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October 31, 2011

St Louis Cardinals win baseball\’s World Series

St Louis Cardinals win baseball’s World Series

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2015 World Series results
Game Home Away Innings
Game 1 Cardinals 3 2 Rangers
Game 2 Cardinals 1 2 Rangers
Game 3 Rangers 7 16 Cardinals
Game 4 Rangers 4 0 Cardinals
Game 5 Rangers 4 2 Cardinals
Game 6 Cardinals 10 9 Rangers 11 inn
Game 7 Cardinals 6 2 Rangers

Allen Craig batted a home run in the final game for the Cardinals

St Louis Cardinals defeated Texas Rangers over seven games to win baseball’s World Series for an eleventh time yesterday.

The Cardinals won the last game 6–2, with the highlights of the game being a solo home-run for batter Allen Craig and defensive pitching by Chris Carpenter.

A record 47,399 supporters filled Busch Stadium in St Louis to watch the game, with thousands more outside the ground.

The Cardinals were trailing 3–2 going into the sixth game, but won a narrow victory with World Series Most Valuable Player David Freese guiding his team to victory. Greg Heakes of the Sydney Morning Herald called him the “hero” of an “epic” game.

Freese was also active in the finale with a double in the first inning to cancel out two early Texas runs. Playing in place of injured left fielder Matt Holliday, Craig’s homer in the third put the hosts into the lead for the first time.

The fifth inning saw two walked in runs for the Cardinals as their lead stretched to 5–2, and Yavier Molina drove in Lance Berkman to round off the game in the seventh.

Carpenter struck out five Rangers batsmen throughout the game, throwing five scoreless innings as Rangers’ batsmen struggled.

Texas manager Ron Washington was respectful in defeat. “Someone has to win, someone has to lose and the Cardinals did it. They were the better team.”

The defeat was Texas’ second successive World Series loss, coming after a defeat to San Francisco Giants last year. This is the first time since August that they have lost two games in a row.



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October 30, 2011

Wikinews interviews Buddy Roemer, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Buddy Roemer, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

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U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate and former Governor Buddy Roemer of Louisiana took some time to answer a few questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Roemer served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1980s as a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected governor as a Democrat in 1987 before switching to the Republican Party ahead of the 1991 election for governor. That year, he lost the party’s primary to state legislator David Duke. After his governorship, Roemer worked as CEO of Business First Bank in Baton Rouge.

Roemer announced his candidacy for president back in July after exploring a bid for several months. He has focused his campaign on the issue of campaign finance reform, refusing to accept money from political action committees (PACs) and limiting individual campaign contributions to $100. He raised a total of $126,500 in the third quarter of 2011, far short of the $14.2 million raised by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

For his campaign, Roemer has adopted the slogan ‘Free to Lead’. He rails against corruption, special interests, and money in politics, and has expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street protests. Furthermore, he has taken issue positions in favor of fair trade, a balanced federal budget, and a strengthened national defense.

Roemer has not been invited to any national presidential debates. He has focused largely on the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, and recently signed up to appear on the state’s primary ballot. However, a recent University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll shows him with less than one percent support in the state. Pearson Cross of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette commented, “If Buddy can exceed expectations in New Hampshire or even sneak in and steal third — that would give a boost that he could build on”.

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Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam S. SaturnWikinews waves Right.png Why did you decide to run for president at this particular point in time?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBuddy RoemerWikinews waves Right.pngWhy run now? The political system has become institutionally corrupt with special interest money in control. I run to reform the system.

Roemer shakes hands with potential voters.
Image: Gage Skidmore.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Why are you a better choice for the Republican nomination than any of your opponents?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngNo other candidate talks about the corruption of the political system as a result of special interest money. No other candidate limits contributions to $100 or less, no PACS, no SUPERPACS, full disclosure. No candidate has even stated a position on campaign reform. Our country is being bought and sold, and they have nothing to say. It is alarming and disgraceful. It is particularly bothersome as our country is in such difficulty with no jobs growth and lack of budgetary control and no solution is possible without exposing and placing broad limits on accepting special interest campaign funds. Lobbyists and Pacs with DC addresses contributed more money to the two candidates four years ago than 32 States combined. I will propose to Congress the following reforms:

  1. No superpacs
  2. Pacs could contribute only the “individual” amount, whatever the broad limit finally agreed. (currently $2500 for individuals and $5000 for Pacs)
  3. No registered lobbyists would be allowed to host or work in a fundraiser for a Member or the President, nor be allowed to contribute to a Member or the President. Your choice: registered lobbyist or fundraiser. Not both.
  4. Full Disclosure required. Pacs must show members and amounts contributed. No ridiculous $250 threshold.
  5. 48-hour reporting. In the age of the internet, we should not have to wait 100 days to see who gave money and how much to the President or Presidential wanabee.
  6. Criminal penalties established for violations.
  7. “Bundlers” must be reported with dollar amount collected.
  8. Seated President must report publically when “bundler” receives a Federal position.

Roemer prepares for a speech.
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Which of your fellow 2012 candidates for president do you most admire?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngRon Paul. Of course, I do not agree with every position, but on the Federal Reserve and its management he has added a great deal to the debate. He has grown in relevance in my thoughts over the past 30 years since we served in Congress together.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png If you do not receive the Republican nomination, would you consider running as a third party candidate?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngI am a Republican and can’t conceive of any other Party or position as a candidate. As President, I will work with both parties and independents to rebuild America.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Do you believe Barack Obama has done any good things as president?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngI like his spirit of hope when he first came to DC. But he turned out to be just like the rest of them: money, money, money, money, money.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What necessary freedoms are currently lacking in American society?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngFair Trade ought to be a freedom that we can count on. The freedom to compete on a level playing field, but the big boys have bought those in control and have advertised the phrase Free Trade and all our best jobs get shipped overseas with Unfair Trade. A family without work is not happy, not healthy, not free. Our greatest loss of freedom has been loss of jobs. I’d get them back starting with Fair Trade and a level playing field with the biggest economic enemy of our great nation—-China.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Do you disagree with any parts of the current U.S. Constitution?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngI would like to see a provision relating to money as speech with broad limits, full disclosure, and personal accountability. In that reform I would consider “term limits” and non-political rules for reapportionment.

Roemer (left) with fellow presidential candidate Christopher Hill.
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Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png How have your political views changed in the past twenty years?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngI am a conservative who has learned to listen to other Americans. Listening is a gift that I was reluctant to accept in my early years. At 68, I have found listening makes life more fun, more meaningful, more satisfying.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png What are some of your policy proposals and if elected, how would you implement these?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngI believe in small business and think they need deregulation. I believe in energy independence and would encourage the market place to price all forms of available energy. I would open Yucca Mountain to nuclear waste storage. I would emphasize natural gas (clean and available). I would drill where there is gas and would do it cleanly. I would stop sending $700 BN to Saudi [Arabia] and its neighbors. I would cease all energy subsidies, particular oil and ethanol and unproven energy technology, and would close the Department of Energy ($25 BN). I would form an energy pact with Mexico and Canada and with no one else. I would institute complete tax reform and remove crony capitalism by instituting the Flat Tax (simple and fair and no national sales tax and a supermajority to change the rate). I would reduce Federal Spending 1% of GDP a year for 5-years. Under my leadership this country will explode economically.

I would implement the above by taking a broom and sweeping out DC with new, informed citizen-leaders, by communicating with the American people on a frequent basis as I travel outside of DC, by being free of the special interest money, and by spending quality time and hours on task in building a team of Congressional reformers beginning with Republicans but including Democrats and independents. Reform, not “change” will be the phrase, because the only way to beat a corrupt system is to reform it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.png Which individuals would you like to see in a Roemer administration?

Wikinews waves Left.pngBRWikinews waves Right.pngThose who have a record of reform in their home towns and local communities, and who pledge to put the peoples’ interests first.

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Qantas grounds all flights in labour dispute

Qantas grounds all flights in labour dispute

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Australian international airline Qantas is grounding all its flights with immediate effect in the midst of a major industrial dispute.

The airline announced yesterday that there “will be no further Qantas domestic departures or international departures anywhere in the world” after 5pm AEDT. They then plan to “lock out” all employees involved in the action at 8pm AEDT on Monday. Flights will remain grounded indefinitely until a decision with unions over pay and working conditions is reached.

Thousands of passengers have been stranded in airports across the world by the grounding. Qantas will offer refunds to cancelling customers and “rebooking flexibility” to those wishing to defer travel. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce labelled his own decision “unbelievable”.

The move prompted an emergency hearing into the dispute by Fair Work Australia in Melbourne which went on until the early hours of Sunday morning, adjourned until 2pm AEDT. It comes following a series of strikes by Qantas staff including baggage handlers and pilots which Qantas say are costing them A$15 million a week. This grounding, by comparison, is estimated to lose A$20m a day.

Qantas executive Lyell Stambi told the hearing that altogether recent action had cost them around A$68m, and claimed rival airlines “have access to cheaper labour”. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he went on to say that forward bookings had taken a big hit: “It makes sense. If passengers can’t be sure… They’re less likely to book with us.”

Meanwhile, the Australian and International Pilots Association have spoken to the SMH to condemn the move, with vice president Richard Woodward labelling it “premeditated, unnecessary and grossly irresponsible”. He claims the airline “has locked out short-haul 737 pilots who aren’t even involved in any action at all,” and that all anyone in his union has done is wear red ties and make some on-board anouncements.



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October 29, 2011

No-fly zone demanded by Syrian protesters

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No-fly zone demanded by Syrian protesters

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Friday saw protests across Syria calling for a no-fly zone to be imposed over the nation. The protests are thought to have resulted in around 37 deaths.

At least 170 different protests took place yesterday despite threatened violence as part of the growing unrest in the country. Demonstrators want the country’s people to receive international protection against the autocratic rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Around 37 people are thought to have been killed in a police crackdown against the demonstrations, mostly in the cities of Homs and Hama. According to the UN, more than 3,000 people have been killed since protests began in March.

This wave of protests comes after the deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in nearby Libya, which NATO warplanes played a major part in; Syrian demonstrators want that level of protection to help them.

The level of violence is the highest seen on a Friday – a day of prayers – in six months, according to Agence France-Presse, surpassing the previous high of 36 deaths in May. The worst day in terms of death toll was April 22, when 72 were killed.



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October 28, 2011

Swedish journalists hit by hacking scandal

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Swedish journalists hit by hacking scandal

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Journalists in Sweden are amongst the victims of a mass hacking carried out on a popular Swedish blog site. Passwords of over 90,000 accounts associated with site Bloggtoppen.se were published on Tuesday. Officials have since confirmed that 180,000 accounts across roughly 60 websites could be compromised.

The information was released through the Twitter account of member of parliament William Petzäll. Petzäll released a statement through his lawyer saying he had nothing to do with the release and his account had been hijacked.

The operator of Bloggtoppen.se, Jimmy Holmlund, later confirmed the site was shut down after being hacked.

A number of journalists have been identified as having information leaked, which has allowed access to email accounts. The Expressen newspaper reported an email received allegedly from the hacker claiming the event shows people “their information hasn’t been managed correctly.”

Politicians are also among those affected. 79 Moderate Party email users and 50 Liberal Party had their passwords made public.

The dramatic breach in security has now been referred to Swedish security service Säpo and affected users are being advised to immediately change all online passwords.



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October 25, 2011

Tunisia casts vote in first free election

Tunisia casts vote in first free election

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Voters in Tunisia went to the polls on Sunday in the first elections for the country since the events of January this year, when President Ben Ali was toppled after twenty three years by the revolt which triggered the Arab Spring.

The electoral commision announced that 90 percent of the 4.1 millon registered citizens in the electorate had voted. 3.1 million citizens were eligible to vote but unregistered. It has been predicted that Ennahda, an Islamist party, will become the single largest party with about 40 percent of the vote, short of a majority. The actual result, according to election officials, should be released late Monday or Tuesday.

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There were queues hundreds of metres long throughout Tunisia from early morning. The polls started closing at around 19:00 local time (1800 UTC) but those already queued were allowed to vote.

United States President Barack Obama has congratulated the Tunisians stating that the election is “an important step forward”. David Cameron said they were “leading the way” for North Africa and the Middle East.



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October 24, 2011

Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli dies in 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix

Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli dies in 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix

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Italy’s Marco Simoncelli, 24, has died after a crash during the second lap of the 2011 Malaysia Moto GP Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit.

While veering accross the track on the exit of turn 11, Simoncelli was hit by the bike of Colin Edwards and fell into the path of Edwards and Valentino Rossi. The other riders were powerless to avoid Simoncelli. Such was the force of the collision, Simoncelli’s helmet was dislodged and bounced several metres. Fellow rider Casey Stoner said “Whenever the helmet comes off that’s not a good sign.”

Simoncelli lay without moving in the centre of the track, causing the race to be immediately red flagged for safety reasons. When medics arrived, he was in cardiac arrest and they fought to resuscitate him in the ambulance and medical centre. Simoncelli died from his injuries at 16:56 local time.

Known for his aggressive attacking style, Simoncelli had enjoyed a run of success in Moto GP despite his status as a relatively new rider on a satellite bike and was predicted by many to be a rising star of the sport. His death is a blow to the Moto GP world.

The official Moto GP statement is as follows:

“On Sunday, 23 October, during the MotoGP race at the Sepang International Circuit, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident wherein he sustained critical injuries.

“The race was stopped immediately with the red flag and Simoncelli was transported by ambulance to the circuit medical centre where the medical staff worked to resuscitate him.”

The death is the first in Moto GP since Japan’s Daijiro Katoh died in his home race in 2003 and follows the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa in the 2010 inaugral Moto2 season. Edwards also fell from his bike and sustained a dislocated shoulder, Rossi remained onboard.



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Earthquake hits Turkey, hundreds reported dead

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At least 264 people were killed, said Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey yesterday. The quake was the strongest to hit Turkey in ten years. The city of Van has been heavily affected. The death toll was expected to rise.

A number of aftershocks has rattled Turkey since then, with the strongest one having a magnitude of 6.0. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported 55 buildings destroyed in Ercis, north of Lake Van. He said “because the buildings” in affected villages not yet reached “are made of adobe, they are more vulnerable to quakes. I must say that almost all buildings in such villages are destroyed.”

Rescue efforts are being affected due to power outages due to power line damage from the quake.

Over 1,300 people were reported injured.



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October 23, 2011

US, North Korea form agreement to search for war dead

US, North Korea form agreement to search for war dead

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The US and North Korea have come to an agreement to recommence the search for remains of US servicemen, after six years, that had been unaccounted for after the Korean War. The search will continue next year around 100km away from Pyongyang.

They had started work on the recovery of war remains in 1996 but it was brought to an end by Donald Rumsfeld under the Bush Administration in 2005 because of the safety of the search teams after the ambitions for nuclear weapons.

The US has been adamant that this is a “humanitarian matter” so thus their relations should not affect it. This comes as part of an effort to improve relations. They have also agreed to “ensure the effectiveness and safety” for the teams going into the country.



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UN wants Gaddafi\’s death probed

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The United Nations and two human rights groups are pressing for an investigation into the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville from the Office of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights said in a statement on Friday that “there seem to be four or five different versions of how he died,” and that “more details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in the fighting or after his capture.”

Specifically pressed on the possibility Gaddafi was executed whilst detained, he said, “It has to be one possibility when you look at these two videos. So that’s something that an investigation needs to look into.”

“Summary executions are strictly illegal under any circumstances. It’s different if someone is killed in combat. There was a civil war taking place in Libya. So if the person died as part of combat, that is a different issue and that is normally acceptable under the circumstances,” Colville said.

“But if something else has happened, if someone is captured and then deliberately killed, then that is a very serious matter,” he said.

Amnesty International, a human rights group, has urged the National Transitional Council to reveal the circumstances surrounding Gaddafi’s death.

Questions have lingered about the true cause of Gaddafi’s death, with two separate videos showing him wounded and bloodied but alive and another showing him already dead with a bullet wound on his head.



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