Pressure mounts against Florida church plans to burn Qur’an

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Pressure mounts against Florida church plans to burn Qur’an

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 19, 2019

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Gainesville, Florida church named the Dove World Outreach Center has drawn international attention to itself with its planned book burning of the Qur’an. The church urges people to send them copies of the book for burning at a bonfire event to be held on church property this coming September 11. The date marks the ninth anniversary of the 2001 September 11 attacks on the United States. The church’s motive is an act “in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam,” according to its page wall on Facebook. The church is receiving condemnation as the book of Qur’an, often spelled Koran in Western usage, is the central religious text of Islam.

A group of religious leaders in Indonesia, represented by Catholic, Confucian, Hindu, Muslim, and Protestant persuasions, publicly condemned the church leaders, Pastors Terry and Sylvia Jones. Describing the plan as an “anarchist action,” they seek to meet with the United States ambassador in hopes of putting an end to an action that “puts other religions in contempt” of the event.

A local news outlet in Gainesville, The Independent Florida Alligator, published an August 3 letter to the editor written by New York resident Kirsten Tedesco. The author, who identifies as Christian, wrote of Dove World church, “Your message of hate and bigotry is another twisting of [a Christian] faith based on love and compassion for all people.”

Two days later, the Alligator news staff published an editorial pointing out that city mayor Craig Lowe “hasn’t wasted any time coming out in protest of [the church’s] plans.” Noting the press coverage this has already generated, the editorial urged that the event be ignored. Describing the church group as people who have gone beyond being a “fringe” element, the editorial closed by suggesting, “… but we do have high hopes that a lack of attention will make them move to a place that feeds the fire – hopefully somewhere far away from Gainesville.”

In a comment to the editorial, made by a reader going by the screen name Abaddon, the user’s post wryly observes, “I suppose I get no points for pointing out the irony in publishing an article in a newspaper about how something ‘deserves no attention’, but there it is anyway.”

The church, which is non-denominational, is promoting the event on its official website and other online media. A church pastor, Wayne Sapp, has posted two videos on YouTube titled, International Burn a Koran Day. The first was posted two weeks ago. Part 2 of the video came a week later. The first video has been labeled by the YouTube community as, “… being potentially offensive or inappropriate.” In the Part 2 video, Sapp says the church has received “several hundred emails” and “some comments [in the YouTube community]” to which the second video is in response. In doing so, Sapp ridicules all but one of the persons he responds to by the deliberate and incorrect pronunciation of the screen names of those to whom the rebuttal is directed.

On Facebook, so far the church has at current count nearly 3,600 People [who] Like This. On that forum, the church invites other religious groups to join in standing “against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!”

Islam is of the devil” is the title of a book written by senior pastor of the church Terry Jones. “Islam and Sharia law was responsible for 9/11, we will burn Qur’ans because we think it’s time for Christians, for churches, for politicians to stand up and say no; Islam and Sharia law is not welcome in the U.S.” he said. The book title is being marketed as a slogan that appears on hats, shirts, and coffee mugs that can be purchased at a dot.com website with an address bearing the book’s title.

The National Association of Evangelicals in the United States has already issued a statement urging the church to cancel the event as this would offend and hurt the international Muslim community.

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VoIP penetrates emergency calling infrastructure

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VoIP penetrates emergency calling infrastructure

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 19, 2019

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Leading VoIP provider Vonage negotiated access to the Qwest Communications emergency calling infrastructure, allowing Vonage customers in 14 states the ability to connect directly to emergency dispatchers by dialing 911.

With the exception of Rhode Island, VoIP’s 911 callers were delivered to the administrative offices of a public-safety answering point, instead of connecting directly to a standard 911 dispatcher. The resulting time delay was a consequence of the phone provider’s refusal to give VoIP providers access to the 911 infrastructure. Vonage Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Citron in a recent letter to Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert, wrote “I applaud you [Qwest] for your willingness to put the health and safety of Americans before short-term competitive considerations.”

“With the access that Qwest has agreed to provide, Vonage will be able to route emergency service calls placed by its customers directly to public-safety operators, which will help save lives and safeguard property” Citron said.

Verizon agreed to begin a trial in New York City soon, and BellSouth also started “making some movement” on the issue, according to Vonage.

Vonage claims “that SBC has agreed to begin discussions on working cooperatively to improve 911 offerings available to customers using VoIP.” Vonage attorney William Wilhelm, in a letter to the FCC, “noted its concern that SBC has already provided 911 interconnection access to its unregulated VoIP affiliate.”

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Australian treasurer attacks opposition leader’s tax question error

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Australian treasurer attacks opposition leader’s tax question error

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 18, 2019

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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The ability of Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd to run the country’s economy has been questioned by the Government after he made an error responding to a question on Australia’s current tax system today. Speaking in Queanbeyan, New South Wales earlier today, Mr Rudd was asked if he could name the current tax rates and the thresholds at which they kick in.

Mr Rudd said that he thought the top tax rate started at AUD$175,000. In fact, Australia’s top taxation rate begins at $150,000. “Well, as of July 1, if you went through the four thresholds, I think the high threshold kicks in I think at $175,000, then I think it cascades down the spectrum,” Mr Rudd told reporters.

Australian treasurer Peter Costello, who introduced the tax threshold changes, has seized on the opposition leader’s uncertainty, claiming that “he has never cared about economic policy, he has no interest in it,” he said.

Treasurer Costello claimed: “He was exposed as a fraud on productivity and we don’t hear him talking about productivity very much anymore.

“Now he has been exposed as being naked when it comes to understanding the tax system.”

Mr Costello demanded that the opposition release their taxation policy. “Since the Labor Party demands an election to be called on a daily basis, you would think they might have the decency of releasing a policy so that people can know what it is,” said Costello.

A Federal election is expected in Australia in the next three months and the Coalition Government is trailing the Opposition by ten percentage points on a two-party preferred basis.

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‘Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008’: Review of soccer preliminaries

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‘Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008’: Review of soccer preliminaries

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A number of relatively unknown entrants made the Taiwan 2008 Invitational Games for the Deaf soccer tournament an unpredictable event. Teams from Thailand, Australia, Iran (Silver Medalist in soccer at the 2005 Summer Deaflympics), Uzbekistan, Malaysia, and Japan took part.

On September 6, soccer giants Thailand and Iran defeated Malaysia and Uzbekistan in shutouts of 11-0 and 9-0 respectively. Anothai Sathiyamat, Somsak Thongdee, Nares Numphakdee of Thailand all scored hat-tricks in the game against Uzbekistan.

On the second day of competition, a decisive battle in Group A between Japan and Iran was keenly watched by Thailand, as one of the two teams would be their opponent in the finals. The game was scoreless in the first half, with conservative tactics from both teams.

Iran’s Mostafa Heydaribondarabadi scored rapidly after the second half started, but Shun Igasaki of Japan scored a penalty kick after a foul by Iran in the penalty area and tied the score again. The penalty became the key of the match when Tetsuya Kurata scored 5 minutes further in, as the Iranian players became frustrated by the penalty kick. Finally, Japan won with a final score of 2-1, and advanced to the championship match on the final day.

After group standings were mostly stabilized in the third day of competition, Thailand and Japan handled their respective Group matches by replacing several substitutes with frequently lined-up players to defeat their opponents easily. They will face off on the final day for the gold medal of soccer event in the “Invitational Games for the Deaf, Taipei 2008”.

Group A Won Drawn Lost GD Group B Won Drawn Lost GD
Japan 2 0 0 +3 Thailand 2 0 0 +12
Iran 1 0 1 +10 Australia 0 1 1 -3
Malaysia 0 0 2 -13 Uzbekistan 0 1 1 -9

Match-play Date: September 10, 2008.

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NZ man stabbed in the face with a 15-centimetre knife

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NZ man stabbed in the face with a 15-centimetre knife

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 16, 2019

Friday, July 7, 2006

A 36-year-old man, who is yet to be named, is undergoing surgery after an attacker lodged a knife through one cheek and out the other. The handle broke off, leaving the 15-cm (about 6 inches) blade inside him. The man was rushed to hospital today, July 7, at about 2 a.m. NZST. The attack occurred last night after a domestic row in Albany on Auckland‘s North Shore.

New Zealand Police report that the knife just missed his optic nerve and his condition is stable and not life threatening.

John Chaplin, head and neck surgeon said, “the man could be treated relatively simply. The major blood vessels of the head were further back in the neck and the knife could be relatively easily removed in an operating theatre where bleeding could be controlled.”

The police have issued an arrest warrant for Vance Paraki Tuheke, 31-year-old, in relation to the attack.

The victim may suffer from some facial numbness.

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How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

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How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 16, 2019

Friday, September 9, 2005

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

Contents

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

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Sir Alex Ferguson: “poor, poor performance” by match officials after Chelsea defeats Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson: “poor, poor performance” by match officials after Chelsea defeats Manchester United

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 16, 2019

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Manchester United F.C. 1 2 Chelsea F.C.

Chelsea defeated rivals Manchester United 2-1 in an English Premier League match today, thereby moving to the top of the league table, two points ahead of Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of the losing side said the match officials were to blame for Manchester’s defeat.

The first half we looked leggy, it took us too long to get going and Chelsea were by far the better team. The second half we did well, we were unfortunate not to get something from the game. We dominated it in the second period but we just didn’t get there.

Chelsea, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, was provided the lead by Joe Cole in the 20th minute. Didier Drogba scored again for the visitors (Chelsea) in the 79th minute. United’s Federico Macheda scored a goal two minutes later. The victory took Chelsea two points ahead of their rivals with five matches in hand for both teams.

Replays of Drogba’s goal showed that the striker was offside. In connection to this, the Manchester United manager commented, “What I can’t understand is the linesman’s directly in front of it. He has no-one near him and he gets it wrong.” He added: “A game of that magnitude, you really need quality officials and we didn’t get them today. It was a poor, poor performance.”

According to Ferguson, Chelsea were the title favorites for this season. “Five games left, they’re two points ahead and four goals better than us – they’re in the driving seat,” he said. “Chelsea are favourites now, there’s no question. I’m certain we’ll respond but we could win the next five games and not win it,” he added.

Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti said that his team “kept a high intensity” in the first half of the match. “We had good control of the game. We trained very well during the week because we didn’t have a Champions League match. You lose a lot of energy. We played very well in the first half. It’s a very important victory for us and a very important performance. To win here is not easy, we did a good job,” he further commented

Ancelotti left out Drogba from the starting team and chose the team that defeated Aston Villa 7-1 last week. “It was very tough to take out Didier but he understood because he trained not 100 per cent during the week. I preferred to put him on during the match and he did very well because he was fresh and he scored a fantastic goal,” the Italian said.

Ancelotti agreed that Chelsea were favorites. He said it was normal as they were back at top of the league standings. “There are five games left and we have to stay focused. We are happy but nothing is decided so we must stay calm and focused on our game. [It has been a] good reaction after the defeat against Inter. My players are strong,” he noted.

Florent Malouda of Chelsea said that it was going to be very difficult to win the championship. “If we play the way we played today, we have a big possibility but it’s going to be very, very hard,” he said.

According to him, Chelsea “wanted to be on top of the league after this game.” He told Sky Sports that “it was hard but I think we played really well and for us it means a lot after the bad week we had. We had to react and we reacted in the best way.”

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CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate John M. Wierenga running in Yellowhead

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CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate John M. Wierenga running in Yellowhead

Posted by VZWk94v8 on January 15, 2019

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Christian Heritage Party candidate John M. Wierenga is standing for election in the riding of Yellowhead. A journeyman welder with a company in Neerlandia, Alberta, John is an active member of the Neerlandia Canadian Reformed Church. Serving on his church council, he actively volunteers in the community, serving a partial term on the Pembina Pro-Life Board.

Wikinews contacted John, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

Since 2000, the riding has been represented by Conservative Rob Merrifield, originally a Canadian Alliance member. Besides Wierenga, other challengers for the riding include Melissa Brade (Canadian Action), Mohamed El-Rafih (Liberal), Ken Kuzminski (NDP), and Monika Schaefer (Green).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

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