I have been given the opportunity at a Wikinews second. In writing to
Iceland's government on obtaining a photo, I ended up being directed to
the secretary of the nation's Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. I
ended up asking that once she is appointed to PM *(if she gets the
appointment)*, if she would be willing to do an interview and with luck,
I have been granted one.
I have done a brief description of her and her soon to be position
position below. Please ask your questions under the 'article' section at
the link provided. The interview, due to her time restraints, will be
done via e-mail. I plan on sending in the questions sometime in the next
week or so, assuming her appointment is finalized.
*Ask Questions here*: http://tinyurl.com/bjnfp7 <http://tinyurl.com/bjnfp7>
On January 26, Jóhanna was chosen to be appointed the nation's new Prim
Minister, making her the world's first openly gay prime
minister/president. Wikipedia article:
Jóhanna, 66, had support from both parties in the new coalition
government, and she says she will accept the position under the
condition that both parties will trust her. On January 27, it was
announced that the nation's coalition government had collapsed and
dissolved following their handling of the international financial
crisis. In October of 2008, Iceland's banking sector collapsed and was
A 2008 poll conducted in December, found that 73% of 2,000 people
surveyed supported Jóhanna, which would make her the country's most
popular prime minister in their government's history.
Before entering the world of politics, Jóhanna worked for Loftleidir
Airlines as a flight attendant for about 10 years, and was elected to
parliament in 1978. From 1987 to 1994 and then from 2007 until the
present day, she has served as the country's Minister for Social Affairs.
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I arbitrarily delclare the first round of voting for the Wikinews
picture of the year to now be open. We have 60 images to choose from
as it stands. Those that receive some votes (probably 2 or more votes)
will be carried on to round 2. The idea is to have a small number of
pictures for round 2 (~10-15). You can vote for as many pictures as
you want [you can even nominate pictures if you feel like it]. We
invite all of Wikimedia (that is all of wikimedia with an edit count
of over 50) to vote. Thanks.
For more information see:
Voting for the wikinews picture of the year will start soon (Jan 24
00:00 UTC, for round 1). From the page:
The aim of this idea is to have an election for a Wikinews Picture of
the Year 2008, in an analogy to the Picture of the Year contest on
Commons. With this initiative we would like to promote photojournalism
and quality images with great news value for use on Wikinews and other
Wikimedia projects. This idea is not meant to compete with the
election on Commons (the rules and candidates are totally different)
or criticise Commons in any way, rather it is aimed to promote more
collaboration between Wikinews and Wikimedia photographers.
To vote you need to either:
*Have created a published wikinews article before you cast your vote
*Have an account somewhere (in wikimedia land, not neccesarily
wikinews) with greater than or equal to 50 edits, and created before
Jan 10, 2009
And as well you need to be (rather obviously)
We invite all wikimedians to vote.