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Xbox 360 console sales surge in America

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Xbox 360 console sales surge in America

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The latest console data from the NPD Group shows that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console outsold Sony’s PlayStation 3 by a ratio of 2 to 1. Earlier in August, Microsoft reduced the price of their console to try and compete with their other main competitor, Nintendo with their Wii console. However, the Nintendo platform is still selling strong with the Wii and the DS taking the top 2 spots once again.

Sales are also expected to increase for Microsoft in the month of September due to the release of Halo 3, the final game in the Halo trilogy. Michael Patcher, an analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, has predicted that the game will sell three million copies in the first 12 days of release.

The big surge in software sales lead to almost US$1 billion spent in the gaming industry in America for the month of August. Even with the software surge, all consoles had fewer sales than the previous month apart from Microsoft.

Below are the full results provided by NPD:

Console Sales
Wii 403,600
Nintendo DS 383,300
Xbox 360 276,700
Playstation 2 202,000
PSP 151,200
Playstation 3 130,600



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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Mark Grenier, Welland

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Mark Grenier, Welland

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Ontario general election, 2007

Algoma-Manitoulin: FCP
Ajax-Pickering: GRN
Beaches-East York: FCP
Bramalea-Gore-Malton: GRN, NDP, PC
Brant: PC
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound: NDP
Carleton—Mississippi Mills: GRN
Chatham—Kent—Essex: FCP
Don Valley East: FRE
Don Valley West: FCP
Durham: PC
Essex: LBR
Hamilton Centre: GRN
Hamilton East: FCP
Kenora—Rainy River: PC
Kitchener Centre: FCP
Kitchener-Conestoga: LBR
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex: FCP
London-Fanshawe: PC
London North Centre: GRN
Nepean-Carleton: FCP, GRN
Newmarket-Aurora: FCP
Oakville: GRN
Ottawa Centre: COMM
Ottawa-Orleans: FRE
Ottawa West-Nepean: GRN
Oxford: LIB
Parkdale-High Park: LBR
Peterborough: GRN
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke: NDP
Scarborough-Rouge River: LBR, NDP
St. Paul’s: FCP, IND
Sudbury: FCP
Thornhill: GRN
Toronto Centre: COMM
Toronto—Danforth: LBR, COMM
Thunder Bay-Atikokan: GRN
Trinity-Spadina: LIB, PC
Vaughan: GRN, NDP
Welland: GRN
Willowdale: GRN, FCP
Windsor-Tecumseh‎: GRN
Whitby-Oshawa‎: GRN
York Centre: GRN

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Mark Grenier is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Welland riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Minor alterations not affecting the content have been made to this interview; the original text is available by clicking on the tab marked “Collaboration” for.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Interview

Why have you chosen to involve yourself in the political process? Why did you choose to run in this constituency?

Sitting on the sidelines doesn’t work for me and I live in the Riding.

What prior political experience do you have? What skills and insight can you bring to office, from other non-political positions you may have held?

I ran in 1993 Federally and in 1996 Provincially in BC and sat on the boards of some non profit societies as well. Simply promise less and deliver more… that works in business and in life…

Which of your competitors do you expect to pose the biggest challenge to your candidacy? Why? What makes you the most desirable of all candidates running in the riding?

Unseating an incumbent is always a monumental task.
Why? Pete is well known and has held the seat since 1988.
Desirable?… lol… a fresh outlook, new blood as it were… and the most progressive and comprehensive policy platform of all the parties on all aspects of governance, the environment, taxation, education and healthcare delivery, public transport and law reform.

What do you feel are the three most important issues to voters in your riding? Are these the same top three issues that are most important to you? What would you do to address these issues?

The most important issue is the Referendum on Election Reform… with that real progress can be made in all aspects as the process becomes more transparent and democratic. Bad process like we have now invariably leads to bad results… just look back at the last 17 years in this province!
As always citizens are concerned about education & health care… and rightly so as these have taken a beating under the current autocratic regimes of the last 12 years.
Yes they are [the same top three issues]… without proper electoral process we can’t possibly hope to repair the erosion of services in education and health. Perhaps taking a look back at the way education was a priority in Ontario from the 1950s to the 1980s… almost 40% of the provincial budget in the 1960s! Now barely 20%… hmmm… do you sense something afoot here?

What should be the first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly?

Electoral reform to get rid of the “first past the post” system.

Are the property taxes in your riding at a fair level for the amount of services received in the municipality?

As you are aware it’s the municipalities who set the rates… so much is dependent on what infrastructure projects are on the table, projected costs of snow removal, street repair, recreation investment, garbage removal and disposal, a myriad of everyday services we sometimes take for granted that I can’t really do justice with a yes/no answer. And also bear in mind that municipalities can’t run deficits so investments are made with forethought on most occasions.

How can the province lead the way in stimulating job creation?

This one is too simple….investments in quality public education coupled with timely and broader based health care delivery has been shown to attract real investment in new business…if you build it they will come…best example is Ireland…Universal education and health care and one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Gee I wonder why it’s at full employment? Wake up Queen’s Park…no need to reinvent the wheel here…
Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?
This one I am going to leave alone for the time being, as periferal issues change with circumstances and reiterate that bad process leads to bad results… improve the process, starting with voting “yes” in the referendum!

What are your views on the mixed member proportional representation (MMP) referendum?

100% in favour of a system that reflects the voted wishes of the citizens of Ontario… Please, please vote yes on Oct 10th on the issue.

What role, if any, does “new media” play in your campaign, and the campaign of your party? (websites, blogs, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc) Do you view it as beneficial, or a challenge?

The internet is for sure the most level playing field for information dissemination… anyone anywhere has access to every POV including their own! Wonderful medium!

Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?

This one I am going to leave alone for the time being, as peripheral issues change with circumstances and reiterate that bad process leads to bad results… improve the process, starting with voting “yes” in the referendum!



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Hamas preparing for Israeli \’incursion\’ into Gaza

Hamas preparing for Israeli ‘incursion’ into Gaza

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Hamas, the current government controlling Gaza and a labeled as a “foreign terrorist organization” by the United States, is claiming that the Israel Defense Forces are preparing for an incursion into Gaza, and they are preparing for any such attempt, performing military exercises and drills to “surprise” Israeli forces with “ferocious fighting.” Hamas says that Israel is planning to attack after several rockets were fired into populated cities the southern portion of Israel from Hamas controlled portions of the strip.

“Your brothers, the sons of Hamas … have the weapons that they claimed as booty from the war of cleansing (of Fatah) and will now fight the state of Israel with them,” said Nizar Rayyan a senior Hamas government official in a statement who also added that they would kidnap any Israeli soldiers attempting an attack on the government or the city.

Drills and exercises including training their forces in handling and firing rocket launchers and automatic rifles. They also train in “taking cover” and wear camouflage outfits. An abandoned building was also blown up in a controlled explosion.

Israeli officials don’t deny that any military action is not part of possible plans to stop the rocket fire into the country, but also say that there are several other plans to try and stop rocket attacks.

“I think there are a series of actions other than military actions,” said Tzipi Livni, the Foreign Minister of Israel.

Some plans include stopping supplies such as water and fuel from going into Gaza, and shutting off the gas and electricity to homes and businesses in the attempt to stop attacks.



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Foiled HSBC robbers named

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The two robbers who were shot after an attempted robbery on an armoured van in Chandler’s Ford, near Southampton UK have been named as Andrew Markland, 36, and Mark Nunes, 35. They were both from Brixton, London.

Terence Wallace, 25, also from London appeared before a court today on charges of attempted robbery and possession of a firearm. Police also confirmed they had found the blue Volvo that was involved with the robbery and which is now subject to forensic investigation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will open next week as part of the investigation into the shooting of the two men who died after being shot by Metropolitan Police marksmen as part of an operation by the Flying Squad.



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Car bomb kills 15 in Pakistani anti-terror unit

Car bomb kills 15 in Pakistani anti-terror unit

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15 elite commandos in the Pakistan anti-terror unit have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack.

The car rammed into the brigade headquarters of the Special Operations Task Force, part of the Pakistan military Special Services Group, set up in conjunction with the United States. It is believed to be the work of Islamic terrorists. The bomb destroyed the mess hall, killing at least 15 and injuring 50 more, six critically. It is thought the dead may include members of the CIA.

The wounded were taken to a local military hospital for treatment, while security forces secured the scene of the blast.

The attack coincided with US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte visiting the country. The Special Operations Task Force was heavily involved in last month’s storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, and is accused by Islamic extremists with links to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban of brutal conduct in the incident. The unit has also attacked terrorists near the border on which Osama bin Laden is thought to be hiding.

“This signals the transformation of the Islamic militants trying to bring down [Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf from rag-tag fighters to highly skilled insurgents able to attack at will,” a diplomatic observer said last night. “It is an extremely worrying development from the point of view of Musharraf and those who support him.” Observers have expressed concern at the fact that the bomber was able to successfully attack such a high-profile and heavily guarded target as the headquarters, especially considering the building’s close proximity to the Tarbela Dam generator, considered an important strategic asset.

“This is a high-security zone,” one official said. “Obviously, this was someone who was known and familiar to the soldiers there, and it could be one of the civilians working at the base.”

Earlier this month, an attack aimed at the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence killed 25 people.



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Explosion, fire on guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf injures five

Explosion, fire on guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf injures five

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Five civilian contractors have been injured after an explosion and fire onboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf at 9:25 a.m. today.

A large explosion erupted from the ship’s berthing area where welding work was being conducted during a stop in Norfolk, Virginia. A fire broke out two decks below main deck, but was quickly extinguished. The injured were taken to Norfolk General Hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life-threatening, according to John Kowalczyk, a spokesman for BAE Systems Ship Repair, who were conducting the work.

He added that the fire appeared to be an isolated incident. The ship has been laid up for repairs and modernizing since May.



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