Sunday, February 5, 2017

On Thursday, former English midfielder Frank Lampard announced retirement from football via Instagram, finishing a 21-year professional football career.

Lampard said, “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. […] at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.”

The 38-year-old midfielder made his debut in the mid-1990s and played for West Ham United and Swansea City before he joined London-based football club Chelsea F.C. in 2001 for £11million. Spending thirteen seasons with The Blues, Lampard scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea, a club record, in nearly 650 appearances for the club. Lampard won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Football League Cups, and one each of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

Lampard spent one season with Manchester City F.C. before moving to Major League Soccer club New York City Football Club. Lampard played 29 matches with the New York club scoring fifteen goals. Lampard has scored goals against 39 different Premier League clubs.

Lampard won 106 international caps for England, scoring 29 goals and featuring in three FIFA World Cups — 2006, 2010 and 2014 — before retiring from the national team in 2014. He made his international debut in 1999 against Belgium.

Lampard said he is to study for coaching qualifications. Lampard wore a blue coloured jersey for most of his career.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The 2008 Tour de Taiwan in Pingtung County, started its second stage in the Pingtung Tropic Agriculture Exposition Park (in Chinese: ??????) and raced around Pingtung Orchid Fern Bicycle Lane (in Chinese: ?????????) completing 8 laps today. The cyclists’ speed, endurance, and physical strength played the key roles in this stage.

In the intermediate period of this race, Sea Keong Loh, Kenichiro Tose, Peter Morse, and Angus Morton ever successively sprinted for a short-term lead, but the “main group” caught up and made up the difference in just a short distance. Finally, 93 riders in the main group finished this race in 2H21m47s, but Marek Weso?y reached the finish line first to win the stage champion.

After races in Kaohsiung and Pingtung, Kam-po Wong and Po-hung Wu (???) held the lead respectively in Asian and Taiwan Group, John Murphy got winning in the overall and sprint class.


If you have a house with a basement, it is almost inevitable that you will have to deal with flooding at some point. Basement flooding can cause costly damage to belongings, can harm your home and can even lead to the growth of potentially dangerous mold. When it comes to flood control in Chicago, early prevention is the best strategy to protect your home.

Do You Need Flood Control?

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When it comes to basements, any sign of water is a bad sign. It does not take standing water or full-scale flooding to begin harming your house. If you see visible moisture or small puddles or if your basement floor has begun to discolor, it might be time to look into flood control in Chicago. Getting on top of the problem early can help keep you from much more serious issues down the road.

What Is Flood Control?

There are several different kinds of flood control systems for basements. Some people use standpipes, but these may not be entirely effective during serious flooding. Backwater valves can be more reliable, especially if paired with a good pump. A professionally installed system with a pump can give you the best chance of keeping your home dry even during flash flooding.

What Does It Prevent?

Flooding can cause long-term, expensive damage. The water can harm any property you might have stored in your basement, but did you know that it can also damage concrete? Over time, your floor may even weaken and begin to crack. This is why it is so important to react quickly to the first signs of moisture, discoloration or mold in your basement.

If you have seen signs indicating that you need flood control in Chicago, do not hesitate to contact professional installers – North Coast Sewer & Drainage. They will be able to offer advice for your situation, and to install a system that can help keep your home safe and dry when the waters rise.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

800 miles of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System were closed down following a spill of thousands of barrels of crude oil south of Fairbanks, Alaska. A power failure following a routine fire-command system test caused relief valves to open and crude oil overflowed near the Fort Greely pump station 9. The valves opening allowed a pressure release for the system and oil flowed on a pad to a tank that can hold 55,000 barrels (2.3 million gallons). As of Wednesday afternoon, the tank vents were still leaking probably from thermal expansion inside the tank. Another secondary containment area below the tanks capable of holding 104,500 barrels was not yet filled to capacity.

The spill coordinator for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Tom DeRuter, said that the oil spill contamination should be confined to the graveled oil containment liner. “Safety is their No. 1 objective right now. As soon as it is safe to move in, then they’ll get the power on and try to empty that tank out. As long as everything is in that liner, it gives us time,” DeRuter explained.

40 people had been evacuated from the Fort Greely site, and the Prudhoe Bay station has been reduced by 84%. “We’re going to take as long as we need to make sure the site is safe before we start back up,” said Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokesperson Michele Egan. There is capacity in reserve tanks for 48 hours during this slow down of production.

About 650,000 barrels per day run through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline between Prudhoe Bay to the Port of Valdez oil tankers. The majority of shares in Alyeska are held by BP Exploration, Alaska (BPXA) which is also currently addressing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP addressed a 267,000 gallon crude oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 2006 resulting in a lawsuit against BP Exploration.

Car maker DeLorean dies at 80

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Automobile industry pioneer, John DeLorean, died Saturday in a New Jersey hospital by complications from a stroke.

DeLorean was born in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to European immigrant parents. He received an education in automotive engineering and quickly rose through the ranks of Packard and later General Motors (GM). DeLorean was credited with the development of the Pontiac GTO, which helped introduce the era of “muscle cars”. By 1965, DeLorean led the entire Pontiac division, and four years later was promoted to the prestigious position of leading GM’s Chevrolet.

In 1973, DeLorean quit General Motors and started his own company, the De Lorean Motor Company. The company’s product was the DMC-12, an unusual car featuring an unpainted, stainless-steel exterior and gull-wing doors. The company started production in 1981 but failed less than two years later, having produced under 9,000 vehicles. Despite the company’s failure and the car’s dismal sales, the car itself gained a cult following after the release of the 1985 movie Back to the Future which featured the car as a time-travel machine.

DeLorean himself was in nearly as much trouble as his company. In 1982 he was arrested for attempting to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to undercover police, and after his company’s failure, he became involved in a multitude of lawsuits alleging investor fraud. Though DeLorean successfully resolved the cocaine case after claiming entrapment, his other legal cases would drag on until 1999, when he declared bankruptcy.

News briefs:September 8, 2005

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byAlma Abell

Whether clearing land for a small addition or planning a large commercial project, finding the right construction engineering company is crucial. In order to ensure timely completion and accurate work without additional and unexpected costs, be sure to contract with a reputable company. Look for companies that have been in business for several years. Also make sure the chosen contractor can provide references from other satisfied clients.

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The best place to start is to ask around for references to reputable companies. Speak to partner businesses and others who have recently done similar work to see who they used and if they were satisfied with the service. If a company is known for doing good work on other projects, it is likely that their next one will also be acceptable. A qualified specialist in Construction Engineering in Austin will be able to ensure excellent results in whatever project they undertake

Baker-Aicklen and Associates Inc. has been providing quality Construction Engineering in Austin for 32 years. The 12 awards and recognition they have earned for their successful projects shows the quality of the work provided by the company. There are many companies of this type that list many of their successful projects on their websites so potential clients can review their work and look through projects that are similar to their needs. These companies specialize in civil engineering for the technology, education and government industries but are qualified to handle any project. Most of them work in both the private and public sectors.

A good engineering and construction company can help with everything from the planning process to start up at the end of the completed project. They are familiar with the rules and governmental regulations for projects in the area and can help make sure every license is obtained and all paperwork is properly completed. Be familiar with the company chosen to provide such important services. Form a relationship with them and be firm in all expectations of the project from the budget to the deadline. The more information provided to the contractor up front, the better, so they can prepare an accurate quote.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Environmentalists in Brazil are urging the country’s residents to urinate in the shower while washing themselves, to help conserve water and save the rainforest. Television ads being aired in the country claim that by doing so, the nation could save over 1,000 gallons of water per household each year.

SOS Mata Atlantica ran the ad campaign in an attempt to use comedy to get people to reduce the amount of water they use. “[The ad is] a way to be playful about a serious subject,” said Adriana Kfouri, a spokesperson for Atlantica.

The animated ad narrated by children shows people, including a trapeze artist, an alien and dancers, all taking a shower while at the same time, urinating in it. The ending of the ad then states, “Pee in the shower! Save the Atlantic rainforest!”

Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, England, proposed a similar campaign in 2006. He said urine should be classified as a “green waste” and that “there is no earthly reason that you need to flush the loo if you have merely urinated. That’s a huge saving of water.”

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Taichung City Stage of Tour de Taiwan 2008, approved by several executives since the first time set up in the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last year, raced today around the Wen-shin Forest Park near Shiang-shang Road, Wen-shin Road, Da-duen 7th Street, and He-nan Road Sec. 4.

We [the Taichung city Government] hope it become the international city because out city [Taichung] was approved as the most sportive city by Sports Affairs Council of Executive Yuan, this symbolized the city as a 3-in-1 city with sports, shine, and health. If some international games (sporting competition) can be held in this city, it will bring on the prosperity of sporting population and achieve the target of “A city with Culture, Economy, and International”.

It’s a short-term circulation, however. But due to a few differences on land ranges, not every cyclist can keep the leading in a long-period. Finally, the “main group” with 90 participated cyclists passed the finish line, but Krzysztof Je?owski from Merida Europe narrowly touched the finish line first to win the stage champion.

After the race, Wikinews Reporter Rico Shen briefly questioned Je?owski about next 4 stages in Tour de Taiwan, he commented that he and his teammate will do several attempts to win the stage champions in next 4 stages to repay on anticipations by some cycling fans.


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