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Echo Of Soul Summer Patch Update}

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Summer gas officially started in EOS! The Summer Patch brings us summer event, Raid entry count was updated, Daily Login rewards, Season 3 Magic Lamps, Party member kicking, World Map Transparency, BUG Fixes and so on.

Summer event

The time has come to take your Soulkeeper on a nice vacation! You will discover a completely new map, which gives you access to daily and repeatable quests! This new map gives you access to 2 different islands: Manta Reef and Watermelon Island this island is only accessible when the water recedes, so you will be able to travel there once every hour, for half an hour (for instance: Open from 9.00 until 9.30, then closed from 9.30 until 10.00, and open again from 10.00 until 10.30 and so on). You will have to talk to the Watermelon Island Entry Staff NPC in order to travel there.

This exotic area is populated by the adorable and cheerful Pori tribe. The Pori tribe is a pacifist one, they hate violence, so you will have to leave your weapon in your inventory and the Smart Matching functions will be disabled during your stay on the island.

One tribe member is called Dig Duv who you will find in the main cities: Mnemos Town, Ignea, Rimen, and Laterna. Talk to Dig Duv, and you will get to visit the new islands!

Before heading to the beach, you will obviously need a swimsuit! There are 2 ways to get a swimsuit: From the Season 3 Magic Lamps or by completing Dig Duvs quests, upon completing the quests, you will receive a special currency: the Manta Reef Coin. You will have the possibility to acquire numerous items In exchange for the Manta Reef Coin via the Specialty Merchant, such as the new Coconut Crab pet! Also you will unlock 3 new achievements: Pinch Me, Im Dreaming! (Misc./Pet), Nowhere to Run (Event) and Duck, Dodge, Dive Doh (Event).

You may run around the island or use your mount if you wish! Complete the quests, take part in the mini games, and chat with the Pori tribe: all of this will make your stay unforgettable!

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NOTE: Everything that is related to the Summer Event will be deleted once the event is over (on August 19th, 23:59 GMT+2/5:59 PM EDT) except Costumes, Pets, Manta Reef currency (you may save it for next year), Achievements, Titles and Prismatic Water Balloons.

Content update

1 Raid entry count was updated – It is now possible to enter the Dryad Forest Raid 3 times per week, and 10 times per week on Practice mode.

2 Daily Login rewards have been changed

3 Season 3 Magic Lamps – S3 Magic Lamps are available in the Cash Shop, via the Magic Egg Merchant and with the Hard Knock Life and School of Hard Knocks quests. Here are some of the new items that you can win in the new Magic Lamp: The awesome new “Rain Cloud” Mount, the first floating mount in Echo of Soul is here! You can also get a new exclusive Storage-Pet “Hermit Crab” and new summer costumes, different from the in-game quest costumes! And the Baleful Set and the “Junior Promethean” Pet.

Echo of Soul Season 3 Magic Lamps

4 Implementation of the voting system in Party member kicking – Any party member may now suggest to kick another member. A voting window will appear where the reason for the vote can be mentioned:

The person that issues the vote and the subject of the vote cannot participate in the voting process.

A player will only be kicked if the majority of the players vote Yes.

5 World Map Transparency – You can now change the maps transparency by opening the World Map (M) and moving the slider at the top.

6 New Legendary mode for Promethean Giants Hideout and Woods of Despair party dungeons – Available via Smart Matching or the teleporters in Augurs Chancel in Ignea. The equipment level requirement is 790+. Limited to 4 entries per week.

7 Infinite Solo Dungeon Stage 3 – Available via Smart Matching or the teleporters in Augurs Chancel in Ignea. The equipment level requirement is 560+.

8 Infinite Party Dungeon Stage 4 – Available via Smart Matching or the teleporters in Augurs Chancel in Ignea. The equipment level requirement is 790+.

9 New NPCs in the Clockwork Quarter in Ignea – Stage 4 Infinium Merchant & Stage 4 Equipment Trade

10 You can now use your magic eggs in the cash shop!

BUG FIXES

The Daily Quests given out by the NPC called Rose for profession level 421 are now fixed.

Crafted healing items are now stackable up to 50.

You can now trade your level 78 equipment for level 81 equipment via the Stage 1 Equipment Trader NPC.

Enjoy you time to Echo of Soul!

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German BND claims U.S. exaggerated Iraq WMD claims

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German BND claims U.S. exaggerated Iraq WMD claims

Sunday, November 20, 2005

One of the most important arguments in the run-up to the Iraq war made by Colin Powell in his United Nations speech and President Bush in his State of the Union address was that Iraq had an active biological weapons program and possessed mobile biological weapons labs. According to an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the main source for this information was an Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball who was a source for the German central intelligence agency BND.

Several German intelligence officials responsible for Curveball have now told the LA Times that the Bush administration and the CIA have repeatedly exaggerated his claims and ignored warnings of the BND that the source was unreliable. Recounting his reaction after seeing Powell’s United Nations speech one German intelligence officer said: “We were shocked. Mein Gott! We had always told them it was not proven…. It was not hard intelligence.” This corroborates reporting by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit from 2003 and 2004 based on statements of unnamed senior German intelligence officials.

Nine months earlier, in May 2002, a fabricator warning was posted in Curveball’s file in U.S. intelligence databases. Powell was never warned that his United Nations speech contained material that both the DIA and CIA had determined was false, even though several people present at Powell’s CIA meetings were fully aware of this.

At this time German intelligence officers would not let the CIA meet directly with Curveball, but allowed a CIA doctor to draw blood samples. Questioning the validity of Curveball’s information in front of his CIA supervisor, the doctor was advised to “Keep in mind that this war is going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn’t say and the Powers That Be probably aren’t terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he’s talking about.”

Shortly after Powell’s UN speech and several days before the invasion, United Nations weapons inspectors attempted to directly verify several key claims made by Curveball, but concluded that they were unsustainable. The White House insisted on its WMD claims based on Curveball’s information.

Even after the invasion, when more and more of Curveball’s accounts were shown to be pure fabrication, the CIA and the Bush administration relied on Curveball’s information. When U.S. forces discovered trucks with lab equipment and Curveball claimed that these were identical to the ones he has been reporting about, the CIA rushed to publish a White Paper claiming that these trucks were part of Saddam Hussein’s secret biological weapons program and Bush claimed publicly that “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” Several days later, twelve of the thirteen WMD experts who analyzed the trucks agreed that the equipment was not suited for biological weapons production, with the only dissenting voice coming from the author of the original White Paper.

The White Paper remains posted on the CIA website to this date, and President Bush has not yet retracted his statement that Iraq produced “germ warfare agents” made in his State of the Union address or his postwar assertions that “we found the weapons of mass destruction.”

Death toll from Brazil mudslides rises to sixty

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Death toll from Brazil mudslides rises to sixty

Sunday, January 3, 2010

At least sixty people have been confirmed dead after mudslides in southeastern Brazil, mostly on Ilha Grande, caused by torrential rainfall.

Rescue efforts are still continuing in the state of Rio de Janeiro for people feared to be buried under houses, which collapsed due to the deluge of mud and rain. Rescuers used shovels and heavy machinery to dig through the rubble.

Colonel Jerri Andrade, who is supervising the rescuers, commented on the current status of rescue efforts. “The weather is improving, which helps us with the search, but we won’t rest as long as we suspect that there are more bodies underneath the remains.”

More rain is forecast in the days ahead, making additional mudslides a possibility. The authorities have warned that the death toll could increase as more bodies are found. Three days of mourning were declared in the Rio de Janeiro greater area, and celebrations scheduled for January 6 were called off.

Getting Your Blood Pressure Under Control With Lisinopril}

Submitted by: Heather Colman

Lisinopril is one of the medications, which can help in controlling blood pressure. It’s a drug that belongs to the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor class. This drug is mostly used to help patients, who are suffering from hypertension, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrests. It is also used to prevent renal and retinal complications, which may arise as a result of diabetes.

Captopril and Enalapril are the other two drugs that are ACE inhibitors. These two drugs were used for treatments in the early 1990s, before the introduction of lisinopril. There are several distinguishing factors between lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors.

Lisinopril is hydrophilic, it has a long, half life and tissue penetration. In addition, it is not metabolized by the liver.

What medical conditions can be treated with lisinopril?

Following are some of the most common conditions, which can be treated with lisinopril:

* For treatment of patients suffering from high blood pressure

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* Improving the symptoms that are produced by a weak heart

* Protecting the function of kidneys in diabetic functions suffering from protein loss

* Treating patients who are stable after 24 hours of myocardial infarction.

How does lisinopril work?

Lisinopril lowers the blood pressure by inhibiting the production of chemicals in the body, which result in high blood pressure. The lowered blood pressure in turn, is a lot a less complicated condition for patients with a weak heart. It helps in the removal of fluids from the body. There is also an increase in the efficiency of the blood flow through the kidneys, which is of great help to the diabetics.

Lisinopril can be taken on an empty stomach. In fact, there have been several reports indicating that, taking it with food can result in stomach upset.

Lisinorpil has the same indications, contraindications, and side effects as the other ACE inhibition drugs. It has a very long, half life, this means that normally only one dose per day is sufficient for most patients. The average daily dose can be as high as 40mg to as low as 2.5mg, in sensitive cases. However, there have been cases, where patients needed 80mg per day, for effective treatment and these patients suffered no overly adverse side effects.

Common side effects.

The most common side effect of lisinopril is dizziness. This happens, especially if the patient gets up suddenly after sitting or lying for a long time. Also, one needs to be careful while climbing up the stairs. Apart from dizziness, headache is another common side effect, which can be cured by a mild pain relief drug.

Patients also tend to feel tired and lightheaded. When taking lisinopril avoid driving, operating heavy machinery or performing hazardous tasks.

There can be oral disorders as well, which may include short term, abnormal taste and dry cough.

Symptoms to look for.

Keep a watch on swelling of legs or abdomen. Shortness of breath, sudden weight gain, are the other symptoms, which you may experience, as a result of lisinopril intake. Contact your doctor immediately, if any of these symptoms grow worse.

Disclaimer – The information presented here should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional for more information about Lisinorpil.

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Bangladesh security tightened following Pilkhana massacre and Bashundhara City fire

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Bangladesh security tightened following Pilkhana massacre and Bashundhara City fire
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Following the Pilkhana massacre which occurred February 25 and 26 leaving 74 dead and the inferno at the Bashundhara City shopping mall complex March 13 leaving seven dead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said security measures are being tightened countrywide across Bangladesh.

Fire drills will be enacted at all key-point installations (KPI). Fire fighting systems will be examined by the fire brigade and the public works department (PWD) to ensure functionality. Security measures will be enhanced supplementing areas under private security such as at the Bashundhara City Complex.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department requires modernization and needs new equipment to fight fires past the sixth floor of buildings. The Fire Brigade says it needs turntable ladders, snorkels, foam-tenders, lighting units, emergency tenders, fireproof uniforms, and rescue ropes for fire fighting and rescue operations. Transportation to fires is also an issue due to narrow roads, low electrical wires and congestion.

The Bangladesh National Building Code requires fire fighting equipment installed in buildings over seven floors. This code is to be monitored by authorities to ensure compliance with the new guidelines and to make sure buildings are being maintained.

The Bashundhara City Complex opened Monday for shoppers two days after Friday’s blaze. A probe is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess structural damage.

Loss of life was minimized as the blaze broke out on a Friday, the beginning of the weekend in Bangladesh, so offices in the upper floors were empty. The lower eight floors are used for shopping and the upper floors are all Bashundhara Group offices.

The mall is valued at Tk 7.0 billion (US$100 million). It is not known if the complex is covered by fire insurance.

It is estimated that it will take over two years to rebuild the area damaged by flames which were burned down to a skeleton. Bashundhara City’s technical advisor, Latifur Rahman, estimated damages at Tk 2.0 billion (US$29m).

Only one television cameraman has been allowed in to film the burnt area. None of the 2,500 shops, cinemas or cafes were burnt by the inferno. The seventh and eighth floors still experience smoke damage, and there was water damage to merchandise.

A three member committee is currently investigating the cause of the fire which will consist of Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary of the ministry, representatives of the police, IGP Noor Muhammad, and fire brigade, Director General Abu Nayeem Md Shahidullah. The committee is required to report within the week with their findings. The forensics department is also sifting through the burnt remains.

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries has also formed a committee which has begun interviewing witnesses and recording their testimony alongside the government committee.

It has been discovered that 150 closed circuit cameras were not being used when the fire started. Another mystery is why the mall fire fighting system has been found unused.

Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think….These matters seem to be mysterious

“In the shopping mall there is an ultra-technology elevator which runs even without electricity but we have found that locked,” Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary (Police) of the home ministry, said. “Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think. We have to see if there was any incendiary substance there. These matters seem to be mysterious.”

Mall management has been asked to submit substances and items which would have been in the upper floors when the fire started. The fire erupted on the 17th floor and spread quickly to the two floors above and engulfed the three floors below. The aerial ladders belonging to the Fire Service and Civil Defence reached as high as the 13th floor of the 21-storey building.

Videos have been sent to the United States (US) for examination to assist in determining the cause of the fire and to help in the damage assessment. Experts from the US are expected to arrive soon.

Firefighters were brought to the rooftop of the 20-storey tower by helicopter. The only fatality in this operation was Baki Billa, a firefighter of Bashundhara City firefighting department, who fell when climbing down a rope from a helicopter to the roof of the building. Three other firefighters made the transition safely. At this same time, the chief security officer was safely rescued by the Bangladesh Air Force helicopter, a Bell 212. Six security officers of the complex also lost their lives.

Zimbabwe bans crop growing in urban areas

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Zimbabwe bans crop growing in urban areas
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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Farming in urban areas has been banned in the latest turn in the Zimbabwean government’s ‘crackdown’ on the country’s poor.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of a chronic drought and with food supplies running low, thousands fear starvation after they were told they could no longer supplement their food supply with crops grown themselves. A police spokesman told a UN news agency that they were under government instruction to prevent urban farming.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said “a lot of harm is being done to the environment. Why can’t those who want to cultivate crops go to rural areas, where people are being allocated farms under the land reform programme?”

People living in urban areas had taken to growing their staple crop – maize – and other grains in patches of land near their houses. Much of the land being used had already been earmarked for cultivation, but the police have been told to ignore any such designations.

A non-governmental organisation, Environment Africa, agreed with some of the policy. “We totally understand and appreciate the need for urban people to supplement their incomes, but they should not do it the wrong way. Ideally, farming should be done on farms, not in towns. What we have witnessed is an irreparable damage to the environment, which will certainly have dire consequences for our beloved cities,” said an official.

A spokesman for the opposition — the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) — said that while planting on undesignated land, especially amid a maze of houses in townships, was not something they could approve, planting on designated areas should be allowed.

Such urban farming could produce up to 100,000t of grain in a good year, the spokesman added. He believes the government aims to drive urban people — who are often MDC supporters — out into the countryside, with the promise of getting land under the “reform program”.

As international concern about Zimbabwe grows, Kofi Annan plans to send a special envoy to assess the situation. However, he has not scheduled a date for the visit.

Hundreds of SUNY New Paltz students demonstrate, storm administration building

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

New Paltz, New York — More than 350 U.S. students took part in a demonstration Friday outside the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building where student leaders used a bullhorn from the rooftop to rally the gathering on the concourse below. University police dispersed student leaders from the roof which was followed by more than 100 students storming the Haggerty Administration Building (HAB).

During the 2004–2005 academic year, students lobbied for a $10 million renovation project for their Student Union Building, which has not been renovated since its construction more than 30 years ago.

HAB spokesman Eric Gullickson said that the supplemental appropriation for the project is the largest in the history of the college and that the six-member advisory committee includes three students but that; “the Student Association, which was offered the first seat on this committee, declined the opportunity,” Gullickson said.

Student leaders, including Student Body President R.J. Partington III and Student Senate ChairJustin Holmes, who played a role in organizing this demonstration, testified during the Spring 2005 semester before the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, eventually winning the renovation project. Holmes says that Gullickson’s assertions are; “an out-and-out lie. The SA was never offered such a seat. We were offered 1 seat on a seven seat committee, with the administration selecting the other six members.”

The major arguments for a capital project on the Student Union Building were that it:

During the Fall 2005 semester the HAB claimed that it would oversee the renovation project, citing the need for a larger lobby and bookstore.

The Kingston Daily Freeman reported:

The crystallizing issue for the demonstration was the upcoming $10 million renovation of the Student Union building. The renovation, scheduled to begin in about two years, will be the first major change to the building since it was built 34 years ago, according to college spokesman Eric Gullickson, who said the supplemental appropriation for the project in the state budget is the largest in the college’s history.

Gullickson also said that a six-member committee had been formed to guide the design process, but student leaders, including Partington, were told that the proposed committee would be seven members, including four non-students and two students who were appointed by the HAB.

“No matter the size and makeup of the HAB’s so-called renovation committee, it has nothing to do with the actual renovation process, which will be administered by a student committee, with input from other parties of course considered,” responded Holmes.

During the Fall 2005 semester, Student Body President R.J. Partington III attempted to negotiate with Administrators, including HAB President Steven G. Poskanzer, over the project.

The HAB refused to concede to student demands.

At this point, the Student Senate passed legislation proclaiming that the project would be overseen by a committee where students constitute a majority, and Partington announced that he “did not recognize and would not sit on” any committee that did not meet the needs of students.

Vice President of Acacdemic Affairs & Governance, Stephanie Adika said, “If the HAB won’t even listen to us about our own building, how are they going to listen to us about all the other problems the students have with SUNY New Paltz.”

Pillow Talk Bed Valances The Perfect Combination For Comfort And Relaxation

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Pillow Talk Bed Valances- The perfect combination for comfort and relaxation

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Valances (AU/UK), bedskirts (US), are decorative fabric attached to the frame of a bed. Once used to hide the unfinished look of the boxpring and bedposts, the bed valance now offers a large range of benefits to the bedroom.

After shopping for your woolen quilts, feather and down quilts, fitted sheets, flat sheets, sheet sets, and quilt covers you might be tempted to overlook the base of your bed. However, valances aren t just cosmetic! They offer many benefits to the modern bedroom!

For those who suffer from dust allergies, bed valances have the practical purpose of reducing dust from below the bed, reducing the proximity of dust mites to the bed itself. The less dust build up, the viewer allergens in your sleeping space!

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Storage is often an issue in homes. (Can you ever have too much storage?) A king bed valance over the base of a king bed offers you fashionable camouflage for seasonal bed linens and clothing stored in boxes below your bed!

For many, the valance has become a way to provide the finishing touches of a well-designed bedroom. Valances come in a seemingly endless range of colours, fabrics and patterns. Match them to your bed sheet sets or quilt covers, or choose contrasting colours for an added dimension to your bedroom.

Valances come in both gathered or tailored styles. For more feminine themes, the gathered, flowing styled valance are a popular choice while the tailored design may be better suited to a more sophisticated or masculine look.

Regardless of the size or design of you bed, the modern bed valance offers both style and functionality to your bed.

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300 protesters greet Farage’s return to Edinburgh

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Roughly 300 protesters turned up yesterday for the return of Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, to Edinburgh after last year’s disastrous attempt at a press conference in a pub at the foot of The Canongate. Unseen by protesters or public, Farage is believed to have left the venue around 7:30pm.

Farage’s last visit saw protesters leaving him barracked in the bar by police, with several taxis refusing to take the party leader and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England to the airport.

Given the hostile reception on his last visit, far-right group Britain First garnered publicity earlier in the week with an apparent offer of “armoured vehicles” for Farage’s visit. However, no support from ex-BNP councillor Paul Golding’s political party, or the offered armoured vehicles, were in-evidence.

Despite attempts to keep the location secret, the Radical Independence Campaign began calling for protesters to turn up on Friday, at the city’s Corn Exchange, nearly a week before the event. Farage was already believed to be inside the building when Wikinews arrived shortly after 4:30pm. At that time, five satellite trucks were present and New Market Road, running past the venue, was still open to traffic.

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Protesters began arriving en-masse closer to 5:30pm, with numbers peaking around an hour later. Police vans were moved to block the road; although, traffic to the venue was still being permitted for a wedding party with the misfortune to pick the same date as Farage’s only visit to Scotland during the current European Parliament election campaign.

Several speakers addressed the crowd protesting against UKIP being in Scotland, with the actual number of UKIP attendees inside, to hear Farage speak, estimated at around 50. One speaker, a schoolteacher, challenged the mainstream media’s acceptance of UKIP’s assertion the party is not racist, stating her primary school pupils were more-capable of identifying racism and would be pointing its presence out within UKIP were they present.

Although loud, the protest passed peacefully. Chants directed at UKIP included “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose city? Our city!”, “Say it loud, say it clear: Refugees are welcome here!” Other taunts called UKIP “scum”, urged people to “smash the SDL” (Scottish Defence League), and clearly labelled UKIP and its supporters as racist.