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Obama renominates Bernanke as US central banker

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

United States President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he is nominating Ben Bernanke for a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States.

Obama made the announcement during a brief break from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

“The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world has ever faced. As an expert on the causes of the Great Depression, I’m sure Ben never imagined that he would be part of a team responsible for preventing another. But because of his background, his temperament, his courage, and his creativity, that’s exactly what he has helped to achieve. And that is why I am re-appointing him to another term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve,” the President said.

Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom

“Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom; with bold action and outside-the-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall,” Obama added.

“We have been bold or deliberate as circumstances demanded, but our objective remains constant: to restore a more stable economic and financial environment in which opportunity can again flourish, and in which Americans’ hard work and creativity can receive their proper rewards,” Ben Bernanke said while accepting the nomination.

Ben Bernanke, who succeeded Alan Greenspan on February 1, 2006, will now face a Senate confirmation hearing.

“There will be a thorough and comprehensive confirmation hearing,” said Senator Christopher Dodd, who is the chair of the Senate Banking Committee. “I expect many serious questions will be raised about the role of the Federal Reserve moving forward and what authorities it should and should not have.”

“I am extremely pleased to learn that Ben Bernanke has been nominated for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve,” read a statement by Jean-Claude Trichet, the President of the European Central Bank. “We have had an excellent and very close working relationship during the current episode of exceptional challenges for the world economy. The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank have, together with other central banks, initiated an unprecedented level of close cooperation, which has been key in coping with the present situation.”

Steelmaker Corus to cut 2000 jobs in the UK and Netherlands
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Steelmaker Corus to cut 2000 jobs in the UK and Netherlands

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Corus, the fifth largest steelmaker in the world, is set to cut 2000 jobs in both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. 123 jobs are reported to be going in the Netherlands with the remainder from the United Kingdom. Corus have blamed the move on the “further deterioration” of the demand for steel in both the United States and Europe.

Corus Chief Executive Kirby Adams stated, “Any recovery in Europe appears to be some time off”. He added that Corus have to achieve “long-term sustainable competitiveness in a global and over-supplied steel market”. In January of this year Corus cut approximately 3,500 staff worldwide; 2,500 of them in Britain.

Peter Hogg, a commercial director at Corus, reported that the company was surprised at the extent of the global recession. He added that it is clear a full recovery is years away.

Some plants have been hit harder than others. Scunthorpe will lose 500 members of staff, with 379 going at Stocksbridge and 377 at Rotherham. Corus will also reduce operations at Hartlepool, Skinningrove and their Teesside Beam Mill, in Cleveland, where an additional 2,000 already face redundancy. A total of 11 plants in the United Kingdom are affected.

Elliot Morley, Labour Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe, told the BBC that he was disappointed with the job cuts and said he had previously told Corus that they should be a last resort. He added that this was a “sad day” for Scunthorpe.

The Community union general secretary Michael Leahy said that it was “devastating news” and spoke of his concerns for the integrity of the British steel industry.

Corus has the second largest steelmaking operation in Europe. The company was bought in 1999 by Tata Steel, part of India’s Tata Group. The company has around 50,000 employees worldwide.

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans graduate students
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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

Introducing Core Factors For Car Insurance}

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Seeds placed in Norwegian vault as agricultural ‘insurance policy’

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a vault containing millions of seeds from all over the world, saw its first deposits on Tuesday. Located 800 kilometers from the North Pole on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the vault has been referred to by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso as a “frozen Garden of Eden“. It is intended to preserve crop supplies and secure biological diversity in the event of a worldwide disaster.

“The opening of the seed vault marks a historic turning point in safeguarding the world’s crop diversity,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust which is in charge of collecting the seed samples. The Norwegian government, who owns the bank, built it at a cost of $9.1 million.

At the opening ceremony, 100 million seeds from 268,000 samples were placed inside the vault, where there is room for over 2 billion seeds. Each of the samples originated from a different farm or field, in order to best ensure biological diversity. These crop seeds included such staples as rice, potatoes, barley, lettuce, maize, sorghum, and wheat. No genetically modified crops were included. (Beyond politics they are generally sterile so of no use.)

It is very important for Africa to store seeds here because anything can happen to our national seed banks.

Constructed deep inside a mountain and protected by concrete walls, the “doomsday vault” is designed to withstand earthquakes, nuclear warfare, and floods resulting from global warming. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called it an “insurance policy” against such threats.

With air-conditioned temperatures of -18 degrees Celsius, experts say the seeds could last for an entire millennium. Some crops will be able to last longer, like sorghum, which the Global Crop Diversity Trust says can last almost 20 millenniums. Even if the refrigeration system fails, the vaults are expected to stay frozen for 200 years.

The Prime Minister said, “With climate change and other forces threatening the diversity of life that sustains our planet, Norway is proud to be playing a central role in creating a facility capable of protecting what are not just seeds, but the fundamental building blocks of human civilization.” Stoltenberg, along with Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, made the first deposit of rice to the vault.

“It is very important for Africa to store seeds here because anything can happen to our national seed banks,” Maathai said. The vault will operate as a bank, allowing countries to use their deposited seeds free of charge. It will also serve as a backup to the thousands of other seed banks around the world.

“Crop diversity will soon prove to be our most potent and indispensable resource for addressing climate change, water and energy supply constraints and for meeting the food needs of a growing population,” Cary Fowler said.

Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer
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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

Contents

  • 1 On literature
  • 2 On work as a gay writer
  • 3 On sex
  • 4 On incest in his family
  • 5 On American politics
  • 6 On his intimate relationships
  • 7 On Edmund White
  • 8 On Larry Kramer
  • 9 Source

Canada’s St. Paul’s West (Ward 21) city council candidates speak
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Canada’s St. Paul’s West (Ward 21) city council candidates speak

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 St. Paul’s West (Ward 21). One candidate responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Adams, Tony Corpuz, Joe Mihevc (incumbent), and John Sewell.

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

The Advantages Of Using Infrared Filter}

Submitted by: Jessica Thomson

Light rays that are falling on us have three components. They are the ultra violet rays, the visible light we generally see and the infra red rays. An infrared filter blocks all lights except infrared rays to pass through the filter. These filters were initially developed for taking photographs using infrared light. The films used were sensitive to infrared lights. Infrared photography has been extended to digital cameras. These cameras use image sensors which are sensitive to infrared lights.

Besides use in infrared photography, these filters are used in many other areas.

These filters are being used in the industries. These filters enable to see through objects that are not visible to naked eyes under normal light. Water and other fluids absorb specific wavelengths. By using infrared filters, it can be ascertained whether a container has been filled. By using these filters, we can see through the labels to detect the fluids stored inside or we can detect the presence of any foreign materials.

These filters also find application in security and surveillance applications. By using infrared light source (which will not be visible to the naked eye) and using infrared sensitive cameras or binoculars any movement made in the darkness of the night could be easily monitored.

Similarly, by using these filters and infrared light source, it would be possible to keep watch on the movement of wild animals in the forest in the night. The hunters could also utilize this facility for game hunting in the night.

These filters used along with an infrared light source could enable the parents to keep watch on their children without turning the lights on.

It has been seen that using a camera with an infrared filter in the daytime, sometimes we could see through the clothing.

For some applications, it may be required to that the filter would reflect infrared light instead of allowing it to pass through. This type of filter has been used in Silver Cloud’s Heat Shield display filter windows so that heat of infrared light does not affect in outdoor applications.

Digital camera sensors are generally sensitive to infrared lights. This sensitivity could interfere with its functioning while taking photographs under normal lighting. Therefore, to improve the quality of pictures taken by these cameras, they are fitted with infrared filters which block infrared lights. These cameras would not be suitable for taking infrared photography.

For taking infrared photography using digital cameras, these blocking filters are removed and infrared filter is fitted in these cameras which allow only infrared light to pass. Special digital cameras are being developed for taking infrared photography to be taken from satellites or for taking photo using infrared radiation (Thermographic camera).Light rays that are falling on us have three components. They are the ultra violet rays, the visible light we generally see and the infra red rays. An infrared filter blocks all lights except infrared rays to pass through the filter. These filters were initially developed for taking photographs using infrared light. The films used were sensitive to infrared lights. Infrared photography has been extended to digital cameras. These cameras use image sensors which are sensitive to infrared lights.

Besides use in infrared photography, these filters are used in many other areas.

These filters are being used in the industries. These filters enable to see through objects that are not visible to naked eyes under normal light. Water and other fluids absorb specific wavelengths. By using infrared filters, it can be ascertained whether a container has been filled. By using these filters, we can see through the labels to detect the fluids stored inside or we can detect the presence of any foreign materials.

These filters also find application in security and surveillance applications. By using infrared light source (which will not be visible to the naked eye) and using infrared sensitive cameras or binoculars any movement made in the darkness of the night could be easily monitored.

Similarly, by using these filters and infrared light source, it would be possible to keep watch on the movement of wild animals in the forest in the night. The hunters could also utilize this facility for game hunting in the night.

These filters used along with an infrared light source could enable the parents to keep watch on their children without turning the lights on.

It has been seen that using a camera with an infrared filter in the daytime, sometimes we could see through the clothing.

For some applications, it may be required to that the filter would reflect infrared light instead of allowing it to pass through. This type of filter has been used in Silver Cloud’s Heat Shield display filter windows so that heat of infrared light does not affect in outdoor applications.

Digital camera sensors are generally sensitive to infrared lights. This sensitivity could interfere with its functioning while taking photographs under normal lighting. Therefore, to improve the quality of pictures taken by these cameras, they are fitted with infrared filters which block infrared lights. These cameras would not be suitable for taking infrared photography.

For taking infrared photography using digital cameras, these blocking filters are removed and infrared filter is fitted in these cameras which allow only infrared light to pass. Special digital cameras are being developed for taking infrared photography to be taken from satellites or for taking photo using infrared radiation (Thermographic camera).

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State Farm Insurance allegedly destroying papers

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Zach Scruggs, a lawyer for United States Senator Trent Lott, says that State Farm Insurance Company is destroying records related to claims for damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The records allegedly contain information saying that State Farm fraudulently denied insurance claims made by its policy holders, including Lott, that had homes there were damaged or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina came ashore on the Gulf Coast.

Scruggs said that Lott has “good faith belief” that many employees of the insurance company in Biloxi, Mississippi are destroying engineer’s reports that were inconclusive as to whether or not water or wind was the main cause of damage to the buildings affected by the hurricane.

Lott is among thousands of home and/or business owners who had their property damaged or destroyed during the hurricane and had their claims denied because State Farm claimed that their policies don’t cover damage caused by floods or water that was driven by the wind.

State Farm has not issued a statement on the matter so far.

Travel from Canada to the United States continues to decline
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Travel from Canada to the United States continues to decline

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The number of Canadians travelling to the United States continued to drop in 2017, even though the Canadian dollar has strengthened, the Vancouver Sun reported today. The number of Canadians travelling to the US declined between 2013 and 2016 when the value of the Canadian dollar declined making trips more expensive for Canadians, but this year the value of the Canadian dollar has been going up,however travelling continues to decline.

Thirty one percent of Canadians polled recently by a Vancouver research company, expressed concern about travelling to the United States. The Sun speculated, based on a poll by Facebook, that the reason for the continued decline in travel may be due to Canadians’ fear of recent mass shootings in the United States such as Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and 2017 Las Vegas shooting, a reaction to the growing Islamophobia in the United States, or possibly reports of social media intrusion by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency may be behind the decline in travel.

In 2013 Canadians made forty eight million trips to the United States. By the end of fiscal 2017 the number will drop to thirty four million trips.

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