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, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 26). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Muhammad Alam, Bahar Aminvaziri, Orhan Aybars, Michele Carroll-Smith, Mohamed Dhanani, Abdul Ingar, Geoff Kettel, Debbie Lechter, Natalie Maniates, John Masterson, John Parker, David Thomas, Csaba Vegh, and Fred Williams.

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


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Real Madrid agrees with Chelsea FC to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Yesterday, English football club Chelsea FC announced reaching an agreement with Spanish-capital club Real Madrid to transfer Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. Real Madrid via their official website said Courtois “has signed for the club for the next six seasons.”

26-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper for the last four seasons. He joined The Blues in 2011 from Belgian club K.R.C. Genk. In the last four seasons at Chelsea, Courtois won Premier League titles in 2014–15 and 2016–17, an EFL Cup in 2014–15, and the FA Cup in the last season. In his 2016–17 season for Chelsea, the Belgian kept sixteen clean-sheets in league matches.

Just after joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned to Real Madrid’s cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. During this previous spell in Spain, Courtois won one each of the Spanish LaLiga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, winning the third-place medal with Belgium.

According to report by ESPN, Real Madrid had to pay about £35 million for the transfer. At the same time, Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kova?i? is loaned to Chelsea for the next season. In Real Madrid’s official announcement, they said Courtois is to be presented at Santiago Bernabeu today at 1 pm after his medical examination.

Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Friday, December 30, 2005


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The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

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Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The automobile manufacturer Toyota has said that it will recall up to 1.8 million cars across Europe, after a problem with the accelerator pedal was discovered.

According to the firm, eight models were affected by the problem — AYGO, iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis, and RAV4 — after it was discovered that the accelerator may become stuck in a depressed position, resulting in uncontrollable speeding.

On Thursday, Toyota said it would recall 1.1 million cars in the US; a day previous, it had suspended eight models from sales. Last week, 2.3 million cars in the US were recalled due to the pedal issues.

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe commented on the recall. “We understand that the current situation is creating concerns and we deeply regret it,” said Tadashi Arashima. The firm, however, noted that it wasn’t aware of any accidents resulted by the malfunctioning accelerator pedals, and not many pedal problem incidents were reported in Europe. “The potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances,” Arashima added.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, meanwhile, commented that Toyota showrooms could lose as much as US$2.47 billion worth of revenue due to the incident.

“Toyota veterans will likely hear the news with disbelief and keep faith in the brand, but new customers could definitely be scared off,” remarked Robert Rademacher, who is the president of the trade group ZDK, as quoted by Business Week. “This recall has a dimension which we’ve never seen before.”

There are concerns that the problem may result in reduced consumer trust in Toyota. Hans-Peter Wodniok, an analyst for Fairesearch GmbH & Co. in Germany, noted: “If this is a one-time event, huge as it is, Toyota may be forgiven. But if something happens again in the next months and years, they will have gambled away customer trust in Europe as well.”

Analysts for Morgan Stanley, however, said they believed Toyota would not suffer much from the incident. “The company’s actions to correct the situation are timely enough to avoid major brand damage,” they remarked in a note to investors.

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5 Ideas To Upgrade And Reinvent The Best Steak Sandwich Recipe}

Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Kitchen Home Improvement

Submitted by: Ernest Toper

Among the exceptional ranks of sandwiches, some of the known elites are The BLT, The Po’boy, and The Muffuletta. Obviously, there is also The Steak Sandwich. Typically, this Philly favorite provides a taste of thinly sliced steak, performance cheese or wiz, and onions. It has no marinara sauce, ketchup or bell peppers. It is gooey and meat. Quite possibly, it is perfection on a roll.

However, this does not imply that you can not greatly improve a classic, or transform the sandwich altogether. Consider doing away with the flavor of Gruyere sauce, casually pan fry the onions, and dress it further with arugula pesto and bacon aioli, and even add some leafy greens. It is not a family steak sandwich that you will find in Pennsylvania, but this has adequate power to potentially unseat the king. But this is one truly good sandwich. Here are some steak sandwich ideas to get you started.

Steak Sandwich Upgrade # 1: Meat Up

By buying a package of steak, you will already do sandwich sabotage. Know that a steak sandwich is only comparable to its steak. Think of using prime filet mignon (1 pound can make about 4 sandwiches), and season it simply with salt and pepper. Preheat your oven first to 425 degrees F. heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat and sear the steak until it is well browned for about 3 minutes. Turn the steak over and put the whole skillet in the oven. Roast for around 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the steak gets to 135 degrees F. Remove the steak from the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes, and slice very thin.

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Steak Sandwich Upgrade # 2: Boost the Cheese Facto

The stuff coming from jars taste too salty and usually carries a chemical aftertaste. For a subtler and lighter cheese sauce that suits the steak instead of out-muscling it, make white sauce reinforced with luscious Gruyere cheese. In a small saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon flour, stir to combine, and gradually add 2 cups whole milk, whipping up until the mixture thickens and boils. When this happens, lower the heat to medium, add 1 cup grated cheese and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, and remove from heat.

Steak Sandwich Upgrade # 3: Crisp the Onions

To mix in flavor and texture the steak sandwich, make a easy batch of these addictive faux funyuns. You can even double the recipe and dust the second batch with some cayenne pepper for a quick snack to eat with the sandwich. To make them, heat 1/2 cup canola oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 325 degrees F. meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cake flour. Add 3 cups of thinly sliced white onions and toss to coat, getting rid of the excess flour mixture. Submerge the onions in the oil and cook, from time to time stirring for 5 to 7 minutes, until it is crisp and golden brown. Transfer the onions to a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with salt.

Steak Sandwich Upgrade # 4: Whip Up Arugula Pesto

The lemon juice and bitter greens will saturate the sandwich with even more flavor. Toss any leftovers with pasta and top with grilled chicken for a simple meal. To make it, you will require a blender or food processor. Mix together 1 cup arugula, 1/2 cup basil, 1/4 cup parsley, lemon zest from 1 lemon, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan. To make a puree, slowly add 1/4 cup olive oil, until the mixture handles like a sauce-like consistency. You may not use all of the olive oil.

Steak Sandwich Upgrade # 5: Add Bacon Mayo

In a blender or food processor, put in 4 egg yolks and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Puree on medium, slowly adding 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of bacon fat (reserved from your last batch of bacon) until it becomes creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To assemble the sandwich, toast a split baguette about 6 inches in length. Spread some Dijon mustard and bacon aioli on the bottom half. Add the steak, drizzle with gruyere sauce, and put in with fresh arugula and crispy onions. Spread the top half with arugula pesto and close the sandwich.

So if you think your Brazilian steak sandwich or grilled steak sandwich with chimichurri recipe is already good enough for you, think again. There are still a lot of other ideas that you can use to give your steak sandwich a more special look and taste.

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Bird flu spreading through Indonesia and China

Bird flu spreading through Indonesia and China
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Two Indonesian women, 23 and 27, have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. They are in “serious condition but seem to be improving,” said Hariadi Wibisono, a senior health ministry official. They are being treated in the designated bird flu hospital, Sulianti Suroso in eastern Jakarta. It is believed that both women had contact with infected poultry. This brings Indonesia’s number of confirmed cases of the virus to 25.

A 26 year old female farmer in Fujian, China whose surname is Lin, also has the deadly H5N1 virus. She was admitted to the hospital in January, but it was only confirmed on Wednesday that she had the virus. Some of the people that have come in close contact with the woman are under observation by local health officials. Her current condition is reported as stable. This is China’s eleventh confirmed case of the virus.

Julie Hall of the Beijing-based World Health Organization said that the latest patient was “highly likely to have had contact with sick animals,” but the WHO is still waiting for information on how she could have gotten the disease.

Some experts believe migrating birds from China’s Qinghai Lake nature reserve are spreading the virus; however, there others who believe it’s shipments of poultry and poultry products along with poultry manure.

As avian influenza confirmed in Nigeria, “We shouldn’t assume that is just in Nigeria” said David Nabarro, the United Nations’ coordinator for bird flu and pandemic influenza. “The outbreak in Nigeria means [we] have another central point for the virus to become embedded into the poultry population.”

About 20 countries have reported outbreaks of the virus in birds which has sickened people who come in contact with the infected birds. If the rate of human infection continues to increase, so does the chance the virus will change into a form easily transmitted by humans.

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In pictures: Japan earthquake and tsunami

In pictures: Japan earthquake and tsunami
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Friday, March 18, 2011

A week ago today, at 2:46 pm JST, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of the T?hoku region in Japan. The earthquake created an extremely destructive tsunami that spawned 10 metre (33 ft) high waves just moments later. The tsunami travelled 10 km (6 mi) inland causing massive destruction in the country’s northeast, including crippling a nuclear plant.

The earthquake and resulting tsunami have left 5,692 dead and over 9,506 missing, with nearly 450,000 homeless. The death toll is expected to rise.

In this special photoessay, Wikinews looks at the earthquake and tsunami, the destruction that resulted and efforts to bring aid to the Japanese people.

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A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Image: U.S. Navy.

The antenna on top of Tokyo Tower was slightly bent by the earthquake. Image: Morio.

Items were knocked off shelves at a store in Narashino, Chiba after the earthquake. Image: mikuaxe.
Soil liquefaction on a road in Koto, Tokyo. Image: Morio.
An explosion occurs at the Cosmo Oil refinery in Ichihara, Chiba. Image: Cranky5.
View of a fire in Odaiba following the earthquake. Image: Hikosaemon.
Crowds of workers evacuated from Tokyo skyscrapers walk home after the earthquake in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Image: Hikosaemon.
A long line of cars stretches down Itsukaichi Street in Tokyo on March 11. Due to disruption of train service because of the earthquake and tsunami, people are trying to find alternate means of getting home. Image: Kellykaneshiro.
Stranded passengers congregate at the Kei? line concourse of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo as public transportation in northern Japan is interrupted following the earthquake and tsunami. Image: ?????.
Stranded passengers evacuate from a Tokyo train. Image: ?????.
Calculated wave height of the tsunami, from a NOAA computer model. Image: NOAA.
This false-color satellite picture from NASA’s MODIS satellite shows the area of Sendai on March 13 (top) and February 26 (bottom) shows how far inland the area near Sendai was flooded by tsunami. A bright orange-red spot near the city of Sendai is the thermal signature from a fire. Image: NASA.
An aerial view of the port of Sendai on March 12. Image: U.S. Navy.
A solemn desk chair lies in a layer of mud and petroleum that now covers much of the U.S. FISC Yokosuka Defense Fuel Support Point Hachinohe facility following the tsunami. Image: DVIDSHUB.
The city of Ofunato, Japan, was severely damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Image: U.S. Navy.
A trail of debris is seen floating in Pacific Ocean. The debris was inspected by a helicopter-based search and rescue team from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Image: U.S. Navy.
An up-close aerial view of debris floating in the Pacific. The debris was inspected by a helicopter-based search and rescue team from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Image: U.S. Navy.
A Japanese barge is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Image: U.S. Navy.
An upended house is among the debris in Ofunato, Japan. Image: U.S. Navy.
Members of the Fairfax County, Virginia Urban Fire and Rescue Team head into downtown Ofunato to search for survivors following the earthquake and tsunami. Teams from the United States, United Kingdom and China are on scene to assist in searching for missing residents. Image: DVIDSHUB.
A mother and daughter look at a family photo amid the wreckage of their home. Image: U.S. Navy.
A damaged water pipe shoots into the air after the tsunami.Image: U.S. Navy.
A tug boat among the debris in Ofunato.Image: U.S. Navy.
A Mickey Mouse doll lies among debris in Ofunato.Image: U.S. Navy.
Vehicles and debris line a canal in the downtown area of Ofunato.Image: U.S. Navy.
A large sail boat rests against a building in Ofunato. Image: U.S. Navy.
An aerial view of tsunami damage in an area north of Sendai, Japan, taken from a U.S. Navy helicopter. Image: U.S. Navy.
Empty instant noodle shelves in a supermarket in Tokyo due to stock being bought out on March 16, 2011, 5 days after the earthquake. Image: Kellykaneshiro.
Residents wait in a line outside a convenience store to purchase groceries and supplies on March 13, two days after the earthquake and tsunami. Image: Hitomi.
A blackout in Narashino, Chiba on March 15. Image: mikuaxe.
U.S. Navy sailors transfer humanitarian supplies from an aircraft carrier to a helicopter. Image: U.S. Navy.
Japanese citizens receive supplies from the crew of a U.S. Navy helicopter. Image: U.S. Navy.
A closed petrol station in Tokyo on March 16. Image: LERK.
Entrance of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin after the earthquake and tsunami and subsequent accidents at the Fukushima Daichi power plant on March 15. Image: Jochen Jansen.
Russian people take flowers to the embassy of Japan in Moscow after the 2011 earthquake. Image: Elmor.

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Namibia: VAT on milk to stay

Namibia: VAT on milk to stay
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Namibian government has refused to remove value added tax (VAT) on the price of milk. The Namibian Dairy producers organization requested the Namibian directorate of local income in May 2006 to follow the example of South Africa and declare fresh milk as a basic need upon which no taxation is applicable.

Mnr. Calle Schlettwein, permanent Secretary of the Namibia Ministry of Finance said the decision not to discard VAT on milk is because of two reasons: “This industry is already receiving advantages because of Article 26 of the African Customs Union (SACU),” he said.

“Secondly, the ministry cannot decrease the country’s tax basis. Namibia is a country that spend more than what it can collect through tax. We cannot afford to discard VAT on fresh milk.”

The price of fresh milk is to climb by 50c in the beginning of April 2007 following increases in production costs to producers. The dairy industry has warned of a collapse of the industry and a dependence on foreign imports if prices are not increased to match rising production costs.

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The Top Ways To Get Personal Loans For People With Bad Credit

Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Loan Agreements

By Benjamin Robert Ehinger

Finding the Right Personal Loans for People with Bad Credit

There are many personal loans for people with bad credit and it is necessary to know what they are and how you can find them. The majority of Americans do not have great credit, but they still need money when tough times come and also when they need to make a purchase. There are many uses for personal loans for people with bad credit and you need to know what they are.

Most of us do not have perfect credit to fall back on when we need it the most. This is not something that helps us when it comes time to get a loan. Just because you have bad credit does not mean that you cannot get the money you need and fast. Most lenders to prefer that you have good credit and the better it is the better type of loan you can get, but there are some lenders that deal specifically with personal loans for people with bad credit.

Some of the Top Types of Personal Loans for People with Bad Credit

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The lenders that specialize in bad credit personal loans are usually those that also do cash advances or payday loans. Usually you cannot go to your bank and get a personal loan unless you have really good credit. There are some companies that will lend you money as a title loan against your vehicle even though you have bad credit, but if you do not have a vehicle to put up you will have to go to a payday loan or cash advance store to get your loan.

Most of the time these lenders will not even check your credit. They will only require that you bring in a couple paycheck stubs, a voided check from your account, a picture id, and a current utility bill that is in your name. You might want to call ahead because some of them have other requirements like a bank statement, so it is safe to check with them first to see what they will need.

If you are in a bind and need some cash, then you can get your loan online or at your local cash advance or payday loan store. They will give you cash the same day and the process is pretty quick and painless. Just make sure you only borrow what you need and you pay them back on time. These people specialize in personal loans for people with bad credit so do not be afraid to go and get your loan when you need it the most.

One of the Fastest of the Personal Loans for People with Bad Credit

The problem with most of the personal loans for people with bad credit is that they are going to be the type of loan you have to pay back within about a month. This does not give you much time to leverage the power of the money to deal with whatever it is you are trying to handle financially. However, there is an online option that is much better for you.

This loan comes from the 100 day loans company and they can have you approved online within 90 seconds. They accept bad credit and they give you nearly three times as long to pay the loan back. This means less stress and more time to make sure you get the loan paid back and you get the money you need right now.

Finding the right loans are a bit harder than they used to be, but then again if you use the online resources you have it can be much easier. You can find many different online choices, but many of these will not give you much time to pay them back. However, if you go with the best of the personal loans for people with bad credit from the 100 day loans lender you will be in great shape.

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Hotel fire kills at least seventeen in Karol Bagh, New Delhi

Hotel fire kills at least seventeen in Karol Bagh, New Delhi
Author: U5M4mh Posted under: Uncategorized

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Hotel Arpit Palace in the Karol Bagh area of the Indian capital, New Delhi, caught fire yesterday morning. At least seventeen people died and 35 were rescued, according to officials, some of whom were hospitalised.

Many of the affected guests were Indian; the Myanma embassy confirmed two Buddhist pilgrims from Myanmar also died. The area is popular with visitors, with budget hotels and shopping districts. Firefighters dispatched around 30 vehicles; personnel reportedly had control of the blaze by 8:00am local time. No cause was immediately known, but a fire officer said wooden panels led to corridors becoming unusable for escape.

Local media reported most of the deceased suffocated. One child was, according to the fire service, among the dead. The hotel’s website estimated 120 people were in the 25-year-old building at the time. A judicial inquiry was ordered, according to police. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives” and offered “condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon.”

According to eyewitnesses, the deceased child and his mother were among victims who leapt from the burning hotel. The top floor has been extensively damaged and blackened by the blaze. Satyendra Jain, the city’s home minister, said “Buildings can only be constructed up to four floors in Delhi[…] This hotel had been built up to six floors. It’s gross negligence on the part of the officers who allowed the extra floors to be built. The entire hotel has wooden panelling, this shows carelessness on the part of the owner.”

Fires are common in India. Activists claim safety standards are routinely ignored.

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