Oct 19
Creator of website satirizing Glenn Beck on winning domain name case

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wikinews interviewed the creator of a parody website satirizing American political commentator Glenn Beck, about his thoughts after prevailing in a domain name dispute brought by Beck before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Florida resident Isaac Eiland-Hall created the website in September, and it asserts Beck uses questionable tactics “to spread lies and misinformation”. Eiland-Hall was represented in the case by free speech lawyer Marc Randazza.

Wikinews interviewed Randazza for the article “US free speech lawyer Marc Randazza discusses Glenn Beck parody”, and previously reported on the Beck v. Eiland-Hall case in articles, “US free speech lawyer defends satire of Glenn Beck”, “Satirical website criticizes Glenn Beck for ‘hypocritical’ attempts to silence free speech”, and “Glenn Beck loses domain name case over parody website”.

Oct 19
US home sales fall at fastest pace on record
US home sales fall at fastest pace on record

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sales of previously owned homes in the US fell at the fastest rate ever recorded last December, according to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

According to the association, existing home sales fell 16.7% last month, to an annual rate of 5.45 million, the largest crash since 1968. The figure was less than the 5.90 million units, or an eleven percent drop, predicted by most analysts.

Sales of homes went up for the entire of 2009 to 5.156 million units, or 4.9% for the year, and prices dropped from 2008 by 12.4%.

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun described the figures as being “probably the largest annual drop since the Great Depression”. He said that “the market is going through a period of swings driven by the tax credit. We’re likely to have another surge in the spring. Job creation is the key to a continued recovery in the second half of the year.”

Pierre Ellis, a senior economist for Decision Economics in New York, commented on the figures, saying: “The drop in home sales is the payback for the acceleration of sales that occurred with the original first-time home buyers tax credit. […] There is an issue as to whether the decline represents a fundamental weakening.”

“The housing market continues to face significant headwinds, including high unemployment, record delinquencies and foreclosures, the specter of rising mortgage rates as the Fed’s [mortgage-backed securities] purchase programs comes to a close in late March, and tight credit,” Omair Sharif, an economist for RBS Securities, noted.

“Still, the resale market showed resilience in the second half of 2009, and the expansion and extension of the tax credit to April 30 could boost purchases during the spring selling season,” he said.

“We’ll see a pickup in existing home sales in the next couple of months as people take advantage of the tax-credit extension”, economist Adam York of Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina claimed. He fore-casted a pace of 5.4 million. He said that there were unlikely to be buyers of homes, despite the fact that the U.S. was “past the bottom.”

All four regions of the country saw a decline in sales. In the Northeast, sales fell 19.5 percent, in the Midwest, they plunged 25.8 percent. The South, the country’s largest region, saw a 16.3% decline, while in the West, sales waned by 4.8%.

US stocks fell slightly after the announcement, but went back up later in the day.

Oct 18
Thief force-fed fifty bananas to retrieve necklace
Thief force-fed fifty bananas to retrieve necklace

Sunday, August 5, 2007

A man from the east Indian city of Kolkata was force-fed 50 bananas, after he swallowed a gold necklace he stole worth around 45,000 rupees ($1,110).

Sheikh Mohsin, 36, stole the necklace from a businessman’s wife whilst she was toy shopping. When arrested, he denied he stole the necklace, but an X-ray proved that necklace was inside him. In an attempt to get the necklace back, doctors advised the police to feed him bananas, saying they would act as a laxative.

Mohsin was fed 50 bananas, but the laxative effect failed to take place. The police then fed him rice, chicken and bread. He was x-rayed twice during the day, and it was not until the fifth attempt when the necklace was finally excreted.

A sweeper was paid 50 rupees ($1) for recovering the necklace from the toilet, and Mohsin was forced to clean it. Moshin pled for release but this was refused. He will be put in court in Kolkata on August 6, where he could face up to three months imprisonment for “snatching”.

Oct 17
Dow falls 340 points amid unemployment and retail sales rates news
Dow falls 340 points amid unemployment and retail sales rates news

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a stock market index used to gauge the performance of American stock exchanges, fell 344.65 at the close of trading Thursday.

The exact reason for the drop is unknown, with different news agencies pointing to different causes. The New York Times cites a rise in unemployment numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and a fall in retail sales released by several large corporations.

According to the Associated Press, the number of people claiming weekly unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to 444,000, which, according to The New York Times is near a five-year high.

“This morning’s employment numbers continue to indicate that the labor sector remains soft at best and looks to continue to shed jobs throughout the remainder of the year,” Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at Merk Investments, said in a statement to The New York Times.

One major corporation that posted a gain in sales was Wal-Mart, with a 3 percent boost, which resulted in a one penny loss in their stock. Fellow retailer Target posted a sales loss. Shares of energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron fell by 1.5 and 3 percent, respectively.

The other two major American stock indices fell too. The S&P 500 fell 2.99 percent while the Nasdaq composite index fell 3.20 percent. The Dow’s 344.65-point fall left the index at 11,188.23, a 2.99 percent decrease from the close of trading Wednesday.

According to The New York Times, the drop is the largest since June of this year, but an expected announcement Friday of August unemployment data could cause the index to rise.

The New York Times and the Associated Press both report that the number of jobs in the service sector rose in August according to research done by the Institute for Supply Management. This is the first rise in the number of jobs in several months.

CNNMoney.com points to the rise in the price of Treasury bonds as a reaction to data released Wednesday that the American economy would continue to be slow in 2009.

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Oct 17
Hewlett-Packard to expand partnership with SAP
Hewlett-Packard to expand partnership with SAP

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

This Monday Hewlett-Packard is to announce that it is expanding its partnership with SAP. The partnership will be working with NetWeaver around several new services. The company is also expected to mention about its new enterprise solutions that are currently in development.

Hewlett-Packard will offer its clients services for upgrading servers, storage and NetWeaver – SAP’s application builder platform meant for integrating business processes throughout different systems. Among other services that the company is going to provide comprise assessment, governance and some architecture services for R3.

The manager of Worldwide Packaged Applications for Enterprise Applications Services at HP Services Consulting & Integration, Tim Treat, stated that the company first of all looks at servers, storage and management and only afterwards it makes a proposal regarding the things that are to be updated. He mentioned that when Hewlett-Packard will work on upgrading servers and management, it will turn its attention towards Intel.

After performing all the upgrades, the company is going to offer its clientele a variety of services package options that are related to NetWeaver. The services offered by Hewlett-Packard will include: enabling the service, design and implementation, application development and management.

Tim Treat said that adaptive infrastructure is one of the company’s new things that are to come. Recently the company’s clients have put in place enough hardware capacity and infrastructure with the goal of supporting peak or quarter-end processes. However, a big amount of that capacity is unused till peak times. This is why Hewlett-Packard looks forward to bring solutions that are to allow users pay for the things they really use.

Treat also outlined the fact that, besides its new services, the company is to announce business-process consulting together with IDS Scheer – software and consulting company, which is one of the leading providers of Business Process Management and IT solutions.

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Oct 17
How To Clean Your Concrete Floor

By Penny Lane

Your home is your castle, so you’ve invested in it wisely. You want to have an attractive and comfortable house for you and your family. Nonetheless, you do not want to go over budget. That is probably why you took care of laying out your driveway and garage floors through concrete contractors. San Diego with its warm climate and expensive real estate is an ideal place to hire cement contractors. San Diego residents have seen the cost of owning a home go up at a faster rate than their salaries.

After having your concrete surface laid out, you want to take care of it. If it’s maintained properly you’ll save money by avoiding costly repairs. The main task in maintenance is cleaning. Dust, dirt, grease, etc. can ruin the appearance of you concrete floor. Regular cleaning will keep it looking like brand new.

There are basically three kinds of concrete cleaning:

— Light Cleaning – This is the good old fashioned kind. The tools are a metallic brush and soap. The strength of the detergent or soap will depend on how tough the grime on the surface is. If it’s really tough consider adding ammonia to the mix.

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— Power Washer Cleaning – Here the cleaning gets a little bit more expensive, since the required tool is a power washer. There are cold and hot water washers. The hot water ones cost more, but are quicker and more thorough. For your typical residential job a cold water washer will do, though. A model with 3,000 psi of pressure and four gallons per minute flow rate will suffice.

— Chemical Cleaning – The tool is a chemical concrete cleaner that you can purchase at your local home improvement store. Read the label of the product carefully because you want to clean the concrete, not strip it. If still in doubt, ask a sales associate for help. You’ll need to get enough cleaner to go over the whole area for even results.

Another element of concrete maintenance is sealing. If your floor was not sealed when it was laid out or if you are considering reapplying it, you have to remove tough dirt and stains before going ahead. Strong chemicals are used for this kind of cleaning.

You can try a degreaser. There are several brands available that work by softening and lifting hard-to-remove, oil-based substances. Contractor supply houses are the place to buy them.

Another chemical used for the in-depth cleaning we’re talking about, is diluted muriatic acid. In this case, you’ll have to hire a professional to the actual cleaning for you. Due to the strength of the muriatic acid solution used, the surface of the concrete might be changed.

Whether you use a degreaser or hire a professional to use diluted muriatic acid, you will need to dispose of the chemicals properly. Before you go through with the cleaning, you should know how the chemicals are going to be disposed of and if special arrangements are needed.

A clean concrete floor will add value to your home.

About the Author: Penny Lane has searched the term

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to hire a professional for a remodeling job she and her husband were completing. She searched the term

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Oct 17
Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer
Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.


  • 1 On literature
  • 2 On work as a gay writer
  • 3 On sex
  • 4 On incest in his family
  • 5 On American politics
  • 6 On his intimate relationships
  • 7 On Edmund White
  • 8 On Larry Kramer
  • 9 Source
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Oct 16
BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons
BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The BBC have announced they are to axe annual music festival Electric Proms from their schedule for financial reasons. The festival first took place in October 2006. The 2011 event will not go ahead, with last year’s festival being the last.

Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2, said he was “disappointed” with the decision to cancel the festival. He said “In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings. I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost-effective way. I’m disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years.”

During the festival’s five year run it has featured performances from stars such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Shirley Bassey.

The decision to axe the festival comes at a time when the BBC are planning a 20% savings cut. Last week BBC director general Mark Thompson announced 650 job losses after dropping five languages from the BBC World Service.

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Oct 16
Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus
Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yesterday, Italian football club Juventus F.C. announced signing of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín from their rival club S.S.C. Napoli. 28-year-old Higuaín signed a five-year contract with the Old Lady for an Italian record transfer fee of €90 million.

Debuting at the age of 17 in 2005, Higuaín has made 329 league appearances and scored 191 goals. He joined Spanish capital club Real Madrid in 2006. Spending six-and-half seasons with Los Blancos, Higuaín has won the La Liga title there.

Higuaín — nicknamed Pipita — joined Napoli in 2013. While there he broke the goal scoring record set by Gunnar Nordahl of the Italian Serie A, netting 36 goals in 35 appearances. He helped Napoli qualify for the UEFA Champions League as the club finished second in the league.

In remarks to Gazetta World following Higuaín’s agreement to the contract, AS Roma captain Francesco Totti said, “Footballers today are a bit like nomads[…] They follow money and not their hearts.” 40-year-old Totti has played 25 years for Roma, signing a one-year contract extention last month.

Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said, “Some believe that talking of a betrayal is an exaggeration, but I think differently. In this move there is the full meaning of a betrayal, which includes ingratitude.” ((it))Italian language: ?C’è chi dice che parlare di tradimento sia esagerato, e invece io penso il contrario, perché in questa scelta c’è il senso pieno del tradimento, che comprende anche l’ingratitudine

Former Agrentine captain and Napoli legend Diego Maradona said, “This Higuain affair is hurting me because he is going to a direct rival like Juventus. But we cannot blame the player either. A player has a responsibility to himself and it is those fat cats of business that are grinning the most in this case. Nobody thinks of the fan.” ((es))Spanish language: ?Me duele lo de Higuaín, porque va a un rival directo, como la Juventus. Pero tampoco se le puede echar la culpa al jugador. Porque el jugador tiene su responsabilidad, pero los que hacen el negocio son los más felices. Nadie piensa en el hincha.

Higuaín has been assigned the number 9 jersey.

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Oct 16
Taxi Insurance Options

Submitted by: Stanley Headley

Operating a taxi or minicab, which is also know as a Private Hire Vehicle, legally will mean that you will need to have the correct type of valid insurance. There are many different taxi insurance options available to meet individual and company needs.

For taxi companies who own multiple vehicles a taxi fleet insurance can offer huge savings in actual money and administration time. The number of vehicles required to constitute a fleet varies considerably between insurance companies.

Even if you only have two or three taxis it is worth shopping around online to see if a fleet insurance is available. The great advantage with most taxi fleet insurance is that all different types of vehicles can be insured.

For example a mixed fleet comprising of taxis, mini cabs or mini buses can all be included on the same policy. It is also possible to have your own private car included in some instances which includes cover for a spouse with no additional costs.

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Contact an insurance company who specialise in taxi fleet insurance to see whether this money saving option is available to you.

Having a fleet of taxis will mean that you have a number of different people driving the vehicles. There are various taxi insurance options available. Insuring the fleet for any drivers is usually the most expensive options.

However, this does mean that the drivers are not restricted to only being able to drive one vehicle. Any driver cover means that drivers are able to alternate between vehicles should one be in for repair or a specific size vehicle is requested by customers.

By having named drivers on the policy will provide you with lower insurance premiums. Each driver will need to inform you of any driving convictions or penalty points they have on the license.

If an individual person is seen as a high risk by the insurance company it may be more cost effective to have an individual policy for that specific person than include them on the fleet taxi insurance policy. This also applies if you have a young and inexperienced driver on your fleet.

Women drivers are generally seen as a lower risk than men! As unfair as this may seem many insurance companies will look favourably on women drivers and offer lower premiums. So it is well worth reminding the insurance company if you have women driving your taxis.

Informing the insurance company of all driver s no claims history can also help reduce insurance premiums. Insurance companies reward driver s with no claims by offering discounts of up to a massive 60%.

Proof of no claims will be required before these sorts of savings can be offered. The number of no claims will also be taken into consideration by the insurance company.

Many will be looking for a minimum four years no claims before they offer the large discounts.

Experienced driver s can also reduce the amount of the premiums. Taxi insurance companies will usually calculate their proof of experience by the number of years the driver has held their local authority taxi license.

About the Author: Staveley Head is an insurance company offering different types of financial cover such as

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