Robber holds retired NYC police officer at gunpoint during convention

Robber holds retired NYC police officer at gunpoint during convention

Sunday, March 29, 2009

John Comparetto, a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant, was held at gunpoint on Friday morning by an armed nineteen year old in a hotel bathroom who demanded Comparetto’s money and cellphone.

Comparetto handed over both to the thief. When the criminal took off with the money, Comparetto drew his gun from an ankle holster and immediately chased after the robber. Comparetto asked the hotel desk clerk which way the suspect went, and told the clerk to alert officers at a police convention that a fellow policeman was “in need of assistance”.

A police officer’s convention was being held at the Holiday Inn near Harrisburg Friday for 300 narcotics police officers in attendance from Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The teen departed the scene in a taxi cab outside the hotel.

Comparetto said, “I stopped the cab at gunpoint. Ten other cops came running out and we arrested probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania.”

Jerome Marquis Blanchett is being held at Dauphin County Prison following his arrest.

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U.S. House Ethics Committee to examine congressional press secretary vandalizing Wikipedia articles with government computer

U.S. House Ethics Committee to examine congressional press secretary vandalizing Wikipedia articles with government computer

Sunday, August 19, 2007

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Timothy Hill is the congressional press secretary working for U.S. Representative David Davis (R, TN-1) in Washington, D.C.

This news story originally broke as an article appearing within the August 11, 2007 edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) in which Hill first denied any personal involvement in the “blanking” vandalism of the Wikipedia articles David Davis (Tennessee politician) and Matthew Hill (Matthew Hill is a Representative within the Tennessee General Assembly and older brother of the press secretary) during a first interview with a KNS reporter. Hill later called back the KNS reporter for a second interview in which he reportedly admitted to using a government computer within the Washington, D.C. congressional office of U.S. Rep. David Davis to “edit” both the David Davis and Matthew Hill Wikipedia articles .

Hill repeatedly blanked six to eight paragraphs of reference text at each article pertaining to both U.S. Davis’ and Tennessee Rep. Matthew Hill’s political lobbying and/or campaign finance connections to Altace, Hoechst AGand former King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CEO John M. Gregory. Hill’s Wikipedia article edits were then linked through the article histories back to Rep. Davis’s congressional office via an IP (internet protocol) number to the U.S. House of Representatives Information System.

Other interesting Wikipedia articles edited with the history detail revealing Rep. Davis Davis congressional office IP number (although not attributed to Hill) includes John Leslie (porn star) and sports professional Ray Jackson. The vandalism at the Jackson article was not directed toward the sports pro, but rather at a congressional staffer of the same name who is employed at the House Rules Committee.

The rules of the U.S. House Committee on Standards for Official Conduct (more popularly known as the U.S. House “Ethics Committee”) oversees ethics education and conducts investigations of ethical matters pertaining to House members of the U.S. Congress and the members’ congressional officers and staff members, including investigating within the scope of campaign activity:

  • No campaign activities allowed in any congressional office or room (including district offices)
  • No use of congressional office resources (including equipment, supplies, or files) for any campaign purpose

The scope of duties for a congressional press secretary is traditionally limited toward preparing internal documents within a congressional office (i.e.: “press releases”) that are later disseminated to the news media outlets, writing up and producing newsletters to mail to the constituents back within the congressional district, and serving as a contact person within a congressional office for news reporters.

There is also an IP number indication that U.S. Rep. David Davis’ congressional office has also been anonymously “shadowing” online blogs with at least one blog (The Tennessee Waltz) originating in East Tennessee with content that was critical toward Rep. Davis for his voting against the federal 2007 Animal Fighting Prohibition Act. The legislation passed this year without Davis’ vote and was signed into law by U.S. President Bush.

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Solutions Of Compatible Porblems On Flash Videos

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Solutions of Compatible Porblems on Flash Videos

If you always view and download videos on YouTube or other video sharing sites, you won’t be strange to the FLV videos. If you pay attention to the video format, you may find that all the videos downloaded from these sites are in FLV format. Three are two main reasons: the small size and well in video quality. FLV Video has been accepted as the default online video format by many sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Hulu, Yahoo Video, My Space, and so on.

At the same time, video sharing sites accept only certain videos as the source. Take YouTube as an example, the supported formats including: WebM, MP4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPEG2, WMV and FLV. In fact, not all MP4, MOV, AVI files are supported by YouTube. Some of them as the reason of codec while others for compression. It is a common thing if you fail to upload. In fact, FLV is the most suitable format uploading. That means you can see the displaying video before uploading. So the best solution is changing the videos you want to upload to FLV format. On the other hand, many media players and portable devices don t accept flash videos. In order to solve this problem, we need a FLV to AVI converter to accomplish the job. Here we have a Video Converter for Mac which can make the conversion on Mac with high speed and zero quality loss.

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Besides the function of converting videos, this powerful tool also can play a role of a common video editor. Trim, crop, and other common editing functions are available.

Below tutorial is for Mac users. If you are a Windows user, please go to the Video Converter for Windows guide for more information.

Download and install the program, you will find that making conversion just needs a few steps. Then import files to the program. You can just directly drag the files to the Video Converter for Mac. Or you can click “Files” on the tool bar to import files. Now select AVI as your output format. In the ”Output Setting” menu, you can select AVI as your output format in the “Format” list. After set all the parameters, you can start to convert flv to avi now.

Things you should know before the work: Video Converter for Mac supports Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7(Lion). Previewing is available before conversion.

In fact, it is a common thing when people come into the trouble of video compatibility. For example, if you want edit the videos you shot with your Sony camcorder, transfer to your portable devices, upload to video sharing sites, make a DVD disc, insert to DOC, or share with your friends. You may need to convert video to video. To Apple users, there may also a problem that the M4V videos are in DRM protection. To the officers, PDF files also leads to similar troubles. You can freely copy the text from the PDF files. The worst thing is that the PDF files are protected by a password.

Have you ever get into the awful things? Now, you can do them all-in-one by the software of League Soft.

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Iconic London mural could be restored

Iconic London mural could be restored

Monday, September 20, 2010

One of London’s most well known murals could be restored after years of neglect if plans by a group of community activists gain public support. The Fitzrovia Mural at Whitfield Gardens on London’s Tottenham Court Road was created by two mural artists and commissioned by Camden Council in 1980, but the mural has since decayed and been vandalised.

Plans will be presented at a public meeting this Tuesday, to include details of the restoration and promote local public space in contrast to potential commercial developments and the focus of the London 2012 Olympics. If enough funds are raised from charitable trusts and public donations the mural could be restored during the summer of 2011.

Plans to be put forward by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, and the London Mural Preservation Society, will present ways to fund not only the restoration work but also projects to raise awareness of conservation, heritage, and the residential and working community. The heritage and mural project hopes to involve many local people who could learn new conservation skills. Also planned are workshops with local children to involve them in their heritage, an exhibition by local artists, guided tours and a celebratory event at the end of the restoration project. In addition to this, a booklet would be produced containing collected oral histories of the people involved and a preservation trust to protect the mural in future years.

The playful painting was created on a Camden Council-owned building in 1980 by artists Mick Jones, (son of the late Jack Jones, trade union leader) and Simon Barber and is a mash up of scenes depicting problems faced by the neighbourhood over the preceding decade.

There is also a caricature of poet Dylan Thomas, who lived in Fitzrovia, and a mocking portrayal of then leader of the Greater London Council, Conservative politician Horace Cutler, who is pictured as a bat-like creature. Other characters include an anonymous greedy developer and a property speculator counting piles of cash.

Peter Whyatt of the neighbourhood association is jointly leading the project to restore the mural. Yesterday he told Wikinews he had a number of concerns about the possible success of the project.

“There are a great number of problems with getting this project off the ground and we also need to act pretty quickly for a number of reasons,” said Mr Whyatt.

“Firstly the mural is in a terrible state and deteriorating quickly. There is more graffiti being daubed on the site every month because one bit of graffiti attracts another bit. We really need to start the work in the next 12 months because going through another winter with the condition of the wall will causes more problems and inevitably more expense. We want to keep as much original artwork on the site as possible to keep the costs down. This is a big mural and it will be expensive to restore,” he continued.

“And that brings me to my second concern: cost. If we don’t get other community organisations on board to bid for money for this with us and to involve their beneficiaries and volunteers, it will be very difficult to secure the money needed. Money is very tight at the moment because to the current financial climate. We need to get support at this meeting on Tuesday and some firm commitments from people and organisations to get involved.

“Lastly there is a danger of a commercial development on the site. A public-private partnership to create a new art feature. Because of the existing mural’s subject matter – it mocks property speculators, and land developers, etc – a commercial scheme probably backed by a property developer would not want to restore the mural’s original message. They’d want some “good news” scheme, some greenwash idea that paints them in a positive light.

“However, despite these problems, Camden Council have offered to do a condition survey on the mural. This will save us a lot of money. But having said that there are five council departments to deal with to get permission for this restoration work, and they don’t always talk to each other.

“But if the public and local voluntary organisations show their support, we can make it happen,” Mr Whyatt concluded.

The mural restoration will be just one part of a year long project of heritage and conservation awareness-raising. “The project is not just about the mural but also wider plans to promote awareness of heritage and conservation in an area of London under threat from commercial development. In fact the bulk of the project is about the heritage and conservation and the mural is just one part of it, and the most visible because of its situation,” Mr Whyatt later added.

There will be a public meeting about the heritage and mural project at 7.30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday), at the Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street. The public can also comment about the proposals on the Fitzrovia Heritage and Mural website.

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Woman killed on amusement park ride in New York

Woman killed on amusement park ride in New York

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A young woman was killed Friday night after an accident occurred on a gyrating ride at the Playland amusement park in Rye, New York in the United States. The woman, Gabriela Garin, was a worker at the amusement park, and had worked there for the past seven years.

The accident occurred near the end of Garin’s shift; as she was loading riders onto the ride. The ride’s new operator, unaware of Garin’s presence, started the ride while Garin was still on it. The new operator then noticed Garin, and shut the ride down in 20 seconds, but Garin had already been ejected from the ride and killed, according to a park spokesperson.

The ride is an attraction that spins people around in two-seat cars, inside a darkened tent to flashing lights and music.

This incident is not the first in the ride’s history. In 2004, a seven-year-old from Connecticut managed to free herself from the ride’s restraining bars, and climb onto the front edge of her seat. She fell soon after the ride started. A safety precaution was put in place after this incident, however, the spokesperson acknowledged that it was not followed when Garin was killed.

The company which owns the ride shut it down, along with two other rides it owns at the park.

This is the fourth fatality in the park’s history. The park features more than 50 rides, a pool, and a beach. It attracts more than 1 million visitors annually.

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Three day traders’ strike in New Delhi

Three day traders’ strike in New Delhi

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Delhi is experiencing the second day of a strike by traders protesting against the implementation of a Supreme Court order to seal commercial establishments violating zoning rules by operating in residential zones.

The strike has affected a very large area in New Delhi including major markets in Rohini, Chandani Chowk, Karol Bagh and south extension of Delhi. Schools were shut down yesterday but have reopened today.

A group of traders met the union urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy to air their grievances about the government’s response towards the MCD’s sealing drive. Traders also met Delhi Chief minister Sheila Dikshit to submit a memorandum calling for an end to the sealing drive.

Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders, said, they will call off the strike on Wednesday night and the continue their agitation by hunger-strike and conferences against the sealing drive. Traders refused to move back from the agitation until November 1, when Municipal Corporation of Delhi is likely to resume its sealing drive.

According to official sources, the union government is likely to file a review petition before the Supreme Court to temporarily suspend the drive and resolve this dispute as soon as possible.

After seeing the law-and-order situation in Delhi, the Supreme Court’s Monitoring committee recommended the Supreme Court not to resume the MCD’s sealing drive on November 1.

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Why go on a cruise?


Jack WaltersWhere else can you experience luxurious living, endless food and entertainment, the possibilities for romance and an ever changing vista from the deck or porthole of your cruise liner?Cruise liners are so large and luxurious that you don’t feel you are all at sea at all which is good as you need a firm stomach as food is on offer all the time. From breakfasts and brunches to light or heavy lunches, afternoon teas or regular visits to the many fast food restaurants open on board; then dressing up for fine dining and the evening’s entertainment before returning to the comfort of your cabin. Cruises stimulate all the senses. They create opportunities to liven up existing relationships, make new friends and indulge in a bit of romance. Then when your ship hits port, it is time to escape the confines of the ship and set out on your mini voyage of discovery, experience exotic locations for a short while and see what the locals have to offer. Then when you have had enough, escape back again to the familiarity of the ship, indulge in the Friday night karaoke or dessert extravaganza, then sing yourself hoarse or indulge yourself with chocolate fudge cake and champagne.Why not cruise at Christmas and New Year? Let someone else cook the turkey for once and forever remember where you were at that time of year. Whether it was having a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on a tropical beach surrounding a turquoise bay in Tahiti, or watching a New Year firework display in Rio de Janeiro or Sydney harbour; a cruise will provide some fabulous memories to keep with you for the rest of your life.Whether planning cheap cruises or something a little bit more expensive, there are always good cruise deals to be had which will leave you with many unforgettable experiences and the desire for many more.

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Bomb in Dagestan explodes Russian military truck

Bomb in Dagestan explodes Russian military truck

Friday, September 2, 2005

An explosion today in Makhachkala, Russia in the Russian region of Dagestan killed one and wounded five others, police say. The bomb detonated in a pile of garbage, where servicemen and a truck had been sent to search for explosives on a street near a military base. When the engineers got out of the truck to search, the bomb went off.

The Dagestani Ministry, reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass, originally stated that the blast killed two servicemen and wounded three others. They later revised this to six servicemen wounded (as well as one civilian), but no fatalities. A police officer told ITAR-Tass news that a brigade had been on patrol when the explosion occurred.

According to RIA-Novosti and Interfax news, medics reported one death and six injuries. RIA-Novosti also reports that the bomb exploded near a trolley bus.

Police and ambulances were immediately brought to the area of the explosion, which was quickly sealed off by police.

The alleged planters of the bomb were followed by police, but escaped after firing at the officers.

This explosion is not surprising, as racial tensions in the Muslim majority region of Dagestan often lead to attacks on officials and police.

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Citizenship of Australian terrorists overseas under question

Citizenship of Australian terrorists overseas under question

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Yesterday, Australia’s Prime Minister proposed his government might strip individuals of their Australian citizenship if authorities consider them involved in terrorist activity.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated, “As flagged by me in my national security statement in February, we will be legislating within a few weeks to strip dual citizens involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship”.

The Coalition government’s bill aims to empower the immigration minister to revoke Australian citizenship of dual nationals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity.

Speaking of procedural for stripping individual citizenship, immigration minister Peter Dutton said he would take advice from intelligence agencies, such as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Dutton said, “We would gather as much evidence as was possible and we would make a decision whether or not we thought somebody was captured by what is a tight definition in relation to somebody committing an act of terrorism, an act preparatory to, fundraising or supporting a terrorist organisation or providing financial support or indoctrinating young people into the ways of one of these cults.”

This news comes as the Australian wife of Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf, Tara Nettleton, attempts to re-enter the country with her children. Khaled’s seven-year-old son appeared in an internet image Khaled posted last year — in which the boy was holding a severed human head.

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Cleaning Water Damage In Edmond Ok


When you are looking for help in cleaning water damage in Edmond OK you will probably want to start with a quick internet search for listings, information, and more. But what should you look for in companies specializing in correcting water damage? Some of the key features that can show that a company is a good one are years of business, reputation, use of updated technologies, and hours of operation. Whether your toilet overflows or you have a leaky foundation, you want your home clean, dry and back to normal as quickly as possible and you will not want to have a lot of fuss to get it done either. In some instances you may need to have repair personnel to help you fix the leak before you can have your areas cleaned and dried and those professionals may be able to help you find a reputable water damage specialist to help you dry your home out.

Most water damage in Edmond OK companies will be able to help with residential, commercial and even government properties and many of them will be able to provide emergency services and set up quick appointments to help you with your water damage. The more experience that a company has with cleaning up water damage, the more proficient they will be with the task, and the more confident you can be with the quality of the work. Most people think that if they have a wet/dry vac that they can take care of their own water damage; however, with out some of the specialty equipment available to professionals you could end up with mold in your walls or in the padding of the carpet as well as other places. Mold in your home can affect your health and the health of your financial investment in your property.

As society moves more and more firmly into the technological age there are more new techniques and equipment each year and some of these innovations have happened in the cleaning industry. There are now much better ways to dehydrate the air inside of you home and walls, there are more efficient ways to take water out of carpet and carpet padding, and many of these new innovations will save you time and money. There was a time that if you had water in a building you would have to rip out all the carpet, padding, drywall, and sometimes wiring to make the building clean and safe again, now it is much easier to leave a smaller impact in your home when repairing water damage in Edmond OK.

Water damage in edmond ok – companies can help you get your life back together after a leak or flood. When you have water damage in Edmond OK you will want to find the best professionals and technology to help you recover.

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