World Summit on the Information Society ends in Tunisia
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Saturday, November 19, 2005

The World Summit on the Information Society, organized by the International Telecommunication Union, concluded on Friday evening, November 18th, in Tunis, the capital of the north African nation of Tunisia. The event’s organizers intended for the event to “put into motion” the plan for Internet financing and governance developed at the 2003 WSIS summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

The summit was marred by criticism of Tunisia for allowing attacks on journalists and human rights defenders to occur in the days leading up to the event. A French journalist for “Libération” was stabbed and beaten by unidentified men after he reported on local human rights protesters. A Belgian television crew was harassed and forced to hand over footage of Tunisian dissidents, while local human rights defenders were roughed up and prevented from organising a meeting with international civil society groups. A representative from the French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, Robert Menard, was prevented from disembarking from his Air France flight to Tunis to attend the summit.

During the event, representatives from the Global Voices project were menaced by the Tunisian police as they held their session on “Expression Under Repression.” Speaking at the session were Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan Zuckerman, Nart Villeneuve, Taurai Maduna, Isaac Mao, and Hossein Derakshan, among others. The interaction with the Tunisian police is related by Amanda Michel of the Berkman Center with the description from an attendee as, “[B]efore the break, a phalanx of secret police (ie scary guys in dark suits) showed up. [T]hey filled the hall outside the room, forcing cancellation of the break for fear that we’d not be allowed to re-start.”

Nicholas Negroponte demonstrated the first working prototype of his $100 laptop.

Volkswagen emissions scandal may affect thousands more cars
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Volkswagen emissions scandal continued yesterday with the company announcing 800,000 mainly diesel vehicles may also be affected by carbon dioxide emissions problems.

The company stated “the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised”. They estimated potentially this could cost them €2bn on top of the €6.7bn set aside to pay for the cost of correcting 11 million cars affected when the scandal broke, in addition to fines by regulators.

the safety of the vehicles is in no way compromised

This follows Monday’s revelation that the emissions scandal has affected up to 10,000 vehicles sold in the USA by brands in the Volkswagen group, although the company refutes the allegation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the regulatory body which has been investigating Volkswagen, claims the company fitted a number of recent Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models with technology that initiates secret components during emission tests to ensure the results are favourable.

The scandal began with damaging revelations that the car manufacturer has been using illegal software to enable diesel cars to cheat on mandatory emissions tests. This lead to a public apology on September 20 by then-chief executive Martin Winterkorn and the promise of an outside inquiry. He then resigned on September 23, and was replaced by Matthias Müller. The new allegation about Porsche is of particular concern for Müller, because he had previously been in charge of Porsche.

The company is expected to foot the bill for the recall of close to 500,000 VW and Audi cars affected at the time. There is also the possibility of Volkswagen having to pay federal fines of up to US$18 billion dollars because the US Clean Air Act sets a maximum fine of US$37,500 for each vehicle that contravenes the requirements of the Act.

An investigation into alleged breaches of environmental law was originally initiated on the advice of the International Council on Clean Transportation, a European non-governmental organisation. The EPA requested tests be carried out by West Virginia University, where the secret software was discovered.

The software, known as a “defeat device”, enabled cars to identify when they were being tested and to switch on the emission control system. The devices may have been adding urea to the car exhaust because that would reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide. The car would release a fraction of the nitrogen oxide compared to when they were being driven normally. Emissions of nitrogen oxide contribute to smog and are thought to have caused a rise in respiratory illnesses like asthma.

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 26) city council candidates speak
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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 Don Valley West (Ward 26). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Muhammad Alam, Bahar Aminvaziri, Orhan Aybars, Michele Carroll-Smith, Mohamed Dhanani, Abdul Ingar, Geoff Kettel, Debbie Lechter, Natalie Maniates, John Masterson, John Parker, David Thomas, Csaba Vegh, and Fred Williams.

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


  • 1 Geoff Kettel
  • 2 Natalie Maniates
  • 3 John Parker
  • 4 Csaba Vegh
Natalee Holloway’s mother prepares civil lawsuit against Joran van der Sloot
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Beth Twitty, missing U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway‘s mother, is preparing a civil lawsuit against Joran van der Sloot, major suspect in the teenager’s death. On her behalf, Dutch lawyer Bram Moszkowicz is investigating whether Van der Sloot can be charged with unlawful action.

Twitty’s civil claim follows the Curaçao’s court decision that Joran van der Sloot will not be arrested again. The investigation to what happened with Natalee Holloway, and Van der Sloot’s role in that matter will be continued, but the secret tapes presented by crime reporter Peter R. de Vries are not sufficient for a new arrest.

Moszkowicz claims that there are two reasons for starting a civil procedure: first there is the shock after Van der Sloot’s confessions, and second his keeping silent on the details. Twitty compares this case to that against O.J. Simpson, who was never convicted in a criminal case, but was convicted to pay damages in civil court.

The chances that Van der Sloot will be convicted in a criminal case are getting smaller. “I think the criminal investigation comes to an end,” says Moszkowicz, “That does not mean that I understand, or agree with that”.

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Arcelor declares merger with Mittal Steel

Arcelor declares merger with Mittal Steel
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Arcelor, Luxembourg’s largest steel company, has reached in an agreement with Mittal Steel over a €26.9 billion merger (at €40.44 per share). The new company will be called Arcelor-Mittal. Mittal Steel will hold 45% stake in the new company. Arcelor would pay Severstal €130 million as a “fine” for the fall-out of their failed talks. Lakshmi Mittal (owner of Mittal Steel) and Joseph Kinsch (current Arcelor chairman) will be the co-chairmen of the new company. The new company will have a net capacity of 120 million tonnes.

How To Design The Best Letter I Logo In 48 Hours}

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If youre really eyeing to design the best letter logo design in 48 hours, there are 5 basic rules that you must not underestimate before you begin with your designing.

A decent logo is unmistakable, fitting, down to earth, realistic and straightforward in frame, and it passes on the proprietor’s planned message. You ought to take after the five standards underneath to guarantee that your outline meets these criteria:

– Simple

– Memborable

– Timeless

– Versatile

– Appropriate


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Effortlessness makes a logo plan effectively conspicuous, adaptable and significant. Great logos include something surprising or interesting, without being “overdrawn.”

While in school in the mid-’70s, a teacher acquainted me with the K.I.S.S. Guideline of outline, which deciphers as: Keep It Simple, Stupid. It conveys a critical outline thought. Basic logos are frequently effortlessly perceived, inconceivably important and the best in passing on the prerequisites of the customer.

A refined and refined character will likewise get the consideration of a watcher dashing by signage at 70 miles for each hour, on bundling on the swarmed racks of a store, or in whatever other vehicle utilized for publicizing, advertising and advancement. Keep in mind, the premise of the enormously viable worldwide marking for the world’s biggest shoe maker is an exceptionally basic realistic swoosh.


Taking after nearly on this standard of straightforwardness is that of memorability. A viable logo configuration ought to be paramount, which is accomplished by keeping it basic yet proper.

Astonishing to numerous, the topic of a logo is of moderately little significance, and even fittingness of substance does not generally assume a huge part.

This does not infer that fittingness is undesirable. It only shows that a balanced connection between an image and what it symbolized is all the time difficult to accomplish and, under specific conditions, frightful. Eventually, the main order in the plan of logos, it appears, is that they be unmistakable, critical, and clear.


A powerful logo ought to be ageless. Will yours stand the trial of time? Will despite everything it be compelling in 10, 20 or 50 years?

Leave patterns to the design business. Patterns go back and forth, and when you’re looking at changing a couple of pants or purchasing another dress, that is fine, yet where your image personality is concerned, life span is vital. Try not to take after the pack. Emerge.


A viable logo works over an assortment of media and applications. Consequently, logos ought to be planned in vector organization, to guarantee that they scale to any size.

Ask yourself, is your logo still compelling in the event that it is printed

– In one shading?

– In switch shading (i.e. light logo on dim foundation)?

– The span of a postage stamp?

– As expansive as a board?

One approach to make an adaptable logo is to start outlining in highly contrasting. This permits you to concentrate on the idea and shape, as opposed to shading, which is subjective in nature. Additionally remember printing costs: the more hues you utilize, the more costly it will be for the business over the long haul.


How you “position” the logo ought to be proper for its target group. For instance, a youngster like text style and shading plan would be fitting for a logo for a kids’ toy store, less for a law office.

A logo doesn’t have to state what an organization does. Eatery logos don’t have to show sustenance, dental specialist logos don’t have to go on the defensive, furniture store logos don’t have to show furniture. Because it’s pertinent, doesn’t mean you can’t improve. The Mercedes logo isn’t an auto. The Virgin Atlantic logo isn’t a plane. The Apple logo isn’t a PC. And so forth.

About the Author: Merk Davson is a professional graphic designer. He currently work’s in 99branddesigns. He loves to play guitar and to listen music.




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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

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