Friday, March 30, 2007

Governor-General issues Statemen on the Gloabl Initiative on Forests and Climate

The Dominion of British West Florida welcomes the announcement today by the Government of Australia regarding the establishment of a new Global Initiative on Forests and Climate.

This ambitious, yet obtainable initiative presents an important opportunity to help save the world's forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without reducing the quality of life for anyone. Australia will engage key countries and international organizations in the initiative to support new forest planting, limit destruction of the world's remaining forests, and promote sustainable forest management. We are encouraged by the thoughtful, practicality of this proposal.

West Florida particularly welcomes this initiative's emphasis on building technical capacity in developing countries; strengthening regulatory and legal protections for forests; promoting the sustainable use of forest resources; and diversifying the economic base of forest dependent communities. We look forward to working with Australia on this proposal. West Florida's economy and future depend on sustainable agriculture, including forest management, and offer the skills and experience of our forest management experts to assit in the development of specific plans.

Almost 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from clearing the world's forests - second only to emissions from burning fossil fuels to produce electricity, and more than all of the world's emissions from transport. Globally, more than 4.4 million trees are removed every day or 1.6 billion trees each year - almost 1 billion of which are not replaced. Australia's initiative will commit more than USD $160 million to support new forest planting; limit destruction of the world's remaining forests; promote sustainable forest management; and encourage contributions from other countries.

The Government of the Dominion of British West Florida pledges our support for this effort, and encourages similar actions by other nations.

God Save Her Majesty the Queen of Australia,
God Save Her Majesty the Queen of West Florida.

Robert, Duke of Florida, Lord of St. George, GSB
Her Majesty's Governor-General in and for the
Dominion of British West Florida.

2007 Cricket World Cup: West Indies vs New Zealand

From Wikinews

New Zealand beat the West Indies by 7 wickets (with 64 balls remaining) in the Super 8 phase in the World Cup at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.

This was West Indies second game of the Super 8 stage, having already lost to Australia only yesterday. For New Zealand it was their first game in this stage, although they already had two points carried forward from their group stage victory over England.

Toss: New Zealand won, and elected to field first.

West Indies innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Chris Gayle b Oram 44 56 8 0 78.57
Shivnarine Chanderpaul c Styris b Bond 4 28 0 0 14.28
Ramnaresh Sarwan c McCullum b Oram 19 27 2 0 70.37
Marlon Samuels c McCullum b Oram 9 18 1 0 50.00
Brian Lara c McCullum b Styris 37 49 1 0 75.51
Dwayne Bravo c McCullum b Bond 18 30 0 0 60.00
Denesh Ramdin c Oram b Vettori 15 22 2 0 68.18
Lendl Simmons not out 14 26 2 0 53.84
Dwayne Smith b Vettori 8 6 0 1 133.33
Daren Powell lbw b Vettori 0 1 0 0 0.00
Corey Collymore b Bond 0 5 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1; lb 5; w 3) 9

Total (all out; 44.4 overs) 177
16 1

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Chanderpaul, 7.5 ov), 2-66 (Sarwan, 16.2 ov), 3-78 (Samuels, 20.3 ov), 4-81 (Gayle, 22.2 ov), 5-128 (Bravo, 33.1 ov), 6-150 (Lara, 36.3 ov), 7-158 (Ramdin, 41.3 ov), 8-176 (Smith, 43.3 ov), 9-176 (Powell, 43.4 ov), 10-177 (Collymore, 44.4 ov)

New Zealand bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Michael Mason 6 2 14 0 2.33
Shane Bond 8.4 0 31 3 3.57
James Franklin 3 0 29 0 9.66
Jacob Oram 8 2 23 3 2.87
Scott Styris 10 1 35 1 3.50
Daniel Vettori 9 1 39 3 4.33
New Zealand innings (Target: 178 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Peter Fulton b Powell 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stephen Fleming run out (Lara) 45 66 6 1 68.18
Hamish Marshall c Lara b Powell 15 23 2 0 65.21
Scott Styris not out 80 90 7 0 88.88
Craig McMillan not out 33 57 3 0 57.89
Extras (lb 1; w 3; nb 2) 6

Total (3 Wickets; 39.2 overs) 179
18 1

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Fulton, 0.2 ov), 2-36 (Marshall, 8.3 ov), 3-77 (Fleming, 20.6 ov)

West Indies bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Daren Powell 10 2 39 2 3.90
Dwayne Smith 5 0 24 0 4.80
Corey Collymore 9 0 43 0 4.77
Dwayne Bravo 8 0 32 0 4.00
Chris Gayle 6.2 0 35 0 5.52
Ramnaresh Sarwan 1 0 5 0 5.00

West Indies: C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, M N Samuels, B C Lara (capt), D J Bravo, D R Smith, D Ramdin (wkt), L M P Simmons, D B Powell, C D Collymore

New Zealand: P G Fulton, S P Fleming (capt), H J H Marshall, S B Styris, C D McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum (wkt), D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, S E Bond, M J Mason

Player of the match: J D P Oram (New Zealand)

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and R E Koertzen (South Africa)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: M J Proctor (South Africa)
Reserve umpire: B F Bowden (New Zealand)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

2007 Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka vs South Africa

From Wikinews

March 28, 2007

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 1 wicket (with 10 balls remaining) in a dramatic finish in the Super 8 phase of the World Cup at the Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana.

South Africa looked to be cruising to victory at 206-5, before Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga set a new World Cup record - and also international level record - with 4 wickets from 4 balls. Nevertheless, South Africa held their nerve to scrape home by one wicket.

This was both teams' first game in the Super 8 stage, although Sri Lanka already had 2 points on the board, thanks to their victory over Bangladesh in the group stage. South Africa entered empty-handed, having lost to their fellow group qualifiers, Australia.

Toss: Sri Lanka won, and elected to bat first.

Sri Lanka innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Upul Tharanga c Kemp b Ntini 12 13 2 0 92.30
Sanath Jayasuriya c Kallis b Langeveldt 26 27 4 0 96.29
Mahela Jayawardene c de Villiers b Langeveldt 12 31 1 0 38.70
Kumar Sangakkara c Boucher b Hall 28 38 4 0 73.68
Chamara Silva run out (Gibbs) 9 27 1 0 33.33
Tillakaratne Dilshan c Kemp b Ntini 58 76 4 0 76.31
Russel Arnold c Boucher b Langeveldt 50 73 2 0 68.49
Farveez Maharoof c Ntini b Langeveldt 5 9 0 0 55.55
Chaminda Vaas c Gibbs b Langeveldt 0 1 0 0 0.00
Lasith Malinga not out 0 2 0 0 0.00
Muttiah Muralitharan run out (Pollock) 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (lb 3; w 4; nb 1) 8

Total (all out; 49.3 overs) 209
18 0

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Tharanga, 3.1 ov), 2-45 (Jayasuriya, 10.1 ov), 3-65 (Jayawardene, 14.4 ov), 4-90 (Sangakkara, 21.3 ov), 5-98 (Silva, 24.1 ov), 6-195 (Dilshan, 45.5 ov), 7-208 (Arnold, 48.2 ov), 8-208 (Maharoof, 48.5 ov), 9-208 (Vaas, 48.6 ov), 10-209 (Muralitharan, 49.3 ov)

South Africa bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Shaun Pollock 8 0 46 0 5.75
Makhaya Ntini 8 0 26 2 3.25
Charl Langeveldt 10 1 39 5 3.90
Andrew Hall 9.3 0 33 1 3.47
Jacques Kallis 6 0 24 0 4.00
Robin Peterson 5 0 22 0 4.40
Graeme Smith 3 0 16 0 5.33
South Africa innings (Target: 210 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Graeme Smith st Sangakkara b Muralitharan 59 65 7 1 90.76
Abraham de Villiers b Vaas 0 5 0 0 0.00
Jacques Kallis c Sangakkara b Malinga 86 110 4 0 78.18
Herschelle Gibbs c & b Muralitharan 31 51 1 0 60.78
Mark Boucher lbw b Muralitharan 0 1 0 0 0.00
Justin Kemp st Sangakkara b Jayasuriya 5 16 0 0 31.25
Shaun Pollock b Malinga 13 24 1 0 54.16
Andrew Hall c Tharanga b Malinga 0 2 1 0 0.00
Robin Peterson not out 4 8 1 0 50.00
Makhaya Ntini b Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
Charl Langeveldt not out 1 9 0 0 11.11
Extras (b 5; lb 4; w 3; nb 1) 13

Total (9 Wickets; 48.2 overs) 212
14 1

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (de Villiers, 0.6 ov), 2-95 (Smith, 17.2 ov), 3-160 (Gibbs, 32.1 ov), 4-160 (Boucher, 32.2 ov), 5-182 (Kemp, 37.6 ov), 6-206 (Pollock, 44.5 ov), 7-206 (Hall, 44.6 ov), 8-207 (Kallis, 46.1 ov), 9-207 (Ntini, 46.2 ov)

Sri Lanka bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Chaminda Vaas 10 1 31 1 3.10
Lasith Malinga 9.2 0 54 4 5.78
Farveez Maharoof 7 0 41 0 5.85
Muttiah Muralitharan 10 0 34 3 3.40
Sanath Jayasuriya 10 0 34 1 3.40
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2 0 9 0 4.50

Sri Lanka: W U Tharanga, S T Jayasuriya, K C Sangakkara (wkt), D P M D Jayawardene (capt), L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, M F Maharoof, W P U J C Vaas, R P Arnold, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan
South Africa: G C Smith (capt), A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, J M Kemp, M V Boucher (wkt), S M Pollock, A J Hall, R J Peterson, M Ntini, C K Langeveldt

Player of the match: C K Langeveldt (South Africa)

Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and D J Harper (Australia)
TV umpire: M R Benson (England)
Match referee: J J Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: S J A Taufel (Australia)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

2007 Cricket World Cup: Australia vs West Indies

From Wikinews

March 27, 2007

Australia face the West Indies today in the first game of the Super 8 phase in the World Cup at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.

With Australia posting their innings of 322, the teams went for lunch; Meanwhile, the heavens opened and rain prevented any more play. West Indies will therefore begin their innings tomorrow.

Toss: West Indies won, and elected to field first.

Australia innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Adam Gilchrist c Ramdin b Powell 7 9 0 0 77.77
Matthew Hayden c Samuels b Bravo 158 143 14 4 110.48
Ricky Ponting run out (Sarwan) 35 36 4 1 97.22
Michael Clarke lbw b Bravo 41 47 4 0 87.23
Andrew Symonds c Ramdin b Samuels 13 18 1 0 72.22
Michael Hussey b Powell 9 18 1 0 50.00
Shane Watson not out 33 26 3 1 126.92
Brad Hogg not out 5 6 0 0 83.33
Extras (b 1; lb 9; w 8; nb 3) 21

Total (6 Wickets; 50 overs) 322
27 6

Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Gilchrist, 4.1 ov), 2-76 (Ponting, 14.4 ov), 3-174 (Clarke, 30.5 ov), 4-208 (Symonds, 35.6 ov), 5-234 (Hussey, 40.5 ov), 6-297 (Hayden, 47.1 ov)

West Indies bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Daren Powell 10 2 53 2 5.30
Jerome Taylor 10 0 67 0 6.70
Corey Collymore 10 0 56 0 5.60
Chris Gayle 4 0 29 0 7.25
Dwayne Bravo 7 0 49 2 7.00
Marlon Samuels 9 0 58 1 6.44


Australia: A C Gilchrist (wkt), M L Hayden, R T Ponting (capt), M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, N W Bracken, S W Tait, G D McGrath
West Indies: C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, M N Samuels, B C Lara (capt), D J Bravo, D Ramdin (wkt), D R Smith, J E Taylor, D B Powell, C D Collymore

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
TV umpire: B F Bowden (New Zealand)
Match referee: B C Broad (England)
Reserve umpire: R E Koertzen (South Africa)

New King of Talossa Addresses his People

-- Tolassian News Service

The King Addresses the Nation
« Thread Started on Mar 15, 2007, 6:00am »

My Lord Duke, My Lords, Ladies, Gentlemen, fellow-citizens of the Kingdom of Talossa, my very dear friends —

It has been nineteen months since a King of Talossa last spoke to the nation. Today that long silence comes to an end. I stand before you all, the newly created King of Talossa, the fifth — and largest — monarch to ascend this glorious Throne. I am humbled and not a little amazed by the trust you have shown me, the dignity to which you have raised me; and I pledge to you that I will do all in my power to prove worthy of that trust, and to bear with honour and good humour the burden the Talossan people have laid upon me. Yours will be my best efforts of industry, honesty, ingenuity, dedication, and prayer, to ensure (insofar as this changeful world allows for surety) that the Kingdom of Talossa may grow, prosper, and flourish for many years — for many generations — after I have gone to my reward.

I imagine that, as the months and years pass, I will have quite a few things to say to you. (Steel yourselves.) On this happy day, though, I will try to be reasonably brief, at least insofar as brevity is consistent with pomposity. A few points of business, though, must needs be addressed, a few things said.

1. The Royal House

It is our royal will and pleasure that our House be styled “La Casâ és la Dünastà Lupul”, “The House and Dynasty of Lupul”, and that we ourselves be known as “King John” or “Regeu Ián”. It will be necessary, therefore, to modify the Organic and House Law on these and related points, an undertaking which we confidently entrust to the attention of the Ziu, sooner better than later. In particular, we desire that the Ziu consider the difficult question of the admission of adopted children into the royal succession, and furthermore the question of the transmission of the Crown should the royal line ever again fail (which heaven avert), both of which questions impact both Organic and Statutory law.

Our reign shall be reckoned as commencing on the fourteenth day of March in the year of salvation two thousand and seven (the eve, by what we trust to be mere happenstance, of the two thousand fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Caius Julius Caesar), after an interregnum of one hundred and five days — a number, it would seem certain, replete with mystic significance.

2. Heraldic matters and the Coronation

We and our heirs royal shall henceforth bear “Quarterly, 1 and 4 Talossa, 2 and 3 Lupul”, or more fully “Quarterly, 1 and 4 argent the Chinese glyph Ben sable, 2 and 3 per fess azure and vert, a wolf salient argent armed and langued gules, and in sinister chief a rose argent charged with a heart gules”. Supporters: “Representing Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity, a Roman lady hair dressed and a Berber woman hair dishevelled, both proper crined sable vested argent each bearing a palm branch vert.” Motto: “Cor Unum”.

We shall make use, as badge, of “A rose argent charged with a heart gules”.

We request and command our right-beloved Squirrel King of Arms, in consultation and collaboration with his College, 1) to advise with us concerning the addition of a crest to our achievement, but they are not to consider a bonacon even for a moment, 2) to record these devices in the Kingdom’s Armorial, 3) to take thought and counsel as to the titles, styles, and arms of our son Prince Patrick, heir presumptive to the throne – nor is it our thought that Talossa need, at this time, distinguish between “His Highness” and “His Royal Highness” –, 4) to bring the Peerage up to date with regard to our accession, 5) to remind our non-armigerous citizenry, over and over again, of the College’s ready eagerness to assist them in devising way cool Coats of Arms for themselves and their descendants, and 6) to consult and work with the officials of the Ministry for Home Affairs and other appropriate persons concerning the celebration of a vastly pompous Coronation for ourselves. For be known and understood, as a principle of our House and of the Talossan monarchy henceforth and forever, that the crowning of a Talossan monarch should nowise be celebrated in any place wheresoever except within the sacred boundaries of the Kingdom.

3. The Privy Council

Among the amendments to the Organic Law now being considered is Lord Lauriéir’s “Privy Council Act”, which (if passed) will require that the King name a Council “with whom he shall consult whenever possible on all matters of grave importance to the Kingdom, and whose duty shall be to offer the King the benefit of their individual and collective wisdom and advice. The King shall take care to include in this council those citizens with the longest and deepest connections to the ongoing historical life of the Kingdom, in particular those who are personally familiar with the homeland itself.” Struck by the wisdom of this proposal, mindful of the weakness of our unassisted judgement, and craving trustworthy advice, we now, anticipating the Organic establishment of the Privy Council, do ourselves establish it off our own stick as it were, and do therefore hereby appoint to our Privy Council the following honoured, well-beloved, and faithful citizens of the Kingdom:

First, the chief of our nobility, the first-elected Prime Minister of the Kingdom, elected Seneschál an unequalled five times (thus far!), Senator and Senior Justice of the Uppermost Cort — Duke Ián von Metáiriâ.

Secondly, the first-naturalized citizen of Talossa, three times elected Prime Minister, who served as Regent and sole Justice of the Uppermost Cort during a critical period following the abdication of our predecessor and royal cousin King Robert I — Count Danihél Lauriéir.

Thirdly, the former Prime Minister and current Justice and Lord President of the Senate, Governor of our own home province of Florenciâ, and, God willing, cultivator of many fine dandelions — Baron Quedéir Castiglhâ.

We confide that, guided by the wisdom of such eminent Talossans, and others whom we intend and desire to add to their number, the Crown is in little danger of running either astray or amok; and we call upon the entire nation to congratulate and support them in the arduous task they now face. We shall try not to make it arduouser than need be.

4. Closing remarks

Nor would we be thought unmindful, at this propitious time, of the friends of our Kingdom who are no longer, or who never were, our citizens. In particular, we extend the hand of friendship and fellowship to the people of the Talossan Republic, to whom so many historic, cultural, and personal ties bind us so inseparably. And to other long-time Talossans, no longer with us, our mind and heart go out as well — to Sir Tomás Gariçéir, Gary Cone, Sir Josh Macht and Sandy Prachel, Marguerite Converse, Marc Moisan, and the many others whose friendship the Kingdom shall always cherish, and without whom Talossa doesn’t seem quite complete.

We should be remiss, did we not express most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Justices of the Cort pü Înalt for their service these last months as Council of Regency; to Dr. Greg Rajala for his service as Regent to our predecessor King Louis for a year before that; to S:reu Mick Preston, who agreed to take over the Chancery when circumstances dictated that the Secretary of State should resign; and to all the Talossan people for their support, affection, goodwill, kindness, and enthusiasm. Dieu salvadra el Regipäts Talossán!

— John, by the Grace of God, King of Talossa and of all its Realms and Regions, King of Cézembre, Sovereign Lord and Protector of Pengöpäts and the New Falklands, Defender of the Faith, Leader of the Armed Forces, Viceroy of Hoxha and Vicar of Atatürk

Monday, March 26, 2007

World Cup Cricket: Bangladesh beat Bermuda

March 25, 2007

Bangladesh beat Bermuda by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining) in a crucial Group B match - the final game of the group stage - in the World Cup at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Bangladesh will therefore advance to the Super 8 phase, while India is eliminated.

Rain stopped play during Bermuda's innings after just 3 overs, and again after 7.4, 8 overs and 15.1 overs. The match was reduced to 21 overs per side.

Bangladesh's target under the Duckworth-Lewis method was set at 96 runs.

Toss: Bangladesh won, and decided to field first.

Bermuda innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Steven Outerbridge c Mohammad Rafique b Mashrafe Mortaza 0 4 0 0 0.00
Oliver Pitcher c Habibul Bashar b Saqibul Hasan 22 47 1 0 46.80
Delyone Borden c Habibul Bashar b Mashrafe Mortaza 2 11 0 0 18.18
David Hemp c Aftab Ahmed b Syed Rasel 0 4 0 0 0.00
Irvine Romaine lbw b Abdur Razzak 11 21 2 0 52.38
Dean Minors c Tamim Iqbal b Abdur Razzak 23 25 0 1 92.00
Lionel Cann st Mushfiqur Rahim b Saqibul Hasan 16 6 2 1 266.66
Janeiro Tucker c Tamim Iqbal b Mohammad Rafique 9 6 1 0 150.00
Kevin Hurdle b Abdur Razzak 0 4 0 0 0.00
Saleem Mukuddem not out 0 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 5; w 4; nb 2) 11

Total (9 Wickets; 21 overs) 94
6 2

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Outerbridge, 0.6 ov), 2-8 (Borden, 4.1 ov), 3-11 (Hemp, 5.4 ov), 4-35 (Romaine, 10.6 ov), 5-52 (Pitcher, 16.4 ov), 6-73 (Cann, 18.2 ov), 7-86 (Tucker, 19.5 ov), 8-94 (Minors, 20.4 ov), 9-94 (Hurdle, 20.6 ov)

Bangladesh bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Mashrafe Mortaza 4 0 8 2 2.00
Syed Rasel 5 0 14 1 2.80
Abdur Razzak 4 0 20 3 5.00
Mohammad Rafique 4 0 18 1 4.50
Saqibul Hasan 3 0 12 2 4.00
Aftab Ahmed 1 0 17 0 17.00
Bangladesh innings (Target: 96 runs from 21 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Tamim Iqbal c Hurdle b Mukuddem 1 2 0 0 50.00
Shahriar Nafees c Tucker b Mukuddem 12 25 0 1 48.00
Aftab Ahmed lbw b Mukuddem 7 14 1 0 50.00
Saqibul Hasan not out 26 35 2 0 74.28
Mohammad Ashraful not out 29 32 2 0 90.62
Extras (b 4; w 14; nb 3) 21

Total (3 Wickets; 17.3 overs) 96
5 1

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Tamim Iqbal, 1.1 ov), 2-30 (Aftab Ahmed, 5.3 ov), 3-37 (Shahriar Nafees, 7.1 ov)

Bermuda bowling
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wicket(s) Econ
Kevin Hurdle 4 0 25 0 6.25
Saleem Mukuddem 5 1 19 3 3.80
Janeiro Tucker 3 0 14 0 4.66
Dwayne Leverock 3.3 0 19 0 5.42
Delyone Borden 2 0 15 0 7.50

Bangladesh: Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Habibul Bashar (capt), Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel
Bermuda: O L Pitcher, S D Outerbridge, D C C Borden, D L Hemp, I H Romaine (capt), J J Tucker, D A Minors (wkt), L O B Cann, K A D Hurdle, S Mukuddem, R D M Leverock

Player of the match: Mohammad Ashraful (Bangladesh)

Umpires: S J Davis (Australia) and I L Howell (South Africa)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: A G Hurst (Australia)
Reserve umpire: D J Harper (Australia)