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Two major political parties protest placards used in Armenian-Turkish journalist\’s funeral

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Two major political parties protest placards used in Armenian-Turkish journalist’s funeral

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Placards held in Dink’s funeral reading “We are all Hrant Dink” and “We are all Armenian” in Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian. These placards were later protested by MHP and CHP, two major Turkish political parties

Thousands of people marched in Dink’s Funeral to protest his assassination, holding placards that read “We are all Armenian” and “We are Hrant Dink” in both Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian.

Later, these placards were protested by MHP and CHP. The leader of MHP, a fascist political party of Turkey, described the placards saying “We are all Armenian” as
Cquote1.svg a freak show organized by those who do not participate in martyr funerals Cquote2.svg

A party council member of CHP, a relatively leftist political party, said “we became ashamed of being Turkish. I am Turkish and I protest the assassination. … The placards that say “assassin 301″ are also wrong. As long as we do not want to denigrate Turkishness, we cannot call 301 an assassin. …”

Article 301 is a controversial censorship article of the Turkish penal code that makes it a crime to “insult Turkishness”.
A panorama from Halaskargazi boulevard. One hundred thousand mourners marched in Dink's funeral, protesting his assassination. The office of the Agos newspaper, where Dink was gunned down, is near the right edge of the image; it is in the first house to the right from the one with a large black banner hanging down.
A panorama from Halaskargazi boulevard. One hundred thousand mourners marched in Dink’s funeral, protesting his assassination. The office of the Agos newspaper, where Dink was gunned down, is near the right edge of the image; it is in the first house to the right from the one with a large black banner hanging down.

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Ontario Green Party leader to run in byelection

Ontario Green Party leader to run in byelection

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Frank de Jong, 51, leader of the Green Party of Ontario is running in the Ontario by-election for Burlington, Ontario. He registered Wednesday night, the deadline for people wanting to run as a candidate, at the returning office.

Previously, Cam Jackson was the MPP for Burlington. But, he resigned to run for mayor of Burlington in the Ontario 2006 municipal elections. Jackson won on November 13, 2006. After, the riding was vacant for months and that’s when the by-election was finally called.

De Jong is up against Progressive Conservative Joyce Savoline, Ontario Liberal Party and former Burlington city counciler Joan Lougheed, and New Democrat Cory Judson.

A couple of Burlington residents were also interested in running in the by-election, according to chief financial officer for the new riding association, Lawson Hunter.

De Jong has been leader of the Green Party of Ontario since 1993.

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New Zealand police defend decision to charge speeding policeman

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New Zealand police defend decision to charge speeding policeman

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The New Zealand police have defended their choice to charge a policeman with dangerous driving after being caught on a hidden speed camera at around 65 kilometres over the legal speed limit.

Sergeant Gregory Arthur Smith was charged with dangerous driving after he responded to a priority one emergency, which requires immediate police attention. Sergeant Smith was caught on a hidden speed camera at 115 kilometres per hour in a school zone, the legal limit was 50 km/h. Sergeant Smith was discharged without conviction in court yesterday.

Inspector Kerry Griffiths, has said that the police had made the correct decision to charge Sergeant Smith with dangerous driving.

Inspector Griffiths said that according to clear police policy, a police officer is not to put the public or other police officers into risk while responding to an emergency, under no exception.

Inspector Griffiths, ex-southern road policing manager, has claimed that there was already other police officer on their way to the crash and Sergeant Smith’s speed was not warranted. He said that police have a duty to drive responsibly, even though they do have the power to exceed the speed limit.

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Militant group \’protests\’ placards used in Armenian-Turkish journalist\’s funeral

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Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist, was assassinated a few days ago

Thousands of people marched in Dink’s Funeral to protest his assassination, holding placards that read “We are all Armenian” and “We are Hrant Dink” in Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian.

Later, as reported by Wikinews, these placards were protested by MHP, a fascist Turkish political party, and by CHP, a political party that the mainstream considers leftist.

Now a Turkish militant group, Turkish Revenge Brigade (Türk İntikam Tugayı), ‘protested’ these placards by placing a package, which was made to look like a bomb, to the wall of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). The package was rendered ineffective by the Turkish security forces, who found a note inside the package. The note ‘criticized’ the placards used in Hrant Dink’s funeral. It also asked Dink’s assassin Ogün Samast and Yasin Hayal, who admitted to incite the assassin, to be freed. The note referred to these two criminals as “brothers”.

There is not much information about the structure of the Turkish Revenge Brigade. It is speculated that this militant organization has ties to the Turkish mafia as well as the Turkish Deep State (derin devlet), an influential, violent, and informal anti-democratic coalition within the Turkish political system.

Placards held in Dink’s funeral reading “We are all Hrant Dink” and “We are all Armenian” in Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian. These placards were later protested by MHP and CHP, two major Turkish political parties

A panorama from Halaskargazi boulevard. One hundred thousand mourners marched in Dink's funeral, protesting his assassination. The office of the Agos newspaper, where Dink was gunned down, is near the right edge of the image; it is in the first house to the right from the one with a large black banner hanging down.
A panorama from Halaskargazi boulevard. One hundred thousand mourners marched in Dink’s funeral, protesting his assassination. The office of the Agos newspaper, where Dink was gunned down, is near the right edge of the image; it is in the first house to the right from the one with a large black banner hanging down.

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Study says to clean your sponge, microwave it

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Study says to clean your sponge, microwave it

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Studies done on germs and bacteria performed by researchers at the University of Florida show that a dirty kitchen sponge can be cleaned and “sterilized” by microwaving it for 2 minutes, but researchers warn to wet the sponge first.

“People often put their sponges and scrubbers in the dishwasher, but if they really want to decontaminate them and not just clean them, they should use the microwave,” said the professor who was in charge of the study that discovered the results, Gabriel Bitton.

“Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria in two minutes. The microwave is a very powerful and an inexpensive tool for sterilization,” added Bitton.

The sponges that researchers studied, were placed in “raw wastewater” and then put into a microwave to be “zapped,” according to Bitton. The wastewater was a “witch’s brew of fecal bacteria, viruses, protozoan parasites and bacterial spores, including Bacillus cereus spores,” said Bitton.

Researchers say that at least 99% of the bacteria, viruses, spores and parasites in kitchen spongees can be destroyed or “inactivated” by simply microwaving the wet sponge, on the highest power, for two minutes.

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Living fossil caught off coast of Japan

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Living fossil caught off coast of Japan

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The Frilled shark is a living fossil found in deep water.

A frilled shark was spotted off the coast of Japan on January 21, 2007 and taken to the Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, Japan where it was filmed and later died.

“We believe moving pictures of a live specimen are extremely rare,” said an official with the Awashima Marine Park.

The frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is a member of a 350 million year old family, and characterised by an eel-like appearance with a distinctive protrusion of the gills.

The 1.6m female specimen was spotted in shallow waters by a local fisherman who contacted the Awashima Marine Park who were able to catch the shark.

The video is available on many websites including “YouTube” and shows the dying shark swimming around the aquarium with its mouth open.

It is unknown as to why the shark was in such shallow waters, but officials say it might have been sick. Its usual habitat is between 120 meters and 1280 meters in depth where it feeds on squid and bony fish. The sharks grow to 2 meters in length and are regularly caught by bottom trawlers and used as fish bait.

“They live between 1,968 and 3,280 feet (600 and 1,000 meters) under the water, which is deeper than humans can go,” added the park official.

“We think it may have come close to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters,” continued the official.

This species is a living fossil, having a close resemblance to fossil records of paleozoic sharks. In comparison modern sharks have 5 sets of gills whereas the frilled shark has 6 sets.

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Four killed in sectarian clashes in Beirut

Four killed in sectarian clashes in Beirut

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Fights between students in Beirut Arab University esacalated into clashes across the city on January 25, between groups supporting and opposing the Lebanese government. Four people were killed while and over a hundred and fifty were injured in the fighting, as youths armed with makeshift weapons clashed, threw rocks and damaged vehicles. The Lebanese army deployed armored vehicles and fired shots in the air to disperse the fighters. An overnight curfew was imposed to stop the fighting.

Scuffles broke out between Sunni and Shiite students, who were respectively support and oppose of the current government, in the university’s cafeteria and soon attracted local supporters of both groups.

Coming on the heels of mass demonstrations and a general strike called by Hezbollah calling on the Fouad Siniora-led government to step down, the clashes has raised fears of renewed civil conflict along sectarian lines in Lebanon.

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Amsterdam pet shop owner creates beer for dogs

Amsterdam pet shop owner creates beer for dogs

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Correction — February 8, 2007
 
Terrie Berenden’s pet shop is located in the town of Zelhem, not Amsterdam as stated in the article & title. Zelhem is approximately 135 km (85 miles) from Amsterdam
 

Shelves of beer.

A woman in The Netherlands who uses her dogs to hunt in Austria has decided to give her dogs a new kind of treat: beer.

Terrie Berenden, a woman who owns a pet shop in Amsterdam, created a non-alcoholic beer for her dogs which is made from malt and a beef extract. The beer is called Kwispelbier (‘kwispelen’ means “wagging of a [dog’s] tail” in Dutch), and was put onto shelves just last week.

“Once a year we go to Austria to hunt with our dogs, and at the end of the day we sit on the verandah and drink a beer. So we thought, my dog also has earned it,” said Berenden.

According to Berenden, owners can enjoy the new beer as well, but she also stated that it will cost owners about four times as much to drink the beer than to buy a ‘human beer.’ A bottle of the dog beer sells at about $2.14.

The slogan for the new dog beer is “a beer for your best friend” and Brenden hopes that the product will grab international attention. Requests for the beer are already coming from the United States, England and Japan.

“We are overwhelmed with it. From America, England and Japan we have (received) mail and we are just going to think about it, how we can bring it on the market there,” said Brenden.

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