Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Former Argentine professional wrestler and basketball player Jorge ‘Giant’ González has died at the age of 44. González died in his hometown of San Martin, Argentina. The cause of death was established to be complications of diabetes. González had suffered with the illness for several years and was wheelchair bound.

Standing over 7.5 feet (2.3 metres) tall, González was originally a basketball player before becoming a wrestler. Upon moving to the United States, he was drafted in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career ended, he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During his time there, he wrestled as El Gigante for two years, then joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

During his time with the WWF, González feuded with The Undertaker. He debuted at the 1993 Royal Rumble where he eliminated Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match. He spent the entire of his time at with the WWF feuding with Undertaker and left the company in July 1993 after losing a Rest in Peace match to him. After leaving the company, he wrestled in Japan before retiring in 1995 after suffering from sciatic nerve pain.

González is the latest in a line of former WWE wrestlers to die in the last two months. In August, both Lance Cade and Luna Vachon passed away, while Mike ‘Bastion Booger’ Shaw died at the age of 53 earlier this month.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wikinews caught up with Australian wheelchair basketball coach David Gould in Canberra, where the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team — the Gliders — were having a training camp.

Gould told Wikinews he retired from playing after the 2002 World Championships. He said he began coaching able bodied basketball at schools and clubs in South Australia. He was awarded a scholarship by Basketball Australia and the Australian Sports Commission, and became assistant coach of the Under 23 Men’s team in November 2011. He is now national wheelchair skills coach, assistant coach of the men’s and women’s national teams, and coach of the Under 23 Men’s and Under 25 Women’s teams.

He noted the Gliders have another training camp coming up in Brisbane in August. This is to be an open development camp any player can attend. Twelve players are to be selected for the Asia Oceania Zone (AOZ) Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Bangkok in November. The top three teams then qualify for the World Championships, to be held in Canada next year.

He is acutely aware the Gliders have never won a World Championship or a Paralympics. But he has won a gold medal, with the men’s team, the Rollers, in Atlanta in 1996. “We went on a tour of the United States beforehand”, he recalled. Facing the United States in the United States was daunting. There was a huge crowd. So how did they do it? “We had confidence in ourselves, and stuck to our plan,” he recalled.

This, he said, is what he and Glider’s head coach Tom Kyle are trying to teach the Gliders. To believe in the process. They take them out of their comfort zone, show them the right techniques, the right way to do things. The idea is to get the principles right.

Gould told Wikinews they have to look not just to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio in 2016, but further ahead to 2020. They have to recruit new players and develop them. He said he took a Gliders team to the Osaka Cup with only four members of the 2012 team, in order to give members of the development team experience with international competition. He set up a mentor system whereby the six newcomers were each paired with one of the old hands.

Wikinews was shown how the games are videoed and critiqued by the coaches. Special software allows the videos to be edited. Effects such as circling players can be added, along with captions and audio from the coaches. The edited video can then be downloaded by the players. Gould said there is a weekly video conference with the players.

He considered video of other teams is an important training tool. He noted the Gliders had to play Brazil in the first match of the Paralympics in London, which was very tough, because so little was known about them. As it turned out, Brazil has a great program, and he thinks it could be a contender in front of a home crowd in Rio in 2016.

Wikinews noted one of the Gliders, Amber Merritt, had her arm in a sling. Gould said her arm had been scanned, and the doctors will make their evaluation. Like most elite athletes, he knows about injury first hand. He told Wikinews he had injured his shoulder during the 2000 Olympics, and had to have it operated on afterwards. He said he did not want players playing injured, and sometimes it was better just to lose a week if you have the flu. He expected his players to be honest and up front with themselves, their coaches and their team. “We need everyone on the same page”, he told Wikinews.

Gould told Wikinews the Asia Oceania Zone championships will feature Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, South Korea, and perhaps Hong Kong. The venue in Bangkok is well known to him, as the U23 Men’s team have already played there. His plan is to arrive early, to allow the players to acclimatise to the high humidity and the food. Some of the U23 men got sick. He does not expect difficulty qualifying, but it is “one of the I’s that have to be dotted and T’s that have to be crossed.”

He said Australians intend to apply full pressure, but one of their objectives is also to help the competition. One of the problems in Australia is that it takes a long time to go anywhere, he told Wikinews. By building up the teams in the Asia Oceania Zone, he hopes Australian teams will not have to travel so much or so far to meet first class competition.

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Hip hop music’s popularity, like any of the other genres before it, is beginning to plummet. The internet ushered in an age of instant music downloads that made music fans more critical, preferring quality over quantity. No longer can an artist bank on a single style over and over to boost sales. They now need to be more creative to capture their fans’ attention and make them want more.

Back in the days, a proper beat is all you need to have a hit. Unlike before, hip hop music can no longer depend on beats alone. Something different without deviating too much from the basic aspects of hip hop, that is what you need to draw people of today in. Now, you need to have lyrics that are completely unique.

Things, as history, is bound to be repeated. All over the hip hop industry today are artists who believe mixing beats to lyrics written by others is all they need. Remixes were big during the late 70s up till the early 80s, when hardcore disco fans mixed in some disco beats onto older recordings, creating hits in an attempt to revive disco. Confronted with the necessity for creative effort, some hip hop artists resorted in this old trick to improve their market sales.

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For a while, it worked. But fans tend to change, and those who just depend on another’s efforts will soon find themselves falling off the sales wagon. Then along came artists like Ludicris and TI, among others, that found that writing their own stuff was way easier than copying someone else’s. A new period of hip hop music was given birth: themed albums. Following the example of groups from the early 80s, artists started creating albums centering around a single theme and writing lyrics of their own in each song. It worked like a charm.

Hip hop music today is now filled with good quality music, written and composed by the artists themselves. Having a range of themes from love to living a good life, hip hop artists break new grounds, achieving popularity that is hard to earn in the digital age. Digital downloads run today’s music world, and giving die hard fans special and exclusive tracks keep the albums selling, and the competition scrambling for more ways to come out on top. The next chapter of hip hop music is forged, and those who cannot cope up with the continuous demand for creative work fall behind, leaving standing the true poets of present hip hop.

Everything hip hop is dynamic and spontaneous. Artists battle on stage to gain huge audience, the price going to the one who receives greater crowd approval. Hip hop is all about improvisation, lyrics created in the blink of an eye as fast as an opposing rapper can throw his own. The audience is known to be quick and merciless when it comes to what they like, and have no problem making their approval known. There is a certain rush in hip hop battles that sets it apart.

The charisma of hip hop emanates out of the artists out to be heard and their desire to send their message. Hip hop, originating from the more distressed portion of the city makes it ironic that the dissemination of the hip hop pioneers to look for other ways to earn a living is what brought the music to having popular attention. Hip hop made a lot of noise, and with it’s wide use of profanity became the forbidden fruit of music lovers craving for something new, which in turn made the music grow bigger.

Artists in the past like The Notorious BIG, P. Diddy, Ice T, Ice Cube, and Eminem brought talent, creativity, and even their drama to the spotlight which then made the fans wanting for more. Actual violence between warring turfs and against law enforcers brought them to new heights never reached by other artists before. An entire sub-culture of fans was created as the notoriety of the music pushed the sales up.

Female artists were starting to enter the scene and stood their own amidst the more prevalent males of the genre. The likes of Queen Latifa, Mary J. Blige, and Little Kim brought a different flavor of feisty and smooth to the previously violent and degrading nature of the men’s music. Others rose to fame and fell, being attracted to making easy money led them to career or even life ending choices.

Eventual changes in the music industry like music downloads softened the hype about hip hop. Record labels created during the craze were closing left and right. Artists who had paved the way were turning their attentions elsewhere, branching out into more commercial endeavors like acting in and producing movies and television shows, or launching clothing lines and other neutral goods, without a shred of hip hop music to them.

With its shimmer fading, it was starting to look like no place is reserved for hip hop in the coming generations. Instead, it caused a softer side to the once violent genre to form. Now, instead of insulting women, artists like TI, Ludicris, Neo and others, sing to the women, leading back to where they came from. They pay tribute to their predecessors in a method that is long time since last seen in music genres.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Eastern Conference 134 128 Western Conference

The Eastern Conference defeated their Western Conference counterparts at the 2008 National Basketball Association All-Star Game held at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday. The final score was 134-128.

The East took an early 11 point lead in the first 5 minutes, due to an injured Kobe Bryant only playing 2 minutes before sitting on the bench for the rest of the game. “There’s one player we really, really missed, and that was Kobe,” said West coach Byron Scott. The West later reduced the lead to 2 points, but at halftime, the East led 74-65.

The West trailed by 13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but rallied behind New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who had seven assists in the final period. With 2:48 remaining, Brandon Roy scored a layup on an assist from Paul, giving the West a 122-119 lead, their biggest lead of the game.

The East then answered back with two three-pointers from Ray Allen, before Chris Paul tied the game with a three-pointer of his own. However, the East would then take the lead and the game with layups from Dwyane Wade and Allen, as well as a driving dunk from LeBron James. A Brandon Roy three-pointer put the game within three points with 8.7 seconds left, but 3 free throws from Ray Allen sealed the win for the East.

“The fourth quarter was crazy,” said Chris Paul. “We were down 13. We picked up the intensity. We took the lead a few times but Ray Allen was unbelievable the way he shot the ball. And that last dunk by LeBron, we had two people on him but that still wasn’t enough.”

With 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, James was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. Some television commentators also considered Ray Allen a likely choice for the award, with 14 of his 28 points coming in the final 3 minutes of the game. “I think Ray Allen had a heck of a shooting night,” James said after being presented the award.

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

Belfast — An Irish construction worker accused of a record breaking £26.5 million (US$45 million) bank robbery committed in December 2004 was formally charged in a court in Belfast on Friday. Dominic McEvoy was charged with possession of a firearm and false imprisonment in connection with the case.

On December 20, 2004, McEvoy allegedly held an assistant bank manager’s family hostage while the manager and a colleague were forced to admit thieves to a branch of the Northern Bank in Belfast. The thieves then emptied the vault. Police have blamed the robbery on the IRA which has repeatedly denied any connection to the theft. Sinn Féin, a political party linked with the Provisional IRA, has protested the arrests, accusing police of targeting IRA sympathizers and supporters in their investigation.

The Northern Bank heist is one of the largest in Europe since the theft of more than US$65 million from a London bank in 1987.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

London, England — With the 2012 Summer Paralympics due to start in London later this week, Algeria’s athletics competitors are ready to earn medals in their events.

According to the team’s athletics coaches in a conversation with Wikinews, the runners have been well prepared and have international experience that has prepared them for the Games, having won eleven medals at the 2011 IPC World Championships, eight of which were gold. The coaches believe their runners should easily defeat their African counterparts from Nigeria and Kenya.

The team is comprised of 17 male competitors and six female competitors. Athletics events commence on Thursday.

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Refinancing is the act of getting another loan to replace an existing loan. Usually, this is employed so that borrowers who are on a high-interest-rate mortgage can take advantage of the lower rates of the current times. Considering the fact that any mortgage goes as long as thirty (30) years, it is not far-fetched to realize that interest rates then may not be the best mortgage rate Toronto residents or just about anyone can avail of today. With current rates reaching their ultimate lows, interest rates could really vary from at least a half to 2 points.

Because of this, it is a good idea to resort to refinancing – Thornhill or anywhere else. And for people who have been making a “habit” out of mortgages, the idea of taking one loan after another may not shake them. But for others, it is one decision that they don’t want to make. The thought of getting another loan to replace an existing one seems too stressful.

The good news is, refinancing need not be burdensome. This particular mortgage is created to provide breathing room for people who are attached to high-interest loans and take advantage of today’s lows. But mind you, refinancing is not for everyone. So before you rush to a lender and avail of this, make sure that you equip yourself with more than sufficient information on refinancing.

The Difference in Interest Rates

Refinancing would only make sense if the difference between the interest rate of your current loan and prevailing market rate is at least 2 percentage points. Make sure that this is the case; else, it would be better if you just stick with your existing loan.

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Your Length of Stay

Experts are unanimous in saying that for you to feel the benefits refinancing, you need to stay in the house for at least three years. You would be lucky if you can recoup the costs of this type of mortgage at a shorter time. Still, it goes without saying that only when you plan to stay in that house longer shall the decision of refinancing make sense.

The Value of your Home

Because refinancing is a mortgage and any mortgage has to do with the value of your property, it makes sense then to check the value of your home once in a while. Before refinancing can make sense, you have to ensure that you have kept your borrowing at less than 80% of your home equity. Home equity is the monetary value of your house minus the debts and mortgages attached to it. If you have been constantly taking out your home equity, then refinancing would only make matters worse.

Length of Time on the Loan

When you have been paying the loan for a long time, say 25 years, then it would not make sense to take out another loan. Not only will doing so mean more costs, but such would also prolong your agony of having a debt on your roof, literally! So if there’s only 5 years left for you to pay off a mortgage, continue that, and don’t consider refinancing.

Refinancing is not a universal answer to your loans needs. Some people would benefit from it, while others won’t. So before you take your business to a refinancing lender, carefully evaluate your situation first.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

A seven year-old girl was shot and killed Sunday during a police raid in Detroit, Michigan, United States when one of the officer’s guns was accidentally set off during an argument with the girl’s grandmother. Police were raiding the home in search of a 34 year-old male suspect accused of murdering teenager Jarean Blake near a local liquor store the previous night.

According to police reports, Mertilla Jones got into a verbal confrontation with a police officer, which quickly turned physical. The woman, according to the police, then came into contact with the officer which inadvertently set off the gun that he was carrying. The bullet then struck the girl, Aiyana Jones, in the neck while she was sleeping on the family’s couch.

The murder suspect was apprehended later that day. However, the family and public became outraged at the killing of seven year-old Aiyana. In response, the Detroit Police Department held a press conference.

“We cannot undo what occurred this morning […] All we can do is to pledge an open and full investigation and to support Aiyana’s family in whatever way they may be willing to accept from us at this time,” said Assistant Police Chief Goodbee speaking on behalf of the Police Chief, who was on vacation at the time of the shooting.

Meanwhile the girl’s father, Charles Jones, was outraged about the incident. “She had a lively, free spirit,” said Jones. “They came into my house with a flash grenade and a bullet […] They say my mother [Mertilla] resisted them, that she tried to take an officer’s gun. My mother had never been in handcuffs in her life. They killed my baby and I want someone to tell the truth,” he added.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Detroit Police Department. It is not known who fired the shot that killed the girl, or whether or not they will receive any disciplinary action from the department.

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Wooden flooring is gaining lots of attention among people all over the world in the recent years. Although this type of flooring can be a bit expensive when compared to other kinds of flooring, the increase in preference for it is due to some of the product’s main features. These features include durability (long life), easy to maintain product, natural wood choices, ecologically friendly product, stylish choices, it adds a warm and comfortable look, it’s traditional yet luxurious, and many more reasons.

If all these reasons above plus others come to mind as you make a remodelling decision, why not opt for wooden flooring and explore the comforts and luxuries it has to offer your home?

There are different kinds of wood that are generally used for wooden floors, each having its own characteristic features and advantages. When you go to a hardwood store like the Denver hardwood flooring store to look for wooden flooring, you are shown an array of hardwoods of different colors, textures, grain content, durability factors, etc. to choose from.

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Oak (Red) – The color of this hardwood and sapwood are mostly similar, with the sapwood, a bit lighter in colour, most of the pieces have a reddish hue. This Oak is a bit redder than the normal, basic variety.


Oak (White) – Heartwood is light brown in color, whereas the sapwood is whitish to cream. Some of the wooden planks may have a pinkish tint or a light greyish cast.


Teak – Heartwood color varies from yellow- brown to dark golden brown. When this wood is exposed to sunlight, it turns to rich brown. Sapwood is of light cream color.


Maple – Heartwood is tinted creamy white to soft reddish brown, while the sapwood is pale to a sort of creamy white.


Walnut – The color of heartwood ranges from a rich, deep and dark brown to the colour of purplish black, whereas the sapwood is almost white to tan. The contrast between the heartwood and the sapwood colour is great and noteworthy. For this reason, some of the flooring manufacturers bleed the deeper hardwood color to merge with the sapwood by steaming lumber, resulting in uniformity.


Pine – The heartwood color varies from the touch of light yellow/orange to that of reddish brown or a yellowish brown, sapwood varies from light tan colour to that of yellowish white.


American Cherry – The color of Heartwood is light to deep reddish brown, which is also lustrous. Sapwood is mostly light brown coloured to pale with light pinkish shade. Some floor manufacturers bleed the richer heartwood color merge with the sapwood by steaming lumber, which results in a much more uniform color.


Brazilian Cherry – Heartwood colour is salmon red to that of orange brown, when fresh, and turns russet or reddish brown when it is seasoned, mostly marked with dark colored streaks.

There are many more woods that are uses in wooden flooring like Birch, Bamboo, Cedar, Cork, Douglas Fir, Hickory Pecan, etc. With the facility of online shopping, you can get free quotes that give a detailed description of the grain content in each type of wood for rough estimates for completing your flooring work. So, choose the color of your choice, also taking the durability factor into consideration, and bring home the luxuries, comforts and joys of a trendy lifestyle.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The US Army Corps of Engineers decision to place restrictions on issuance of nationwide pollution permits has been upheld by a federal court. In National Association of Home Builders v. Army Corps of Engineers, the District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Corps of Engineers had not acted in an “arbitrary” or “capricious” manner in changing the terms and conditions for issuance of a national pollution permit, including reducing the size of area into which pollutants may be discharged from 10 acres to 1 acre, raising the threshold for requiring additional permits from 1 acre to 1/10 acre,

A nationwide permit allows an organization to engage in certain industrial activities on a national basis (such as mining and construction), reducing the amount of paperwork and filings needed for otherwise minor environmental impacts, as opposed to an ordinary permit for a specific location which will engage in activities which generate water pollution.

Due to concerns over the amount of discharge taking place in waterways, the Corps of Engineers began in the 1980s to reduce the authority granted by nationwide permits and to bar use of the permits in certain ecologically sensitive areas.

Some industry groups, including the plaintiff in the above case, The National Association of Home Builders, sued the Corps of Engineers in 2000 over the change in an attempt to block its implementation. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, were given permission to intervene in the case in support of the actions of the Corps.

Environmental groups were pleased with the decision, but are concerned over other actions of the Bush Administration, such as the attempts to weaken provisions of the 2002 Clean Water Act to allow additional dumping of construction and mining waste into waterways as fill material.

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