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September 30

ITN candidates for September 30

Final report about the 2008 South Ossetia war

The final report of an independent fact-finding mission sponsored by the EU concludes, that Georgia started the 2008 South Ossetia war in August, 2008, but both sides are responsible for the escalation. BBC, New York Times

This is a major investigation into the causes of the 2008 South Ossetia war, which was one of last year's major international events. The war was featured on ITN a year ago, so it would seem only fair that it would do so again, now that we have more neutral and objective information about it. The article has been updated [1]. Offliner (talk) 17:05, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Support, but I think it is best if you add some more citations. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:11, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Added two more refs. Offliner (talk) 17:29, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
A well-worded blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 20:31, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 02:16, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Complaint. --candlewicke 18:14, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Fixed a while ago. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:18, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Soyuz launch - Cirque du Soleil founder in space

Soyuz TMA-16 launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station ISS and takes a space tourist, Guy Laliberté, founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil who will return on the Soyuz TMA-14. Russian Space Web SriMesh | talk 04:39, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Support. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:39, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Has this nomination been moved from somewhere? Both the nom and the above support were added together by 193.56.37.1 (talk · contribs) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:41, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
It will have been moved from Future events. The original nomination was made in July but clearly the launch was delayed until now --Daviessimo (talk) 10:32, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Obvious support. As I understand WP:ITN/R this should be posted. According to the Russian wikipedia entry] on this spaceflight, it launched at 07:14:45 UTC 30 September.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:13, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Support when updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 02:47, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. Thanks for the update. --BorgQueen (talk) 10:50, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
There have been a decent number of space tourists launched into orbit already. What is special about this one? Dwr12 (talk) 15:13, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Indonesia Quake

Another quake has struck, this time in Indonesia [2]. 75 dead already and many more injured. Pretty notable? --Daviessimo (talk) 15:12, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Article is September 2009 Sumatra earthquake --Daviessimo (talk) 15:14, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Would it be appropriate to somehow merge it with the other earthquake blurb we have going? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:59, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, this is certainly notable. Not sure about merging the blurbs - Dumelow (talk) 16:10, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't think merges would be best; they happened within 24 hours of each other in the same hemisphere, yes, but are otherwise unconnected geologically and culturally. Radagast (talk) 19:16, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
ya i dont think it should be merged since one has deaths due to tsunami... it will be very awkward blurb if merged. -- Ashish-g55 20:53, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Associated Press says this quake and tsunami were un-related seismic events. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:50, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Follow-up

This still hasn't been posted, despite it being requested yesterday. The Samoan earthquake and tsunami is already mentioned, why not this one? Rawr (talk) 04:01, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

We might reword the the previous adding this headline to one already present, or else we can post it as a separate headline which course of action should we go for ?--yousaf465' 05:05, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
This is clearly a major event with reports of thousands dead and should have been posted some time ago as a seperate and distinct article, not lumped in with the Samoan earthquake. Instead no mention of it but we can read about an 86 year old pianist who probably shouldn't even be on ITN.yorkshiresky (talk) 05:39, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
It does seem odd that this hasn't been listed yet despite being nomed yesterday. Death toll now in excess of 450 --Daviessimo (talk) 06:50, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Suggested blurb - A 7.6 Mw earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, kills at least 450 people --Daviessimo (talk) 07:10, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
Well this is the initial assessment this count might be even larger than this. This one must go to the ITNyousaf465' 07:57, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:28, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Diamond

One of the largest high quality diamonds known has been discovered at the Cullinan Mine in South Africa. It ranks in the top 20 high quality diamonds by weight. (BBC), (Times of India). Notable? - Dumelow (talk) 20:26, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

I will say oppose...for something like this, it should be a new record. SpencerT♦Nominate! 01:25, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

September 29

ITN candidates for September 29

Samoa quake

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Samoa Islands. That's pretty powerful (if I remember my magnitude scales right) and has caused a tsunami warning to be issued. (BBC). Worth keeping an eye on - Dumelow (talk) 18:55, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

The PTWC have upgraded the strength to 8.3. Definately worth keeping an eye on --Daviessimo (talk) 20:16, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
We have an article - 2009 Samoa earthquake. There are reports that at least 50 have been killed in American Samoa and Samoa state. [3]. Nutmegger (talk) 23:06, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
How about "An 8.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Samoa Islands, causing a tsunami and at least 50 deaths." Nutmegger (talk) 23:06, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd be down with "An 8.3 magnitude earthquake on the Samoa Islands causes a tsunami and kills at least 50." Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 23:41, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
This is the largest earthquake since the 2007 Sumatra earthquakes in terms of magnitude. Plus one of the largest natural disasters of the year in terms of deaths. Support.--Johnsemlak (talk) 15:46, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

September 28

ITN candidates for September 28

Guinea riots

  • Do we have an article about this? --Tone 19:36, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. This seems like big news to me, 58 killed by security forces during a protest - Dumelow (talk) 22:06, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. The sort of event that is usually posted. --candlewicke 23:34, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
87+ dead now. --candlewicke 00:51, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Any blurb suggestions? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:11, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
"Support--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:25, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:10, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
I've changed the blurb to match the conventional method. Also changed military junta to link to National Council for Democracy and Development, as that's more specific/informative. Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 23:25, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

First for Down's syndrome

FOR the first time ever, an actor with Down’s Syndrome has received an international film award. Pablo Pineda, 35 – who is also the first-ever person with Down’s Syndrome to have attained a university degree – won the Silver Shell. The press has heavily criticised Pineda’s award, calling it ‘politically correct’, but very few disabled actors and actresses achieve international film prizes. Comparisons with deaf and dumb actress Marlee Matlin's 1986 Oscar win. At 35 he is now not only the first person with Down syndrome to get a university degree but also the first actor with a disability of this kind to win an international film prize. The award was not well received by the accredited members of the press, most of whom booed the jury’s decision. He also falls in love so that's spoiled the ending quite a bit... and getting booed isn't too good either. --candlewicke 11:49, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Is there even a wiki page for this? I question whether or not this is actual news or not. --PlasmaTwa2 18:09, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Weak Oppose I don't exactly see this as news. I'm very happy for Mr. Pineda, but actors win awards all the time - while this is certainly a special case, I don't think it warrants an ITN mention. Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 18:19, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose I don't think this should be posted on ITN. Dwr12 (talk) 18:29, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Do you have a reason for thinking this? And is it compulsory that it is actual news in a traditional sense or what is it that defines the boundaries of news? By the way, it has a page now. --candlewicke 20:38, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd call this more of a feel good story than news. I don't think that being the first actor with Down's Syndrome to win an award at the San Sebastian film festival is all that big. Maybe if he was the first to win an Oscar, it would be notable. --PlasmaTwa2 21:28, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps you are right about it being a feel good story... but he is the first actor to win an award at any international film festival which was why I nominated it. That and the controversy which has resulted. --candlewicke 23:32, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
First what sort of actor? The first actor with Down's syndrome is probably true. The first actor with a disability of any kind, I think is highly unlikely even if the source makes the claim. Even your original paragraph is actually slightly contradictory. Deafness is often considered a disability [4] yet as you say, a deaf person won an Oscar. Okay the Academy Awards perhaps aren't an international film festival so maybe you can say that it isn't an international film prize but even so, it's seems possible that she won an award at some international film festival. In fact there's even a Festival for Cinema of the Deaf according to her article. And I would expect it likely people with other physical disabilities, e.g. amputees, people with blindness, paraplegics may have won awards. The more likely thing is that Pablo Pineda is the first actor with significant mental impairment to win an award. Nil Einne (talk) 04:38, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Bottle ban

A small town in Australia has become the first in the world to ban the sale of bottled water. Anyone?  Cargoking  talk  08:04, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Seems slightly trivial but if it helps determine its importance it is so far being reported in Kazakhstan, New Zealand and the United States along with all over Australia... --candlewicke 10:40, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Bundanoon, New South Wales could do with a more substantial update. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:21, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Francophone games

Francophone games sport and cultural events begin today in Beirut and continue until the 6th of october. Eli+ 10:27 am, Today (UTC+1)

Support. 2009 Francophone Games? 46 countries. Openings of similar games listed at ITNR, can't think of any reason not to have the French ones. --candlewicke 10:44 am, Today (UTC+1)
I am not to sure about this. If anything this should be listed at WP:ITN/FE, as it doesn't end until October 6. If there are no objections, I will move it over to the Future Events page.  Cargoking  talk  10:48 am, Today (UTC+1)
(edit conflict) Hang on. ITNR lists opening ceremonies of Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games so these would all need to be changed too? Also, is there a reason for 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie + every other year in the same format but 2009 as "2009 Francophone Games"? --candlewicke 09:53, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Moved it back. Sorry, I confused myself. I was telling myself (even though I knew it wasn't!!) a knockout competition where an overall winner would emerge at the end. Support.  Cargoking  talk  09:58, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support also. --Tone 10:02, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
If anyone wants see Talk:2009 Francophone Games, re:page move.  Cargoking  talk  10:04, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support 46 countries is pretty big, even though I have never heard of these before.--PlasmaTwa2 18:11, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Someone has added three paragraphs on the opening ceremony alone; Xinhua says more than 70 million people watched it across the globe. Mention of a traditional dance being performed so I've added a picture. Suggest: The opening ceremony of the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie begins in Beirut, Lebanon, featuring a mass rendition of the traditional Lebanese dance, the Dabke (pictured). --candlewicke 20:56, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Not ready until the title is decided (when it is, I can post it). And without dance in ITN blurb, that's not something ITN would report. --Tone 20:59, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
OK. --candlewicke 21:12, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Suggest simply: The 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie opens in Beirut, Lebanon. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:09, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
I was just looking at the website of L'equipe and can't find any mention of this event--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:36, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose: There might be many nations involved, but it does not seem to be based around a very high profile event. There are 7 sports involved (tiny compared to Asian, Commonwealth or Pan-American Games), of which the football is a U20 competition unrecognised by FIFA, and for which players from top teams are not released, Women's Basketball, with almost entirely amateur players; and Judo, Boxing, Table Tennis, Beach Volleyball and Athletics (track and Field for our US readers), with few genuinely world class competitors in any event. It may be an important cultural/political bonding event, but important top level sport it is not. Kevin McE (talk) 08:41, 30 September 2009 (UTC)


September 27

ITN candidates for September 27

Big deal

I've discovered today that Africa and South America have been meeting all weekend in Venezuela. Anyway, they've done several things but one is the setting up of a new bank. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela are all involved and the deal was signed last night. Surely this summit is notable enough for ITN? However, it is being virtually ignored by the UK and US (the BBC hardly bothers to notice it, yet it is given broad coverage by Xinhua) so that might not be to everybody's tastes... --candlewicke 20:10, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Added photo of Hugo Chávez who seems to have come up with the idea. --candlewicke 20:34, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Article is at Bank of the South but it needs reffing and cleaning up. The bank was apparently founded in 2007 and this recent agreement was to find the necessary start-up capital - Dumelow (talk) 20:55, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, as soon as we get good article updating. The Current Events Portal has been citing coverage by Al Jazeera, Reuters, and BBC (in addition to Xinhua) all day. GreenGourd (talk) 02:17, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
What exactly needs cleaning up though? Citations (10), original research (?), I've seen worse. Can anyone see why it is tagged for those? --candlewicke 10:34, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
I've seen worse, too, of course! For our purposes, the new paragraph on the summit needs referencing. GreenGourd (talk) 11:58, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
I was mainly concerned about the fact that the paragraph relating to this event has no refs. I also do not like to see articles with maintenance tags on on the main page, but that's just personal preference, I don't think there's a policy on it - Dumelow (talk) 16:23, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
I've added two sources if anyone wants to remove the maintenance tags now. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela (President Hugo Chávez pictured) sign a deal to form the Bank of the South. --candlewicke 23:48, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Roman Polanski

He has been arrested, after living as a celebrity fugitive for 31 years. I think this, being a high-profile case involving several countries, is notable enough for ITN. Of course we should wait for a verdict. Does anyone support? --BorgQueen (talk) 19:39, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

When is the verdict due? --candlewicke 20:11, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose for now at least until (if) he is extradited from Switzerland. Physchim62 (talk) 20:13, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
But has he actually been given a sentence or a fine or anything? --candlewicke 20:15, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
As far as I know he has just been arrested and is in Swiss custody. According to the article the US has 60 days to formally request his extradition which may then be subject to a judicial review by the Swiss courts. So it could be a long time before he reaches the US let alone receives a sentence - Dumelow (talk) 20:26, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
A spokesman for the Swiss justice ministry was quoted as saying "we now have to verify if Polanski can actually be extradited." I've heard more resounding statements of confidence! I've a feeling that this will end up as a damp squib, which is why I suggest waiting. Physchim62 (talk) 21:06, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Support We can certainly run another entry if he gets extradited; as stated above that should take a while, if it happens. I think just the fact that he has been arrested is an extremely significant event. — Jake Wartenberg 22:51, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose I can't quite place it, but I just don't think this is ITN-worthy. Who does this impact, really? It's nothing more than daytime-TV gossip and tabloid fodder. That's my opinion, of course. Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 00:21, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. This is a significant development in a famous long-standing case. Sensitivity to BLP concerns requires all mention of charges against him or actions taken with regard to him to be reliably sourced, but providing this is done this appears relevant and notable. *Dan T.* (talk) 00:59, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
And if he is proven innocent? Will every arrest then be posted as well? --candlewicke 01:02, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Agree with candlewicke: all that's happened so far is that he's been arrested. Lot's of people get arrested everyday, including some quite famous people, but we don't usually put it on ITN. Switzerland might yet refuse to extradite, which would cause an even bigger fuss. If Switzerland does extradite, Polanski would then have to be sentenced for a crime he committed (he pleaded guilty) more than thirty years ago. Either way, I think an ITN piece at this point is premature. Physchim62 (talk) 01:44, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. This arrest is international news, and the article has been updated to reflect the news. If the extradition occurs, that will probably be ITN-worthy, too. Some commenters here may be awaiting a verdict or some finding of guilt, but Polanski's guilt was adjudicated in 1977—on his own guilty plea. If his arrest results in extradition, the question in American courts will be one of sentencing (unless he is able have his conviction overturned). GreenGourd (talk) 02:12, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose until extradited (presumably the conviction already exists). If and when the extradition is confirmed, then it should go up. Modest Genius talk 03:53, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose per the many others who have stated that we should wait until an outcome. This is the standard procedure for any criminal case on ITN and there is no reason why we should change this, just because the person involved is a little bit more famous than most --Daviessimo (talk) 07:47, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Well said, Daviessimo. Perhaps I should have waited until a verdict is out. (Sigh) --BorgQueen (talk) 07:57, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
The mere fact of the Wikipedia article being protected due to edit warring has somehow become an international news item. *Dan T.* (talk) 18:58, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Wikipedia "locks" its article on the film director Roman Polanski following his arrest in Zurich, Switzerland. But do we include "child molester" as well though? Quite a conundrum. --candlewicke 21:01, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Calling him a child molestor could be considered a violation of NPOV. --PlasmaTwa2 21:25, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
(ec) Talk page discussions are news now? I wonder how long until ITN/C gets a media mention... Modest Genius talk 21:26, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

German federal election, 2009

Sure. We wait for preliminary results. --Tone 09:23, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, too. First results will be available at 18:00 CET (12:00 PM ET). --bender235 (talk) 10:48, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Update: Computer predictions are there. CDU/CSU and FDP won the majority. --bender235 (talk) 16:19, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
CDU/CSU won by quite a big margin. When the article is updated, I believe it is safe to put this on ITN. Regarding the coalitions, no need to hurry, we just highlight the winner. --Tone 16:41, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
The complete official results will probably be available in 2 or 3 hours (ballots are counted very quickly in Germany). I think it's worth the wait. EnemyOfTheState|talk 17:44, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Wow, that's fast. Ok, in that case, we wait. --Tone 18:00, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Official provisional results should be available here (still an empty table as I write). Otherwise, it seems clear that Angela Merkel is the winner, with a 10% lead over the social democrats. Physchim62 (talk) 19:33, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Merkel has also claimed victory (and said that there will be new coalition). Physchim62 (talk) 19:43, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Strong support for adding to ITN with an image when article on it is updated enough. BritishWatcher (talk) 19:46, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

The CDU/CSU led by Angela Merkel (pictured) wins a renewed plurality in elections to the Bundestag in Germany.

(it's official now) Physchim62 (talk) 20:24, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
The article hasn't been updated with the results yet but as once it is I support this going up - Dumelow (talk) 20:27, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Also the link you give only shows that results have been counted for 223 of 299 constituencies so it is not yet a final result - Dumelow (talk) 20:28, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Now "296 of 299 constituency results received". I think that's good enough. Article just needs updating. Modest Genius talk 23:37, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, we can't actually put up numbers of seats until all the 299 constituencies have been counted, 'thanks' to the somewhat complicated German electoral system… There's no dispute about the result (the article has already been updated in that respect), just about the exact numbers. Physchim62 (talk) 23:54, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Strong support. It looks like the article is sufficiently updated. GreenGourd (talk) 02:27, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

The total number of seats per party is now available (and updated in the article): I would say it's ready to post. Physchim62 (talk) 02:39, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Strong support, this should be listed ASAP. Modest Genius talk 03:55, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Portuguese legislative election, 2009

Sure. We wait for preliminary results. --Tone 09:23, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Polls have now closed. Exit polling suggests a clear plurality for the Socialist Party of José Sócrates, although we might like to wait for something a little more official. I'll see what I can find. Physchim62 (talk) 19:40, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
All votes from Portugal are now counted, the four remaining seats are for overseas voters. RTP. Physchim62 (talk) 22:37, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

The Portuguese Socialist Party led by José Sócrates wins a plurality in elections to the Assembly of the Republic, but loses its overall majority.

Support, though plurality needs linking Modest Genius talk 03:50, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Naturally, all elections are posted anyway if updated. --candlewicke 10:31, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Joaopais 15:17, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Strong support. Shouldn't this go up ASAP? GreenGourd (talk) 19:25, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Could the prose be extended a bit? At the moment, the article consists almost only of results tables. When there's more prose, I am ready to post it. --Tone 19:34, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Somaliland presidential election, 2009

What??? :P --Tone 09:23, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
I of course meant "Somaliland holds the Somaliland presidential election, 2009"! Not the Portuguese one... I have fixed it above for clarity - Dumelow (talk) 10:38, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
It has apparently been postponed anyway. The House Elders voted to extend the current presidents term for the third time - Dumelow (talk) 11:04, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
A re-elected President? Is that an ITN itself? --candlewicke 14:19, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose Somaliland is an unrecognised state. --PlasmaTwa2 00:07, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Sounds more like a postponement of the election in any case, rather than a "re-elected president". Physchim62 (talk) 00:14, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm... but it has unexpectedly been decided that he is to be President for another term. Reappointment has been enough at least once in the past... --candlewicke 01:20, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
No, another time, not another term! I read it wrong first time around too! His term has been extended until they are actually in a position to hold elections. Physchim62 (talk) 01:38, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Oh. Excuse me. --candlewicke 02:13, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

September 26

ITN candidates for September 26

British corruption case

Mabey and Johnson are fined £5 million for violating the Iraq oil-for-food programme and trying to influnece officials in Jamaica and Ghana. It is the "the first conviction in this country [UK] of a company for overseas corruption and for breaking the UN Iraq sanctions". Any thoughts? Not sure how common it is to see compaines fined for violating the oil for food agreement, our article lists lots of allegations but not many convictions - Dumelow (talk) 09:08, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

The payout will actually total £6.6 million as there were some additional reparations to the individual companies. (Times), (BBC) - Dumelow (talk) 09:16, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Korean reunions

Two hundred familes from North and South Korea are allowed to cross the border to visit relations in the first resumption of family reunions between teh countries in two years. (BBC), notable? - Dumelow (talk) 09:20, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

relevant article should be North Korea – South Korea relations but it's a surprisingly underdeveloped article. There's an over-lapping article entitled Korean Reunification. Neither article has this news in it. --Johnsemlak (talk) 09:27, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Tropical Storm Ketsana (2009)

Heard on the radio that it broke Manila's 24-hour rainfall record in just 6 hours. –Howard the Duck 08:35, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
The old record was established in 1967. When the smoke clears this is ITN material. –Howard the Duck 09:50, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Suggested blurb: "Tropical Storm Ketsana causes a record amount of rainfall in Manila, Philippines leading to declaration of state of calamities at 25 provinces and Metro Manila.

Blimey - i was waiting until it had dissipated before an article was made but i think now i will get the article done asap.Jason Rees (talk) 13:09, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
The effects of the storm are already bad enough so this can go on ITN as soon as you feel the article is in decent shape. --Tone 20:03, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
Might be better to mention in the blurb that at least 40 people were killed. TheCoffee (talk) 20:13, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

  Posted. Haven't mentioned the fatalities, but feel free to tweak. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:36, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

I have a picture here from my own rooftop. --Exec8 (talk) 15:44, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! Any chance of getting the quality any better? I appreciate your life must be pretty hard right now. It's amazing you're still online. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:46, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

2009 AFL Grand Final

I think Geelong won... –Howard the Duck 11:10, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

It still has zero citations several hours after I last checked... is nobody interested? --candlewicke 03:29, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Still, no citations. It's certainly a detailed article. It's on ITN/R so I guess it's just a matter of waiting for the article to be suitable.--Johnsemlak (talk) 05:17, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps someone can make it suitable? :) --candlewicke 18:12, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Alicia de Larrocha

(BBC) How about the death of "one of the greatest musicians of her era", Alicia de Larrocha? I have never heard of her but she seems to have been pretty important in piano music and played more than 4,000 concerts - Dumelow (talk) 22:15, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Never heard of her either but support. --candlewicke 23:40, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
English obituaries for a Spanish musician from Canada, United Kingdom, United States. Time called her "one of the world's most outstanding pianists". Grammy Awards and several other awards from several countries. I think this is enough? I've updated the article: Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha dies of declining health in Barcelona aged 86. --candlewicke 01:42, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd have to oppose this. American singer Alison Krauss has the most Grammy Awards among females but she won't make it... –Howard the Duck 04:09, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
And why do you think this? You're comparing a fiddler to a pianist. And the pianist has a lot more going for her than Grammy Awards as well. Also, in winning a Grammy, Krauss would be winning her national award, whereas de Larrocha, being from an entirely different continent, would certainly not. Has Krauss won anything outside North America? Krauss began her career as recently as 1985 and didn't release an album until 1987? A fiddler who won some local contests at the age of ten versus a pianist who has been performing since the age of three and had her orchestral debut at the age of 11? I'm very sorry but, as I'm looking more and more in disbelief at the two, no comparison in my opinion. And it would hardly be all that surprising that an American has the most Grammy Awards either. --candlewicke 04:47, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Didn't Bono and his band had the most Grammys in the last 10 years or something? And two British women were in contention for "Best New Artist" aka the award nobody wants to win. And what's this double standard on fiddlers vs. pianists? –Howard the Duck 04:59, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it's unfair to rate the Grammys as 'some local award' as they receive massive international media attention and are regularly won by foreign artists. The fact that Larrocha has won multiple Grammys is certainly evidence of her notability.--Johnsemlak (talk) 05:38, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I think this person wasn't as prolific in releasing content as say, Krauss or U2, so that'll probably explain she has lesser awards than Krauss. Plus, I'm willing to bet Chris Martin is prouder of his Grammy trophies than his BRIT Awards. –Howard the Duck 07:49, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Can I just ask Howard, why every time someone makes a nomination you always bring it back to criticising the UK and Europe or sarcastically claiming that some US or Filipino person or thing you like won't make it. The whole purpose of discussing ITN items is to discuss the merits of them and compare them with similar like for like items. As Candlewicke has pointed out, you are not comparing like for like because Alison Krauss is in the middle of her career, so you don't know what she will go on to achieve in the future, whilst Alicia de Larrocha was, at the age of 86, very much at the end of hers. Why not go one step further and oppose on the grounds that a six year old you know just won his school music competition and is likely to outperform and out sell every musician ever in the history of the world. As I've said a thousand times before, you or me or anyone else not knowing a person does not mean they are not notable - that is at the most extreme level a personal bias. I've never heard of Alison Krauss, which is not unsuprising, as she is predominantly a bluegrass and country musician, which is not a big style over here in Europe. However, I would never oppose on those grounds or because I thought a similar band who I liked wouldn't make it because I can recognise that she is highely regarded within the music industry (or at least the US music industry). Therefore when you weigh in on the merits of a nomination, please don't bring in your biases or make unhelpful sarcastic comments. --Rant Over-- --Daviessimo (talk) 08:16, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
One interesting issue I see here is that it seems to me that WP ITN views the death of someone in the middle of their career as more notable than someone as the very end of it, because the actual death becomes a bigger news item, and the death can be explained as having international impact. Plus it means its more likely that the WP article will meet the article update requirement. Could it be that that actually works against Larrocha? (Though I should note that Larrocha's article is adequate as far as I can tell.)--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:36, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes and no, Les Paul was posted and he was 94. And (even though I nominated it) I was surprised at that as it encountered some opposition and he was quite old. I disagree with being biased when it comes to differing musical styles. This person may have done for piano what Les Paul did for guitar (I don't know and I don't have any other pianists for comparison). Sorry about bringing a guitarist into it but if we can have a fiddler spoken of here, why not? I might not know anything about de Larrocha but it doesn't mean I would oppose—ITN will soon be full of stories from the lives of modern day celebrities if it becomes about fame. This person seems to have had a different type of achievement—not the one where she is known for reality television or selling her wedding to a magazine and not the type where her career highlight was winning one Grammy for all her achievements—she had several other awards internationally throughout her career and the content of the sources speaks for itself. This is notable enough in my opinion. --candlewicke 13:42, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
Any other opinions? --candlewicke 03:32, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:53, 29 September 2009 (UTC)


September 25

ITN candidates for September 25

Aruba election

Aruba elects a new parliament in the Aruban general election, 2009 (during which the prime minister faces re-election) - Dumelow (talk) 14:16, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

Support. Of course. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:37, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Support as is usual for elections. --candlewicke 14:16, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Support this must go up. 18.96.7.213 (talk) 15:36, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
The results are in and the Aruban People's Party, led by Mike Eman has defeated the governing People's Electoral Movement, led by Nelson Oduber to take control of the Estates. I have updated the article with as much info as I can find at the moment - Dumelow (talk) 19:11, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
Some better blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 19:15, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
Is the update long enough? There is only 1262 B of prose, which isn't even enough for DYK. I will support if the article at least doubles in size.  Cargoking  talk  19:44, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
I second that. Too short at the moment... --Tone 20:02, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
I have expanded some more and literally exhausted the AP articles on it which are the only sources I have found for it. I might (if I have time) be able to find some more to add tomorrow but as it stands it is already longer than one of the ITNs on the main page - Dumelow (talk) 22:21, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it is long enough now. A blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 12:25, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
How about "The Aruban People's Party wins a majority of seats in the Estates of Aruba" as there is no article for the winning party's leader. It isn't great but I couldn't work out a better wording or a way to avoid the Aruba/Aruban repetition. You could use Aruba's flag if you want to update the picture (File:Flag of Aruba.svg) although I think a pic of Angela Merkel will become relevant soon anyway - Dumelow (talk) 19:50, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
I know we have a bit of a glut of elections at the moment but is there any chance of this getting posted? - Dumelow (talk) 20:43, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

  Posted. Went with a different blurb though. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:24, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Palau

Palau is to create the world's first "shark sanctuary", banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters. --candlewicke 09:20, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

I would support if we have an article. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:58, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
Palau creates the world's first shark sanctuary, an area the size of France, and bans all commercial fishing of the species. --candlewicke 10:23, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
The update it minimal, although well-sourced. Possibly sufficient though. I don't really like the proposed "an area the size of France" - seems a little tabloid-esque? Maybe better to give the actual area. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:10, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Absence of any mention of G-20 in Pittsburgh?

Have you seen the tarmac at Pittsburgh International Airport, US Air Force One, Russian, Chinese, Australian, Italian, French, Japanese, Brazilian heck the king of Ethopia took his air force one to PIT too. NBC Nightly news is broadcasting from Pittsburgh last night and tonight, Jon Stewart has a crew there with the Daily Show, CBS ABC CNN MSNBC FNC FBC BBC CBC NYT WP AP UPI . . . need I provide more (trust me the links are red hot all over). Please add this to the news before the summit is over on Friday night. Thank you for your quick response in advance.Hholt01 (talk) 06:46, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

White House: [5]

Well I've checked a few of those and am assuming they're all television shows, presenters, etc. WP? Wikipedia? Warsaw Pact? The trouble is you haven't even provided any links... also, why before it is over? Most of what gets added has to wait its turn (elections wait for results, etc). Also, has anything actually happened there? Didn't all these countries meet the other day? --candlewicke 08:04, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Candlewickle. I'm also wondering where any mention of an Ethiopian king was found after these 35 years. :-) Therequiembellishere (talk) 19:12, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/The-Steel-City-Welcomes-G20/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/The-Steel-City-Welcomes-G20/ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/The-Steel-City-Welcomes-G20/ [6] This was cited 24 hours ago, am I the only one seeing this on every news show?

Please ask me to load this page up with every news link that exists, I will be happy to provide the first 17 million news links for free. I don't want to sound flippant but you kind of have to hide from this news (its on every page one and every news chanel), and the White House link was provided 24 hours ago. Hholt01 (talk) 00:19, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Yes, we're all fully aware that a G20 summit is going on, we are likewise aware of the 64th UNGA session. We are waiting for them to end so we can put some concrete results up. Perhaps before criticizing ITN/C, you should read the comments above or read previous postings to see how we've done these before. We aren't a breaking news site, we're an encyclopedia. We don't put something up until we know what's happened. Therequiembellishere (talk) 00:23, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Oh, is this the one where Britain, France and the United States criticise Iran for "breaking rules that all nations must follow" and "endangering the security of the world"? I barely noticed as they always seem to be sniping at one another in this contradictory manner that it doesn't really seem like news now... Sarkozy issuing threats to other countries also sounds a bit familiar... --candlewicke 00:37, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Isn't the main way to do this is to wait until they've announced that they'd done something already? Doesn't matter if it's familiar, Europe has tons of elections, the Western Pacific and North Atlantic has tons of cyclones we post them anyway... –Howard the Duck 03:20, 26 September 2009 (UTC)


September 24

ITN candidates for September 24

Tanzanian albino mutilations

I noticed this the other day and it's back in the news again now with Tas calling for the convicted men to be publicly hanged. Anyway this is the first ever conviction for something which is a regular occurrnece in Tanzania. There are sources from Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom. Articles on this topic include albinism and albinism in popular culture. --candlewicke 18:49, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Support when updated. It is interesting that human sacrifice is still practiced in some parts of the world. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:05, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
There's lots of information on all the gory details. Three men are sentenced to death by hanging after admitting they murdered and mutilated 14-year-old albino boy Matatizo Dunia in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania. --candlewicke 00:56, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
I think we should mention that it is the first ever conviction for such a crime. --BorgQueen (talk) 01:00, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
OK, although anyone shocked enough to care is bound to read that in the article anyway. :) --candlewicke 01:13, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Just to be careful, I will wait for someone else's support... --BorgQueen (talk) 02:16, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:46, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
In Ghana's news now... --candlewicke 13:30, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:47, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd support a revised headline for this; as-is, it doesn't sound very important. Men sentenced for killing a boy, boy was a visible minority; doesn't sound internationally important. Anyone got ideas on how to involve the unique aspect of it? Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 16:01, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Tweaked a bit. How is it now? --BorgQueen (talk) 16:06, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Better, at least. Cheers! Master of Puppets - Call me MoP! :D 00:24, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Death of the last Ottoman

Ertuğrul OsmanHe is survived by his wife, Zeynep, a relative of the last king of Afghanistan. --candlewicke 18:28, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Support when updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:06, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. Several sentences added on the circumstances of his death. Ertuğrul Osman, the last Ottoman, dies of renal failure aged 97 in Istanbul. --candlewicke 19:45, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Support also - One point though - surely it should read 'the last Ottoman Prince', because by saying 'the last Ottoman' it implies there are no longer any people alive who are Ottomans by birth (which would be anyone born in Turkey pre-1923) --Daviessimo (talk) 20:09, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
I think the article needs to mention clearly that he is "the last" surviving one, if we are going to use that blurb. --BorgQueen (talk) 21:10, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
To be more precise, "the last surviving member of the Ottoman dynasty". I was sceptic about this at first but I support. very interesting story from historical perspective. --Tone 21:32, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't think he the last surviving Ottoman dynasty member. The BBC article only says last surviving grandson of Abdul Hamid II. The article Line of succession to the Ottoman throne lists 25 other living members of the dynasty - Dumelow (talk) 21:45, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
All the people on that list were born after the cut-off point so are probably not considered official Ottomans. This person is the last of the real pretenders who were around at the time. --candlewicke 21:59, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon, if there is no further objection... --BorgQueen (talk) 22:14, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
It still doesn't sound right to me. The tag says "the last surviving pretender to the Ottoman throne" when the article Line of succession to the Ottoman throne lists Bayezid Osman as a living pretender to the Ottoman throne (with 24 others). Now I know none of them were born in what was the Ottoman Empire but they are all still pretenders to the Ottoman throne (at least, according to the article). All we can really say is that he was the last surviving Ottoman-born pretender or the last surviving pretender who wasn't born in exile - Dumelow (talk) 08:21, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

The following discussion moved from WP:ERRORS. I removed the blurb from ITN for now. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:59, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

If he is the last pretender, why does the article page that is bold show Bayezid Osman as the next pretender? And bearing the same family name no less! What a confusing contradiction Gabr-el 00:41, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

According to Line of succession to the Ottoman throne#List of pretenders since 1922, Ertuğrul Osman is the last pretender. --BorgQueen (talk) 00:44, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
That page has now been updated to indicate Bayezid Osman as the current pretender. What exactly does "pretender" mean in this context, anyway? There's no indication that Ertuğrul Osman made any kind of even pro forma claim on the Ottoman throne, and the article on pretenders defines the term as "a claimant to an abolished throne or to a throne already occupied by somebody else," which implies that the individual has to make a claim on the throne. Thus, Ertuğrul Osman can't really be a pretender in that sense; and if we just mean "head of the Ottoman royal house," well, there is no shortage of new candidates, as the linked article indicates. There is a statement in Ertuğrul Osman's article that the was the "last pretender," but that has its source a BBC article that nowhere uses the term, so I'm going to remove it. --Jfruh (talk) 04:57, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
It appears that what makes Ertuğrul Osman unique is that he is the last heir to the throne who was born before the abolishment of the throne. Hence for a time he could rightly claim to be the heir (of an existing) throne. I'm not saying this is sufficient for including on ITN nor do I know how to summarise this on the main page but I presume it's why he's received the attention he has Nil Einne (talk) 08:39, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Now that the articles are expanded, I think it was ok to remove it. If there are still pretenders around, he was not the last. --Tone 11:16, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Well the BBC might have conned us yet again but what about the claim by The New York Times that "Mr. Osman was the last surviving grandson of an Ottoman emperor"? --candlewicke 19:08, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
This itself is not enough. For an article, it is ok, for ITN, no. --Tone 19:14, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Water found on moon

Traces of water has been reported to be found on Moon by Moon Mineralogy Mapper (developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) on board the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1. (Scientific American) (Times Online) (The Hindu) (Reuters) - 117.201.116.46 (talk) 04:49, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Additional sources include the Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press. Although The Economic Times says confirmation can not be made (for now, at least). APK say that you love me 05:39, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Strong support. Please post. --GPPande 07:09, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
According to the BBC, rocks brought back by the Apollo missions and information from the Deep Impact probe and the Cassini satellite, have all previously detected moisture in the soil. I think the latest founding is simply that it is more extensive than first thought --Daviessimo (talk) 08:20, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
This is the first confirmed citing of water (ice) on the surface of moon in respectable amount. BBC records "If you had a cubic metre of lunar soil, you could squeeze it and get out a litre of water," explained US researcher Larry Taylor.. here. This is big scientific news. --GPPande 09:43, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Is the BBC the most reliable source on science? --candlewicke 10:06, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
No, certainly not. --BorgQueen (talk) 10:56, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd be very careful with this kind of items. Let's wait for now. --Tone 11:08, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Agree with Tone. To GPPande, my point was that given that they have said this before but then decided evidence was inconclusive we should wait until a true authority on science or space exploration publishes official findings rather than what the BBC or CNN say --Daviessimo (talk) 11:28, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Does Popular Science qualify as a scientific source? 99.166.95.142 (talk) 16:23, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

NASA will be making a formal announcement at 2 PM Eastern time today. 99.166.95.142 (talk) 16:25, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

If confirmed, the strongest support possible.  Cargoking  talk  16:43, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
strong support. water was always a possibility but never really confirmed. cassini data had proof but was never really noticed till now so technically this is first time water on moon has been announced formally. nasa has posted their announcement. if you harvested one ton of the top layer of the moon's surface, you could get as much as 32 ounces of water. that is quite a big discovery. -- Ashish-g55 19:11, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
strong support I'm surprised it's not up yet. Hobartimus (talk) 19:39, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Maybe because Wikipedia doesn't want another scientific error? --candlewicke 21:42, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose. To me, it seems like a lot of hype for not much of an advance. This isn't ice or anything, it's hydrated minerals, and minerals that are only hydrated at 0.1% at best (which is pretty dry by Earth standards, although admittedly not by lunar standards). 32 ounces of water (at most) for a ton of topsoil ain't much. Physchim62 (talk) 23:12, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
i dont really think we can say 0.1% or hydrated minerals are less of a discovery. first time water molecules have been confirmed on moon. nasa clearly seems to think its a big discovery. i can see almost all science news sites/shows are covering it. it may not be big enough to cause some crazy race to moon to extract water missions but it will definitely impact future missions (as stated by nasa). i really think it should be posted but i will leave it to more discussion i guess. -- Ashish-g55 03:17, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Support if you're counting votes. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:46, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
OK... honestly... there are plenty of valid arguments here in support of this item. I wonder why this newsworthy item has not been up yet? --Nosedown (talk) 07:05, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
If someone is still waiting for official confirmation, here it goes - ISRO statement about data from Moon Impact Probe and NASA statement for data from Moon Mineralogy Mapper. Both these instruments were aboard Chandrayaan-1. --Nosedown (talk) 07:09, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
It's not up because no-one has updated Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which was the tool that discovered the water. There are rules at ITN just like anywhere else and no amount of support will force them to be broken --Daviessimo (talk) 07:39, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
I wonder if people have read Chandrayaan-1#Water_discovered_on_moon --GPPande 09:19, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Need Official data here it is 4m NASA (NASA Statement) and 4m ISRO. 117.201.114.79 (talk) 11:30, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
both chandayaan and m3 articles look updated... can we post now... something like... Water molecules discovered on the Moon by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper aboard ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 -- Ashish-g55 02:34, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
I hate to be picky, but can I request some more refs in the section of the bolded article, Moon Mineralogy Mapper. It's at 3, the minimum, but I'd prefer more before posting. SpencerT♦Nominate! 03:25, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Discovery of Anglo-Saxon hoard

What is believed to be the largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold is discovered in Staffordshire, England. yorkshiresky (talk) 10:22, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Comment - This is breaking news here in the UK so the article is new and needs further work. yorkshiresky (talk) 10:22, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, this is nominated above as well. --candlewicke 10:53, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts said the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date back to the 7th Century, was unparalleled in size. It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown. --candlewicke 10:23, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks promising. Tentative support. --Tone 11:08, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Any free image available? Please don't tell me to use any picture of plain gold. :-D --BorgQueen (talk) 11:54, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. I just came here to suggest this. 99.166.95.142 (talk) 16:21, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, too. --bender235 (talk) 18:44, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Suggest a nice blurb please? I'm afraid that "What is believed to be" is not acceptable per WP:WEASEL. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:15, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
How about: The largest ever Anglo-Saxon treasure trove is discovered in Staffordshire, England. yorkshiresky (talk) 19:26, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. Nice work. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:42, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Airlink Flight 8911

Flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Durban this morning. Have created an article on it. Ron2K (talk) 22:37, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

No fatality? That's a relief, but... you know. --BorgQueen (talk) 22:52, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Not notable enough. Colipon+(Talk) 23:21, 24 September 2009 (UTC)


September 23

ITN candidates for September 23

Space launch

Hmm, well, I know we regularly post NASA launches but those are usually carrying people to space. It's not a first flight of any sort for India as far as I can tell.--Johnsemlak (talk) 20:16, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Chimney collapse in Korba

Looks pretty big - the BBC article says that up 70 may still be trapped --Daviessimo (talk) 18:12, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
I have started the article at 2009 Korba chimney collapse. --candlewicke 18:21, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
I support this as an ITN event (large number of deaths, major event), but the article needs improvement.--Johnsemlak (talk) 20:20, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
The collapse of a chimney following a lightening strike in Korba in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh traps at least 100 construction workers and kills 25. --candlewicke 00:58, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
One has returned from the dead? BBC says death toll revised to 14. 202.129.232.130 (talk) 06:57, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, a resurrection is something else and must be another good reason to post this! :) --candlewicke 08:01, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Back to 100 now. He must've decided to die again. Best stick to what India and the article says as it could go up and down depending on where you are. --candlewicke 11:41, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Can you give me a final blurb? Will post in the morning. --Tone 22:06, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
Article still says 25 deaths using Indian source. The collapse of a chimney following a lightening strike in Korba in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh traps at least 100 construction workers and kills 25. --candlewicke 09:29, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 09:46, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Earthquake

  • 2009 Bhutan earthquake—nominated several days ago but that's the point. It is still in the news. Searches for survivors are ongoing. Thousands of people living in the open. Children buried under buildings. And now the Prime Minister has called it "one of the biggest disasters in recent times". He also says: "The first tremor lasted for almost five seconds, which is very long". Quake was even felt in India and Bangladesh. Would need expansion but does anyone think this is worthy of the Main Page now? --candlewicke 10:55, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
It is worthy but desperately needs expansion first. Some material from bbc article can be used. --Tone 11:44, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
An earthquake in Bhutan kills eleven people and injures at least fifteen others. --candlewicke 23:41, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 23:45, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

World Car Free Day

Support. Too bad it was yesterday. -SusanLesch (talk) 05:30, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose. This was featured on OTD yesterday. --BorgQueen (talk) 08:19, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
The article is Car-Free Days suggesting there are many. --candlewicke 10:32, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose per BorgQueen and Candlewicke.  Cargoking  talk  14:51, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Woops. Withdrawing the suggestion. -SusanLesch (talk) 16:10, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Australia disrupted by dust storm

A DUST storm that has blanketed Sydney in an eerie red haze is the worst in at least 70 years, if not the history of the state, the Bureau of Meterology says. The massive disruption of flights into and out of Sydney has caused economic chaos ... The biggest disruption has been to international arrivals. "There are severe delays to all flights. All international flight arrivals have been diverted to Brisbane or Melbourne this morning," Qantas said.. But which article? --candlewicke 03:44, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Now arriving in Brisbane as well(!) --candlewicke 03:50, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Article: 2009 Australian dust storm. Bkdd (talk) 08:01, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Ready to post I think. A dust storm (pictured in Gold Coast, Queensland) sweeps across several Australian states, reddening the skies of Brisbane and Sydney. --candlewicke 10:10, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Before it gets posted id like to see some more details from the BOM

and some pictures of the storm.Jason Rees (talk) 10:14, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Added a picture from the article. --candlewicke 10:22, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --BorgQueen (talk) 12:56, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

September 22

ITN candidates for September 22

UNESCO

Support when updated. [7] --BorgQueen (talk) 18:23, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Btw the image quality isn't satisfactory. Can anyone please find a better one? --BorgQueen (talk) 18:33, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Article needs prose, currently it is just a set of lists - Dumelow (talk) 19:02, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. Irina Bokova is elected Director General of UNESCO, the first female and first Eastern European to fill the role. --candlewicke 19:38, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Going to post soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:43, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Would it be notable to mention her Bulgarian nationality in the hook? TodorBozhinov 20:11, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I think the hook is already long enough... --BorgQueen (talk) 20:12, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm... it's only one more word though. Perhaps remove the second "first" and it's even? --candlewicke 20:24, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Good idea. Pretty please :) TodorBozhinov 20:29, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Done without taking out any word, thanks to the space we got after removing the oldest entry. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:33, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Could we have "woman" instead of "female" here? To use "female" as a noun makes her sound like an animal, to my ears at least. Physchim62 (talk) 21:25, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Boat sinks; 60 missing, 8 bodies found so far

German bus crash river deaths

Support - 15 deaths, 8 injuries - 2009 Radevormwald bus crash -- TouLouse (talk) 19:44, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
BBC are only reporting 5 deaths, which I don't feel is large enough for inclusion on ITN --Daviessimo (talk) 23:14, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

West Bengal battle

Death of Parviz Meshkatian

  • I've never heard of him but he died of cardiac arrest at 54, not a very dissimilar situation to that of Michael Jackson. Don't know if they have anything else in common though. "A distinguished figure of Persian music", "held numerous international concerts in Asian and European countries including France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark", "published four books on Persian music and the traditional instrument Santour", "one of the founding members of Aref and Sheyda ensembles, and Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation". And "one of Iran’s most prominent musicians". --candlewicke 01:23, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd support, especially on a slow news day, but the article is still fairly stubby. If this is really ITN material, we should be able to find reactions to his death, etc., which just aren't there at the moment. I suggest we wait until our Farsi-fluent editors have teased a bit more out of this: then I would support. Physchim62 (talk) 11:58, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Spanish doctor jailed for homicide through negligence of Nigeria's First Lady Stella Obasanjo

Support when updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 07:10, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. A surgeon is sentenced to one year in prison and disqualified from medical practise for three years for his role in the death of Nigeria's First Lady Stella Obasanjo in October 2005. --candlewicke 11:15, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 11:29, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, it's a bit late now, but there is nada on this in the Spanish press. Unfortunately, such accidents/incompetencies are all too common here. I would recommend pulling this if anything better comes along. Physchim62 (talk) 11:53, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
But this also concerns Nigeria. --candlewicke 12:10, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, the point is that the victim was Nigeria's First Lady. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:11, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Death of Dilip Kumar

Are you sure the news is about Dilip Kumar and not some other actor with the same name but no Wikipedia article? —SpaceFlight89 02:18, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't know. I have never heard of him but hopefully someone who is more familiar with the topic will be able to make sense of it. --candlewicke 02:22, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
ya not him... it says yousaf khan -- Ashish-g55 03:37, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Yousaf Khan led me to four options, when I went to the last one (a soccer player) there was a hatnote: For the actor, see Dilip Kumar. So I don't even know if this is the correct person. --candlewicke 07:46, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it is pretty obvious from the BBC article that the person who died was a Pakistani national and Dilip Kumar (birthname Yousif Khan) is an Indian national and a Bollywood icon of the 1960s. How can anyone possibly mix the two people up? --128.211.201.92 (talk) 09:51, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

September 21

ITN candidates for September 21

Crashgate

Oppose. I prefer to wait until somebody takes action. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:37, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Sudan attack

"Militiamen have killed more than 100 people in an attack in southern Sudan in the latest in a series of ethnic clashes, the military says."  Cargoking  talk  19:17, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Hmmm... 185 dead in one of these attacks last month as well... --candlewicke 23:33, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Snake

Found this at the portal:

A snake with a foot is found clinging to a wall by its talons in China. (The Daily Telegraph)

What can be updated? It is pretty scary.  Cargoking  talk  16:57, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

At least a week old in fact. Anyway, it's news, nothing really encyclopedic. An unusual mutation, that's all. --Tone 17:33, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Support - that could be the end of this world...God took away the legs of the serpent for tempting man into original sin. This is a sign that God has forgiven the serpent because he is getting ready to wind up this whole 'reality' experiment. TouLouse (talk) 17:34, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Some kind of violation of Dollo's law, I guess.--Pharos (talk) 17:47, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I'm fine with waiting for God to do this first... hopefully He will give some time to post before smiting all us wicked sinners. --candlewicke 17:49, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Support I think the encyclopedic value is there, as I have never heard of a snake with a hand (And I don't understand the science behind that either). Certainly would be the most interesting post on itn in a while. --PlasmaTwa2 18:00, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Is there an updated article with info on this mentioned? I can't seem to find one. --PlasmaTwa2 18:03, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
To be honest I agree with Tone that this is more than likely a genetic mutation in the same way a human can be born with 5 or 6 limbs. Normally when we list items like this, they are based upon verifiable scientific evidence. --Daviessimo (talk) 18:14, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure if it is comparable to that kind of mutation. A human naturally has arms and legs, but a snake doesn't, so when a snake grows a leg it is a little more notable imo. --PlasmaTwa2 21:17, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Bhutan - 2009 Bhutan earthquake

  • Too short for now but could be important. [8] -- TouLouse (talk) 09:43, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Reports are showing at least seven dead at this point, with damage across the region. Might be worth watching for more to develop. Tony Fox (arf!) 16:04, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Just ten dead right now. A small natural disaster. Not worth it to put on ITN. Nutmegger (talk) 22:31, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
It does appear as though there are two countries involved though from my reading of the article. --candlewicke 23:32, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Crashgate

Renault is suspended for two years. –Howard the Duck 13:15, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Support, a nice blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 13:18, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
What does "suspended ban" mean? Their ban doesn't begin next year? That phrase will be used prominently so we should make that one clear. –Howard the Duck 13:24, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Doesn't "suspended ban" mean they have escaped punishment? So unless this is in Canada they don't even have a criminal record. I'm not very sure if there is much here for ITN. They seem to have got away with whatever it was they did. --candlewicke 14:16, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Support - I wouldn't say they have got away with it because there is still the posibility that were they to do anything else stupid (like McLaren regularly do) they could be banned from competing. Nonetheless, this is still a major scandal and is definately ITN worthy. Spying on another team or lying to the race stewards is one thing, but cheating in what is the top level of motorsport is in a whole other league. Anyway since when has the punishment, rather than the verdict been important in legal cases? As for a suggested blurb, how about "Renault F1 are given a 2 year suspended race ban by the FIA, after accepting a charge of conspiring to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix" --Daviessimo (talk) 14:41, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:05, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Toronto anyone?

I don't think so. Cannes and Venice, yes. Berlin, maybe. But Toronto...? Are we going to feature every single international film festival? --BorgQueen (talk) 09:10, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I wasn't sure. I am not a great expert on which is the best film festival but have heard of Toronto, saw it was being reported internationally and also thought it offered a non-European alternative. Does it have a bad reputation? --candlewicke 09:30, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Not particularly but I don't think it is as prestigious as Cannes or Venice. But then it can be my POV/OR... --BorgQueen (talk) 09:42, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
If you guys are into entertainment awards, the news for the day are the Emmys, but that's U.S.-centric so... –Howard the Duck 10:20, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Well one of the winners is openly lesbian so I'm sure she has a good chance if someone nominates her. :-P But, seriously, there is also the RAI Children’s Book Awards and the Scottish Style Awards ("one of the glitziest events of the year" so it must be encyclopedic) coming soon. I suppose it would be too much to include every national award so better to leave them all out I think. Perhaps the Lloyd's List Global Awards held in London are suitable though–featuring "many leading figures in the shipping industry" and reported today in Taiwan. --candlewicke 12:39, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
How about the Lebanese or the Rwandan equivalent? I bet that one is televised on a global scale and was reported on BBC News 24... –Howard the Duck 12:58, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Support Toronto is one of the most important film festivals of the year, rivaling Cannes. --PlasmaTwa2 15:11, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
well tiff is one of the biggest but i would not recommend until we make this ITNR. no point in posting one year and not another. i'll give it weak support but i would prolly give that Cannes too since i dont think the film festivals are that big a deal but that is just my POV. -- Ashish-g55 15:32, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
In any case, the article Precious (film) needs to be updated a bit more on the award/reception at the festival. If consensus supports, I will post when updated adequately. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:35, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. No other objections so far. Will I add it to ITNR as well if it is posted? Precious wins the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. --candlewicke 20:39, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
while at it. why are golden globes still in ITNR... i thought it was discussed that there is no point of putting them when we have the Academy awards. can we remove it from ITNR at same time. -- Ashish-g55 20:58, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:45, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
While we are at it, perhaps we should look at the list of competitive film festivals accredited by International Federation of Film Producers Associations and pick some for ITNR. Interestingly, Toronto is not on the list, probably because it is a non-competitive one. (Hence the "people's choice" award.) --BorgQueen (talk) 21:07, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Out of that list, I would only suggest Cannes and Venice, and on top of that Toronto. Those three are indisputably the three biggest in the world (Which order is debatable, though I'd put Toronto on top as the most important). --PlasmaTwa2 21:23, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
And on the Golden Globes, I'm Switzerland. I don't think we really need Oscar Jr. posted anymore, given its recent knock in notability in recent years, but I don't mind if it stays. --PlasmaTwa2 21:26, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
The only other i would say that needs to be there is Sundance. its considered biggest for documentaries. so Toronto, Cannes, Venice and Sundance. -- Ashish-g55 21:30, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
If we add Toronto I would feel we also need to add Berlin, which is, as far as I'm aware, one of the biggest and most respected international film festivals. For me Cannes is certainly the most important as the Palm D'Or is easily to most prestigious prize in cinema - unless of course you come from the US ;). Venice is also notable, as are the Oscars. Regarding the US contingent, I would tend to agree that having two awards shows is probably too many, especially given that unlike the others they are not truly international events. However, as is the case with all US items of that nature, both are bound to be nominated even if they are not on ITNR. So to summarise, I think we have a clear concensus on Cannes, Venice, Toronto and the Academy Awards with room maybe for Berlin and the potential dropping of the Globes. Thoughts? --Daviessimo (talk) 21:49, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Daviessimo's selection. --BorgQueen (talk) 21:52, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Those five seem agreeable. --candlewicke 21:58, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I've added TIFF to ITNR. I'm not so sure about Berlin, and I think further discussion about dropping the Golden Globes should be at the ITNP discussion page. --PlasmaTwa2 22:05, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
No, there's no need for any further discussion as far as the Golden Globes is concerned. The issue has been discussed enough before. --BorgQueen (talk) 22:11, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm not familiar with film festivals but in listing the Oscars, Cannes, Toronto, and Venice as ones to cover on ITN, what I find lacking is any non-Western film awards event. If we really want to have a 'international balance' perhaps we should simply have the Oscars and Cannes, plus something from outside Europe/N America? I could do without Venice and Toronto, really. Cannes is really the one besides the Oscars. Regarding this item, for now I Oppose--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:11, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it would have been better if you said "I could do without Berlin and Toronto, really." Venice is the oldest, a higly prestigious film festival, generally regarded no less than the Cannes. As for something outside the Europe and America, how about the Tokyo International Film Festival or Hong Kong Film Award? --BorgQueen (talk) 16:21, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Maybe old and respected amongst cinema enthusiasts but Venice doesn't nearly have the name recognition that Cannes does as a European film festival. People who don't know anything about cinema have heard of it, and it's known worldwide. Perhaps I'm ignorant but I think Venice is far less known.--Johnsemlak (talk)
i think we are forgetting that host city really does not matter since the festivals themselves are truly international. we just picked the biggest ones and most prestigious ones. just because it is hosted in toronto doesnt make it western... oscars are only ones that are more american but they are widely popular. -- Ashish-g55 16:27, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it does matter a bit. The Tokyo International Film Festival seems to give a more Asian slant to it's awards. Admittely I don't know anyting about it except what I've read on its Wikipedia page. I realize most festivals screen films from all over the world but I think most of the festivals under discussion here provide a European/N American point of view on cinema.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:46, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
I would say the list could to without Venice and Berlin if I had to pick two. Cannes is the most well known worldwide, and Toronto is where the majority of Oscar contenders are first seen in North America. --PlasmaTwa2 19:15, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
Note: Berlin is the most attended in the world apparently. Venice is the oldest as has been said. I wouldn't describe myself as having a lot of knowledge of film festivals but I know more of Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto than many of the countless others, e.g. Brussels, Istanbul, Locarno, Moscow, Thessaloniki, etc. It would be impossible to include them all but at least Berlin and Venice are "world's most attended" and "world's oldest". --candlewicke 20:22, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
im not sure why the page that candlewicke posted doesnt have toronto in most frequent (not even listed... ), since it gets 300k+. berlin and toronto are usually head to head for most visited. Cannes is obviously considered prestigious and venice is oldest... we could have added sundance for documentaries but meh its ok we have enough. -- Ashish-g55 20:51, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
To illustrate a previous point I made, if we look at the People's choice award at teh TIFF, it has only twice been given to a non-western film (non N American or European or Australia/New Zealand) since 1978. The Golden Lion award has been given to non western films 12 times out of over 50 times. This may be cherrypicking data, but it's evidence to me that these are very pro-Western film events that pay little attention to the globe's major film centers, except Hollywood. So my personal opinion would be to drop Toronto and Venice--I would say Cannes covers this ground enough. To me the fact that Venice is the oldest film festival is hardly significant. Now, I may not be able to win this argument I concede. I would at least ask us to consider adding some film festivals to ITNR which highlight non-Western film better.
Also, this may be a personal point of view but I really think that many of these film festivals present a very narrow part of cinema. The most successful non-Hollywood film (in the West at least) this year by far is District 9 and it isn't winning or probably won't win any major festival awards, except possibly the Oscars where it may be a Best Picture contender. Adding Sundance helps this IMO at least because it gives attention to a different sort of film--documentaries.--Johnsemlak (talk) 21:16, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
TIFF features well oer 300 films every year, including many films from Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. TIFF is where the majority of these films are first introduced to Western audiences. For example, Slumdog Millionare had its western premiere at TIFF. The fact that the People's Choice Award or Golden Lion does not mean they pay lttle attention to non-Western films; argurably that only means the best films at the festivals are from the West. While I cannot speak for Venice all that well, TIFF has been called second only to Cannes, and Roger Ebert said "although Cannes is still larger, Toronto is just as great....". Course I took that off the TIFF page. We also have to recognize that the West is the largest centre for film in the world, so to have the festivals we list all from the West isn't too farfetched. --PlasmaTwa2 01:03, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
That may all be true but I think Slumdog Millionaire a not good example of any non-western perspective. It's a British movie with Indian actors and it takes place in India. It's not an Indian movie. That further emphasizes my point that the TIFF has a very Western perspective on cinema, which I think we had plenty of before TIFF was added to ITNR. And again I take issue with teh West being the center for world cinema. Hollywood is for sure, its films are popular all over the world. But beyond that the major centers of film are in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, and Mumbai).--Johnsemlak (talk) 03:38, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
(unindent) Well based on your rationale we should be getting rid of the Oscars rather than Berlin or Toronto, because it is by and far the least international and most Hollywood dominated. That is what I feel makes your logic flawed, because Berlin, Toronto, Venice and Cannes are all International and can't really accused as being anywhere near biased as biased as the Oscars. When you look at the winning nations of the Golden Bear, Palme d'Or or the Golden Lion, you've got countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, North America and Europe - I mean you can hardly called that a western bias. I mean how many films that have won the Best Picture Oscar have come from Iran or Brazil or Taiwan??? --Daviessimo (talk) 08:42, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon did win 4 Oscars so I don't think the Oscars are totally American. I would agree that Toronto, Cannes, Venice etc are more international than the Academy awards but they don't represent such an international point of view of cinema (by international here I mean not just Europe). The key is the Oscars are awarded to films that, while nearly all American, are watched all over the world. The Oscars ceremony is a far bigger deal worldwide than even Cannes outside Europe--people stay up to watch it worldwide. Most people have never heard of many of the films featured at many of the European film festivals. Many people in Japan, Korea, India, China, etc, care little about Cannes, Venice, etc unless films from their own countries are screened there, and even then it's a much bigger deal, for example, in China when a Chinese film is featured at the Academy Awards, which does happen. And the Oscars are big deal in any event but because it features the worldwide blockbusters that are popular everywhere. And also, I still maintain that the European film festivals are heavily western in bias. The overwhelming majority of films that win the awards are from the West as I cited earlier.--Johnsemlak (talk) 15:00, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Well that to me implies that you accept a double standard. When an international film festival based in Europe gives an award to a European film its it biased, but when a US film festival gives an award to an American film it's OK. At the end of the day, the criteria for inclusion should not be who wins but rather who is allowed to take part. No country from Africa or Asia has ever won the World Cup, but you wouldn't call that biased so why are you labelling the accusation at these award ceremonies. In exactly the same way that certain football clubs dominate the game internationally, certain cinema industries dominate internationally. Whether you like it or not 'internationally' films in the English, French and Spanish languages are the biggest (obviously India and China are huge domestic markets, but beyond the occasional film how big are these globally - even you have pointed out that one of the biggest ever Indian based films was actually made by the British film industry). For that reason it would be counterintuative to wipe the slate and get rid of all those awards that you feel are biased, because realistically you gain nothing. Instead, as BorgQueen has pointed out the better policy is to find international awards shows from other regions and add them. Why not Tokyo or Shanghai? Or what about Cairo or Kolkata? --Daviessimo (talk) 15:31, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
It's not that I accept a double standard, it's that the world accepts a double standard (assuming that this 'double standard' exists, but I won't argue that). American films are simply a bigger deal worldwide. People may not like that but it's the way the world is. Specifically, American films are the main films that are watched in large numbers in by people who don't speak English, though I'd say Japanese films are also doing very well globally. Your example of football clubs isn't parallel because football competitions are sporting events decided on the field, not by subjective judge panels. And I don't think the criteria should be who is allowed to take part, it should be the event's 'international importance or interest'. My point all along is that beyond Cannes, any of the Western film festivals have greatly exaggerated international interest, though they still may merit inclusion in ITNR. As for broadening the list of film events we include, I'd suggest the Indian Oscars equivalent, the Filmfare Awards, and maybe something similar from East Asia.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:16, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
But if you do that, you go from one biased awards ceremony (as you claim) to another - in this instance only Hindi language films from India are included. How you can assert that an awards ceremony based it Europe and has entrants from across the globe is biased, when you believe the Filmfare Awards isn't, in my mind, doesn't make any sense. Also, you criticise Venice or Toronto for their subjectivety in picking winning films, yet you yourself subjectively tells us that they are not as important as they are made out to be. Clearly the fact that ~500,000 people attend what is the world's largest film festival in Berlin doesn't mean anything or the fact that Toronto is held as one of the most highly regard awards in film. For me, whatever we choose to put up has to be based upon a clear criteria that is applied to all and not only a few. All of the items currently on ITNR meet the criteria for inclusion as they are international events of a large enough stature. Toronto, Berlin and Venice were selected above other because they are bigger, older and more prestigious than others available. We can expand to selection to include others, but it is imperative that any other selected have the same criteria applied. --Daviessimo (talk) 16:36, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, I admit I haven't considered the attendance figures of these events. I'm not sure how to rate that in terms of global interest. 300,000-500,000 people sounds like a large attendance, but I'd also be interested in global tv audience and media coverage. Sitting where I am in Russia film events besides Cannes and the Oscars generate relatively minor coverage, and the winning films don't get particular interest at the box office. But back to criteria, what are the criteria that we can apply? Do we simply include the highest attended?--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:53, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
As far as I am aware international interest is the primary criteria and in this context given that as you say only the Oscars and possibly Cannes receive true global media coverage that interest comes from them being 'international' film festivals. Given that Venice, Cannes, Berlin and Toronto are all recognised by the FIAPF if you wanted to select another Asian based film festival you just need to find one linked to them. I think in that area Tokyo and Shanghai are the big international film festivals --Daviessimo (talk) 17:00, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, I'm cetainly out of my depth in debating the relative global interest of the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, etc. I could be wrong but it seems to me that they are essentially the world's 5th and 6th most important film festival (or something like that, assuming that Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Berlin represent the top four). I'm not sure that really adds any perspective. My suggestion of adding the Filmfare Awards was based on the fact that Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world and Filmfare is its premier awards ceremony (reasonably objective IMO), and also because I thought it would provide a real contrast to the current ITNR list of film awards. But I suppose it's not of sufficent global interest. The Japan Academy Prize would be a similar suggestion but again probably not of sufficient global interest. For me the main problem with having so many international film festivals as awards in ITNR is that is that aside from having a western slant (even Shanghai mostly gives its top award to European films; Tokyo seems to be more Asia-oriented) they don't seem to provide any contrast in terms of types of movies awarded, and many popular films or film genres are ignored, such as science fiction or anime. (I'll state for the record that perhaps I pushed my 'western bias' argument harder than I should have; actually, I think I'd strongly support the TIFF or similar events if I was sure they had sufficient global interest, even if they are moderately biased awards). The problem is I'm unaware of any obvious film award alternative to suggest. The Hugo Awards would be one idea. Also, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. However, this may be a conversation better had at the ITNR discussion page.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:53, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
The Oscar Best Picture is open only to films whose primary language is English; non-English films are awarded with the "Best Foreign Language Film" award, which is IMHO more extensive than any film festival best picture award since the field is wider; in some countries there are preliminaries in which their own Film Academy selects a film which would be that country's nominee to be uh... nominated. –Howard the Duck 11:45, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
The Oscar Best Picture is actually open to non English Language films. For example Life is Beautiful was nominated, as was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
It's more like the exception than the rule. Those two are exceptional and you won't see non-English films nominated as Best Picture annually. \
As for TIFF, I'm OK with it. We're too Euro-centric on filmfests. I'm open to adding an Asian one though I dunno which one to choose. –Howard the Duck 17:02, 23 September 2009 (UTC)


September 20

ITN candidates for September 20

Juanes' Peace Without Borders

My goodness, that's a statistic and a half. Would "most populated visit by a non-native since X" be acceptable if it was any other country? --candlewicke 13:56, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I was about to say "Yes if since X is more than a decade ago" but I certainly won't support if Paris Hilton drew that kind of crowd in, say, Japan... I suppose what made this concert more notable is the political criticism it drew. But nevermind if you don't think it's ITN-notable anyway. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:05, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Now if it has broken all records as MercoPress is claiming... --candlewicke 14:10, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
But the article doesn't mention specifically what records it has broken, except Pope John Paul II's in 1998. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:16, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Well all is a lot—I suspect they ran out of space. --candlewicke 14:54, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Côte d'Ivoire compensation settlement reached

Support when updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 07:13, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. Trafigura reaches an out of court settlement with 31,000 people affected by its 2006 dumping of toxic chemicals in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. --candlewicke 09:34, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 09:43, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

German first

If I understand, the shipping company's claim included the qualification that it was the first such navigation without assistance from icebreakers. I'm skeptical about this being truly the first time in history a commercial ship has sailed all the way around Russia's North. What is more significant to me is the ice melting to this extent. Dwr12 (talk) 04:40, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
This one looks promising. Some expansion and I'd support. --Tone 10:39, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Expanded. The German ships Beluga Fraternity and Beluga Foresight become the first Western commercial vessels to navigate the Northern Sea Route. --candlewicke 18:28, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:38, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Please consider that this voyage's significance might only be for not using icebreakers. The current wording suggests a commercial ship owned by westerners has never traveled north of Russia. Dwr12 (talk) 09:53, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

I'd support this, but I don't think there were any titles disputed; although Marquez is a world champion in lightweight, the fought was fought at welterweight, and that'll affect its standing with the people here. One argument that can be used for this blurb was that Mayweather retired as the world #1, and Marquez is currently #2. –Howard the Duck 06:02, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose If I understand correctly, this was not a title fight.--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:05, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
See, the world title fight between two bantamweights would've got in, while this won't. –Howard the Duck 09:40, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, I think this sort of logic exists with a lot of the sports events posted in ITN. There's a clear (and understandable) preference for either world titles or titles that are of the highest possible level in a particular sport. The List of Recurring items on ITN lists a lot of sports events that aren't particularly notable on a global scale (like the championship of Gaelic Football in Ireland due to be posted today) but are posted because they are the top event of a particular sport. Since this boxing match doesn't meet the 'world title' unofficial standard, perhaps it's worth looking at global coverage to test its notability. It's a big headline at BBC Sport and the BBC News. It's not mentioned at Toronto Globe and Mail front page. It's mentioned on the front page of the L'Équipe website, but not that of the Gazetta Della Sport. It currently has no mention on main page of the Times of India sports section. It's mentioned in US papaers 1 but is not a particularly big headline, even in the sports sections.--Johnsemlak (talk) 10:24, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, but I would disagree with "a lot of sports events that aren't particularly notable on a global scale" being linked to a Gaelic football ITN that has never even happened (see also what I said under that nomination) unless the AFL Grand Final and Superbowl (posted each year almost before anyone has even breathed) are included in that category too? I would argue that the Superbowl and AFL Grand Final are as important to the United States and Australia respectively, as well as those who follow them internationally, as the SFC Final is to Ireland and those who follow it internationally. Likewise any similar sport. It really depends where you are in the world. I don't know how it is possible to make a fair or indeed neutral exception to this without setting some sort of population limit or making some sources more important than others (not something I would agree with either). --candlewicke 13:56, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, in the Super Bowl and the AFL Grand final you've listed two events that many people here would say have limited global interest because the sports are popular in only one country (though Amer Football is certainly popular in Canada. All three events are on the ITN list of recurring events and though I may have expressed some skepticism there I wasn't debating that. For what it's worth, in Russia, I can watch the Super Bowl every year on Russian tv (link) but I can't find any way in Russia to watch the GAA All Ireland final in Russia (links in Russian 1 & 2).--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:11, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Nah, it's a losing battle anyway with these Irish sporting events. Maybe next year we'll have Linfield (yes, it's across the border but...) winning their millionth double. Take for example, the 2008 tournament's article had 3,600 article views for September 2008. I know of a sporting tournament article in the other side of the world with 8x as much more views but that won't get posted... –Howard the Duck 17:46, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
If it is an unrepresented sport on ITN, will you please nominate it when it occurs then? You mention these sports all the time but, not only do we never see a nomination (never mind an update), now you're vaguely referring to a sport which nobody can know because you haven't even identified it. How can they possibly be posted in those circumstances? Linfield—is that the association football team in Northern Ireland? Where is the connection there with Gaelic games? --candlewicke 18:15, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Therein lies the drift, it maybe an underrepresented sport, but not the type of competition that'll be included in ITN since other events in that sport are more popular than that one. Anyway it routinely makes it to DYK (one is nominated there now) so it'll still be at the Main Page, but only for approx. six hours, not for 5 days like ITN blurbs would.
I referred to "Irish sporting events," not the Gaelic games. If the World Cup was held in the ROI it'll be an "Irish sporting event." –Howard the Duck 18:33, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
So what if there were no titles on the line. This is Floyd's first fight out of retirement. The man is the biggest name in boxing and this fight was much hyped. Marquez is a greater fighter too. Why should titles be the decision factor in whether or not this gets included? Richard (talk) 15:27, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
I'll try to sort it out a bit, especially on the "there are no title belts on the line argument." Before, boxers at disparate weight classes won't meet each other even for a non-title bout, for either they'd have to lose weight where they'll get weaker, gain weight and be slower, or change from their normal fighting weight to suit their opponent or meet at a compromise weight division which can affect their chances. Ever since the De La Hoya-Pacquiao boxing match, where they met at a compromise weight, and where the bout was successful, there are now several bouts where boxers face each other at a compromise weight and they don't stake their belts, even boxers such as Marquez who had jumped two weight divisions just to face Mayweather for this bout. Title belts are are mere decorations now anyway (especially on the WBC where there gimmicks such as "diamond belts," "emeritus champions," etc.) as several boxers don't have title belts in their "current" divisions (Manny Pacquiao, for example).
Now I'm not saying we'd do the same for all bouts, like a flyweight meets a featherweight in a bantamweight bout that nobody cares about. Bouts such as these come in once or twice a year it's easy to pick ones which can be added at ITN. –Howard the Duck 16:34, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
To counter my previous argument boxing is certainly one of the world's most followed sports and this was a major fight even if it wasn't a title fight. I do think sometimes ITN is over-reliant on rules such as it must be a 'world title'. There should be room for more subjective factors in considering such events.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:36, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Why does a fight have to have titles on the line to be included it here? This is not the boxing of the old days were there was just one title. Today there are four "major" titles that force fighters to fight certain guys and if they don't they strip them of their titles. As a result, the titles have lost significance over the years. Richard (talk) 21:44, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
If 107.5k views isn't a measure of the notability this event, I dunno what is. –Howard the Duck 12:29, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
So if a most dramatically named attack page is created which achieves several thousand views it is therefore a measure of how notable that page is? --candlewicke 12:45, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Has that even happened? Are we talking about ACORN? LOL –Howard the Duck 12:54, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Even though for me, title fights are what we should be listing on ITN, I think the issue here that has been raised is whether or not title fights are as big as they used to be. The Ring article seems to suggest not and in that case my feeling would be if this is a big fights in boxing terms then it should go up. For that reason tentative support --Daviessimo (talk) 14:46, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Final of EuroBasket 2009

  • Probably the most competitive intercontinental championship. 119.111.124.130 (talk) 08:31, 10 August 2009 (UTC)
    • OK, this one doesn't mention qualifying tournament so support for now. --candlewicke 18:28, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Title of the article would show what it is. An intercontinental championship, that doubles as a qualifying tournament. –Howard the Duck 08:04, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Where in the title "EuroBasket 2009" does it show this? --candlewicke 22:00, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Actually the full title is "FIBA Europe Championship for Men 2009". It is still an intercontinental championship that doubles as a qualifying tournament. We shouldn't parallel these with the association football intercontinental championships that are primarily that, intercontinental championships, and the qualifying (to the Confederations Cup) isn't really the purpose of winning. –Howard the Duck 08:13, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Support. This is the European Basketball championship, and is a heavily followed event in many countries. It doubles as an Olympic qualifying tourney the same way the African Cup of Nations is a qualifying tournament for the World Cup.--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:09, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Er wait, the Africa Cup of Nations isn't the World Cup qualifer, it's a Confederations Cup qualifier (but that's not the reason why they compete). Basketball operates quite differently as you may have noted. –Howard the Duck 18:12, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Ooops, sorry. The qualifying tournament for the African Cup of Nations is also for the 2010 World Cup.--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:32, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Final will be between Spain and Serbia. –Howard the Duck 09:44, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Spain won. Support addition. --bender235 (talk) 22:18, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
A nice blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 22:28, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Shouldn't there be some sort of prose update? There's a "qualifying" section and something on a "mascot" but nothing on what actually happened. That shouldn't be too much to ask if it is so heavily followed. --candlewicke 22:44, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. No reason for this not to go up. Suggested blurb: "Spain defeats Serbia 85–63 to win basketball's EuroBasket 2009 at Katowice, Poland." –Howard the Duck 09:39, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 09:47, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
You may also want to consider the item immediately above this. –Howard the Duck 09:50, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
The one below this also seems to be in good condition. --candlewicke 09:51, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

Today. Listed at Wikipedia:Recurring items on ITN.  Cargoking  talk  07:43, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

I think (unless I'm mistaken) it is more popular and more widely played than hurling. Teams from London and New York usually feature at some point in this championship. It is the 125th anniversary of the GAA. The final involves two teams who have provided "Gaelic football's busiest rivalry over the last two decades", "a rivalry that traces its roots back to the old cross-border cattle raids of the ancient Gaelic clans". It is available worldwide on radio and also available to watch internationally via television. The AFL regularly tries to poach these players—one of them even has a Premiership medal, was one of his team's best players and is wanted back and a former member of the other team is currently playing in the AFL. This must surely increase Australian interest? Also, members of the Global Irish Economic Forum (see article for who) are due to attend. The article is in a good state—although it unfortunately has only around forty-six citations at the moment—but it hasn't happened yet anyway so hopefully this will improve. --candlewicke 13:43, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Started now. --candlewicke 14:36, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Won by Kerry.  Cargoking  talk  16:23, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
I think I've finished this now, added to the portal, etc.—let me know if there's anything I've missed. Kerry defeat Cork in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final to win their 36th All-Ireland SFC title. Note: that's singular defeat, not plural defeats. --candlewicke 18:05, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Tadhg Kennelly has become the first person to win the highest honour in both Australian rules football and Gaelic football. This must be relevant too. --candlewicke 23:01, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
Actually, might it be worth adding that bit in? Two sports for the price of one and a picture too. Kerry defeat Cork in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final to win their 36th All-Ireland SFC title, with Tadhg Kennelly (pictured) becoming the first person to win the top prizes in both Australian rules football and Gaelic football. --candlewicke 01:46, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Object only played in one country adn two enclaves. No significant amount amount of imports (probably none). Same for AFL, save for usually 1-4 guys out of 640 are from Ireland not Australia. YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 01:57, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Comment: The Superbowl and AFL Grand Finals are only played in one country yet posted regularly. As is the Canadian football competition Grey Cup which is due in the future. An example of an a former player for the losing side in this game, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, was born in Fiji. He won and was runner-up on several occasions in Gaelic games competitions (see templates at the bottom of his page). His brother, another player for the same team, was born in Australia and as such went from Australia to Gaelic games before he spent time playing in the AFL as well. Elsewhere, a professional association footballer also recently walked out on a career in England to play Gaelic football. Oh and now this final is being reported in The Sydney Morning Herald. Ireland also beat Australia in competitive internationals between the sports. --candlewicke 02:58, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, well English County Cricket results are also in teh newspaper, while I would object to AFL. I'm not a fan of NFL either but at least a few non Americans have moved there to try playing it (more than AFL) YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 03:10, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Last year's AFL didn't seem to be there YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 03:13, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
The AFL is listed at ITNR too. Cricket is played at a much wider level and is already represented anyway so where does it come into this? Even so, do the English County Cricket results feature in Australian newspapers? --candlewicke 03:56, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
This is titled the "biggest Irish sporting event" every year. If the hurling was let through, this should also get a mention.  Cargoking  talk  16:50, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
I dunno about that, the hurling article had twice as more views than this one. And hurling shot up to ~1.2k. –Howard the Duck 17:14, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
Now that we have Eurobasket on ITN, I think one sport item is enough at the moment. And F1, actually. If there were no other sport items, I would consider it but not now. --Tone 17:35, 21 September 2009 (UTC)


September 19

ITN candidates for September 19

Kenyan drought and deaths

Major drought in Kenya. Pictures of hundreds of cow carcasses being tipped into a mass grave near Nairobi highlight the scale of the natural disaster. There is also this specific incident: Cattle-rustling attack kills 32 in Kenya. 43 victims of northern Kenya banditry attack buried. The situation has apparently been international news for much of this month but does not appear to have attracted any headlines in all this time... --candlewicke 00:02, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Is there an article?--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:26, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't know. --candlewicke 02:36, 20 September 2009 (UTC)
I certainly think this is a worthy issue. But it needs an article. Perhaps I'm not finding it. I've searched 'kenya drought' and not found anything.--Johnsemlak (talk) 09:20, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Poland

See article (seems to be usual standard—2 days of mourning, investigation, events cancelled, policians commenting, etc) At least 13 miners are killed and at least 30 others are hospitalised following a mine blast in Ruda Śląska, Poland, the country's deadliest since 2006. --candlewicke 19:18, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

And if there is anyone around at all, please also see the following nominations: Du Jun, José Manuel Barroso. --candlewicke 19:21, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Posted, although I omitted the factoid about it being the deadliest since 2006; I don't think that's particularly astounding. -- tariqabjotu 23:15, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Is this the same coal mine? It has pictures... --candlewicke 03:50, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

September 18

ITN candidates for September 18

HK banker again

Reluctant to bring this up again after last time but: Du Jun, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, is sentenced to seven years imprisonment following Hong Kong's most significant insider trading case. --candlewicke 18:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


Guiding Light

The 15,762nd and final episode of the 72-year long Guiding Light soap opera airs on CBS after cancellation in April. - see here. This was expected.Mitch32(The Password is... See here!) 20:54, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Hah. This'll be interesting to watch. –Howard the Duck 10:41, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Probably not of international significance? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Strong oppose. And no national significance. I live in the US and I don't know of anyone who watches this show. Most Americans have never heard of it. In addition, ITN strives to be British-centric, not US-centric, so for that reason strong oppose. Nutmegger (talk) 18:27, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Name a TV show anywhere in the world that has lasted 72 years? International shouldn't apply here, and it airs in several European countries.Mitch32(The Password is... See here!) 11:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
It started out on radio in 1937 and moved to television in 1952. It's still been on a long time though. Shinerunner (talk) 11:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I think this might be ITNable. The article says that it was the "longest running broadcast program of any kind, across both radio and then television media, in history" so I think it has enough significance there - Dumelow (talk) 12:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Question: For comparative purposes (i.e. for those in the US where this originates), the potential demise of another "world's longest-running" type show elsewhere might have a chance of being posted if nominated too? Examples, The Archers in the UK, The Late Late Show in Ireland... (can't think of or find examples in other countries and even then those two are younger than this but just wondering anyway). --candlewicke 13:37, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Found some more "longest running" using the source in for same in Guiding Light. Longest-running TV cookery show seems to be Hasta La Cocina (Mexico), longest-running TV variety show seems to be Sábado Gigante, etc. By the way, that source for Guiding Light says "world's longest running TV drama... originally broadcast as a 15 min radio serial". Does that verify the claim: "longest running drama in television and radio history"? It seems to me to just say it was on radio before it became the longest-running TV drama so maybe that needs to be clarified. Also, where is the source for "longest-running soap opera in production"—and does this actually partially or fully contradict the claim in The Archers article? --candlewicke 13:50, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I believe that we could, at the very absolute least, state that Guiding Light is the world's longest-running English-language TV soap opera, whether you measure in terms of number of episodes or consecutive years of broadcast. Archers is longer, but is a radio show. There do not seem to be any other soap operas still in production that began before 1952, so even if you exclude the radio episodes, Guiding still "wins". I say English-language to be safe, but unless there is a show native to Mexico or some country that just isn't showing up on my search results, Guiding Light would actually be the longest-running TV soap opera in the world as well. -- Soap Talk/Contributions 14:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
This is more or less similar situation as a death. what we should determine is whether people will be interested in knowing about GLs long run. i think 72 years is quite a bit so ill give it a support. -- Ashish-g55 14:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
For me the issue is whether claims about longest this or longest that can be verified. If this is the longest running English language programme on either Tele or radio then it's certainly notable and should go up. However, if its only claim is to be the longest running soap opera, then you leave yourself open to people wanting to put up the longest running radio show, longest running cookery show, longest running sitcom etc. --Daviessimo (talk) 17:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
well there are a few things that started with GL. such as hockey night in canada. but considering this also ran as radio show before that im pretty sure it will easily qualify as longest ever drama/soap/non-sports show. i would support Hockey night too if it were to be cancelled which will prolly not happen for a long time. and @Nutmegger you not knowing anyone that watches the show isnt a great argument since the show has gathered 72 years worth of viewers. -- Ashish-g55 19:02, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
My original hook doesn't even mention the longest fact. I don't emphasize that at all.Mitch32(The Password is... See here!) 19:45, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
But surely that is what makes it notable? If for example, you take List of longest running TV shows by category as a base (yes I know its unreferenced!), how do you distinguish between what is notable and what is not notable? The only measure of notability in this instance has to be if the show is a longest running programme. In this instance it is a 'longest runner' in the soap category, but this record is based on its TV appearances, which started in 1952. There are a couple of other programmes in that list which also started in 1952 and several more that started within a couple of years. Are we going to list all of those programmes as well, if and when they end --Daviessimo (talk) 19:59, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
the only thing as i said making this more notable is the radio run it had before the tv run making it the longest except hockey night in canada (as far as i can tell). and if we were to limit it to just 2 shows then this can be posted. -- Ashish-g55 20:05, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd just like to say: holy shit. That is a lot of episodes. I would give this a support if other people agree with it. If there is any tv show that deserves a mention on itn, it'd be this one. --PlasmaTwa2 21:40, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Whether or not we can verify Guiding Light as 'longest running' in any way, 72 years is an incredibly long run and puts it in very limited company. It airs in a lot of countries. Soap operas do well in a demographic that probably doesn't post in WP much, I'd guess. In Russia American (and Latin American) soaps do very well amongst grannies and the like. I would imagine this show is more notable than many of us realize. Support--Johnsemlak (talk) 02:52, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
(un-indent)The BBC seem to verify that it is the longest running soap in history and with over 15000 episodes it probably is very near the longest running show ever. For that reason I'm switching my vote to support. However, I would point out that unless you want people to come in and criticise this going up, the fact that it is the longest running soap in history will need to be included in the blurb --Daviessimo (talk) 07:50, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Although I had misgivings about this one it seems to have strong support, so I'm planning to post soon. Would the following blurb be acceptable? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:09, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Looks fine to me.Mitch32(The Password is... See here!) 13:38, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Just to point out, I still think you need to mention that it is the longest running soap ever. Its only been a couple of hours and already someone has suggested it lacks notably (see talk:Main Page) --Daviessimo (talk) 15:37, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

US missile defences

The USA has scrapped a controversial missile defence system which would have been based in Poland and the Czech Republic. Article seems to be at US missile defense complex in Poland. Not sure if this is notable enough but it has received a fair bit of coverage in the UK at least - Dumelow (talk) 10:40, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Support this one, but I don't think we have a suitable article yet. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:05, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Don't think this (if at all successful) should be posted without mentioning Russia also abolishing its similar plan. Odd how this has been overlooked by the US media but they have other things to be getting on with I suppose—fear mongering and that pesky "Obama agenda", etc... and in the UK, The Daily Telegraph wants to know where Hillary Clinton got to throughout the "great surrender" and The Guardian has some conspiracy theories of its own. Indeed, the BBC are uncharacteristically slow with this "breaking news" stub from several hours ago as well... :-o Moscow thinks Poland is "upset" though so I wonder how this will turn out... all a very interesting read but where exactly is the ITN? Perhaps if Donald Tusk has actually defected but I see no evidence of this at the moment... --candlewicke 14:13, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmm... tend to agree with candlewicke. They cancelled the development of a defence system that they planned to implement (i.e. nothing had actually happened so their change of mind changes... well nothing). I mean its not like them changing their mind about going to war, it was just some planned missile sites --Daviessimo (talk) 17:31, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Support if we have suitable articles to link it to. (note that the linked article above has had it's neutrality disputed). This event had international interest and significance. It is a major shift in US policy which is having an effect on many other countries. The ramifications of this in international affairs are immense.--Johnsemlak (talk) 03:07, 19 September 2009 (UTC)


September 17

ITN candidates for September 17

First berthing of the space vehicle at the ISS

Japan's HTV-1 is the first vehicle ever to berth at the International Space Station, a procedure involving its grappling by the Canadarm2.Hektor (talk) 20:17, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

  • First use of a new procedure - berthing - which will be used many times in the future, by vehicles such as SpaceX Dragon and Cygnus. Hektor (talk) 20:17, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
We already featured the launch. No need for a second listing. Modest Genius talk 23:38, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Modest Genius. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:36, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Noordin Mohammad Top

Noordin Mohammad Top, Indonesia's most wanted fugitive, has been killed in a raid, and officially confirmed as dead. [11] The article appears to be properly updated. Any support? --BorgQueen (talk) 17:34, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Expanded a bit further. Posting soon, believing there won't be any objection. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:08, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Yemen

80+ deaths—women, children and old people targeted in an air raid on a camp for displaced people. --candlewicke 08:37, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Support this, seems to have international significance. Do we have an article? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:06, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Argentina and Spain

Following the Gordon Brown apology, does anyone think this is important? A formal apology has been accepted for an incident at an event involving fifty countries in which "the Argentine delegation walked out ... and following on the Argentine protest the organizers of the conference withdrew the Falklands flag and stand from the adjoining show". Article would be Argentina–Spain relations I think. --candlewicke 09:03, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

More here. --candlewicke 09:06, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Republic of the Congo

The "controversial" post of Prime Minister has been abolished. --candlewicke 09:20, 17 September 2009 (UTC)


September 16

ITN candidates for September 16

Japan's new Prime Minister

Yukio Hatoyama officially sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Japan.Google News stories Colipon+(Talk) 13:28, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

We already covered the election, I don't think we normally cover the swearing in ceremonies as well - Dumelow (talk) 13:35, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I would normally agree with you, but Japan is a world power, second economically only to the United States. Barack Obama's inauguration was covered extensively on ITN, as was his election. I do realize Obama's notability trumps that of Hatoyama, but it would be certainly a double standard here if Hatoyama is somehow less deserving of coverage. Colipon+(Talk) 13:41, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree with you regarding the double standard - I'm all for maintaining equality in the way we select ITN items - however, I'm not sure what would be achieved by putting this up. If you put this up then people are going to ask, if Japan why not China? If China why not Germary? If Germany why not France? If France why not the UK? I mean where do you draw the line? The only thing you can say is that regarding Barack Obama, his election was more notable because he was the first non-white US president in a majority white country --Daviessimo (talk) 14:17, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict):::Yeah I know we are biased to the USA (we had Obama's inaugeration, election, selection of vice-president, even when there was guy arrested for fraud over his old senate seat and there was a lot of support to get one of his speeches posted) but every time something related to the US occurs a whole load of people come over and argue why it should go up (a lot of the time it gets posted) and ITN gets branded as being biased against the US. Strange that this many people don't turn up when any other countries vice-presidential candidates get nominated or even when an ex-PM of Israel is arrested (which happened recently and probably rightly didn't get posted - we normally wait for a verdict). It is pretty annoying but unfortunately that's the way it is. Either we shoukd cover all these events no matter where they occur (which would result in ITN becoming even more about politics) or we cover none at all. Sorry I turned this into something of a rant - Dumelow (talk) 14:20, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Fair enough. I am not going to push it unless there is some semblance of support. Wikipedias in a few other languages have posted this story though. Colipon+(Talk) 14:39, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
i agree that two wrongs arent really going to make a right. but as Dumelow said in similar cases for US situations we get a lot more people wanting to put it up and wikipedia becomes more of a democracy which its not supposed to be. posting this will only makes things more complicated as people will complain about other countries. -- Ashish-g55 15:13, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support swearing in of head of state of major economic power. Chuthya (talk) 14:43, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree that we don't need to cover both the election and swearing in. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:14, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support Swearing in of the head of government of a great power. In response to Daviessimo, why not draw the line at the great powers; there are only seven. It stops at the U.K. --PlasmaTwa2 18:31, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose, we already featured the election results. Modest Genius talk 21:30, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support Seven great powers yes, USA only no. ... (talk) 09:29, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
then what about Canada and Italy which are in G8... or India... i highly doubt its going to work out that well. i agree it should not be just USA but as i said above the reason for adding that has more to do with how many people want it up unfortunately... -- Ashish-g55 14:57, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
There is a big difference between the international influence and power of Canada/Italy and, say, France or Germany. India was the only country I thought about as an exception to the rule, due to it being the world's largest democracy, but it lacks the economic power of Germany and Japan. --PlasmaTwa2 23:08, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Speaking from a purely academic point of view, only seven countries can be considered great powers. They are, alphabetically, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, and the United States. No other country cannot be considered a great power due to various institutional and balance of power equations.

But, also speaking from a purely academic point of view, Britain is an island and China is a cultural region... --candlewicke 21:11, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Smartass... No one says something is academic and links to a wiki. --PlasmaTwa2 23:08, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
So we are considering a situation whereby the PM of Indonesia who represents more than 200 million people or the PM of India who represents more than 1.1 billion will not be posted when they are sworn in but the PM of the UK who represents about 60 million will be? I can't see why we should post some and not others based on a ranking by economic power. We will surely just open it up to people who come here and try to explain why x country should be posted because y country has. The situation as it stands seems fine to me (we already cover them once when elected anyway) - Dumelow (talk) 10:05, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Agree with Dumelow. ITN already gets enough stick for having loads and loads of political items and we don't realistically want to add anymore unnecessary items. I would rather we just didn't post the US swearing in ceremony instead, which would solve the problem. --Daviessimo (talk) 17:40, 18 September 2009 (UTC)'
Regarding the comparison between Obama and Hatoyama, one thing not getting mentioned here is that Obama is far more notable than most heads of state not simply because he is from the US but because he has a unique ethnic background. He's the first black head of state of a nation with a majority population of White European descent. That's why his officially becoming head of state of said country generated so much international significance and interest. Can we really say that about Hatoyama, or most heads of state of recent years (Andrea Merkel may be comparible)? I support that we posted Obama's swearing in, which was one of the major global events of the year, and oppose posting the swearing of Hatoyama. Wikipedia got it right. To add to this point, I would retrospectively support the swearing in of Nelson Mandela if it happened today, and perhaps Margaret Thatcher. (does the UK swear in PMs?) It's perfectly reasonable to say that some heads of state are more notable than others, and not simply because they're from a 'great power'. --Johnsemlak (talk) 05:15, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Jose Manuel Barroso

According to this Jose Manuel Barroso has been re-elected as President of the European Commission. Not sure whether its an ITN item, because even though he is in effect the most powerful man in the E.U. the election is made by 700+ MEPs rather than by the European people. Thoughts? --Daviessimo (talk) 12:00, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

I'd say that this is notable (even if it is an indirect election). This guy will represent almost 500 million people and the EU does control important aspects of the legal and economic systems (amongst others) across Europe - Dumelow (talk) 12:19, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
We report new elected officials even if they are elected by parliament. This is in fact practiced in several countries. So I support. Which article should we highlight, Barosso or EU Comission? --Tone 12:56, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
I think Barosso. Maybe:"Jose Manuel Barroso (pictured) is re-elected for a second term as President of the European Commission". The Barosso article needs an update first though. Also the pic on the Barroso article at present is listed for deletion which is why I have used an alternative - Dumelow (talk) 13:23, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. You choose the blurb.  Cargoking  talk  15:21, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. --candlewicke 21:24, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, too. --bender235 (talk) 22:08, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Still waiting on a more thorough update on this one, I think. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:05, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

I am sorry, I will look at this one now. --candlewicke 09:07, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Uh, what about the "BLP sources" tag at the top of the page? --candlewicke 09:09, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
I have removed the unsubstantiated claims in the lead about his name meaning "tough guy", and removed the maintenance tag. It seems fairly well sourced, generally. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
I just had a quick check through the history and the tag was added over 18 months ago when the article had only one reference. Its certainly been tidied up a lot since then --Daviessimo (talk) 17:43, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. --candlewicke 19:22, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. SpencerT♦Nominate! 00:20, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Crashgate

Renault F1 announce they will not contest cheating allegations over Nelson Piquet, Jr.'s crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

Yes, this may seem a bit specialised and it is still an ongoing event, but is huge within F1 and could result in a truly draconian punishment being levied. CrispMuncher (talk) 16:00, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

I'm afraid you will need more than could. This would be like posting an arrest instead of a conviction. --candlewicke 21:27, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
They've effectively pleaded guilty YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 01:50, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Normal policy is to wait for the verdict to be announced and I think in this case that will be next week (I know its before the Singapore grand prix). In my opinion we should wait (because Wikipedia doesn't do predictions), but if Renault are found guilty (which seems likely) its definitely ITN-worthy. Its one of, if not the most widely followed sports championship in the world --Daviessimo (talk) 08:20, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Let's wait till the meeting on 21 Sept. ... (talk) 09:29, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Slum clearance

Kenya begins to clear Africa's largest slum, Kibera, in an operation set to take two to five years. From the [BBC. I think this could be notable enough as it is Africa's largest slum being totally emptied (eventually) of its one million inhabitants- Dumelow (talk) 16:14, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Support, if updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:58, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
If no-one else does it I might be able to get onto it tomorrow - Dumelow (talk) 19:56, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Support too when Dumelow gets onto it. :) --candlewicke 20:58, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Strong support, when updated. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:06, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Done an update. Perhaps: "The Kenyan government begins clearing Kibera (pictured), the largest slum in Africa" or something? - Dumelow (talk) 16:56, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:13, 17 September 2009 (UTC)


September 15

ITN candidates for September 15

Norwegian election

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and the Red-Green Coalition win the Norwegian parliamentary election. Image of Stoltenberg available at File:Jens Stoltenberg 2007 04 18.jpg. Arsenikk (talk) 09:06, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

See yesterdays noms also - Dumelow (talk) 10:45, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

"Super" Typhoon Choi-wan

Im being bold here and sugesting that this gets put up since its made landfall in Mcironesia as a C4 Super Typhoon which is the second most intense rating that the JTWC use.Jason Rees (talk) 10:34, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

The relevant article section is 2009_Pacific_typhoon_season#Typhoon_Choi-wan - Dumelow (talk) 10:48, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Im aiming to hopefully get a Full article out on Choi-wan later today. Jason Rees (talk) 10:50, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, when the article is ready. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 08:41, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

This article is still in Jason's userspace. However there is probably enough info at 2009_Pacific_typhoon_season#Typhoon_Choi-wan to be going with. Can anyone suggest a blurb? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:09, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

How about something like Typhoon Choi-wan became the strongest tropical cyclone in 2009 as it made landfall in Micronesia.Jason Rees (talk) 18:18, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
OR The islands of Alamagan and Agrihan were left completly devesated after Typhoon Choi-wan made landfall on Alamagan.Jason Rees (talk) 18:52, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Withdrawing this nom since it is not gonna get up on ITN now. ill just do a DYK. Jason Rees (talk) 19:30, 20 September 2009 (UTC)


September 14

ITN candidates for September 14

Norwegian election

Norway goes to the polls to elect a new parliament (and prime minister) - Dumelow (talk) 14:11, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

With 99.9% of the votes counted, it seems like nothing really exciting will happen. The ruling coalition remains in power with an 86/83 mandate (of 169 parliamentarians), as opposed to 87/82 before. Also, it's not quite precise to say that the people elect a prime minister in a parliamentary system. Lampman (talk) 08:58, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Disappointing that nothing changed when all the news sources were predicting a defeat. I know about parliamentary systems, I live in one where the current PM has never lead his party in a general election! For a blurb how about: "The Red-Green Coalition, lead by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (pictured), wins a majority of seats in the Norwegian Parliament". Article requires an update first, though - Dumelow (talk) 10:44, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Agree, use above blurb. - Presidentman (talk) Random Picture of the Day 20:44, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Support also. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 06:44, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:40, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Death of Patrick Swayze

Support - TouLouse (talk) 06:19, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose - Sad, but ITN is not the place for his obituary. Read the criteria. APK is a GLEEk 06:56, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Would ask you to reconsider your stance. Fullfills : The deceased was a very important figure in their field of expertise WP: LILP, and was recognised as such. (acting) The article has at least a paragraph of prose about the person's death (in accordance with ITN updating criteria) and the article is satisfactorily filled out with no major omissions of the person's life and effect and is currently being improved. It is also being covered by numberous news sources including CNN/ MSNBC and other international news organization. Thanks B.s.n. R.N.contribs 07:13, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I sorry, but I'm going to have to oppose too. The LILP is itself horribly biased - I mean one quick glance suggests there are very few (if any at all) actors and actresses from the Indian film industry, which is comparable in size to Hollywood, let alone anywhere else in the world (e.g. French or Spanish language cinema). Swayze is not recognised as a leading party in his field (as far as I'm aware he has never won any significant awards) and as such his death, whilst a tradgedy, is not notable enough. However, I would point out that were David Levy's suggested obituaries section created (see below), I think this could go up, but as ITN is now, I don't feel it can. --Daviessimo (talk) 07:55, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
LILP is also rather recentist and odd. Shane Warne is not there, for instance YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 01:57, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose While this is sad news, and all over the media, it is not notable that an actor suffering from cancer has died. Were Swayze to have been a multi-award winning icon of cinema, than yes. But he was not. 80.193.130.5 (talk) 08:18, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
After reading the long debate regarding recent deaths of what should constitute admission to ITN I can see your points. Yes it appears WP: LILP is bais and should not be a sole source of entry. This was just a good faith request that appears to not meet consences. Thanks for your time B.s.n. R.N.contribs 08:28, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I think the main problem is that his death was forthcoming. It's not like Jackson, which was completely unexpected (Farrah Fawcett, who died the same day, did not get mention). - ʄɭoʏɗiaɲ τ ¢ 15:18, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose, using Farrah Fawcett as precedent. Note to above, Michael Jackson was the largest selling solo artist of all time...and died entirely unexpectedly. Patrick Swayze's terminal cancer (like that of Farrah's), had been known to the public for quite some time. --Smashvilletalk 15:29, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose Swayze is not that big of a cinema icon. However, does anyone remember if ITN reported Heath Ledger's death? Would be an interesting comparison, though Ledger was probably a bigger star, and died tragically at the height of his career.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:38, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I am actually 99.9% certain that Heath Ledger was not mentioned. --Smashvilletalk 16:42, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
What about Paul Newman, again, just for comparison. Anyway, regarding Swayze, he also doesn't have any awards.--Johnsemlak (talk) 16:53, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Paul Newman? I think you'll find that he has been nominated for and won a little over a few major awards? There really is no comparison between the two. Therequiembellishere (talk) 04:02, 16 September 2009 (UTC)


September 13

ITN candidates for September 13

Archaeology—Ice Age discovery

"The spearpoint is thought to be the first complete one found in the UK". + hyenas, deer and woolly rhinos, etc. --candlewicke 01:27, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Is there an updated article? Dwr12 (talk) 08:03, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I am not sure which one to update in this case and was hoping for some assistance in identifying which article. --candlewicke 19:35, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

US Open

Final day of the 2009 US Open. –Howard the Duck 14:59, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

We normally post men and women's singles right? Kim Clijsters earlier became the first unseeded woman to win the US Open. The men's final is between Roger Federer and Juan Martín del Potro - Dumelow (talk) 19:58, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
correction. first wildcard. and ya once the match finishes... i will be on wiki ban soon to avoid seeing the score since i will not be watching the match till 2 hours later :( -- Ashish-g55 20:09, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. -SusanLesch (talk) 02:30, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Possible blurb: In tennis, Juan Martín del Potro and Kim Clijsters win the singles titles at the 2009 US Open, with Kim Clijsters (pictured) becoming the first wildcard to win the women's singles. ... (talk) 04:49, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
SupportThe US Open is on the Wikipedia:Recurring items on ITN. This should be posted.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:07, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
hmm, we seem to be having admin shortage... its been close to 15 hours late now so admins please try and add this one first. thanks -- Ashish-g55 18:37, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
I make it only about 6 hours late (update is aimed for at least once per 24 hrs) but there is this one and the rugby tri-nations which are ready to go and the Norwegian election will probably be ready soon - Dumelow (talk) 19:18, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
15 was from time it was ready to go up. either way its up now :) -- Ashish-g55 19:37, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. If someone can find a better picture than the one in Kim's article, please let me know. That's why I left her out. --Smashvilletalk 19:31, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Other sports
I support the tri-nations, however, regarding camogie we have to be realistic that we can't post the female counterpart to every male competition we list. The football went up and there's a strong case for rugby, cricket etc, but the female version of hurling is probably at the other end of the spectrum. --Daviessimo (talk) 19:58, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Support Tri Nations, but I don't think it has ended. The article doesn't make it clear, but it seems the Springboks won with a match to spare. Agree with Daviessimo on camogie. ... (talk) 06:51, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
There is one match left to play but the Springboks have played all their matches. One match a week is played and each team plays the other three times, the South Africans have won all but one of their matches and so won the series with neither NZ/Australia (the last match) being able to win. So whilst the competition is still running the South Africans have already won it - Dumelow (talk) 19:52, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. Perhaps you can suggest a suitable unambiguous blurb. ... (talk) 04:49, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Well the listing that was placed on the current events portal was "In rugby union, South Africa defeat New Zealand 32-29 to win the 2009 Tri Nations Series" - that seem pretty tidy to me --Daviessimo (talk) 08:44, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, no reason why this can't go up. There looks to be (just) about enough of an update on the tri-nations article- Dumelow (talk) 15:15, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 06:42, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Drug Blaze

38 die in Kazakh drug clinic blaze.  Cargoking  talk  09:15, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

I have created 2009 Taldykorgan fire. TouLouse (talk) 15:14, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Support when expanded. --candlewicke 17:13, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
And I have expanded. So... In Kazakhstan, at least 38 people are killed and at least 10 others are hospitalised during a fire at a drug abuse clinic in Taldykorgan, Almaty Province. --candlewicke 02:48, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug, who is seen as the father of the Green Revolution, died yesterday. This man was a noble laureate, holder of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal and is estimated to have saved 245 million lives through his agricultural innovation. His article is fiarly decent too - Dumelow (talk) 10:28, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Article needs substantial update.  Cargoking  talk  10:42, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
I'll support when updated a bit more. --Tone 10:46, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, but it should read more like, "Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, dies Saturday at the age of 95." Kevin Rutherford (talk) 14:22, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
No-one had suggested a tagline yet anyway, but your's seems good enough. Perhaps worth mentioning that he was an agronomist. "dies saturday" doesn't sound right to me, could we not just say "dies of cancer at the age of 95"? - Dumelow (talk) 16:58, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
The "dies Saturday" bit does not usually occur I agree. It is usually the cause and age. I support when updated. --candlewicke 17:18, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
I think this one is ready to go? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:21, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
There are two sentences under "death". --candlewicke 19:48, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
I believe this is ok now. I'll post tomorrow morning in case anyone wants to add anything more. --Tone 21:32, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 08:14, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Picture update would be nice now... --Tone 08:16, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
As noted above, the Death section contains two sentences (which easily could be consolidated into one), conveying only the most basic information (age and time/location/cause of death). This is not a sufficient article update, so I've removed the item. —David Levy 11:05, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I wonder what other information you would like to see? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:08, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
To qualify for inclusion in ITN, a death's impact (e.g. ramifications, comments by notable persons, memorial events, et cetera) should be addressed. (There are other types of information that obviously don't apply in this instance.)
If this is not feasible, the article simply doesn't qualify for ITN (the purpose of which is to link to articles that have been substantially updated to reflect current/recent events, not to report the news). —David Levy 11:30, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
If we could use common sense instead of always needing rules to tell us what we can do, the article would qualify with a mile. Borlaug was an extremely influential person, and as media around the world break the news on his death, many people will want to read and learn more about him and what he did in his lifetime. We, as an encyclopedia, really are the one site that should be giving everyone that info. No, his death is not very surprising or full of ramifications, but it has brought his extraordinary life into the news. And we happen to have an excellent article about it. Lets make everyone aware of that by linking to it from the main page! Finally, the ITN-section is simply better with this fresh item included instead of that 4 day old Gordon Brown/Turing thing. I find that very obvious. This should be the decisive factor, not if we are pushing some rule or guideline. Shanes (talk) 12:31, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
The Turing item is gone now. I tend to agree with David Levy that if the death section cannot be expanded beyond a couple of sentences, the article does not qualify for ITN. --BorgQueen (talk) 13:10, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
What you suggest is reasonable, but so is the status quo. Neither rises to the level of common sense.
You'll never see me attempt to justify something with the rationale "because the rules say so." But the rules reflect consensus and are based on practices that generally work well, so it usually makes sense to follow them unless an exceptional circumstance dictates otherwise. This is not such a circumstance. It's a typical instance in which the objection stems from disagreement with the rules themselves.
As I've done in the past, I suggest that you seek consensus to modify the rules. Until such consensus is demonstrated, there's no valid reason for your opinion or mine to override the standards agreed upon by the community.
A major concern is that readers expect to find substantial updates directly pertaining to the blurbs. Last year, I proposed that we create a subsection specifically for deaths of individuals meeting our normal inclusion criteria other than the article update criterion (with clear emphasis on reading about their lives). Does that strike you as a suitable solution? —David Levy 15:22, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
It's sad to see WP:ITN is ignoring the death of such a big personality. Heads of state are paying tribute India to this legend but WP is simply putting it aside. Really sad. David - would you bother to put the news back on ITN - please? --GPPande 15:53, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Have you considered expanding the Death section with a reference to Manmohan Singh's remarks? That would be a step in the right direction. —David Levy 16:32, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't think readers always expect to find substantial updates. If a great man dies newspapers and the media in general will normally write and speak extensively about his life and what he did when he was alive. The death in it self is just a trigger for that. Wikipedia, not even being a newspaper, shouldn't need to offer more than just his bio. The life of Norman Borlaug is in the news now. And we have an excellent article on it that we should highlight and give our readers a pointer to from the ITN-section on the main page.
But of course there'll be border cases. I don't think this is one of them, but in general what about adapting a rule that if someone has an article in more than 30 wikipedia language versions, that person is seen as notable enough to warrant mentioning of his death on ITN. Wikipedia:Recent years has in its guideline that a bio needs to have articles in at least 10 languages for that person to be linked to from the death section in a year-article. If we up that to 30 for ITN I don't expect this to make ITN into an obituary-section, and we'll have an easy to follow rule about this issue that seems to come up so often. Shanes (talk) 17:15, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Cases like this, where an article can't be or just isn't updated (as is often the case with recent deaths) is a reason why I think we should have adopted David's subsection proposal (anyone fancy reopening that debate?). It cuts out all of the disagreements where we have to explain why a significant death is not featured in ITN and directs users to the article which will hopefully be updated. As it stands until the article has more than "he died of x on y" we can't feature it in ITN which in many cases (such as this) is not the best solution - Dumelow (talk) 16:09, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
if its an old person most of the time thats all the updates that can be made. but he definitely seems significant enough given the international interest. i dont wanna bring Ted kennedy up again but the article updates were never discussed as a factor. in that case all that mattered was international response. if we had 100s of people here wanting to put this up would this go up regardless of updates? if yes, then it should go up. Perhaps updates will be made after it gets to main page as more people will start visiting it. i think death is not a normal criteria where updates should be necessary since the point of posting maybe to feature the person's life rather than death (hence entire article). -- Ashish-g55 16:19, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
The fact that the Ted Kennedy article was substantially updated absolutely was a major factor (and was addressed). That element generated relatively little discussion because it was undisputed. —David Levy 16:32, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
at the time there werent too much details but my point isnt that. its that if 100s were supporting it would it go up regardless of updates. but either way i think the person's life should be featured on main page since that is how we determine whether they should even go up in the first place. the couple of lines in death section is not what gets read to be honest in death situations (i dont have proof of that but i think thats common sense). -- Ashish-g55 20:14, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm in favor of reviving the discussion, of course. I believe that such a setup would enable us to direct readers to articles about the lives of recently deceased persons (thereby satisfying the segment of the community that advocates this), without misleading them to expect the sort of update currently required (thereby addressing a key concern of those who have opposed the inclusion of obituaries). —David Levy 16:32, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Do the majority of WP readers expect substantial article updates when reading articles linked in the ITN section? I find that hard to believe, though there may be a vocal minority that does believe that. This seems to me to be an extremely notable death--I would have thought the death of a Nobel laureate could be a sort of 'automatic'. While posting it may technically violate ITN rules, I think common sense should prevail. Having the article linked on the front page of WP enables WP readers to conveniently access information about his life at a time when many people are interested in doing so. --Johnsemlak (talk) 19:33, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I think DYK has the criteria that article should have been expanded 5x in past 5 days to be showcased on main page. Why are you guys applying that rule to ITN? Death section exists - article doesn't show him alive yet. Isn't that enough? --GPPande 14:45, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Done a small expansion. --GPPande 15:02, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Done a slightly bigger than small but not too big expansion. Enough? --candlewicke 19:57, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
Will post soon. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:07, 15 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 06:43, 16 September 2009 (UTC)


September 12

ITN candidates for September 12

Venice International Film Festival

The Leone d’Oro is on the recurring items list and this is the date the 66th Venice International Film Festival is due to end. --candlewicke 03:58, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

The winner is Lebanon. --candlewicke 20:19, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
"The film, Lebanon, wins the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival"? The article on the film is a one line entry - Dumelow (talk) 09:48, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Lebanon (film) needs expanding and should be the bold link. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:22, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
I have expanded it. --candlewicke 01:48, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 06:18, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Guatemalan army sells children

Another chapter in the Guatemalan civil war that has international implications. It is reported that some of the children were sold abroad and adopted in other countries [13]. Shinerunner (talk) 12:47, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Fiji Petrel

This bird "one of the rarest of all bird species" has been photographed in its natural environment for the first time. From the BBC. Notable enough? - Dumelow (talk) 12:57, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

The article says this was in May 2009. Still, just being photographed is not ITN imo... --Tone 18:08, 12 September 2009 (UTC)


September 11

ITN candidates for September 11

Moldova's President resigns

See here. The article would be Vladimir Voronin should anyone wish to update it before I do. --candlewicke 22:25, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

I think this could be a good post if we phrase it with something about the context of his resignation. Dwr12 (talk) 22:40, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin (pictured) resigns. --candlewicke 20:11, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 06:34, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Just for clarification, that is the exact opposite of what I was pushing for. Just saying "he resigns" doesn't say anything about the context of the resignation. His resignation was brought on by parliamentary deadlock and ends 8 years of communist governance in that country. Can we make it something like this: Following parliamentary losses, President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin (pictured) resigns, ending eight years of administration by the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova. Dwr12 (talk) 08:22, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Chen Shui-bian and Wu Shu-chen

The former Taiwanese president and his wife are given life sentences for corruption (involving taking $15 million in bribes, kickbacks and embezzlement) whilst Mr Chen was in office. Chen was found guilty of six charges and his wife on seven (she had also already been jailed for perjury). They were also fined $15 million. Seems like a pretty big case to me (and we can surely feature this now that it has gone through court) - Dumelow (talk) 10:59, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Support. How about the following? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:12, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
For political NPOV it may be safer to call him the "Republic of China (Taiwan)" president. Colipon+(Talk) 11:16, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
So how about ... — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:23, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Support adding this event to the Main Page. --candlewicke 13:58, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Once the fact is in the respective articles. -- tariqabjotu 14:18, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The Chen Shui-bian article does have the fact now, so I am going to post it soon although the update is not that long. The article Wu Shu-chen has not been updated yet. Any volunteers? --BorgQueen (talk) 15:39, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Someone please include "Taiwan" somewhere in that story. Not everyone who reads wiki knows that Taiwan's official name is the "Republic of China" and may get confused. Colipon+(Talk) 19:49, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I am not so sure that it is necessary. As soon as they click on the link they will know it is Taiwan. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:54, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I disagree. "Taiwan" is the common name for the ROC. Just as "South Korea" is the common name for the ROK. When Kim Dae-Jong died, we said that he was the "South Korean president", we did not say he was the "President of the Republic of Korea". But here, to maintain political NPOV, we say that he is the president of the country commonly known as both ROC and "Taiwan". Note usage on the official website. Colipon+(Talk) 20:03, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
So it is something that has to do with politics... Very well, I am going to fix it. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:14, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Muslim Khan

This man, described as a "one of the highest ranking Taliban officials in Pakistan" has been arrested by the Pakistani military. He was "a key spokesman for the Taliban in the Swat valley as well as one of the most senior militant commanders in the region". It has been described as "a significant milestone for the army's operation there". He was arrested alongside another senior commander and three other militants. From the BBC. Seems fairly notable to me, the article needs some work though - Dumelow (talk) 10:52, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

We have had the Kunduz airstrike and Baitullah Mehsud featured recently. Might be enough Taleban-related stuff for now? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:59, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I would suggest we wait for a verdict, as we usually do... --BorgQueen (talk) 15:33, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


September 10

ITN candidates for September 10

HK banker guilty of insider deal

Can we use a bit more discretion please? I'm glad you're a frequent contributor to this page, but it would be nice if you at least waited until you could point to a relevant, updated page (since that is, after all, what's important). And until something was on Portal:Current events. -- tariqabjotu 21:27, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
I would have to agree with Tariqabjotu. You have made seven nominations for news items in the course of 24 minutes, but none of them are likely to proceed without articles (they also don't seem as notable as the other items that were proposed today). Perhaps it would be better to choose just one or two items and focus on getting those posted. Dwr12 (talk) 22:17, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm not really sure how to respond to that. I make nominations like any other and hope that there will be a discussion. I have often done this and yet occasionally I am told I am incorrect. My reasons for nominating those were that, having quickly looked through the African section of the BBC website and having a limited time online in which to nominate (I have not been online since and was hoping for some progress), I saw several events which I thought were going unnoticed and which I believed it would be appropriate to at least nominate. I know they will not be posted without following all procedures but again this is done if they are approved (and I usually tidy up my own nominations anyway). Unfortunately, ITNs are always being posted without updating the portal or the talk page or the timer but I try to do my best to ensure all this is done even when others forget. I disagree entirely with the sentence "they also don't seem as notable as the other items that were proposed today"—221 people going missing, for example, isn't notable enough to put forward for a discussion here? I knew something had to have happened in Africa this week but I think it is worrying to discourage anyone from even nominating an event like that or to say that there can be too many nominations. It takes days to get some of them ready for the Main Page. Can you please comment on this nomination? --candlewicke 13:44, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, the main point I wanted to make is that I don't think it is worthwhile to make nominations that don't have a serious chance of getting posted. Not all seven of your nominations, which still don't seem to have articles, will ever be posted. To me, it seems that you were throwing a bunch of headlines onto ITN/Candidates and hoping that one would stick. I stand by my sentiment on my previous post that we should single out notable events with updated, well-written articles and focus on posting those. Preemptively listing the current set of headlines you read off of the BBC onto this page is probably not going to make the process happen faster or better. Also, my statement about the non-notability of your headlines was meant in general. Most would agree that a banker committing $11 million of illegal trading, some EU officials making a visit to Zimbabwe, and an accident with five people dead aren't significant enough to warrant their own articles or be mentioned in existing articles. As for the "221 people missing" news item, I'd like to see an article for that before I give an opinion on whether that should be posted. Dwr12 (talk) 22:37, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I am still going to disagree with some of that. You seem to be measuring the events by the amount of money or the number of deaths which is not how ITN works. The source for the event which is supposed to be discussed here says it is the largest case of its kind in Hong Kong. This is not directly from the headline (or am I not allowed to include a point from later in the article either?) "$11 million of illegal trading" actually seems quite large to me (perhaps you are looking at this from a limited perspective rather than what is significant where it happens?) The incident in India seems to have attracted some form of international attention. The EU/Zimbabwe has received an oppose now and it may have been a mistake (I am not a robot and may make an error) but I stand by the fact that I nominated it and thought it appropriate to allow a discussion on it. I don't think all nominations are ever posted so I'm not sure what you mean by this. Several of the nominations made by others still also do not have articles so I do not fully understand why my nominating some events is singled out like this. Had I made them all in one edit or had I made one less or had I made them over a longer period of time would it have been different? I am not sure what the problem is. However, I do not think this has anything to do with the HK banker. --candlewicke 23:08, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

EU seeks to renew Zimbabwe ties

Oppose. It's just a visit. Wait the the sanctions are removed and then you have a possible item. SpencerT♦Nominate! 22:01, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, now that I read it again I think you are right. --candlewicke 23:10, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Nigeria begins vast dredge of the Niger River

Support this. Too much politics these days. This would serve for some good general interest. Colipon+(Talk) 09:04, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, I may do this later if it has not been opposed. --candlewicke 13:48, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The Nigerian government commences a 36 billion naira dredging of the Niger River. --candlewicke 00:07, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 11:55, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Gabon has barred opposition leaders from leaving the country

Is this notable enough? I'm a little less certain but I wanted to nominate it to see what everybody thinks. --candlewicke 13:55, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree with you on this...I'll say oppose on this. Interesting, but just not right there. SpencerT♦Nominate! 00:47, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

221 missing in capsized boat incident in Sierra Leone

This will probably require a new article. --candlewicke 13:45, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. At least 90 people die and over 100 others are declared missing following a shipwreck off the coast of Sierra Leone. --candlewicke 02:33, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, we have had a run of shipwrecks recently but this is highly notable - Dumelow (talk) 09:27, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
Weak support for this one. Article looks good. (I've renamed it as it didn't seem big enough to be called a "ship".) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:31, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
There seems not to be much time left to post this one... --candlewicke 20:13, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
Support and posting. SpencerT♦Nominate! 00:50, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Hariri to step aside in Lebanon

Saad Hariri I should think. --candlewicke 13:46, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm... I am not sure I understand this now when I am about to update it... he is the Prime Minister-elect and resigned this position. I don't know if this changes its importance so I will await further comment. --candlewicke 00:11, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Stampede in India

This will probably require a new article if it is thought suitable for the Main Page. --candlewicke 13:53, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Tragedy aside, five is a rather low number of deaths...an article may be pushing it, IMO. SpencerT♦Nominate! 22:20, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I am not sure... I think it maybe deserves an article even if not for the Main Page. It is the most popular article on the Times of India today and has been given some attention in the media there. It is perhaps easier to dismiss when one is not in India but maybe someone from there knows what sort of coverage it is getting and if there are many sources? Only three people were killed in the Dendermonde nursery attack yet that has an article and was on ITN so an article in this case is not impossible in theory. --candlewicke 23:19, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
This nomination is not going to be successful until that updated article shows up. Rather than justify on ITN/Candidates why it is an important event that deserves an article and ITN appearance, why not be bold and go make it an article? To me, that should be the first step before nominating it. Apart from that, the scale of this accident has the feel of "local news." To put some perspective on it, I'm sure there were a few car crashes today within 100 miles of me in which more than five people died. As far as I can tell, this tragedy is not going to affect the lives of many people outside New Delhi and it will not be remembered internationally once it falls out of the news. Additionally, with no decent articles associated with this event to showcase through ITN, I oppose pursuing this further. Dwr12 (talk) 08:37, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

UEFA Women's Euro 2009 final

Imho, certainly more internationally notable than the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final currently on the main page. EnemyOfTheState|talk 19:59, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
I support this one. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:08, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Support also - no reason why women's football shouldn't be represented on ITN. However, as per normal, a referenced prose update on the final is required --Daviessimo (talk) 07:19, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Absolutely no reason why women's football shouldn't be represented, but surely FIFA_Women's_World_Cup is the highest level of competition in the sport. Kevin McE (talk) 07:25, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, but as football is the most popular sport on the planet it is normal to include regionalised international competitions. Given that the world cup happens once every four years its not like we are inundated with womens football as it is --Daviessimo (talk) 07:29, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted. Now I'll wait for the Americans to say that it's called soccer not football :) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 08:55, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Surprising - this got posted. I wonder how much of this is important in Asia, Africa and both Americas? --GPPande 13:03, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Probably not very important - however, there are over 50 nations who are members of UEFA (by my count that is just short of a quarter of all the recognised sovereign states in the world), including several in Asia (e.g. Azebaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan). I'd say that equals a pretty large amount of international interest --Daviessimo (talk) 16:53, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Many football (soccer) events get posted due to the game's global influence. For ITN, this includes, but is not limited to, World Cup, Euro, Copa America, Asian Cup, African Cup of Nations, Gold Cup, Women's World Cup, U-21 World Championships, UEFA Champions League etc. etc. The women's Euro is actually followed quite extensively, albeit lagging much behind men's ratings, it has gained increased popularity in Germany, and is much, much further ahead of Hurling... something we still deemed useful to put in ITN. Colipon+(Talk) 20:53, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
I hope this was nominated and posted for more reasons than hurling. They are different sports and remember hurling is broadcast in some form in Australia and bars, clubs and restaurants in Canada, Caribbean and US can apparently watch it so I am not sure it is a fair assessment. Please remember that some parts of the world are interested in different sports than others. --candlewicke 23:27, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives arrested in the Netherlands

[14] Could anyone create Noel Cunningham? Template:Infobox Criminal would come in handy. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:38, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

UK consul murdered in Jamaica

British diplomat John Terry has been allegedly murdered in Jamaica. [15]: John Terry, who was also a justice of the peace, had been beaten and his throat was tied with cord and a piece of clothing. Nothing much is known yet, but perhaps we should keep an eye on it. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:02, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Japan's HTV first launch

Launch took place on time, HTV now in orbit

Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:04, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
I was about to post the image as well, but it has two problems: 1. The image is not found in the given source. (When I click the source link I get "You requested a non-existent page. Please check the URL.") 2. If the image is a creation of JAXA, it may not be in public domain, even if it can be found in the NASA website. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:22, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Gay Adoption

Support - obvious place for an update would be LGBT rights in Uruguay --Daviessimo (talk) 11:14, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose: will we also report the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th etc nation to come to this decision, and every comparable legislative change. Not a first, even at continental level. Kevin McE (talk) 11:44, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Well according to the news article it is the first Latin American country to pass the law, which by my reckoning makes it 'a first... at continent level'. Also, given that South America is made up of predominantly Catholic countries it is likely to cause quite a controversy in the region. And anyway, ITN generally puts up any significant changes in the laws of countries, whether it be legalising gay adoption or changing the side of the road that traffic drives on --Daviessimo (talk) 12:12, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
According to LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory, Brazil already has this, as do Belgium, Andorra and Spain, all of which have Catholic majorities, and many other countries with Judao-Christian majorities. Kevin McE (talk) 12:51, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, "the law makes Uruguay the first Latin American country to let gay couples adopt" should be more than good enough for ITN. Reported on a European news website too (which I find rare enough for South American events). Plus there was this less than two weeks ago so let us not make one rule for Uruguay and another one for the United Kingdom. --candlewicke 19:25, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Can we clarify whether it is or is not the first Latin American country to let gay couples adopt, as there seems to be confusion about this. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:03, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The quote from the source claims that it is. I don't see where the confusion is—there is uncertainty over whether it is the first country with a Catholic majority but I don't think this affects the Latin America side of the argument. --candlewicke 13:52, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The problem is that the source giving the honour to Brazil is in Portuguese --Daviessimo (talk) 16:55, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
The following claim it is the first Latin American country: BBC, CNN, The New York Times. Therefore I have updated and offer: Uruguay becomes the first Latin American country to legalise LGBT adoption. --candlewicke 00:54, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
If we feature a mere UK government apology concerning the treatement of Alan Turing why shouldn't we mention a major legislative breakthrough in Uruguay?
Peter Isotalo 10:05, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 11:57, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

British PM apologises on treatment of Alan Turing

Leaning toward support, and I notice the article has been well updated. Any objections? --BorgQueen (talk) 16:29, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:47, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


September 9

ITN candidates for September 9

Mexico Aeroplane Hijacking

Even if, the incident will be without victims I think it's an ITN material. Not everyday happens this type of events. I want to strong support (Aeroméxico Flight 576) -- TouLouse (talk) 20:08, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
We have two articles: Aeromexico Flight 576 and Aeroméxico Flight 576. It is best if we merge them before putting any of them on Main Page. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:34, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Let us just wait to see what happens. --candlewicke 20:40, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Seems to have finished calmly (according to the BBC). Support once article is updated with this fact (ifthis is indeed the case) and the two articles are merged - Dumelow (talk) 20:45, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
The articles have been merged. A blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 20:50, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
"The hijacking of Aeroméxico Flight 576 by a Christian religious fanatic ends peacefully?" 201.124.77.235 (talk) 23:06, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
It landed where it's supposed to, and not very late either. No victims, no weapons fired. In short, not sure it's significant enough. ... (talk) 07:11, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Turkish Flash Floods

BBC, CNN, Brisbane Times, PA.  Cargoking  talk  10:14, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Is there an article? There is also this and I suppose we could combine the two in one blurb --Daviessimo (talk) 14:11, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Article for Turkey is at 2009 Istanbul Flood, couldn't find one for South America - Dumelow (talk) 14:17, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, but the article needs more sources and citations. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:01, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Myself and Dumelow have updated 2009 Turkish flash floods. Is more needed before it can go up or is that OK? --Daviessimo (talk) 19:36, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Suggest:"At least 31 people are killed by flash floods during Turkey's heaviest rainfall for 80 years" or similar - Dumelow (talk) 20:42, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --Tone 07:28, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

The Beatles

The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles:Rock Band, and remasters of the original CDs are all going to be released. Its definitely of international interest. Not sure if its ITN type stuff though. Deserted Cities 16:30, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Has it broken any records? --candlewicke 18:22, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose. Although the Beatles were great, things like this aren't really for ITN.  Cargoking  talk  19:04, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
I agree. Could sound like an advert. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:52, 10 September 2009 (UTC)


September 8

ITN candidates for September 8

Norwegian men sentenced to death in Congo

Does anyone think this is significant enough? Reported by BBC [16], CNN [17] and many others, the sentencing does have international implications, and a serious one at that since they are being accused of spying for the Norwegian government as well. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:28, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

This seems like a good candidate, how often are people found guilty of espionage (although they seem unlikely spies to me)? I note Joshua French already has an article, I wonder if Tjostolv Moland is noteable enough for one as well? Would be nice to have one for both men as there doesn't seem to be one for the trial - Dumelow (talk) 15:46, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I tend to agree... Almost all info available (in English) about the pair are about the trial and preceding events that led to the trial, it seems. Perhaps we could create Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland and merge Joshua French? --BorgQueen (talk) 15:58, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, that sounds good they do not seem to be notable for anything else - Dumelow (talk) 16:02, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Would it be better to wait until they die? X are executed is more final than X are sentenced to death (especially if it could be appealed or there was any hope of them getting away). If their sentencing has attracted this much attention then surely their deaths will too? This seems unusual in that it is about a death sentence rather than the jail sentences which are usually posted so perhaps it should be handled with care in case it leads to dozens of death sentence nominations? That would give time for the article to be created as well. --candlewicke 17:29, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
But for trials, a verdict has always been good enough for us, no? As for the hypothetical flood of death sentence nominations, if they are as notable as this one I don't see why we should fear. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:47, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
True. But if someone wants it when they're dead it has already been posted. --candlewicke 18:13, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
On the other hand, if they get freed, do you think their liberation will be as notable as this verdict...? --BorgQueen (talk) 18:19, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
In addition, we might have to wait for years until the executions are carried out. In that case, I see no problem in featuring the item again. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:42, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't know too much about it but from what I've seen I would think their liberation would be as notable as the verdict. Is there any indication of when they are to die? --candlewicke 19:00, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Not that I know of, but according to a CNN report Congo has not carried out the death penalty in 10 years and "lawmakers in parliament are in the process of trying to take the law off the books", and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that if the pair were to receive the death penalty, Norwegian authorities would "immediately try to seek assurances from Congolese authorities that the death sentence would not be carried out", meaning the process probably is not going to be swift. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:20, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Now we have the article Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland. That was fast, Hapsala. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:37, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
OK, I guess they won't be killed very quickly then. --candlewicke 19:47, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting. --BorgQueen (talk) 19:52, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I have a little gripe ;) The link provided is about the two men primarily. So in order to make it clear, it would be better as: — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:40, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
It is better, whenever possible, to avoid disguising and over-piping links. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:42, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
You are welcome to tweak yourself. But I am not sure about the "Congolese" part, since it can be confused with the Republic of the Congo, which is a different country. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:46, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Puntland detains foreigners

The semi-autonomous state of Puntland in Somalia has detained three Seychellois hostages (formerly held by pirates) along with the five aircrew and two mediators (one British, one Kenyan) who came to rescue them (and repatriate 23 suspected Somali pirates). The repatriated pirates were themselves met by armed men who disappeared with them into the bush. The men on the aircraft will be charged with illegally bringing the pirates into Puntland. From the BBC). Could be an interesting story for ITn depending on how it develops - Dumelow (talk) 09:36, 8 September 2009 (UTC)


September 7

ITN candidates for September 7

Kabul International Airport attack

2009 Kabul International Airport attack

Here it is quite a large explosion as I heard. Something really big. --yousaf465' 04:30, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Neutral until we get more reports; the news articles we have at present have no official indication of casualties or injured. It might be a while before we have more numbers, from the sounds of it. Tony Fox (arf!) 05:23, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
SOme Important guys as well. He it the SUVs. --yousaf465' 05:40, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Is there any more on this one? It's quite short and I'm not sure whether to support or oppose. --candlewicke 17:22, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
We need to check whether any info pours in, bcz with the gag and a picture controversy already in the air, only censored info will be getting out. But we can use the Kabul International Airport article if we wish. Same info there.--yousaf465' 18:38, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Hurling

2009 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final

This is as good as any recurring item for the individual sport of hurling which does not have an international championship thus this is the highest level it can achieve. If it was included it would be similar to the Superbowl or AFL Grand Finals as a version of a national championship (although unlike those two versions of football this is a sport in its own right and has been around for longer than both of them).

Hurling is regarded by The New York Times as the "the fastest field game in the world" which "dates from Celtic times". How many ancient sports still popular today feature on ITN? To gain further understanding of how internationally involved the GAA President is, please read this (featuring Asia, Australia, Middle East the US, even the Mayor of New York). It's not something you would might find on CNN (or would you?) but hopefully that won't put anybody off. :-) I think I have updated it appropriately but there are plenty of other sources available anyway if this isn't the case.

The sport is covered in great depth if the right media sources are sought and some even dedicate their own sections within their sports section 1, 2, 3, 4 for more reading from today's newspapers. One former hurler is Jack Lynch - a Taoiseach (i.e. Prime Minister to everybody else) and former Premier League footballer Niall Quinn attended the game according to this (two random examples I've just located of well-known figures connected to hurling in different ways).

It also happens that the winning team has just achieved four consecutive championship victories which hasn't been done since the 1940s (again evident from any of the sources linked above) and been hailed as the greatest of all time, etc. but that's not really too important for the long-term encyclopedic purposes of a recurring ITN. In hurling, Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final to win their fourth consecutive All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, last achieved by Cork in the 1940s.. --candlewicke 19:28, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Forgot to mention it is sponsored by Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates of all places. Here is an article in Abu Dhabi's The National which mentions hurling alongside the AFL and other sports like golf, cricket, rugby and association football. --candlewicke 20:19, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
For such a big event it sure has a dismal amount of article views... –Howard the Duck 00:52, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Plus, there are no updates in Portal:Current events/Sports. –Howard the Duck 00:55, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. Are there any other formalities? I'm not judging it on its article views, I nominated it based upon the sources I provided. I don't think it would be the first time an ITN (and even a sports ITN) would be posted despite a lack of page views on Wikipedia. It is the highest level of its sport and I've provided international sources. --candlewicke 14:50, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. But I've always disliked the format "In (topic), XXX". It would be better if there was a more natural way to link to hurling, but not a big deal. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:06, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I usually find that the "In (topic), XXX" format ends up occurring anyway (it happened when badminton was on the Main Page) so I left it as that just in case... any other comments? --candlewicke 17:32, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, I've had a rethink. I'm not convinced about the international importance of this event as it is only about Ireland. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 17:52, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, I think the issue here is that if we have the AFL Grand Final, the Grey Cup, the Superbowl and World Series, why not this. After all, just like they are, this is the top level of the sport internationally. Ireland may only be a small country, but it has one of the largest expat communities of any nation and I'm sure there will be followers around the globe. I'm personally of the opinion that rather than not putting up small events because there not as big as other sports, we should put up more events from the big sports like Football, basketball or cricket and at the same time provide a platform for smaller, lesser known sports to be seen by more people --Daviessimo (talk) 18:03, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, and one of the points I made was that this is a unique sport in its own right as opposed to a type of football that the Superbowl, for example, is. It does have followers around the globe, however, I decided to use verifiable sources to argue this case rather than mention radio interviews I heard before it took place with people in other parts of the world, which I unfortunately cannot verify. I am hoping that what I have verified, particularly The New York Times (across an ocean to the west) and The National (across an entire continent to the east) provide enough evidence of so-called internationalness. It is really a matter of how the sources are used rather than if it is the top story on CNN or BBC for me. If it is being mentioned in the UAE to the point where it features in the country's newspapers and is sponsored by their national airline then someone somewhere in that country must have heard of it I imagine. I've just found this too if it helps. --candlewicke 18:46, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Any other comments? --candlewicke 20:36, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd rather see the basketball item below get posted. The competitors are more... exotic, plus basketball is terribly underrepresented here. –Howard the Duck 03:02, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Would be a refreshing change from the normal sports (& of death on ITN now). ... (talk) 04:48, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
At least basketball is represented... I am going to raise this on the talk page as I feel we must be consistent when it comes to sports such as these (that is those that aren't world championships). When the Superbowl comes around again it will be posted possibly even without a nomination despite it not even being a unique sport (if one classifies all the footballs as one type of sport). This one has been rejected so far for reasons including not enough page views or "it is only Ireland". Those are fair enough reasons (although I'm inclined to disagree with them) and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don't understand the point about the competitors being more exotic in basketball (what does this even mean, who measures how exotic they are?) However, if this can be rejected because it is only one country then so too can the Superbowl, AFL, etc. as well in my opinion. It doesn't say much for the inclusion of sports played in other countries either which is unfortunate as I thought that was a good idea and was excited at the sort of sports people would nominate. Perhaps I misunderstood that or neglected to read the bit which said a country had to be of a certain importance or have a minimum number of people to be accepted. --candlewicke 10:40, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Note that it is an international competition: one UK team was in the quarter finals, and teams from England and USA have the possibility of promotion to the level that would give them entry to the tournament. Kevin McE (talk) 11:14, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm staying neutral, but we seem to have Daviessimo, tripledot and Kevin supporting (plus the persistent nominator :) So I'm considering posting soon, unless strong objections come up. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:36, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
The thing with the Super_Bowl and the AFL is that they are broadcast elsewhere. Sure maybe this one is too, but not to the extent as those two. –Howard the Duck 12:15, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps Johnsemlak at WT:ITNR said it best, and he is referring to the different football continental club championships, which can also be applied in this context: "Is there a rule or Wikipedia guideline that we must strive for geographical balance even when two events are of vastly unequal importance? Including the club championships of all continents seems painfully unnecessary." –Howard the Duck 12:34, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Liquid explosive verdict

2006_transatlantic_aircraft_terrorist_plot#Conviction

Three men have been found guilty of conspiring to blow up seven trans-Atlantic aeroplanes using liquid explosives - [18]. Its a pretty big story and has plenty of international interest due to the whole war on terror. Thoughts?

  • Support I'll update the lead, and I think this event is enough of "a story of international importance or interest" (from criteria). At the least, the story is as significant as that of Abdelkader Belliraj's conviction when that was featured on ITN. By the way, I was Otumba; I changed my username. HonouraryMix (talk) 00:39, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Suggested blurb: "Three men are found guilty in the United Kingdom of planning to blow up several transatlantic flights to Canada and the United States using liquid bombs." HonouraryMix (talk) 00:53, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Support - I like this blurb, it's succinct and to the point. This affected the way that people are processed in airports throughout a lot of the world, definitely worth a mention. Tony Fox (arf!) 05:26, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 09:31, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
This article needs a lot of fix in it's current shape, few very important policies are being violated. WP:Avoid, WP:NPOV and other such things. There are too many [citation needed] tags. It need to be fixed. --yousaf465' 18:41, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Giant rat

A new species of giant rat has been discovered deep in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. [19] [20]. TouLouse (talk) 11:58, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

The best article would probably be Mount Bosavi. Lampman (talk) 12:01, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Or even better: Bosavi Woolly Rat. How about: Scientists working in Papua New Guinea announce the discovery of over forty new species, including a giant rat weighing approximately 1.5kg. Lampman (talk) 12:19, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, but the article needs inline citations and a slight expansion. --BorgQueen (talk) 12:58, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Anyway, we need to be careful with this one, check template talk for Arctic item yesterday. --Tone 13:12, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
To be honest I don't see why the news media are not a reliable secondary sources for science items. If we follow through on that logic we'll never post another science item again because the time btween the initial publication of data and the subsequent discussion in future journal articles is just too long. I also didn't understand how the comparisons provided were in any way similar. They gave two variable that scientists had attempted to link with a theory, which they then sought to prove with evidence. What we were reporting was not a theory, but rather just one set of data by itself (i.e. temps in the Arctic are rising). It wasn't as if we were saying temps in the Arctic are rising, therefore proving that global warming is real --Daviessimo (talk) 13:27, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I kinda agree with daviessimo here. the blurb for Arctic temp said "A study published in the journal...". we were simply saying a study that was published stated this and this... we were not trying to say that we looked (its the news media that did) at various scientific journals and concluded that temp. are rising. similar thing goes for the rat -- Ashish-g55 14:30, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I also support this one. The woolly rat article is a stub but seems to be well-referenced. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:01, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Unfortunately not from Sumatra. Hektor (talk) 16:24, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Sorry? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:37, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Giant rat#Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra. Algebraist 12:28, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Any more comments on the woolly rat? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:37, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

We had new dinasour and cat, why not rat? ... (talk) 07:00, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
  Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:13, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

General suggestion

Right now five of the seven items are of the "x people die..." format. The other two are new presidents. I think it would be really good to get something else in there; sports, science, entertainment, anything. Lampman (talk) 11:32, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Sure. Feel free to nominate some items, we're always happy to get some help with that. --Tone 11:44, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, there's this giant rat they found in New Guinea (Times), or Spotify launching for mobile phones (BBC). And then there's the Samoa thing below. Not sure what's acceptable. Lampman (talk) 11:57, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Hurling is a sport I have nominated above... --candlewicke 20:21, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Yes ITN should be from a mix of items. Sometimes there are lot of crash, sometimes a bundle of sinks, or else too many elections are taking place within a small period of time. It's law of attraction or whatever but does happens.--yousaf465' 02:01, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Samoa driving

Samoa becomes the first territory for 30 years to switch the side of the road which it drives on. From today they will drive on the left-hand side instead of the right-hand side they are currently driving on. From The BBC. The relevent article is Right-_and_left-hand_traffic#Samoa. May or may not be ITN-worthy but it is a first in 30 years - Dumelow (talk) 11:36, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

I like this one. Maybe some more updates to the article. --Tone 11:44, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I like it too. Here's more sources: Reuters, AP, AFP, CNN. Lampman (talk) 11:48, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I have added more from those sources (thanks Lampman) to the article and it should hopefully be good to go now. How about: "Samoa switches the side of the road that traffic drives on becoming the first country in nearly 40 years to do so". Someone else can probably word it better though - Dumelow (talk) 14:54, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
There is also an updated Transport in Samoa article.--Hapsala (talk) 00:13, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
That article is currently tagged for rewriting (and is basically a copy-paste of the section I added to the other article). Do we have a consensus to add this yet? - Dumelow (talk) 09:03, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Alternative suggestion: (but not quite grammatical yet) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:39, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
After getting advice on the reference desk, I've used a colon to fix the grammar here.   Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:54, 8 September 2009 (UTC)


September 6

ITN candidates for September 6

Superferry 9 sinks

A ferry with 960 people onboard capsizes in the Philippines. 880 people have been rescued, 80 missing and three are confirmed dead. The missing may been rescued by a fleet of fishing vessels so it could turn out to be a good news story. From the BBC. There is a mention in SuperFerry at the moment but it isn't much - Dumelow (talk) 09:53, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Support but wait for more information. Also, this article,2004 SuperFerry 14 bombing, while unrealted to the present disaster is interesting. Shinerunner (talk) 13:29, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
An article has been started at SuperFerry 9. The ferry had 847 passengers and 112 on board, five are now confirmed dead and 60 missing - Dumelow (talk) 15:02, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't see where there's a lot of international interest in this. And unfortunately ferries seem to sink regularly in that part of the world. Lastly, it looks like another boating accident is going up soon...RxS (talk) 15:10, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
Support, that is all the more reason to post this now. When have there ever been two boating accidents simultaneously on ITN? Let's do it. 18.96.6.29 (talk) 20:47, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
What's keeping this from being added? Too few white people dead? –Howard the Duck 05:30, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Intentional racism or none, I'm assuming it's the lack of an active administrator. Therequiembellishere (talk) 05:52, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
You see, this is one reason why there should be another class of users who can edit protected pages but are not sysops. –Howard the Duck 06:00, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I completely, completely agree. But where would such a bold (pun intended) proposal go? Therequiembellishere (talk) 06:24, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Or get into ITN admins who are not from the U.S. and Europe. At this hour U.S. is sleeping and Europe is just waking up. –Howard the Duck 06:27, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Offliner (talk) 06:35, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Please agree on a blurb and I can post it. Howard, your insinuations of racism are not helpful to the discussion; please desist, thanks. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:09, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I apologize for my mention of the apparent racism in here due to the unneeded delay this blurb has experienced. –Howard the Duck 10:39, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
How about: "At least nine people are killed and thirty are missing after SuperFerry 9 (pictured) capsizes near Zamboanga City, Phillipines" - Dumelow (talk) 10:17, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks good.   Posted — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:38, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I give 3 valid reasons why this shouldn't be posted..someone plays the race card and up it goes? Who says ITN isn't a news service? And a bad one at that. RxS (talk) 14:22, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Update needed, the lastest still missing number is one. Article has been updated with this fact.Shinerunner (talk) 14:54, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I have reported this at Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors. These kind of things are usually best posted there as it is watched by more admins than here. Cheers - Dumelow (talk) 16:55, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for taking care of it. It seems that not all my synapses are firing today so that I should have thought of it. :) Shinerunner (talk) 17:00, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Final of the FIBA Americas Championship 2009

Might not be competitive this time since the two strongest teams either won't send a team or won't send a full strength team. same is true for Americas tournaments held two years after the Olympics. 119.111.124.130 (talk) 08:31, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

A qualifying tournament? --candlewicke 18:25, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Title of the article would show what it is. An intercontinental championship, that doubles as a qualifying tournament. –Howard the Duck 08:04, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Final will be between Brazil and... Puerto Rico. Yes, Puerto Rico plays a sport. If anyone wants "diversity" on ITN this will be it. –Howard the Duck 03:05, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Anyone? The article is in good shape. –Howard the Duck 05:15, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Final of the 2009 World Cup of Pool

Apparently (according to ITN/R) the WPA World Nine-ball Championship is our recurring event for pool, should we keep it as this one or change it or should we feature both? - Dumelow (talk) 15:50, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
I'd prefer both, but if there's only one that deserves to be pucked, I'd rather pick the WPA World Nine-ball Championship. –Howard the Duck 03:15, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

September 5

ITN candidates for September 5

2009 Republic of Macedonia boat accident

At least 15 people, mostly Bulgarians, drown in Lake Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, as a tourist boat sinks. 19 dead so far. TodorBozhinov 15:08, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Needs some more content but tentative support. Also, please suggest a blurb. --Tone 15:35, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Details are still very inaccurate, numbers tend to range and there are new reports, we should wait a few hours till it clears up. The current events wording should work as a blurb. TodorBozhinov 15:42, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated. Is there a specific length requirement? We seem to have most of the important stuff in the article currently. TodorBozhinov 17:03, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Just to provide some comparable events here, there have been 8 shipwrecks with people dead or missing so far in 2009, not including this one. 4 had 10 or more dead or missing, and there were two with the dead or missing in the hundreds.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:36, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:23, 5 September 2009 (UTC)


September 4

ITN candidates for September 4

Note: 2009 Java earthquake may be ready to post now. See nomination below. --candlewicke 14:37, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Note part II: Mexico nomination waiting below. --candlewicke 02:45, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Microsoft - Word ban (not a nomination)

[21], nuf said Nil Einne (talk) 13:53, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

I'd have to oppose. Had Word been banned in practice, that might have been notable enough for ITN. However, what we have here is a ruling to ban Word from being sold in the US, a ban which wasn't going to take place until October anyway, now overturned. All the while, Word continued to be sold in the US. Basically, in practice, nothing has changed as a result of the event described in the linked article. Otumba (talk) 02:57, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Oh wait. I misread the article (hit me with a trout, please). The ruling hasn't been overturned, it's just that the ban which was going to be put into effect this October will now be held off to allow the product to be sold whilst an appeal by Microsoft is ongoing. I still oppose, though with less firmness than my last oppose above, because I think in this situation only if the appeal fails and Microsoft Word is banned in actuality (like, literally, pulled off the shelves) would it be notable for ITN. Otumba (talk) 03:14, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Oppose. This is having no affect on actual MS Word users so far.--Johnsemlak (talk) 04:03, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Comment: Just to be clear, this was never intended to be a nomination. It was moved here from the talk page by Otumba who was trying to be helpful but missed my point which was that I was quite right the last time Word came up in that there was a very good chance Word thing was never going to be a big deal as this latest development has now proven. P.S. Just to be clear, I added the header after it was moved Nil Einne (talk) 04:47, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Ah, I see. My apologies. I hope, though, you can see why I thought it was a nomination, especially since I never followed the original Word debate. Otumba (talk) 11:57, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Kunduz airstrike

  • Nato blows up two of its own petrol tankers after they were hijacked by the Taliban killing 90 people, 56 of which are said to be Taliban militants. (The Times) and (BBC). This looks like ITN material to me, I'll see if there's and article - Dumelow (talk) 09:36, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Support we can start an article if one does not exist Wikireader41 (talk) 00:22, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
It looks like the basic facts are in the above article now, I will see if I get time later today to expand it a bit - Dumelow (talk) 09:13, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
I haven't got time to add much to the article but it looks like it is developing OK at the moment anyway - Dumelow (talk) 14:00, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
The article looks good enough now and has plenty of reliable references. How about: "A NATO airstrike on two Taliban-controlled fuel tankers kills at least 56 people near Kunduz, Afghanistan" as the death toll issubject to conflicting reports of between 56 and 90 - Dumelow (talk) 19:11, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:20, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Arctic temperature

Temperatures in the arctic are at their highest level for 2000 years. I'd say thats pretty notable. The obvious place for an update would be Climate of the Arctic --Daviessimo (talk) 09:50, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

support. fairly noteworthy plus i dont remember us posting a global warming blurb in a long time. -- Ashish-g55 13:05, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. Has anyone volunteered to update the article yet? --BorgQueen (talk) 14:55, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Apparently not. Must I do everything? :P --candlewicke 04:33, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Very interesting fact, and definitely worth main page mention. Support. Tony Fox (arf!) 06:38, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
And I've updated the noted article, for the record. Tony Fox (arf!) 07:01, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
I've added a bit more. I think it should be ready to post now. Cheers --Daviessimo (talk) 07:40, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. The update looks good and we haven't had a proper science story for a while - Dumelow (talk) 09:14, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
There is also the Mexico nomination below which I think is ready too. --candlewicke 13:43, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. RxS (talk) 14:37, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps I'm being picky, but I think it would read better with an active verb, as in :
Just a thought. Joshdboz (talk) 16:52, 5 September 2009 (UTC)


September 3

ITN candidates for September 3

2009 Andhra Pradesh helicopter crash

In the accdeint have died Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. -- TouLouse (talk) 13:35, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Strong support: Big news in India. As good as a governor of some US state died in air crash. (I hope the second sentence will kill any upcoming opposition as is usually seen). --GPPande 13:43, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
see yesterday's candidates below...thanks -- Ashish-g55 13:52, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
The crash article is currently too short. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:25, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
You could still link the "helicopter crash" bit on the template. That ought to cause it to be expanded if there is all this interest in it. --candlewicke 14:51, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
I think it needs to be expanded, some info may be copied from his page. Indeed a very significant crash.--yousaf465' 16:03, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

2009 Ciudad Juárez rehab center attack

17 deaths [22] - TouLouse (talk) 13:16, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Support, but the article is too short at the moment. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:27, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Support when expanded. --candlewicke 14:52, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. Mexico's most high profile victim of the violence was claimed yesterday too according to The Times, if the person who posts wants to include it: 18 people are shot dead at a drug treatment clinic in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and the most high profile victim of the Mexican Drug War, a deputy director of public safety, is shot dead in Michoacán. --candlewicke 01:17, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 18:21, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

History

An old wall has been found. --candlewicke 03:04, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

I think this would be a very interesting break from the politics and violence that's common on ITN. RxS (talk) 04:40, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Unfortunately it seems no one else has found it as interesting as you. --candlewicke 17:16, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
In theory a the discovery of a 3700 year old wall is very significant news. That doesn't happen every day. The BBC article does warn however, that this find could be politically motivated (archeology in Israel is always politically motivated). Also there just doesn't seem to be an article update yet. Canaan would be a likely possibility.--Johnsemlak (talk) 06:06, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Politics is hard to get away from there (as anywhere I suppose). But a pretty compelling archaeological find was reported. The rest is spin...so I don't know...politics vs science. It's hard to know which is the dog and which is the tail I guess. Maybe I'll try and update the Canaan article and see what people think. RxS (talk) 15:16, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
To be fair, if it's really a wall that old then it's pretty notable whatever the surrounding politics. According to MSNBC, a small portion of the wall as first found in 1909. The current excavation has uncovered the majority of it. Another source--Johnsemlak (talk) 18:03, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Politics (women and money too in case anyone's more interested in those)

Gabon delayed until this morning. --candlewicke 04:08, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Update: Winner declared. --candlewicke 12:18, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
They took their time counting those, I nommed it on this page back on August 30 (the day of the election)! How about something on the lines of: "Ali Bongo Ondimba of the Democratic Party is elected President of Gabon" or ""Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of late President Omar Bongo, is elected President of Gabon" - Dumelow (talk) 14:19, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
I prefer the second one. --Tone 14:22, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
The Gabonese presidential election, 2009 article needs to be updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:23, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated enough. Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:35, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Bongo's article needs an update as well... --Tone 20:37, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Preferably, yes, but only bolded articles mandate update, I think. Do we have to update all the articles relevant to the topic? No, we don't. --BorgQueen (talk) 20:42, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Ok, it's not mandatory but would be nice. I am going to sleep so I can't do it tonight... --Tone 20:47, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Using that logic can you please link "helicopter crash" to the Indian article on the Main Page? It might be expanded then... --candlewicke 20:51, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, a particularly short article is another thing. Can you try WP:ERRORS instead? --BorgQueen (talk) 20:55, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

A gift during a visit --candlewicke 03:10, 3 September 2009 (UTC)


Marzieh Vahid DastjerdiFirst for women in Iran. --candlewicke 10:02, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

September 2

ITN candidates for September 2

Note: Gabonese election results expected. --candlewicke 00:02, 2 September 2009 (UTC) Update: Delayed. --candlewicke 04:09, 3 September 2009 (UTC)


Russian Obama

Would he be good enough if he got elected? --candlewicke 23:26, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

It would be an amazing feat if he got elected. However, if he became the first black elected official in Russia, he would be continuing a worldwide-trail of firsts that started before his run and still has a far way to go after the election is over. Besides, he's running for the local county council, which is hardly the presidency. All in all, even if he is somehow able to win, I don't think this is notable enough for ITN. Best of luck to him though. Otumba (talk) 23:51, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Certainly has to wait at least until he is elected. Russia gets a lot of bad press in the international media for its rising racism (I remember some heated debates over whether to mention the racism on the discussion page of the Moscow Wikipedia entry a few years back), so if this person won I think it would be significantly notable. I'm on the fence even in that eventuality but I think it would deserve discussion. It would have similar importance to the article posted on equal birth rights for lesbians, i.e. both would be significant civil rights breakthroughs. --Johnsemlak (talk) 16:22, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

BP making oil discovery

BBC. BP drilled the deepest well ever and discovered 3 billion barrels according to article. In oil terms a "giant" discovery. I am guessing BP could be update in conjunction with Oil Well perhaps. -- Ashish-g55 20:11, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Oil well discoveries have a history of being overstated, to boost share prices, prestige etc. In terms of the global reserves this is a drop in the ocean. I oppose. Modest Genius talk 00:11, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Andhra CM's Chopper missing

Times of India. Keep an eye on this one. -- Ashish-g55 13:38, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

quite a massive search operation going on now From remote sensing satellites, fighter jets, UAVs, troops on the ground to barefoot deer-hunting tribals with bows and arrows -- Ashish-g55 02:39, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Breaking news: Located. --candlewicke 04:11, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
"Mr Reddy, 60, was an influential politician from the Congress party." OK, he's dead along with several others. I probably should be careful about implying if he was the younger Indian version of a certain other non-leading, albeit influential politician but he didn't die of cancer or have an expected death. I think I will support this one. The circumstances seem good enough. For population comparisons if necessary to add further weight in favour, I observe that Andhra Pradesh has more than twice as many people as the most popular US state of California. --candlewicke 08:27, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
It would also appear there are plenty who are interested in reading about him, judging by the past few hours of 8th, 2nd, 1st, 1st and 1st on the WP:Popular pages chart... plus the most popular story on the BBC website (now a big story on CNN) for those who form their opinion on such stats. --candlewicke 09:36, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
well his page Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has been updated decently. shall leave rest upto the 100s who came in to support last week on a fairly similar item if this should go up or not. i support because this is unexpected death -- Ashish-g55 13:03, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. A nice blurb please? --BorgQueen (talk) 13:12, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Andhra Pradesh state chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy dies in a helicopter crash at the age of 60. -- Ashish-g55 13:44, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
add India to above... -- Ashish-g55 13:48, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:09, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Diarrhoea in Ethiopia

India got one going on too. -- Ashish-g55 13:42, 2 September 2009 (UTC)


2009 Java earthquake

  • Could be something important - TouLouse (talk) 09:10, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Maybe... --candlewicke 09:20, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
At least 7 deaths being reported on the BBC website's news ticker. They haven't updated here yet though. --candlewicke 10:55, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
15 deaths :( [23][24] -- TouLouse (talk) 11:38, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Now 33 deaths and rising. It was a 7.0 earthquake.BBC. However, I can't find a Wikipedia article on it--er--correction, obviously there's a link at the top of this discussion. However, if I search Wikipedia for 'Java earthquake', it doesn't come up.--Johnsemlak (talk) 17:25, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Up to 34 and suspected to be much higher. --Smashvilletalk 19:08, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
44 --candlewicke 03:30, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
49 --candlewicke 10:22, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
63 now -- TouLouse (talk) 14:20, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Support if the article is expanded. --Tone 10:37, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Done, updated with latest death tolls, I don't really have any more time right now to dedicate to it but hopefully that's enough. Can't believe it hasn't attracted more interest... oh well. At least 63 people are killed and dozens are missing in Java following Indonesia's deadliest earthquake since 2006. --candlewicke 14:29, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Posting soon. --BorgQueen (talk) 14:37, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Support 63 Deaths so far, extensive damage (83,000 homes destroyed), 7.0 earthquake. --Johnsemlak (talk) 04:01, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Guatemala

A Guatemalan court jails an ex-paramilitary officer for 150 years for the forced disappearance of civilians in the 36-year civil war. Felipe Cusanero, found guilty over the disappearance in the 1980s of six indigenous Maya farmers, is the first person to be jailed for such crimes. Human rights groups have hailed the verdict as a breakthrough in the fight against impunity in Guatemala, etc. I think this is good enough. Any supports? --candlewicke 00:18, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Support. Would you like to create Felipe Cusanero? --BorgQueen (talk) 00:21, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Maybe. Alternatively we could use Guatemalan Civil War (perhaps)? --candlewicke 03:39, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Support - Personally I'd go with Guatemalan Civil War. Shinerunner (talk) 11:26, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
support It's a very significant legal verdict --Johnsemlak (talk) 17:03, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
I don't see any updates yet but yes, this is a relevant story. --Tone 19:04, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Done. Felipe Cusanero is sentenced to 150 years in prison for his part in the disappearance of 6 Mayan farmers during the Guatemalan Civil War in the 1980s. --candlewicke 00:05, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted, thanks! RxS (talk) 04:25, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Lk 'disappearance' to Forced disappearance? 189.146.238.77 (talk) 14:43, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
I'll send that to errors if it isn't already there. --candlewicke 14:54, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
  Done, next time please request suggestions like this to WP:ERRORS. Thanks — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:09, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Iolu Abil and the Vanuatu presidential election

  • Nominate the Vanuatuan presidential election, 2009 and the election of the country's new president Iolu Abil. I created a stub for Abil and will try to fix up the election's article today when I have a chance. Scanlan (talk) 12:55, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
    • Note - There's some definite confusion in the media as to whether the new president's name is spelled Iolu Abil or Iolu Abbil, depending on the source. I used the Radio New Zealand version, which I've found to be pretty reliable in the past. Scanlan (talk) 13:22, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Support once Abil's article has been fleshed out a bit - Dumelow (talk) 13:40, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Support. --candlewicke 14:10, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Both article could be expanded a bit but from what I've seen on google, there's not much more info available... Support then. Blurb? --Tone 19:04, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
Uh, Iolu Abil is sworn in as President of Vanuatu following the Vanuatuan presidential election, 2009. ? --candlewicke 00:09, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. At least there's the year of birth in the article now. --Tone 09:40, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
Quick note the Vanuatuan presidential election, 2009 article needs a ITN tag on its talk page as a record that the article was posted. Thanks! Scanlan (talk) 16:37, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Done, thanks. --candlewicke 17:22, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

Afghanistan explosion

How about the explosion tha killed Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence, and at least 21 other people? Source: BBC - Dumelow (talk) 13:39, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Support. --candlewicke 15:03, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

September 1

ITN candidates for September 1

Baby boom (1896–2009)

Boom time for babies as births soar in recession—Highest number for more than 100 years. Or is that 110 years? Or maybe 112? Or even 113? Actually, that last figure from the front page of today's edition of The Irish Times is probably the correct one since all the sources say 1896. But I don't know how this compares to similar figures internationally or, for that matter, if it is unusual enough for ITN... --candlewicke 12:25, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

I like it, but I don't think it is ITN material, at least not until the effect is noticed elsewhere. The "Hogmanay effect", for example, is well known in Scottish maternity wards overwhelmed at end-Sept–start-October… Physchim62 (talk) 12:58, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Not really ITN, I agree. --Tone 14:21, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Oppose - for reasons stated above.
  • Would be interesting for Wikinews, but I agree with the above users. –Juliancolton | Talk 00:34, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Fiji

Fiji is suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations due to a refusal to reinstate elections by 2010 following the 2006 Fijian coup d'état. From the BBC. This has happened several times in the past. Notable enough? - Dumelow (talk) 13:39, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

I think so. Especially if it has only happened fully once before (Nigeria, 1995). --candlewicke 13:45, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Looks promising. We had suspension of Honduras from OAS some months ago. When the articles are updated, Support. --Tone 14:21, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Support when updated. --BorgQueen (talk) 15:53, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
It is now mentioned under "Termination of membership" on the Commonwealth of Nations article. There is an article at Suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations but I think that refers to the more mild form of suspension (whereas Fiji has now been "fully suspended" apparently) which Fiji received back in 2006 - Dumelow (talk) 15:55, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
The paragraph has just one citation. Can you add one or two more? --BorgQueen (talk) 16:02, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
I didn't write it but I will see what I can rustle up - Dumelow (talk) 16:05, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
I have written more on the situation (and moved it to the suspension section where I think it belongs) and added more refs - Dumelow (talk) 16:32, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Posted. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:37, 1 September 2009 (UTC)


Light bulbs

The European Union begins its phase-out of incandescent light bulbs starting with 100 watt versions. All incandescents will be phased out by 2012 in favour of energy-saving Compact fluorescent lamps. (BBC). This is pretty interesting, not sure if it is of any use for the mainpage though - Dumelow (talk) 13:43, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Neutral. I don't mind it going up, or if it stays down. Is there an update?  Cargoking  talk  13:46, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I'm not sure either. All the other versions have to be phased out over a period of several years as well... --candlewicke 13:48, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
So if we let this one in, all the others will have an excuse to get in next time. Let's wait 'till 2012.  Cargoking  talk  13:56, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Relevant article is phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, no update yet though. This marks the start of the entire phase-out which is why i nommed it. I am OK with just covering the end of it in 2012 though - Dumelow (talk) 13:59, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
I would support this one because it marks a beginning of new (era?). It has international impact, big consequences, environmental implications... What would be the blurb in 2012? Now you finally can't buy a light bulb in a shop? Not really... However, I think that the beginning of the process is notable in this regard (meaning we don't include 80W, 60W etc.) --Tone 14:21, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
the only thing is according to Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs the phasing out isnt anything new... many countries have already done this. i agree it should be posted sooner rather than later though (if its going to be). -- Ashish-g55 15:27, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
In Europe there is Switzerland and within the EU there is Ireland... I was thinking I had heard this somewhere before. However, as this seems to be the full banning of production across the European Union, I will support either the beginning or end of this. The trouble with the end being that nobody can guarantee that all available bulbs have been bought or at least used (one might turn up in a box somewhere in fifty years and end up in a museum) so I think now, at the beginning, is best. --candlewicke 16:22, 1 September 2009 (UTC)


An international treaty that aims to close fishing ports to vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

  Sent two months into the future. --candlewicke 23:52, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Eurozone unemployment

What about this. Unemployment at a ten year is quite notable given that the total population is over 300m spread across 15 countries --Daviessimo (talk) 18:16, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

unemployment is issue in entire world atm. many countries are actually doing worse. so i dont know if putting this on will seem like eurozone's employment is more important than others. even though that is not the intent but it may seem like that. -- Ashish-g55 18:20, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
But you can say that about any news just about anywhere, I don't think that's a good reason to exclude it. It effects millions of people across a continent. ITN items don't have to effect everyone, everywhere. RxS (talk) 04:45, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
American numbers effect the same amount of people. Deserted Cities 05:06, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
That's right...we'd be just as justified in posting unusual unemployment numbers from the U.S. Following Ashish-g55's logic we could never post econimic data from any where in the world that didn't cover everyone, everywhere. I don't think we want to limit ITN like that. And it doesn't end with economics, there are lots of subjects that cover/affect large numbers of people but don't have an overall international impact. We cover those sorts of topics all the time. RxS (talk) 12:23, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
However, the United States is one country of fifty states whereas Europe is one continent of fifty countries... which is more international? Perhaps if the US combined its figures with those of other countries with which it shares that continent... as for countries, similar rates in India would outdo the United States in numbers affected. So I don't know how the Eurozone with several countries more than both those combined could be said to be equally or less international. More or the same amount of people maybe but those would be national figures. --candlewicke 20:47, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
My point was that how international something is doesn't always have to be the guiding principle when choosing ITN items. And indeed, looking at the recent past, much of the time it isn't a factor at all. If it affects a large amount of people it's a valid suggestion whether they live in one political unit or several. RxS (talk) 04:46, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
i think my comment got misunderstood. i said "unemployment is issue in entire world atm". at the moment being the key. news from many countries about unemployment figures comes almost every day. just last week or so Canada said their employment numbers were record low. my point wasnt that this is not international enough but rather that we have not posted the same news which has appeared for other countries so posting this would seem like Eurozone is more importannt. If this was Euro specific right now then i would have no problem. -- Ashish-g55 20:57, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
And by that logic, we can't include any economic data from anywhere in the world that's not global in scope and not unique to that part of the world. Or indeed just about anything....China reports suicides are at a 10 year high, we can't add it because suicide is a problem everywhere. Finland says it has the coldest winter on record, nope, because it's been cold everywhere.
My point is that Europe is one of the largest economies in the world and when something like this comes out we should be able to mention it without the rest of the world feeling slighted. RxS (talk) 04:40, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Todays news states US jobless at 26 year high. now had we posted EU 2 days ago what would be the reason for not posting this. none. these are coming out every day as i said. this is the main reason for oppose. its ok to post statistics for someone but u have to see if even worst statistics came out for someone else at same time or not. -- Ashish-g55 13:03, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
There'd be plenty of reason not to post it, for starters ITN isn't a business section. But we do post some business news and this would have been a fine addition for the reasons I stated. And since we don't have a crystal ball we can't not post things because something similar might come up in the future. We can use our editorial common sense, we're not robots. RxS (talk) 19:24, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
we dont need crystal ball for unemployment news. we cant not post things due to future events but i am talking about past events and current events. this same news has come up for many countries over last couple months and still coming every day. we didnt even need to wait 2 days for US news to show up. it is expected news at start of september for most countries. since EU does everything together they release it for EU rather than separate countries thats only difference. -- Ashish-g55 19:59, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
This isn't a news service and we're not obligated to include all news items on a certain topic. ITN is here to spotlight articles with recently updated content. It'd be silly to outlaw a class of news items because they are in the news regularly. That does ITN and the readers a real disservice, undermines why ITN even exists. RxS (talk) 14:56, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
i am very well aware this isnt a news service. but which updated articles are u referring to? i am sure equal amounts of updates can be made for same news in other countries too. most of the time we make updates here ourselves depending on if we want to post it. -- Ashish-g55 19:23, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
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