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Greek Civil Servants Strike Against Latest Austerity Measures

Public services shut down in Greece on Wednesday when thousands of civil servants walked off their jobs in a 24-hour strike against the government’s latest austerity measures.  Prime Minister George Papandreou announced plans this week to trim pensions and reduce salaries for 30,000 civil servants that would then ultimately be let go. Schools, multi-level governmental operations, and courts closed when members of the two major unions began the strike, and more than 400 flights from the Athens International Airport were cancelled.  Train and ferry services were stopped, and hospitals were reported to be running on emergency staff only. Greece has been reliant on international aid since accepting a $157 billion dollar bailout in May 2010 to stave off bankruptcy.  A second bailout worth $155 billion was approved in July. The European Union, the … Read entire article »

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New York’s Wall Street “Zombie” Movement Growing As Seven Hundred Arrested

Seven hundred protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York over the weekend as the Occupy Wall Street demonstration continued to gain attention in North America. The leaderless protests began three weeks ago with a handful of college students camping out in Zuccotti Park, a plaza near New York’s financial center. The students were speaking out against a variety of causes, including corporate greed, social inequity, and global climate change. The number of protesters grew, and the first mass arrest of about 100 people took place on September 24 after protesters marched out of the Financial District into other areas of the city. Protesters have garnered media attention by combining business dress with … Read entire article »

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Hole In Arctic Ozone Larger Than Ever Before

The ozone layer over the Northern Hemisphere is offering less protection than ever before, the journal Nature reports in the issue published on 2 October.  Researchers discovered that the hole that developed over the Arctic this year was about two million square kilometers in size, similar to the hole that appears each spring over the Antarctic. The ozone layer was discovered in 1913.  It is located in the stratosphere, between 10 to 20 miles above the Earth’s surface, where it absorbs most of the sun’s high frequency ultraviolet light.  Holes in the ozone layer are thought to expose people below to greater levels of cancer and cataract-causing UV radiation.  Nature’s study shows that people in Norway, Greenland, and areas of northern Russia were most at risk. Most holes in the ozone layer … Read entire article »

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Clifford Olson, Serial Killer Is Dead, Corrections Canada Announced Friday

Correction Services Canada made the announcement that many have been waiting to hear for a long time, that Canada’s serial killer Clifford Olson is dead. The relatives of Olson’s victims are now relieved that he is dead, Olson dying on Friday of natural causes, terminal cancer, at the age of 71. At the time of his death, he was a patient in the Health Care Centre of the Archambault Institution in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. Clifford Olson made the news in 1982 when he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and killing 11 children, both boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17 in British Columbia, Canada between November 1980 and July 1981. He was sentenced to life in prison, but continued to torture the relatives of his victims in any way … Read entire article »

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Twitter Study Finds We Are Happiest In The Morning

Twitter, one of the biggest social media sites in the world, has been the focus of a study that shows that people’s moods worsen throughout the day. Over a 2-year period, a group of Cornell University researchers set out to observe the attitudes and mentalities of 2.4 million users in 84 countries. The study, which is published Friday in the Journal of Science, showed that factors such as the amount of daylight, sleep and work all had key roles in affecting the participant’s emotions, such as alertness, distress, anger, and enthusiasm. The results, which looked at the positiveness levels of the participant’s tweets, showed that the majority of tweets were the least positive at the beginning of their work week, and gradually became happier and more optimistic as the week progressed. Predictable, … Read entire article »

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Man Charged In Terror Plot Against The U.S.

A man from Ashland, Massachusetts was arrested and charged on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, with planning attacks on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Rezwan Ferdaus, is 26 years old, and is a United States citizen who has reportedly been making plans to attack U.S. buildings using remote controlled aircraft which are large enough to contain C-4, or Composition C4 explosives. This is a common type of plastic explosive. There are other charges against him for attempting to provide resources and material to a foreign terrorist organization which has been named as al Qaeda. This was done so that attacks could be made on United States soldiers who are stationed overseas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has been monitoring the activity of Ferdaus for some time as … Read entire article »

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Inventor Of First Implantable Pacemaker Dies At 92

Having helped many thousands of people by his inventions, the most famous of which is his implantable pacemaker, Wilson Greatbatch will long be remembered for his work – the inventor passed away on Tuesday in Buffalo, New York where he was born in September 1919. It was 1960 when the first cardiac pacemaker was successfully implanted in a human, and this person went on to live another year and a half thanks to the device. The pacemaker controls the heart’s rhythm by using electrical impulses, and there are many different kinds of pacemakers, but basically they all work to treat bradycardia, or in other words a heart rate which is too slow. Some of the devices work all the time, while others only become active during exercise, or if the length … Read entire article »

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Saudi Women Given The Right To Vote In 2015

Saudi Arabia has taken a step towards increasing women’s rights.  In an annual speech before the Shura advisory council last Sunday, Saudi’s King Abdullah announced reforms that would give women the right to vote and to run in municipal elections. He also announced that in the future, women would be appointed to the Shura council.  “Muslim women in our Islamic history have demonstrated positions that expressed correct opinions and advice,” said the king.  These new rights would allow women to play a role in the legislative and executive branches of state. While the announcement was praised by the United States, many questioned the delay before the changes will be enacted.  Although there are local elections scheduled for this Thursday, women will have to wait another four years before casting their first … Read entire article »

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Nyad Still Swimming Towards Florida From Cuba Despite Many Stings

Diana Nyad, the endurance swimmer, is currently on her third attempt to swim from Havana in Cuba to Florida, 103 miles, without using a shark cage, but the start of the race was challenging. She has got many Portuguese Man O’ War stings on both arms as well as her face and side, and she did complain of breathing problems, which resulted in her doctors giving her a steroid shot, as well as oxygen and other medication. The Portuguese Man o’ War is like a jelly fish. Nyad is 62 years old, and attempted the same swim two months ago, but had to retire due to bad problems with asthma, which she attributed to a new medication, and a sore shoulder after about 29 hours. When she was 28 she also … Read entire article »

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Pope Benedict XVI Visits Germany

In his third visit as Pope, Pope Benedict XVI is currently visiting his native homeland of Germany for four days, but the first time he has officially visited the capital, Berlin. During this time he will be visiting with Germany’s top Jewish leader, Dieter Graumann, along with other representatives of the Jewish population. However, controversy broke out, even before the Pope’s arrival. Due to speak to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday afternoon, over 100 MPs made the decision not to attend, because of the highly controversial views which the Pope holds concerning birth control and homosexuals. Protestors gathered at Potsdamer Platz not far from where the Pope was due to give his speak, and amongst the group were many from the large Berlin gay community. The Pope’s visit will end … Read entire article »

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Jailed U.S. Hikers Released On Bail From Iran

On 21 September 2011, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal the hikers who said they accidentally strayed into Iran, were released from jail on bail which was reportedly set at $500,000 for each man. The men were arrested in July 2009 having crossed from Iraq into Iran and were sentenced to eight years in jail earlier this year after they were found guilty of espionage and illegal entry into the country. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, who is 32, was released last year on medical grounds, after bail of a similar amount was set. After the men’s attorney, Masoud Shafiei completed the paperwork for their release, the men, both 29 years old, were taken to Tehran airport, where they were flown to the Omani capital of Muscat. The families of the hikers released … Read entire article »

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31st Annual Terry Fox Run – The First Without Betty Fox

On Sunday, thousands of people, young and old, around the world were involved in some way with the 31st annual Terry Fox Run, and it is amazing the way that Terry Fox and his family have impacted so many lives. The runs are held all over the world, and those unable to take part contribute in other ways with donations. It was April 1980 when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research after he had been diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, bone cancer, and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. He ran 3,339 miles on his journey across Canada to raise money for cancer research, but unfortunately his cancer returned and he died in June 1981. However, his dream has never faded, as … Read entire article »

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5 Bikers Found Dead At Charity Event In Tennessee

A charity event organized by Bikers Who Care turned tragic on Sunday when 5 bikers were found dead in an RV at the Clarksville Speedway, Tennessee, at about noon. The Clarksville police and ambulances attended, but could do nothing for the three men and two women. The police have said that there is no sign of foul play. Bill Langford is the director of the annual event, and was shocked at the discovery of the five. He said that it looks like a small storage hatch on the RV was not properly closed, and it had allowed fumes from the generator to leak inside the vehicle. Apparently the bikers who found the five were taken to hospital with feelings of dizziness and light headedness, and they were found to have high … Read entire article »

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Earthquake Hits Northeast India, With Deaths And Damage

An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck northeast India, including New Delhi, the capital, on Sunday evening local time, and there have been at least two aftershocks of over 5.3 already felt, and more are possible. The number of deaths is uncertain at this time, because some of the area is only sparsely populated, but has now been cut off because of mudslides which were triggered by the earthquakes. However, Chief Secretary Karma Gyatso of Sikkim state, at least five people there were killed and over 50 injured. In Nepal it has been reported that a wall collapsed at the British Embassy killing three people. In Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state, as in other areas, there were power cuts as the earthquake struck, telephone lines were knocked out, and roads were reported … Read entire article »

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Kara Kennedy Dies at Age 51

Patrick Kennedy, who is a former congressman from Rhode Island, has reported that his sister Kara Kennedy died on Friday16 September while she was at a health club in the Washington area. Kara Kennedy was 51, and was the oldest of three children of the late Senator Edward Kennedy who died in 2009 of a brain tumor at the age of 77. Kara had battled lung cancer and survived the ordeal after doctors removed a malignant tumor in 2003. She married Michael Allen, a professional sailor, in 1990 and the couple had a son Max born in 1996, and a daughter Grace born in 1994, both of whom are in their teenage years now. According to her brother Patrick, Kara’s cancer treatment had weakened her physically, and he added that “her … Read entire article »

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3 Killed Over 50 Injured At Reno Air Show In Nevada

Three people were killed on Friday at the Reno Air Show in Reno Nevada and at least 5o more were injured when a P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into the edge of the crowd. The plane was a fighter plane from the World War II era, and was flown by Jimmy Leeward who was killed in the crash. Leeward was a Hollywood stunt pilot, and reports are saying that it looked as though he knew he was going to crash and tried to avoid the grandstands at the National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport. With more than twelve people in critical condition, the number killed is unfortunately expected to rise. Emergency crews took the injured to three local hospitals, although spectators also took some of the less seriously injured, and Gov. … Read entire article »

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt Elected Denmark’s First Female Prime Minister

The leader of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, won her first general election on 15 September, to become the first female Prime Minister of Denmark, with the final tally of seats expected to be 92 for the Social Democrats, and 87 for the out going Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s group. this was a smaller lead than analysts had expected from the polls, who had predicted a nine seat lead. This very small majority could be an issue for Thorning-Schmidt. Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of the former UK Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock, who lost in 1992 in the British election after leading in the polls. Stephen Kinnock has come under criticism in the past for paying taxes in Switzerland where he lives and … Read entire article »

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