September 23, 2014

Rescue teams try to save London whale

Saturday, January 21, 2006 

Rescue teams are attempting to save the life of the whale which has been swimming in the London Thames river over the past few days. The northern bottle-nosed whale, which had gotten weaker and weaker, became beached this afternoon. Rescue teams quickly moved the whale onto an inflatable pontoon, keeping the whale in water but with its blowhole above the surface.

Experts then tried to evaluate the condition of the whale by performing ultrasound checks to see how much blubber and blood the whale has, and by taking some blood tests. The breathing rate of the whale was around four inhalations per minute.

The pontoon is currently being towed by a barge slowly downstream.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team lead the rescue effort. They hope to be able to release the whale in as deep water as possible, but only if it is in good enough health. If the whale is considered to be in too weak a condition to survive, it may be euthanised, experts have said.

The rescue mission is being filmed by television crews, including from helicopters, and broadcast live onto rolling news channels. Mark Stevens, a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team reported on the situation live on TV using a mobile phone, direct from the scene where he was standing in the water. At one point he asked the BBC to tell their helicopter to fly higher, as the noise made the whale’s breathing rate temporarily go up.

The whale sightings have captivated the British public, with spectators lining the banks of the Thames to take photographs and try and spot the whale. However, the inital surprise at seeing the whale soon turned to concern as experts fear for the whale’s long term health. Initial plans to transfer the whale from the barge “Crossness” to a deep-sea ship have been abandoned as the condition of the whale deteriorates, but it is still hoped to release the whale in the Thames estuary.

September 22, 2014

Cyprus Finance Minister Michael Sarris resigns amid bailout talks

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

Cypriot Finance Minister Michael Sarris resigned yesterday due to public discontent with his handling of the negotiations over a bailout from international lenders and a state investigation into the circumstances that pushed the country close to a financial collapse. According to Cyprus based media organizations, Sarris has been succeeded by the current Labor Minister Haris Georgiades

Sarris attributed his resignation to the probe announced earlier today, admitting that he may also be targeted by judges as they try to find out why the country was forced to seek a bailout. “I believe that in order to facilitate the work of [investigators] the right thing would be to place my resignation at the disposal of the president of the republic, which I did,” said Sarris, who was appointed as minister only in February.

Sarris’s resignation came shortly after he signed a €10 billion (US$13 billion) rescue deal with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund that could see depositors with €100,000 lose up to 60% of their savings. An earlier version of the deal, which called for all Cypriot bank depositors to sacrifice part of their savings, was later scrapped following a wave of popular outrage.

The bailout deal includes measures that strip Cyprus of its status as a financial hub and force the local government to impose limits on cash transfers lest depositors try to channel their money to banks abroad.

Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall denies indecent assault

Saturday, December 8, 2012 

Louise Straw, a solicitor representing UK television and radio presenter Stuart Hall, has said Hall is innocent of charges of indecent assault. In relation to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age, Hall was charged with three counts of indecent assault after being arrested Wednesday.

Hall, who has been released on bail, is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

Saying Hall was not able to provide any additional comment at present, Straw criticised the apparent “systematic, measured leaks to the media, which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.” She stressed it was “a matter of concern” given the recent release of the Leveson Report. Straw also said because police arrested Hall at his residence in the town of Wilmslow in Cheshire, he “was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny”.

John Dilworth of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and … it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.” Stating Hall was innocent, Straw explained: “There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain.”

Hall — who has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live — will not be working at the BBC as police inquiries continue because of “the very serious nature of these charges”, a spokesperson for the corporation has said.

Hall, who notably presented UK game show It’s a Knockout, was given an OBE at the New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting. His broadcasting career has lasted some fifty years.

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Talk:Coordinated terrorist attack hits London

Meta discussions about Wikinews reporting on this event are at /Meta.

I’m hearing this on the radio. Apparently it’s on the wires, so I’m going looking… Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 08:31 (UTC)

I’m listening to London BBC and am in my office right opposite Euston. We heard the explosion at Tavistock Square. Info about hospitals from a friend and corroborated on BBC. ClareWhite 7 July 2005 10:00 (UTC)

Photo captions need more detail for people unfamiliar with what they are showing. — Davodd | Talk 7 July 2005 10:25 (UTC)

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair told London Live that there have been ‘events’ at Edgware Road, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and Moorgate.

There are no sources for the “additional reports” about Brighton, Luton, and Swindon. If sources are not provided, that entire paragraph should be removed. Uncle G 7 July 2005 10:28 (UTC)

Uncle G, it was on BBC News 24 but yes we need proper sources Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 10:41 (UTC)

Tag sources: Flickr group: http://www-us.flickr.com/groups/londonexplosions/ Technorati tag: http://www.technorati.com/search/london%20explosions Videoblog entries: http://mefeedia.com/tags/london_explosion/

At what point will we know how long the tube closure is going to last? I’m meant to be travelling to Colchester on Saturday, and my route includes a tube change. What’s the likelihood that I’m going to have to replan my route? — Smjg 7 July 2005 10:30 (UTC)

Take a look at http://www.londontransport.co.uk/ for updates.

Vodafone has reached capacity accoridng to the BBC. Personal experience tells me O2 is also in difficulty. SkypeOut is working to landlines but not mobile phones really. [1] Portions of the network have been shut down.

This may be in response to the Madrid train bombings (allegedly) being triggered by mobile-phone.

I’ve heard a report that there have been secondary blasts at the scenes of the bus explosions, injuring and/or killing rescue workers. Can anyone confirm this? The news sites are, understandably, sluggish in loading ATM. –Mukashi 7 July 2005 10:35 (UTC)

The secondary blasts were probably “controlled explosions” which were announced by the police, not further bombs/terrorist activity. I’ll try and find a source.

Remember – there is more than one story here – do not be afraid of starting a separate sub-story on such topics as victims, cause, money lost to businesses, transit delays – etc. — Davodd | Talk 7 July 2005 10:40 (UTC)

Reuters story states ‘The Great Eastern Hotel, which was hosting a conference on the Israeli economy, was evacuated. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to attend the conference but had not arrived.’ The Great Eastern Hotel is on Liverpool Street – Liverpool Street Station was the first hit. Locations of blasts follow a line from Edgware Road round to Aldgate.

According to the AP, he had advanced notice and changed his plans AP Article –Ptdecker 7 July 2005 16:22 (UTC)

BBC just confirmed that Al Qaeda is behind these bombings

They’ve got a page up now with a translation of the message: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4660391.stm (The BBC news site seems to still be accessible)

Please only report what we know, not speculation Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 11:21 (UTC)

Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/812224C7-006D-4424-B15B-EC3E8381A4D7.htm

Why is somebody citing wikipedia to say that it’s saying Al-Queda is related? How can that be considered a credible source at the moment? –70.50.118.56 7 July 2005 11:28 (UTC)

unconfirmed, but the German paper ‘Der Spiegel’ says they were approached by an organisation that calls itself: ‘the Secret Organisation of Al Qaeda in Europe’ to be responsible for the bombing

Please don’t cite WP – our fact-checking is better than theirs Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 11:30 (UTC)

Does anyone have the casualty number, I can’t get onto the BBC

The number of people confirmed dead in the attacks is now 38, Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Paddick says. Thirty-five people died on the tube, two on the bus and one later in hospital. It appears that the BBC are prioritising access to UK readers.

Tony Blair has stated that he will be returning to London to talk face to face with the rescue services. The G8 will continue as usual and Mr. Blair will return this evening

Blair say this act is barbaric, especially since it is at the same time when G8 talked about Africa and the hunger.

‘Our determination to defend our way of living is greater than from the terrorist to cause victims and deaths among innocent people’. (Quotation may not be correct)

Absolutely… Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 11:29 (UTC)

Sorry, i should have said it’s the bloomsbury hilton. ClareWhite 7 July 2005 11:18 (UTC)

Just a rumour from a friend by email, but apparently a suicide bomber has been shot at Canary Wharf. Can anyone confirm this, or is it just made up?

User:skx: BBC News 24 was asked about this in their press conference. It was denied, and the policeman representing the discussion said there were no snipers involved anywhere.

I heard this too and there are other reports on the web that there definitely were witnesses in the HSBC tower at canary Wharf to a man being shot dead by police – why is this being covered up? Surely if the police had intercepted a bomber they would be boasting about it!???

Maybe it wasn’t a terrorist, just a civillian, that could be why they are trying to cover it up!

Once and for all – it’s 4, as in four http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/uk/05/london_blasts/html/default.stm Adidas 7 July 2005 22:05 (UTC)

Was there six or seven explosions reported?

It’s wrong: BBC are confirming 6 on the Underground and one on a bus Dan100 (Talk) 7 July 2005 11:29 (UTC) Four: http://www.met.police.uk/

the references tyo the russel square station mean the bus in tavistock square i think

I’m now hearing seven…. can’t find source yet ClareWhite 7 July 2005 11:34 (UTC)

same here, the English Police would gave confirmed it to be seven (on Dutch TV and Sky). Source not online to check this fact.

Double digit fatalities reporties underground.

Police chief is saying 6 total incidents, 1 on bus. Not all of which are necessarily explosions. Thryduulf 7 July 2005 11:45 (UTC)

flikr pool for images http://www.flickr.com/groups/74918957@N00/pool/

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/ reports the bus at Tavistock Place was a #30

Scotland yard say 4 explosions NOT 6 Source: http://www.met.police.uk/ the difference is due to the trains being between stations (aldgate and liverpool st, kings cross and russell square) – This needs to be made clear in the article.

i heard from a friend who works in the area that a person was seen shot dead outside canary wharf, possibly a sniper and/or suicide bomber. although it is being denied by the met, mi5 and mi6 at present i believe there to be some truth behind this rumour. can anyone give anymore details?

As of 15:58 a the police response press conference, This has been denied by Brian Paddick of the met police he claims to have heard nothing of this previously

Another good story would be one based on this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/4659781.stm Ronline

Somebody needs to comb through this article and keep numbers self-consistent!

reports from people in the area that there has been another explosion in wandsworth, at the olympic bid headquarters. any confirmation?

‘The “Vigipirate plan” was raised from “orange” to “red”.’

If we’re going to talk about this, can we have some indication of what it actually means?

The hotline numbers quoted on Wikipedia and Wikinews are different

are they both correct?

The Wikinews one is the British Transport Police’s number; the wikipedia one is the general Met police one. I’ve added it to the wikinews article. Proto 7 July 2005 13:30 (UTC)

Neither of these are correct. 0870 15 66 3 44 is the correct Casualty Bureau number. The **** 0101 number will definitely not work.

In the telephone number list:

None of these are changes to the actual numbers. All of these are changes to the formatting, either to comply with the way UK numbers are written and/or the addition of the ‘+’ prefix to clarify that a number is in the international format. I have no idea how to find a source that tells you that ’1 800 002 214 is undiallable from the UK’ other than to ask you to dial it on your own telephone and see for yourself that it does not connect. If you’re in the US you will already know that the number, as presented, is a digit short of what a US 1 800 number should look like. Srd77 (talk) 11:19, 13 December 2009 (UTC) {{editprotected}} Please action items 1, 4, 5, 6 from the above list. Items 2 and 3 are merely comments that the numbers cannot be correct. (Srd77 (talk) 16:37, 21 December 2009 (UTC))

Somebody should make the statement from Tony Blair earlier and at the G8 a little more consistent looking. One is italicized, the other not. One has separate header, the other not. –70.50.118.56 7 July 2005 12:26 (UTC)

The Queen has made her statement, how should it be added to the list at the bottom of this article? –Nidonocu 7 July 2005 12:40 (UTC)

BBC London are now saying up to 7 explosions, the press people in the building here are saying 8: five on the tube and three on buses, but the buses seem not to be being mentioed anymore so perhaps they weren’t confirmed. People are coming to our building now out of the rain and they seem shocked but OK. The biggest problem, assuming there are no more explosions, will be people stranded here while all the transport is down ClareWhite 7 July 2005 12:44 (UTC)

Hi I just saw a report on BBC where a police representative said there were 4 explosions on the Subway, but becaus of many exit points there has been confusion, as for the busses I cant say much. username>Kurogawa

Totally unconfirmed anecdotal report that a suicide bomber was shot today at Canary Wharf which is why that area (a commonly assumed target) is safe. Anyone hear anything? –81.178.105.106 7 July 2005 13:03 (UTC)

There is apparently still a rescue effort going on there. Why? Are any of these explosions underground? I have a growing feeling that the confusion over numbers and casualties may stem from a degree of blackout. I have spoken to friends in other areas of London over my lunchbreak and there are various offices where people are not being allowed out of their buildings. It seems to me that the dust is not yet fully settled.

Sky News UK are now reporting that the number dead are now 45 — anon

The UK Highways agency has an news item on their front page that states “At the request of the police, the message: ‘Avoid London – Turn on Radio’ is being displayed on electronic motorway message signs on the M25 and other major routes approaching London.” (http://www.highways.gov.uk/)

However if you go to the live traffic map that shows the current road conditions and the live contents of the electronic motorway message signs, they actually say: “AVOID LONDON AREA. CLOSED

–KSts 7 July 2005 15:05 (UTC)

Update: On the traffic map it is also indicated that on the M4 motorway heading out of town (J1-J2) there are currently delays of more that 3 hours! –[KSts] 7 July 2005 15:08 (UTC)

Since 11 AM my in-laws have been trying to get home to North London from Surrey. Many local taxi firms they contacted are simply not taking any more bookings. They have tried inner London firms in case they can get a ride back from an airport run. The refusal to take bookings is understandable but those that are still open are charging extortionate rates warning the M25 and many other roads are still gridlocked so few people can afford the unpredictable and likely enormous cost of a metered journey. Some drivers want to work off the meter and the fares are triple what is normally charged. (81.174.205.253 forgot to sign at 11:36, July 7, 2005) – Please remember to sign your discussion contributions.

It’s a horrible cliche and completely inappropriate. Please choose something less ridiculous –161.73.58.135 7 July 2005 15:44 (UTC)

What are the security responses of nations besides the UK? France, Germany and the United States are on various levels of heightened alert, for example.

The responses of world leaders, and offers of assistance from other nations, is another potential wikinews story.

(insert your suggestion here)

–Jgarzik 7 July 2005 15:54 (UTC)

BBC News 24 are reporting ambulance service have treated 45 serious / critical injuries and 300 less serious injuries.

–Satoru 7 July 2005 17:16 (UTC)

Renamed to a more accurate title. The previous title was nondescriptive because it is unknown of how many bombs at each site were used, and it is undescriptive of the type of explosive used (ie: Suicide or not)

The prime minister has acknoledged/confirmed that was Terrorists, and a Coordinated attack. Therefore this change in title is warranted

–The Land of Smeg 7 July 2005 18:01 (UTC)

Just for the record we knew exactly how many bombs there were at that point in time (four). Dan100 (Talk) 07:57, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

I may be alone in this, but I find having pics on the left side and then the link table on the right really ugly. Couldn’t you just put the pics on the right side below the link table? Is it absolutely necessary to have the pics starting at the top? I think they’re the same width and it would look a lot nicer IMHO of course. –65.95.201.20 7 July 2005 19:48 (UTC)

I know this is the second time this week I’m mentioning this for different articles but WHERE THE HECK ARE THE ORIGINAL REPORTING NOTES? I’m disturbed to see “This article contains original reporting” and then no easily accessable notes for accountability. –RossKoepke 7 July 2005 22:10 (UTC)

I only just saw this question – Friends House is on the Euston Road opposite Euston, so not very near Kings Cross but very close to Tavistock Square, as in it’s the closest bus stop heading South :) We heard the explosion and some of the first witnesses got here (we opened the building for the stranded) and told my colleagues about the bus which I then reported to Dan100 on his talk page, about ten/twenty minutes ahead of the first witness report on BBC London Live. ClareWhite 08:31, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

The German news reports more than 50 verified deaths. Very, very sad. See [2]

I’m a Chinese girl from Chengdu.On July 7th when I stayed in my office chatting with my friend who told me that London has a great bombing.I’m shocked and so suprised.that’s the really worst thing I heard before.We need a peaceful world.Why not could we have a peaceful attitude to discuss everthing whatever USA or the European Union.The dumb millions are inculpable.Let us stop fighting and battling.

This is a bit “a friend of a friend”… A colleague of mine spoke to two friends of his who both work at the Wharf. Independently they confirmed the shooting, having both seen the snipers and the event. 81.133.208.151 12:55, 9 July 2005 (moved from redirected talk page Uncle G 9 July 2005 13:19 (UTC))

Here’s an issue with this article, and in Wikinews in general – how are deadlines handled? The dateline on this article reads July 7, even though there are edits well past this date, up until July 9. Do we need better editing discipline here? Most other news operations will make changes discrete with UPDATES or WRITETHROUGH. If an article is datelined a certain date, it should be closed at some point. Fuzheado 03:21, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

Fuzheado is right – we need better discipline. By July 9 we had many more newer articles, which are more up to date. This article – as with any article – should not be edited after the day (except for typos etc). If there are developments, start a new article. The fact it’s wrong doesn’t matter particulary – this is what we knew at the time. Dan100 (Talk) 08:00, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

I am an American sending my condolance to all of Britian for this terrible attack. Please know How sorry I am that this has taken the lives of so many innocent people. You are in my prayers.

http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?50@16.0Q0lfLiv6Jg.32@.7747fb90/63

hi i think we should really think about why these terrorist have done this and may be look at our foriegn policy and our support in the iraq war and save the lifes of innocent people all around the world

The justification for the current title was this: “The prime minister has acknoledged/confirmed that was Terrorists, and a Coordinated attack. Therefore this change in title is warranted”.

I dispute that Tony Blair calling the event “terrorism” makes it NPOV. Many other groups, and probably millions of people throughout the world, do not consider the attacks to be terrorism. Other articles on Wikinews have consistantly used the terms “bombing” or “attack”. I’d like to rename this article to “Coordinated bombing hits London” or similar. Since it has such a high profile I thought I’d call for comments first.

Note that I personally think that the attack was terrorism, but that doesn’t mean the word should be included in an article title.

- Borofkin 23:56, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON HOW SAD IT IS THAT IN THE WORLD WE NOW LIVE IN WE DON’T KNOW IF WE WILL MAKE IT HOME TO SEE OUR LOVED ONES. I’M FROM NEW YORK AND THE LONDON ATTACKS BRING ALL OF SEPTEMBER 11 BACK AS THOUGH IT WERE YESTERDAY. WATCHING THE NEWS AND SEEING PEOPLE LIVE FALLING FROM THE TRADE TOWERS, THE FEAR AND COMPLETE DEVASTATION THESE ATTACKS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE WOR;D. I PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST AND HOPE LONDONERS SUPPORT EACH OTHER. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER TRULY FORGET SUCH A DAY. AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE WHO PRACTICE THE MUSLIM FAITH WILL NOT BE TARGETED BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BLAME THE EVIL OF A FEW ON OTHERS WHO ARE JUST AS DEVASTED BY THESE ATTACKS. GOD BLESS AND I HOPE WE ALL LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE RACE OR RELIGON DO NOT MATTER. JUST THE PERSON AND THERE HEART

Hi,

On behalf of a number of Americans, just want to not only send my greatest sympathies to all the Londoners and British reading, but deeply apologize for the heavy-handed, self-centered way that our media has been covering this issue. Jon Stewart’s satirical “The Daily Show” aptly showed it the other night – including a clip in which Brit Hume callously chirped, “Time to buy”. (A new low in American journalism – Edward Murrow would have fired him, if he’d been on the CBS news staff. At least Murrow appreciated how much you guys took during the WWII Blitz. I’m sorry that subsequent broadcasters seem to have ignored everything Murrow taught them about England.)

I’m sorry that our media seems more interested in stirring up fear about potential attacks in the US than covering how things are going for you folks. Please know that there are lots of us thinking of you all and feeling keenly how scary and ghastly this situation must be for those in London, especially the families of those hurt and killed.

Many of us are choosing to read BBC, blogs and updates here rather than watch or read American news websites, and are shocked and saddened by the number of missing still unaccounted for.

Please don’t take our stupid, self-centered news shows to be the heartbeat of the average American, whatever their political outlook. You’ve been a good friend to us, even when half of us seemed to have lost our minds, Britain; bless you and may you keep safe.

Mz Von P

but i think to say we are not afraid is silly……how can you not be afraid. only a fool would say this. while i am afraid, NOTHING will keep me from living my normal life. God bless us all!!!!!

Why did this have to happen to us, as we try and pick up the pieces of our lives, lets stop and think of the people who died in this meaningless attack!!!!!!

May the people who did this rot in hell!!!!

This scum have just made London stronger!!!!!!

Lets not forget the lost!!!!!

R.I.P

Gareth Carter

I am a Londoner born and bred, and am determined that these cowards will not keep me out of my city,These cowards hide behind religion and say that they are doing this in the name of islam, what utter rubbish, nowhere does the islamic faith pursue the act of violence. People of many faiths and no faith at all have been murdered on our transport system, and we have now been informed that one of these cowardly fanatics has been employed as a teacher in our schools, is there noone checking what has been taught, and what is now being taught in the many impromptu mosques. How has this been allowed to happen in my city, possibly because we allow fanatics to rant in the streets comdeming the west whilst happily living on the support the western world provides. My sympathy goes to those who have lost loved ones, as a Londoner I am disgusted that this has been allowed to happen, as a Human being, I am heartbroken.

Susan Carter (london the greatest city in the world)

From an American soldier, I am truly sorry for the terrorist acts on London. I speaking as an American soldier, vow to help you find and hunt down those who are responsible. My thoughts are with you London.

The ‘we’renotafraid.com’ website has the “we’re not afraid” theme emblazoned on t-shirts and gear available from ‘cafepress.com’. Should United States’ cotton be used as such a tasteless expression of noncomittal sales efforts?

The question must be addressed by anyone who wants to make sure the real killers are brought to justice. The history of frame-ups by government cabals is not a “conspiracy theory”..it’s just plain history. e.g. [[3]]… that ruse cost the lives of 68,000 American servicemen..then there is [[4]] and [[5]]. The point,in my opinion, is that the people,the voters, have to actually do some research and think about the story our governments put forth.

Now, here is the problem I have with el-Nashar being identified as the mastermind of a band of “clean skins”. The known and agreed upon facts are; 1. this man is smart 2. this man has been in Egypt for some time 3. he denied being connected to the bombers and everyone who knows him finds it hard to believe 4. a pile of expolsive materials were found in his bathtub in London.

These 4 facts do not compute for me. A;If he is smart he wouldn’t leave or have left the explosive crap in his bathtub unless he wanted to get caught. B;If he wanted to get caught, why deny what he did? C;Since he was in Egypt for so long there would have been lots of time to plant explosive crap in his bathtub. D;If he was a terrorist, why would he be teaching at a madrasa school? Isn’t that like wearing “I’m a terrorist” flag?

Now finally, and this will require some research in order to confirm or refute, (unless one prefers to just resort to name-calling)Britain and the USA(and likely most governments) for 2 centuries have had foreign policies which include and embrace frame-ups in order to move their populations in a particular direction and or to obtain strategic positioning geographically.

For some inexplicable reason I read a book by Walter Russell Mead of the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations [[6]] titled “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World”[[7]] a book that showed how much of a mushroom I really am; a book which shows that not only do many western leaders know about and accept the war engineering and racial/religious/culteral hate engineering accomplished by frame-ups..they actually believe it is now America’s duty to conquer the world and that the end justifies the means. Which explains to me..finally..”why are american troops in Iraq,Kuwait,S Korea,Saudi Arabia,Cuba etc.etc.etc.” It’s not because the american people want them to be there; it’s because the people like Kerry and Bush and Mead want them to be there.

WHY??? Because it takes 2 to make a war;so you have to have an enemy; and the easiest way to make an enemy is to move next door and have a bunch of weapons pointed at his kids; imo. But, prove me wrong..read this f___ing book that Meade wrote; and see our western history in a brand new light. Paulrevere2005 20:21, 16 July 2005 (UTC)

I’m protecting this article – I’m sure all typos have long been fixed, and we don’t re-write old stories, so I’m protecting this to prevent vandalism and spamming. Dan100 (Talk) 12:53, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

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French fishermen blockade Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 

French fishing vessels have blockaded the English Channel ports of Calais, Bolougne, and Dunkirk.

The protest is an industrial action over tighter fishing quotas imposed by the European Union, with French fishing unions asking for their government to provide financial assistance or take a tougher line. CFTC Fishermans Union spokesman Bruno Dachicourt told Agence France Presse: “There are easily twenty boats blocking the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in organized ranks. Not a boat will go in nor out.”

The fishermen are protesting the lowering of European Union quotas on fishing, which place a ceiling on the amount of fish that the fishermen of each member country are allowed to catch and sell. The EU has lowered quotas in response to concerns about the sustainability of fisheries, but each drop in quota reduces the amount of work each fishing vessel can do. “The feeble amount of the quota obliges us to close the fishing zones three months after the beginning of the catch”, said Stéphane Pinto, spokesman for the CFDT trade union group representing fishermen in Boulogne.

Ferry sailings between Dover in the United Kingdom and Calais were suspended, with UK authorities implementing the Operation Stack management plan in response. Under the plan sections of the M20 motorway are closed to traffic and used as a managed lorry park. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes if possible. Most cars and passengers from the P&O Calais-Dover sailings at 16.10 (apparently the first sailing affected), 17.40 and 18.25 left on the “Pride of Dover” at 11.47 arriving Dover at 12.30. Two SeaFrance ferries, Renoir and another, left slightly earlier.

Fishermen have also used fires and roadblocks to interfere with access to the ports by road.

The blockades come eight days after a similar incident in the Mediterranean, when French fishermen in Marseille, Ajaccio, Toulon and other port cities interfered with oil tanker movements and blockaded ports throughout the south of the country.

Wikinews is unaware of any official statement from the British or French Governments in response to the blockade.

September 21, 2014

Family of Chile’s former leader Augusto Pinochet arrested on embezzlement charges

Friday, October 5, 2007 

The widow and five children of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have been arrested in Chile on embezzlement charges. They are accused of illegally transferring USD27 million to foreign bank accounts during Pinochet’s rule from 1973 to 1990. Seventeen of Pinochet’s former associates, including his former personal secretary and three retired army generals, were also arrested.

Pinochet had been charged with tax evasion, fraud, and embezzlement following a 2004 U.S. Senate investigation. In December 2006, he died without having been brought to trial. However, Chilean Judge Carlos Cerda said there were “solid indications” that Pinochet’s family and associates had also “participated in the misuse of fiscal funds”.

Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch called the decision “an extremely important development for Chile’s democracy and the rule of law. Going after the relatives of the powerful and the fortunes they amassed used to be considered off limits,” he said.

Pinochet family lawyer Pablo Rodriguez said he was “astonished by this illegal and abusive decision by the judge”, and that he was “sure that it will be reversed by the Court of Appeals.”

Residential Ventilation

Residential Ventilation

by

Susanna Terlitski

Most of today\’s new homes are highly insulated and practically air tight. While this is great as far as cost effective energy bills go, the down side to tightly insulated homes is poor indoor air quality. As windows and doors are typically kept shut throughout the day, moisture, and stale air that can carry contaminants and pathogens circulates inside homes and gives rise to various problems including mold and mildew, health problems, ruined furniture, peeling paint etc. This is why it is important that you take every step to improve the quality of your indoor air, which can be achieved through mechanical ventilation.

An excellent way to ventilate your home thoroughly, efficiently, and cheaply is to install exhaust fans in your home. This article explains what exhaust fans are, their different types, how to select the best one for your home, and also the benefits of exhaust ventilation fans.

What Are Exhaust Fans

An exhaust fan is a mechanical ventilation device that helps to draw out stale and impure air from your home and bring in fresh air, thereby improving the quality of indoor air. Exhaust fans are typically ducted to the exteriors of your house, through which bad indoor air can effectively be removed from your living space.

Types Of Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are classified into various types, mainly depending on the type of mount and the location where you need to install the fans. The different types are:

1. Ceiling Mounted Exhaust Fans: As the name suggests, ceiling exhaust fans are those which are installed in the ceiling. Such fans expel stale air from your home upwards through the roof. The fan is connected to ducting, which is exhausted outside the home via an external vent, like a roof cap or soffit exhaust vent.

2. Inline Exhaust Fans: Unlike ceiling exhaust fans that are installed directly into the ceiling, inline exhaust fans are typically mounted in-between ducting, hence the name inline fan. For instance, if you wanted to ventilate an area that did not have clearance or space for a ceiling mount fan, you would make use of inline exhaust fans to ventilate such areas. The exhaust fan would be placed in between the ductwork and the stale air would travel through the ducts and ultimately be expelled from your home. Since inline fans are not mounted directly to the ceiling, they are very quiet. When installing an inline fan, to reduce noise, we recommend using an insulated flex duct that is at least eight feet long from the intake port on the ceiling to the inline fan.

Inline exhaust fans are ideal for exhausting areas or rooms where you cannot, or do not wish to install the exhaust fan directly. Since these types of exhaust fans are mounted in remote areas, they are also referred to as remote mounted exhaust fans. Inline exhaust fans can either be single-port (exhausting from a single area) or multi-port (exhausting from multiple areas).

3. Wall Mounted Exhaust Fans: These exhaust fans are installed on walls. Since they are installed on exterior walls of the home and not on interior walls, the stale air has a direct route to the outside of your home and thus no duct work is required in installing these exhaust fans.

4. Combination Exhaust Fans: Exhaust fans are also available as combination units. You have the choice of a fan-light combination where the exhaust fan provides illumination as well, or heat-fan-light combination wherein you get a heater, light and ventilating fan all in a single device.

5. Exterior Remote Mounted Exhaust Fans: While most other exhaust fans are installed inside your home and push stale air out, exterior remote mounted fans are installed outside your home and pull out stale indoor air instead of pushing it out. The main benefit of these exhaust fans is that regardless of however noisy they are, most of the noise remains outside your home.

6. Kitchen Range Exhaust Fans: These fans are mounted inside the range hood over your kitchen stove. Such fans not only help to rid your kitchen of stale air but also help to expel bad odors and reduce moisture levels in your cooking area.

These several types of exhaust fans can be used for complete ventilation of your home including intermittent local ventilation for baths, kitchens, dryer rooms; continuous whole house ventilation throughout your home, and for exhausting hard-to-air spaces such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements.

Benefits Of Exhaust Fans

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Exhaust fans are very effective at ventilating your home and other living spaces. Without proper ventilation, the air inside your home can get filled with harmful contaminants and disease causing pathogens.

Pollutants such as pesticides, harmful gases, smoke, pet dander, lead, asbestos, dust mites, paint fumes, grease etc get released into indoor air due to daily activities such as cooking, smoking, burning fuel, bathing, renovating etc. In addition to these pollutants, activities such as bathing, cooking, and washing also release excess moisture in the air and make indoor air extremely humid. If not ventilated adequately, these added pollutants and increased moisture levels can decrease the quality of indoor air greatly, thereby leading to various problems such as:

Health problems including asthma, allergies, nose bleeds, skin rashes, headaches, nausea, and other breathing disorders. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a large percentage of the over 20 million annual asthma cases in the US alone can be attributed to bad indoor air quality.

Split, warped and rotted furniture due to excess humidity.

Cracked and peeling paint on the walls.

Formation of fungus, mold spores, and mildew, which in turn lead to severe health problems.

Thus, by using exhaust fans to ventilate your home efficiently and completely, thereby improving indoor air quality, you can rid yourself and your home of all these problems.

Recommended Sizing Of Exhaust Fans

To ventilate your home effectively, it is important that the exhaust fan you choose has the capacity to exhaust the intended space completely. To ensure this, you must select the right sized fan for your needs. Here\’s a look at how to size exhaust fans properly.

1. Location of the Exhaust Fan and Air Changes Per Hour:

Where you intend to install the exhaust fan will have a direct bearing on its size. As per the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), different locations in your home require varying Air Changes Per Hour (ACH) in order to be ventilated properly. Here are the ACH requirements recommended by HVI.

8 ACH for bathrooms

15 ACH for kitchens

6 ACH for rooms other than bath and kitchen

ACH refers to the number of times the air should be completely changed in an hour. Thus, an 8 ACH recommendation for bathrooms means the exhaust fan should have the capacity to completely change the air in the bathroom 8 times in one hour.

All exhaust fans are rated in CFM, which refers to Cubic Feet per Minute. To determine how large an exhaust fan you need (in other words, CFM rating of the fan) here\’s what you need to do.

Sizing Bathroom Exhaust Fans:

First and foremost, measure the dimensions (length, width, and height) of the room and then calculate the volume of air in the room by multiplying all these 3 numbers. For instance, if your bathroom has dimensions of 6 x 10 x 8, then the air volume in the bathroom is 480 cubic feet. Thus, the exhaust fan needs to ventilate 480 cubic feet of air in order to achieve 1 ACH. But since the recommended ACH for bathrooms is 8, the fan will effectively need to ventilate 480 x 8 cubic feet, which equals 3840 cubic feet in one hour. Fan ratings are per minute, thus by dividing 3840 by 60, you can achieve the desired CFM rating for the fan which in this case is 64.

A simpler way of determining the CFM rating for bathroom exhaust fans is to simply multiply the length of the bathroom by its width. For every 1 sq. ft. of floor area, you need 1 CFM. Thus, in the above example, area would be 6 x 10 = 60, thus recommended fan size would be 60 CFM.

However, if your bathroom is more than 100 sq. ft. in size, you have to add the different fixtures in your bathroom to reach the desired CFM rating. The recommended CFM for different fixtures is:

Shower – 50 CFM

Toilet – 50 CFM

Bathtub – 50 CFM

Whirlpool tub – 100 CFM

Thus, if your bathroom is more than 100 sq. ft. in size and has a toilet and shower, you will need an exhaust fan with 100 CFM rating. If a bathtub is also present the CFM rating will increase to 150 and so on.

Sizing Kitchen Exhaust Fans:

When sizing an exhaust fan for the kitchen, you have to take into account the location of your kitchen cooking range (if without range hood) or the size and location of the range hood if there is one. Here are the recommended CFM ratings for kitchen range hood exhaust fans:

Generally speaking, for every 10,000 BTU of the range, it is recommended a minimum of 100 CFM. So if your range is rated at 50,000 btu\’s, you would consider getting a fan with at least 500 CFM.

2. Understanding Static Pressure and Measuring Equivalent Duct Length:

When sizing an exhaust fan that does not open directly to the outside but is ducted, it is important to ensure that the exhaust fan has the capability to move stale air throughout the duct and ultimately to the outside. Here, we first need to understand what static pressure and equivalent duct length is.

Static Pressure: Inside every duct, there is a constant pressure being exerted at any point from all directions. When an exhaust fan moves air through the duct, the air counters resistance from this pressure which is known as static pressure. Thus, an exhaust fan has to have the ability to overcome the static pressure in a duct so as to effectively duct stale air to the outside of your home. This can be done by calculating the equivalent duct length of any duct.

Calculating Equivalent Duct Length (EDL): Simply measuring the length of a duct is not enough to know how much static pressure an exhaust fan has to overcome. Ducts may have one or more elbows, turns, or wall caps which add to the static pressure in a duct. Thus, you have to calculate the equivalent duct run and not the actual duct run so as to size an exhaust fan properly.

The static pressure in any duct run differs according to the material of the duct, number of elbows and turns, exterior wall cap and wall jacks etc. Listed below are the standard values for different duct components.

Smooth metal duct: Actual duct length x 1

Flex aluminum duct: Actual duct length x 1.25 (for 4\”diameter duct)

Actual duct length x 1.50 (for 6\”diameter duct)

Insulated flex duct: Actual duct length x 1.50 (for 4\”diameter duct)

Actual duct length x 2.00 (for 6\”diameter duct)

Wall caps and roof caps: 30 feet for each cap (for 4\”diameter duct)

40 feet for each cap (for 6\”diameter duct)

Elbows and turns: 15 feet for each (for 4\”diameter duct)

20 feet for each (for 6\”diameter duct)

Using the above values, you can calculate the equivalent straight duct length that an exhaust fan has to overcome so as to push stale air outside your home and counter static pressure effectively.

For more information about proper building ventilation please visit the Fan and Blower company web site http://www.fanblower.com/centrifugal_fans.htmSusann TerlitskiDesigner of Industrial Air Handling UnitsFan and Blower Co.abbblower@abbblower.comhttp://www.fanblower.com/low_&_medium_pressure_blower_fan.htmhttp://www.fanblower.com/pp_frp_blower_fan.htm

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Four Russian stores hit with gas attacks

Monday, December 26, 2005 

In Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, four gas attacks left more than 70 people ill. Devices with wires, timers, and glass vials of a gas determined on scene to be methyl mercaptan were found in outlets of Makisdom, a home improvement chain store. The chemical is both naturally occurring and manufactured and is used as an oderant for detection of propane or natural gas leaks.

Store officials have said that they had received threats that sales would be disrupted before New Year’s. Russians traditionally give gifts on the holiday. Police officials said they believed a commercial dispute or a prank not terrorism.

The local emergency hospital was overflowed from the influx of ill people from the attacks. Valentina Matviyenko, Governer of St. Petersburg, said that those who sought medical help were not suffering any further medical problems.

A custodian at one of the stores found the devices and alerted police. The devices were found at another store with their vials broken. The devices in the two other stores were carried outside by employees and covered with buckets. The police explosives experts defused them.

September 20, 2014

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