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August 3, 2016

Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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June 10, 2016

Borussia Dortmund signs Emre Mor on a five-year deal

Borussia Dortmund signs Emre Mor on a five-year deal

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On Tuesday, German football club Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of 18-year-old winger Emre Mor from Danish club FC Nordsjælland on a five-year deal. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.

Cquote1.svg I am immensely looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and can hardly wait for the season to begin and to make my debut appearance for Borussia Cquote2.svg

—Emre Mor

Born in Denmark, Mor plays for Turkey at international level and is in the Turkish squad for UEFA Euro 2016. Since debuting in Danish Superliga in November, the teenager has scored two goals in thirteen appearances and provided two assists.

Sporting director of FC Nordsjælland congratulated Mor and said that the deal was the best in the club’s history. He also added that the club would follow Mor in the future and wished him well.

Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc praised Mor saying, “Emre Mor is a highly gifted young player with considerable versatility in attack and huge development potential”((de)).

After signing the deal, Mor said “I am immensely looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and can hardly wait for the season to begin and to make my debut appearance for Borussia”((de)).


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September 1, 2015

Biologist Nick Bos tells Wikinews about \’self-medicating\’ ants

Biologist Nick Bos tells Wikinews about ‘self-medicating’ ants

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Formica fusca, from file.
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Nick Bos, of the University of Helsinki, studies “the amazing adaptations social insects have evolved in order to fight the extreme parasite pressure they experience”. In a recently-accepted Evolution paper Bos and colleagues describe ants appearing to self-medicate.

Cquote1.svg I have no doubt that as time goes on, there will be more and more cases documented Cquote2.svg

The team used Formica fusca, an ant species that can form thousand-strong colonies. This common black ant eats other insects, and also aphid honeydew. It often nests in tree stumps or under rocks and foraging workers can sometimes be spotted climbing trees.

Some ants were infected with Beauveria bassiana, a fungus. Infected ants chose food laced with toxic hydrogen peroxide, whereas healthy ants avoided it. Hydrogen peroxide reduced infected ant fatalities by 15%, and the ants varied their intake depending upon how high the peroxide concentration was.

In the wild, Formica fusca can encounter similar chemicals in aphids and dead ants. The Independent reported self-medicating ants a first among insects.

Bos obtained his doctorate from the University of Copenhagen. He began postdoctoral research at Helsinki in 2012. He also runs the AntyScience blog. The blog aims to help address “a gap between scientists and ‘the general public’.” The name is a pun referencing ants, its primary topic, science, and “non-scientific” jargon-free communication. He now discusses his work with Wikinews.

Beauveria bassiana on a cicada in Bolivia.
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png What first attracted you to researching ants?

Nick Bos Me and a studymate were keeping a lot of animals during our studies, from beetles, to butterflies and mantids, to ants. We had the ants in an observation nest, and I could just look at them for hours, watching them go about. This was in my third year of Biology study I think. After a while I needed to start thinking about an internship for my M.Sc. studies, and decided to write a couple of professors. I ended up going to the Centre for Social Evolution at the University of Copenhagen where I did a project on learning in Ants under supervision of Prof. Patrizia d’Ettorre. I liked it so much there I ended up doing a PhD and I’ve been working on social insects ever since.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png What methods and equipment were used for this investigation?

NB This is a fun one. I try to work on a very low budget, and like to build most of the experimental setups myself (we actually have equipment in the lab nicknamed the ‘Nickinator’, ‘i-Nick’ and the ‘Nicktendo64’). There’s not that much money in fundamental science at the moment, so I try to cut the costs wherever possible. We collected wild colonies of Formica fusca by searching through old tree-trunks in old logging sites in southern Finland. We then housed the ants in nests I made using Y-tong [aerated concrete]. It’s very soft stone that you can easily carve. We carved out little squares for the ants to live in (covered with old CD covers to prevent them escaping!). We then drilled a tunnel to a pot (the foraging arena), where the ants got the choice between the food with medicine and the food without.
We infected the ants by preparing a solution of the fungus Beauveria bassiana. Afterwards, each ant was dipped in the solution for a couple of seconds, dried on a cloth and put in the nest. After exposing the ants to the fungus, we took pictures of each foraging arena three times per day, and counted how many ants were present on each food-source.

Example of aerated concrete, which provided a home for the subjects.
Image: Marco Bernardini.

This gave us the data that ants choose more medicine after they have been infected.
The result that healthy ants die sooner when ingesting ROS [Reactive Oxygen Species, the group of chemicals that includes hydrogen peroxide] but infected ants die less was obtained in another way (as you have to ‘force feed’ the ROS, as healthy ants, when given the choice, ignore that food-source.)
For this we basically put colonies on a diet of either food with medicine or without for a while. And afterwards either infected them or not. Then for about two weeks we count every day how many ants died. This gives us the data to do a so-called survival analysis.
We measured the ROS-concentration in the bodies of ants after they ingested the food with the medicine using a spectrophotometer. By adding certain chemicals, the ROS can be measured using the emission of light of a certain wave-length.
The detrimental effect of ROS on spores was easy to measure. We mixed different concentrations of ROS with the spores, plated them out on petridishes with an agar-solution where fungus can grow on. A day after, we counted how many spores were still alive.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png How reliable do you consider your results to be?

NB The results we got are very reliable. We had a lot of colonies containing a lot of ants, and wherever possible we conducted the experiment blind. This means the experimenter doesn’t know which ants belong to which treatment, so it’s impossible to influence the results with ‘observer bias‘. However, of course this is proof in just one species. It is hard to extrapolate to other ants, as different species lead very different lives.
Cquote1.svg At the moment it seems that sick ants mostly take care of the problem themselves Cquote2.svg

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Where did the ants and fungus you used come from? How common are they in the wild?

NB For ants, see above about the collection.
This species of fungus does appear in Finland, but we chose to use a different strain from Denmark (with thanks to Prof. J. Eilenberg and the laboratory technician Louise Lee Munch Larsen from the University of Copenhagen). Animals can adapt to local strains (‘local adaptation’), and just to make sure we thought it would be good to use a strain of fungus that the ants definitely did not evolve specific resistances against. This means that the reaction of the ants (to self-medicate) is very likely to be a general response, and not just against their local fungal enemies.

The Univeristy of Helsinki from file.
Image: Smaug.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Are there any ethical considerations around exposing ants to toxins and parasites?

NB Legally, no. Insects do not have any ‘rights’ as such regarding ethics. That said, we do take measures to not make them ‘suffer unnecessarily’. For example, dissections are done when the ants are anesthetized (either by CO2 or Ice), and when ants need to be killed, we do it in alcohol, which kills the ants in a matter of seconds. So while the ants do not have ‘rights’ as such, we still try to handle them with as much respect as possible (even though the experiment involves infecting them with a deadly fungus).
But even though the 12,000 ants in our study sounds like a lot (and it is), this is negligible in the ‘grand scheme of things’. It has been calculated that in the Netherlands alone, nearly a trillion insects die against just the licence-plates of cars every six months. I don’t own a car, so that means I’m excused right? 😉

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png This is the first evidence for self-medicating insects. How widespread do you think this phenomenon could be in reality?

NB It’s not actually the first evidence for self-medication in insects. Moths and fruit flies definitely do it, and there’s evidence in honey bees and bumble-bees as well. So it seems to be quite wide-spread in the insect world. I have no doubt that as time goes on, there will be more and more cases documented. Insects (and animals in general) seem to be quite good at taking care of themselves.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png How might ants locate healing substances in the wild?

NB Very good question. This is something that’s important to know. If they would only do it in the lab, the behaviour wouldn’t be very interesting. We have some guesses where they might get it from, but at the moment we don’t know yet. That said, I plan to investigate this question (among others) further [in] the next couple of years.

Another file photo of Formica fusca, this time showing foraging workers feeding.
Image: Sedeer El-Showk.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png For your PhD you researched ants’ scent-based communications. Could healthy ants perhaps tell other ants are infected and encourage this behaviour?

NB There’s not much known about this. There’s conflicting evidence about whether sick ants actually smell different from healthy ones or not. At the moment it seems that sick ants mostly take care of the problem themselves. Sick ants stop most interaction with nestmates and especially brood, and leave the nest to die in isolation. This is probably for reducing chance of infecting nestmates, but of course it also reduces the work load of their nest-mates, as their corpse doesn’t have to be dragged out etc.
So as an answer to the question, I would find it unlikely that such a behaviour would evolve, but it’s not known yet.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Ants generally avoided the peroxide if they were healthy, but in some circumstances might they try to build resistance against infection in advance?

NB Who knows? Also not known yet unfortunately. That said, there is a very interesting study about resin collection in ants. Wood ants collect tree-resin, which has anti-microbial properties. They collect this even if not infected, and when you infect them, they don’t collect more of the resin than normal. So basically it seems like they collect it in order to keep diseases out of the nest, so they stop the disease before it can actually infect them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Are there plans to follow this research up? Might you research other species? Other substances?

NB I first want to find out where they get it from in nature. There might be many sources of medicine (recent evidence suggests that tobacco plays a similar role for bumble bees). Dalial Freitak, who is also on this paper is currently running tests with Ph.D. student Siiri Fuchs (who is also on the paper) with other substances to see if any have the same effect as H2O2 [hydrogen peroxide].
Once the behaviour has been well described in this species of ant, I might do a comparison with other species. For example, once we find the source of the medicine in nature… would species without access to this source also have evolved the same behaviour in the lab? And if so… where would they get it from?
Also… can ants medicate their friends? 🙂

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png What other research are you working on right now?

NB Phew…lots! 🙂
I still have some questions left unanswered from my Ph.D. work related to how ants recognize who is a friend and who isn’t. I also started collaborating with Prof. Michael Poulsen from the University of Copenhagen on immunity in fungus-growing termites, as well as their chemical recognition abilities. Furthermore we’re working on social parasitism in wood-ants (ants have lots of animals exploiting the nest for shelter and resources, which all somehow have to get in to the fortress without getting killed).



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February 15, 2015

Police shoot dead suspect in Copenhagen attacks

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Police shoot dead suspect in Copenhagen attacks

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Police in Denmark have shot dead a man they believe was responsible for two gun attacks that killed two people in Copenhagen yesterday. Police had kept a property in the Nørrebro district of the city under surveillance. When the man returned to the property, they confronted him and shot him in the ensuing fire fight.

Jorgen Skov, a police investigator, said “nothing at this point suggests there were other perpetrators” than the man shot today. Yesterday, he was allegedly involved in two shooting incidents in the city.

The first shooting took place in a café at the Krudttoenden cultural center which was hosting a discussion about blasphemy and free speech, relating to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who organised the meeting, was subjected to death threats following publication of a number of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. Vilks’ website says the event was timed to coincide with the fatwa placed on the British novelist Salman Rushdie. The event also hosted Inna Shevchenko, an activist with the feminist protest group FEMEN.

François Zimeray, France’s ambassador to Denmark, attended the event. He told reporters: “They shot from the outside [and] had the same intention as Charlie Hebdo, only they didn’t manage to get in[…] Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, and the police here are saying 200. Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor.”

The second attack yesterday took place outside a synagogue in the Krystalgade area of Copenhagen. The attacker shot and killed, according to the local Jewish community, Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old Jewish man who was volunteering as a security guard outside the synagogue while a bat mitzvah service was held inside.

Floral tributes outside the synagogue.
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Following the attacks, police released a description and photo of the suspect: he was depicted wearing a black puffer jacket, carrying a black bag, wearing a maroon balaclava, aged between 25 and 30 with a black automatic weapon. The chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters: “We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents.”

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish Prime Minister, said yesterday: “We feel certain now that it’s a politically motivated attack, and thereby it is a terrorist attack.”

Lars Vilks in a statement to Associated Press said he believed the first attack was directed at him: “What other motive could there be? It’s possible it was inspired by Charlie Hebdo”.

World leaders have condemned the shooting. French President François Hollande described the attacks as “deplorable” and promised the Danish “full solidarity of France in this trial”. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “I condemn the shootings in Copenhagen. Free speech must always be protected.” British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Sickened by shooting at free speech event in Copenhagen. My thoughts are with the people of the city and country.”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Australian government “condemns the shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen overnight” and “[t]he thoughts of all Australians are with the people of Denmark and, in particular, the family of the victim who lost his life and the police officers injured in this brutal act of terror. As with the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in Paris, the Copenhagen attack is an affront to one of our most fundamental values — freedom of speech. We stand with the people and government of Denmark in confronting this cynical attempt to undermine that fundamental right.”



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September 1, 2012

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 13 gold medals and 34 medals in total. Australia comes second with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 31, 2012

China leads the medal race after day 2 of competition at the London Paralympics

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Friday, August 31, 2012

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 34 total, 13 of them gold. Australia comes in second, with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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June 23, 2012

One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event

One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event

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Following the Olympic Team Qualifying Tournament in Ogden, Utah this week, Australia earned spots for only one male and female archer to represent the country at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

At the 2012 Oceania Championships, Australia qualified a male and female archer to represent Australia at the Olympics. The Ogden-based qualifying competition was an opportunity for Australia to qualify additional archers and both a men’s and a women’s team with three available spots for each.

On the men’s team side, with Taylor Worth, Sky Kim, and Ryan Tyack representing the country, Australia beat Turkey 214–204 in the 1/8th round, then beat Romania 216–203 to qualify for the semi-finals. Australia’s men lost to India 209–221 to go into the bronze medal match, where they lost to Chinese Taipei 214–216. With only the top three national teams qualifying, Australia did not qualify for the last available Olympic spot for the men’s team event.

On the women’s side, the Australian team of Elisa Barnard, Alice Ingley, and Deonne Bridger was eliminated early on and did not advance to the knockout round.

In the men’s individual elimination competition, Tyack beat Peart of Great Britain 6–4 and lost to Duenas of Canada 3–7. Worth beat Hristov of Bulgaria 6–0, fellow Australian Kim 6–2, and the United States’s Ellison 6–4 and Wukie 6–4, before losing to Luis of Mexico 3–7. Kim beat Gankin of Kazakhstan 6–4 before losing to his teammate Worth. Matthew Masonwells beat Curchod of Switzerland 6–2 before losing to Tilmaz of Turkey 3–7.

In the women’s individual elimination competition, Alice Ingley went out in the first round following a 2–6 loss to Lee of Canada. Deonne Bridger also went out in the first round following a loss to Oyunsuren of Mongolia. Elisa Barnard had more success, beating Gonzalez of Mexico 7–3 and Jager of Denmark 6–4 before being eliminated 4–6 in a match against Oliver of Great Britain.

Australia will likely be sending Western Australian Taylor Worth and New South Walesman Elisa Barnard to the Games, continuing a tradition of Australian archers competing at the Olympics since the sport was re-introduced to the programme in 1972.



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April 25, 2012

Critics of Danish Security and Intelligence Service

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Danish Security and Intelligence Service (DNIS – PET) detained the Finnish professor charging of meeting four spies (espionage agents). Professor Timo Kivimäki is a peace and conflict negotiator meeting international parties from several countries. Professor Timo Kivimäki was arrested on Thursday 12.4.2012. He was charged on 28 March. He is professor of international politics at the University of Copenhagen. According to Danish Weekendavisen 49 year old professor is accused of mild espionage and assisting Russian spies in Denmark. Professor denies. Kivimäki admitted contact with Russian diplomates in realtion to conflicts in Irak and Afghanistan and discussions of Arktis. He denies knowing diplomates being spies as claimed by DNIS (PET). The charges are related to Kivimäki’s attempts to resolve disputes of Arctic Ocean. He is claimed assisting spies in Denmark. This is first time anyone is in court based on the Danish Criminal Law § 108.

The trial is in secret and the reason for the trial is secret. Ms. Kivimäki has given statement believing his trial was based on the Danish DNIS (PET) willingness to access his non public and secret papers. The way the trial is conducted confirms that Danish police may use the trial for that purposes. In public is informed that Kivimäki would have given list of students for Russians for the planned international negotiation for the Arctic area protection. In Finland the list of students of all academic courses are always on the blackboards easily available for anyone interested.

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Arctic

According to Dean Ms. Liisa Laakso of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki the charges are related to Kivimäki’s attempts and reports on how to resolve disputes of arctic area waters. Connected to this Kivimäki had discussions with the Russian diplomats that are now accused to be spies.

Methane hydrates under the frozen sea in the Arctic area can cause a massive methane releases. How big, is under investigation. One Russian American study directed by Igor Semiletov will be published in April 2012. Massive methane emissions have caused mass extinctions 55 and 251 million years ago. Atmosphere methane content is now estimated as 5 billion tones and annual methane emissions as 600 million tons. IPCC estimated the methane share as 1/3 of the climate change gases in 2007. The carbon storage under the East Siberian area is estimated as 1,400 billion tons in total in different carbon forms. The more the Arctic sea ice will smelt, the higher is the risk for the methane emissions in the atmosphere. At worst it could cause a fast warming, a climate jump. North ice cover was 17,000 km2 in 1979 and 4,000 km2 in 2011. In the end of March 2012 member nations of the Arctic CouncilCanada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US – met to try to set some minimum rules to protect the region against pollution. The Arctic is probably the most environmentally sensitive region on the planet. Few treaties exist to protect it.

Methane is detected near surface of Arctic ocean. Gas has no carbon monoxide – so it does not come from man-made combustion. A report in Nature Geoscience suggests that also huge ‘surges’ of methane are released by melting permafrost.

Kivimäki

Timo Kivimäki has worked in Copenhagen since 1999. Kivimäki is suspended as professor during the legal process. Kivimäki is suspended since January/February 2011. Kivimäki was professor at the University of Helsinki during 1996-1999 and has student supervision tasks ongoing. The claimed analyses concern Irak, Iran and Arktis. According to media he has made security analyses and reports for many diplomates and governments including the Russians.

He has worked in the peace negotiations for over 20 years including Aceh, West Kalimantan, Papua and Burma/Myanmar. In his work he has met hundreds of diplomats and decision makers. At the time of the arrest DNIS did not know all the names of their suspected diplomates or how they look.

Secret data to DNIS

According to Professor DNIS asked in 2005 from him secret and confidential information from Aceh war discussions. Professor refused to give information. He considered it spying. He also pointed out that Denmark is a NATO country unlike Finland. However, according to Professor now based on these new claims DNIS has had opportunity to read all these secret papers and all other his notes and discussions. His telephone discussions to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finland) have been translated. Danish Intelligence has acquired his confidential contacts in the peace and democracy development projects funded by Finland and the European Union. This is in conflict with the interest of Finland.

Interrogation

According to the professor he was interrogated in total for 350 – 400 hours since September 2010. His normal life was not possible. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service used the sleep debt method in the interrogation and prevented professor to have his asthma medicine 11 p.m. in the evening. The suspicion cut contacts to colleagues for 19 months and may disturb his imago. The interrogations were not recorded. DNIS does not report its activity. There is no way to control the activity of DSIS. Also the trial is announced to be secret.

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SUPO Finnish Security Intelligence Service

University is suprised.

Finnish Security Intelligence Service SUPO did not know for a long tome of the case. SUPO does not comment the case. According to yle news the claimed suspect is slight spying for the Russia. Professor denies

Denmark

Ministry of Justice (Denmark), which will conduct the trial, try to convince the Foreign Ministry Villy Søvndal (Socialistisk Folkeparti), to keep trial public.

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  • Russians arrested environmental expert Knuuttila in Russia

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September 17, 2011

Denmark elects new centre-left coalition and prime minister

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The leader of Denmark’s Social Democrats Helle Thorning-Schmidt is positioned to become the country’s first female prime minister following the election of the “red bloc”, a centre-left coalition, on Thursday. The coalition would include members of the Social Democrats, the Socialist People’s Party and potentially Social Liberal Party and members of the Red-Green Alliance, and replaces the centre-right coalition government that has been in power for the last ten years.

Incumbent prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said that he “will hand in the government’s resignation to the Queen” as “[t]here is no longer a basis for remaining in government”.

Thorning-Schmidt plans to increase taxes, invest in education and welfare, and also introduce a plan to increase working hours by twelve minutes a day to create an extra hour of productivity each week. Despite not being part of the euro zone, Denmark has a deficit which has been predicted to rise next year to 4.6% of GDP. Following the financial crisis in 2008, nine Danish banks have been taken into state control.

The new prime minister is the daughter-in-law of former leader of Britain’s Labour Party Neil Kinnock. Before entering Danish politics, she was elected in 1999 to the European Parliament but did not run for a second term. She ran successfully for leadership of the Social Democrats in 2005.



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