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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announces cooperation between KDE Group and Wikimedia

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announces cooperation between KDE Group and Wikimedia

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A co-operation between the KDE group – makers of a free desktop for Linux – and the Wikimedia Foundation has been announced at the LinuxTag Conference in Karlsruhe. They intend to build a protocol which will make it possible to access Wikimedia project’s data from any application, but especially from the KDE suite.

The KDE Group will try to integrate some of the applications from the package with Wikimedia data. For example, AmaroK, media player, will use Wikipedia data to show information about music being played at the moment. Some other applications, including chemical database Kalzium, a database of information about the sky KStars and office suite KOffice will use data from Wikipedia, or from its sister projects.

It will be based on SOAP/WSDL technology, which is already used by the Google API. It could be used on almost every platform and programming environment.

It is also possible to include the Wikipedia archive in some of KDE’s CD editions to make it possible to use the data from Wikipedia on machines without an internet connection.

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Undercover investigation into protests planned for July\’s G8 summit

Undercover investigation into protests planned for July’s G8 summit

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Scotland on Sunday published, this Sunday, the results of an undercover investigation into the protests planned for the 31st G8 summit. The investigation of the “anarchists and dissenters” of the movement lasted six months and was carried out by Scott McCulloch, on behalf of the Scottish newspaper’s broadsheet Sunday edition.

McCulloch’s report details the training camps of the protest groups that were held this weekend in preparation for the summit next month. Attendees were expected to learn how to cut or climb over fences and how to avoid injury from attacks by guard dogs. Factories making tubes that protesters use to lock themselves to other protesters are also being set up according to the report on the investigation. Massive road blocks are planned in an attempt to disrupt the summit.

The protests are expected to be coordinated from a central point at the Ecovillage in Forthbank, close to the city of Stirling in central Scotland. An area of land owned by the Council was approved as the location for the ecovillage by Stirling Council on Friday 24 June. The site is intended to be a solar powered campsite for an allegiance of groups making up a possible total of 5000 people. A license to hold the event at Forthbank was sought by Convergence 2005 after two other proposed sites had already been disallowed by the Council.

Despite last minute objections raised by Central Scotland Police, the Council decided that Forthbank would be the least disruptive location for the protesters to gather, and noted that security measures had been taken. Security measures are already visible at other camps, including a steel barrier around the campsite at Craigmillar, Edinburgh. More serious security measures, designed to protect the attendees of the Summit, will involve warships and army helicopters, according to an editorial by Murdo MacLeod in the Scotland On Sunday on Sunday 26. The paper also reports that Mike Smith, from King’s College London, says that security fences and police snipers are expected to be surrounding the area of the Summit.

The summit itself is taking place in Gleneagles, which is 20 miles away from the main campsite in Forthbank. The ecovillage is expected to open at the start of July.

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Sharapova knocked out of Wimbledon 2005 in semi-final

Sharapova knocked out of Wimbledon 2005 in semi-final

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6 6
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Second set
6 1

Defending Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion Maria Sharapova has been beaten by Venus Williams in the 2005 semi-final by two sets to love. In the final game, Williams came to match point twice, just as rain began to fall. Both that and the preceding game were hard fought, with a succession of deuces.

The other semi-final, between Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsey Davenport, will resume tomorrow after rain forced an early end to play today. The match will resume with Davenport a break up in the final set. The previous sets both went to tie-breaks after both players exchanged breaks of serve.

Both matches were played at the same time – Williams and Sharapova on Centre Court, with Davenport and Mauresmo on No.1 – after early rain meant players could not get onto the courts until late afternoon.

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Rwandan businessmen sentenced for War Crimes

Rwandan businessmen sentenced for War Crimes

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Two Rwandan businessmen were sentenced to 10 and 12 years for their role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The two, tried in Belgium, could have faced up to 25 years in prison, the court decided on a lesser sentence as the convicted businessmen played no direct role in the killings. They were convicted based on their offers of transportation and weapons to Hutu militas in the planned massacre of Tutsis in a church and a municipal building where Tutsis and Hutus had met.

The trial was one of only two ground-breaking trials held in Belgium since local law changed to allow Belgian courts to prosecute violations of the Geneva conventions on the conduct of war regardless of where the violations occurred. The law was revised in 2003 to limit its scope as activists had attempted to seek the prosecution of world leaders including United States President George W. Bush. As Belgian citizens, the two Rwandans were subject to the new law.

The 1994 Rwandan genocide was an eruption of ethnic conflict where Hutu militia, supported by the Hutu dominated government and encouraged by ‘hate radio’, attempted to ethnically cleanse the minority Tutsi. Despite numerous warnings the international community did not take serious action to prevent the atrocities, which included hacking people to death with machetes, and forcing people into buildings that were then destroyed with bulldozers. Estimates place the number killed at up to one million.

A major programme is trying to complete trials for genocidaires by the end of 2008. Major perpetrators are being tried at four courts of the International Criminal Tribunal in Tanzania, while in Rwanda Gacaca courts are reaching the end of the investigation stage, after which communities will collectively decide on guilt and punishment at weekly Gacaca sessions throughout the summer.



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OhmyNews forum discusses experiences in citizen journalism

OhmyNews forum discusses experiences in citizen journalism

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The OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum (see previous report) concluded on Saturday with several speeches and a visit to sponsoring companies in South Korea’s technology sector. Some invited “citizen reporters” from around the world extended their stay by several days to tour the country. Since the conclusion of the conference, presentations and transcripts have been published on the OhmyNews web site. [1]

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Wikinews and OhmyNews

The forum sessions took place in the conference center of the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul. Interpreters provided translation services into English and Korean. Saturday began with a series of panels, each one consisting of three short presentations followed by a brief discussion with the audience. The first presentation was an introduction to Wikinews by Erik Möller (online copy). Möller described the history of the project and its relation to the well-known online encyclopedia Wikipedia, demonstrated a working copy of the wiki software MediaWiki, and showed some example Wikinews articles. He listed different possibilities for cooperation between Wikinews and OhmyNews, particularly content partnerships, shared communication channels and shared resource pools for citizen journalists. “I extend the hand of friendship to OhmyNews,” Möller concluded.

Jean K. Min speaking about the history of OhmyNews

A brief presentation of the history of OhmyNews by Jean K. Min, Director of the International Division, followed. Min cited media reports emphasizing the growing significance of the web site in Korea, and outlined the strategy of expansion to new markets. The English edition, officially launched in May 2004, is seen as a key project in this regard, a test for the feasibility of the OhmyNews model outside Korea. Contributors to both the English and the Korean version receive a small compensation for their work, and the Korean edition uses an integrated payment system that has led to donations (“tips”) of thousands of dollars to some OhmyNews contributors.

In the panel discussion that followed, one audience member asked whether, given the for-profit nature of OhmyNews and the non-profit nature of Wikinews, there might be a potential for conflict. Möller responded that, in his view, it was the compatible philosophies of the projects that mattered, and that a for-profit endeavor did not necessarily mean that all competitors have to be destroyed. “I don’t think Oh Yeon Ho wants to be a new Rupert Murdoch,” he said.


Grass-roots journalism in the U.S. and “user-created content”

Clyde Bentley presented MyMissoruian.com, a university-run citizen journalism project

The first speaker of the next session was Clyde Bentley, Associate Professor for online journalism at the University of Missouri. Bentley introduced the project MyMissourian.com, which he has founded together with journalism students. As in the case of OhmyNews, editors vet stories submitted by “citizen reporters.” Bentley’s group organized several special reporting events, such as one centering around Earth Day, a festival about environmental awareness: “We set up a booth, and we set up some wireless computers and some other materials, and let people come in and just write about Earth Day. It was very successful.” The most successful part of the experiment, according to Bentley, was to lend digital cameras to let people take and share photos.

Jeremy Iggers, Neil Thurman, session moderator Yoon Young Cheol, and Clyde Bentley.

Bentley argued that alternative journalism was less needed in the United States than in South Korea due to its long democratic tradition. He sees the usefulness of projects like MyMissourian.com in raising awareness of local issues and stories that might otherwise be ignored. The challenge, Bentley concluded, is to build a new “journalism of sharing.” Instead of being storytellers, journalists in such a scenario would be “story guides”, assuring consistency and quality.

The next speaker on the panel was Jeremy Iggers, a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune who did not, however, speak as a representative of his newspaper. He gave a prepared speech [2] contrasting his early efforts promoting civic journalism with his latest endeavors in citizen journalism. “I can trace this interest in citizen journalism back to the early 90s, when I created a public journalism project called Minnesota’s Talking for the Minneapolis Star Tribune,” Iggers said. Readers were invited to join monthly issue discussion groups in private homes, community centers, libraries, and sometimes churches. “At the peak, we had around 100 meeting sites, with over 1,000 participants.”

However, this and similar experiments in civic journalism were cancelled, which Iggers called “really unfortunate.” As a revitalization of these abortive efforts online, Iggers has founded the Twin Cities Media Alliance, which he wants to use to bootstrap a “Community Newswire” following a similar model to OhmyNews. Beyond reports by citizens, Iggers also wants to make use of stories published by local community newspapers in Minneapolis. He emphasized that this project is independent from his work for the Star Tribune, and that it might be viewed as a conflict of interest.

Kim Hye Won, a Korean housewife, spoke about the “life stories” she wrote for OhmyNews

The final speaker of this panel was Neil Thurman, Associate Professor at the City University London. Thurman has conducted extensive studies on how traditional media in the United Kingdom make use of “user-generated content” on the Internet: “The Guardian, for example, which is the most popular British news website, allows unedited and unselected comments on its pages; none of the other newspapers in the UK does.” Thurman also argued that “the amounts of user participation that’s archived on message boards varies a great deal, you can see with the Daily Mail, there’s over a million posts, whereas the Financial Times has barely 10,000.”

One of Thurman’s key observations is that some user forums and feedback mechanisms were shut down or strongly restricted due to a perceived lack of control over the nature of the comments published in this way. Government-funded or ‘public-service’ efforts, Thurman observed, are generally more open to the idea of experimenting with user-created content.


Citizen reporters in their own words

Goh Tae Jin, a citizen columnist for the Korean edition of OhmyNews, described how he became a passionate OhmyNews user

The afternoon sessions focused mostly on the individual stories of OhmyNews citizen reporters from Korea and around the world. This included testimonials from:

  • Kim Hye Won, who introduced herself as “a traditional Korean housewife who lives together with a husband, two children and an 86-year-old mother-in-law.” She wrote many of the “life stories” that are typical for OhmyNews, such as “I Donated Blood to See a Movie for Free” and “Daddy’s Depressed, Son’s Taking Tests, And I’m Worried.” These stories exist between the fields of traditional journalism and blogs, as they do not report significant events, but they are nevertheless edited by the OhmyNews staff like regular stories. According to many speakers at the conference, they embody Oh Yeon Ho’s vision of “every citizen as a reporter.” [3]
  • Goh Tae Jin, a Korean business owner who mostly contributes columns to OhmyNews. He described his experience of joining OhmyNews, originally to rebut a column published on the site — and suddenly finding that his rebuttal “was chosen as the top article and suddenly sparked numerous heated opinions.” In spite of the many political columns he wrote since then, Goh Tae Jin emphasized that he felt that the key element of OhmyNews were “life stories” such as those written by Kim Hye Won. [4]
  • Ana Maria Brambilla, an OhmyNews reporter from Brazil and a graduate student in communications. Brambilla contrasted the OhmyNews approach to citizen journalism with open source software development and referred to OhmyNews as an example of “open source journalism” due to the fact that anyone has access to the tools of publishing.
  • Sung Nag-Sun, staff editor at OhmyNews and responsible for submissions by citizen reporters, described his job as polishing stories to get them ready for publication. In the question and answer session, he was asked whether OhmyNews would accept legal liability for stories written by citizen reporters, and took a clear stand in favor of that position: If his team approved a story, he argued, they had to do everything to make sure that it is correct, and would take a large part of the responsibility if it is not. Volunteer writers would be offered legal protection on a case-by-case basis.

Sung Nag-Sun and his staff are responsible for vetting and editing submissions by Korean citizen reporters.

Ken Takeuchi, CEO of JanJan, argued that the OhmyNews model might not work in Japan because of the different “national characters” of Japan and South Korea.

Added to these and other perspectives from reporters for OhmyNews were independent views such as that of Omid Habibinia, an exiled Iranian living in Switzerland and an outspoken critic of the Iranian regime. Habibinia cited the famous case of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born journalist who, many believe, was tortured and killed by Iranian officials. He criticized the extensive measures the Islamic regime had taken against press freedom: “Just days after the revolution in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini banned newspapers critical of the new government, beginning 26 years of terror, torture, imprisonment, exile and mass killing in Iran. In the last 25 years more than 1,000 newspapers and magazines have been banned in Iran.” [5]

A different story of citizen journalism was told by Ken Takeuchi, the CEO of JanJan, a Japanese citizen journalism site functioning similarly to OhmyNews. Takeuchi argued that the OhmyNews model faced different challenges in Japan than in Korea, particularly a reluctance to express strong opinions (which Takeuchi deemed a different “national character” from Korea), and a widespread feeling that the existing media are doing an adequate job. Due to these and other problems, Takeuchi argued, JanJan had not yet gained a foothold in the Japanese media landscape, receiving about 2 million pageviews a month in May 2005 and publishing about 15 to 20 articles per day.


Exploring Seoul’s technology sector

The control room of Cyworld, where all operations of the site can be monitored by its staff. Some observers characterized the atmosphere as “Orwellian”

After the presentations on citizen journalism, Yoo Hyun-oh, President and CEO of the SK Corporation, one of the sponsors of the conference, gave a presentation on Cyworld, a very popular online community operated by SK Communications. It offers visitors a so-called “minihompy”, a homepage which can be custom-designed using animated avatars and background music. These additions can be purchased using a currency called “acorns.”

Conference attendees had an opportunity to take a closer look at Cyworld in a visit to SK Communications in Seoul, including a step into the “monitoring room” where Cyworld staff observe the operations of the website. While SK Corporation (the chaebol to which SK Communications belongs) was one of the sponsors of the conference, international OhmyNews director Jean K. Min insisted that the technology company visits had no relationship to sponsorship.

Another technology company, NHN Corporation, also received a brief visit from the illustrious group of citizen reporters. NHN operates a search engine called Naver, which, according to its own data, is more popular than Google in South Korea. NHN attributes this in part to its user-created content: If the search engine does not supply an answer to a query, users are invited to write it. This model, perhaps similar to that of Wikipedia, has led to a large database of answers.

The International Citizen Reporters’ Forum ended with a closing ceremony and Korean buffet sponsored by the Korea National Tourism Organization. Conversations that began here continued into the night while intoxication increased, and several attendees extended their stay in Seoul to continue socializing and to discover Seoul and the Korean peninsula.

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News briefs:June 30, 2005

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Bodies found at crash site of US helicopter in Afghanistan

Thirteen bodies have been found at the site where a US helicopter crashed yesterday in Afghanistan. Seven more soldiers are unaccounted for – including soldiers who were fighting on the ground at the time of the crash. “It’s a search and recovery operation in a tactical environment, which means we have to ensure security throughout,” U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jerry O’Hara said.

Flash floods hit Australia’s eastern coast

6,000 residents of Lismore in New South Wales have been told to evacuate their homes after South East Queensland received rainfalls of 368mm in the last 24 hours. The Gold Coast suburb of Coolangatta has been averaging 80mm per hour for at least two hours.

Undercover investigation into protests planned for July’s G8 summit

Scott McCulloch’s 6 month under cover investigative report into protests planned for July’s G8 summit for Scotland on Sunday was published in June 26th edition. McCulloch detailed the training camps and protest tool factories put together by protesters. Road blocks and other actions are being planned in an attempt to disrupt the summit.

The protests are expected to be coordinated from the Ecovillage in Forthbank, Scotland. The actual summit will be held at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, 20 miles from the Forthbank camp.

Rwandan businessmen sentenced for War Crimes

Two Rwandan businessmen were sentenced to 10 and 12 years for their role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The two, tried in Belgium, could have faced up to 25 years in prison. They were convicted based on their offers of transportation and weapons to Hutu militas in the planned massacre of Tutsis in a church and a municipal building where Tutsis and Hutus had met.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announces cooperation between KDE Group and Wikimedia

A co-operation between the KDE group – makers of a free desktop for Linux – and the Wikimedia Foundation has been announced at the LinuxTag Conference in Karlsruhe. They intend to build a protocol which will make it possible to access Wikimedia project’s data from any application, but especially from the KDE suite. It may also be possible to include the Wikipedia archive in some of KDE’s CD editions to make it possible to use the data from Wikipedia on machines without an internet connection.

OhmyNews forum discusses experiences in citizen journalism

The OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum concluded on Saturday with several speeches and a visit to sponsoring companies in South Korea’s technology sector. Since the conclusion of the conference, presentations and transcripts have been published on the OhmyNews web site.

Sharapova knocked out of Wimbledon 2005 in semi-final

Defending Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion Maria Sharapova has been beaten by Venus Williams in the 2005 semi-final by two sets to none. In the final game, Williams came to match point twice, just as rain began to fall. Both that and the preceding game were hard fought, with a succession of deuces.

The other semi-final, between Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsey Davenport, will resume tomorrow after rain forced an early end to play today. The match will resume with Davenport a break up in the final set. The previous sets both went to tie-breaks after both players exchanged breaks of serve.

Both matches were played at the same time – Williams and Sharapova on Centre Court, with Davenport and Mauresmo on No.1 – after early rain meant players could not get onto the courts until late afternoon.

Brazil wins Confederations Cup

Playing in very poor weather in Frankfurt Germany, Brazil clinched the Confederations Cup with a 4-1 victory over Argentina.

Adriano broke the ice in the 12th minute from more than 18 metres, quickly followed by a goal from Kaká. In the second half, a pass from Cicinho set up Ronaldinho’s goal, and Adriano got a second off Ronaldinho’s pass.

Argentina’s Pablo Aimar, substituting, scored after and tried start a rally, but they were unable gain any more goals.

Football: Kežman goes to Madrid

Serbia and Montenegro international, Mateja Kežman, will sign a three year contract with Atlético de Madrid today. The striker spent an unsuccessful season with Chelsea and all three parties have agreed to this 7 million Euro transfer. Other teams that demonstrated an interest in Kežman this summer included Sevilla, Olympique de Marseille and Schalke 04.

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Thank you for joining us for today’s segment. Join us again tomorrow for more headlines, news, facts, and anniversaries.

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Flash floods hit Australia\’s eastern coast

Flash floods hit Australia’s eastern coast

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6,000 residents of Lismore in NSW have been told to evacuate their homes.

A couple is missing on the Gold Coast in Queensland. State Emergency Services (SES) workers are currently preparing to evacuate a number of nursing homes in the suburbs of Southport and Burleigh.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have said that South East Queensland has recorded rainfalls of 368mm in the last 24 hours and that the Gold Coast suburb of Coolangatta has been averaging 80mm per hour for at least two hours. The Coolangatta airport was closed due to flooding.

Further south the city of Lismore has been inundated. A recently constructed levy has held back the waters of the Wilson river, protecting the town’s central business district.


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Fiji\’s War of the Ribbons

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Fiji’s War of the Ribbons

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A committee of the Fijian Parliament has been receiving submissions this week on its controversial legislation aimed at establishing a Commission with the power to compensate victims and pardon perpetrators of the civilian coup d’état led by George Speight, which deposed the elected government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry in May 2000.

Few pieces of legislation in Fijian history have generated such passionate support and opposition from different quarters. Public opinion polls show that the great majority of Indo-Fijians are opposed to the legislation, along with a large minority of indigenous Fijians. Supporters of the bill, being promoted by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Attorney-General Qoriniasi Bale, argue that it will bring closure to the wounds of the 2000 coup and allow the country to move on. Opponents say that it is just a legal mechanism for releasing from prison supporters of the present government, who were convicted of coup-related offenses. For its parliamentary majority, the government relies on its coalition partner, the Conservative Alliance, several of whose senior members have been found guilty of involvement in the coup.

Opponents of the bill include Roman Catholic Archbishop Petero Mataca, who shocked many people last week with his claims that a delegation of church leaders, representing a variety of denominations, had been misled by Prime Minister Qarase about what the bill contained. At a meeting on May 2, Mataca said, the Prime Minister had told them about its compensation provisions, but had kept them in the dark about its amnesty clauses – which they learned about only later through the media. The clergymen had supported the bill at the time, he said, because they believed in reconciliation and forgiveness. The later revelations about the amnesty provisions had come as a complete surprise to them, he said. Archbishop Mataca condemned what he said was “a politically motivated bill” and called on the government to withdraw it. Rev. Josateki Koroi, the former president of the Methodist Church, which claims the membership of some two-thirds of indigenous Fijians, has also expressed grave reservations about the bill, saying that reconciliation cannot be legislated and must begin with true repentance on the part of the wrongdoer – something he believes has not happened.

Politicians opposed to the bill include the leaders of all of the Indo-Fijian dominated parties, including former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry. Indigenous politicians to have spoken out against the bill include Senator Adi Koila Nailatikau (the daughter of former President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, who was deposed in the coup) and her brother-in-law, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, founder of the National Alliance Party and son of former President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau. Ganilau, a former military commander, has called it “an insult to the intelligence of ordinary people” and has warned that the armed forces could use it as a legal mechanism to remove a present or future government, while Nailatikau, who was kidnapped and held as a hostage by the insurrectionists, has said that if her father were alive, he would not approve of tampering with the course of justice.

One of the most strident voices raised against the legislation is that of the Military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Bainimarama, who organized a counter-coup to quash the Speight rebellion in 2000, has been making press statements on almost a daily basis since the middle of May, condemning the legislation as undermining the integrity of the military and the judiciary. He has made a number of veiled statements, interpreted by some politicians as threats, about what the military might do if the bill is passed. Last week, the Fiji Times, Fiji’s oldest daily newspaper, quoted an anonymous source, which it claimed was reliable, that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (who is rumoured to be against the legislation) had refused a government request to “discipline” Bainimarama. Under the Constitution, the President has very little political power but is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Supporters of the bill include former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and some traditional chiefs.

Many Fiji citizens have been showing their support for the bill by wearing blue ribbons, or their opposition by wearing yellow ones.

Qoriniasi Bale said two days ago that unless opponents of the bill could make more constructive suggestions for improving it, parliament would most likely pass it without any changes.

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Brazil wins Confederations Cup

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Brazil wins Confederations Cup

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After 4:1 victory over Argentina, Brazil won this year’s Confederations Cup yesterday. The match took place in Frankfurt, Germany, in very bad weather conditions.

In 12th minute Adriano dribbled past some opponents and scored a great goal from over eighteen meters. Lux had no chance. Four minutes later Kaká scored the next goal with another powerful long shot from the outer of the penalty area.

After that, the Argentinians seemed as if they lost belief in positive outcome, but they were determined to change the situation. Riquelme, Sorin, Placente and others were trying to score a goal, but were unable to do get one past the posts.

At the beginning of the second half, in 46th minute, full-back Cicinho, who is currently playing for Santos, made a wonderful pass to Ronaldinho, and there was 3:0 on the scoreboard. Next goal, scored by Adriano, came about twenty minutes later, after Ronaldinho’s pass.

Argetinians still wanted to change the result. Two minutes after Adriano’s goal, Pablo Aimar, a substitute, scored, but his team was unable to win.

When the match were reaching the end, Brazilian substituters started to dance and be delighted over the title that they won.

Brazil’s first matches at the Confederations Cup were poor. Their draw with Japan, and loss to Mexico, made their supporters unhappy. But Carlos Alberto Parreira led the team to the top of competitions, which is considered a preparation for the World Cup.

Scorers

Adriano 12, 63, Kaká 16, Ronaldinho 46 – Aimar 65

Lineups

Brazil: Dida – Lucio, Roque Junior, Cicinho (replaced by Maicon in 86th minute), Gilberto – Kaka (Renato, 86th), Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho – Adriano, Robinho (Juninho, 90th)
Argentina: Lux – Zanetti, Coloccini, Heinze, Placente – Cambiasso (Aimar, 56th), Bernardi, Riquelme, Sorin – Figueroa (Tevez, 72nd), Delgado (Galletti, 81st)



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Bodies found at crash site of US helicopter in Afghanistan

Bodies found at crash site of US helicopter in Afghanistan

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Thirteen bodies have been found at the site where a US helicopter crashed yesterday in Afghanistan.

Seven more soldiers are unaccounted for – including soldiers who were fighting on the ground at the time of the crash

A U.S. official in Washington said on Wednesday said all aboard were presumed dead, although the US military has yet to confirm the news.

It is understood that the CH-47 Chinook was brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by members of the Taleban, as it was carrying soldiers (including US Navy Seals) into the area to fight militants.

The search and rescue operation is being hampered by poor weather, difficult terrain and by militants operating in the area. Search and rescue personnel reached the site late on Wednesday night.

“It’s a search and recovery operation in a tactical environment, which means we have to ensure security throughout,” U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jerry O’Hara said.

In other news, the US Department of Defense has announced the death of two soldiers who were killed when their AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crashed in Iraq.

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