On the campaign trail in the USA, September 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

The following is the fifth edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee secures ballot access in all 50 U.S. states, the Unity Party of America presidential nominee proposes a novel solution to the issue of “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court, and three candidates give their thoughts on the latest military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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MuchMusic Video Awards this Sunday in Toronto, Canada; Wikinews will be there

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wikinews will be attending The 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards this weekend, a popular annual event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. True stars will be out to play, present, and else wise schmooze at the CHUM-City Building just above the city’s Entertainment District in the Queen Street West neighbourhood.

MuchMusic is the most popular music channel in Canada, and has been holding the event since 1990. Roughly 6000 fans line the streets surrounding Much headquarters each year, and 1200 more score “the wristband” and enjoy a free festival-style show in the parking lot, watching four outdoor performance areas spread out in the downtown location. New this year is a special roof-top stage, on the top of the building.

Last year’s show reached 3.5 million viewers in Canada and 100 million around the globe, with broadcasts in 65 countries.

Performing at the show will be Avril Lavigne, Fergie, Billy Talent, Hilary Duff, Alexisonfire, Maroon 5, Belly, The Used, and Finger Eleven.

On stage presenting will be Nickelback, Jay Manuel (Canada’s Next Top Model, America’s Next Top Model), Tara Reid (American Pie, this fall’s Land of Canaan), Joss Stone, Sum 41, Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Grudge 2), Hedley, Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Sean Avery (New York Rangers), George, Sam Roberts, Emilie de Ravin (LOST), Marianas Trench, and Kardinal Offishall.

Photographer Robin Wong will be photographing the red carpet of the MMVAs for Wikinews and Wikipedia. He first helped the sites in April of this year, photographing Hilary Duff at MuchMusic. Wong’s extensive client list includes Fidelty Investments, Flare Magazine, Masterfile, First Light, Fashion Television, FCB Canada, Profit Magazine, Financial Post, and Publicis. His works have appeared in the 2004 and 2005 Applied Arts Awards Annual, the top publication for the creative industry.

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5 Benefits Of Cognitive Supplements For Busy People

In our current economic landscape, using any avenue you can to get ahead is necessary. Whether you’re a busy Wall Street trader, a stressed out college student or a tired work-from-home parent, your success depends on you being able to stay focused, energized, alert and motivated. Drinking several cups of coffee or slamming down energy drinks is simply part of the cost of doing business. However, many busy people are finding that cognitive supplements are a better solution to keep them alert and attentive. Cognitive supplements are herbal health supplements, like you see in vitamin stores, that contain a variety of ingredients designed to improve certain aspects of mental function, including focus, concentration, memory or attention. They also often contain ingredients to increase energy, as being tired is the quickest way to decrease your cognitive abilities. Here are five reasons why cognitive supplements are extremely beneficial to busy people: More EnergyBrain supplements can give you much more energy than a cup of coffee or an energy drink, which both contain caffeine that will stimulate your mind for a few hours before wearing off to leave you more tired than before! Cognitive Supplements that use Vitamin B12 and Taurine for energy provide a natural boost that will keep you going for up to six hours with no crashes when they wear off. More FocusCognitive Supplements are specifically designed to help your focus and attention. They contain ingredients that activate certain enzymes and invigorate certain natural occurrences in your brain, allowing you to be more attentive and alert. Studies have shown that increasing enzyme production in the prefrontal cortex of your brain is most effective for improving focus short and long-term. No CaloriesUnlike creamy coffees and sugary energy drinks, cognitive supplements have no calories. While this may not benefit your brain directly, it is a definite positive to your waist line! Plus, studies have shown that having leaner body mass is conducive to being less tired and fatigued. Cutting extra calories anywhere in your diet is always a bonus, especially since the average small coffee with cream and sugar has 120 calories, and the average can of energy drink has 150-240 calories!Budget-FriendlyAnother reason why cognitive supplements are a great coffee substitute is because they are much more budget friendly! While a cheap cup of coffee may only cost $0.50 – $1.00, you might be indulging once, twice, or more per day. Your monthly coffee budget could easily be $60+ per month. Energy drinks cost even more; drink one every day, and you’ll be around the same cost. Cognitive supplements are much less expensive, usually only costing around $25-$40 for a one month supply. Plus, since you won’t be having caffeine withdrawals, you won’t feel the need to take a supplement on your day off or on weekends!Longer-Lasting ResultsStudies have shown that caffeine from a beverage takes about 45 minutes to reach peak levels in your bloodstream, which lasts in your body for about two or three hours. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, the peak effects will be lessened by your body’s tolerance, and the effects will wear off even sooner. Mental enhancing supplements are designed to provide longer-lasting effects by providing ingredients with longer half-lives, so they stay concentrated in your blood stream for a longer period of time. Caffeine is only a stimulant; once the effects wear off and it leaves your body, there are no more benefits. Cognitive supplements work on increasing and enhancing naturally occurring processes in your brain, so even after the supplement has left your system, you are left with better mental function than you had before.

Sri Lanka accepts ‘One China’ policy

Monday, March 28, 2005

Sri Lankan Ministry Of Foreign Affairs said the government accepts Beijing’s “One China” policy and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic Of China, according to a March 17 press release.

The current foreign Ministry communiqué, recollects the press communiqué issued by the Foreign Ministers of China and Sri Lanka in Beijing in December 2004. Sri Lanka reiterated its support for Chinese legislative measures to oppose forces seeking to secede from China.

In the communiqué, the Sri Lankan government categorically mentioned, Sri Lanka opposes secessionist actions in any form and fully supports a process of peaceful national reunification. The Sri Lankan government further said, it welcomes growing cross-Straits economic and other exchanges such as the promotion of direct trade, mail, air and shipping links.

In the mean time, Chinese President Hu Jintao issued a presidential order regarding the promulgation of the Anti-Secession Law on March 14, which was adopted at the Third Session of the Tenth National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature.

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‘Earth-based life can survive in hydrogen-rich atmospheres’: MIT professor Dr Seager tells Wikinews about her research on organisms thriving in oxygen-less environment

Friday, December 25, 2020

In May, a study was published in journal Nature Astronomy, conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dr Sara Seager and other researchers, showing single-celled organisms like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and yeast can thrive in both 100% hydrogen gas and helium atmospheres. Wikinews discussed the findings with Dr Seager to know more about her research.

Life has not been observed in any habitat other than Earth, which has an oxygen-rich environment. While Earth’s atmosphere is dominated by nitrogen gas, oxygen is essential for advanced living organisms. Some species of microorganisms do not require oxygen for metabolism, called anærobic organisms, such as methanogens which rely on carbon-dioxide while releasing methane.

Researchers used Escherichia coli strain K-12 and Saccharomyces cerevisiæ strain S288C for this experiment. The two microorganisms were kept in four different environments: one being 100% air, and the other three being anærobic environments: 100% H2, 100% He, and 80%-20% N2-CO2. The environments were kept in at 28° Celsius. The researchers made sure the anaerobic experiment environments were anoxic, and had installed oxygen sensors to report fluctuation in the oxygen level. They monitored growth of E. coli using optical density measurement, and they used a hæmocytometer for yeast.

The study reported the organisms were reproducing normally in both 100% H2 and 100% He environment. However, the sigmoid-shaped growth curve was not on par with 100% air. E. coli and yeast switch from ærobic respiration, which uses oxygen, to anærobic respiration and fermentation. Both processes are less efficient and do not produce as much energy as ærobic respiration.

E. coli in an 80%-20% N2-CO2 environment had slower growth rate as CO2 dissolves and makes the liquid medium acidic. Such reduction in growth rate was not observed for yeast cultures, which can thrive in acidic environments. However, yeast’s growth rate in 100% air was far greater than in the other three media. The likely reason for this significant difference was lack of oxygen for non-respiratory purposes, the research reported. Oxygen is essential for synthesis of biochemicals such as heme and sterols, which are important for yeast. In atmospheres lacking oxygen to produce these chemicals, yeast fungi have stunted growth rate.

With this discovery, Dr Seager said scientists can now observe even more planets to study for habitable life.

“There’s a diversity of habitable worlds out there, and we have confirmed that Earth-based life can survive in hydrogen-rich atmospheres. We should definitely add those kinds of planets to the menu of options when thinking of life on other worlds, and actually trying to find it”, Professor Seager said.

A rocky planet with expanded hydrogen-rich atmosphere should be easy to detect using the emerging technologies. Hydrogen and helium gas have very low density. Dr Seager said, “It’s kind of hard to get your head around, but that light gas just makes the atmosphere more expansive […] And for telescopes, the bigger the atmosphere is compared to the backdrop of a planet’s star, the easier it is to detect.”

The research paper noted rocky planets which have radius below 1.7 times Earth’s radius (Earth’s radius is roughly 6360 km) can support a hydrogen-rich atmosphere, if water were to react with Iron.

The research paper reported E. coli releases a number of gases when it lives in hydrogen-based atmosphere including ammonia, methanethiol, dimethylsulfide, carbonyl sulfide, carbonyl disulfide and nitrous oxide. These gases can serve as biosignature gases which can help astronomers detect and study potential life on exoplanets.

Confirming life can thrive in atmospheres that do not have oxygen, Seager said “Astronomers should keep an open mind as to which planets are worth searching for life”.

With NASA’s James Webb Telescope scheduled to be deployed next year, the paper suggests researchers could observe smaller exoplanets that orbit small red-dwarf stars.

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The Step By Step Project Management Process

The step-by-step project management process



In the service industry and the manufacturing industry companies take each new assignment as a project and work on it. Handling projects is not an easy task. It needs lots of research. A project that should be executed in a perfect way needs step by step approach and effective communication and co-coordination skills. Each industry has its own specific project management tools. However, the basic approach towards the project is almost same.

Some of the steps followed in the project management process are introduction, planning and designing, allotting resources, execution, monitoring, control and termination.

Launch of the project- This is the first stage of the project management process and it invites ideas. To make a new product or to launch a new service, we have to first set the target. It is in this stage the nature and scope of the project is identified. Some of the steps involved in the initiation stage are as follows:-

-Aim of the project

-Scope and nature of the project


-Resources to be allocated

-Cost and benefits

-Risks involved in the project

-Referring case studies

-Future of the project

By getting a proper answer to all these questions, we will get a clear picture about what we have to do in this project ?

Planning and designing In this step the objective of the project will be divided into different sections. So, creating a project plan is one of the key steps in the project management process. In the project plan the project coordinator will create a list of tasks that should be performed in each module. Then for each task a specific time will be allotted. The physical resource and the manual resource required for each task will be also recorded. The project plan will also have options to renegotiate the deadline and employing additional resources in case of any emergency. This makes it easy to handle each and every section of the project in an effective way. After planning the project, the next step is the designing of the project. In the designing section, each and every assignment will be designed as per the project requirement. Some industries use charts and graphs to explain the project. It is the planning and the designing section that gives a complete skeletal framework of the project. The planning section also includes budget allocation and team selection.

Allocation of resources After planning and designing, the project coordinator will allocate resources as per the requirement. As the need for resources vary according to the project, assigning resources is not a simple task.

Execution of the project The project will be executed according to the work defined in the project plan. The execution process involves allocation of manual and physical resources, integrating different types of activities and performing it. The products that should be delivered are manufactures in the project execution unit.

Monitoring Each and every section of the project should be tracked and managed in a well mannered way. Monitoring helps in identifying issues and correcting it. Monitoring and controlling process always go hand in hand.

Termination – When the deliverable products are produced according to the order, the last step is the termination. This is one of the crucial steps in the project plan. Here evaluation of the product and the project plan is taking place. If the manufacture things that the product has market, then there are chances for restarting the project. The scope of the project will be mentioned in the project closure report. Most of the product manufacturing facilities are located in remote locations, it needs proper security. You can find various types of security systems in the market. One of the widely used security system is the ADT Security services system. By shifting to ADT Security, your alarm service will be monitored by the ADT monitoring center staff on a on a 24/7 basis.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Bill McMaster, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bill McMaster is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Lambton—Kent—Middlesex riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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The Wii, Nintendo’s next generation console, launches in North America

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Nintendo has released its newest video game console in North America. Known as the Wii, the system and games have an MSRP of US$249.99 and US$49.99 respectively. The North American release is to be followed by the December 2nd launch in Japan and the December 8th launch in Europe.

Launched officially at midnight, more than a thousand people gathered in New York’s Time Square to be among the first to buy one of the Wii. In contrast to the crowds that have challenged crowd control officials over the last two days in connection with the launch of Sony’s Playstation 3, the Wii crowds have been much calmer. Many observers attribute this to the fact that Nintendo had more than ten times as many Wii consoles available on launching day than Sony did for their PS3 that had been hounded by part shortages in manufacturing right up to the day of launch.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that several tough choices had been made in the design of the Wii. The company decided to develop a new way of playing games with revolutionary controllers instead of following the PS3 and the Xbox down the road of stunning graphic and multimedia options. This produced a console with a much talked-about sensor/controller design and the lowest price point of the three major consoles. While not having a DVD player or high-definition TV capabilities, the Wii retails for about $250 while its competitors the Xbox 360 and PS3 retail for about $400 and $600 respectively.

While the Wii will launch with several games available, one of its advertised advantages is that the new console is largely compatible with older games made for the GameCube, giving the new console an instant and extensive launching library. A GameCube controller will be needed to play GameCube games with the Wii. Several hardware items that GameCube games may be expecting, such as the modem or broadband adapter or the GameBoy player are not supported on the Wii.

Across the country in Los Angeles about 500 people were waiting for the doors to open at Universal City Walk’s Game Stop store. Fearing that the Wii introduction might be as contentious as the PS3 debut just a few days ago, the store handed out numbered wristbands to the throng. No problems were reported.

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Find Scrapbooking Titles In Music, Movies And Television

By Christine Perry

Are you ever stuck for a perfect phrase for your scrapbooking title? Maybe you just stick with the date or the seasons like summer or fall. Some scrapbookers title every page with the name of the subject in the photograph. It might be a place, like Disney World or the beach, or it could be a person’s name like Susan or Grandpa. Being creative with scrapbooking titles adds interest to a page layout just like embellishments and borders. Music, movies and television can offer inspiration and ideas for your scrapbooking titles that will capture the mood and theme of your next page layout.

Scrapbooking Titles in Music

Music inspires us all. How often have you heard a song on the radio and it immediately brings back a memory from years ago. It might be a song that was playing when you first dated your husband, or maybe it’s a song from your high school days that reminds you of your senior year. Songs have the ability to spark memories in all of us.

For your next page layout, look to music for your inspiration. Song titles are great sources for scrapbooking page titles. Quoting a single song title may be all you need to say to start singing that song in your head. Some examples of song titles that could be used as scrapbooking page titles are “Simply Irresistible,” “Brown-eyed Girl,” and “You Are My sunshine.” Keep a list of possible song titles that would work well on your scrapbooking projects.


Sometimes it’s the lyrics themselves that inspire us. You might want to use more than just the title. A lyric like, “These are the moments and I could not ask for more,” will add just the right mood to a treasured photograph.

Scrapbooking Titles in Television and Movies

Consider adapting television show titles like, “The Brady Bunch” and “Days of Our Lives” to a scrapbook page. Maybe something simple like “Survivor” or “Lost” says it all. Movie titles, such as, “Mission Impossible,” “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Back to the Future,” might be perfect for one of your layouts.

Many TV and movie characters are known for a certain phrase or saying. These quotes often work well as scrapbooking titles. Does your favorite TV or movie character have a particular line that just fits with one of your photographs or scrapbooking pages? Think of phrases like, “How Sweet It Is,” “May the Force Be With You” or “Here’s Looking At You, Kid.”

Scrapbooking Titles in Commercials and Advertising

Slogans, sayings and jingles can all be a source of inspiration for scrapbooking titles. Those catchy phrases we never seem to forget also make fun headlines for our scrapbook pages. Scrapbooking titles can be found in the lyrics of commercial jingles, as well as, in the slogans on print advertising. The next time you are considering fast forwarding through the commercials of a taping of your favorite television show, you might consider listening to the advertisements for scrapbooking title ideas. There are many slogans that could easily be adapted to a page layout title. Consider using “I’m Lovin’ It,” or “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom,” or perhaps, “It’s the Real Thing” or “A Diamond Is Forever.”

Movies, music and television can inspire a huge list of potential scrapbooking titles for just about any page layout. The next time you need ideas for a scrapbook page title just turn on your radio or television for inspiration.

About the Author: Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her reluctant teenagers. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more

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Gordon Brown says the UK won’t run out of gas

Sunday, January 10, 2010

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Saturday that the UK’s natural gas reserves will not run out in spite of record demand. This spike in demand is caused by the recent cold weather.File:Latenight-1.jpg

A supplier, National Grid, issued two “balancing alerts”, which mean a possible supply shortfall, which were promptly lifted. A spokeswoman for the company said that there was a possible shortfall of 35 million cubic metres (1.2 billion cubic feet). This third balancing alert is expected to last for the next few days, and is said not to be due to the cold weather – which is expected to continue for at least a week – but due to problems in Norwegian gas fields.

Another staple related to the cold snap, rock salt, is feared in short supply. The Automobile Association reports that supplies have been reduced by 250,000 tonnes over the last ten years. Local governments pledged to conserve supplies through a 25% reduction in the amount used; 12,000 tonnes of white salt have been redirected for use on roads.

Non-profits have asked that the allowance for gas money be temporarily raised for pensioners. The Red Cross reports that it is having the highest volume of aid being given out in nearly 30 years.

The cold snap has caused at least two further deaths, a 90-year-old woman who had frozen to death in her garden in Barnsley, and a 42-year-old who was found frozen in Newcastle, taking the total to 26.

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