Canada’s Eglinton—Lawrence (Ward 16) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Eglinton—Lawrence (Ward 16). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Steven Bosnick, Charm Darby, Albert Pantaleo, Yigal Rifkind, Karen Stintz (incumbent), and Steve Watt.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.


Wikinews 2014: An ‘Original reporting’ year in review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014With the English-language Wikinews continuing to increase the amount of original content published, we take a look back at some of the eighty-plus original reports from our contributors during 2014.


Ethics debate surrounds surgery to stunt disabled girl’s growth

Friday, January 5, 2007

An ethical controversy has surged in the United States and elsewhere around nine-year-old Ashley X (her family name has not been released). The disabled girl was operated upon at the request of her parents, to prevent her from growing, menstruating and developing breasts. The parents, who wish to remain anonymous, explain their situation on a blog entitled The “Ashley Treatment”. There have been over 1000 reactions on the blog so far.

Ashley suffers a condition termed static encephalopathy with marked global developmental deficits of unknown etiology, which means brain damage of unknown cause leading to a kind of static condition. She can make sounds, move her arms and kick her legs, but she cannot change her position, eat, walk, talk etc. Many of these children are in poor health and die young, but Ashley is in good health. For all of these functions she depends on her caregivers. Most of the day she passes watching her surrounding, lying on a pillow. Her parents call her their “Pillow Angel”, “since she is so sweet and stays right where we place her—usually on a pillow.”


Ashley can continue to delight in being held in our arms and will be moved and taken on trips more frequently and will have more exposure to activities and social gatherings.

-Ashley’s Mom and Dad

Ashley’s parents want to keep her at home and care for her themselves, and they want to guarantee their daughter’s quality of life. To this end, they say, Ashley underwent several surgical procedures and medical treatments during a period of three years. To attenuate her growth, Ashley was given high doses of the hormone estrogen. Ashley now measures 4ft 5 (1m 35cm) and weighs around 75 lbs (34 kg), which is below her expected length and weight. Her low body weight and size would improve her comfort, and at the same time facilitate the work of her caregivers.

Surgery to remove her uterus (a procedure called a hysterectomy) and breast buds were performed, so Ashley does not menstruate and will not develop breasts, both of which parents think only would cause her discomfort. Since high estrogen levels can cause menstrual bleeding and breast development, the surgery was also meant to limit these effects. She also underwent surgery to remove her appendix, because it would be difficult to diagnose appendicitis given Ashley’s low communication possibilities.


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Gucci Sunglasses: Are These For Eye Protection Or For Fashion Only?

Perhaps you view sunglasses as mere fashion accessory that enhances your look when you spend your typical day outdoors especially on summer vacation. The item is entirely popular all year round. Aside from its functionality as eyewear that brings comfort and fashion, the benefits exceeds beyond what you can comprehend. Although it looks just a small thing, it is extremely operational with every use.

The popularity of sunglass wear could be partly attributed to the cited usage of celebrities. It became an icon that reminds of certain stars as well as their movies. With its numerous brands available in the market, choosing what suits you best could be somewhat confusing. Granted, who ever want to wear such contrary to your goal, which is to accentuate your appearance? Why not consider Gucci sunglasses (the Danish term is Gucci solbriller). It is widely acclaimed both in local and international market. In fact, several Hollywood stars are cited wearing such sunglasses in their movies as well as on their casual day appearances. It immediately creates trendy images showcasing style which looks good as well as function even better. Here are some tips in buying the best sunglasses for you.

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  • Keep in mind that in selecting sunglasses, opt for the one made with Ultraviolet protection. These harmful rays could create lasting damage on your eyes and skin. Research shows that prolong exposure could greatly cause the development of cataracts. Several sunglass manufacturers affix the labels of UV protection, so always search for such label in purchasing sunglasses.
  • If you already wearing prescription glasses, it may be ideal to opt for transition glasses. Such eyewears are perhaps advertised on magazine or television. This eyewear’s are clear upon viewing inside but gradually darkens in going outdoors. The advantages of wearing such eyewear’s are obvious in a way that your vision is at its best whether you stay outdoors or indoors.
  • Several people head for sunglasses that are wraparound. This eyewear not only provides protection on your eyes affront, but also side by side. It may not be favorable to you considering its appearance yet it gives your eyes extra coverage in protecting against UV rays.
  • Upon purchasing sunglasses, ensure its comfort ability in wearing them. Remember that you are wearing such not only on summer days but all the time even on winter season. The shinning whiteness of snow could affect your vision and hurt the eyes that are why it is vital that you wear sunglasses once you indulge in winter activities like skiing and other winter sports.
  • Above all, do not forget to provide eye protection for your children. Experts strongly advised that children should also wear sunglasses as UV rays protection and aid them used in wearing sunglasses all lifelong.

As possible, have extra sunglasses to have spare elsewhere either on your car, at home, or in your work place. Doing such not only assures you have the item whenever you forgot wearing such in leaving at home or at work as well as ascertain you never miss out wearing one.

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Latham quits as Australian Labor leader

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

AUSTRALIA –Following hospitalisation for pancreatitis and ongoing speculation about his leadership, Mark Latham has resigned from his roles as leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and also the Federal Member for Werriwa. He cited as reasons the media harassment, and a desire to put his family and health first.

Mr Latham became leader of the ALP just over a year ago, on 2 December, 2003, leading the party during the October 2004 federal election. He was hospitalised in the run-up to that election, also for treatment of pancreatitis. Following the defeat of his party, his leadership increasingly came under question.

He fell ill a second time almost simultaneously with last year’s Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. His failure to issue a statement on the tsunami drew criticism from the media and calls for his resignation from within his own party, even after it was revealed that he had been incapacitated at the time.

Mr Latham’s resignation sidesteps the possibility of a leadership challenge by other members of the party and leaves no clear successor.


MetLife to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup

Monday, January 31, 2005

Metlife announced on 01/31/05 that they were going to acquire Travelers Life and Annuity from Citigroup. Travelers Life and Annuity is an insurance underwriter. MetLife is a large life insurance and annuities underwriter. MetLife will have to borrow a lot of money to pay for the company, so rating agencies like S&P warn that the AA credit rating of MetLife might be lowered. This would cause the interest rates at which all of MetLife’s debt must be repaid to increase.

Citigroup committed to continue distributing Travelers life insurance and annuities through its Smith Barney stock brokers, Primerica agents, and Citibank branches.

Citigroup was previously known as Travelers Insurance before it bought Citicorp. First the Property and Casualty business of Travelers was spun off, and now the life insurance division has been sold off. This is primarily because insurance underwriters get a lower price to earnings multiple from the stock market because of the cycles and uncertainty associated with the insurance business. Also, having an insurance underwriter and a bank together does not usually create “cross-sell” opportunities, because consumers and businesses almost always buy life insurance and annuities through brokers who have a duty to give them other options. Citigroup will continue to sell insurance through its brokers as before.


Java creator criticizes .Net

Saturday, February 5, 2005

AustraliaJames Gosling, the creator of the Java programming language, said last week that he believes Microsoft is wrong in its decision to support C and C++ programming languages in the common language runtime in Microsoft .NET. According to him, this decision may lead to severe security flaws in .NET. Gosling is currently in Australia, giving talks and visiting friends.

According to Gosling, the problem lies with the programming languages and some of their characteristics: “C++ allowed you to do arbitrary casting, arbitrary adding of images and pointers, and converting them back and forth between pointers in a very, very unstructured way.”

The Java language was developed due to limitations of C++. Gosling began using C++ for the former Sun Microsystems‘s star-seven project. At that time Gosling concluded C++ was inadequate and created the Oak language. The Oak language would become the language known today as Java. The former star-seven project shares its defining characteristics with networked software applications today: safety and portability.

Gosling continues: “If you look at the security model in Java and the reliability model, and a lot of things in the exception handling, they depend really critically on the fact that there is some integrity to the properties of objects. So if somebody gives you an object and says ‘This is an image’, then it is an image. It’s not like a pointer to a stream, where it just casts an image.”

Charles Sterling, a Microsoft developer and product manager of the .NET framework, didn’t entirely disagree with Gosling’s thoughts. But he said that .NET defines different types of code. And there is the code which is managed by the .NET framework. All new Microsoft languages, such as C# and Visual Basic.NET, produce only code managed by the .NET framework, so they are safe.

A key idea that has not shown up in Gosling’s talk is that Java itself allows a very similar process to occur. Java’s JNI (Java Native Interface) allows the integration of the same unsafe code that prompted Gosling’s central thesis.

However, Gosling says languages like C and C++ can still produce unsafe code which would not follow the rules of safety of .NET. This sort of code, usually found in old software applications, requires additional .NET permissions to execute. Sterling says it is up to developers to decide whether or not to use unsafe code in their .NET applications.


Why You Need To Start Using Under Eye Wrinkle Cream Right Away

Submitted by: Sean Saunders

Are you beginning to get fed up with all your wrinkles? Well, you’re not alone — Truth be told, practically everybody is tired of wrinkles making them look like an old dinosaur on the outside, when in fact, they feel like a young buck on the inside.

How can a person make himself/herself look as young on the outside as they feel on the inside? Simple! They can start removing the wrinkles on their face with anti wrinkle cream. The best & most obvious place to start any effective anti-wrinkle campaign is with the eyes, as they are the most vulnerable to wrinkle accumulation. That being said, you really need to start using under eye wrinkle cream as soon as possible!

Why under eye wrinkle cream? Because no other anti-wrinkle cream will get the job done for you. There might be a few regular creams out there that’ll remove eye wrinkles to some degree, but the price you’ll pay for that to happen is not, by any means, worth it. You’re just far better off using a specialized wrinkle eye cream.

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What’s the price ? Quite simply, side effects. By using a regular wrinkle removal cream on the area of skin around the eyes, you’re opening yourself up to a whole host of side-effects. Nothing to severe or harmful of course, but they are still quite bothersome nonetheless. What types of side-effects will you experience? That’s tough to say, as everyone won’t be affected the same way by an anti wrinkle cream — but for the sake of argument, expect the following: itchiness, redness, puffiness as well as other rash-like symptoms.

If you don’t want to suffer from side-effects when using wrinkle remover cream, then you really should consider using under eye wrinkle cream. It is specially formulated with natural ingredients so that it won’t irritate the eyes like normal wrinkle cream would. However, the small change in ingredients does not make it any less potent — in fact, some might say wrinkle-eye cream is even more potent when it comes to wrinkle removal.

“If I use under eye wrinkle cream regularly, what will happen?” Honestly, no one can give you a clear, exact answer because your individual skin type & the wrinkle cream you choose to use can vary the results greatly. Generally speaking, though, a good wrinkle eye cream will reduce the appearance of eye bags & eye circles; it will drastically reduce, if not remove altogether, wrinkles & fine lines; and it will also make the skin around the eye far more elastic, making it much harder for wrinkles to pop-up in the near future.

Where should you start the search first? The Internet. Walking into a department store and picking an under eye wrinkle cream up off the shelves is not going to be very productive for you. In fact, it’s probably not a stretch to say that most department stores don’t have an extensive stock when it comes to wrinkle eye cream.

There may be a few of the brand name anti-wrinkle creams at the store, but probably nothing that is designed specifically for eye wrinkle treatment. Having said that, start using search engines to find what you need. Enter in a few basic terms at — such as “eye wrinkle cream”, “wrinkle eye cream”, “anti-wrinkle eye cream”, etc. — and see what turns up. Odds are, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of informative websites, as well as numerous wrinkle cream suppliers ready & willing to help you in any way that they can.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans graduate students

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3] is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada