US Coast Guard rescues Iranian ship

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A United States Coast Guard crew rescued six Iranian seamen from a ship in distress yesterday. The cargo ship Ya-Hassan was rescued about 50NM (92.6km) off the coast of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The ship’s engine room had flooded. This is the second time within a week that a United States crew has rescued Iranian citizens.

According to the United States Navy, the Ya-Hassan signaled Coast Guard cutter Monomoy around 3 a.m. local time (0000 UTC) with signal flares and flashlights. Once rescued, the seamen were given water, blankets, and a meal prepared according to Islamic dietary laws. One of the crew members was treated onboard the Monomoy for minor injuries.

The rescued seamen were eventually given over to Iranian Coast Guard vessel Naji 7. The US Navy said the captain of the Naji 7 “thanks us for our cooperation.”

On January 5, a US Navy vessel escorting the USS John C. Stennis rescued 13 Iranian sailors who were being held by pirates. The United States, by its own account, often rescues ships in foreign waters, but has been publicizing the rescue of Iranian ships because of increased tensions between the United States and Iran.

How To Find The Best Mortgage Rates

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The current mortgage rates in this unstable economy have contributed to huge losses for financiers who had invested in assets, stock shares and home markets.

The current mortgage rates in this unstable economy have contributed to huge losses for financiers who had invested in assets, stock shares and home markets. The home market has always been known to be unstable. With the economic recession, thus, the housing markets in U.S and other major European countries recorded significant losses. One exception was the Canadian home market which stayed afloat in the volatile economic forecast. The distinct cause was that Canada mortgage rates remained at an all-time low. It is for this reason that the housing market experienced high sales. Other noteworthy factors include unparalleled demand for housing as well as reduced supplies.

Mortgages are, simply, secured loans that are available for first-time loan borrowers, homeowners as well as people with poor credit ratings. Once a borrower is acknowledged by the lending institution, the borrower is duty bound to reimburse the loan within the stipulated time frame. In the case where they may be unable to refinance your debt, they stand to loose their property. A mortgage seeker can, to avoid such situations, look out for the best mortgage rates Canada.

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There are several tips to put into consideration when looking to find the best mortgage rate.

It is important to understand the different types of mortgage rates. Fixed Mortgage Rate and adjustable mortgage rates are the two types of mortgage rates. Fixed mortgage rate implies that the payment rates remain rigid for during the repayment period regardless of market happenings. Adjustable mortgage rates do fluctuate depending on the current mortgage rates.

While shopping around for Canada mortgage rates, it is important to bargain for the best mortgage rate. Avoid settling for the first offer from the lending institution. If you have a good credit rating, stable job, and no big loans, you can look for a lender that offers the best mortgage rates Canada. At the same time, you can inquire about the best mortgage rates Canada from mortgage brokers Canada. It is, additionally, important to compare current mortgage rates offered by several lenders via newspapers, media, Internet or radio in order to find the best mortgage rate.

It is a shrewd move to opt for short-term amortization for your Canada mortgage rates. Long-term repayment period lowers the actual monthly payments but the accumulated interest over the period of the mortgage is extremely high. Choose a short-term amortization for your Canada mortgage rates that will keep the interests low and save you lots of money with the current mortgage rates.

A person?s credit score ratings can be used to singly establish their ability to refinance loans. Credit scores are derived from previous credit records that are updated on a regular basis by credit survey agencies. Poor credit score translates to high interest rates. You should, thus, keep in check your credit score so as to attract best mortgage rates.

The rise in the current mortgage rates has been the major topic of conversation among many people. It is, however, important to avoid rushing when looking for mortgage with best mortgage rate. There is a wide selection of best mortgage rates Canada to choose from. Current mortgage rates are, additionally, characterized by interest caps that restrict the limit beyond which rates can rise. Going for an adjustable mortgage rate, hence, means that you will benefit from the imposed interest cap. Mortgage brokers Canada helps you with information as regards interest cap rates when searching for the best mortgage rates. Carrying out broad research as well as current mortgage rates comparison will enable one to find the best mortgage rates.

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Bat for Lashes plays the Bowery Ballroom: an Interview with Natasha Khan

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bat for Lashes is the doppelgänger band ego of one of the leading millennial lights in British music, Natasha Khan. Caroline Weeks, Abi Fry and Lizzy Carey comprise the aurora borealis that backs this haunting, shimmering zither and glockenspiel peacock, and the only complaint coming from the audience at the Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday was that they could not camp out all night underneath these celestial bodies.

We live in the age of the lazy tendency to categorize the work of one artist against another, and Khan has had endless exultations as the next Björk and Kate Bush; Sixousie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, Sinead O’Connor, the list goes on until it is almost meaningless as comparison does little justice to the sound and vision of the band. “I think Bat For Lashes are beyond a trend or fashion band,” said Jefferson Hack, publisher of Dazed & Confused magazine. “[Khan] has an ancient power…she is in part shamanic.” She describes her aesthetic as “powerful women with a cosmic edge” as seen in Jane Birkin, Nico and Cleopatra. And these women are being heard. “I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws,” said Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke of the track Horse and I. “This song seems to come from the world of Grimm’s fairytales.”

Bat’s debut album, Fur And Gold, was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize, and they were seen as the dark horse favorite until it was announced Klaxons had won. Even Ladbrokes, the largest gambling company in the United Kingdom, had put their money on Bat for Lashes. “It was a surprise that Klaxons won,” said Khan, “but I think everyone up for the award is brilliant and would have deserved to win.”

Natasha recently spoke with David Shankbone about art, transvestism and drug use in the music business.


DS: Do you have any favorite books?

NK: [Laughs] I’m not the best about finishing books. What I usually do is I will get into a book for a period of time, and then I will dip into it and get the inspiration and transformation in my mind that I need, and then put it away and come back to it. But I have a select rotation of cool books, like Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Little Birds by Anaïs Nin. Recently, Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch.

DS: Lynch just came out with a movie last year called Inland Empire. I interviewed John Vanderslice last night at the Bowery Ballroom and he raved about it!

NK: I haven’t seen it yet!

DS: Do you notice a difference between playing in front of British and American audiences?

NK: The U.S. audiences are much more full of expression and noises and jubilation. They are like, “Welcome to New York, Baby!” “You’re Awesome!” and stuff like that. Whereas in England they tend to be a lot more reserved. Well, the English are, but it is such a diverse culture you will get the Spanish and Italian gay guys at the front who are going crazy. I definitely think in America they are much more open and there is more excitement, which is really cool.

DS: How many instruments do you play and, please, include the glockenspiel in that number.

NK: [Laughs] I think the number is limitless, hopefully. I try my hand at anything I can contribute; I only just picked up the bass, really—

DS: –I have a great photo of you playing the bass.

NK: I don’t think I’m very good…

DS: You look cool with it!

NK: [Laughs] Fine. The glockenspiel…piano, mainly, and also the harp. Guitar, I like playing percussion and drumming. I usually speak with all my drummers so that I write my songs with them in mind, and we’ll have bass sounds, choir sounds, and then you can multi-task with all these orchestral sounds. Through the magic medium of technology I can play all kinds of sounds, double bass and stuff.

DS: Do you design your own clothes?

NK: All four of us girls love vintage shopping and charity shops. We don’t have a stylist who tells us what to wear, it’s all very much our own natural styles coming through. And for me, personally, I like to wear jewelery. On the night of the New York show that top I was wearing was made especially for me as a gift by these New York designers called Pepper + Pistol. And there’s also my boyfriend, who is an amazing musician—

DS: —that’s Will Lemon from Moon and Moon, right? There is such good buzz about them here in New York.

NK: Yes! They have an album coming out in February and it will fucking blow your mind! I think you would love it, it’s an incredible masterpiece. It’s really exciting, I’m hoping we can do a crazy double unfolding caravan show, the Bat for Lashes album and the new Moon and Moon album: that would be really theatrical and amazing! Will prints a lot of my T-shirts because he does amazing tapestries and silkscreen printing on clothes. When we play there’s a velvety kind of tapestry on the keyboard table that he made. So I wear a lot of his things, thrift store stuff, old bits of jewelry and antique pieces.

DS: You are often compared to Björk and Kate Bush; do those constant comparisons tend to bother you as an artist who is trying to define herself on her own terms?

NK: No, I mean, I guess that in the past it bothered me, but now I just feel really confident and sure that as time goes on my musical style and my writing is taking a pace of its own, and I think in time the music will speak for itself and people will see that I’m obviously doing something different. Those women are fantastic, strong, risk-taking artists—

DS: —as are you—

NK: —thank you, and that’s a great tradition to be part of, and when I look at artists like Björk and Kate Bush, I think of them as being like older sisters that have come before; they are kind of like an amazing support network that comes with me.

DS: I’d imagine it’s preferable to be considered the next Björk or Kate Bush instead of the next Britney.

NK: [Laughs] Totally! Exactly! I mean, could you imagine—oh, no I’m not going to try to offend anyone now! [Laughs] Let’s leave it there.

DS: Does music feed your artwork, or does you artwork feed your music more? Or is the relationship completely symbiotic?

NK: I think it’s pretty back-and-forth. I think when I have blocks in either of those area, I tend to emphasize the other. If I’m finding it really difficult to write something I know that I need to go investigate it in a more visual way, and I’ll start to gather images and take photographs and make notes and make collages and start looking to photographers and filmmakers to give me a more grounded sense of the place that I’m writing about, whether it’s in my imagination or in the characters. Whenever I’m writing music it’s a very visual place in my mind. It has a location full of characters and colors and landscapes, so those two things really compliment each other, and they help the other one to blossom and support the other. They are like brother and sister.

DS: When you are composing music, do you see notes and words as colors and images in your mind, and then you put those down on paper?

NK: Yes. When I’m writing songs, especially lately because I think the next album has a fairly strong concept behind it and I’m writing the songs, really imagining them, so I’m very immersed into the concept of the album and the story that is there through the album. It’s the same as when I’m playing live, I will imagine I see a forest of pine trees and sky all around me and the audience, and it really helps me. Or I’ll just imagine midnight blue and emerald green, those kind of Eighties colors, and they help me.

DS: Is it always pine trees that you see?

NK: Yes, pine trees and sky, I guess.

DS: What things in nature inspire you?

NK: I feel drained thematically if I’m in the city too long. I think that when I’m in nature—for example, I went to Big Sur last year on a road trip and just looking up and seeing dark shadows of trees and starry skies really gets me and makes me feel happy. I would sit right by the sea, and any time I have been a bit stuck I will go for a long walk along the ocean and it’s just really good to see vast horizons, I think, and epic, huge, all-encompassing visions of nature really humble you and give you a good sense of perspective and the fact that you are just a small particle of energy that is vibrating along with everything else. That really helps.

DS: Are there man-made things that inspire you?

NK: Things that are more cultural, like open air cinemas, old Peruvian flats and the Chelsea Hotel. Funny old drag queen karaoke bars…

DS: I photographed some of the famous drag queens here in New York. They are just such great creatures to photograph; they will do just about anything for the camera. I photographed a famous drag queen named Miss Understood who is the emcee at a drag queen restaurant here named Lucky Cheng’s. We were out in front of Lucky Cheng’s taking photographs and a bus was coming down First Avenue, and I said, “Go out and stop that bus!” and she did! It’s an amazing shot.

NK: Oh. My. God.

DS: If you go on her Wikipedia article it’s there.

NK: That’s so cool. I’m really getting into that whole psychedelic sixties and seventies Paris Is Burning and Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis. Things like The Cockettes. There seems to be a bit of a revolution coming through that kind of psychedelic drag queen theater.

DS: There are just so few areas left where there is natural edge and art that is not contrived. It’s taking a contrived thing like changing your gender, but in the backdrop of how that is still so socially unacceptable.

NK: Yeah, the theatrics and creativity that go into that really get me. I’m thinking about The Fisher King…do you know that drag queen in The Fisher King? There’s this really bad and amazing drag queen guy in it who is so vulnerable and sensitive. He sings these amazing songs but he has this really terrible drug problem, I think, or maybe it’s a drink problem. It’s so bordering on the line between fabulous and those people you see who are so in love with the idea of beauty and elevation and the glitz and the glamor of love and beauty, but then there’s this really dark, tragic side. It’s presented together in this confusing and bewildering way, and it always just gets to me. I find it really intriguing.

DS: How are you received in the Pakistani community?

NK: [Laughs] I have absolutely no idea! You should probably ask another question, because I have no idea. I don’t have contact with that side of my family anymore.

DS: When you see artists like Pete Doherty or Amy Winehouse out on these suicidal binges of drug use, what do you think as a musician? What do you get from what you see them go through in their personal lives and with their music?

NK: It’s difficult. The drugs thing was never important to me, it was the music and expression and the way he delivered his music, and I think there’s a strange kind of romantic delusion in the media, and the music media especially, where they are obsessed with people who have terrible drug problems. I think that’s always been the way, though, since Billie Holiday. The thing that I’m questioning now is that it seems now the celebrity angle means that the lifestyle takes over from the actual music. In the past people who had musical genius, unfortunately their personal lives came into play, but maybe that added a level of romance, which I think is pretty uncool, but, whatever. I think that as long as the lifestyle doesn’t precede the talent and the music, that’s okay, but it always feels uncomfortable for me when people’s music goes really far and if you took away the hysteria and propaganda of it, would the music still stand up? That’s my question. Just for me, I’m just glad I don’t do heavy drugs and I don’t have that kind of problem, thank God. I feel that’s a responsibility you have, to present that there’s a power in integrity and strength and in the lifestyle that comes from self-love and assuredness and positivity. I think there’s a real big place for that, but it doesn’t really get as much of that “Rock n’ Roll” play or whatever.

DS: Is it difficult to come to the United States to play considering all the wars we start?

NK: As an English person I feel equally as responsible for that kind of shit. I think it is a collective consciousness that allows violence and those kinds of things to continue, and I think that our governments should be ashamed of themselves. But at the same time, it’s a responsibility of all of our countries, no matter where you are in the world to promote a peaceful lifestyle and not to consciously allow these conflicts to continue. At the same time, I find it difficult to judge because I think that the world is full of shades of light and dark, from spectrums of pure light and pure darkness, and that’s the way human nature and nature itself has always been. It’s difficult, but it’s just a process, and it’s the big creature that’s the world; humankind is a big creature that is learning all the time. And we have to go through these processes of learning to see what is right.

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

How To Find Cheap Tires For Sale?}

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Have you ever tried to use cheap tires for your car? Mostly, people would buy cheap tires for their car because they run out of money and they would just settle with it as long as that cheap tire would replace the old one and take them to their destination. Many times, the owner will have to buy again another new tire only after a short period of time to replace the cheap tire that he bought previously. When one speaks of cheap tires, it usually means that the tires can be of poor quality. However, cheap tires should still be of good quality. But the big question now is, where can you get these cheap tires with optimum quality?

To give you an idea on how to find the right but cheap tires for your car, here are some tips to get these cheap tires for sale.

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The easiest way to find cheap tires for sale is through online shopping. You can do your research online and compare prices between local tire stores and those web based tire dealers. You can easily shop for tires on sale online and at the same time, save money in the process. If you are going to shop for a cheap tire online, you should check for the reputation of the store tire dealer so as not to waste money and for you to be satisfied with the result. You may also try asking your friends or acquaintances who have tried to buy a tire on sale for their sound recommendations or advices. It will be good to check for auction sites which have good satisfaction policies for the customers where you can find tire deals of good quality but in cheaper prices. In such sites, you can get the chance to choose tires from different manufacturers as well as other auto spare parts.

If you are planning to buy discount tires, it is better to look for store tires which sell discount tires that really fit your car and your budget. Discount tires should be carefully chosen so as not to get a tire with bad condition and regret buying it. If you are also thinking of buying secondhand tires, make sure that you check the tires thoroughly to ensure that the tires are still in good condition. These tire deals are usually done through newspapers and advertisements. Although used tires can help a lot in saving money, it is not really highly suggested.

Because of the competition in the tire market, you can already find many tires on sale that are of good quality but will not cost you a lot. Try searching for those tire deals on the internet and you may even be surprised with the amount of money that you can save. You can also look for other local tire stores or chain retail outlets that sell tire on a reasonable amount.

Tires can greatly affect a cars performance so buying tires is as important as your cars maintenance. Buying a tire is just easy but you have to put in your mind both the quality and the price of the tires. While saving money, you should always take your safety and the people riding in the car into consideration. After all, who would ride your car if your tires would only cause them panic during the trip?

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Daimler acquires stake in winning team Brawn GP, changes its name to Mercedes Grand Prix

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On Monday Daimler AG announced a deal to buy a 75.1% stake in Brawn GP.

As a result, the team who won both the 2009 Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships this year with Mercedes-engined cars, would be rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix from 2010 Formula One Season onwards. The team could possibly use its legendary ‘Silver Arrows’ livery again since a crash at Le Mans in 1955, ending Mercedes’ 55 year absence in the sport as a sole team.

Daimler purchase went in partnership with Aabar Investments, who now own 30% of the shares. The rest of the shares will stay for Ross Brawn, who will remain as team principal, and Nick Fry.

The team still will be headquartered in Brackley (United Kingdom) which is close to Mercedes F1 engine plant at Brixworth, led by Norbert Haug, Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.

Mercedes will also continue to supply McLaren with engines until at least 2015, but sell its 40% stake in two years.

Mercedes is now up to decide their drivers for the next season as Rubens Barrichello already signed a contract with Williams and Jenson Button could run for McLaren together with Lewis Hamilton.

How Manhattan Chiropractors Help Athletes Perform At Their Best}

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Both experienced athletes and brand new exercisers are vulnerable to a multitude of conditions that can result from physical activity. These conditions can result from a single accident, or be the byproduct of prolonged wear-and-tear. Manhattan chiropractors and therapists are highly trained in sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy and massage therapy, and have a commitment to giving the finest care to athletes, and helping them to perform at their very best.

Commonly treated conditions associated with athletes include muscle spasms and lower back pain, hip pain and knee-related injuries, headaches and herniated disks, soft tissue and muscle injuries, repetitive stress injuries and pinched nerves, shoulder pain, sciatica, and many other sports related injuries.

What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes?

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The National Football League reports that all 32 NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff – Chiropractors offer chiropractic manipulative treatment, or adjustments, to minimize or eliminate movement pain and to increase flexibility. Chiropractic therapy relieves ankle and knee injuries pain, such as sprains, and helps to relieve headaches, which can come from neck and head injuries. It helps to prevent groin injuries, and future injuries by increasing body strength and allowing better mobility and flexibility.

Manhattan NY Chiropractic Offices offer treatment for injuries caused by forceful impacts, over-training, repetitive motions, and a failure to properly warm up – A structural exam of your balance, spine, and posture will be performed, as well as an examination of your back, tendons, joints, extremities, and ligaments. Most commonly, spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation will be performed. A manual impulse will be performed on an affected joint, which will release joint pressure and realign your joints and muscles. Patients that need a gentler approach will be treated with spinal mobilization and simple stretches that can release joint pressure. Heating, icing, and electric stimulation may also be used by your chiropractor

Chiropractic adjustments are useful for relief from muscle spasms, inflammation, swelling, headaches, and burning dull pains – Athletes who benefit from chiropractic treatments include runners, marathoners, tennis pros, Olympic athletes, amateur sports players and baseball and basketball players

Other treatments for athletes can include electric muscle stimulation (EMS), hydrotherapy, which uses water pressure and temperature to simulate blood flow and relieve pain, and manual therapy, where chiropractors move and knead muscles and joints which treats discomfort and pain. Neuromuscular rehabilitation retrains your neuromuscular system to function properly by manipulating each joint individually to achieve its maximum range of motion. Therapeutic rehabilitative exercise can also be used, such as bikes, treadmills, weight training, and resistance bands and tubing

Trigger point injections administer local anesthetics to a trigger point (commonly referred to as a knot) via a small needle, to facilitate relaxation. Anti-inflammatory steroids and anesthetics can also be delivered to bursa sacs (located next to body joints) via a thin needle to relieve pain and reduce inflammation

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