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Voyager 1 signal received by radio amateurs

Voyager 1 signal received by radio amateurs

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Voyager 1

The space probe’s journey

Monday, April 10, 2006

On March 31, 2006 the AMSAT-DL/IUZ team in Bochum, Germany managed to receive a signal by the American space probe Voyager 1 using the 20m antenna. It is the first time that a group of radio amateurs has successfully attempted this. The team included: Freddy de Guchteneire, James Miller, Hartmut Päsler and Achim Vollhardt.

Voyager 1 had been launched on September 5, 1977 by NASA and was the first spacecraft to transmit close-up pictures of Jupiter and Saturn. In 2004 Voyager 1 entered the termination shock region, the region where the solar wind has weakened enough to mix with the interstellar medium, thereby leaving the Solar System.

Voyager 1 is now 98 AU from Earth (14.7 billion km or three times the distance from Earth to Pluto). It is the most distant human-made object. The nuclear powered probe continues to measure the properties of the interstellar magnetic field.

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Seven south Thailand constituencies face one horse race

Seven south Thailand constituencies face one horse race

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Following a phyrrhic victory by the Thai Rak Thai party, Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigned to try to defuse the country’s political crisis. It remains unclear what the eventual outcome will be.

In 38 constituencies, Thai Rak Thai (lit. Thais love Thais) stood unopposed and failed to garner support from the required 20% of eligible voters. Seven of those 38 may face the same ballot choice in the upcoming April 23 by-elections, according to the Thai-based English-language newspaper, the Bangkok Post. A repeat of the mass abstention that saw TRT resoundingly rejected in the south would leave the lower house of the parliament short of the required 500 seats and, according to the country’s constitution, unable to convene and elect a prime minister. A reading of the constitution reveals that the only likely fallback position would involve intervention from the monarch.

Leaders of the PAD (People’s Alliance for Democracy), who have spearheaded the campaign to bring down the Prime Minister, may face arrest, according to a report from the Thai News Agency. Protests organised by the PAD have been peaceful, and no specific charges that may be used against the organisation’s leaders are given in the TNA report.

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NASA plans to send probe into Moon\’s surface

NASA plans to send probe into Moon’s surface

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NASA, the United States’ space agency, has announced that its next mission to the Moon will not only orbit the Moon, but also send two craft crashing into its surface. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), whose main mission pertains to mapping the Moon, will send a spent fuel stage and an impactor probe towards a crater on the South Pole. The crater seems to be rich in hydrogen and possibly ice.

The mission is part of the run-up to trying to land astronauts back on the Moon, and perhaps keep them there for a longer period of time than the Apollo missions did. Scott Horowitz, NASA’s associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, had this to say: “What this mission buys is an early attempt to know what some of the resources we’re going to have … we know for sure that for human exploration to succeed we’re going to have to essentially live off the land.”

Twice before, with the Pentagon’s Clementine spacecraft and with the Lunar Prospector, scientists have seen hints of ice on the Moon’s surface. It is NASA’s hope that this mission may provide better answers to the question of water ice on the Moon. This would prove useful to the agency’s goal of a four-astronaut mission to the Moon by 2020.

The Probe

The name of the project is the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS for short. It will launch with the LRO in October 2008 and use its onboard cameras and spectrometers to watch the impact of its upper stage into the surface. The upper stage roughly resembles an SUV in mass – around 4,409 pounds.

The project manager, Daniel Andrews said: “We will create a substantial plume and excavate some sample material, some of which we think will be water ice.” After the first crash, LCROSS will attempt to fly through the plume of debris, taking readings and sending them back to Earth. Once done, it will itself crash into a different region of the crater, allowing both the LRO and stations on Earth to observe the plume that it creates.

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Detroit woman dies after child\’s 911 calls are neglected

Detroit woman dies after child’s 911 calls are neglected

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Monday, April 10, 2006 The family of a Detroit, Michigan woman plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city after her six-year-old son’s calls to emergency operators were allegedly dismissed as a prank. The family released the tapes of the emergency calls to the media on Friday.

Sherrill Turner, 46, died on February 20 of complications from an enlarged heart. Her son Robert made two calls to 911 to report the emergency.

“My mom is passed out,” said Robert Turner when he called 911 the first time.

“Where’s Mister Turner at?” asked the operator. Robert replied that his mother was unable to speak.

“Okay, well, I’m going to send the police over to your house to find out what’s going on,” added the operator, before hanging up on the boy. However, the police never came, and an ambulance was never dispatched to the home.

The boy called 911 three hours later, and reports say the operator who answered the call may have been the same operator that answered the first call. The operator asked to speak to the mother before saying “before I send the police over there.” Then she said to the boy, “You shouldn’t be playing on the phone. Now put her on the phone before I send the police over there to knock on the door, and you’re going to be in trouble.”

“It was taking too long,” said Robert.

Delaina Patterson, the boy’s older sister, who lives in Novi, Michigan, said that after 9:00 p.m. help did come, but only the police and no EMS or medical personnel.

The operator, whose name has not been released, remains on the job pending an investigation by city officials.

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Defense systems of Air Force One exposed on the Internet

Defense systems of Air Force One exposed on the Internet

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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Boeing VC-25A that currently serves as Air Force One

A website has released a document it says is from the United States government, and which it claims contains information related to Air Force One’s anti-missile defense system. An Air Force base website is believed to be the source of the information, but was not identified in the document, however.

“Having information about a target’s countermeasures does two things. It gives you an opportunity to choose a different weapon and to choose a different attack style… perhaps choosing to launch a salvo attack, or choose a missile that uses an active beam,” said Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute.

Air Force One is the primary form of transportation for the President of the United States, George W. Bush. The U.S. Air Force maintains two Boeing 747-200B series aircraft that are used only for the transportation of the President.

“It is not a good thing. We are concerned with how it got there and how we can get it out. This affects operational security,” said director of public affairs for the Air Mobility Command’s 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Lt. Col. Bruce Alexander.

The document also is said to include detailed maps of the interior of the two planes, the locations of Secret Service agents and the location of the plane’s medical center, detailing where the oxygen tanks are kept. This would assist snipers to target and detonate them.

As of Friday, the document was said to be still available online, however efforts to locate the page have so far been unsuccessful.

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Coroner\’s inquest rules two British men were intentionally shot by Israeli soldiers

Coroner’s inquest rules two British men were intentionally shot by Israeli soldiers

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Monday, April 10, 2006 A coroner’s inquest hearing ruled on Monday, April 10, that Tom Hurndall, a 22 year old man from north London, England, was intentionally killed by an Israeli on soldier April 22, 2003. Mr. Hurndall died nine months later from the single gunshot wound to the head.

On Thursday April 6, the same court decided that the award-winning cameraman James Miller, 34, was also intentionally shot in the neck by an Israeli sniper three weeks previous to the Hurndall shooting. Both men were shot within a mile of each other near Rafa in the Gaza strip.

The cases were presided over by Dr Andrew Reid, who said he would be writing to the UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to see if there was any further legal action which could be taken in relation to the deaths of Tom Hurndall and James Miller.

The five man, five woman jury at Saint Pancras Coroners Court in north London complained of a lack of cooperation by the Israeli authorities in their investigation of both cases. Saying in their verdict of the Hurndall case that “The jury would like to express its dismay with the lack of cooperation from the Israeli authorities”, and, in the Miller verdict “It is a fact that from day one the Israeli authorities have not been forthcoming in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Miller’s death.” The Israelis originally put out statements claiming that opposition forces shot both men and that Mr. Hurndall was wearing camouflage gear when he was shot. However images by a South African photographer showed him unconscious and bleeding heavily moments after being shot, he was dressed in casual clothes but wearing bright orange trousers and a vest top.

Mr Hurndall, a Manchester Metropolitan University journalism and photography student, who had entered Gaza from Jordan with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). had described being “shot at, gassed and chased by soldiers” in the war-torn Gaza strip in the days preceding his fatal shooting. The inquest reveled that just before he was killed shots were fired from an IDF watchtower, causing Palestinians children to flee. One child froze and Mr Hurndall went to help but was shot in the head. Sergeant Taysir Hayb was convicted of manslaughter by an Israeli court and jailed for eight years for shooting him.

James Miller was killed on his last day of work on a HBO film titled “Death in Gaza” a documentary about the impact of violence upon children in the conflict zone which has gone on to win three Emmys and a Bafta. He was reportedly filming Palestinian children throwing stones at Israeli tanks in Rafah at the time. The shooting was described as “slow, deliberate, calculated and aimed”. He was approaching soldiers from the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) while holding a white flag when he was shot by Lieutenant Hib al Haib of the Bedouin Desert Reconnaissance Unit.

British Legislator, Gerald Kaufman said Tuesday, sanctions must be imposed against Israel if it does not hand over officers and troops suspected of being responsible for the killing of the two British men.

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State Bank of India employee strike settled

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State Bank of India employee strike settled

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Monday, April 10, 2006 Negotiations between the State Bank of India and its employees over pension benefits have resulted in a settlement, ending a seven-day strike.

The bank, which is based in Mumbai and majority-owned by the nation’s central bank, is India’s largest commercial bank, with over 9000 branch offices.

The settlement calls for workers whose final monthly salary was up to 21,040 rupees (US$471) to receive half that amount as pension; workers with salaries larger than that would receive 40%. The bank’s previous pension maximum was 4,250 rupees (US$95)

The bank’s 200,000 employees will return to work Monday.

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Phil Mickelson wins Masters

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Phil Mickelson wins Masters

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Phil Mickelson at the TPC at Sawgrass

Yesterday in Augusta, Georgia at Augusta National Golf Club, American Phil Mickelson won the 70th Masters with a final round score of 69 and a four round total score of 281, seven under par and two strokes better than South African Tim Clark, the sole second place finisher. This was Mickelson’s second consecutive major as well as his second green jacket. In a five-way tie for third place at four under par were José María Olazábal, Retief Goosen, Tiger Woods, Chad Campbell, and Fred Couples. Rounding out the top ten were eighth place finishers Angel Cabrera and Vijay Singh followed by Stewart Cink in tenth place.

Although Mickelson had to fire up during the last few holes to take the ’04 Masters over Ernie Els, nothing of that sort was required during Sunday’s round. He parred the first six holes before making two straight birdies at 7 and 8, and then went on to make two more at 13 and 15 before finishing off with a bogey at 18. Last year, Mickelson put Tiger’s jacket on for him. This year, Tiger helped Phil into the jacket. “I certainly enjoyed having the jacket put on me,” Mickelson said. “I love the chance to compete against guys like Tiger, guys like Retief and Ernie and Vijay and Fred who are playing so well. It gives me an incredible feeling of accomplishment to be able to come out on top this week.” After 42 straight misses at majors, Mickelson is now on track with one major per year for the past three years.

Playing partner Fred Couples nearly got within one stroke of Mickelson but went on to miss the birdie putt and another par putt to sink out of contention. Putting was also Tiger Woods’s major hindrance. He made three three-putts and had an overall total of 33 putts with a final round of 70. Afterwards, Woods remarked, “It was frustrating. I felt in control of my golf swing from tee to green. Once I got on the green, I was a spaz. I didn’t have it all day – even this morning (in the third round) I didn’t putt well.” Clark capped off a great run and a final round 69 with a chip-in from the sand at 18 for a birdie. Clark moved to number 15 on the Official World Golf Rankings, Woods stayed at number 1, Couples moved to 21st, and Mickelson moved up to 2nd.

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News briefs:April 10, 2006

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Audio Wikinews transcript, 2006-04-10 0900 UTC

Hello and welcome to Audio Wikinews Newsbriefs, at 0900 UTC, April 10, 2006.

Headlines

Detroit woman dies after child’s 911 calls are neglected

The family of a Detroit woman plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Detroit. Sherill Turner died on February 20 from complications from an enlarged heart. Her five-year-old son, Robert, reportedly made two emergency calls to 911, but the calls were allegedly dismissed as prank calls. The Detroit police department is investigating.

Farmhouse raided as investigation into Ontario massacre continues

Ontario Provincial Police raided a farmhouse on Sunday, continuing an investigation into what is called Ontario’s “biggest massacre”. A couple of days earlier, eight bodies were found in or around vehicles near the village of Shedden, approximately 30 kilometres from London, Ontario. Police have closed off a 15 square kilometre area while they search for clues.

State Bank of India employee strike settled

A strike by the 200,000 employees of the State Bank of India over pension benefits ended Sunday with a settlement. Workers will return to work on Monday. The Mumbai-based bank is the largest commercial bank in India, with over 9,000 branches throughout the nation.

Voting begins in Italian election

Finally, Italians go to the polls today in Parliamentary elections. The election pits the center-left L’Unione coalition led by Romano Prodi against the center-right House of Freedoms coalition led by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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France to replace controversial youth worker law

France to replace controversial youth worker law

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French President Jacques Chirac has announced that the new youth job law that has fueled protests for the past few weeks is to be replaced by other measures to attack unemployment amongst young adults.

Students and unions protested the new law, which would have given employers the freedom to fire youth workers under the age of 26 without reason during a two-year “trial period”. The prospect had sparked somewhat violent protests across the country in the past two months.

Union leaders have given government officials until Easter to withdraw the existing law or face yet another general strike.

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