German soccer player gets preliminary injunction against far-right party

January 6, 2023 0 Comments

Thursday, April 6, 2006 Patrick Owomoyela, a soccer player in the German national team, has achieved a preliminary injunction against the far-right NPD over a pamphlet of the party depicting Owomoyela. On the cover of the pamphlet concerning the upcoming Soccer World Cup in Germany, the NPD had shown the torso of a man wearing …

Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

January 6, 2023 0 Comments

Sunday, August 21, 2005 A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not …

Big shoes to fill at eBay

January 6, 2023 0 Comments

Saturday, June 4, 2005 There are often odd, unusual and controversial items up for sale on eBay – multi-million euro planes, the Pope’s old car and a young woman’s virginity, to name just a few. But how about the Prime Minister’s shoes? Shoes custom designed for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have been put …

Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 The San Diego, California suburb of Chula Vista has responded to the recent housing crisis with an aggressive blight control ordinance that compels lenders to maintain the appearance of vacant homes. As foreclosures increase both locally and throughout the United States, the one year old ordinance has become a model for …

On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2020

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

Monday, November 2, 2020 The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories. This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Free and Equal Elections Foundation holds two …

New Zealand meteorologist Auer dies

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

Monday, June 11, 2007 New Zealand Meteorologist Augie Auer has died, suffering a heart attack while dining with family members in Melbourne. He was on holiday celebrating his 67th birthday and 35th wedding anniversary with wife Susan and family. Auer was chief meteorologist at the MetService from 1990 until 1998, when Professor Auer became TV3’s …

British Airways announces new CEO

January 1, 2023 0 Comments

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 The British national airline, British Airways has announced that the former CEO of Aer Lingus, Willie Walsh is to be their new CEO. Mr Walsh is to replace the current CEO, Australian-born Rod Eddington in September after his retirement. Willie Walsh started as a cadet for Aer Lingus at the age …

Staffordshire hoard goes on display in British Museum in London, England

December 31, 2022 0 Comments

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 Some of the notable pieces from the gold and silver hoard which was found in a private field in Staffordshire, England by a metal-detector user have been put on display in the British Museum in the city of London. Approximately 1,500 pieces were found in July of this year; the discovery …

Interview: PRS, the UK’s music royalty collection society

December 31, 2022 0 Comments

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 PRS for Music is the UK’s music royalty collection society tasked with working on behalf of copyright holders, specifically authors and music publishers. Founded in 1914, the PRS is a non-profit organisation with 350,000 UK businesses holding PRS licenses. The society works in conjunction with PPL which collects fees on behalf …

Man arrested in connection with Honolulu toddler death

December 29, 2022 0 Comments

Saturday, January 19, 2008 Matthew Higa, 23, has been arrested in connection with the death of a 23-month-old boy. Higa is alleged to have thrown the child from a pedestrian overpass into oncoming traffic on Honolulu’s H-1 Freeway. The local coroner’s office noted that the child died on impact after falling 30 feet (9 meters) …