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Wikinews Shorts: December 9, 2008


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A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, December 9, 2008.


  • 1 US media group Tribune files for bankruptcy protection
  • 2 Quebec votes in general election
  • 3 Bailout for US automakers nears agreement
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The United States media group Tribune Company has filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday as it struggled to sort out its US$13 billion debt. It is the second-largest newspaper publisher in the United States, responsible for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

The firm has been hit hard by the industry-wide slump in newspaper advert revenues this year. Sam Zell, the billionaire who owns Tribune, took out large loans in order to buy the firm back in June of 2007.

The United States Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection law states that a company can continue trading whilst it sorts out its finances.


 This story has updates See Quebec’s Liberal premier Jean Charest wins third term 

The Quebec general election is underway in the Canadian province of Quebec. Premier Jean Charest called the elections, saying he needed a majority to guide Quebec through a period of economic difficulties caused by the worldwide financial crisis.

Polls indicate that the Charest may obtain a majority, with support for his Quebec Liberal Party increasing to 45%, while support for the Parti Québécois remains at around 30%.

The polls will close at 01:00 GMT (20:00 local time), and the results will probably come in soon after that.


The United States government is reportedly close to an agreement for a US$15 billion bailout plan for the country’s three largest auto firms.

According to a draft obtained by the Associated Press, the deal would give loans to Detroit‘s struggling Big Three automobile manufacturersFord, General Motors, and Chrysler — but under the condition that the auto industry restructures itself to survive. Another condition is that the incumbent US President, George W. Bush, would appoint an overseer to supervise the effort.

Analysts suggest that the agreement could be signed into law by the end of this week.


Bucharest to be ‘rebranded’ for 800 million euro


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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Bucharest, Romania — The city centre of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is set to get a major facelift due to a real estate project called Esplanada (The Esplanade), which will be constructed by TriGranit Development Corporation. The total investment in the project will be greater than 800 million euro and aims to build a modern commercial pedestrian area in downtown Bucharest, with several shopping malls, office buildings, hotels and dwellings. It will be the largest real estate program in Romania since the fall of Communism in 1989.

Bucharest is currently looking at possibilities to improve its appearance and rebrand itself as a lively, creative and vibrant city. Many initiatives have sprung up to improve the city, including the organisation of CowParade later this year. Additionally, the old town centre will be restored. Due to Romania’s current economic boom, several other major construction projects are taking place.

Bucharest City Hall has blocked traffic in the city center due both to the old town restoration and to the Esplanada project.

Coalition ups ante on Australian school tax rebates


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has pledged private school relief if the Liberal/National coalition wins the upcoming federal election. The pledge came in response to the Australian Labor Party leader, and current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard proposing a uniform and school equipment tax break expansion.

Abbott’s proposal includes an offer of tax rebates for sending a child to a private school. For students in primary school, prep to grade 6, the rebate will rise to $500 Australian a year per student and families will be then able to claim 50% rebate up to $1000.

“We are expanding the rebate so it can be claimed for school fees and also for other educational costs such as tuition and special educational costs for children with, for instance, dyslexia,” Abbott said at a press conference in Brisbane.

Before the election was called, Gillard had aimed to pledge $220 million over four years to expand the current tax breaks to cover refunds each worth $390 for primary school uniforms and $779 for high school uniforms, as well as refunds for other school equipment like texts books and computers.

“We all know that uniforms can be an expensive part of sending kids to school, but this change, along with the existing refund for textbooks and computers, will help families with that cost,” stated Gillard.

An opposition spokesperson claimed that the “obvious flaw in Labor’s policy is that it only applies to stationery, computer expenses and uniforms […] You know as a parent that you need help for a whole range of expenses. Extra teachers for children with dyslexia or the costs of doing music and all the other expenses like excursions and so forth.”

The expansion is expected to cost $760 million in total and one that Abbott claims needs to happen as “cost of living pressures tend to be greatest when your kids are at school”.

News briefs:January 04, 2008


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  • 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
    • 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
    • 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
    • 1.15 Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
    • 1.16 US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
    • 1.17 Footer


Toronto Comicon 2019 welcomes fans with celebrities, creativity, cosplay


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Friday, March 29, 2019

Toronto Comicon 2019 returned to its titular city from March 15 to 17, as one of the largest pop culture events in Canada. The popular event featured celebrity guests like actors Dan Fogler, Ron Perlman, John De Lancie, John Rhys-Davies, and Jaleel White, as well as comic artists, authors, and professional cosplayers. The event included a large show floor with hundreds of retailers and artists promoting their creations. Wikinews’ Nicholas Moreau attended the event, taking photos of the various sights.

John Rhys-Davies broke news when he revealed that a Sliders reboot is being considered. “Jerry [O’Connell] and I are talking to NBC at the moment. The basic problem is that no one knows who owns the rights”. Their legal department had apparently been looking into the matter for two months, as of the convention weekend. Emma Caufield talked of being cast in an NBC television pilot while a recurring guest actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Faced with loosing the character of Anya Jenkins, the producers finally committed to making her a regular. “It was a good day,” she recalls.

Special effects costumer Ian Campbell, whose screen credits include Star Trek: Discovery, had a booth at the convention displaying his prop replicas and cosplay items. Amidst the bustle of activity, Campbell was working on a Thanos helmet sculpt. After the convention, he told Wikinews that “it can be tough to maintain focus with so many people streaming past and along questions, but sculpting in front of a crowd at conventions is great because it allows people to see the process that goes into what I do […] it also can serve as inspiration to other to pursue their own artistic endeavors.”

Lisa Mancini has been cosplaying for two years, her “passion” for the hobby “stemmed through my love for Halloween.” She typically chooses “to portray beloved characters from childhood or strong females. I also enjoy a good gender bent cosplay to ensure a touch of uniqueness!”

Mancini told Wikinews after the event that the best part of cosplay is “bringing a character to life.” One of the characters she took on this year was Squirrel Girl, a Marvel Comics character. Mancini has been described by the Daily Hive as a “squirrel whisperer”, for the close affinity some of the animals have for her.

Stephanie Chapman has knit a variety of knit outfits, an uncommon technique for cosplay. Prompted by Ron Perlman’s visit, she wore a costume based on Hellboy character Abe Sapien, which lacks the eyeholes of her normal masks. With “Abe, I wanted to go for accuracy over comfort,” Chapman told Wikinews, a choice leaving her largely helpless without a handler. The costume “is very warm […] so I have to stay hydrated and try to keep as calm as possible. It’s just really hard to stay calm when I meet someone like Ron Perlman”. With the combination of excitement and “the stress I’m putting on my body”, she shared that she was prone to meltdown in suit.

Find Your Favorite Music Magazines Online


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Find Your Favorite Music Magazines Online



There are more reasons than ever to search through the internet to find what you are looking for. The digital age has brought us a gigantic library of knowledge regarding what is out there in the world and how we can have it brought to us. Many items can be downloaded directly to our homes and computers. Others can be delivered within 24 hours through services that are often included within the price of a purchase. If you\’re like me, I\’d rather find what I want while sitting in front of my computer in my underwear, than to go out searching for it in heavy traffic that is taking me much longer than it should.

I will never go to an offline store ever again to find information to read. Being a musician and music teacher, all of my favorite magazines are now online music magazines that allow me to stay home to obtain them. All I need to do is to search through an online music store to find those that I require.

There are many choices to be made that make the experience of deciding which to read are an absolute joy. During my younger years, I preferred to read Circus and Creem. These magazines informed me about everything that was happening in the world of hard rock music. I could learn more about Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Max Webster, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skyrd, Styx, Journey, Rush, Cheap Trick, and many more. Nowadays these bands are covered in a magazine entitled Classic Rock.

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Now that I\’m a little older, I prefer to read music magazines that deal with composing, performance, and gear. Magazines such as Modern Drummer, Guitar World, Keyboard Player, and Jazz Revue provide me with insight that improves my skills as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Just reading through the articles is a learning experience that I don\’t need to leave my home to receive! Those that aren\’t downloadable are delivered to my home the next day and cost the same or less as they would have if I had left my home to get them.

The best thing about magazines is that they can be shared with others who can learn from them as well. After reading the ones that I won?t read again, I donate them to my local library, although I do keep several to review what I have learned. I have also been able to use this knowledge to assist my neighbour\’s kid with his guitar playing. He wanted to learn a song that was recorded by a band that I was unfamiliar with. After noticing that the instructions for playing the song were written in one of my magazines, I was able to show him how to play it the same way that it is played in the recording. Yesterday he showed up at my home after practicing it for a week and now he can play it perfectly!

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Amazon rainforest being destroyed faster than previously believed


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Newly published research shows that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at double the rate of all previous estimates. The research was published today in the journal of Science.

A new analysis of satellite images of the Brazilian part of the Amazon basin shows that on average 6,000 square miles of forest is being cut down by selective logging each year. This is in addition to a similar amount clear-cut annually for cattle grazing or farming. As a result, up to 25% more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere every year.

Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC


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Thursday, April 3, 2008

A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC. The organization claims to have arranged for 22,158 people to send a message regarding the “American Freedom Agenda Act” proposed by Ron Paul, in addition to supporting many other laws. The full text of the interview can be found below.

Cosmetic Dentist Five Questions To Ask


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If you’ve been wanting to enhance your smile, you may have also wondered how to choose a good cosmetic dentist for your needs. The answer is not as simple as you might hope, especially since the American Dental Association (ADA) doesn’t recognize “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialized field of practice for dentists. Similarly, most state dental boards (the licensing and regulatory bodies) don’t have special regulations that are unique to practicing as a cosmetic dentist. In other words, any general dentist can provide cosmetic dentistry services.

The education required to become a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) includes training on the discipline and many technologies associated with providing cosmetic dentistry services in a general way. Training programs in the 90’s and beyond are different from the ones in previous decades because of the growing demand for cosmetic dentistry services.

Let’s turn to the five questions that can help you make a wise decision.

1. How much experience does the dentist have?

Dentists who truly have a focus on cosmetic dentistry typically offer these services:

– Veneers and cosmetic bonding

– Teeth whitening treatments

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– Orthodontics, such as braces and aligners

– Bridges and crowns

– Composite tooth-colored fillings

– Dental implants

While looking at before and after photos can certainly be impressive, you should also specifically inquire about the depth of experience in any of the above areas that will be involved in your treatment plan. Functionality and oral health should never be compromised to achieve a great visual appearance. Learning to achieve all three comes not only from know-how, but also from extensive hands-on experience. How long has the prospective dentist been in practice? How many patients has he or she treated with the specific type of treatment that you will require?

2. How and where did your dentist get his or her experience?

As with any profession, mentoring and training at the hands of experts can have a huge influence on how well and how quickly you can become highly skilled as a cosmetic dentist.

– Begin by looking for a graduate of a nationally recognized dental school – one whose professors are certain to be familiar with the latest technology and are recognized for their expertise.

– Beyond the DDS education program, ask whether the dentist has had additional training from experts. Especially, look for experience in large university hospital settings that have departments of specialty related to dentistry and cosmetic enhancement. Those teams typically treat the most challenging cases, and hands-on experience gained there comes with the oversight of national experts. (These types of departments might specialize in craniofacial or dento-facial needs, or in orthodontics.)

– If you’re looking for a special type of service, such as Invisalign “invisible braces,” you should inquire about whether the cosmetic dentist has achieved preferred provider status – a designation that is based on having provided those specific services to a substantial number of patients.

3. Does the dentist provide sedation dentistry?

If you’ve ever experienced dental anxiety, have a hectic schedule, want quick results, or need extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, you might want to look for a cosmetic dentist who is certified to perform sedation dentistry. It is sometimes possible to combine what might otherwise require two or three appointments into a single appointment by using sedation – without compromising your health or quality of the results. Not all states regulate the practice of sedation dentistry, although more states are starting to do so in order to ensure patient safety. There are also different levels of sedation dentistry. You can call your state dental board and find out if sedation dentistry is regulated, discuss different levels of sedation, and perhaps also obtain the names of dentists in your area who are certified.

4. How well does the proposed treatment plan suit you?

While it can be related to a lack of experience, some cosmetic dentists simply aren’t very flexible in what they offer. The result is that the proposed plan might not be the best one for you – from the standpoint of your oral health, your desired outcome, or your budget. A cosmetic dentist who is adept and experienced at cosmetic dentistry can strike a good balance between outcome and budget, without compromising your oral health. If you’re feeling discouraged because you were presented with a plan that was completely out of your budget (even with a payment plan), then don’t be afraid to look for another qualified cosmetic dentist. You don’t have to sacrifice quality in order to experience improvements in your smile. Continue to look for an experienced cosmetic dentist. Ask whether the dentist would be willing to work with you in devising a plan that suits your budget.

5. Does the cosmetic dentist offer flexible payment terms?

Do not be afraid to ask whether the cosmetic dentistry procedures you’re interested in are or are not covered by your specific insurance plan. Because many procedures performed today are elective, your dental insurance may not pay for the procedures you want. For that reason, you might want to also ask about available payment options, especially for more extensive treatment plans.

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Duke of York arrives in New Zealand


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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, has arrived in New Zealand today (UTC+13) to a flurry of fans who gathered in the bad weather at Wellington’s international airport. His royal highness was met by a Honorary Aide-de-camp to the Governor-General, Wing-Commander John Cummings, RNZAF

The Duke has no plans for today but has a busy schedule the next few days while in New Zealand. His royal highness has plans to dine at Government house.

On the following day he will receive a briefing on trade links between New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the United Kingdom Trade and Investment. HRH, Colonel-in-Chief, will then visit the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment at Trentham Military Camp , and attend the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, at Lake Pounui, Wairarapa.

On Saturday he will represent Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at the Te Papiouru Marae in Rotorua to commemorate the bravery of Lance Sergeant Haane Manahi, where he will present Lance Sergeant Manahi’s grand niece Donna Maria Grant and his iwi, Te Arawa; a sword from the collection of George VI, a letter from the Queen, New Zealand’s Head of State, and an altar cloth. On Sunday he will visit Mokoia Island, then later rededicate the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph.

On Monday, HRH will be briefed by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, visit the visit the Devonport Naval Base, receiving a Guard of Honour and HRH will visit the Navy’s Bridge Simulator before having lunch with Rear Admiral David Ledson, the chief of the navy. Later that day HRH will attend the official opening of new Digital Operating Theatres at Mercy Ascot Hospital, and attend a reception at the Northern Club hosted by the British New Zealand Trade Council.

On HRH will speak at the Opportunity UK: Trade and Investment Summit, He will then join the Governor-General for a function at Government House to celebrate International Down’s Syndrome Day. Later he will visit McDell Marine boatbuilders at Glendene, and in the evening attend the Opportunity UK: Trade and Investment Summit gala charity dinner at Sky City.

The Duke of York will leave New Zealand on Thursday 22nd March.