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Monday, September 6, 2010

Rain in Guatemala kills eighteen

President Alvaro Colom says torrential downpours causing flooding and landslides have undone the country’s reconstruction from Tropical Storm Agatha in May. Up to eighteen people are reported killed in rain-related incidents across the country as weather systems in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific batter the region, and forecasters expect another 48 hours of precipitation. At least ten people were killed, 20 rescued, when a landslide buried a bus as it traveled on the Inter-American highway in the worst single-incident.

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Suicide bombing in Dagestan kills five

Five people are dead, 39 injured after a suicide bombing in the Dagestan Republic of the North Caucasus. The information is still unfolding, and earlier reports had three killed, 26 injured. The attack occurred at 00:30 local time (20:30 UTC) when a Zhiguli car packed with explosives drove into the gates of a military base near Buynaksk. AFP reports a second explosion nearby on a nearby highway, but with no injuries.

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Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Matt Leinart

The Arizona Cardinals US football team has released Heisman trophy-winner Matt Leinart after being unable to find a favorable trade. Leinart had been unable to break out of the back-up quarterback role with the team after early injuries kept him on the sideline for a couple years, and expressed his frustration publicly on Monday. The Cardinals, forced to trim their team roster to 53 players, cut Leinart leaving him without a team.

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Perth youth charged in car-meets-house accident

After driving away from police, a thirteen-year-old driver struck a pole, plowed through a couple of fences, and bumped a parked car into the house before coming to a rest at the front door. Police spokesperson Ros Wetherall reported officers attempted to stop the Holden Commodore around 1 a.m. local time (5 p.m. UTC), but had to search for the vehicle which they found crashed into the home on Grovelands Drive, Camillo. The driver and one other youth in the car were uninjured. The young man will appear in court on charges of reckless driving, failing to stop and not having a driver’s licence.

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Six dead in arson attack in Bridgetown, Barbados

Six dead in arson attack in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Violent crime is a rare occasion in Barbados

Six people have died after a clothing store was set on fire during an armed robbery in Bridgetown, Barbados. Two men entered Campus Trendz Clothing Store wielding machetes and demanded money. The pair then set a fire and fled the scene.

Three employees and three customers headed to the back of the store to try and escape the blaze but failed to exit the store. All of the victims were female and one is reported to have been a toddler.

A witness described the events saying that he was stood on the pavement outside of the store when he saw a man run across the pavement.

The witness said, “Then a second fellah with something like a scarf over his face ran behind him and then I heard this big explosion. Within minutes I saw this big gush of smoke and the whole of the store was on fire. I have never seen anything like that.”

Former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur has called for “stiff penalties” for those responsible for the attack. He said “When somebody could throw a cocktail in a building where other Barbadians are, we have to call it what it is, modern terrorism and they must face the full measure and full weight [of the law].” He has also called for a national day of mourning for the victims.



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Samsung releases its first tablet computer

Samsung releases its first tablet computer

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At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) industrial exhibition in Berlin, the South Korean corporation Samsung released its first tablet computer, called “Galaxy Tab“.

The device features the Android operating system and a seven-inch screen. Samsung’s own applications, called “Reader’s Hub” and “Media Hub,” display ebooks and videos respectively. Latest Flash, and an interface to stream to TV also are included. Wireless technologies supported include 3G networks, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

The device is a competitor to Apple‘s iPad. British newspaper The Daily Mail considered the appearance of the Galaxy Tab on the market as a serious event for Apple, because the device has a smaller screen, and Samsung was expecting to set a price 1.5 to 2 times lower than the iPad. Samsung were considering a ten inch screen on future models. Galaxy Tab is “the first of the company’s tablet devices”, as a spokesperson said.

Head of product portfolio Thomas Richter expressed optimism about the device’s market future : “This is not just another tablet. We call it a Smart Media device.”

Samsung’s head of mobile communications J.K. Shin was also positive about the release of Galaxy Tab, commenting that “[t]here is a new and emerging consumer demand that Samsung can satisfy since mobile is in our DNA.”



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Obama announces plan to build roads, railroads and runways

Obama announces plan to build roads, railroads and runways

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In a speech in Wisconsin, US President Barack Obama announced a USD50 billion plan to restore 150,000 miles of roads, lay 4,000 miles of railroad tracks and rebuild 150 miles of airport runways within six years. The speech was given at an annual Labor Day festival in Milwaukee to union workers on Monday afternoon.

“All of this will not only create jobs immediately, it’s also going to make our economy hum over the long haul,” Obama said during the speech. The president also said that “we are going to rebuild 150,000 miles of our roads — that’s enough to circle the world six times… We’re going to lay and maintain 4,000 miles of our railways — enough to stretch coast-to-coast” and that he was “going to keep fighting, every single day, every single hour, every single minute to turn this economy around”.

Most of the new railways that Obama talked about will be high-speed rail lines, and the president also said that his administration would “restore 150 miles of runways and advance a next-generation air traffic control system to reduce travel time and delays for American travelers — something I think folks across the political spectrum could agree on.” In the Obama Administration’s plan, a new infrastructure bank will be created.

Obama stressed that the new bill will not add to the federal budget deficit, with Obama saying that “this is a plan that will be fully paid for. It will not add to the deficit over time — we’re going to work with Congress to see to that.” An Obama administration official also said that the plan will be funded by closing tax loopholes for oil and gas corporations.

Though Obama said that “these are projects and efforts that have bipartisan support that we know could possibly get support in the Congress and the Senate“, Republicans expressed reservations about the new plan, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling it “a last-minute, cobbled-together stimulus bill”.



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Australian rules football: 2010 Gippsland Football League semi finals

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Australian rules football: 2010 Gippsland Football League semi finals

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The Gippsland Football League Semi Finals were played over the weekend. The Gippsland Football League (officially Gippsland League, GL) is the only major Australian rules football competition in the Gippsland region according to the Victorian Country Football League.

The Second Semi Final was traditionally played second, as the name suggests, but recent trends have seen it played first.

Maffra defeated Traralgon by six points after having a week off. Traralgon had defeated Morwell in the Qualifying Final the week before.

Drouin thrashed Morwell by eleven goals (66 points) in the First Semi Final to set up the Preliminary Final against Traralgon. Drouin had beaten Leongatha in the Elimination Final.

Scores are quoted as goals-behinds (total).

Second semi final

September 4, 2010
Maffra 13-23 (101)
Traralgon 14-11 (95)
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Sale, Victoria
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Six goals to Tim Aitkin could not propel Traralgon into the 2010 Gippsland League Grand Final. They failed to capitallise on Maffra’s in accurate kicking. To quarter time Maffra kicked four goals and one behind to Traralgon’s two goals and four behinds.

Adrian Burgiel kicked Maffra’s first two goals before Aitkin kicked Traralgon’ s first.

Traralgon kick six unanswered goals in the second quarter to take a 23 point lead into the half time break. The most notable of these came after Hayden Burgiel gave away a free kick and then a fitie metre penalty giving Nick Quenault a goal from right in front.

Quarter number three saw Maffra kick 6-8 to Traralgon’s four straight goals to trail by three points at the final change.

Maffra kept there inaccurate kicking going in the final quarter kicking three goals and seven behinds. Traralgon kicked a more accurate two goals and four behinds for the quarter.

Final scores, Maffra an inaccurate 13-23 (101) to Traralgon 14-11 (95).

First semi final

September 5, 2010
Morwell 4-10 (34)
Drouin 15-10 (100)
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Warragul, Victoria
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Drouin ended Morwells season with an eleven goal thrashing. Morwell kicked all four of there goals to three quarter time and shoul’ve had more to that point according to their coach.

“Our third quarter was one of wasted opportunities and we kicked ourselves out of it booting 1-5 when it could have been easily 5-1,” coach Adrian Cox said.

There was still a contest to be had in the final quater with drouin only leading by fifteen points after the first three quarters. However, Drouin kicked 6-5 to Morwell’s two behinds in the last to secure a conforatable win.

Final scores, Drouin 15-10 (100) to Morwell 4-10 (34)



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Nine dead after small plane crashes in New Zealand

Nine dead after small plane crashes in New Zealand

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Nine people died in New Zealand after a small tourist plane crashed on Saturday afternoon on the West Coast of the South Island, killing all on board. The aircraft, a Fletcher FU24 owned by a local sky diving company, crashed and caught fire at 13:15 local time soon after taking off from the Fox Glacier Airport to carry out tandem skydiving over the Fox Glacier. The cause of the accident is not yet known, but the plane banked, dipped, smashed nose-first into the ground, and burst into flames.

There were four overseas tourists on the plane, from Australia, England, Germany, and Ireland. The five New Zealanders were the pilot and four divemasters. Police spokeswoman Detective Sergeant Jackie Adams said that the victims were so badly burned that members of the police disaster team had to be called in to assist. She was trying to track a group of tourists who were to have gone on the flight, but wanted to go together as a group so let those who died go ahead of them.

The plane crash was the worst in New Zealand for nearly 17 years. The regional coroner Richard McElrea was travelling to the crash scene to begin inquiries, and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission has dispatched a team of six investigators. The probes may take a year to complete. There was a similar crash near Fox Glacier when a helicopter crashed killing seven people in October 1994, and a crash near the nearby Franz Josef Glacier in October 1993 which killed 9 people. Because of the earthquake in Christchurch the bodies had to be sent to the Auckland morgue rather than the nearer Christchurch morgue.



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Independent Member of Australian Parliament calls for better indigenous policy

Independent Member of Australian Parliament calls for better indigenous policy

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In the hopes of resolving Australia’s political gridlock of a hung parliament after the 2010 Australian federal election, Independent member of Parliament (MP) for Kennedy in Northern Queensland Bob Katter has released a list of policy initiatives such as indigenous housing which he considers to be the criteria that will determine who he will side with to form a government.

Katter, who was a former State Minister for Indigenous Affairs in Queensland, suggests that past governments have oppressed indigenous Australians and put issues pertaining to indigenous Australians on the backburner, stating “So what do you want? To just oppress them all until there’s none of them left? That’s the policy that’s out there at the moment”.

Specifically, the MP calls for total indigenous control and employment of any Indigenous housing projects and for the government to aim to squash Queensland’s wild rivers conservation legislation as he argues it will prohibit Indigenous Australians from using such sites for cultural and employment reasons. He remains confident that a High Court appeal led by Noel Pearson, an indigenous rights lawyer, would result in a positive outcome regarding the wild rivers but he wants a permanent solution to be developed by the Parliament.



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