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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

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The empire strikes back

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 agosto 2010

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 sees British victory at fifth stop Typically English weather conditions with water from all sides and chilly temperatures turned out to suit Gary Hunt perfectly at the penultimate stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 in Sisikon, Switzerland. Taking the lead after round one, the 26-year-old prevailed against his competitors and took his fourth season victory in front of 3,500 weatherproof spectators on Lake Lucerne this Saturday afternoon. The Brit is just one point away from winning the overall title at the final in Hilo, Hawaii, on September 12. After missing the entry during his world premiere of a running take-off in Italy, it was Hunt’s day today. His mother and sister came to watch their first ever cliff diving competition and had the English weather on board. “It’s a good feeling having my family here. It’s the first time my mum and my sister have seen me dive live so it makes it even better to have won. It’s a great win for me. After having a little mishap in Italy there were a lot of bad thoughts in my mind – am I going to crumble now when it comes to the final? It feels great to get another win under my belt. I’m in a great place going into the final,” says the Southampton-based diver, who won ahead of Colombian Orlando Duque and Kent De Mond from the US. Accompanied by heavy rainfall, the competition offered some additional surprises: last year’s Swiss stop winner and the man victorious in Italy, Artem Silchenko (RUS), missed his second dive and came ninth. Two divers made it to the final round for the first time this year – Michal Navratil, from Prague, and Frenchman Cyrille Oumedjkane finished fourth and sixth respectively, narrowing the gap to the top six in the overall standings. After the last but one competition, Gary Hunt has a commanding lead of 19 points, in front of Orlando Duque (73 pts) and Artem Silchenko (67 pts). Mounted on an iconic landmark, surrounded by mountains up to 1500m high and towering over Switzerland’s fourth largest lake – the stage was set at 26.6m for the world’s most accomplished high divers in the tiny and picturesque village of Sisikon. Spectators on boats, inflatable air mattresses or surfboards were not put off by the wet coming from above and almost multiplied ten-fold the number of 370 residents.
With five athletes still fighting for a position in the top six, the grand final in the sport’s country of origin promises to be an attention-grabbing competition on September 12.

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Gaza: Emergency Response for Freedom Flotilla

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 maggio 2010

As the remaining boats of the Freedom Flotilla left for Gaza yesterday, Israel continues to conduct training exercises to stop the convoy “at any cost.” The Freedom Flotilla is expected to arrive at its destination within 48 hours.  A violent response from Israel will breathe new life into the Palestine solidarity movement, drawing attention to the blockade. Already in response to Israel’s publicized military threats, the Gaza Freedom March, a coalition focused on breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza, prepares to launch a worldwide emergency campaign consisting of protests, hunger strikes, public relations, and government pressure in the event the peaceful flotilla is attacked or high-jacked by Israel. Following the technical failure experienced by one of ships from Greece, its passengers have been successfully transferred to the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara. Eight ships are now en route to Gaza with over 10,000 tons of medical, construction, and school supplies. The flotilla includes some 800 passengers, including 35 MP’s from 15 countries, 20 newscasters, 11 Gaza Freedom Marchers, and various artists and human rights activists.  Gaza Freedom March calls on all world citizens to voice their dissent at Israeli embassies and other points of contact with Israeli officials this week as the flotilla of ships from Ireland, Turkey and Greece loaded with humanitarian aid attempts to dock in Gaza. Since August 2008 international human rights workers in the Free Gaza Movement have been sending boats to Gaza in order to break the siege. Although the first five voyages successfully docked, the last three attempts have all been violently stopped by the Israeli military.  Israel’s deplorable attacks on unarmed ships are a violation of both international maritime law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which states that “the high seas should be reserved for peaceful purposes.” There is no law or moral code in the world that allows Israel to forcibly prevent unarmed ships from carrying humanitarian and developmental aid to a suffering and occupied people. The ongoing blockade of the Palestinian population in Gaza constitutes collective punishment of an occupied civilian population; an act strictly prohibited under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which has created a man-made and deliberately sustained humanitarian catastrophe.  In December 2008 Israel unleashed a brutal massacre on Gaza and the war crimes committed in the course of “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza have been judiciously documented in the “Goldstone Report,” an investigation mandated by UNHCR.  Our response must be commensurate with this crisis. Given the sustained failure of the international community to enforce its own laws and protect the people of Gaza, we strongly believe that we have a moral obligation to directly intervene to uphold international principles.

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