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January 31, 2005

Vandals deface Australia\’s Myall Creek memorial

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Vandals deface Australia’s Myall Creek memorial

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Inverell, Australia –Police are investigating damage to a memorial to the 28 victims of the Myall Creek massacre. The Plaques which are in the town of Inverell in northern New South Wales, Australia had the words “murder”, “women” and “children” hammered from it leaving the plaque unreadable.

Inverell police Senior Constable Chris Curtin said that “We got reports [from a local aboriganal elder] that deep gouges have been scratched into the plaques along the memorial walk. Several of the plaques will have to be replaced.”

The NSW government has reacted to the event by calling the vandalism an appalling and insulting crime. “This is a gross act of vandalism, Defacing this memorial is disrespectful and insulting to the people who were murdered, and their families.” Aboriginal Affairs Minister Andrew Refshauge said.

“All you’re doing is really showing the blackness in your own heart, the sadness of your own spirit – there is much more at stake here than that,” Mr Refshauge continued. “The reconciliation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the region is already a powerful movement – join it, don’t trash it.”

The Myall Creek massacre is particually important in Australian history, as it marks the first time that Europeans were charged and convicted of murdering Aborigines. “It was the first occasion when European law was applied to deliver justice for Aboriginal people,” Mr Refshauge said. “That’s why this act of vandalism is especially appalling.”

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Protests at New York\’s Hamilton College over controversial professor

Protests at New York’s Hamilton College over controversial professor

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Monday, January 31, 2005

New York, USA – Students and professors at New York’s Hamilton College have raised protests over an invitation to the controversial ethics professor, Ward Churchill, to participate in a panel at the college. The main objection is related to comments by Mr. Churchill, chairman of the ethnic studies from the University of Colorado, who in a paper written after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, compared the victims of the attack to “little Eichmanns”.

Churchill’s paper, entitled “Some People Push Back”, charges that all American citizens are complicit in the “genocide of 500,000 Iraqi children,” which he maintains occurred during the Gulf War as a direct result of military actions and the destruction of infrastructure and the water supply. Due to their inaction and empowerment of the American government, he compares American citizens to “Good Germans.” He also charges that the inhabitants of the targets of attack, namely the Pentagon and World Trade Center, have a dubious claim to the title “Innocent Civilians,” as the Pentagon was a military target and the WTC was home to many who he alleges profited from the Iraqi Genocide.

Administrators defended Professor Churchill’s appearance despite the fact that some considered his views repugnant and disparaging.

According to Hamilton College spokesman Michael DeBraggio: “Hamilton, like any institution committed to the free exchange of ideas, invites to its campus people of diverse opinions, often controversial.”

The University of Colorado’s Interim Chancellor Phil Distefano said in a statement:”I wish to make it clear that Professor Ward Churchill’s views of the events of 9/11 are his own and do not represent the views of University of Colorado faculty, staff, students, administration or Regents. While I may personally find his views offensive, I also must support his right as an American citizen to hold and express his views, no matter how repugnant, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

The professor’s opinions divided New York’s Hamilton College, where Churchill is scheduled to speak. Jessica Miraglia, a student at Hamilton, created a poster defending the professor reading “You don’t have to agree with them in order to learn from them.”. Sophomore Matt Coppo, who lost his father in the World Trade Center attacks was angered over the invitation to Churchill. “Knowing that I’m paying for a person to disrespect my father, it doesn’t go over too well in my mind.”

Two congressmen from Colorado asked professor Churchill to apologize for comparing victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack to Nazis. Professor Churchill has said that he will not back off his statement.

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Crosswords/2005/January/31

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Crosswords/2005/January/31

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Monday, January 31, 2005

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Yesterday‘s crossword.

Quick crossword

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Across

1. Liquid meal (4)
3. Adjust to change (5)
6. Continent (4)
11. Without sharp or flat (music) (7)
12. Hawaiian instrument (7)
13. Metallic element (3)
14. Rainbow hue (6)
15. Not damaged (6)
17. Charged atom (3)
19. Destroyed (7)
22. Indonesian instrument (7)
25. Scintillate (7)
29. Highest human voice (7)
32. Part of circle (3)
33. Striking tool (6)
34. Ridiculous (6)
36. Wear (3)
38. Simpsons principal (7)
39. Sleeping (7)
40. Toboggan (4)
41. Grin (5)
42. Spent (4)

Down

1. Polish by abrasive (4)
2. Russian actor (7)
4. Shoulder muscle (7)
5. Cutting down (7)
7. Device to aid drawing
8. Prayer coda (4)
9. Cooking in shallow oil (6)
10. Cultural tradition (6)
16. Hold (5)
18. Pungent vegetable (5)
20. Nitrogen-oxygen mix (3)
21. Long and thin fish (3)
23. Fuss (3)
24. Sensory organ (3)
26. Amino acid (7)
27. Japanese dress (6)
28. Sensitive component in 24 down (7)
29. Public outrage (7)
30. Savoury food (6)
31. Debts (7)
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37. Breeding animal (4)

Answers tomorrow.

Yesterday’s solution

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Virgin of Suyapa visits Honduran suburb devastated by massacre

Virgin of Suyapa visits Honduran suburb devastated by massacre

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Monday, January 31, 2005

San Pedro Sula, Honduras –The Virgin of Suyapa, a 6cm high statue that is the patron saint of Honduras, was brought to the local suburb of Eben Ezer in Chamelecón, San Pedro Sula, after the residents of this area experienced the massacre of 27 people returning home by bus on 23rd December 2004. A further 29 were left injured. Many thousands of people from all over Central America come to Suyapa, a suburb of the capital Tegucigalpa, to celebrate her name day in early February, and she made this visit yesterday, Sunday January 30th, as a part of this year’s celebrations.

Her presence was heavily guarded by a contingent of armed military troops, as this statue has already been stolen more than once, though always recovered later. A minute’s silence was held at the spot where the massacre took place. The nationally well known bishop’s assistant Rómulo Emiliani led the ceremonies.

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Survey reveals US student apathy for freedom of speech

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Survey reveals US student apathy for freedom of speech

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Monday, January 31, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C – US students are apathetic about their First Amendment rights to free speech, according to the largest study of its kind, released today by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Most students surveyed said they believed flag burning is illegal, half that the government can censor the internet, and half that government approval should be required for stories published in the press.

“These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous,” said Knight Foundation President and CEO Hodding Carter III. “Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation’s future.”

Researchers from the University of Connecticut questioned more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers, and more than 500 administrators and principals, in a two-year study costing US$1 million. Entitled The Future of the First Amendment, the study was commissioned by the Florida-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

According to the study, teaching of First Amendment values is effective in redressing the types of misunderstandings revealed, but it concludes even the basics are not being taught effectively now.

Appreciation and understanding of the rights were much greater amongst teachers, principals and adults, studied in this, and other recent studies. In contrast, students were more likely than others to think that potentially offensive song lyrics should be allowed, and student publications should not require approval from the school authorities.

Other findings included that one in five schools offer no student media whatsoever, and that finances limit the ability of administrators to offer such opportunities for student expression, particularly for low income, inner city and regional schools; and that student participation in student media increased appreciation for First Amendment rights.

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Slovak escapes from avalanche using urine

Slovak escapes from avalanche using urine

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Tatra Mountains –A Slovakian man who was trapped in his car under an avalanche, has escaped by urinating on ice to melt it. The man—who had 60 half-litre bottles of beer with him in the car—literally drank his way to safety.

“I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it,” he said.

Rescue workers found the man still drunk on a mountain path in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains four days after his Audi car was buried.

“It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I’m glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there,” he said.

He first planned to shovel the ice from outside his window, directly into his car, but soon realised that he would run out of room in his car before he would be able to reach the top.

Snowfalls of levels not seen since 1941 have fallen over parts of Europe over the past week. Some places have registered more than 3 meters of snow in 24 hours.

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Report into 2003/2004 New South Wales (Australia) hospital safety released

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Report into 2003/2004 New South Wales (Australia) hospital safety released

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Monday, January 31, 2005

New South Wales – 452 serious incidents that occurred during 2003 and 2004 have been brought to light, by a report released today about the safety of patients in the hospital system in New South Wales, Australia. Many of the incidents highlighted by the report resulted in injury, or even death.

The report detailed 13 patients who had operations that they were not meant to have or who had the wrong part of the body operated upon. It also noted that another 22 were seriously injured in falls in wards and bathrooms.

Other statistics included four suicides in hospital, with another 128 occurring in community care. Another nine people retained surgical instruments or materials inside them after the operation. The rest of the serious incidents related to labour and delivery problems (26) and clinical management problems (157).



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RAF Hercules crashes north of Baghdad killing ten

RAF Hercules crashes north of Baghdad killing ten

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Monday, January 31, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq –A British Royal Air Force C-130K Hercules transport aircraft crashed 30 km north of Baghdad in Iraq yesterday, killing ten service people.

The aeroplane was flying from Baghdad International Airport to the U.S. airbase at Balad, when it crashed at approximately 1635 local time.

The Royal Airforce at RAF Lyneham has confirmed that ten British servicemen were killed in the crash: Sqn Ldr Patrick Marshall, Flt Lt David Stead, Flt Lt Andrew Smith, Flt Lt Paul Pardoel, Master Engineer Gary Nicholson, Ch Tech Richard Brown, Flt Sgt Mark Gibson, Sgt Robert O’Connor, Cpl David Williams all of the Royal Air Force and Acting L/Cpl Steven Jones of the British Army Royal Signals. The UK Ministry of Defence has said that the aircraft was on a routine transport flight.

Flt Lt Paul Pardoel was an Australian born Navigator serving with 47 Squadron Lyneham of the British RAF. Flt Lt Pardoel is Australia’s first casualty in Iraq.

The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.

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MetLife to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup

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MetLife to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Metlife announced on 01/31/05 that they were going to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup. Travelers Life and Annuity is an insurance underwriter. MetLife is a large life insurance and annuities underwriter. MetLife will have to borrow a lot of money to pay for the company, so rating agencies like S&P warn that the AA credit rating of MetLife might be lowered. This would cause the interest rates at which all of MetLife’s debt must be repaid to increase.

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Citigroup committed to continue distributing Travelers life insurance and annuities through its Smith Barney stock brokers, Primerica agents, and Citibank branches.

Citigroup was previously known as Travelers Insurance before it bought Citicorp. First the Property and Casualty business of Travelers was spun off, and now the life insurance division has been sold off. This is primarily because insurance underwriters get a lower price to earnings multiple from the stock market because of the cycles and uncertainty associated with the insurance business. Also, having an insurance underwriter and a bank together does not usually create “cross-sell” opportunities, because consumers and businesses almost always buy life insurance and annuities through brokers who have a duty to give them other options. Citigroup will continue to sell insurance through its brokers as before.


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Kofi Annan notes high turnout in 2005 Iraq elections

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Kofi Annan notes high turnout in 2005 Iraq elections

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An Iraqi citizen, turning his head to protect his identity, proudly displays the indelible ink on his finger as proof he has voted in Iraq’s first free election.

Monday, January 31, 2005

New York, USA – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has noted that the Iraqi people turned out in large numbers to vote in the January 30 ballot. Voters were deciding who to elect to the 275 seat Transitional National Assembly.

Sporadic violence saw the deaths of 22 people across the country during voting, but attacks by insurgents did not seem to deter voters from exercising their new democratic rights. Annan praised the courage of the people and congratulated the Independent Election Commission of Iraq (IECI) and UN officials for successfully running the poll.

The Secretary General went on to say that the success bodes well for the on-going transition process. The next step will be a referendum in October 2005 on the constitution the Transitional National Assembly will be tasked with drawing up.

In the Out-of-Country Voting Program, 93.6% of Iraqis eligible to vote, did so.

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