24 September

City to sue owner of partially collapsed 19th century livery in Buffalo, New York

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Buffalo, New York —Two weeks after a 19th century stable and livery on Jersey Street partially collapsed and caused 15 homes to be evacuated in Buffalo, New York, residents still do not have answers from the city despite a court order to work with them and come to an agreement on a way to save some or all of the building, Wikinews has learned. Despite the frustration from residents, the city is planning on suing the building’s owner. A rally was held at the stable’s site where residents are hoping to bring more awareness to the situation and gain more support to save the building.

On June 11, a significant portion of the stable’s right side wall collapsed into the yard of a resident’s home. Authorities, including the Buffalo Fire Department were called to the scene to evaluate the collapse and evacuate 15 homes of residents surrounding the stable as a precautionary measure. The following day, the city ordered an emergency demolition on the building, which was stopped by a restraining order residents with Save The Livery (www.savethelivery.com) won on June 14. Two weeks later, five homes are still evacuated and residents don’t know when they will be able to return.

On June 19, Judge Justice Christopher Burns of the New York State Supreme Court ordered a halt to the emergency demolition and ordered the city and residents to come to an agreement to save the building, or at least a significant portion of it. Despite a court date today, no agreement has yet been reached between the two parties.

“It is in the interest of the city to have a safe environment–but also important to maintain a sense of historical preservation,” stated Burns in his June 19th ruling. The court ruled that a limited demolition could take place and that the city was only allowed to remove material in immediate danger to residents and pedestrians, but stated that the demolition could only be performed with “hand tools.” The court also ordered that any rubble which had fallen into neighboring yards when the building collapsed, to be removed. Since then, most of not all the significantly damaged portions of the building or portions in immediate danger of falling have been demolished. The roof has also been removed to put less stress on the stable’s walls.

“Its been over three years since we have been having problems with part of the livery falling down. There was an implosion two weeks ago and suddenly the city wanted to have an emergency demolition,” said Catherine Herrick who lives on Summer Street immediately behind the stable and is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city. Many homes on Summer are small cottages which were used as servants quarters when the stable was in operation, many of which were built in the 1820’s. At least seven homes on Summer border the stable’s back walls. Residents in those homes have significant gardens which have been planted against the building and growing for decades.

“Both parties are to continue to work together to see how we can meet everybody’s needs. This is the third time we have been in that courtroom, and that is what we were basically told to do,” added Herrick who said the rally was held today because this “is Buffalo’s history. Buffalo is a wonderful place to live because of its history and this is a historical, beautiful building and we need to keep those beautiful buildings.”

Herrick states that the city is working with residents, but also believes that its “slow moving” and they are allowing the owner to get away with neglect on the property.

“I believe right now that they are letting the owner get off. The owner was negligent for 20 years, and hasn’t done anything to it despite what he has claimed to say. Now that this is an emergency situation, the city has a lot to say about it,” added Herrick.

Currently the building is owned by Bob Freudenheim who has several building violations against him because its poor condition. He has received at least five violations in three months and residents who live near the building state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions.

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel from being built on the Southeast corner of Forest and Elmwood Avenues. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built. Residents say that he has been the owner for at least 22 years. Attorneys for Freudenheim confirm that the city is starting proceedings against him for his violations beginning as early as Wednesday June 25. Freudenheim has not released a statement and could not be reached for comment.

Many residents want the building preserved and Herrick states that their engineer can have it stable in “four days” as opposed to the 14-30 days it would take to demolish the building and “at a lesser cost than what it costs to demolish it.”

It will cost the city nearly US$300,000 to demolish the building which is paid for with tax money collected from residents in the city. The Buffalo News reports that fees are approaching $700,000. Though reports say there is a potential buyer of the stable, Wikinews cannot independently confirm those reports.

Residents say the stable was designed by Richard A. Waite, a 19th century architect, and was first owned by a company called White Bros., used as a stable and housed at least 30 horses at any given time. It also stored “coaches, coupes, broughams, Victorias and everything in the line of light livery,” stated an article from the West Side Topics dated 1906. According to the article, The company first opened in 1881 on Thirteenth Street, now Normal Avenue, and later moved into the Jersey building in 1892. The Buffalo Fire Department believes the building was built around 1814, while the city property database states it was built in 1870. It is believed to be only one of three stables of this kind still standing in the country.

At about 1950, the stable was converted into an automobile body shop and gasoline station.A property record search showed that in 1950 at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.” It is not known if the tanks are still on the property, but residents are concerned the city was not taking the precautions to find out.

Wikinews has called the city along with the Mayor’s office several times, but both have yet to return our calls. There are conflicting reports as to the date of the next hearing. According to Herrick, the next hearing is July 1, 2008 though the Buffalo News states the next hearing is July 8. The News also states that Burns will make a final ruling on the stable at this time.

24 September

Advice For Securing Low Car Insurance Premiums

Submitted by: Adrianna Notton

Liability in an auto accident can result in the person responsible for the accident having to pay thousands of dollars for damage done to personal property or medical costs incurred by another driver, as a result of injury. It is thus essential to have comprehensive cover, which provides a safety net. Even if you are a careful driver and seldom undertake long-distance driving, a reduced risk is still a risk, thus it is best not to skimp on quality car insurance.

When calculating premiums, insurers consider risk factors such as the plan holder’s age, whether the plan holder has been involved in collisions before, as well as other factors such as the age of the car being insured. Understanding these contributing factors means that you can do what you can to ensure you get a better premium.

As an example, if you have marks against you on your driving record, you could take a defensive driving course which is recognized by your state, in order to improve your status as a responsible driver – many insurance providers take certificates for driving education into account when deciding applicants’ premiums.

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One of the most obvious ways to get cheaper insurance is often overlooked by vehicle owners. Comparing quotes means that you can see which plans offer the lowest premiums combined with the best benefits, and with easy-to-use online comparison tools, it is simple to compile a list of competitive offers.

People are sometimes overly cautious in their endeavors to protect their finances, and acquire benefits which they are unlikely to need. If, for example, the vehicle owner lives in an especially safe area and does not travel much, insurance for theft might not be necessary – it is possible to save a substantial amount simply by getting rid of extraneous benefits.

Sometimes monthly premiums can be reduced extensively by combining different kinds of cover into a single, manageable monthly payment. If your agency provides cover for cars as well as home and life insurance, for example, you could save money with a combination package which rewards you for having one provider for all your cover.

If you have a fancy car which you are paying exorbitant monthly repayments on, the high premiums resulting from the cost of insuring a newer car can add up to an overwhelming figure. It may be worth considering downgrading to something smaller, which can be ensured for less – this could mean massive savings.

You do not necessarily have to be looking for a new policy if you want to get the lowest premiums possible – it is worth having a look to see whether you can get a better deal if your premiums have been steadily increasing and you are finding payments a worrying drain on your resources.

Since there are many factors which come together to determine your car insurance premiums, taking time to obtain and compare quotes will help you to get the best possible deal. This combined with careful choice of benefits will help to make your monthly payments manageable.

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23 September

Head of US Minerals Management Service resigns following BP oil spill response

Thursday, May 27, 2010

After reports that US President Barack Obama has fired the director of the Minerals Management Service, Elizabeth “Liz” Birnbaum, the Interior Department revealed that she instead resigned “on her own volition”. The resignation occurred amidst growing criticism of the federal government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and the agency’s oversight over offshore drilling. 

Birnbaum, who became director in June 2009, was expected to testify before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives today with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. She was not present when Salazar began to speak, however. Salazar said in a statement: “She is a good public servant. She resigned today on her own terms and on her own volition. I thank her for her service and wish her the very best.”

News agencies had reported that Birnbaum was forced out of office, and Obama was expected to officially announce the supposed firing later today in a news conference along with discussing an Interior Department report on the explosion. Birnbaum observed in her letter of resignation that Salazar “will be requiring three new leaders for the Office Natural Resources Revenue, the Bureau of Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement” as the entire Minerals Management Service is reorganized.

22 September

Yahoo triples its quarterly profit on strong advertising revenue

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Yahoo!, the world’s favorite Internet destination, reported $373 million in net income for the three month period ended December 31. Revenues were $1,078 million for the fourth quarter of 2004, a 62 percent increase compared to $664 million for the same period of 2003. “We are attracting more and more users to Yahoo!’s network of services and driving their usage deeper with more relevant products and services. This deeper usage is the real magic behind the surpassing of our financial objectives,” explained Susan Decker, the company’s chief financial officer.

  • Revenues excluding traffic acquisition costs (“TAC”) were $785 million for the fourth quarter of 2004, a 54 percent increase compared to $511 million for the same period of 2003
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2004 was $691 million, a 56 percent increase compared to $443 million for the same period of 2003
  • Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2004 was $235 million, a 149 percent increase compared to $94 million for the same period of 2003
  • Operating income before depreciation and amortization for the fourth quarter of 2004 was $327 million, an 84 percent increase compared to $178 million for the same period of]] 2003
22 September

Hurricane Jimena approaches Baja California

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hurricane Jimena, a powerful Category 3 hurricane, is currently closing in on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Some areas of the region are already beginning to experience the storm’s effects.

The storm has weakened over the past 24 hours from Category 4 status, but is still what forecasters describe as “extremely dangerous”. It currently has winds of 125 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and is moving north-northwest at 10 knots. Jimena is situated about 110 mi (175 km) southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Officials in Mexico are working to prepare for Jimena’s onslaught. Audel Alvarez, the head of training for civil protection in the state of Baja California Sur, said, “The whole state is vulnerable.” He reported that 35 emergency shelters have been prepared to accommodate up to 30,000 evacuees.

Forecasters say the storm will likely move near or over southern portions of the peninsula by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Accordingly, tropical cyclone warnings and watches have been issued for these areas, as well as parts of mainland Mexico. The state of Baja California Sur and Socorro Island have been placed on orange alert, the second-highest.

The National Hurricane Center recently issued a statement advising residents of the potential danger: “Interests in the hurricane warning area are advised that strong winds will precede the arrival of the center by several hours…so preparations need to be completed very soon. Remember not to focus on the exact track since dangerous impacts extend some distance from the center.”

This may be the strongest hurricane ever to hit the region

Thousands of tourists have already evacuated from resort areas in the path of Jimena, though many have refused to leave in fear of falling victim to looting. Local officials drove through slums trying to persuade people to living in poorly made homes to get out of harm’s way. A firefighter rode through the streets of Colonia Obrera, a small settlement, sending the following alert through a loudspeaker: “For the safety of you and your family, board a vehicle or head to the nearest shelter”. However, he reported that efforts were largely unsuccessful.

Bill Reed, a forecaster with the NHC, said “Any poorly constructed buildings with those wind speeds can be totally destroyed. The biggest threat, as always, is anyone that remains in the lowest portions of the land, near the coastline are at risk from drowning obviously from very high waves and potential storm surge a storm like this represents.”

Gusty winds and heavy precipitation are already being felt in some coastal areas. A spokesman for the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort said “Right now what we are seeing is some heavy rain and winds, but for the most part we haven’t seen any damage.” Rough seas continue to batter the coast as the storm approaches.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erika – the fifth named cyclone of the 2009 Atlantic season – has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, and might threaten the United States next week.

21 September

Usability And Portability Of Wireless Bluetooth Headsets}

Submitted by: Ronniee Williams

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1. In Bluetooth skill, two Cellular phone Transfer info with every over low-frequency radio Wavelength in the 2.4GHz range.

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2. Voice Quality with hottest tools – fine, crispy and noise free Voice communication is the chief intention of Bluetooth Ear piece.

3. No Data cables or Wired connections are desired, but the simply need is that both policy should be Bluetooth Enabled.

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Besides all the advanced features and functionality of Bluetooth headsets, it has finally become a need as well, State laws of US, Canada and a lot of other countries (including third world countries) force to use Bluetooth headsets to communicate over the phone while driving, this wont let you lose your concentration while driving.

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18 September

Ford Taurus to be revived

Friday, February 9, 2007

Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally has reported that Ford will rename the Ford Five Hundred to the Taurus for the 2008 model year, when a facelifted model is expected to be launched to improve the lackluster sales of the outgoing model. Mulally says that Ford’s decision to name all their cars with the letter F was a lackluster move, and makes their names easily forgettable. As a result, Mulally plans on reviving many respected Ford nameplates, the Taurus being one of them, and the Falcon possibly in the future.

The Ford Taurus was originally introduced in 1986, and was a revolutionary car that rewrote the rules for creating a sedan, and pushed the other American automakers to follow suit, leading to a design revolution that completely rid Detroit of the “boxy” cars of the 70s and 80s. The Taurus survived for four generations, selling over 7,500,000 units. The Taurus was discontinued in October 2006, after a brief run of 2007 models destined for fleet customers.

“How can it go away?” Alan Mulally remembered asking, “It’s the best-selling car in America.”

While it is not expected for the name change to turn the Five Hundred into a 400,000 plus units a year blockbuster like the Taurus, it is expected to make sales more solid, and to make the car well known, since the Taurus is a well known nameplate around the country.

18 September

NASA issues survivability report on Columbia crash

Friday, January 2, 2009

NASA has issued a report on survivability during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, entitled “Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report”. Although the report finds the accident was impossible to survive, it still faulted a number of design issues with the astronauts’ equipment.

The accident investigation report was released in 2003, the year of the crash. During launch on January 16, the spacecraft’s wing was holed when a chunk of foam detached and struck it. The shuttle then broke up on re-entry on February 1 over Texas, killing the seven on board.

This new report reveals details of what happened to the astronauts during the accident sequence, although some parts have remained confidential to the victims’ families. The report reveals that within seconds of the breakup commencing the crew became unconscious due to the rapid depressurization and that they never regained consciousness prior to their deaths.

The report notes that the cabin began spinning wildly, causing some of the astronauts’ helmets to come off. The report noted that most on board were secured only by lap harnesses that offered no restraint to the upper body and were not designed to cope with sideways motion, meaning “lethal trauma” was caused by the rotation. However, the report was unable to determine whether the astronauts had died from oxygen deprivation or the extreme nature of their injuries.

The pressure suits the crew wore, introduced after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, were criticised as the crew could not keep their visors down throughout re-entry due to a design limitation that would have caused excess levels of oxygen to be present had they done so, leaving the suits unsealed. The gloves also made many tasks difficult or impossible. When the accident occurred, three people were not wearing gloves, one was not wearing a helmet, and none had their visors down. The helmets also did not conform to the heads of the wearers.

Upon disintegration, the occupants were exposed to extreme heat and high friction from re-entry. The astronauts likely died very quickly, and were probably dead by the time Columbia broke apart.

The report added that although the crew all wore parachutes, they had to be activated by the crew — impossible as they were unconscious. The report concluded that future spacecraft require sturdier construction and better restraints, while safety devices should be automatic. NASA is designing better suits and helmets.

18 September

Two ill after eating burgers laced with multi-purpose cleaner in Bathurst, Australia

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A prank by three young kitchen staff at Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant in the Central-Western New South Wales city of Bathurst went wrong when two customers required medical treatment after eating burgers they had laced with multi-purpose cleaner.

According to staff at the Emergency Department of Bathurst Hospital, two Hungry Jack’s customers became ill Sunday night after eating burgers contaminated with a chemical believed to be multi-purpose cleaner. One of the patrons was in a serious condition upon arrival at Bathurst Hospital due to being allergic to an ingredient in the cleaning product. “He presented to the emergency department as he was having an allergic reaction after eating a burger from Hungry Jacks, he was in a really bad way when he arrived here and if he had waited much longer it could have been much worse,” said a Greater Western Area Health Service employee. “We called Hungry Jacks and they said that three of their employees had been goofing off and sprayed multi-purpose cleaner inside the burgers so we then treated the patients for poisoning.”

Both customers are expected to make a full recovery. During an investigation undertaken by Wikinews reporter Nathan Carter, it was learned that the chemical sprayed into the burgers was KAY multipurpose cleaner which is reported to cause nausea, diarrhoea and mucosal and gastric irritation. The Material Safety Data Sheet for KAY multipurpose cleaner lists Antonic Surfactants as its hazardous ingredient.

In New South Wales, it is a criminal offence to make food intended for sale unsafe punishable by 2 years imprisonment. Due to restrictions on the publication of the name of young people involved in crimes in New South Wales, the names of kitchen staff can not be published. Wikinews was told by Hungry Jack’s staff that the staff involved in the incident remained employed by Hungry Jack’s. Josh, a Hungry Jack’s manager at the Bathurst restaurant, told Wikinews that his boss Adam was aware of the food contamination issue and would be taking steps to address it.

18 September

Swift, I Os, And Threading}

Swift, iOS, and Threading

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Threading has a genuine cost in feeling of memory and execution, each string required memory assignment in both Kernel and your program memory space.

Multi threading was presented in iOS 3.2, we have three choices for multi threading in iOS which is given underneath with fundamental subtle elements:

Have you at any point composed an application where you endeavored to accomplish something, and there was a long respite while the UI was inert?

This is generally a sign that your application needs multithreading!

In this instructional exercise, you’ll get hands on involvement with the center multithreading API accessible on iOS: Grand Central Dispatch.

You’ll take an application that doesn’t utilize multithreading by any means (and subsequently is exceptionally inert), and change over it to utilize multithreading. You’ll be stunned by the distinction!

This instructional exercise expect you know about the nuts and bolts of iOS advancement. On the off chance that you are totally new to iOS improvement, you should look at a portion of alternate instructional exercises on this site first.

Right away, take a drink of pop or bite some air pocket gum and start this instructional exercise in the meantime and you’re as of now on your approach to multithreading! :]

When taking in another dialect I more often than not take after a similar example. I make sense of how to do parallel preparing, reflection, and fabricate a couple of applications. Here is the start of my investigation of threading in Swift. I’m utilizing NSOperations in this post and will take a gander at GCD in a followup post.

Here are the means:

make another quick document and acquire from NSOperation,

supersede NSOperation’s primary technique,

presently make an occasion of your new operation class,

set the string need, and

add it to a NSOperationQueue occasion.

So far not unique in relation to Objective-C.

For this case I will make a Sift class that acquires from NSOperation called BackgroundSillyness. At that point I’ll utilize BackgroundSillyness in a Swift application’s ViewController viewDidLoad strategy.

Making an occasion of NSOperation:

let line = NSOperationQueue()

BackgroundSillyness.swift source

/import the Foundation library

import Foundation

/acquire from NSOperation

class BackGroundSillyness:NSOperation{

/abrogate NSOperation’s void main(void) technique

abrogate func principle() – > (){

println(“hello from foundation”)

}

So that is the class record. Presently for the source from the ViewController. I’ll just incorporate the source from the viewDidLoad technique with a specific end goal to keep things basic. You will perceive some of what is occurring here on the off chance that you know about Objective-C.

ViewController.swift source

supersede func viewDidLoad() {

super.viewDidLoad()

/Create another occasion of BackGroundSillyness

let backgroundOperation = BackGroundSillyness()

/* I chose I needed to make sense of how to supplant hinders with terminations,

* soI set the consummation square of the operation.

* ‘hi’ will now print outafter ‘hi from foundation’.

*/

queue.addOperation(backgroundOperation)

/this is the default esteem, however in the event that you don’t set it you will get a mistake.

backgroundOperation.threadPriority = 0

backgroundOperation.completionBlock = {() – > () in

println(“hello”)

}

}

So there it is. The greater part of alternate properties of NSOperations can be set similarly as the fruition square. You can likewise forget the ‘()- >() in’ bit of the conclusion on the off chance that you need. Quick will induce the information and return sorts for you in the event that you do.

When you run this, you may find that the foundation operation’s message is stirred up in the one printed out in the UI string. It gives the idea that Swift doesn’t line up messages to the comfort. It isn’t an imperfection only brief comment mindful of. You could include a long running circle out of sight operation’s primary technique on the off chance that you might want to prevent this from happening.

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