Wikinews Shorts: December 7, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, December 7, 2008.

Officials say that progress is being made in a deal to bail out three United States carmakers. The U.S. government will be holding weekend talks on the plan after two days of Congressional hearings.

Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, stated that discussions with both parties had been “constructive”.

Executives from the three companies – General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler – have pleaded before two Congressional committees, asking for $34 billion in order to stop collapse.

“I’m convinced that by Sunday we will have an agreement that people can understand on this bill,” said Barney Frank, a representative from the state of Massachusetts.


  • “‘Progress’ in US auto bail-out” — BBC News, December 6, 2008
  • “Bailout Progress: Accord by Sunday?” — ABC News, December 6, 2008

 This story has updates See Ghanian presidential elections go to run-off 

The people of Ghana, a country often shown of as an example of a good democracy in Africa, will vote for a new president and parliament.

The current president, John Kufuor, will resign after serving the maximum of two terms in office. The elections are expected to be close.

The three main contenders for the presidency are: the Nana Akufo Addo from New Patriotic Party, who was the foreign minister under the current president, John Atta Mills running for the National Democratic Congress, and the Convention People’s Party’s candidate, one Paa Kwesi Nduom.


  • Douglas Mpuga. “Ghanaians Enthusiastic About Sunday Poll” — VOA News, December 6, 2008
  • Will Ross. “Ghana to vote for new president” — BBC News Online, December 6, 2008

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe must be forced out of office and face trial for his crimes against humanity.

“The time has come for Robert Mugabe to answer for his crimes against humanity, against his countrymen and women and for justice to be done. The winds of change that once brought hope to Zimbabwe and its neighbours have become a hurricane of destruction, with the outbreak of cholera, destitution, starvation and systemic abuse of power by the state,” said Sentamu.

Sentamu that the power-sharing deal that was signed by Mugabe and the Zimbabwean opposition in September was “now dead”.

Dr Sentamu’s statement comes after a severe cholera outbreak spread in Zimbabwe, and saw 12,545 cases reported and 565 people dead.


  • “Archbishop urges Mugabe overthrow” — BBC News Online, December 6, 2008
  • “Mugabe must be toppled now – Archbishop of York” —, December 6, 2008

Republicans experienced another victory late Saturday, as the Associated Press called the race in Louisiana’s 2nd district at 22:35 CST in favor of Anh “Joseph” Cao, heralding the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress and sending the incumbent scandal-ridden Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson home after nine terms.


  • “Beleaguered congressman trails in Louisiana vote” — CNN, December 6, 2008
  • “APNewsShort” — Associated Press, December 6, 2008

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Sonic The Hedgehog Arcade In The Xbox Live

By Damian Cross

In Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox Live Arcade), Sonic must fight with evil Dr. Robotnic and obtain Chaos Emeralds to win the game. If you are unable to finish the whole game, you can save the game and retrace to the stage where you stop. To win the game, Sonic must collect all six Chaos Emeralds.

There is no big difference in the Xbox version except it is now harder to control because of the analogue in the Xbox controller and not digital control system. You can no longer have access to the title screen. It is not possible to enter the cheats when the title is loading including level select U,D,L,R A+start. You also cannot enter the debug mode, or make the score go all weird by using cheat code. The blue spheres and knuckles add-on is also not available in the game.

However, if you dont want to complete the whole game, you can save the game at any point and retrace to the saved game later. You can now compare your friend score through the Xbox live leaderboard. The screen can be stretched and have pseudo-widescreen.

Other than all these, the game is the same. For example, Sonic will automatically become invincible whenever it is hit by spikes and flashing.

Just like all the Xbox game, there are 200Gs to achieve in this game. The 200Gs that are up for grabs include Centurion (10G), Chaos Emerald (10G), Chaos Master (35G), Clear Green (5G), Fast Green (10G), Fast Marble (15G), Fast Win (30G), Labyrinth Zone (8G), Perfect Win (40G), Spring Yard Zone (7G), Star Light Zone (5G), and Win (25G).

Centurion (10G) is awarded when you successfully get 100 rings. This should be done during the first stage because the bad guys in this stage are easier and faster to kill compare to higher stages.

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Chaos Emerald (10G) is awarded when you successfully get one Chaos Emerald. To achieve this, complete the Act (other than act 3) with more than 50 rings. After that, you should jump into the giant ring which can be found at the end of the level. Finally, collect one emerald from the special stage and you will be awarded the Chaos Emerald.

Chaos Master (35G) is awarded when you successfully get all the Chaos Emerald.

Clear Green (5G) is awarded when you successfully get all through zone 1 and beat Dr. Robotnik in the Green Hill Zone.

Fast Green (10G) is awarded when you successfully conquer the Green Hill Zone Act 1 within thirty five seconds. To achieve this, hold down the right button on the Xbox controller. You must know the level layout of where bad guys are before you jump.

Fast Marble (15G) is awarded when you successfully conquer Marble Zone Act 1 within 80 seconds.

Fast Win (30G) is awarded when you successfully conquer the game within 40 minutes.

Labyrinth Zone (8G) is awarded when you successfully get to the Labyrinth Zone.

Perfect Win (40G) is awarded when you successfully conquer the game without dying. You can use the save/load feature so that if you die, you can load the last save.

Spring Yard Zone (7G) is awarded when you get to the Spring Yard Zone.

Star Light Zone (5G) is awarded when you get to the Star Light Zone.

Win (25G) is awarded when you beat the game the end of game boss.

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Study: Fish reduces Alzheimer’s disease risk

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Consumption of grilled or baked fish at least once a week can preserve the brain structure of seniors and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by three to five times, according to the results of a recent US study.

The study, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, asked 260 volunteers with an average age of 76, about the frequency of their fish consumption. Ten years later, brain scans were carried out on those being researched. Those who regularly ate fish were found to have better preservation of parts of the brain related to memory. An additional five years later, 31% of those who did not regularly consume fish contracted mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. Of those who ate fish at least once a week, between three and eight per cent contracted the aforementioned medical conditions.

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According to The Daily Telegraph, consumption of grilled or baked fish increases the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, providing a greater amount of blood flow to the brain; therefore prompting a reduction in inflammation and internal gathering of plaque encountered in the lead-up to Alzheimer’s disease. Fried fish does not reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease due to the low amount of Omega 3 it contains.

Dr. Cyrus Raji, who took leadership of the study, called it “the first study to establish a direct relationship between fish consumption, brain structure and Alzheimer’s risk.” Raji concluded that “people who consumed baked or [grilled] fish at least one time per week had better preservation of grey matter volume on MRI in brain areas at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

The Alzheimer’s Society’s research manager, Dr. Anne Corbett, stated: “This moderately sized study adds weight to existing evidence suggesting that eating fish reduces your risk of developing cognitive decline.” However, she contested these findings, saying they “did not account for lifestyle factors such as other foods or exercise”, which may have affected the overall outcome. Dr. Corbett advised consumers to “eat a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables along with taking regular exercise and giving up smoking” to reduce the risk of contracting dementia.

Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s Research UK lead researcher, Dr. Simon Ridley, believed the study had not clarified “whether other underlying factors may have contributed to the lower risk in people who eat fish.” There is “a clear need for more conclusive research into the effects of dietary fish on our cognitive health,” according to Dr. Ridley.

The results of the study are to be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

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U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar panels to be contested

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The United States continues to implement new trade barriers; the most recent tariffs emerged on Wednesday, targeting solar panels imported from China.

The new tariff is a result of a query submitted in December 2008 by GES USA, an American solar company. The resultant inquiry sought to clarify tariffs levied on solar panels imported from China, imports which, for nearly two decades, were considered a duty-free commodity.

In early January, U.S. Customs officials reportedly informed the company that the solar panels contained electronic devices that place the panels in the electric generator import category which is subject to a 2.5% import tariff. Specifically, the ruling cited the presence of diodes on the solar panels as evidence of electric generation and hence they must be treated as an electric generator. Small solar panels already incur a 3.9% tariff. The January decision was made by a U.S. trade specialist whose rulings can be overturned.

The tariffs will be levied on imported panels that provide electricity for all uses. Additionally, tariffs will be collected dating from the beginning of 2009. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that the accumulated tariffs from this year may total more than US$ 70 million. This week’s tariff revelation caught many industry leaders off-guard and yesterday the Solar Industries Association moved to block the tariff. The Association president, Rhone Resch, stated “… We’re taking it [the tariff] very seriously and we will be responding. … The industry is in the process of preparing a challenge”. The Association intends to file their appeal with senior U.S. Customs officials who have the option to overrule the decision to implement the tariff. However, if the officials do not revoke the tariff, then the case must go before the U.S. Court of International Trade.

The U.S. amount spent on imported solar panels roughly matches the income from exported panels; US$ 605 million imported versus US$ 555 million exported, according to the Commerce Department figures on the first seven months of this year. Major solar panel importers have already begun to move their operations to the U.S.

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2008 TaiSPO: Interview with Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva

Friday, March 28, 2008

2008 Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle) & Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) not only did a best reunion with conjunctions of the launch of Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition and the concurrent cycling race of 2008 Tour de Taiwan but also provide opportunities and benefits for sporting goods, bicycle, and athlete sports industries to establish the basis of the sourcing center in Asia and notabilities on the international cycling race.

Although the Taipei cycle was split from the TaiSPO since 1988, but the trends of sporting good industry in Taiwan changed rapidly and multiply because of modern people’s lifestyles and habits. After the “TaiSPO Innovation Award” was established since 2005, the fitness and leisure industries became popular stars as several international buyers respected on lifestyle and health.

For example, some participants participated Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO with different product lines to do several marketing on bicycle and fitness equipments, this also echoed the “Three New Movements” proposed by Giant Co., Ltd. to make a simple bicycle with multiple applications and functions. As of those facts above, Wikinews Journalist Rico Shen interviewed Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva, designer of “3G Steeper” to find out the possibilities on the optimizations between two elements, fitness and bicycle.

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Know How To Get The Best Deals On Saloni And Krevatokamares Furniture

Know how to get the best deals on saloni and krevatokamares furniture



It doesn\’t harm you at all when you are able to save money buying furniture for your saloni and krevatokamares. If there are deals available then why shouldn\’t you take full advantage of them? Now that you access to the Internet you can access some of the best furniture deals online and make the best use of the various ways you can save money on buying furniture.

Keep one basic point in mind – if you want the best deals on saloni and krevatokamares furniture you have to go online. The price advantage that an online furniture store can give you is any day going to be better than what any furniture store can offer. Hence, before you head to the neighborhood furniturs store you should be looking to find out furniture stores online.

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While online furniture stores offer you great deals and discounts on furniture for your saloni and krevatokamares they also charge differently for the same piece of furniture. To get the best deal you should shop around and visit a few furniture stores online. This will help you compare the prices of the different pieces of furniture. But as you concentrate on the price of the furniture you should also focus on the reputation of the various online sellers. If a reputed online furniture seller charges a bit more than an online furniture seller no one seems to have heard about, it is safe to go with the former.

Many online furniture sellers have their online newsletters that you can subscribe to. You may think that subscribing to an online newsletter is a nuisance but these newsletters can be very useful at times. Whenever there is a new item available or a discount sale is about to be announced, you will get to know about them through these online newsletters. You can then visit the store fast and pick up the best items at the best prices before they go out of stock. Whether you are looking for furniture for your saloni and krevatokamares or for any other room, these newsletters will always help.

All the modern online furniture stores have their presence in the social networking world. When you visit a reputed online furniture seller you are very likely to see that they have their Twitter and Facebook page. Some of them have their presence in various social bookmarking sites too. All you need to do is subscribe to their social networking pages and the information will keep flowing. This is another way to know about the best deals on saloni and krevatokamares furniture. When you subscribe to these pages you don\’t need to subscribe to online newsletters. This means you don\’t need to check your mail every day.

These are the ways you can get the best deals on furniture for your saloni and krevatokamares. Choose to subscribe to the online newsletters or social bookmarking and social networking pages of some well known online furniture stores and saving money on furniture will seem very easy.

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Wikinews interviews Jonathan Stanley, Scottish Unionist candidate for 2021 Airdrie and Shotts by-election in Scotland

Monday, May 10, 2021

Voters in the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts are to go to the polls on May 13 to elect a replacement member of parliament (MP) to the United Kingdom House of Commons.

The outgoing MP for the seat is Neil Gray — a representative of the pro-independence Scottish National Party — was resigning to run in the Scottish Parliament election, which was to occur on May 6. Gray won the seat with 45.1% of the vote at the 2019 general election, winning 13.1% more than the second placed candidate Helen McFarlane of the Scottish Labour party, who received 32.0% of the votes.

One of the eight candidates running in this constituency is Jonathan Stanley of the Scottish Unionist Party. Stanley was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for this seat in September, after it was announced Gray would be seeking nomination in the Scottish Parliament. Stanley is also running in the Scottish Parliament election, running as a list candidate in the Lothian region for the Alliance 4 Unity party.

Wikinews spoke to Stanley about important issues issues both nationwide and in Airdrie and Shotts.

Stanley provided two links each alongside the answers to the first two questions. For the first question, these were opinion pieces written by him, and for the second, these were press releases from a think tank Stanley is involved in. Those four links are cited in the external links section.

The first opinion piece addresses housing, calling for, among other things, social housing to be restricted to those who have resided in the UK for ten years or more, a 20% stamp duty on houses sold to foreigners, and abolishing income tax relief for “buy to let” mortgages. The second opinion piece addressed a hate speech law passed by the Scottish Parliament, and said it threatened freedoms and “families[‘] privacy and security of their homes”.

The two press releases concerned COVID-19. The first, published in late January 2020, called for mass flu and pneumococcal vaccination for high risk groups and the banning of flights to and from China, except medical relief flights. The second, published on 15 March 2020, called for a number of things, including the closure of the UK border, a national lockdown, Universal Credit for all during the crisis, a guarantee of essential utilities, and national procurement of ventilators.

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Google Taiwan: Building knowledge sharing center-stage with innovations

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Last Tuesday in Taipei, Google Taiwan held an annual summary press conference named “Collective Intelligence & Innovation” (In Chinese: ?????????). With many products had already been presented to the public like wikis, blogs, and photo albums in the Web 2.0 era, Google served to provide lots of services like Google Apps, Google Maps and YouTube with suitable versions in Taiwan differing other countries this year.

Global Deputy Director of Google Kai-Fu Lee said: “The contents on the Internet were mostly limited with some copyright issue in the past, but after many products in the Web 2.0 era are presented, several contents are progressively released and opened to the public in the presence. As those factors, we [Google] hope developers in Taiwan can develop useful tools for local people to apply with people’s life.”

“In order to change minds in public, we [Google] conjoined some required elements into people’s life, and services on iGoogle in Taiwan are progressively more and newer because of the improvements of developers. We hoped a simple service can be multiplied with releases of useful and functional tools,” he also said.

Also in this conference, the Engineering Director of the Google Taiwan R&D Center Li-feng Chien also announced the achievements on the “Google Taipei Developers’ Day” and invited developers named Chi-pao Hu and Yi-ru Lin to share some actual applications on iGoogle.

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Man calls for seizure of Justice Souter home, under eminent domain ruling

Friday, July 1, 2005

In the wake of a United States Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London on eminent domain last week, a California man has proposed that Justice David Souter‘s New Hampshire home be seized by the state and a hotel be built on the site. Logan Darrow Clements faxed a letter to town officials in Weare, New Hampshire June 28, 2005 that justified the action as such:

“The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.”

Justice Souter, who was in the majority ruling in the Kelo case, has lived at the farmhouse in Weare since he was 11 years old. Clements indicated that it was necessary to build on that location because “it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.” The action has given rise to a great deal of support nationwide, as many are writing to the councilors of the small town of Weare to voice their approval for the proposal.

The proposal for the “Lost Liberty Hotel“, as it is to be called, features a number of components which seem to focus on the libertarian leanings of its designer. A dining room, called the “Just Desserts Cafe” and a museum based on the “loss of freedom in America” are two such components. Instead of a Bible provided by the Gideons (a standard item placed in most American hotel rooms), each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand‘s novel Atlas Shrugged.

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Library Stores, The Best Place For Royalty Free Music.

Library stores, the best place for royalty free music.


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Royalty free music is music which allows the purchaser to use it without having to pay any royalties. Once a copy of the music has been bought it can be used as much or as little as the purchaser wishes without having to pay any royalties on the use of the music. Many people will subscribe to a service which allows them to browse a wide collection of different pieces of music which they don\’t need to pay royalties on. A fee is only paid once for commercial music and it can be used as many times as the purchaser wishes and the copyright is also protected so there is no need to worry. When browsing a library of music without royalties there is the opportunity to listen to tracks without cost so that it can be decided that it is the right track, the track(s) can then be downloaded to a CD or in digital formats.

When a popular song is heard on the radio and someone wants to add it to a presentation or production, they are unable to do so without having to pay royalties and each time it is used royalties must be paid. By selecting to choose music which doesn\’t require royalties to be paid, there are many tracks which sound similar to the music available on the radio and which can easily be added to productions and presentations.

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Stock music can also be downloaded at no cost along with sound effects, stock footage and many images; these can be for personal or educational use. Using these at no cost can help when creating a presentation which needs to impress, it helps to develop the points being made and captures the attention of the audience keeping them engaged. Music has been known to impress people, when there is such a wide choice of music available it is important to find the piece which best reflects the use for it. Stock music is free to download and there is no need to subscribe to a service to use these tracks.

A music library of stock music will have thousands of different tracks available; some will have been re-edited, or re-mixed for finer beats. All of the tracks are affordable to purchase, and so high quality audio files can be used at good value for money. When purchasing these music tracks it can often be found that there are discount options available if buying a full album or a large number of individual tracks. All tracks available to be downloaded are watermarked; there are a wide range of different tracks available which can be edited to create unique tracks which suit the style of use. It is becoming increasingly popular to mix old beats with new vocals to create something new and different, providing an innovative track.

It is possible to access royalty free music which has been reviewed and analyzed so that the best result is produced; the analysis consists of the styles used. By choosing this option subscribers have the flexibility to choose the tracks and styles which suit them best. Subscribing means that there is no longer any need to download full albums to only get the one track that is needed, instead individual tracks can be downloaded meaning that it is easier to get the track that is required.

There are many different collections of music available at no cost and they can be used to enhance an experience whether at a party or through a presentation. There are many tracks available which might add an extra dimension to Christmas or Halloween.

Partners In Rhyme is a well established company offering a large library of

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