Friday, June 2, 2006

Two women, one of them about to give birth, were shot dead by US forces as they rode in a car headed toward a maternity hospital in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, according to witnesses and Iraqi police Capt. Laith Mohammed.

Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, and her 57-year-old cousin, Saliha Mohammed Hassan, were killed by the gunfire, according to the Associated Press. Jassim, a mother of two, was pregnant with her third child; doctors at a nearby hospital tried unsuccessfully to save the baby.

Khalid Nisaif Jassim told reporters that he was rushing his sister to the hospital for childbirth. “I was driving my car at full speed because I did not see any sign or warning from the Americans. It was not until they shot the two bullets that killed my sister and cousin that I stopped.

“God take revenge on the Americans and those who brought them here,” he added. “They have no regard for our lives.”

A US military statement released Friday disputed the account. “A local national sedan entered a clearly marked prohibited area near coalition troops at an observation post,” the statement read. “As the vehicle neared the troop location and failed to stop despite repeated visual and auditory signals, disabling shots were fired into the vehicle. The vehicle stopped, changed direction, and quickly departed the area.”

The e-mailed statement to the Associated Press also expressed regret for the loss of life, noting that “coalition forces go to great lengths to prevent them.”

The Washington Post reported that the women’s bodies were “wrapped in sheets and lying on stretchers outside the Samarra General Hospital before being taken to the morgue, while residents pointed to bullet holes on the windshield of a car and a pool of blood on the seat”.

The US military has increased the number of investigations into charges of misconduct against US troops, most notably following the alleged mass murder of as many as 24 civilians in the town of Haditha, west of Baghdad. Initially, 15 civilians and eight insurgents were reported dead in gunfire following a roadside bombing that killed a US Marine. Military spokesman Major-General William Caldwell said, “there are three or four (investigations) at least at this time” and that they are in “the first stages.”



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In findings published Sunday in Environmental International, a team from Britain’s University of Exeter reports that surfers and bodyboarders are roughly three times as likely to house antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli and other bacteria that could easily become resistant, than other people who recreate in the coastal waters of the United Kingdom.

The epidemiological study was nicknamed the “Beach Bum Survey”. The project was performed on 143 regular surfers, body surfers and bodyboarders from around the United Kingdom. Each surfgoing participant was asked to recruit a non-surfing friend of the same sex and approximate age and who lived in the same part of the country to serve as a control, which resulted in a control group of 130.

All participants mailed in rectal swabs, and the researchers cultured the E. coli from those samples with a common antibiotic called cefotaxime. The antibiotic failed to kill the bacteria in about 9% (13 out of 143) of surfer and bodyboarder samples and 3% of the samples from the control group (4 out of 130). A deeper look into the genomes of the specific strains of bacteria found in the study volunteers showed that bacteria from surfers were four times as likely to possess genes that can be transferred from one bacterial strain to another, which can help antibiotic-susceptible bacteria become resistant. The study also involved examination of water samples from the coasts of England and Wales to estimate the risk of surfers and other beachgoers ingesting E. coli.

E. coli is a regular resident in the guts of humans and other animals. Most strains are harmless but others can cause serious disease. Like other bacteria, E. coli can undergo horizontal gene transfer, swapping genes from one bacterium to another. This can give the altered strain the ability to cause disease, survive in the presence of antibiotics or both.

Although the researchers expressed concern surfers might spread dangerous bacteria, Dr. Will Gaze, the University of Exeter Medical School professional who supervised the project, urged people not to avoid the beach: “We are not seeking to discourage people from spending time in the sea, an activity which has a lot of benefits in terms of exercise, well-being and connecting with nature”, he said. “It is important that people understand the risks involved so that they can make informed decisions about their bathing and sporting habits. We now hope that our results will help policy-makers, beach managers, and water companies to make evidence-based decisions to improve water quality even further for the benefit of public health.”

David Smith, science and policy officer of Surfers Against Sewage, which helped organise the volunteers, agreed the study was not meant to discourage surfing: “Water quality in the UK has improved vastly in the past 30 years and is some of the cleanest in Europe. Recognising coastal waters as a pathway for antibiotic resistance can allow policy makers to make changes to protect water users and the wider public from the threat of antibiotic resistance.”

One of the principal findings of this work was that existing methods may have been underestimating the prevalence of these bacteria in seawater. Previous studies have shown that even designated swimming beaches can be affected by runoff from farms or even sewage, and surfers swallow roughly ten times as much seawater as swimmers. Professor Colin Gardner of the charity Antibiotic Research UK says, these forms of runoff can have even higher concentrations of antibiotics than patients undergoing antibiotic treatment. “Research into new medicines to replace our archaic antibiotics has stagnated and unless new treatments are found, this could be potentially devastating for human health”, he warns.

The World Health Organization has reported that because so many kinds of bacteria are gaining resistance to common medicines, conditions such as pneumonia and gonnorhea may become more difficult to treat and have higher rates of sickness and death. Doctors often prescribe preventative antibiotics to patients undergoing surgery or radiation therapy, and this may also be impacted. Professor Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, has described a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” scenario

The European Regional Development Fund and Natural Environment Research Council provided funding for the study.



Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Internet group Project Chanology today held protests critical of the Church of Scientology. The protests marked what would have been the 49th birthday of Lisa McPherson, who is claimed to be a victim of the Church of Scientology’s practices. Lisa died in 1995 during a running of what Scientologists refer to as an Introspection Rundown, a procedure intended to help Church members deal with a psychotic or deeply traumatic event.

Protests were planned throughout the day in 14 countries and over 50 different cities. The estimation of total protesters world wide for Feb. 10, 2008 is 9,250 people.

Wikinews had correspondents at a number of protest locations to report on the events. This article was updated throughout the day with reports from around the globe.

Contents

  • 1 Location Reports
    • 1.1 Adelaide, Australia
      • 1.1.1 Adelaide Gallery
    • 1.2 Atlanta, Georgia
      • 1.2.1 Atlanta Photo Gallery
    • 1.3 Austin, Texas
      • 1.3.1 Austin Photo Gallery
    • 1.4 Boston, Massachusetts
      • 1.4.1 Boston Photo Gallery
    • 1.5 Brisbane, Australia
      • 1.5.1 Brisbane Gallery
    • 1.6 Brussels, Belgium
      • 1.6.1 Brussels Photo Gallery
    • 1.7 Buffalo, New York
      • 1.7.1 Buffalo Photo Gallery
    • 1.8 Chicago, Illinois
      • 1.8.1 Chicago Photo Gallery
    • 1.9 Clearwater, Florida
    • 1.10 Dallas, Texas
      • 1.10.1 Dallas Photo Gallery
    • 1.11 Edinburgh, Scotland
      • 1.11.1 Edinburgh Photo Gallery
    • 1.12 Honolulu, Hawaii
      • 1.12.1 Honolulu Photo Gallery
    • 1.13 Houston, Texas
    • 1.14 London, England
      • 1.14.1 London Photo Gallery
    • 1.15 Los Angeles, California
      • 1.15.1 Los Angeles Photo Gallery
    • 1.16 Manchester, England
      • 1.16.1 Manchester Photo Gallery
    • 1.17 Melbourne, Australia
      • 1.17.1 Melbourne Photo Gallery
    • 1.18 Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1.19 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
      • 1.19.1 Milwaukee Photo Gallery
    • 1.20 New Orleans, Louisiana
      • 1.20.1 New Orleans Photo Gallery
    • 1.21 New York City, New York
      • 1.21.1 New York City Photo Gallery
    • 1.22 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • 1.23 Phoenix, Arizona
      • 1.23.1 Phoenix Photo Gallery
    • 1.24 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      • 1.24.1 Pittsburgh Photo Gallery
    • 1.25 Plymouth, England
      • 1.25.1 Plymouth Photo Gallery
    • 1.26 Portland, Oregon
      • 1.26.1 Portland Photo Gallery
    • 1.27 San Antonio, Texas
    • 1.28 San Diego, California
      • 1.28.1 San Diego Photo Gallery
    • 1.29 Seattle, Washington
      • 1.29.1 Seattle Photo Gallery
    • 1.30 Sydney, Australia
      • 1.30.1 Sydney Photo Gallery
    • 1.31 Toronto, Canada
      • 1.31.1 Toronto Photo Gallery
    • 1.32 Vancouver, Canada
    • 1.33 Vienna, Austria
    • 1.34 Winnipeg, Canada
      • 1.34.1 Winnipeg Photo Gallery
    • 1.35 The Internet
      • 1.35.1 Internet gallery
    • 1.36 Other locations
      • 1.36.1 Stories from other locations
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In findings published Sunday in Environmental International, a team from Britain’s University of Exeter reports that surfers and bodyboarders are roughly three times as likely to house antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli and other bacteria that could easily become resistant, than other people who recreate in the coastal waters of the United Kingdom.

The epidemiological study was nicknamed the “Beach Bum Survey”. The project was performed on 143 regular surfers, body surfers and bodyboarders from around the United Kingdom. Each surfgoing participant was asked to recruit a non-surfing friend of the same sex and approximate age and who lived in the same part of the country to serve as a control, which resulted in a control group of 130.

All participants mailed in rectal swabs, and the researchers cultured the E. coli from those samples with a common antibiotic called cefotaxime. The antibiotic failed to kill the bacteria in about 9% (13 out of 143) of surfer and bodyboarder samples and 3% of the samples from the control group (4 out of 130). A deeper look into the genomes of the specific strains of bacteria found in the study volunteers showed that bacteria from surfers were four times as likely to possess genes that can be transferred from one bacterial strain to another, which can help antibiotic-susceptible bacteria become resistant. The study also involved examination of water samples from the coasts of England and Wales to estimate the risk of surfers and other beachgoers ingesting E. coli.

E. coli is a regular resident in the guts of humans and other animals. Most strains are harmless but others can cause serious disease. Like other bacteria, E. coli can undergo horizontal gene transfer, swapping genes from one bacterium to another. This can give the altered strain the ability to cause disease, survive in the presence of antibiotics or both.

Although the researchers expressed concern surfers might spread dangerous bacteria, Dr. Will Gaze, the University of Exeter Medical School professional who supervised the project, urged people not to avoid the beach: “We are not seeking to discourage people from spending time in the sea, an activity which has a lot of benefits in terms of exercise, well-being and connecting with nature”, he said. “It is important that people understand the risks involved so that they can make informed decisions about their bathing and sporting habits. We now hope that our results will help policy-makers, beach managers, and water companies to make evidence-based decisions to improve water quality even further for the benefit of public health.”

David Smith, science and policy officer of Surfers Against Sewage, which helped organise the volunteers, agreed the study was not meant to discourage surfing: “Water quality in the UK has improved vastly in the past 30 years and is some of the cleanest in Europe. Recognising coastal waters as a pathway for antibiotic resistance can allow policy makers to make changes to protect water users and the wider public from the threat of antibiotic resistance.”

One of the principal findings of this work was that existing methods may have been underestimating the prevalence of these bacteria in seawater. Previous studies have shown that even designated swimming beaches can be affected by runoff from farms or even sewage, and surfers swallow roughly ten times as much seawater as swimmers. Professor Colin Gardner of the charity Antibiotic Research UK says, these forms of runoff can have even higher concentrations of antibiotics than patients undergoing antibiotic treatment. “Research into new medicines to replace our archaic antibiotics has stagnated and unless new treatments are found, this could be potentially devastating for human health”, he warns.

The World Health Organization has reported that because so many kinds of bacteria are gaining resistance to common medicines, conditions such as pneumonia and gonnorhea may become more difficult to treat and have higher rates of sickness and death. Doctors often prescribe preventative antibiotics to patients undergoing surgery or radiation therapy, and this may also be impacted. Professor Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, has described a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” scenario

The European Regional Development Fund and Natural Environment Research Council provided funding for the study.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On Sunday, Curaçao’s football team won their first Caribbean Cup defeating the defending champions Jamaica 2–1.

Elson Hooi opened the scoring for Curaçao in the tenth minute. The defending champions were trailing the team ranked 70th in the FIFA ranking. Rosario Harriott scored an equaliser for the Jamaicans after a free-kick in the 82nd minute of the game. But within two minutes, Hooi, who previously played for Dutch football clubs NAC Breda and FC Volendam, netted another goal, restoring Curaçao’s lead. The match ended 2–1.

In 2013’s competition, Curaçao did not manage to win a single game. Before Sunday’s final, Curaçao’s goalkeeper said, “Being in the final is a wonderful feeling”. He added, “But I must say, Jamaica is a dangerous team. They have no European players in their team and they are still in the final. They have speed, unity and physical players. So, on Sunday, we need to work hard for our victory.” He won the 2016–17 KNVB Cup with Dutch Eredivisie (Dutch league) club SBV Vitesse.

Curaçao defeated hosts Martinique 2–1 in the semi-final. In the third-place decider, French Guiana defeated Martinique 1–0. Sloan Privat scored the only goal of the match in the 74th minute. Curaçao, Martinique, French Guiana, and Jamaica are to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup which is scheduled to be played next month in the United States. Curaçao has never featured in a Gold Cup tournament.

Curaçao’s starting lineup consisted of Rangelo Janga, Jarchinio Antonia, Elson Hooi, Gevaro Nepomuceno, Dustley Mulder, Leandro Bacuna, Gillian Justiana, Darryl Lachman, Quentin Jakoba, and Cuco Martina, with Eloy Room guarding the nets.


June 25, 2017
Jamaica 1–2 Curaçao Stade Municipal Pierre-Aliker, Fort-de-France, Martinique
Rosario Harriott 82′ 0–1 (HT) Elson Hooi 10′ 84′


Financial Freedom Boulevard

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Today we will talk about the Nine Steps To Financial Freedom. What I will do is give a clear game plan from start to finish, that will help you get from where you are, to financial independence (if you are not already there). Here are the steps:I. VisionII. Spending PlanIII. Proper Life InsuranceIV. Emergency FundV. Debt EliminationVI. Retirement PlanningVII. Children’s College PlanningVIII. Advanced Retirement PlanningIX. Mortgage AccelerationWith the exception of the first two steps, the point is not to be anal about them and say that you absolutely can’t begin one until the previous one is finished. This is a general order to follow. You should at least have a game plan to conquer each step before you move on to the next. Let us begin.I. VisionI’m sure that you have heard where there is no vision, the people will parish”. It’s funny, a lot of people spend a lot of money on financial advisors to help them, but the question is this. Help you do what?! In order to reach a goal you have to KNOW WHAT THE GOAL IS! So before you begin, ask yourself these two questions.1. What do you plan to do when you retire? Do you plan to travel the world, buy a dream home, move to a special place, or… do you plan on just getting by at retirement? Also, how much do you plan on leaving your descendents? At this point, you can figure out how much money you need to have, to do what you want to do.2. When do you want to retire? Do you want to retire in 10 years, 20 years, age 65, tomorrow, or never? You have to know this. Now, you can figure out how much time you have to accumulate the amount of money that you need.Ladies and gentlemen, if you don’t know the answer to these questions, you can not begin to do anything! How can you save enough money to retire on time, if you don’t know how much money you need to retire, or when you need to have this money to retire? This concept may seem simple, but it is ESSENTIAL for you to reach your goal! It is also left out of most financial plans. So before you do anything at ALL, you need to sit down and figure these things out, otherwise everything else you do is going nowhere.II. Spending PlanThe Spending Plan is just another fancy word for Budget (though it is not good to use that word because it invokes a needy mindset). This is the foundation of YOUR LIFE! You can read as many self-help books as you like, and you can have as many financial advisors as you like, but if you don’t have a spending plan, you have NOTHING.You need a spending plan that is written down in advance (not something just out in space). Write down how much money you take home every month and then decide what you want/have to spend on everything. Leave nothing out. This may take awhile but it is needed. Once you write down everything, you will then know how much money you should have left over each month.III. Proper Life InsuranceNow that you know how much money you have per month, it is time to start taking that money and working toward your goal. The first thing you want to do to bulletproof yourself is to get the proper life insurance. There is a reason that this is so high on the list. Your most valuable financial asset in life is your ability to make money. This is very important IF you have someone (a spouse or children) who depends on your income.If your car breaks down, or if you have a medical emergency, there are things that can be done. As long as you can still work and make money, everyone can still survive. But if you pass away your income is gone forever! This is worse than any emergency that can happen or any debt you can incur. This is why it is high on the priority list.There are basically two types of insurance. One is whole life (or cash value) insurance, and the other is term insurance (basic insurance that last for a period of time). Consumer reports have, and still do, recommend term insurance as the most economic choice of insurance, as whole life (regardless of what type) can often take 5-10 or even more years to break even.How much do you need? Generally, I would recommend 8-10 times your yearly income as a good face amount for your insurance. WOW! Why so high? Well, here is the reason. Let’s say that you make $40,000 per year. If you were to pass away, you could take $400,000 (10 times $40,000) and put it into a fund that pays 10 percent (which will give you $40,000 per year) and not touch the principle. So what you have done is replaced your income.That is the purpose of insurance. Now once you accumulate the $400,000 yourself, then YOU NO LONGER NEED the insurance policy. So insurance is not to be had your ENTIRE LIFE. It is only needed until you can accumulate the money you need to replace the face amount. Generally speaking, you can increase the amount of insurance you need by the debt that you have, and you can decrease it by the amount you have saved. Don’t let a high face amount scare you away from getting insurance. It is much better to be underinsured than it is to have no insurance, so purchase what you can afford.IV. Emergency FundHere is where things get kind of tricky. Most people get #IV and #V mixed up. The first thing that most people do when they get extra money, is to pay extra on their debt. There is a problem with that. You keep paying money down on your debt, and just when you THINK that you are about to pay it off, an emergency comes up. Now you have to go right back into debt. An emergency fund will allow you to get out of debt and NEVER go back into it. A complete emergency fund is three to six months of your monthly expenses set aside in a savings account or a money market account. A good amount to start off with is $1000 to $1500 dollars. Once you get to that point, you can then just put away a few dollars a month until it gets where you would like it to be.Keep in mind that a corporation’s worst nightmare is an employee with an emergency fund of three to six months. They can’t use or abuse you because you might tell them where to go and how to get there. You may even sue because you can afford a lawyer and/or time off work! As long as you remain Just Over Broke, your employer can do ANYthing to you and you can’t leave. Don’t ever think that this is not by design! But anyway, moving on….V. Debt EliminationThe best way to get out of debt is not to get in it! Due to propaganda, this is very difficult, but yet achievable. Simply put, if you don’t have the money to buy it, then don’t! The best three ways to get rid of debt are to accelerate, consolidate and negotiate.Acceleration is in reference to Debt Snowballing. Debt Snowballing is when someone has many different debts and they pay them off from the smallest to the largest or from the highest interest rate to the lowest. A lot of people make the mistake of putting a few extra dollars on many different debts. For example you could take $100 and pay an extra $20 on five different debts.An example of snowballing would be taking $100 and paying it ALL on the lowest debt, and then when the lowest debt is paid off, rolling the $100 + the lowest debt payment on the next lowest until they are all paid off. This will save tons of money. Some say that paying your debt off from the highest interest rate to the lowest is best. Either way, snowballing saves a lot of money.The next technique is consolidation. We’ve ALL heard about this. If you reach a point were you are up to your head in debt, sometimes the best solution is to consolidate by doing a refinance or a consolidation loan. The problem is that without discipline, you will be right back in the same situation again. As far as those debt consolidation” companies go, a lot of the people who do use them end up going bankrupt anyway.One of the more interesting techniques is to negotiate your debt with your creditors. A lot of people pay lawyers or companies tons of cash to do this, but those companies can’t do anything that YOU can’t do! You can negotiate your debt by yourself. More about this in the Credit Secrets Bible.VI. Retirement PlanningOnce you get your debt under control, you can then start focusing on retirement. Now here is another important point. A lot of people get retirement and college education planning (money for your child’s schooling) mixed up. If you are not on track to retire comfortably then you have no business putting ANYTHING away for your children. There is a reason for this. If you have a child and he or she reaches age 18 and have no money, there are options (student loans, scholarships, grants, part time work… etc.)! BUT… If you get to retirement and you have no money, you have NO OPTIONS! You just can’t retire.Now I know that the propaganda rule book clearly states, If you don’t pay for your kid’s college education, you are a terrible parent who deserves a slow torturous death!!” Brokers can use your heartstrings to get you to invest money with them that you should not be investing! If you pay for you’re kid’s college education and have no money to retire on, then they have to come back and take care of YOU! So now they can’t live their lives because you didn’t prepare. You are doing them a BIGGER disservice by not having money to retire.VII. Children’s College PlanningAfter your retirement plan is set up, it is now time to move to children’s college planning. This is basically another extension to your retirement planning. You can do straight investments, or tax free savings accounts (like 529’s or different education funds etc…).VIII. Advanced Retirement PlanningThis is the point where everyone wants to be. This is the place where you have blow” money. Now, it is time to take it to the next level, and start looking at things like leaving an inheritance for your children, or maybe you would just like to get rich. Either way, once you get to this point you can get into different types of investing, like stocks, which are more dangerous than mutual funds, and variable annuities, which are very secure but have higher fees than mutual funds.IX. Mortgage AccelerationOnce you get done with all of this, you may then decide to pay off your house early. Now at this point, one may be wondering why this is not #V above. Isn’t Mortgage Acceleration a debt? The answer is yes. The reason I put this last is because I don’t believe in paying your house off early. No time. Not ever. Not at all. Why? Find out next month…Until Next TimeFree Your Mind… Online,Matt Mason

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Scottish lawyer today denied reports that Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi had died, after it was reported on Sky News earlier today that “unidentified sources” had said that he was dead.

The reports came onto Sky News at around 16.00 BST today. The information could not be confirmed, and it was not immediately clear where Sky News had obtained their information. Megrahi is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP decided on 20 August 2009 to grant Megrahi compassionate release from Greenock Prison in Glasgow, Scotland and to allow him to return to Libya, after medical advisers reported that he was likely to die in just three months.

On Wednesday, Megrahi’s lawyer, Tony Kelly, responded to the claims made, saying that “it’s absolutely untrue. He’s definitely not dead. I’m not saying anything about his health condition other than the fact he is alive and breathing.” He declined to release any information about Abdelbaset’s current health condition. Following these comments, Sky News removed the information from their website.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The European Commission currently has proposals on the table to extend performers’ copyright terms. Described by Professor Martin Kretschmer as the “Beatles Extension Act”, the proposed measure would extend copyright from 50 to 95 years after recording. A vast number of classical tracks are at stake; the copyright on recordings from the fifties and early sixties is nearing its expiration date, after which it would normally enter the public domain or become ‘public property’. E.U. Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy is proposing this extension, and if the other relevant Directorate Generales (Information Society, Consumers, Culture, Trade, Competition, etc.) agree with the proposal, it will be sent to the European Parliament.

Wikinews contacted Erik Josefsson, European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (E.F.F.), who invited us to Brussels, the heart of E.U. policy making, to discuss this new proposal and its implications. Expecting an office interview, we arrived to discover that the event was a party and meetup conveniently coinciding with FOSDEM 2008 (the Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting). The meetup was in a sprawling city centre apartment festooned with E.F.F. flags and looked to be a party that would go on into the early hours of the morning with copious food and drink on tap. As more people showed up for the event it turned out that it was a truly international crowd, with guests from all over Europe.

Eddan Katz, the new International Affairs Director of the E.F.F., had come over from the U.S. to connect to the European E.F.F. network, and he gladly took part in our interview. Eddan Katz explained that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is “A non-profit organisation working to protect civil liberties and freedoms online. The E.F.F. has fought for information privacy rights online, in relation to both the government and companies who, with insufficient transparency, collect, aggregate and make abuse of information about individuals.” Another major focus of their advocacy is intellectual property, said Eddan: “The E.F.F. represents what would be the public interest, those parts of society that don’t have a concentration of power, that the private interests do have in terms of lobbying.”

Becky Hogge, Executive Director of the U.K.’s Open Rights Group (O.R.G.), joined our discussion as well. “The goals of the Open Rights Group are very simple: we speak up whenever we see civil, consumer or human rights being affected by the poor implementation or the poor regulation of new technologies,” Becky summarised. “In that sense, people call us -I mean the E.F.F. has been around, in internet years, since the beginning of time- but the Open Rights Group is often called the British E.F.F.

Contents

  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 Cliff Richard’s pension
    • 1.2 Perpetual patents?
    • 1.3 The fight moves from the U.K. to Europe
    • 1.4 Reclaiming democratic processes in the E.U.
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links


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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf, who are currently attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Havana issued a joint statement confirming that the peace process between India and Pakistan was back on track. The two leaders spoke for over an hour in private to sort out their issues and work out a plan to recommence peace-talks, which were stalled for some time in the aftermath of the 11/7 bombings in Mumbai.

“These talks are happening in the aftermath of the Mumbai blasts. The two countries have decided to condemn terrorism in all its forms,” Indian Prime Minister Singh said, while the President hailed his country’s relations with India saying Mohabbat Zindabad (long live goodwill). The Foreign Secretaries of the two nations will now meet to discuss such issues as the demilitarisation of the Siachen glacier and Sir Creek and also the status of confidence building measures such as the Lahore-Amritsar bus service and the Thar Express.

The two countries have decided to form an Indian-Pakistani institution to fight and identify terrorism. The possibility of the intelligence agencies from both countries sharing information with each other is also being explored.

President Musharraf stated that “all outstanding issues including the key Kashmir factor” needed to be resolved. He also invited Dr. Singh to visit Islamabad.



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