Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

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.

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21 August

Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.


  • 1 On literature
  • 2 On work as a gay writer
  • 3 On sex
  • 4 On incest in his family
  • 5 On American politics
  • 6 On his intimate relationships
  • 7 On Edmund White
  • 8 On Larry Kramer
  • 9 Source
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21 August

Key Shareholder Insurance Wolverhampton And Your Company

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Tim Vincent

Every business will have been started due to the work of a single individual or group of people. At long last such individuals become owners and shareholders and reap the fruits of their success. Undoubtedly they should have this success. However, workers, directors and shareholders get older as the business matures and this means that they are more likely to have health problems, and eventually somebody is going to die. It is inevitable. At the same time company owners fail to plan for such scenario and leave the business wide open to a whole string of problems. This is the same as somebody not wanting to contemplate their own illness or demise. It is not the sort of situation that you want to think over.

A little thought will prove to you that a contingency plan is needed. You only have to think about the most important person in your company. This might be a shareholder, a director or a worker with specialised knowledge and skills. What would happen to your company if this person became critically ill or died? Certainly the business would not be able to carry on as usual. Without this person’s skills, work could reduce or even stop. At the same time the normal bills will still be arriving, cash flow may become less and on top of this somebody has to locate a new key employee or train up an existing one to take over the role of the deceased person.

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Fortunately, the above situation doesn’t have to occur. You need to plan for the future and develop a contingency plan to put into use if the unthinkable does happen. You could make the plan yourself, but where would you begin? You have to to think about where the money is going to come from and how to avoid paying too much tax on the money when you get it. Banks and Insurance brokers can provide you with some help in the form of key person Insurance. This would certainly give you some money to get the business through the problems. Unfortunately, a number of companies in the Midlands have been caught out and ended up finding that they aren’t actually covered or aren’t covered for enough money or that they end up having to pay a huge tax bill on getting the insurance payout.

Business legislation can be a complicated thing, and as a result you really need an expert with considerable experience in devising contingency plans for companies. Banks and general insurance brokers really don’t have workers with the relevant experience. How can they devise a well thought out plan in this specialised area when they are also trying to sell a huge number of other services? Fortunately, in the Wolverhampton West Midlands area there is a business named Corporate Consultants where the senior partner has over 26 years experience of devising just such contingency plans for local companies. They implement Key Person insurance Wolverhampton as a section of the plan. This is sometimes called Key man insurance Wolverhampton or even Key worker insurance Wolverhampton. The seior partner has often had to pick up the pieces after a bank devised plan has gone totally wrong. Believe me; thisconsultant really knows what he is doing!

Another area where Corporate Consultants Wolverhampton sets the standard in providing plans to deal with problems remaining after a shareholder dies. In this case: the shareholder is insured and the money provided can be used by the remaining shareholders to buy the shares left to the family of the deceased. In a neat solution, an agreement is devised so that the family have to offer the shares and the directors must buy them. This is a win, win state of affairs. The remaining shareholders increase their ownership of the company and at the same time the family of the deceased get the money that they really need to maintain their lives. Without this plan the family would have nothing but worthless bits of paper in the form of shares and the directors wouldn’t have the cash available to buy the shares from the family.

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21 August

KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.

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19 August

Fußball-Bundesliga 2007–08: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

Sunday, October 28, 2007

October 28, 200717:00 (UTC+1)
Borussia Dortmund 0–0 Bayern Munich Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund Attendance: 80,708 Referee: Markus Merk
Tinga 45’Valdez 61’Valdez 79’Federico 79’Blaszczykowski 83’Klimowicz 83’Klimowicz 90’+1′ Match Report 66′ Sosa 66′ Altintop 70′ Toni 70′ Podolski 88′ van Bommel 88′ Ottl 90’+1′ Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich remained undefeated in all competitions after a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund. The draw leaves Bayern at the top of the table with 27 points. However, the lead is down to four points after Hamburg’s 1-0 win against Duisburg.

Franck Ribery didn’t pass a late fitness test and didn’t make the 18-man strong matchday squad. Luca Toni, Martin Demichelis an Jose Ernesto Sosa replaced Lukas Podolski, Philipp Lahm and Hamit Altintop. Jose Ernesto Sosa returned after being sidelined for almost two months after ankle surgery.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund exchanged plenty of chances and almost had a 50/50 possession between them.

Bayern Munich plays Borussia Mönchengladbach at home in the DFB Cup while Borussia Dortmund plays Eintracht Frankfurt in the same competition.

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19 August

Edinburgh Fringe festival begins

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The 60th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the “world’s largest arts festival” opened on Sunday, August 6. It features more than 1,800 shows put on by 17,000 performers in 260 venues.

The Fringe now dominates the group of annual arts festivals that draw 750,000 visitors to Edinburgh every year, last year 1.3 million tickets were sold for Fringe shows. Anyone can register, pay a fee, find a venue and put on a show at the Fringe, famous for its quirky choice of venues – this year, they include a double-decker bus, a swimming pool, tree and a toilet; and “Hamlet” is being performed in a bouncy castle.

An estimated 160,000 people watched the Fringe Festival Cavalcade, a jamboree of more than 3000 marchers, which marks the launch of the Fringe.

Fringe director Gudgin urged audiences to be selective, saying that it would take five years, 11 months and 16 days to see all the shows back-to-back. The Festival is scheduled to end in August 28.

A recent Edinburgh City Council study concluded the Fringe brought more than £75m to the local economy each year. The festival’s job openings included rickshaw drivers, show announcers to shouts details of the impending show and tell the audience when it is time to take their seats, and collectors to pick up flyers that people throw away.


  • 1 Good opening
  • 2 Religious satire prominent
    • 2.1 Religion and politics mix
  • 3 Controversy over Churchill’s cigar
  • 4 Funding woes
    • 4.1 Fees go up
  • 5 External links
  • 6 Sources
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18 August

European airspace closed by volcanic ash

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of air travelers had their travel plans disrupted in Europe by volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

Tens of thousands of air travelers were stranded when all flights into and out of the United Kingdom were grounded, as it became one of the first nations to be affected. The grounding was even more extensive than that following the September 11 attacks of 2001 when only trans-Atlantic flights were canceled.

Eurocontrol released a statement saying “…most air traffic in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden is suspended.”

The grounding is because the volcanic ash drawn into the jet stream is of a particle size which allows it to remain aloft in the atmosphere. Ingestion of this foreign matter, because of its distribution, would lead to flame outs in all aircraft engines. The composition of the ash also means that it would first melt into glass if it were to enter the engine of an aircraft before solidifying again as it cooled. This could lead to damage to the compressors and fan blades, which would make it impossible to restart the engines, even if the aircraft were to exit the cloud.

The current contingency is informed by the experience of British Airways Flight 9, which on June 24, 1982 suffered just such complete engine flame outs when it flew through the plume of Mount Galunggung in Indonesia. In that case, the flight crew after many efforts was able to restart the engines, though one failed shortly after, and the aircraft landed without casualties.

The UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has stated that “restrictions will remain in place in UK controlled airspace until 1300 (UK time) tomorrow, Friday 16 April, at the earliest,” and that “We will review further Met Office information and at 0230 (UK time) tomorrow we will advise the arrangements that will be in place through to 1800 (UK time) tomorrow.” The NATS statement concluded “…the situation cannot be said to be improving”.

In addition to Northern Europe, the ash is drifting south; Berlin and Hamburg airports in Germany are closed, and airports in the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France are described as now being closed or closing. Some flights from Spain and Portugal, together with upwards of 4,000 flights across Northern Europe, have been affected, and the knock-on effect of aircraft and crews out of position could disrupt air travel worldwide for up to 72 hours.

One affected group are British musicians booked to play at this weekend’s Coachella Festival in California. Amongst those stranded are Frightened Rabbit, Gary Numan, The Cribs and Bad Lieutenant.

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18 August

How To Find A Small Business Law Attorney In Mooresville, Nc

byAlma Abell

Going into any business, especially in precarious financial times, requires planning to guarantee the best chances of success. Simply jumping into a business without proper research and advice puts the business at risk before the doors are even open. In addition to developing a detailed business plan, avoiding the many legal pitfalls that are common with new businesses requires consulting an attorney. Every Small Business Law Attorney in Mooresville, NC is trained to help entrepreneurs protect themselves and their businesses from a wide variety of issues.Properly setting up the business involves many decisions. One of the first is to determine which category of business is best for the particular situation. Would a sole proprietorship be the best option? Or, would some sort of corporation provide more benefits or protection from liability? Which type of accounting system is best suited to protect the business from financial issues both now and in the future? Quality legal advice will help to arrive at the best solutions. Small business law attorney service in Mooresville, NC personnel are prepared to suggest options that will allow business people to safeguard their business investments.Any business should have a plan in place to allow for a smooth transition in the event one or more of the principals of a business should no longer be able to continue. Where no plan is in place, the business may flounder while successorship is determined. An attorney from Lake Law Office, PLLC can help design a plan that will protect the company assets and keep the business flowing smoothly should anything happen to a principal.Legal problems can quickly arise at any time. Employer/employee disputes can take time away from business owners when they can least afford it. Having a relationship with an attorney can help in the event a dispute does arise. Calling an attorney before discharging an employee or making statements that could later create problems is always wise. Many business owners have regretted a lapse in judgment where things were said or done that set unfortunate events in motion. always get legal advice if there is any question of how a situation should be handled. Your Small Business Law Attorney in Mooresville, NC has access to all the latest rulings relating to labor law and will work to mitigate any problems before they worsen.Utilizing the services of a small business law attorney from Lake Law Office, PLLC to prevent problems is arguably the best investment any business owner can make.

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18 August

F.C. Barcelona wins La Liga 2014-2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Sunday, at Calderón Stadium in Madrid, Spain, F.C. Barcelona association football club won the Spanish La Liga title. The team defeated Atlético Madrid 1–0 to clinch the title for the 23rd time.

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi Cuccittini scored the only goal of the match. A victory in this match ensured the title for Barcelona.

Uruguayan striker Suárez was rested due to a hamstring injury. A goal scored by Messi secured the 1–0 win and took the title from defending champions Atlético Madrid. Meanwhile, multiple FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo scored three goals against Barcelona based club Espanyol. But his hat-trick could not fetch his club, Real Madrid, the title, since F.C. Barcelona won against Atlético Madrid.

Luis Enrique, ex-Barcelona player and current manager of the team, wins the league for Barcelona in his first year as its manager.

May 17, 2015
Atletico Madrid 0-1 F.C. Barcelona Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Messi 65′
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18 August

Truck loses control in Andhra Pradesh, kills more than a dozen

Sunday, April 23, 2017

More than fifteen people were killed near the police station in Yerpedu, Andhra Pradesh, India after a heavily loaded truck lost control on Friday afternoon at about 1:45 P.M. IST (0815 UTC).

People, mostly from the village of Munagalapalem, were gathered to protest local illegal sand mining. The truck hit an electric pole, and destroyed nearby shops and vehicles causing a short-circuit and fire. Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police R Jayalakshmi said the truck crushed some people under its wheels; six people were killed that way according to Renigunta deputy superintendent KS Nanjndappa. Other people died due to the short circuit and the fire. More than fifteen people were injured including the police station’s chief inspector and the sub-inspector. Reportedly at least ten were in a critical condition.

The driver fled after the accident. Victims were taken to hospitals in Tirupati, and Chennai and Vellore in Tamil Nadu. N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra’s Chief Minister, said via Twitter, “State Cabinet has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh [0.5 million] to the families of the deceased.”

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17 August