Elderly couple found slain in scrapyard in Staffordshire, England

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bodies of an elderly couple have been found in Barlows scrapyard in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. BBC reports the bodies were found on Friday night.

A 29-year-old man was the only person at the scrapyard when police and ambulance crews arrived and has now been arrested as a suspect.

The scene has been cordoned off by police.

“The bodies remain in situ and the scene has been cordoned off and a forensic examination has begun,” a police spokesman said at 17:30 BST, “It is expected that post-mortem examinations will be carried out (Saturday).”

The Legal Matters Of Starting An Internet Business

By Vincent Murphy

As with any type of business you intend on jumping into, there are several legal matters that are involved with running a home based internet business. The safest route is to hire a lawyer prior to making any rash decisions. Hiring an accountant and/or lawyer can certainly be expensive, but it is worth the price to make sure everything goes smoothly when beginning your internet business.

You still have to realize though, that a majority of the decisions you make regarding your internet business will have to come solely from your gut instinct. And perhaps the biggest decision you will have to make is whether or not to incorporate your home based internet business. There are a number of benefits you can get from incorporating your business including tax implications and various legal issues. You will also find that many businesses, banks and investors will take you more seriously.

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After coming to terms with the decision of incorporating your internet business or not, it’s time to consider patents and trademarks. If there are specific products that you have invented or have the rights to, it may be wise to patent them. Even more common when it comes to home based internet businesses is putting a trademark on your web pages and articles. The sole purpose of this is to protect you, your company and your work from being stolen on the internet.

Remember prior to signing any contract agreements for your business to take the time to read them carefully. By reading each section of a contract carefully you will better understand what you are getting yourself into and what limitations you may have. It becomes especially relevant to have a lawyer or accountant during this phase of the process to ensure that everything checks out ok. If you are confused or unsure of something, having a lawyer to explain terms to you is beneficial.

Lastly, it is vital that you take the time to learn the various internet laws and prohibitions that exist. This can save you from doing something to your internet business that is illegal and getting your account cancelled. After all, you don’t want to invest a lot of time and money into something that is illegal.

A lot of the legal issues to a home based internet business are basic and straightforward, but you still have to devote time to them. You can never be too careful when it comes to your life and the source of income you have coming in. So long as you are careful and willing to ask for help when needed, avoiding legal matters should be no problem for your internet business.

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Serial killer suspected loose in New York, more bodies found

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Police in Suffolk County, New York suspect that a serial killer may be on the loose in the area, following the discovery of eight bodies on beaches near the New York City area since December 2010. The latest discovery of three corpses was made by investigators on Gilgo Beach, which is a barrier island south of Long Island about 45 miles (70 kilometres) east of New York. The corpses were located in an area of “dense brush”.

Four of the eight bodies located so far along a highway near the beach have been identified as prostitutes who had arranged meetings with clients via the internet, over services such as Craigslist; victim number five, whose body was found last week, has not yet been formally identified. Police forensics officers took a month to discover who the first four victims were, using dental records and DNA sampling.

Police are remaining cautious over the latest batch of three, saying that they have yet to officially connect this find with the previous five corpses.

According to Suffolk County’s Police Commissioner, Richard Dormer, the latest three sets of remains were found by officers on foot and via an air search as they scoured tick-infested underbrush and evergreens. The remains of the new victims were found about 500 metres apart.

During the investigations, police have also been focusing on the disappearance of a prostitute from New Jersey, Shannan Gilbert. She was last seen in the Oak Beach, New York area in May 2010, where she had arranged to meet a client. A witness in a gated community claims that a woman he suspects to be Gilbert came to the door of his house around 4.45pm on May 1 last year, begging for help. She fled when he tried to call the police.

DNA testing however, has determined that the fifth body is not Gilbert’s.

A thorough search is continuing in the area, Commissioner Dormer said, using all available methods ranging from cadaver dogs, police academy cadets and detectives through to volunteer firefighters.

Candle knocked over during voodoo sex ritual causes apartment fire

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An elderly Brooklyn, New York woman was found dead yesterday after a fire triggered by a voodoo ceremony caused a blaze in an apartment that left dozens homeless. The details of the ceremony were not clear, but sources say it led to sex.

An unidentified woman hired a Voodoo priest for $300, identified as Nelson (Pepe) Pierre, to perform a mystic ceremony meant to bring her good luck. The woman went to Pierre’s apartment, where she ended up in bed surrounded by lit candles which were mistakenly knocked over, setting the bedsheets on fire. In an effort to suppress the flames, Pierre splashed water from the bathroom sink on the sheets while his roommate, who was ironing at the time, opened a window for air. However, according to the New York Fire Department, wind gusting through the open window created a “blowtorch effect” which caused the fire to spread to the 4th floor hallway and into the 5th and 6th floors. The blaze killed one woman, three others were severely injured, and at least 20 firefighters were left with burn wounds.

Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy

In an NYFD statement, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said, “Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented. This fire had so many of those elements … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy.” It took hours for hundreds of firemen from dozens of companies to bring the raging fire under control.

Pierre, a man in his 60s, did not call 911 right away, but attempted to quell the fire using water from the bathroom sink. A source in law enforcement said, “Nobody sees a crime right now. It was an accident. Maybe they weren’t careful, but they did try to put it out.”

Mary Feagin, a 64-year old retired teacher, died in the blaze.

The New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident.

Worldwide markets fall precipitously

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stock markets around the world have fallen dramatically today. This is following the ongoing events in the financial world, including the US Government’s $700 billion bail out of the financial sector.

As of 14:48 UTC, the primary UK index, the FTSE 100, dropped in value by 6.50% (323.65 points) to a point even further below the 5000 mark at 4656.60. The Dow Jones, was down 3.76% at 16:08 UTC, a slight increase from earlier today. The Dow Jones currently has a value of 9936.94 points, below the ten thousand mark. The Nasdaq index has fallen by 100.12 points to 1847.27, while the DAX was 6.62% lower than the start of the day as of 16:08 UTC.

The Dow Jones index was one that fared particularly poorly today, as not one of its companies increased its share price. The same is true for the CAC 40 index. The Merval index is another one that fared badly today. It dropped in value by 10.12%, while the affiliated Merval 25 index dropped by nearly as much, 10.03%. One of the worst faring indexes of the day was the Brazilian Bovespa index. It has already fallen by 14.45% today, despite the fact that it is not even half way through the trading day.

20:15, 06 October, 2008 (UTC)
  • DJIA
  • 9.955,50 369,88 3,58%
  • Nasdaq
  • 1.862,96 84,43 4.34%
  • S&P 500
  • 1.056,85 42,38 3,86%
  • S&P TSX
  • 10.298,80 504,50 4.67%
  • IPC
  • 21.669,70 1,319,82 5,74%
  • Merval
  • 1.423,350 89.360 5,91%
  • Bovespa
  • 42.090,94 2,426.36 5,45%
  • FTSE 100
  • 4.589,19 391,06 7,85%
  • DAX
  • 5.387,01 410,02 7,07%
  • CAC 40
  • 3.711,98 368,77 9,04%
  • SMI
  • 6.458,72 421,10 6,12%
  • AEX
  • 312,56 31,46 9,14%
  • BEL20
  • 2.567,59 189,42 6,87%
  • MIBTel
  • 17.976,00 1,615,00 8,24%
  • IBEX 35
  • 10.726,00 692,50 6,06%
  • All Ordinaries
  • 4.544,70 158,10 3,36%
  • Nikkei
  • 10.473,10 465,05 4,25%
  • Hang Seng
  • 16.803,80 878,64 4,97%
  • SSE Composite
  • 2.173,74 120,05 5,23%

    Explosion, fire on guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf injures five

    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    Five civilian contractors have been injured after an explosion and fire onboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf at 9:25 a.m. today.

    A large explosion erupted from the ship’s berthing area where welding work was being conducted during a stop in Norfolk, Virginia. A fire broke out two decks below main deck, but was quickly extinguished. The injured were taken to Norfolk General Hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life-threatening, according to John Kowalczyk, a spokesman for BAE Systems Ship Repair, who were conducting the work.

    He added that the fire appeared to be an isolated incident. The ship has been laid up for repairs and modernizing since May.

    Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Gordon Kubanek, Nepean Carleton

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007

    Gordon Kubanek is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Nepean-Carleton 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.

    Torino & Messina thrown out of Italy’s Serie A football championship for next season

    Friday, July 15, 2005

    Torino and Messina are facing the risk of expulsion from Serie A because of fraud. Both clubs submitted false financial information to the Serie A management.

    Covisoc, the body who must ratify that all clubs have the funds necessary to be registered for the new season, have found problems with both outfits.

    As it stands now, they are not part of the Italian First Division but the pair have submitted an appeal on July 12 against the initial decision.

    A final verdict on whether the clubs can compete in the top-flight next term is expected on July 15.

    Numerous other clubs in lower Divisions are facing similar problems, with Perugia and Salernitana risking demotion from Serie B. A total of 20 clubs are in trouble in Serie C.

    United Nations: More people with access to cell phones than toilets in India

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    According to a United Nations survey, more people in India, the second most populous country in the world, have access to mobile phones than to a proper toilet. Over half a billion cell phones are active in India, but only 366 million people there have access to a toilet.

    “It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet,” commented Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health (IWEH).

    India’s 545 million cell phones serve about 45 per cent of the population of more than one billion. Only 31 per cent (366 million) have access to modern hygienic amenities as of 2008. The United Nations University (UNU) recommends achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) which aims to cut in half the number of people lacking safe water and proper sanitary arrangements. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there would be a deficit of one billion people from that target aimed for 2015.

    “Anyone who shirks the topic as repugnant, minimises it as undignified, or considers unworthy those in need should let others take over for the sake of 1.5 million children and countless others killed each year by contaminated water and unhealthy sanitation,” Adeel added.

    “Popular education about the health dangers of poor sanitation is also needed. But this simple measure could do more to save lives, especially those of young people, improve health and help pull India and other countries in similar circumstances out of poverty than any alternative investment. It can also serve as a very significant boost to the local economy,” he said. “The world can expect, however, a return of between $3 and $34 for every dollar spent on sanitation, realized through reduced poverty and health costs and higher productivity — an economic and humanitarian opportunity of historic proportions.”

    The nine recommendations made by the UNU include changing the MDG target from 50 per cent by 2015 to 100 per cent coverage by 2025. Another suggested reform was to assign 0.002 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to improving sanitation. Approximately 358 billion dollars would be required to achieve that MDG target, considering that a toilet costs 300 dollars.

    Residents evacuated after partial building collapse in Buffalo, New York

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    Buffalo, New York —At least two homes have been evacuated, and 14 or more are on standby to evacuate in Buffalo, New York after a very large three-story building partially collapsed on the city’s West Side.

    According to the Buffalo Fire Department, the number four side of an old horse stable at 428 Jersey Street off of Richmond Avenue collapsed from the roof line half way down the side. Material from the building fell into the yards of at least three neighbouring houses. Some of the bricks landed inside the building, while some fell into the yards of some houses behind homes on Richmond Avenue, leaving a ‘V’ shape.

    “[The building] is well worth the designation” as a historical landmark, states Tim Tielman of the Buffalo Preservation Board. Tielman states that he will likely bring the incident before the Board as early as Thursday, June 12 to discuss the issue.

    “We don’t want to demolish it until it is talked about and we consider options,” added Tielman.

    So far there are no reports of injuries. Firefighters plan on getting an aerial shot to determine if the building is in danger of totally collapsing. A detail will remain on scene until at least Thursday afternoon.

    The building was first owned by a company called White Bros. and was used as a stable for a farm which once covered the land around the building for several blocks. Servants and workers of the farm were housed inside resident quarters situated at the rear of the building.

    The building, the current owner of which is not known, covers nearly a half block. Much of the building’s sides are home to vines, and a variety of gardens are planted along the perimeter of the building. Residents state that they will be “very disappointed” to see the building be demolished.

    Repairs on the building were ongoing. The building is believed to have been built in the mid-1800’s.