Second Arab-Israeli bulldozer attack in July 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sixteen were wounded, one seriously when a Palestinian rammed a backhoe loader into a bus followed by attacks on several other vehicles Tuesday afternoon in Jerusalem before he was shot dead by the security forces. This is the second such incident in Jerusalem in three weeks. A spokesman for the Israeli police said that a civilian shot the vehicle’s driver but the bulldozer was still running. A police patrol continued shooting until the driver died.

The bulldozer driver who was, according to witnesses, wearing a large white skullcap common to religious Muslims, first hit the No. 13 bus on its side and then chased it while raising the shovel of his front-end loader, the driver managed to make a right turn and get away from the bulldozer which then went on to zig zag across the street and hit further cars until it came to a stop following the driver being gunned down.

Today’s bulldozer attack is a reminder of what Israelis have courageously lived with on a daily basis for far too long.

Speaking in Amman, United States presidential candidate Barack Obama said: “Today’s bulldozer attack is a reminder of what Israelis have courageously lived with on a daily basis for far too long. I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security.”

After the attack, which follows a similar attack on July 2, and the indictment of six Israeli-Arabs from Jerusalem accused of belonging to a terrorist cell, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, said: “We should reconsider the employment of these people.”


Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC Day centenary

Monday, April 27, 2015

A crowd of over 10,000 people attended the dawn service on Saturday at Gallipoli, Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops there in 1915. The solemn remembrance ceremony was held at the site of the original Gallipoli landings, now known as Anzac Cove.

The Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War is remembered as a failed attack in which thousands of lives were lost for little to no gain for either side. The campaign killed 45,000 Allied and 86,000 Turkish troops.

Attendees at the dawn service included Prince Charles, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s speech later in the day emphasised the importance of the day to Australians. “Like every generation since, we are here on Gallipoli because we believe the Anzacs represented Australians at their best. Because they rose to their challenges, we believe it is a little easier for us to rise to ours. Their example helps us to be better than we would otherwise be”, he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at dawn described Gallipoli as a symbol of the highest ideals of Australians and New Zealanders “especially when they work side by side in the face of adversity”.

Prince Charles stirred emotions by reading extracts from a serviceman’s diary. The diary entry, by Company Quartermaster Sergeant Benjamin Leane, was addressed to his wife and was written hours before the first Gallipoli landing.

The centenary milestone of Anzac Day also drew a Turkish security force of 3700, both police and paramilitary. Attendees entered past six security checkpoints.

A record 120,000 people also attended services at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate the centenary.


Bob Jones III to retire

Friday, January 21, 2005

After 34 years as president of Bob Jones University, Bob Jones III announced yesterday that he will retire on May 7. He will be replaced by his son, Stephen Jones.

Jones, 65, will continue as Chairman of the Board and Chancellor. The Christian university was established by his grandfather, the evangelist Bob Jones Sr., in 1927. It has been the subject of much controversy because of its racial policies and anti-Catholicism.

When George W. Bush made a speech at the non-accredited college during his 2000 presidential campaign, many critics questioned his judgment, asking why he would support a college with an official ban on interracial dating. The ban was subsequently dropped.

Jones is an ardent supporter of Bush. In his letter congratulating the president on his reelection, Jones wrote, “Pull out all the stops and make a difference. If you have weaklings around you who do not share your biblical values, shed yourself of them.”


Canadian PM and Quebec premier announce plans for highway development in Montreal

Monday, November 6, 2006

The PM and Quebec premier Jean Charest have announced a $1 billion highway development in Montreal. This project would be one of Canada’s largest ever public private partnerships. It will be a 35 kilometer (21.8 mile) four-lane toll road Highway 30 project, in Montreal.

“It opens up a new horizon in Quebec’s economic development,” Stephen Harper said in a speech in Lery, Quebec. “As prime minister of Canada I am very proud and welcome this latest example of the fruitful collaboration between our government and that of Quebec.”

“Since we formed the government of Canada, I have wanted to practice an open federalism, inspired by the spirit which gave birth to the Canadian confederation,” said Harper. “That includes respecting provincial jurisdictions and the sharing of responsibilities.”

“You know that open federalism is not a constitutional theory or an electoral slogan,” the prime minister added. “It’s a new approach that allows partners in the Canadian federation to work better together in the realization of projects.”

Completing the highway will allow through traffic to bypass Montreal, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in the area.

“The announcement today speaks to the willingness of both governments to work together to better serve the interests of the population,” said Charest, who is expected to head into an election next year.

Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge and other public officials have endorsed agreements between governments and private companies to invest in roads and hospitals.


Used Cars For Sale – Test Driving Tips

byAlma Abell

You’ve done your homework and found the car of your dreams. It’s a late-model vehicle that fits all your needs, and it’s in great shape. However, now comes the most important part of checking out used cars for sale, the test drive. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most from your test drive experience.

Start with an Open Mind

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It’s important to clear your mind before you test drive a car. For example, if you fall in love with that shiny red convertible, it can make you blind to the fact that it doesn’t give you a smooth ride and it’s hard to see out of the rear window when the top is up. Act as if you know nothing about the vehicle when you begin. This gives you an unbiased opinion on the car.

You Don’t Have to Buy the First Car

When you meet the car salesperson, tell him or her you plan to test drive several models as you check out used cars for sale. Make sure to drive different vehicles too. In other words, don’t drive a green, red, and blue car of the same make and model. Try out a two-door, four-door, and maybe check out an SUV or station wagon. You never know what you’ll like until you drive it.

Look Under the Hood

Check out the motor before you drive and look for signs of oil or coolant leaks. You want to see a clean engine compartment but not spotless. If it’s too clean, this could mean they’re hiding something. Notice any unusual odors too.

Take Your Time

Take as long as you need to test drive used cars for sale. Pull into parking lots to see how the car handles while parking. Don’t let anyone hurry you so that you can make the right decision.


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ARM: 2010 worst year for Afghanistan since US invasion

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


The Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM), an Afghan human-rights group, stated yesterday that 2010 was the worst year in terms of violence for the country since US-led troops occupied the country in 2001.

The ARM says that civilian deaths have risen and that Taliban insurgents have not been defeated despite a surge in troops in Afghanistan. “In terms of insecurity, 2010 has been the worst year since the demise of the Taliban regime in late 2001. Not only have the number of security incidents increased, the space and depth of the insurgency and counter-insurgency-related violence have maximised dramatically,” the ARM said.

ARM’s figures state that over 1,074 civilians were killed and over 1,500 wounded in war violence in the first half of this year, an slight increase over 1,059 deaths in the same time period in 2009. “Up to 1,200 security incidents were recorded in June, the highest number of incidents compared to any month since 2002,” the ARM commented.

According to the ARM, over half of civilian deaths in the first six months of this year were caused by Taliban insurgents that showed “little or no respect for the safety and protection of non-combatants in their armed rebellion against the government and its foreign supporters.” The group also said that the second highest cause of civilian deaths were suicide attacks by the Taliban. The suicide attacks killed 127 people. Also, the ARM reported that a reduction of US and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air strikes reduced their share of civilians killed. The air strike reduction had been ordered by the former commander of foreign forces, General Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by US president Barack Obama for making rude comments about top White House government officials.

In December of last year, US president Barack Obama sent an additional 30,000 soldiers into the country in an effort to halt the Taliban’s influence in the region. However, the ARM says in its mid-year report, titled “Civilian Casualties of Conflict”, that the move failed to have any lasting effect, and that “the insurgency has become more resilient, multi-structured and deadly”.

According to the ARM, most of the injuries and deaths were attributed homemade bombs — otherwise known as improvised explosive devices. These bombs are considered the Taliban’s main weapon.

140,000 soldiers from both the US and NATO are stationed in Afghanistan; another 10,000 are scheduled to enter the landlocked Asian country in the next few weeks. Over 350 US and NATO troops have been killed so far this year, compared with 520 last year. Over 30 troops have been killed in the first 12 days of July.


How To Lose A Pound A Day And Never Gain Weight Again

Submitted by: Carter Hartford

One of the single most common problems that every dieter faces is the prospect of having to maintain the weight. Studies have shown that an alarming number of people who have followed some kind of diet all the way until they have reached their goal weight, end up gradually regaining all of that lost weight, packing those pounds right back on, and in many cases, gaining back even more weight than they had lost.

But why does this sort of thing happen all too often? Why is it such a common occurrence? It almost seems as though losing weight, as difficult and challenging as it is, is actually the easy part, and that maintaining the weight that you had lost is actually the hard part. If you think that the actual process of losing weight is a seemingly impossible task, then you will have underestimated just how difficult it can be to maintain your weight loss. That itself will prove to be both a monumental hurdle and a herculean task.

The reason for this is because while the diet had specific rules and guidelines to be followed, once many people lose all of their excess body fat and achieve their goal weight, they generally tend to become complacent. They feel that they have successfully achieved their goal and now they don’t have to follow any dietary guidelines anymore. In their mind, they believe that they now have earned the right to eat as much as they want, and that they deserve to pig out and splurge as a result. In their mind, regaining all of that weight that they had lost is an incalculable impossibility, and a far off event that could not ever possibly occur.

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And the fact that so many people undergo what is known as a weight loss rebound is a telltale sign that the diet plan is flawed. It offers plenty of guidance on how to lose weight, but leaves you completely in the dark, left to fend for yourself, when it comes to matters of how to keep yourself from regaining that weight.

Otherwise, what is going to happen is that you are just going to end up slipping back into your same old bad habits that caused you to gain all of that weight in the first place- the same old diet and exercise mistakes you were making that caused you to put on all of those pounds.

So what can you do? Is there truly a way how to lose a pound a day and never gain weight again? Yes there is, but as long as you research your diet plan that you choose to follow and make sure that it offers a rock solid, reliable, doable, and realistic plan for maintaining your new weight once you have shed all of those pounds.

In other words, the transition from weight loss to weight maintenance should be seamless. It should be part and parcel of the same diet plan. Dieting is a lifestyle, not a temporary undertaking or endeavor.

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Wikinews interviews Mike Lebowitz, Chairman of the Modern Whig Party

Monday, October 13, 2008

In the United States, there are two major political parties; the Republican and the Democratic. However, there are several other minor – commonly referred to as “third” – parties. One of these is the Modern Whig Party, which has been steadily increasing in popularity over recent months.

Last week, Wikinews reporter Joseph Ford was able to speak with MWP Chairman Mike Lebowitz about how his party was formed, what it stands for, and why you should consider joining. The interview can be read below.


Polish drug company Jelfa ordered to shut-down over mislabelled drugs

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Polish Prime Minister Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski has ordered the pharmaceutical company Jelfa to halt production following revelations that Jelfa had placed mislabelled medication on the market, whose use could be potentially fatal.

Jelfa distributed vials labelled as Corhydron, a hydrocortisone used to treat allergies and inflammation, but in fact containing Suxamethonium chloride, a drug normally used to cause muscle paralysis during emergency surgery.

The Health Ministry has appealed to people suffering from asthma or allergies to check their medication and return any Corhydron ampoules they possess to the pharmacy.

Polskie Radio reports that the mislabelling was discovered a month ago, but Jelfa and the Polish Health ministry did not inform of the problem.

Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski ordered Jelfa to halt production until it can assure the Polish Government that it can properly manage its production.

The Polish Outlook reports that that drug companies in Poland were operating unregulated since December, 2005 as the regulations has expired. The government was putting in place new regulations.

The owner of Jelfa is AB Sanitas, the largest drug producer in neighbouring Lithuania. The shut-down has been questioned by the Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas, who expressed concern over the situation and said that he wants to try to settle the issue diplomatically.