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Obama’s first State of the Union speech focuses on economy, jobs

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Obama’s first State of the Union speech focuses on economy, jobs

Thursday, January 28, 2010

In his first annual State of the Union address Wednesday night, United States President Barack Obama urged Americans to overcome a deficit of trust in government and work together to solve a damaged economy and other problems.

Obama acknowledged that many Americans are frustrated and angry, doubting whether he can deliver the change he promised in his 2008 campaign. But he said change is not easy, and he will continue to pursue it. “We do not quit. I do not quit. Let us seize this moment-to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more,” he said.

In his hour-long speech before both houses of the United States Congress, the president several times confronted the public anger that has caused his approval ratings to slide. “We have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust-deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years,” he said.

Much of Americans’ frustration concerns the nation’s stubborn 10-percent unemployment rate. Obama called for a number of initiatives to address the problem and urged the Senate to join the House of Representatives in passing a second jobs bill. “People are out of work. They are hurting. They need our help. And, I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay,” he said.

Among the president’s economic goals are doubling U.S. exports in five years and freezing most domestic government spending for three years, starting in 2011. Obama also called upon lawmakers to continue earmark reform, saying, “Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single Web site before there’s a vote, so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.”

Obama urged Democratic lawmakers not to abandon the effort to reform the U.S. health care system, one of his administration’s main priorities. “Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people,” he said.

He called on both Democrats and Republicans to overcome their bitter partisan divisions and work together to pass legislation to solve problems. “What frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is Election Day,” he said. “We cannot wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side. A belief ‘if you lose, I win.'”

On foreign policy, President Obama again pledged to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of August. “But make no mistake: this war is ending, and all of our troops are coming home,” Obama said.

He also said he is confident the United States will succeed in the war in Afghanistan and that diplomatic efforts are helping isolate Iran and North Korea for their pursuit of nuclear weapons. He also addressed critics of his foreign policy agenda, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney saying, “Let’s put aside the schoolyard taunts about who is tough. Let’s reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values.”

Another plan announced by Obama is to end the U.S. military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on sexual orientation of service members that has existed since the Clinton administration saying, “This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.” He added, “It’s the right thing to do.”

Obama also addressed the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission saying, “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.” In a break of decorum, Associate Justice Samuel Alito appeared to mouth the words, “No, not true”, in response, according to many commentators.File:Bob-McDonnell sm.jpg

The Republican Party’s response to the president’s speech came from the governor of the state of Virginia, Bob McDonnell. McDonnell gave the speech from the chamber of the Virginia House of Delegates. He said Democrats are spending too much and causing an unsustainable level of debt.

The newly inaugurated governor said, “What government should not do is pile on more taxation, regulation and litigation that kill jobs and hurt the middle class.”

He also said Americans want affordable health care, but do not want the government to run it.

McDonnell also criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the suspect accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. He said he does not agree with the decision to try the Nigerian suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the Detroit airliner plot in a U.S. civilian court.

McDonnell is one of several Republicans who have recently won elections in states which the Democrats swept in 2008.

Hiring A Tower Crane Offers Huge Benefits

Hiring a tower crane offers huge benefits

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A tower crane is used not only for lifting heavy materials but it also capable of reaching any height. This kind of a machine is inevitable in a construction site. Mast, sewing unit and jibs are parts of this huge equipment. Tower cranes play a vital role in the construction of tall buildings. Big companies that have sufficient funds can go ahead and invest in purchasing a tower crane. On the other hand, a small company can choose to hire one. Advantages of hiring this huge equipment is that the company need not worry about maintenance cost or purchasing license. Hiring tower cranes is becoming popular due to these benefits.

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Lifting and moving heavy materials in a construction site is definitely not an easy task. Tasks that cannot be done manually are possible with the help of machines. Even though a tower crane is a boon to the construction sites and industrial sectors, it can also prove to be dangerous if not used properly. It is a common scene to watch workers hustle and bustle around in construction sites. Heavy machines such as forklifts, telehandlers and tower cranes are operated at the same time. It is very common for accidents to take place in these places. In areas such as these, workers should operate the machines with caution. When you choose to hire a tower crane, you need a trained operator to run the machine. You can hire an operator from the company, which rents you the equipment. Rental charges are applied usually on a monthly basis. There are few expenses that need to be borne by you and they include shipping charge, assembling and dissembling charges etc. Using a tower crane that is manufactured by a leading company ensures good performance and value to the money that you put in. There are varieties in tower cranes to suit the needs of the end consumers, which include luffing, flat top, self-erectors and hammerhead. Some companies that sell tower cranes also let you hire one. Comparing the models and prices can be done online. This way, you will be able to make out which option best suits your needs. You can narrow down the search based on the make, price and other criteria. Make enquiries by simply calling the contact number provided on the website. The experienced staff will be able to assist you in choosing a tower crane that is apt for the kind of job that needs to be carried out in the construction site. Before hiring, find out for how long the company has been into this kind of equipment hiring business. Thus the leading manufacturers deal in selling as well as hiring tower cranes so that small and huge companies can get the most out of using the gigantic tower cranes.

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French presidential candidate Sarkozy accuses left parties of betraying left values

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French presidential candidate Sarkozy accuses left parties of betraying left values

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing political party UMP’s candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections in France, which enters its first round next week, held a campaign meeting in Toulouse last Thursday, where he accused the left side political parties of betraying the ideals of Jaurès, Blum and other key socialist politicians. He compared the “left of old times” with the left nowadays, and said he wanted to “bring back to the heart of politics the values that the left side parties have betrayed.”

Former mayor of Toulouse Philippe Douste-Blazy welcomed more than 14 000 attendees to the city’s Parc des Expositions. He summarized the candidates political program by saying: “The Republic [of France, red.] is not about defending laxity and impunity for the agitators, it’s about guaranteeing the security and freedom of all through the respect of the laws and Justice.” Sarkozy was Minister of Interior Affairs during the 2005 suburban riots in France, when he instituted a zero-tolerance policy. Of one of Sarkozy’s rivals, François Bayrou, Douste-Blazy said that France didn’t need a President who “undergoes and refuses to make choices.”

In his speech of more than one hour, Sarkozy claimed the historical heritage of the founders of socialism and their values of right to work, payed holidays, social security, unemployment benefits, education, liberty of conscience, and of moral rights and the rights of the individual: “These values, I’ve wanted the Republican right side to reclaim them at a moment when the left side abandons them.” He also criticised François Hollande, chairman of the French Socialist Party, and with him his wife and the socialist candidate for the Presidential elections, Ségolène Royal, who, according to Sarkozy, “has forgotten Blum and Camus, and doesn’t know Jaurès.”

A week ago, Ségolène Royal held a speech in Carmaux, the home of Jaurès, where she proposed herself in continuity with Jaurès’ battle for the values of employment, concluding her speech by saying: “It’s important for the left side to know where we come from, because that helps also to foresee the future.”

On Wednesday, she held a meeting in Metz, where she accused Sarkozy of wanting to exercise power alone, of knowing everything, of wanting an unequal health care system and of following the laws of money. “He proposes us the law of the strongest. Do you want it? Me neither! And I propose to you the law of most justice.”

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How to Prepare for Rhinoplasty

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Dr. Jay CalvertIf you have been considering rhinoplasty in order to permanently alter the shape and size of your nose, there are a few tips you should follow to get the best results money can buy. The secret to the best rhinoplasty is to prepare yourself well, find the best surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty and to follow his or her instructions to the letter. The best surgeons will tell you to prepare yourself well for surgery. That entails making yourself as healthy as you possibly can before your operation. If you are a smoker, most surgeons will not operate on you. That means you have to quit. It is a sacrifice well worth the effort if you are serious about your health and your appearance. While your surgeon will give you specific advice, a few tips for preparing yourself for surgery are well known. Stop taking over the counter medications at least six weeks before your operation. That includes aspirin and ibuprofen, as both of these medications can lead to thinning of the blood. Drinking alcoholic beverages is also strongly discouraged at least 24 to 48 hours before surgery. Alcohol can interfere with anesthesia and thin the blood. Be sure to tell your surgeon well in advance about all medications you are taking. Drinking plenty of water will help with post-operative nausea, though your surgeon will tell you to fast from midnight to the time of your surgery. Beyond preparing yourself for surgery physically, you should also do plenty of research about your chosen surgeon. You should only utilize a surgeon who is board certified and fully credentialed. A surgeon who participates in continuing education is a surgeon who is up on all the latest techniques and safety measures. Be sure to ask you surgeon if he participates in continued education such as seminars and classes. Another excellent indication of a good surgeon is his or her references. Word of mouth is generally reliable. Only a surgeon who has a keen eye for what looks best with your face, as well as respects your wishes should be given your business. When preparing yourself for your rhinoplasty, remember that your health, desires and safety come first. Consider having rhinoplasty in Los Angeles. Dr. Calvert is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery. He has made several appearances on the Tyra Show and is well known as the best cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles. To set up a consultation, please visit http://www.drcalvert.com/

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

Iran: Wreckage found of plane crashed in mountains; all believed dead

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Iran: Wreckage found of plane crashed in mountains; all believed dead

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Yesterday, the Iranian military announced the wreckage of an Aseman Airlines airplane, which went missing on Sunday morning shortly before it was due to land in Yasuj, had been located at an elevation of about 13,000 feet (4,000 m) in the Zagros Mountains. All 65 people on board were presumed dead. Crews were searching for the aircraft’s two black boxes to try to determine why it crashed.

Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said wreckage of the ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop had been sighted by a military drone and helicopters had then been sent to the location. Helicopter pilot Captain Soheili said on state television the wreckage was only some 100 feet (30 m) from a peak on Mount Dena, and “large parts of the plane, which were labeled with the Aseman company logo” were visible. The Revolutionary Guards released photos in which they said bodies of victims could be seen. Regional medical center director Ghafoor Rastinrooz told the official IRNA news agency that helicopters were unable to land at the site because of “deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash”. General Kiumars Heidari, chief of ground forces in the Iranian Army, told the Fars News Agency the dead would have to be brought down the mountain by commandos using specialized ground vehicles.

The plane took off at about 0430 UTC on Sunday from the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Aseman Airlines route EP3704 to Yasuj, in the southwest of the country. It vanished from controllers’ radar screens at about 8:52 local time, 0522 UTC, and there were reports from people in the area of Samirom, about 14 miles (22 km) from its destination in Isfahan Province, of seeing it attempting an emergency landing in a pasture and of hearing the crash. Hundreds of searchers organized by the Red Crescent and using drones and dogs combed the mountainous terrain but were hampered by windy, foggy conditions and heavy snow. The search had to be suspended on Sunday. It resumed at dawn on Monday but weather then forced grounding the helicopters. At one point on Monday local officials announced searchers had found the wreckage, only to have the national civil aviation agency and the Red Crescent indicate the statement had been premature. A demonstration was reported by more than 100 people outside a Dena Kooh government office, demanding resignations.

The plane reportedly had a crew of six — a pilot and a co-pilot, two flight attendants, and two security guards — and 59 passengers, one of them a child. A man who recounted missing the flight told the Tabnak news site “God has been really kind to me”, expressing his sadness over those who had died.

The aircraft was 24 years old. Aseman Airlines, Iran’s third largest air carrier and owned by the national civil service pension foundation, said it had been in storage for seven years before recently being placed in operation again. Iran’s aircraft are aging and the country has been prevented from buying spare parts by international sanctions imposed in response to its nuclear program. Those sanctions were to be lifted under an agreement from 2015, and Iranian airlines, including Aseman, have ordered new planes from both Airbus and Boeing. However, since becoming US President, Donald Trump has declined to recertify the agreement.

There have been a number of serious Iranian air accidents in modern times. In 2011, at least 77 people died when an Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed during an emergency landing.

The pilot in the current crash, Captain Hojjatallah Foulad, successfully landed an ATR 72 at the airport in Yasuj in 2013 after one of the engines failed.

News briefs:April 28, 2005

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Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England

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Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Police in the West Midlands in England today said nearly 200 kilograms worth of drugs with value possibly as great as £30 million (about US$49 million or €36 million) has been seized from a unit in the town of Brownhills. In what an officer described as “one of the largest [seizures] in the force’s 39 year history”, West Midlands Police reported recovering six big cellophane-wrapped cardboard boxes containing cannabis, cocaine, and MDMA (“ecstasy”) in a police raid operation on the Maybrook Industrial Estate in the town on Wednesday.

The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated

The seized boxes, which had been loaded onto five freight pallets, contained 120 one-kilogram bags of cannabis, 50 one-kilogram bags of MDMA, and five one-kilogram bricks of cocaine. In a press release, West Midlands Police described what happened after officers found the drugs as they were being unloaded in the operation. “When officers opened the boxes they discovered a deep layer of protective foam chips beneath which the drugs were carefully layered”, the force said. “All the drugs were wrapped in thick plastic bags taped closed with the cannabis vacuum packed to prevent its distinctive pungent aroma from drawing unwanted attention.” Police moved the drugs via forklift truck to a flatbed lorry to remove them.

Detective Sergeant Carl Russell of West Midlands Police’s Force CID said the seizure was the largest he had ever made in the 24 years he has been in West Midlands Police and one of the biggest seizures the force has made since its formation in 1974. “The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated”, he said. “The drugs had almost certainly been packed to order ready for shipping within Britain but possibly even further afield. Our operation will have a national effect and we are working closely with a range of law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in this crime at whatever level.”

Expert testing on the drugs is ongoing. Estimates described as “conservative” suggest the value of the drugs amounts to £10 million (about US$16.4 million or €12 million), although they could be worth as much as £30 million, subject to purity tests, police said.

Police arrested three men at the unit on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. The men, a 50-year-old from Brownhills, a 51-year-old from the Norton area of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, and one aged 53 from Brownhills, have been released on bail as police investigations to “hunt those responsible” continue. West Midlands Police told Wikinews no person has yet been charged in connection with the seizure. Supplying a controlled drug is an imprisonable offence in England, although length of jail sentences vary according to the class and quantity of drugs and the significance of offenders’ roles in committing the crime.

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