Saturday, May 9, 2009

The five largest United States banks need a total of US$74.6 billion in extra funds to increase their cash reserves, according to so-called “stress tests” conducted by regulators to determine whether the banks have enough capital to survive the ongoing recession.

“Our hope with today’s actions is that banks are going to be able to get back to the business of banking,” said Timothy Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary.

The results of the stress-test determined that Bank of America was the bank most at risk, needing $33.9 billion. Wells Fargo will require an additional $13.7 billion, while GMAC needs $11.5 billion.

Seven other banks failed the “stress test”, including: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Regions Financial, SunTrust Banks, KeyCorp, Fifth Third Bancorp, and PNC Financial Services.

Nine other banks that underwent stress tests, such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon, MetLife, American Express, State Street, BB&T, US Bancorp and Capital One Financial, were found to have enough capital in case the recession deepens.

Those banks that need extra money will be set a June 8 deadline to draw up their plans to raise the additional capital and have regulators approve them.

Signs You Need a New Dentist


Andrew Stratton

Most people do not like going to the dentist, but most people will not put off taking the necessary steps to keep their oral health in line. If you find yourself dreading going in to see these providers, it may be time to find a new one. The good news is there are numerous professionals available who want to provide you with great service. They want to be the type of dental care provider you actually do not mind going in to see two times a year. Before you schedule another appointment with the wrong provider, be sure you are going to one you can trust.

When to Make the Switch

When should you take steps to talk to a new dentist? What you may now realize is that these professionals are more than willing to help you to get your oral health on track. The limitations you may be facing, such as an unwillingness to go in to see these providers, may be because you do not realize what good oral health care should entail. There are some key signs that it may be time to look for another dental care provider.

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– Do you find yourself waiting a long time to get in to your appointment even when you are on time for it? This could mean poor management of the office. It could also mean that the provider has too many patients. Look for one that can offer more individualized care.

– Do you find that the dental care provider does not know you from one visit to the next? If he or she comes in, does the job and leaves without offering a personal experience, you may be going to the wrong provider. Look for one that can work with you and give you individualized care at each visit. You should feel like a valuable client.

– Do you find that you are in a great deal of pain during and after each visit? If that is the case, it could indicate a problem with the service being provided. In some cases, these providers may not be giving you sensitive enough treatment. Find out that is more understanding of your pain needs.

Keep in mind that you should feel welcomed and you should not be scolded for not coming in enough. You should feel like this professional is going to help you to improve your oral health. If that is not the case, then it is time to find a new dentist. There are excellent providers who want to help you to get through this process and to find yourself in a much better place with your oral health. The experience does not have to be a bad one.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mullah Dadullah, also known as Mullah Dadullah Akhund, a Taliban leader, radical Islamic cleric and military commander, has been killed in southern Afghanistan after an encounter with Afghan and Allied forces, according to the Afghan government.

Saeed Ansari, an Afghan intelligence spokesman said, “Mullah Dadullah has been killed and his body is in Kandahar.”

The governor of Kandahar, Asadullah Khalid told Reuters: “Yes, he was killed last night and right now I have his body before me.” He added that Dadullah was killed in Helmand Province.

NATO spokesperson Major John Thomas confirmed that Dadullah has been killed. “We fully expect Mullah Dadullah will be replaced in time, but for now the insurgency has received a serious blow,” Thomas said.

Mullah Dadullah was frequently seen in videos with a machine gun and artillery in his clerical clothing along with his turban. However, it is known that he attended madrassas before joining the fight against the Soviet forces.

Last month, Mullah Dadullah gave an interview in which he said that Osama bin Laden was alive and was coordinating the activities of the Taliban. In 2005, Mullah Dadullah vowed, “The mujahideen will not lay down their arms unless the Americans leave and an Islamic state is established.”

Monday, May 3, 2010

The European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to provide the ailing Greek economy with 110 billion euros (US$146 billion) worth of loans over three years. Finance ministers from the sixteen countries that use the euro – known as the eurozone – approved the plan yesterday.

According to the plan, the EU is to provide 80 billion euros of the loans, and the IMF the other 30 billion; it is aimed at preventing Greece from defaulting on debt.

Before being fully implemented, however, the proposal must be individually approved by all fifteen other countries in the eurozone. According to Luxembourgish prime minister Jean-Claude Junker, up to 30 billion euros would be given to Greece in the first year.

German chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the proposal yesterday, saying: “The programmme is without alternative to safeguard the stability of the euro.”

The Greek government yesterday predicted that the country’s gross domestic product would drop by four percent this year; it also forecast the national debt, currently at 115% of GDP, will increase to 149% in 2013, before going down.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Jersey has reversed its plans for a state-wide ban on bikini waxing after salon owners from across the state spoke out against the proposal.

The New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling planned to consider a ban on so-called “Brazilian waxes” in response to two women who reported being injured during a wax.

But state Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman, who oversees the board, asked them to abandon the ban in favor of reviewing and establishing safeguards for those who provide the service.

“Many commentators have noted that the procedure could be safely performed,” Szuchman wrote in a letter to state board President Ronald Jerome Brown, according to the Asbury Park Press. “I, therefore, believe that there are alternative means to address any public health issues identified by the board.

Salon owners from across the state expressed relief with Szuchman’s decision.

“It was an unnecessary issue,” spa owner Linda Orsuto told the Associated Press. “In New Jersey especially, where the government has been picking our pockets for so long, it was like, ‘Just stay out of our pants, will you?'”

Although millions of Americans get bikini waxes, which generally cost between $50 and $60 per session, the practice comes with risks. Skin care experts say the hot wax can irritate delicate skin in the bikini area, and result in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes.

Waxing on the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted in New Jersey. Although state statutes have always banned bikini waxing, the laws are seldom enforced because the wording is unclear.

If the measure had passed, New Jersey might have become the only US state to ban the practice outright.

Although Szuchman’s letter was crafted more as a recommendation than an order, media reports said the ban would likely never be approved without his support because his office oversees the board.

 Note — August 24, 2015 This article is insufficiently clear on one detail, namely that one victim (the gunman’s mother) was shot and killed in a separate location. The toll of 28 includes her and the gunman. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Before turning the gun on himself, a 20-year-old male opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 28 people, 20 of them children ranging from five to ten years old. Approximately 600 students were inside the school.

The New York Post identifies the shooter as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He was reported to be in possession of a .223-caliber assault rifle and two hand guns when he opened fire inside the school. His motives are not yet clear, but reports say his mother Nancy, who was also killed, may have been the target. She was a teacher of a kindergarten class at the school. Adam’s brother Ryan, who was initially reported to be the shooter, is also in police custody.

United States president Barack Obama spoke in a televised address saying, “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

“So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.”

A hospital near the school, in Danbury, Connecticut, is currently on lock down. According to The New York Times and Danbury Hospital’s Facebook page, the hospital is treating three of the shooting victims.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Brampton municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council or the council of the Peel Region.

Wikinews contributor Nick Moreau contacted many of the candidates, including Derek Begley, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. This ward’s incumbent is John Sprovieri; also challenging Sprovieri is Sherdaljit Dhillon, Mahen Gupta, Satpaul Johal, Dalbir S. Kathuria, and Vahid Saadati-Khanshir.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The sole United States manufacturer of a key component of lethal injections announced Friday that it will cease production of the drug, contributing to shortages and delaying executions.

Sodium thiopental, the first of a three drug cocktail used in 34 states to render the prisoner to be executed unconscious, was manufactured in Italy until Italian authorities stated that they would only license the manufacture if it was used for medical purposes and not, crucially, for executions.

In a statement, the company, Hospira, said that they have never condoned the use of their drug, marketed as ‘Pentothal’, in executions, and that they could not “prevent the drug from being diverted to departments of corrections for use in capital punishment procedures”.

The move means that the United States is without a viable supplier for sodium thiopental. Although many European countries manufacture the drug, which is primarily used in Europe as an anæsthetic, no manufacturer has been found that is willing to supply it for use in conjunction with the death penalty, the abolition of which has been lobbied by the EU since 2008.

The shortage means that executions in California and Oklahoma have been delayed, with Texas’ last remaining stocks of the drug due to expire in March, weeks before two scheduled executions. These delays are likely to be prolonged as the legal process of drawing up new drugs to be used for injections is lengthy. Pentobarbital, an alternative which used at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, is used for lethal injections in Oregon, and has started to be used by Oklahoma.

Hospira’s decision caused mixed reactions throughout the medical community, with the American Society of Anesthesiologists stating Monday that sodium thiopental is an “important and medically necessary anesthetic agent” that is a “first-line anesthetic in many cases”, citing geriatric and cardiovascular conditions, among others. It said that, although they disagree with the death penalty, “we also do not condone using the issue as the basis to place undue burdens on the distribution of this critical drug to the United States. It is an unfortunate irony that many more lives will be lost or put in jeopardy as a result of not having the drug available for its legitimate medical use.”



Saturday, August 15, 2009

A cargo ship spotted off the African island nation of Cape Verde could be the missing MV Arctic Sea.

The Maltese flagged MV Arctic Sea disappeared off the French coast sometime after July 29. Owned by the Russian Arctic Sea company she was operated by the Finnish Solchart Management company and had a Russian crew.

French intelligence sources have found a ship matching the Arctic Sea’s description about 400 Nautical miles north of São Vicente.

The Arctic Sea was on a scheduled route from the Finnish seaport of Pietarsaari to the Algerian seaport of Béjaïa with a cargo of timber when it was boarded in Swedish waters between the islands Öland and Gotland on the night of July 24. The alleged boarders left the ship the same day according to its crew and the ship continued her voyage although it would have been expected to anchor at the nearest port.

The last official contact with the ship was with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Britain on July 28. Viktor Matveyev, the director of Solchart Management says the ship radioed that it was off the coast of Portugal on July 31. The 98-meter-long ship has so far not reached the Straits of Gibraltar and is now being sought by the Portuguese Navy and Russian Navy.

If proven this could be the first case of piracy in Europe in the modern era. There is speculation as to the reason for the ship’s hijacking, as its cargo of wood, valued at 1.3 million euros, is not especially valuable. Suggestions include possible contraband, and the possibility of a commercial dispute between the crew or some other party and the ship’s owners.

By David H. Urmann

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right wood paneling and wood wall paneling. Get some tips to make sure it will complement your interiors.

About Wood Paneling

Wood paneling is a method of covering up a wall that started during the 1970s and 1980s. It is used as an option to the more usual painted or textured wallpaper and drywall. It is also sold almost in 4 by 8 foot sheets.


Wood paneling could be used in new installations on top of whatever material is currently on the wall. This is possible because wood paneling is extremely thin, usually under inch thick and needs only minor adjustment for outlet and trims if done properly. This is a great way to cover large areas quickly as each panel is rather big. Wood paneling are lightweight enough for a person to handle with ease.


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All wood paneling comes in about 4 by 8 foot sheets. The bead-board and some kinds of wood paneling are usually made of thin lumber. These are usually between 3 to 7 feet in width with an average thickness of 3/8 inches. The standard sheets of paneling could vary from approximately 1/8 inch in thickness to 3/8 inch for the extremely highest quality of veneer types.


Many wood paneling are similar and varying only in type and quality of wood. Durable veneer sheets are very thin and cover up a lower quality sheet of wood, which serves as the base. Another option is to use paper skin on the low quality base. Other types are made from extremely thin durable strips of lumber, commonly about 3 to 6 feet wide. This strip is fitted with groove and tongue edges in order to fit. It is the most costly type available because it is solid wood rather than the plywood.

Factors to Consider

Wood paneling must not be used in several environments because of humidity and other ecological factors. It must not be used in the bathroom as wood is quite absorbent.

About Wood Wall Paneling

Wood wall paneling comes in several styles, species and could be finished in variety of ways, painted or natural. The application to the wall could also be achieved by a large number of methods, groove and tongue, shiplap, reverse board and batten and board and batten. Wood wall paneling could also strengthen the structure to storms and high winds.


Despite of the different materials and styles, the wood wall paneling starts at the sawmill and is cured in large drying kilns. From kilns, the board of wood all paneling are planed to thickness and done to the right width. Throughout the sizing of width, the board is then edged to suit the type of paneling, to be put on the wall.


Wood wall paneling may come in a wide variety of lengths and sizes. The most usual for tongue, groove and shiplap may be a random length as the structure of grooves allows for tight joins. The batten and board usually comes in 8 foot length as the application to the wall is frequently vertical. The tongue, groove and shiplap could be put on the walls in either vertical or horizontal fashion.


Certain species may be applied to homes, which may have pest problem as several woods are resistant to insects and rot. The Cypress and Easter Red Cedar are the two wood varieties that both rot resistant and provides deterrent to insects infestation.

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