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September 24, 2005

Sydney Swans win AFL premiership after 72 years in classic match

Sydney Swans win AFL premiership after 72 years in classic match

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

After 72 long years, long suffering fans of the Sydney Swans football club will be toasting their club’s success as they defeated the West Coast Eagles of Perth today in the AFL Grand Final by a score of 8.10 (58) to 7.12 (54), a victory of four points. This gives the Swans, formerly based in South Melbourne before moving to Sydney in 1982, their first premiership since 1933.

Sydney captain Barry Hall and West Coast goalsneak Adam Hunter both kicked two goals in a low-scoring affair. West Coast kicked the first goal, and then proceeded to kick another after Sydney replied. The Swans went on to kick five unanswered goals (6 points) to take a 20-point lead into halftime, while the Eagles could manage a handful of behinds (1 point).

The Eagles came alive in the third quarter, and at three-quarter time reduced the deficit to two points thanks to picked-up performances from West Coast stars like David Wirrapunda and Brownlow Medal winner Ben Cousins. However, attempts at goal were wasted as West Coast failed to capitalize throughout the game at many scoring opportunities.

West Coast gained the lead 15 minutes in the final quarter thanks largely in part to a misjudged short kick by Luke Ablett which was caught by Cousins right in the front of the goal. This would bring the Eagle lead up to 10, before Amon Buchanan’s goal erased the deficit. The Eagles mounted a spirited charge in the dying minutes, but a timely saving mark by Leo Barry seconds before the final siren was the final nail in West Coast’s coffin. Chris Judd won the Norm Smith Medal for being voted the best-on-ground, becoming the fourth person to win this honour while representing the losing side.

The grand final was Sydney and West Coast’s fourth meeting of the season, with both teams splitting the home-and-away series. The Eagles had defeated the Swans by the same Grand Final-winning margin in the Qualifying final at Subiaco Oval three weeks ago, and it is a vindication for the Swans, who lost that match on a number of questionable umpiring decisions which the AFL’s chief umpire Jeff Gieschen later admitted were incorrect.

The Swans had also come under great criticism earlier in the year from footy commentators and AFL Commissioner Andrew Demetriou for their now premiership-winning tactics, which was criticized as “boring” and, in the words of Demetriou, would lead the Swans to “lose more games than they would win” this season, but the Swans achievement forced Demetriou to backtrack his words days before the Grand Final.

91,898 footy fans of all stripes and locales packed the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the game, which was opened with entertainment from the likes of Delta Goodrem (singing I Am Australian), the finalists of Australian Idol (performing Waltzing Matilda), Dame Edna and Michael Buble.

John Steven’s (Sydney Swans fan) later remarked “This was one of the most exciting, gripping and enthralling matches I have ever witnessed.”

This game will certainly leave a mark in the record books.

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US Chief Justice candidate John Roberts\’ nomination goes to full Senate

US Chief Justice candidate John Roberts’ nomination goes to full Senate

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Saturday, September 24, 2005 The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Supreme Court Chief Justice candidate John Roberts in a vote of 13–5 on September 22. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on Monday before a having a full vote later in the week. The five members who voted No on Roberts were Senators Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, Charles Schumer, and Richard Durbin. The thirteen members who voted Yes were the Republicans in the committee as well as Democrats Patrick Leahy, Herb Kohl, and Russ Feingold. It is likely that the Senate will confirm Roberts to the Supreme Court.

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Bomb explodes in Belarusian city

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Bomb explodes in Belarusian city

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A bomb exploded in the Belarusian city of Vitebsk, injuring about forty-six people. The Thursday evening blast originated from a cafe in the city, which had an open-air structure and also had a dance floor, attracting many people. The bomb itself was planted in a flower bed next to the cafe.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations has said that four of the forty-six people have been critically injured, and twenty-one more have been hospitalized. Local police have not found a suspect in the incident.

The Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said, “I understand that it is very hard to stay intact in the midst of this boiling pot of terrorism. Why do we think that terrorism is far away from us and cannot occur here? The society should be on the alert.” Lukashenko called on citizens to aid law enforcement agencies during an address to the 39th congress of the Belarussian Youth Union.

No suspect has been found in an earlier bombing incident that occurred in Vitebsk less than two weeks ago. An explosive beer can or metal box, laced with nails, was placed near a bus station. The detonation of the bomb also came from a flower bed and injured two people in the blast.

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US army whistleblowers allege widespread torture of Iraqi detainees

US army whistleblowers allege widespread torture of Iraqi detainees

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Human Rights Watch yesterday released a report containing new and detailed allegations, by three serving US army officers, of widespread torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees by American forces, at Forward Operating Base Mercury, near Fallujah.

Prisoners are alleged to have been severely beaten, forced into painful “stress positions”, deprived of sleep, denied food and water, subjected to extremes of hot and cold, and to have had chemical substances applied to their skin and eyes.

Some of the abuses were specifically ordered by Military Intelligence personnel, prior to prisoner interrogations, say the officers. In other cases, soldiers tortured prisoners (known as Persons Under Control—PUCs) on their own initiative, in order to “relieve stress”.

“Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration you show up at the PUC tent. In a way it was sport”, one sergeant told Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch suggests that the widespread abuses result from “civilian and military failures of leadership and confusion about interrogation standards and the application of the Geneva Conventions”.

“The administration demanded that soldiers extract information from detainees without telling them what was allowed and what was forbidden,” the group’s Washington Director, Tom Malinowski, is quoted as saying. “Yet when abuses inevitably followed, the leadership blamed the soldiers in the field instead of taking responsibility.”

The US government has claimed in previous cases that such abuses are exceptional, and not the fault of civilian or military leaders.

An unnamed captain told Human Rights Watch that he had tried repeatedly, over a period of 17 months, to raise concerns about the abuses with his superior officers, only to be told to ignore them and “consider his career”. The concerns were only taken seriously after he approached members of Congress, he says. The Los Angeles Times today named the officer as Captain Ian Fishback.

The US army yesterday announced that it had launched an investigation into the captain’s allegations. Army Spokesman Paul Boyce told the Associated Press that army officials opened the inquiry as soon as the concerns were brought to their attention. “These are allegations of potential felony crimes,” Boyce told the Los Angeles Times. “We want to speak to anyone else who might be able to corroborate this information. These things should be looked into thoroughly.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the investigation was opened following a referral from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Captain Fishback is the first officer to make such allegations publicly since the Abu Ghraib prison scandal came to light last year, says the newspaper, quoting an unnamed Capitol Hill aide as saying that the allegations are “very credible”.



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New Palm Treo will run Windows Mobile

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New Palm Treo will run Windows Mobile

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Technology weblog Engadget has published exclusive photos of the yet to be released Palm Treo 700w. The Palm Treo 700w is the first Palm handheld to run Windows Mobile

No official announcement has yet been made. Palm may choose to make the official announcement at the upcoming CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment trade show. The CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment trade show is one of the phone industry’s largest trade shows.

Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown said in a interview with CNet last month, that a Windows Mobile based smartphone may help convert corporate customers. “CIOs don’t get fired for using Microsoft products.”

According to engadget, the Treo 700w has a 1-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 64 MB of memory and a 240×240 display.

Palm OS is no longer created by Palm but by a spinoff PalmSource. PalmSource was recently acquired by Japanese software company Access for $324 million. Palm is the only major handheld manufacturer to use PalmOS. Many expect Palm to release a PalmOS version in addition to the Windows Mobile version, somewhat implied by the model number Treo 700w. A PalmOS version of the phone would most likely be named Treo 700p.

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Google creates new desktop software

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Google creates new desktop software

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Recently, Google had released Google Desktop 2 (beta), software that aims to provide information on a side-bar that sticks to the right end of your screen. Content on Google Desktop include e-mail searching, news and weather, subscribing to RSS-syndicated websites, and more features.

One particular feature of Google Desktop is how it sends anonymous information of your computer use to Google (at option) in order to help choose RSS feeds and the like for you. This is much akin to how spyware works, however, said features can be disabled rather simply. Along the same lines are the ability to automatically find Weather and Stocks you would like at the first time you open it. This is a Beta so there are a few kinks in this system that can be expected to be sorted out at the full release.

Google Desktop replaces the “Gmail Notifier”, so you can check your gmail emails directly from the Sidebar. In addition to the Gmail mail checker, if you have Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird email clients on your computer then it will check the email accounts in them. All this is automatic, so you get all these emails. Emails can be hidden by using filters.

The program is a 1.3MB download and requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP. It automatically starts up when you load your computer.

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Google releases Final version of Desktop Search” — Wikinews, March 9, 2005

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September 23, 2005

Google launches new blog search engine

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Google launches new blog search engine

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In mid-September, Google launched a new search engine: Google Blogsearch. The new search engine, whose development was announced over two years ago, allows you to search blogs by dates, date ranges, language, authors, and by the blog itself, in addition to keywords. It is then possible to set up your own custom newsfeed with these search criteria.

Despite the features, there has been criticism related to this new engine. One example is how their index only dates back to March 2005. In addition, flaws in the search algorithm may result in duplicate blog entries, as well as other “blog noise” to receive high results.

This new search engine was made supposedly to help compete with other search engines, such as one by Yahoo!.

Google Blogsearch has joined the group of other Google search engines, including Google Image search, Google Groups, and the famous Google Web search.

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Hurricane Rita turns toward Texas-Louisiana border

Hurricane Rita turns toward Texas-Louisiana border

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Hurricanes – 2005

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Hurricane Rita weakened to become a category 3 storm on Friday with sustained winds of 125 mph. The forecast path is centered near the Texas-Louisiana border.

The core of the hurricane is expected to approach the Texas and Louisiana coasts late on Friday.

3-day forecast path.

Rita is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 8-12 inches, with the storm slowing down and producing a total of as much as 25 inches across eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Bursts of tropical storm winds and rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches are possible in New Orleans.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers estimated that 6 inches of rainfall could breach the previously damaged levees. New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, which saw as much as 20 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina, is currently in waist high water as a nearby levee was overtopped. Water is spilling over the levee in a section 100 feet wide.

Near the center of the storm, coastal storm surge flooding of 15 feet above normal tide levels is expected, reaching 20 feet in bays and rivers.

News of 3 levee breaches in New Orleans are being broadcast in televised reports. Tides are about 2 feet above normal along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts, and tides will increase to 4-6 feet above normal, with large waves and swells.

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India subsidizes girls\’ education to offset gender imbalance

India subsidizes girls’ education to offset gender imbalance

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Friday, September 23, 2005

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In a move aimed at curbing both population growth and preference for male children, the government of India has announced free and reduced cost education for girls.

The new program will offer free education at high school level to all girls of single child families. Those with two girls and no other children may receive discounts of up to 50%. As a continuation of India’s policy of promoting education, the program includes provisions for fellowships of US$ 45 per month for those undertaking post-graduate studies.

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India faces problems with the balance of the sexes in the country; some areas have a ratio of 80 girls to every 100 boys due to selective abortions. Boys are more highly prized in Indian society and as a result, many couples will have additional children after a girl in an effort to produce a boy. In cases where the family already has one or two female children the likelihood of a female foetus being aborted is significantly higher.

Indian law already prohibits tests to determine the sex of an unborn child for this very reason; however, it is routine during medical examinations of the mother for the doctor to disclose the sex of the child.

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Katrina conspiracy meteorologist quits Idaho TV News

Katrina conspiracy meteorologist quits Idaho TV News

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Scott Stevens, the Idaho meteorologist who claimed that a weather manipulating conspiracy (possibly under the control of Japanese Yakuza mafia) caused Hurricane Katrina, has quit his job at KPVI-TV in Pocatello.

Stevens reportedly quit to pursue his weather conspiracy theories full time. According to KPVI’s general manager Bill Fouch, Stevens left his job voluntarily.

Wikinews reported on Stevens’ theories on Monday September 19, 2005.

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