Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

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Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In February 2017, the Iranian Chess Federation announced two teenage chess players, Dorsa Derakhshani and her younger brother Borna Derakhshani, were banned from representing the national team. The federation announced their decision although Dorsa Derakhshani had previously decided and informed the chess federation she did not wish to play for Iran.

Dorsa Derakhshani is currently 21 years old and holds the International Master (IM) as well as Woman Grand Master (WGM) titles. Her brother, Borna, plays for the English Federation and holds the FIDE Master title.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned since she did not wear a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, while competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in January 2017. Under the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, hijab is a mandatory dress code. Her brother Borna Deraskhsani was banned for playing against Israeli Grand Master (GM) Alexander Huzman at the same tournament. Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, and previously, Irani athletes have avoided playing against Israeli athletes.

Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh, the president of the country’s chess federation, explained the decision to ban the players saying, “As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran and in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team.” ((fa))Farsi language: ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ?? ?? ????? ? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????? ????. He further stated, “Unfortunately, something that should not have happened has happened and our national interest is paramount and we have reported this position to the Ministry of Sports.” ((fa))Farsi language: ????????? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????.

IM Dorsa Derakhshani, who currently studies at Saint Louis University in the United States and plays for the United States Chess Federation, discussed her chess career, time in Iran and the 2017 controversy, and her life in Saint Louis with a Wikinews correspondent.

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Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

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Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

Saturday, July 22, 2017

On Thursday, Chester Bennington, lead singer of US rock band Linkin Park, died in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 41. The Los Angeles county coroner confirmed Bennington’s death; reportedly it was being investigated as a possible suicide.

A two-time Grammy award winner with the band, Chester Bennington joined Linkin Park when he was 23. Also featuring rapper Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park released their first album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The band went on to release six more albums featuring Bennington’s voice, including One More Light, which was released this year. The band was scheduled to go on a tour for One More Light, but it has been canceled.

Their song Crawling, from Hybrid Theory, won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band was also nominated for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist. A year after releasing Meteora, Linkin Park collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the Collision Course EP in 2004 whose single Numb/Encore won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Meteora has sold more than 27 million copies, which featured the hit song Numb.

In his statement, Warner Bros. Records CEO Cameron Strang said, “Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul.” The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, “We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community”.

In 2013, Bennington performed at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, whose aim was to aid addiction treatment. Born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona, to a nurse and a police detective, Bennington recounted being abused in his childhood, molested by an older friend over the course of several years starting when he was seven or eight. In a 2008 interview with Kerrang!, he said, “It destroyed my self-confidence […] Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.”

In an interview with Noisecreep in 2009, he said, “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways because I get to do something about it.” Of the band’s Grammy-winning song Crawling, Bennington said the song was “about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol.”

His first marriage ended in a divorce, and he said, “I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem, and that parts of my personal life were crazy, but I didn’t realise how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like.'” In 2011, he told The Guardian, “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started […] My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

Bennington died on the day his singer friend Chris Cornell would have turned 53. Cornell hanged himself earlier this year. After Cornell’s death, Bennington said, “I can’t imagine a world without you in it.”

Bennington is survived by his six children and his wife, Talinda Bentley, whom he married in 2006.

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Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

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Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

Saturday, July 22, 2017

On Thursday, Chester Bennington, lead singer of US rock band Linkin Park, died in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 41. The Los Angeles county coroner confirmed Bennington’s death; reportedly it was being investigated as a possible suicide.

A two-time Grammy award winner with the band, Chester Bennington joined Linkin Park when he was 23. Also featuring rapper Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park released their first album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The band went on to release six more albums featuring Bennington’s voice, including One More Light, which was released this year. The band was scheduled to go on a tour for One More Light, but it has been canceled.

Their song Crawling, from Hybrid Theory, won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band was also nominated for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist. A year after releasing Meteora, Linkin Park collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the Collision Course EP in 2004 whose single Numb/Encore won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Meteora has sold more than 27 million copies, which featured the hit song Numb.

In his statement, Warner Bros. Records CEO Cameron Strang said, “Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul.” The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, “We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community”.

In 2013, Bennington performed at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, whose aim was to aid addiction treatment. Born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona, to a nurse and a police detective, Bennington recounted being abused in his childhood, molested by an older friend over the course of several years starting when he was seven or eight. In a 2008 interview with Kerrang!, he said, “It destroyed my self-confidence […] Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.”

In an interview with Noisecreep in 2009, he said, “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways because I get to do something about it.” Of the band’s Grammy-winning song Crawling, Bennington said the song was “about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol.”

His first marriage ended in a divorce, and he said, “I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem, and that parts of my personal life were crazy, but I didn’t realise how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like.'” In 2011, he told The Guardian, “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started […] My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

Bennington died on the day his singer friend Chris Cornell would have turned 53. Cornell hanged himself earlier this year. After Cornell’s death, Bennington said, “I can’t imagine a world without you in it.”

Bennington is survived by his six children and his wife, Talinda Bentley, whom he married in 2006.

Posted: August 2nd, 2020 by Admin

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Halotherapy A Natural Remedy For Treatment Of Respiratory, Dermatology And Cosmetology Problems

Halotherapy a Natural Remedy For Treatment of Respiratory, Dermatology and Cosmetology Problems By Richard Zagrobelny

Halotherapy or salt therapy uses dry aerosol of salt micro particles and minerals to treat respiratory and dermatological ailments and replicates conditions of treatment that has been practiced in European salt mines since early 19th century. It is a physical, non invasive, drug free and safe therapy.

It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complementary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease their amount.

Very important factor in the effectiveness of Halotherapy is negative ionization of dry salt aerosol micro particles. Negative ions are very beneficial for humans. In certain hills and mountain areas nature produces high concentration of negative ions. In part this is because in the mountains there is less dust in the air to consume the negative ions. Throughout history mankind has gone to hilly areas to rest and recuperate, particularly from respiratory diseases.

The energy in moving waters also generates a lot of negative ions. As a waterfall is tumbling over rocks or waves are crushing on the seashore, the positive charge remains in the larger drops and the negative charge flies free with the fine spray, forming negative ions. At waterfalls everybody swimming and breathing in the mist usually laughs and talks loudly, and that is because they are absorbing Life Force in the form of negative ions and oxygen.

Experiments showed that cilia of the trachea, or windpipes, are stimulated by negative ions and depressed by positive ions. Human cilia are microscopic hairs that maintain whiplike motion while cleaning the air we inhale of dust and pollen and other matter that should not reach the lungs.

Another tests, on athletes subjected to negative ions environment demonstrated considerable improvement in general physical and mental tone, in cheerfulness, energy, appetite, and in the ability to sleep soundly.

In 1966 at a hospital in Jerusalem, doctors performed a series of tests on thirty eight infants between two and twelve months old. All suffered from respiratory problems. The research reported that negative ions without any other treatment seem to cure attacks of asthma and bronchitis more quickly than drugs. They also observed that there were no adverse side effects frequently found when treating such children with drugs.

Halotherapy, Dry Saline Aerosol Therapy has been developed on the basis of Speleotherapy – underground natural healing rock salt chambers.

The beneficial health effects of the microclimate of salt mines have been known for centuries. Even before they were first described in a book published by a Polish physician Feliks Boczkowski in 1843. Since then, the practice of bringing patients with respiratory diseases down to the salt mines for healing spread throughout Europe, and it has become a standard feature of Spa treatment of respiratory diseases.

In the 1980s Eastern European scientists began to build Halotherapy chambers that re-created in clinics and other above ground facilities the microclimate of salt mines. These Halo chambers have floors and walls lined with rock salt. Patients sit in the Halo chamber (salt therapy room) for 45 minutes per session while music and aesthetical, natural environment creates a relaxed mood that promotes healing.

Salt covering of Halotherapy chamber surfaces is performed chiefly to deliver negative ion environment (like water falls, pine forests, ocean and sea shores). Another major reason is to deliver an aesthetic function for stress reduction, which is a powerful psychological effect contributing to healing.

Is it necessary to use Dry Saline Generator (Halogenerator) in a salt therapy room which surfaces are covered with salt? Concentration of 3-5 mg of particles of minerals per cubic meter, with breathable particles of 1-5 micrometers is absolutely necessary for creating right healing Halotherapy environment. This factor has been investigated by experts and is very well known. It has been proven that this concentration of minerals has a critical importance for therapeutic action in the respiratory tract.

It is the dry salt aerosol that protects the air of the underground Speleo-chambers. It keeps it sterile and amicrobic (not caused by or related to microbes). So in order to re-create this microclimate in artificially created Halotherapy chambers all surfaces are covered with salt, and dry saline aerosol is delivered by Halogenerator (Dry Salt Aerosol Generator).

Dry Saline Generators are certified as medical devices in European countries, and are in use throughout Europe, and are starting to spread to North America with increasing intensity.

At the end of the day it all comes back to the old Naturopathic saying: “The closer we are to Nature, the healthier we are. The further away from her we get, the more diseases we have” – Father Sebastian Kneipp, a famous naturopath (1846).

For more information please visit: http://www.iriswellbeing.com

Disclaimer: The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always consult with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read in this article.

MSc. Eng. PE. Majored in Chemical Engineering. Specialized in the science of water purification. Fifteen years ago took interest in natural healing methods, which led him to the area of salt therapy and its devices. [http://www.iriswellbeing.com]

Posted: August 1st, 2020 by Admin

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US Republicans elect first African-American chairman

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US Republicans elect first African-American chairman

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Republican National Committee has elected African-American Michael S. Steele as its chairman.

Steele, 50, a former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, won after the sixth round of voting against Katon Dawson of South Carolina. Steele’s candidacy was controversial as he was seen as being on the left of his party’s base and had been a member of the Republican Leadership Council, an anti-social-conservatism movement. He had denied being a moderate, telling CNN: “I’m proud to say I’m a conservative, have been, always will be.”

Steele has an agenda of reform for his party. In addition to the election of Barack Obama of the opposing Democrats in the presidential election of 2008, the Democrats gained eight seats in the Senate and 21 seats in the House. He told the media that the Republicans have an image problem, being thought of as a party that is “insensitive, a party that is unconcerned about minorities, a party that is unconcerned about the lives and the expectations and dreams of average Americans.”

According to the BBC, the Republicans are aware of not being able to reach the country’s non-white population, a job made tougher by the Democrats having a very visible mixed-race leader in the White House.

When campaigning for the United States Senate in 2006, Steele had been a vocal critic of then-President George W. Bush. In an off-the-record press lunch, which within 24 hours had his name attached to it, he had loudly criticized Bush’s handling of the Iraq War and the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort. He told reporters that standing as a Republican at that time was like being branded, saying “I’ve got an R here, a scarlet letter.”

The Republican National Committee develops and promotes the Republican Party‘s political platform and coordinates fundraising and election strategy. Steele spent more than $200,000 on his Convention election campaign.

Posted: August 1st, 2020 by Admin

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Euro reaches new lows

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Euro reaches new lows

Friday, July 15, 2011

On Tuesday, the Euro fell to a new record low in relation to the Swiss Franc, and to multi-month lows against the U.S. Dollar and Japanese yen; all considered by investors to be safe currencies during times of economic turmoil.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that recent comments from the newly installed head of the International Monetary Fund, France’s Christine Lagarde, resulted in a sell-off of the Euro. At a roundtable discussion in Washington, Lagarde noted that the IMF had not yet reached discussion of terms and conditions of a second Greek bailout plan. In fact, a representative from the IMF is currently meeting with Eurozone policymakers to draft such a new proposal. The yield differential between Italian bonds and German bonds has spread to more than 300 basis points, something not seen in over a decade and evidence of investors’ concern.

Adding to the Euro’s woes is the upcoming release of the bank stress tests on Friday. The European Bankers Association said that they expect the data release to shed new light on the Eurozone’s banking situation. Representatives of several of the Eurozone’s governments, including Germany, have requested that the association consider releasing fewer specific details for fear that investor panic will ensue. The inadequacy of the capitalization rates has been an issue with the European Central Bank, whose president recently called upon Eurozone banks to make every effort to put their balance sheets in order.

For the time being at least, an unsubstantiated rumor reported by the Wall Street Journal states that the Eurozone’s central banks’ purchase of periphery debt has helped to quell the downward momentum of the Euro.

Posted: August 1st, 2020 by Admin

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London Knights trade Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers

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London Knights trade Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers

Sunday, January 6, 2008

On the morning of January 4, 2008, while at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, 19-year-old goalie Steve Mason received a phone call from Canada informing him that he was traded by the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers.

In a press release Friday, Kitchener Rangers Head coach and General Manager Peter DeBoer announced the trade to the Knights. In return for obtaining Mason, the Rangers have sent the Knights, Centre Phil Varone, Defenceman Steve Tarasuk along with 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks in 2011 and a 2nd round pick in 2012.

Mason said that he had an enjoyable time playing for the London Knights, but nonetheless, he believes that he has a bright future playing for the Kitchener Rangers. He also notes that he doesn’t want the trade to distract him from playing in the Gold Medal Game, against Team Sweden.

Team Canada won the game in overtime 3-2.

Posted: August 1st, 2020 by Admin

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What Is Living In A Trailer Like?

What is living in a Trailer Like?

by

Lonnie Andre

Living in a trailer is an experience that cannot be likened to any other type of accommodation. It is one of the coolest things you can ever do and yet, a large percentage of the population frowns on it. However, the perception they have is far from the truth. Most people believe that trailers are for the poor but this could not be far from the case. People who live in trailers will attest to the fact that the experience is worthwhile. Just think about all the stress that comes with owning big homes. You have to ensure that the garage is well maintained and the attic as well. What is more, if you have a large home, you have to spend a lot of money on repairs and other expenses in order to ensure it is well maintained.

Living in a trailer on the other hand gives you the opportunity to choose who your neighbors are. When you pack your trailer in a region that has noisy or loud neighbors, you can opt to move to a quieter region that suits your needs. This is an option that cannot be offered by a stationery room and it makes it a smart choice for people who love peace. People who live in trailers don\’t have to worry about cleaning gutters and trimming shrubs. In addition to this, they don\’t fret about raking leaves. All these activities have to be carried by people who own homes. In actual sense, it gives you an opportunity to enjoy life more without having to worry about such nuances.

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Trailer life is not affected by power outage or problems associated with water systems. What this means is that there is little chance life in a trailer will be affected in any way and this gives you an opportunity to enjoy every single day without having to worry about such issues. What is more, people who live in trailers are never too far from home since they can use the trailers to move from one place to another. Because the trailers space is considerably limited, the possibility of losing something and not finding it is less.

This is because in space that is only 200 square feet, the possibility of losing anything is minimal. Additionally, if the region you are currently parked has bad weather, you have the option of moving to an area that has friendly weather. This is not something you can achieve if you own a home since homes cannot be moved. With a trailer, you simply need to choose a location that has better weather and carry on with your life as normal. It is this flexibility that makes living in a trailer a unique and irresistible option.

Cleaning a trailer does not take long since the mopping and vacuuming can be completed in less than half an hour. What is more, people who live in trailers don\’t have to fret about property tax bills. This is because it drops every year. To cap it all, they don\’t have to worry about sewage blockage in the shower or bathtub because of sewage from upstairs bathroom

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News briefs:January 04, 2008

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News briefs:January 04, 2008

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Eurovision ’82 winner Nicole talks about ‘Ein bißchen Frieden’, her success and the Contest today

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Eurovision ’82 winner Nicole talks about ‘Ein bißchen Frieden’, her success and the Contest today

Monday, February 2, 2009

It has been nearly 27 years since Nicole, then a high school student from the Saarland in extreme western Germany, sang a heartfelt plea for world peace on the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. That simple message was wrapped with success; she became the first German in Contest history to take home the grand prize. The song was a brainchild of her former record producer, Ralph Siegel, and would be their greatest achievement in their nearly three-decade partnership.

Afterward, she was propelled to stardom across Europe by recording versions of her winning song, “Ein bißchen Frieden” (A little peace), in many European languages. To this day, it was the last winning Eurovision song to top the charts in the United Kingdom; it also has the distinction of being the 500th #1 single on the British charts.

This newfound fame brought her music to audiences across Europe, and in time, into Asia as well. By the end of the 1980s, however, her fame subsided somewhat and she refocused her career domestically. Since 1980, she has released over 30 albums in Germany; her most recent offering, Mitten ins Herz (Right into your heart), was accompanied by a three-month “unplugged” tour that ended in the third week of January.

Now off the road, Nicole spoke with Wikinews’ Mike Halterman about her past success, her life and career today, and her overall impressions of the Eurovision Song Contest, both past and present. This is the first in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

Posted: August 1st, 2020 by Admin

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