2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This year’s Leisure Taiwan trade show (a.k.a Taiwan Sport Recreation and Leisure Show) started yesterday, with 131 companies participating including sports media companies such as ESPN and VideoLand Television, businesses selling sports equipment and fitness clubs.

There were also a variety of sports being played in the arena built for the trade show. The events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free style shooting, and bicycle test-riding. In addition, conferences discussed issues related to sports and physical education.

A major topic in the trade show was energy-efficiency and, as a result, bicycles and similar sports equipment were being heavily promoted.

Next Tuesday, companies from the electronics industry plan to promote their industry at “2008 Digital E-Park.” In previous years, organizations from the electronics industry have showcased their products at Leisure Taiwan instead of at the Digital E-Park, so this move has reduced the number of markets covered by Leisure Taiwan.

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The Travel Guide To Glasgow

Submitted by: Naz Daud

Glasgow is the third most densely populated city in the entire United Kingdom and largest city in Scotland. Following the 1960 s, Glasgow saw a change in its global economic position due to global competitors who radically shifted economic power through various industry sectors. However, by the 1980 s Glasgow had escaped recession and had become a new space for international business affairs. Glasgow is often recognised as one of the top tourist destinations in the world and has many attractions available for all visitors.

Glasgow is home to many historic buildings and one that is definitely worth a visit is St. Mungo s Cathedral, also known as Glasgow Cathedral. The church remains in operation at present and the cathedral is a huge tourist attraction due to its gothic styled architecture, which is essentially French in its origins and dates back to the medieval times. It is named after Saint Mungo whose tomb is situated within the lower part of the cathedral.

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For a cultural experience of the city, visitors can go to The Gallery of Modern Art which showcases the latest exhibitions of modern art. Here you will find a collection of pieces from around the world all captured within the beautifully built Royal Exchange Square. The building dates back from 1778 however the gallery emerged in the mid 1990 s and has since been a focal point of attraction for many tourists and is known to be a key historical fixture in Glasgow.

Another place that may be worth visiting is the Glasgow Science Centre. It offers a wide range of facilities including a Science Mall which is separated into three floors where scientific learning occurs through interactive learning tools. Also at the science Mall is a theatre which illustrates scientific research in the form of entertainment. In addition to this there is an IMAX Cinema, the only one of its kind in the entire city. The IMAX Cinema was made in 2000 and has a seating capacity to hold 370 people, showing all the latest films. The Glasgow Science Centre is truly a fascinating experience and one not to be missed by all science lovers.

For shopping visitors can go to The Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre based in the heart of the city. It is home to popular retailers including Accessorize, Boots, John Lewis, Next, Principles, Oasis, Quiksilver, Disney Store, Clinton Cards, Jane Norman, Tie Rack, Moda, Fred Perry, River Island, Mango, The Perfume Shop and many more exciting brands. The Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre is also home to exclusive stores that cannot be found anywhere else in the UK and also has a car park situated on level 3 with the capacity to hold approximately 2000 vehicles.

Glasgow has the second largest shopping area in Britain and for designer clothing visitors can go to Princes Square positioned in Glasgow s city centre. It has 5 floors filled with luxurious retail stores including Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker and many more top fashion labels. Princes Square also has a selection of stylish restaurants which remain open until late.

About the Author: Naz Daud – CityLocal Glasgow

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Wikinews interviews John Taylor Bowles, National Socialist Order of America candidate for US President

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

While nearly all cover of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

As a non-partisan news source, Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. The most recent of our interviews is Laurens, South Carolina‘s John Taylor Bowles. Mr. Bowles is running with the endorsement of the National Socialist Order of America, a Minnesota-based Neo-Nazi party created after a recent rift in the National Socialist Movement.

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Fifteen killed by US drone strikes in Northern Waziristan

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pakistani officials have stated that three US drone strikes have killed fifteen people in the country Saturday. The attacks occurred to the north of Miranshah town in the North Waziristan region.

Security officials in the town informed AFP that in the first strike, US drones fired four missiles on a car, killing seven suspected militants. A nearby “militant compound” was also destroyed by the missiles. “Three militants were killed in the car while four were killed in the house,” the official said. The second attack occurred within minutes of the first, and four militants, who were carrying on rescue work were killed by the two missiles that had been fired.

Intelligence officials believe that the militants were associated with Hafiz Gul Bahadur. “We are trying to establish identity of the militants but most of them are believed to be fighters of Hafiz Gul Bahadur,” an official told the media. However, the death toll and the identity of those killed was not officially confirmed. A local official stated that they had heard reports stating “that four foreigners were also killed in these fresh attacks”. However, he added that their identity is “still not known” and mentioned that they “are collecting more information.”

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Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi assaulted

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in San Raffaele Hospital overnight in Milan following an assault during an autograph session at the end of a rally.

The 73 year-old media mogul received a punch in the face from an assailant who police named as 42 year-old Massimo Tartaglia, a local man who has been undergoing mental health treatment for ten years. Tartaglia was holding a replica of Milan’s famous Domo Cathedral as he struck the premier; the composition of the replica is unknown, but eyewitnesses suggest it may have been made from marble, iron or another heavy material.

The assailant is currently in custody at a police station somewhere in Milan; police have confirmed he has no prior criminal record.

The attack on Berlusconi left him requiring treatment for damage to his mouth, a broken nose, cuts to his face and, according to reports from BBC News, at least two broken teeth. He has undergone a precautionary CT Scan. This is not the only attack Berlusconi has received; several years ago a man hit him with a tripod, leaving him with a cut to his forehead.

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Chrysanthemum: The Birth Flower For November

By Kent Masterson

Few more days are left before we enter the 11th month of the year. November always enter with a very busy day for all of us. Numerous activities such as the ‘Day of the Dead’ are celebrated with much attention such that it has become a festival in other countries. November is also a month when our friends, family members, or relatives might be celebrating their birthdays. Thus, this early it is a good idea for you to know the birth flower you could include in your flower gifts to them.

Chrysanthemum: The Birth Flower for November

Known by other names such as mums and chrysanths, the chrysanthemums are members of the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and certain parts of Europe. Hybridization and floriculture brought the flowers to other parts of the world where they are highly propagated for their aesthetic and ornamental values.

The name of chrysanthemum originates from two Greek words ‘chrysos’ meaning gold and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. Chrysanthemum is thus referring to golden flower. The name was appropriately used due to most members bearing yellow or golden flowers. This is despite the fact that some chrysanthemums bear flowers of white and red.

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Chrysanthemums are mainly associated to meanings of compassion, friendship, and secret love. The modern times dictate that the mums are more of friendship flowers. Thus, they are ideally given to dear persons without any romantic shades exhibited.

The meanings of chrysanthemums slightly differ depending on the location or the country it is used. In most Asian countries where these flowers are native, they mainly symbolise friendship and hope. In Japan, it is adopted as the official seal of the Emperor. It is also proclaimed as their national flower. They even dedicated a festival called ‘Festival of Happiness’ to celebrate the beauty of chrysanthemums.

In most Western countries, it symbolises death. Thus, they are usually used as offerings to the dead people. It is an ordinary inclusion in flower arrangements used as garlands and wreaths during funerals. Nonetheless, mums are still mainly used as birthday presents. Most florists just alter the arrangements with the inclusion of other flowers such as roses, carnations, and tulips.

Chrysanthemum is not only grown due to its ornamental uses. In China, where it is said to have originated, it has long been propagated due to its medicinal values. It has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Ancient Chinese used chrysanthemum for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina.

The wide uses of chrysanthemums are attributed to its culinary, insecticidal, and medicinal uses. But its economic importance is still mainly attributed to its ornamental and decorative properties. The bright and sparkling colours of its petals make mums as perfect flower gifts during birthdays.

If one of your friends or a loved one is celebrating his or her birthday this November, then flower arrangements made of chrysanthemums will surely brighten up their day. Just remember to consider their country of origin so as not to impart a wrong connotation of the message you want to convey. It is advised that you mix chrysanthemums with other flowers when they are given to persons with Western beliefs.

In Thailand, chrysanthemums are also widely propagated. Thus, you would not find much difficulty at all if you would want to present them as gifts to dear persons who are celebrating their birthdays this November. You could even request them through online florists and have them delivered at the doorsteps of your loved ones anywhere they might be in Thailand.

This article was originally published at http://thailandflowersgifts.com/2011/10/28/chrysanthemum-the-birth-flower-for-november.

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Ex-US soldier sentenced to life in prison for Iraqi teen rape, four murders

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A former US soldier has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a teen and murdering her and her family while on active duty in Iraq. The jury failed to reach the unanimous verdict required for the death penalty sought by the prosecution.

[…] if I had never gone to Iraq I would never have got caught up in anything like this

According to testimony given by two soldiers, Steven Dale Green was part of a group who decided they wanted to rape a girl they had seen walking through her village, 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi. They walked to her house while disguised as insurgents and separated her from her parents and younger sister.

Green then shot dead Abeer’s family while two other soldiers raped the girl. He then raped her himself while she wept before covering her face with a pillow and fatally shooting her. The gang then covered her naked body with a blanket soaked in kerosene, using a lighter to start a fire before walking 200 yards to a nearby checkpoint where they cooked a meal.

Green had already been discharged from the army when his crimes were discovered. He had previously spoken of a desire to murder Iraqi civilians and his defence argued he should never have been allowed to return to duty. A nurse had decided he would not carry out his desires. A US civilian court tried him, the first such prosecution of a soldier under a law allowing servicemen to be charged with crimes carried out abroad.

The judge described his actions as “unimaginable, unjustified and inexcusable” and sentenced him to five consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole. Four others had already been sentenced. Three are all serving life with parole after ten years, and a fourth who acted as a lookout is serving a 27-month sentence.

It took months for the offences to be discovered, even though Green had quickly confessed to a sergeant. Soldiers speaking to stress counsellors talked of the crimes after the abduction and murders of two other soldiers. When news of the soldiers’ actions broke, insurgents killed several American servicemen in revenge.

The prosecution described Green as “criminal and perverse” while the defence called him a “broken warrior.” Green said he was acting upon orders from former Specialist Paul Cortez, another of the attackers, and told the court “Y’all can act like I’m a psychopath or a sexual predator or whatever. But if I had never gone to Iraq I would never have got caught up in anything like this.”

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Wikinews Shorts: March 21, 2012

A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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A series of car bombings in Iraq left around 50 dead and more than 200 wounded on Tuesday. Seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces were attacked. The attacks were described as coordinated although no group behind them has been identified.

The bombings raise safety concerns ahead of next week’s Arab League summit meeting. In response, Iraqi officials will declare a holiday beginning Sunday that will run through April 1 in Baghdad, allowing restriction of traffic around the summit meeting area.


  • Sahar Issa. “Bombings in Iraq kill 50, heighten security concern for planned Arab summit” — The Miami Herald, 20 March 2012
  • Mohammed Tawfeeq. “Dozens killed in widespread attacks on Iraq invasion anniversary” — CNN News, 20 March 2012

Mexican authorities continue assessing damages from yesterday’s earthquake. Around 800 homes were damaged in the town of Igualapa, Guerrero, and close to the epicenter in the south. The number of injuries totaled eleven so far but no deaths have been reported. Most of the injuries were reported in Oaxaca, which borders Guerrero. Mexico’s government has sent out helicopters to assess damage and set up shelters for residents in need.

Yesterday’s incident was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 7.4 magnitude quake, which makes it one of the strongest since 1985.

Related news

  • “Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes Mexico; no fatalities reported” — Wikinews, March 21, 2012


  • “Hundreds of houses collapse after strong earthquake hits Mexico” — CNN, 20 March 2012
  • Katherine Corcoran (AP). “7.4 quake shakes south Mexico, 100s of homes damaged” — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 20 March 2012

Consumer Reports revealed through testing that Apple’s iPad 3 can reach a sizzling 116 degrees Fahrenheit, or 46 Celsius. The new iPad was found to operate hotter than the previous versions. Apple Computer did not agree that its product was overheating. The company said the latest iPad runs within a normal range and would warn users if it passed its limit, but the company declined to state what that range was.

Apple’s forums house several consumer concerns about the new iPad overheating. Some debated whether to return the product.


  • Agam Shah. “Apple denies new iPad overheating concerns” — Computerworld, 20 March 2012
  • Jeremy A. Kaplan. “New Apple iPad hits 116 degrees, Consumer Reports says” — Fox News, 20 March 2012

Taltrans Racing rider Claudio Corti made his way to the top of the time sheets with a blazing 1’41.983 on the third and final day of testing at Jerez circuit. The Italian Moto2 rider was just .004 ahead of Thomas Lüthi of Interwetten Paddock GP who was fastest the first two days. All riders except Scott Redding (7th), Randy Krummenacher (21st), Gino Rea (23rd), and Elena Rosell (33rd) ran their fastest times today.

The test at Jerez was the first to feature the official Moto2 engine, and the last chance for an official practice before the first race in Qatar April 5-8.


  • “Corti ends final pre-season Test at Jerez fastest” — MotoGP/FIM, 21 March 2012
  • “Jerez II Moto2 test times – Wednesday (Final)” — Crash.net, 21 March 2012

Head coach for the New Orleans Saints American football team Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season and the team fined US$500,000 for operating a bounty program to injure opponents in games. Gregg Williams, the former defensive coach who is now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely, and will have his status reviewed at the season’s end.

The team will lose it’s second round draft picks for the 2012 and 2013 season. General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2012 season, the National Football League (NFL) said. The assistant head coach was also suspended for six games without pay.

The NFL is currently receiving class action law suits from former players for multiple injuries.


  • Michael Martinez. “NFL fines New Orleans Saints for putting ‘bounties’ on opponents” — CNN, 21 March 2012
  • “NFL hammers Saints for bounties” — ESPN, 21 March 2012

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Tips For Quality Glass Replacement In Wyoming

byAlma Abell

If your windshield or other auto glass panel is damaged, it is important to have it repaired or replaced as quickly as possible to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers and other road users. A damaged windshield impacts your visibility, undermines the structural integrity of your car and makes your vehicle look less than perfect. If the damage is minor and you act quickly, you can repair your auto glass and have it look as good as new. However, if the damage is significant, there is no option other than having your auto glass replaced completely. Consider the following tips for quality Glass Replacement in Wyoming to ensure optimal safety for your vehicle.

Ensure That You Need Windshield Replacement

One of the first things that you should do if you notice damage to your windshield is confirm whether or not you need to have it repaired or replaced completely. The best way to do this is by consulting with professional auto glass technicians who will examine the windshield and give you feedback on the best option to ensure quality results and your highest safety level.

Prioritize Windshield Replacement

If an auto glass technician confirms that you do need to have your windshield replaced, make it a priority to do so as quickly as possible. The longer you ignore or put off replacing your windshield, the higher the chances are that you could be seriously injured if you are involved in an accident while driving with the damaged glass.

Only Use The Services Of Auto Glass Specialists

When you are ready to have your windshield replaced, always utilize the services of professional auto glass specialists. They have the necessary materials, tools and knowledge to ensure the highest quality installation and ongoing safety for you and your passengers.

These are some of the most important tips for Glass Replacement in Wyoming that will help you to get the level of service and satisfaction you expect before, during and after the replacement process. If you would like to employ the services of licensed and trained auto glass repair and replacement specialists.

Health organisations respond to Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The World Health Organization (WHO), non-governmental aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assist local health authorities with a recent outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Kasai Occidental province of DRC. The illness had been unidentified until laboratory test results confirmed the presence of the virus.

DRC President Joseph Kabila described the situation as being contained. “The village of Kampungu has been quarantined to prevent population movement towards Kananga,” Kabila said on Thursday. Kananga is the provincial capital. “The situation is at the moment, I cannot say under control, but at least the problem has been contained very well in the area,” he continued. “There is no risk that the whole country will be affected.”

WHO is working closely with officials from the DRC Ministry of Health and MSF to improve local facilities in order to better contain the virus. A mobile field laboratory is to be established in order to provide rapid sample analysis and, subsequently, diagnosis of patients. There are concurrent outbreaks of other diseases, such as dysentery (Shigellosis), that have been complicating diagnoses and need to be identified as well.

Ebola haemorrhagic fever generates mortality rates in the range of 50 to 90 percent, typically. There is currently no vaccine or effective treatment for Ebola. WHO describes the symptoms of Ebola as being “characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is often followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings show low counts of white blood cells and platelets as well as elevated liver enzymes.”

MSF, who now have 14 experts in DRC, arranged for eighteen tons of supplies, such as medical and sanitation material, to be delivered to the province of West Kasai. MSF indicated that the transportation of supplies from the airport to the affected areas has been a challenge, due to poor road conditions. It has taken up to three days to travel the 250 km to the outbreak area from the provincial capital city, Kananga.

MSF experts will provide advice on sanitary burial procedures, which would include the use of body bags and spraying. Both the WHO and MSF will disseminate information to the local population regarding the transmission of the virus and measures that could be taken to reduce the spread of the disease.

The MSF emergency team coordinator in Kampungu, Rosa Crestani, described the isolation ward set up at Kampungu’s health centre. “Our isolation centre is basically divided in three parts. One is completely isolated, where the sick patients are; another is where the staff dresses with the complete protection uniform and then undresses after having been in contact with the patients; and the third part is a space for disinfection in between,” said Crestani. “In the coming days, we will decide with the Ministry of Health and the WHO whether we set up isolation structures in other locations of the health zone.”

Neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda and Zambia have issued alerts to their citizens, warning of travel to and from DRC. Zambian Health Minister Brian Chituwo stated that all people coming into Zambia from DRC will be watched for symptoms of Ebola for up to eight hours. Chituwo noted, however that it would be unlikely for an infected person to travel into the country, as the time between onset and death is very rapid and that the symptoms are severe.

There has been a minimum of 395 people affected by haemorrhagic fever, including 160 deaths, in DRC in the past few months. Since arriving in Kampungu in early September, MSF have seen 25 patients admitted with suspected Ebola haemorrhagic fever, of which eight have died.

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