Friday, November 7, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico — Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also the subject of a referential book, released in 2014, entitled Internet Legends – Heaven Sent Gaming.


  • 1 General questions
    • 1.1 Influences
    • 1.2 Religion
  • 2 Media-related questions
    • 2.1 Comics
    • 2.2 Games
    • 2.3 Music
    • 2.4 Novels
    • 2.5 Video
    • 2.6 Web
  • 3 Closing questions
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links

Thursday, September 21, 2017

On Monday night, New Jersey, US-based toy retail giant Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in the US as well as in Canada. The retailer filed it from Richmond, Virginia for Chapter 11 bankruptcy code in the US, and a judge allowed a loan of over US$2 billion.

According to the filing, the retail chain owns US$6.6 billion in assets, but has a debt of US$7.9 billion. They were under a roughly US$5 billion debt since the company underwent a three-way acquisition in 2005. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust acquired Toys R Us for around US$7 to US$7.5 billion. After the US judge approved a loan, Toys R Us received about US$3 billion from the lenders to continue the business and survive a competitive market, and restructure their business model. E-commerce giant, Walmart and Target are some of the competitors for the conventional ‘brick and mortar’ toy shop, with lower priced-merchandise and fast, cheap delivery. In a conference call in June, CEO Dave Brandon said “very, very aggressive pricing online” was causing problems. He also said the company was experiencing “significant weakness in demand for their products globally”. Toys R Us are to clear a debt of US$400 million by May 2018.

Toys R Us said they would continue to operate for the holiday season. Bankruptcy lawyer Jeff Gleit said Toys R Us “need to do both a financial restructuring as well as an operational restructuring” and “needs to modernize with the times”. Last holiday season, Toys R Us made sales around US$4.5 billion. Overall, the company reported a US$29 million loss in 2016. CEO Brandon said, “Our objective is to work with our debt holders and other creditors to restructure the US$5 billion of long-term debt on our balance sheet, which will provide us with greater financial flexibility to invest in our business”.

Toys R Us employs more than 60 thousand people in 38 countries around the world in more than 1600 stores. The company’s stocks fell by six percent after filing for Chapter 11 protection. US bankruptcy code Chapter 11 allows the company to restructure under a plan approved by the court. The company would also be shielded from creditors’ claims during the process. For the stores located in Canada, Toys R Us filed bankruptcy in Ontario and are to undergo reorganisation. However, 259 stores located outside the US or Canada will not undergo reorganisation, the company said.

Over 300 US-based retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year, and hundreds of stores closed.

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Monday, October 30, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Parkdale—High Park (Ward 13). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Linda Coltman, David Garrick, Greg Hamara, Aleksander Oniszczak, Bill Saundercook (incumbent), and Frances Wdowczyk.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The California Department of Justice on Wednesday released the warrant and affidavit of a criminal investigation of the Wells Fargo bank. The State of California served the warrant on October 5 to search the San Francisco headquarters of Wells Fargo for felonious activities related to identity theft.

The warrant said property to be seized at the bank’s San Francisco headquarters was related to the unauthorized creation of accounts by Wells Fargo employees including the names of individuals for the accounts; account information and fees; the names of employees and their managers who created accounts without the consent of the Wells Fargo customers in question; and all communications including emails referencing the unauthorised accounts.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s criminal probe is part of an increasing list of officials nationwide questioning the business practices of Wells Fargo such as California State Treasurer John Chiang who announced a one-year suspension of State investment with the bank on September 28; Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs followed suit with a year-long ban on October 3; and Democratic United States Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who wrote to the U.S. Security Exchanges Commission (SEC) suggesting investigation on September 29.

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By Ann Marier

Young parents are usually beset with so many problems when it comes to rearing and caring for their children. Because of the ever-increasing cost of living in the country, both parents now need to earn a living to keep the family well provided for. Since both parents now have careers outside of the home, there are many parenting issues that these parents need to consider and resolve.

Getting a Babysitter

One of the biggest parenting issues that beset young parents nowadays is the care of their baby while they go to work. It is a constant struggle for young parents to leave their baby at the babysitters while they go to work. Young mothers are especially very reluctant to leave their babies in a new place. If you are one of those mothers who find it very uncomfortable to leave your baby alone in the house with the babysitter, you might want to consider working from home.

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Breastfeeding Your Baby

Although lot of women would want to breastfeed their babies, there are still many young mothers who rely on infant formula. Even through there are already so many government programs that encourage breastfeeding; breastfeeding is still one of parenting issues that affects young parents. Sometimes, even if the mother is very inclined to breastfeed her baby, she may not be able to do so because she works outside of the home and may be inaccessible to the baby.

Child’s Diet

The diet of the children is one of the most pressing parenting issues for working parents. Working parents are always in a hurry to get to work and often do not have enough time to prepare a healthy meal. Unfortunately, according to studies, children who eat unhealthy meals often do not develop their immune system well and are more prone to diseases. If you are one of those parents who have parenting issues with regard to the diet of your children, you should start paying attention to what nutrition experts have to say.

Although you may feel so pressed for time, you should not make your being busy an excuse not to give you children healthy food. According to experts, if you really cannot cook healthy meals everyday, you should try to cook enough good food for a few meals and put it is the refrigerator so that you can just re-heat it later. When storing food in the refrigerator, make sure that you seal the food properly to preserve its freshness.

About the Author: Ann Merier has written many articles on family health problems and useful house and garden Topics. More Parenting Tips articles


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A permanent memorial for the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings has been unveiled in Hyde Park, London, England. Today is the fourth anniversary of the bombings, when 52 people were killed by suicide bombers on board three Underground trains and a bus.

52 stainless steel columns standing 3.5m (11.5ft) tall were inaugurated in the presence of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Bowles, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Minister for London, Tessa Jowell.

Each column represented “a unique person and a unique grief” according to the Minister for London.

Jowell continued, “Each one casts a shadow just as they do – each one standing tall and proud just as they did, and each one will in an individual way absorb and reflect light just as they did.”

A 1.4 tonne stainless steel plaque with the names of the people killed was also unveiled.

Prince Charles laid a wreath on behalf of the nation. The Duchess of Cornwall left a floral tribute for the families of the victims.

The families themselves laid roses and then met the prince and the duchess.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Most U.S. soft drink companies will stop selling their soda products at high schools across the nation as part of a soft drink industry deal that aims to reduce childhood obesity.

The agreement, announced Wednesday morning by the William J. Clinton Foundation, means that the nation’s biggest beverage distributors, Coca Cola Co., Pepsico, Cadbury Schweppes PLC, and the American Beverage Association, will pull their soda products from vending machines and cafeterias in schools serving about 35 million students, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

“This is an important announcement and a bold step forward in the struggle to help America’s kids live healthier lives,” said Bill Clinton, according to a press release from the foundation. “These industry leaders recognize that childhood obesity is a problem and have stepped up to help solve it. I commend them for being here today and for taking this important step. There is a lot of work to be done to turn this problem around but this is a big step in the right direction and it will help improve the diet of millions of students across the country.”

Under the agreement, high schools will still be able to purchase drinks such as diet and unsweetened teas, diet sodas, sports drinks, flavored water, seltzer, and low-calorie sports drinks for resale to students.

The companies plan to stop soda sales at 75 percent of the nation’s public schools by the 2008-2009 school year, and at all schools in the following school year. The speed of the changes will depend in part on school districts’ willingness to change their contracts with the beverage distributors, the release said.

California had already banned soda sales at Logan and other state high schools, starting in July 2007, under a bill signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “California is facing an obesity epidemic,” he said at the time. He said he plans for the ban to be the first step in creating a healthier California.

The bill banning soda sales, SB965, was introduced last September by Senator Martha Escutia of State Senate District 30 in Southern California. SB965 is one of several bills signed into law to “eliminate junk food and soda from campuses, and to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables available to students,” said Schwarzenegger. The new law will go into full effect by July 1, 2007.

State law already bans soda sales at the lower grade levels.

Elsie Lee Szeto, the director of Food and Nutrition Services of New Haven Unified School District in Union City, California, said that, under the new law, no less than 50 percent of all beverages sold to students between a half hour before school begins and a half-hour after school will have to meet specific criteria that include alternatives like fruit based drinks that are comprised of no less than 50 percent fruit juice and have no added sweeteners. All milk sold will be two percent fat milk, soy milk, and other similar non-dairy milk.

About 16 percent of our nation’s children and adolescents are overweight or obese – nearly four times more than forty years ago, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

According to the Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit advocacy group in Washington D.C., two out of three teenagers in California drink soda everyday. The average intake for males 13 to 18 is three or more cans of soda a day.

A recent study by researchers of Children’s Hospital Boston showed a connection between consumption of sugary drinks and childhood obesity.

Children’s Hospital Boston’s Cara Ebbeling, PhD, and David Ludwig, MD, PhD, led a controlled trial for 103 children ages 13 to 18. Half of the teens, picked randomly, were sent non-caloric beverages of their choosing. The remaining teens were asked to continue their regular eating and drinking habits as a control group.

After six months, the group that had received the calorie-free drink deliveries had an 82 percent decrease in the consumption of sugary drinks, while the control group continued unaffected. The body mass index of the drink delivery group decreased, while the control group had a slight increase. Other factors such as exercising and television viewing did not change in either group.

Ebbeling concluded that one 12-oz sugary drink every day converted to a one pound weight gain over 3 to 4 weeks. “It should be relatively simple to translate this intervention into a pragmatic public health approach. For example, schools could make non-caloric beverages available to students by purchasing large quantities at low costs,” she said.

The agreement announced today “is really the beginning of a major effort to modify childhood obesity at the level of the school systems,” said Robert H. Eckel, president of the American Heart Association.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Marion Schaffer is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oakville riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Submitted by: K David Lee

QuickBooks is a bookkeeping or accounting software for business owners (without having any accounting knowledge) who want to maintain their finances in an organized and accurate way. The QuickBooks software combines a variety of accounting processes that are user-friendly that helps in alleviating the use of complex multiple tables, spreadsheets and tracking sheets (which are the traditional and time taking way documenting or maintaining accounting tasks of a business).

What the QuickBooks Accounting Software does for your Business?

Helps in precisely tracking income and expenses as well as also ensures that your “tax return is ready” all year long.

Give you the benefit of importing or manually entering all banking transactions, loan transactions and credit card transactions in real time, which save your time and money.

Allows you to create and keep track professional looking invoices to customers, payments and outstanding balances with an ease.

You can email invoices to the customers as well as also the customers can make the payment online directly to your bank account (with some additional fees).

Helps in easily entering bills and printing checks to keep track of outstanding items and due dates at a glance.

The QuickBooks Bill Pay as an add on will help you pay your bills directly through QuickBooks electronically via direct connect banking.

Makes it easy to stay updated with customers, vendors and employee at your fingertips.

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With this accounting or bookkeeping software, you can store PDF copies of your bills, invoices and any other pertinent information, which allows to go paperless.

You can easily track inventory and create purchase orders.

Get an opportunity to print professional looking reports in an easy and accurate way, which also allows you to customize your reports as per the requirement.

With QuickBooks you will enjoy the Benefits of Working Online:

You can always stay up-to-date

Enjoy advantages of a secured system that ensures your data is safe

Get the benefit of reliable backup for your data when your system crashes

You will get the opportunity to enjoy a great level of accessibility that will allow to log in from any place or any device

The Real-Time Insights of QuickBooks Accounting Software will Offer:

You can stay in control by getting the summary of business indicators on the home screen

You can view the time-line of recent transactions and get details of balance sheets, tax and P&L on a click

Get a graphical view of cash flow and business performance

The permission levels will offer you the advantage of controlling the suers and your accountants

The Most Popular QuickBooks Features:

Create a reliable sync with your bank

Track and record your expenses

Creates customized and professional invoices

Offer automatic backups

Manage and pay bills as well as get paid faste

Stay connected with your apps


Normally, it can be said that QuickBooks allows every business owner to keep track of the money coming in and out of your business. This will help you in keeping our finances organized and track how well your business is doing. In case you encountered with an issue while operating the accounting software, you can opt for a prompt QuickBooks support that will ensure a smooth operation for your business. By opting for a reliable Intuit QuickBooks Software technical support, you will get the assistance of experienced technicians to solve your issue. With a reliable service provider, you will enjoy QuickBooks Support via Phone or email.

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