Friday, November 5, 2010

Protest in Polish Parliament Against Senior Chinese Official Accused of Genocide

A screen shot from Polish TVP24 of the two protestors being escorted by a parliamentary security guard. (Screenshot of TVP24)
WARSAW, Poland—A senior Chinese government official accused in Spain of genocide and torture against Falun Gong practitioners in China, was confronted by human rights protesters in the halls of the Polish Parliament in Warsaw Thursday morning.

"We wanted to meet the delegation face-to-face and get a message out to Mr. Jia Qingling: that the persecution of Falun Gong in China that he is co-responsible for is wrong and must be stopped", said Tomasz Kowalski, president of the Polish Falun Dafa Association and one of the protesters.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kate Middleton's parents spend weekend at Queen's estate

Amid rumors that a royal engagement is imminent, Kate Middleton's parents were spotted weekending at Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Michael and Carole Middleton spent the weekend with their daughter and Prince William at Birkhall, Prince Charles’s private residence on the Balmoral estate.

The move is seen as highly symbolic; former aides suggested that the middle-class Middleton family were now firmly welcomed into the royal fold, reports the Daily Mail. "It’s just a matter of time," one aid told the paper.
Kate’s parents were photographed receiving instructions in shooting. "This is the Middletons being taught to be able to join the royals at play," according to the Daily Mail's source.

Brazil's First Woman President Sets Her Agenda

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—In her first televised speech since wining the presidential election, Dilma Rousseff, the next head of state of Brazil, praised current President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva and emphasized women's rights. She also promised to respect freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and human rights, but above all, she will work to eradicate poverty, reported O Globo.

“We cannot rest while there are hungry Brazilians and while poor children are abandoned to their own luck,” said Rousseff. “It is about an abyss in a developing Brazil.”

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The Marketing Corner: Black Friday Countdown

Procrastination can sometimes work in your favor—that is, if you are a consumer.

As a small business owner, procrastination is not your friend. If you sat around and felt you had all the time to put your plan together for Black Friday, like sand in an hour glass, your time is just about come and gone.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi Erupts Again

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted again Monday, spitting smoke, ash and hot gasses, AP reported. So far no injuries have been reported.

Merapi, the most active of Indonesia’s volcanoes, has erupted several times since Tuesday Oct. 26, killing 38 and forcing the evacuation of 40,000 residents to temporary shelters.

“There are more and more refugees coming down the mountain,” Rukman, the head of disaster response for the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), told the Christian Science Monitor. “We need water and better sanitation; that is the big problem.”

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