Feb 07

Australian Dollar reaches a 27 year high

Thursday, October 7, 2010

After 27 years, the Australian Dollar has achieved a record high by equating to 98.73 U.S. cents. The previous record was set in 1983, when the currency was floated by foreign exchange markets — since then the last peak that it experienced was in July 2008, when it was worth 98.49 U.S. cents. Local economists believe this is a clear indication that interest rates will rise in the near future.

The Australian Minister for Jobs, Chris Evans, has attributed the spike in the Australian dollar to government stimulus rolled out at the crux of the global financial crisis of the last several years, from which Australia exited relatively unscathed.

The news comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics released a report stating Australian unemployment was set a 5.1 per cent after additional jobs were gained in previous months. American magazine Forbes magazine recently named Australian businessperson and CEO of Westpac Gail Kelly as the eighth most powerful woman in the world.

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Feb 06

Iran reported to U.N. Security Council

Saturday, February 4, 2006

The IAEA board has passed a resolution to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council. The decision by the 35-nation board came on Saturday.

The resolution was made without waiting for the director of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, to finish preparing a report on Iran’s civilian (and allegedly military) nuclear programs for the regular IAEA meeting scheduled for March 6. According to al-Jazeera, ElBaradei refused to accept pressure from Western states to finish his report in advance of the March 6 meeting. ElBaradei said in written responses to requests by the US and EU member states that he had given Iran until the meeting in March to answer questions to IAEA enquiries, stating, Due process, therefore, must take its course before [we are] able to submit a detailed report. ElBaradei also said that another IAEA verification mission was due in Iran shortly and that he had only in mid-January sent extra questions to Iran based on what diplomats called newly released intelligence.

The text of the resolution, made without the results of the report, which will only be ready in March, requires ElBaradei to report to the Security Council “steps Iran needs to take to dispel suspicions about its nuclear ambitions.”

The resolution states that there are serious concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. It also notes, “Iran’s many failures and breaches of its obligations,” (to the non-proliferation treaty) and expresses “the absence of confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.”

The resolution also states that Iran is to:

  • Re-establish a freeze on uranium enrichment and related activities;
  • Consider whether to stop construction of a heavy water reactor that could be the source of plutonium for weapons;
  • Formally ratify an agreement allowing the IAEA greater inspecting authority and continue honoring the agreement before it is ratified; and
  • Give the IAEA additional power in its investigation of Iran’s nuclear program, including “access to individuals” for interviews, as well as to documentation on its black-market nuclear purchases, equipment that could be used for nuclear and non-nuclear purposes and “certain military-owned workshops” where nuclear activities could take place

The resolution calling for the referral was apparently drafted by several members states of the European Union together with the United States. Political analyst Joshua Frank claims that the US is not interested in diplomatic means of limiting Iran’s possible shift towards nuclear weapons development and that the major reasons are Iran’s oil supplies and plans to open an International Oil Bourse in petroeuros, which would challenge the petrodollar, on March 20, 2006.

The agency vote sets the stage for future action by the top U.N. body. Russia and China insisted, in casting their votes with the majority, that future votes on deliberations should wait until at least March. The outcome could include economic and political sanctions. This process of successive escalation of the tension between Iran and the Western members of the Security Council was described by Hans Blix, responsible for about 700 inspections for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as spin and momentum. He was in favour of inducing Iran to forego enrichment but also recommended that the United States give a similar commitment not to attack Iran with either conventional or nuclear weapons, just as it apparently has to North Korea.

27 of the 35 nations on the board voted for the referral.

Three nations that voted against the resolution: Cuba, Syria and Venezuela. Five other countries Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa, abstained.

Learn more about weapons of mass destruction in UK, Iran, Israel, and Iraq on Wikipedia.

Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, a nuclear weapons state obliged under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to destroy its own, existing nuclear weapons, said that the IAEA vote showed “the international community’s determination to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”

After the decision, Iran said today that it would “immediately” begin the steps to “restart full-scale uranium enrichment” and “curtail” the powers of the IAEA inspectors.

Javad Vaeedi, deputy Iranian nuclear negotiator, said in a press conference after the vote, “After this decision, Iran has to immediately bring into force its parliamentary law to suspend voluntary implementation of (the watchdog agency’s) Additional Protocol (on snap inspections) and (pursue) commercial-scale enrichment which until today was under full suspension.” He also said, “this resolution is politically motivated since it is not based on legal or technical grounds.”

Iran has also said that a proposed deal by Moscow to enrich Iranian uranium is dead.

“There is no adequate reason to pursue the Russian plan,” said Vaeedi. “Commercial scale uranium enrichment will be resumed in Natanz in accordance with the law passed by the parliament.”

Iran had said that it will “end cooperation with IAEA”, if referred to the Security Council.

As of January 31, 2006, the Deputy Director General for Safeguards of the IAEA had reported that Iran has continued to facilitate access under its Safeguards Agreement as requested by the Agency, and to act as if the Additional Protocol is in force, including by providing in a timely manner the requisite declarations and access to locations.

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Feb 05

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]

ResCross.net 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

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Feb 05

RadioShack CEO resigns

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

CEO of RadioShack Corp., David Edmondson resigned Friday after admitting to lying in the contents of his resume. Claiming to have two college degrees, a theology diploma called a ThG, and four years of education, Mr. Edmondson only attended two semesters at a college known now as Heartland Baptist Bible College (formerly known as Pacific Coast Baptist College). There are no records of any diplomas issued to Mr. Edmondson. These discrepancies caused Edmondson and the board to mutually agree to his resignation as president and CEO of RadioShack. Initially, RadioShack launched an internal investigation of Mr. Edmondson’s statements; however, this investigation has since been halted.

The company had recently suffered a drop of 62% of net income in its fourth-quarter, prompting restructuring plans and a closing of up to 10% of stores.

David Edmondson will receive a severance package valued at less than one million dollars in cash from RadioShack.

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Feb 05

Schools Participating In Seal A Smile

Schools participating in Seal a Smile


Rahman Ashfaq

The program is put on by the state and Walworth County Health and Human Services. Information and permission forms are sent home for students and their parents. If families are interested in participating in the program, dental hygienists who come to the school will apply sealants to the teeth of second and fifth graders. The students for

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The three elementary schools in the Delavan-Darien School District are participating in a Seal-A-Smile Program for second and fifth grade students. The program is put on by the state and Walworth County Health and Human Services. Information and permission forms are sent home for students and their parents. If families are interested in participating in the program, dental hygienists who come to the school will apply sealants to the teeth of second and fifth graders. The students also learn how to brush their teeth properly. Following the exam, the students receive a goodie bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home. The program is free for students and their families. The dental experts bring the dental chair, lights, and tools to the school, making it easy for the students to receive the treatments. The photos were taken at Darien School. Check out for DAT test preparation


Here’s more about the Seal-A-Smile program. Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile(SAS) is a statewide sealant program that offers grants to local school-based programs targeting underserved children. These community efforts involve a variety of health care professionals including public health, school nurses, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. A combination of volunteers and paid professionals organize SAS programs. Some programs include dental cleanings, retention checks of dental sealants and topical fluoride applications. The grant funds are used for a variety of program activities. Some SAS programs are sustained by very high numbers of volunteer staff and use their funds to buy supplies. Other SAS programs have in kind donations of disposables, sealant material, and supplies so their funds may be used to offset staffing expenses. The SAS program offers flexibility to accommodate unique community needs. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) contracts with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin to manage the SAS Program. — SAS is funded through State of Wisconsin General Purpose Revenue (GPR), HRSA funding and supplemented by community in kind support and donations. — In accordance with Governor Doyle’s Kid’s First Initiative – SAS GPR state appropriations increased from $60,000 to $120,000 in 2005. In addition, DHS allocated a HRSA workforce grant of $82,000 per year from 2006-2009. From 2009-2012 HRSA funding was increased to $241,000 annually. Delta Dental of Wisconsin provided $241,000 annually for two years as a match to the HRSA funding — The Wisconsin SAS Program is in its 11th year of operation. — Grantees for 2009-2010 include the following local health departments: Adams/Marquette, Bayfield, Clark, Dane/Madison, Eau Claire, Juneau, Kenosha, Portage, Price (Iron/Ashland), Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, Vilas (Forrest/Oneida), Walworth, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County Health Departments. Additional programs are being administered by Brown County Oral Health Partnership, Columbia St. Mary’s Seton Dental Clinic, CESA #11-Rural Health Dental Clinic( Polk/Barron/Burnett/Washburn/St.Croix/Dunn/ Chippewa/Price Co’s), Door County Memorial Hospital, Ft. Atkinson Community Health Clinic, In Health Community Wellness(Grant/Crawford Co’s), Janesville School District, Lakewood Community Health Center (Oconto), Neenah Healthy Smiles, Pembine Schools, Preferred Dental Associates of Wisconsin LLC (Racine), Superior Schools, and the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic. — Grants for 2010-2011 range from $1,500-$100,000. — During 2000-2010: 1. Number of Children who have been Screened: 71,540 2. Number of Children who have received Sealants: 46,031 — According to the SAS Program Report for 2009-10: 1. Of the 16,950 children screened, 10,206 had sealants placed and 6,235 children were referred for further dental care. 2. o36.7% of participants had untreated decay. 3. o5.8% of participants were referred with urgent dental needs. 4. 21,983 students received oral health education through SAS. For more information please visit www.chawisconsin.org or contact Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin: Matt Crespin – Oral Health Project Manager, 414-292-4002, or mcrespin@chw.org Know more details about: Dat Test Prep


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Feb 04

5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

Friday, September 29, 2006

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

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Feb 04

CanadaVOTES: Libertarian John Kittridge in St. Paul’s

Monday, October 13, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with John Kittredge. John is a candidate in Toronto, Ontario’s St. Paul riding, running under the Libertarian Party banner. Libertarians are a minor, registered political party; they are looking to earn their first ever seat in the House of Commons.

Incumbent Carolyn Bennett of the Liberals is running against Libertarian Kittridge, Conservative Heather Jewell, New Democrat Anita Agrawal, and Justin Erdman, a Green. Bennett was the Minister of Health under previous Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government. Since it was created in 1935, the riding has been batted about between the Liberals and the now defunct Progessive Conservative party.

The following is an interview with Mr. Kittridge, conducted via email. The interview has had very limited editing, to eliminate in-text mentions of website addresses, but is otherwise left exactly as sent to Wikinews.

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Feb 03

Interior Stair Railings: Best Home Renovation Solution

Interior Stair Railings: Best Home Renovation Solution


James Allenscs

Commonly, home owners and visitors admire the architecture of indoor railings, especially when the craftsmanship demonstrates expertise. This often leaves individuals debating the perfect method to improve the interior home decorations. Certain safety regulations exist and serve to help homeowners maintain the healthy qualities of decorative rails in the home. Examining different railing systems is also an optimum resolve to determine product quality.

This approach is required to ascertain that the best class of railings was selected. Although individuals focus on finding well-designed railings to decorate the interior bounds, it is fundament to select rails that are efficient in every way. Therefore, if the rails are installed to stairway systems, opting for designs that manage pressure well is the top priority. Moreover, the components used to setup the complete staircase should be depravities of the finest materials and the designs should coordinate well with the home s current furnishings. Nevertheless, safety and security are fundamental characteristics individuals should seriously contemplate, if one s objective is to buy the best interior railing systems. Whichever collection a person decides to choose, it is mandatory to secure products of superior quality. Given that the collections are available in distinctive colors, shapes, sizes, patterns, etc.; it is obligatory to measure the attributes of multiple designs from different manufacturers to select nothing but the best.

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Nowadays, the designers of staircase railings even promote preassembled railing systems. These are easier to develop and don t require a high level of expertise to initiate and execute installation. The basics to completing the entire stairway setup require that persons follow the instruction provided by the maker. The preset staircase components are fitting for individuals with an interest to save time, as well as money. The effort needed to install the staircase is nominal, and one s skills should develop with time. The materials to debate usually include metal, wood, metallic, aluminum, vinyl and other suitable ranges. The choice depends on one s requirements, but the metal staircase railings are a better choice, when debating quality, reliability, durability and cost-effectiveness. Choosing a design is never hard, because many options exist, making it stress free to pick the right railings to buy.

The railings possibly require maintenance; therefore, buyers should always think over choosing the right product, by inspecting all the methods well. Determining the best solution is not demanding, when a person s knowledge on railings is vast. The difference with the railings manufacturers products has to do with the material types, strength of the structures, price and installation method. All these require assessment, when one s main prospect is to buy the best railings to enhance the home s interior realm.

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Feb 02

U.S. Senate approves revised bailout package after controversial additions

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The U.S. Senate passed a revised bailout bill designed to help the struggling U.S. financial economy, which has measures nearly identical to the bill rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.

“Senate Democrats and Republicans believe it is essential that we work quickly on this important legislation to restore confidence to our financial system and strengthen the economy,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The new revisions include raising the FDIC insurance cap to $250,000, a move designed to please progressives. However, the $110 billion in tax breaks, earmarks and what has been called pork barrel spending is not offset by any increases in revenues and has added opposition to the bill from some Representatives in the House.

Earmarks added into the bailout bill included $192 million in tax rebates for the Virgin Islands rum industry, $148 million in tax cuts for the wool industry, $100 million tax cuts to the auto racing industry, and $48 million in Hollywood tax incentives.

Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis, offered his explanation for the pork and earmarks added in. “People who support some of these provisions will forget about the $700 billion and concerns they may have on that, and say, ‘If you give me a few million in tax breaks for my constituents, I’ll go along'”.

The tactic seems to have worked, however, managing to flip enough votes to pass the bill.

“The inclusion of parity, tax extenders and the FDIC increases has caused me to reconsider my position,” said Representative Jim Ramstad (R Minnesota), who voted against the previous bill on Monday. “All three additions have greatly improved the bill.”

But Representative Marcy Kaptur (D Ohio) was not changing her no vote. “I will not support this legislation because it’s the wrong medicine,” she said.

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The Senate took H.R.1424, a bill originating in the House concerning “equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment,” and extended it with the bailout provisions.

H.R.1424 was introduced on March 9, 2007, by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (RI-1) and had the support of First Lady Rosalind Carter. It is noted on the Congressional Website that “On 10/1/2008, the Senate passed H.R.1424 as the vehicle for the economic rescue legislation. In the EAS version of the bill (Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by the Senate), Division A (pp.1-110) is referred to as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008; Division B (pp. 110-255) is referred to as the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008; and Division C (pp. 255-441) is referred to as the Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008.” It was not treated as an appropriations bill in the House.

There were two votes in the Senate. The first was to amend H.R.1424, which required 3/5 to be accepted, which it was. The second was a vote on the bill. Passage of the Bill required only a 1/2 majority. It was passed with 74 yeas and 25 nays. Senator Kennedy did not vote.

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