Wikinews interviews Jim Hedges, U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate

Saturday, January 29, 2011

U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate Jim Hedges of Thompson Township, Pennsylvania took some time to answer a few questions about the Prohibition Party and his 2012 presidential campaign.

The Prohibition Party is the third oldest existing political party in the United States, having been established in 1869. It reached its height of popularity during the late 19th century. The party heavily supported the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which banned the sale of alcohol, and resulted in the US period known as Prohibition (1919–33). It was repealed in 1933. The party has declined since this period, but has continued to nominate candidates for the presidential election.

In 2003, the party split into two factions. Preacher Gene Amondson and perennial candidate Earl Dodge were nominated for the presidency by their respective factions. After Dodge’s death in 2007, the party reunified and named Amondson as its sole presidential nominee for 2008. During the election, Amondson was interviewed by Wikinews. He died in 2009, leaving an opening in the party for 2012.

Jim Hedges is a longtime Prohibition activist, who holds the distinction of the first individual of the 21st century (and the first since 1959) to be elected to a political office under the Prohibition Party banner. In 2001, he was elected as the Thompson Township tax assessor, and was re-elected to the post in 2005. He served until his term expired in 2010. Hedges declared his intent to run for the Prohibition Party presidential nomination on February 18, 2010. This marks his first run for the presidency.

Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Buffalo, New York –The preliminary hearing for a lawsuit against the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal has been pushed back to August 10, 2006.

The hotel would require the demolition of at least five properties owned by Hans Mobius, 1109-1121 Elmwood and would cause the closure of several businesses. Already, two businesses, Skunk Tail Glass and Six Nations Native American Gift Shop have relocated, outside the Elmwood Strip. Don apparel, H.O.D. Tattoo and Mondo Video still remain on Elmwood; however, Mondo Video is planning on moving to a new location. The hotel will be 72 rooms and will cost at least 7 million dollars to build. Savarino Construction Services Corporation would be in charge of building the hotel and Wyndham Hotels would operate it.

Attorney Arthur Giacalone says that the court date was pushed back because “the court apparently felt it did not make sense to proceed with oral argument on 7/27 if Savarino is going to re-start the process.” Giacalone also stated that the decision to adjourn until August 10 “was not my idea.” On July 13, 2006 Savarino announced that they were withdrawing the proposal to “resubmit” it to “shed the lawsuits” against the proposal.

Savarino was allegedly supposed to resubmit the proposal by the end of last week but so far has not done so. The final meeting of Buffalo’s Common Council for the summer occurred today. The Council will not meet again until September.

“If they [Savarino] took no action today, re the hotel, [that is, accepting the new application, or rescinding the prior rezoning resolution], nothing official will happen for the next 6 weeks or so,” added Giacalone also saying that if this is the case, “the court may not be willing to hear oral argument on 8/10 since we will still be up in the air about what’s going on.” Giacalone also states that he is unsure about “what they [the Common Council] did today.”

Despite the call for a “do-over” of the proposals process, Giacalone still states that his client’s position of the “pending lawsuit will not be ‘moot’ or ‘academic’ unless and until the Common Council rescinds its prior vote(s) that approved the rezoning” for the buildings on Elmwood and one property on Forest Avenues.

Sam Savarino, CEO of Savarino Construction has been contacted, but has not replied to any e-mails. Area councilman Joseph Golombeck has also been e-mailed, but also has not replied.

This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

Two ill after eating burgers laced with multi-purpose cleaner in Bathurst, Australia

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A prank by three young kitchen staff at Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant in the Central-Western New South Wales city of Bathurst went wrong when two customers required medical treatment after eating burgers they had laced with multi-purpose cleaner.

According to staff at the Emergency Department of Bathurst Hospital, two Hungry Jack’s customers became ill Sunday night after eating burgers contaminated with a chemical believed to be multi-purpose cleaner. One of the patrons was in a serious condition upon arrival at Bathurst Hospital due to being allergic to an ingredient in the cleaning product. “He presented to the emergency department as he was having an allergic reaction after eating a burger from Hungry Jacks, he was in a really bad way when he arrived here and if he had waited much longer it could have been much worse,” said a Greater Western Area Health Service employee. “We called Hungry Jacks and they said that three of their employees had been goofing off and sprayed multi-purpose cleaner inside the burgers so we then treated the patients for poisoning.”

Both customers are expected to make a full recovery. During an investigation undertaken by Wikinews reporter Nathan Carter, it was learned that the chemical sprayed into the burgers was KAY multipurpose cleaner which is reported to cause nausea, diarrhoea and mucosal and gastric irritation. The Material Safety Data Sheet for KAY multipurpose cleaner lists Antonic Surfactants as its hazardous ingredient.

In New South Wales, it is a criminal offence to make food intended for sale unsafe punishable by 2 years imprisonment. Due to restrictions on the publication of the name of young people involved in crimes in New South Wales, the names of kitchen staff can not be published. Wikinews was told by Hungry Jack’s staff that the staff involved in the incident remained employed by Hungry Jack’s. Josh, a Hungry Jack’s manager at the Bathurst restaurant, told Wikinews that his boss Adam was aware of the food contamination issue and would be taking steps to address it.

Pads For Tables Are Available To Protect Your Furniture

byAlma Abell

When you own nice furniture, you want it to last a long time and there are great Pads For Tables that are available to protect the furniture from extensive damage. There are many times when guests come to a house and do not take the time to find a coaster before putting their drink down on a table. Before you know it, you will have a ring on your table that will be very difficult to remove or cover. This situation can be avoided all together by using table pads on the tables.

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There are Pads For Tables available in just about any size and color that you could need. They are ideal for covering large dinner tables for when the boys come over to play poker. You will not have to worry about rings, burn marks, or spills getting on your beautiful table. The pads can easily be put out when needed and folded up when you do not need them on the table.

Superior Table Pad Co. Inc has many great table pads available. They have taken the time to find a wide assortment of pads so that you can easily cover any table that you have in your home. There are many pads available that look as though they are made of wood to ensure that no one is able to tell the difference between the regular table top and the pad that is placed on top of the table. The pads that are available are lightweight so that they can easily be put on the tables and taken off by anyone. They fold up so that they can be stored in a closet or under a bed when they are not being used, as well. When ordering one of the pads for the tables in your home, it is important to take the time to measure your tables to be certain that you order a table pad that will fit perfectly on your table. The pads should arrive within a week or two and you can use them the second that they are delivered to your home. Visit website for more information.

Wikinews interviews 0 A.D. game development team

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

0 A.D. is a historical, open source, strategy game, published by Wildfire Games. It focuses on the period between 500BC and 500AD. The game will be released in two parts: the first covering the pre-AD period, and the second running to 500AD. With development well underway, Wikinews interviewed the development team.

Aviv Sharon, a 24-year-old Israeli student responsible for the project’s PR, compiled the below Q&A, which the full team approved prior to publication.

Google planning PayPal rival

Monday, June 20, 2005

Financial analysts say Google is planning an e-wallet service that could eventually compete with eBay’s payment service PayPal. Google has not confirmed the development.

The rumor is a first sign of Google’s expected expansion of revenue sources to capitalize on its advertising customer base and search-engine traffic. What form that expansion will take has been a hotly debated subject for the company whose stock valuation momentarily made it the world’s biggest media company on June 7, 2005. Even Microsoft has been mentioned as a possible future competitor.

Ebay’s stock valuation dipped more than 2% on the news. Paypal currently accounts for one-fifth of the company’s revenues. But one business analyst saw potential benefit for Paypal[1], depending on exactly how the “Google Wallet” takes shape. The uncertainty underlined the lack of substantive information behind the rumor.

According to the New York Times, the CEO of a major online merchant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was approached by Google to take part in this service. Steve Langdon, a Google spokesperson, declined to comment.

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Apple collecting location data from iPhone, iPad

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad periodically send location information back to the company, according to new reports. The data is transmitted to a secure database that only it can access, Apple claims.

Bruce Sewell, an attorney for Apple, sent a letter to two US Representatives last year, discussing the company’s data collection techniques and policies. The thirteen-page letter states that location information is recorded and sent to Apple every twelve hours, but only if the user enables the device’s location settings.

Apple began building a location database of its own when it decided to stop using similar services offered by Google & SkyHook Wireless. Location data is used in social networking applications and call routing.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Democratic Massachusetts Representative Edward Markey said, “Apple needs to safeguard the personal location information of its users to ensure that an iPhone doesn’t become an iTrack.”

Such data collection is not unique to Apple. Google’s Android operating system uses similar technology to provide location-based services to its users. Google has said that it also uses the data collected to provide accurate traffic data through its “Maps” applications on both Apple and Android devices. However, the company declined to comment on the latest findings regarding its data collection.

Apple was also recently in the spotlight after it was discovered that the iPhone and iPad were retaining location data on the device itself. This information is collected in an unencrypted file and is not transmitted elsewhere. The data file reportedly contains a variety of information, including longitude and latitude, cell phone tower identification data, wireless hotspot identification, and timestamps.

 This story has updates See Steve Jobs denies ‘location-gate’ 

The Power Of The Dragon}

Submitted by: Lanh Nguyen

Vietnamese people are said to be the offspring of a dragon and a Fairy. Central to the nations founding myth; the dragon is an important symbol in Vietnam.

More than 1000 years ago, dragon images were used to decorate the royal palaces of Vietnams Dinh and Early Le courts. According to legend, in 1010, King Ly Thai To saw a dragon ascend from a site in what is now Hanoi. The new king chose this auspicious for the capital of the Dai Viet Kingdom.

During the Ly (1010-1225) and Tran (1225-1400) dynasties, dragon images continued to evolve with different forms and features. The dragons of Ly court were slim and had no scales. They looked much like serpents. Under the Tran dynasty, dragons became fatter, grew scales and appeared bolder. Stone carvings and ceramic reliefs from these dynasties are a reminder of Vietnams ancient culture.

From the Later Le (1418-1789) onwards, dragons grew more diverse both in terms of form and materials. Dragons took the form of long serpents or acquired animal shapes. Outstanding features were a large nose and a bold and majestic stance. Dragons now moved out of the court an appeared in folk arts, although they still represented royal power. The stone dragons in the Le dynasty palace in Lam Kinh (Thanh Hoa province) and in Kinh Thien Palace in Thang Long can be seen as the climax of this eras style.

By the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) the dragon symbol reached a new height thanks to a diversity of themes, materials and expressions. In Vietnams founding myth, the Dragon represents the male yang element, while the Fairy represents the female yin element.

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The dragon is the first of the Four Sacred Animals, the other three being the unicorn, the tortoise and the phoenix. In the royal court, the dragon was depicted with great strength and majesty. However, in folk arts, it might take humorous and strange forms.

The dragon must possess nine auspicious features: a serpents body, a camels head, a deers dorms, a tigers feet, an eagles claws, a bulls ear, a lions nose and mane, and a cocks tail. To represent the emperor, a dragon must also have 81 yang scales, 36 yin scales and its body must curl into nine pieces. The number 9 is the highest yang number.

Its foot must have five claws. Without these feature, a dragon could not becomes a sacred animal nut rather one of its variables. These variables were often used to represent members of the family, or just as decorative pieces.

Many Nguyen Dynasty art works comprising dragon symbols have been preserved. Made of gold, silver or other precious materials, the dragon were fashioned with great skill and sophistication. The emperors seals are prime examples. The dragons appear powerful and full of vitality. Decorative screens that stood on the emperors desks typically feature a pair of dragons looking straight ahead or playing with the sun or the moon.

The vases that stand front of the Ancestors Temple in the Hue Royal Citadel are fine examples of dragons fashioned from bronze. The dragons fly amidst with the clouds, their bodies merging with the clouds to reveal only their claws, heads and tails. This is also the symbol of reigning emperor. In front of the Royal Theatre is a pair of dragons made of bass. These dragons sot on a square base, half squatting and half was rising. The dragons look straight ahead with their scales rising up as if they are enjoying the show.

Stone dragons were made in single pieces or as part of a relief for decorative purposes. They were often placed along the sides of a staircase, on screens, or on stone steles or tombs or mausoleums.

The pairs of dragons at the mausoleums of Thien Tho Huu and Hieu Dong are classic examples. Dragon flanking palaces and tombs are often depicted as descending with many curling parts, heads held high, and eyes that look straight ahead.

In some tombs, like those of Gia Long and Khai Dinh, the dragons eyes are set with glass balls to make them appear livelier.

Dragons made of mortar and ceramic in lays are the most common form, and are found on the palaces roofs. The more important the palace, the more dragons it features. Take the dragons to on the roof of Ngo Mon (Southern Gate) the main entrance to the royal and the Thai Hoa (Spreme Harmony Hall), where the emperor gave audiences as an example.

According to researchers, nine flying dragons are visible from any position on the roof of Thai Hoa Hall. The roof looks light and flowing. A number of cement screens in also feature scruples dragons that are highly artistic. Examples in clued the screen in Luong Khiem Hall in Tu Ducs Mausoleum and that in the mausoleum of Emperor Gia Longs father, Co Thanh.

During the Nguyen dynasty, dragons were also carved in wood. Probably the finest examples grace the royal throne, which sits beneath a giant umbrella. Dragons carved into the roof of Long An Palace. Carvers in incredible skill created a scene of dragons flying and swimming amidst sky and water on a massive pierce of ironwood. Their four feet stretch out to support the beams.

During the Nguyen dynasty, dragons were fashioned from other materials too, including lacquer, ivory, animal bones, ceramics, and brocade. Working in different materials, artisans created masterpieces that are still enjoyed and admired today. We remain fascinated by images of legendary dragons, a symbol of Vietnamese culture.

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US toy retail giant Toys R Us files for bankruptcy in US, Canada

Thursday, September 21, 2017

On Monday night, New Jersey, US-based toy retail giant Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in the US as well as in Canada. The retailer filed it from Richmond, Virginia for Chapter 11 bankruptcy code in the US, and a judge allowed a loan of over US$2 billion.

According to the filing, the retail chain owns US$6.6 billion in assets, but has a debt of US$7.9 billion. They were under a roughly US$5 billion debt since the company underwent a three-way acquisition in 2005. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust acquired Toys R Us for around US$7 to US$7.5 billion. After the US judge approved a loan, Toys R Us received about US$3 billion from the lenders to continue the business and survive a competitive market, and restructure their business model. E-commerce giant Amazon.com, Walmart and Target are some of the competitors for the conventional ‘brick and mortar’ toy shop, with lower priced-merchandise and fast, cheap delivery. In a conference call in June, CEO Dave Brandon said “very, very aggressive pricing online” was causing problems. He also said the company was experiencing “significant weakness in demand for their products globally”. Toys R Us are to clear a debt of US$400 million by May 2018.

Toys R Us said they would continue to operate for the holiday season. Bankruptcy lawyer Jeff Gleit said Toys R Us “need to do both a financial restructuring as well as an operational restructuring” and “needs to modernize with the times”. Last holiday season, Toys R Us made sales around US$4.5 billion. Overall, the company reported a US$29 million loss in 2016. CEO Brandon said, “Our objective is to work with our debt holders and other creditors to restructure the US$5 billion of long-term debt on our balance sheet, which will provide us with greater financial flexibility to invest in our business”.

Toys R Us employs more than 60 thousand people in 38 countries around the world in more than 1600 stores. The company’s stocks fell by six percent after filing for Chapter 11 protection. US bankruptcy code Chapter 11 allows the company to restructure under a plan approved by the court. The company would also be shielded from creditors’ claims during the process. For the stores located in Canada, Toys R Us filed bankruptcy in Ontario and are to undergo reorganisation. However, 259 stores located outside the US or Canada will not undergo reorganisation, the company said.

Over 300 US-based retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year, and hundreds of stores closed.

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei: Three awards, One target

Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei, the largest trade fair since its inception in 1982, featured several seminars and forums, expansions on show spaces to TWTC Nangang, great transformations for theme pavilions, and WiMAX Taipei Expo, mainly promoted by Taipei Computer Association (TCA). Besides of ICT industry, “design” progressively became the critical factor for the future of the other industries. To promote innovative “Made In Taiwan” products, pavilions from “Best Choice of COMPUTEX”, “Taiwan Excellence Awards”, and newly-set “Design and Innovation (d & i) Award of COMPUTEX”, demonstrated the power of Taiwan’s designs in 2008 COMPUTEX Taipei.