Apr 19
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UK policeman killed while training

Monday, June 9, 2008

A policeman from the United Kingdom was killed today while taking part in a training exercise with his police force, in the city of Manchester.

The policeman died as a result of a shot to the chest. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 UTC (11:30 local time) this morning.

Greater Manchester Police released a statement regarding the incident, saying that the officer was shot at Thorpe Road, which is found in the Newton Heath area of the city.

Apr 19
Police station attacked by car bomb in Basque Country, two officers injured
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Police station attacked by car bomb in Basque Country, two officers injured

Friday, August 24, 2007

A police station of the Spanish Guardia Civil was attacked today Friday by a car bomb in the Basque city of Durango, injuring two policemen. It is believed to be the first serious attack of the separatist group ETA since it unilaterally ended a cease-fire in June. The blast caused serious damage to the police barracks in Durango, shattering windows and damaging police cars parked outside. Several nearby apartment buildings were also damaged. Police sources believe the bomb, estimated to contain between 80 and 100 kilograms of explosives, was detonated remotely by one of the two attackers who fled in another vehicle. Another car exploded about one hour later in the town of Amorebieta, possibly the one used by the activists to flee.

ETA detonated two small explosive devices on July 25 along the route that the Tour of France used when the race dipped into northern Spain for a few hours.

ETA called the cease-fire in March 2006, but grew frustrated with a lack of government concessions in ensuing peace talks, and set off a huge bomb in a parking area at Madrid’s airport on December 30, killing two people. It insisted then that the truce was still in effect, but finally declared it formally over in June, and Spanish security forces have been on alert ever since.

Apr 19
Sony Fair 2008 starts in Taipei, Taiwan with “HD Entertainment Park”
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Sony Fair 2008 starts in Taipei, Taiwan with “HD Entertainment Park”

Friday, April 4, 2008

The fifth annual Sony Fair, established and organized by Sony Taiwan Limited in Taipei, Taiwan since 2004, started at the North Square of Taipei 101 near the TWTC Hall 3 from April 3 to 13. With more opportunities and chances of Blu-ray and High-definition markets, the organizer named its theme slogan with “High-definition Entertainment Park”.

Since the Sony Fair was established in 2004, several brand new AV-media products made their stages at this show and took good effects in it. And this time, after winning the consumer market in the optical storage battle, I’m proud to announce that “Not only Sony, all our groups are BACK“! With several varied and new technologies, the lifestyle changed rapidly with modern people. A typical example is the invention of LCD Television, that drove the high-definition becoming the mainstream in this digital AV-media era. Since I visited Taiwan 2 years ago, I saw several future miniatures from Blu-ray and high-definition AV-media products. Finally in this [digital AV-media] era, this dream became reality and several accessories like digital cameras and recorders also integrated with those new technologies above and showcased in this fair.
This year of Sony Fair with the main theme of “HD Entertainment Park”, showcased not only newly-launched Sony ? , but also BRAVIA, showcased at 2007 Taipei IT Month, games and consoles of PS3 and PSP, showcased at 2008 Taipei Game Show and 2008 Softex Taipei. Because of marketing strategies [by Sony], we [Sony] brought up opportunities and achievements for high-definition markets like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chunghwa Telecom, and Public Television Service, who produced several HDTV programs with different styles. By the way, the “Audio Gallery” showcase varied ways to enjoy digital music like Walkman, integrated with Bluetooth technology recently, will be released in the middle of April 2008.

Not only executives supported this show, and high-definition AV-media showcases, but Sony BMG Taiwan will also invite several vocalists to hold some mini concerts in the Sony Fair 2008 to bring up the visitors during holiday nights.

Apr 19
BDSM as business: Interviews with Dominatrixes
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BDSM as business: Interviews with Dominatrixes

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Whether the Civil War, World War II or the Iraq War, it can be challenging to face how conflict penetrates the psyche of a nation and surfaces in the nuances of life. There are thousands—if not millions—of individuals who indulge in fantasies others would deem perverse that have their nascence in some of the darkest moments of human history. It is possible someone you know pays a person to dress like a German Nazi to treat them like a “dirty Jew”, or to force them to pick cotton off the floor like a slave.

An S&M dungeon is a place where these individuals act out such taboos. Businesses that operate to meet their needs are often hidden, but they do exist and are typically legal. The clients want to remain confidential for fear of ostracism in their respective communities. As Sigmund Freud wrote, “Anyone who has violated a taboo becomes taboo himself because he possesses the dangerous quality of tempting others to follow his example.”

Last week Wikinews published the first in a two part series on the BDSM business: an interview with Bill & Rebecca, the owners of Rebecca’s Hidden Chamber. This week we publish the second part: an interview with three dungeon employees, Mistress Alex, Mistress Jada and Mistress Veronica. In their world, BDSM is a game, a harmless pursuit of roleplaying exercises that satiate the desires of the tabooed. These Dominatrixes are the kind of women men fantasize about, but they all look like they could be babysitting your children this Saturday night. Most likely, they will not be.

Mistress Alex has a distinctive sheen when David Shankbone walks into the room. Her moist skin cools quickly from the blow of the air conditioner she stands in front of. Just having finished an hour and a half session, she is dressed in a latex one-piece skirt and matching boots. Mistress Jada, a shapely Latina dressed in red, joins the conversation and remains throughout. When Alex needs to tend to a client, Mistress Veronica, who looks like she would be as comfortable teaching kindergarten as she would “tanning a man’s hide”, takes over for her.

The interview was neither sensational nor typical, but what you read may surprise, repulse, or even awaken feelings you never knew you had. Below is David Shankbone’s interview with three Dominatrixes.

Contents

  • 1 Starting out
  • 2 What they get asked to do
  • 3 The psychology of S&M
  • 4 Psychological challenges
  • 5 Psychology II
  • 6 Comfort levels in the sessions
  • 7 Advice for those who want to be a Mistress
  • 8 Strange requests
  • 9 What they discover in themselves
  • 10 Boundaries
  • 11 BDSM Culture
  • 12 Dating for Dominatrixes
  • 13 Related interviews
  • 14 Sources
  • 15 External links
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Apr 19
Fireplace Mantles Or Fireplace Mantels?}

Submitted by: Lisa Becker

Technically, using the word mantle instead of mantel for your fireplace is still correct. In architecture, you can use both terms to describe a shelf protruding from the wall above your fireplace, although mantel is the more common usage. Because the word mantle has so many other meanings it makes it easier when you are searching the internet to find websites that will help answer your questions about your home if you search for “fireplace mantel” instead of “fireplace mantle.”

Why “Fireplace Mantles” can be Confusing

Because mantle has many other meanings, you will find it on lots of other websites that have little to do with your home. Mantle, at its simplest, means anything that covers, such as a “mantle of frost” or a “mantle of dust.” Science websites use the term mantle often because it is also the word for the layer between the core and the crust of the Earth and comprises about 70% of the Earth’s volume. Because mantle and mantel are interchangeable in architecture, it’s easier for home oriented websites to use mantel.

Tips for Fireplace Mantels

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* Finding – Knowing what you’re looking for can help you narrow down your search for a fireplace mantel. You have a wide range of options, including stone fireplace mantels, wood fireplace mantels, rustic fireplace mantels, antique fireplace mantels, and more. Make sure that the style of your mantel complements your dcor. Do not purchase a regular shelf to hang above your fireplace, as it may not be able to withstand the heat from the fire below.

* Cleaning – You can wipe most mantels with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust. You can also use wood cleaner on wood and you can wax both wood and stone to preserve their finishes. Just be sure to clean your mantel when the fireplace and mantel are cold because some waxes and cleaners are flammable.

* Decorating – The most important thing to remember when decorating your fireplace mantel is to be careful not to put anything likely to melt or catch fire on it. Candles should definitely be in holders to prevent drips onto your mantel or hearth.

Fireplace mantels can be a lovely focal point in your home if properly chosen, cared for, and decorated. Whether you’re installing a brand new fireplace or remodeling your home, you can start looking at your mantel options today.

Fireplace Mantel Dcor and Accessories

Most people only think about fireplace mantel dcor during the winter holidays, when they’re likely to pull out all the stops to make it gorgeous. But why decorate your mantel for one month of the year and leave it bland the rest of the time? Your fireplace is a focal point of the living room, and the mantel should be decorated accordingly.

Fireplace Accessories

In addition to the fireplace mantel itself, the largest dcor elements will be the fireplace screen and tool set. Those two elements should complement the mantel as well as the overall look of the room. Once you have those in place, you can begin to choose the dcor items to hang above the mantel or set inside the fireplace.

Possible choices include fireplace candelabras to place inside the fireplace instead of logs and andirons. Most people hang a painting or mirror over the mantel. Some people hang plasma TVs in that space, but you have to be careful about the wall temperature. If your wall gets too hot, you could destroy the TV.

About the Author: Lisa Becker is an avid home decorator and writes for

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: Shop For Your Perfect Fireplace Mantel and Surround. Her expertise regarding fireplace mantels and surrounds provides insight into the world of interior design and home decorating. For the rest of the article, check out

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Apr 18
Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment
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Sony refreshes VAIO brand for business and entertainment

Thursday, July 31, 2008

From the middle of July, Sony Corporation refreshed their senior laptop brand VAIO from “Video Audio Integrated Operation” to “Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer”. According to Sony Taiwan Limited, this refreshment is an attempt to relocate the laptop consuming market for business and entertainment factors.

In the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Europe, Sony promoted their new product series for different populations including BZ for business, FW for home entertainment, Z for ultra-slim, and SR for complex applications.

Different with past series, Sony added “Clear Bright” screening technology for high-definition display, and “full-carbon production” features. BD-burning and Intel Centrino 2 processing technologies will be featured in all the new models. For security issue, Sony also embedded fingerprint system to prevent personal data to be stolen. Continued from TZ series, innovative designs including “Green Power Button”, “Situational Switch” are also added in newly-launched series.

“Due to consuming market differences, Sony only promoted BZ series in Europe and America but not included Asia. Although the TICA Show in Taipei will be different, functionality will be the greatest issue when a consumers choose a notebook [computer] before buying.” addressed by executives from Sony Taiwan Limited, during the “VAIO Experience 2008” press conference in Taiwan.

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Apr 18
Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate
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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Apr 18
Protests in Ecuador kill one, injure 49
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Protests in Ecuador kill one, injure 49

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ecuadorean police clashed with Amazon Indians protesting new laws they fear will increase oil drilling, leaving one person dead and at least 49 others injured on Thursday.

Authorities said the violence occurred Wednesday in Morona Santiago province, a major oil producing region. The clash came after three days of demonstrations in which indigenous groups had blocked roads in the jungle region to protest laws they say would encourage more oil drilling. The officials say one protester was killed and 40 police and nine protesters were injured.

“We can confirm that there are 29 policemen injured and one civilian is presumed dead,” said government minister Gustavo Jalkh. He denied that the police opened fire on the protesters, although he said security officials had used “progressive force” to clear a highway blockade. The Ecuadorian Indians had blocked highways across the country since Monday to demonstrate against the laws.

At a news conference late Wednesday, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa blamed the protesters for the clash. “Tremendously violent groups armed with shotguns and rifles waited for police and met them with gunshots”, the president said, repeating his call for dialogue with the indigenous people to address their concerns.

For years, indigenous communities in Ecuador have accused oil companies of damaging the environment and the health of community members while operating petroleum facilities. Several such conflicts between the indigenous communities and government have occurred in several Andean countries in the recent past, such as in Peru, where a government crackdown at a road blockade in the Amazons killed ten Indians and 23 police officers in June.

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Apr 18
Easy Tips For Maintaining Your Furnace In Clinton

byAlma Abell

A furnace in Clinton is a considerable investment which is why you need to perform regular maintenance to avoid expensive repair jobs. One of the basic maintenance tips is to change your filter. This is an easy task that will ensure there is no build-up of dirt and other debris in the furnace. Failure to change the filter on a regular basis will cause your equipment to become inefficient and can ultimately lead to major damage. A great tip here is to write the date on the filters’ cardboard frame every time you change it to help you effectively schedule your maintenance.

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Next, make sure that the registers of your HVAC system are kept clean at all times. Some of the notorious debris include pet hair and dust. In addition to this, ensure that any furniture or furniture covering is kept clear of your furnace to allow free flow of air. A clogged register can cause inefficiency and problems with airflow as well as strain your equipment. This simple maintenance tip will allow you to get the best service out of your furnace and the entire HVAC system.

Also be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector. This is a great tool for helping you detect dangerous carbon monoxide fumes before the situation can become potentially life threatening. This will also help your technician detect the exact root of the problem and perform repairs and/or maintenance as they deem fit. Follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines when installing carbon monoxide detectors and other such safety equipment around your home.

Lastly, replace your thermostat batteries regularly. Your furnace cannot work if the thermostat isn’t powered. If you are not sure about how to replace these, talk to a professional and they will be more than happy to show you the ropes. A great tip to remind you to change your thermostat battery is to schedule it at Daylight Savings Time when you are changing your smoke detector batteries. Even with all the maintenance in the world, your furnace in Clinton will eventually require professional repair or maintenance. In such a case, be sure to talk to the experts at East River Energy. Their experience and expertise in all areas pertaining to energy will come in handy.

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Apr 18
Ben Shephard announces departure from GMTV
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Ben Shephard announces departure from GMTV

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ben Shephard has announced his departure from GMTV, the current television breakfast programme on ITV in the United Kingdom, having been a presenter on the programme for ten years. His current contract ends in April 2010, but he is expected to leave by the end of the Summer of 2010, according to the Press Association.

Initially, Shephard only presented an entertainment section of the television programme before being given a promotion to the sofa in 2005. He is the third presenter to leave GMTV within the last year, after the departures of Fiona Phillips and Penny Smith.

According to a statement released from Ben Shephard’s agent: “Ben’s two-year contract with GMTV is up at the end of April. Earlier this year, his management made it clear that he would not be renewing it, but would be happy to stay on temporarily during this transitional period. Ben is excited about moving on after 10 incredible years and will be focusing on a number of new projects with ITV and other channels.”

Adrian Chiles, who recently announced his departure from the BBC after modifications were made to The One Show — a show that he presented with Christine Bleakley — was recently reported to be appearing as a presenter on GMTV in the future.

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