Bluetongue outbreak in Germany

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A highly dynamic Bluetongue (or catarrhal fever) infection of sheep herds is underway in Germany. From August 2006 till September 9, 2007, 1,833 farms had reported the presence of the infection. From Sept 9. till September 14, 2007, the number of farms reporting infections has grown to 5,686. The number of deaths is estimated around 15,000 sheep.

Bluetongue infection is of viral origin and is harmless to humans. It is an insect-borne viral disease of ruminants, mainly sheep and less frequently of cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedary camels and antelope. There are no reports of human transmission.

The origin of the infection is not clear but it is one of the diseases which is still feared to invade Northern Europe as a consequence of global warming. No official sources are as yet available as the affected sheep farmers have tried to get the news on the media but to no avail.

The disease has also been found in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The United Kingdom Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs says the virus could spread from Northern Europe to the UK, but is unlikely.

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Barclays Bank credit rating cut by Moody’s

Monday, February 2, 2009

An international credit ratings agency has downgraded the creditworthiness of British bank Barclays LSEBARC

The bank’s shares fell on the news that Moody’s had cut long-term debt ratings from “Aa1” to “Aa3” on the back of fears of nationalization, significant losses and write downs of more bad loans as the recession bites. The bank’s financial strength was also downgraded from “C” to “B”. Last week, another agency, Fitch, downgraded the bank one step to “AA-minus”.

Barclays is one of the few major “High Street” banks in the UK not to have taken any government capital support. The support is given in return for shares, giving the government significant – sometimes even controlling – stakes in other banks, such as Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Moody’s said that the downgrades “reflect [our] expectation of potentially significant further losses at Barclays as a result of write-downs on credit market exposures as well as an increase in impairments in the UK, which could weaken profitability and capital ratios… [we consider] the systemic importance of the bank and the likelihood of receiving government support in case of need to be high.”

The bank has forecast a pre-tax profit of £5.3 billion for 2008. It has £36 billion in committed capital equity and expects gross write downs of £8 billion. The bank has recently been referred to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office over allegations of breaching South Africa’s foreign exchange controls, something the bank denies.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Liberal candidate Brian Jackson, Oxford

Monday, October 1, 2007

Brian Jackson is running for the Ontario Liberal Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oxford riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

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.

TD Financial to acquire Hudson United Bancorp

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Canadian TD Financial Group has come to a deal with the regional U.S. bank, Hudson United Bancorp, to buy Hudson for US$1.9 billion. The new addition will be folding into itsMaine-based TD Banknorth, which is 51% owned by TD Financial. The acquisition will bring in 204 new branches and increase TD’s footprint to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. In total this will give TD 590 branches, 751 banking machines and more than US$26-billion in deposits across eight northeastern states.

Hudson specialises in commercial real estate, consumer and credit card loans to individuals and businesses. The bank also had $8.85 billion US in assets at the end of it’s first quarter, on March 31. The company’s shares had been dropping in the course of the past year because of allegations of money-laundering violations and after an earnings warning, making it a good steal for TD. The acquisition will greatly increased TD’s influence in America.

This continues the recent trend for Canadian banks expanding into the U.S. where regulation on bank mergers is less strict than in their home country.

“This transaction delivers on our shared vision for growth and marks a significant milestone in TD Banknorth’s expansion strategy,” TD Bank CEO and president Ed Clark said in a statement.

Confidential EU report about Israels annexation of East Jerusalem

Monday, November 28, 2005

A confidential report, prepared by top diplomats representing the 25 EU governments, has been leaked to The Independent. European Foreign Ministers put in a veto when publication of the report was planned. They will not risk its relationship with Israel. For the first time, Israel has given its blessing to the EU to play a key security role in the region.

According to The Independent, the report provides the most detailed and remorselessly critical account yet produced by a Western international body of Israel’s policy in East Jerusalem. The 11-page page document concludes that European governments should consider direct intervention in an attempt to curb the systematic measures being undertaken by Israel to increase its control and population in the historically – and legally – Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem.

During discussions at last Monday’s meeting, EU foreign ministers decided to express “deep concern” over Israel’s activities in East Jerusalem and its surroundings, including establishing settlements, constructing the West Bank barrier and demolishing homes.

Israel’s policies in Arab East Jerusalem are hurting the prospects of a final agreement on the city with the Palestinians. A major expansion of Ma’ale Adumim, the largest Israeli West Bank settlement, will be joined to Jerusalem and this threatens to complete the encircling of the city by Jewish settlements, dividing the West Bank into two separate geographical areas.

In the 1967 Six-Day War Israel seized East Jerusalem, along with the rest of the West Bank and Gaza, and claims the city as its “united and eternal capital”. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state of their own.

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 25) city council candidates speak

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 25). Three candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Blair, Robertson Boyle, Tony Dickins, Cliff Jenkins (incumbent), and Peter Kapsalis.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

Community members host fundraiser to help family of slain Texas woman

Monday, March 24, 2014

Community members held a public bake sale fundraiser on Sunday to help the family of a Texas woman slain earlier this month. Alicia Benefield, 19, of DeBerry was killed allegedly by her boyfriend, Rodris Webster. Sharon Jernigan of Panola was the key organizer of the fundraiser.

On Friday, Mrs. Jernigan told Wikinews, “This murder has devastated the entire community.” The fundraiser was held at a small grocery store in the neighboring town of Bethany, which borders the Louisiana–Texas state line. Sunday evening, Jernigan reported, “The bake sale was a big success.”

Webster, 25, was arrested early last week and charged with one count of murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Benefield’s body was found in Marshall, Texas. Upon hearing of the discovery, a family member of the victim posted to his Facebook page, “Struggling to know how someone could do such a horrific thing.” Webster is presently being held on US$1 million bond in the Harrison County jail. Earlier, he was questioned by police on March 16, just two days after Benefield’s car was found at a church near her home, but was released after five hours of questioning.

Weekend Vacation Deals : Crucial Instructions To Book Lowest Service Specialy Made For Travelers And Husbands And Wifes

Weekend Vacation deals : Crucial Instructions to book lowest service specialy made for Travelers and husbands and wifes


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Canoeing Weekend Vacation

Weekend vacations in Houston are spent by participating in different outdoor activities that are best for the action-packed environment of the city. Whether it’s canoeing, boating, kayaking or strolling along the lush green banks, the bodies of water in Houston are environmental treasures that guarantee exciting activities for its thousands of vacationers. The city s most popular waterway is Buffalo Bayou, which is a semi-natural stream that is a regular venue for canoeing activities. If ever you don t have your own canoe, there are different canoes and kayaks offered for rental along with supplementary paddles provided by Houston s local companies. Besides these things, the place is home to a lot of hotel companies that offer economical accommodation for its travelers during weekend vacations. These companies also give big discounts for weekend guests wanting to have a memorable experience without having too much cash to pay out.

Weekend Vacation in Rocket City

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Rocket City is an amazing place that offers a short but meaningful weekend vacation that is perfect for an economical family escapade. Rocket City is the nickname of Huntsville, Alabama which is the fourth largest city in State of Alabama with 172 000 residents and a rich historical background. The U. S. Space and Rockets Center is a popular attraction that assures a memorably exciting experience for families with young children. This unique attraction spot is something that cannot be found in any other city because it includes different museums, space movies, aviation, and space programs. This vacation with your kids in the Rocket Center will give lifetime memories and may provide inspiration for them especially if they plan to be astronauts. Some programs are designed just for kids starting from nine years old, so you can leave them there even for three days while you enjoy yourself with some other attractions offered by the city.

Spending an Exciting Weekend Vacation at Europe

A cheap European weekend vacation could be just the thing you are searching for if you like the idea of traveling but do not have unlimited money to spend. You need to look at ways to book short inexpensive weekend breaks to refresh your mind and body that are so stressed already. You must start by deciding where you would like to go and make a list of a few countries that you are interested visiting. If you come up with the decision of going to Europe, narrow your alternatives down to the different tourist spots offered by the place so you can accurately schedule your time. You can browse through the internet to search for any inexpensive flights available to your preferred destination, as well as be able to find low priced lodging that is situated near attraction spots. Keep in mind that if you travel during off peak season, you can take advantage of huge discounts and special promos provided by various companies.

Weekend Vacation: Indian Style

Outings and small trips have become very popular among numerous Indian professionals and businessmen because of the fact that their economy is booming. To increase the quality of their work and keep them fresh and energetic, they avail these trips during their weekends as vacations are very good stress busters for the corporate world. One way to start your Indian vacation is by participating in weekend tours that start from its famous cities like Delhi, Mumbai and usually end up in Bangalore, which is home to many hotels and various attraction spots. These weekend tours regularly start from Friday or Saturday and lasts for two nights and three days. Central India is also extremely famous for its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which can be covered during weekends. Weekend day tours visit the following major destinations: Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Pench National Park and Panna National Park.

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