Gunman massacres at least 12 at New York immigration center

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Gunman massacres at least 12 at New York immigration center

Friday, April 3, 2009

A gunman attacked a downtown Binghamton, New York-based immigration services center today, killing up to 13 people before killing himself.

New York Governor David Paterson at a news conference indicated that 12 or 13 people were killed at the American Civic Association. It is unclear whether or not the attacker was included in the number of the deceased.

An anonymous law enforcement official indicated the presumed gunman’s body was found in an office of the immigration services center building. The attacker blocked the rear building door with his car and entered through the front door. He then opened fire.

The gunman held over 40 hostages, some in a closet and the rest in the boiler room. Police and EMS started arriving at 10:30 A.M (EDT). SWAT sharpshooters and the Endicott police bomb squad were called to the scene. Nearby residencies and businesses were evacuated, while a nursing home and the high school were placed on lockdown. FBI hostage negotiators and evidence response team were being sent to the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were headed to Binghamton. About noon, the shooter released ten hostages, then another ten out the back 40 minutes later. At 2:40 p.m., the local police said the standoff had ended and a SWAT team was checking the building for anyone remaining.

In Johnson City, Wilson Medical Center staff are treating three to five gunshot wounds, while Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton is treating a single such case. Both hospitals called in additional staff and cancelled all elective surgeries.

A national law enforcement source identified the shooter as 42-year-old Jiverly Voong. The police asked Broome Community College Assistant Professor Tuong Hung Nguyen, a fluent Vietnamese speaker, to translate for discussions between police and Voong.

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Home Cleaning Services: An Immaculately Clean Toilet And Bath For Your Clients

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Our home is one of out favorite places the most important that we need to have. Soon as we have our own homes, we try to do our best to keep it clean and neat as possible. This is one of the reasons why maid cleaning services has grown suddenly. More and more couples are deciding to both handle jobs that would take most of their time away from their homes. So if you are planning to start your own maid cleaning service or if you already are operating one, then you will agree that cleaning the clients toilet and bathroom is very important. Here are some tips to help you impress your customers with a perfectly cleaned toilet and bath.

One of the areas in our house that always seem to get dirty is our bathroom. Soon as the next person enters it, and along with all the toothpaste, shampoo and soap and others that we use inside, accumulation of different types of dirt is really unavoidable. They just materialize just minutes after having it cleaned! And as cleaning service provider, you should skillfully get rid of all of these. And you must also consider that wet state of bathrooms that makes it more prone to all kinds of bacteria.

So how can you efficiently clean the bathroom? Here are some tips:

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* Start from parts that needs your thorough attention and graduate to the wall tiles and then to the floors. Doing this saves you time because you won t need to repeat cleaning and scrubbing the floors.

* Brush of soap crust from the soap holder and be careful not to slip on the bits of soap that falls on the floor.

* Acids such as vinegar or lemon juice can clean lime or hard water that had built up on sinks and sides of the drain. Do not use acid for too long as porcelain enamel surfaces can be damaged. Always rinse thoroughly after. If you need to clean fiber glass, always ask clients their preferred cleaning material for these. Acids cannot be used for this but there are a lot of commercial cleaning materials available that are safe. Always read the labels carefully.

* If the client s bathroom plumbing is broken, let the client know so that he can have it fixed immediately. Continuously dripping water will just stain the sink and tiles again.

* An effective agent for removing soap crust from any area in the bathroom is baking soda in warm water.

* Watch out when using abrasive cleaning tools because most of the things in a bathroom can easily get scratched. It will be much better if you do not bring in anything abrasive in the bathroom. Soft brushes and sponges can do the trick.

* Avoid using scouring powers which are used for all purpose cleaning as this can scratch tiles and sinks too.

* And lastly, do not forget cleaning faucets. Spots on chrome finish can be easily cleaned using soap and water. Brush the under edges of the faucet and dry off the whole fixture with a kitchen paper towel to restore its sparkle.

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Australian man to be executed in Singapore

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Australian man to be executed in Singapore

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Supporters of convicted Australian drug trafficker, Van Nguyen, gathered outside the State Library in Melbourne yesterday to display thousands of messages of opposition to his death sentence.

Callers to talkback radio in Melbourne were overwhelmingly against the death penalty of Nguyen, who immediately admitted his guilt and has cooperated with authorities since being caught smuggling heroin into Singapore. Many called for a boycott of Singaporean products.

25-year-old Nguyen was arrested at Changi Airport in 2002 for carrying heroin and sentenced to death in March. Nguyen claims he carried the 396 grams of heroin strapped to his body in an attempt to pay off his brother Khoa’s $30,000 legal debts.

The Singapore government have announced they will execute Nguyen at dawn on December 2nd. Singapore President S. R. Nathan rejected Nguyen’s clemency four weeks ago. The Melbourne salesman was sentenced to death under Singapore law which determines a mandatory death sentence for anyone found guilty of possessing 15 grams of heroin or more.

Nguyen’s mother was informed on Thursday by registered mail from the Singapore prisons service of the execution date. The letter stated that she should start making funeral arrangements. She will get to see her son in the three days leading up to the execution.

Despite repeated pleas for clemency from many thousands of supporters; religious groups; human rights organisations; the Pope; and the Australian Government – including Prime Minister, John Howard – Singapore officials have said Nguyen’s execution is irreversible.

Mr Howard had argued that Nguyen should be spared, citing mitigating circumstances in his case which pointed to the fact that he was not a serial drug trafficker but had merely been trying to pay off his brother’s debts.

The Victorian Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, says the Singaporean Government has shown no compassion whatsoever in its treatment of Van Nguyen and his family.

“What’s happening is brutal, is inappropriate. I, and the Victorian Government, vehemently oppose the death penalty in any circumstances”, he told ABC Radio. “This is a young kid who has assisted the police all the way… In any other country, he would get a discount in relation to the penalty. But because there is a mandatory death penalty for drug offences in Singapore, this young man may well be executed. It is just grossly inappropriate.”

“Singapore maintains that capital punishment is a criminal justice issue; it is the sovereign right of every country to decide whether or not to include capital punishment within its criminal justice system,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Singapore argues that there was no international consensus that capital punishment should be abolished. At the most recent meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights, 66 countries dissociated themselves from a resolution calling for the abolition of capital punishment.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong affirmed Singapore’s position by saying that it has to “stand firm on drugs to protect its citizens from the scourge and to ensure the country does not become a conduit for the trafficking of illicit drugs.”

In reply to a letter appealing for clemency from his Australian counterpart Alexander Downer, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said: “Mr Nguyen imported almost 400gm of pure heroin which would have supplied more than 26,000 doses to drug addicts.”

No one will be permitted to see Nguyen on the morning of his execution. His body will be released to his mother.

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Charles Manson, serving nine life sentences for 1969 murders, dies aged 83

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Charles Manson, serving nine life sentences for 1969 murders, dies aged 83

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Charles Manson, whose “Manson family” followers killed nine people in 1969 and whose death sentence became nine life sentences after the state of California, United States, outlawed the death sentence, died on Sunday in a hospital in Bakersfield of natural causes, according to the California Department of Corrections.

Manson inspired, but did not participate in, what became known as the Tate-LaBianca murders. On August 9, 1969, at the home of actress Sharon Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, followers of Manson stabbed five people to death: Tate, who was more than eight months pregnant; Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folgers coffee fortune; celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring; director Voityck Frykowski; and Steven Parent who knew the caretaker of the estate. On August 10 they further killed wealthy Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. The seventh and eighth victims were Hollywood stuntman Donald Shea, and musician Gary Hinman. In 1971, after a year-long trial, Manson was convicted of ordering the first seven murders and sentenced to death. Eventually he was convicted of the other two murders as well.

“Helter Skelter”, the name of a song by The Beatles, and “pig” were scrawled in blood at the murder sites. According to prosecutors, Manson meant the killings to be blamed on blacks, setting off a race war in the US, to be followed by a new social order led by Manson.

Manson’s sentence was commuted to nine life terms after a 1972 Supreme Court of California decision outlawed the death penalty. He was in prison for more than four decades, and was an inmate at the California State Prison, Corcoran when he died. He made twelve unsuccessful applications for parole, the last in 2012. Sources told TMZ that he was hospitalized in Bakersfield several days before his death. If his family do not claim his body within ten days, it will be disposed of at state expense, probably by cremation.

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New Free Jet 330 Tx Direct To Garment Printer Is Outfitted With Performance Geared Features}

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Direct to Garment Printers (DTG) are the forefront of garment decorating and printing technology. Imprinting high quality graphics on tshirts and other textile goods, a DTG printer is a fundamental tool for any professional garment decorating business. A DTG printer has the capabilities of fulfilling on demand custom orders instantly, with minimal cost.

DTG printing equipment is a great supplement to traditional garment decorating methods such as screen printing, sublimation and embroidery. Having the ability to instantly print full color graphics with fast turnaround and no setup, direct to garment printers are key technology to garment decorators and printers.

The recently released FreeJet 330TX direct to garment printer, is our most popular DTG printer model. The FreeJet 330TX is outfitted with performance geared features the FreeJet printer line is known for. The FreeJet 330TX is equipped with our exclusive WetCap maintenance system designed to maintain and preserve the life of the print head. This exclusive feature creates an air tight protective enclosure for the print head, shielding it from the elements and safeguarding against clogging. The FreeJet Wet Cap system allows the direct to garment printer to stay idle without print head clogging.

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The FreeJet 330TX is versatile and comes equipped with an interchangeable platen system to print on a variety of apparel items including hats, hoodies, different sized shirts, sleeves, towels and much more.The interchangeable platens include an easy to use garment holding system, which requires no adhesives. The garment is simply tucked in-between specialized pads that can accommodate both thin and thick materials. The garment is held securely and wrinkles are removed for fast and easy printing. All FreeJet interchangeable platens come with a magnetic base for easy placement and removal.

The FreeJet printer also features a built in 4 lift system, to automatically raise and lower the print bed. The 4Lift system keeps the print bed 100% leveled during printing. Whether printing a light weight shirt or a heavy jacket, you can be confident the print bed will remain constantly leveled on all four sides. The 4lift system also prevents print head damage due to interference from an unleveled print bed. The 4 lift system sustains a solid work surface for loading and unloading shirts with ease.

The FreeJet 330TX printer has an upgraded print bed size of 13 by 22.7 inches. With a new upgraded print engine, new firmware and technical upgrades all around the FreeJet boasts even faster printing speeds. All FreeJet models are well-built and robust, designed and manufactured with great precision to be functional as well as durable. FreeJet is the high performance, hassle free DTG!

The FreeJet comes in a turnkey package that includes specialized RIP software, a set of ink (C,M,Y,K,W), pre treat for dark shirts as well as a pre treat gun, cleaner and an interchangeable adult size shirt platen.

With a solid direct to garment printer like the FreeJet, garment decorators have the ability to instantly print on demand custom jobs, without the tedious setup or the high set up costs associated with traditional garment decorating methods. Print instantly and profitably with the FreeJet DTG.

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Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York

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Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York — According to scanner frequencies of the Buffalo, New York fire department, smoke was reported on at least five floors at the northeast side at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo. The call came in around 10:50 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday January 18, not long after the ending of the NHL hockey game: the Sabres versus the Atlanta Thrashers which was held at HSBC Arena, a few blocks away from the tower.

According to firefighters communications the people that were on the 22nd floor made it out of the building safely. Firefighters saw “white smoke of varying intensities, believed to have been electrical” on floors 9 through 13. The source of the smoke was not identified, but the first alarm was on the 13th floor, followed by the 10th then the 9th.

Because of the cold temperatures and wind chills in the 10’s, workers at the tower were allowed back into the first floor, which has been cleared by firefighters earlier in the call.

At 11:41 p.m., firefighters gave the all clear to begin packing up with no conclusion as to where the smoke originated. They used ventilation fans to clear the floors of smoke and then shut them off to see if anymore smoke would reappear, which it did not. Remaining employees and personnel have since been allowed back to work. No damage is reported.

The tower, built in 1970, is the tallest in Buffalo and is home several agencies including the Consulate General of Canada. HSBC currently occupies 75% of the tower which has 40 floors. It stands at 529 feet (161.2 meters) tall.

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Founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma talks about e-commerce in Taiwan

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Founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma talks about e-commerce in Taiwan

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Following the success of “Chinatrust Global Leaders Forum” in 2005, Chinatrust Commercial Bank (CTCB), the forum organizer, invited Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, to give the main address on the subject of “Cross-Strait e-Commerce Development” yesterday.

“We (CTCB) held this forum originally with a speech-style type, and hoped participants absorb good experiences from some world-class notabilities. At the first holding, we invited Dr. Edward Prescott forecasting the future of global economics and this invitation was finally respected by financial people in Taiwan. With trendy transformations and global popularization of the Internet in the presence, we finally decided to invite Jack Ma to share experiences from his successful management theory.” Jeffery Koo (Chairman of CTCB) remarked at the opening.

With Alibaba Group now entered into the Hong Kong market, Ma sees a bright future with partners’ cooperation. He said: “A successful company is decided by flexible wisdoms more than its scale.” Those words echoed some of the quotes he used in his speech at the forum: “Rich is a sum by team collaborations and accumulating several experiences but not money. Several valuable things can’t buy with money. A company should have a long-term consideration and planning to meet success with creative, better, and different products and services.”

He not only taught some strategies but also cited Chinese stories on Three Kingdoms and Tang Dynasty to point out key factors (visions, ambitions, bosoms, and actual strengths) which determine the success or failure of a company leader.

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Wikinews Shorts: August 8, 2009

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Wikinews Shorts: August 8, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, August 8, 2009.

Contents

  • 1 Leader of Pakistan Taliban may have been killed in drone attack
  • 2 Hillary Clinton arrives in South Africa
  • 3 Anniversary of Georgian War marked by mutual accusations
  • 4 Police in the United Kingdom ordered to review policing of demonstrations
  • 5 Son of missing Japanese actress Noriko Sakai found safe
  • 6 Seven coalition troops killed within 24 hour period in Afghanistan
  • 7 Hong Kong government to begin school drug testing trials in December
  • 8 Nine killed in Belgium care home fire
  • 9 India and China resume border talks
  • 10 President Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy in critical condition at hospital

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New kids’ drink sparkles up debate

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New kids’ drink sparkles up debate

Monday, April 23, 2007

A new drink called Robby Bubble has sparkled up some sparkled debate with distributors and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Calgary, Alberta.

The drink, similar to sparkling wine, is a non-alcoholic sparkling drink which is currently for sale in Alberta liquor stores. The bottle has the words “Party, Party!” with cartoon characters. Their slogan is “Celebrate like the grown-ups” and is shaped as a champagne bottle. It is under the approval of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Tracy Franklin, president of MADD in Calgary, said: “It’s calling out to kids, but the whole thing is geared as a champagne bottle, as an alcohol product … Do we want to give them something, although it’s non-alcoholic, and have them partying like an adult?”

Other “adult products” marketed to children, such as candy cigarettes, have been banned in Canada. Studies have shown a link between the marketing of candy cigarettes to children and the promotion of smoking in later life. It had been shown that tobacco companies cooperated with candy manufacturers in the design of candy cigarettes.

The Tobacco Act legislation in Canada has eliminated the ability of companies to market tobacco-looking products to children. In Section 27, the Act states, “No person shall furnish or promote a tobacco product if any of its brand elements is displayed on a non-tobacco product, other than an accessory, or is used with a service, if the non-tobacco product or service is associated with young persons or could be construed on reasonable grounds to be appealing to young persons.”

President of the German company responsible for the distribution of Robby Bubble, Darryl Weinbren, defended his product saying it is non-alcoholic and parents are responsible for serving their children the drink.

“I can understand Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and certainly I respect their objectives and what they are after. There wasn’t any intention from our point of view to encourage kids to drink alcohol. It was just a matter of trying to find something that would meet a family celebration with something for their kids.”

A spokeswomen for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Marilyn Carlyle-Helms, said liquor stores can distribute non-alcoholic drinks and if there were a health concern they would have disapproved them.

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British doctor killed while on honeymoon

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British doctor killed while on honeymoon

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Catherine Mullany, a newly married British woman, and her husband, Ben Mullany, have been shot while on honeymoon in Antigua. Catherine died on the scene, while Ben is in a critical condition in Hospital.

The families of the Mullanys have described themselves as “deeply shocked and devastated.”

The incident occurred at 05:00 Antigua time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday, and it is being treated by police as a robbery. A police spokesperson described the incident. “Shortly after 5am this morning officers from the Bolans Police station responding to a call, arrived at Cocos Hotel and Restaurant in the Valley Church area, the scene of a murder.” UK police have been asked to help in the inquiry.

Catherine Mullany was a doctor, who, before her death, planned to become a GP. Ben was a physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England (UWE), which is located in Bristol, England. Mary Price, the Media Relations and Internal Communications Manager for UWE, gave Wikinews the following statement:

Ben Mullany is a third year physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England. Ben is a very good student who is greatly valued by staff and his peers. Staff and fellow students are deeply shocked to hear of this tragic incident. Our condolences go to his wife’s family and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
 This story has updates See British man dies five days after wife in honeymoon shooting 

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