The Dutch airline KLM is facing calls for an inquiry into reports that it helped Nazi war criminals escape to Argentina after World War II. According to papers found by Dutch journalists, KLM asked Switzerland to let Germans cross its borders and fly to South America without proper papers.
The kind of bid rigging and manipulation of contracts uncovered in the RCMP pension scandal could be going on in other federal departments, warns Public Works' top bureaucrat. David Marshall, the deputy minister of Public Works, told the Commons public accounts committee yesterday that managers in the RCMP and Consulting and Audit Canada (CAC) "rigged" contracts to ensure work was directed to specific suppliers, effectively circumventing the government's competitive bidding process. "I just think the whole thing stinks, to tell you the truth," Mr. Marshall told MPs.
The four Atlantic provinces are jointly conducting a comprehensive review of the security and integrity of their lottery operations. The provinces have issued a request for proposals from an individual or business to conduct the review by the end of the year.
Maybe they're outside in the garden. They could be playing softball. Or perhaps they're just plain bored. In TV's worst spring in recent memory, a startling number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who barely registers in public opinion polls of the Republican presidential field, won last Thursday night's debate. That was the unmistakable conclusion of the online poll posted by debate sponsor MSNBC, which registered Paul with higher positive ratings and lower negative numbers than any of the other nine candidates on the stage.
Archeologists from Hebrew University said today they have found the tomb of Herod the Great, the Roman client-king of Judea, after a 35-year search at the desert site where his palace once stood. Herod, who expanded the Judean empire from Palestine to parts of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, is known in the New Testament as the ruler who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents, the slaughter of boys in Jerusalem that caused Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus to flee to Egypt.
Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth. Watson’s May 4 editorial asked the question “The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?” Then he left no doubt about the answer. “We are killing our host the planet Earth,” he claimed and called for a population drop to less than 1 billion.
China faces a looming baby boom as newly-rich couples find they can afford to pay fines incurred from having more than one child. Upward pressure on the birthrate also is coming from millions of Chinese in their 20s and 30s who are allowed two children under the policy because they themselves were single children, Xinhua news agency quoted China's top family planning official as saying.
French police have arrested a total of 592 people across the country as bands of rioters protested conservative Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential election victory Sunday, French media reported. The police said a total of 730 vehicles were torched and 28 police officers were injured in violent incidents from Sunday night to Monday morning.
A board member for Equality California has come out swinging at the Bible-based Capitol Resource Institute, which works on behalf of family and biblical values in California, especially among its lawmakers. "If you continue your efforts, we will BURY you," said an e-mail from Ben Patrick Johnson, to his "colleagues" at the CRI, according to a statement from the Christian organization.
A mobile phone may be regarded as a quite powerful radio transmitter. Its emission at the head surface is typically 10,000 times stronger than fields reaching the head of a user standing within 30m of the base of a typical mobile phone relay transponder mounted on a tower 30m above ground.