The Providence Men’s Ice Hockey Team entered the weekend in an 0-3 slump that had many people questioning whether their hot start had fizzled out. With a home-and-home series against undefeated, number one Merrimack looming, it did not look as if the Friars would be getting back on the winning end any time soon. But as the old adage goes, “That’s why they play the games.”Read More
Iran sank into deeper isolation from the West last week, with Britain pulling all of its diplomats out of the country and the European Union ordering new, tougher sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The moves come after a well-organized attack by Iranian hard-liners on the British embassy in Tehran. The attack seemed to have approval from Iranian officials, because Iranian forces did not stop the demonstrators from raiding the embassy. The demonstrators were protesting already existing sanctions against Iran and showed their frustration against the West. Demonstrators caused extensive damage to the embassy, destroying furniture, paintings, computers, and windows, as well as hurling satellite dishes from the roof. They also tore down the Union Jack to replace it with Iran’s flag, carried off a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and chanted “Death to England.”Read More
A museum committed to preserving the 1,000 years worth of history for Poland’s Jews is expected to open in Poland. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews will open on the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, according to The Huffington Post.Read More
On December 1, World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged $50 million in new funding for HIV/AIDS clinics and drug assistance programs. He also plans to increase access to antiretrovirals in other countries by the end of 2013. The announcement came after the findings of a joint report by the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UNICEF last week that shows that after years of considerable increases, international funding for HIV programs fell last year from $8.7 to $7.6 billion.Read More
In 2009, an Afghan woman named Gulnaz went forward to authorities to report that her cousin by marriage had raped her, leaving her pregnant. The authorities proceeded to arrest Gulnaz and charge her with adultery, sentencing her to two years in prison. Gulnaz outlined her struggle in an interview, stating “when I appealed [the sentence] it became 12 years. I didn’t do anything. Why should I be sentenced for so long?” The sentence was later reduced to three years following public pressure on the case. Now 21, Gulnaz spent two and a half years in prison and had her daughter in jail before President Hamid Karzai pardoned her following international pressure when her case became publicized.Read More
This year’s edition of the “War on Christmas” has started right here in Providence College’s backyard. In what may be a rather surprising turn of events, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union, has become the center of national news. Outraged Rhode Islanders are protesting Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision to call the 17-foot-tall blue spruce placed at the center of the rotunda of the Capitol a “holiday tree” rather than a Christmas tree. Both average citizens and state lawmakers alike are expressing their disgust with the independent governor’s decision.Read More
Angie’s List (ANGI) went public November 17 and enjoyed a good opening day, raising $130 million dollars for the company.
Angie’s List is a consumer-driven Web site which allows members access to ratings, research, and reviews on local companies. Customers can also hire attractive contractors. Angie’s List reviews companies in various services including home remodeling, plumbing, roof repair, and health care.Read More