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November 18, 2010

Vettel becomes youngest Formula One champion

Vettel becomes youngest Formula One champion

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Under the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu-Dhabi‘s floodlights, German driver Sebastian Vettel added a new Formula One record to his list as youngest winner of the championship at 23 years. On Saturday, Vettel took the title at the final race of this year’s competition.

Starting from pole position, the Red Bull Racing driver led the race right through except during pit stops, when reigning world champion Jenson Button led for a few laps.

Sebastian Vettel is the youngest Formula-1 world champion at the age of 23 years

Championship leader Fernando Alonso started the race 11 points ahead of Mark Webber. With 25 points for a win, 18 for second and 15 for third, the Spaniard only needed to finish second to secure his third world championship. With a 15-point lag behind Alonso, Sebastian Vettel was third in the championship standings; winning the championship depended on neither Alonso nor Webber finishing on the podium.

A major accident between Michael Schumacher and Vintantonio Liuzzi on the first lap of the race triggered deployment of the safety car. Alonso and Webber were among drivers who decided to make earlier than planned pit stops while racing was resricted. However, they rejoined the track behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov, who proved extremely difficult to overtake. Both remained stuck behind Petrov for the remainder of the race, finishing 7th and 8th respectively to score 6 and 4 points.

Sebastian Vettel went on to win the race ahead of the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, scoring 25 championship points to give a total of 256 – only 4 ahead of Alonso.

Vettel had never previously led this year’s contest. He had to wait until championship favorites Alonso and Webber crossed the finish line in 7th and 8th positions respectively before receiving the news by team radio. With his voice breaking among tears and laughter, Vettel thanked his team for their efforts throughout the season. He won five races from ten pole positions.

Since the start of his F1 career, Vettel’s name has repeatedly entered record books.

In 2007, he replaced an injured Robert Kubica in the United States Grand Prix. Finishing 8th and collecting one championship point; this his first record was youngest driver to score a point in F1.

In 2008, Vettel had the opportunity to race for a full season with Toro Rosso, winning what remains that team’s only race victory. At the Italian Grand Prix, he became the youngest driver to qualify in pole position and youngest race winner.

In 2009, he moved to Red Bull Racing, scoring that team’s first pole position and first race victory. He went on to finish second in the world championship.



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June 26, 2010

Fiji joins the Non-Aligned Movement

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Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced Wednesday night that Fiji had joined the Non-Aligned Movement.

Bainimarama described this decision as way to refocus Fiji’s relationships away from its traditional trading partners of Australia and New Zealand, towards countries outside of the South Pacific. Joining the Non-Aligned Movement would support the “Look North policy which involves developing relationships with countries outside the southern Pacific sphere,” he said. The Fijian Cabinet of Ministers had agreed to start the process of becoming a member of the Non-Aligned Movement in late February.

The Non-Aligned Movement is an organisation of states that consider themselves to be in a position of neutrality towards the major powers and the associated power blocs. The stated purpose of the organisation according to the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics.”

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated that today’s Non-Aligned Movement “has adopted the broader principles of multilateralism, equality and mutual non-aggression and has morphed into a tool for strengthening leverage when negotiating with the developed world.” As of the 2009 conference, there were 118 member countries and 17 observer countries representing almost two-third of the United Nations member nations and over half of the world population.

This decision came shortly after a meeting with Mohammed Omar Abdulla the undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development for Abu Dhabi. Bainimarama was in Abu Dhabi along with the leaders of several other small pacific island states for a summit with the Arab League entitled “Prospects for Cooperation between the Arab world and the Pacific Islands.”

Fiji has been looking for trade partnerships with non-traditional partners such as China and India, due to trade sanctions imposed by Fiji’s traditional trading partners Australian and New Zealand following the 2006 coup.



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March 30, 2010

Body of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan found in Moroccan lake

Body of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan found in Moroccan lake

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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The body of Emirati Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been found in a lake near Rabat, Morocco. Sheikh Ahmed had been missing since his glider plane crashed four days ago.

Sheikh Ahmed was the managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority at the time of his death. He was the son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and although he was the brother of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed he was not in the immediate line for succession.

The Spanish pilot survived the crash and is at the hospital in stable condition. Divers from several countries including Morocco, France, Spain, the United States, and the UAE all helped search for the missing Sheikh. The search had become more complicated after heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Sheikh Ahmed’s funeral will be held on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.



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December 14, 2009

Dubai receives bailout from Abu Dhabi

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The resort Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is one of several high-profile projects by the property firm Nakheel, a subsidiary of the state-owned Dubai World, which will receive about $4 billion dollars.
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The government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has agreed to give US$10 billion to its neighboring emirate, allowing the state-owned Dubai World conglomerate to repay its immediate debt obligations. Dubai says more than $4 billion of the injection will be given to Dubai World’s property firm, Nakheel, to repay its Islamic bond that matures Monday. The remaining funds will go towards additional expenses.

News of the last-minute bailout caused Asian stocks to rebound and pushed European shares up, which saw gains for a third straight session. Markets in the UAE also rose, with Dubai’s index moving up by 10 percent and Abu Dhabi’s jumping by seven percent. Despite the good news, Algebra Capital Managing Director Dino Kronfol says Dubai is not out of the woods yet. “This is not something that is going to be resolved in a matter of weeks. It’s going to take some time,” Kronfol said. “It’s going to involve restructuring and we’ll have to see how that transpires. But nonetheless, this is a positive development today.”

The situation is completely different from just a few weeks ago, when Dubai World shook up global markets by asking for a standstill on its $26 billion debt. The government of Dubai made matters worse when it announced it would not guarantee the state-owned company’s bills.

Dubai World’s creditors still need to approve the standstill and effectively have until December 28 to make a decision. That is when the grace period of Nakheel’s bond ends. The government of Dubai has issued a new law allowing the conglomerate to file for bankruptcy if its restructuring is not successful. But Kronfol says, if the process focuses on necessary aspects, it will succeed.

“If the restructuring actually deals with Dubai’s contingent liabilities,” Kronfol said, “as a long-term solution, this actually really will help put the whole debt situation of Dubai behind us and really allow the markets to look more positively at 2010 and beyond.”

Government sources say Dubai World’s restructuring process could include asset sales, but they would be limited to the Nakheel and Limitless companies and not include Istithmar World, which owns U.S. Luxury retailer Barneys.



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November 8, 2009

Germany wins 2009 Race of Champions in Beijing, Sebastian Vettel wins 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Germany wins 2009 Race of Champions in Beijing, Sebastian Vettel wins 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher together with F1 racer Sebastian Vettel won the Nations Cup for Germany at the Race of Champions on Tuesday. The event was held at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

The winning duo beat the Brittish team of the new Formula One world champion Jenson Button and three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx.

The individual contest was won by Mattias Ekstrom, former DTM champion, who defeated Schumacher on Wednesday.

Red Bull driver Vettel also won the FIA Formula One 2009 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier on November 1st at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton was overtaken by Vettel after his first pit stop and then was forced to return to the pits soon after and quit the race after suffering a brakes problem.

Sebastian Vettel driving at 2009 Abu Dhabi GP
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Vettel’s teammate and winner of the previous Grand Prix Mark Webber came second and the current season champion Jenson Button won the third place on the podium for Brawn GP after pushing Webber very hard on the dying laps of the race with a gap of about half a second at the finish line.

Cquote1.svg There is only one step we can make for the team ranking, for the constructors, as well as for the drivers’ championship, for myself. So there is no question about the target. Cquote2.svg

—Sebastian Vettel

Rubens Barrichello was able to mantain 4th place, having been overtaken only by his teammate Button.

Nick Heidfeld took fifth in BMW ‘s final race. Both Toyota cars of Kamui Kobayashi and Jarno Trulli also drove the full race to finish on the back of Heidfeld. Sébastien Buemi closed the top eight for Toro Rosso.

Thus, Sebastian Vettel took the second place in the championship from Barrichello at the finale of 2009 season. Vettel claimed he will aim to become a champion next year. “There is only one step we can make for the team ranking, for the constructors, as well as for the drivers’ championship, for myself. So there is no question about the target,” Vettel said after the race.



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March 5, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: March 5, 2009

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A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, March 5, 2009.

ICC Champions Trophy for cricket may be relocated

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The eighth ICC Champions Trophy for cricket in 2009 involving the top eight test playing countries could be moved away from Sri Lanka due to weather concerns during the month of October. The tournament is scheduled for October 2009, which is the peak rainy season and one of the wettest months in Sri Lanka. The tournament was supposed to be played in Pakistan in September 2008 but was postponed over security issues.

The main options currently being considered are Perth, Australia, Johannesburg-Pretoria, South Africa and Dubai-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This was confirmed by ICC’s general manager, Dave Richardson. He said that the cricket tournament could be played within a 12 day window in two or more grounds that are located within a short distance to reduce travel time for the teams. He said the decision would be made during the ICC board meeting in Dubai in April.

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US Supreme Court rules against limits on medical tort claims

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Wyeth v. Levine which tested whether plaintiffs can sue pharmaceutical companies for damages caused by FDA approved medication.

The court upheld a judgment against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for US$6.7 million that had been awarded to Diana Levine. Levine, a musician, received the drug Phenergan for migrane headaches. It was improperly administered and punctured an artery. Gangrene set in and her right arm was amputated within several weeks.

The court voted 6-3 in favor of Levine.

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SPL: Rangers 0 – 1 Inverness CT

The last-place team in the Scottish Premier League, Inverness CT, went to Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday hoping to avoid another loss at the hands of Rangers FC. Inverness had already been beaten by a total of 0 – 8 in their last two meetings with the Rangers, comprised of a 0 – 3 defeat at home and a 5 – 0 thumping on their last trip to Ibrox. It seemed Rangers would be in control again as they had a bevy of chances early on, including a shot from Saša Papac that was cleared by Grant Munro just before it crossed the goal-line. After thirty minutes, Kenny Miller appeared to score for Rangers, but he was adjudged to be offside and his goal was disallowed. Inverness continued to stymie the Rangers’ offence into the second half. Their efforts were finally rewarded when David Weir was sent off in injury time for a hard tackle on David Proctor. Ian Black converted the penalty kick. Inverness escape the drop zone with the win and Rangers give up the lead of the SPL to Celtic FC, who defeated Kilmarnock FC by 2 – 1.

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November 18, 2008

Pakistan wins Fortune Cup defeating West Indies by 3-0

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Pakistan defeated West Indies by 31 runs in the third and last match of cricket played at Abu Dhabi to win the Fortune Cup 3-nil on Sunday.

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The competition was a series of One Day International matches (ODI), each of 50 overs. Pakistan won Wednesday’s opening match in a thrilling finish. Kamran Akmal’s heroic last over opened with 2 sixes and scored 17 in five balls, in response to a score of 294 from the West Indies.

In the second ODI on Friday, Pakistan won by 24 runs. Pakistan bat first and scored 232 all out in 49 overs. On the other hand, West Indies were all out in 48.5 overs scoring 208. Sohail Tanvir earned Friday’s Man of the Match award by taking two wickets, after scoring 26 runs on just 20 balls.

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Match Pakistan West Indies Result
1st 295-6 in 49.5 overs 294-9 in 50 overs Pakistan won by 4 wickets
2nd 232 all out in 49 overs 208 all out in 48.5 overs Pakistan won by 24 runs
3rd 273-6 in 50 overs 242 all out in 46.3 overs Pakistan won by 31 runs



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February 11, 2008

Abu Dhabi starts constructing \’green city\’

Abu Dhabi starts constructing ‘green city’

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An artist’s concept of the city. Notice the wind turbines and monorail-like tracks and ‘pods’.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has started construction of its so called ‘green city’ which will be named Masdar City. It is a city which is designed to have no carbon emissions, cars, or waste. It will cost $22 billion (£11 billion) and take eight years to make. It will be able to hold a population of 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses. The city will cover 1,483 acres (6.00 km²).

The city was designed by Foster and Partners, a British company.

“No one has ever built a zero-carbon city before. Nor one producing zero waste or fully powered by renewable energy. Masdar City will accomplish all three,” said Sultan Al Jaber.

The city will have a personal electrical power supply mainly from two renewable energy sources: wind turbines and solar panels. Water will be provided through a solar-powered desalination plant and air conditioning will be provided naturally from wind towers.

It is planned to save more than $2 billion in oil over the next 25 years along with creating more than 70 000 jobs.

Cquote1.svg We are creating a city where residents and commuters will live the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint. Cquote2.svg

—Al Jaber

The immense project will be supported by a company created for it called ‘Masdar Initiative’, which will develop and commercialise clean energy technologies. It will also be supported by the WWF, a global conservation charity, and it is hoped that international joint ventures will bring in more money.

Some people fear that Masdar will become a domain for the luxury development of the rich, because the city is located by Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Dr Al Jaber said, “We are often asked why we are setting our goal so high. Our answer is because someone must… Someone must push the envelope to create the solution that we, as a global community, so urgently require.”



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January 14, 2008

George Bush arrives in Saudi Arabia as part of his Middle East visit

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United States President George Bush has arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to attempt to encourage support for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and U.S.-led efforts to contain Iran.

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Mr. Bush is using this tour of the Middle East to ask Arab allies of the USA to provide diplomatic and financial backing to Palestinian leaders involved in negotiations with Israel.

In a speech on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the president also urged Gulf states to join Washington in confronting Iran, which he called “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.”

Sunni Arab Gulf states have maintained relations with Iran despite their concerns about the Shi’ite country’s regional influence.

Mr. Bush’s talks with Saudi leaders also are expected to cover arms sales.

Before heading to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bush visited Dubai briefly. He told a round table of young Arab leaders there that America respects their religion and wants to work together in peace.

Sunday, in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Bush accused Iran of sending arms or financial support to militants in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Iran denies such allegations and accuses Washington of trying to spread anti-Iranian sentiment in the region.

According to many reporters George Bush has kept a strong relationship with the Saudi royal family, who are often considered as allies of the United States.

President Bush is due to leave Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for Egypt, the final stop on his Mideast tour before his return to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.



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January 13, 2008

Bush warns gulf States of Iran \’threat\’

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In a speech in Abu Dhabi today, George W. Bush said that he considered Iran a threat to the stability in the Middle East. He said that he believes the government of Iran is supporting extremism. In the speech he also addressed the people of other countries in the Middle East in a speech that appears to be designed to persuade leaders in the Middle East to support his negotiations.

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He also said that Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, listing Tehran’s support for extremists in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories.

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President Bush added that he believes Iran “sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world, while its own people face repression and hardship at home,” .

Bush told Iran’s neighbors that the kind of extremism embraced by the government in Iran stands in opposition to their hopes for a better future for the Middle East.

He said Iran provides a vivid contrast to other countries in the region that are moving toward greater freedom and openness to the world. He said no one should doubt America’s commitment to help those leaders who embrace change, pointing to the assistance the United States gave nations in Asia and Europe devastated during World War Two.

Mr. Bush continued, saying that “the United States has no desire for territory.” He also said that he believes “stability can only come through a free and just Middle East where the extremists are marginalized by millions of moms and dads who want the same opportunities for their children that we have for ours.”

The speech came roughly mid-way through a Middle East trip that has taken President Bush to Israel and the West Bank, where he sought to encourage peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

He said he came away encouraged, adding that even though talks on the parameters of a Palestinian state are just beginning, hopes are high.

“We will encourage reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people, foster reconciliation between Israelis and Arabs and build a foundation for lasting peace that will contribute to every state in the Gulf,” he said.

The president is visiting several Gulf states on this trip, he came to the United Arab Emirates from Bahrain – the headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet. While there, he visited a naval facility that provides support for U.S. forces in Iraq.



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