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Italian biggest win at Italian Lottery Superenalotto

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

The Tuesday drawing of the Italian Superenalotto game has awarded the biggest prize ever won in a betting game in Italy. The single winner of the first category prize (6 numbers guessed) will receive an amount, including the jackpot from previous un-won draws, of 72.090.405,19 (US$93 million.) The prize money will be received in full without further taxation, since taxes in prizes of that type are taken at a fixed rate by the Italian State from the money paid for the bet.

The winning card was purchased in a café in Milan. The betting game, in some respects similar to Powerball in the USA, but without the special number, requires guessing 6 numbers out of 90.

There is not a drawing for the Superenalotto itself. Numbers are taken from the drawing of another Italian lottery game called the national Lotto. If you guess all 6 numbers in Superenalotto, you win the highest prize.

One additional number is drawn from the Lotto drawing. If you have guessed 5 numbers of the normal Superenalotto 6, where the additional number is called the Jolly number or Joker number, you win a runner-up prize (somewhat less than the full 6 award). Called the 5+1 prize, it was just won in the previous drawing on April 30. There are minor prizes for 5, 4 or 3 numbers guessed, but only the full 6 and 5+1 prize have the jackpot mechanism.

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Wikinews Shorts: June 4, 2007
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Wikinews Shorts: June 4, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, June 4, 2007.

MediaCorp Radio in Singapore has been fined 15,000 Singaporean dollars (US$9,800) over an on-air stunt in March in which female guests on a radio show were asked to remove their brassieres, and pose for video that was to be posted on the station’s website and on YouTube.

The Media Development Authority said the radio show’s hosts made improper and sexually suggestive remarks about “how fast the bras were removed, as well as the color, design and cup size of the bras, and the size of the girls’ breasts.”

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Researchers at University of Malaya say they have developed an erectile dysfunction cure from walnut extract.

“It takes about an hour for the effects to set in and it will last for about four hours,” said Professor Dr. Kim Kah Hwi of the Faculty of Medicine Physiology.

So far, 40 volunteers have tried the Viagra alternative, called “N-Hanz”, with positive results, Kim said. To make one pill, it takes about 3.3 kilograms (about 7 pounds) of walnuts.

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An 8-year-old Indonesian boy died after being attacked on Saturday by a Komodo Dragon at Komodo National Park on Komodo.

The boy was attacked while making a toilet stop in a bush, a park official said. “The dragon bit his waist, tossed him and dragged him. His right leg was badly scratched,” park spokesman Heru Rudiharto said. The boy then bled to death.

Attacks by Dragons on humans are rare, though the reptiles, which can grow to a length of 3 meters (9 feet), regularly kill such prey as pigs and small deer. Komodo Dragons are an endangered and protected species, and about 2,000 of them live in the wild, mainly on Komodo and nearby Rinca island.

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How To Be Prepared For Your Business Trip}

Submitted by: Hoyt Livery

As many business travelers know, a well planned and prepared trip is an enjoyable and usually successful trip. No matter how often you travel, or for how long, here are more expert travel tips from H.O. Maycotte, contributor to Forbes magazine.

A note about airline points programs. Its a good idea for you, or your company, to choose an airline and stick with them. The more you fly the same airline, the more benefits youll enjoy from the points program, including upgrades, early boarding, and other benefits. If you dont have a favorite carrier, look for one with the most destinations from your home base.

Take advantage of travel apps. One way to stay ahead of delays is to load up your phone with essential travel apps, starting with your preferred airline. Other useful apps include Flightstats, Kayak, GateGuru, SeatGuru, TripAdvisor, TripIt, and of course, Hoyt on the Go.

Pack ahead to present. As the Boy Scout saying goes, “Be prepared.” Maycotte recommends being prepared for anything, especially when on a business trip. Pack a backpack ahead of time with everything youll need for a meeting and/or business presentation, including laptop and/or iPad, cables and connectors, business cards, pens and paper, some toiletries, even a change of socks and underwear so even if you have to run to a meeting from the airport, youre all set to present.

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If you make presentations often, dont assume theyll have your connector, so bring them all: HDMI, DVI, AV out, etc. Bring whatever you might need to show content from any of your devices. Also, keep your content on a flash drive as backup.

Be prepared for weak or no Wi-Fi. In a pinch, you can use AT&T tethering to turn your phone into a hotspot. If you cant use your phone, use slides for backup. If you cant show slides, be prepared to use a spiral bound version of your presentation or an old school dry erase board if you have to.

Be frugal, yet practical. If youre traveling overnight for business, dont just book the cheapest flight or hotel room. Book based on location, as well as price. If an airport or hotel is many miles away from your meeting, the stress wont be worth the savings.

Prepare for the airport. The good thing about traveling often is you get better at it.

Fly with a carry-on bag only. If youre traveling overnight or for just a few days, pack a carry-on bag only. Checking a bag is a huge time waster, and if it gets lost or ends up in Houston and youre in New York, it could ruin your trip and dash your business objectives. Maximize space by wearing your good suit on the plane, roll up clothes instead of folding them (to prevent wrinkling), and ship any necessary materials to the destination ahead of time.

Other savvy airport tips

Check-in online ahead of time. Most airlines allow you to check-in online starting 24 hours before your flight time. If you can, take advantage of this service.

If eligible, apply for TSA Pre? to save time at the airports security lines. If you fly internationally on a regular basis, register with Nexus, Sentri, or Global Entry.

Other ways to speed up security: Remember to pack toiletries with less than 3.4oz of liquids in a clear bag and wear shoes without shoe laces, if possible.

About the Author: The Silvestros purchased Hoyt Livery in 1987. Throughout the years, they have created the Hoyt Experience… first-rate service beyond your expectations… from the moment you make your initial reservation until the time you reach your final destination.Hoyt Livery is dedicated to on-the-go business professionals and today’s savvy leisure travelers. Find out why people throughout Fairfield County are saying “Hoyt’s Here.” Visit Hoyt Livery’s website at

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White House press center evacuated after bomb scare
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White House press center evacuated after bomb scare

Monday, June 18, 2007

A press room across the street of the White House was evacuated after a bomb sniffing dog had a reaction to a van it was searching. The van was believed to be a transport vehicle for Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert, but some reports also say that it is not known to whom the van belongs.

The evacuated space is where the press gathers before they enter the Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of the White House. It is around the corner from Blair House.

“Police were called, they are on the scene currently attempting to clear the vehicle. The vehicle is part of the delegation that is staying at the Blair House,” said Darrin Blackford, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

Police searched the van using a robot and blocked off streets around the area to vehicle traffic, but at 4:30 p.m. (eastern time), authorities gave the “all-clear” for personnel to be allowed back into the building.

The “suspicious” van was parked in front of Lafayette Park. Other areas near the White House were also evacuated including Pennsylvania Avenue, on which the White House is located, and the Jackson Square Press Center, because “of an abundance of caution.”

Olmert is currently a guest in the Blair House which is located across the street from the White House. Olmert is expected to meet with United States President George W. Bush to discuss the Palestinian government and other issues. It is not known if Olmert was inside the house at the time of the incident.

It is not known why the dog reacted to the van, but nothing was found inside it after the Secret Service searched it.

Mumbai officials demolish 39K shanties; 200K homeless
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Mumbai officials demolish 39K shanties; 200K homeless

December 25, 2004

Officials in Mumbai, India, demolished over 6,000 shanties today in a push to eradicate the capital city’s slums. In total, 39,000 shanties have been flattened, displacing over 200,000 people, in the city’s biggest-ever demolition drive, which began in early December.

When complete, over 2 million people are expected to be displaced. After wiping out the least desirable shanties, next in line for demolition are the illegal ‘well-off’ shanties and neighborhoods, according to the legal and bureaucratic motions that have been executed toward cleaning up Mumbai’s appearance by lowering the dominance of shanties, which make up 62 percent of Mumbai’s housing.

“As far as eye can see, there are mounds of wood, tin and tarpaulin, the remains of 6,200 illegal homes, flattened by a heavy excavator running on tank-like tracks and giant motorised claws,” the Indian Express reported about today’s destruction. [1]

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that citizens would see a change within six months. “Every chief minister likes to be remembered, and I’m no exception,” said Deshmukh, who despite having an empty exchequer, also announced that Rs 31,000 crore will be spent on new roads, sea links and rail lines. [2]

Are You Doing You Own Mold Removal?

By Adriana Noton

It would be impossible to do a complete mold removal because mildew exists in almost all areas of the environment and mildew is actually a benefit to a healthy environment so it is necessary to have mildew. But there are some forms of mildew that can cause health problems such as respiratory illness. If allowed to build up in the home mildew can present an unhealthful living condition.

In extreme cases the mildew or fungus will grow to a point that a hazardous condition is created and people will have to actually move out of their home until the problem is cleaned out. The best way to keep fungus or mildew from growing into a problem is to clean it out before it can develop into a hazardous condition. The best way to find out if there is a problem developing is to have a professional testing company come to the home and test for mildew.

The company will be able to test the home to discover growing mildew in areas of the home such as heating ducts, plumbing fixtures, and behind wallpaper. These areas are usually hidden from view so mildew can grow in these areas without being detected easily. Most professional companies will use a device called a borescope which is a tool to inspect hard to reach areas using an optical lens.

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Some homeowners try to test their home for mildew and fungus on their own rather than calling a professional to do the testing. But doing the work the first time out requires the homeowner to purchase special equipment and it takes time to learn how to do the testing. A homeowner can do the testing rather than calling a professional company but he will have to expend a lot of time and effort to do the job himself.

The professionals not only know how to test a home for mildew but they also know how to take precautions when doing testing. For instance the professionals use proper breathing masks to keep from breathing in the fungus or mildew. The mildew, if inhaled, can lead to respiratory problems that can lead to chronic illness.

Homeowners testing for mildew or fungus need to take precautions just as the professionals do because they could be exposed to a large amount of airborne spores that can be inhaled. This is another reason why homeowners should consider allowing the professionals to do the testing. The professionals wear breathing masks and also protective clothing to protect their skin from having contact with the fungus or mildew.

When dangerous levels of mildew have been detected the cleaning team will take steps to clean the mildew out of the home and make it safe to inhabit. Once the spores have been safely removed the clean up team will apply an antimicrobial substance to keep the mildew from returning. Whatever cannot be cleaned will be taken out and disposed.

Mold removal is best left to the professionals who know how to properly and safely remove mildew and fungus from homes. Homeowners can do their own testing and can try to remove this hazardous growth from their homes but the professionals have all of the necessary testing and removal equipment. Unhealthy levels of mildew and fungus in the home can cause health problems for those living in the house.

About the Author: There are many parts of your house where mold removal needed. Before beginning the task of mould removal Toronto, you have to identify those areas, which have been affected by the molds.

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US nationals arrested for alleged abduction of Haitian children
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US nationals arrested for alleged abduction of Haitian children

Monday, February 1, 2010

Haitian police yesterday arrested ten United States nationals, five men and five women, over the alleged abduction of 33 children. The nationals tried to cross with the children, aged between two months and twelve years, into the Dominican Republic, but were halted at the border.

The group belongs to the two-month-old New Life Children’s Refuge charity, with some members from Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, and others from Texas and Kansas. Their claimed intention was to move the quake victims to a temporary orphanage being set up in a hotel-resort in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. Police said the Americans did not have any paperwork or permissions to remove the children from the country. Haiti’s government has imposed new restrictions on adoptions due to concerns about child trafficking during the post-disaster confusion.

The detainees are being held near the capital, Port-au-Prince, and maintain their arrest was a mistake. Laura Silsby, the group’s spokeswoman, insisted on the group acting in good faith and they paid no money for the children. She defended the lack of any authority from Haitian officials, “I was going to come back here to do the paperwork,” asserting that Haitian pastor Jean Sanbil, of the Sharing Jesus Ministries, allowed them to move the children. She claimed, “[w]e had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there.”

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive disagreed strongly with group’s actions; “[w]e did not arrest Americans, we arrested kidnappers.” Social Affairs minister, Yves Christallin, told Agence France-Presse that it was “abduction, not an adoption”. He continued, “what is important for us in Haiti is that a child needs to have authorisation from this ministry to leave the country”. He stressed, “[t]his is totally illegal, […] these people did not have that authorization.”

Kent Page, a spokesman for UNICEF in Haiti, also weighed in today saying, “[y]ou can’t just go and take a child out of a country – no matter what country you are in.”

The NCLR group planned to take around 100 children to the Dominican Republic. According to their mission statement, the Baptists‘ intent was to “find healing, hope, joy and new life in Christ” for the Roman Catholic children “as well as opportunities for adoption into a loving Christian family.” To that end they partnered with New Life Adoption Foundation to “help facilitate adoptions and provide grants to subsidize the cost of adoption for loving Christian parents who would otherwise not be able to afford to adopt.” They envisioned building an orphanage at Villa Magante on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, with facilities for the children, and lodging and amenities for “adopting parents to stay while fulfilling requirement for 60?90 day visit as well as Christian volunteers/vacationing families.”

The children have been transferred to an SOS Children’s village in Santo, to the north of the capital. The site has a medical facility run by the Dominican Red Cross. Staff reported the children were “in a very bad emotional state” and that a small baby had to be temporarily taken to the main hospital. Some children told staff they actually have parents, and a twelve year old said she and her family had believed the New Life Children’s Refuge group wanted to take her to a boarding school in the Dominican Republic. Later, three people arrived at the SOS Children’s village claiming to be relatives of five of the children. They said, “the woman who took the children to DR” told them she organised summer camps in the neighbouring country; they declared they did not intent to permanently part with their children.

Amarick Louis, Haiti’s justice secretary, told the Associated Press that a commission would decide today if the group would go before a judge. Senior Pastor Clint Henry of the Central Valley Baptist Church told reporters New Life Children’s Refuge, and the Haiti mission, are separate from the 25-year-old church. He noted that members of the church were confronted with negative feedback after the arrest of the NLCR group. His congregation prayed for the arrested members of their church during services on Sunday.

Preparations for inaugural Bathurst International Motor Festival begin
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Preparations for inaugural Bathurst International Motor Festival begin

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Bathurst Regional Council has begun preparing the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit for the inaugural Bathurst International Motorsport Festival (BIMF) to be held between April 13 and 16, 2006. The Mount Panorama motor racing circuit is considered to be the home of motorsport in Australia.

Council’s staff have been busy cleaning the facilities, erecting signage, checking pedestrian bridges and inspecting the track surface for the past few days.

The BIMF will be the first event to be held at the 6.2 kilometre circuit over Easter since 2000. In 2000, Event Management Specialists held the first motorcycle racing event since 1990, but due to EMS going bankrupt a short time after their 2000 event was ran and the inability of the then Bathurst City Council to find another promoter, the Easter event was canned.

The BIMF is inspired by the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in the United Kingdom. The Bathurst Regional Council and event promoter Global Entertainment Team promise that the event “will cater for all motoring enthusiasts, collectors and historians”.

According to the BIMF website, the on-track program consists of:

Off the track, the organisers have promised manufacturer displays, merchandise stands, music, joyflights, Off-road demonstrations and joyrides, autograph sessions and interviews with influential people in the Australian motor industry.

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