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Saddam may be put to death only 5 times

first_img Rappin’ Harry: Seems that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers had a bit of a problem filling out her Senate questionnaire, answering many questions with “because,” “why not?” and “he told me I didn’t have to answer that.” “If she doesn’t want to answer, that’s up to her,” said the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Arlen Specter, R-Pa. “But the ones she is answering, she’s rhyming, which hasn’t been done since the misguided Carl Sandburg nomination.” In addition, Miers seems to be breaking many of the poetic laws. “She’s forcing the rhymes,” said Specter. “Stretching out syllables and ill-conceived phrasing. No matter how many times she writes it, `habeas corpus’ and `fieri facias’ do not rhyme.” When Miers does actually rhyme, word is that she is doing so by ending words with “ee.” There’s no such word as “plaintiffee” or “hearsayee,” said Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt. “If you’re going to make huge, consequential decisions affecting the entire country and choose to do so in a rhyme, you do it the way our forefathers would have rhymed them.” Couldn’t make this one up: Michael Jackson has received a jury summons at his Neverland Valley Ranch, four months after he was acquitted of child-molestation charges. Anything I would add to this only diminishes the irony. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” and can be heard on Los Angeles’ KTLK-AM (1150) on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Understanding the special election: making your decision easier: Today, Proposition 76 – State Spending and School Funding Limits. Yes: Schools and teachers already have way too much money to spend on students. Besides, I’m way more comfortable with the guy who owns fourteen Hummers deciding how to to make efficient use of my tax dollars. No: I have seen the results of my child’s education, and if we pull one more cent out of the school’s coffers, I’m afraid my kid will turn into a cabbage. Washington in trouble: The office of the federal prosecutor looking into PlameGate just may be indicting Washington, D.C. “The case has become much too unwieldy to do piecemeal,” said an unidentified staffer from Patrick Fitzgerald’s office, “so we’ve decided to haul up the entire District of Columbia, where most of the alleged crime took place – allegedly.” The only one not indicted will be President Bush, whom investigators say is probably safe as they presume he’s on vacation whenever anything happens. In other political business as usual: Tom DeLay’s attorney says that, prior to DeLay’s being indicted, not only did prosecutor Ronnie Earle offer him a deal that would have reduced his crime to a misdemeanor, but said that he would allow DeLay to prosecute Earle for being an utter idiot to offer such a deal in the first place – a felony in Texas. Rocky, all right already: Sylvester Stallone announced he will soon begin shooting the sixth and (hopefully) final episode in the film series. “Don’t Make Me Use This Catheter” will have the Philly boxing legend Rocky Balboa once again shuffling out of retirement, but this time, he forgets why. He spends the next hour and a half looking for a reason and long-lost cachet.” Iraqi constitution vote in question: Recounts are all the fashion in Iraq as the constitution “yes” was near 95 percent in the Sunni areas that were expected to vote “no.” Contacted for a reaction, Saddam Hussein said that those “running the election were amateurs.” Hussein added, “During my many elections, I averaged at least 102 percent of the votes, and I had at least 10 or 20 people running against me. Though, to be honest, if any of them would have won, they would have been much too dead to serve.” More Saddam: With Hussein’s trial under way, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said that due to the former president/dictator/bad dancer’s admissions of murder, he should be “executed 20 times.” Hussein’s court-appointed attorney, Slicky McSlimepants, confidently said his team would make Talabani look like a fool. “If Saddam is executed more than five or six times, I’ll turn in my diploma.” Strange non-bedfellows: President George W. Bush visited Southern California for a big political fundraiser this past week, ignoring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plea to stay out of the state until after the special election is over. “We understand the governor’s consternation,” said a presidential spokesperson, “but if we stop taking money from places where the president is unpopular, we’d go bankrupt.” last_img
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American rail firm expands in SA

first_img7 August 2008American industrial company Wabtec Corporation is expanding its presence in South Africa by establishing joint ventures to manufacture, supply and service its products in the region.The Wilmerding, Pennsylvania-based Wabtec Corporation is a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for the rail industry, manufacturing a range of products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles through its subsidiaries.It also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives and provides aftermarket services, and has been operating in African markets for several years.“By establishing a local presence in South Africa, we are making a commitment to expand our production and service capabilities in this growing market,” Wabtec chief executive Albert Neupaver said in a statement this week.The company has created Wabtec South Africa and FIP Brakes South Africa, both based in Kempton Park, to the east of Johannesburg, to boost its manufacturing presence in the region.To ensure that the company’s local operations are compliant with broad-based black economic empowerment requirements, it has selected a local company, Sibanye Brakes, as the minority partner in both the new operations.Wabtec South Africa will manufacture, assemble and service Wabtec products in the region, including locomotive and freight car braking equipment, draft gears, transit equipment and electronics.“The unit will also provide installation of Wabtec’s electronically controlled pneumatic braking equipment on locomotives and freight cars for Transnet Freight Rail, the state-owned railway in South Africa,” the company added.FIP Brakes South Africa will manufacture friction products and provide customers with access to worldwide technological and research capabilities, through Wabtec’s other friction operations in the US, Europe, Australia and India.“We believe customers will benefit from faster response time and direct access to all of Wabtec’s products and services,” Neupaver said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa to assist Sahel countries

first_img22 March 2012 South Africa is to give humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid, to four drought-stricken countries in the Sahel region in North Africa, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Speaking after a ministerial meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday, Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa was answering a call made by the four core Sahelian countries: Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad. “As a short-term measure, emergency food and nutritional aid will be directly delivered to these sister countries as a matter of urgency,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “South Africa is also working out a framework of implementation of further assistance in the medium term.”Food, fertilizer, animal feed South Africa will provide Niger with 103 500 tons of food grain, millet and sorghum and nutritional provisions for children and pregnant women, to cater for approximately 22 000 people. The country will also provide 11 000 tons of animal feed for cattle and goats, 9-million doses of vaccine PPR for livestock, 877 tons of fertilizer, 5 000 litres of bio-pesticides, and 12 000 protection kits for workers applying pesticides. In Mali, South Africa will provide 45 886 tons of millet and sorghum, dry seeds and potato seeds before the upcoming planting season, and nutritional care for babies aged 6 to 59 months, as well as children suffering from acute malnutrition. South Africa is in consultation with Chad and Mauritania to assess their emergency humanitarian requirements.Concern over Sahel region The Sahel is an eco-climatic transition zone between the Sahara desert in the North and the Sudanian Savannas in the south. According to Wikipedia, it forms a belt up to 1 000 km wide spanning Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The Peace and Security Council expressed deep concern over the humanitarian crisis facing several countries in the Sahel region due to environmental degradation, climate change and food insecurity. The challenges have been aggravated by developments in the Maghreb region, especially by the crisis in Libya, the influx of internally displaced persons, as well as the increase in transnational organised crime, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons. The council called for a more comprehensive and better-coordinated approach in addressing the situation in the Sahel region. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Africa Stop Ebola – in song

first_imgMalian superstars Amadou and Mariam have joined other African musicians to record Africa Stop Ebola. (Image: Mofesta)Sulaiman PhilipAfrican music, Nelson Mandela once said, is about the aspirations of Africa. “The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.”A collection of African musicians have come together to spread a message of hope in the time of Ebola. Africa Stop Ebola and its stellar collection of African musicians is just the latest harnessing of the power and popularity of music to fight the Ebola epidemic.African superstars Amadou and Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré, Kandia Kouyaté and Didier Awadi sing and rap about the dangers of Ebola, how the disease is spread and how people can protect themselves. With a reggae backbeat and sung in French and indigenous languages the song prods, “Mama Africa get up and stand united as we used to do before for other battles. Ebola you also shall be defeated.”Over its five and a half minutes the collective delivers warnings (avoid shaking hands and don’t touch the bodies of the dead) and encourages trust in the public health sector. The idea for the lyrics came from Carlos Chirinos, a professor at New York University specialising in music, radio and social change.As Chirinos told the New York Times, rebuilding confidence in the public health sector is as important as information on keeping safe. “We are combating myths about Ebola not being real, or that it is something that can be cured by a church, or a traditional healer. There have been cases where health teams have turned up at a village and were turned away, or were stoned – some people have been killed. So we’re trying to send a message, that the only way to stop Ebola is to trust in the health services. And also, that there is hope – that the crisis can be overcome.”In England Sir Bob Geldof wants to do for Ebola what he did with Ethiopian famine 30 years ago, swoop in and save Africa from itself. The reboot of Band Aid’s Do They Know it’s Christmas has not been met with universal applause. For some African musicians it smacks of cultural imperialism.Solome Lemma, co-founder of Africa Responds, points out that the original single was a two-edged sword. While raising money and awareness, “it left Ethiopia, and really the rest of Africa, with a terrible legacy that painted us as famished, poor, and downtrodden”.Africa Responds coordinates grassroots efforts to educate and contain the spread of Ebola. While Lemma and her partners are thankful the eyes and resources of the world are being marshalled, they believe that any effort requires partnerships with Africans working in areas affected by the epidemic.“If Geldof was really committed to using his platform as a musician, then work with African artists. There are a multitude of artists from the three most-affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – and the rest of Africa that he could have brought on to do a different song.”As far back as May African musicians have been recording songs about Ebola. In Liberia Unicef’s Ebola Is Real, a collaboration with local radio station Hott FM, was recorded to dispel the rumour that the virus was a political scam.In Monrovia and Conakry Ebola In Town, recorded by local musicians D12, Shadow and Kuzzy, inspired a dance that involved no touching. In Senegal, with a single conformed case, Xuman used Rihanna’s Umbrella as a backing to record Ebola Est La (Ebola Is Here).What the multitude of songs recorded in affected countries have in common is information and messages about prevention. The Nigerian Stop Ebola Virus Campaign song urges people to “always wash hands with soap and water”.Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, complained of the epidemic: “We should have done so many things. Healthcare systems should have been built. There should have been monitoring when the first cases were reported. There should have been an organised response.” While the world watched and waited, Africa once again took the lead in saving itself.As the African all-stars sing, “Ebola, we will not flee from you, we will not hide.”last_img read more

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LEED-Platinum Skyscraper is an ‘Energy Hog’

first_imgOpened in 2010, the Bank of America Tower in New York City was praised as a model of sustainability. But the LEED-Platinum building has proved to be anything but, according to an article by Sam Roudman in the New Republic.Roudman writes that while the building boasted green features such as waterless urinals and rainwater harvesting, it actually uses twice the energy per square foot as the Empire State Building, which is 80 years old. In fact, the building produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any office building of comparable size in Manhattan, Roudman says.“LEED has helped create a market for sustainability where one didn’t exist before,” the article says. “The problem is that real-estate developers have been able to game the system, racking up points for relatively minor measures.”Much of the energy use, however, can be traced to huge trading floors packed with computer monitors and servers.The U.S. Green Building Council, which created and administers the LEED system, said it had no control over how the occupants use the building. “We are not the government,” Roudman quotes Scot Horst, sernior vice president for LEED as saying. “We can’t regulate anything.”And Roudman’s assertions brought an interesting rebuttal from Treehugger writer Lloyd Alter, who thought the article amounted to “LEED-bashing.”last_img read more

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