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Thousands of trapped miners rescued in South Africa

Thousands of trapped miners rescued in South Africa

Thursday, October 4, 2007

As many as 3,200 mine workers became trapped in the in Elandsrand mine, a gold mine in South Africa about 50 miles (80 km) west of Johannesburg in Carletonville, Gauteng, after an incident on October 3. All miners have been rescued, and none of them were injured. The mine is owned by Harmony Gold Mining Corporation.

The mining company says that a lift electrical cable broke on a basket that was carrying miners, trapping thousands at least 2,200 meters (1.3 miles) below the earth’s surface. Reports from MSNBC and the Guardian Unlimited say that the shaft may have collapsed when a water or air pipe burst. The rescue operation went well with no complications, with the rescue taking just under 24 hours to complete.

“They were underground when the accident happened and they were not able to surface because an electric feeder cable that is connected to the mine lift was severed,” said a spokeswoman for the mining company, Amelia Soares. The snap was caused by a “fatigued” air pipe which burst and fell down the shaft damaging the “steelwork and electrical feeder cords,” added Soares. “They are all in good condition.”

“They are all safe. There have been no injuries or deaths,” said CEO of Harmony mining, Graham Briggs who also said that the miners were previously contacted and were given “food and water.”

Earlier reports had stated that Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman with the National Union of Mineworkers, said that the miners have not been heard from for hours and that they could have been enduring temperatures as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

“This is a terrible situation. The only exit is blocked, probably by a fall of ground,” said Seshoka.

Rescue workers used a mine shaft that is next to the damaged one in an attempt to reach the trapped miners, and lifted them out, 75 at a time. There was no emergency exit in the shaft which is reported to have “not been maintained for ages,” added Seshoka.

“An escape route is the most important thing and they have failed miserably. They need to ensure that the shaft is maintained. This is why we have this disaster. Our main worry is for more than 3,000 people who are underground,” said National Union of Mineworkers for S. Africa chairman, Deon Boqwana.

Current reports say that “negligence” was the initial cause for the pipe burst and that there has been a history of negligence from the mine. “We suspect negligence. Because of continuous operations there is no time to make adequate checks,” said the President of the Miners union, Senzeni Zokwana to reporters during a news conference.

The Elsrand mine is currently under development and has been since February 2001 when Harmony bought the mine. Officials state that the mine will remain closed for a minimum of six weeks, while an investigation is performed, and the mine is deemed safe for miners to continue working in it.

The mine is located in the Witwatersrand Basin of South Africa, which is said to be the location of the largest area of raw gold on the planet.

Wikileaks cable disclosure shows Arab fears of Iranian ambitions

Wikileaks cable disclosure shows Arab fears of Iranian ambitions

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunday night’s release of leaked United States diplomatic cables shows widespread concern in the Arab world over Iran’s ambitions to build a “Persian Empire in the 21st Century”.

Wikileaks, so far, have released under 300 of the quarter million plus diplomatic communications posted to them on a memory stick. The small sample shows, over several months, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Bahrain asserting that further sanctions against Iran will likely have no effect.

Early November last year, General David Petraeus discussed the situation with King Hamad of Bahrain, who argued for the use of force to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions; stating: “The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.”

In that meeting concern was expressed that more Arab involvement in Iraq was needed to frustrate Iranian plans. Petraeus was told Bahrain sought Egyptians and Saudis support, but talks with the latter revealed no interest in taking a leading rôle.

The King did welcome the prospect of India becoming involved in the region as a stabilising influence.

A mid-December meeting between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE and US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman saw the subject brought up again. In a discussion that touched on the two countries renewable energy plans, and reliable movement of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, the Prince asserted Iran saw itself as spearheading a campaign for a “Persian Empire in the 21st Century.” Alleging Iran has established “emirates” in Kuwait, Bahrain, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Southern Iraq, Yemen, and South Lebanon, his picture of Iranian nuclear ambitions is “Al-Qaeda is not going to get a nuclear bomb; Iran is a matter of time.”File:Iran strait of hormuz 2004.jpg

The Prince was keen to stress that those in power are the same people who, in 1979, seized the US embassy in Tehran.

Subsequent talks between a congressional appropriations sub-committee and UAE’s Foreign Minister were the scene of equally serious predictions. The sub-committee, consisting of Nita Lowey, Tom Cole, Barbara Lee, and Donna Edwards, heard from Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan that if Iran became a nuclear state the rest of the region would likely follow suit.

Plans to keep the fifteen-millions-plus barrels of oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz each day moving were discussed. Whilst keen to weaken Iranian ties with China, Sheikh Abdullah stressed the US$50 billion in trade between the two; this being considered an obstacle to China backing, and enforcing, a stronger sanctions regime.

The sub-committee’s Emirates host, like many in the region, stated progress on the Israeli peace process was a good route to de-escalation.

A meeting in February this year with Kuwaiti Interior Minister Jaber Al-Khaled Al Sabah was the scene of comparable warnings. Alongside discussions on travel restrictions to be enforced against former Guantanamo Bay detainees, he described Iran as the “beating heart” of Islamic Extremism.

Concerns over Iran’s involvement in Yemen were discussed, with the minister saying Iran is intent on exporting its revolution; that its nuclear ambitions can only be thwarted by force.

Updating the US on perceived Iranian actions, he claimed they were attempting to infiltrate Egypt by recruiting the poor. And, they were becoming involved in the drugs trade, shipping narcotics into Yemen to fund militants.

The cable on the Kuwait meeting closes referring recipients to a wiki page: Wikinews has been informed this is a page on the US intelligence community’s Intellipedia; an internally-maintained project, based on the same technology as Wikipedia, and intended for use in building intelligence dossiers on countries, regions, their politicians, diplomats, plus political and terrorist groups.

A cable originating in London from January this year is corroborated by later U.S. news reports; hinting that the Iranian government may indeed be using tactics more reminiscent of the cold-war.

In the opening weeks of the year, London-based Voice of America commentator Ali Reza Nourizadeh was advised that Mohammed Reza Sadeqinia intended to target him for assassination, along with others. Sadeqinia was previously arrested in California, and prosecuted for attempting to hire a hit man. The target at that time was reported to be Iranian-American broadcaster Jamshid Sharmahd, one of the main figures behind Tondar — a loose collection of in-exile Iranians opposed to the current regime.

Tehran insists Tondar is a terrorist organisation, accusing it of being responsible for a 2008 bombing that killed 14.

Sadeqinia, who worked as a painter in Ann Arbour, was arrested on July 28, 2009 near Los Angeles International Airport in possession of thousands of dollars and an Iranian passport. FBI investigations into his possible Iranian government ties were still ongoing a month before his scheduled release in July this year.

Found guilty by Los Angeles Superior Court of attempting to hire someone to murder Sharmahd, he had been expected to spend around a year in jail. Tondar spokesman Iman Afar, in the lead up to Sedeqina’s release, expressed concern for his own safety and that of others in the L.A. area.

Top Tips For Preventing Pests In The Kitchen

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byAlma Abell

Any person who has ever seen a pest in their home can tell you that the number one place they have spotted them is in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to mice, ants, and roaches. Pests are bad enough in any part of the house, but they do the most damage in the kitchen. They get into everything from your food to the pet’s dishes and even chew through boxes to get to the food inside. Worse than that is the droppings they leave behind that can make you and your family sick. Luckily, there are ways that you can prevent pests from entering your kitchen. Read on below for a couple of the top tips for preventing pests from invading your kitchen.

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Keep Dishes Washed and DriedIf you want to prevent pests from entering your kitchen, you can’t leave dishes in the sink, especially overnight. Make sure that all dishes are washed, dried, and put away shortly after they make their way into your sink. Pests love to lick the plates clean so to speak, something you don’t want to find when you go into the kitchen in the middle of the night.

Hire the Pest Control ProfessionalsHiring an Elk Grove exterminator to spray your home at least once a month is a great way of preventing pests from entering the home. On top of that, monthly inspections will let the exterminator pick up on any signs that you might have the beginnings of a pest control problem.

These are just a couple of the top tips for preventing pests of any kind from invading your kitchen and the rest of your home as well. For more information on where to find an Elk Grove exterminator, contact the offices of Apex Pest Control for help.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Glenn Crowe, Bramalea-Gore-Malton

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Glenn Crowe, Bramalea-Gore-Malton

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Glenn Crowe is running for the NDP in the Ontario provincial election, in the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Crowe did not reply to various questions asked.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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French workers use threats in compensation demand

French workers use threats in compensation demand

Friday, July 17, 2009Following similar threats by workers at New Fabris and Nortel, workers at JLG in Tonneins, France, threatened to blow up several platform cranes. The JLG factory announced in April 2009 that it will fire 53 of its 163 workers by the end of 2009, while the remaining 110 jobs will not be secure over the next 2 years.

JLG Tonneins was acquired in 2006 with its parent JLG Industries, a maker of aerial work platforms, by the U.S.-based Oshkosh Corporation. Despite being hugely profitable in the past, production has been much reduced since 2008 with the contraction of the construction industry and lower demand for its products. Despite excellent past results the new American management demanded sweeping cuts at the company.

In the view of locals, “the company’s actions are a disgrace given the expensive perks, such as official cars, for its corporate fat cats, compared to the sacrifice, silence, and dignity demanded by the company of those it has made redundant.”

The management offered severance pay of 3,000 (US $4,200), however the workers demanded a severance package commensurate with “the wealth that their labor has generated.” Worker’s delegates requested a “supra-legal” payment of € 30,000, on Thursday 16 of July the management responded with a counter offer of € 16,000. On Thursday night the worker’s actions secured the € 30,000 settlement initially demanded.

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Car Insurance Seattle: A Matter Of Necessity

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byAlma Abell

Car Insurance Seattle is not a matter of choice. It is required. Some drivers may not realize the seriousness of driving without it. If people take chances on not having insurance, it can land them in jail. They could also suffer from financial ruin if they are involved in accidents. This is because they can be sued in civil court for damages. Even if they are indigent, the courts could rule in favor of the injured people, which would mean judgments against people who do not have insurance. The risks are too great to ignore.

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Sometimes it comes down to people taking the risk of not having car insurance solely because they are afraid of the cost. You can acquire affordable insurance, but you may need to do some quote comparisons to find policies that are in the range of what you can afford. You may be able to utilize the services of a broker. This is one of the best ways to quickly compare quotes, and find a company that matches your budget and needs.

All Car Insurance Seattle policies are not created equally. This is why it comes down to much more than finding an affordable policy. At a minimum, you must have liability insurance to drive on the roads. If you still are paying payments on your vehicle, you may need to have full coverage on it because you are not the actual owner. As far as the law is concerned, the car is owned by the company or financial institution that extended the loan to you. Therefore, you cannot just choose what type of insurance you want.

Automobiles have different values, and this is something that also should be kept in mind when shopping for Car Insurance Seattle. SAV-ON Insurance Agencies Seattle are an affordable option for getting the insurance you need on your vehicle. One of the most impressive things about these agencies is that they feature options that are ideal for families. Someday you may have children who will become drivers. They will need to also be covered by insurance to protect them and you on the roadways. Click here for more information.

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Bronx, New York church destroyed in suspicious blaze

Bronx, New York church destroyed in suspicious blaze

Monday, March 8, 2010

Second-alarm flames engulfed a Bronx, New York church, St Nicholas of Tolentine, just before noon on Friday, forcing its pastor and seven worshippers into the streets.

The blaze began in a confessional-converted-storage room near the vestibule of the church. “I rushed over and smoke was billowing out,” said Father Joseph Girone. Girone rushed parishioners through the church rectory door as the entrance had been blocked.

Over 100 firefighters fought the blaze, and several reported minor injuries due to ceiling collapse.

Fire Department (FDNY) officials immediately suspected arson. “The fire accelerated rapidly [and] it was a heavy fire that didn’t have the normal flow of a fire”, said FDNY Deputy Chief Kevin Scanlon. Investigators are determining whether the fire is related to a series of church burnings that have been occurring across the borough.

Parishioners are distraught by the destruction of their beloved church. Father Joseph Tran said, “The whole vestibule is damaged. The ceiling, the walls and the doors”. Isabel Gonzales, a regular attendant for 28 years, said, “I feel sorry and I want to cry because this has been my home away from home for a long time”. A church official reported that it was too early to determine construction lengths or repair costs.

Devoted worshippers promised that they would hold a “Stations of the Cross” gathering outside on Friday night.

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I’ll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby

I’ll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby as he slipped past Bodemeister near the end of the race to take first place Saturday at Churchill Downs with Dullahan following them for third place.

Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez rode I’ll Have Another, who was (13-1 odds), past Bodemeister (6-1 odds) by 1 1/2 lengths. The finishing time was 2:01 4/5. Previously, the winning horse had a victory at the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.

Bodemeister and Trinniberg sprinted out of the gate and were the early leaders throughout the race with Bodemeister leading for the majority of the race. Experts had thought that Trinniberg could cause some horses and riders to sprint with him at the beginning of the race.

Union Rags, who was the favorite, finished sixth in the field. Prior to the race, experts had ranked I’ll Have Another third.

According to NBC, the owner, trainer and jockey all won their first Kentucky Derby. The race was broadcast by the NBC network in the United States. The crowd at Churchill Downs for the 2012 race was 165,307.

The official Kentucky Derby website has tallied the picks from all of their experts into a single Power Ranking. These were the experts’ pick for the top five places in order of finish, as it appeared before the race.1.Union Rags2.Creative Cause3.I’ll Have Another4.Gemologist5.Hansen


According to the official Kentucky Derby website, the horses that competed this year in the Kentucky Derby by starting position include:

1. Daddy Long Legs was the winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan. He is owned by the partnership of Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor. Daddy Long Legs is trained by Aidan O’Brien and the jockey was Colm O’Donoghue.

2. Optimizer is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, owned by tobbacoist Brad Kelley of Bluegrass Hall LLC and ridden by Jon Court.

3. Winner of the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Take Charge Indy, is owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford. He is trained by Patrick Byrne and his jockey was Calvin Borel. Borel had winning horses in 2009 and 2010.

4. Expert’s top pick, Union Rags, is owned by Chadds Ford Stable. He is trained by Michael Matz and was ridden by Julien Leparoux.

5. Dullahan is owned by Donegal Racing. His trainer is Dale Romans and his jockey was Kent Desormeaux. He raced the fastest time at the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes.

6. Bodemeister, winner of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, is trained by Bob Baffert. He is owned by Zayat Stables in Cairo and his jockey was Mike Smith.

7. Rousing Sermon is owned by Larry and Marianne Williams, Tree Top Ranches. His jockey was Jose Lezcano and he is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

8. Creative Cause is owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington. His jockey was be Joel Rosario.

9. Trinniberg is trained by Bisnath Parboo from Tranidad and his son, Shivananda Parhboo, is the owner of Shivananda Racing and the horse. The jockey was Willie Martinez (jockey).

10. Daddy Nose Best was the winner of the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park and The El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. He is owned by Cathy and Bob Zollars, trained by Steve Asmussen, who is also training Sabercat, and his jockey was Garrett Gomez.

11. Alpha is a female owned by Godolphin in Dubai. She is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh.

12. Winner of Tampa Bay Derby, Prospective, is owned by John C. Oxley. He is trained by Mark Casse and his jockey is Luis Contreras.

13. Went The Day Well is owned by Team Valor International and is trained by H. Graham Motion. His jockey was John Velazquez. This team won last year’s race with Animal Kingdom

14. Hansen was the winner of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile race at Churchill in November. He is owned by Dr. Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing. His trainer is Mike Maker and he is ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

15. Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has previously won a Kentucky Derby, has two horses in the race. One is Gemologist. He is owned by WinStar Farm LLC. His jockey is Javier Castellano.

16. The other is El Padrino, owned by Let’s Go Stable, trained by Pletcher and ridden by Rafael Bejarano.

17. Done Talking, winner of the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne, is owned by Skeedattle Stables. He is trained by Hamilton Smith and his jockey was Sheldon Russell.

18. Son of Kentucky Derby 2006 runner-up Bluegrass Cat, Sabercat, is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds. He is trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Corey Nakatani.

19. I’ll Have Another was the winner of the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park. He is owned by financier J. Paul Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by jockey is Mario Gutierrez.

20. Liaison is owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert. He was ridden by Martin Garcia.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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British actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

British actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tributes are being paid following the announcement late last night that the veteran British actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom has died at the age of 95.

He passed away peacefully at the Abbot’s Wood nursing home, Ballasalla, Isle of Man yesterday evening. Following a series of strokes over the last 6 months, his health had declined severely.

Sir Norman’s career spanned almost seven decades, during which time he starred in 19 films, and 38 sitcoms, most as the inept character “Pitkin”, the persistant thorn in the side of his boss, Mr. Grimsdale. His most well known serious role came in the television play Going Gently in 1981, for ITV, in which he played a patient in hospital suffering from terminal cancer.

Following the news, the Albanian Ambassador in the UK, Zef Mazi explained that Sir Norman’s death was covered on all the news channels in Albania, where he was exceptionally popular. His material was the only Western-style comedy permitted to be shown in the Communist country. “After Charlie Chaplin, he was the biggest comedy star in Albania. I still remember his character Pitkin and his boss Mr Grimsdale,” he said. “He was very popular with everyone from very young people to very old people and he made us laugh at a time, in the communist period, when there were not many reasons to laugh.”

The Isle of Man’s Chief Minister, Tony Brown MHK, said that he was “deeply saddened” to have heard of the death. He is quoted as having said “[w]e were very fortunate indeed that Sir Norman chose to make the Isle of Man his home. He was a wonderful asset to the local community and made a tremendous contribution to countless Island charities and good causes.”

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her conferred role as Lord of Mann on his 90th birthday in 2005, at the same time being made a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.

The announcement of Sir Norman’s death was confirmed by his son and family in a statement last night.

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