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January 31

World's longest borehole

  • Don't mind more drilling? Then here it is:

The world's longest borehole is drilled offshore eastern Russia, at 12,345 meters (40,502 ft) long. [1]

  • We have very few technology items on ITN, and if we do post sporting records, we can post technology records as well. GreyHood Talk 21:08, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as per nominator. However, I would prefer if the Sakhalin Island was in the blurb, because the article is very good. Crnorizec (talk) 22:18, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Does anyone notice the interesting number? Support, in principle, otherwise. --Tone 22:45, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Ha, that's indeed a nice number :) GreyHood Talk 22:57, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support The ITN template should always document such records. I remember the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which get posted when the drill was completed.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:49, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
How about this blurb:

The world's longest borehole is drilled offshore the Russian island Sakhalin, at 12,345 meters (40,502 ft) long.

It includes the Sakhalin island which I also thing is more appropriate.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:51, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Good one. Is Sakhalin-I article updated enough? GreyHood Talk 22:57, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
For me it's enough.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:44, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as nominator. I've updated also the lead section of the article. GreyHood Talk 23:58, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Lake Vostok drilling

  • BBC Not sure if they will reach the lake this season, but if they to this should be posted. Nergaal (talk) 18:16, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support but wait. I was going to nominate it myself ;) This story has a very big importance for biology as well as for Antarctic and space exploration (Europa, the moon of Jupiter, could be drilled the same way). However, they still didn't manage to drill all the way down and reach the lake, so posting it would be prematural, and even discussing it until the successful end of drilling makes no sense. GreyHood Talk 18:35, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong support pending published results. Significant implications for multiple fields. ~AH1(TCU) 19:52, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Many months could pass until we have published results, even if they manage to reach the lake in this season. So I believe we may post the end of drilling itself. GreyHood Talk 20:28, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Hm. I believe we may report it this way, even if they don't manage to get to the lake itself:

That's a technological record, and anyway it will provide new valuable scientific results, since using ice cores they study ancient climates etc. But still we need to wait until February 6 when they will stop the work and we will have data about how long this ice core is, exactly. GreyHood Talk 20:40, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

We should wait until we know whether or not they reached it before deciding whether to post. That could be a few days, but there's no reason this thread can't be bumped up the page if necessary. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 03:47, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Oppose. Arbitrary depth is boring. The guys doing the drilling probably don't care. Reaching liquid is the important thing. Abductive (reasoning) 13:26, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

IPv4 address exhaustion again

It is around 10 mill addresses left, and the IANA pool is supposedly going to be out in the 1st. Nergaal (talk) 08:03, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. While the topic is definitely notable, there is no official counter, which means no one knows the exact date when IPv4 addresses exhaust. --bender235 (talk) 08:32, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
    • That's nonsensical -- when IANA says they don't have any more addresses to assign - an event that will most definitely make news -- that's when the supply is officially exhausted. Just because IANA doesn't have an official counter somewhere doesn't mean that there's no way to tell. Raul654 (talk) 08:42, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • So why not wait until they do run out and it does make news? Wikipedia is not an alarm for the announcement of impending problems, especially ones we can't date precisely. Cjs2111 (talk) 10:20, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • If you want to count it that way, then the ITN line has to say exactly that: IANA allocated the last available IPv4 blocks. That doesn't mean all IPv4 adresses are gone, just that the IANA doesn't have any blocks left (well, technically they do, but none to allocate). --bender235 (talk) 21:39, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Raul654 (talk) 08:42, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
    • And for the record, the unofficial counter is here, with something like 2 days of IPs left. Raul654 (talk) 17:36, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • I feel like this story should be an obvious ITN post, but apparently not all share my view. Support. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 08:59, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support -- I spent 15 minutes the other day trying to convince my friends that IP addresses didn't go to infinity. Marcus Qwertyus 09:29, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait, support when IANA is exhausted, not before, per Cjs2111. GreyHood Talk 14:16, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
i think thats a given. It will not be posted before. But its good to be ready for it. -- Ashish-g55 15:00, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Note under 9 mil left]. Nergaal (talk) 18:03, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait. Agree with Greyhood and Cjs2111. Also, worth noting that this does not mean that IPV4 addresses will completely run out. Merely that they will all be in the hands of regional registries, which may still have a few (or a lot) unassigned. Soumya92 (talk) 18:13, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support: fecal matter hits fan Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 03:16, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Good article, interesting topic. RxS (talk) 03:22, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, the last 2 blocks were allocated before the final allocation [2]. Nakon 04:55, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Blurb: IANA makes the final allocation of Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) address blocks. Nergaal (talk) 05:45, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Wait. There are still 5 blocks unallocated, as can be seen from [3]. We shouldn't add the news item before the final allocation is made. Thue | talk 09:48, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
The final 5 are automatically distributed, one to each regional agency. Nergaal (talk) 15:31, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
But they are not listed as being distributed yet. So it should happen very soon, but doesn't seem to have happened yet. I don't see why we should rush to report the IANA address exhaustion before it have actually happened. Thue | talk 17:54, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait post when the last five are assigned and officially announced. --Kslotte (talk) 22:03, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Kosovan parliamentary election, 2010 again

We had a lengthy discussion on this, and we decided to support, but wait for the official results. Now the results are out, so I am re-nominating this entry. Crnorizec (talk) 11:16, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support per previous consensus. The article has not been updated since 16th January, however. GreyHood Talk 14:12, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
I extended the article's reactions section, and someone has updated the results table, so now it is up to date. Crnorizec (talk) 15:26, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment I'd just note, though, that I support this mainly because of the current complaints that there are too many sport items on ITN right now. Parliamentary elections in semi-recognized country, weeks after the actual event, is not a big story. But we need to uphold the procedure. GreyHood Talk 18:50, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support I support this one.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:43, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support While technically not in WP:ITN/R due to its disputed status, it's obvious that this should be posted. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:14, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Ready to post? The article is updated now, the consensus was reached in the previous discussion. GreyHood Talk 18:44, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
the article is not update before peopel say "yes support and post" can they read ti pelase! since the nomination says official resutls are out the page has NOT BEEN UPDATED,(Lihaas (talk) 22:11, 31 January 2011 (UTC)).
!?... the article IS updated. The latest results and corresponding source are here, which is in this section of the article, entered by Nightstallion today, which can be checked from the template history ... Crnorizec (talk) 22:31, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
So what's about this? The article looks substantially updated [4]. GreyHood Talk 14:18, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
A well-worded blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 15:26, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

John Barry

Film Composer John Barry dies, aged 77. yorkshiresky (talk) 13:18, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support as he was the author of James Bond music. This should be included into the blurb. GreyHood Talk 14:07, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per GreyHood. To compose soundtracks for 11 James Bond films, and other Academy Award winning films is a big deal.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 14:55, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Sadly Oppose The Article is in Terrible shape. I would support but We can't put it on the mainpage The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 15:34, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
I would support it if the article received some work... Those citations need to be fixed. --Tone 15:41, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support when article is fixed up. Five academy awards is a sufficient rationale. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:19, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 08:44, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Comment - Article is in much better shape now with the contentious material either removed or referenced. yorkshiresky (talk) 20:32, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Is it bad to have a media player of the James Bond theme music at the Main Page? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:37, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Nice idea, but note that the most famous James Bond theme was just arranged by Barry and was not actually composed but him. GreyHood Talk 21:08, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm going to finish referencing the awards a bit later. I've added quite a few more references (there are now 27) and removed the excess external links. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 20:42, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
There's still no update on his death, though. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:52, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Good point, and I don't have time to do anymore. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 22:58, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I've added several more sentences and references, but there is really not so much to say about his death compared to his life. There should be no problem with posting now. GreyHood Talk 23:43, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:56, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
    • Belated oppose - the standard by which we measure notable peoples' deaths on the Main Page is totally arbitrary. I think Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy et al. set a bad example. We do not have to post the death of every single famous person, unless they are of unparallel importance with due consideration that it was unexpected. Michael Jackson's death certainly meets this criteria, as would have John Lennon's or RFK's when theirs occurred. If Serena Williams died tomorrow, she would fit this criteria. It is arguable whether or not John Kerry would, even if he died from unnatural causes. John Barry is not remotely close in notability - in fact, judging by page views alone, his notability is similar if not less so than that of Charlie Callas. We need to establish some sort of reasonable standard. Colipon+(Talk) 03:13, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
    • Oppose I considered opposing earlier, but enough people were supporting that I figured it wasn't worth the time. I agree with Colipon that John Barry is not notable enough for ITN. Death on ITN is so strange: super-famous people can garner opposition while lesser figures go through unopposed. And the article update is kind of weak too. Makeemlighter (talk) 16:47, 2 February 2011 (UTC)
Oppose as per above. I don't think this meets the death criteria.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:14, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

January 30

Chip Ganassi Racing wins Rolex 24

Oppose Apparently, it is only local news with no international significance and very low media coverage outside the United States.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:18, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
"No international significance"? The 24 Hours of Daytona is the second most important endurance race in the world, second only to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A large number of the drivers in the field are from foreign countries (vis-a-vis American); the majority of the cars in the race are BMWs and Porsches. Non-local links about the race: Eurosport, Hertfordshire (England) Mercury, Toronto Star,, etc... - The Bushranger One ping only 23:06, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Since you mention 24 Hours of Le Mans, it's the only endurance race which should get posted. We don't have to post every second thing of any topic. So, its international significance could not be measured to another second-rated things. The main reason why I voted oppose is that you note the success achieved in the United States, which pours a flaw on the race.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:21, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
My proposed blurb is:
Thus, it will be concentrated only on the race, which keeps the international significance. Mentioning the United States makes it local news.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:27, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Ahh, I see your point. That can be in the article. I approve of the revised blurb and have edited accordingly. Thanks! - 23:35, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment Now it's clear, and we need an article about the 2011 race. The link in the blurb still redirects to the update in the page about Chip Ganassi Racing, which was probably edited for the purpose of the previous nomination.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:41, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose. We already post EIGHT motor racing stories per year, just with the WP:ITNR events. I don't think we should post any more. Modest Genius talk 23:44, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
The 24 Hours of Daytona is at least as internationally notable as the World Men's Handball Championship. Also, I'll work on a quick article for this year's race. - The Bushranger One ping only 23:55, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Whether it is more notable or not is a valid topic of discuss slanted on the regions where it is popular.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:58, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Note: Race article added. I'm working on the results table now. - The Bushranger One ping only 00:36, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. 24 Hours of Daytona seems to be quite a major event, and The Bushranger puts really much effort into updating and creating the related articles. Afterall, ITN is not only and primarily about determining significance, so Bushranger's efforts should be rewarded. The news are not trivial anyway. GreyHood Talk 00:52, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This has changed a bit. With the article created and the new blurb, I'm inclined to support it now.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 00:58, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose per Modest Genius, and there are 3 sports items on ITN already. Makeemlighter (talk) 01:20, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Seems that if we add one more, the lowest one sports item will be bumped out of the box anyway, so that's not a problem. Even if we add two more sports items, this likely will not persist for long, since ITN has significantly accelerated today, and there is near consensus on the South Sudan blurb. GreyHood Talk 01:46, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
    • update: Results table on the race page complete except for team names, will add those in about an hour or so after I rest my fingers! - The Bushranger One ping only 02:17, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
And now complete. - The Bushranger One ping only 03:39, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per MG. Nergaal (talk) 03:19, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per GH. --candlewicke 03:36, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Car racing is the single most overrepresented thing on ITN. Let's not make the problem worse. Courcelles 03:43, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Just curious, how is it overrepresented, by type of racing? Sports car racing, stock car racing (the Daytona 500) and open-wheel racing (F1, Indy) are about as different from each other as American football is from soccer, for instance. - The Bushranger One ping only 03:50, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

When was the last time a car race was featured on ITN? --candlewicke 04:03, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose - ITN should be contextual. Regardless of importance, there have been too many sports items, and relative to other topics getting pushed down by them (Egypt protests, for example), not worth it. Cjs2111 (talk) 04:25, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose Never posted before. Not notable enough now. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 12:57, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
    • So, because nobody's bothered to submit it before, it can't be posted now? If the World Handball Championship is notable enough for ITN, I fail to comprehend how the most important (and notable) endurance race in the entire Western Hemisphere isn't. And I'm pretty sure I've seen the Grand Prix of Monaco on ITN, which is a significantly less notable event than this one. But ah well. Hopefully the 50th Anniversay next year will be. - The Bushranger One ping only 15:20, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. LOL is all I can say to this discussion. Oppose because 'motorsport' already has 8 items a year? The Dakar rally is the same as the Monaco Grand Prix which is the same as GP Motorcycle racing? Does this mean we can take down the ludicrous handball entry, as one of the million variants of ball sports that get posted per year? Just wow tbh. MickMacNee (talk) 16:32, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Bandy World Championship 2011

I agree that there's some unnecessary clutter at ITNR but there's no need to add to that problem. Oppose.--Johnsemlak (talk) 19:25, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I'd differentiate between this and the World Handball Championships (which I supported) on the grounds of Olympic status and professionalism (I am open to correction on the professionalism point), so oppose (change to support if evidence that it is fully pro) Kevin McE (talk) 19:47, 30 January 2011 (UTC)]]
Professional and recognised by the IOC: change that to support, and suggest that the minor flood of sports items be combined in a common blurb rather than omit some on grounds of "too many sports items" Kevin McE (talk) 00:16, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
AFAIK, the tournament is professional, but bandy is indeed not an Olympic event, though it will be a demonstration sport during the 2014 Winter Olympics. GreyHood Talk 20:39, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose; Bandy World Championship 2011 is in a pretty dire state and doesn't have so much as a link to what the actual sport (game?) is.  狐 FOX  19:52, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
The links for the game and the general tournament articles are provided. If there is more consensus for posting, I'll do more update tomorrow. GreyHood Talk 01:06, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. I have never heard of this but if it is a "world championship" featuring many countries and is to be added to the Olympics in some form then it is probably significant enough. I agree that the article is in a bad state though and would need to be improved. --candlewicke 21:31, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Given the fact that ITN template documents reports of matches in sports which are popular in only few countries, the World Bandy Championship should be posted.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:58, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose since this is not a common enough sport. There are federations in very few countries: File:BandyCountries.svg. Nergaal (talk) 03:22, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
I see federations on every continent apart from Africa, including such giant land masses as Russia, Kazakhstan, China, India, Australia, Argentina, Canada and the United States. That's eight of the nine largest countries in the world for a start. Either way I wouldn't describe it as "very few". --candlewicke 03:47, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait, I read this argument again and I LOLed. You can't, won't and don't use land mass to denote that there are "many countries" playing this sport. The Federation of International Bandy has 27 members. Compare than to FIFA that has 200+ or even the International Federation of American Football that has 57 members. It only has three member nations west of the Atlantic Ocean! THREE! Yeah, three big nations but probably a minority of Canadians even heard of that there was a world championship for bandy. Don't expect the Americans, most especially the Argentinians to care. The Chinese federation is organized on a winter-sport basis, so technically there is no governing body for bandy in China. And where would you play bandy in India? In Kashmir? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:00, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Bandy is a winter sport, not as popular as Olympic Winter sports but immediately behind them, so don't you find this situation with bandy federations mostly in the Northern hemisphere normal? GreyHood Talk 20:11, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I did not particularly point out that bandy federations (or organizations that sorta promote bandy) are mostly located at the Northern Hemisphere, but even countries such as Mexico and Morocco are IIHF members. If we're into promoting winter sports there are other ones that have a larger following like figure skating. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:21, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
A better metric would be which of those eight nations have bandy as their at least 10th most popular sport. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 04:53, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, it's an Olympic-recognised sport so I see no reason to exclude it. The article can always be updated properly, it being in a "dire state" shouldn't itself preclude the nomination from succeeding unless it remains in such a state without it being touched. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 03:26, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, the article is in bad condition and we already have 3 sport items. --Tone 10:23, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Could you change your mind when more non-sport nominations are added to the template and the bandy article is improved? GreyHood Talk 18:40, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong support oppose Hundreds of thousands viewed the article during the tournament's run. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 17:43, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Which brings us to the crux of the whole point of ITN. Do we take the point of view that few people viewed the article, so a large number could have it drawn to their attention by ITN posting, or do we say that an article that has had enormous amounts of traffic already, and which deals with a subject that any of our readers already knows about and could easily find for themselves, gets that extra, unneeded, publicity? Kevin McE (talk) 19:10, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
You know, I'd like say something about your question (and it's a good one, I also raised a sorta similar question at WT:ITN), and while most people really don't like using the view stats as a tool to judge potential ITN items, but those view stats are pretty really depressing for a world championship that has a potential to stay in Wikipedia's main page for a week, I'd have to find a really damning evidence that this is significant enough before I answer that. Come on, are you seriously willing to put an "In the News" item that had less than 600 view stats/day? We routinely reject items that had view counts of as much as 10,000, but like I said view stats isn't everything, unless perhaps it's less than 600/day. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 19:39, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
The stats literally mean fuck all.  狐 FOX  19:43, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I'd probably submit to that, if there's at least hurling-level view stats. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 19:45, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Oh my God, stop comparing everything to hurling.  狐 FOX  19:50, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I can't think of a sport with a limited enough appeal. How about American football? Oh. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:04, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I wish I were that funny. Really, I do.  狐 FOX  20:09, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Oh God, not everything is a joke about how nobody cares about hurling. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:11, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
The stats for the recently featured Kosovan election. I think this is the answer for your question. Also, if you do the stats check for quite a number of items featured in the recent months, you'll find as unimpressive statistics as this, or not very much bigger than in the bandy case. GreyHood Talk 19:54, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
Elections for all states, and most unrecognized ones do get in no matter what and no matter how small as long as its updated so we really can't compare bandy and elections as well as bandy and hurling. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 20:04, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
OMG, whatever the case with bandy, hurling is a joke... %) GreyHood Talk 20:11, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
I think we have moved from WP:ITN/C to WT:ITN here really, but I really like ITN as it stands right now: the top 5 stories (Jordanian re-shuffle, Kosovan election, record borehole, low profile sport at World champ level, Sudan referendum results) all all issues where Wiki can really inform the reader about issues that are current, but under-reported in mass media news in its 3-minute bulletins. This is what ITN can do well. When it merely summarises what we hear "on the top of the hour, every hour" (do DJs still say that?), and can only link to a brief summary of the output of those news services, it is of little useful purpose to anyone. Kevin McE (talk) 21:12, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

I would have expected Kosovo's election to be higher than that... -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 21:02, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

South Sudan referendum

The first official results came out today, with over 99% in favour [5]. This is the second of the three ITN items earlier discussion gained consensus for (start of vote, official results, date of independence). Blurb suggestion below, article will need updating.

Modest Genius talk 13:18, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support since posting was already agreed in the earlier discussions. I remember, though, that initially they had set the official announcement of results for some date in February. Also, I've added date of independence to WP:ITN/FE (July 9, 2011, as the current version of the article says). GreyHood Talk 13:28, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - I support it to. a important event.--BabbaQ (talk) 13:30, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
There's only one sentence update at the moment in the corresponding section... this needs to be improved, then I don't see any concerns. --Tone 14:06, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
It should be noted that this is only the first official results coming out. The BBC says "Final results ... are expected early next month." - Dumelow (talk) 14:16, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support I think we can post this now, 99% in favour is pretty strong. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 14:22, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment I would like to point out that the current official figure is 99.57%, which actually rounds up to 100% (or we just go with 99.57%, but 99% is wrong). sephia karta | dimmi 14:32, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Hence why my blurb suggestion says 'more than 99%'. Modest Genius talk 21:20, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
STRONG wait the article is NOT updated with official results yet. when they are then obvious support(Lihaas (talk) 14:48, 30 January 2011 (UTC)).
Support posting now iff the announced the partial official result has more than 2/3 of the votes cast. Considering the figures if that line is crossed (99% for secession w/ 67% reporting) there's no more turning back –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 16:40, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support no doubt of the result, evn if figures will maybe be slighlty ajusted in coming weeks. (talk) 18:09, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment There have been unusually many news posted in the last 24 hours, and two more items are coming... Maybe we could delay posting this one until tomorrow, so that earlier items wouldn't be bumped out too quickly? Or perhaps, we could bump out the Egyptian blurb which has been there for the longest time? GreyHood Talk 18:27, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Support'. Official result, end of story. Who care if it clashes with other dubious items? This at least is a no brainer candidate. MickMacNee (talk) 19:47, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support pending results. Likely the creation of a new North African country and large implications.
Support A vote that has resulted in starting the process of creating a new nation. IT's a no brainer. We've posted the handball world championship and not this?!--Johnsemlak (talk) 00:50, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose since when have we read preliminary results as official results? Furthermore, since when have we posted preliminary results? Official results are due to be released on 14 February and nothing should be posted until then and after that, nothing until the Republic of South Sudan is created on 9 July. Calm down... Therequiembellishere (talk) 00:55, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
These are official but partial results. The BBC article did not state how much of the votes were included. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 02:59, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
99% according to preliminary results is fairly decisive, and there's an overwhelming likelihood that the result has been determined. If the official results due to be released in two weeks show a different result, that will be newsworthy in and of itself.--Johnsemlak (talk) 01:21, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Even so, we have never posed preliminary results even when we've known what would happen months in advance. It's not a bad thing to just keep consistent with the precedent and wait two weeks and nothing bad will happen if we do. Therequiembellishere (talk) 01:57, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Yes! Of course! 99%? Oh my god! Diego Grez (talk) 02:03, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose and wait. Preliminary reports don't mean crap until all of the votes are tallied. This is a very serious issue and we would look like idiots if we were to post an preliminary tally. Sure, 2/3rd of it might be counted, but a result of 67% is much less shocking than a result of 99%. But if consensus decides to post, please watch how the blurb is formulated. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 04:03, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait for official results. 99% sounds a little suspicious to me, anyway (like the kind of figure used as the result of "elections" in authoritarian states). The borders are not drawn that precisely and there are more than 1% of the people in S Sudan whose self interest would coincide with maintaining unity with the north. Cjs2111 (talk) 04:28, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait until it's official. Then, of course, strong support. --bender235 (talk) 08:30, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support They ARE official now. Mention that Southern Sudan plans its official declaration of independence on July 9. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 12:58, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. I thought I had posted my support already, but I suppose given the official results I will support again. ~AH1(TCU) 16:33, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Which I did. ~AH1(TCU) 16:37, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

We need to be careful in how we phrase this blurb, so I'm opening this up to suggestions. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 17:30, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

What's wrong with the one I suggested at the top? Can modify if necessary, but I'd need to know what has to be changed! Modest Genius talk 17:37, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Well if these are partial results, we should indicate that, because 99% of 51% of the votes is not as impressive as 99% of 99% of the votes. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 17:49, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Hence why we are suggesting to wait the extra week or two. MG's blurb would be perfect if all the votes would be tallied, but now we are stuck with "Preliminary results from the South Sudanese referendum show that 99% wish to separate from Sudan." EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:26, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Hmm. I was looking at the words 'first complete results' in the BBC article. The referendum commission website doesn't actually give the results, just a story saying that they're being announced on 30 Jan. Their 'timeline' suggests that the preliminary results will be declared final if no-one files an appeal against them. But waiting for the formal appeal process seems pointless here. Modest Genius talk 20:17, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Aha! found the results. says 'As of now, 100% of the North and OCV votes and 100% of the South votes have been processed. (Last updated 2011-01-30 07:05:40) ' and gives 98.8% in favour. Modest Genius talk 20:18, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Sudan is preliminary results, final results are not out for a few weeks. weve already set this prcedence.(Lihaas (talk) 22:47, 31 January 2011 (UTC)).
Read MG's new comment. Vote counting is over anyways. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 00:02, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

2011 Saxony-Anhalt train accident

At least ten people are killed and many others are injured as two trains collide in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. (BBC, AFP). wackywace 07:48, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose. The death toll isn't that high and it's small news compared to the stuff going on elsewhere.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:42, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose per Johnsemlak. GreyHood Talk 10:56, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Neutral we usually post train crashes of this size and I think its probably worthy of posting, but there is other more important stuff being discussed and there is a strong case that we post too much violent stuff. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 14:11, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I agree, we already have too many disasters... Would support on a slow news day but I've just posted two new items and by the end of the day there will be two more so it's not such a day. --Tone 15:44, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. Not even on a slow news day. Just more EVENT failing newscruft tbh, written today, abandoned tomorrow, but impossible to ever delete. MickMacNee (talk) 19:50, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Funeral of David Kato / LGBT rights in Uganda

His death was previously opposed, with some suggesting they would reconsider if anything more occurred. Well... "Scuffles at funeral of Uganda gay activist" - Reuters, "Ugandan gay activist David Kato's funeral marred by angry scenes: Presiding pastor called on homosexuals to repent or be 'punished by God' at the murdered activist's service" - The Guardian, "Chaos erupts at funeral of Ugandan gay rights activist" - CNN, "Uproar at gay activist's funeral" - The Sydney Morning Herald Plus there is a UK deportation case which is receiving some interest abroad now as well. "Ugandan faces deportation after judge rules she's not a lesbian: 'I will be killed,' refugee claimant says, citing the murder of gay rights advocate" - Montreal Gazette, "Judge in Britain Halts Deportation of Ugandan" - The New York Times, "Gay Ugandan woman wins temporary reprieve" - Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill also received a lot of attention at the time. --candlewicke 05:21, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose no international recognition and no English wiki readers from Uganda. Nergaal (talk) 06:51, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
WTF? See Languages of Uganda. MickMacNee (talk) 10:52, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
How many of those read THIS wikipedia? Nergaal (talk) 20:07, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
93.6% of Wikipedia traffic from those Ugandans who have Internet access read the English Wikipedia. Total traffic from Uganda was 0.01%. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 05:26, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment: seriously, Nergaal? English is an official and widely-spoken language of Uganda (see Ugandan English) and even if it weren't I can imagine many Ugandans using the English Wikipedia as it is far more comprehensive than in any other Ugandan language. But that doesn't even matter because as Candlewicke has shown there has been widespread coverage and discussion across the Anglosphere (I count four continents of sources above). (talk) 13:13, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support given the international coverage. This seems worthy of posting. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 16:31, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose - a murder like any other. All murders could appear here since, myself like roughly everyone, oppose them, and this one is no different. He isn't a former head of state, or someone else who has made a name for himself, but is only known for this. And even under this criteria, I doubt weather the murder of a celebrity (ie. Britney Spears, who does have a name) would appear here. (talk) 18:04, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. His death was not in any way related to his activism, so it wasn't posted. Why would we post a funeral when the death itself wasn't posted? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:14, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, per the sources above, i.e. that it has led to "controversial" events which have been "in the news". --candlewicke 00:27, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. If nobody can agree to reduce the number of sport items to stop embarrassing situations like ITN right now, we're going to have to increase the non-sport ones. This is a murder under suspicious circumstances of a significant figure in a recent major human rights controversy with some frankly unbelievable events at his funeral, with significant worldwide media coverage. (BTW, using Nergaal's reasoning, we would have to remove the Egypt protests item, since Egyptians would be assumed to mostly use Arabic Wikipedia.) Suggested wording: - BanyanTree 10:49, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Human rights groups call for an investigation into the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.
Oppose still not notable enough. When the WBC pickets funerals, that ends up in newspapers, but we don't put that on itn. --PlasmaTwa2 15:24, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose neither some idiot pastor's comments nor the fact that the deceased was an "activist" make this notable on a sufficient scale. μηδείς (talk) 15:29, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

World Economic Forum concludes, Rosneft-BP and Rosneft-ExxonMobil deals

The 2011 World Economic Forum concludes in Davos; main events include the announcement of joint development of the Black Sea shelf by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, and that of the Arctic shelf by Rosneft and BP. GreyHood Talk 01:09, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

I think there is a good reason to concatenate these two nominations proposed below. Both of them have gained more support than oppose, and the World Economic Forum seems to have gained consensus. In the discussion about the Forum editors have demanded something important coming out of the event, and the Rosneft-BP and Rosneft-ExxonMobil deals are some of the implications. GreyHood Talk 01:09, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I think there was consensus for posting the WEF conclusion, but the rest of this just looks like an attempt to shoehorn an item that doesn't have a consensus into a blurb where it doesn't really fit (and would take up about half the room on the template). HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:16, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't try this, but there were requests for some implications from the Forum. If more fitting blurb incorporating the two items is proposed, that will be good. Otherwise, I don't insist on such a concatenation, of course. GreyHood Talk 01:25, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Maybe this one is better:
At least it's shorter, but wasn't the BP/Exxon/Rosneft deal announced days ago? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:56, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Days ago there was a swap of assets between BP and Rosneft. Exxon-Rosneft deal has been signed at the midst of the Forum, with a simultaneous announcement of the BP-Rosneft cooperation in the Arctic. GreyHood Talk 02:09, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Ready to post?. The World Economic Forum is updated (mostly the World Economic Forum#Deals section) and Rosneft is updated too. The Rosneft-BP-Exxon deals nomination seems to get even more support. I think this could be inserted between Zine El Abidine Ben Ali arrest warrant and A Sacra Conversazione. If a plain WEF conclusion blurb is chosen (The 2011 World Economic Forum concludes in Davos, Switzerland), it should go at the top of the template. GreyHood Talk 11:43, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Posted. --Tone 15:45, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 World Men's Handball Championship

Support I think handball deserves a place on ITNR. It is much more popular sport than hurling or netball that got there somehow. GreyHood Talk 10:55, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Why not? Professional sport, large following in much of Europe, 5 continents represented at the tournament. Support Kevin McE (talk) 15:39, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. There's nothing about the handball world championship that could not also be said about darts, and that got binned last year out of nothing more intellectual than 'I've never heard of this sport'. If netball really is on ITN/R, that only makes that decision even more of a joke. MickMacNee (talk) 15:50, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
"If you haven't heard about the sport", it doesn't mean it is less popular than the other sports listed in ITN/R, which are popular only in few countries. In comparison, handball is an Olympic sport, the world championship features national teams from all continents, and it has high media coverage and receives attention mostly in Europe, Africa and Asia.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:42, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Did I say I had never heard of handball? No I didn't. Please read what I actually said, and respond to it, not what you think I said. Darts has a huge following, it has huge media coverage, and it has participation from countries around the world, even Amercians have managed to figure out how to play it. Yet does it get on ITN? No it does not. Being an Olympic sport is totally and utterly irrelevant for ITN, nobody cares about a hell of a lot of Olympic sports, and they would certainly never get posted on ITN just for that. MickMacNee (talk) 19:40, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Please look at the quotation marks, and my post scriptum bellow, where you seem to have my respond why you got that stupid argument. Unfortunately, the discussion dropped my comment out of the first one.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:27, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Dunno about Africa but certainly not Asia. It's not on the Japanese Asahi Shinbun sports English page. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 16:52, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Not on Xinhua sports English page either. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 17:04, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
My notion is about the sport, not about the championship, which indeed is broadcasted in Asia, although with low traction after the Asian national teams were eliminated. However, it is more popular worldwide than other American sports which regularly get posted.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:47, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Seriously the only American sport that no one cares about outside the U.S. is the NFL. Korea and Japan are baseball-mad countries. Ichiro Suzuki must've been a national hero over there. Li Na can't even compare to Yao Ming in China, considering Yao hasn't played in ages. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 17:56, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I have nothing against posting the Super Bowl next Sunday, though in my opinion it's only significant for the people of the United States. So, please express a more neutral view of handball as a sport, which unfortunately is not popular among most of the Americas.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:02, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I'm not even bringing the Americas or the Super Bowl into the question here. I'm challenging the statement that it "receives attention mostly in Europe, Africa and Asia." –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 18:05, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
As for the Super Bowl as long as there's no team called as the "Ducks" I don't particularly care, I'd probably mock how the discussion will go, though.
If you really think that handball is not so popular in Asia, please look at the success of the South Korea national handball team at the Olympics, and the World championships. Thus, if it doesn't receive attention, it wouldn't be played there and surely won't produce winning teams.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:11, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Korea Times's English sports page doesn't mention this world championship. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 18:21, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Don't know about the rest of Asia but Handball ain't big in South Korea. I'm sure that there's interest in the Olympic team if it does well as the Koreans are very focused on any medal they win but as a team sport it doesn't get much traction--the main sports are Football, baseball, basketball, and volleyball.--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:26, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Just to show how Euro-centric this "world" championship is, let's see how the other knockout stages for world championships for team sports went:
P.S. Probably you missed the WP:NNEWS, but it's not a reason to use the same comment to oppose this.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:48, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Handball has a following across most of the world...not so much in the United States, but still enough that it's played in PE classes. If some sports with only regional following are ITN worthy, then handball certainly is. Ks0stm (TCG) 17:11, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support definite support for this. Not only american sports should be placed on ITN.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:16, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
LOL! –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 02:32, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
Only American sports get on ITN? What utter nonsense. MickMacNee (talk) 19:40, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Kiril Simeonovski, Kevin McE and Ks0stm since it is not represented on ITN elsewhere. --candlewicke 17:19, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

The 2011 World Men's Handball Championship concludes with France defeating Denmark to retain the title.

This is my proposed blurb.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:57, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
It's fine but the article needs some more work, at least changing the future tense in the intro to past...--Tone 18:10, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
IMO the article should be updated substantially further. The only prose is in the lede section. There's no summary of the final or the later rounds.--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:21, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Also, there's only two references in the entire article. And frankly speaking, what little prose there is in this article is really non-notable stuff. Oppose.--

Johnsemlak (talk) 20:10, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

I've expanded the section about the final, and now it's ready for posting.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:30, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I hate to be a nag but it's still not ready for posting--not enough references, and none in the updated section.--Johnsemlak (talk) 20:38, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
More referenced added. Now, the whole prose is referenced.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:42, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support once the text is updated. Nergaal (talk) 20:08, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment I've expanded the article a little bit with a summary about the final match and more references. Looks like the consensus has been done here, and the article should be posted. My proposal for a new blurb, including a link to the final is:

The 2011 World Men's Handball Championship concludes with France defeating Denmark to retain the title.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:18, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Great, that's how the update should look like. Posting. --Tone 22:28, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Rashid Al-Ghannushi returns to Tunisia

Neutral on this. Maybe Al-Ghannushi is really important person for Tunisia, but his return seems to be a development of much lesser scale compared to other recent events in Tunisia (or in Egypt). There would have been some sense in requesting an update of the current Tunisian blurb with this new story, but seems that blurb will be soon bumped out. GreyHood Talk 22:30, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

January 29

2011 AFC Asian Cup Final

It's Australia vs. Japan. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:14, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

It's an ITNR event so it should be posted if it gets updated but I'll note, for whatever it's worth, that the attendances of this tournament have been fairly poor. I guess Asia's a large continent and many countries' fans can't travel to it that easily.--Johnsemlak (talk) 15:19, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as ITNR. At least 3-5 sentence update will be needed. GreyHood Talk 17:26, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
STRONGEST POSSIBLE SUPPORT WOO HOOO!! THE WORLD GREATEST SOCCER TOURNAMENT STILL IS (read asain). as if poland/ukraine is better than qatar!? Lihaas (talk) 18:15, 29 January 2011 (UTC).
Support A continental football championship is always a significant topic. Excuse me Lihaas, but this is not place for such sighs.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:59, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
The article isn't up to scratch and the tournament article isn't good either. I'll have a crack at the Final article but can't guarantee anything. --Mkativerata (talk) 20:03, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
I think the article is in decent shape, since the content is sufficient for a final match. However, we should post the conclusion of the championship and instead the article about the final, we may post the article about the championship as a key one.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:19, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Articles need prose not tables and stats (although if you're looking at the final article now, it's got a fair bit more prose than it did 10 minutes ago). --Mkativerata (talk) 20:27, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
The article about the Euro 2008 Final is still worse than this one, but got posted when the championship ended. I don't think we need a criterion to maintain such article as others.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:00, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
In 2008 ITN had different criteria. Support iff the article gets some significant amount of text. Nergaal (talk) 21:11, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
ITN did have a "different" criteria now but it had one constant criterion: a sufficiently expanded update. This one has it. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 03:46, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
The main report is that the championship concludes, so the article about the championship is the most important. The final match decides only the winner, and thus I don't think that a bad article should prevent it of posting.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:29, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Ready to post? Currently the article has more text than some of the sports events posted in the recent months. Mkativerata has done some good job expanding the prose. GreyHood Talk 21:26, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
I think so. The article is in pretty good shape.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:29, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Posted. The finals article actually has some prose related to the match so I highlighted that one. Feel free to modify. --Tone 22:00, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 Australian Open

In tennis, Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic win 2011 Australian Open. EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 10:50, 29 January 2011 (UTC)→

Support A recurring item, and as usually we should post the women's winner first, and after the men's final ends to update the blurb.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 11:29, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Kiril. GreyHood Talk 17:27, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support only after the men's final. Nergaal (talk) 21:12, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

  Administrator note I'm not seeing any prose on the winner... HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:02, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Support It's time. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 11:21, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting.--Tone 15:37, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Haitian cholera reaches Venezuela

Haitian cholera outbreak reaches the American continent, as at least 111 Venezuelans contract cholera brought from Haiti's neighbour, the Dominican Republic. BBC CBC

  • Support - Yes, it is a notable event. Though, the main page is not adequately covering the details about the spread. So we should wait until the article is improved. --Anirudh Emani (talk) 09:41, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as this makes it a lot more dangerous. --candlewicke 16:54, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Has anyone outside of Haiti died from this cholera outbreak? And also, the article needs more expansion about the Venezuela part as well. SpencerT♦C 21:35, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes. The Dominican Republic. --candlewicke 05:00, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support upon expansion. ~AH1(TCU) 00:07, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

It's probably not a big job, but we need a paragraph or two of prose on the Venezuelan outbreak before this has any hope of being posted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:04, 30 January 2011 (UTC)


Expanded. --candlewicke 05:00, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Support as nominator. Seems ready to post. GreyHood Talk 12:05, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Omar Suleiman appointed Egyptian vice president

Omar Suleiman has been appointed vice president of Egypt by Hosni Mubarak, the first time he has named a VP during his rule. (Guardian) --bender235 (talk) 16:01, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Also, Ahmed Shafik has been sworn in as Egyptian prime minister. (Al-Jazeera reporting) --bender235 (talk) 16:05, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose, not a change in head of state. We usually only post changes in head of state (or head of government where the head of state is also head of government or where the head of state only has a ceremonial role). I see no need to bump the Egypt blurb with this at this time. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 16:13, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
If a dictator names a vice president for the first time in 30 years, that is notable. If not, what is? --bender235 (talk) 16:17, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
I never said it wasn't notable. Just that it doesn't exactly meet WP:ITNR#Elections & Heads of State. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 16:32, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Not meeting the criteria on ITNR shouldn't exclude any nomination from being posted, and certainly not this one.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:56, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. Perhaps this is one reason to ignore ITNR. There hasn't been one for decades and Egypt is receiving a large amount of attention worldwide. There is also a new prime minister and more than 100 deaths. It wouldn't necessarily mean every vice president would be posted in future (unless accompanied by unusual events on this scale). --candlewicke 17:01, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
It wouldn't be WP:IAR at all. There's no criteria that excludes this event.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:31, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Candlewicke, updating the current Egyptian blurb. The situation is far from being an ordinary vice president or prime minister appointment. GreyHood Talk 17:29, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Since both a Vice President and a new PM have been appointed, I believe this change in the political makeup is notable enough for ITN. Suggested blurb: As anti-government protests continue in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak appoints Omar Suleiman Vice President, and Ahmed Shafiq Prime Minister. Franklinville (talk) 17:43, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Updating the blurb soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:46, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Strong Oppose - after the fact. It is pointless to announce desperate moves of an outgoing dictator as news. Much more important news from Egypt today is the shutting down of Internet access and SMS services, and the house arrest of El-Baradei. Crnorizec (talk) 23:17, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Post-post support. Come on guys, if ITN posted a withdrawal of a grand total of 6(!) MPs in a government that did not lead to its downfall(!) in a country of less than 5 million(!) people, why can't ITN post a new government in a country of 80 million people? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 05:15, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I wonder about both, actually, but we don't go back in time, unfortunately. In this case, a president facing popular riots and requests for withdrawal, appoints his top spy of many years as his vice-president. What's new there, except that the US don't have anything better in their sleeve, so they are desperate enough to support even that??? Crnorizec (talk) 11:02, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
It's pretty non-negotiable to exclude the replacement of a prime minister, no matter how scrupulous the circumstances are. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.)

January 28

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child by Titian is sold in New York for $16.9 million.BBC

Thus it becomes the record sold Titian's work.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:11, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support obviously. Arts news are rare guests on ITN. It would be nice though to have a specific article about Titian's version of Madonna and Child. GreyHood Talk 22:30, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
The name of the work is A Sacra Conversazione, is it not? He's depicted Madonna many times. Nightw 23:30, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
No, sacra conversazione is the Italian term for sacred conversation.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 00:20, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Ground-breaking observation... Nightw 05:22, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
The full name of the painting is A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 00:30, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support but not happy with the hook and secondary link - the fact that it's a record for Titan is key. Suggest -

Titian's Madonna and Child achieves the highest auction price ever for one of his works, at $16.9 million. Pedro :  Chat  23:37, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Madonna and Child is a different painting. It's in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. This is just the name of the motif applied in the painting. Titian painted it many times: Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist and Saint Catherine, Virgin And Child, Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine and a Rabbit... The name of the work is A Sacra Conversazione... Nightw 05:22, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • A PD image is available (added to top of the thread).--Chaser (talk) 23:49, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as it is a new record and a rare topic to feature on ITN. --candlewicke 00:15, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Possibly the update could be done in the article about Titian if it's not necessarily to create a particular article.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 00:33, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

I can't find anything about this work in Titian's article and the title itself is a redirect. We need an update somewhere before it can be posted; I don't particularly care where. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 03:28, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

I updated the Titian article. Crnorizec (talk) 04:49, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as shown on the In the News talk page culture is under-represented on ITN. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 23:28, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment of note the correct Titian link is to: Titian#Present_day. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 23:34, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. Important painting and special event. ~AH1(TCU) 00:09, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
The update is basically one sentence long. I can't post that, much as I would like to. Anybody fancy creating an article for the painting? You could easily get at least a decent start and the attention it receives on the MP will likely attract improvement. It would also mean I can bold the painting, which is, of course, the emphasis of the blurb. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 02:11, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
  • A Sacra Conversazione - here is a stub. I can't continue the work on it until tomorrow, so I hope other editors will help. GreyHood Talk 02:42, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
It is not one sentence, I also inserted a paragraph about the painting in the chronological listing of his works, in the article.

Egypt update - new government announced

mubarak just went on and on and basically announced a new govt to be announced tomorrow.(Lihaas (talk) 21:44, 28 January 2011 (UTC)).

Egyptian government shuts off internet and SMS networks

  • After the Egyptian government censored social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, on Friday internet access and SMS networks were cut off in response to the protests. [6] [7]
  • Support - I feel it is incredibly important and of extreme urgency the fact that a country's government has not only censored websites which aid people in expressing their dissatisfaction with the government (by sharing ideas or by arranging assemblies to express such dissatisfaction/dissent), but went a step further and switched off (almost) the entire internet (only one ISP working, Noor, the other four major ones are not, including Vodafone) and SMS networks to strip people of their ability to communicate efficiently so as to suppress the protests which are currently taking place in Egypt. I feel this is also very important as US media have failed to cover the Egyptian protests to the extent that European media have, and also it is very relevant to the new bill that is being passed in the US, giving the US president unprecedented power over control of the internet infrastructure in the US. Instead, what is currently the top news item on the front page is an article about a monkey's genome being sequenced. Interesting, but is it really more important than suppression of freedom of speech and assembly by a whole government? ¬ jujimufu (talk) 13:16, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Your (or anyone else's) POV on the issue doesn't make an iota of difference on the issue, so it'd be nice if you didn't !vote to support/oppose based solely on your POV. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 13:45, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Ok, let me rephrase: a government cuts off the majority of its internet and SMS provisions as a measure against the protests. To my mind this sounds very important. If this happened in the US would this not be on WP front page? ¬ jujimufu (talk) 13:49, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
      • If it had happened in the US it sure would not be on the front page... Wikimedia severs are in florida The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 14:36, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Merge with the fact that massive protests are taking place again today and bump the blurb from a couple of days. The article has a decent section on the development though it may be worth waiting for some more information. Or not. Actually I am willing to post when I see some more support. --Tone 14:56, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. Highly outrageous act of censorship. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:05, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as it is such a strange response to events there and agree with Tone. --candlewicke 15:21, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Unprecedented and highly newsworthy event. --Jayron32 15:37, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Ok, what about the blurb? --Tone 15:40, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Suggest: Thousands of Egyptians intensify anti-government street protests inspired by the recent Tunisian uprising, as the Egyptian government cuts off internet access and SMS networks nationwide. --candlewicke 15:49, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

I think we can omit the Tunisian part. The blurb gets too long... --BorgQueen (talk) 15:58, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
It seems the police are forcing Al Jazeera off the air as well... --candlewicke 15:51, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

The suggested blurb seems a bit wordy. Let's have something more concise, along the lines of: Anti-government street protests across Egypt intensify, as the Egyptian government suspends internet access and SMS networks nationwide. --Dorsal Axe 16:00, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Ok, posting. And skipping Tunisia, this is a very much a story on its own now. --Tone 16:01, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Support, today's protests are really big news. Modest Genius talk 16:02, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) OK. That's better. There's a curfew now but there are still people on the streets... --candlewicke 16:03, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Question: The censorship has been superseded by other more important events now. Perhaps that could be removed because it now looks... old, considering the people here have been providing this page with blow-by-blow updates I assume they updated the article as well. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 16:37, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Do you mean the curfew and the involvement of the army? Maybe these could be added after the censorship. Nationwide censorship is very important still. ¬ jujimufu (talk) 16:40, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
      • Curfew is quite old now too. There were like explosions and the NDP HQ is on fire. If that's on the article now an admin can replace the censorship part with that. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 16:42, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

A picture of the NDP HQ on fire would be useful too if there is one anywhere. --candlewicke 20:51, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

January 27

David Kato

  • Ugandan civil rights leader and LGBT activist David Kato was found murdered in his home. --Jayron32 21:39, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator. --Jayron32 21:40, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - definite support from me.--BabbaQ (talk) 21:55, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. A tragic loss, but overall, he was killed in what appears to be a random robbery. Deaths are awfully difficult to put up on ITN, and Kato is definitely less-notable than others that have been denied. Article is still very short, and makes it difficult to establish a good case for his (ITN-death-inclusion) notability. SpencerT♦C 22:39, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Possible change to support if his death causes major riots or something. SpencerT♦C 22:40, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. Not sufficiently notable, and over half of the content of his article is about the murder. Modest Genius talk 01:05, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. If he was killed for being a gay rights activist, I might well have supported, but it doesn't look like he was killed for being him, rather because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 01:10, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose his death itself is not notable enough and his life as an activist isn't notable enough either. --PlasmaTwa2 01:41, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 Yemeni protests

  • Thousands of people protest in the Yemeni capital Sana'a calling for an end to the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) The article has to be expanded a bit more though. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:50, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - definitly something for ITN.--BabbaQ (talk) 20:12, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Wait its not nearly as big as in Egypt or Tusnian Yet, Lets watch this shake out a little more The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 21:00, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as an inclusion in the current blurb about the Egypt and Tunisian protests; should only be its own ITN if the Yemeni dictator flees like in Tunisia, which seems unlikely Heroeswithmetaphors (talk) 08:59, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Rosneft cooperation with BP and ExxonMobil

Russia's oil giant Rosneft announces a joint development of the Black Sea shelf with ExxonMobil and the Arctic shelf with BP. RIAN BBC

  • A week ago we have overlooked the Rosneft-BP swap deal, one of the largest deals in the oil industry in the recent years, having especial importance after the Deepwater Horizon spill of BP and sparking much discussion among the American media and politicians. This is a continuation of the topic, accompanied by another large development, a cooperation with ExxonMobil. Note that so far the Black Sea shelf and the Arctic shelf have no active offshore oil industry, so these decisions are historic. GreyHood Talk 15:27, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
NO this is business as usual. At least there are no pelicans in the Arctic. Nergaal (talk) 17:19, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
There are polar bears, pinnipeds and walruses. And I believe we may say "this is business as usual" about all news currently in the ITN box, as well as about 99% of news we ever had or would have. Geneticists sequence new genomes. Diplomats conclude and prolongate treaties. Instability plagues the third world countries. Terrorists blow up more bombs. Political parties are engaged in political struggle. Booooring, usual businessss... GreyHood Talk 17:38, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Seriously speaking this is not usual business of course. Starting an offshore oil extraction in a new sea and in a new ocean, with huge ecological implications possible, involving a company that is responsible for recent and the very largest sea oil spill disaster in history - this is not usual. GreyHood Talk 17:38, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Conditional support given that we can choose a specific article to bold in the blurb. ~AH1(TCU) 18:30, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Rosneft owns a larger share in Rosneft-BP joint venture, I believe, and the situation with Rosneft-ExxonMobil would likely be similar. So I think Rosneft should be bold in the blurb. GreyHood Talk 19:34, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support if this is truly the first plan to commence offshore drilling in both those areas. Things seem to be getting a little desperate for the oil business. And whatever happened to simple "oppose"s? EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:48, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
There are different planned projects, but BP and ExxonMobil are the largest and most technologically advanced Western companies to be given access to those areas. At least for the Arctic, this is the first plan to commence the truly large-scale offshore oil extraction in these waters, involving very large and rich oil fields, similar to Sakhalin-I and Sakhalin-II projects (the second is the largest integrated offshore project in the world). Reconnaissance drilling is well underway in the Arctic by Russia and in the Black Sea by Turkey-Brazil. GreyHood Talk 19:34, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support It's a deal between three of the largest companies in the world, which is obviously significant.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:27, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. This seems to be an exploration contract, not the start of drilling. The sums involved don't see that massive. I would support the first drilling in those seas, but for now they're just working out where they might put the rigs. Modest Genius talk 01:13, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, uninteresting non-news. Abductive (reasoning) 15:00, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Support this is a pretty big business story. And we don't post enough of them. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 00:28, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment The announcement actually happened during the ongoing World Economic Forum. I'm thinking that this could be included in the blurb on Forum's conclusion today. GreyHood Talk 00:44, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
And yes, support as nominator. GreyHood Talk 00:45, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. These are major deals for the companies involved, and massively important for the development of Russia's hydrocarbons industry and its economy as a whole. Nanobear (talk) 03:59, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

UK economy sufferes a shock 0.5% contraction because of snow

An unexpected 0.5% contraction of the U.K. economy in the last quarter of 2010 is announced, explained by the severe winter. BBC

  • The U.K. is one of the world largest economies, and it's really a shock contraction amidst the ongoing recovery and growth in most of the world. This shows also that we've underestimated the Winter of 2010–2011 in Great Britain and Ireland not posting it in December. I believe that the 2010-2011 Queensland floods and the 2010 Russian wildfires have caused losses of a similar scale to the Australian and Russian economies. GreyHood Talk 14:13, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • NO even if it were true, it is really hard to estimate the actual impact in on the economy. The source says ONS said even if the weather impact had been excluded, activity would have been "flattish". It should have been posted in Dec, but now is not appropriate. Nergaal (talk) 17:21, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Flattish activity and unexpected contraction are two different things. GreyHood Talk 17:40, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. It's not really surprising that weather that bad (by British standards) would have an adverse effect on the country's economy. Besides, it's of little significance outside the UK and not really of much day-to-day significance within it. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 17:42, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
British budget cuts (Spending Review and Strategic Defence and Security Review) were posted, nevertheless. GreyHood Talk 18:18, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Because it was of great significance inside the country. Here it isn't. (Well, at least not as much as the reviews you cite that we posted.) EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:45, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose (as a Brit). A single bad data point does not make a crisis. And frankly, anyone who was shocked by this obviously missed the massive arguments about whether Osborne was going to cause a double-dip recession (it seems he has). Modest Genius talk 01:15, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

27 January 2011 Baghdad bombing

  • In a car bomb attack in Baghdad, 37 people are killed and 78 wounded.BBC
  • The bomb blast happened during a funeral in Baghdad. After the bombing, the mourners accused the police of letting them without protection.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 13:28, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The number of casualties is larger than in other current news. GreyHood Talk 13:43, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
27 January 2011 Baghdad bombing - article required. - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 14:00, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Perhaps this one also may replace the current related blurb. GreyHood Talk 14:35, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
NO bombs in Baghdad? Who would have thought? Nergaal (talk) 17:16, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support when article is expanded. Whether or not a region sees many car bombs, 100 people is very significant. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:43, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. This is the third in a week. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 18:58, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Reportedly the death toll has risen to 48.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:49, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Iraq is a war zone, so incidents like this are, while appalling, not major news by themselves. Nick-D (talk) 02:35, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. The arguments against posting are fine, since it is indeed a usual business in Iraq, but nevertheless it looks abnormal when we have a standing Iraq blurb with less victims in the box, and at the same time ignore the case with more victims. What's the problem with a simple update of the existing blurb? GreyHood Talk 18:02, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Interpol arrest warrant for Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Support - this is a ITN worthy news in my opinion. An historic event and its effects.--BabbaQ (talk) 13:13, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Btw, we featured when a head of state was slapped with an ICC arrest warrant in 2009. --BorgQueen (talk) 13:17, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, al-Bashir was in office at the time so I think that's a bit different, but Ben Ali was only just ousted a few weeks ago and I still think this is notable enough. Nightw 13:21, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, per above. Nightw 13:21, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Weak support replacing the Egyptian blurb with this, as it may be regarded as development of the same topic. If there was a real arrest, not just a warrant, I'd full support. GreyHood Talk 13:48, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
What is transpiring in Egypt is an entirely separate set of events, challenging the Mubarak administration. It has nothing to do with Ben Ali. Nightw 14:33, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
OK, I withdraw my proposal, seems it won't do. GreyHood Talk 14:41, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as Interpol doesn't issue such warrants to heads of state or recently ousted heads of state every day. I disagree with the idea of replacing the Egyptian blurb. They concern different countries, and Egypt is still happening and is a big enough and unusual enough event on its own as indicated by 2011 Egyptian protests. --candlewicke 14:27, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support usually Interpol arrest warrants aren't terribly notable, but I'd definitely say the fact that a place is seeking the arrest of an exiled head of state is very notable indeed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dorsal Axe (talkcontribs) 15:10, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait? until the Saudis say something or extradite him. Nergaal (talk) 17:22, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, but I would rather have his arrest featured. And unless there are political steps to take before actually apprehending him, we should probably wait until it happens. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 18:41, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Ready to post? The article is updated and there seems to be consensus, though the actual arrest would be better of course. GreyHood Talk 17:35, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:09, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

The most distant galaxy is detected

The lonely oldest and most distant galaxy is detected at 13.2 billion light-years from Earth, hinting that the early Universe was emptier than previously thought. Nature GreyHood Talk 01:47, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Conditional support given an article, removal of the word "lonely" from blurb and more objective phrasing of the information and its implications. ~AH1(TCU) 01:52, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose for now. I'll have to read the paper in detail tomorrow, but the abstract of the actual paper contains the worrying statement that 'we find one possible z ≈ 10 galaxy candidate'. Unless they've actually measured a spectroscopic redshift, this is nothing more than a candidate and we should wait for the actual measurement. Also, it took 11 months for them to get the paper accepted by the referees, which for such a high profile field is a big warning light. Modest Genius talk 01:57, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

The orangutan genome sequenced

The orangutan becomes the third species of hominids to have their genome sequenced, following humans and chimpanzees. Nature GreyHood Talk 01:47, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Support. Seems to be a major scientific event. ~AH1(TCU) 01:50, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support: a great achievement for conservation. Nightw 03:47, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Support considering we know so little about orangutans compared to other living primates this is a surprising The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 03:51, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Comments: The article needs to be updated a bit more. --BorgQueen (talk) 07:45, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
The article updated. Ready to post. Some orangutan portrait may be used as a nice decoration. GreyHood Talk 15:03, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:43, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Blurb makes no sense: there is no species called orangutan. There is a genus of that name, containing two species: Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii). The article cited at the article for the genus (the one linked in the blurb) names the individual sequenced, but not its species! Kevin McE (talk) 19:18, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors#Errors in In the news. ~AH1(TCU) 01:28, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorted, thanks Woody. Kevin McE (talk) 07:11, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

January 26

Northeast snow

There's no article on it yet, but see [9] [10] [11] [12] --Perseus, Son of Zeus sign here 19:27, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Well for a start, Northeast where? China? France? Equatorial Guinea (now that would be a story)? Orion?. Clicking those links, it seems very little has happened. Snow in winter is not unusual in that part of the world. Modest Genius talk 19:32, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Northeast U.S., but the snow is pretty significant. HOWEVER, this seems to be less significant considering what's happened this year so far. --Perseus, Son of Zeus sign here 19:40, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose this doesn't seem worthy of posting. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:51, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, not unusual. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 20:04, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
No way It always snows over there. If it was snowing here (Coastal city in Central Chile) I'd support an ITN nom. Diego Grez (talk) 20:36, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
I was going to make some smart-alec comment about it often snowing in Punta Arenas, then noticed you said central Chile. Doh. Modest Genius talk 01:29, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Neutral Given its proximity to the State of the Union address, perhaps it deserves a mention? "Only one day after President Obama addresses America from Washington D.C., the capital is deluged with rain and slush." μηδείς (talk) 22:30, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Only if we tie the Crop circles in Indonesia because Barack lived there in his child thus it must all be connected The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 23:07, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
How are the two events remotely related, and how does the former render the latter sufficiently noteworthy? —David Levy 01:28, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
I presume its a joke ;). -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 08:30, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose Nothing special since such snowstorms in the northeast Unites States "every year" are hailed as very rare, and every year it is reported that they cause fatalities, though it's minor in contrast of the fatalities of same sort in other parts of the world.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 22:44, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose My god, it snowed somewhere. Hold the front page! (talk) 00:36, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. The snow is greatly inconveniencing me, but it's nothing particularly extraordinary. We include weather disasters in ITN, but this is merely weather. —David Levy 01:28, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment. Please post such a nom only when casualties are reported. ~AH1(TCU) 18:26, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose as per policy: WP:SNOW Heroeswithmetaphors (talk) 18:53, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Russia ratifies New START treaty

Both Houses of Russia's Parliament approve the strategic New START treaty, a month after its ratification by the U.S. BBC

  • Here is the archived discussion of the U.S. ratification from December. Back then I thought that posting the U.S. procedure would be enough, since it had some intrigue unlike the yet expected Russian one. But in fact the additional resolution which accompanied the American ratification delayed the Russian approval, since it took some time for the Russian side to study that additional text which describes the U.S. view on the treaty in more detail. So it took a month for the Russian Parliament to come up with similar addition to the ratification bill, and this makes Russian ratification much more significant and interesting. Also, now the treaty is put into effect finally, which was not the case in December when some people complained about it in discussion. GreyHood Talk 15:49, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is obviously ITN worthy, and with its ratification it officially comes into force which affects the nuclear armament in the world.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 15:58, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Agree with reasoning per nom. Jusdafax 16:17, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Article needs more of an update. Is there enough news here to do more than change "ending" to "was ratified"? Makeemlighter (talk) 16:26, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support one of the most important treaties in a decade. Nergaal (talk) 18:40, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:09, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Posted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:15, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 World Economic Forum

The 2011 World Economic Forum opens in Davos, Switzerland. [13]

  • It's 40 years since Davos Forums foundation in 1971. I wonder why this largest annual meeting of business and political leaders is not on WP:ITN/R. That looks like an expression of bias against economy topics on ITN (apparently in favour of sports, arts, science and space on ITNR, with addition of deaths, elections and instability). GreyHood Talk 15:18, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment I was ready to nominate this but thought that it may be more effective to post it when the forum ends with the general outcome attached in the blurb.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 15:27, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, indeed. But I thought we'll have more time to discuss it. The Forum ends on January 30, when this nomination still should be on the list, so if we reach consensus by that time, someone just will need to post it before the topic is archived. GreyHood Talk 15:53, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Hm, after some consideration I think I won't insist on late posting instead of quick one. Just some thoughts. If we post it early more people will get interested and will follow the development of the story, and with the current speed of updating ITN it likely will be still in the box on January 30. It's not a sports event also, and there are no clear winners, so what could be that general outcome to attach in the end? Perhaps the total cost of deals which are usually concluded at this summit, or some common declaration if they manage to produce it. Is it worth waiting for? GreyHood Talk 16:24, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
You have a nice reasoning, and gauging that on Sunday we'll have few sport events, such as the end of Australian Open and of the World Men's Handball Championship, the speedy posting may receive greater attention.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:56, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Looks ITN-worthy to me. The world economy is wobbly, and this brings leaders from all over the globe together. Jusdafax 15:36, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Unless something important comes out of it, I'm not sure this would be ITN-worthy. Makeemlighter (talk) 16:19, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The meeting is probably one of the most important in the sphere of the economics and environment, with many politicians, businesspeople and intellectuals attending it. For me it's sufficient for posting.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:50, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support this meeting is a big deal, and BBC World has in my experience given it round the clock coverage. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:09, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
What is being decided in this forum? Nergaal (talk) 20:51, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Sometimes they launch Global Initiatives and sometimes they publish Global Reports (don't know much about initiatives, but the reports are quite useful on Wikipedia and constitute a part of the Lists of countries with rankings). Significant investment and trade deals may be concluded. This particular time they discuss how the global economy is recovering from the crisis. But mostly and primarily, this forum is about getting acquainted between the businessmen and politicians, and about trying to draw more investment for particular projects and countries. All this may affect the global investment patterns and economy growth predictions. GreyHood Talk 21:18, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose for now. The meeting itself is not notable. If any important announcements are made, then we might have a story. Otherwise this is just a load of businessmen having a chinwag. Modest Genius talk 01:22, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as nominator. There seems to be an agreement on Wikipedia talk:In the news#Discussion that economy is underrepresented topic on ITN, and I propose adding more economic items to WP:ITN/R as a remedy. The World Economic Forum would certainly be one of them, along with the G8 and G20 meetings.
World Economic Forums are really important (much more important than most events that we usually post on ITN), even when there is no single major decision or declaration taken. Multiple deals, project presentations, economic reports are taking place on the Forums, including the present one.
And more of other important things have happened or will happen in the last day. Though I believe there would have been much more sense in posting it on the opening day so that the people could follow the event while it is happening, I propose this for tomorrow posting:

The 2011 World Economic Forum concludes in Davos, Switzerland. GreyHood Talk 18:53, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Colombian coal mine explosion

Up to 30 miners are trapped by an explosion in a coal mine near Sardinata, Colombia. BBC

Comment Here the number has been lowered too, now they say from 13 to 19 people are trapped. GreyHood Talk 16:29, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
There have been too many coal mine accidents posted on ITN. They are somewhat common so I don't think they really pass the notability criteria. Nergaal (talk) 18:43, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. At least 21 people were killed, others injured and it is the deadliest accident there in four years. ITN hasn't had a coal mine accident for some time and they don't seem to happen as often as the earthquakes, floods or other weather events that are posted. --candlewicke 14:36, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 Lahore and Karachi bombings

  • In suicide bombing attacks in Lahore and Karachi, 16 people are killed and at least 50 injured.BBC

I think this one receives attention, has a global media coverage, and thereby is sufficient for posting. There is no article yet, but I hope it will be created ASAP.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 12:45, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment Now BBC says 13 people have been killed. GreyHood Talk 16:28, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
It's perhaps only the fatalities of the blast in Lahore. Reportedly, 16 people are killed, with 13 in Lahore and 3 in Karachi.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:01, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Hm, there are 9 victims in Lahore (including 3 policemen), plus 1 terrorist, and 2 victims in Karachi, plus 1 more terrorist. Anyway, the number of people killed is not very large for the region. But the number of injured is rather high, though, and the double attack adds to the significance. So perhaps I'd still support the entry if the article is created. GreyHood Talk 21:28, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
16 is not that remarkable by that part's of the world standards for bombings. Nergaal (talk) 20:54, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 State of the Union Address

In a State of the Union Address U.S. President Barack Obama compares challenges facing the country with the 1950s Sputnik crisis. BBC

Don't know if the State of the Union addresses are posted usually, but this seems of major significance to the U.S., it is primary topic (including a live coverage) on BBC now, and it is granted a wide interest in the post-Soviet states due to the Sputnik phrase. GreyHood Talk 01:51, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
strong oppose because the usa prez lectures people is no reason that the world is effeted. if they DO stuff it can be, certainly not some lecture to what will end up being one o if not the, most dysfunctional congress.(Lihaas (talk) 02:02, 26 January 2011 (UTC));
  • Lord, No This is an empty annual waste of time for all involved and inflicting it on the rest of the world would be the height of rudeness. Except for perhaps for suicides broadcast live and unexpected resignations speeches should never be treated as news items.μηδείς (talk) 02:45, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Major news item, anyway you look at it. It's the top story on the BBC and reported globally. The above opposes are frankly offensive. How is posting this 'rude'?--Johnsemlak (talk) 04:44, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - I thought we normally post State of the Unions? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:04, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose until what Obama said are actually done. (Now thinking about it, if it was done, it won't be added anyway unless something like what happened in Ireland where 6(!) MPs withdrew from the government (dunno what's the equivalent for presidential systems) happens). –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 06:40, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - I see it in the news from Al Jazeera to the New York Times. I am no fan of either Democrats or Republicans, by the way. News is news. Jusdafax 06:46, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Political leader makes speech. That's what they do, routinely, and news sources report them, routinely. Live TV coverage means nothing in these days of 24 hour news channels. Nothing actually happened that is newsworthy. Kevin McE (talk) 07:27, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. If we don't post the Queen's annual speech, nor speeches by any head of government, I don't see why we would this. Nightw 07:42, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support since it is not only an annual speech, and is related with a topic concerned with a major part of the post-Soviet countries. Actually, its media coverage and the attention received prove the significance of the speech.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 10:24, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Too Borrring so oppose; EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 11:26, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose as per Kevin McE and Nightw. --Dorsal Axe 14:16, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
oppose a speech is a speech. we didnt even post Queen's first speech after 50 years in the UN. this thing is annual for goodness sakes. -- Ashish-g55 16:47, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. This is no more significant than an opening of parliament or any comparable political event and we (quite rightly) don't post those, so we shouldn't post this. Not everything the media get into a frenzy about is ITN-worthy and this is a classic example. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:05, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose per HJ Mitchell. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 19:08, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. An annual speech during which nothing particularly surprising or significant was said. So what? Modest Genius talk 01:31, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Wow. You'd think there'll be lots of !votes when there's an argument between supports and opposes. This one is so one-sided, but this has the highest number of !votes currently on WP:ITN/C Well, it can be beaten by the northeast U.S. snow suggestion above.
Oppose because there was no major surprise policy statement (eg "Axis of Evil"). Heroeswithmetaphors (talk) 18:50, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

January 25

January 2011 Manila bus bombing

Lebanese government of November 2009

The March 8-backed nominee for PM has been tasked by the president to form a government amid controversy both within and without Lebanon.(Lihaas (talk) 01:13, 26 January 2011 (UTC));

2011 Egyptian protests

Thousands of Egyptians join the anti-government protests after an internet campaign inspired by the recent Tunisian Revolution. BBC

  • Not sure if it is worth posting right now, but at least we must keep an eye on this story. If the Tunisian blurb was still in the box I'd certainly propose to update it with this new development. GreyHood Talk 17:16, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment This is another protest in the aftermath of the protests in Tunisia, which also follows the protests in Algeria and Yemen.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:45, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Then we may consider this more general blurb: A wave of instability continues in the Arab states following the recent Tunisian Revolution, with thousands joining anti-government protests in Egypt. GreyHood Talk 19:00, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per the second blurb. I reckon that these protests are sufficient for posting separately, but including all the protests which comprise the instability in the region could be more comprehensive for the reader.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:11, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait. I don't think we should post about the protests, per se. If they lead to social / political change (such as in Tunisia), cause significant economic instability (the French pension strikes), or result in violent reprisals (e.g. Iran), then I would support a post. Thousands of protesters is remarkable for Egypt, but in a country of nearly 80 million people, it seems unlikely to have much consequence. If it does lead somewhere, then I'd support posting about those results. Dragons flight (talk) 19:51, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
The reasoning is good, and I was just to wait for a while to see what will happen but actually it's still significant since these are mass protests in many Arab countries, which get international importance and global media coverage.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:11, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support as (based on the contents of the article) the protests have taken place in the capital Cairo (with a major square occupied in Africa's largest city and the 16th most populous metropolitan area in the world) as well as throughout the country, have been occurring for some time (i.e. are not a one-day event), have proven to be fatal in at least one case, have involved extreme acts (e.g. self-immolation on multiple occasions), and because such events are rare in this part of the world or country. Also, as noted above, it has a population of nearly 80 million (15th in world) which hardly makes the place small or internationally insignificant in any way. --candlewicke 21:28, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Are we looking at the same article? 2011 Egyptian protests has several paragraphs of "background" on why Egypt is bad / corrupt / etc., but less than 5 sentences and one brief table of immolations for actually describing the current events. It's not really enough that Egypt is important, we also need a demonstration than the current event is important too. More content needed. Dragons flight (talk) 22:00, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
I concur with the view that the article is non-balanced and perhaps even non-neutral. Something should be done about it. But as for the description of the current events, the article has nearly as much prose as the recently posted 24 January 2011 Iraq bombings, the usual minimum IMO. GreyHood Talk 22:29, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support per Candlewicke. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 21:42, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support per Candlewicke's posts. If the President's family have fled, you have news that is ITN-worthy. That's serious instability. Jusdafax 22:43, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support per Candlewicke.--Wikireader41 (talk) 22:49, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment: I support, but the article needs improvement before it is to be posted. There needs to be more information about the protests themselves, and not just the controversial background causes to the protests. SpencerT♦C 23:33, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support My support might be a bit biased because I am an Egyptian, a pro-democracy advocate and the fact that I have started the article and have been working on it since then. Nevertheless, The last time Egypt saw any protest on this scale was back in 1977 in what was known as The Bread Intifada or as Anwar El Sadat called it The Thieves Intifada. -- The Egyptian Liberal (talk) 23:42, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment - The article looks pretty good if you ask me. Consensus here is obvious; and I suggest going with the first blurb. Jusdafax 04:04, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 08:33, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - big news. post.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:14, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Russia purchases French Mistral-class warships

Russia and France sign an agreement to jointly build four Mistral class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy. [16]

  • For quite a while, the Russian purchase of Mistral has been a major topic in Russia as well as in the neighbouring Eastern European countries and NATO member states. It might be the largest ever Russian purchase of military equipment from a West European or NATO country. This seems to be a final deal after a long series of talks and preliminary agreements. Two of the ships are to be built in France, and two more in Russia, thus transferring some technological know-how to the Russian side. The deal of France with Russia is highly criticized by Georgia and the Baltic States. All in all, this story is of high international significance and is worth posting. Perhaps, a direct link to the Mistral_class_amphibious_assault_ship#Russian_purchase may be highlighted, not the article in the whole. GreyHood Talk 17:00, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. A large contract, and important for both the Russian Navy and the for French defence industry. It's the first time Russia has made a major arms purchase deal with a NATO country. Nanobear (talk) 21:52, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support since it's a big deal between the two countries, and it's directly concerned with a part of the Russian military, which is of global interest.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:03, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose There are much bigger recent arms deals than this (for instance the $60Bn US-Saudi arms deal which was approved by the US Congress late last year) and this has been dragging on for months, so it's hardly 'new' news. It's also unlikely to be of wide interest to readers. Nick-D (talk) 00:24, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
    • That $60Bn US-Saudi arms deal should have been nominated and featured, btw. If we have overlooked some important news that doesn't mean we should never post the news of similar kind again. Anyway, the size of the deal is not of primary interest in this case. Here we have both a rare and major purchase of equipment from NATO country by a country that once have been NATO's strategical opponent, quite unlike the US-Saudi deal which is totally routine except for the especially large sum of money this time. France-Russia deal has been of much interest for a range of countries, including U.S., Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, France, Russia. Countries bordering the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea expressed their concern regarding the possible usage of Mistrals in their waters. If this is not international significance, I don't know what is. And the fact that this has been dragging on for months only adds to the significance of the matter. GreyHood Talk 00:44, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Request for comment. Guys, so what's with this story? Are strategic defence technology deals really of so little interest to the audience? I was thinking about bringing more stories of such kind in future, is it worth making attempt? GreyHood Talk 20:42, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Neutral. The size of the deal is not huge in defence terms (€1.4b), but the previous strategic animosity between the two parties gives it greater significance. We certainly can't go posting all arms deals, though this one is rather unusual. I can see both pros and cons on this one, so I won't !vote either way. Modest Genius talk 01:38, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Actually, while two ships will be built in France with a cost of €1.4b, two more ships will be built in Russia with a comparable cost. So the total cost of the project will be about €2.8 billion, which in dollar terms is comparable to the annual size of exports by world's largest arms exporters. GreyHood Talk 13:11, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
McCain: France-Russia warship deal 'troubling'

Merger between British Airways and Iberia

It's somehow below-the-radar news, but may be ITN-worthy. (talk) 08:51, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Given that both airlines are still operating under their current names as subsidiaries of the new group, there's nothing really major about this. Besides, it's been knowledge for a long time now, merely that shares in the new entity have begun trading. Not a peep on BBC News' main page, where you'd expect it to be if it really was "in the news", so oppose. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 09:35, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose old news.--Johnsemlak (talk) 11:40, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose was posted in April 2010 when the merger was announced. Grsz 11 18:04, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose - we already posted this story 9 months ago. Modest Genius talk 01:40, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Palestine Papers

This is attracting a lot of media attention (e.g. BBC NYT El Pais)

This is a big deal-changer (both literally and figuratively) in the conflict, but the article could do with better referencing. Thoughts? Modest Genius talk 01:55, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support with caveat Per nom, I am going to look over the article now, I fear the article could be landmine with the usual Arab/Israeli pov war. If its stable enough and fairly neutral We can post. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 03:42, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
That amusing its the most neutral Arab/Israeli article I have seen in while though lack of referencing is an issue that needs to be taken care of before posting The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 03:44, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Support this is a really big deal. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 09:05, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Modest Genius. GreyHood Talk 15:33, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Support - per all above. this is major news.--BabbaQ (talk) 16:47, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

  Administrator note The sourcing (or lack thereof) is still an issue. Far too much of it is unsourced for it to be ready to post. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 18:14, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Support per previous such releases and this one being referred to as "the largest in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" which, according to Wikipedia, has been going on from the "early 20th century-present", a considerable period of time. --candlewicke 21:10, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Support's fine, but with all the support in the world, it's not going anywhere near the Main Page without serious work to sort out the sourcing. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:30, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorry I haven't had time to work on this myself. The second half of the article (the reactions) is fine, it's just the bit dealing with exactly what's in the documents which needs improved references. Modest Genius talk 01:42, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

January 24

Rahm Emanuel tossed off the ballot

See [17] notable enough? --Perseus, Son of Zeus sign here 18:42, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Unless Emanuel is gay, mayoral elections anywhere have no chance here. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 19:12, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorta expecting numerous "Who?" and other similar responses right about.... now. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 19:27, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
You forget the ITNC regulars are slightly more aware of current events and important people than the general population The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 20:54, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Yes, this is great news, but I have to agree that unless it deals with his sexual preference it hardly rises to the level of world notability.μηδείς (talk) 19:30, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • He may not be gay, but he is disabled.[18] Oh, and oppose. Lampman (talk) 19:55, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose only really of interest to the people of Illinois. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 20:24, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • lol no. --Golbez (talk) 20:44, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Even for Americans, this is firmly in the "who cares?" category. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:00, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Even the results of the election itself won't be significant enough, let alone legal challenges over who can contest it. Modest Genius talk 23:39, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose Simply not notable enough. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 15:25, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

More Iraq bombings

24 January 2011 Iraq bombings. Another 25 dead in Karbala (and two in Baghdad). This might work as an update to the current blurb, along the lines of: Less than a week after 133 die in a series of bomb attacks in Iraq, four bombs explode killing another 27. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 15:15, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Support updating the current blurb and moving it up. GreyHood Talk 18:53, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Greyhood. This is significant, but related attack was already posted, so updating is solution here.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 18:55, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per Greyhood. (update) --Perseus, Son of Zeus sign here 19:34, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Update and bump current blurb. Merging the articles would seem to be a good idea too. The 'less than a week' bit sounds bad and should be avoided. How about 'Three sets of bombings' or 'a third series of bombings' or similar? Modest Genius talk 23:43, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
The only reason I didn't add it to the existing article was that the new set of attacks haven't been described as being suicide attacks (the original article is about suicide attacks), and while the three original attacks happened on back-to-back days and could be combined into one article about all bombings within a week/three-day span, this stand-alone attack really doesn't seem to fit in there. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 02:20, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment This seems ready to post. Merging the articles is not necessary. GreyHood Talk 15:31, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Suicide bombing of Domodedovo International Airport

Deaths into double figures reported, many more casualties (BBC). The Rambling Man (talk) 14:24, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Support Asssuming it is a Suicide Bombing and the casulties are actually that high and pending article creation. We should wait another 6 hours or so before posting See what shakes out The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 14:33, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I start 2011 Domodedovo International Airport attack - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 14:35, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Update 1 - 31 deaths - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 14:48, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Post immediately; article in place, WP:RS and all. Hold back on mention of suicide bombing; media still calling it an "apparent suicide bomb blast". Lampman (talk) 15:09, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, obviously.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:04, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment It looks like a move for the airport article might be going ahead. In the event that it does, the news blurb will need to be updated. --Dorsal Axe 18:02, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Post-posting support. Certainly notable. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:01, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Death of Jack LaLanne

- Nomination - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 13:17, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose per my rationale for Bhimsen Joshi below, except that this gentleman is even older and even less significant. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 13:36, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Neutral I don't think this should be posted, since Jack LaLanne achieved something which is more entertainment than something influential. However, he became part of many commercials broadcasted in whole world, so his media coverage is broader than his achievements. Hence, I have no oppose for this.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:00, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support The man was a huge pioneer of the fitness movement with a two decade TV run, world-wide name recognition among people people born before the internet age, and a lifespan of notable length.μηδείς (talk) 19:43, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I rather dispute the 'world-wide name recognition among people people born before the internet age', which he certainly does not have. I'm insufficiently familiar with this person, but his TV show doesn't even have its own article, just four other languages have articles on him, and his death isn't receiving much media attention (at least from my usual outlets). So I oppose unless someone can demonstrate widespread importance. Modest Genius talk 23:52, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't strongly care about this nor really expect a consensus for LaLanne to be posted. But wikipedia's bias is hugely towards things that happened after the 1990's. The lack of an article on any particular subject over 20 years of age hardly speaks to its actual import. With articles on Marxist cells, computer games, and footballers making up a third of the encyclopedia, and a further one in twenty articles being about municipalities in Poland, some focus on the world before Clinton would be refreshing. (If you don't believe that one in twenty or more articles is about a Polish political division, try hitting random article 20 times as an experiment.) μηδείς (talk) 00:45, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
I tried 40 random articles, and indeed got two Polish municipalities. I also got 5 other articles on towns/communes/etc in five other nations. Yay bias. ::Modest Genius talk 01:03, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, one of them was France and another was Azerbaijan, no doubt. μηδείς (talk) 01:32, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. "On January 23, 2011, Jack LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California." That sentence comprises the article's information regarding LaLanne's death (in its entirety). I'm not suggesting that this indicates a deficiency, as there probably isn't much more than that to document (e.g. extraordinary circumstances, major societal impact or comments from high-profile individuals). But ITN isn't a news ticker; its purpose is to link to articles created or substantially updated to reflect recent/current events. Unless and until such an update occurs (or the section's scope is modified), this article simply doesn't qualify. —David Levy 01:04, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Portuguese election

Aníbal Cavaco Silva wins a second term as President of Portugal. CNN Courcelles 07:49, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Head of state, ITN/R. There's a section that needs references but otherwise this looks ready to post. --Tone 09:59, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
The election article is very sparsely referenced and Silva's article isn't a lot better. One or t'other will need some wok before it can be posted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 10:17, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I was going to nominate this myself, but I restrained myself as it was not a particularly noteworthy election. He was expected to be re-elected, and he was, quite easily apparently. It's on ITN/R though, so as long as the article gets fixed up, I don't see anything stopping it getting posted. Nightw 10:45, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
It's on ITNR so should go up, but the article is almost completely unreferenced, consists mostly of a list of opinion polls, and has no prose whatsoever on the result. Regardless of how easy the victory was, it should go up once the article is brought up to speed. Modest Genius talk 23:55, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Death of Bhimsen Joshi

BBC - "One of India's most famous musicians" / "A legendary singer of Hindustani classical music" / "A big shock for all students of music in India" / "An era of Hindustani classical music has ended. One of the pillars is gone" --candlewicke 05:52, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose, for a death at the age of 89 to get onto ITN, the person should have some extraordinary achievement to their name like, say, founding the Peace Corps, and should be very well known to a wide variety of people (not make me think "who?"). Even putting that aside, we already have one obituary on ITN and I would say founding the Peace Corps is more significant than some nice singing. Tragic, but not ITN material. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 07:31, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

IPv4 address exhaustion

The Internet runs out of addresses

As of this writing, IANA has only seven class A networks left to allocate. This should be exhausted sometime in the next week or two. (Countdown). Raul654 (talk) 05:38, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support If this is actually true, we should post this probably at below 1 million mark. Nergaal (talk) 07:07, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
This may be a really stupid question, but what happens when they run out? Does the world end or do they just change the way they designate IPs or something a little less dramatic? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 07:33, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
My understanding is if a new startup company wants an IP, they simply won't be able to get it. Similarly to if all the new phone prefixes in the US were to be in use. A new state /county/whatever would not be able to get a new prefix, even if the total number of phone lines in the US is well below 10bn. Nergaal (talk) 07:39, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
More on that question at [19] Pedro :  Chat  07:39, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait until all of the class A blocks have been allocated. What will happen after this is that the regional groupings (Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas I believe) will continue to allocate them, Asia will run out first around the end of 2011, but given they make most routers they'll probably be forcing an upgrade through so that vaguely new ones will support IPv6. As far as I know IPv6 addresses will almost certainly never run out - see this for more. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 08:25, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Rain check support. This should be posted when the IPv4 addresses are nearly all depleted. ~AH1(TCU) 16:52, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, but the blurb sucks and is misleading. From what I understand, there are seven /8's available, and as soon as two of those /8's are gone, then each of the remaining five is reallocated to each one of the RIRs. We are probably a week away from that occurring. While the exhaustion of the central address pool is a noteworthy milestone by itself, each RIR will continue to have some IP addresses for at least a few years, so "the Internet runs out of addresses" is not entirely true. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:10, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Actually the Asia-Pacific one is due to run out completely by the end of the year. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 21:22, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
This is an interesting story which we should certainly cover, but it's difficult to know exactly when we should do so. Running out of centrally-administered class-A addresses isn't the same as running out of addresses, and new IPs will continue to be available for some time. Even those RIRs which are close to exhaustion will probably recall IPs which have been allocated but are not actually in use. On the other hand, it's difficult to see any other clear boundary to post at. Hmmm. Modest Genius talk 23:59, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

I emailed a friend of mine, Chase Cotton, who used to work under Dave Sincoskie at Bellcore. Here is his response:

I note data sourced from an IPv6 provider run by an old buddy of mine (v4 FUD is good for them)
pain likely for wireless providers ... wireline providers in pretty good shape
will kick off a number of alternate mechanisms (commercial, carrier NAT, etc.)
no need to head to the bomb shelter quite yet (IMHO)

I'm going to hazard a couple predictions: (1) while some businesses will run into consternation, end users will be entirely unaffected, and (2) it will significantly speed the deployment of NATs and later IPv6. With that said however, I definitely think it should be main page news. Raul654 (talk) 00:24, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Question: Am I correct in noting that internet users already are assigned IPv6 addresses, but that according to Raul's post, this will still affect some businesses? If so, the fact that there will be a switch merits a blurb on ITN. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 03:34, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Am I correct in noting that internet users already are assigned IPv6 addresses -incorrect. IPv6 is essentially not in use anywhere except on a handful of private lans. I think it's installed lots and lots of places (I think every major OS comes with it, turned off). Raul654 (talk) 04:02, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
this will still affect some businesses? - as someone noted above, each regional naming authority has a stockpile, but those will eventually be depleted and then it's going to get sticky. Stop-gap measures (like using a network address translator, a NAT, to have multiple computers / networks sharing an IP ) can be deployed, but the only real long-term fix is to use IPv6Raul654 (talk) 04:02, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

A New Permian Extinction Theory

A study published today in Nature Geoscience suggests that one trigger for the near-apocalyptic 'great die-off', which killed 96% of marine species and 70% of land-based vertebrate organisms, was a volcanic explosion in coal and shale deposits in Siberia.[20] Crnorizec (talk) 04:05, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Weak oppose. It's actually only a small refinement on an existing theory. As the referenced URL explains, we already knew that there was a massive volcanic eruption in the Siberian Traps (1-4 million cubic kilometers of magma) at the time of the Permian extinction. Further, we also knew that the eruption caused a massive perturbation of the carbon cycle (~3 trillion tonnes of carbon emitted). The new evidence points to coal combustion as enhancing the eruption and polluting the oceans with toxic ash. So, this work refines the details of the eruption in an important way, but really isn't a new theory of the underlying cause of the extinction. It is a scientifically interesting argument, but the new part of this "news" isn't really all that broadly interesting in my opinion. Dragons flight (talk) 06:20, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I agree that most of the facts were known, however, this coal fire was the missing peace of the puzzle. If you look at the article, most of the assumptions that have been made in the past, are now justified and unified under this latest finding. Crnorizec (talk) 13:50, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose This sort of thing interests me greatly but it's a minor wrinkle on a long established theory.μηδείς (talk) 19:45, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. This is an incremental change to an existing theory, and given the historical disagreements over this event I severely doubt it will settle the matter one way or the other. Modest Genius talk 00:06, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

January 23

A "European record" in Belgium

"Thousands of Belgians staged a march of 'Shame' in the capital to demand a government after a seven-month impasse between Dutch and French-speaking politicians, a European record." Compared to an "unprecedented" march 15 years ago so doesn't seem to happen very often. More coverage: Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Irish Times. Is it significant enough? --candlewicke 03:31, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Only 30,000 showed up? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 15:16, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. 'Belgium can't agree a government' isn't news. Although this is the longest continuous period without one, since 2002 they've been without a government for more time than they've actually had one (slight exaggeration, but not by that much). The protest itself is hardly significant. Modest Genius talk 00:10, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Lance Armstrong officially retires

  • For the second time after 2005. Lots of people are throwing doping accusations at him, but at the end of the day he is the most successful rider in history. Nergaal (talk) 17:01, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't favour announcements of retirements by sportspeople. Way too often they last less than 2 years. Around 5 cases of similar prominence than Armstrong jump to my mind immediatelly. --Tone 17:16, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
He hasn't resigned, he has said he won't take part in any more races outside the US. Had he resigned (as he did last time around) at the top of the sport, this might have been worth including, but he was 60th in the UCI World Rankings last year. In terms of sporting importance in cycling, this might manage 4th place in the most important events of this week, well behind the Tour Down Under, the Tour de San Luis, and the announcement of wild card teams for the Tour de France. In which case, we are left to consider its importance in terms of celeb news. So oppose. Kevin McE (talk) 18:33, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. We should post major achievements when they happen, not when the person retires. Modest Genius talk 19:52, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose posting the retirement of any sportsperson. A retirement is just not particularly notable and experience shows us that it's often not permanent. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:59, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose posting retirements in general, ever.--Wikireader41 (talk) 01:40, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment – for what it's worth, we posted the retirement last year of Haile Gebrselassie, which lasted barely two weeks. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 02:01, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
IIRC that was part of a blurb on the 2010 NYC marathon (an ITN/R event) in general, after which Gebrselassie retired. The retimrement wasn't the sole event in the blurb.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:58, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Per John. We posted his retirement because it shadowed the outcome of the New York marathon, which is ITN topic. It was irregularly a significant event which get posted, but not introducing a rule of posting retirements.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 03:00, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, wouldn't shock me if he came back once the doping furore ceased.  狐 FOX  03:06, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
I would never say never to posting a athlete's retirement but it should be a rare and significant event. This ain't it. It's also possible that in the near future the US government will charge him with doping related offences (including stuff like drug trafficking and racketeering). That might be news.--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:06, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Ireland's Green Party quits government of Brian Cowen

Ireland's Green Party quits government of Brian Cowen, removing the ruling coalition's majority. BBC

  • Well, they say this move is expected to bring forward the general election. The event itself is not that important on the world scale, but the Irish governmental topic in the whole is important and interesting enough development, I think, so it may be given some place on ITN. If more expected events come true, we'll simply change the blurbs. GreyHood Talk 16:23, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Support: something needs to be posted about the developments in Ireland, and this is notable enough in my opinion. Nightw 17:46, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, while expected, this is of more international interest than the resignation of a party leader. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 18:50, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Surely it would be better to put this up on Tuesday after the vote of no confidence takes place. After all in theory it could be that the Irish Government survives the vote of no confidence.Jason Rees (talk) 19:05, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
My understanding was that the Greens had withdrawn, but would be supporting budget and confidence votes. Am I mistaken? Modest Genius talk 19:59, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
As far as i know, the Greens have only said that they will be supporting the budget vote. Although if you think about it, why would they walk out of the Government and then support them in the confidence vote?Jason Rees (talk) 00:02, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. We haven't covered any of the developments in Ireland, so I'm willing to support anything related to it. Especially with the timer being deep in the red. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 23:57, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Suggest: The Green Party (leader John Gormley pictured) withdraws from the Brian Cowen-led government of Ireland. --candlewicke 02:25, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment: I am opposed to making the Green Party article the featured one here. It's more important to focus on the fall of the government and not on the party that's forced its fall, imo. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 02:32, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment: There is no "fall of government" article and the nomination suggests a focus on the Green Party. If the party hadn't withdrawn how would there be anything to focus on? --candlewicke 02:57, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Government of the 30th Dáil would seem to be the right article, if it was updated. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 03:25, 24 January 2011 (UTC)
Support by the way, since the political situation has been changing so rapidly throughout the week as seen in Portal:Current events or this BBC summary. --candlewicke 03:21, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Provisional results show South Sudan votes to secede

Provisional results from South Sudan independence referendum show that almost 99 percent of voters have chosen secession from Sudan. Reuters

  • I remember that we agreed to wait the last official results in February, but the timer is very red and there is not even one nomination on the list that is likely to pass (while there is much bickering going on in the discussions).
  • With 99% of votes for independence, after 98.7 percent of the votes had been counted, the situation is too much clear and predictable. Anyway, the formation of a new state is important and interesting process, and no harm would be done if we draw attention to this topic once again. GreyHood Talk 16:12, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
The result seems obvious enough by now aleady. Would make sense in posting now and when the independence is actually declared some time in summer. --Tone 17:18, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose: I still think we should wait for the official results to be announced. There's always the possibility of them getting challenged, dismissed as "unconstitutional", or some other response (maybe even violent) from Khartoum, so I think there'll be something more solid to say when the results come in a few weeks. It's not that long to wait. Nightw 17:44, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
I'd concur with waiting for the official results if they were expected some time soon, though if they were expected to be ages, I'd rather have it up while it's news. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:50, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Quoth the article: 'The United Nations reported that preliminary results would be expected by February 2, 2011, with final results expected within the following two weeks.' I still think we should wait for the official final results. Modest Genius talk 20:04, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait per Modest Genius. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 20:07, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

January 22

Resignation of Brian Cowen

"He will remain as Taoiseach." ?  狐 FOX  14:16, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Support if he resigns as Prime Minister (where "Taoiseach" should be at, but that won't have a sliver of a chance for a move so...") –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:18, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Oh shush. ;)  狐 FOX  14:35, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Do you want me to try? :p –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:36, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
It seems so. It has just happened but it is already of interest to the media elsewhere, such as the BBC, Reuters, Brisbane Times, Daily Mail / Sky News. --candlewicke 14:31, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose Cowen resigns as party leader, but remains Irish PM. When Gordon Brown resigned as Labour head he also resigned as PM. This one's different. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:33, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
That's why it is unusual. The leader of a party resigns but is still the leader of a country? --candlewicke 14:36, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
So we're into listing resigning party leaders now at ITN? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:37, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
PS: I don't speak Irish but I don't think the "Taoiseach" is the leader of the country. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:39, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
No. But how often does a party leader (who is government leader) resign and remain government leader too? Just wondering. --candlewicke 14:41, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Even better. The head of state. Of 90 million people. "President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be resigning as national chair of the ruling party, Lakas-Kampi-CMD" –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:45, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
I see. Though that was 2009. Was it nominated at the time? --candlewicke 14:48, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Even if it was/was not, ITN doesn't follow stare decisis. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:49, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

(edit conflict) How is the head of state "even better" than the head of government? I don't think it works the same in Ireland. --candlewicke 14:52, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

"Head of State" is always better than "Head of Government" just as pro football is always better than college football. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 14:55, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Although I agree that we should Oppose until FF is soundly defeated this March and Cowen leaves office before we put this on ITN, I disagree with your comparison. GMA resigning the Lakas-Kampi-CMD leadership is incongruous to the current situation because the President of the Philippines is not directly tied to the leader of the lower house's majority party as it is in Ireland. The Philippines is a presidential system and Ireland is a parliamentary system, although the Philippines has been debating moving over for the last three years or so. (An example of a similar system to the Philippines would be how Barack Obama is the President of the United States but Tim Kaine is the Leader of the Democratic Party.) I'm sure another, more accurate example exists in a parliamentary republic where the majority party leader resigns but stays on as PM for an extended period after the resignation but I personally can't think of one right now. Therequiembellishere (talk) 10:17, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Although they maybe of different systems, the dynamic stays the same: the two leaders resigned right before the election due to their massive unpopularity. If you'll see Timeline of Philippine elections, the president and the leader of the lower house always come from the same party, so it appears that two are almost similar, just that the system is different. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 11:32, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose. Pure domestic politics. MickMacNee (talk) 15:03, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose He has effectively resigned from being Prime minister, but that resignation will be effective as of the dissolution of the present parliament, as he will not be party leader at the election on 11 March. He is just telling his party to get someone else in place for the forthcoming campaign. Wait for the election. Kevin McE (talk) 15:54, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
the silly pro-footbnall metaphor is ruubish. College football is more fanatically fopllowed vs. better" pro-football.(Lihaas (talk) 08:20, 23 January 2011 (UTC));
That was the point. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 08:48, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
ah! god knows weve all discussed that to the death at some point ;)Lihaas (talk) 08:20, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
it's a new year's ritual. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 11:48, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Keith Olbermann (withdrawn)

January 21

China surpasses Japan as second largest economy

Keep an eye on on this should be posted when it bcomes official. From the The Yomiuri Shimbun —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:46, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment In terms of GDP (PPP) China has surpassed Japan years ago, and some estimates even suggest that by now China has surpassed the United States as well. As for the nominal GDP, this is also an important indicator of course, and various estimates already have put China on the second place (see List of countries by GDP (nominal)). However, we indeed do need some event at a certain date in order to post it. If the Chinese Government would make a special announcement of the fact, not just a casual issue of statistics, I'd support this. GreyHood Talk 21:35, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Ya we talking about nominal here. Should it be posted now? Or wait until its "official" when Japan reveals official numbers Feb 16 I believe. Japan Econ Minister has already conceded that China has overtaken it. From the Journal:

As far as the PPP claim by one US economist that it has overtaken US. It is only from one person, and very much a minority view right now. Although by current measurements, this will almost certainly happen in just several years. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:09, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Neutral this is a really big deal, but it was really in the news in August. If there is nothing better to post I'm happy for this to go up. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 08:36, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

South Korean Navy rescues Samho Jewelry crew from Somali pirates

In the Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden the South Korean Navy rescues the crew of Samho Jewelry tanker, killing eight and capturing five Somali pirates. BBC

  • Given the fact they usually pay ransom, the successful storming of ship by commandos and killing so many pirates is a rare and notable event. Note that Samho Jewelry is just a redirect now, I believe it deserves to have a separate article. GreyHood Talk 14:37, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
We have the article Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden, although it appears to be currently under construction. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:29, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I've incorporated this into the blurb. The article is sufficiently good, I believe. Now we may even do without an additional article for the ship. GreyHood Talk 21:50, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, me and XavierGreen (talk · contribs) have worked on the article, and I think it's in decent shape. A raid against pirates, as opposed to paying ransom, is pretty unusual, as is the fact that there were casualties. C628 (talk) 23:44, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as per above, this is the bloodiest engagement to my knowledge fought so far against the pirates by any nation. Its also, to my knowledge, the first action where the side fighting the somali pirates suffered casualties.XavierGreen (talk) 00:24, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Any objections? The article looks fine now. --BorgQueen (talk) 06:45, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Support - Good looking article. Count me on board, so to speak. Jusdafax 07:00, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 07:07, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

January 20

Venezuela oil reserves surpasses Saudi Arabia's

Venezuela has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world leader in proven oil reserves, with certified deposits reaching 297 billion barrels. [28]

  • I think this is pretty significant news in our world of oil-driven economy and politics. Also, that part of Latin America seems not to be on ITN often enough. GreyHood Talk 16:24, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Rising world player just made break through that has significant Economical impact on the world stage. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 16:50, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Interesting. This will surely affect the future trend in the oil production, and in the global economy as well.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 17:21, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment Indeed, though it is not clear when this will happen. The oil reserves are very large, but this is mostly heavy crude oil that requires much investment in its recovery, and Hugo Chavez hasn't been very successful in attracting foreign investment to Venezuela so far. I'd include some such remark to the blurb, but this is not possible in the short format of ITN. Nevertheless, the potential is huge, and the discovery and certifying of so large reserves is an event itself. GreyHood Talk 18:04, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. Is there any meaningful independent corroboration for this? Venezuela increased their self-proclaimed "proven reserves" 40% since last year. Personally, I'd like to know that this is based on real facts on the ground and that such numbers aren't merely being manipulated by the Chavez government for political gain. Dragons flight (talk) 18:22, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment The estimates, on which claims of Chavez are based, were made initially by American agencies (US Geological Survey and perhaps some others). A year ago they even said that Venezuela's reserves may double that of Saudi Arabia [29]. The current news are about certified deposits, and if the estimates of U.S. geologists are at least partially true, I don't see any reason not to take Chavez words seriously. GreyHood Talk 18:36, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
The US estimate is not new though. In 1987, it was estimated that there was originally 1100 billion barrels of oil in place. In two decades since then that's been revised to 1300 billion, which in the world of oil exploration is hardly any change. The USGS report didn't change those figures, they simply updated estimates of the recoverable fraction to 45% and (after discounting oil already removed) came to the conclusion that 513 billion barrels are recoverable plus or minus 20%. By contrast Venezuela has moved their "proven reserves" from 100 billion barrels in 1997 to 297 billion today, a 200% increase in less than four years, even though the estimated total reserves have increased only about 30% over more than two decades. Maybe Venezuela has been doing lots of oil exploration, and they really have documented far more proven reserves. However, I suspect it is more likely that the Venezuelan government simply finds it politically desirable to move their "proven reserves" closer to the long-standing "total reserve" estimates. Hence, back to my original question. Is there any independent evidence for the large increase in proven reserves? Personally, I'd rather not run an ITN story if the only basis for it is a self-serving claim from the Venezuelan government. Dragons flight (talk) 19:08, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
P.S. So oppose pending some corroboration. Dragons flight (talk) 19:10, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
The increase in estimate of recoverable fraction is actually the same as increase in proven reserves (see the definition), so we shouldn't discard new U.S. data because they haven't changed the total reserves significantly. New technology allows to extract more oil, and thus increases in proven reserves may depend on technology updates rather than on new exploration. Also, the increases of Venezuela proven oil reserves in previous years were supported by OPEC data. I doubt that this new increase won't be supported by OPEC as well (note, that Saudi Arabia is an OPEC member). But I don't know when the new OPEC data will be issued and I'm almost sure this won't constitute an event noticed by the media, so we have to report Venezuela increase now or never. GreyHood Talk 19:35, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Blurb corrected I've added the word "proven" to the highlighted part of the blurb, so that it couldn't be confused with total reserves. GreyHood Talk 19:48, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
I have to nit pick that. I am not clear who certified this exactly? The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 19:59, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Not sure about the exact case, but naturally, some regulating office of the owner country does the certification, as far as I know. In this case this should be some part of Venezuela government. Certification is made on the basis of expert estimates. This time clearly the certification is supported by independent American expertise. GreyHood Talk 20:28, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Unless they provide details on the facts supporting their new estimate, this is basically the same as saying that Venezuela can claim their proven reserves are any number less than the 500 billion barrels in total reserves (proven and unproven) estimated by the US, and there is no way to challenge their result. On the basis that extraordinary claims (e.g. number one in the world and a 200% increase in four years) demand extraordinary evidence, I would be opposed to putting this on ITN without more than Venezuela says so. Who are their experts and what new fields have been proven, etc.? Dragons flight (talk) 21:05, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Unfortunately I'm not in position to quickly and easily answer this your question. Just now I can only indicate again that this 200% increase is not actually extraordinary, with the fact that large potential had been foreseen decades ago, with the fact that larger part of this increase has been already recognized by OPEC, and with the fact that most respectable U.S. estimates put a much larger figure. GreyHood Talk 21:29, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) No, they are not the same. The page you cite reads: "The term proven reserves is further subdivided into proved developed reserves and proved undeveloped reserves. Note that it DOES NOT include Unproven reserves, which is broken down into Probable reserves as well as Potential reserves." Setting aside that those sentences are poor writing, it alludes to the fact that proven reserves are a combination of both the recovery fraction and the amount of proven oil in the ground. It does not include the oil in "potential" and otherwise unproven deposits. Since the 80s geologists have proposed that oil bearing rocks are extensive enough that they could hold over a trillion barrels, but one needs to sample the field and better document its extent before putting those formations in the proven column. Perhaps they have now done more of that work, but I'd like to see documentation of it. Dragons flight (talk) 19:57, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, you may try to find more documentation on the United States Geological Survey site, perhaps. Anyway, given the stable estimate of proven amount of oil in the ground, the increase of estimate of recoverable fraction leads to increase in proven reserves. GreyHood Talk 20:28, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Article updated. The oil reserves in Venezuela article has been updated. GreyHood Talk 18:36, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support – in a world driven by oil, er, so to speak, this is notable. --Perseus, Son of Zeus 19:04, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as a new "world leader" in something like this is usually significant and the article appears to have been updated to say that this is so. I agree that this is a part of the world that doesn't appear on ITN very often. --candlewicke 21:42, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Suggest: Venezuela overtakes Saudi Arabia as the world leader in proven oil reserves. --candlewicke 21:45, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Support: this doesn't look good for the rainforest, or the natives. Nightw 22:59, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment I think Dragons flight has a point here. The estimate is clear enough, and I don't think it should be rejected to prove only that it is used by the country for political purposes.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:02, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. I don't see what has happened here. The only source that is remotely current is the article which relies on Hugo Chavez's statement that Venezuela's reserves are the world's largest. This very much looks like an announcement by Chavez for political purposes, even if there is factual basis for it.--Johnsemlak (talk) 23:55, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment What has happened is the official recognition by Venezuela government and petroleum industry of huge new recoverable oil reserves, which has made it world leader by that criterion. The actual event of the discovery and estimate of these reserves may have happened long before, but as with many scientific discoveries it should be reported when it is officially announced. And this has factual basis, as shown by the U.S. Geological survey estimates and (partially) by the OPEC recognition of the large part of these reserves. As for the political purposes, I think one may be sure that the political leadership of any country that founds so much oil wealth would use it for political purposes, so this argument should be discarded unless there is some strong reason to be biased against Venezuela in this case. GreyHood Talk 00:15, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
You've mentioned "OPEC recognition" several times. Do you have any reason to believe that OPEC does anything other than simply repeat the official proclamations of its member states? Dragons flight (talk) 02:12, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Isn't the simple repeating of data enough recognition? International organisations usually haven't ability to full independent double-check of data, and so have to rely on the data provided by constituent countries. GreyHood Talk 02:41, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Reported proven reserves for Venezuela (red) and Saudi Arabia (blue)
Comment. The graph at right shows the history of Venezuela's self-reported proven reserves. Maybe there is a legitimate reason for why the estimates have repeatedly jumped up in recent years after years of little movement, but it would be very unusual to have major oil discoveries year over year for a sustained period. It is entirely plausible that Venezuela has the world's largest reserves (based on the USGS findings), but as I imply above it seems at least as likely that the Chavez government simply revised the "proven" numbers upward because it was politically advantageous to do so. As discussed at oil reserves, the self-reported "proven reserves" for many OPEC countries are problematic. Dragons flight (talk) 02:12, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I've already given a link to the BBC article which shows that according to the U.S. Geological Survey the increase of estimated recoverable reserves in Orinoco Belt is due to a much larger share of technically recoverable oil than thought before, not because of the large new discoveries. Also, I have a proposal to settle this whole issue in a simple way: let's reflect in the blurb that this is Venezuelan claim, and let's use the graph which you have created so kindly to illustrate the extraordinariness of the situation (though I don't think that something totally unexpected and unplausible has happened).
Suggested blurb: Venezuela claims to have overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world leader in proven oil reserves (recent growth pictured). GreyHood Talk 02:41, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Political declarations, even not supported by real actions, have been featured on ITN so far, and this one is interesting and has a good ground behind it (personally I believe Venezuela might have made this announcement a year ago after the U.S. Geological Survey was published, but I think that they didn't do it that time because they feared it might negatively reflect the global oil prices, which was then too low in comparison with the levels at which the extraction of Venezuelan oil could be economically feasible). GreyHood Talk 02:41, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Support - I think Greyhood's blurb is fine. Big news even if it is just Chavez spouting off, in that it shows intent by him to make a big claim... and this is a huge claim. Jusdafax 06:40, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Half-hearted reservation: it seems that such data is more indicative of the scale of research rather than the (unknown) fact of how much black sticky stuff is actually there. That graph makes it look as though Saudi Arabia simply hasn't bothered looking much since 1987. Kevin McE (talk) 07:31, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Support - looks credible, and it is very important news (unfortunately, as we still heavily rely on oil). Crnorizec (talk) 08:57, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment Looks like the consensus has been done here, and it's ready for posting. I wonder what are John and Dragon flight trying to prove, but their point is more than obvious here, and I urge to stop manipulating with the relevance of the sourced estimate and the possible political background of it.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 10:23, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 12:35, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I have to say I still feel this one shouldn't be up. Have the supporters looked closely at the sources? The only source that is at all recent (less than one year old) is the al ahram article, a state-owned Egyptian newspaper, which is basically quoting Chavez. The only real further analysis the article provides is a mention that "exploiting most of it would be prohibitively expensive", which makes me wonder what's the point of having 'proven reserves'.--Johnsemlak (talk) 15:30, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Here are hundreds of sources from the last 3 days. GreyHood Talk 15:42, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Btw, searching through these sources I've found this interesting opinion about the bias of certain media towards Venezuela. There are some good points made. GreyHood Talk 15:58, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't disagree or agree that there is bias in the media in whatever direction, except that it further emphasizes the need for reliable sources. Greyhood has provided a few more, but it should be said that they still aren't referenced in the article; and they all seem to be basically quoting Chavez. I certainly don't consider Chavez boasting about his country's resources to be a reliable source anymore than I would consider Obama to be a reliable source. Yes, Chavez's claims are backed by various US reports, but those seem to be old news. In terms of sources that document that this is in the news now, it's still thin.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:10, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Greyhood's blurb. Ks0stm (TCG) 15:53, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Mafia arrests

This looks pretty significant. Can't see a decent target article though. MickMacNee (talk) 16:02, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Support - Seems significant enough; large-scale arrest of some large criminal families. As per nom, all it needs is an article.--WaltCip (talk) 16:35, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait Too Much is uncertian lets give in a day or two. We dont actually know if they got the Leaders, let at least wait until the arraingment occurs. I am personally leaning toward support though The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 16:48, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Was coming to nominate this myself. Accoring to this article on Yahoo (which will depricate), 127 arrests. Grsz 11 18:40, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Over 100 arrests sounds pretty significant, but I'd prefer to wait for more details to come out. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:34, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Support This press release and this one from the justice department says they've charged mob associates and mob bosses alike. The list of indictments are here. Even if they caught nobody just charging them is big news internationally. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 21:11, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
I added a section American Mafia#2011 Crackdown. Currently a stub, but could be the target article. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 21:54, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Not a chance. That article is full of BLP violations. The unsourced names of people apparently in the amfia is a lawsuit waiting to happen. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:17, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Irish Dail dissolved, election called

Brian Cowen today announced he will request the dissolution of Parliament and call an election in Ireland. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 14:07, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - only requested, so it might not even happen.  狐 FOX  15:23, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
If the Prime Minister calls an election, chances are that the "request" is just honorific. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 22:19, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Support - now it's on Reuters, with the election date announced; [30]

January 19

9,400-year-old dog found, earliest found in Americas

[31] I am nominating this article because researchers are saying they have found a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated dog in the Americas. Which is historical, in my point of view. AJona1992 (talk) 21:25, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Its been accpted by The Journal of Physical Anthropology for publication, Which is one the highest quality journals for such discoveries. That being said I would like to Wait until its published as this could be a data stretcher or "just theory" with minimal evidence. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 21:39, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Our article dog says that DNA that distinguishes domesticated dogs from wolves existed at least 15,000 years ago (maybe 140,000: proof of that might be ITN worthy!), and cites a 2002 paper saying that they were in N America at least 8000BC (i.e. more than 10,000 years ago). So the only thing that is new here seems to be discovery of bone fragments, not of new time-frames. On those grounds, oppose. Kevin McE (talk) 21:50, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
I say it again, Waiting is best option until its actually published there could be very big implication if this person has the evidence to back things up. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 22:58, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Weak oppose. This doesn't seem to be the earliest, though it's really old. --Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 21:59, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support The prior dates are surmises based on DNA evidence and the reconstruction of earlier cultures assumed to have had domesticated dogs. The 8,000 BC date is not based on fossil evidence of a domesticated specimen. This, if confirmed, is the earliest physical evidence. It is certainly newsworthy on its own.μηδείς (talk) 23:29, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Indeed its big if this indivdual has all the ducks in a row, I say wait until the article is published. This could be legit big stuff or it could be stretching the data. Until Its published we have a glorified Press release and no actual source for the article. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 00:14, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
I'd support the oldest domestic dog remains to be found. Is that what this is? If so, then I'd say it's worth posting when all the facts are published by a reputable journal. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 02:05, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
As I read it, it is only the oldest bone fragment found in North America, not globally. This, plus the fact that this fits within the already known time-scale of presence in that continent, and offers nothing new by suggesting that dog was a human food resource, leaves me entirely underwhelmed. Nothing really new, no new knowledge, not in the news, so not In The News. Kevin McE (talk) 07:10, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
In that case, oppose. Not really telling us anything new, but like I say, I'd support the oldest remains in the world. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:31, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, confirms an expectation instead of overthrowing one. Also, does not get back to the earliest domestication of dogs. Abductive (reasoning) 21:18, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

15 and 60 dead in suicide attacks in Iraq

[32] --Perseus, Son of Zeus 18:36, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Support, but when article created.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:25, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
2011 Iraq suicides. --Perseus, Son of Zeus 20:01, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
It's a start, but not nearly enough to base an ITN blurb on. It's just a ref with no text. Jusdafax 20:03, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
I could zap that under CSD A3 if I were so inclined. Suggest expansion before a more trigger happy admin stumbles across it. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 20:06, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
No need for deletion. I wonder how this could be well referenced without any prose.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:11, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Wash post link is very annoying: [33]. --Perseus, Son of Zeus 20:28, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Okay, I've expanded the article, and support posting, due to fairly high number of casualties, as well as it's been a while since the last attack, so they aren't exactly an every other week occurance anymore. C628 (talk) 00:12, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Support since the article now exists and is decent. Agree with C628 that this is newsworthy since the attacks are not as common these days in Iraq, and the deaths are on the high side. Jusdafax 05:56, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, third day of attacks today killing another 48+. Clearly newsworthy. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 14:02, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose Unfortunately, this is all too commonplace in the Middle East to warrant notability. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 17:57, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted We do have a consensus and consensus in previous discussions is that attacks of this magnitude are ITN-worthy. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:26, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
wow, that article is pretty crap in its organisation. It wasnt ready for posting askin to the attack articles we usuall post.
The current days support on 2 articles are better,(Lihaas (talk) 20:03, 20 January 2011 (UTC));

2010–2011 Southern Africa floods

Floods in Southern Africa have killed at least 53 people and displaced nearly 20,000. Condition is worsening as further rains are expected to fall over the coming days. I just created the article so I'll be expanding it soon to make it better covered. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 19:53, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Update- Floods spreading to other countries and death toll upped to 54. Affected countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi (Seven countries). Cyclonebiskit (talk) 20:19, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Support 53 people and 20,000 displaced. Good enough for ITN. --Perseus, Son of Zeus 19:58, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as an international high-casualty flooding event. However I do not condone the use of "people affected" or "displaced" when the number is under 10 million. ~AH1(TCU) 01:05, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Not to start a confrontation here, but, you are aware than 10 million affected/displaces persons seldom happens, right? Cyclonebiskit (talk) 01:46, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
If it's rare, it could be becoming more common. My description fits both the 2010 Pakistan floods (20 million) and 2010 China floods (over 230 million). ~AH1(TCU) 21:56, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

January 18

Magallanes conflict ends

[34] [35] Conflict between inhabitants of Magallanes Region and Chilean Government of Sebastián Piñera ends after agreement. Diego Grez (talk) 23:36, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

  • The article, 2011 Magallanes protests, is ready. Please comment! :D Diego Grez (talk) 02:43, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
  • What's the international notability of this event? Nergaal (talk) 05:41, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
    • It's the largest series of protests in Chile for a good while. And, try to look for information on the protests, it's everywhere and is internationally notable. For a reason I posted two links :) Diego Grez (talk) 15:18, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
      • I dunno. We (rightly) didn't post the student protests in London last month. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 16:24, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
        • I dunno either... The result is that one minister got replaced and that an agreement was signed. Big issue for the country, no doubt, but doesn't seem that big on international scale (the last protests we've had on ITN were those in Tunisia and those were of a totally different level). --Tone 20:53, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
          • I tend to lean towards's certainly major on a local level, but it's not hugely significant even nationally, let alone WRT other countries. It's only one minister replaced as a result, so you can't really make an argument for it on the grounds of a major political shakeup, one minister does not a government make. And the stuff on the agreement (which I note lacks references) doesn't extend beyond local impact either. C628 (talk) 00:35, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Does the "evacuation" and "kidnapping" of tourists count as international notability? 'Tourists, mostly from Argentina, Europe and North America, staged their own demonstration to complain about dwindling food, money and patience, with some saying they had been "kidnapped".' [...] "Kidnapped was the word most repeated in various languages," reported El Mercurio newspaper. The Red Cross has set up a shelter in a school for tourists who have run out of money. Highways, airports and sea ports blocked. It seems to have been an extraordinary enough situation. --candlewicke 22:03, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment. International significance is not a criterion. Are the protests important or are they not? EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 22:07, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes, they were. Diego Grez (talk) 23:02, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Death of Sargent Shriver

Death of Sargent Shriver. [36] --Perseus, Son of Zeus 22:42, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose Okay, he worked for Kennedy, but he's not internationally important. Diego Grez (talk) 22:45, 18 January 2011 (UTC) support per comments below. Diego Grez (talk) 23:06, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Nom Forgot he shaped the Peace Corps, if thats not international impact I dont know what is The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 22:55, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support As the first director of the Peace Corps. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 22:59, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. One of the biggest names in American politics in the 60s and 70s. Wish the article was a bit better, but we need an update. -- Mwalcoff (talk) 23:22, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

  Administrator note Would somebody care to update the article a little? Al we have currently is "Shriver died on January 18, 2011. He was 95". When, where and how would be nice, as would some quotes from leading figures in his field (POTUS maybe?). All you have to do is find a few good sources and filter out the wheat from the chaff if anybody fancies a Main Page credit for 10 minutes' work. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 02:24, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

How's it now? Makeemlighter (talk) 03:31, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Where an how would be nice, but it's early yet, so the details might not be known. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 03:34, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
I just added the Peace Corps' reaction too. I haven't seen any "how" yet, although he did suffer from Alzheimer's. As for "where", I definitely saw something that said he died at home surrounded by family, but (of course) I can't find it now. Makeemlighter (talk) 03:52, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 03:38, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Query? Have we changed the way we handle deaths? The way I remember the rules being applied, a death almost always needed to be unexpected and/or the deceased needed to be actively engaged in public life at the time of his death. In other words, for a death to make ITN it generally seemed that not just the person's life needed to be remarkable, but also the way in which they died. Though Mr. Shriver's historical accomplishments are quite numerous, his death at age 95 after a long battle with Alzheimer's is not particularly remarkable. Given that there was no opposition at all to posting this, I'm wondering if the standards have shifted? Dragons flight (talk) 19:08, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
    • I think we decide each on a case-by-case basis. Generally, either their life or their death would have to be particularly significant, but it can be a bit inconsistent. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 02:15, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
    • The way they die doesn't matter, unless it isn't natural. If they are significant at the time and pass on, they are posted. If they are real notable for something they did (this for example), we post whenever they pass. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 22:11, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Pakistani Earthquake

7.2 Earthquake strikes Southwestern Pakistan, [37] Its a big enough to have its own article and will have a decent deathtoll for ITN merit though it could be while before we have death toll The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 22:07, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

I found 2011 Pakistan earthquake after a quick stroll through Special:NewPages. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:26, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
The Article is in great shape, I think its ready to post. The timer is 2 Days in the Red. I have a hard time seeing any one opposing a 7.2 in an Area like pakistan. If it was Japan maybe but building codes are low enough (or nonexistent) in Pakistan so its safe to says its will be a mess The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 22:33, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose as no casualties have been reported. If the information we have about damage, or deaths changes, I'll change my vote too. Diego Grez (talk) 22:40, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose this is in a pretty remote sparsely populated area[39]. I think the casualties will be unusually low for a 7.2 earthquake.--Wikireader41 (talk) 01:56, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, a pretty strong quake. meshach (talk) 17:29, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment There were 7 stronger earthquakes in 2010 and about a half-dozen or so of equal magnitude. Still, the impact on people is an important factor as well.--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:13, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose, still very few casualties reported 37 hours later. Abductive (reasoning) 21:23, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

January 17

68th Golden Globe Awards

  • The article just needs some prose update. --BorgQueen (talk) 09:39, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
We don't normally post the Golden Globes (instead waiting for the Oscars). We already have 6 stories a year on films (according to WP:ITNR#Film); do we really need more? Modest Genius talk 17:09, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose - to many film events. - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 17:15, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Obviously important. Diego Grez (talk) 18:22, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as a more important award then some of those at ITN/R (with absolutely no evidence to back that up). I would support posting that The Social Network wins four awards including best drama film. Grsz 11 18:26, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Modest Genius. Therequiembellishere (talk) 18:29, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose this was discussed several years ago, and the consensus was not to post it because the Oscars are essentially the same thing, but more prestigious. --PlasmaTwa2 19:16, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose, stick to the 6 stories as linked by Modest Genius. If the allegations about dubious voting practices are true then that could go on the front page yorkshiresky (talk) 20:19, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
    • I wouldn't think so. Wikipedia is not a news service. Diego Grez (talk) 20:44, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
      • Corruption and Politics at the highest levels hollywood? lol thats seriously does not suprise me nor should i see how its news The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 20:51, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, if there was previous consensus in which only those 6 made the cut, I can't support this time 'round. And I do agree with the six that were chosen. Nightw 22:54, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment On what basis is 6 recurring events about film per year enough, compared with a gazillion recurring events about sport, most of which are far less notable than the GG?--Johnsemlak (talk) 01:55, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Seven, if you count the Emmys. The Golden Globes are popular and significant, but it's an award ceremony which is second-class for awarding awards both to American television series and films. The four others under Film are highly renown international film festivals, and the BAFTAs is the top ceremony for British films (in the same way the Academy Awards ceremony is to North American films), so, essentially, every aspect is not left uncovered. Sports are different, though, because there are normally many equally-significant tournaments or matches played during the year, and most of the time, they attract international attention, unlike the Golden Globes. I think that should be a sufficient rationale not to ITN/R it. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 03:03, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
The Golden Globes attract significant international attention. Also, I think there some areas still uncovered in film on ITN. The Filmfare awards for example.--Johnsemlak (talk) 03:34, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, that's another discussion. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 04:03, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

January 16

Southern Sudan referendum update

An update on a previous item now pushed well off the list. The "preliminary analysis" refers to the sampling of a polling stations done by the Associated Press, which is a credible and unbiased observer. (Given the 96-3 split, safe to say we needn't worry about margins of error from the sample.) The nominated main link has been updated to reflect this information, but has one yellow-grade flag in play. I'd suggest it might as well go up now, playing up the fresh "voting concluding" angle, but I'd understand others wanting to wait. We won't have final results until February 14, which given the lopsidedness will be a bit of anticlimax. The Tom (talk) 21:21, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Slight oppose. I believe we had already decided on posting the beginning, the official tally, and whatever else that follows. Although I understand that this is very important vote, so I suppose it wouldn't hurt if it would go up. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 01:10, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
strong oppose nothing final yet, the AP count was at a mere 10 stations and doesnt mean much. We dont go to ITN on trends, prelims results should be in a couple days/weeks with final results in Feb sometime (which is when itll really be INT)(Lihaas (talk) 02:28, 17 January 2011 (UTC)).
Wait for the final results. Nightw 03:19, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait for the official results the preliminary result is stating the sky is blue. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 07:48, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
or black - that would be pov to state ;)Lihaas (talk) 02:28, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait. Previous consensus was three stories: the start of the referendum, the official announcement of the results, and actual independence. Modest Genius talk 17:11, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

34,000 year old bacteria is alive

  • The bacteria was trapped inside a salt crystal: [40], [41]. Nergaal (talk) 17:12, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Lifecycle of bacteria not really comparable with that of higher organisms. Asexual reproduction by division: which of the two resulting cells is the "baby", which is the pre-existing parent (and on that basis, can it be said that all existent bacteria are as ancient as the strain that the represent?) In 1931 it was being said that bacteria "survived in the coal of untold ages". Poor science, so oppose. Kevin McE (talk) 18:26, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Tentative Support I would support this for ITN if it were to recieve some additional coverage and if the publication in the geological society of America constitutes a peer-reviewed work or is followed up by a peer-reviewed publication. Kevin McE's rational above is incorrect. The bacteria were found mostly dormant, and had been continuously living for 34,000 years. This is decidedly different from a strain of bacteria lasting eons. Cellular division was not occuring in these bacteria becuase there was no available resources, and so the individual cells apparently shut down most cell functions aside - essential a hybrination. The presence of the bacteria in the salt can be verified by simple microscopy techniques such as an SEM. The presence of life was verified by awakening the bacteria and growing them in a culture. The newly grown bacteria is, of course, not very old. But for the egg to hatch it had to have been laid by a very very old chicken, so to speak. So, in summary, I'd be willing to support this for ITN if we can find some additional news coverage and if there is an intention to publish the discovery in a peer-reviewed journal. CoolMike (talk) 23:03, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment: GSA Today is peer-reviewed (at least the articles in their 'science articles' section); the paper can be accessed for free at [42]. I'm having a read of it now before deciding whether to support. Modest Genius talk 23:17, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
Weak support. Whilst this is extremely interesting, and is certainly good science, it doesn't seem to be a record. Vreeland et al claim to have cultivated a bacterium which was 250 million years old. That claim is disputed by some, and this study seems to have eliminated most of the possible problems. The problem is that this story them becomes 'oldest organisms for which the results can be reliably reproduced'. Modest Genius talk 01:11, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Also, the micro-organisms in question were archaea, not bacteria. Modest Genius talk 02:42, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per CoolMike's excellent comment. Diego Grez (talk) 02:36, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Weak Oppose. Old microbes aren't really that rare. There have been many studies to extract viable cells from glacial ice older than 34kyr. By some estimates ~10% of the intact prokaryote cells in ice cores of about 100 kyr in age are viable. Recently, there was a claim to culture cells from Antarctic ice that was 3-8 Myr old. The difference is that cells probably survive more easily in ice than in salt. The low temperatures in the ice help inhibit spontaneous DNA damage, which means a cell should be able to persist in quasi-hibernation for a lot longer at low temperatures. Culturing cells that were trapped in salt crystals is novel enough to be scientifically interesting, but it is certainly not the first time we've revived cells that were trapped and immobile for tens of thousands of years. Dragons flight (talk) 02:15, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Qingdao Haiwan Bridge

  • China builds world longest brigde also. Nergaal (talk) 17:07, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Note: Longest bridge over water, not longest bridge. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 17:34, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes, but that is the technically difficult one. List of longest bridges in the world has ones that are longer, but they are high-speed train tracks over land. Nergaal (talk) 17:51, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
I would have liked to support, but the key event is already more than a week ago, so already dropped off the bottom of the ITN timeline. Is it too late to propose it for DYK? Kevin McE (talk) 18:10, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
The article is too small to qualify for DYK; if it can be expanded 5x from what it is now then it can be nominated there. wackywace 18:13, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Too late, I think. I support in principle (though surely a better article than that could be written?). The article and the one (!) source don't actually give a date for the opening, but I'll take Kevin McE's word that it was over a week ago. Modest Genius talk 17:14, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Tunisia again

A fire in a jail kills at least 42 people. - [43] - EugεnS¡m¡on(14) ® 10:33, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Support. The deadliest individual incident there and 42 people is a lot of dead people. --candlewicke 10:59, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
1. what article?
2. is it related to the protests? (apparently, in this cae the article is already on the page)(Lihaas (talk) 12:33, 16 January 2011 (UTC));
  • Oppose a third update, unless of course, war were declared. Nergaal (talk) 16:48, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Death of Nat Lofthouse

Bolton Wanderers and England football team legend Nat Lofthouse has died. [44] [45] doktorb wordsdeeds 09:25, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose A long retirement of dignified quiet (more credit to him for it), and therefore no high profile for many years, and little or no international profile. Well remembered by a previous generation, but not a holder of records or other major accolades. Kevin McE (talk) 11:40, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. Whilst he was certainly a famous footballer, he's wouldn't be in anyone's top 20 list. Modest Genius talk 16:30, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

January 15

2011 Dakar Rally

The 2011 Dakar Rally concludes in Buenos Aires, with Vladimir Chagin of Russia achieving the 7th victory on his Kamaz truck, thus becoming the most successful Dakar pilot so far.

Dakar is WP:ITN/R, so likely there would be no questions about publishing it in principle. The rally will officially end tomorrow, but the results are known already, and that's why I start the discussion now, to fill the day and to accelerate the posting if possible. As for the Russian driver part (image on the right), he is just one of the 4 champions of course, but his achievement is historical one. Also, I believe, he has set a number of other records, such as the total number of stages won, etc. GreyHood Talk 21:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support the Dakar part, oppose emphasizing the trucks category (the least interesting/exciting one). Nergaal (talk) 21:54, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Of course the trucks category is the least exciting, because Russian KAMAZ wins in this category almost all the time ;) That's how the records are made GreyHood Talk 22:02, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per GreyHood's excellent comment. It is always good to post the greatest achievement of something which is recurring topic for posting. I don't think if it's the least interesting category, it's the least important. But even if it's the least interesting and least important, the new record is for all categories, not only for trucks, so I don't think that GreyHood is emphasizing the truck category only.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 23:37, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent (and.. I'm ashamed that Eliseo Salazar is a loser!) Diego Grez (talk) 23:46, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, and also excluding winners. I'd say something like The 2011 Dakar Rally concludes in Buenos Aires, Argentina would work. Grsz 11 05:47, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Comment. Excluding winners makes the news empty and boring. Afterall, rally is about winning, not only about the fact that it just happens every year. Even when the Olympics concludes we report the national team which has won most gold medals, despite it is not an official satistics from IOC (the last time Canada was reported with all-time record 14 gold medals). This time we have a clear and all-time Dakar record as well, and it should be reported. GreyHood Talk 16:20, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as per Grsz when expanded.--Johnsemlak (talk) 06:14, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Well, the Dakar 2011 article has the usual minimum of prose for sports articles. GreyHood Talk 16:35, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Please poke when rally is done so it can be posted. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 09:21, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Comment I believe the rally is done by now. All results are known, champions are celebrating their victories already. GreyHood Talk 16:20, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
ITNR, so no need to support. But if it's going to conclude tomorrow, we should wait for the conclusion (there's an argument to be made if there's weeks in between the two eg. football leagues, but not here). Modest Genius talk 16:32, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Tomorrow has come already. Actually, all the events concluded yesterday, and there are perhaps just some official ceremonies scheduled for January 16. GreyHood Talk 16:39, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
So it did! My mistake. Modest Genius talk 16:41, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
That's my mistake, sorry. Actually Stéphane Peterhansel is the most successful driver by total number of wins in Dakar: he won 6 times on a motorcycle and 3 times on a car. I've overlooked the fact that there was the same man in two different categories, and some of my sources deceived me. Hope Chagin can beat this record in the next few years... GreyHood Talk 02:29, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
  • I think we should use this blurb instead of the current one ("The 2011 Dakar Rally (route pictured) concludes in Buenos Aires"). The current blurb is too general and has too little information; it makes it sound like the rally concluded, and now they are trying to find out who won. Nanobear (talk) 01:29, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
I support the blurb as is. The route, currently pictured, is more interesting than the winners.--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:46, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

January 14

India stampede

Support. The Telegraph describes it as "one of India's most popular Hindu festivals" and says it "attracts between three and four million worshippers". More than 100 dead is also a lot of people. A disaster on this scale musn't happen very often either if the article can only compare it to this (63 people killed in a state at the opposite end of the country last March). Wikipedia has Sabarimala stampede (53 people killed exactly 11 years ago today). So perhaps that should be renamed 1999 Sabarimala stampede and maybe this should be started at 2011 Sabarimala stampede? --candlewicke 23:14, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support Per reasons given above. Plus, we need a few additional items for ITN for tomorrow anyway, and this is a rather suitable event to report on. --Dorsal Axe 23:37, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, but I think the article needs a bit more expansion. Makeemlighter (talk) 00:27, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Support a major tragedy and worthy of putting on in the news section.Shyamsunder (talk) 08:58, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

  Administrator note The article's a bit short. Would anybody care to flesh it out a bit? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 16:13, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Coup d'état or Revolution in Tunisia ?

  • Nominate President Ali's departure if the reports are true. Mohamed Ghannouchi is the new interim President. Scanlan (talk) 18:21, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Wait - this is a coup d'état — or a Revolution — under way. President fires Prime Minister. Prime Minister strikes back, puts President in a plane and proclaims himself President. People probably want to oust both President and Prime Minister. Anarchy everywhere. Classic. Probably a lot is going on right now, so please wait till the dust settles. Hektor (talk) 18:32, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. @Hektor: I'm not aware of any evidence that the prime minister forced Ali to resign and leave the country. The PM wasn't exactly fired, the whole cabinet was dissolved and the PM was asked to form a new one (or so he claimed yesterday). And it'd be natural for Ben Ali to escape if he has no hope of restoring his rule and/or fears for his life. --Roentgenium111 (talk) 18:45, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support President steps down and Prime Minister is the interim President. In CNN & in BBC Essam Sharaf 19:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Essam Sharaf (talkcontribs)

Tunisia national state of emergency

Tunisias president has declared national state of emergency within the last hour. With riots in Tunis.--BabbaQ (talk) 16:25, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

I am re-nominating this as new big developments has occured.--BabbaQ (talk) 16:25, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
This story will soon be posted by consensus in a earlier discussion of this subject. So closing this.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:57, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, 2011

A by-election in the UK which was heavily followed by the national media - not just on account of it being the first electoral test of the new government, but also because all main three parties had a conceivable shot at winning (based on previous results) - and represented a huge swing towards the Labour Party, despite it losing power a few months ago. Their result is better than that achieved in the constituency at its 1997 landslide victory. Therefore, for all reasons stated, this by-election is a hugely significant epitome of the state of British politics. (talk) 02:41, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose - I followed this, and the result was unbelievably mundane, more an "as you were" than anything. It'll be in the papers tomorrow but realistically nothing happened.  狐 FOX  02:46, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
I'm sceptical that this can be considered "mundane": the result is quite different from that achieved in 2010. The Labour Party gained a majority in excess of its 1997 landslide, and the Conservative vote collapsed. The by-election was heavily followed nationally, and the swift change in electoral fortunes for Labour, makes this quite notable, I contend. (talk) 02:53, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
It is mundane. Labour had the seat, Labour now have the seat. Try writing a nice blurb on that.  狐 FOX  03:48, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support if the Cameron Ministry collapses. But of course it won't so, oppose. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 02:56, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Question: What exactly is the news? Labour held the seat -- Labour has held the seat since 1997, where their percentage was 0.4% lower as it is now. On the voided election was closer. It was sorta expected the Tories will perform poorly. –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 03:45, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
      • The "news" (which will make national news tomorrow) is that the Tories' massive drop in this constituency will be seen as a rejection of the coalition.  狐 FOX  03:46, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
        • But the Tories have traditionally been bad at this constituency, granted their performance was the worst, and their vote total in 2010 was their best since 1997. It would've been more dramatic if the Tories or their coalition partners won (the LibDems actually had a +0.3% change). –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 03:55, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
        • In addition, turnout was less than 50%. With more than 50% didn't care enough to vote, why should this be on ITN? –HTD (ITN: Where no updates but is stickied happens.) 07:38, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Minor by-election with no real consequences. (note: I'm British) Modest Genius talk 03:25, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong oppose: how is this under any serious consideration? We never include individual local representative elections, no difference to make-up of Govt, insignificant difference to parliamentary majority, entirely unscientific/unacademic as a poll of gvernment popularity (as though that were ITNworthy). No meaningful effect to people in the constituency next door, yet alone nationally or internationally. Kevin McE (talk) 07:04, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose per above. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 08:45, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose Insignificant, nationally and internationally. And if I weren't assuming good faith, I'd be inclined to suspect the nominator was from Labour Party Central Office. (talk) 23:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

January 13

2010–2011 Tunisian protests

2010–2011 Tunisian protests From Portal:Current events: "At least four people are killed in renewed unrest in Tunisia, hours after the lifting of a curfew.(Al Jazeera)" This is surly relevant for ITN?

  • At least six people are killed in renewed unrest across Tunisia, after the lifting of a curfew in he capital Tunis. as (Al Jazeera) has now (apparently) updated it's report.--Alcea setosa (talk) 18:34, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Reasons for notability of conflict.: 23-66 people dead (BBC News)

Dusk to dawn curfew in Tunis with suburbs When was the last time there was such a curfew in a capital. And a closure of all schools and universities in a country
Ben Ali the President steps down?! Will not seek reelection he says. setosa (talk) 20:31, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
The demonstrations are causing massive unrest among the bourgeoisie of Arab world[ with concerns of Domino Theory like scenario] So I support assuming appropriate updates are made The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 21:15, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I will try to update the article myself but I have no specific knowledge about Tunisia, the Arab world or even the French language. The only reason I try Is that it was not getting the attention it should here (as a newsworthy headlines event).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.--Alcea setosa (talk) 23:56, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Support. Large-scale riots and government crackdowns in what was thought to be a stable country now attracting international condemnation. - BanyanTree 23:20, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose unless the situation has significantly worsened. We've already posted this. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 00:19, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose, since we already posted the ongoing protests. Modest Genius talk 00:34, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support now the state of emergency has been declared. The media's really jumped on this all of a sudden. Modest Genius talk 17:43, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support as the situation has significantly worsened and appears to be worse in Tunis (the capital) than it was before. Surely it is to Tunis and Tunisia what the recently reposted 2010–2011 Queensland floods is to Brisbane and Australia? They are both significantly covered in the international media, both unusual events to be happening in these locations and the death tolls are even similar. --candlewicke 02:38, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong support - The main news on all news channels I can find and news media on the internet.--BabbaQ (talk) 16:13, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Now we seem to have consensus. Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:55, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
The wording seems a little confusing, given that it's referring to a now-former president who has apparently fled the country. --Dorsal Axe 18:24, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Rephrased. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:35, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

South Korean foot and mouth disease outbreak

Support if any article updated or created. I think updating the article about the desease with creating an article about the epidemic in South Korea will be appropriate.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:31, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
We have 2010 Japan foot-and-mouth outbreak, so probably just need to create 2010–2011 South Korea foot-and-mouth outbreak. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:59, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
The article about Japan is lack of information about South Korea, so definitely distinguishing in two different articles is necessary here.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:03, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I could do that in 24 hours... but I need to get some sleep first :) --BorgQueen (talk) 20:06, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Good night then.:) I'll try to do something.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:09, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Support pending article creation. ~AH1(TCU) 00:43, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
The article has been created. Still a bit short; all are invited to contribute. --BorgQueen (talk) 11:18, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Any objections? --BorgQueen (talk) 12:38, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
The article has been expanded a bit more. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:17, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
support article looks good -- Ashish-g55 14:50, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
We seem to have consensus. Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:26, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia 10th anniversary (Jan 15)

I've decided for the 10th anniversary that instead of running the normal featured article, I'm going to be running a featured list, topic, and sound (in a single blurb) -- see Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 15, 2011.

The discussion is going on at Talk:Main_Page#10th_Anniversary_FA and has been extremely positive. The FA blurb is going to be a bit (30-50%) longer than normal. In order to balance out the main page, what I want to do is put a message at the top of ITN in bigger-than-normal font:

Wikipedia turns 10 years old

along with some relevant image (either the Wikipedia globe, the number 10, or something else)

I brought this up at Wikipedia_talk:In_the_news#Anniversary_stuff and Courcelles suggested I posted it here. Raul654 (talk) 02:33, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

  • I personally think that it would be okay, although I don't know if others here would agree. Personally, I'm willing to WP:IAR in this case for 24 hours. SpencerT♦C 03:40, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
    • I also recommend that this discussion take place her, as the future event page doesn't see as many eyes. SpencerT♦C 03:41, 13 January 2011 (UTC)c
  • Like I said on the ITN talk page, this is IAR material. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 05:37, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
How about having that sort of large item at the top on the actual day, then converting it into a regular bullet-point item and letting it move down the template as normal? Modest Genius talk 17:53, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Shrug* - I don't really care what you do with it after Jan 15 - treat it like any other item and push it down, or delete it. Raul654 (talk) 18:00, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't suppose there is still time to get Wikipedia up to FA status?--Chaser (talk) 05:41, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Not a chance. The shortest featured article candidate to promotion ever was 4 days. Raul654 (talk) 18:00, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Which one? Nergaal (talk) 20:32, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
God, you're testing my memory here. I don't remember, but Sandy might. Raul654 (talk) 21:26, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Just for the record support the idea. Nergaal (talk) 22:05, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not ITN material; use OTD. Diego Grez (talk) 22:15, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above, this is clearly a big deal and an opportunity to blow our own trumpet legitimately. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 23:22, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. We didn't post Google's 10th birthday, we won't post Facebook's 10th birthday, what's so special about Wikipedia? MickMacNee (talk) 23:29, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
    • But google posted its birthday. Nergaal (talk) 23:41, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
      • But nothing. Google use adverts too, do you want to copy that? MickMacNee (talk) 00:34, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
This is blatant IAR stuff. Support adding a Raul's text. We can bypass ITN's usual requirements, and mention it ourselves regardless of its objective importance. Modest Genius talk 23:56, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
What's the blatant improvement to Wikipedia this implies then? Free beer I suppose. MickMacNee (talk) 00:34, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, per Eraserhead1. Rehman 23:53, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment. We should just post a special entry in "On this day" IMO. "January 15: Wikipedia's 10th anniversary", or even "Wikipedia Day" or an entry under 2001 for the founding of the Wikimedia Foundation. ~AH1(TCU) 00:47, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    • As I said above, the FA blurb is being substantially changed for the day (it will be noticably longer than normal). Putting a notice why it is changed in ITN makes sense. Putting it in OTD makes no sense - it will not be noticed. Raul654 (talk) 00:49, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - It is big, it is timely, it is fun, and it is news. To opposers: I suggest we let down our hair a bit this once. Jusdafax 01:25, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Just this twice: there's the April Fools MP as well. Modest Genius talk 03:28, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

In the spirit of "it's 5 o'clock somewhere", could we leave up the ITN blurb as long as it is January 15th somewhere in the world? I'm not as concerned about having it up before dawn in China on January 15th, but keeping it up through at least the evening in the Americas and the Pacific seems logical.--Chaser (talk) 07:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support per WP:IAR. It needs to be big, and noticable. Wikipedia rarely gets the opportunity to boast about itself, so I think it's fair to take advantage of this chance. As Raul654 said, it will aid in the main page design for tomorrow. Having looked at the mock ups, any mention in OTD certainly won't get noticed, and the altered featured content section will be jarring to readers if there is no explanation as to why it has changed. --Dorsal Axe 14:08, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per above. I don't see any harm. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:32, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted. I wrapped it in some ParserFunction conditionals to ensure it is invisible until midnight. Feel free to take out the #ifeq: and stuff after that. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:46, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    Also: I did not post the "10" jigsaw piece or the globe, since there are already two pictures in {{Main Page banner}}, and I'm not convinced we need more. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:49, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    I've reverted. Raul decided to instead display the message via Template:Main Page banner instead of (not in addition to) ITN. This way, it will be even more prominent, without blurring the lines between meta-content and encyclopedic content. The banner will appear directly above this section, so the redundancy is unneeded. —David Levy 21:56, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    Reading that same discussion, that is not what I understood, so you may want to revert that one. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 22:04, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    The discussion pertained to which location to use for the message. Three locations were suggested, and Raul decided to go with the banner. Why would it make sense to include a second instance directly below the first one? —David Levy 22:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    He also indicated that ITN would have additional items, and he initiated this request here. I asked him to clarify, since this has gotten rather confusing now. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 22:09, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    In that discussion, I noted that we routinely add additional items to the section to accommodate long TFA blurbs. Raul was referring to that.
    This thread (which didn't reach consensus, regardless) predates the banner suggestion/decision. —David Levy 22:16, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    David's interpretation is correct - I think it would be best to use the banner for the 10th anniversary announcement, and add a few extra news blurbs to ITN to balance out the longer-than-normal FA blurb. Raul654 (talk) 23:10, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose using ITN for that, Support using the Template:Main Page banner. It's good to celebreate, a banner is good for informing people, but placing this in ITN would be redundant and inappropriately self-referential in the context of that section. Also, about the banner, the 10 piece images should probably not be clickable (I've forgotten how it's done). Cenarium (talk) 22:23, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    Oh, I meant to take care of that. Thanks for the reminder! Fixed. —David Levy 22:27, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Climate in Sri Lanka

  • Temperatures in western Sri Lanka broke 61-year record low of 18 °C (64 °F), while more than 28,000 troops were deployed to relief over one million flood victims in other regions of the country.

Still haven't created an article for this, but could create one if anyone thinks it's a good entry.

Just about six months ago the country experienced record high temperatures as part of the 2010 Indian heatwave. Colombo is located just about 750 km (470 mi) north of the equator, and is a sea-level city, the average temperature is nearly always above 30 °C (86 °F). References: AdaDerana (local)

As for the floods, areas such as Batticaloa received a year's rainfall in 42 days. Batticaloa, also a +30°C area, recorded 16.9 °C (62 °F) temperatures. References: CNN, AdaDerana (local)

--Rehman 09:47, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment other than it needs an article - don't mention the temperature. I imagine a lot of people won't know where Sri Lanka is (in relation to the equator) and will just think "18? That's summer, here".  狐 FOX  13:56, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
True. How about mentioning "tropical" somewhere? Would that help? Rehman 14:37, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Weak support. The weather conditions are not extreme, but however it breaks a historical record.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:37, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Comment. Nowadays, all-time record low national temperatures are set on the rate of roughly one per year. Last year, for example was when Guinea set a record just above freezing and Cuba late December set a low temperature a few degrees Celcius above freezing but broke no records. However, we almost never post national record high/low temperatures on ITN, and the only other instance I saw of a similar entry was one for Norway when a series of record-breaking (but in their own right) winter storms affected much of Europe last winter. However, I agree we need an article for the floods, where this temperature record can be mentioned. Perhaps something like 2010 Sri Lanka floods, including the effects experienced following Cyclone Jal. For this particular story though, the record low temperature in itself is nothing life-threatening, unlike some of the heatwave and winter storm stories such as 2010 Russian wildfires and February 5–6, 2010 North American blizzard we posted within the past year. ~AH1(TCU) 00:53, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

January 12

Update on Wakefield

What are the thoughts here on continuing Andrew Wakefield ITN? It's still very much a breaking story, with new allegations and revelations coming out daily. I don't usually participate here, so I don't know how you all decide how long to run an item. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 20:08, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

At the minute, since it's the last item, it'll come off next time ITN is updated, which could be five minutes or five days, depending on the news and consensus. I've no opinion on whether Wakefield should be kept on, but it's not so old that it would look out of place if it were kept on an extra day or so. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:13, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, HJ-- I just didn't know the procedure here, so thought I'd ask. I see other ITN's getting substantially more page views, though. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:30, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
If substantial news comes up, and the article is updated, feel free to poke here. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 00:14, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
It's a very notable story, with new aspects detailing the many parts of the "elaborate fraud" constantly coming out. A scam of high low caliber. Let's keep it out there so people can follow along with the development of the story. -- Brangifer (talk) 00:29, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Those are continuations of the same development. There is a high bar for reposting an article to ITN (see the Queensland floods section below), so more details coming out doesn't cut it. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 01:09, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
You are saying that about a dozen of deaths and some material damage is more notable than this report? Nergaal (talk) 04:13, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
As you know, that's not how ITN works. For reasons beyond our control, this happened before the floods. Thus, it went on ITN before the floods, thus it will almost certainly come off ITN before the floods, but if we aim to have a new item every 24 hours, both will have spent the same amount of time on ITN by the time they are respectively replaced. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 05:04, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
FWIW, the Queensland floods have killed significantly more than a dozen (It seems that at least 40 people died in Grantham alone) but having said that, the main peak of the flood threatening Brisbane seems to have passed. It could be removed now IMO (and I nominated it). -- Mattinbgn (talk) 22:19, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
If something major happens, we can bump it. But at the moment I can see no reason to raise its position on the template. ITN lists items in chronological order. Modest Genius talk 17:59, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Floods again, now Brazil

More than 220 people have been killed by flooding and mudslides in south-eastern Brazil. [48]

  • I guess that when the article 2011 Brazilian floods is created, this should necessarily go to the Main Page. More deaths than in all other floods recently posted, as far as I remember. GreyHood Talk 23:04, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
That's a blue-link stub now… Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 01:09, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
It's also a mini-stub. Maybe some of the people at WP:CSB would be interested in helping?--Peter cohen (talk) 02:35, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I moved this to January 2011 Rio de Janeiro floods and mudslides to match the other Brazil flood articles. I've also expanded it a bit, but there isn't much information out there yet. The Portuguese Wikipedia seems to have some more info - and more sources - if anybody can read it. Makeemlighter (talk) 06:22, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Support. I just expanded it. Not a stub anymore. I believe it meets inclusion criteria already. Missionary (talk) 06:34, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Support since the mudslide is another fatal disaster which causes deaths, so this is not only floods. It's a huge concern to see any disaster of this type with such fatalities in only two days.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 08:33, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

This is the worst natural disaster in Brazil in four decades [49] ever Missionary (talk) 17:42, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Support in principle, but the article is still rather poor. Modest Genius talk 18:00, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps the article is poor but it's already updated and very well covers the disaster. I think it's ready to be posted with only condolences added.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:34, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

I added international condolences and other content; article now over 8 KB. Missionary (talk) 19:36, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

After standardization of references, this article has more content than Iran Air Flight 277. Missionary (talk) 20:32, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Now a quality article and significant and timely topic. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 22:14, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Can somebody make an updated blurb? Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 22:51, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
    •   Done. I used Portuguese-language sources, because foreign ones are still talking of "one of the worst natural disasters", when it has already become _the_ worst disaster in Brazilian history. Missionary (talk) 00:48, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong support. This is the deadliest flood so far in 2011, and more devastating than the April 2010 Rio de Janeiro floods and mudslides, which we posted. Article needs some revamping however, and the death toll is rising almost by the hour. Was at 482 at last check and many more missing. ~AH1(TCU) 00:56, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator. I think the article meets the minimum posting criteria, and there is no especial need to wait further improvements.
    The modified blurb:
  • Heh, I just posted another version as you wrote that one. Either way, posted. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 01:30, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    Perhaps there might be some sense in inserting "the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro" into the blurb, instead of less precise "south-eastern Brazil". Also, the death toll is likely to rise, and the entry might need updates. GreyHood Talk 01:36, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
    • OMG, I'm so slow in making my posts %) Thanks for fixing the blurb, Titoxd. GreyHood Talk 01:40, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Update. More than 500 people have been killed. ~AH1(TCU) 03:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Updating the number of fatalities is a good solution, though.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 10:34, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Update. Now more than 610 people have been killed. GreyHood Talk 23:33, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Update to ITN posted. Since this thread will be archived soon, any future needed updates to the blurb should be posted at WP:ERRORS. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 09:24, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Antimatter Thunderstorms

Scientist prove Thunderstorms eject mass streams of antimatter into space BBC The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 16:40, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support if the related articles are updated. Really interesting. GreyHood Talk 20:50, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, given an article. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 01:10, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support kind of cool but an update in antimatter is necessary. Nergaal (talk) 04:14, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
That would be a wholy unsuitable place for the update. It's hardly an important fact about antimatter. Updating thunderstorm or lightning to say that they produce antimatter would be far more sensible. Modest Genius talk
  • Support. It's always necessary to post scientific researches and proofs. This is also of great importance, since the antimatter is a current topic, which receives too much attention and is considered a base for future researches.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 08:39, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
This is certainly interesting, though I'm not that surprised. I support in principle, but oppose for the moment, because as far as I can find no peer-reviewed paper exists. This was just a conference announcement, and anyone can say whatever they like at a conference. If a paper does exist and I just haven't found it, I'll change to support. Modest Genius talk 17:56, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
One of the articles I was reading mentions its will will be published in Geophysical Research Letters shortly. (source didnt indicate how soon) The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 18:04, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I did some further hunting, and R&D Mag says that the paper has been accepted by GRL. So I withdraw my objection. Modest Genius talk 18:12, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support Given that I am highly interested in meteorology, this doubles the interest to me, but even without that I would find it highly interesting. Good science story of the kind we don't often get the chance to put on ITN. Ks0stm (TCG) 18:16, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Someone updated antimatter with a two sentence update, and I copied it over to thunderstorm...they could use enhancement, but they're a place to start. Ks0stm (TCG) 18:26, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. Major discovery in geophysical quantum meteorology and of great significance. ~AH1(TCU) 00:57, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Is 'geophysical quantum meteorology' even a real research field?!? Modest Genius talk 01:11, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Not quite, but it could very well be emerging! ~AH1(TCU) 03:08, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Is this ready to post? Ks0stm (TCG) 03:32, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per above. This is just too interesting. It's a significant discovery, and science items are rarely featured in ITN. --Dorsal Axe 23:41, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Can somebody add more details to the thunderstorm article, and provide a blurb? Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 23:44, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
  • A sentence about antimatter has been turned into a small paragraph in the Thunderstorm article.
I'm not exactly very inventive with this blurb and in fact have taken it right from the article, but nevertheless:
If too long, the first part can be changed just to "Scientists prove that..." (like The Resident Anthropologist has proposed initially). Also, I think that it would be rather nice to have some impressive picture of a thunderstorm (see right for example) on the Main Page on Wikipedia's birthday %). GreyHood Talk 01:00, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Damn, you beat me to it by seconds! HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 02:54, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Lebanese government implodes

Hezballah quits the unity government over acusations of being responsible for the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri. CNN The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 16:18, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Support, once we have an article an a blurb. Thue | talk 18:12, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Oppose. This is an event that happens with regularity; not a news item. Nutmegger (talk) 21:07, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Governments don't collapse every day. I support. EricLeb01 (Page | Talk) 03:02, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Obvious Support This is big news. Fixman (talk!) 04:08, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Support, but the above news doesn't cover the issue correctly. I suggest this one instead:
Lebanese coalition government falls as Hezbollah and allies quit quit.[50] Because there are many other parties beside Hezbollah such as Free Patriotic Movement, who oppose Hariri government. --Seyyed(t-c) 04:40, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Support. It might be nice to get the Hariri article into the blurb too. Modest Genius talk 17:57, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
The article has to be updated first. --BorgQueen (talk) 23:45, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Im updating the Lebanese government of November 2009 article.
update done: and for the record mst obvious support, dont see how this is recurrent stuff.(Lihaas (talk) 04:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC));
Support as governments falling are usually notable enough for the Main Page. Is there any other reason for delay if the article has been sufficiently updated? --candlewicke 06:34, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Can we get an updated blurb? Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 06:37, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
March 14 alliance-led Lebanese coalition government falls after the opposition allies withdraw support.
Saad Hariri-led Lebanese government falls after the opposition allies withdraw support.Lihaas (talk) 04:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 12:24, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Earliest known winery

--RaffiKojian (talk) 00:16, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Support, the find of the oldest leather shoe at the same site was added when it was announced, this is definitely more important.-- (talk) 16:38, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak Support We know they been doing wine at least a thousand years before this in Iraq this is the smoking gun but its not a really a shocking one. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 16:50, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Weak Support per above. GreyHood Talk 20:48, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Timer's red and this has better support than anything else, but is there an article? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 00:08, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

History of wine. The lede has a mention of Armenia, as does the early history section. Makeemlighter (talk) 00:39, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I cleaned that section up a bit, but the article as a whole probably needs more work. Makeemlighter (talk) 01:03, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Posted. A decent-sized paragraph backed by good sources works for me. Any suggestions on improving the blurb are most welcome. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 05:17, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

January 11

7 billion people

  • I've seen various news agencies announcing that the population will pass 7bn in the next few months. This shouldn't be posted now, but do you guys have a good idea when it should? Nergaal (talk) 23:16, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I assume the relevant UN agency will make an announcement, and that's what the media will take as their cue. Modest Genius talk 00:19, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
The United Nations Population Division, a section of UNDESA. I think they've predicted that it will pass the mark anytime between late-2011 and mid-2012. Not until at least the second half of 2011, and even then, they're just going off estimates. It may have passed the mark a long time ago, it may just as easily be a long way off. Nightw 04:51, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Latif Khosa appointed Governor of Punjab, Pakistan

He is appointed after ex governor Salman Taseer assasinated last week. --Saqib Qayyum (talk) 17:38, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - this is just fallout from the assassination, which we already posted. And I seriously doubt this would go through in any normal circumstance either. Modest Genius talk 00:20, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Definitely oppose - this is solidy local/regional news and doesn't meet the criteria to be posted on ITN. Mar4d (talk) 07:16, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Chengdu J-20 first flight

Hopefully this is an easy SUPPORT. China's first fifth generation stealth fighter comparable to the US F-22 and Russia PAK FA made its first flight hours ago. Very closely watched story on the press and militaries worldwide.Amraamny (talk) 06:23, 11 January 2011 (UTC) The Post: Chinese stealth fighter makes first test flight

  • Support per nom. Nergaal (talk) 06:53, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. I was going to nominate this myself. --BorgQueen (talk) 08:28, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. This is something which should be an ITN topic. Any report related with the stealth technology usually receives good attention, and is considered significant scientific achievement.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 09:23, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I guess this one is ready to post. I'm having some problems with formulating a good blurb... --Tone 10:24, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
How about: The People's Republic of China's Chengdu J-20, a fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft prototype, makes its first flight. --BorgQueen (talk) 10:33, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Sounds good.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 10:35, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 10:48, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. I just want to concur with this one. It's a very significant development and it has been covered widely in the media for several weeks. __meco (talk) 12:13, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

2010–2011 Queensland floods

Yes, this article has already had a run on ITN but matters have taken on a much more grave tone now. There could be up to 70 deaths alone on 10 January and the major city of Brisbane (pop >2m) is expected to be inundated. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 03:37, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

(edit conflict) Strong support: This has worsened considerably, and has now reached the capital. Brisbane suburbs are being told to evacuate (ABC). Over 70 people are missing, 8 confirmed dead (ABC). This is huge for Australia, which is used to decades of drought. Nightw 03:37, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per all of the above. --Mkativerata (talk) 03:44, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Support per above. Melicans (talk, contributions) 03:54, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Wait - I do agree that this is a different event to the rising flood waters further north, which were on the front page 1-2 weeks ago (this is a flash flood rather than slowly rising rivers). But I don't think 8 deaths is world front page material yet. As I understand it, only one Brisbane suburb has been told to evacuate. Hopefully Brisbane will survive relatively well, and most or all of the 70 missing in Toowoomba are OK, and there'll be no reason to put it on the front page. Adpete (talk) 04:19, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Just to clarify: the total death toll is 19 so far. The 8 were just those that died yesterday. Nightw 04:27, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
(ec)13 dead in the flash flood alone now and the PM—who I assume has been well briefed— has said "The nation needs to brace itself for the fact… the death toll is likely to rise. I hope it turns out to not be as disastrous as feared too but it is already pretty horrific. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 04:29, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
After reading the guidelines at Wikipedia:In the news I'm now Change to cautious support. Perhaps I'm showing regional bias (I'm Australian but the other side of the country from the floods), but there's clearly going to be great interest in Australia about this (one of the criteria at Wikipedia:In the news), even if not much elsewhere. Adpete (talk) 05:03, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose already posted. To repost, the news has to be really significant. We posted wikileaks once, and this is definitely less notable than that. Nergaal (talk) 06:55, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
    • Seriously? Wikileaks didnt cause an 2 million person city to start being evacuated, combined with the area its already affected... The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 17:58, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Nergaal. We don't post a same disaster twice, even if its subsequent is highly significant. Note the 2010 Pakistan floods which were incomparably disastrous and deadlier, but posted only once.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 09:13, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I understand and respect your point of view but I would make two points. 1. The flash flood is actually a second event caused by a separate rain event. It is included in the main flood article more for convenience sake and certainly could support a stand alone article. 2. If I could turn back time, I would have preferred that the article wasn't listed on ITN initially as it was probably marginal in terms of global significance. However, the events of yesterday, today and the rest of the week most certainly would be. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 09:24, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Given the Toowoomba flash flood as a separate disaster with reportedly 9 deaths and 66 missed is still not sufficient for the ITN template, and I would rather wait, but using the whole disaster in Queensland to induce its significance as the blurb states above associates to the previously posted report. If you distinguish it from the Queensland floods in a new blurb (separating in new article is not intended) and then try to get traction and support, could somehow change my opinion to wait and see how it continues and receives more global coverage and attention. Anyway I doubt this would really become enough sufficient to be posted as a separate disaster.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 10:19, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
If them's the rules, then them's the rules and I'm happy to defer to the experts here. It just strikes me as strange that the flood event was suitable for inclusion when it was little more than an (rather large) inconvenience to a range of small towns and minor cities but no longer meets the criteria when it has turned rather deadly and will see large chunks of a city of 2m underwater. Cheers, Mattinbgn (talk) 10:36, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Support Keeping a big ongoing and evolving event ITN is fine with me. Thue | talk 10:37, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Strong Support for posting as soon as the article is updated. Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, is being evacuated. Let's quit the bickering over rubbish sports stories and get this up ASAP.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:07, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Ok, I agree with rationale for posting. However, there are several issues with the article. First, the boxes on top. Then, the sections that need expansion. Third, since when do we include the list of casualties with extensive details in the articles about catastrophes? --Tone 16:15, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
ITN should never include items that maintenance tags on them. RxS (talk) 16:19, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't dispute that. My (strong support) is conditional on it being fixed, but I do feel it has priority.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:39, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Brisbane was hit by the floods earlier and many people were evacuated before the Toowoomba flash flood. As I noted above, keeping an ongoing event which was previously posted or separately posting its aftermath is not intended. The only thing which could be done is to update the posted blurb, which currently is gone.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 16:47, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
There was some minor flooding but to claim Brisbane was "hit by the floods" is a bit of an exaggeration. The scale of the earlier floods in Brisbane was insignificant compared to Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Dalby et al and barely worth mentioning compared to what happened yesterday and will continue to happen over the next three days. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 20:23, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorry if I got it wrong. I don't live in Australia and I used the reports claiming that the evacuation continues and becomes more massive after the most recent flash flood. Regards.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 20:33, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Strong Support this is comparable to Hurricane Katrina in Scale. But We can't post until Matience tags and the WP:MEMORIAL section is zapped. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 17:47, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • What would be a proposed blurb? There are still yellow-level tags on the article, but all orange-level and red-level tags are gone. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 18:29, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Kiril and Nergaal. I understand, though, that the event is of much importance to Australians and perhaps of more interest to the wider Anglophone world. But still it has quite a low death toll and has been already posted, even if the new phase of flooding is somewhat separate development. If this has to be posted due to a massive support here, I strongly suggest that the blurb should reflect the new quality of the flood, that is the fact that it has reached Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Simply reporting more deaths and more people affected won't do any good for the ITN. GreyHood Talk 21:18, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Anybody care to suggest a blurb with the focus on more recent events rather than the (comparatively small, though still tragic) death toll? HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:30, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Evac of brisbane seems significant. The 8 deaths above only represnts the inland tsunami incident The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 21:35, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • FWIW, post-posting support. Definitely of international significance, in spite of the previous posting. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 21:57, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
  • (ec) Posted. The article is not ideal, but it's no longer in a state that would prevent it appearing on ITN and it has been updated with material relevant to the blurb. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:59, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

The picture for this item makes absolutely no sense (the wheel of brisbane to show floods?), but I don't have any better suggestions? Any ideas? SpencerT♦C 01:05, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Didn't see the floodwaters at the base. But still, it's not the best picture to show flooding. SpencerT♦C 01:07, 13 January 2011 (UTC)


-- Rehman 01:58, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Neutral I am normally a strong supporter of these discoveries, but this one in specific does not really raise the threshold that much. Just take a look at Super-Earth. It orbits a Sun-like star at under 0.02 AU - compared to Mercury at ~0.4AU. Nergaal (talk) 02:31, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Neutral Oppose. Certainly news in astronomy circles, but nowhere near as big as Gliese 581g was (and the controversy surrounding it...). This is incremental, not revolutionary; it's an impressive piece of work, with exquisite sensitivity, but the results are hardly surprising. Edit: This is a conference announcement, and as far as I can tell no paper has been published. The article also has unreferenced sections, and a slew of synthesis ('significance'). Modest Genius talk 02:47, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
oppose I trust ModestGenius's judgement on this as the issues he raises are redflags of conference stumping. The Resident Anthropologist (talk) 18:30, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Comment: Kepler-10b is NOT the smallest exoplanet discovered. This title belongs to a pulsar planet, which is much smaller than Earth. And even among "normal" planets, Gliese 581e is likely smaller, since it is much lighter.--Roentgenium111 (talk) 15:28, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

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