Oral Roberts University president accused of illegal political donations and financial misappropriation

Friday, October 5, 2007

Richard Roberts, the President of Oral Roberts University, and his wife, Lindsay Roberts, are accused of illegal political contributions, financial wrong-doing, and wrongful firings in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed by three former professors who claim “they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school’s involvement in a local political race.” According to KTEN television news, “Roberts’ statement says personal expenses are charged to him and he personally pays them on a monthly basis.” On October 3, Roberts “told students and faculty during his weekly chapel Wednesday that the lawsuit is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion.”

Richard has been president of ORU since his father, Oral Roberts university founder and former faith healer, “semi-retired” in 1993.

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How To Gain Weight For Thin Skinny Girls

By Chris Chew

So you are fed up with your thin skinny frame and have always wanted that well rounded curves of a sexy feminine woman. As hard as you might try stuffing your face green with whatever food you can get your hands on, you just can’t seem to put on even a single extra pound of weight. Why is it so hard and hard for you to gain weight? You probably may have asked that question a zillion times.

In this world that is obsessed with losing weight, as it seems that all the advertisements, fitness programs, diets regimens are all targeting at people who want to lose weight. This onslaught barrage of weight loss programs drown out the concerns of underweight women like you trying your darndest best to put on weight. That is certainly very frustrating for you, isn’t it?

To compound matters, your search for weight programs in the internet kept showing up muscle building systems and muscle weight gaining programs for men. Why are skinny girls like you being ignored?

Well ladies, you aren’t being ignored. It is just that your mind refuses to register certain truths those programs are telling you. Before you get insulted and clawed me up, please be patient and read on.

You see, things aren’t so bleak after all. Because the good news is that there isn’t much difference for gaining weight between men and women. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Therefore those weight gain programs for men work pretty well for girls too because the principles that a naturally thin woman must adopt if she wishes to quickly put on healthy weight are the same principles that worked for the boys!

Now, here are some of your mental blocks I spoke about earlier. Most women, and I believe that including you, have a myriad of mental stumbling blocks regarding weight gain techniques. Such as you probably do not want to consume too much calories in case you become fat in the wrong places or you certainly do not want to start weight training because you are terrified of getting big muscles like those of bodybuilders! Am I right to say that?

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Listen ladies, with due respect, in order to gain healthy weight effectively and quickly, you will have to remove those mental blocks now! Your fears are irrational and are completely unfounded!

You see, most women have the mistaken impression that training with weights will make them look muscular and thus compromising their feminine beauty. This I can verify because a large number of the enquiries that I receive from females asking for putting on weight advice will invariably qualify their requests with statements like “I don’t want to look like a man’ or “I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder”

Now get this right once and for all! Women simply don’t naturally possess enough of the male hormone, testosterone, that will allow them to become huge muscular hunks! No amount of weight training is going to change that fact. Even most men are not naturally predisposed to be a bodybuilder, what more of a woman?

Yes, I know what you are thinking right now. You are asking what about pictures of female bodybuilders you have seen, right? The sad thing is that those photos are the main culprits that led to your irrational fear of weight training. You see, those women bodybuilders that you see got where they are because of very intensive and special training with the consumption of tons of supplements to get those muscle mass up with plenty of professional help.

As a matter of fact, many female bodybuilders with extremely huge muscles and who exhibit masculine characteristics didn’t get that way through natural training. Instead, they use dangerous steroids to get them so huge! So let that sink in!

Furthermore, they didn’t get that way overnight. You just don’t simply wake up one morning and become a muscular woman bodybuilder right? You must understand that it has taken them many years of dedicated intensive training to get where they are and you certainly aren’t going to do that, don’t you?

Even if so, if you feel like you are becoming a tad too big or your blessed boyfriend is hiding behind you at the first sign of trouble, you can simply stop training. After all, when that happens, then your objective at gaining weight would have been happily achieved, right?

Yes, you will certainly put on some muscle when you are training with weights, but the muscles that you will be developing will not be huge and bulky. Instead, your new muscles will add tone and curves to your body shape making you look healthier and more attractive. Don’t you want that?

Another problem in your quest to put on weight is that many thin and skinny women set out to gain any weight and gaining body fat is fine with them. However, there is a major problem with this approach in putting on weight. If the weight you gain is primarily from increased body fat, you are most likely to be displeased with your results. This is because you have no control of where those extra fat will be going to on your body.

That goes on to say that if you do not control your fat gain (which you can’t since where your fat goes to is genetically pre-programmed), your extra ugly fat could end up unevenly distributed in all the wrong places like your belly, love handles, butt, thighs, arms and so on.

Therefore, your best bet to improve your physique in the way you want is to go after lean muscle weight gain. In this way, not only will you put on weight, you will also gain healthy weight and is in a position to dictate where the extra pounds are going to be. In other words, you can sculpt your body the way you want it to be shaped and that is sexy!

So girls, if you can move past your own mental blocks, you can certainly be assured that healthy and pleasing weight gain that is well within your reach. Of course, you must also consume enough good calories to ensure your success in putting on the extra pounds.

Wishing you all the best in putting on those extra pounds of sexy female weight and body curves.

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Wikinews interviews meteorological experts on Cyclone Phalin

Monday, October 14, 2013

Half-a-million people have fled their homes in and around the Indian state of Orissa after Cyclone Phailin made landfall.

Wikinews interviewed specialists in meteorology about the devastation the cyclone has caused.

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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2008 TaiSPO: Interview with Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva

Friday, March 28, 2008

2008 Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle) & Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) not only did a best reunion with conjunctions of the launch of Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition and the concurrent cycling race of 2008 Tour de Taiwan but also provide opportunities and benefits for sporting goods, bicycle, and athlete sports industries to establish the basis of the sourcing center in Asia and notabilities on the international cycling race.

Although the Taipei cycle was split from the TaiSPO since 1988, but the trends of sporting good industry in Taiwan changed rapidly and multiply because of modern people’s lifestyles and habits. After the “TaiSPO Innovation Award” was established since 2005, the fitness and leisure industries became popular stars as several international buyers respected on lifestyle and health.

For example, some participants participated Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO with different product lines to do several marketing on bicycle and fitness equipments, this also echoed the “Three New Movements” proposed by Giant Co., Ltd. to make a simple bicycle with multiple applications and functions. As of those facts above, Wikinews Journalist Rico Shen interviewed Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva, designer of “3G Steeper” to find out the possibilities on the optimizations between two elements, fitness and bicycle.

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Top 5 Most Common Jobs With Asbestos Exposure

By Lawrence Reaves

The health risks associated with asbestos exposure are better understood today than they were several years ago. The major health factor associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos is a substance which is chemically composed of impure forms of magnesium-silicate fibers. Asbestos was once widely used because of its durability and heat-resistant qualities. The authorities placed it on a ban after scientists linked exposure to the substance to mesothelioma and other lung conditions. These conditions were widely noticed among certain categories of workers in occupational areas such as the military, builders and contractors.

Workplaces Prone to Asbestos Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency maintains that the insulation in many buildings in the US contains asbestos. Workplaces which carry the greatest risk of asbestos exposure are:

1. Railroads

2. Shipyards

3. Factories

4. Gas mask manufacturers

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5. Construction sites

6. Mines

7. Insulation manufacturers

Even within this short list of high-risk work places, there are workers who are more at risk than others. For example, workers on a construction site are at a greater risk for asbestos exposure than those who work in a company which manufactures gas masks.

The 5 Most Common Jobs with Asbestos Exposure Are:

1. Railroad workers

2. Ship builders

3. Factory workers

4. Construction workers

5. Miners

These occupations are high-risk for exposure to asbestos because workers interface directly with materials that contain the fine asbestos fibers. When inhaled, these fibers cause asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma or other forms of lung cancer to develop. Family members of these workers are at risk for secondary exposure to asbestos. This happens because the workers gather asbestos dust and fibers on their clothes which they then take home.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned new uses of asbestos in the USA, but in 1991 their efforts to have most uses of asbestos banned by 1997 fell through as the US Federal Court blocked this action. One blogger, Asbest21, stated in a post on Blog Carnival that manufacturers were aware from as far back as seventy years ago that asbestos was hazardous, but they kept that knowledge hidden. Workers exposed to asbestos were not given sufficient warning of the associated dangers in the mid-1960s.

Seeking Redress for Asbestos Exposure

Many workers exposed to asbestos and who later develop mesothelioma or other lung conditions go for years without realizing that something is wrong. This form of cancer takes up to twenty or forty years to manifest itself. This means that people exposed to asbestos can live normal lives for several years before realizing that their health is deteriorating. The nonspecific nature of the symptoms of mesothelioma can further delay the detection and subsequent treatment for the condition.


Despite the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency to advocate for the health of workers exposed to asbestos the threat remains high for some workers. These workers face the risk of developing the associated conditions of asbestos exposure. It is best that workers exposed to asbestos receive regular screenings to have early detection of any developing condition. Feeling healthy and having no apparent symptoms are not valid reasons to avoid having regular screenings.

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MySpace loses over ten million users in one month

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Social networking website MySpace lost over ten million users between January and February 2011, according to comScore. In February 2011, the Internet website had less than 63 million users, down from a previous total of approximately 73 million. In the same month, 2.3 million individuals were on the site in the United Kingdom.

In the space of one year, MySpace has also suffered a number of user losses approaching fifty million. Earlier this year, MySpace announced their intentions to eliminate five hundred jobs around the world, which equates to half of its employee total.

I would be surprised if MySpace survives the year.

MySpace has contributed to the success of British music artists, including Kate Nash, Lily Allen and the Arctic Monkeys. In 2005, News Corporation purchased the social networking site for £330 million (US$529 million, €376 million). Five years ago, the site was proving to be largely popular, according to Newsbeat. Recently, the website has been facing difficult competition from other Internet websites, such as Facebook and YouTube and has now been modified to be more significantly based on the music industry. Newsbeat has reported that the value of MySpace at present may be £50 million (US$80 million, €57 million).

MySpace’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Jones has claimed that the website is “no longer a social network anymore” and that it is currently a “social entertainment destination”. Zack Whittaker, of business technology news website ZDNet, has commented that he “would be surprised if MySpace survives the year”.

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Myspace’s new logo, part of the re-branding of the declining social networking site. Image: Myspace.

The former logo of MySpace. Image: FellowWikiNews.

Tom Anderson, the current president of MySpace, in 2008. Image: Robert Scoble.

Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder and former CEO of MySpace, in 2008. Image: Robert Scoble.
Michael Jones, the current CEO of MySpace, in 2010. Image: MySpaceComms.
British musician Kate Nash in 2010. Image: Slidestream.
Lily Allen, British musician, in 2007. Image: The Style Scout.
The four members of English indie rock group the Arctic Monkeys. Image: MGA73bot2.
The logo of social networking website Facebook. Image: facebook.com website.
The logo of video sharing website YouTube. Image: HernandoJoseAJ.
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Former Timberwolf Eddie Griffin dies at 25

Friday, August 24, 2007

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Eddie Griffin died on August 17, 2007, at age 25 due to injuries sustained in a car crash, the Harris County medical examiner’s office confirmed on Tuesday.

The former Minnesota Timberwolves forward, who was waived in March for violating the League’s substance abuse program, ignored a railroad warning, drove his SUV through a barrier, and collided with a moving train at about 1:30 a.m., according to Houston Police. His vehicle caught fire and was soon engulfed in flames.

No identification was found and the body was badly burned. For that reason, dental records were used to identify him. Griffin, who played college Basketball at Seton Hall University, played for the Houston Rockets from 2001–2003, and the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2004–2007. The five-year veteran had been battling alcoholism since leaving Seton Hall. He is survived by his three-year-old daughter Amaree.

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Why Build A Qualified Sales Pipeline}

Why Build a Qualified Sales Pipeline


Doug Dvorak

If your management asks you to check your sales pipeline that means you need to pay attention to the leads you are generating and how qualified they are. Your sales numbers will dip if the sales pipe line is not steady and strong enough to help you reach your sales targets. If you are not generating enough qualified leads and qualifying prospects how can you have sales? You will be advised to build a qualified sales pipe line to be effective in selling.

Each sale starts with a lead: a name, a phone number, an email address, a referral, or the person that just walks in to your office or store. The next step is qualifying the leads. To determine whether the customer has the need and capacity to buy your product or service. For instance, a growing small business owner may have the need of a few personal computers in the office to augment increasing business activity. But does your brand of computers meet his business needs? If yes, how many can they afford to buy at this stage and how many more in the near future?

The next steps are setting appointments with the prospects and giving a demonstration of your product or service. This could lead to a sale and taken all together this is known as the sales process. The first two activities: generating leads and prospecting are known as creating a sales pipe line.

Archery and Sales

The analogy of a sprinkler system best applies to a sales pipe line. When a garden needs to be watered with a sprinkler system there is an elaborate plan. The pipes carrying water are arranged in such a manner that the water flow is steady to all the sprinklers. The game of archery is the perfect analogy for sales. An archer is given many arrows to hit the target. With the given number of arrows they have to maximize their score. The closer their arrows hit the bulls eye, the more points they receive. Similarly, a sales person creates leads, qualifies them as prospects, and tries selling to them. Just as an archer may not hit the bulls eye every time they take aim, sales person may not be successful in selling with each call or each prospect. As an archer tries with more than one arrow to hit the target, the sales person also tries to make a sale with more than one prospect. In fact the game of archery requires the archer to carry all the arrows with them. Sales people keep trying with many prospects. And prospects come from leads.

Ten or more leads may provide the sales person with one good prospect. And one in ten such prospects may actually buy. This is the basic premise of a sales pipe line.

Steady Sales Pipe Line

Though the archer gets many arrows to use, still they are fixed in number. They have to utilize their skills in notching up the best score by hitting the bulls eye repeatedly at a given point in time. Likewise, a sales person generates a fixed number of leads during a sales day. For example, a computer sales person targeting a high rise building in Manhattan housing 50 offices can have 50-100 leads at the maximum (assuming that in some offices they may get the chance to sell to individual employees in addition to catering to the official requirements of the firms) from that building. Their sales would depend on how they manage the 50-100 leads.

There are no infinite number of leads and prospects. Every market segmented on the basis of location, income, and preferences of the consumers are limited in size. Wisdom lies in utilizing the leads and prospects properly and converting them in to sales. Careless exhaustion of the list of leads will only result in spoiling the chances of selling. Each lead has to be dealt with carefully. Each prospect has to be worked on attentively.

While taking each lead and prospect with due attention and sincerity a good performer in sales builds a steady pipe line of leads and prospects. Once a list of leads is exhausted fresh leads will be needed. High performers in sales always have a steady sales pipe line by renewing it with newer leads and prospects. They also include past and current customers in this sales pipe line. Fresh requirements from existing customers are no less important to sales than a new hot prospect.

With the possibility of rejections the only way a sales person can achieve their sales quota is to generate the maximum number of leads and qualify the maximum number of prospects out of them and thereby increase the chances of selling. The generation of qualified leads and prospects should be steady and voluminous. And each lead and prospect should be worked on diligently so that not a single one is wasted. This is the essence of a qualified sales pipe line which holds the key to maximizing sales.

About the Author

Doug Dvorak helps companies and professionals achieve results through customized, creative and non-traditional sales training systems that are one size fits one and developed to the unique business needs and sales pain points of each client.

He is available to speak on these topics.

For more information visit http://www.salescoach.us or call 847-359-6969

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Australian police seize one tonne shipment of ecstacy

Friday, April 15, 2005Police in Melbourne have seized over a tonne of ecstacy in a shipment of tiles from Italy. Four were arrested on Thursday and early Friday relating to the shipment, which the Australian Federal Police has called the biggest shipment of street-ready ecstacy pills in the world.

The four men were charged with aiding and abetting a prohibited import, according to ABC radio. Five million tablets were seized, with a reported street value of US$190 million (AU$250m). Two were additionally charged with attempting to possess a prohibited import.

Federal police were continuing to investigate a crime ring behind the shipment, a spokesperson told News24.com.

Federal Agent Mike Phelan said: “The AFP is now working with its counterparts in Italy and other parts of Europe to identify any overseas links with this latest seizure.”

X-rays taken of the shipment, which arrived in Port Melbourne earlier in the week, had revealed anomalies inside eight pallets which were stacked with tiles, said a report from Australian Associated Press.

Police then monitored the shipping container until it was delivered on Thursday to a suburban Melbourne factory, where two men were arrested, according to the News24.com report. Agents searched a dozen homes and businesses across Melbourne and arrested two more men early on Friday. All four suspects were due to appear in court later on Friday.

Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison praised the AFP, the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Crime Commission involved in the operation, which he told Australian Associated Press had been ongoing since January.

“This big seizure sends a very clear message to those who want to traffic drugs to Australia, you will be caught and face very serious penalties,” Senator Ellison told the news agency, saying the shipment “could have wreaked havoc”.

“Anyone who says this sort of seizure does not slow the supply of drugs is quite obviously out of touch with reality.”

The previous largest Australian ecstasy haul occurred in November 2004 in Sydney, when 1,800 pounds of ecstasy tablets and powder were seized, Australian Federal Police (AFP) told Reuters, compared to this shipment’s weight of 2,240 pounds.

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