vet with procedures, and even capturing animals in the park. It is an enjoyable and hands-on experience where learning and participation are central. If you want to get close to these beautiful and vulnerable animals, find out more about Hoedspruit and conservation volunteering.

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U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

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U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

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Friday, May 15, 2009

American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) announced plans Friday to shut down about 1,100 of its dealerships, in an effort to evade bankruptcy and lower its expenditures.

GM’s move comes a day after Chrysler, another U.S. car maker, released a list of 789 dealerships that it was closing. Unlike Chrylser, GM will not publicly announce the dealerships that it intends to shut down. Instead, dealerships whose franchises won’t be renewed after October of next year will receive a private letter telling them of the decision.

At the moment, GM has 6,246 dealers in the U.S. It intends to reduce that number to 3,605 by the end of 2010. GM said the dealerships that were to be closed are “underperforming and very small sales volume U.S. dealers.”

“They’re dealerships that are in most cases hurting, losing money, and in danger of going out of business anyway,” said GM’s sales, service, and marketing vice president in a telephone conference. “It’s a move that people could argue should have been taken years ago but this leadership team had no choice but to do it today.”

The dealers that are to be closed represent 18% of the firm’s dealership network, but only 7% of GM’s 2008 revenue.

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