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On April 7th, 2009, a video on the Lifestyle page of was titled “Zoo Welcomes Baby Hippo”. But the video clearly showed a Rhinoceros. How can anyone mistake a Rhino for a Hippo? Please make the necessary corrections. Zaheen We pulled that one down and corrected it, but not before readers noticed; GBU Editor

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The Gulf, again…


Lamprell’s profit rises but dividend slashedLONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Lamprell, an oil and gas services company in the Arabian Gulf, posted higher full-year profit, but slashed its final dividend by 74 percent citing difficult market conditions.I was reading a news article on your site and I came across the word “Arabian Gulf.” For thousands of years the body of water between Iran and the Arabian peninsula has been called the Persian Gulf. It’s an absolute disgrace to see politics used in such a fashion. Purposefully changing the name of the Persian Gulf is absolutely unbelivable. Journalists aren’t supposed to be politicians. N.R.That was an error. Our style on that body of water is simply The Gulf, with neither Persian nor Arabian attached: GBU Editor

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford is underway in the Gulf, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo/Handout

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Warrantee or warranty?


TEXT-President Obama’s remarks on U.S. auto industryI

But just in case there are still nagging doubts, let me say it as plainly as I can — if you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warrantee will be safe.

In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warrantee.

Please get real…


Brazil stocks rise; real flat on housing plan, US

SAO PAULO, March 25 (Reuters) – Brazil’s stocks gained on Wednesday following the government’s announcement of a massive low-income housing plan and stronger than expected U.S. durable goods sales in February, while the currency traded sideways.

In the title… “real” flat? As opposed to “fake” flat? The word to use is “really”. Learn proper English, please.

Netanyahu Factbox


FACTBOX-Five facts about Benjamin Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, March 20 (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu won a two-week extension on Friday two form the next Israeli coalition government.

Here are some key facts:

* Netanyahu was born in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on October 21, 1949, and grew up in Jerusalem. One of three sons, Netanyahu’s father, Benzion, is a renowned Jewish historian and supporter of the late hawkish Zionist ideologue Zeev Jabotinsky.

Not the largest state…


US leaders say more infrastructure spending needed

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The governor of America’s largest state and the mayor of its largest city called on the federal government on Sunday to dramatically boost its spending on bridges, sewers, high-speed rail and other infrastructure.

You say that the governor of the largest state is Arnold Schwarzenegger. California is the third largest state.

Not what we meant…


Montana plane crash kills 17, including children

The plane crashed about 500 feet from the airport while attempting to land and burst into flames.

Unfortunately, the wording of this paragraph indicates that the pilot was successful in his goal of, ‘attempting to land and burst into flames.’

A slight error?


U.S. killer left behind grudge list, letter: police

Authorities trying to piece together why the 28-year-old committed the worst mass shooting in Alabama history found a list of people he bore grudges against and discovered additional evidence on Thursday that he was motivated at least in part by revenge against perceived slights and injustices.

I have only a high-school education, but even I am becoming disillusioned by the poor quality of the proofreading which appears to run rampant in your online publications.

Lancaster Park


Cricket-New Zealand v India third one day match – scoreboard

March 8 (Reuters) – Scoreboard at the end of the third one
day international between India and New Zealand at Lancaster
Park, Christchurch on Sunday.

I noticed you refer to “Lancaster Park” in Christchurch, New Zealand. The name of the Stadium was changed to AMI Stadium in August 2007, named after a local fire and general insurance company, and we would appreciate it if the name AMI Stadium could be used in future articles.

Strange job title?


White House names Treasury nominees, needs more

The nominees announced on Sunday were:

– Lawyer David S. Cohen, for the position of assistant Treasury secretary, terrorist financing. I’m think you probably made a mistake on his new title, if not I’d like to know why we’re financing terrorist!

We don’t create the titles, we just report them. I agree this one looks a little strange, but it is correct.