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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A pipe has burst in New York City, the largest city in the United States, causing a generator to explode. The explosion occurred in Midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Terminal (GCT) and the Chrysler Building, and approximately at the intersection of 41st Street and Lexington Avenue. Nearby buildings have been evacuated, and a large area has been blocked off. There are reports of a very large crater at the scene.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has officially ruled out terrorism. Grand Central Station was quickly evacuated soon after the incident. Subway lines 4, 5 and 6 have no service in both directions between the 125th Street Station and the Bowling Green Station. 42nd Street Shuttle service has been shut completely.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) received a call at 5:56 p.m. EDT (UTC-4) reporting an explosion. More than 170 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Witnesses reported that buildings in the nearby area shook. This was a five-alarm response.

At least 20 people have been reported injured, and one woman, Lois Baumerich, died from a heart attack. Two people are currently in critical condition.

There are potentially harmful materials at the scene of the explosion and HAZMAT crews are on the scene to clean up debris. There are reports that pipes were wrapped in asbestos, but the air is being tested, and results should be available late Wednesday night.

ConEdison Workers are on the scene as well, and it appears that they are working nearby.

Emergency workers are reporting that the situation is not under control. They are still unable to confirm why the pipe exploded due to the inaccessible nature of the scene at the source of the explosion. The pressure of steam has subsided and the air appears to have cleared, revealing the crater. Disruption of electricity in the surrounding area is minimal.

GCT is reported to be reopened at this time. An area was cordoned off and people trapped in the vicinity due to fears of asbestos pollution resulting from the explosion.

According to a press conference with the mayor, the pipe involved was built in 1924, and a likely cause of the eruption and explosion was cold water leaking into the pipe, possibly from rain or from a water pipe. A tow truck had fallen into the crater left by the explosion, and the explosion also shattered glass on nearby buildings.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Canberra, Australia —

An Australian Senate inquiry into new federal anti-terrorism laws is to take place in effectively one day, it was revealed in the Senate October 13.

Senator Robert Hill today moved that the laws, after introduction in the Australian House of Representatives, be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, with the report date set November 8 — the Senate resumes sitting on November 7, after Senate estimates have been taken place, leaving either next Friday or the weekend for the inquiry to take place.

Amendments to make the date for report later were proposed: the first date of sitting in 2006 was proposed by Senator Andrew Bartlett, and November 28 this year was proposed by Natasha Stott-Despoja. A division on those amendments was called for, but the vote must take place on the next day of sitting — November 7, due to an earlier order regarding divisions on Thursday at 4.30pm. The inquiry thus cannot commence until after this date.

Senators tempers were raised and vociferously decried the little time alloted for debate on the legislation. Senator John Faulkner called the situation “sheer bastardry of the government”, and said “It is one of the most contemptible and despicable things I have ever seen in the time that I have been a senator in this chamber. How low can you go?”. Senator Bob Brown has stated that in order to elucidate further Government actions, “between now and Christmas, when Senator Hill asks for leave, he will not get it. He will not get it.” and later called the government “a disgrace […] to Australia” and “a disgrace […] to this nation.”

Senator Julian McGauran said to Senator Stott-Despoja “you would be against [the laws] anyway.” Senator Stott-Despoja replied “Don’t bait me, Senator McGauran, today because I am not in the mood for it.” Senator McGauran earlier this week drew the anger of Senator Stott-Despoja, who lost a friend in the September 11 attacks, by asking her “Have you once in this chamber acknowledged the war on terror?”.

The Government has defended its decision, with Senator Hill stating “Unless it is agreed, it is not going to go through. We cannot have divisions, and at least we have tried. … Time is of the essence in this matter.” and later expressed “regret that this motion has been moved with very little consultation.” Senator Eric Abetz has remarked that “on 7 November the Senate would be voting on whether or not an inquiry would be held to report the very next day. Of course, that would make a mockery of the system,” and that the Opposition failing to drop the amendments “clearly indicates that the Labor Party … are going to try to play the technical game and say, ‘The government will only give us one day to deal with the issue.'”

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Series tied at 1-1. (Best of Seven)

New York Islanders 3 2 Buffalo Sabres

After trashing the New York Islanders just two days before, the Buffalo Sabres may have thought this series was in the bag. Maybe they were already looking ahead to the Conference Semifinals. Whatever the case, Buffalo wasn’t entirely in the game tonight, and the Islanders capitalized on it. Rick DiPietro, out last night from injury, returned to play a spectacular game against the Sabres. DiPietro stopped 32 of 34 shots faced, compiling a .941 save percentage. In the post-game press conference, DiPietro stated that he “could’ve used a little WD-40 on the joints here and there”. DiPietro was just fine without any WD-40, picking up his first win in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New York took a 2-0 lead and never looked back, even though Buffalo would manage to tie the game for around 6:00 toward the end of the game. The tie was broken midway through the third period, when Marc-Andre Bergeron buried the puck behind Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

The Eastern Conference series between the Islanders and Sabres, which is currently tied up at 1-1, will continue on Monday, Apr 16, at 7:30 pm EDT in New York.


  • 1 Scoring Summary
  • 2 Goaltending
  • 3 Three Stars of the Game
  • 4 External links
  • 5 Sources
  • 6 Wikinews regarding this Series

Are Garage Floor Mats Worth Buying? by Jackie RushOftentimes, it is very hard to protect your garage floor from the many elements it comes in contact with everyday. This is especially true for garages with bare concrete floors. It’s a good thing that there are now a lot of new options and great solutions as far as garage floor coverings ideas are concerned. One good option is garage floor mats. These mats can provide long lasting protection to your garage and keep it looking new at the same time. Almost all of the floor mats available in the market today can work against liquid spills, including oils or acids. Furthermore, mats can withhold liters of water, mud, coolant solutions, or oil. This is due to the heavy-duty materials used to create these mats. By using mats on your garage, you need not worry about stains and all other types of damages that can damage the concrete permanently.When choosing which flooring idea to adapt for your garage, it is best to consider to one that require the least maintenance of all. If the covering can effective protect the concrete and is quite easy to clean, then that should be a good buy. Another good thing about mats is their ability to trap dirt. This means as you park your car in the garage and walk towards your front door, lesser dirt, debris, and foreign objects would find its way into your home. All of them are stuck in the mat. What you just have to do now is to regularly clean the garage floor mat so that all those dirt will completely go away. Lastly, floor mats reduces the friction on the floor. This means lesser slips, falls, and accidents around your house too. Garage floor mats come in many patterns. You have a lot of options when it comes to designs. There are diamond-trend mats, coin-grade patterns, and ribbed designs. Choose the one that appeal to you best. Also, these mats are quite easy to install, cut, and shape. And with proper cleaning, it can provide a certain smell to your garage room. Gone were the days that it would reek of turpentine and gasoline. Indeed, garage floor mats are slowly becoming the most popular option when it comes to garage floor coverings. If you think paints are a little too taxing for you to apply, simply go for mats and you should be able to enjoy the new look of your garage in no time.You can find out more information about garage floor mats through the website: Garage Floor Mats GuideArticle Source:

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Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”


  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources

Dell joins Microsoft-Nortel VoIP Team

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dell Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will partner up with the Microsoft-Nortel Innovative communications alliance (ICA) team to sell Unified Communications and VoIP products.

The announcement on Tuesday the 16th of October 2007 includes Dell selling VoIP, data and wireless networking products from Nortel and the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and other unified communications products.

The partnership with both manufacturers should allow Dell to provide a pre-integrated solution.

In March 2007, competitors IBM and Cisco announced they would join in the competition for developing unified communications applications and the development of open technologies around the unified communications and collaboration (UC2) client platform an application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by IBM as a subset of Lotus Sametime.

“We want to make it simple for our customers to deploy unified communications so their end users can get access to all their messages in one place – whether its e-mail, phone or mobile device. This will pave the way for more business-ready productivity tools,” said vice president of solutions, Dell Product Group, Rick Becker.

  • Customers have four options:
    • Core Office Communication Server 2007 – provides instant messaging and on-premise Microsoft Live Meeting.
    • Office Communication Server: Telephony – enables call routing tracking and management, VoIP gateway and public branch exchange (PBX) integration.
    • Audio and Video Conferencing – allows point-to-point conference, video conference and VoIP audio conference.
    • Exchange Unified Messaging – provides voicemail, e-mail and fax in Microsoft Outlook, and anywhere access of Microsoft Outlook Inbox and Calendar.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two more vessels have been hijacked in Somalia. Pirates have captured an Indonesian tugboat with a barge that was working for French oil firm Total and a Turkish container ship.

The Turkish vessel’s seizure was confirmed by a US Fifth Fleet spokesman. MV Bosphorus Prodigy is a 330 ft (100 m) container vessel flagged in Antigua and Barbuda. It is owned and operated by Isko Marine Company based in Istanbul.

The Fifth Fleet could not confirm the tugboat’s seizure, but an anonymous official with Total in Yemen could. He explained the boat and barge were headed to Malaysia from the Yemeni port of Mukalla. He said the crew consisted of both Indonesians and other nationalities, and that the vessels, which had been hired by a subcontractor, were not carrying any oil at the time.

The new hijackings came as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime asked for greater policing in the area by international bodies, and for the signing of agreements that allowed the arresting officer to take pirates back to the officer’s country for prosecution.

“Pirates cannot be keelhauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast,” said the office’s head Antonio Maria Costa. “They need to be brought to justice”.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Guyanese shadow minister of finance Winston Murray has died at the age of 69. Murray died on Monday at Georgetown Public Hospital after collapsing on November 11. His death was announced by Ronald Austin, one of Murray’s colleagues. Murray was also the former Deputy Prime Minister of Guyana.

Murray collapsed while standing in a queue in East Bank Demerara only hours after giving a speech about royalties being taken from mining on Amerindian land. He was then driven to a local hospital by a citizen. He was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was placed on to a life support machine.

President Bharrat Jagdeo paid tribute to Murray. He said “I wish on behalf of the Government of Guyana, and on my own personal behalf, to express our sadness on the passing of the Honourable Winston Murray, Member of Parliament and a former Deputy Prime Minister. Mr. Murray’s passing has robbed this country and especially the National Assembly of an articulate and intelligent debater whose presentations in the House were always of an exceptionally high standard. He was an outstanding Guyanese and fine human being, resolute and firm in his convictions.”

Murray is survived by his wife Marva and their three children.

Diesel Exhaust And Cancer

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byAlma Abell

IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has stated that diesel exhaust is a carcinogen. After extensive study, all evidence points to the fact that the fumes from diesel exhaust cause cancer.

Diesel fuel is used in most large engines that are used to power trains, buses, construction equipment, standby generators, as well as cars. Diesel exhaust is made up of soot and gases, both of which are made up of other potentially harmful substances such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur, and metallic compounds. Many people are starting a diesel exhaust lawsuit, arguing that their exposure to diesel fumes has led to their cancer, including lung and bladder.

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How are people exposed to diesel fumes?

As diesel is a very popular fuel, it is hard to avoid exposure. People are exposed to diesel exhaust while traveling, at work, and even while they are at home. The amount of exposure varies:

  • At work: People involved in the transport industry, forklift operators, miners, railroad workers, etc. are those that have the highest exposure.
  • At home: Although the risk of exposure to diesel fumes is lower, anyone that lives alongside a busy highway where diesel traffic is at its densest will be affected.
  • While traveling: The simple act of commuting to and from work can expose people to high concentrations of diesel fumes.

Is cancer caused by diesel exhaust?

Studies have been made in labs as well as on people to determine if exposure to diesel exhaust causes cancer. The results indicate that the chemicals and soot in diesel exhaust cause changes in cellular DNA, which cause the development of cancer.

Lung cancer is linked to diesel exhaust. People that work in industries where heavy and prolonged exposure to diesel exhaust has affected their health will often retain a lawyer and file a diesel exhaust lawsuit.

If you or a loved one suffers from health problems caused by exposure to diesel fumes, consider hiring a knowledgeable law firm and file a diesel exhaust lawsuit. For a free evaluation of your case, contact Hughes Law Offices. Like us on our facebook page.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Torture proliferates American headlines today: whether its use is defensible in certain contexts and the morality of the practice. Wikinews reporter David Shankbone was curious about torture in American popular culture. This is the first of a two part series examining the BDSM business. This interview focuses on the owners of a dungeon, what they charge, what the clients are like and how they handle their needs.

When Shankbone rings the bell of “HC & Co.” he has no idea what to expect. A BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism) dungeon is a legal enterprise in New York City, and there are more than a few businesses that cater to a clientèle that wants an enema, a spanking, to be dressed like a baby or to wear women’s clothing. Shankbone went to find out what these businesses are like, who runs them, who works at them, and who frequents them. He spent three hours one night in what is considered one of the more upscale establishments in Manhattan, Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, where according to The Village Voice, “you can take your girlfriend or wife, and have them treated with respect—unless they hope to be treated with something other than respect!”

When Shankbone arrived on the sixth floor of a midtown office building, the elevator opened up to a hallway where a smiling Rebecca greeted him. She is a beautiful forty-ish Long Island mother of three who is dressed in smart black pants and a black turtleneck that reaches up to her blond-streaked hair pulled back in a bushy ponytail. “Are you David Shankbone? We’re so excited to meet you!” she says, and leads him down the hall to a living room area with a sofa, a television playing an action-thriller, an open supply cabinet stocked with enema kits, and her husband Bill sitting at the computer trying to find where the re-release of Blade Runner is playing at the local theater. “I don’t like that movie,” says Rebecca.

Perhaps the most poignant moment came at the end of the night when Shankbone was waiting to be escorted out (to avoid running into a client). Rebecca came into the room and sat on the sofa. “You know, a lot of people out there would like to see me burn for what I do,” she says. Rebecca is a woman who has faced challenges in her life, and dealt with them the best she could given her circumstances. She sees herself as providing a service to people who have needs, no matter how debauched the outside world deems them. They sat talking mutual challenges they have faced and politics (she’s supporting Hillary); Rebecca reflected upon the irony that many of the people who supported the torture at Abu Ghraib would want her closed down. It was in this conversation that Shankbone saw that humanity can be found anywhere, including in places that appear on the surface to cater to the inhumanity some people in our society feel towards themselves, or others.

“The best way to describe it,” says Bill, “is if you had a kink, and you had a wife and you had two kids, and every time you had sex with your wife it just didn’t hit the nail on the head. What would you do about it? How would you handle it? You might go through life feeling unfulfilled. Or you might say, ‘No, my kink is I really need to dress in women’s clothing.’ We’re that outlet. We’re not the evil devil out here, plucking people off the street, keeping them chained up for days on end.”

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Bill & Rebecca, owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber, a BDSM dungeon.


  • 1 Meet Bill & Rebecca, owners of a BDSM dungeon
    • 1.1 Their home life
  • 2 Operating the business
    • 2.1 The costs
    • 2.2 Hiring employees
    • 2.3 The prices
  • 3 The clients
    • 3.1 What happens when a client walks through the door
    • 3.2 Motivations of the clients
    • 3.3 Typical requests
    • 3.4 What is not typical
  • 4 The environment
    • 4.1 Is an S&M dungeon dangerous?
    • 4.2 On S&M burnout
  • 5 Criticism of BDSM
  • 6 Related news
  • 7 External links
  • 8 Sources