DUP and Sinn Féin make gains in Northern Ireland Assembly election
DUP and Sinn Féin make gains in Northern Ireland Assembly election

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Results are coming in for the Northern Ireland Assembly election held on Wednesday 7 March. With all first preference votes counted, both the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin have made gains: the DUP received 30.1% of first preferences, an increase of 4.4 percentage points on the 2003 election, while Sinn Féin won 26.2%, up 2.6 percentage points. This means that the two parties have gained more than half of the vote. The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) came third with 15.2%, the Ulster Unionist Party fourth with 14.9% and the Alliance Party fifth with 5.2%.

I’m optimistic that we can achieve a working government on March 26, but it’s a very stark choice for them — get into power, or shut up shop.

The election is a crucial step in restoring devolved government to Northern Ireland, which has been under direct rule from Westminster since October 2002, when the Assembly was suspended after allegations that an IRA spy ring was operating there. The resulting court case collapsed. Attempts to get the leading unionist and nationalist parties to resume power-sharing had failed until the St Andrews Agreement was reached in October 2006. This agreement commits Sinn Féin to accepting the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the DUP to accepting power-sharing.

All 108 seats have now been filled. The DUP are the largest party with 36 seats, followed by Sinn Féin with 28 seats. Their combined total of 64 seats gives the two parties a majority of ten in the Assembly, assuming that they are willing to work together. Among others, DUP leader Ian Paisley has been elected in North Antrim, as has Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in West Belfast. DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson topped the poll in East Belfast, where Naomi Long of the Alliance Party was also elected. The leaders of the other two main parties were also elected: Mark Durkan of the SDLP was elected on the first count in Foyle, while Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey was elected on the third count in East Belfast. Alliance Party leader David Ford was elected in his constituency of South Antrim on the fifth count. Dawn Purvis, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), was elected on the last count in East Belfast. The Green Party won their first ever seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, when their Northern Ireland chairperson Brian Wilson was elected on the tenth count in North Down with 2839 first preference votes.

I think it [power-sharing] is very, very important in terms of representing a community that for a long time was marginalized and excluded. We’re about reaching out to the Unionists.

Anna Lo of the Alliance Party has become the first candidate from an ethnic minority background to have been elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, winning a seat in South Belfast with the fourth highest first preference vote in the constituency, 3829 votes. She said her decision to stand had been an extension of her community work, and that she wanted to give a voice to Chinese people who never felt they had any part to play in Northern Ireland politics. She also said she hoped that indigenous voters who were fed up with “tribal politics” would give her their support, and that she was determined “to be much more than a candidate for ethnic minorities”.

Counting the votes cast in the 600 polling stations continued through to Friday 9 March. Turnout was 63.5%, down 0.5 percentage points on the previous election. Assembly elections use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method of proportional representation, with each constituency returning six MLAs.

Sinn Féin are not entitled to be at the table until they declare themselves for democracy. I am a democrat, I don’t speak to loyalist paramilitaries, I don’t speak to Sinn Féin.

A new power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive is to be formed by 26 March, according to the St Andrews Agreement. The election of a First Minister and Deputy First Minister requires the support of a majority of unionist MLAs and of nationalist MLAs (“parallel consent”). In practice this means that the largest unionist party and the largest nationalist party must agree to share power. If they cannot agree by the deadline the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont will be suspended again and MLAs will have their salaries and allowances stopped. Though there has been criticism of the deal reached at St Andrews by elements within both the DUP and Sinn Féin, the government in Westminster believes that these dissenters are in a minority.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said to CNN: “I’m optimistic that we can achieve a working government on March 26, but it’s a very stark choice for them — get into power, or shut up shop”. But he also warned that “if this falls over on March 26, there is no prospect of another settlement for a very long time, maybe years”. On Friday 9 March Mr Hain began separate meetings with the leaders and deputy leaders of the DUP and Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said he had “no problem” with working with the Unionists and shaking the hand of Ian Paisley: “I think it is very, very important in terms of representing a community that for a long time was marginalized and excluded. We’re about reaching out to the Unionists”.

All must now take responsibility in government for building and consolidating peace, this is what the people of Northern Ireland want. They deserve no less.

But Ian Paisley claimed that Sinn Féin’s decision to support the police had been “qualified”, and said, “you can’t pick and choose how far you are prepared to go for peace.” He also said that Sinn Féin had to “turn from their evil ways”. To the BBC he said: “We will enter into talks tomorrow with the Secretary of State, we will be meeting the Prime Minister next week, and the hard negotiations are now going to start. Sinn Féin are not entitled to be at the table until they declare themselves for democracy. I am a democrat, I don’t speak to loyalist paramilitaries, I don’t speak to Sinn Féin”.

On Friday 9 March British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern made a joint statement. They said, “The message of the electorate is clear. After so many years of frustration and disappointment, they want Northern Ireland to move on to build a better future together through the restored institutions. Many of the practical issues which have been raised in this election campaign can and should be resolved locally.” They said that they would work closely with the Northern Irish parties to restore devolved government by the deadline of 26 March and praised the progress already made in this direction. “The people of Northern Ireland have suffered grievous pain and loss. But enormous progress has been made and there is now no good reason why we should not be able to complete this historic process. All must now take responsibility in government for building and consolidating peace, this is what the people of Northern Ireland want. They deserve no less.”


Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet
Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The president of Egypt has suffered a “devastating blow” after the country’s army announced they would not use force against their own people, who continue to protest against the government tonight. The news came hours after six journalists who reported on the protests were released from custody.

Hosni Mubarak yesterday announced a new cabinet, which does not include several figures who protesters largely do not approve of. Analysts have, however, suggested little had changed within the government; many positions, they say, are filled with military figures.

To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.

In a statement broadcast on state media in Egypt, the army said: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” A BBC correspondent in Cairo said the announcement meant it “now seems increasingly likely that the 30-year rule of Mr Mubarak is drawing to a close.”

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the statement added. “Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

Earlier today, six journalists from the independent news network Al-Jazeera were released from custody after being detained by police. The U.S. State Department criticized the arrests; equipment was reportedly confiscated from the journalists.

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Egyptian officials yesterday ordered the satellite channel to stop broadcasting in the country. Al-Jazeera said they were “appalled” by the government’s decision to close its Egyptian offices, which they described as the “latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt.”

In a statement, the news agency added: “Al-Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”

On Friday, Wikinews reported the government had shut off practically all Internet traffic both out of and into the nation, as well as disrupting cellphone usage. A spokesperson for the social networking website Facebook said “limiting Internet access for millions of people is a matter of concern for the global community.”

A reported 50,000 campaigners, who are demanding the long-time leader step down and complaining of poverty, corruption, and oppression, filled Tahrir Square in Cairo today, chanting “We will stay until the coward leaves.” It is thought 100 people have so far died in the demonstrations. Today there have been protests in Suez, Mansoura, Damanhour, and Alexandria.

Speaking to news media in the area, many protesters said the new cabinet did little to quell their anger. “We want a complete change of government, with a civilian authority,” one said. Another added: “This is not a new government. This is the same regime—this is the same bluff. [Mubarak] has been bluffing us for 30 years.”

In Tahrir Square today, protesters played music as strings of barbed wire and army tanks stood nearby. Demonstrators scaled light poles, hanging Egyptian flags and calling for an end to Mubarak’s rule. “One poster featured Mubarak’s face plastered with a Hitler mustache, a sign of the deep resentment toward the 82-year-old leader they blame for widespread poverty, inflation and official indifference and brutality during his 30 years in power,” one journalist in the square reported this evening.

When Is The Right Time To Start Marketing Your Book?}

When Is the Right Time to Start Marketing Your Book?



Almost every book author wants to know: When is a good time to start marketing a book? While still writing the book, while looking for an agent or publisher, while going through the self-publishing process? When the book is available on Amazon?

There are few certain replies to this question except for one: Its rather late to start marketing your book when it is already out on Amazon.

So whats the answer as to when is the best time to start marketing a book? It depends.

And what it depends on is a great number of variables, including is this your first book, do you already have an online reputation, are you a renown newspaper journalist who is about to write a first novel, and any other variable that you care to name. (Such as, do you have a famous last name, such as Mary Higgins Clarks daughter had when she started writing mysteries?)

If we can agree that we cant pinpoint an exact right time that applies to everyone, are there general guidelines that can help all authors?

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Yes, I believe there are. First, if youre interested in promoting online, the earlier you start establishing yourself online the better. And the first step is to decide on your brand as a book author.

What do I mean by brand? I mean how you plan to position yourself in your marketing and promotion. What is it that will make you stand out from other writers of non-fiction or similar fiction? What will make people interested in you (and hopefully want to buy your book)?

The strategizing of your brand definitely takes place as early as possible in the publication quest for your book. And as part of this brand strategy, its very important to consider the proposed title of your book. This is even more relevant if youre going to self-publish. You should check out your title with others even if you love the title.

Does your book title read the way you think it does? Or does your proposed tile have a different meaning to some people? For example, today I saw someones proposed book title that will be very hard to remember, let along spell on Amazon or for a URL. This is probably not the best name for a book.

And does the title stand out? Does it create an image in a potential readers mind so he/she can remember the title? A generic title such as A Good Trip doesnt create a specific image, whereas Six Sunny Days in Paris creates a strong sense memory.

Once you are clear about your brand and have a good working book title (it still may change), you can begin to add elements to your brand positioning.

You can, for example, have someone create short videos (less than three minutes) of you talking about the stages youre going through in researching and writing your book. Then you can use software such as Sony Vegas Movie Studio to edit the video and to put text such as your name and, if you have a website, your websites URL on the video.

And you can upload these short videos to YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Remember, its important to tag these videos with good keywords that relate to you and your brand so that people will have an easier time finding your videos.

You can start a blog, detailing the stages of your books process and sharing sample chapters with your blog readers. Getting feedback early on can help you refine your book. And you can offer to write guest posts for other peoples blogs, again staying true to your brand in what you offer to write about.

And then youre ready for a website a site that you can control yourself without waiting days for your web master to make one little change. Thats why I recommend having someone build you a website using WordPress.org. Once all the backend steps are done, you will have a website (and blog if you want) that is hosted on your own site and can be completely controlled (read changed) by you.

Finally, its time to establish a sincere presence on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as various book sites and other social media sites. Gradually build up your presence on these sites by engaging in conversations with others, offering advice when you can, and establishing relationships that will come in handy when your book is published.

Having a website or at least a blog hosted on another site such as blogger.com provides you with your own arena of visibility when you set up your profiles on social media sites. By using your website URL or blog URL as part of who you are on the internet, youre more firmly establishing an online foundation for your books publication and marketing.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101
Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

2006 U.S. Congressional Elections
2006 U.S. Congressional Elections

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


  • 1 Issues
  • 2 Campaigns turn nasty
  • 3 Polling Problems
  • 4 Summaries by state
  • 5 Alabama
  • 6 Alaska
  • 7 Arizona
  • 8 Arkansas
  • 9 California
  • 10 Colorado
  • 11 Connecticut
  • 12 Delaware
  • 13 Florida
  • 14 Georgia
  • 15 Hawaii
  • 16 Idaho
  • 17 Illinois
  • 18 Indiana
  • 19 Iowa
  • 20 Kansas
  • 21 Kentucky
  • 22 Louisiana
  • 23 Maine
  • 24 Maryland
  • 25 Massachusetts
  • 26 Michigan
  • 27 Minnesota
  • 28 Mississippi
  • 29 Missouri
  • 30 Montana
  • 31 Nebraska
  • 32 Nevada
  • 33 New Hampshire
  • 34 New Jersey
  • 35 New Mexico
  • 36 New York
  • 37 North Carolina
  • 38 North Dakota
  • 39 Ohio
  • 40 Oklahoma
  • 41 Oregon
  • 42 Pennsylvania
  • 43 Rhode Island
  • 44 South Carolina
  • 45 South Dakota
  • 46 Tennessee
  • 47 Texas
  • 48 Utah
  • 49 Vermont
  • 50 Virginia
  • 51 Washington
  • 52 West Virginia
  • 53 Wisconsin
  • 54 Wyoming
  • 55 American Samoa
  • 56 District of Columbia
  • 57 Guam
  • 58 Virgin Islands
  • 59 Sources

As of 10:00 p.m EST November 8, 2006, the Democratic Party is projected to have gained control of both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate in the 2006 United States general elections. MSNBC projects that the Democrats now control 234 seats in the House of Representatives, 16 more seats than the 218 needed to control the House of Representatives as all 435 seats were up for election. In the Senate, where the balance of power is closer, one-third of all seats were up for grab. As of 10:00 p.m. EST, AP and Reuters were projecting that the Democrats had picked up all six seats they needed to retake the Senate, including the seats of incumbents Rick Santorum (Penn.), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), Jim Talent (Missouri), Mike DeWine (Ohio), John Tester (Montana), and Jim Webb (VA). The Tester victory by less than 3,000 votes was projected at approximately 2 p.m. EST after the State of Montana announced the results of overnight recounts. Democrat Jim Webb has prevailed in that race by slightly more than 7,000 votes, though his opponent has not conceded and a recount may still occur.

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Inventory Carrying Costs

One of the very important aspects that can make or break a retail chain is the Inventory Carrying cost. The ideal retail unit would be one which can predict the exact number of items of a product that will be sold a particular day, so that that number is ordered. The net result is that the manufacturer can be paid for the goods it supplied from the proceeds of the sale made on that day. If one can not work that way, it means that the retail unit has to invest money to stock the retail unit. All unsold units at the end of the day costs one days interest on the value of the stock. This is called the Inventory Carrying Costs.

Just-in-Time Ordering

It may not be possible to implement the scenario above where inventory carrying cost is zero, but inventory carrying cost can be brought down by good inventory management software. Good inventory management software can trigger an order the moment the balance of stock for a product reaches below threshold levels. The quantity to be ordered need not be a constant quantity. It is possible to predict the sales of the product for the next order cycle by data mining the sales numbers of the store from historical sales figures. All these techniques are possible if you have an efficient inventory management software. While we will not be able to have a zero inventory cost, we may achieve substantial savings in cost by adopting Just-in-time ordering.

Benefits of Inventory Management System

We have checked out the benefits to the Retail Industry by adopting good inventory management software. One should not forget that the software can also benefit the manufacturer. One of the problems face by the Production Managers of manufacturing units is to choose the batch size of products. If they manufacture too many then they will have to bear the inventory carrying costs until it is dispatched to the Retail Units. If Retail Units can order in time and also predict their future orders, manufacturers can save costs too. The net result is that customers get their products at lesser costs.

POS Systems

One should not forget that the POS system operating at the retail unit counters is the biggest tool available to the supply chain management, It is the data produced at this counter that enables to manage inventory as well as predict future sales.

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Want To Know About Shrink Fitting?

There could be many applications around us where we come across the need of fixing the two components together. Although there are different methods available to join them, but there in no guarantee that the joint will last long. Every day new techniques hit the market and different applications use these techniques in their own way. One such technique in Shrink Fitting. This technique is ideal for conditions when an interference fit in required. This method has replaced the traditional method of fitting a component into another by force lift method or to expand to outer component with heat. As these were traditional methods, there are some disadvantages with them. Force lift method can lead to mechanical damage between the two faces whereas the latter one can cause local damage or stress due to improper or poor heating procedures.

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Shrink fitting is found to be a good alternative to applications where fitting is carried out by heating the outer components or force fitting. With Liquid Nitrogen shrink fitting the necessary clearance is obtained by shrinking the inner component (instead of expanding the outer one). This is achieved by immersing the inner component in a bath of Liquid Nitrogen at a temperature of -196C. After assembly the inner component warms up, expanding to form a tight distortion free interference fit.

There are numerous advantages of Shrink Fitting. First it results in great cost savings. Within few seconds, a 4” diameter mild steel shaft can be shrunk by 7.6 in just 20minutes. It means no loss of time during oil bath or furnaces as the component is simply immersed in a bath of liquid nitrogen. The shrunken component is easier to work with than heat treated material therefore, reduces handling time.

Next advantage is its efficiency is ensuring low capital costs. As oil baths and heating furnaces will be removed, you can save huge capital costs. Moreover, you can save on valuable workshop space. The equipment required for Liquid Nitrogen shrink fitting is not only simple but inexpensive as well. One off jobs can be carried out with complete success using a metal bucket, empty oil drum or open tank as the LN bath. Small components can be handled using wires or cords. Larger components may require ordinary slings.

Among various methods of shrink fitting, liquid nitrogen fitting is found to be the safest method as it is inert and therefore reasonably safe to use in a workshop if proper ventilation is provided.

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Website design plays a crucial role in attracting and engaging the visitor of your business website. A good website design has the power to transform a visitor in a customer with its mesmerising design. So, hire Website Design Northern Beaches based professional to create an attractive website.

Just like any other industry, the world of web designing is also ever-evolving. Web designing also witnesses latest trends coming in short intervals. You need to have an attractive design and follow a trend, when it comes to create a website that will be used professionally.

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Check out 5 important web design tips to create a visual treat.

The Design Should Be Clean And Clutter-Free

You may have noticed that the world we live in has become way too cluttered, and same is the case with web. Signs, icons, Ads, banners, buttons, pop-ups, and badges are only a few things that make it too messy.

Don’t you think that it’s for you and your business to offer your website visitors a clutter-free and outstanding experience? Grasping things such as flat design and white space can have a remarkable effect on your visitors’ experience. Remember, sometime less truly is more.

Have A Web Design Renaissance

If you’re reading this article, then you’re heading in the right direction. However, you can make your investigation a step further and look at sites with a particular reason: to find out the things you like about them and what you don’t. Make some notes on what you might want to imitate on your future site.

Would a long scrolling page function better on your site? Possibly you truly appreciate somebody else’s way to deal with their contact page. It can be something as little as mimicking a use of an arrow symbol that focuses to an essential message. Whatever you find engaging, consider how you can get it going in your own Website Design Northern Beaches plan.

Use A Visual Hierarchy

So, you haven’t heard about visual hierarchy before? No problem, it’s a term that fundamentally implies that our eyes focus on web space in a specific manner – an approach that can enable you to upgrade crucial content on your website. For instance, if you make a ‘join now’ button, there’s a strong possibility that you want more and more to click it and go through the sign-up steps.

Ensure That Content Is Readable Easily 

Remember, content on your website is really important. So, you need to make it readable

Ensure your colours complement each other

Try not to utilize tiny size for your website

Have same font size throughout the website

Don’t Forget To Get Benefits From The Mobile Version Of Your Website

Remember, all your efforts will become waste if your professional-looking website doesn’t have a professional-looking mobile version. In today’s world, you make one mistake and there you go – down and down. So, it becomes important for you to focus on all the areas and versions of your business website. All things considered, you would prefer not to pass up a major opportunity for potential site guests/clients since they’re on the tramBusiness Management Articles, isn’t that right? Nobody would like to miss out on potential website visitors or customers just because they don’t a good website design.

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Tensions continue to rise in Middle East over “Mohammad Cartoons”
Tensions continue to rise in Middle East over “Mohammad Cartoons”

Friday, February 3, 2006

The publishing of a series of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Copenhagen newspaper sparked a string of harsh and in some places violent reactions in the Middle East, forcing European leaders to try to calm the situation.

This backlash started in late September 2005, when the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. The images ranged from serious to comical in nature; a particularly controversial cartoon portrays Mohammad with a bomb wrapped in his turban. The Jutland-based newspaper states that the images were meant to inspire some level of public debate over the image of Islam in Europe, and had no direct aim of offending anyone.

However, many Muslims follow the doctrine of aniconism concerning the portrayal of Mohammad. This tenet of Islam states that the Prophet Mohammad should not be depicted in any type of art, regardless of the intent of the piece. This belief, along with the potentially insensitive nature of some of the caricatures, have caused offense to many Muslims in the Arab world.

In the past month, the controversy over these cartoons escalated. The cartoons were re-published last month in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands (where the latter two nations have large Muslim populations), and have begun to re-circulate throughout the Middle East.

Many Danish companies have been targeted for boycotts. As Wikinews reported last week, Arla Foods, Denmark’s top dairy company, has seen their sales fall to zero in some Middle East nations. Carrefour, a French retail chain, has pulled all Danish products from its shelves in the region. Earlier this week, protests were held throughout the region, including the Gaza Strip in Jerusalem, where Hamas supporters led an assault and protest that surrounded the European Union offices for Israel.

Hamas members, some armed with guns, stormed the EU office (which is primarily staffed by Arabs) and demanded apologies from EU member states, saying they would otherwise face serious consequences. “It will be a suitable reaction, and it won’t be predictable,” said Abu Hafss, a member of the Al Quds Brigade (an affiliate of the group Islamic Jihad), in a press conference outside the EU offices. And the Abu al-Reesh Brigades, a group related to the late Yassir Arafat’s Fatah party, warned that EU member states had 10 hours to apologize for the cartoons or their citizens would be “in danger”.

Jamila Al Shanty, a newly elected Hamas legislator, stated that more rallies will be planned in protest of the cartoons. “We are angry – very, very, very angry,” Al Shanty said today, adding that “No one can say a bad word about our prophet.”

The Iranian newspaper Hamshari daily has stated that on February 8 it will publish anti-semitic cartoons in response to the Danish cartoons, apparently failing to notice that Denmark has only a tiny Jewish population, since most escaped to Sweden during the World War II Holocaust. The newspaper says that the cartoons will lampoon the Holocaust despite denials by the Iranian government that the Holocaust even happened.

Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that first published the cartoons did issue an apology to Arab countries on Monday, shortly after the EU office incident. But with the support of the government of Denmark, the newspaper had earlier defended its actions fiercely, citing the universal right to free press, and its duty to serve democratic traditions by inspiring debate. Indeed, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, said “We are talking about an issue with fundamental significance to how democracies work.” In fact, some European pundits have placed more fault on Muslims for refusing to “accept Western standards of free speech and pluralism”. When the cartoons were originally published in 2005 they were intended to highlight and redress the unequal restrictions applied to Islamic content in European newspapers in comparison with content referring to other religions. The cartoons are also self-referential, with one character in the cartoons writing in Arabic on a blackboard “Jyllands-Posten’s journalists are a bunch of reactionary provocateurs”, and another cartoon showing a cartoonist having to work in hiding because one of the cartoons he is drawing includes an image of the Prophet Mohammad. The text around the cartoons stated:

“The modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech, where you must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule. It is certainly not always equally attractive and nice to look at, and it does not mean that religious feelings should be made fun of at any price, but that is less important in this context. […] we are on our way to a slippery slope where no-one can tell how the self-censorship will end. That is why Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten has invited members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union to draw Muhammad as they see him. […]”

However, some world leaders have elected to help defuse what could be a major social crisis in Europe and the Middle East. France’s foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said that freedom of the press should be exercised “in the spirit of tolerance”, sentiments which were echoed by United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan. Ursula Plassnik, foreign minister of Austria, said that the European community must “clearly condemn” acts which insult religion. And Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, warned Europe that “any insult to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is an insult to more than one billion Muslims and an act like this must never be allowed to be repeated.”

Rasmussen, in an interview with Arabic TV Al arabia, said that “…Danish government condemns any expression and any action which offends people’s religious feelings…” and also said that he does not understand why, as the cartoons were originally published in September, the situation has only truly started to deteriorate in the past week.

In Denmark, there are counter-demonstrations by moderate Muslims saying they don’t want the images banned. Munira Mirza commented that many Muslims “want to be able to say: ‘Hey we’re not children, we can handle criticism, we don’t need special protection – we’re equal’. Many don’t want to be treated as a special group, seen as worthy of more protection from criticism than other groups because of their apparent victim status.”

Religious satirist Stewart Lee commented that Jyllands-Posten had “tried to deal with a subject they don’t know enough about, and this is one of the teething problems of the cross-over of cultures in the world. I’m sure the level of offence is far greater than would have been intended.”

The director (Directeur de publication) of “France Soir“, a French national newspaper was fired in response for publishing a cartoon titled: “Yes, we have the right to (joke about) characterise God” (Oui, on a le droit de caricaturer Dieu). The “France-Soir” web site is presently offline. The cartoon is partially visible on a nouvelobs.com website.

Today, Libération, another French national newspaper, is publishing two of the “Mohammad Cartoons”. Other newspapers across France are asking for their rights to freedom of the press to be defended.

Charlie Hebdo, a well-known satirical newspaper, will publish articles to support cartoonists, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

The general reaction in France seems to be that most citizens except religious people (Catholics, Muslims,…) are astounded by the level of anger against the “Mohammad Cartoons”.

On February 9 2006 Queensland Premier Peter Beattie gave The Courier Mail Newspaper his blessings in publishing the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons/depictions of Muhammad stating that he is a firm believer in free speech and ones freedom of expression.On the very same day he got his legal representative to write to the author of this site photoduck.com demanding he censor material relating to him and his Government.

Although many newspapers have not republished the cartoons in order to avoid backlashes, the drawings have appeared on the Internet and are being revealed at a number of Web sites and blogs. On January 30th, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin placed the drawings on her blog, and encouraged others to do the same.

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Lipodrene is an ephedra-based weight loss pill that is made from a unique blend of select ingredients. It is said to promote weight loss in a fast, safe and effective manner.

It is quite common for people to be discontented with what they have. This is especially true in terms of their looks and physical appearance. Those who are white or fair-skinned would like to be tanned; those who are blonde would like to be brunettes. The same is true for people who are on the heavy side in terms of weight. The skinnier or the thinner, the better. However, losing weight is not as easy as changing your skin color or your hair color. It takes hard work, effort, and time. Sometimes, it even involves a certain amount of pain. Other times, it can also involve a hefty sum of money, especially if the individual decides to undergo a surgical procedure, such as liposuction or, in more extreme circumstances, a gastric bypass surgery.

Most people, however, want a quick, easy and effective solution to the problem or dilemma that they encounter. This is why in the field of weight loss, diet supplements and weight loss pills have been leading the pack for quite sometime now. This is because weight loss pills are cheap, easy to use, and effective. A good example of this is the Lipodrene weight loss pill.

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Lipodrene is an ephedra-based weight loss pill manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Each tablet of the Lipodrene weight loss pill is made with a proprietary blend of the following ingredients: Ephedra Extract, Acacia Rigidula Extract, MethylSynephrine, Pheylethylamine HCL (an ingredient that can also be found in chocolates and which is known to produce a feeling of happiness and general well-being), Synephrine HCL, Theobromine, Green Tea Extract (a constant ingredient in diet pills and weight loss supplements that is touted for the beneficial effects that it has on a person s health, mind and body), Hoodia Extract, Cassia Nomame Extract, Naringen (a powerful substance that is derived from grapefruit and is known for increasing and extending the effects of caffeine and lowering cholesterol levels), Dihydroxybergamottin, 5-Methoxytryptamine HCL, L-5-Hydroxytryptophan, Yohimbine HCL, as well as Caffeine Anhydrous. The unique combination of these ingredients results in a power-packed weight loss pill that promotes fast and effective weight loss.

Stimerex-ES is a new variety of the earlier version of the Stimerex weight loss pill. This ephedra-based weight loss supplement is said to be the most powerful and most effective one available in the market today.

Stimerex-ES is a weight loss pill that is believed to be the strongest ephedra-based health supplement that can be bought without a doctor s prescription. Nutra Source is the manufacturing company behind Stimerex-ES and it claims that this is the most potent over-the-counter diet pill available in the market today.

Stimerex-ES helps increase a person s energy and helps promote weight loss. There were versions of this same weight loss pill that were previously released to the public and they already proved to be very effective for weight loss. However, according to some sources, this latest version of Stimerex is the most powerful, most effective variant ever. Thus, it would be hard to find any other product that can match its properties.

The Stimerex-ES weight loss pill is made up of the following ingredients: Citrus Aurantium or Bitter Orange, Acacia leaf Extract, Theobroma Cocoa Extract, Green Tea, Naringen, Phenylethlamine, 3-Dimethyl Aminoethanol Bitartrate, Yohimbe, and Caffeine.

Citrus aurantium is sometimes referred to as ephedra s cousin, because it is said to possess properties very similar to ephedra. Acacia leaf extract has properties that are similar to the properties of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Theobroma cocoa extract has properties that have the ability to stimulate the body s central nervous system. Green tea is a common ingredient in weight loss preparations because it has the ability to increase the body s metabolic rate. Naringen prolongs the effects of the other ingredients contained in Stimerex-ES, as well as in other weight loss pills, and enhances the absorption of nutrients in the body. Phenylethlamine is sometimes called a love chemical that can also be found in chocolates. This ingredient releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain, resulting in a general feeling of happiness and well-being. 3-dimethyl aminoethanol bitartrate has effects that are similar to phenylethlamine, as it has a positive effect on mood and well-being. Yohimbe is well-known for being an aphrodisiac, but it was recently discovered to have the ability promote weight loss, as well. Finally, it is common knowledge that the combination of ephedra and the last ingredient, caffeine, work synergistically to promote weight loss faster.

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