Aug 11

Surgeon declares that Fidel Castro does not have cancer

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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José Luis García Sabrido, the chief surgeon at Gregorio Marañón hospital in Madrid who treated 80-year-old Fidel Castro last week, announced that the intestinal bleeding which led to surgery was not caused from cancer. Rather, he had a “benign illness” with a series of complications. He is currently recovering from a serious operation. When asked if Castro had cancer, Sabrido responded, “From what I know, I absolutely deny it.”

Sabrido refuses to declare which caused Castro’s illness, keeping in the Cuban government’s wishes, however The New York Times says diverticulitis is a common, non-cancerous cause of intestinal bleeding.

US politicians still believe that Castro is seriously ill; there is speculation in Washington and among Cuban exiles that Castro has colon cancer. John D. Negroponte, the United States Director of National Intelligence, told The Washington Post that Castro is “terminally ill” and will be dead in “months, not years.”

Fidel Castro transferred his position to his brother Raul on July 31 due to intestinal surgery. The Cuban government has since kept his health situation relatively secret; this is the first time a medical expert outside the Cuban government has commented on his health since he dropped from the public view in July.

According to recent reports, Castro will be healthy enough to be President of Cuba again.

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Aug 11

Weight Watchers Points Does This Program Really Work?

By Kelly Purden

Weight watchers points system is a program that works how one can lose weight. It has been successful in the business it stands. Getting into the program, one must first have knowledge how it will benefit and fit their lifestyle. It can provide good effects with other people and to some it may be something with no good effect. Using weight watcher point system all in all depends on one who uses it. However there are reviews that testify how great it is.

It has good outputs such as balancing a nutritional diet that targets ones body needs. The diet program includes recipes and meals which the users can take advantage of. The materials provided are for the user to keep and use long as she wants to. It becomes more beneficial because it offers one on one support to user so to learn more about things needed and ask about what related things that can help with it. And because of the advanced technology we had, you can take advantage of the programs to get into such as attending meetings or to use the program tools available online like the Weight watchers online point calculator. As much as that, it also helps the user avoid deprivation system like others does just to lose weight which is not healthy. Instead they provide a system how to control their eating like providing a correct amount of food that can be taken. The user will feel good as no worries and feeling of being hungry at times.

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But though it has proven benefits to others, there are also bad issues that tackle about the Weight Watchers Points system. Somehow they provide media exposure like advertisements who promises high benefits that sometimes are unlikely to hear because it’s exaggerated. Some people think of it that way thus affecting their power not to use it. It also had a feedback that Weight Watchers Points programs have an over costly price for the consumers. With that, people don’t feel it will be beneficial for them. Imagine spending hard earned money over it. What’s more is there are other options that can be good as Weight Watchers Points program people with low budget can get a chance about getting a program to help them lose weight. Another disadvantage by taking Weight Watchers Points program is the possibility of the user not to develop self discipline or self reliance because of dependency to the programs meetings.

To this point, Weight Watchers Points program can be concluded as having good and bad effects to people. That’s why the best way to get ones weight desires is still through ones own will with discipline and courage. It helps to read self help books and read articles online that you can get for free. Aside from the benefits that you can gift yourself, you can also save instead of taking a program that are costly and at the same time you are not sure if it will work for you.

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Aug 11

Belgian voters decide fate of socialist-liberal coalition tomorrow

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The federal elections in Belgium tomorrow will decide the fate of the 8-year-long coalition of liberals and socialists, and will shake the cards for what politicians admit will be long and difficult negotiations.

Voting is mandatory in Belgium, and Belgians abroad have already voted, although their votes will only be counted tomorrow. A recent survey in the French-speaking part of Belgium shows that if voters could choose, 1 out 3 would stay at home.

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Aug 11

HSK Kormoran found, the search for HMAS Sydney continues

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced today that the HSK Kormoran has been located approximately 112 nautical miles off Steep Point Western Australia. Sonar imagery of the Kormoran shows the site consists of two main pieces at a depth of 2560 metres. A debris field 4 nautical miles south of the wreck believed to be the site of the battle.

The Kormoran (HSK 8) was a German auxiliary cruiser of Kriegsmarine during World War II. On November 19, 1941, the Kormoran encountered the HMAS Sydney. The resulting battle saw the Sydney sunk with the loss of all 645 hands, the Kormoran was scuttled by the crew with the loss of 60, 320 survivors including three Chinese prisoners of war were rescued.

The loss of the Sydney has been the subject of much controversy, speculation and conspiracy theory. There have been many searches for the two vessels, this latest search is by the “Finding Sydney Foundation”.

“Finding the Kormoran is one big step forward,” said Prime Minister Rudd. “This is an important part in resolving a 65 year old puzzle.”

Warren Snowdon Minister for Defense Science and Personnel said that the Federal Republic of Germany has been advised of the discovery and that the site is to be protected.

Finding Sydney Foundation Chairman Ted Graham says the search area for the Sydney can now be narrowed down to 300 nautical miles. “This gives us a cornerstone if you like, to start the search for the Sydney from,” said Graham. “So if we hadn’t found Kormoron it would have made it much more difficult”

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Aug 06

Helicopter crash in Hong Kong injures thirteen

Sunday, July 4, 2010

At around noon yesterday, a Heli-Express helicopter heading towards Macau crashed into the sea near Hong Kong’s Shun Tak Centre with thirteen on board. They were only slightly injured.

Witnesses say the aircraft let out a loud ‘bang’, with no flames, then slowly descended to the sea. After a while, it sank completely. Shipping was unaffected. The New Zealand Herald quoted Hong Kong’s Cable TV as saying that the rotorcraft performed an emergency landing on water after experiencing mechanical problems. The Ming Pao news agency also reported mechanical problems.

Marine police, fire services, the Civil Aviation Department, and the Marine Department immediately sent rescue ships to the scene, which is between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsular, inside Victoria Harbour. All passengers were safely rescued and sent to the Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

The involved helicopter is an AgustaWestland AW139.

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Aug 06

UK Wikinews Shorts: December 22, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, December 22, 2009.


  • 1 Man appears in court case involving murder of woman in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2 Man jailed for murder of ex-girlfriend in Lancashire, England
  • 3 Two people killed in car crash in East Yorkshire, England
  • 4 Man dies after being found unconscious in garden in Western Isles, Scotland
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Aug 05

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Tiki Torches – For an Attractive Setting


Mohita Bhargava

Tiki culture is not new. It started way back in the 1930s. Tiki Torches was first used for decorating restaurants on Donn Beach. These days there are different types of Tiki Torches available in different designs, styles and finishes. Going by their elegance and serene looks they provide to the surroundings, people have started using them as an accessory to decorate their patios and backyards.

Recently, all my friends wanted an evening out at a place where we could relax and enjoy. Finally the venue of the party was decided to be at my place. I thought of decorating the backyard with Tiki Torches, for a glowing ambiance. Initially the idea was to decorate the area with Bamboo Tiki Torches, to give an authentic island feel, but I thought of considering other types too.

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I knew about the popular options like Metal Tiki Torches and electric torches. After hunting around at various stores, I decided to search the Net. I was thrilled to see so many types of Tiki Torches and the kind of look they provide. Here’s what I learnt:.

Metal Tiki Torches last longer and give a permanent solution as a garden accent. They last longer and are usually made of steel or brass. They look beautiful both during the day and night.

Ceramic and Glass Tiki Torches are considered to be an elegant choice. They are more eclectic and are available in eye catching designs and shapes. The Glass Tiki Torches are similar to the ones used in London in the 18th and 19th century. They work well during the rainy season and allow the light to shine through.

Electric Tiki Torches are usually used in indoors. They are battery operated and require very low maintenance. They can be used for special lightening effect and add a special feeling to the evening.

Propane Tiki Torches/ Gas Tiki Torches have gained popularity over Oil Tiki torches. The wick of a Propane Tiki Torches doesn’t blow out from the wind. With the help of master valve one can easily control flame. You can use dimmer switch when using outdoor. They are great for outdoor parties – beach, camps, backyard or patios.

Beside the Garden Tiki Torches, there are Table Tiki Torches also available. You can use them for decorating the tables and giving a pleasant setting to the room. They are not at all dangerous and are available great styles.

I finally purchased a lovely designer Garden Tiki Torch from Heater-Store, that was offering these at competitive prices. On the internet, Tiki Torches are relatively priced low, but this doesn’t mean that their quality is been compromised. If you buy them from a reliable store, as I have done, you won’t find any problem. For more information on Tiki Torches, visit Heater-Store.Table Tiki Torches


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Jul 30

Radio host sacked threatened freedom of speech in Hong Kong

Saturday, July 16, 2005

A Hong Kong radio host Wong Yuk Man has been sacked last week. Wong hosted a radio program which had helped him become famous by criticizing the government and the pro-Beijing political party. Commercial Radio, a private radio station and Wong’s former employee said Wong was fired because he demanded a 5-days-per-week program which the station could not deliver. However, Wong said he was fired because commercial radio station feared that the government would refuse to renew their license because of his outspoken criticism against the government. The 5 days per week program which Wong hosted had been cancelled and Wong was reallocated to host a weekly program a couple of months ago after Chen King-Hon, another outspoken radio host of commercial radio who was the most popular host at the time, was sacked and his program cancelled.

Wong and Chen, and their former co-hosts had organized 5,000 fans to join their candle night rally in Central, protesting against the alleged collusion between the commercial radio station and the government and urged for freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Donald Tsang, Hong Kong new Chief Executive, who has just replaced the unpopular Tung Chee-Hwa a month ago who had failed to finish his second term due to the alleged health problem, was criticized for restricting the freedom of speech in Hong Kong. Tsang has not yet responded to their criticism.

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