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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Israeli foreign minister reportedly boycotts Brazilian President’s visit

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Israel’s foreign minister has reportedly boycotted Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva‘s tour of the Middle East. Avigdor Lieberman did not attend Lula’s address at the Knesset or his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. According to close sources, Lieberman refused to attend over President Lula’s refusal to visit and to lay a wreath on the grave of Zionist movement founder Theodor Herzl.

Israel created a policy to honour Herzl’s 150th birthday by having all visiting heads of state lay a wreath on his grave, however Lula’s staff said they were only informed a week before his visit when his schedule had already been planned.

Treasurer of the World Zionist Movement Haggai Merom said that Lula’s actions were an “insult to Israel’s citizens and to Zionist communities around the world, including to the Jewish community in Brazil.” He also compared his refusal to visit Herzl’s grave to refusing to visit “the grave of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Turkey or the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi in India.”

During his visit, Lula confirmed to President Shimon Peres that Israel had been accepted as the first non-South American partner in the free trade group, Mercosur.

Lula is also visiting the Palestinian territories and Jordan, and in May he will visit Iran.

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More Than Child’s Play Using A Doctor Review Site To Choose A Pediatrician

Imagine that you, your spouse, and your two children move to a brand new city. Perhaps a job has placed you there. Maybe an older family member has fallen ill, and you needed to relocate to tend to them. Or, it’s possible that you and the family just needed a change of scenery. Now, imagine, that you find yourself sick with a raging sinus infection. You try to treat it yourself with over the counter medication, but then your children catch your bug. It gets so bad that they have to miss a day of school. Luckily, it’s a Friday, giving you Saturday and Sunday to come up with a game plan to get the family well. The problem is, they don’t have a doctor yet. And, since you’re in a new city, you don’t really have anyone to ask opinions of. You then turn to a trusty new tool known as the internet. A doctor review site can be a very helpful tool in helping you choose a medical care provider, including a pediatrician.Being that you want the absolute best health care for your kids, you might find yourself hesitant to use a doctor review site to help you find a doctor. However, sometimes circumstances may not leave you with too many other options. And secondly, it beats standing outside of a practitioners office with a clip board, polling patients about their experiences. First and foremost, you’ll want to choose the most credible website offering doctor reviews. Many of them are free, some of them you may have to pay a fee for. There is nothing that says that a pay site is going to give you better or worse information, so it’s up to you to choose. Take a look at a handful of them, and see which ones seem the most credible and informed. Choosing a doctor that your children are going to see can be a stressful process. When browsing a doctor’s review, it’s important that you don’t get discouraged if you read something negative. When it comes down to it, no matter how many years of schooling and residency a doctor goes through, a person is still a person, and people will find things to disagree on. If one patient feels that their child was misdiagnosed regarding a minor issue, what’s to stop them from going on the internet and writing a scathing review about the doctor? It’s important that you take anything you read with a grain of salt. However, you’re also (clearly) not going to want to choose a doctor that has an abundance of negative feedback. Try to read every review of a doctor that you can, and make a comfortable decision. Also, make sure to carefully read the reasons why a person gave a bad review. Was the doctor cold-hearted and outright mean to the reviewer’s child? Or was the reviewer upset because the doctor didn’t enter the room wearing a clown nose and holding candy? It’s important to evaluate your child, and try to determine what his needs are. A clown nose can be the funniest or the scariest thing in the world to your little one. On the same note, you also want to make sure that you don’t make a decision based on one astoundingly positive review. You may read a review that tells a touching tale about how a doctor casually noticed and insisted treatment of something that could have turned into deadly cancer if left alone, essentially saving a child’s life. If you are sold on this one article, however, you could miss the next one that addresses the fact that the very same doctor missed an early warning sign of a disease that has since left the child in a wheelchair. While these are both very extreme cases, the point is to research thoroughly before making a decision.Aside from obtaining information about a doctor’s demeanor and competence, a doctor review site can also give you more technical information, such as if a doctor is taking new patients, and what sort of insurance plans his practice receives payment from. When it comes down to it though, the most important part is knowing that your child is in good hands when it comes to health care, and these websites can be very helpful. Remember though, don’t kick yourself if the doctor you choose doesn’t amaze you when you see him in person. Chances are, he can at least get you some antibiotics for your kids to get well, and you can choose to see a new doctor next time. You can get the children back to school on Monday, and don’t worry, they’ll thank you later.

Large hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Staffordshire, England

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A large hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold has been found in a field in Staffordshire, England.

The hoard, which was found in a private field over the course of five days in July 2009, is in fact the most Anglo-Saxon gold that has ever been unearthed at one site in the United Kingdom. Roughly 1,500 gold and silver pieces were found and the hoard contains roughly 5kgs of gold and 2.5kgs of silver — far more than the previous record of 2.5kgs of gold which was found at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge.

The big haul in Staffordshire was found by 55-year-old Terry Herbert, while he was using a metal-detector. He had asked a local farmer’s permission to search the land beforehand. Terry is unemployed, and has been in the hobby of metal-detecting for the last 18 years. He said: “People laugh at metal detectorists.

“I’ve had people go past and go ‘beep beep, he’s after pennies’. Well no, we are out there to find this kind of stuff and it is out there.”

It is estimated to take over twelve months before the value of the hoard can be valued specifically. South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh declared it “treasure“. That means that it belongs to the Crown. Archaeology experts have predicted that it could be worth “a seven-figure sum” and that the treasure may date back to the 7th century. The exact location where the hoard was found is currently being kept secret.

 This story has updates See Staffordshire hoard goes on display in British Museum in London, England, November 4, 2009 
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Wikinews interviews Anda Banikos, local council candidate in South Gippsland, Australia

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Since June 2019, the people of South Gippsland Shire, located at the southernmost tip of Australia, have been without a local council, after a state government inquiry found “high levels of tension” within the council. Administrators were appointed by the Victorian state government in July 2019, who have governed the shire since then. However, South Gippsland’s council is scheduled to be restored with an election to be held via post from October 5-22, 2021.

Wikinews interviewed one of the candidates standing in this election, Anda Banikos, an independent candidate running in the Coastal-Promontory Ward. The Coastal-Promontory ward covers towns such as Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Yanakie, Foster, Port Welshpool, and Toora, and elects three councillors to the South Gippsland Shire Council.

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Benefits Of Using The Internet As A Dentist’s Marketing Tool

Benefits of Using the Internet as a Dentist’s Marketing Tool


Jennifer Stinson

In this time and age where the competition is fierce in every business venture, getting an edge over all these other businesses is the dream of every businessman. For this dream to happen, the businessman must exhaust all that he know and translate it into a viable marketing plan that will not only catch the attention of an audience, but will also turn them into buyers.

Today, marketing your services and products through the internet also gets rave reviews from different kinds of businessman. Many businessmen are seeking the internet for them to get a niche in their industry. The same goes for people in the field of dentistry. Dentists nowadays have made themselves available online to get more patients. By doing this, dental business reaped the benefits on internet marketing and some of these are:

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More chances to get noticed by their target market. Since most net users also shop online, most likely, they will also look for dentists online. And when you have the right keywords that will direct them to your site, then you are on your way from having additional patients.

You can get closer to your target market. Because of the internet’s interactivity, potential patients can just browse

dentist websites

and they will be able to know what they’re all about. Likewise, they can also ask further questions through the site. Through this, dentists can explain more about what they need to know.

Also, the credibility that you will be establishing once you have a

dentist website

will also help in getting patients. Just make sure that what you put in there are factual and information-rich for the patients as well as financial policies, services and before and after pictures for their reference.

dentist websites

are also an economical and fast way to promote your clinic if used properly, because you will only be paying for the domain, the person who will be making and maintaining it, so the lesser it will cost you. But if you compared it to advertising on the traditional media, it will cost you a lot. Plus internet marketing is available 24/7 unlike with traditional media’s fifteen to thirty seconds exposure to the public. These are just some of the benefits and if taken seriously, more will still come for the dentist s gain.

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Four British energy suppliers face investigation into claims of misselling

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the regulator of the electricity and gas markets in Great Britain, has launched an investigation into four of the largest British energy suppliers over suspicions that they not be complying with face-to-face and telephone sales regulations. The four organisations facing scrutiny could be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover if it is found that they are breaking sales regulations. Scottish Power, npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and EDF Energy are all to face questioning by the organisation.

Ofgem has urged customers of the four companies to alert the energy regulator, “if they are concerned about the sales approach any domestic suppliers have taken when selling energy contracts, either face-to-face or by telephone,” according to a statement. “As part of the investigation process Ofgem will examine any evidence of non-compliance and consider whether there are grounds for exercising enforcement powers.”

New regulations on sales tactics by energy suppliers were recently introduced, and, Ofgem has said, energy suppliers must be “proactive in preventing misselling to customers both face to face and over the phone. Also, if suppliers are selling contracts face to face they must provide customers with an estimate before any sales are concluded. In most circumstances customers should also receive a comparison of the supplier’s offer with their current deal.” Only one in five consumers consider energy suppliers to be trustworthy, and 61% of people feel intimidated by doorstep sales people from energy companies. According to the organisation Consumer Focus, “complaints have declined since new rules came into effect this year, but suppliers still seem to be flouting the rules. Some customers are still being given misleading quotes and information, which leave them worse off when they switch provider.”

The newspaper The Guardian has reported that “householders are reporting that sales agents working for the energy suppliers are giving them misleading information and quotes which leave them worse off when they switch supplier.” Consumer Focus has said that if energy companies continue to break the rules, they could be banned from doorstep-selling completely. The report goes on to say that “new figures from helpline Consumer Direct show that while the number of complaints has fallen since last year, about 200 cases of mis-selling are being reported each month.” However, Scottish Power said it insists on “the highest standards possible for all of our sales agents”, and npower told the Financial Times that it was “confident that the processes we have in place mean that we comply with our regulatory obligations”. EDF added that it was “fully compliant with all obligations regarding sales of energy contracts”.

According to the regulator, the obligations are serious and must be followed by energy supplies, or they will face “tougher sanctions than those available under more general consumer protection law.” Ofgem has published a guide advising consumers what they should do should an energy salesperson contact them in person of by telephone. Improper sales tactics are still common in the industry—in 2008 an Ofgem investigation found that 48% of gas customers and 42% of electricity customers were worse off after switching supplier on the doorstep. Npower was fined £1.8 million in 2008 by the organisation, and Ofgem insists that they are “committed to taking action” over improper sales activities by energy companies. “Suppliers have existing obligations to detect and prevent misselling and new licence conditions were brought in following our probe to further increase protection for customers,” said Andrew Wright, a Senior Partner of the regulator. “We expect all suppliers to comply with these tougher obligations but if our investigations find otherwise we will take strong action.”

What are your experiences with doorstep salespeople? If they persuaded you to change energy providers, were you worse off as a result?
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Head of energy at Consumer Focus, Audrey Gallacher, called the investigation “a welcome step … to address years of customers getting a bad deal on energy prices on their doorstep. While many doorstep sales people will do a good job, the pay and rewards system continues to encourage mis-selling, despite years of regulation and voluntary initiatives. If better advice for customers and enforcement of the tougher rules doesn’t end the flagrant abuse of this form of selling the big question will be whether it should be completely banned.” Christine McGourty, director of Energy UK, which represents the leading gas and electricity companies, said that “the companies involved will collaborate with the Ofgem investigation and are awaiting further details from the regulator. Any sales agent in breach of the code will be struck off the approved energy sales register.” Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, has said he considers the situation “shocking”, saying that the investigation “will do nothing to improve consumer trust in energy suppliers. We’re pleased that Ofgem has promised tough measures against any firms guilty of mis-selling. We hope it uses this opportunity to tighten rules around telesales so they are in line with those for face to face sales.”

SNP Westminster Energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP, however, said that the investigation “does nothing to tackle the real problem of fuel prices which leave many Scots facing great difficulty in heating their homes … Rather than tinkering around the edges Ofgem should be looking at how to reduce prices for vulnerable households.” Gareth Kloet, Head of Utilities at, one of the UK’s biggest and most popular price comparison services, also welcomed the inquiry. “It is unacceptable for energy companies to mislead customers like this,” he said, adding that has previously “urged energy providers to either stop the practice of doorstep selling or make it very clear to households that better deals are available online. There is no reason why door-to-door salesmen can’t show people online deals and even help households switch to them.”

“Our research reveals customers could end up paying £167 more than they need to as door-to-door salesmen are unable to offer the discounts that are applied online. The changes that have been made to date are a welcome addition to safeguard customers; however this review has been much needed for a long time. Hopefully it will mark the end of customers being overcharged and missold,” Kloet continued. “Our message to energy consumers remains the same: they should shop around online to make sure they’re getting the best deal possible and turn these salesmen away.”

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Alleged Russian spy captured in Montreal, Canada

Thursday, November 16, 2006

An alleged Russian spy was arrested in Montreal, having threatened national security. The man is identified as a Russian spy and has been living under a false name.

As he prepared to board a plane out of Canada, Canada Border Services agents took the man into custody at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal on Tuesday. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg signed the document that authorized the man’s arrest.

This document is called the national security certificate and is rarely used. The certificate alerts Ottawa about possible threats to the country. The ministers of immigration and public safety are obliged to sign the national security certificate.

“The government’s most important duty is to ensure the security of all Canadians. A security certificate has been issued … against a foreign national. He is now in custody in Montreal,” said Melissa Leclerc, spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. “A foreign national alleging to be a Canadian citizen named Paul William Hampel was arrested in Montreal after a national security certificate under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act was issued against him.”

The man came to Canada several years ago with the name of Paul William Hampel, and is now reported to be false. Officials at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are working on identifying the man who entered Canada years ago.

“He is now in custody in Montreal. This is not a counter-terrorism case. More information will become available as the Federal Court process unfolds. Any speculation about the individual’s other nationality is premature at this point,” Barbara Campion, a spokesperson for CSIS.

Ottawa believed the man had been “engaging in an act of espionage or an act of subversion,” and “belonged to an organization that there are reasonable grounds to believe engages.”

“I don’t think we’re going to get the most intimate of details, no, not at all,” he told CTV Montreal….We’ll see a public version of the allegations that will be released by the federal court judge who is going to be responsible for reviewing the basis upon which cabinet will have declared this individual subject to a security certificate. beyond that, though, we may see things settle more quietly between governments,” said David Harris, former chief of strategic planning at CSIS.

“There are also influence operations where countries might try to influence their expatriates and émigré communities in Canada. Beyond that, there is a real appetite building among many countries for technological secrets,” he said. “They can be of use to industries of the sponsoring nations and these things can have values in the billions for the economies of those countries undertaking these operations.”

Reports say the man’s methods in Canada matched the techniques used by the Russian intelligence agency’s Directorate S, which runs the Russian spy network.

Twenty people since 1991 have been charged under the Security Certificate legislation in Canada. The last time it was used was in 2003.

The court hearing for the man being held in Montreal will be on Wednesday. It is still unclear if the hearing will be in Ottawa, the nations capital, or in Montreal.

More information will be released as the case progresses.

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Utah Man pleads guilty in wife’s death

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Salt Lake City (Utah) resident and hospital orderly Mark Hacking pleaded guilty Friday to killing his wife Lori, and placing her body in a dumpster.

Mrs. Hacking’s disappearance last summer touched off an intense, weeklong search in Salt Lake County which a wire service report said was similar to the other sensational Salt Lake crime, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart from her own bedroom.

After Hacking admitted details of his crime to his family, earlier, he suffered a breakdown and was placed in a psychiatric hospital. He was seen in court Friday with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He admitted to the judge that he killed his wife while she slept. His motives, according to prosecutors, were his anger and despondency when she discovered that he was not accepted into a North Carolina medical school as he had claimed, but would remain a hospital orderly.

Mrs. Hacking is reported to have broken down sobbing at her workplace, a Wells Fargo brokerage, after discovering her husband’s deception. She had placed a call to the medical school’s administrators and been told he was not enrolled. He had lied to her about graduating from the University of Utah as well.

Mrs. Hacking’s mother and father were in the courtroom to hear their son-in-law declare: “I intentionally shot Lori Hacking in the head with a .22 rifle.” They said it was like a “knife in the heart” to hear that, but were happy he owned up to the crime.

The attack occurred last July. Volunteers scouring a landfill found her decomposed remains after three months of searching.

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Why You Shouldn T Buy An Annuity Right Now

Submitted by: Brian Flindall

Annuity rates picked up in the past few months as gilt yields rose but don t buy an annuity just yet because long term gilt yields may rise further in the coming months. For people approaching retirement and watching the relentless oneway traffic of declines in pension annuity rates, the small rise in average rates at the beginning of this year was welcome news.

No sooner had the rise been recorded than advisers were online and in print telling pensioners and those nearing retirement to take advantage of this move and lock in rates now.

But is this the right time?

After the battering that annuity rates had last year down by around 10% across the board at the end of a 15 yea

downward spiral in which rates have halved there may be a temptation to take any small crumb of comfort and

lock in now before it gets worse.

Why have annuity rates declined?

The almost uninterrupted decline in annuity rates in the past 15 years is a product of two main drivers.

First is the inexorable rise in longevity. We insist on living longer, so our pension pot has to last longer. There is not much we can do about that other than find comfort in the thought that a longer life is better than the alternative.

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The second driver is less equivocal. The decline in longterm gilt yields in the UK has been such a longstanding phenomenon that it, too, can pass as a secular trend. Insurance companies will convert a pension pot into investments principally in medium and long term government bonds to produce the required income to pay for the annuity. If the income payable from gilts is lower, then annuity rates will tend to fall.

Longterm gilt yields have more than halved in the past 20 years from well above double figures to around 3.9% for 10year maturities and 4.4% for 30year bonds. The path of annuity yields has tracked the path in gilt yields closely.

So with longevity on a relentless climb and gilt yields on an unhelpful decline, the siren call of the advisers crying lock in now before you regret it is one that cannot be ignored.

Why have rates risen recently?

But hold on there. Why have annuity rates picked up in the past month? Despite the cold weather, life expectancy has not suddenly declined. And what about gilt yields? Sure enough, in December and early January there was a sharp rise in yields, with the 10year yield at the end of November at 3.5% and 30year yields at 4.10%, hence annuity rates firmed up.

Some commentators doubt that the rise in yields will continue. They argue that shortterm yields are at historic record lows at levels close to zero, making longterm government bonds very rewarding even at 4%. If you accept this view, you would buy an annuity now. However, I side with those who take the opposite view, expecting yields to go higher.

Why gilt yields may increase

I expect yields to go higher for the following reasons:

A large gap between shortterm and longterm rates is essential to restore bank profitability and repair balance sheets. This is crucial in helping to rebuild bank margins between traditional short term deposit taking and long term

ank lending. This is particularly important if the government is serious in wishing to see banks lend more rather than focus on profits from the non lending activities that are so much in the headlines today. As short rates cannot go any lower, longterm yields must stay high for this gap to be maintained. But what is the mechanism for higher longterm


The outlook for gilt supply and demand is plain ugly. At the end of last year the outstanding amount of government debt went above 50% of GDP for the first time since 1977, just around the time the UK was last in discussion with the International Monetary Fund. This financial year the budget deficit will double from last year at around 200 billion that is a seriously scary 14% of GDP. That is Greekstyle deficit. Already gilt auctions are disappointing and this can only get worse as the stock of quantitative easing (QE) reaches its limit. Last November, the market panicked at the suggestion that the QE tap had been turned off. Sovereign credit risk concerns will add further pressure fo

higher yields on UK government debt.

Risks to gilt yields

There are two risks to this view that longterm yields will rise. One is that the UK economy has begun a selfdriven

ecovery that will ease the budget deficit without causing inflation. The second risk is that the postelection

government may take a hard line on reducing the public deficit.

The first risk is highly unlikely. The jump in inflation and fall in unemployment in the latest month must not be misread. The rebuilding of household and banking sector balance sheets is far from complete and will keep the demand

and supply of credit low as the economy continues to deleverage. I expect economic activity data to disappoint for some time to come.

The postelection risk cannot be discounted but there is time to wait and see after all, this is a onceinalifetime

decision. Waiting before buying an annuity could be well rewarded for the first time in many years.

For bespoke pension and annuity advice contact Credencis.

Credencis are situated near to Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham.


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