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Wikinews Shorts: December 20, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, December 20, 2008.

The United States government has announced that it will give US$17.4 billion in loans to help three of the nation’s automobile makers – Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford – avoid bankruptcy.

The money will be taken from the $700 billion bailout package originally intended to rescue US banks. General Motors will get $9.4 billion and Chrysler $4 billion before next year. Ford stated that it wants to get by without government aid.

President George Bush said that it would not be “a responsible course of action” to allow the companies to collapse.


Telephone and Internet communications between Asia and Europe have been disrupted after some submarine cables were severed.

The cables FLAG FEA, SMW4 and SMW3 near Alexandria, Egypt, were damaged, and the GO cable 130 kilometres off the coast of Sicily has also been reported as broken. France Telecom will repair the damage, and the company announced that it was dispatching a ship to repair the line between Egypt and Italy.

Experts warn that it could be several days before the problems are fixed.


Yann Elies, a French yachtsman participating in the Vendee Globe round-the-world solo yacht race, was rescued on Saturday by the Australian navy after the former was paralysed by a wave that struck his boat in the Southern Ocean.

Elies broke his left thighbone and perhaps several ribs after the wave slammed into his boat 200 kilometres southwest of Perth.

The Australian frigate dispatched the HMAS Arunta to rescue Elies. The ship left Fremantle early on Friday morning and reached Elies by evening.



US Naval officer temporarily relieved for “possible supremacist activities”

Saturday, March 31, 2007

On March 7, 2007, the US Navy has relieved Lieutenant Commander John F. Sharpe of his duties pending an investigation into allegations that he was involved in supremacist activities.

Sharpe served as public affairs officer for the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is currently undergoing repairs in Newport News, Virginia.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says Sharpe runs the Legion of St. Louis and IHS Press, organizations that allegedly espouse anti-Semitic views.


Four year-old boy battered with a brick in East Yorkshire

Saturday, August 26, 2006

In what Humberside Police are describing as a “nasty” attack, a four year-old boy was left with a fractured skull after being battered with a brick. The incident happened on wasteland close to the child’s home in Hessle, East Yorkshire.

Charlie Davis was discovered by a couple on Thursday. He was in a puddle of blood and part of his ear was hanging off; doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary later performed surgery to repair it. He is still in hospital, and doctors say that his brain is not injured, despite having a fractured skull.

A spokeswoman from Humberside Police said: “This little boy has suffered a nasty attack and has some horrible injuries.”

Police think Charlie, who was playing with a friend, was molested by a male youth. His injuries suggest that he dragged the child across the ground, kicked him in the face, tied him to a tree and struck him with a brick.

The police spokeswoman added that police are pursuing several lines of inquiry. “There has been information suggesting possible suspects and these form one of the lines of inquiry being pursued.”

The assault is thought to have happened before lunchtime on Thursday next to Station Road which is near the Hull to Hessle railway line. “It is currently unclear how the child got to the area. He may have gone of his own accord, he might have been chased there or he may have been taken by someone against his will,” said the police spokeswoman.

Charlie, who was meant to be going on holiday with his family today, is too disturbed to talk to detectives about the incident. The spokeswoman said: “We do understand that the victim was struck with a brick which has resulted in his injuries. But, clearly, until police can get an account from the four-year-old victim it is not possible to confirm any more details of the incident.”


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Metal vs Steel – Real Metal



Familiarity with the movie is not needed before going in to the overall game but the activities of the game get following what occurred in the movie. The robots characteristics in the Earth Robot Boxing game are: Noisy Child, Midas, Atom and a bunch of different robots characteristics in the movie. The overall game does not merely include characters from the film but all expanses by creating new characters and enlarging the range of play. Desire to of the ball player is always to dethrone the reigning champion Zeus who holds the WRB gear and that is usually to be attained by contesting against different robots. The player has three robots to call their own but a next you can be acquired if your buddy occurs to perform the overall game too.

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The idea, style and plot of the overall game interests these in a young generation as fighting robots with awesome skills is something that would maybe not be passed over. The artwork are way better compared to different Actual Metal games available and the models for the bots demonstrably obtained in creativity. The robots each have their very own styles as you will find cowbots, footbots and a host other bots.

The regulates are quite an easy task to maneuverer and preventing the opponents is really straightforward. A virtual station in the left and on the proper, the overall game is really a simple 2D affair limited to just preventing and punching.

When money is won as a result of triumph in the activities, they can be used to achieve more ammo, upgrade the armour of the robot, and make power and ratings. Each of the parts has five levels but a specific time must be elapsed before the ultimate prime two stage can be upgraded. The game’s currency is called Real Silver and it can be earned by levelling up along with in-app purchases.

All of us loathe games that try to use the people into purchasing in app articles and reel material is no different. Actual Steel really requires it down a level by virtually monetizing most of their content. Because of power bar constraints, just five fights is achievable in a period indicating the vitality bar needs to be replenished or gold paid prior to the struggle can continue. You can find in game advertisements promotion games of the developer and a number of others. To maneuver up the rate, players have to get a move from friends or spend actual gold for it.

The overall game has possible undoubtedly but the presence of the technique and tactics combined lower the gameplay and destroys it for the player. As the player experiences the stages, the championship leagues each have their own competitors that must be fought against. The newest robots may be gathered and improved via in application purchases or game breaks depending on what’s needed. Money bonuses may be gotten for numerous cases and the beauty of the robot. You will find day-to-day benefits if the ball player logs in repeatedly for times on end.

People of the game hope that the designer continues to boost about it in future updates. With regards to the film that influenced the game, True Metal isn’t so what can identify as number 1 on the overall game charts but it generates a truly valiant effort in sustaining the relevance of their genre. It is a sport that can be utilized to kickback and while out time until something significant comes along like maybe a new advanced version by visiting


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Queensland prisoners put to work manufacturing water tanks

Monday, April 30, 2007

Prisoners in the Australian state of Queensland have been put to work manufacturing rainwater tanks to help meet a shortfall in supply.

The southeast corner of Queensland, which is currently undergoing one of its worst droughts on record, is experiencing a boom in the rainwater tank industry. Households, encouraged by subsidies introduced by the Beattie government, have enthusiastically begun installing rainwater tanks as well as other water-saving devices. These subsidies have led to a shortfall in supply however, with some households waiting months for tanks to be installed.

The new initiative, announced by Premier Peter Beattie as well as Corrective Services minister Judy Spence will see prisoners at Woodford Correctional Centre, Australia’s largest gaol, constructing tanks for AU$4 per day. Spence has pledged not to use the cheap labour to undercut existing tank suppliers. Beattie also pointed out that the programme would give prisoners constructing the tanks valuable work skills for when their sentences are completed. If the programme is successful, it may be extended to other gaols around the state.

The Beattie government has been increasingly criticised over recent months for its failure to handle the water crisis engulfing Southeast Queensland. Opponents accuse the Government of a lack of planning foresight with regards to water supply for the booming area, which includes state capital Brisbane, as well as other cities such as Ipswich, Toowoomba and Gold Coast.


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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.


GLAAD Media Awards nominees announced

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Campaign group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The awards are for films and television programs that present a “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”.

Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk, starring Sean Penn as the gay title character Harvey Milk, is nominated in the film category along with Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Julian Jarrold’s version of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Guy Richie’s RocknRolla and Peter Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

British Doctor Who spin off Torchwood joins American series such as Brothers and Sisters, The L Word and True Blood in the television drama category while Channel 4‘s Skins is nominated for best comedy with ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty amongst others.

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Special awards are to be given to Tyra Banks, Suze Orman and Lucia Mendez as well as Sirius XM Radio’s documentary The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later: The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard. Macy’s, Absolut Vodka and IKEA are nominated for positive advertisements and The Denver Post and The Des Moines Register are amongst the nominated newspapers.

The GLAAD Media Awards have been presented annually since 1990.


Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

Friday, December 14, 2007

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors (neurofibromas) to grow along certain types of nerves and, in addition, it can affect the development of bones or skin. There are several variants of the disease but type 1 and type 2 NF account for the vast majority of cases.

The disease manifestations can vary from very mild to severe. Major symptoms include growths on and under the skin; skin pigmentations called café au lait spots in type 1; acoustic nerve tumors and consequent hearing loss in type 2. Growths can affect nearly all parts of the body, and pressure on nearby structures can cause a wide variety of complications. There is a small risk that the tumors transform into malignant cancerous lesions.

NF is one of the most common single-gene human diseases; around 1 in 2,500-4,000 live births are affected by NF-1, whereas NF-2 occurs in about 1 in 50,000-120,000. Both type 1 and 2 are autosomal dominant conditions, meaning that only one copy of the mutated gene need be inherited to pass the disorder. A child of a parent with neurofibromatosis and an unaffected parent will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. The gene responsible for NF-1 and possibly NF-2 is thought to function as a tumor suppressor gene.

In most cases of neurofibromatosis 1, patients can live normal and productive lives. In about 25-40% of patients there is an associated learning disability with or without ADHD. In some cases of neurofibromatosis 2, the damage to nearby vital structures, such as the cranial nerves and the brainstem, can be life-threatening. When tumors are causing pain or disfiguration, surgery is thus far the only proven beneficial treatment option.

Reggie Bibbs is a 43-year-old-man living in Houston, Texas. Mr Bibbs was born with a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF), which causes him to develop tumors on his body (see infobox on the right). NF can be a subtle disease, but in Bibbs’ case it has left him with a disfigured face and deformed leg. But he is happy with the way he looks, and doesn’t want to change his appearance to please other people. He has launched a successful campaign entitled “Just Ask”, and that’s just what Wikinews did in a video-interview.

The interview was prepared by Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent with the help of Bertalan Meskó (who has a popular genetics and web 2.0 blog). Their questions were sent to a close friend of Mr. Bibbs, Lou Congelio, who kindly conducted the interview.


  • 1 Infobox: What is neurofibromatosis?
  • 2 The interview
    • 2.1 On neurofibromatosis
    • 2.2 Growing up
    • 2.3 A head to toe body tour
    • 2.4 The daily life of Reggie Bibbs
    • 2.5 Raising awareness and his campaign
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.


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Microdermabrasion: Questions Answered


Brian Miller

Individuals who have just heard about microdermabrasion but not sure what it is exactly and how it works, there are so many questions that might appear in their mind. The first and foremost is what it is? Should one opt for home microdermabrasion? What if the skin starts flaking? Read on the following to get answers to the doubts you are having about this skin treatment. However, know that this type of skin treatment is excellent to treat acne scarring that is done in clinics by professionals. So, if you in case want to opt for skin treatments, you need to contact one of them.

Microdemabrasion: What It Is?

Often known as Parisian Peel, it is the latest non-surgical comprehensive solution to skin problems. It is done to treat acne scars, sun-damaged skin, fine lines, superficial pigmentation and wrinkles. Also, it treats sun-damaged skin. The best thing about this treatment is that it suits all skin types. However, those who are considering this should know that it will take minimum 10 to 12 sessions for the best results. It was first developed in Italy and has been popularly working for last eight years.

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Should You Use a Home Microdermabrasion System?

Considering the popularity of microdermabrasion businesses have come up with home systems that come with aluminium oxide crystals. Of course you might find it easy to get one of such systems in your home and get the job done all by yourself. But understand this type of skin treatment goes through a procedure and doing it at home could be risky, especially when you have no specialist by your side. If anything goes wrong, then you know what can happen. To be on the safe side, you should consider the skin treatment under the supervision of an expert. The flaking is basically peeling of your old skin. If you notice that understand that your skin is rejuvenating and soon you will get back your younger looking skin. Besides, the home systems that are made available today are extremely costly. For most people it is beyond affordability. So, why waste your money and get things done wrong, when you have the best professionals to assist you?

Does It Have Any Side Effects?

Not really, but it may vary as different people have different skin conditions. So, before you opt for this treatment you should get your skin thoroughly checked by the doctor. However, if you notice a bit flaky skin after the treatment, please dont freak out as this is normal. The flaking is basically peeling of your old skin. If you notice that understand that your skin is rejuvenating and soon you will get back your younger looking skin. And this flaking would within a day or so.

How Much the Treatment will Cost?

This acne scarring treatment cost might differ from one clinic to other. You can get free quotation from the clinics you have short listed and after that decide which would be more suitable for you.

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