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Wikinews Shorts: March 14, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, March 14, 2008.

Earthquake hits Tonga region

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 has hit Tonga and the surrounding region. The USGS reports that it hit the region just after 0400 local time (1600 UTC). The earthquake was offshore, with the nearest major islands being Tonga.

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UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2007–08 draw results

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UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup 2007–08 draw results

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The draws for the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final along with the UEFA Cup Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final.

UEFA Champions League Draw results

Match # Team 1 Team 2
Quarter-Finals
1 Arsenal vs. Liverpool
2 Roma vs. Manchester United
3 Schalke vs. Barcelona
4 Fenerbahçe vs. Chelsea
Semi-Finals
1 Winner of quarter-final #1 vs. Winner of quarter-final #4
2 Winner of quarter-final #3 vs. Winner of quarter-final #2
Final
1 Winner of semi-final #2 vs. Winner of semi-final #1

UEFA Cup Draw results

Match # Team 1 Team 2
Quarter-Finals
1 Bayer Leverkusen vs. Zenit St. Petersburg
2 Rangers FC vs. Sporting Lisbon
3 Bayern Munich vs. Getafe
4 Fiorentina vs. PSV Eindhoven
Semi-Finals
1 Winner of quarter-final #3 vs. Winner of quarter-final #1
2 Winner of quarter-final #2 vs. Winner of quarter-final #4
Final
1 Winner of semi-final #1 vs. Winner of semi-final #2



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Proton rocket fails to launch AMC-14 satellite

Proton rocket fails to launch AMC-14 satellite

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An earlier Proton launch

At 23:18:55 GMT this evening, a Russian Proton-M/Briz-M rocket launched from Area 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the AMC-14 satellite for American communications organisation SES Americom. The rocket, operated by International Launch Services (ILS), lifted off on time, and headed towards a Geosynchronous orbit. Around forty minutes after lift-off, ILS reported that an anomaly had occurred during the second burn of the upper stage. AMC-14, which would have been operated in conjunction with Echostar was to provide direct-to-home satellite television services. It was based on the Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite bus.

This is the 11th orbital launch of 2008, and the first to fail. It is also the 334th launch of the Proton rocket, the 41st Proton launch failure, the 2,800th Russian orbital launch, and the 45th Proton launch to be conducted by ILS. It is also the third failure of a Proton during an ILS launch in as many years, following a malfunction during a launch last September, and another in February 2006.

The Proton itself performed nominally, and the Briz-M upper stage successfully completed the first of three burns. During the second burn, however, an undisclosed malfunction occurred, leaving the satellite stranded in a much lower orbit than planned. It is unclear whether the satllite is recoverable. There are currently three options, which are to declare the satellite a write-off and de-orbit it, attempt to raise it to geosynchronous orbit under its own power, or propel it towards the Moon, using lunar gravity to slingshot it back into the correct orbit. If either of the latter options are chosen, it will be at great cost to the satellite’s on-orbit life expectancy.



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National Hockey League news: March 14, 2008

National Hockey League news: March 14, 2008

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There were 8 games played in the National Hockey League on March 13, 2008.

Game summaries

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Boston Bruins

  1 2 3 Total
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 1 1 3
Boston Bruins 0 0 1 1

Jeff Halpern scored first for the Lightning 7:41 into the first period on a Tampa Bay power play. Andreas Karlsson put the Lightning ahead by 2 7:43 into the second period. At 7:57 in the third period, Chuck Kobasew put the Bruins on the scoreboard. Vincent Lecavalier scored an empty net goal for Tampa Bay with 8 seconds left in the third period, to secure the victory for the Lightning. The Bruins have now lost their third straight.

Calgary Flames @ Atlanta Thrashers

  1 2 3 Total
Calgary Flames 2 2 0 4
Atlanta Thrashers 0 3 3 6

Daymond Langkow scored a short handed goal 13:57 into the first period, putting the Flames ahead by 1. Jarome Iginla scored a few minutes later for Calgary. Iginla also scored 2:45 into the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk put the Thrashers on the scoreboard a couple minutes later, and Colby Armstrong scored 19 seconds after that to bring Atlanta within 1. The Flames went back up by two goals when Wayne Primeau scored 12:39 into the second period. Kovalchuk scored his second of the night on a Thrashers power play, making it a 1 goal game going into the 2nd intermission. In the second half of the third period, Atlanta tied the score when Chris Thorburn scored. Bobby Holik gave the Thrashers the lead 16:13 into the third period, and Kovalchuk would complete the hat trick a few minutes later, scoring on an empty net while his team was on the power play.

Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens

  1 2 3 Total
Ottawa Senators 1 2 0 3
Montreal Canadiens 0 0 0 0

Jason Spezza scored a pair of power play goals, first 8:21 into the first period, then 27 seconds into the second. Antoine Vermette also scored for the Senators with 1:59 left in the second period. Martin Gerber made 28 saves, improving his record to 27-13-3 and his 2nd shutout of the season. Ottawa has won their third straight.

Dallas Stars @ Detroit Red Wings

  1 2 3 Total
Dallas Stars 1 2 0 3
Detroit Red Wings 1 1 3 5

Trevor Daley put the Stars on the board 1:08 into the first period. Johan Franzen scored on a Detroit power play to tie the score at one goal apiece. Jere Lehtinen scored 44 seconds into the second period, retaking the lead for Dallas. Brenden Morrow scored a power play goal 13:42 into the second period to put Dallas up by 2. Detroit tied the score on a pair of goals by Pavel Datsyuk; first with 3:43 left in the second, then 36 seconds into the third. Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal for Detroit less than a minute later. Valtteri Filppula scored an empty net goal to secure the Red Wings’ victory with 5 seconds left. Dallas lost their 4th in 5 games, while Detroit won their fifth straight.

Los Angeles Kings @ Nashville Predators

  1 2 3 Total
Los Angeles Kings 0 1 3 4
Nashville Predators 0 1 0 1

Jean-Pierre Dumont broke a scoreless tie 8:50 into the second period. Alexander Frolov scored a power play goal to tie the score for Los Angeles with 1:27 left in the second period. Dustin Brown scored the go-ahead goal for Los Angeles just over 5 minutes into the third. Frolov scored his second of the night to put the Kings ahead by 2. Then Matt Ellis scored a short handed empty net goal with just under 2 minutes left. Erik Ersberg made 37 saves for the Kings, earning his second career NHL win.

New Jersey Devils @ Minnesota Wild

  1 2 3 OT SO Total
New Jersey Devils 0 2 1 0 1/3 4
Minnesota Wild 2 1 0 0 0/3 3

Stephane Veilleux scored 3:26 into the first period, then Brent Burns put the Wild ahead by 2 by the end of the first period. In the second period, the Devils tied it up with goals by Vitaly Vishnevski and Brian Gionta. Marian Gaborik retook the lead for Minnesota with 14 seconds left in the second period. In the third period, the Devils would retie the score and force overtime when Dainius Zubrus scored his 10th goal of the season. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the only shootout goal, giving the Devils the extra point in the standings.

Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche

  1 2 3 Total
Edmonton Oilers 0 1 0 1
Colorado Avalanche 1 4 0 5

Jeff Finger broke a scoreless tie with 1:08 left in the first period, giving the Avalanche the first lead of the game. Jaroslav Hlinka scored 18 seconds into the second period, giving Colorado a 2 goal lead. Tyler Arnason scored a power play goal a few minutes later on a Colorado power play. Sam Gagner put the Oilers on the scoreboard with a power play goal 7:21 into the second. At 14:36, David Jones retook a 3 goal lead for Colorado with a power play goal. Less than 2 minutes later, Wojtek Wolski put Colorado ahead by 4. Peter Budaj made 23 saves for the Avalanche, who have now won 8 of their last 9 games.

Vancouver Canucks @ Phoenix Coyotes

  1 2 3 Total
Vancouver Canucks 0 0 0 0
Phoenix Coyotes 0 1 1 2

Niko Kapanen broke a scoreless tie just over halfway through the second period on a Coyotes power play. Daniel Winnik put Phoenix ahead by 2 goals 7:32 into the third. Ilja Bryzgalov made 24 saves for Phoenix, earning his third shutout of the season. Roberto Luongo allowed two goals on 45 shots for the Canucks.

Player of the Day

Ilya Kovalchuk scored a hat trick and also assisted in the game winning goal.

Today’s Player of the Day is Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers. Kovalchuk scored a hat trick, and also assisted in Bobby Holik’s game winning goal in Atlanta’s 6-4 comeback victory against the Calgary Flames. His third goal was his 48th goal of his season, and is closest to being the next player to have their 50th goal this season, after Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) scored his fiftieth goal on March 4.

For information on the selection process of the Player of the Day, see this page.



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Gay Iranian awaits decision on asylum

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Britain has stated that it will reconsider the asylum application of a gay Iranian teenager who believes he will be persecuted for his sexuality if he is deported back to Iran. The announcement Friday by the British government came after the European Parliament urged a resolution to the case and said that Iran has a history of torturing and executing homosexuals.

Cquote1.svg I have decided that Mr. Kazemi’s case should be reconsidered on his return to the UK from the Netherlands. Cquote2.svg

—Jacqui Smith

Britain had initially rejected an asylum request by 19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi, and Kazemi fled to the Netherlands, where his case was turned down and he returned to Britain. British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith released a statement on the case: “Following representations made on behalf of Mehdi Kazemi, and in the light of new circumstances since the original decision was made, I have decided that Mr. Kazemi’s case should be reconsidered on his return to the UK from the Netherlands.”

British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in 2007.
Image: U.S. Dept. Homeland Security.

Eighty members of Britain’s upper house of Parliament sent a letter to Jacqui Smith, appealing to the government to “show compassion and allow Mr. Kazemi to have a safe haven in the United Kingdom.” Roger Roberts of the House of Lords initiated the petition, and stated: “There is no doubt that he will be persecuted and possibly face state-sanctioned murder if he is forced to return.” Simon Hughes, Member of Parliament for North Southwark and Bermondsey, said he would support Kazemi if he returns to the United Kingdom: “I hope Mr Kazemi will now come back to Britain where arrangements are already in place for an urgent meeting with him, his family, specialist lawyers and myself to prepare a new application to the Home Office.”

Gay rights advocate and spokesman for the British gay rights group OutRage!, David Allison commented “It’s cruel to even suggest sending him back … The history of gays in Iran has been horrific.” Ben Summerskill of the British gay rights organization, Stonewall, said: “We are obviously delighted that the home secretary has listened to the representations that were made in this case … There are overwhelming reasons why people should not be deported to Iran in the current circumstances, and it is important that Britain is seen as a safe haven.”

Borg Palm, Kazemi’s solicitor, stated Kazemi was pleased with the news but would have an unstable future in Britain without asylum: “He is very much afraid of being allowed to stay in Britain but without being granted official permission. That would then put him in a no man’s land. He would be very unhappy in the long term.”

Cquote1.svg I cannot stop my attraction to men … If I return to Iran I will be arrested and executed… Cquote2.svg

—Mehdi Kazemi

Kazemi came to Britain in 2005 to study English. His uncle spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity, and said that his nephew was studying in Britain in 2006 when his partner in Iran was arrested and hanged after being charged with sodomy. Kazemi’s uncle told CNN: “Under torture and pressure, (the partner) revealed Mehdi’s name as his boyfriend.” Gay sex is considered a crime in Iran, and is punishable by death. Kazemi told British authorities in his asylum application that Iranian police were after him, and that he could face execution if he returned to Iran. Kazemi stated in his asylum request: “I cannot stop my attraction to men … If I return to Iran I will be arrested and executed like [my boyfriend]. Since this incident … I have been so scared.”

After Britain’s Home Office initially denied Kazemi’s asylum application, he fled to Canada and then the Netherlands, where he was detained. Kazemi faces deportation from the Netherlands to Britain, after their highest court rejected his plea on Tuesday. The Netherlands’ highest court rejected the case, citing EU law that Kazemi’s case was the responsibility of the country where he first requested asylum.

A resolution passed by the European Parliament Thursday asked EU states “to find a common solution to ensure that Mehdi Kazemi is granted asylum or protection on EU soil and not sent back to Iran.” The resolution also stated that Iranian authorities “routinely detain, torture and execute persons, notably homosexuals” and that “Mehdi’s partner has already been executed, while his father has threatened him with death.”

In a September 2007 speech at Columbia University, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was challenged by University president Lee Bollinger for Iran’s treatment of gays. Ahmadinejad stated that “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” drawing laughter from the audience. “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.” According to Iranian human rights activists, over 4,000 gay men and lesbians have been executed since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

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Doctors who treated John Ritter cleared of negligence lawsuit

Doctors who treated John Ritter cleared of negligence lawsuit

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John Ritter in 1998
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Two doctors who treated actor John Ritter for chest pain in Burbank, California were cleared of a negligence lawsuit on Friday. Ritter was an American television and film actor who died of aortic dissection on 11 September 2003.

Ritter’s children and widow (Amy Yasbeck) filed a US$67 million lawsuit claiming negligence by the doctors, both at the time Ritter fell ill and at a medical checkup two years earlier where problems with Ritter’s aorta could have been spotted.

A jury hearing the case at Los Angeles County Superior Court voted 9-3 to dismiss the claims, satisfied that the defendants, Dr. Joseph Lee and Dr. Matthew Lotysch, acted properly during their examination and treatment of Ritter.

Ritter’s last role was in leading the cast of the television series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter whose production was disrupted by his death.



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Jimmy Wales accused of editing Wikipedia for donations

Jimmy Wales accused of editing Wikipedia for donations

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been accused of editing pages in the encyclopedia in return for a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation. In an article published Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that former Novell computer scientist Jeff Merkey alleged Wales had made edits to his article on his behalf, in exchange for a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation. The news hit the website Slashdot later Tuesday, where the incident was dubbed “DonorGate”.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Merkey claims that he was told by Wales in 2006 that the Wikipedia article about him could be made more favorable in exchange for a donation. Merkey made a donation of US$5,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation, and Wales made edits to the Wikipedia article about Merkey around the same time. Merkey published his claims on a public Wikimedia mailing list and sent a statement to The Associated Press.

Cquote1.svg Of course I would never offer, nor accept any offer, whereby a donation would buy someone special editorial treatment in the encyclopedia. Cquote2.svg

Jimmy Wales

In a response Wales called Merkey’s statements “nonsense”, saying “Of course I would never offer, nor accept any offer, whereby a donation would buy someone special editorial treatment in the encyclopedia. I do routinely assist people with WP:BLP issues, and I do courtesies for many people. Donations have no bearing on that at all.” WP:BLP refers to Wikipedia’s policy regarding biographies of living persons on the encyclopedia.

After deleting the Wikipedia article about Merkey in 2006, Wales wrote to Wikipedia editors he had done so “because of the unpleasantness of it” and requested that they “be extra careful here to be courteous and assume good faith”. After erasing the article, Wales placed the article under protection with editing access limited to established users. Merkey ceased his $5,000.00 per year payments to the Wikimedia Foundation after reviewing what he called “evidence of diversion and mismanagement of the charities funds by Wales and the Wikimedia Board of Trustees”.

Cquote1.svg The Wikimedia Foundation, its staff and board members, and the users of Wikipedia itself hold the core principles of ‘no conflict of interest’ in the highest regard. Cquote2.svg

Jay Walsh, Wikimedia Foundation

In a statement responding to a post about the incident on the site Techtree.com, Wikimedia Foundation’s Head of Communications Jay Walsh addressed the Foundation’s principles regarding conflict of interest: “The Wikimedia Foundation (the Foundation which operates and maintains Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects) has never solicited or accepted donations for the purposes of making edits or offering protection to Wikipedia articles. Nor has Jimmy Wales ever solicited or accepted donations for the Foundation in this capacity. These allegations are completely false. … Jimmy has been unfailingly ethical and frugal in the use of all Foundation funds. The Wikimedia Foundation, its staff and board members, and the users of Wikipedia itself hold the core principles of ‘no conflict of interest’ in the highest regard.”

After leaving Novell amidst allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, Merkey was sued by his former employer. He filed a harassment lawsuit against organizations including the website Slashdot in 2005. Merkey filed a suit against Delta Air Lines and Natural Selection Foods in 2006, claiming his son had become sick from E. coli contaminated spinach.

Merkey is banned from editing Wikipedia due to a ruling by Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee. The Wikipedia Signpost, Wikipedia’s community-written and community-edited newspaper, reported that a Wikipedia user account used by Merkey was blocked in October 2005 for “Personal attacks, legal threats, harassment, disruption”. Merkey was later allowed to come back to edit Wikipedia in May 2007 under a different account. As the result of a ruling by Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committe in a July 2007 arbitration case, Merkey and two users who had harassed him on Wikipedia were banned from editing the encyclopedia for one year.

Last week Jimmy Wales faced accusations by former Wikimedia Foundation executive Danny Wool that he misused the non-profit organization‘s funds, and attempted to expense a visit to a Moscow massage parlor and high-priced bottles of wine. In an interview with CNET TV, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner described Wool as “a disgruntled former employee” and called his claims “a whole bunch of unsubstantiated rumors and gossip”. Wales’s former girlfriend, journalist Rachel Marsden, recently leaked purported instant message transcripts with Wales, which implied Wales had used his influence to change the article about Marsden on Wikipedia. Wales ended his relationship with Marsden and made a public statement to that effect on Wikipedia, and in response Marsden opened an auction for some of Wales’s clothing on eBay.



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