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Wikinews Shorts: April 13, 2007

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A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, April 13, 2007.

XP expunged from 2008

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Microsoft has confirmed plans to discontinue sales of Windows XP from Jan 31st 2008, it has been revealed. This is despite limited customer uptake of the new Windows Vista operating system.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, Robert Epstien however reassured customers that support for XP is not ending yet though, BBC news quotes him as saying, “This is purely about availability of brand new licenses for brand new machines, We’ll continue to support XP for some considerable time.”

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“No” to HIV migrants says Australian PM

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HIV positive migrants or refugees should be blocked from entering Australia according to statements made by Australian Prime Minister Howard.

In a radio interview in Melbourne, Mr. Howard was apparently quoted as stating, “My initial reaction is no,” he said. “There may be some humanitarian considerations that could temper that in certain cases, but, prime facie – no,” Howard said in relation to the issue.

An angry reaction has come from charities involved with AIDS. Dr. Chris Lemoh, a specialist in infectious disease was quoted as as saying, “a hysterical overreaction, it mixes racism with a phobia about infectious disease”

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Action needed to revive Science in UK

A report prepared for the UK Council of Industry and Higher Education, has stated that action is needed to halt the declining number of students opting for maths and science subjects.

Amongst the reports many recommendations, it has been suggested that A-Level students could be paid for passing exams in Maths and Science subjects.

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‘Gagged’ MEPs speak out against Singapore

A group of European Parliament members (MEPs) has criticised Singapore from preventing them speaking at a forum on democracy.

Graham Watson a member of the group denied permission is quoted as saying: “I fear that, in this sense at least, it puts Singapore in a league with North Korea, Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China.”

Ignasi Guardans, another member of the group, added, “What has happened today proves that Singapore is an authoritarian state.”

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Visa transactions experience ‘technical’ issue

Owing to technical issues, some European Visa customers may have had transactions declined due to a technical problem

Visa spokesperson Simon Kleine was quoted (BBC News) as saying: “We are currently experiencing some technical problems in our card transaction processing. In some cases this is resulting in card transactions being declined.”

However, Kleine was quick to reassure customers that “immediate action is being taken to overcome this problem and we hope to have a full service resumed as soon as possible.”

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Research In Motion financial probe becomes formal investigation

Research In Motion financial probe becomes formal investigation

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RIM BlackBerry 8700c handset

On Wednesday, Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Limited (RIM), reported preliminary fourth quarter and year-end financial results. Despite record profits, up from US$18 million in the same quarter last year to $188 million for the current quarter, the news was dampened by the revelation that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had formalized its investigation into RIM’s accounting practices.

An internal review by RIM, initiated eight months ago, revealed irregularities with how the company accounted for stock options. On March 5 of 2007, RIM co-chief executive and chairman, Jim Balsillie, resigned his position of chairman, due to the irregularities.

RIM had indicated, until recently, that the SEC probe into the company’s stock option granting practices was an informal inquiry. In a press release April 11, RIM suggested that “the informal inquiry has been converted to a formal investigation.”

In its press release, RIM indicated it would restate financials for the second and third quarters of fiscal 2007, and the fiscal year ended March 3, 2007 only. Through its internal probe, RIM had determined that the accounting irregularities for recently filed Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) statements would not result in a material adjustment. It would not, therefore, restate Canadian GAAP financial statements, filed previously.

Aside from the record profits just reported, RIM indicated that it had shipped approximately 6.4 million BlackBerry devices in fiscal 2007 and that 1.02 million subscriber accounts were added in the fourth quarter. At the end of the quarter, the total BlackBerry subscriber account base had increased to 8 million.

On the news of the formal SEC inquiry, RIM’s stock price was down over 8%, Thursday, on the NASDAQ.

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Nintendo releases final version of Opera internet browser for Wii

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Nintendo releases final version of Opera internet browser for Wii

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Wii with earlier version of Opera browser.

Nintendo of America Inc. (Nintendo) announced on Thursday the release of a full version of the Wii gaming system’s Internet Channel. Powered by a customized Opera Internet browser, the service will allow gamers with high-speed connections to surf the Internet on their television.

According to the Nintendo news release, the Channel’s final version is available as a free download until June 30, after which it will cost 500 Wii Points, or approximately five US dollars. Once downloaded, the Internet Channel would be free for the lifetime of the system.

The Opera browser had been available in a beta format with limitations on the functionality. The final version boasts improvements such as a manual zoom, improved scrolling, as well as collapsible toolbars and multiple on-screen cursors. In addition, users are given the choice of presetting either Google or Yahoo! as a search engine to power the built-in search button.

Some enthusiasts have complained that using the Wii’s controllers rather than a keyboard to enter text, can be awkward. “Opening the address bar does not open it with the current URL. That would have been nice.” wrote Slashdot member LBt1st. “It would also be nice if it would make plain text URL’s into links. Manual entry is hell without a keyboard.”

Others lamented the lack of availability of the Wii system in stores and were concerned that the free download offer might expire before being able to obtain a system. “Great! Now all I need is a Wii! Still searching for one in Toronto,” complained Slashdot member, CokeBear.

The full version of the Internet Channel, with the Opera browser, is available for download in North America only at this stage.

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NHL: Turco shuts out Canucks in Stars victory

NHL: Turco shuts out Canucks in Stars victory

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Series equal at 1-1. (Best of Seven)

Dallas Stars 2 0 Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks came out flat just one game after the sixth longest game in NHL Playoff history. Marty Turco shut down the Canucks offense, stopping all 35 shots he faced, as the Dallas Stars tied the best-of-seven series. Turco picked up right where he had left off in the previous game, when he held the Canucks scoreless through four overtime periods, keeping the net empty for over 90 minutes.

The Stars scored in the first 24 seconds in the game, even though they couldn’t score in 78:06 of overtime in Game 1. Jeff Halpern scored his 1st goal of the postseason, beating Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, who hadn’t allowed a goal in nearly five periods of play. The only other goal of the game would also belong to Joel Lundqvist, who scored 45 seconds into the final period.

Dallas will looks to take the series lead when they do battle again with Vancouver on Sunday, this time on the Stars’ home ice. Opening face off is scheduled for 9:30 pm EDT.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 0:24 DAL Jeff Halpern (1) Sergei Zubov, Stu Barnes 1-0
2 3rd 0:45 DAL Joel Lundqvist (1) Mike Modano, Stu Barnes 2-0

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
VAN Roberto Luongo 27 25 .926
DAL Marty Turco 35 35 1.00

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Sergei Zubov, D, Dallas Stars – 1 Assist
  • #2 = Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks
  • #3 = Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars – Shutout Win with 35 saves

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NHL: Ducks charge to two game lead over Wild

NHL: Ducks charge to two game lead over Wild

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Ducks lead series 2-0. (Best of Seven)

Minnesota Wild 2 3 Anaheim Ducks
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François Beauchemin scored on a pair of power plays and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to help the Ducks to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series. Games 3 and 4 are in St. Paul on Sunday and Tuesday.

The Wild struggled again on the power play, going 0-for-6 after failing to convert on four power plays in the 2-1 opening loss. Then there was the Ducks’ short-handed goal. Ryan Getzlaf took a pass from Travis Moen along the left boards, feinted inside against Minnesota defenseman Martin Skoula, cut outside and zipped around him. The Ducks’ center then flipped the puck over Nicklas Backstrom’s stick.

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said: “I thought we played a great game. It was just getting the power play to go a little better and staying out of the box. The rest of the game was fine.”

Mikko Koivu scored from the top of the crease, managing to get off the shot as he was falling down, and the puck got past Bryzgalov on the glove side. Marian Gaborik scored at 3:33 of the second period to draw the Wild even 1-1.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1nd 13:19 ANA Francois Beauchemin (1) PP Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen 0-1
2 2nd 3:33 MIN Marian Gaborik (1) Pavol Demitra, Kurtis Foster 1-1
3 2nd 16:17 ANA Francois Beauchemin (2) PP Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne 1-2
4 2nd 18:43 ANA Ryan Getzlaf (1) SH Travis Moen, Chris Pronger 1-3
5 3rd 15:04 MIN Mikko Koivu (1) Brent Burns 2-3

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
MIN Nicklas Backstrom 25 22 .880
ANA Ilya Bryzgalov 32 30 .938

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Francois Beauchemin, D, Anaheim Ducks – 2 Goals
  • #2 = Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
  • #3 = Ilja Bryzgolov, G, Anaheim Ducks – 30 saves

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MLB: Travis Hafner wins it for Indians

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MLB: Travis Hafner wins it for Indians

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Cleveland Indians 4 2 LA Angels

The Cleveland Indians pulled off a stunning win late in the game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Thursday, defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Travis Hafner, in the bottom of the eighth, hit a three run homer to erase the one score lead of the Angels. Orlando Cabrera was the only angel for the Angels as he had three hits on four at bats with two runs scored.

Pitching for Cleveland was pretty solid as Jeremy Sowers pitched seven innings, with one run on six hits with 27 at bats, one error, and three strikeouts. No home runs were give up by any of the four pitchers(Jeremy Sowers, Roberto Hernandez, Aaron Fultz and Joe Borowski) for Cleveland.

The same couldn’t be said for the Angels pitchers squad, though. Dustin Moseley started for the LA Angels pitching six innings, allowing one run on five hits with 24 at bats, one error, three strikeouts, and one home run given up. It was not Dustin Moseley who gave up the game winning three run homer, but Scot Shields, the relief pitcher who let the game slide.

Aaron Fultz was the winning pitcher for the game, his second win of the young season. Scot Shields was saddled with his first loss of the season. The save was credited to closer Joe Borowski.

The game was played in Milwaukee due to the snow storm in Cleveland the previous weekend.

Cleveland’s next game will be a home game (this time in Cleveland) against the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 tonight, the first of a three game series. As the Angels well face the Boston Red Sox at 4:05 tonight, the first of a four game series.

Box score

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 X 4 7 2

W: Fultz (2-0)
L: Shields (0-1)
S: Borowski, 3

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Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

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Elizabeth May at the Green Party of Canada leadership debate on June 21, 2006.

After Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced her plans for running against Conservative MP Peter MacKay in his riding of Central Nova in the next federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada have decided to not have a candidate in the riding. In return, the Greens have agreed not run a candidate against Liberal leader Stéphane Dion in his riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville in Quebec.

Both Stéphane Dion and Elizabeth May held a joint news conference today in Central Nova to talk about their plans.

The riding has a long history of Conservative MPs which finds it a tough race to fight for May with the Liberals backing her.

The decision earned some criticism from NDP leader Jack Layton. “It’s incredible that this matter of such importance is being decided by two leaders in secret,” Layton told reporters. “That’s not what democracy is about. It is the citizens that ought to make choices about who is going to be representing them…”I’m surprised to see Ms. May support the member of Parliament [Stéphane Dion] who was at the Liberal cabinet table during the decade that greenhouse gases went up by more than 30 per cent.”

Stéphane Dion held the Minister of Environment portfolio under former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. At the end of his Liberal leadership campaign he changed his campaign colour to green to represent his interest for environmental issues in Canada. May is an environmentalist and is largely noted as founder of the Sierra Club of Canada.

The Green Party of Canada has run a full slate of candidates in the last two elections, but has yet to win a seat in Parliament. If May wins the riding in the next federal election, she would be the first one ever.

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Google buys DoubleClick for $3.1 billion

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Google buys DoubleClick for $3.1 billion

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Google has announced its intention of taking over the Internet advertising agency DoubleClick in a deal worth $3.1 billion. DoubleClick has also confirmed the deal and hopes it will be completed before the end of 2007.

Rumours of a takeover offer for DoubleClick had been circulating, with Microsoft, Time Warner and Yahoo! all reportedly interested in making an offer for the company.

Six months ago, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. The current takeover is the largest in Google’s history. In a press release, Google says the acquisition “will enable Google to extend our ad network and develop deeper relationships with our partners. This new partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for us at Google to broaden and deepen our inventory of available ads and to better serve both our publishers and users.”

DoubleClick provides software for Internet advertising and brings together advertisers, advertisement agencies and website developers. DoubleClick is currently owned by the majority share-holders Hellman & Friedman, a private equity firm, with JMI Management also having a large stake in the company.

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New Jersey Governor hospitalized after car crash

New Jersey Governor hospitalized after car crash

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New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine

The Governor of New Jersey Jon S. Corzine was hospitalized Thursday after the vehicle he was riding in crashed into a guardrail on Garden State Parkway. The Governor was on his way to a meeting between the Rutgers University basketball team and radio personality Don Imus.

Corzine was riding in the front passenger seat when a red pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder. As the truck corrected itself, a white pickup swerved to avoid it, hitting the motorcade SUV he was riding. Corzine suffered six broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken sternum, fracture of his lower vertebrae, a broken leg, and a head gash. He is in stable condition following surgery at Cooper University Hospital, but will require more surgery to repair a broken femur that broke through the skin. The trooper driving the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Senate President Richard Codey will serve as governor while Corzine is in the hospital. An aide to Corzine said he was not wearing a seat belt.

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Football: Cristiano Ronaldo extends stay at United

Football: Cristiano Ronaldo extends stay at United

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United. He will now stay in the club until at least 2012.

Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have been showing interest in the Portuguese midfielder for months, and the deal is sure to quiet transfer rumours for the time being.

Sir Alex Ferguson said to Manchester United’s website that it is fantastic news. He also said that Ronaldo has a good relationship with the club, the staff and the fans.

Ronaldo says that he is happy in club and he wants to win more trophies with them.

Christiano has scored twenty goals for United so far this season, and has added five for Portugal in Euro 2008 qualifiers. He is a candidate for the PFA and the Ballon d’Or (European Footballer of the Year), and is hoping to lead United to three trophies this season.

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