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August 21, 2009

Afghanistan's election results: More violence to come?

Thursday marked Afghanistan's second-ever presidential election. At least 26 people were killed in scattered attacks, but overall the threat of violence did not keep people from voting. Preliminary numbers show that voter turnout was about 40-50 percent. That's not as good at the 70 percent voter turnout in the 2004 elections, but still good considering the threats and violence.

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What remains to be seen is how the results will play out. Both of the main candidates are claiming a victory at this point. Many fear that voters of the losing candidate will dispute the results as being fraudulent and start riots. Officials are warning candidates to help keep tensions down.

Preliminary results should be announced Saturday night, though official results are not due for about two weeks.

Also, here is an interesting video done by Democracy International showing what they did to keep the voting and results from being tampered with.


For more information and updates as the election results move forward here are some links for you:

- Brookings Institute's Afghanistan page has plenty of new information that gets updated regularly.

- Election Guide's Afghanistan page - provided by IFES, an international nonprofit group dedicated to the building of democratic societies. They are one of the best sources of online updates for the election.

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How tropical waves form

Click on image to learn more.

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August 14, 2009

Football helmet technology

Every football season, players across the country are treated for concussions. Although helmet technology has improved in recent years, traditional helmets sometime fail to protect a players brain from hits.

Xenith — a company that makes innovative sports technologies — has developed a new football helmet that uses shock absorbers that adjusts to the magnitude of hits. It is designed to reduce the sudden movement of the head, which reduces the risk of brain injury. There are some high schools and colleges that are using the technology now, and the NFL could join the parade sometime in the future.

Make sure you read this Sunday's News Illustrated page which talks about Xenith's new technology and also gives some incite on Riddell's concussion fighting helmet, the Revolution IQ.

Here is a video about Xenith helmet technology:


Here is a look at Riddell's helmet technology:

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August 10, 2009

North Korea: Journalists freed

Want to know more about this country?
Well, I've got info, links and a News Illustrated page. Download the page that ran in the Sun Sentinel.

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FOR INFO ON NORTH KOREA or pretty much anywhere else.

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GlobalSecurity.org and GlobalFirePower have a wide range of information, statistics, maps and lists of current events.
Also, there are North Korean maps to download and print.

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Look to the CIA World Factbook to find a country's flag, maps, information about their people, economy, communications, transporation or military.

INTERACTIVE MAPS
National Geographic has an interactive map, with roads and satellite view.
The Professional Travel Guide has information on top destinations, hotels, interactive map and geography.

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August 7, 2009

Recession: Employment takes longer to recover

It can take months for employment to catch up to an economic recovery. Florida's unemployment rate often takes longer than the nation's.
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Looking for something to do? Play cricket at the Lauderhill stadium!

For those who have driven by the Central Broward Regional Park off State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard in Lauderhill, then you probably know there's a really nice cricket stadium that was built to accommodate cricket tournaments, like last year's MAQ T20 International Tournament.

However, since the stadium was built there have been few of the envisioned tournaments coming to the region, as highlighted in a Sun-Sentinel story by Georgia East that is coming Tuesday.

So, let's do our part to help out the county and fill up those stadium seats by learning how to play cricket. Check out this graphic that my colleague Cindy did a few years ago. And if you're interested in American cricket leagues check out the Cricket Council USA.

But if you do want to play: Be warned, the game could take a long time so definitely clear your schedules on a weekend afternoon.



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