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Third Canadian found dead in Mexico

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Adam DePrisco, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, Ontario, was found dead in Acapulco, Mexico on Saturday.

The family of the young man are still looking for answers after Mexican authorities said that he was hit by a car after leaving a nightclub. The family believes that the young man was beaten to death. Marco Calabro, a friend who went to Mexico with DePrisco, also believes that he was beaten to death.

Calabro and DePrisco were in a nightclub on Saturday, and DePrisco was dancing with a Mexican woman. The woman’s boyfriend became upset. The Canadian men were urged to leave the nightclub. Not long after, Calabro found his friend lying on the road bleeding from his head.

DePrisco died in a Mexican hospital on Monday evening.

“The pain in my heart is not just for my nephew; it’s for any Canadian — you go out to have a good time and this is what happens,” Claudio Pannozzi, his uncle, told CTV News. “When you think Mexico, think twice.”

DePrisco is the third Canadian who has recently died in Mexico, after Nancy and Domenic Ianiero, a couple also from Woodbridge, who were stabbed to death at a luxury resort hotel near Cancun, also a popular vacation destination.

Mexican officials came under fire shortly after the Ianiero case last February. They are currently investigating the case of Adam DePrisco. Talk radio shows in Canada are even suggesting the Canadian federal government ban Canadians from going to Mexico.

It is not yet known when DePrisco’s body will be returned to Canada.

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Teamsters site suggests Tigger pardoned

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Teamsters site suggests Tigger pardoned

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Correction — January 12, 2007
 
This article has since been proven factually incorrect. The site actually indicates that Fedelem filed a grievance against Walt Disney World, and the issue was settled, rather than the guests in question filing a grievance against Fedelem. Wikinews apologises for this error.
 
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The article “Teamsters site suggests Tigger pardoned” was later proven to be factually incorrect.

The incident was caught on tape.

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The “grievance” against a Teamsters Union Local 385 person named “Michael Fedelem”, “was resolved prior to Step 3.” It is presumed, but not known, if this website mention relates to the employee who played Tigger at Walt Disney World, as he is mentioned on the “Character Team” page of the website.

Teamsters representative Donna Lyne Dalton had previously stated that the teen had been “agitating” the actor in costume, according to Feledem, cutting off the air supply to the costume. The actor swatted his arms and claimed to have no intention to hit the boy due to the lack of peripheral vision.

On Sunday, video broke internationally of Fedelem as Tigger, hitting teen Jerry Monaco Jr. in the head. The New Hampshire tourist and his father both claim the hit was unprovoked.

“Nuh, no provokin’ at all, ya know, it was all out of the blue.” Junior told FOX News.

Monaco Sr. commented, “At first I’m upset with my son. I’m like, Jerry don’t, ya’know … but then I review it, I mean it’s pretty clear, for no reason, he just clocked him in the face.”

A full version of the video was released on YouTube yesterday. In the footage before Tigger’s punch, Monaco Sr. taunts Tigger, saying “Aw, too much? Heh… I was on your head.”



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Teamsters Union comments on Tigger incident

Teamsters Union comments on Tigger incident

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The article “Teamsters site suggests Tigger pardoned” was later proven to be factually incorrect.

The incident was caught on tape.

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  • Profile: Disney-MGM Studios

Teamsters Union has spoken out in defense of Michael J. Fedelem, a Disney employee who played Tigger at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park.

The international news media jumped on Fedelem Sunday, after he hit a teenage guest in the face.

Teamsters representative Donna Lyne Dalton says that the teen had been “agitating” the actor in costume. Dalton says the teen grabbed the back of the costume, effectively cutting off air. Because of his headpiece’s limited peripheral vision, Fedelem was unaware he was swatting anyone, when he moved his arm.

On Sunday, video broke internationally of Fedelem as Tigger, hitting teen Jerry Monaco Jr. in the head. The New Hampshire tourist and his father both claim the hit was unprovoked.

“Nuh, no provokin’ at all, ya know, it was all out of the blue.” Junior told FOX News.

Monaco Sr. commented, “At first I’m upset with my son. I’m like, Jerry don’t, ya’know … but then I review it, I mean it’s pretty clear, for no reason, he just clocked him in the face.”

A full version of the video was released on YouTube yesterday. In the footage before Tigger’s punch, Monaco Sr. taunts Tigger, saying “Aw, too much? Heh… I was on your head.”



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Sudan adopts new currency

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Sudan adopts new currency

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Specimen of the new Sudanese one Pound note

The Central Bank of Sudan has started circulation of the new Sudanese pound that is to replace the current Sudanese dinar. This measure is part of the peace agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the SPLA, that ended a 20-year old civil war.

The dinar was viewed in the south as part of an attempted “Arabisation” of Sudan by the previous government and was not in circulation in areas controlled by the southern rebel movement. Several alternative currencies, including old Sudanese pounds were used instead.

According to Sabir Mohamed Al Hassan, the governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, the dinar will remain in circulation, along with the pound, for an interim period of six months before it is discontinued on July 1, 2007.

The conversion rate set by the Central bank is 1 Sudanese pound equals 100 Sudanese dinars, and 1 piaster is equivalent to 1 dinar. A U.S. dollar trades for about 200 dinars.

The Central Bank said that the new currency design will reflect Sudan’s peace vision, unity in diversity, civilization, natural resources and economic progress. Several themes were avoided in the new design including human portraits, references to wars and conflict, and religious and ethnic symbols.

The change is expected to cost over US $150 million. Hassan said that the expected international assistance in meeting the cost was not forthcoming and that Sudan’s oil revenue was used instead, Reuters reports.

Shipments of the new currency have been sent to the south, where it is to be introduced first.

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Gun scare at Concordia University, Montreal

Gun scare at Concordia University, Montreal

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A student carrying a long bag and wearing military clothing prompted a massive police response at Montreal, Canada’s Concordia University on Tuesday. Many police vehicles swarmed the Loyola campus, but the only weapon discovered by officers was a stick used for martial arts purposes.

The incident brought back memories of Montreal’s history of campus shootings. In 1992, a Concordia professor shot four people to death on the campus. In 1989 Marc Lépine killed 14 woman during the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre. More recently, in September 2006, one student died when a gunman attacked Dawson College.

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Apple introduces iPhone and Apple TV

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Apple introduces iPhone and Apple TV

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Apple Inc. today has introduced the much-anticipated iPhone at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco.

The iPhone is claimed to be “a revolutionary mobile phone” as stated on the Apple website. The device appears to be running a mobile version of the Apple operating system Mac OSX. It is approximately the same size as a 5th generation iPod, it has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display that is used to access all features of the phone including number dial, as well as making phone calls. The iPhone plays music, movies, displays pictures and is able to connect to a wireless network.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device by walking onto the stage and taking the iPhone out of his jeans pocket. During his 2 hour speech he stated that “Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone, We are going to make history today”.

Today Apple also released their Media Center device – Apple TV. It will directly compete with Microsoft’s Media Center operating system. Apple has taken a different approach to the media center market; rather than storing content (such as movies, music and photos) on the device, Apple TV connects to a computer (Mac and Windows) over a wirless network connection and plays all content stored on that computer. This makes it substantially easier for users to organize their media content.

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Air New Zealand movie censored the word God

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Air New Zealand movie censored the word God

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Air New Zealand, national airline of New Zealand, played the movie The Queen in-flight where a bleep occurred when someone said “God”. However in another in-flight movie, The Departed, a lot of swearing occurred but it wasn’t censored at all, according to a passenger.

Both of the movies were played on the same Air New Zealand flight from New Zealand to London.

Pam Wong, spokesperson for Air New Zealand, claimed that they had been given the wrong version of the film, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.

Air New Zealand has apologised for playing the censored film, stating that it is not Air New Zealand policy to censor any words.

Ms Wong said: “We don’t have a policy of censoring any of our material because we have parental locks on movies with extreme violence or inappropriate language. A ‘new version’ should be available soon.”

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Iranian news agency reports UFO has crashed in Kerman province

Iranian news agency reports UFO has crashed in Kerman province

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Eyewitnesses told the Fars News Agency (FNA) that a radiant UFO had crashed in the Barez Mounts of Kerman on Wednesday morning.

Abulghassem Nasrollahi, the Deputy General of the Kerman province in Iran told the news agency that all the aircraft in the area had been accounted for, but did not rule out the possibility that the object could be a meteor.

Another source also told the FNA that the object was on fire with thick smoke coming from it, and claimed that this implied the object was not a meteor. However, meteors appear as bright fireballs in the sky, as they are heated to high temperatures due largely to ram pressure as they fall at high speeds through the Earth’s atmosphere. Meteors often burn up completely before reaching the ground and some leave a smoke-like trail in their wake.

Abulghassem noted that a few days earlier, in Rafsanjan, a similar incident was reported by witnesses.

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