Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NT:Two protesters brave export heartland

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NT:Two protesters brave export heartland

A protest hoping to send a clear message to governments that animal cruelty will not
be tolerated has attracted just two participants in Darwin.

The pair from the Ethical Treatment of Animals have stood outside the Northern Territory
parliament protesting against the departure of Australia's first post-ban shipment of
cattle to Indonesia.

About three-thousand head of Elders cattle, which have been held in yards since the
federal government announced a ban on live exports to Indonesia in June, is scheduled
to leave Darwin tomorrow.

PETA spokeswoman CLARE KNIGHT says thousands of cattle die en route to Indonesia due
to horrific conditions.

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NSW: Second youth arrested - then released - over Auburn bashing

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NSW: Second youth arrested - then released - over Auburn bashing

A second Sydney youth has been arrested .. and then released .. after the bashing of
a Sudanese refugee .. who remains on life support in Sydney's Westmead Hospital.

Police say a 15-year-old boy's been arrested after officers searched a home at Auburn
about 9 pm (AEDT) yesterday .. taking a number of items for forensic examination.

He's been interviewed at Auburn police station .. and police say he's still of interest
in the inquiry .. but has been released pending further inquiries.

The 28-year-old Granville father of four suffered critical head injuries .. after being
bashed by a group of people in Auburn .. late on Tuesday night.

A 17-year-old male youth from North Parramatta has been charged over the attack ..

he's been bailed to reappear in Lidcombe Children's Court on March 15.

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NSW:Main stories in ABC radio's 7.45 am news

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NSW:Main stories in ABC radio's 7.45 am news

SYDNEY, April 13 AAP - Main stories in ABC radio's 7.45am news on Wednesday:

- The federal government will today promise that millions of households will be better
off under its carbon scheme.

- Barry O'Farrell says he can't rule out electricity price rises but he can rule out
shooting in national parks.

- Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been threatened by e-mail in the wake of the defence
force academy sex scandal.

- The defence department says its continuing to investigate links between serving members
and an anti-gay social media campaign.

- Religious and military figures in Afghanistan have strongly criticised Australia's
move to allow women in combat roles.

- Clubs Australia says it's outraged at suggestions it may be involved in a death threat
against anti-gambling MP Andrew Wilkie.

- The United States says NATO is achieving its goals in Libya, despite criticism from
European countries.

- Despite pleas by the new Ivory Coast president, reports are emerging of reprisal
killings in the capital Abidjan.

- Dozens of people have been injured in clashes with security forces in Syria.

- The ex-naval ship HMAS Adelaide will today be scuttled off the Central Coast to create
an artificial dive reef.

- South Sydney is stepping up its search for a new NRL coach after missing out on the
services of Wayne Bennett.

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NSW:Corpse jewels stolen since 2006

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NSW:Corpse jewels stolen since 2006

By Miles Godfrey and Isabel Hayes

SYDNEY, Dec 23 AAP - A northern NSW coastal town has been rocked by allegations a local
undertaker has been robbing the dead of their jewellery for at least four years.

The 66-year-old man allegedly pilfered jewellery that grieving relatives had asked
be buried or cremated with their loved ones.

The allegations have shocked residents of Ballina and led a prominent local funeral
home to issue a public statement saying it had no part in the scandal.

Police investigations began in September after a large amount of jewellery, including
necklaces, rings and watches, was handed in.

Police were able to match some of the jewellery with four families and say some of
it was linked to people who died in 2006.

Other items are believed to have been stolen more recently.

The accused undertaker is the co-owner of a funeral home that has been in operation since 1996.

Some of the jewellery was valuable, while other pieces were merely of sentimental value,
Inspector Greg Moore said on Thursday.

"Police are aware of the grief (a case like this) can cause the community," Insp Moore told AAP.

"We will leave no stone unturned to ensure jewellery is returned to its rightful owners."

At this stage, there was no indication large quantities of jewellery had been stolen,
Insp Moore added.

Funeral director Scott Steenson, regional manager of Ballina's Kevin Geaghan Funerals,
said his business - the largest in the town - had received several calls in relation to
the incident.

He released a statement clarifying his business had no knowledge of the allegations.

"We encourage families to ensure that their chosen funeral director is a member of
the Australian Funeral Directors Association and thus bound to provide them with a professional
service," he said.

The accused was arrested on Wednesday following a raid at his funeral home.

He was charged with four counts of larceny and two counts of goods in custody and bailed
to appear at Ballina Local Court on January 20.

Police still have a large amount of unaccounted-for jewellery and have urged families
to contact them if they fear their loved ones' property may have been taken.

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FED:Bravery awards for 54 Australians

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RL:Rogers in major announcement

The playing future of dual international MAT ROGERS will be announced at a news conference
on the Gold Coast later this morning.

ROGERS has been offered a new one-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans but there is
speculation the veteran will retire from the NRL at the end of this season.



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Fed: Weary Dunlop returns to war memorial

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Fed: Weary Dunlop returns to war memorial

CANBERRA, April 7 AAP - Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, perhaps the best known of more than
half a million Australians who served in World War II, has returned to the Australian
War Memorial.

A 320 kilogram statue of the esteemed surgeon and prisoner of war has been lowered
into place by a crane - marking the end of a $18 million redevelopment at the memorial.

The war memorial grounds feature a large number of plaques commemorating particular
units but the Weary Dunlop statue, a duplicate of one in Melbourne, is special in its
commemoration of an individual.

Another is the statue of John Simpson and his donkey.

So what was special about Weary Dunlop, who was born 1907 and died in 1993.

War Memorial historian Karl James says he was a genuine hero.

"He wasn't a frontline soldier but he was very brave. He was out there working for
other people. He was a great humanitarian," he said.

"He was very accomplished. He had a massive list of honours and awards and decorations
but was a very modest man who always worked for the benefit of other people."

Weary Dunlop was a prominent sportsman and doctor before the war and post-war worked
tirelessly as an advocate for veterans, achieving international recognition as a surgeon
and for promoting international goodwill. He was named Australian of the Year for 1976.

But it was his leadership and compassion while treating Australian prisoners of Japan
that won him enduring recognition - although a mythology has emerged that he was the sole
POW doctor.

In fact there were several hundred Australian and British POW doctors.

Memorial head of art Lola Wilkins said the two statues were created after his death,
with the original located on Melbourne's St Kilda Road near the hospital where he used
to work.

The other was placed in the memorial grounds near the former cafe. It was removed for
a year to allow the redevelopment to proceed.

"Today's the day. He has come back to be here for the public," she said.

The redevelopment features a new cafe and 200 desperately needed car parking spaces
for what is one of the nation's top visitor attractions .

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Events Diary Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Events Diary Tuesday, August 25, 2009



- No items listed.


0830 - Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference opening by Governor
Penny Wensley. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

0830 - Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO) and Dairy Industry Association of Australia
(DIAA) Conference. Cathedral Centre, Toowoomba. Jamie O'Brien 0417 626 420.

1300 - Retired coal miner Graham Brown calls for a phasing out of coal, to protect the
environment. University of Queensland, Priestly Building (67) Room 141. Ewan Saunders
0401 234 610.


0830 - 2009 Fulbright Symposium: The US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: the last five
years, the next five years, Old Parliament House, Canberra. Contact: Lynda Flower 07 3365


- No items listed.

- The 6th Australasian Women and Policing Conference continues at the Duxton Hotel, August
2009. Media contact: WA Police Media, 08 9222 1394.


0800 - Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, Andrew Pesce, president of the AMA to discuss
"Beds and Bills: A Reform Agenda For The Australian Health System". Four Seasons Hotel,
199 George Street, Sydney. Contact: Kate Hegarty 9779 9741.
0900 - 2000 students will race self-designed and self-built billycarts as part of a joint
learning initiative between NRMA Motoring and Services and the Education Department. Eastern
Creek Raceway, corner of Brabham Drive and Ferriers Road, Eastern Creek. Enter through
gate 7. Contact: Kimberly Rigby 0439 133 215.

0900 - International Industrial Relations Association World Congress continues, Sydney
Exhibition and Convention Centre. Contact: Russell Lansbury 0413 009 081.

1000 - Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing into the security industry continues.

Level 21, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Contact Nicole Thomas on 8281 5799 or 0417 467 801.

1015 - McGrath Foundation Research Launch and Rose planting. New research titled In Jane's
Name, will reveal the impact Jane McGrath had on Australian women and gaps which exist
between awareness and action. The official planting of the Jane McGrath rose garden. Palace
Rose Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, 134-138 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Contact: Tania Jayesuria
0404 094 744.

1230 - NRMA director and rally car champion Coral Taylor available for interview as 2,000
kids as young as seven race billy carts they have designed and built. Eastern Creek Raceway,
corner of Brabham Dr and Ferriers Rd. Enter through Gate 7. Contact Kimberly Rigby on
arrivel on 0439 133 215.

1300 - Doctors from three countries to discuss their experiences of caring for patients
with swine flu. Main auditorium, Level 5, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Doctors to detail treatment for one or two cases from each country, with expert Q&A to
follow. Contact: Media Office 0421 617 861.

1630 - Community Cabinet meeting. Westport High School, Findlay Avenue, Port Macquarie.

Contact: Press Office 6277 7744.

1730 - Public address by Professor John Keane, author of The Life and Death of Democracy.

NSW Parliament House Theatrette, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Contact: Anabel Pandiella 0421
455 228.

1800 - Margy Osmond, CEO of the Australian National Retailers Association discussing "What's
Happening to Retail?" for the Sydney Institute. Corrs Chambers Westgarth, level 32, Governor
Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney. Contact: 9252 3366.


BASKETBALL (Men's) - FIBA Oceania C'ship 2010 World C'ship qualifier - and August 25
Ramsay Shield: Australia v New Zealand, Wellington, NZ
CYCLING - UCI Masters MTB World C'ships - to August 30
Pra Loup, France
Sth Africa
Albion Park
Gloucester Park
Albion Park
Angle Park
New Zealand

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News Diary for Thursday, April 16, 2009

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News Diary for Thursday, April 16, 2009
Good Evening News Editors and Chiefs of Staff

Here is AAP's preliminary newslist for tomorrow (not for publication).

This is a guide only and stories, local times and locations are subject to change. In
some cases times and locations may not be available. Story coverage is subject to staffing.

- Monitoring Fiji situation

- Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist announced

- No items listed

- OZ Minerals chief Andrew Michelmore to address Qld Mining Club.

- Lacey brothers stand trial for murder.

- Seeking update on Kleenmaid.

0900 - Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade review of the Defence
Annual Report 2007-08.

0900 - Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade inquiry into RAAF F-111 Deseal-Reseal
workers and their families.

0930 - Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Roundtable to discuss proposals for
reforming electoral financing arrangements.

1300 - Standing Committee of Attorneys General PIC FAC.

- Senate inquiry into the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme due to hand down findings.

1215 - Christine Nixon and London bombings survivor Gill Hicks address luncheon on Rebuilding
Lives in the Wake of Disaster. Melbourne Convention Centre

- No items listed

0900 - Senate inquiry into the reporting of sports news and the emergence of digital media.

The Smith Room, Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney.

1000 - Bail application expected from Commanchero chief Mick Hawi. Central Local Court.

1000 - Continuation of inquest into death of David Iredale. Penrith Court annex, Court 3.

1100 - Briefing on a Telstra/WWF Sustainability White Paper about climate change. Speakers
include Federal Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and WWF chief executive Greg Bourne.

Level 11, 320 Pitt St Sydney.

SYDNEY - RBA Bulletin for April

PERTH - ASIC vs FMG continues in the federal court.

BRISBANE - OZ Minerals Ltd chief executive Andrew Michelmore addresses Brisbane Mining Club.

BRISBANE - Preview Friday's Brisbane v Collingwood match: Lions coach Michael Voss presser 2.45pm
MELBOURNE - Teams named for AFL round four
MELBOURNE - Match by match preview panel for round 4
MELBOURNE - Media conference with North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley, 1045 Arden St
SYDNEY - Swans presser ahead of Saturday's clash with Carlton

SYDNEY/BRISBANE - Preview Penrith v Brisbane match on Friday
BRISBANE - Preview Gold Coast v Canberra match on Friday
SYDNEY - Match by match preview panel for NRL round 6
SYDNEY - SYdney Roosters media opportunity
SYDNEY - Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens presser 1400

CANBERRA - Preview Brumbies match v Bulls on Friday
SYDNEY - Match by match preview panel for Super 14 round 10
SYDNEY - Western Force coach John Mitchell presser 1130 to name team to play Waratahs
on Friday; NSW Waratahs media session earlier

JOHANNESBURG - Preview fifth and final ODI Australia v South Africa starting Friday night AEST

BRISBANE - Qld Roar presser 1130 FOR coach Frank Farina

HAMILTON, NZ - Preview V8 Supercars street race meeting in Hamilton starting Friday.

BELLS BEACH, Vic - Men's world tour event scheduled to resume - Guy Hand
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Qld: ABC moves to South Bank

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Qld: ABC moves to South Bank

The ABC in Brisbane is building a new home at South Bank .. following a cluster of
cancer cases at its old headquarters.

Staff members were moved out of the Toowong premises two years ago .. after it was
discovered it had an incidence rate of breast cancer six times higher than average.

Plans to build at Newstead were dumped after the national broadcaster claimed the land
was contaminated.

ABC managing director MARK SCOTT says a new four-storey .. environmentally responsible
and sustainable building will be built around the Queensland Conservatorium .. on the
corner of Grey and Russell streets .. by early 2012.

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Fed: Hinch gets theatre gig, hopes to return to TV

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Fed: Hinch gets theatre gig, hopes to return to TV

By Katherine Field, National Entertainment Writer

SYDNEY, Aug 6 AAP - Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has scored a theatre gig and now has his
sights set on returning to TV.

The 64-year-old is set to be the narrator for The Rocky Horror Show during a four week
stint in Melbourne from mid-September.

Speaking during a walk in Melbourne today, the upbeat radio host said he was feeling
fit and healthy and excited about joining the show.

"Two years ago, you look at pictures of me then and I was nearly dead," Hinch told AAP.

"So anything that happens is good, two years ago I couldn't have done this but I feel
really fit and doctors are really happy with me."

In 2006 Hinch nearly died from blood poisoning and a year later he revealed he was
suffering from advanced cirrhosis due to chronic alcohol abuse.

Hinch is now looking to expand his career as he approaches nearly 50 years in the industry.

"If I was asked to, I'd love to do television again, if something came up," he said.

The former TV current affairs host had a cameo appearance in the hit gangland drama
Underbelly last year, and said he was keen to be part of the second series.

"I enjoyed doing that," he said.

But when it comes to current affairs, Hinch says he's disillusioned.

"I look at current affairs shows in Australia and think they're not current affairs," he said.

"I saw we're making the best potato chips or the best pizzas and I'm thinking holy schmolly.

"They can't find another way to show a woman's boobs, how many wonder bras and sports
bras and exercise bras can you have (stories on)."

Hinch says performing eight shows a week for a month will be quite "gruelling" because
he'll still be doing his radio program during the day.

"I'm very keen to do it, it's a very important role for me because Rocky Horror is
sort of a part of musical history," he said.

"If you muck it up they'll never forgive you. I hope to do it proud."

Hinch said that being part of The Rocky Horror Show brought back fond memories of his
marriage to his former wife of 14 years Jackie Weaver.

"It's funny going back to comedy theatre because years and years ago I spent a lot
of time there because Jackie Weaver was appearing there and playing our song, and I wooed
her there," he said.

"I think I went to comedy theatre, saw the show something like 24 times.

"I know the theatre well from the other side of the footlights."

The Rocky Horror Show opens in Melbourne on September 18.

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SA: Main stories in today's Adelaide newspapers

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SA: Main stories in today's Adelaide newspapers

ADELAIDE, Feb 13 AAP - The main stories in today's Adelaide Advertiser:

Page 1: Historic day for Australia as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd prepares to say sorry
to the stolen generations.

Page 2: SA MP Bob Such says provocative messages on t-shirts encourage sexual assaults.

Page 3: Several former Liberal government MPs expected to retire within months setting
up a series of federal by-elections.

World: Divorce of the century gets underway as Paul McCartney and Heather Mills go
to court (London). Military prosecutors to seek the death penalty for September 11 conspirators.

Thieves steal paintings from a Swiss museum worth $182 million ((Zurich). New tiny flying
dinosaur found (Washington).

Finance: Uranium exploration in South Australia's Arkaroola wilderness suspended indefinitely.

AWB vows to scrap dual-class share structure. Australian share market closes higher.

Sport: Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig wants his players to go alcohol free this AFL
season. Only Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua likely to qualify for Australia's Olympic
tennis team. Sri Lanka beats India in one-day cricket in Canberra.

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FED:Too early to predict spring racing carnival disruption:ARB

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FED:Too early to predict spring racing carnival disruption:ARB

CANBERRA, Aug 26 AAP - It is too early to say whether the spring racing carnival will
be postponed because of an outbreak of equine influenza (EI), Australian Racing Board
chief executive Andrew Harding says.

All racing across the country was halted yesterday after the discovery of the flu in
recreational horses stabled at Sydney's Centennial Park, near Randwick Racecourse where
almost 700 racehorses are trained.

The first case of EI in Australia was detected in a stallion at the Eastern Creek quarantine
station, in Sydney's west, on Thursday. Five horses there are suspected to have EI.

The Eastern Creek outbreak prompted the 30-day quarantining of all 52 horses at the
facility, along with another 27 horses at Spotswood in Victoria, which had been in contact
with them.

Mr Harding today said that at this stage, he was not even entertaining the prospect
the spring racing carnival may have to be postponed.

"It's absolutely premature to be talking about any damage being done to the spring
carnival," he told ABC TV today.

"Containment has to be given a real chance and there's a real chance it will succeed."

Mr Harding said the Australian Racing Board would have an emergency meeting tomorrow
to discuss its plans.

"We do have a plan for this outbreak. It's always been our worst nightmare. It's the
worst disease that could enter our country, so planning has been in place for a number
of years."

Mr Harding said that because Australia's horse population had never been exposed to
the disease the animals had no natural immunity and a widespread outbreak could lead to
an "astronomical" morbidity rate.

"And the destruction that would cause to productivity would be equally astronomical," he said.

Mr Harding said inoculation of Australia's horses had been previously judged not feasible
or worthwhile.

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Qld: Bligh says stem cell vote to be close

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Qld: Bligh says stem cell vote to be close

Queensland Deputy Premier ANNA BLIGH says she expects a tight vote on laws to allow
therapeutic cloning.

Premier PETER BEATTIE says work's begun on drafting a bill mirroring federal laws passed
last year .. allowing scientists to clone human embryos to extract their stem cells for
research purposes.

Mr BEATTIE says state MPs will get a conscience vote on the bill .. but he'll personally
support it.

Ms BLIGH says she'll also support it .. after scientists convinced her the research
has the potential to unlock cures for a range of serious illnesses.

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NSW: Accused baby killer refused bail

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NSW: Accused baby killer refused bail

SYDNEY, Dec 10 AAP - A man accused of murdering a baby has been refused bail in Sydney today.

Jeong Ming Foo, 33, from Parramatta, is facing murder charges over the August death
of an 11-week old baby.

Parramatta Bail Court Registrar Justice Ross Lawton said the denial of bail was appropriate,
despite several unusual aspects to the allegation.

Mr Foo, a Singaporean national, was arrested yesterday morning (AEDT) at Sydney's airport's
domestic terminal after returning from a visit to Adelaide.

The arrest was made by members of Strike Force Hoylake, which had been formed to investigate
the circumstances of the baby's death.

Mr Foo was subsequently charged with murder by the Child Protection and Sex Crimes Squad.

In March, family members attended the Children's Hospital at Westmead with the critically
ill baby.

The boy later died at a Dundas health care facility on August 31.

The matter has been adjourned until tomorrow.

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Fed: Govt begins reducing troops in E Timor

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Fed: Govt begins reducing troops in E Timor

The federal government has begun reducing troop numbers in East Timor .. but as many
as two thousand could remain there until the security situation stabilises.

Australia had about three thousand personnel in East Timor at the height of the operation.

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Fed: Labor calls for inquiry into climate scientists' gag claims

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Fed: Labor calls for inquiry into climate scientists' gag claims

The opposition has called for an inquiry into allegations by senior scientists at the
CSIRO .. they were forbidden to air their concerns about climate change.

Three scientists have told tonight's Four Corners they were forbidden to say anything
that might indicate they disagreed with government policy.

Labor's science spokeswoman .. JENNY MACKLIN .. says the opposition will pursue the
matter at this week's Senate estimates hearings .. but also wants a wide-ranging public

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Fed: Australian victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami

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Fed: Australian victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami

UPDATED: With latest figures from DFAT at 0130 AEDT. Adds names in missing list.

* Ten Australians dead in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

* 12 missing, of concern (nine Thailand, two in Indonesia and one on Nicobar Islands)

* Thirty hospitalised.

* DFAT knows of at least 1,000 Australians in tsunami-affected areas who are unaccounted for.

* Official hotlines have received more than 59,000 calls.

* DFAT is urging anyone with information on relatives unaccounted for or who have confirmed
relatives are safe to contact the department.


Ten Australians confirmed dead. They are:

* Six-month-old girl, Melina Heppell, of Western Australia. Patong Beach, Thailand.

* Paul Giardina, 16, from Rosanna, Melbourne. Phuket, Thailand.

* 58-year-old safety organiser Brian Clayton from Karana Downs, Brisbane. Phuket.

* 39-year-old Sujeewa Kamalasuriya, a dual Australian-Sri Lankan citizen, from Adelaide.

Sri Lanka.

* Magdalena Balachandra, 61, of Canberra. Sri Lanka.

* Catherina van Duren, 81, permanent resident in WA. Thailand.

* Barry Anstee, 52, Queensland businessman. Phuket, Thailand.

* Three-year-old girl from NSW. Thailand.

* 54-year-old Queensland man. Thailand.

* 30-year-old woman, permanent resident. Sri Lanka.


13 Australians missing feared dead:

They include:

* Melbourne AFL player Troy Broadbridge, 24, on his honeymoon. Phuket.

* Cairns high school teacher Kim Walsh. Phuket.

* Jim Sparrow, 68, of Maddington, Perth. Patong.

* Yumi Kloot, of the Gold Coast. Phi Phi Island.

* Katherine-Ann Glinsky. Phuket.

* Sam Green, of Adelaide. Sumatra.

* Dina Fryer, of Brisbane. Phuket.

* Moi and Christian Nott of Sydney. Khao Lok.

* Caroline Rosso, 25, of Brisbane. Patong Beach, Phuket.

* Edward Guinan, 54, former Tasmanian living in Thailand.

* Avadya Berman, 32, and Nikola Liebowitz, 28, former South Africans living in Australia.

Phi Phi.

* Jonathon Hughes. Phi Phi.

* Janice Merrett, 58, Melbourne woman living in Singapore who was travelling to Phuket
for Boxing Day.


* 25 in Thailand.

* 3 in Sri Lanka.

* 1 in the Maldives.

* 1 in India


* Australians concerned about relatives or friends should call 1800 002214.

* Australians in need of consular assistance should contact the consular emergency
centre in Canberra on +61 1300 555 135.

* Australians in need of help in Phuket can contact a temporary consular office in
Phuket's Hilton Hotel, at 333 Thanon Patak (Patak Road), Karon Beach, phone (+66) 76 370

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NEXTLINK Names Dom Vietri to Lead Local Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. Operations.

Business Editors


NEXTLINK Communications Inc.(NASDAQ: NXLK), one of the nation's fastest growing providers of broadband communications services, named Dom Vietri as Vice President/General Manager of its Northern Virginia market.

Vietri will continue positioning NEXTLINK as a broadband communications leader in one of the nation's most telecom-savvy marketplaces. Under his leadership, NEXTLINK will focus on bundling voice and data services for commercial customers throughout the Washington D.C. corridor, obtaining market share and completing the construction of NEXTLINK's wired and fixed wireless broadband networks.

"Dom brings a unique and strategically advantageous collection of experiences to NEXTLINK," said NEXTLINK North Region President Dennis O'Connell. "His sales, marketing and operations experience at Xerox - one of the world most renowned business-to-business companies - combined with his outstanding track record to grow business by focusing on customer satisfaction will be valuable to our customers and our company. We're glad to have him on board."

Vietri brings 28 years of management experience to NEXTLINK, having held various senior level positions with AT&T Wireless (AWS). In his most recent position as Group Vice President/General Manager for the Southeast Region, Vietri oversaw operations and had profit and loss responsibilities for markets throughout much of the Southeastern United States.

Before taking on regional management responsibilities with AWS, Vietri served as Vice President/General Manager of AWS Washington/Baltimore and Philadelphia markets. Under his leadership, the markets earned the 1999 JD Power Award for Customer Satisfaction. Vietri also took the Washington/Baltimore market to the number one producing AWS market in the country just two years after launching service there.

Vietri's 22 years of business-to-business experience at Xerox Corporation includes service as Vice President, Area Manager for the New York market. In this role Vietri was responsible for $650 million in annual revenue from local sales and operations.

NEXTLINK has offices serving Northern Virginia including the Northwest portion of the D.C. marketplace. Early this week the company launched a wave of new data and value added voice products in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. marketplace including DSL, data, web hosting, and Internet services. The company recently moved its corporate headquarters to McLean, Virginia.

NEXTLINK provides high quality, broadband communications services to businesses over fiber optic and broadband wireless facilities across the United States and currently is providing service in 49 markets. The company is the largest holder of broadband fixed wireless spectrum in North America, with licenses covering 95 percent of the population in the top 30 markets in the United States. NEXTLINK plans to use wireless capabilities to complement and extend the reach of its local fiber optic networks in markets such as Washington D.C. in which NEXTLINK has spectrum. Additionally, NEXTLINK is acquiring exclusive rights to use certain fibers and a conduit throughout a 16,000-mile high speed, PI-centric fiber optic backbone network that will connect over 50 cities in the United States and Canada. The network is expected to be completed in 2001 with NEXTLINK turning on segments during 2000. Through this unrivaled collection of facilities, NEXTLINK will provide integrated, end-to-end telecommunications solutions to its customers.

On January 10, 2000, NEXTLINK and Concentric Network announced a $2.9 billion transaction to combine the companies. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year. Concentric Network provides complete Internet business solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises, including DSL access, Web hosting and e-commerce. The company also offers data center services, virtual private networks, dedicated access, and application infrastructure services for delivering applications over the Internet or a virtual private network.

The statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements include those describing NEXTLINK's network, the timing of deployment of LMDS equipment and the structure of the Concentric transaction. Management wishes to caution the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, those describing Concentric's enhanced product and service offerings, the competitive capabilities and potential synergies of the combined companies, NEXTLINK's ability to design and construct fiber optic networks, install cable and facilities, including switching electronics, to develop, install and provision LMDS equipment and interconnect that equipment with the Company's fiber networks and connect the networks, including LMDS equipment to customers and on satisfactory terms and conditions, and certain risks related to the Company's national network strategy. Additional factors include the ability of NEXTLINK and Concentric to successfully integrate their operations, products and services, and to timely obtain the regulatory and stockholder approvals that are conditions to closing the proposed transaction.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Standard antennas address diverse requirements.(PASSIVE COMPONENTS)

Meeting multiple customers' needs, the standard range of antennas from Tyco Electronics complies with most operating requirements and allows users to select from a variety of models with frequencies that suit most wireless products. The antennas address the needs of a host of wireless applications via a small and lightweight design, broad frequency range, minimum or no matching components required, low cost, and elimination of tooling lead-time and costs. They easily integrate into a wide span of wireless products including mobile/smart phones, notebook/desktop computers, routers, basestations, navigation and gaming devices, Internet Protocol television (IPTV), wireless alarm/security/ monitoring systems, and Smart Grid applications.


EarthLink Recognized as a Women on Boards Winning Company.

ATLANTA, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading IP infrastructure and services company, today announced that it has been recognized as a 2020 Women on Board Winning "W" Company. EarthLink received this award in recognition of the diversity on its Board of Directors.

2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit grassroots campaign committed to increasing the percentage of women who serve on public company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020.

EarthLink has two women on its Board of Directors including Marce Fuller, former CEO of Mirant Corporation, who is EarthLink's Lead Director, and Susan Bowick, formerly EVP with Hewlett Packard Company, who chairs EarthLink's Leadership and Compensation Committee.

"We value diversity on our Board of Directors and believe it leads to more creative thinking, innovative problem solving and better overall governance," stated EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff.

About 2020 Women on Boards

2020 Women on Boards is a grassroots campaign to raise the percentage of women who serve on corporate boards in the U.S. to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020. Campaign supporters include individuals, organizations and companies who embrace the principle that diversity in the boardroom encourages good corporate decision-making. Visit for more information.

About EarthLink

EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, cloud computing, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website

SOURCE EarthLink, Inc.

Macheen Inc. Closes $10 Million Series B Financing to Build on Its Product and Market Success to Date.

North Bridge Venture Partners leads existing investors in new financing

AUSTIN, Texas, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Macheen Inc., a global cloud service provider for connected devices, today announced it has closed $10 million in Series B financing to build on its successful market entry earlier this year. The round was led by North Bridge Venture Capital, whose Partner, Basil Horangic, will join the company's Board of Directors.

Macheen's existing investors also participated in this new round of financing. Existing investors include DFJ Mercury, which led last year's Series A financing and is a partner in the DFJ Global Network of venture funds, with over $7 billion in capital under management. Also among Macheen's investment group are prominent angels and industry figures: Tom Meredith, Mike Maples Sr. and Yechiam Yemini.

Richard Schwartz, Macheen's President and CEO, commented, "We're delighted to have North Bridge as an investor and to have Basil join us as a board member. Basil and his partners bring an invaluable set of experiences and relationships across the entire value chain, including device makers and mobile network operators."

Added Horangic, "North Bridge invests in game changers-and Macheen is no exception. The company has already established itself as a leading force in the connected device market with an international footprint and Dell's choice of Macheen to power its integrated mobile broadband service, Dell NetReady. Richard has a clear and compelling vision for the company's future and he's gathered a deeply talented and experienced team to realize it."

About Macheen

Macheen Inc. enables connected device makers and retailers to deliver products that are "hot-out-of-the-box"-that is, shipped pre-connected to the Internet via mobile networks. Macheen's multi-tenant, cloud-based platform supports new business models for device makers, retailers, cloud service providers and network operators alike. Macheen delivers breakthrough value by significantly increasing adoption rates and market penetration of connected devices and cloud services. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Macheen is a global corporation with services active in multiple continents and with a wholly owned subsidiary in Germany (Macheen GmbH).

About North Bridge Venture Partners

North Bridge Venture Partners is an active, bi-coastal, early-stage venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and San Mateo, California. Established in 1994, and with approximately $3.2 billion under management, North Bridge provides seed-to-growth financing and company-building expertise. North Bridge's sector focus includes Software, Communications & Infrastructure, Healthcare Technology, Digital Media, and Materials. For more information go to

About DFJ Mercury

DFJ Mercury is a seed and startup venture capital firm. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DFJ Mercury invests in compelling and novel information technology and science-based startup opportunities. DFJ Mercury works with portfolio companies to build globally competitive businesses, focusing on technology innovation in the U.S. Midcontinent. DFJ Mercury is a partner in the DFJ Global Network of venture funds which encompasses over 140 venture capital professionals, throughout the USA, China, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Europe, Israel, Brazil, and Russia, with more than 600 portfolio companies funded and over $7 billion of capital under management. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Macheen Inc.

They lie to their wives and cheat the public too; Are you thinking what she's thinking?(Features; Opinion, Column)

Byline: JAN MOIR

FOR the first time, this column would like to say hello and welcome to ryan Giggs, Andrew Marr, Fred the Shred, Mr Unnamed Actor and -- this week's prize adulterer -- Gordon ramsay's father-inlaw Chris Hutcheson.

Over recent years, all of these men have taken out injunctions to protect their privacy -- and, arguably, all of them have ended up in a bigger pile of doo-doo as a result, emotionally, financially, allegedly, reputedly.

No good has come of it at all. What a complete mess.

Hutcheson, outed this week as the kind of serial philanderer who makes Austin Powers look monogamous, takes a special prize for not just having been unfaithful, but for having a secret family, clandestine illegitimate children and a hot-and-cold smorgasbord of assorted mistresses over the years.

No wonder he wanted to keep it quiet. And no wonder Gordon felt it necessary to sack him last year, even if he only did so when financial worries about the company they ran together began to outweigh the pressing and morally dubious issue of his father-inlaw's myriad affairs.

For years, Gordon even kept it a secret from his own wife that her father had a secret family and a secret life.

In this all-boys-together world, it seems an unforgivable breach of trust between a husband and a wife.

HEAVEN knows how poor Tana Ramsay has somehow come to terms with it all. No wonder she is beginning to look as miserable as her new best friend, Posh Spice.

And whatever the truth of the matter, neither Ramsay nor his father-in-law -- both maintaining their position on the moral high-ground -- come out of this tawdry scenario particularly well.

I must say, I come to the entire topic of super-injunctions rather reluctantly. In the light of recent events, it's becoming clear that all of these rich and powerful men have suffered more, not less, by taking out super-injunctions to protect their privacy.

Each and every one of them is about three giggles short of being a total national laughing stock. Bad enough that they cheated on their wives, but can we forgive them for trying to cheat on the public, too?

They used their financial muscle, their bullishness and big-guy machismo to hush up whispers about their bad behaviour. And then several of them found out, to their cost, that this is not something that will be tolerated in the shrill playground of the modern internet world.

And while we ponder the question of what comes next for the super-injunkies I must, oh God, confess to utter dismay and chronic ennui with these corporate stud-muffins and serial seducers who use the courts to gag newspapers and broadcasters from reporting aspects of their private life they want to keep private. Married footballer sleeps with beauty queen. Married journalist sleeps with journalist. Married banker sleeps with banker. Unnamed actor sleeps with vice girl.

Bore, bore, bore. Zzz, zzz, zzz.

Wake me up when someone actually does something interesting; something that perhaps demands secrecy and subterfuge, something actually worthy of a six-figure legal bill.

Not to mention the concomitant public humiliation when that expensive injunction is -- eventually and now almost invariably -- lifted.

Guys, I'm begging you all! If you insist on being naughty, please do gird your tawdry, treacherous loins and do something that wasn't covered in a trashy mag or a 50-year-old episode of Peyton Place.

Something, yes, that might still raise an eyebrow over the braised lamb shanks and Waterford Crystal glasses brimming with supermarket Chablis at dinner parties in Surrey and Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Say what you like about him, but at least Max Mosley had the decency to go for it; to strip naked and be regularly thrashed by a bevy of determined prostitutes in a central London basement.

Good old Maxy didn't just take his secretary out for a lunchtime pizza, a bit of afternoon delight and a half-baked promise when no one was looking. He went the whole buttock-baring hog.

It's the whole suburban predictability of all this adultery and injunction imbroglio that is so dreary.

One could argue about the moral dimensions of super-injunctions from now until the cows come home.

YET whatever you may think of them, the simple truth is that these men tried to hide certain personal habits and behaviours from the world because they thought that exposure would be damaging to their public standing. That is the beginning and the end of it.

No one ever took out an injunction to stop the Press or television stations from reporting on their charity work, their award-winning cabbage roses, or the sheer and utter marvellousness of their latest book/film/profit margins or all-round superduperness.

We can't have a law that seems unfair, operating only for the benefit of rich, male adulterers such as Chris Hutcheson and Ryan Giggs.

The legal process has to be transparent and workable, not some dreadful murky pool designed to make bad men look good.

Its not British. And it's not right.

INJUNCTION CELEBS GET TWITTER JITTERS; Fling names rumbled by internet campaign.(News)


CHEATING celebrities hiding behind injunctions were left reeling last night after their secrets were exposed by social networkers.

An internet campaign led by Twitter users is defying court gags to identify the stars, including the married footballer who has had an affair with Big Brother's Imogen Thomas.

A single tweeter with more than 42,000 followers claims to "out" famous figures using expensive super-injunctions to keep their disgraceful behaviour secret.

Facebook users have also set up a group dedicated to the subject.

Member Dyl Roberts said: "These people are in the public eye and make millions of pounds on the back of their stardom.

"It's wrong they should be allowed to hide behind the law and it's awesome that they are now being exposed. The whistleblowers deserve a medal."

But there were fears some of the information being sent out online is false or riddled with errors.

Several celebs have already been wrongly named as having brought out injunctions.

Sports presenter Gabby Logan is at the centre of a false rumour she had a fling with soccer pundit Alan Shearer. The mum-of-two issued a fresh denial, tweeting: "I am not and never have."

Jemima Khan has also been wrongly linked to an affair with Jeremy Clarkson. The socialite revealed yesterday she even had a message of support from the Top Gear star's wife Frances.

She also got a text of Clarkson and wrote of the false rumours: "I hope the people who made this story up realise that my son will be bullied at school because of it. Plus I'm getting vile hate tweets." The internet campaign comes as a group of MPs were preparing to launch a bid to change injunction laws. One, Lib Dem John Hemming, said: "There is a lot to learn from the USA where freedom of speech is enshrined in their constitution.

"Where the courts are trying to keep state secrets and Twitter is on the other end, Twitter will win.

"The problem with the current situation is that innocent people will suffer because media outlets which try to get things right are stopped from reporting."

Media lawyer Mark Stephens added: "If you are getting an injunction then you are doing nothing much more than painting a target on your back waiting for the Tweeterati and the blogosphere to come and find you."

A Twitter spokesman said: "On a practical level we simply cannot review 55million-plus tweets delivered every day."

The prostitute who claims she slept with Wayne Rooney said the internet revelations "made a mockery" of the gagging orders.

Helen Wood claimed she knew of one celebrity who has obtained three separate injunctions to keep different affairs secret.

The 24-year-old told Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire: "I'm not one of the women involved.

"There's a list as long as my arm that I know have injunctions against girls right now."

Helen, from Bolton, is at the centre of a super-injunction herself after an affair with an actor.

A judge ruled she could be named, but not the star.

Claiming the law favours men, she added: "It sets a bad example basically saying a rich man can protect his name. They can behave exactly how they want to behave, provided they have the money."

There are currently between 30 and 40 people who have used the privacy laws to block reports about alleged extra-marital affairs, sex with vice girls and cross-dressing.


TARGET Jemima was hit by rumour ACCUSED Top Gear's Clarkson ANGRY Gabby had to deny affair AFFAIR Imogen was named CLAIMS Helen leaves Manchester BBC studio yesterday

Saturday, February 25, 2012


ABU DHABI, UAE -- The following information was released by the office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE):

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on Saturday confirmed in a statement the continuation of all BlackBerry services in the UAE to both individuals and to business customers.

It added that any confusion to TRA regulations would be clarified by the TRA with the operators concerned this week.

The "confusion" mostly refers to accessing the highly secure services offered by BlackBerry. In a statement released to media and its two operators, etisalat and du, TRA said only businesses with 20 or more subscriptions will be allowed to use high security accounts on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which allows for services such as highly secure corporate e-mail.

Smaller businesses have the option of buying additional BES accounts, which could be quite a financial burden. Both individual users and small companies will still be able to use the ordinary, less secure BlackBerry Internet and e-mail services.

BES is the computer where customers receive highly secure e-mails encrypted by the Canadian-based BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), from a BlackBerry device.

Last year, the TRA had threatened to suspend BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and Web browser services unless RIM worked out a way to locate its encrypted computer servers in the UAE.

No TRA spokesperson was available to comment on why the restrictions are now being imposed. According to media reports, they will come into effect on May 1. Etisalat is already sending out e-mails to its corporate customers regarding the new restrictions and offering sales of extra BES lines.

Beware E-mail marketing strategies that deliver trouble.(Legal Review)

Few Internet users give a second thought to posting information about their families, careers, education and hobbies on social-networking sites. Despite users' increased willingness to share personal information, alumni networking Web site recently learned the hard way that consumers still draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable uses of their information.

In March 2010, paid almost $11 million to settle charges related to fraudulent marketing and data mining. Plaintiffs alleged the site used a computer program to process biographical data (such as high school name and graduation year) provided by registered unpaid members to generate E-mails suggesting to members that persons of interest were trying to contact them. Unpaid members were told to purchase upgraded memberships to learn who was trying to reach them. Upon paying the fee, members learned that nobody was trying to reach them.

The case highlights several common practices that could cause trouble for any marketer. Anyone with an E-mail account has received marketing messages with leading subject lines; the case shows that these tactics, when based on false promises, are ripe for litigation.

Compounding's problems, deceptive E-mail subject lines and deceptive E-mail content in general can invoke state anti-spam statutes and provide a separate basis for private litigants to bring a lawsuit.

Perhaps most important to all online marketers are the disclosure-related lessons from the case. The E-mails generated by contained coding to check for cookies that, if detected, allowed the member to automatically log into the site without providing a password. If no cookie was detected, the E-mail would set a cookie.

This practice raised privacy issues because recipients of forwarded E-mails could end up logged into someone else's account. In the settlement, agreed to update its privacy policy to describe and clearly explain its use of cookies and include a warning about potential consequences of forwarding E-mails to friends.

Traditionally, marketers have been vague about their cookie practices. Because the U.S. has no general privacy law and there are no specific privacy policy requirements from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), many marketers consider California law the standard for drafting online privacy policies. California law sets forth basic requirements for privacy policies, including clear disclosures about the types of personally identifiable information collected from consumers and the third parties with whom such information may be shared. However, details about tracking technologies and other practices are not required. The settlement suggests that more descriptive explanations may be warranted.

To add to the list of's woes, another class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle alleging the company violated members' privacy by making personal information available to users of other social-networking sites and mobile devices, and required members to opt-out if they did not consent to such openness. The suit alleges that E-mails to members about the new policy deceived members into waiving important privacy protections.

As the FTC re-examines whether traditional privacy policies are still effective and explores new paradigms for online privacy, the problems encountered by can be instructive to other marketers.

The likely outcome of the FTC's deliberations is that more wide-ranging disclosures will be required across the board. New regulations may compel marketers to provide more detailed explanations of online technologies, their ability to collect and analyze data from various sources, and how users may manage privacy preferences.

Marketers should proactively examine their E-mail practices to identify potential problems. They should keep an eye on policymakers in Washington and state attorneys general to anticipate business practices targeted for future regulation and ensure the voice of the DR industry is heard during any hearings.

Jeffrey D. Knowles and Ellen T. Berge are attorneys at Washington, D.C.-based Venable. They practice advertising and marketing law and can be reached at (202) 344-4000.

Hawaiian Airlines Receives DOT Approval for Maui-Tokyo Flights.

HONOLULU, HAWAII--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17,1998--Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (ASE and PCX: HA) has received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide daily nonstop air service between Kahului, Maui, and Tokyo's Narita Airport starting in the year 2000. Final approval is pending response to an invitation by the Department to all interested parties for commentary during the next 10 days, and Hawaiian's response to any such commentary.

Hawaiian had filed an application with the DOT on February 10 seeking to become the seventh designated U.S. carrier in the U.S.-Japan market under the new U.S-Japan Memorandum of Consultation. The company plans to use 304-seat DC10 aircraft on the route, offering Business Class and Coach Class seating.

"We are delighted that the Department has approved Hawaii's international flag carrier to open a new link between our state and Japan," said Paul J. Casey, Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is good news for Hawaiian Airlines, for Maui and for the state of Hawaii."

Founded in Honolulu 68 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. The company operates 12 widebody jet flights a day between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland and offers weekly widebody service between Hawaii and the South Pacific destinations of American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian's fleet of 13 DC9s provides award-winning service on more than 130 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii.

Additional information on Hawaiian Airlines, including previously issued company news releases, is available on the Internet via the airline's Website at

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the effect of changing economic conditions, trends in the airline industry, the ability to control costs and expenses, and other risks detailed in the company's continuing reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: John Garibaldi

Chief Financial Officer

(808) 835-3700


Keoni Wagner

Hawaiian Airlines

(808) 838-6778


Investor Relations:

Betsy Brod

Media Contact: Stan Froelich

Eileen King

Morgen-Walke Associates, Inc.

(212) 850-5600

SystemSoft To Provide PC Card Support For Microware OS-9 Based Intelligent Consumer Devices; Next Generation of Portable Consumer Electronics Appliances Will Include Card and Socket Services.

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 1996--Microware Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: MWAR), a leading developer of real-time system software, and SystemSoft Corporation (Nasdaq: SYSF), the world's leading supplier of PC Card software, today announced a strategic partnership intended to accelerate the widespread availability of smart consumer electronics products such as Internet appliances and digital television set-top terminals configured to support peripheral devices such as modems or printers.

The Microware/SystemSoft partnership will extend PC Card support to the OS-9 Real-Time Operating System for embedded Internet appliances, wireless communications devices and other embedded systems, as well as to DAVID, Microware's software package for digital TV. The agreement calls for SystemSoft to provide PC Card support for Microware's OS-9 Real-Time Operating System.

"As a result of this accord, many accessories that can be used on a personal computer, such as a modem or hard drive, could be able to be plugged into devices like digital cameras, Internet appliances, digital TV decoders and wireless communications products," explained Mike Burgher, executive vice president at Microware. "We're very pleased to be joining forces with a company the quality of SystemSoft, the firm that helped write the standard for the PC Card interface."

"Our partnership with SystemSoft is a continuation of Microware's strategy to expand the capabilities of smart consumer devices," Burgher added. "By pairing PC Card support with OS-9, and enabling these devices to support peripherals, we're laying the groundwork to enable a wide range of products that will help consumers communicate more effectively. Plus, we're adding the convenience they've come to expect from their desktop communications solutions."

"In 1994, SystemSoft announced support for Microware's DAVID interactive television environment, allowing end-users to easily expand the capabilities of their set-top boxes," said Bob Angelo, president and CEO of SystemSoft. "Today, manufacturers are designing a wide variety of consumer devices that include PC Card slots. By extending our agreement with Microware, SystemSoft provides users of digital TV decoders and next-generation intelligent consumer devices a complete Plug and Play PC Card solution."

The reliability and robust modularity of OS-9 combined with the I/O flexibility and convenience of the PC Card form factor creates a configurable solution for adding applications and peripherals to next generation consumer electronics and communications systems such as cellular phones, pagers, digital cameras, digital set-top boxes and other portable computing devices. SystemSoft software provides the highest levels of compatibility between PC Cards and computing devices.

Burgher noted that, as an example of the types of products this partnership would support, an OS-9-based cell phone user could plug in a scheduler PC Card to check appointments, schedule calls or log phone calls.

The OS-9 Real-Time Operating System

Microware's OS-9 is a full-featured, multi-tasking real-time operating system. Its scaleable architecture allows it to fit a wide range of designs from small embedded devices to large networked systems. OS-9 features the OS-9 Kernel, hierarchical file system, complete I/O management and highly-optimized development tool integration. OS-9 also provides I/O support for a broad range of device classes.

Microware is developing a complete Internet solution for consumer devices, including Java support, Spyglass(R) Web Technology Kit, extensive networking protocols and a graphics API. Its wireless communications offering includes power management, user interface and communication capabilities, making it a compelling solution for devices ranging from small single-task pagers and cellular telephones to complex, multi-task personal digital assistants and digital cameras.

About SystemSoft

SystemSoft Corporation (Nasdaq: SYSF) is a leading supplier of PC Card and other system-level software to the rapidly growing market for mobile computers, comprised of laptops, notebooks, sub-notebooks and personal computing devices. SystemSoft's system-level software products include PC Card software products, Plug and Play software, power management software and BIOS. SystemSoft licenses its software primarily to OEMs, including manufacturers of PCs and PC Cards. The company has licensed its PC Card or system-level software to more than 100 PC manufacturers and has licensed its PC Card software or provided services to over 80 PC Card manufacturers. Its customers include Acer, Apple Computer, AST, Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Gateway 2000, Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Toshiba and NEC.

Based in Natick, Mass., SystemSoft employs over 170 people at its headquarters and in offices in Santa Clara and Oxnard, California, and Taipei, Taiwan.

About Microware

Microware Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MWAR) develops, markets and supports sophisticated real-time operating system software and high-level language compilers for advanced consumer, communications and industrial products, including devices for the emerging digital television and wireless communications markets. Microware is the first real-time embedded operating system provider to receive ISO 9001 certification for its software development quality assurance methodologies. Microware was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa with offices in Campbell, California; Tokyo, Japan; Burnham, England; and Aix-en-Provence, France. In addition, the company has other domestic and international sales offices and authorized distributors.

Access Microware and SystemSoft press releases and company materials through the following Web sites: and

Microware, OS-9 and DAVID are registered trademarks of Microware Systems Corporation. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other names or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Note: The statements in this release concerning the outlook for PC Card Support for OS-9 include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including successful integration of SystemSoft and Microware products, customer acceptance of these products, and development of the emerging markets at which the products are targeted.

CONTACT: Editorial Contact:

Steve Simpson

Microware Systems Corporation

515/223-8000 ext. 342


Paul Sereiko

SystemSoft Corporation



Susan Radd/Howard Riefs

Edelman Public Relations (for Microware)



Tim Hurley/Jon Bornstein

Copithorne & Bellows (for SystemSoft)


Huntington Bancshares Incorporated to Announce 2007 Third Quarter Earnings and Hold Earnings Conference Call October 18, 2007.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington Bancshares Incorporated expects to report its third quarter earnings on Thursday, October 18, 2007, prior to the market opening. A news release and supporting financial data will be available at that time on the company's website at

Conference Call / Webcast Information

Huntington's senior management will host an earnings conference call the same day at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The call may be accessed via a live Internet webcast at or through a dial-in telephone number at 800-223-1238; conference ID 17065118. Slides will be available at just prior to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on October 31, 2007 for review during the call.

A replay of the webcast will be archived in the Investor Relations section of Huntington's web site A telephone replay will be available two hours after the completion of the call through July 31, 2007 at 800-642-1687; conference ID 17065118.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $54 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington has more than 141 years of serving the financial needs of its customers. Huntington's banking subsidiaries, The Huntington National Bank and Sky Bank, provide innovative retail and commercial financial products and services through over 700 regional banking offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Huntington also offers retail and commercial financial services online at; through its technologically advanced, 24- hour telephone bank; and through its network of almost 1,400 ATMs. Selected financial service activities are also conducted in other states including: Dealer Sales offices in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee; Private Financial and Capital Markets Group offices in Florida; and Mortgage Banking offices in Maryland and New Jersey. Sky Insurance offers retail and commercial insurance agency services, through offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia. International banking services are made available through the headquarters office in Columbus, a limited purpose office located in the Cayman Islands, and another located in Hong Kong.

((M2 Communications Ltd disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data prepared by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at on the world wide web. Inquiries to

Friday, February 24, 2012

Is cable TV about to drop the (base)ball?

Byline: Carolyn Shapiro

Mar. 29--Sharron Ford, a former New Yorker and serious Yankees fan, couldn't wait for the cable television companies to work out a deal to carry a special package of Major League Baseball games.

Earlier this month, the Virginia Beach resident switched from cable company Cox Communications Inc. to satellite provider DirecTV, which had signed a deal with Major League Baseball to offer the Extra Innings subscription package. Viewers who pay a premium for the package during baseball season, which officially begins Sunday, can watch all Major League games shown in any regional market no matter where they live.

Cox and other cable companies had offered Extra Innings, which is known as an "out-of-market" seasonal sports package, since 2002. About two weeks ago, Ford learned that negotiations to renew the package had grown contentious between the cable companies and Major League Baseball, which owns the broadcasting rights to all of its games. She and her husband feared Cox would lose its access to the package.

"We're diehard Yankee fans," Ford said, "and if we don't have our baseball, it drives us crazy."

Major League Baseball has given the cable companies a deadline of Saturday to come up with an acceptable agreement. Last week, the baseball organization rejected an offer from the cable operators.

The clash has caught the attention of Congress, in particular Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who urged Major League Baseball this week to work out a deal with the cable companies and satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corp., which owns Dish Network. At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday, Kerry asked baseball officials to consider cable and Dish customers who had received the package previously.

Cox, based in Atlanta, and other cable companies receive Extra Innings through In Demand Networks, a joint venture owned by Cox and fellow cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Entertainment Co. In Demand provides other subscription sports packages, pay-per-view programs, on-demand movies and a high-definition channel. It negotiates for programming rights on behalf of its parent companies, then sells and distributes those programs to other cable operators and some hotel chains for their in-room services.

In Demand lost its access to a similar subscription package for this season's NASCAR races last year. Ford said the change devastated her father-in-law, a NASCAR aficionado and Cox customer.

"NASCAR elected to go a different route than making it available to the cable operators," said Thom Prevette, a Cox spokesman based at its local headquarters in Chesapeake.

DirecTV has carved a competitive niche in paid TV service by catering to sports fans. It has exclusively offered the NFL Sunday Ticket, a similar out-of-market package for football games.

Robert Mercer, spokesman for The DirecTV Group Inc., based in El Segundo, Calif., said sports programming has set his company apart from cable companies.

The Extra Innings standoff comes down to two points, according to published comments from both sides: the fees paid per subscriber for the programming rights and the placement in the cable lineup of the new Major League Baseball Channel, which the organization plans to launch in 2009. Major League Baseball wants the channel included in the standard cable package, where it would reach the most viewers.

As part of its seven-year deal with Major League Baseball, DirecTV agreed to offer the Baseball Channel with its basic service. Major League Baseball also made DirecTV a minority partner in the new channel.

The Extra Innings package on cable cost $179 in the 2006 season. DirecTV is charging $159.96 over four months this year.

Cox, through In Demand, carries subscription packages for the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer. Sports fans also can watch nationally broadcast baseball games and NASCAR races on networks including ABC, Fox, ESPN, TNT and the Speed Channel.

Ford said she liked Cox, which still provides her phone and high-speed Internet services, and would have kept its TV service if not for baseball.

Without Extra Innings, she would have had to depend on the Internet to see her beloved Yankees.

"What are you going to do," she asked, "sit at your computer for two or three hours to watch a game?"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Insurance Auto Auctions Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call.

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. a leading provider of automotive salvage and claims processing services in the United States, will hold a conference call with institutional investors, security analysts and other interested parties at 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, October 24, 2003 to discuss its third quarter results, which will be released earlier that day. Insurance Auto Auctions' Chief Executive Officer, Thomas C. O'Brien and Chief Financial Officer, Scott P. Pettit, will co-host the call.

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Callers should ask to be connected to the Insurance Auto Auctions earnings conference call.

The call will also be broadcast over the Internet at . Please allow 15 minutes to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

A replay will be available until midnight EST on October 31, 2003. To listen to the replay, please dial:


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About Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., founded in 1982, a leader in automotive total loss and specialty salvage services in the United States, provides insurance companies with cost-effective, turnkey solutions to process and sell total-loss and recovered-theft vehicles. The Company currently has 74 sites across the United States.

Additional information about Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. is available on the World Wide Web at .

CONTACT: Scott Pettit, Chief Financial Officer of Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., +1-847-839-4040, or General Inquiries, Chris Kettmann of Ashton Partners, +1-312-553-6716

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Byline: Patricia Simms Wisconsin State Journal

Welcome to the brave new world of health insurance.

On this new frontier, customers can:

* View pharmacy claims and the actual costs of prescriptions.

* Find out how much of their deductible they've used.

* Find out which procedures were done and what the charges were.

* Update personal information online.

* Print out medical and pharmaceutical charges for tax purposes.

* Choose a new primary doctor online.

And that's just GO-TO, a Web-based self-service health insurance program that Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation rolled out this spring.

"This will allow a much simpler and more direct way for members to manage their business with us," said Bill Jollie, chief operating officer of the managed care organization. "We have a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. office, but people don't live a 7-to-7 life."

GO-TO is available at any time -- in real time -- and eliminates some paperwork and waiting times for as many of the 95,000 PPIC members that choose to enroll, Jollie said.

About 350 members have been enrolling each week, he said, and a similar module for health-care providers is near.

Because the detail of actual claims is available online, members are able to see clearly what services were delivered. "It's going to make people much more conscious of what physicians are doing ... what services physicians are actually billing for," Jollie said.

GO-TO, developed on software sold by Perot Systems, is the latest local evidence of a sharp shift toward consumer education and choice -- the trendy term is "consumer-driven health care."

"This is, in fact, the direction that health-care consumerism is going," said Susan Pisano, vice president for communications for America's Health Insurance Plans, a Washington, D.C.-based trade organization.

"That means access to more information about cost and quality, more transparency, more choices and customization."

The technology that's fueling the shift didn't exist 10 years ago, she said.

Last fall, for example, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, another Madison managed care organization, launched a system called GHC MyChart that gives patients access to their medical records.

Employers benefit as well: WPS recently announced it is making data on health-care cost and utilization available to employers via the Internet. Jollie said Physicians Plus debuted a product directed to employers last year, and Christopher Queram, chief executive officer of the Employer Health Care Alliance Cooperative, said the Alliance has offered employers a similar service -- again via the Internet -- since last fall.

"The capabilities and design of these systems vary slightly, but they are all part of the mega-trend of increased access to information," Queram said.

As the cost of pharmaceuticals and technology soars, health-care companies want patients to know what their pills and products cost.

Pisano said this should be good for consumers. "I don't think American consumers embrace the idea that one size fits all," she said. "Choice is one of the paramount principles for the American consumer. That hasn't necessarily played out in the health-care arena, but it certainly is beginning to."

In the past, the American health-care system paid the same for bad quality as it did for good, she said. "The system has not particularly provided the information that allows consumers to drive businesses to the better-quality and lower-cost providers," she said.

For patients in managed care, which is about 65 percent of the Madison market, GO-TO may be the first time members will get a look at the real cost of the drugs they take, said March Schweitzer, director of product development at Physicians Plus.

"There is a subtle educational component," Schweitzer said.

Experts think savvy health-care consumers will drive down costs, Pisano said.

"There is a distinct body of opinion that says if you have information on cost and quality, you are going to make good choices based on cost and quality," she said.

"Ultimately ... good quality costs less than poor quality."

But it's too early in the evolution to know what impact these systems will have on costs and on individual behavior, Queram said.

"Certainly the hope and the expectation is that information will drive better decision-making and that will impact both cost and quality," Queram said. "... we have a long journey ahead to create an informed and empowered' consumer. Yet, we are creating the tools and that is, in itself, a positive sign."

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Contact Patricia Simms at or 252-6126.


The European Commissioner for the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der attended a high-level meeting on May 8 in Berlin within the framework of a German initiative aimed at fostering growth of the information society. The meeting emphasised the importance of broadband internet as the essential infrastructure for the use of rich applications and services, improving the functionality, performance and accessibility of online public services and enabling a dynamic e-business environment.

Also present at the meeting were the members of the German "Initiative D21", which aims at better exploiting the opportunities offered by the Information Society in terms of competitiveness, growth and employment. 'D21' stands for Germany in the 21st Century - the digital century. The initiative has to be seen in the framework of Member States' efforts to put national broadband strategies in place by the end of the year, as requested by the Spring European Council. Mr Liikanen recalled that as part of eEurope 2005, Member States are called upon to connect all public administrations with broadband by that date. Beyond that, one 2005 objective is that at least half of Internet connections should be broadband. The German Federal Government has also set 2005 as the date by which broadband will have to be the dominant way of accessing the Internet.