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Thunderbird wins MBA rugby tournament

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Thunderbird wins MBA rugby tournament

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

Thunderbird Rugby team

On November 6, Thunderbird: The Garvin School of International Management Rugby Football Club were crowned champions after defeating the University of California at Berkeley: Haas School of Business 17-7 at the Ninth Annual Thunderbird Rugby Invitational tournament. Thunderbird was undefeated throughout the tournament, after playing five other teams over two days. Final scores were:

  • Thunderbird 14 beat Tobacco Rd (Duke/ UNC) 3
  • Thunderbird 12 beat Cornell 0
  • Thunderbird 7 beat Wharton 0
  • Thunderbird 11 beat Univ. of Texas 8
  • Thunderbird 17 beat Berkeley 7

In addition to the five teams above, Kellogg also participated in the tournament. Third place went to the University of Texas: McCombs School of Business. The tournament is held every year in spring at Thunderbird, and is open to rugby teams from MBA schools. This year’s tournament was held under beautiful weather at Thunderbird’s Glendale campus, and was watched by more than 250 participants and spectators.

“Our team performed admirably. After a difficult season finding our form in our own Arizona league, we managed to pull together and set up some great plays. Our forwards proved to be a solid force, and gained us much ground” said Thunderbird co-captain Mike Bruneau.

Team president, Scott Harper, commented “The tournament was great. The support from all of our fans and sponsors really helped us to put on an exciting event. We had a lot of very tough competitors, and were happy to win it against such strong teams.”

Fans were treated to two great days of rugby. Each game included two 20-minute halves, and each team was scheduled for three games on the first day, and two on the final day. The highlight of the tournament was live bull riding and steer wrestling that took place near the campus, drawing an audience of over 200 people.. Each team nominated a representative to see if they could stay on a bull the longest, as well as a team who could wrestle a steer the fastest.

Thunderbird RFC would like to thank the sponsors for their kind generosity and support. Sponsors for the tournament included Siemens, Wells Fargo, Trump Enterprises, the Thunderbird Student Government and the Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association.

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First television channel in Esperanto launches online

First television channel in Esperanto launches online

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Sunday, November 6, 2005 A new online television channel, Internacia Televido, has been launched following just over two years of fundraising and preparation. It is the first channel ever to be broadcast entirely through the international auxiliary language Esperanto, and was launched at midnight Brazilian time on Saturday night. The name means ‘International Television’. The channel aims to create an international television network combining professional content with the collaboration of ordinary users from around the world. Programmes will range from news shows and documentaries to culture, educational programming and children’s entertainment.

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The project, supported by the World Esperanto Association amongst others, was announced in October 2003 in São Paulo by Brazilian entrepreneur Flavio Rebelo, whose media business CIDCON also runs the Esperanto language web portal Ĝangalo (www.ghangalo.com, ‘Jungle’) and publishes music. The original intention was to establish a 24-hour streamed online channel, with four hours of original programming per day (repeated six times daily) and a daily news bulletin. A subsequent international fundraising campaign to raise the required sum of €35,000 to establish the channel involved Rebelo speaking at several Esperanto events throughout Europe during the early months of 2004 through the support of an anonymous Asian donor.

The project failed to garner sufficient funds to meet its original deadline, but in August this year Rebelo confirmed that a scaled-down version of the project would go ahead upon the sum of €23,000 being reached. The channel currently features 90 minutes of programming daily, with one weekly news bulletin, and three waged employees instead of the intended ten. It is intended that the channel will be funded past its initial six-month period through on-air advertising revenue and further private donations, and expanded as revenue permits.

Experimental television broadcasts in Esperanto were not first made until the advent of Internet technology. A previous online Esperanto TV project (www.esperanto.tv), under the auspices of the Italian Transnational Radical Party, failed to realise a finished product. Since the 1920s, radio broadcasts have been made regularly in Esperanto by broadcasters such as RAI, China Radio International and Radio Polonia.

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Man charged in £26.5m robbery

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Man charged in £26.5m robbery

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

Belfast – An Irish construction worker accused of a record breaking £26.5 million (US$45 million) bank robbery committed in December 2004 was formally charged in a court in Belfast on Friday. Dominic McEvoy was charged with possession of a firearm and false imprisonment in connection with the case.

On December 20, 2004, McEvoy allegedly held an assistant bank manager’s family hostage while the manager and a colleague were forced to admit thieves to a branch of the Northern Bank in Belfast. The thieves then emptied the vault. Police have blamed the robbery on the IRA which has repeatedly denied any connection to the theft. Sinn Féin, a political party linked with the Provisional IRA, has protested the arrests, accusing police of targeting IRA sympathizers and supporters in their investigation.

The Northern Bank heist is one of the largest in Europe since the theft of more than US$65 million from a London bank in 1987.

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Farmers hunt for missing bull semen

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

Authorities are looking for USD$75,000 in frozen bull semen stolen Sunday from liquid nitrogen tanks at a farm in Frederick County, Maryland. Eric Fleming, the owner, says the semen took 4 to 5 years to collect from 40 to 50 bulls. He had planned to sell the semen at an upcoming Denver cattle show.

The collection and storage of semen can be a very profitable business—the ease of transportation reduces the costs normally associated with insemination, namely the transport of bull and cow to one another. Collection can be tricky, however, as bulls do not always produce as expected and the process is not particularly easy.

“I will give a nice fat reward for any information on semen that was stolen from my tank today,” Fleming posted to a livestock breeder’s message board. “It was a mother load of semen.”

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