Haitian earthquake: in pictures

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Haitian earthquake: in pictures

By | February 6, 2019

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti was hit by a heavy earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on Tuesday, killing an unknown number of people, and destroying up to ten percent of buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

No official death toll has been released as of yet, although the United Nations says that up to fifty thousand people may potentially have been killed. An estimated 300,000 more were left without homes.

In a special photo report, Wikinews looks at the extensive damage caused by the disaster.


To find more information about a certain image or to enlarge it, click it. For an in-depth textual report on the same subject, please see Haiti relief efforts: in depth.

Steps For Foster Adoption In Phoenix Az

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byAlma Abell

Many individuals become foster parents with the intent to eventually adopt a child. This scenario has a specific process and can vary from state to state. Thankfully, for the most part individuals will find that this process, although time consuming, can be quite simple. If a person is unaware of the process and would like the guidance of a professional it is recommended that they speak with an attorney who specializes in adoption. By following a few steps individuals are able to welcome foster children into their family in a shorter amount of time than expected.

When a person has made the decision to enter the process of foster adoption in Phoenix, AZ they will need to first find out if they qualify, and then follow some procedural steps. Some of the qualify factors include:

* Being an adult, who is a legal resident of Arizona

* Meet the minimum age requirements: 18 years old to adopt and 21 years old to foster

* Own or rent a home/apartment

* Marital status is not needed, single, married, divorced, or widowed qualify

Once a person has determined that they qualify they will then need to contact a local licensed adoption agency. These individuals will be able to assist throughout the entire foster adoption process, which will include:

* Attending an orientation

* Submit an application

* Attend training classes

* Partake in a family assessment

After the completion of all of these steps a person will be deemed a foster or adoptive parent. Although times will vary a bit, in most cases individuals can expect to be completed with the licensing requirements for fostering within as little as 90 days.

Entering into the foster adoption in Phoenix, AZ process provides an endless amount of rewards to both the child and the adult. Becoming a foster parent who intends to eventually adopt gives a child a priceless gift of becoming part of the family. By following these few simple steps a person is taking the necessary steps required to become a foster parent. Thankfully the length of the process is a minimal amount of time which allows both the adult and the child to begin forming their lives together.

For more information about the process of foster adoption in Phoenix, AZ,

Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors

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Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

English actress Rachel Weisz thinks that Botox injections should be banned for all actors.

The 39-year-old actress, best known for her roles in the Mummy movie franchise and for her Academy Award-winning portrayal in The Constant Gardener, feels facial Botox injections leave actors less able to convey emotion and that it harms the acting industry as much as steroids harm athletes.

In an interview with UK’s Harper’s Bazaar, coming out next month, Weisz says, “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen,” she claims. “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”

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Currently living in New York, she also mentions that English women are much less worried about their physical appearance than in the United States. “I love the way girls in London dress,” she claimed. “It’s so different to the American ‘blow-dry and immaculate grooming’ thing.”

US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid criticized over “Negro” comments

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US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid criticized over “Negro” comments

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is US Senate Majority leader, is under a lot of criticism over comments he made during the 2008 United States presidential election, toward US President Barack Obama. The highlighted comment made by Reid was calling Obama a “light-skinned” black man “with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.” The remarks were released in a book co-written by Time magazine reporter Mark Halperin, and New York magazine reporter John Heileman.

Reid has since apologized for “using such a poor choice of words.” President Obama quickly accepted the apology. Reid has been a partner with the Obama Administration on issues such as health care reform. Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine told Meet the Press “the comments were unfortunate and they were insensitive”, but “I think the case is closed because President Obama has spoken directly with the leader [Reid] and accepted his apology. […] We’re moving on.”

Members of the Republican Party have called on Reid to resign over his comments. Party chairperson Michael Steele told Fox News Sunday “There is this standard where the Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it … comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it’s racism,”. Having appeared alongside Kaine, where the Democrat Party chairman stated the case was closed, Steele argued that there was a double standard, on the basis of then-Senator Obama calling in 2002 calling for Trent Lott, at that time the majority leader, to be ousted for supporting the views of Strom Thurmond, who stood as a segregationist Presidential candidate in 1948.

The book Game Change published today, also says that New York Senator Chuck Schumer encouraged Barack Obama to run in early 2006, even though he later endorsed his former colleague Hillary Clinton. Other revelations included that John McCain’s aides were concerned about Sarah Palin’s failure to understand basic facts prior to her ABC News interviews with Charles Gibson, including why North Korea and South Korea are separate countries.

Co-authors Halpern and Heileman have a history of vocal criticism of media coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. In late 2008, Daily Kos reporter Jed Lewison drew attention to comments by Halpern, on-stage with Heilmen, asserting the reportage was, “extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage”; he characterised election coverage as, “the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war”. Halpern’s centrepiece example was an analysis of New York Times profiles on the prospective First Ladies; overlooking earlier NYT coverage that reported on Obama’s Caucasian ancestors being slave owners.