Twenty-five people were injured today at an annual cheese-rolling competition in which daredevils chase giant cheese wheels down a steep slope in western England.
Dozens took part in the bizarre event at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, before a crowd of about 3000 laughing and cheering spectators.
They raced for 200m down the slope after the wheel-shaped Double Gloucester cheese, decorated in a blue and red ribbon.
Many slipped, somersaulted and tumbled their way to the bottom during five bone-crunching races over two hours.
Of the 25 people hurt, 12 were spectators, one of whom was hit by one of the hard, dinner-plate-sized cheeses used in each race, but only two people were taken to hospital for further assessment.
The prospect of watching a former Vice-President of the United States give a “PowerPoint presentation” probably does not sound too exciting. If I told you that the VP was Al Gore and his presentation was on (yawn) global warming, that may not help peak your excitement much. “Sounds boring” you’d say. But you’d be wrong. From everything I’ve read and seen — and from what people keep telling me for months now — Al Gore’s touring “PowerPoint presentation” on global warming is not to be missed. A serious presentation that’s got the three key elements: (1) A crucially important (and controversial) topic, (2) an engaging delivery, and (3) visuals that are compelling, stunning and backup, and enhance the message.
“I have PowerPoint envy”
After witnessing Al Gore’s live presentation in Seattle earlier this spring (not the movie), Eric de Place from Northwest Environment Watch exclaimed: “I have PowerPoint Envy.”
For more than a decade the community of Porta Farm has struggled to assert their right to housing. In June 2005 that struggle effectively ended when heavily armed police forcibly evicted them and destroyed their homes.
The destruction of Porta Farm left thousands, including children and the elderly homeless, destitute and traumatized. They joined the hundreds of thousands of other victims of the government’s Operation Murambatsvina – a countrywide programme of mass forced evictions and demolitions of homes and informal businesses. The UN has estimated that in six weeks between May and July 2005, 700,000 people across Zimbabwe lost their homes, their livelihoods, or both.
Porta Farm settlement was established in 1991by the Zimbabwe government to provide a temporary home to thousands of people forcibly evicted from informal dwellings around Harare as part of a “clean-up campaign” in preparation for a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. They were told that their stay at Porta Farm would be temporary and they would be permanently resettled elsewhere. While some families were resettled, others were not and Porta Farm grew as other victims of forced evictions around Harare arrived in the hope of a permanent solution.
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For the last decade, Jeffrey Kriv remained loyal to America Online, but when he signed up with another company for broadband service, the Chicagoan decided to part with his old Internet friend.
He figured it made little sense to pay AOL $14.95 per month when the broadband company allowed him to log on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In March, Kriv called to cancel his AOL account, but an AOL customer service agent persuaded him to stay, he said, for the rock-bottom price of $4.95 per month, unlimited usage included.
It seemed like a good deal until his April bill arrived–for $1,595.69.
Kriv said that when he called to complain, he was told his $4.95 plan covered only the first three hours of service. After that, he was charged by the minute.
Een kwart van de EO-leden gelooft dat God ze van een ziekte heeft genezen. Ruim negentig procent van hen gelooft dat God tot genezing in staat is. Dat blijkt donderdag uit een onderzoek dat de Vrije Universiteit heeft gedaan onder leden van de Evangelische Omroep. Vrijwel alle ondervraagde EO-leden bidden om genezing: 97 procent vraagt God hen beter te maken.
Dat gaat me toch een partij wachtlijsten in de gezondsheidszorg oplossen…
When you think you’ve seen everything… http://www.ratemynetworkdiagram.com
A Swiss investigation into an international nuclear smuggling network is being hampered by a lack of cooperation from the United States.
Authorities in Bern say they asked US officials for judicial assistance a year ago but have yet to receive a reply.
Washington’s failure to respond to “multiple” Swiss appeals was revealed last week by former United Nations weapons inspector David Albright.
He told a US hearing into the nuclear trafficking ring run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atom bomb, that he found the lack of cooperation by the US “frankly embarrassing”.
“It is difficult to understand the actions of the US government. Its lack of assistance needlessly complicates this important investigation,” said Albright, who is president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security.
Ah, Pakistan. The
alleged ally in the War on Terror. I can’t count how many “high level Al Queda” figures they captured for the USA (though they do seem unable or unwilling to land the big fish, Osama Bin Laden, himself). So maybe there’s some sensitivity on the part of the Bush administration to embarrassing Musharraf’s regime, since Khan is the “Father” of Pakistan’s bomb program, and a man already implicated in spreading nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya.
And you shouldn’t expect any investigation:
The Bush administration opted not to attend the hearings on the A.Q. Khan network conducted by the US Congressional Sub Committee on Terrorism and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. The committee met on May 25 and pointedly challenged Islamabad’s May 2 announcement that “the A.Q. Khan case was closed.”
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
— Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876
U.S. forces killed two Iraqi women — one of them about to give birth — when the troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials and relatives said Wednesday. Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, was being raced to the maternity hospital in Samarra by her brother when the shooting occurred Tuesday.
Jassim, the mother of two children, and her 57-year-old cousin, Saliha Mohammed Hassan, were killed by the U.S. forces, according to police Capt. Laith Mohammed and witnesses.
The U.S. military said coalition troops fired at a car after it entered a clearly marked prohibited area near an observation post but failed to stop despite repeated visual and auditory warnings.
“Shots were fired to disable the vehicle,” the military said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. “Coalition forces later received reports from Iraqi police that two women had died from gunshot wounds … and one of the females may have been pregnant.”
Jassim’s brother, who was wounded by broken glass, said he did not see any warnings as he sped his sister to the hospital. Her husband was waiting for her there.
“I was driving my car at full speed because I did not see any sign or warning from the Americans. It was not until they shot the two bullets that killed my sister and cousin that I stopped,” he said. “God take revenge on the Americans and those who brought them here. They have no regard for our lives.”
A couple sat by their daughter’s hospital bedside for weeks after an auto accident until she came out of a coma and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck. Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried.
In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma.
The two young women — both students at Indiana’s Taylor University — looked remarkably alike, and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones and cuts and bruises, and was in a neck brace.
The family of Laura VanRyn, 22, disclosed the mix-up Wednesday on a Web log that they had used to record detailed updates on the young woman’s recovery.
“Our hearts are aching as we have learned that the young woman we have been taking care of over the past five weeks has not been our dear Laura, but instead a fellow Taylor student of hers, Whitney Cerak,” the VanRyns said on the blog.
Wederom zijn opiniepeilingen niet betrouwbaar gebleken. Daar was ik liever op een andere manier achtergekomen.
— Rita Verdonk
Well, that was fast. Not eight days after Apple’s new flagship store was unveiled, Stevie J.’s fantastical glass elevator began acting a bit wonky, first opening and shutting its doors, then finally sealing in its passengers on the upper level. Apple store employees worked their hardest to release the bunch, but eventually the NYPD had to be called; the elevator’s hydraulic system had to be drained, and the confined group was let out in the store’s bowels (i.e. lower level). Everybody otherwise seemed okay, but as far as we know no one was gifted with a free iPod in exchange for the 45 minutes they spent trapped, encased in glass like so many specimens for study. Ah well, you can’t always help it when your elevator gets the spinning beach ball, now can you?
Polisen utförde idag en razzia mot The Pirate Bay, världens största Bittorrent- tracker. Sidan har i flera år varit en knutpunkt i världen för kulturintresserade människor i länder över hela världen. Allt från egenproducerade uppsatser till obskyr japansk musik till videos av Schlagerfinalen har spridits med hjälp av tekniken.
På själva servrarna har inget illegalt material funnits. Torrent-filerna, länkar som folk använder för att kopplas ihop och ladda det önskade materialet innehåller blott text som knappast är upphovsrättsskyddat.
“Antipiratbyrån har uppenbarligen vilselett polisen i det här fallet” uppger Tobias Andersson på Piratbyrån. “Man tycks ha intalat it-inkompetenta poliser att servrarna i fråga är fyllda med upphovsrättsskyddat material. Detta är ett grovt missbruk av skattepengar.”
“Samtidigt har ett flertal andra sidor som funnits på närliggande servrar beslagtagits. Häri ligger det grövsta övertrampet. Antipiratbyrån har tydligen lurat polisen att samtidigt stänga ner sina antagonister, Piratbyrån.”
“Piratbyrån har i 3 år verkat för en öppen debatt kring upphovsrättsfrågor och patent. Vi är mycket upprörda över att filmindustrin inte törs ta debatten, utan vill lura politiker och polis att kriminalisera motståndare och en stor del av svenska folket.”
“Rent praktiskt innebär det här såklart ingenting för världens fildelare. Det finns
tusentals andra sidor eller nätverk för dem att få det de vill ha. Folk byter bara ställe.
Fildelningen fungerar likt en hydra, huggs ett huvud av växer det snart ut två nya.”
Piratbyrån startades sommaren 2003 för att belysa och diskutera upphovsrättsfrågor. Piratbyrån menar att upphovsrätten i många fall har spelat ut sin roll och istället för att skydda tex artister snarare hindrar skapandet och göder ett fåtal. Sedan starten har cirka 60 000 medlemmar registrerat sig på hemsidan där man debatterar i forum och byter tips. Piratbyrån har även hållt föredrag i riksdagen, fört olika kampanjer och startat världens största bittorrent-tracker
The Bush administration’s decision to consider sitting down with the Iranian government underscores a central truth of diplomacy today: Nuclear weapons buy leverage.
For six years, President Bush and his aides have dismissed the idea of talking with Iran about its nuclear programs, and until last year gave little support to European efforts to restrain Iranian nuclear activity. Attempts by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, a moderate, to foster a dialogue were rejected, and even back-channel moves failed to gain traction.
Now, in perhaps the biggest foreign policy shift of his presidency, Bush has approved the idea of sitting down at the table with the Iranian government — one headed by a former student radical who denies the Holocaust. Attached to the U.S. offer was a stern condition: a verified suspension of Iran’s nuclear enrichment operations. But the offer overturned a long-standing taboo, and it came from an administration stocked with officials who have made little secret of their desire to overthrow the government in Tehran.
Hmm… perhaps more European countries should get themselves some nucular weapons.
Retailers begin stocking Microsoft Corp.’s new antivirus and computer security software suite today, marking the debut of a major competitor in the PC security market.
Microsoft’s OneCare product was available yesterday as a download from a company Web site. For $49.95, it will protect up to three computers with antivirus and anti-spyware software for a year, a price that undercuts much of the competition.
While Microsoft’s move has generated speculation about whether the software giant could take over this industry in the same way it has dominated the browser market for years, Wall Street was easy yesterday on rivals McAfee Inc. and Symantec Corp. Both companies’ share prices rose slightly, and both promised to roll out new products with multiple features and subscription pricing. AOL is also rolling out a beta, or test, version of its own PC protection suite, to be called TotalCare.
Microsoft now has a monetary reason to keep their operating systems insecure. Not fixing problems is now a profit center.
Yet another reason to avoid their crap.