Eurovision ’73 winner Anne Marie David discusses her four-decade career and the Contest, past and present

Monday, February 16, 2009

In the 1970s, she was one of the most popular female vocalists in France, and became well-known internationally. Anne Marie David, from Arles in the south of France, parlayed her initial success from playing Mary Magdalene in the French production of Jesus Christ Superstar into taking home the “grand prix” at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. Her winning song, “Tu te reconnaîtras” (You will recognize yourself), became a Europe-wide hit that spring.

At the height of her popularity, David perfomed world tours, and even lived abroad in Turkey for a time. In 1979, she tried once again to win the Eurovision, and placed a respectable third. Her song “Je suis l’enfant soleil” (I’m a child of the sun) became similarly popular across France and in the Francophone nations.

As time went on, however, her place in the French music scene became less certain. Touring the world had taken a personal toll, and David decided to retire from music completely in 1987. However, with the help of her fan base, she was coaxed out of retirement in 2003 and is returning to a part of her life that she tried to leave, but never left her. Celebrating four decades in the music scene, David is looking forward to adventurous new projects and a newfound zest for life.

Anne Marie David corresponded with Wikinews’ Mike Halterman about her eventful career, her personal anecdotes regarding living abroad, her successes in past Eurovision contests and her grievances with the way the show is produced today. This is the second in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

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Restaurant Equipment Financing

By Chris Mark Fletcher

The success of any restaurant lies more on its equipment. The restaurant equipment includes cooking stoves, dining hall furniture, oven, bar equipment and so on. There can be number of different models of restaurant equipment. In fact Italian style restaurant equipment would not suit a Japanese style restaurant. However investment on any type of restaurant is very high and so financing restaurant furniture is often essential.

Bar equipment is essential for a classy restaurant with attached bar. The storage and display cabinets, bar furniture, excellent lighting systems etc are essential for the success of the restaurant. Due to their special nature, they are highly priced and so bar equipment financing is the best option to acquire them.

Bakery equipment is essential for a restaurant and it includes dough sheeters, mixers, baking ovens and so on. It also helps in bread and rolls production, pastry production and so on. Though essential, they can be expensive and many restaurant owners find it wise to go for restaurant equipment financing to acquire them.

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Refrigeration equipment is essential to keep the food items and raw ingredients fresh. It comes in different models. Walk in freezers, walk in coolers, convenient store coolers etc are vitally important for a restaurant. The refrigeration system uses latest technologies to keep the food items fresh. Hence they carry high price tag and it is essential to look for refrigeration equipment financing.

Ice cream vending machines are also essential for a restaurant since many restaurants wish to prepare ice creams on their own. These machines assist in the preparation of various types of ice creams automatically. Hence it is priced high and restaurant equipment financing is the best option to acquire them.

Cooking grill is yet essential equipment in a restaurant. It is made up of heavy duty aluminum and it is easy to use. There are many varieties of cooking grills. They can use either gas fuel or charcoal to cook. Nowadays electric cooking grills are becoming more popular. Since cooking grills add taste and flavor to the food that are cooked with them, many restaurants use cooking grills in addition to cooking stoves and ovens. They are highly priced and so restaurant equipment financing is often desirable to purchase them.

Pizza oven is becoming more popular in fast food restaurants. People have alluring taste for pizzas nowadays. Hence pizza oven provides important contribution for generating profits in a restaurant. Many smart restaurant owners find it wise to go for restaurant equipment financing.

Restaurant equipment financing requires an expert approach. Hence it is important to seek reliable financing companies that have vast experience in handling food service equipment leasing. This helps to get fast approval of the desired amount. These financing companies provide assistance to the restaurant owners to acquire essential equipment at low interest rates. Hence the restaurant owners prefer financing restaurant equipment. A simple online application is enough to acquire financial assistance from such genuine financing companies. Therefore it is possible for almost all restaurant owners to buy the essential equipment.

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Wikinews interviews Anda Banikos, local council candidate in South Gippsland, Australia

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Since June 2019, the people of South Gippsland Shire, located at the southernmost tip of Australia, have been without a local council, after a state government inquiry found “high levels of tension” within the council. Administrators were appointed by the Victorian state government in July 2019, who have governed the shire since then. However, South Gippsland’s council is scheduled to be restored with an election to be held via post from October 5-22, 2021.

Wikinews interviewed one of the candidates standing in this election, Anda Banikos, an independent candidate running in the Coastal-Promontory Ward. The Coastal-Promontory ward covers towns such as Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Yanakie, Foster, Port Welshpool, and Toora, and elects three councillors to the South Gippsland Shire Council.

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Haiti votes in presidential runoff

Monday, March 21, 2011

Voters in Haiti are going to the polls today to vote for the country’s next president. The election follows months of political turmoil after the corrupt first round election in November caused a crisis requiring international intervention.

Haiti is still struggling to recover from the devastating January 2010 earthquake, with about one million people remaining in squalid, temporary shelters and a recent cholera epidemic which threatens to break out again with the return of the rainy season. Observers are hoping the new president will restore enough stability so rebuilding efforts can begin with international help.

In Haiti’s first round of balloting in November, names were missing from voter rolls, ballot boxes were stuffed or trashed, voters were blocked from the precincts by supporters of candidates, among other irregularities. Haitians rioted, plunging the process into chaos that was quelled by the determined efforts of foreign monitors.

Out of the original 19 candidates, two remained after the first round: Mirlande Manigat, age 70, a sedate, reserved university professor and wife of former president Leslie Manigat, and pop star “Sweet Micky” Martelly, age 50, who the The Washington Post described as being “a popular kompa singer […] famous for dropping his pants on stage, mooning audiences, and dressing in drag — or sometimes a diaper.”

However, Martelly has waged an energetic, well financed campaign with pink campaign posters picturing his smiling face and bald head, cultivating a populist image with Haiti’s poor. He has been successful at marketing himself as an unpretentious outsider who will shake up the political system and yank the country out of its paralysis. At the same time, he has courted the upper class with a platform containing pro-business promises and support for the return of the Haitian army.

The sedate personality of Manigat contrasts starkly with that of Martelly. She portrays herself as a dignified, mature mother figure able to nurture Haiti through its troubles.

The determining factor may be the popular former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who returned two days ago to Haiti from South America after seven years in exile. Aristide has not endorsed either candidate, but Aristide supporters, among those Haitians most desperately poor, have voiced support for Manigat. Upon Aristide’s arrival, there were banners saying, “My mother is here already. Welcome home Father”, according to The Washington Post.

Pierre-Marie Boisson, a private-sector economist in Haiti, sees the candidates as having similar platforms, promising jobs, housing and free education, even if their personal styles are so different. “They have both promised the moon to the voters,” he said. He noted that this puts tremendous pressure on the winner to produce results quickly in a world where the price of food and fuel is rising.

As voting concluded, despite some irregularities such as missing ballots and late starts, authorities concluded the voting went well, without the pervasive fraud that marked the November election. Colin Granderson, head of Organization of American States (OAS) observer mission, said the runoff election was a great improvement over the previous one.

The final results will be announced on April 16.

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Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Ensures For Claiming Damages After Mishaps

Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer is a professional taking care of clients involved in such mishaps. Los Angeles is among those American cities that have a high number of motorcycle accidents. Spectacular wide roads and pleasant weather makes Los Angeles and its adjoining areas magnificent for motorcycle riding.Though thrilling, motorcycle rides could be dangerous in Los Angeles. Motorcycle accidents are common and in 98% of the cases the motorcyclist becomes the victim. The first thing to do after meeting with an accident is get medical assistance. Approaching and appointing a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer is the third step according to priority.After arranging for immediate medical help, the next step would be report the matter to the police. If police does not come on their own, then they are to be called. Insist the police to make a report and examine its correctness. A police report is the primary evidence of your accident and is an important document for filing your lawsuit for claiming damages. Simultaneously, try to get as many witnesses as possible with their names and contact details. The greater the number of witnesses the better is your chance of claiming damages.Together with witnesses it is equally vital to collect evidence. Police report is of course the most important evidence. Photographs of the accident or accident site are equally vital evidences. Even photographs taken on your cellular phone serves the purpose. In addition to the exact spot of accident take photographs of the peripheral areas. Potholes, puddles, road nuts if any should be captured on photographs.These evidences should be handed over to your appointed Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer. After appointing a lawyer, it is advisable to let him or her do the speaking on your behalf. You should never say anything that could mean admission of your fault in the accident that had taken place.The crux of all motorcycle accidents lawsuits is assigning of faults. Those indicted for faults are liable to pay damages to accident victims. In majority of motorcycle accidents the indicted is usually one driver. However, there are accidents that involve multiple parties. An expert Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer would be able to determine the exact person responsible for the accident and thereafter sue him for damages. For multiple party involvement damages might be collected from each one of them.The parties involved in a Los Angeles motor accident might include drivers of other vehicles, motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle accessory manufacturers, government bodies. Drivers of other vehicles are responsible for almost 70% of motorcycle crashes. About 3% of motorcycle accidents are caused because of faulty designs or manufacturing defects. In such cases the manufacturer could be sued by your Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer for compensation. Even accessories manufacturers like helmets, could be blamed for motorcycle accidents.Your Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer on your behalf could claim compensation in forms of medical treatment costs, loss of employment, reduced wages, and sufferings. It is thus always wise to appoint an adept lawyer after an accident.

Wikinews interviews 2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor Candidate Wayne Tseng

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 Melbourne Lord Mayor candidate Wayne Tseng answered some questions about his campaign for the upcoming election from Wikinews. The Lord Mayor election in the Australian city is scheduled to take place this week.

Tseng runs a firm called eTranslate, which helps software developers to make the software available to the users. In the candidate’s questionnaire, Tseng said eTranslate had led to him working with all three tiers of the government. He previously belonged to the Australian Liberal Party, but has left since then, to run for mayorship as an independent candidate.

Tseng is of Chinese descent, having moved to Australia with his parents from Vietnam. Graduated in Brisbane, Tseng received his PhD in Melbourne and has been living in the city, he told Wikinews. Tseng also formed Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce, an organisation responsible for many “community bond building initiatives”, the Lord Mayor candidate told Wikinews.

Tseng discussed his plans for leading Melbourne, recovering from COVID-19, and “Democracy 2.0” to ensure concerns of minorities in the city were also heard. Tseng also focused on the importance of the multi-culture aspect and talked about making Melbourne the capital of the aboriginals. Tseng also explained why he thinks Melbourne is poised to be a world city by 2030.

Tseng’s deputy Lord Mayor candidate Gricol Yang is a Commercial Banker and works for ANZ Banking Group.

Currently, Sally Capp is the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Victorian capital. Capp was elected as an interim Lord Mayor in mid-2018 after the former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle resigned from his position after sexual assault allegations. Doyle served as the Lord Mayor of Melbourne for almost a decade since 2008.

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Wikinews interviews candidate for Cleveland mayor Arthur Kostendt

Monday, June 14, 2021

Arthur Oliver Kostendt, a candidate running in the mayoral election of the US city of Cleveland, Ohio set to take place November 2, discussed his campaign and policies with Wikinews this spring.

According to Cleveland Scene, 29-year-old Kostendt is a member of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Republican Party but has referred to his campaign as “casual”. According to his web site’s personal biography, he was a cadet for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), scout platoon leader for the 2nd Squadron of the 107th Cavalry Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard and logistics officer for the 1st Battalion of the 145th Armored Regiment. He served in Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and assisted coalition force detachments in Southeast Asia.

Kostendt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and summa cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University. He writes he uses an apostrophe to abbreviate his middle name as “Arthur O’Kostendt” instead of the customary period after the O to emphasise his Irish heritage.

A poll published May 5 by Baldwin Wallace University, which does not feature Mr Kostendt, has Dennis Kucinich and Basheer Jones leading in the mayoral race by 17.8 and 13.3 points, respectively, with a margin of error of up to five per cent either way. 48% of those surveyed were undecided. Incumbent mayor Frank G. Jackson, who won the 2017 Cleveland mayoral election with 59% of the vote, is eligible for a fifth term but announced on May 6 he would retire.

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The Benefit Of Inspections By Commercial Plumbers In Vermont Prior To Sales

byAlma Abell

When the plan is to purchase a commercial building for use as an investment or to house a business, it makes sense for the buyer to know all there is to know about that property. This includes understanding the current condition of the plumbing system. By choosing to hire one of the Commercial Plumbers in Vermont to inspect that plumbing it advance, it is possible to ensure that everything is in proper working order.

During the Inspection As part of the inspection process, any of the Commercial Plumbers in Vermont will look at every facet of the system. Along with taking a look at the pipes and making sure they are sound, the plumber will also want to look closely at all fixtures connected to that system. This includes the condition of faucets, valves, and drains. The goal is to determine if there is anything that may need replacing in the next couple of years, or if everything is in relatively decent shape. Providing a Detailed Report The plumber will provide written details related to the outcome of the inspection. If there is a fair amount of work that needs to be done to the plumbing, that detail can be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate a lower purchase price.

If the work is truly extensive and likely to cost a great deal of money, the buyer may decide that letting the deal go and moving on to other prospective properties is the best thing to do. Taking Care of the Necessary Repairs Assuming that the buyer and seller can come to an agreement, the plumber can move forward with making the necessary repairs. Part of the deal will be determining who is responsible for paying the plumber for the services rendered. If the seller agrees to pay for the repairs as a condition of the sale, then he or she will make payment arrangements with the plumbing professional.

If the buyer locks in a lower purchase price in exchange for agreeing to pay for the repairs, then that individual will work with the plumber to get the job done. For any buyer or seller who needs a complete plumbing inspection for a piece of commercial property, contact the professionals at . The inspection will be done in no time, and the two parties can use the information to negotiate the terms of the sale.

Canadian university students would prefer MP3 players over car radios

Friday, March 30, 2007

At Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, students are finding that popular MP3 players, such as Apple’s iPod, are very convenient devices for listening to music at the gym, while traveling on foot, and in the car.

In a recent ad-hoc survey conducted by Wikinews contributor Darren Mar, 150 students were randomly pulled aside in the hallways of the university, and asked if they own an MP3 player. 94 of the 150 students (62.66%) did in fact own MP3 devices, most of who were found to be carrying it on them when questioned. There was one simple follow up question for those who had a player: “If it were possible to have complete and safe control of the device on the steering wheel of a car, would you rather listen to your device, or the radio?” There were three answers possible, yes, no or both. Of the 94, 78 (82.98%) said yes, eleven (11.70%) said no, and five (5.32%) said both. The reporting took place primarily on March 16, 2007. The reasons for those who would listen to their device were commercial free music, personalized choice of music, and complete control of what you are listening to.

This study was motivated by the new design of 2006+ model cars. Many are being built with auxiliary jacks for the stock radio, allowing the driver to easily connect any audio playing device to the car’s sound system with a simple 3.5mm plug. What’s more, cars in the upper price echelon are being built with (1) a custom made area in the dash for MP3 players (iPod’s being the most popular), and (2) implementing audio device control right onto the steering wheel. A good example of this is the Ford Fusion or the 2007 Lexus IS250: “The centre console input port allows an iPod, MP3 or Windows Media Audio player to be plugged into the IS audio system.”

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