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New York executive files $60 million libel lawsuit over insurance scandal

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A former Marsh & McLennan Cos. executive has hit former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer with a $60 million defamation lawsuit over an online magazine article regarding an insurance bid-rigging scandal.

William Gilman, a former Marsh managing director, filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, over allegations Mr. Spitzer defamed him in a Slate article published a year ago. A copy of the complaint was made public on Monday.

Gilman, who had a final insurance fraud charge dismissed in January, said Spitzer acted with “actual malice” by suggesting that he was guilty of crimes of which he was never accused.

Although he wasn’t named in the article, Mr. Gilman complained that Spitzer defamed him by writing that “Marsh’s behavior was a blatant abuse of law and market power: price-fixing, bid-rigging and kickbacks all designed to harm their customers and the market while Marsh and its employees pocketed the increased fees and kickbacks.”

“While Mr. Spitzer’s statements do not refer to Mr. Gilman by name, Mr. Gilman is readily identifiable as the subject of the defamatory comments,” said the complaint. “Mr. Spitzer was well aware of his own allegations as attorney general and the resolution of those allegations in favor of Mr. Gilman and yet, recklessly disregarded these facts.”

In 2004 Mr. Spizter, then the state’s Attorney General, announced an investigation into the practices at Marsh & McLennan, particularly fees paid by insures to brokers who place business with them. Gilman, who worked for the company at the time, was charged in 2005 with 37 counts of insurance fraud. Gilman’s final charge was dropped last January.

“I haven’t seen the lawsuit and so will not comment on it,” said Spitzer. “The illegalities rampant at Marsh & McLennan leading to their fine of $850 million and the multiple judicial findings of illegality are clear from the public record.”

Mr. Gilman is now seeking at least $10 million in compensatory damages; $20 million in general damages, including damage to his reputation; and $30 million in punitive damages.

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What Does Npk Mean?

What does NPK mean?


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If you buy a packet of fertiliser in a garden centre then you will find a value for NPK. This is a ration of the content of essential plant nutrients in the mixture where:


N is for Nitrogen – which is what plants need to make healthy green leaves and to fuel daily growth, it’s great for leafy vegetables and foliage plants. Despite the fact that the atmosphere contains a massive 78% of nitrogen, this is mainly unavailable to most plants. The exception are the legumes from the family Leguminosae which have a special relationship with bacteria that live in root nodules and fix nitrogen from the air making it available to plants.

Some heavy feeders such as Box (Buxus) plants quickly show a deficiency in Nitrogen and thus a need for feed, by turning a yellowy brown in colour. Other plants grow weakly and take on yellowing hues mid season. Nitrogen in the form of nitrates is quickly washed out of soils after heavy rain and sandy soils struggle to hold onto these nutrients. Leafy crops and foliage plants need a regular supply to meet their needs.

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P is for Phosphorous – it’s needed by all plants to encourage strong, vigorous root growth and also seed germination. Young plants that are still growing their root system and also fruiting plants that are making their seed all need a good supply of phosphorus. It is also very important for root crops, such as carrots, parsnips and Swedes. It is also needed by a lawn to build up the root system and enable it to withstand flood and drought better.

In many plants a deficiency in Phosphorus often shows as a purple tinge to the edges of leaves. Fertiliser containing phosphorus should be added to the planting hole when you first plant to encourage the development of the root system. It can also be applied as a top dressing and is not as easily leached from the soil as nitrates.


K stands for Potash (from the Latin Kalim for potassium) and it’s this that supports the production of flowers. It’s essential for fruiting crops too like tomatoes and peppers. It is vital for sustaining plant growth and also plays a major part in resisting plant diseases. It is also called potassium and is naturally found in wood ash from bonfires and woodburning stoves. Plants with a sweetness, such as carrots, parsnips and fruit need good supplies of potash to build sugars and starches. It isn t easy to diagnose a deficiency in potash; plants will grow poorly with low fruit yields and may be ridden with disease or may become scorched in hot weather. Since all plant foods contain a level of potash, a liquid foliar feed of a soluble fertiliser should result in healthier plants.


NPK is the ratio of the proportion of these essential constituents present in a fertiliser. To enhance fruiting and flowering plants look for higher levels of K, for plants that need strong healthy foliage, such as leafy crops, look for a fertiliser with higher N content. A balanced fertiliser will contain equal levels of all three.

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Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA, on animal rights and the film about her life

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Last night HBO premiered I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. Since its inception, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has made headlines and raised eyebrows. They are almost single-handedly responsible for the movement against animal testing and their efforts have raised the suffering animals experience in a broad spectrum of consumer goods production and food processing into a cause célèbre.

PETA first made headlines in the Silver Spring monkeys case, when Alex Pacheco, then a student at George Washington University, volunteered at a lab run by Edward Taub, who was testing neuroplasticity on live monkeys. Taub had cut sensory ganglia that supplied nerves to the monkeys’ fingers, hands, arms, legs; with some of the monkeys, he had severed the entire spinal column. He then tried to force the monkeys to use their limbs by exposing them to persistent electric shock, prolonged physical restraint of an intact arm or leg, and by withholding food. With footage obtained by Pacheco, Taub was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty—largely as a result of the monkeys’ reported living conditions—making them “the most famous lab animals in history,” according to psychiatrist Norman Doidge. Taub’s conviction was later overturned on appeal and the monkeys were eventually euthanized.

PETA was born.

In the subsequent decades they ran the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty against Europe’s largest animal-testing facility (footage showed staff punching beagle puppies in the face, shouting at them, and simulating sex acts while taking blood samples); against Covance, the United State’s largest importer of primates for laboratory research (evidence was found that they were dissecting monkeys at its Vienna, Virginia laboratory while the animals were still alive); against General Motors for using live animals in crash tests; against L’Oreal for testing cosmetics on animals; against the use of fur for fashion and fur farms; against Smithfield Foods for torturing Butterball turkeys; and against fast food chains, most recently against KFC through the launch of their website

They have launched campaigns and engaged in stunts that are designed for media attention. In 1996, PETA activists famously threw a dead raccoon onto the table of Anna Wintour, the fur supporting editor-in-chief of Vogue, while she was dining at the Four Seasons in New York, and left bloody paw prints and the words “Fur Hag” on the steps of her home. They ran a campaign entitled Holocaust on your Plate that consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each juxtaposing images of the Holocaust with images of factory farming. Photographs of concentration camp inmates in wooden bunks were shown next to photographs of caged chickens, and piled bodies of Holocaust victims next to a pile of pig carcasses. In 2003 in Jerusalem, after a donkey was loaded with explosives and blown up in a terrorist attack, Newkirk sent a letter to then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat to keep animals out of the conflict. As the film shows, they also took over Jean-Paul Gaultier‘s Paris boutique and smeared blood on the windows to protest his use of fur in his clothing.

The group’s tactics have been criticized. Co-founder Pacheco, who is no longer with PETA, called them “stupid human tricks.” Some feminists criticize their campaigns featuring the Lettuce Ladies and “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ads as objectifying women. Of their Holocaust on a Plate campaign, Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abraham Foxman said “The effort by PETA to compare the deliberate systematic murder of millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhorrent.” (Newkirk later issued an apology for any hurt it caused). Perhaps most controversial amongst politicians, the public and even other animal rights organizations is PETA’s refusal to condemn the actions of the Animal Liberation Front, which in January 2005 was named as a terrorist threat by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

David Shankbone attended the pre-release screening of I Am An Animal at HBO’s offices in New York City on November 12, and the following day he sat down with Ingrid Newkirk to discuss her perspectives on PETA, animal rights, her responses to criticism lodged against her and to discuss her on-going life’s work to raise human awareness of animal suffering. Below is her interview.

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


  • 1 The HBO film about her life
  • 2 PETA, animal rights groups and the Animal Liberation Front
  • 3 Newkirk on humans and other animals
  • 4 Religion and animals
  • 5 Fashion and animals
  • 6 Newkirk on the worst corporate animal abusers
  • 7 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
  • 8 Ingrid Newkirk on Ingrid Newkirk
  • 9 External links
  • 10 Sources
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Canada’s St. Paul’s West (Ward 21) city council candidates speak

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is St. Paul’s West (Ward 21). One candidate responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Adams, Tony Corpuz, Joe Mihevc (incumbent), and John Sewell.

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

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Toronto Comicon celebrates characters from screen and page

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Held from March 16 to 18, Toronto Comicon 2018, in Ontario, Canada, featured dozens of retailers, a large artist’s alley, celebrity guests, cosplayers, and community groups. Wikinews was present and later spoke to some of the cosplayers.

Celebrity guests included Joonas Suotamo, the new Chewbacca actor for Star Wars; Mitch Pileggi of The X-Files; Mara Wilson of Matilda); Eugene Brave Rock of Wonder Woman; Megan Follows of Anne of Green Gables, Reign); and Marina Sirtis of Star Trek: The Next Generation; among others.

Many of the actors and artists were featured in Q&A sessions, including Follows, Brave Rock, and Hodor from Game of Thrones, Kristian Nairn.


  • 1 Cosplayers on their process, inspiration
  • 2 More cosplay
  • 3 Related news
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links
    • 5.1 Cosplayers, in order of appearance
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Find Out How To Use Granzyme B In Research

byAlma Abell

Both Granzyme A and B are serine proteases that can mediate apoptotic signaling for CTL and NK cells. Both options are synthesized as an inactive proenzyme, and they’re both stored within the cytolytic granules. They’re also released by the effector cells during degradation. Either antibody is useful for localization of the granzyme B-containing granules and to help characterize activated NK and CTL cells.

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Granzyme B is designed for use as a research tool only and shouldn’t be used to diagnose illness or disease in patients. There is no known clone, and it uses a synthetic peptide from the N-terminus of the human antibody by the same name. It uses a Rabbit IgG isotype with an undetermined epitope. Likewise, its molecular weight is 32 kDa.


Granzyme B is designed for Immunohistochemistry applications. To prepare the specimen, you should use paraffin-embedded or Formalin-fixed tissue that is suitable for use. Your slides should be deparaffinized appropriately, usually with xylene or one of its alternatives.

When you choose the concentrated version of the formula, it is necessary to dilute the antibody using a ratio of 1:100, though this is an estimation. Because it can only be used in IHC applications, there is a pre-diluted form available for purchase, as well.

To retrieve the antigen, you will want to boil the tissue sections in a 10mM citrate buffer with a pH of 6.0 for 10 minutes. Then, cool it to room temperature for 20. After it has cooled the appropriate length of time, you should incubate for 10 more minutes. Make sure to wash the slides and rinse them with PBS-Tween between steps.

The Granzyme B antibody is perfect for those studying NK and CTL cells. Visit Spring Bioscience now to learn more.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal supports creationism as part of ‘the very best science’

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday and said he supports teaching intelligent design (ID) in public school as “the very best science.” Jindal, who was elected governor in 2007, is a Hindu convert to Catholicism who takes the Bible literally.

In his exchange on the Sunday morning talk show, “Some want only to teach intelligent design, some only want to teach evolution. I think both views are wrong, as a parent.”

In a September 2007 debate he supported the view of creationism saying, “Personally, it certainly makes sense to me that when you look at creation, you would believe in a creator.”

Recently, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed legislation, which the National Center for Science Education said “opens the door to creationism in public school science classes.” The bill is currently on his desk.

Jindal is currently considered a possible Vice President candidate for John McCain’s U.S. Presidential campaign.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Liberal candidate Brian Jackson, Oxford

Monday, October 1, 2007

Brian Jackson is running for the Ontario Liberal Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oxford riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

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

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