Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Imperium's Civil Alert Defense System Fails Latest Test

-- Imperium News Service

The Imperium's Civil Alert Defense System (C.A.D.S.) failed a recent equipment test; when Officials of the MicroGovt-Agency where unable to provide proof to the Officers of the Imperial Government, that *ALL* of the equipments assigned to the C.A.D. System were in 100% working order.

The C.A.D. System is tested on a seasonal schedule; as well as, at random non-scheduled times throughout the year.

The C.A.D. System is an internal alarm / alert series of systems (equipment), which provide emergency notice to the Citizens, Subjects, Protectorates (Protected Persons), and Visitors/Tourist (customers/businessmen), in the event of a storm, fire, accident, "act of war", or any other emergency that might occur. ("War" or "Warning")

To pass the test, *ALL* available systems / equipments must perform 100% efficent, 100% of the the times tested.

* The Cell-Phones were 100%
( central communication )

* The Iron Bell Alarm was 100%
( continuous series of rings )

* The Field Flares were 100%
( "red" for alarm / alert )

* The Fire Arms were 100%
( continuous fire into the sky )

* The "War or Warning" Flags were 100%
( flown for visual )

* The Air-Horns were 100%
( continuous series of blasts )

* The Bull-Horns were 0%
( batteries were depleted )

The Imperial Government of the Imperium of DeWaCo Estates has not commented on the actions that maybe taken to correct this failure.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Aruban General Election, 2009

General elections were held in Aruba on 25 September 2009 to choose the 21 members of the Estates (the parliament of Aruba). Aruba is an autonomous region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and has full autonomy over its internal affairs with defence and foreign affairs overseen by the Dutch government. The elections were the seventh to be held for membership of the Estates since autonomy was granted by the Dutch in 1986.

The Estates are the 21 seat legislature of Aruba and members are elected for four year terms using a proportional representation system of election, with each party being allowed to place up to 29 people on their party list. The members are not elected to constituencies and represent the entire electorate. The party or coalition which wins a majority will select a Prime Minister. Prior to this election the People's Electoral Movement (MEP) were the governing party, holding eleven seats. The main opposition Aruban People's Party (AVP) held eight with the Network of Eternal Democracy and the Aruban Patriotic Movement holding a seat apiece.

Eight political parties contested the election and there were 64,600 eligible voters. Pre-election polls showed the Aruban People's Party were expected to win, campaigning to reduce inflation and abolish a tax on local business. The AVP also pledged to address concerns over the island's oil refinery operated by Valero Energy, which has been closed since mid-July and provided jobs for around one thousand people, and a recent decline in tourists visiting the island. The People's Electoral Movement pledged to diversify the economy and reduce debt and living costs.

A turnout of 85% was recorded for the election which proceeded without disruption. The AVP, led by Mike Eman, claimed 48% of the vote and twelve seats in the Estates. The MEP won 36% of the vote and eight seats, with the final seat being won by the Real Democracy Party. This means that Nelson Oduber, Prime Minister of Aruba prior to the elections, has lost control of the Estates for the first time in eight years. The victory was marked by AVP supporters letting off fireworks and unfurling flags in the green livery of the party. Oduber blamed the MEP's defeat on Dutch interference in Aruba's affairs, in particular referring to a recent announcement that the Dutch authorities would commence an investigation into corruption on the island.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

'Last Ottoman' Dies at Age 97

-- Wikinews
Friday, September 25, 2009

Ertuğrul Osman, the last surviving pretender to the Ottoman throne, died on Wednesday after a renal failure at the age of 97. His wife, who was by his side, when he died, confirmed this was the case. The location of his death is a hospital in Istanbul. He had spent one week in hospital at the time of his death.

Osman was born on August 18, 1912 at Yıldız Palace in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. He was a former Prince of the Ottoman Empire and the 43rd Head of the dethroned House of Osman from 1994 until his death. If the throne were reconsecrated, he would have assumed the name Sultan Osman V.

He was fourth in line to rule when the monarchy was abolished in 1923, and the modern Republic of Turkey replaced the Imperial Dynasty. He was regarded by Turks as the "last Ottoman".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution, Dies at Age 95

-- From Wikinews
Sunday, September 13, 2009

American agronomist and Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug has died aged 95. Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution that transformed agriculture in the 20th century, died of complications from cancer at his home in Dallas, Texas in the United States late on Saturday evening.

Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his development and introduction of high yield crops, and also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, the two highest civilian awards in the U.S.. His work is often credited as saving over a billion lives.

Born in 1914 in Cresco, Iowa Borlaug worked on the family farm before enrolling at the University of Minnesota, gaining a master's and a Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics.

In 1944 he began working for the Cooperative Wheat Research and Production Program, a joint project of the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation. It was there that he led the development of new disease-resistant, high yield wheat varieties.

His introduction of these varieties to Southeast Asia in the 1960s averted mass famines, and led to countries such as India and Pakistan becoming self-sufficient in food. This was soon heralded as the start of a "Green Revolution", and later his efforts were extended to Africa.

From 1984 until his death Borlaug taught as Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, whilst continuing his research in Mexico and his promotion of agricultural development around the world. In 1986 he established the World Food Prize to recognize contributors to improvements in world food supplies. In 2006 A&M created the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture to continue his work.

As well as his agricultural work, when younger he was a keen wrestler, competing for his high school and the University of Minnesota. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.

Borlaug is survived by two children, Jeanie and William, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In a statement his children said: "It is the hope of the Borlaug family that his life be an example to all. We would like his life be a model for making a difference in the lives of others and to bring about efforts to end human misery for all mankind."

A memorial is planned to be held at Texas A&M.

400 Pound Python Seized by Wildlife Officials in East Florida

-- From Wikinews
Sunday, September 13, 2009

A "monster" Burmese python, weighing in at 400 pounds and stretching 18 feet long, was seized by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials on Friday after it was deemed unsafe in its cage near Lake Apopka, Florida.

The snake, named "Delilah", is at least 16 years old. Melvin Cheever was caring for Delilah after his brother moved to West Virginia and left the snake behind temporarily. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission visited the home after a complaint arose questioning the security of the snake's chain-link cage.

"I fed her this morning, gave her seven rabbits. She is as docile as can be. She's as happy as can be," said Cheever.

Officials called it the largest snake they had ever witnessed. Lt. Rick Brown with the organization's investigations section said, "To me it's a Goliath. It's a monster of a snake."

The incident occurs amid fears of snakes following the death of a 2-year-old Sumter County girl who was killed by her family's pet python earlier this summer.

Delilah was transported to a properly licensed caregiver, but is expected to remain there only temporarily.

Bomb Explosion in Kashmir Kills Three

-- From Wikinews
Saturday, September 12, 2009

Officials have said that at least three people were killed after a car bomb detonated in the Indian-administered province of Kashmir on Saturday.

The explosion occured in the city of Srinagar's main jail. Two police officers and a civilian were among the dead, and ten more police officers were wounded after the blast, several of them in critical condition.

Hemant Lohia, a senior police official, said explosives were inserted into a car and detonated by remote control as a police bus drove by.

Nobody has taken responsibility for the explosion, although the attack has been blamed on Muslim separatists, who have had an insurgency in the area since 1989. Clashes in the past month have increased, following a lull in violence.