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glo
05-22-2008, 08:37 AM
Hi all

We seem to be very good at finding negative and divisive news and posting it here in this section.

I wanted to start a thread for us to share good news - whether from the media or from our own experiences.
Share a little happiness and joy, and bring a smile to our faces.
:)

Can I ask that we keep this thread just for that? Good news and positive stories.
Without arguments or heated disagreements ...


Thank you, and Peace :)
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Air Jordan
05-22-2008, 01:13 PM
Good idea Glo:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=90665498

Israel and Syria Confirm Ongoing Peace Talks


Morning Edition, May 21, 2008 · Israel and Syria today confirmed for the first time that they've been holding indirect peace talks with the help of the Turkish government.

An Israeli official says two of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's senior advisers are currently in Istanbul with their Syrian counterparts; they have been holding indirect talks through senior Turkish diplomats since Monday.

Israeli officials say the goal is to restart direct talks and reach a comprehensive peace deal with Syria. A statement released simultaneously today in Israel and Syria said the two sides are committed to "serious and continuous" talks.

But the two sides have also yet to meet face to face.

Peace talks fell apart eight years ago over how much of the occupied Golan Heights Israel would be willing to return to Syria as part of a peace deal. Israel captured the territory in the 1967 war.

Just last fall, Israeli jets carried out an airstrike on what was alleged to be an North Korean-built nuclear facility in Syria.

The confirmation of talks comes at a sensitive time for Olmert. More direct negotiations with the Palestinians have made little progress, and Olmert is to be questioned again this week on allegations he took bribes from a businessman. Olmert has denied the allegations.

The unpopularity of Olmert — and his low approval ratings — leave him with little or no poltiical capital to try to convince skeptical public that a Syrian peace deal is possible.

Israeli officials say they are committed to holding separate peace talks with the Palestinians and Syrians simultaneously. The talks between Israel and the Palestinians have shown little progress to this point, and a growing number of moderate Palestinians are starting to questioning the basis of the process — the idea of Israel and Palestine living side by side.
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Air Jordan
05-22-2008, 02:12 PM
Here is another one. Plans for the United 93 Memorial have been finalized. It is quite a beautiful design. There is to be a pond echoing the one created by the impact. The official site and design are remarkable free of political context. A person transported in time from 2000 would have trouble deducing what happened.

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glo
05-22-2008, 03:04 PM
How is this for a happy story? :statisfie

A stray parrot was reunited with its owner in Japan after repeating its name and address at the local veterinary clinic that took it in, police said.

Police captured the red-tailed African Grey, Yosuke, earlier this month after a woman called to say it was sitting on a fence in her backyard near Tokyo.

The parrot was then handed over to the animal clinic to be cared for.

It began by greeting people and singing popular children's songs, before repeating its name and address.

Police matched the name with its owner, who was reunited with Yosuke earlier this week.

The parrot had become lost two weeks ago after flying out of its cage in Nagareyama city, Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo.

"I'm glad I had taught him my address and name," the Daily Yomiuri newspaper quoted his owner as saying.

The African Grey parrot is considered one of the most intelligent birds and is said by experts to have the cognitive ability of a six-year-old.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7414846.stm
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IbnAbdulHakim
05-22-2008, 03:09 PM
lol Alhamdulillaah

i feel like getting a parrot now :D
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Ninth_Scribe
05-22-2008, 08:48 PM
I actually posted this on a different thread, but you're Christian and this is one of your prophesies, so I'll post it here too;

But seeing Kamunyak for the first time is nothing short of witnessing a miracle. Appearing out of nowhere, the lion and the lamb curl up side by side. Fascinated, Saba follows them for days. She’s not alone in her astonishment, gawping gazelles bark out their alarm, not quite believing their eyes.

http://www.lewa.org/oryx-lioness.php
There! My good deed for the day :)

The Ninth Scribe
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glo
05-23-2008, 07:35 AM
This is a happy story from my own life:

Good friends of our (a family of husband, wife and two children) have experienced much trouble and difficulties in the last three years.
First the husband lost his job, then he had several health problems (slipped disk, mild stroke), which meant he is now walks with a stick and is medically unable to work.
Then the landlord, who owns the house they have lived in for 18 years, wanted them to move out.
This went on for some time, the case going to court, and finally the deadline came close by which time they would have to move out.

Problem is, this family is in receipt of benefits, and most landlords don't want tenants on benefits ...
Social housing is very rare and the local council is already overstretched with people needing housing.
There was a real risk that our friends would become homeless and have to live in a B&B.

Two weeks before the deadline a house just across the street became vacant.
The previous tenants had left it is a terrible mess, BUT the landlord was willing to take tenants on benefits.

The problem was that to get the house into a inhabitable state, it needed complete redecorating, painting, new carpets etc ... and that takes time for the landlord - more time than this family had before being made homeless.

So the church they attend said 'We'll do it!' ... and that's just what we did.
Loads of people came in organised groups to clean, empty, paint, fix and decorate ... and within a week the house was a good as new! :)

It has been a wonderful experience to see how much people can achieve, when they have a common aim and are willing to work together! And it has been humbling to be a small part in all this.

And, thank God, this family has now moved into their new home, and the worry of being homeless is gone. Yesterday we met in their house to give praise to God for all he has done.

God is good! :)
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glo
05-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Burma's top leader has agreed to let all foreign aid workers into the country for relief work in cyclone-hit areas, UN head Ban Ki-moon has said.

After talks in Burma's remote capital, Naypyidaw, with Gen Than Shwe, Mr Ban said the decision was a breakthrough.

[...]

Burma's military leaders had previously refused to allow a full-scale relief effort by foreign aid workers.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/7416143.stm
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barney
05-23-2008, 04:04 PM
Press Release Date: August 4, 2007

Contact: Lt j.g. Nadine Santiago (202) 821-8044




Coast Guard Announces 1,109,310 Lives Saved Since 1790
*Interviews and video available*

Washington- The U.S. Coast Guard announced during a ceremony today in Grand Haven, Mich., for its 217th birthday that 1,109,310 lives have been saved since its establishment in 1790.


Trouble is out of those 1.1 million, 7000 of them were sex offenders and murderers :/

Nahh...Must Keep Positive!
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truemuslim
05-23-2008, 04:07 PM
Originally Posted by barney
Press Release Date: August 4, 2007

Contact: Lt j.g. Nadine Santiago (202) 821-8044




Coast Guard Announces 1,109,310 Lives Saved Since 1790
*Interviews and video available*

Washington- The U.S. Coast Guard announced during a ceremony today in Grand Haven, Mich., for its 217th birthday that 1,109,310 lives have been saved since its establishment in 1790.

Trouble is out of those 1.1 million, 7000 of them were sex offenders and murderers :/

Nahh...Must Keep Positive!

lol wow
besides whats the point for that when theyr killing other millions of people jsut in a different part of the earth?
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Air Jordan
05-23-2008, 04:13 PM
Even though the quake suffering is terrible. Here is a positive story. I'm not quite sure how a breast feeding woman would have enough milk for more than two babies and the Chicoms are known to engage in some propaganda, but this is an irresistable stroy.

JIANGYOU, China (CNN) -- A Chinese police officer is being hailed as a hero after taking it upon herself to breast-feed several infants who were separated from their mothers or orphaned by China's devastating earthquake.


Police officer Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, was feeding nine babies at one point.

Officer Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, the mother of a 6-month-old boy, responded to the call of duty and the instincts of motherhood when the magnitude-7.9 quake struck on May 12.

"I am breast-feeding, so I can feed babies. I didn't think of it much," she said. "It is a mother's reaction and a basic duty as a police officer to help."

The death toll in the earthquake jumped Thursday to more than 51,000, and more than 29,000 are missing, according to government figures. Thousands of children have been orphaned; many others have mothers who simply can't feed them.

At one point, Jiang was feeding nine babies.

"Some of the moms were injured; their fathers were dead ... five of them were orphans. They've gone away to an orphanage now," she said. Watch the officer care for babies »

She still feeds two babies, including Zhao Lyuyang, son of a woman who survived the quake but whose breast milk stopped flowing because of the traumatic conditions.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/05/22/china.breastfeed/
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Izyan
05-23-2008, 04:13 PM
Originally Posted by truemuslim
lol wow
besides whats the point for that when theyr killing other millions of people jsut in a different part of the earth?
How is that a positive post?
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Air Jordan
05-23-2008, 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by truemuslim
lol wow
besides whats the point for that when theyr killing other millions of people jsut in a different part of the earth?
You couldn't help yourself, could you? Well we made it nine posts until unreasoning (and spectacularly uninformed) hate stepped in.

I would say we give ourselves a pat on the back.
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truemuslim
05-23-2008, 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by Izyan
How is that a positive post?
its not
i was just sayin coz his news is supposed to be positive...
they save millions of people at the same time killing millions of people

ok now am out. :D
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Air Jordan
05-23-2008, 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by truemuslim
its not
i was just sayin coz his news is supposed to be positive...
they save millions of people at the same time killing millions of people

ok now am out. :D
Do you promise?
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truemuslim
05-23-2008, 04:29 PM
Originally Posted by Air Jordan
Do you promise?

:eek:

i got a bigger insult...juss wont say...has to do wit ur name :X
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Ninth_Scribe
05-23-2008, 04:54 PM
Originally Posted by truemuslim
:eek:

i got a bigger insult...juss wont say...has to do wit ur name :X
Hahahahaha! I got it, lol. But seriously, we should open a thread like they have over on the Invoflad forum. They call it "Hate Box A Go Go" and that's where people go to square off. Not on a thread that's looking for positive news.

Also, maybe Glo should have re-titled the thread to prevent people from posting war propaganda and government PR here?

Just a thought :omg:

The Ninth Scribe
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Air Jordan
05-23-2008, 05:23 PM
Originally Posted by truemuslim
:eek:

i got a bigger insult...juss wont say...has to do wit ur name :X
juss got it too...hahaha...hav u evr thot abot stand up comedy?
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truemuslim
05-23-2008, 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by Air Jordan
juss got it too...hahaha...hav u evr thot abot stand up comedy?

omg lol ur so hilarius :rollseyes:rollseyes:rollseyes:rollseyes
btw i used to like air jordans....and now u have officially killed them. whyyyyyy!!

uhm back onn topic



SAN FRANCISCO, CA On February 11 more than two hundred participants began the Longest Walk 2, a five month cross-country journey on foot to spread their message that all life is sacred. The walkers have come together from many Native American nations and other communities in order to raise awareness about the environment, to visit and promote the protection of sacred Native sites, and to help clean up our Mother Earth.

People have come from as far away as England, Poland, and Australia to participate and support this historic spiritual walk. A group of Japanese Buddhist monks have joined the walk for its entire journey. The walkers are currently traveling along two separate routes on their way to Washington, DC, which they plan to reach in July.

"We're asking all peoples, of all colors, of all religions, to join us," said Wounded Knee, a 65-year-old California Mewuk. "We believe all life is sacred. So, we walk for world peace and justice and the environment, to heal Mother Earth." Those on the southern route are traveling through southwestern and southern states. Those on the northern route are walking across the center of the US, visiting Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, among other states, before arriving in Washington. The northern route is the same route taken by the first Longest Walk, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.

The first Longest Walk occurred in 1978 in response to proposed congressional legislation that sought to change U.S. Government treaties with Native nations. The Walk was an amazing success: through education and peaceful demonstration, it generated enough popular support to stop eleven proposed bills that threatened Native sovereignty and treaty rights. The walk also led to the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Many veterans of the first walk are participating in the current walk, and are educating a new generation of walkers.

Walk organizer Jimbo Simmons, who was on the 1978 walk said, "We feel like the human family has one commonality, and that's Mother Earth. We were trying to protect that [during the first walk], and we still continue to."

In addition to the work of education and cultural preservation, the current walkers are also doing the hard work of cleaning up our country's highways and roads by collecting debris found along the route. Participants are carrying specially marked trash bags and separating the collected refuse into trash and re cycling bins. The walkers are also listening to and recording the concerns and ideas of the people they meet from across the country, and preparing to deliver a message to Congress when they arrive in Washington, DC.

Those on the northern route are broadcasting a live solar-powered radio webcast every day, and walkers on both routes are posting daily blogs and photos from the frontlines of this historic walk.

source


btw the positive news about that ^^ is that san francisco ownsss!!!

ok an kiddin
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YusufNoor
05-23-2008, 06:33 PM
this would have fit into the odd news thread better, BUT is its good news...

and a wee bit odd...


but still good news...


just odd:

Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In

Val Thomas’ doctors honestly can’t explain how she is alive today.

Thomas, who lives in West Virginia, is being called a medical miracle after she suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours; reports NewsNet5.com.

Thomas’ heart stopped around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and doctors said she had no pulse. Rigor mortis started to set in, and she was placed on a respiratory machine.

“Her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled,” Thomas’ son, Jim, told NewsNet5.com. “Death had set in.”

Click here to discuss this story.

Thomas, 59, was rushed to a West Virginia hospital, where she was put on a special machine to induce hypothermia. This would allow her body to cool down for 24 hours before they would warm her up again, doctors explained.

However, Thomas’ heart stopped again after the procedure.

Her family said their goodbyes and Thomas’ tubes were removed, but she remained hooked on a ventilator as the possibility of organ donation was discussed.

However, Thomas woke up 10 minutes later and started talking.

“The nurse said, ‘I’m so sorry, Mrs. Thomas,’ and mom said, ‘That’s OK, honey, that’s OK,’” Jim Thomas said.

Val Thomas was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic so that specialists could check her out, but doctors said they could find nothing wrong with her.

“I know God has something in store for me, another purpose,” Val Thomas said. “I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure he’ll tell me.”
:omg:


source:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,357463,00.html

:w:
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glo
05-23-2008, 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by Ninth_Scribe
Also, maybe Glo should have re-titled the thread to prevent people from posting war propaganda and government PR here?

The Ninth Scribe
Yeah, perhaps this wasn't specific enough:
Can I ask that we keep this thread just for that? Good news and positive stories.
Without arguments or heated disagreements ...
:uhwhat

Perhaps the mods can clean up this thread a bit, when they have time ...

Peace
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glo
05-25-2008, 08:59 PM


The European beaver is to be reintroduced to Scotland for the first time in more than 400 years, the Scottish Government has announced.

Environment Minister Michael Russell has given the go-ahead for up to four beaver families to be released in Knapdale, Argyll, on a trial basis.

The beavers will be caught in Norway and released in spring 2009.


Mr Russell said: "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond."

The beavers, which will be captured in autumn 2008, will be put into quarantine for six months before three to four families are released. Five lochs have been proposed for the release.

This will be the first-ever formal reintroduction of a native mammal into the wild in the UK.
Full story here.
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aadil77
05-25-2008, 09:04 PM
Ricky Hatton defeats Lazcano on points as Manchester savours 'Homecoming'

By Gareth A Davies at City of Manchester Stadium
Last Updated: 3:31pm BST 25/05/2008

Ricky Hatton "got rid of the demons" with a one-sided points landslide against US-based Mexican Juan Lazcano, but came perilously close to being knocked out twice in his first contest since losing to Floyd Mayweather last December.

There were those yesterday who believe Hatton's scant regard for his own physical safety when he attacks should be a sign for him to retire. Hatton indeed retained his IBO light welterweight title in front of a home crowd of 57,000 fans at the City of Manchester Stadium, but it has left as many questions as answers.
Ricky Hatton defeats Lazcano on points as Manchester savours 'Homecoming'
Back in the ring: Ricky Hatton defeated Lazcano but came close to being knocked out twice

The imponderables over Hatton's future – and certainly a rematch with Mayweather – have grown since the twelve rounds on Saturday night. Hatton won easily on all three judges scorecards: 120-110, 118-110, 120-108. Hatton in now 44-1.

"It was a difficult fight," Hatton said. "I've never been more nervous in boxing match in my life, all those demons were in my mind about not coming back so strong." Hatton survived a first scare in the eighth round when he walked into a wild left hook from Lazcano. A left to the body then left the Mancunian temporarily stunned.

Hatton clung desperately onto the challenger while his head cleared then stormed back, battering Lazcano across the ring with three right hooks before the bell ended a frantic round. Hatton was rocked again by a big left in round 10, but gained respite as referee Howard Foster stopped the fights as Hatton's boot laces had come undone.

It clearly allowed Hatton to regain his composure. But his army chanted, sang and went silent with concern. One thing is certain, and will remain so: Hatton is a phenomenon, and has a following like no other.

The atmosphere was one to savour. Hatton said post-contest: "The hardest [fight] is now out of the way. Anyone who has been knocked out can tell you – it is a very over-rated experience. I was very nervous beforehand. You can't prepare yourself for how you are going to feel in the ring on the night. I felt confident, but nervous. I put pressure on myself.

"It was a very good fight for me; I think I hurt Juan nearly enough every round, put my foot on the gas, and it landed me in trouble. Even though I was a long way ahead on the cards, I always go for the knockout, and it gets me in trouble sometimes. I was nervous about losing. I needed to get rid of the demons. He did hurt me a couple of times, and disorientated me, but I weathered the storm."

For Lazcano, this was the 33-year-old Mexican's first bout since losing a 12-round decision to Vivian Harris in February 2007 in a WBC light welterweight title eliminator. It was also confirmed that a deal had been agreed for Hatton to face Paulie Malignaggi, who won on the undercard. The bout will be in November, with New York a likely location.

Malignaggi may have broken a knuckle in his right hand, in an unconvincing display defending his IBF light-welterweight title against Lovemore N'Dou – which included a haircut from his corner between rounds 8 and 9 as his braided extensions fell out across his face – but he believes he has the armoury to defeat Hatton.

"I don't think Ricky Hatton looked at his best. Nor did I. Some guys have come back from a loss in a low key way though, and look what this guy has done, and in front of so many fans. The way he looked, at my best I would have beaten him. When me and Ricky meet we will see who is the best at 140lbs in the world. He gets hit, and he was inconsistent against Lazcano. I've always seen things in Ricky Hatton I can exploit."

Lazcano disagreed. "Do you have a funny bone, Ricky ?" Lazcano asked Hatton in the post-fight news conference. "Because if you do, Malignaggi will tickle you to death when he hits you in the ring."

It was a point well-made. Hatton's ring entrance was both self-effacing and amusing. "He's never seen a salad, he's eaten all the pies; Hey Ho, Ricky Fatton," rang out the lyrics as Hatton emerged in a blow up suit under his robe, looking more mini-Sumo wrestler than slimline 10st fighter.

But the fight itself was his focus, and there were tell-tale signs that Hatton must not lose his head in the ring. The three-time world champion in two weight divisions, returned to his bullocking ways against an obdurate opponent in Lazcano, who came within a whisker of felling the local hero.

There were worrying signs in those defining moments for Hatton, and within his camp doubts must have re-surfaced over the sense in stepping in against Floyd Mayweather again. Retirement is a slim possibility, and with a three-fight deal on the table with Home Box Office in the US, Hatton's phenomenal ring career will most likely end across the pond.

Billy Graham, Hatton's trainer for the last 15 years, admitted as much. "I was worried. But I always worry. In round 8 or round 10, he rocked Ricky down to his boots. As soon as he hurt Juan, he just tried to finish it. I told Ricky he was well ahead towards the end of the fight, and to jab and move, but he never seems to make it easy for himself. But that's why the fans love him. But I think he should not gamble as much."

Lazcano added: "I take my hat off to Ricky Hatton. He talks the talk, and walks the walk. He's a true champion because he's willing to lay it all on the line."

Ticket sales – at 57,000 - topped the £6million mark, while another 20,000 fans could not get seats. No wonder Hatton called his supporters "the best pound for pound fans in the world."

Oscar De La Hoya, boxer and head of Golden Boy Promotions, likened Hatton's adoring followers to those who followed Mexican hero Julio Cesar Chavez.

"He has the same appeal," De La Hoya told The Daily Telegraph. "Ricky Hatton showed what kind of fighter he is in front of 57,000 fans. He showed he will be a champion for years to come. Styles makes fights and I think Ricky Hatton against Paulie Malignaggi is a superfight. Madison Square Garden is the mecca and we will look at the options, but a meeting of these two there could be a very special event."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/mai.../uohatt125.xml

great victory for hatton:thumbs_up , now he's gonna go after mayweather :D, again
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aadil77
05-25-2008, 09:09 PM
Hamilton wins Monaco GP

Ian Parkes, PA SportsTicker Published: Sunday, May 25, 2008
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Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates his victory with team manager Ron Dennis on the podium of the Monaco F1 Grand PrixStefano Rellandini/Reuters Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates his victory with team manager Ron Dennis on the podium of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix

MONTE CARLO -- Lewis Hamilton realized a boyhood dream Sunday by claiming victory in an action-packed Monaco Grand Prix to regain control of a furious fight for the Formula One world title.

After an early run into the barriers on a wet circuit as the rain fell, Hamilton managed to hold his nerve, becoming only the fifth British native to take the checkered flag.

"This is the highlight of my career, and it will be the highlight for the rest of my life," Hamilton said.

In claiming his sixth triumph in 23 starts, Hamilton joined Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard as being crowned king of the Principality.

"I apologize for hitting the barrier, but we made up for it," Hamilton said. "Now let's go party!"

Rainy conditions meant the race ran for the full two hours, with 76 of the 78 laps completed.

Rather than watching a dull procession around the tight, twisty streets of Monte Carlo, the public who pay through the nose for tickets for Formula One's blue ribbon event were given real value for money.

The first incident, though, was unexpected and occurred prior to the race unfolding, as Heikki Kovalainen failed to pull away from the grid for the warmup lap.

After Hamilton had made a superb start to pass Kimi Raikkonen on the run down to Sainte Devote, Jenson Button became the first on-track casualty.

It was the start to a catalyst of events, as the rain steadily fell for the first 20 minutes, and expected mayhem ensued.

Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock soon required new nose cones for their Williams and Toyota cars respectively, all within the first three laps.

Then Hamilton clipped a barrier on the entry to Tabac, puncturing his right-rear tire and forcing him into an unexpected pit stop.

However, by a strange quirk of fate it played into his hands.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso slid into a barrier in his Renault, and like Hamilton he too damaged his right-rear tire.

Within seconds, Coulthard lost the back end of his Red Bull on entry to Casino Square, clouting a barrier and forcing him out of the race.

Coulthard then was immediately hit from behind by Sebastien Bourdais after the Frenchman had lost his Toro Rosso on the same part of the circuit, forcing the safety car into play.

Alonso made a second error when he punted into the side of Heidfeld at Loews hairpin as the incidents continued unabated, and still with only 14 laps run at that stage.

Massa almost joined the list of casualties at Sainte Devote as he slid off into the run-off area, allowing Kubica to take the lead.

Then the race and a drying track started to come to Hamilton, and as Kubica and Massa were eventually forced to make the first of their routine stops.

That allowed Hamilton to gain the lead on lap 33, one he did not relinquish until the checkered flag as various other incidents unfolded behind him.

"I felt comfortable and I knew I had a good car to challenge Felipe, but then as the rain came down there was so much spray," Hamilton said. "Through Tabac, I hit a river of water and slid into the barrier.

"But fortunately I was able to tell the team, and they reacted very quickly. They did a great job and without them, I wouldn't have won this."

http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=539927

Great come back for hamilton, he's pushing hard to win title:)
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YusufNoor
05-25-2008, 09:38 PM
i posted this almost a month ago...

not one comment...

Peace be upon those who follow the guidance,

i thought this was rather nice:


By Associated Press MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) - A senior with a .153 career batting average hits her first home run, a three-run blast, to help Western Oregon move closer to a spot in the NCAA's Division II softball playoffs.

That was improbable.

To 70-year-old Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, what happened next was "unbelievable."

Sara Tucholsky, the 5-foot-2-inch right fielder, sprinted to first as the ball cleared the center field fence Saturday in Ellensburg, Wash. Given that she had never hit a ball out of the park, even in practice, she was excited. So excited she missed first base.

A couple yards past the bag, she stopped to go back and touch it. But she collapsed with a knee injury.

"I was in a lot of pain," she told The Oregonian newspaper on Tuesday. "Our first-base coach was telling me I had to crawl back to first base. 'I can't touch you,' she said, 'or you'll be out. I can't help you."'

Despite the agony, Tucholsky crawled back to first.

Western Oregon coach Pam Knox ran onto the field and talked to the umpires. The umpires said the coach could place a substitute runner at first. Tucholsky would be credited with a single.

"The umpires said a player cannot be assisted by their team around the bases," Knox said. "But it is her only home run in four years. She is going to kill me if we sub and take it away. But at same time I was concerned for her. I didn't know what to do."

An opponent did.

Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the all-time home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could carry Tucholsky around the bases.

The umpires said nothing in the rule book precluded help from the opposition.

Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace lifted Tucholsky and resumed the home-run walk, stopping to let Tucholsky touch the bases with her good leg.

"We started laughing when we touched second base," Holtman said. "I said, 'I wonder what this must look like to other people."'

Holtman got her answer when they arrived at home plate. Many people were in tears.

The second-inning homer sent Western Oregon on its way to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington's chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.

"In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much," Holtman said. "It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain and she deserved a home run."

Frederick, the Central Washington coach, said he later got a clarification from an umpiring supervisor, who said NCAA rules allow a substitute to run for a player who is injured after a home run.

The clarification doesn't matter to those who witnessed the act of sportsmanship.

"Those girls did something awesome to help me get my first home run," Tucholsky said. "It makes you look at athletes in a different way. It is not always all about winning but rather helping someone in a situation like that."

source:

http://www.komotv.com/news/18413159.html
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aadil77
05-25-2008, 09:42 PM
^ whats that, baseball?
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Air Jordan
05-25-2008, 11:38 PM
Originally Posted by aadil77
^ whats that, baseball?
Softball, almost certainly. It is a women's collegiate sport.
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YusufNoor
05-26-2008, 12:08 AM
Originally Posted by aadil77
^ whats that, baseball?
:?

yes, you see the young lady who hit the homerun has a pretty poor batting average [.153]; she's in her last year of play [a senior]. now, of all thing she hits a home run [ball goes out of the park]; she is so excited that she misses the tag on 1st base. the 1st base coach told that she missed the bag, but as she turned to go back, she fell to the ground with an injured knee. she crawled back to 1st base.

the umpire would not let them put in a pinch-runner without reducing the homerun to a single, nor would he let anyone from HER team assist her.

HOWEVER, the 1st baseman for the OTHER team who also happens to be the HOME RUN LEADER [she has the MOST!], asked the ump if SHE could assist her. the ump agreed.

so THE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSING TEAM helped Sara [they carried her] go around the bases so that she got her home run!
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glo
05-26-2008, 09:02 AM
That's a wonderful story, Yusuf.

Aadil, thanks for your stories too. (But remember that one person's happy sports result is another unhappy one! :D)
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glo
05-26-2008, 09:18 AM
A disabled man has been freed unhurt from the rubble of his home, eleven days after being buried in the earthquake that has devastated south-west China, despite a severe aftershock which has claimed at least one more life.

Xiao Zhihu, 80, had been kept alive by his wife, who had been able to provide him with food and water during his long incarceration.

Xiao, who is partially paralysed, is in a stable condition, according Chinese state news service reports.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-province.html
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glo
05-26-2008, 05:09 PM
A couple thought to have been married longer than anyone in the country [UK] have celebrated their 80th anniversary.

Frank and Anita Milford, from Plymouth, exchanged vows on 26 May, 1928.

Frank is 100 and when Anita also turns 100 in June it is thought they will be the only living couple in Britain to have both reached a century.

The couple marked their "oak" anniversary with champagne in the company of their family, at the Plymouth nursing home where they live.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/7420471.stm

Wow!!
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Fishman
05-26-2008, 09:33 PM
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Ironic news, hehe...
(edited out negative bits)
Donating Israel Prize to Palestinians
IslamOnline.net & Newspapers
CAIRO — A prominent American mathematician has donated an Israeli financial prize awarded for him to Palestinian students suffering under the yoke of Israeli restrictions. "I decided to donate my share of the Wolf Prize to enable the academic community in occupied Palestine to survive and thrive," David Mumford, professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, told Haaretz on Monday, May 26.
Mumford has won the 2008 Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics, one of the world’s top science prizes, for groundbreaking theoretical work in algebraic geometry.
His contributions to mathematics fundamentally changed algebraic geometry and were the grounds for winning the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics, in 1974.

Prizes come with a diploma and $100,000.
Mumford decided to gave his share of the money to Birzeit University, near the West Bank town of Ramallah, and the Israeli group Gisha, which campaigns for free movement of Palestinians.
Right to Education
The world-renowned mathematician said he wants the Palestinians to have the same right to education as everybody else.
"I am very grateful for the prize, but I believe that Palestinian students should have an opportunity to go elsewhere to acquire an education," said Mumford.
"Students in the West Bank and Gaza today do not have an opportunity to do that."
"The achievements I accomplished in mathematics were made possible thanks to my being able to move freely and exchange ideas with other scholars," maintained professor Mumford.
"But the people of occupied Palestine don't have an opportunity to do that. The school system is fighting for its life, and mobility is very limited," he regretted.
"Education for people in the occupied territories gives them a future. The alternative is chaos."
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Ninth_Scribe
05-27-2008, 04:42 PM
Originally Posted by glo
Oh thank you! I love beavers... and they're the M.I.T. standard. Hard working, playful, friendly, loving and adorable creatures. I hope it works out for them.

The Ninth Scribe
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truemuslim
05-28-2008, 07:32 PM
Seliethia Parker always saw her role as protector for her 7-year-old daughter, Alexis Goggins. But it was Alexis who ended up saving her mother's life by using her little body to shield her mom from a fusillade of bullets.
Doctors told Parker that her heroic little daughter, who was shot six times, would never walk or talk again.
But Alexis has surprised people with her gritty toughness. She's not only walking and talking, she's expected to have a full recovery.
"Everybody's still kind of shocked. This is progressing a little bit more than everybody expected," Parker said on "Good Morning America" today. "They said she should fully recover."
Alexis was shot last December when she and her mother were about to get into a car driven by Parker's female friend. Parker's former boyfriend, 29-year-old Calvin Tillie, jumped out of nearby bushes and forced his way into the car.
They drove for several minutes before Parker's friend was able to pull over to a gas station, under the pretense of needing fuel. There she called Detroit police while Parker and Alexis remained in the car.
Parker pleaded desperately with Tillie not to harm her or her daughter, but to no avail.
"Me and Alexis was left in the car with him at gunpoint and he starting shooting," Parker told GMA.
Fearing for her mother's life, Alexis bolted into the car's front seat, crying out, "Don't hurt my mother."
"Alexis jumped over the seat to try and save my life," Parker said.
Using her tiny body as a shield, Alexis blocked six gunshots from hitting her mother. The bullets pierced her right eye, chin, cheek, chest and jaw. When police arrived to the scene, they found Alexis in a pool of blood, curled beneath the steering wheel.
Parker also had been shot in the side of the head and the arm.
Both Parker and her daughter survived, though Alexis endured two painful months in the hospital and underwent six surgeries. Despite doctors' prediction that Alexis may never walk or talk again, Alexis is thriving.
Alexis said she doesn't consider herself a hero and said she wasn't scared during the event.
"I saved my mom," she said and added she loved her mother a lot and didn't want to see her get hurt.
Parker has endless gratitude for her selfless daughter.
"She's my angel and I love her to death," she said.
The man who allegedly attacked the pair is charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit murder. Tillie, a former convict on parole, also was charged with other offenses.



SOURCE

AWww MASHALLAH!
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glo
05-29-2008, 12:00 PM
Thanks for keeping this thread going :)

Bethlehem participants in a global week of church advocacy are inviting individuals and groups around the world to send them wishes and prayers for peace.

Incoming emails will be shared with parishes, schools and organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem as part of the action week, which is led by the World Council of Churches.

The messages will remind Palestinians cut off from each other and from the outside world that they are not forgotten, the Bethlehem groups say.

Prayers and wishes that reach Bethlehem will be posted on a web site.

Some of the emails will also be read aloud in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Sunday, 8 June 2008. That evening, people of Bethlehem will form a "living clock" to commemorate six decades of living as refugees and uprooted people since 1948, and 41 years of occupation.
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YusufNoor
06-03-2008, 05:26 AM
well, it's NOT negative news! kinda funny tho...

Runaway spellchecker mangles several names in Pennsylvania yearbook

By Associated Press
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) - A computer spell-checker run amok christened several Pennsylvania high school students with new - and in some cases unflattering - last names.

Middletown Area High School's yearbook listed Max Zupanovic as "Max Supernova," Kathy Carbaugh as "Kathy Airbag" and Alessandra Ippolito as "Alexandria Impolite," just to name a few.

"It was kind of funny, but kind of rude at the same time," Ippolito said.

The mistakes were found on four of the yearbook's 176 pages, co-editor Amanda Gummo said.

Ed Patrick of Taylor Publishing, which printed the book, said his company is responsible for the errors and will provide free stickers printed with the correct names.

"It happens all the time, every year," Patrick said. "Look at any yearbook in the country."
source:

http://www.komonews.com/news/offbeat/19457629.html

Alessandra Ippolito as "Alexandria Impolite," just to name a few.
"It was kind of funny, but kind of rude at the same time," Ippolito said.

c'mon, "Mr Impolite" thought it was kind of rude...:D

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Tania
06-03-2008, 12:13 PM
Before to be published the book should have been corrected. :)
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glo
06-11-2008, 05:06 PM
Kerstin Fritzl, the 19-year-old whose illness in April alerted the Austrian authorities to a major incest scandal, will make a full recovery, doctors say.

They say the woman, who spent her life as a captive in a cellar, has taken her first steps since waking from a coma.

Ms Fritzl, who was admitted to hospital suffering from major organ failure, has also been reunited with her siblings.

[...]

"The family is now very happy to all be together for the first time," family lawyer Christoph Herbst told a press conference.

Elisabeth and the six surviving children have moved into a house on hospital premises to enable them to live as normal a life as possible while still under hospital care.

"The reunion of Kerstin with her family a few days ago was a moving moment," hospital director Berthold Kepplinger told a press conference.

[...]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7447975.stm
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YusufNoor
06-13-2008, 06:22 PM
:sl:

positive, but VERY sad...:cry:

Rainier hiker 'sacrificed his life for his wife'

Story Published: Jun 12, 2008 at 9:53 AM PDT

Story Updated: Jun 12, 2008 at 7:01 PM PDT
By Seattle P-I
MOUNT RAINIER -- Battered by a blizzard on the slopes of this mountain, Eduard Burceag lay down in a snow trench, trying to use his body's warmth to protect his wife, Mariana, from the 70-mph winds.

Rangers alerted to an emergency at 10,000 feet found Burceag in the snow Tuesday morning. He had no pulse and would later be declared dead.

"He basically sacrificed his life for his wife," David Gottlieb, lead climbing ranger at Mount Rainier, said Wednesday. "Imagine you're laying in the snow. It drains you."

Burceag's 31-year-old wife and a family friend, Daniel Vlad, 35, of Bellevue survived the ordeal. An Army helicopter from Mount Rainier plucked them off the mountain Wednesday. And after a brief stay at Madigan Army Hospital and Harborview Medical Center, the two were released.

Rangers hiked the body of Eduard Burceag, 31, down from Camp Muir late Wednesday afternoon about the same time as the National Park Service identified the three, who had intended to take a day hike on the mountain Monday.

Eduard Burceag

Eduard Burceag was a software engineer, father of two sons and an experienced mountaineer. It was that experience he apparently called on amid the blizzard.

The hikers dug a trench in the snow, Gottlieb said.

Eduard Burceag lay on the ground. His wife was sandwiched between him and Vlad, Gottlieb said. Despite the pleas of his wife and Vlad, he refused to move.

Eduard Burceag and Vlad were engineers with Seattle-based Active Voice, a communications company. Both men are from Romania.

A worker at Active Voice declined comment Wednesday.

No one at the Burceag townhouse in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood would comment Wednesday.

A neighbor, though, recalled often seeing Eduard Burceag play with his sons and a remote-control car outside the townhouse.

"They're really nice people," the neighbor said. "We thought they were out of town."

Vlad has told rangers the group set out on the hike Monday because "they all have a passion for the mountain. They were prepared for the hike, but the weather turned on them," said Kevin Bacher, a spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park.

Burceag's death was the first on Mount Rainier since Devin Ossman died in March. Ossman's body was found a mile and half from the Kautz Creek trailhead.

Three years ago, two hikers died in a snowstorm on Mount Rainier in circumstances similar to Monday's events. In May 2005, Tim Stark, 57, of Lakewood and Greg Stark, 27, of Issaquah died while hiking to Camp Muir.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is a media partner of KOMO News. To read the complete P-I story, click here.
http://www.komonews.com/news/19825684.html

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glo
06-13-2008, 07:14 PM
^ That's an amazing story, Yusuf.
What a wonderful man and husband he must have been!
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