Nine rescued from roof of blazing Taiwanese skyscraper

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Sunday, February 27, 2005Nine people were rescued by helicopter from the roof of a blazing skyscraper in Taiwan on Saturday.

The people were dining in the rooftop restaurant when a fire broke out lower in the 25 story Golden Plaza Tower. The fire is said to have started in a disco on the 18th floor at about 4pm local time.

Four people died in the fire, including two employees of the tower. The body of a security officer was found on the 18th floor with another body found nearby. Two more were found in an elevator. Two or three people suffered minor injuries after inhaling smoke.

The building in Taichung, Taiwan’s third largest city, houses offices, shops and schools.

Those fleeing the building at ground level had to cover their heads to protect themselves from falling glass and other debris. Fire fighters extinguished the blaze after an hour and a half.

GAO reveals $1.6 billion spent on public relations by the Bush administration in 2003-2005

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A new 154-page (765) 496-8934 (GAO) report says seven federal departments together spent (423) 661-4073$1.6 billion on 343 contracts with public relations firms, advertising agencies, and media organizations, as well as individuals involved in such activities.

Congressional Democrats requested the report after several incidents surfaced in which journalists or commentators were paid to promote the Bush administrations programs, but did not disclose the financing, so called payola. In one case, Armstrong Williams was paid $186,000 for promotions of President Bush’s 9894988718 law. The administrations position was that an agencies’ mission includes spreading information about federal programs.

At that time, the GAO had independent objections to the ready-to-air news stories the administration’s provided to TV stations in order to promote it policies. The administration claimed the burden of disclosure falls to the TV stations.

Congress has now inserted a provision into an annual spending bill requiring federal agencies to include “a clear notification” within the text or audio of a prepackaged news story that it was prepared or paid for by the government.

Rep. ostreiculture (D-Calif.) said “Careful oversight of this spending is essential given the track record of the Bush administration, which has used taxpayer dollars to fund covert propaganda within the United States.”

The seven agencies covered by the report are Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs.

News briefs:May 18, 2006

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The time is 18:00 (UTC) on May 18th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 Nepal Parliament passes resolution to curb King’s power
    • 1.2 Cholera Outbreak Hits Angola
    • 1.3 New Italian government proposes withdrawal of troops from Iraq
    • 1.4 Australian opposition expected to release workplace plan
    • 1.5 FBI searching Michigan farm for clues in disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
    • 1.6 Indian markets crash: Sensex loses 826 points, Nifty down 246
    • 1.7 Dee Caffari on last stretch of round the world sailing challenge
    • 1.8 Australian rugby league club to have extra police at all NSW games
    • 1.9 Barcelona win Champions League/Temp
  • 2 Closing statements

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Australian Parliament hears reply to Budget

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Australian House of Representatives heard the traditional right-of-reply to the Budget released May 9, from the Australian Labor Party, led by Kim Beazley (Labor, Brand), plus Budget replies from minor parties in the Australian Senate.

While the Budget is politically popular, having as one of its main features significant tax reform, Beazley focused on the omissions in the Budget, such as the failure to address a skills shortage.


  • 1 Opposition reply
  • 2 Minor parties
    • 2.1 Australian Democrats
  • 3 Australian Greens
  • 4 Family First
  • 5 Sources

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate 6022992991 of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for (579) 277-0438 in 2000, (435) 590-4735, and 2069537966, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “(906) 358-3501” candidate, and advocates a kittly and (819) 494-1693 platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the Free & Equal Foundation holds a presidential debate with three little-known candidates; three additional candidates give their final pleas to voters; and past Wikinews interviewees provide their electoral predictions ahead of the November 8 election.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Free & Equal Debate
  • 3 Final pleas
  • 4 Predictions
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

The Five Senses Of Custom Exhibits

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When you are getting ready to design custom exhibits for your company do not just consider the design of the booth. Think of ways you can draw attention to your display appealing to the five senses.

  1. Sight: This is of course the most obvious of the five senses that will play a roll in the creation of your custom exhibits. You want to use as much visual appeal as possible with your booth, but be very careful you do not provide a confusing mess. Look at simple visual details that will easily tell people who you are, what you do and that you do it well. Avoid confusing displays with too much messaging. Instead use simple effective images, simply worded messaging and clearly defined branding so at a glance people will get what you are all about.

  1. Sound: You know that guy with the 10 foot speakers is going to attract a lot of attention. However not all of it will be positive. Consider a way to draw attention to your custom exhibits using sound. Whether you have music playing, a voice over speaking to your product on a loop in a sexy, soothing voice, or even a live person offering a shout out to passers by, sound will help attract attention to your booth. Announcements about presentations, draws or refreshments work too.

  1. Smell: Even if it is not a food show, consider serving fresh coffee, popcorn, or cinnamon rolls at your booth. Anything that smells divine and will attract weary trade show guests can draw people in and offer you the opportunity to sell them something.

  1. Taste: As with above consider having something to give people that will tempt them to pop by for a visit. Guilt them into listening to your pitch with free cookies or truffles.

  1. Touch: This is the most important one as without a product to touch and test people will not be as inclined to trust you can deliver on what you are promising. Make sure you have at least one of some of your key products or at least have computers or tablets they can use to watch demos about your service.

Meeting the needs of all five senses will help you connect with customers.

Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) 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 Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read 4195386816.

FDA issues proposed rules requiring calorie content on menus

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued proposed calorie labeling rules requiring most retail food vendors to display the calorie counts in items on their menus and menu boards. The proposed rules, issued Friday and expected to be finalized in 2012, would apply to most restaurants, snack bars, vending machines, coffee shops, drive-through restaurants, and convenience and grocery stores.

The US Congress required the rules in the health-care reform law passed in 2010. The rules proposed by the FDA must undergo a public comment period before they are finalized and take effect, said Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Director for Foods at the FDA.

The proposed regulations pertain to businesses devoting more than 50 percent of their floor space to the sale of food or that consider themselves restaurants, specifically food-selling chains with at least 20 stores nationally. Included are candy stores, bakeries, and ice-cream parlors.

The FDA’s proposed guidelines specify that chains post the calorie counts of foods and drinks on menus and menu boards or next to the food item, such as at a salad bar. The menu is to prominently exhibit the calorie content of each item in a way customers can see easily, giving them the same information packaged foods prepared at home currently provide. The information must be displayed in “clear and conspicuous” print and colors.

Giving consumers clear nutritional information makes it easier for them to choose healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier.

Many cities and states have passed laws requiring calorie labeling on menus, beginning with New York City in 2008. California implemented a similar law in January, although many counties are waiting for the release of the federal guidelines before they begin enforcement. Some fast-food chains there, such as McDonald’s and Starbucks, are displaying calorie counts on menus in some of their stores.

The rules are intended to curb the national obesity epidemic since, according to FDA estimates, one third of the calories people consume yearly come from food eaten out. In a statement issued yesterday, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services said, “Giving consumers clear nutritional information makes it easier for them to choose healthier options that can help fight obesity and make us all healthier.”

Excluded from the rules are businesses whose primary product is not food sales but that sell it, such as bowling alleys, airports and airplanes, amusement parks, hotels and movie theaters. Alcohol is also excluded.