Interview with Tony Ciufo, City Council candidate for Ward 10 in Mississauga, Canada
Interview with Tony Ciufo, City Council candidate for Ward 10 in Mississauga, Canada

Friday, September 22, 2006

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

Wikinews contributor Nicholas Moreau has contacted as many candidates as possible, including Tony Ciufo, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. There is no incumbent in the newly created ward; the sixteen resident competing for the position are Shah Rukh Alam, John Briers, Jamie Dookie, Dale D’Souza, Prag Euclid, Adnan Hashmi, Elias Hazineh, Jack Janiak, Fasal Javaid, Craig Lawrence, Sue M. McFadden, Patrick Mendes, Barbara Polis, Graziano Roti, Ali Tahmourpour, and Scott Wilson.

French fishermen blockade Channel ports
French fishermen blockade Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

French fishing vessels have blockaded the English Channel ports of Calais, Bolougne, and Dunkirk.

Not a boat will go in nor out

The protest is an industrial action over tighter fishing quotas imposed by the European Union, with French fishing unions asking for their government to provide financial assistance or take a tougher line. CFTC Fishermans Union spokesman Bruno Dachicourt told Agence France Presse: “There are easily twenty boats blocking the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in organized ranks. Not a boat will go in nor out.”

The fishermen are protesting the lowering of European Union quotas on fishing, which place a ceiling on the amount of fish that the fishermen of each member country are allowed to catch and sell. The EU has lowered quotas in response to concerns about the sustainability of fisheries, but each drop in quota reduces the amount of work each fishing vessel can do. “The feeble amount of the quota obliges us to close the fishing zones three months after the beginning of the catch”, said Stéphane Pinto, spokesman for the CFDT trade union group representing fishermen in Boulogne.

Ferry sailings between Dover in the United Kingdom and Calais were suspended, with UK authorities implementing the Operation Stack management plan in response. Under the plan sections of the M20 motorway are closed to traffic and used as a managed lorry park. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes if possible. Most cars and passengers from the P&O Calais-Dover sailings at 16.10 (apparently the first sailing affected), 17.40 and 18.25 left on the “Pride of Dover” at 11.47 arriving Dover at 12.30. Two SeaFrance ferries, Renoir and another, left slightly earlier.

Fishermen have also used fires and roadblocks to interfere with access to the ports by road.

The blockades come eight days after a similar incident in the Mediterranean, when French fishermen in Marseille, Ajaccio, Toulon and other port cities interfered with oil tanker movements and blockaded ports throughout the south of the country.

Wikinews is unaware of any official statement from the British or French Governments in response to the blockade.

The Best Place To Find Joann Fabrics Printable Coupons

By Verny L

Struggling to find valid Joann Fabrics printable coupons online? You’re not alone, most people find it hard to find them armed with just Google or Yahoo, because a search typically returns outdated or invalid coupons. Personally, I tend to use a lot of these vouchers to save money on my purchases, so over the years I’ve bookmarked a few choice places to find Joann Fabrics printable coupons. I’m happy to share them with you, because I know just how important it is to save money these days on ever increasingly expensive items from JF. Here are the best sources of valid, reliable coupons.

The Best Sources Of Joann Fabrics Printable Coupons

The best place to start when you’re looking for Joann Fabrics printable coupons is their website. Surprised? I was too. Obviously you can’t just head over to their website and start printing off coupons, you actually have to sign up for their email mailing list to receive them. As you are signing up for their email mailing list, you’ll be asked to complete a survey of sorts, but at the end of it you’ll get a nice coupon for your troubles that you can use immediately on your next purchase. You’ll also receive regular email updates and coupons in the coming months on a regular basis, not to mention you’ll be notified of special events and offers happening exclusively in store. That way you can keep track of every savings opportunity.

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The coupon you will receive at the start tends to vary from month to month though, so if you don’t get an offer that’s relevant to what you want to buy, you might not want to wait for a couple of months to receive the coupon that you actually want. That was my problem as well when I first signed up with them, so I was quite delighted when I discovered that there are sites out there where people come together and submit their Joann Fabrics printable coupons to share with everyone else. These would be the next best thing, but obviously some of these sites are much better maintained than others.

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U.S. Coast Guard investigation finds ‘poor safety culture’ contributed to Deepwater Horizon disaster
U.S. Coast Guard investigation finds ‘poor safety culture’ contributed to Deepwater Horizon disaster

Sunday, April 24, 2011

An investigation by the United States Coast Guard has concluded the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry was partly the result of a “poor safety culture” aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The April 2010 explosion aboard the rig, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico, triggered a disaster that led to widespread environmental damage.

The report squarely blames Transocean, which managed the Deepwater Horizon, for being largely responsible for the explosion that claimed eleven lives. The rig had “serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture,” the report says. Transocean fiercely rejected allegations that crews aboard the rig were badly trained and equipment was poorly maintained.

Deepwater Horizon and its owner, Transocean, had serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture.

A slapdash safety environment on Deepwater Horizon would mean equipment was not mended or replaced if it meant losing valuable hours of drilling, the Coast Guard found. Electrical equipment believed to have caused a spark that ignited flammable gas was described as being in “bad condition” and “seriously corroded.” The report found that other deficiencies—improperly assembled gas detectors and emergency equipment; audible alarms switched off because of nuisance false warnings; complacency with fire drills; and poor preparation for dealing with a well blowout—all contributed to the disaster.

Transocean attacked the report’s conclusions and suggested the Coast Guard may have played a role in the disaster. A spokesperson for the company said Deepwater Horizon had been inspected by Coast Guard officials only months before the explosion, officials who said it complied with safety standards. “We strongly disagree with—and documentary evidence in the Coast Guard’s possession refutes—key findings in this report,” the company said.

This week, Deepwater Horizon owner BP launched legal action against Transocean. It also filed a lawsuit against Halliburton, the company that cemented the well, and Cameron, which manufactured the rig’s failed blowout preventer. BP is reportedly seeking to claim US$40 billion in damages, and alleges it has taken a massive financial hit and loss of reputation. In a statement, BP said it filed the lawsuits “to ensure that all parties … are appropriately held accountable for their roles in contributing to the Deepwater Horizon accident”.

In the lawsuit against Transocean, BP claims the company missed signs that a disaster was imminent and that it “materially breached its contractual duties in its actions and inactions leading to the loss of well control, the explosion and the loss of life and injuries onboard the Deepwater Horizon, as well as the resulting oil spill.” Halliburton, BP alleges, was riddled with “improper conduct, errors and omissions, including fraud and concealment” which led to the disaster, and continues to refuse to cooperate with investigators.

Transocean dismissed the lawsuit as “desperate” and “unconscionable,” and announced a countersuit against BP, which it claims was responsible for the disaster “through a series of cost-saving decisions that increased risk, in some cases severely.” Halliburton and Cameron, which is also countersuing, announced they would defend themselves against BP’s allegations.

U.S. President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the explosion by conceding that although “progress” has been made to ensure the safety of deep water drilling rigs, “the job isn’t done.” Obama’s comments came less than a week after leading experts raised serious questions over the security of deep water drilling as the U.S. government approves more exploration without improving safety measures.

Charles Perrow, a professor at Yale University, said the oil industry “is ill prepared at the least” to deal with another oil spill, despite repeated assurances from the industry and the government, which insists lessons have been learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. “I have seen no evidence that they have marshaled containment efforts that are sufficient to deal with another major spill,” he said. “Even if everybody tries very hard, there is going to be an accident caused by cost-cutting and pressure on workers. These are moneymaking machines and they make money by pushing things to the limit.”

However, politicians have insisted they are doing all they can to help clean the coast of oil. “Cleanup efforts in some places are still ongoing, and the full scale of the damage done to our state has yet to be calculated, but the good news is that most all of our fishing waters are back open again,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at a press conference. “All of us here today want the entire nation to get the message that Louisiana is making another historic comeback.”

I don’t see any hope at all. We thought we’d see hope after a year, but there’s nothing.

Gulf Coast residents, activists and relatives of the crewmen who were killed in the explosion paused this week for the anniversary of the oil spill’s beginning. A helicopter took the victims’ families from New Orleans to over the site where the rig stood, where it circled. “It was just a little emotional, seeing where they were,” said one victim’s mother. Remembrance services and candlelight vigils were held in the Gulf Coast region, which continues to suffer from the fallout of the catastrophe. The families have expressed anger at BP, who they say is being unfair and slow in paying out compensation from a $20 billion fund.

The area is still heavily affected by the disaster and reconstruction of the seafood industry that once thrived is slow. While tourists are beginning to return to the region, many are angry at BP and the Obama administration over how they handled the disaster. All the fishing waters in the area have now opened again, but people who live in the area remain dissatisfied. “I don’t see any daylight at the end of this tunnel,” one fisherwoman said. “I don’t see any hope at all. We thought we’d see hope after a year, but there’s nothing.”

Australian government concedes the federal budget may be forced into deficit
Australian government concedes the federal budget may be forced into deficit

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told the House of Representatives that the federal budget may need to fall into “temporary deficit” if the global economic crisis impacts upon Australia further. The Prime Minister said it would draw upon its budget surplus to stimulate growth and jobs.

The Prime Minister said the Australian economy had changed significantly over the past few months and warned that there were hard times to come for many people. Mr Rudd said the situation will worsen before it gets any better.

Mr Rudd said that the government will go into temporary deficit and spend on infrastructure to stimulate growth if required and not to do so would be irresponsible.

“If Australian economic growth slows further because of a further deepening of the global crisis then it follows that Australian Government revenues will reduce further,” he said.

“Under those circumstances, it would be responsible to draw further from the surplus and if necessary to use a temporary deficit to begin investing in future infrastructure needs including hospitals, schools, TAFEs, universities, ports, roads, urban rail and high speed broadband.” He added, “Such action would support growth would support families and jobs and would be undertaken in the national interest.”

If the budget fell into deficit, it would be first time the federal budget has gone into deficit since 2001. Previously, the government has refused to concede the budget would go into deficit, contrary to predictions by economists.

The admission by the government follows claims on the weekend by the Prime Minister that he did not expect the budget would go into deficit “in the current circumstances.” Today Mr Rudd told parliament that the global economic crisis is accelerating.

“The world economy is deteriorating rapidly,” Mr Rudd told parliament.

“The impact of the global financial crisis … has grown from a trickle to a flood. It is now sweeping across the world from China to Chile, from Germany to Japan.”

The government slashed its budget surplus forecast earlier this month by AUD15 billion to $5.1 billion and revised down revenue for the next four years by a further $40 billion. Mr Rudd blamed part of the downgrade to falling commodity prices.

Figures recently released by the OECD predict that Australia will manage to avoid a recession this year; economic growth is predicted to be 1.7%.

Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull used the Prime Minister’s announcement to attack the Rudd government’s economic credentials. He said any deficit would be regarded by voters to be a failure in economic management.

Mr Turnbull asserted that it is unlikely that any deficit would be temporary. “Experience and history tell us that Labor deficits are never temporary,” he told parliament. “The last Labor deficit lasted for six years. It only came to an end with the election of a coalition government.”

Mr Turnbull said the government had remained focused on inflation for longer than they should have.

“It was the only government in the developed world that was ignoring the global financial crisis…and was declaring its own war on inflation, when much darker storm clouds were on the horizon.”

The Liberal leader took aim at comments made by Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner and Prime Minister Rudd on the weekend that said the budget would not be allowed to fall into deficit.

“Forty-eight hours [later] and that has been completely abandoned,” said Turnbull.

Global markets surge in value
Global markets surge in value

Monday, October 13, 2008

Markets worldwide have surged in value following efforts by governments to ease the effect of the ongoing financial crisis, which has recently caused a massive decline in the value of stock markets.

On Sunday, the fifteen countries from the Eurogroup – that is, those countries which use the euro as official currency – had agreed on a joint plan to face the crisis, which would consist in supporting financial institutions and by guaranteeing interbank loans.

The Eurogroup meeting was the last of many which took place during the weekend. The G7 nations had met in Washington at the same time that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held their Autumn meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is one of the indexes that have done particularly well today, and it closed up 11.08%, well over 9,000 points. General Motors was the best performer in this index, with its value rising by 31.49%. The Nasdaq rose by 11.81%.

The FTSE 100 has today gone up in value by 8,26%, to take the index back over the four thousand mark. TUI Travel was the best performing company in this index. It went up by 41.25 points (21.48%), to take it to a new share price of 233.25. Some shares in the FTSE, however, have continued to fall dramatically. HBOS today dropped in value by 31.48%.

The Brazilian Bovespa index today went up by 14,66%, while the Hang Seng and Singapore Straits Times went up by 10.24% and 6.57% respectively.

Stocks exchanges in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Toronto were closed due to national holidays.

22:00, Monday, October 13, 2008 (UTC)
  • DJIA
  • 9.387,61 936,42 11,08%
  • Nasdaq
  • 1.844,25 194,74 11.81%
  • S&P 500
  • 228,14 23,30 11,37%
  • S&P TSX
  • 9.065,16 0,00 0.00%
  • IPC
  • 22.095,90 2.190,62 11,01%
  • Merval
  • 1.215,990 0.00 0,00%
  • Bovespa
  • 40.829,13 5,219.63 14,66%
  • FTSE 100
  • 4.256,90 324,84 8,26%
  • DAX
  • 5.062,45 518,14 11,40%
  • CAC 40
  • 3.531,50 355,01 11,18%
  • SMI
  • 5.956,32 609,10 11,39%
  • AEX
  • 285,27 27,22 10,55%
  • BEL20
  • 2.324,80 201,36 9,48%
  • MIBTel
  • 17.125,00 1.687,00 10,93%
  • IBEX 35
  • 9.955,70 958,00 10,65%
  • All Ordinaries
  • 4.141,90 202,40 5,14%
  • Nikkei
  • 8.276,43 0,00 0,00%
  • Hang Seng
  • 16.312,20 1.515,29 10,24%
  • SSE Composite
  • 2.073,57 73,00 3,65%

    What To Expect From Phlebotomy Courses

    byAlma Abell

    If you live in Brooklyn and thinking about a career in phlebotomy, you are certainly putting yourself on a path to success. There are many available phlebotomy courses in Brooklyn, NYC that will put you on the path to a successful career. Before you start looking for phlebotomy courses in Brooklyn, NYC, however, it is very important that you know what to expect. After all, phlebotomy is a lot more than simply drawing blood. Though all courses and schools may offer slightly different types of training, in general you can expect to learn about human anatomy, medical safety, needle technique, dealing with patients and record keeping. You can also expect the following:

    You Will Learn to Use a Variety of Medical Instruments

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    One of the thing that you will should expect when taking phlebotomy courses is that you will use a variety of medical instruments and equipment. Though you should certainly expect to learn the ins and outs of needles and syringes, you will also find that you will learn about things like tourniquets, biohazard-spill kits, blood culture bottles, bandages, puncture devices, tape and locking arm rests. Without knowing about these instruments, you will definitely not be ready for a career as a phlebotomist.

    You Will Have Your Choice of Different Degree Types

    Another thing that you should expect from phlebotomy courses is that you will have your choice when it comes to degree types. In general, you can take classes that will be done in a matter of weeks or months, you can take a year long program or you can take courses that will take years. It all really depends on what you want to gain from this training and what you are considering for your future. In order to complete your training, you will also have to do some hands on work and in some cases, become certified.

    Finally, you should also expect to have your choice of schools in the Brooklyn area because phlebotomy is a very popular field. That being said, it will be very important that you do a bit of research before you choose the right school for you. Some of the things that you can do is to ask for recommendations from people you know, do online research and even plan on visiting the campus to see how it feels when you are there.

    When looking for phlebotomy courses in Brooklyn, NYC contact Bramson ORT College. Reach them online at or by telephone, 718-259-5300.

    Home of Stonehenge builders found
    Home of Stonehenge builders found

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Scientists have uncovered the largest Neolithic settlement in the United Kingdom at the Durrington Walls and believe that the village was inhabited by the people who built the Stonehenge monument.

    Scientists say that the village was built around 2,600 B.C., roughly when Stonehenge was believed to have been constructed, and housed over 100 people.

    Inside the areas which would have been the interior of houses at the time, scientists also found outlines of what they think were beds and cupboards or dressers. Pieces of pottery and “filthy” rubbish around the site. Animal bones, arrowheads, stone tools and other relics were also discovered.

    “We’ve never seen such quantities of pottery and animal bone and flint. In what were houses, we have excavated the outlines on the floors of box beds and wooden dressers or cupboards,” said Sheffield University archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson.

    So far, the dig has revealed at least 8 houses roughly 14-16 feet square, but scientists say that they think there may have been at least 25 altogether.

    The site was likely to have been occupied only seasonally rather than year-round and evidence suggests that a lot of “partying” went on at the location.

    “The animal bones are being thrown away half-eaten. It’s what we call a feasting assemblage. This is where they went to party – you could say it was the first free festival. The rubbish isn’t your average domestic debris. There’s a lack of craft-working equipment for cleaning animal hides and no evidence for crop-processing,” added Pearson.

    The Durrington Walls are approximately 2 miles from the Stonehenge site.

    Two die in two-car crash near Connel, Scotland
    Two die in two-car crash near Connel, Scotland

    Friday, August 2, 2013

    A man and a woman have been killed in a road traffic accident near Connel in the west of Scotland. Seven people, including three children, were also injured in the head-on collision on the A85 road in Argyll at approximately 1830 BST (1730 UTC) yesterday.

    A 74-year-old female passenger of a blue Honda CRV and a 32-year-old male passenger of a blue Vauxhall Vectra died at the scene of the crash. The Vauxhall driver, a 32-year-old woman, was transported by helicopter to Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, where she is reportedly in a critical albeit stable condition.

    Three child passengers in the Vauxhall, aged fourteen, five and two, were taken to Oban Hospital and given treatment for minor injuries, as were the Honda’s 51-year-old female driver and two female passengers aged 49 and 46.

    A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said hydraulic cutting equipment was used during rescue efforts. “Ambulance personnel and police officers worked closely with our team throughout the incident but sadly one passenger from each car lost their life”, the spokesperson continued. “The thoughts of all emergency responders who were at the scene will be with the casualties and their loved ones as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened.”

    Police have appealed for potential witnesses to contact them.

    Using It Services In Denver For Businesses Of Any Size

    byAlma Abell

    IT services in Denver meet the needs of large and small businesses, as well as anyone who uses computing technology in that area. Today’s businesses use technology to boost efficiency and productivity. A company that provides IT services helps them to meet their goals. This involves proper maintenance and technical support and ensuring that clients have access to the best equipment possible. It is only through proper delivery of these services that any business can function properly and remain competitive. Generally, service providers are not interested in promoting the use of one product over another. Instead, they make recommendations based on each client’s specific needs.

    Due to technological developments, the range of information technology services continues to expand. At a university, students and employees may need to have access to the school’s network. In many businesses, some employees are allowed to work from home. They should be able to access the company’s server, but security features should be in place to prevent unauthorized access by outside parties. All computers on a company’s network should interact seamlessly with the server and, if necessary, other computers on the network. Security for the server and the entire network is essential, especially if the company handles sensitive data. These are some of the instances where an information technology service provider can be useful.

    Some companies have their own internal support structure for IT Services, but many more have to rely on help from external service providers. It helps if a company can identify its IT needs, and based on this information, the right recommendations can be made. Generally, it is a good idea to think about this while the business is doing any computer upgrading. Clearly defined business goals will assist in determining what your IT infrastructure will be like.

    Most importantly, a company’s information technology setup must be able to grow as the company grows. A bigger staff, longer hours of operation and handling more data can necessitate the upgrading of IT components. Whether in need of an entirely new system for a start-up business or looking for an upgrade for an established and growing company, IT Services are available to meet these needs.

    For more information, visit Ceres Technology Group.

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