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Danish clothing company sells T-shirts to support FARC and PFLP Apr 28

Friday, January 20, 2006 

A recently created Danish clothing company is selling on the internet T-shirts in order to support the clandestine radio station of the Colombian guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the graphical workshop of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In fact the money will be used by these groups to carry on their terrorist activities. FARC activities include kidnappings, masacres, bombs, extortions and the drug trade.

Fighters and Lovers is selling the T-shirts at 170 DKK (US$27.6), from which 35 DKK (US$5.7) are to be destinated to support both armed groups.

Anna Duever, Fighters and Lovers PR chief, said to Spanish news agency EFE that their objective is to “defend freedom and social justice, which is FARC and PFLP are fighting for”. Duever believes the fact the FARC has been included by the EU in its terrorist group list is a “political game”. “We pay our taxes in Denmark, and that money is used for financing the troops our government has sent to Iraq. That’s terrorism. Besides, in Colombia there’s a regime oppressing population and torturing and killing its people”, she said.

Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolina Barco, said to local media that “financing terrorist groups is unacceptable and goes against all the international norms. Yesterday [Tuesday 19] our ambassador contacted the Danish government, we sent a protest note and have demanded an explanation.”

A year ago, a Danish NGO named Oprør (“Rebelion”) stated it had donated money to the Colombian guerrilla. A new antiterrorism law in Denmark may punish it.

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Rose Parade Continues Amidst Downpour Apr 26

Monday, January 2, 2006 

On the morning of Monday, January 2, 2006, the 117th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade marched through Pasadena, California in only the tenth occurrence of rain on the morning of the parade. Fifty mile-an-hour winds buffeted the crowds of spectators for hours before and during the festivities.

Many spectators had purchased grandstand tickets for $50 or more only to find the aluminum benches cold and exposed to the winds. Umbrellas were ubiquitus though difficult to use effectively in the storm-like conditions. Virtually anyone present for more than an hour had a poncho of some sort. Those who partook in the traditional campout to claim free seating on the street often left only a single person to stoically wait out the storm until morning, most preferring to sleep in dryer conditions. Crowds were smaller than normal.

Vendors fared somewhat differently, depending on what they sold. Sales of hot food and drinks, umbrellas, ponchos, and tarps were up while sales of pre-packaged snacks and programs were down. Many street vendors left once sales or inventory dried up (figuritively speaking).

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Rose Parade Continues Amidst Downpour Apr 26

Monday, January 2, 2006 

On the morning of Monday, January 2, 2006, the 117th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade marched through Pasadena, California in only the tenth occurrence of rain on the morning of the parade. Fifty mile-an-hour winds buffeted the crowds of spectators for hours before and during the festivities.

Many spectators had purchased grandstand tickets for $50 or more only to find the aluminum benches cold and exposed to the winds. Umbrellas were ubiquitus though difficult to use effectively in the storm-like conditions. Virtually anyone present for more than an hour had a poncho of some sort. Those who partook in the traditional campout to claim free seating on the street often left only a single person to stoically wait out the storm until morning, most preferring to sleep in dryer conditions. Crowds were smaller than normal.

Vendors fared somewhat differently, depending on what they sold. Sales of hot food and drinks, umbrellas, ponchos, and tarps were up while sales of pre-packaged snacks and programs were down. Many street vendors left once sales or inventory dried up (figuritively speaking).

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Pakistani Bridal Dress Apr 11

Pakistani Bridal Dress

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A Pakistani wedding is an occasion that not only provides joy for everyone present at the wedding but also is a colorful occasion where the flashy Pakistani bridal dress becomes the talk of the gathering. The bride on her part takes all efforts to get dressed up in the most elegant way, as she spends enough time to pick the ideal bridal Pakistani dress, which helps her look great during this momentous occasion in her life.

To look luxuriously attired in stunning Pakistani bridal dress, the bride has to make her choice from the wedding lehengas, sarees, salwar kameez as well as Pakistani wedding gowns. While you plan to select the best bridal Pakistani dresses, the top 6 ways for selecting Pakistani bridal dress aids to make the right decision.

Color of the bridal dress

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Pakistani wedding is a colorful occasion, and when it comes to the bridal dress color, it becomes even more important. With the various dress ranges, the dresses also embrace appealing colors as you can come by the attractive crimson hues, as the burnt orange, apricot, maroon, bottle green and even the turquoise lehengas provide a great variety as when it comes to the color of the wedding dress. The secret lies in choosing the color of bridal dress that sinks well with the complexion of the bride, as the color should enhance the charm of the bride.

Elegant additions

The elegant additions of the Pakistani bridal dress is a common feature that helps improve the looks of the bride on the day of wedding. The embellished hemlines, ornamental motifs, and other embellishment works like dabka, kora, naqshi, beads, sequins, kamdani, cut-glass and badla among the other superior works serve to add the touch of elegance to the Pakistani bridal dress at wedding wedding, and there are handmade embellishments also that offer great variety.

Custom work

There is also possibility customization with regards to the Pakistani bridal dress, as you can adjust most of the features that come in the form of fabric, color or even embroidery as in a way that it enhances the look of the bride.

Fabrics

Another feature that needs to be given importance is the texture and the fabric related to the Pakistani bridal dresses. Right from silk to jamavar, the range related to the fabrics extend to embrace Katan silk, crinkle chiffon and other types of fabrics too. The entire range of texture and fabric cater to the varied taste of the brides.

Mix of tradition and western ideas

There is also the mix of the traditional and the western ideas that influence the Pakistani bridal dresses. You can even opt to look for wedding dresses that come with traditional Pakistani custom but also carries certain western features along with it. The bride has the varied option to choose bridal Pakistani wedding outfits that embraces even the deadly mix of Pakistani tradition as well as western influence.

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Dozens killed after gunmen storm Turkish wedding reception Apr 11

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 

As many as 45 people have been killed and six others were injured after at least four gunmen with grenades stormed a wedding reception in the village of Bilge located in Turkey. Many of those killed were women and children. The attack is not believed to be related to terrorism.

“According to our investigations so far nothing indicates that this is a terror attack but a larger investigation is being run by the regional prosecutor,” said the interior minister of Turkey, Besir Atalay. The attack is believed to be part of an ongoing blood feud between two families. Al Jazeera says the attack may also be related to rival gangs of village guards.

According to one unnamed witness as quoted by Reuters, “a few people” wearing masks entered the house where the reception was being held, “spraying the place with bullets” and began to shoot people, with the attack lasting at nearly 15 minutes. At least 200 people were believed to have been attending the reception.

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Wikinews:Upcoming events/Europe Apr 10

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Arthritis And Mice: The Links To Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Apr 10

Arthritis And Mice: The Links To Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

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Gloria Hao Schneider

BBC health reporter, Caroline Parkinson, recently reported on a study about Alzheimer’s disease. The study included laboratory mice and a protein present in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The study concluded that the protein could be an answer to Alzheimer’s Disease. The 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures reports that there are an estimated 5.3 million people in the United States suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This debilitating disease has costed an annual total of $172 billion and is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Many of the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s depend on assisted living facilities so they can get the proper medical care they need on a daily basis. However, approximately 10.9 million unpaid people serving as caregivers for those with the disease.

The study observed the immune systems of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The immune system of these patients becomes over active and produces a protein that may attack plaque in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. One such protein, GM-CSF was given to mice with memory loss and the mice fared better. The test results measured memory and learning capacity and compared it to the performance of mice of the same age that were normal. The healthy mice treated with GM-CSF performed slightly better than their untreated peers.

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Researchers have suggested the protein may attract an influx of cells called microglia from the peripheral blood supply around the brain, which in turn attack the characteristic plaque that forms in the brain of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Experts in the UK said the study was a crucial step and further tests will be undertaken to see if the protein works for people with Alzheimer’s. It has already been recognized that people with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. It was originally though that the protective link was due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) taken by people with the arthritic condition. However tests confirmed that this was not the case.

In another study at the University of South Florida, researchers genetically altered mice to have memory problems similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s disease. They then treated that group and other healthy mice with the protein. Another set of mice, both healthy ones and those with Alzheimer’s symptoms, were given a dummy (placebo) treatment. At the end of the 20-day study, the Alzheimer’s mice treated with GM-CSF fared substantially better on tests. The brains of GM-CSF-treated Alzheimer’s mice showed more than a 50% decrease in beta amyloid, the substance which forms Alzheimer’s plaques.

An artificial version of GM-CSF, a drug called Leukine, is already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and has been used to treat cancer patients who need to generate more immune cells. Researchers have concluded that clinical tests on humans are needed to confirm their conclusions. This study is a promising factor for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This could positively change the progress of Alzheimer patients living in assisted living facilities.

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Oldest ex-Major League Baseball player, Billy Werber dies at age 100 Apr 09

Thursday, January 22, 2009 

Billy Werber, third baseman in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100. Werber died of natural causes on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at an assisted living center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was moved there after his health deteriorated a month ago.

His son said that when admitted, Werber refused to eat solid foods and would only drink liquids. “He just refused to eat and that was his plan,” Bill Werber Jr. told the Associated Press. He added that his father was “sharp up until four weeks ago”.

Born William Murray Werber on June 20, 1908 in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, he played for the New York Yankees from (1930, 1933), the Boston Red Sox from (1933-1936), the Philadelphia Athletics from (1937-1938), Cincinnati Reds from (1939-1941) and the New York Giants from (1942).

In 1934, Werber became the starting third baseman of the Red Sox. He responded with a career-high .321 batting average, including 200 hits; led the American League with 40 stolen bases, and posted double digits in doubles (41), triples (10) and home runs (11). He led the league in stolen bases in 1935 (29) and 1937 (35). Boston traded him to the Philadelphia Athletics for the 1937 season, and he joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1939.

In an 11-season career, Werber was a .271 hitter with 78 home runs and 539 RBI in 1,295 games. One of the most aggressive baserunners of the 1930s, probably the most aggressive next to Ben Chapman, he stole 215 bases. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1961.

His wife Kathryn ‘Tat’ Werber died in 2000, after she and Werber had been married 70 years. Bill Werber Jr. says that his father is to be cremated and services, which will be open to the public, will be held on the weekend of January 31 through February 1.

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Pennsylvania man admits to June 25 beating of elderly woman Apr 08

Wednesday, July 6, 2005 

Joshua J. Goyette allegedly confessed to breaking into a Saxonburg, Pennsylvania retirement home and beating 86-year-old Gertrude “Trudy” Johanson in the early morning of June 25, 2005. The crime, which shocked the small community north of Pittsburgh, was not the only one which occurred recently at area retirement homes. Goyette is also suspected in a May incident where another apartment at the Commons of Saxonburg was broken into through a first floor window and the 90-year-old woman inside was groped while she slept.

Goyette, 25, has addresses listed in court documents in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, his mother’s home.

The alleged confession was given last Thursday, June 30, 2005, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Pennsylvania state police investigators. Goyette is currently being held in the Butler County prison in lieu of $300,000 cash bond. He faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal mischief.

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