450 sheep leap to their deaths in Turkey

450 sheep leap to their deaths in Turkey

Friday, July 8, 2005

450 sheep leapt to their deaths in the Turkish village of Gevas. The chain reaction started when one sheep went over the cliff, enticing nearly fifteen hundred others to follow. According to the Aksam newspaper, by the time the 450 had died, the pile of sheep carcasses at the bottom of the cliff had apparently grown large enough to cushion the fall somewhat, resulting in the saving of the other 1550.

“There’s nothing we can do. They’re all wasted,” said Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of the 26 families whose sheep had been lost. “Every family had an average of 20 sheep,” continued Abdullah Hazar, “but now only a few families have sheep left. It’s going to be hard for us.”

The sheep were worth an estimated $100k USD, which is a significant amount of money in a country whose average GDP is only on average $2,700 USD per head.

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Neville Chamberlain’s War Diaries go on display

Neville Chamberlain’s War Diaries go on display

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The personal diaries of British wartime Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain are to go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Beginning on August 20, 2009, a free exhibition, marking the 70th anniversary of the declaration of WWII, will allow visitors to have an unprecedented insight into the mind of the Prime Minister at the helm of the government when war was declared on September 3, 1939. His entry for that day, a note scribbled in pencil reads simply: “War declared.” With the diaries, a letter to his sister detailing the preparations for war, and the declaration letter itself, written by Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax.

The centrepiece at the exhibition will be accompanied by King George IV‘s jacket worn on his television appearance, and other previously unseen memorabilia from the period in the immediate run up to the Second World War.

A book, entitled The World Goes To War, is to be published on August 27, 2009 to accompany the exhibition. Also, a television documentary will be broadcast on UK network ITV1.

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Russian territory expands by 4.5 square kilometres after seismic activity

Russian territory expands by 4.5 square kilometres after seismic activity

Saturday, November 14, 2009

According to scientists, the land territory of Russia has expanded by about 4.5 square kilometres within the last few years in the Far East due to seismic and volcanic activity.

The gained land was recorded in the Sakhalin Peninsula. Boris Levin, head of the Institute for Sea Geology and Geophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the increase happened primarily due to two seismic events.

The first, in August of 2007, was when a heavy 6.8 earthquake near the city of Nevelsk in the Far East raised about three square kilometres of seabed above the level of the water. The second was in June of this year, when the Sarychev Peak volcano on the Matua Island erupted. GPS trackers on the Matua island were used to monitor the eruption, and the volcano changed its shape, adding 1.5 square kilometres of land, scientists said.

Geologists also reported that the Kuril Islands nearby were slowly moving towards mainland Russia at an estimated rate of eighteen milimetres per year.

Posted: January 18th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY
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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Alabama
  • 3 Alaska
  • 4 Arizona
  • 5 Arkansas
  • 6 California
  • 7 Colorado
  • 8 Connecticut
  • 9 Delaware
  • 10 District of Columbia
  • 11 Florida
  • 12 Georgia
  • 13 Hawaii
  • 14 Idaho
  • 15 Illinois
  • 16 Indiana
  • 17 Iowa
  • 18 Kansas
  • 19 Kentucky

Posted: January 18th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Second migrant child within sixteen days dies in US custody

Second migrant child within sixteen days dies in US custody

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Today, authorities released the official cause of death of eight-year-old Guatemalan boy Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, who died in the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection(CBP) on Christmas Eve. Findings showed CAUSE OF DEATH. Alonzo-Gomex was the second child in the recent wave of Central American migrants to die while being held by U.S. border patrol in December 2018.

Shortly after Alonzo-Gomez’ death, CBP issued a statement saying an agent first noticed he was ill on Monday and he was sent to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Medical staff initially believed he had a cold, though they later detected a fever. They prescribed a common antibiotic and painkiller, amoxicillin and Ibuprofen, and released him back to border patrol. When he worsened and began to vomit later that day, he was returned to the hospital, where he died around midnight.

The chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Joaquin Castro, released Alonzo-Gomez’ name. “While the CBP notified Congress within 24 hours as mandated by law, we must ensure that we treat migrants and asylum-seekers with human dignity and provide the necessary medical care to anyone in the custody of the United States government,” he told the press in a statement.

Alonzo-Gomez arrived at the U.S. border crossing near El Paso, Texas with his father on December 18. The two were detained together. One CBP official said the two had been held at a checkpoint between Las Cruces and Alamogordo because of overcrowding at the El Paso facility. The cells there are very small, designed to hold single adults for periods of hours during processing. CBP officers say they provided the two with food, water, access to showers, and checked on them many times. Court orders dictate that CBP can hold children for no more than 72 hours, so border authorities tend to move them from facility to facility. Alonzo-Gomez had been in custody at various facilities for about 130 hours at the time of his death.

On December 8, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, also from Guatemala and also traveling with her father, died in New Mexico after two days in U.S. custody. Her cause of death is given as dehydration and shock. According to CBP, the girl was already starved and dehydrated before entering their custody, but her family says she was healthy. Maquin’s remains have been returned to Guatemala and are scheduled to be transported to her home community, Raxruha. A subsequent congressional oversight trip raised concerns about whether the detained migrants are provided with proper medical care. Since Maquin’s death, CBP has been required to report the death of anyone in its custody to Congress within 24 hours.

According to medical professionals who spoke to The Washington Post, after Maquin’s death, Customs and Border Protection performed medical exams of the approximately 700 children in its custody, announcing it would take anyone sick or injured to a hospital for further observation. It is not clear how many children were taken to hospitals.

The El Paso area has seen a great upsurge recently in the number of people seeking asylum in the United States and the facilities that would have been used to house them have been overwhelmed. The Trump administration has characterized this as a “caravan” of migrants from Central America and claims that many people who pass their initial screening don’t show up subsequent hearings. In fact, most of them do go to court, though then only about 20% are found to meet the criteria to remain in the United States.

These events come as U.S. President Donald Trump is negotiating with Congress over budgetary funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border designed to prevent illegal immigration, which was one of his key campaign promises.

The foreign ministry of Guatemala has called for a full investigation of Alonzo-Gomez’s death and access to his medical records.


Posted: January 18th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Euro 2008 Qualification: Scotland vs. Ukraine

Euro 2008 Qualification: Scotland vs. Ukraine

Saturday, October 13, 2007

October 13, 200715:00 (UTC)
Scotland 3–1 Ukraine Hampden Park, Glasgow Attendance: 51,366 Referee: Peter Vink
Miller 4′ (3)McCulloch 10′ (1)McCulloch 45’+4’Ferguson 45’+4’McCulloch 60’Dailly 60’McFadden 68′ (4)Miller 72’Brown 76’Maloney 76’McFadden 80’O’Connor 80’O’Connor 89′ Match Report 3′ Nesmachniy 15′ Shevchenko 24′ (4) Shevchenko 37′ Vorobey 46′ Gusev 46′ Rotan 64′ Vorobey 64′ Nazarenko 70′ Rotan 73′ Tymoschuk 73′ Shelayev

Scotland took a step closer to qualifying for Euro 2008 as a 3-1 win against Ukraine kept them top of Group B in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying. The loss for Ukraine takes their tragic number down to 5 and could be officially be eliminated by the end of play at the end of the day.

Scotland took a 2-goal lead in the 1st 10 minutes of the match with goals from Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch. Ukraine made things interesting when they pulled a goal back when Andriy Shevchenko scored off of Andriy Nesmachniy’s left-wing cross in the 24th minute. James McFadden secured the win in the 68th minute.

Posted: January 18th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Guantanamo inmate Murat Kurnaz transferred to Germany and released

Guantanamo inmate Murat Kurnaz transferred to Germany and released

Sunday, August 27, 2006

After being held for more than four years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, German born Turkish citizen Murat Kurnaz was transferred to German custody by U.S. authorities on Thursday. An hour later, he was released.

Kurnaz was picked up in Pakistan in 2001 when riding a bus. He was first transferred to a prison camp in Afghanistan and then transferred to Guantanamo bay. He was designated an “enemy combatant” even after German law enforcement and US intelligence officials concluded that there was no information tying him to al-Qaeda or other terrorist activities.

Kurnaz’s lawyers have charged that Kurnaz was tortured while being held in Afghanistan and – to a lesser degree – while at Guantanamo Bay. Even on the flight back to Germany Kurnaz was shackled on hand and feet, tied to the ground and blindfolded.

Pentagon spokesman Chito Peppler said that the conditions for the prisoner transfer of Kurnaz to Germany included guarantees that Kurnaz be treated humanely by German authorities and that Germany take steps to ensure Kurnaz would not pose any threat to the world.

Posted: January 18th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Wikinews Shorts: April 1, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: April 1, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, April 1, 2007.


  • 1 Nepal: Former rebels join government; elections set for June
  • 2 Russia bans foreigners from retail sales jobs
  • 3 Google TiSP April fools joke
  • 4 Iranian students protest outside British embassy in Tehran

Five former Maoist rebels were sworn in as ministers as part of a peace pact designed to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 13,000 people in Nepal. The new government has announced assembly elections for late June, 2007. Thereafter, the new assembly is due to write a new constitution for the Himalayan nation.

Related news

  • “Nepal civil war ended by peace deal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006


Under a new law that went into effect today, non-Russians will not be allowed to work as salespeople in shops and markets. The ban was presented by Vladimir Putin as a way of improving employment prospects for Russian citizens. Russian media warns that it will increase the labor costs for retailers and drive up inflation. The Federal Migration Service, a government agency, reported nearly full compliance in Moscow.


Today, Sunday, Google “released” their Google TiSP service. This April Fool appears on their homepage as “New! Get FREE breakthrough broadband with Google TiSP (BETA).” This directs you to a page with details of Google’s TiSP package, a package that will give you broadband after you flush a fiber-optic cable down your toilet. Google issued a press release at midnight on April 1st, 2007.


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Between 100 and 200 students gathered outside the British embassy in Tehran to protest the alleged incursion into Iranian waters by the Royal Navy.The protesters threw rocks, chanted “Death to Britain” and called for the expulsion of the ambassador. Police prevented the protesters from entering the compound.


Posted: January 17th, 2019 by MbEe89

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5 Simple Tips For Giving Your Room An Inexpensive Facelift

Submitted by: Richard A. Rogers

Redecorating can be a very intimidating process. There are just so many elements to consider when you set out to redecorate a space that it is difficult to know where to even start. Worse yet, redecorating costs money, often a lot of money. Thus people can simply be paralyzed by both indecision and fear of spending too much. As a result, many people do nothing and end up with the same old, boring decor year in and year out.

To help you get a jump start on developing a new look for your space, here are five very easy and relatively inexpensive steps you can take to give your room a whole new vibe in very little time at all.

1. It’s All About Pillows

Yes, pillows, cushions, and anything else that is padded, upholstered, and portable can be easily and inexpensively replaced. Just by placing a few pillows on your sofa, love seat, or bedding, you can instantly add color to even the most drab of rooms, and you can usually do it for under one hundred bucks. Not too bad a price to pay for such a quick and easy change.

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2. Out With the Old — Drapes That Is

Your drapes are usually the most neglected element in your decor. And due to this neglect, they often get filthy, stained, and faded. New drapery does not need to cost that much, and just tossing up new window treatments takes very little time to do. It s easy to find some great drapes for not much money at all. Check your local Target or even Walmart to see what they have to offer. Ikea is also a wonderful place to find beautiful, stylish drapes for not much money, so if you happen to live near an Ikea store, be sure to check them out too.

3. Think About a Throw

Throws are another extremely inexpensive way to add color to many different types of spaces. You can toss one on an old couch to cover up worn or stained spots. You can also lay or fold one on a bed for added color and a spare covering for cold nights. Throws are very versatile, and they are usually very cheap and easy to find too. You can usually spot great deals on Amazon or Ebay.

4. Clean Those Carpets

It’s amazing what a simple carpet cleaning can do to a room. Stained, flat rugs and carpets can suddenly look new again. And new looking rugs can give your room a totally sharper appearance. Rug cleaning is especially effective when combined with new or cleaned window treatments.

5. Swap Out Those Old Lights

Don’t forget about your lighting. Changing your lighting fixtures can be about the simplest way to give any space a totally different look. Lighting illuminates all your other design elements, and a new fixture can really make a room look different. Consider a designer fixture like those made by Artemide. These fixtures double as artwork and really draw people’s attention when they enter your room.

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Posted: January 16th, 2019 by MbEe89

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Billy West, voice of Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, on the rough start that shaped his life

Billy West, voice of Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, on the rough start that shaped his life
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ren and Stimpy. Bugs Bunny. Philip J. Fry and Professor Hubert Farnsworth on Futurama. Sparx. Bi-Polar Bear. Popeye the Sailor Man. Woody Woodpecker. You may not think you have ever heard Billy West, but chances are on a television program, a movie, a commercial, or as Howard Stern’s voice guru in the 1990’s, you have heard him. West’s talent for creating personalities by twisting his voice has made him one of a handful of voice actors—Hank Azaria and the late Mel Blanc come to mind—who have achieved celebrity for their talent. Indeed, West is one of the few voice actors who can impersonate Blanc in his prime, including characterizations of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and other characters from Warner Bros. cartoons.

What is the fulcrum in Mr. West’s life that led him to realize a talent to shape personalities with his voice, and how did the discovery of that gift shape him? Wikinews reporter David Shankbone found that like many great comedians, West faced more sour early in life than he did sweet. The sour came from a physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic father (“I could tell you the kind of night I was going to have from the sound of the key in the door or the way the car pulled up.”), to his own problems with drug and alcohol use (“There is a point that you can reach in your life where you don’t want to live, but you haven’t made the decision to die.”).

I’m telling you stuff that I never said to anybody…

If sin, suffering and redemption feel like the stages of an endless cycle of American existence, West’s own redemption from his brutalized childhood is what helped shape his gift. He performed little bits to cheer up his cowed mother, ravaged by the fact she could not stop her husband’s abuse of young West. “I was the whipping boy and she would just be reduced to tears a lot of times, and I would come in and say stuff, and I would put out little bits just to pull her out of it.”

But West has also enjoyed the sweet. His career blossomed as his talent for creating entire histories behind fictional characters and creatures simply by exploring nuance in his voice landed him at the top of his craft. You may never again be able to forget that behind the voice of your favorite character, there is often an extraordinary life.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with renowned voice actor Billy West, who for the first time publicly talks about the horrors he faced in his childhood; his misguided search for answers in anger, drugs and alcohol; and the peace he has achieved as one of America’s most recognizable voice actors.


  • 1 The use of celebrities for voiceovers
  • 2 Iconic characters and choosing projects
  • 3 Discovering his talent
  • 4 “It was a horror chamber where I grew up”
  • 5 West moves to Boston after his parents divorce
  • 6 How West dealt with his father’s abuse
  • 7 Rehabilitation and sobriety
  • 8 Is West glad he experienced addiction?
  • 9 West on his career
  • 10 West on politics
  • 11 Billy West on modern American society
  • 12 Billy West on telling it like it is
  • 13 Source

Posted: January 15th, 2019 by MbEe89

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