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Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season

Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season

Thursday, September 12, 2013

With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are preparing for the big “haunt” season. Directors and staff of such attractions must invest significant time preparing their buildings; such efforts gear up significantly during September. Wikinews caught up with some owners of these attractions to learn more about the hard work it takes to prepare for opening night.

Terror Nights, an attraction in Tyler, opens for the season on September 27. Ryan Laepple, owner and director of the haunt, states he’s currently involved in “a blur of safety inspections, auditions, actor training, and last but not least event advertising.” Laepple went on to say he stays “pretty busy until the show opens on the 27th and then things calm down some. As long as not too many things in the haunt break at once.” Dean Jarnig, the director of Zombie Manor in Arlington, said he and staff have recently been spraying flame-retardant chemicals and installing new lights. Jarnig also stated he and staff are working on a promotional video for their attraction, which opens on Friday September 13.

Hangman’s House of Horrors in Fort Worth is celebrating both its twenty fifth anniversary and final operational year. Some individuals who act in these attractions refer to their fellow actors as extended family. This year, some sources have even encouraged holiday job seekers to consider working at a haunted attraction to earn money. One whimsically listed the job’s benefits as “[…] free uniforms, a complimentary hair and makeup consultation and make-over, inspirational background music, plenty of on-the-job exercise opportunities and more.” Long a staple in American culture, “Haunted Houses”, as they’re commonly called, range in size from small garage-sized projects, up to multi floor buildings outfitted with the most elaborate of lighting and special effects.

Eight dead and two missing after cargo ship fire in Kaliningrad, Russia

Eight dead and two missing after cargo ship fire in Kaliningrad, Russia

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Eight people are dead and two more are missing and presumed dead after an explosion and fire on a cargo ship undergoing repairs at a naval dockyard in Kaliningrad, Russia.

The container ship MV Yenisey was the scene of an explosion while in drydock at about 3:00 p.m. Moscow time (11:00 GMT). Ten people were missing after the explosion. It was confirmed today that the eighth body has been recovered, and the remaining two are thought to be dead as well. Three more were injured.

Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo, acting as a navy spokesperson, said “Each family of the victims of the fire on the Yenisey civilian vessel will be paid more than a million rubles.” This makes their compensation roughly equivalent to US$43,000.

Dygolo said that the dockyard, in the closed military town of Baltiysk, near Kaliningrad, had been leased to the Yenisey’s St Petersburg owner, a private company, who were conducting the work themselves. He said an investigation has been launched by the navy led by top admiral Vladimir Vysotsky.

Vysotski himself has indicated that serious safety legislation breaches concerning welding regulations by both the vessel’s owner and the naval dockyard’s bosses. He did not go into details, but RIA Novosti claimed that a source at the dockyard said a gas burner applied to the roof of a fuel tank to heat and therefore loosen its bolts had triggered the disaster.

Today is an official day of mourning for Kaliningrad Region to mark the deaths.

Vehicle Repair In Papillion, Ne: Keep Your Car Working Properly

byAlma Abell

Imagine driving out on the road, coming home from work without a car in the world when all of the sudden your check engine light pops on or your vehicle starts making a strange noise. Your instinct is going to be to turn down your radio in order to hear the strange noise a little better. Then, a million questions are going to run through your head regarding what might be wrong with your vehicle.

You are probably going to start by thinking about when the last time you had vehicle repair in Papillion NE work done on your vehicle. It is at this point in time that most vehicle owners realize it has been a really long time since they’ve had any kind of work done to their car.

What do you do in this situation? Your best bet is to drive your car somewhere safe. You can drive it home or if you have a shop that offers Vehicle Repair in Papillion, NE that you like you can just drive it there. You want to turn your blinkers on and drive carefully. Your goal is just to get it somewhere safe before it breaks down. The last thing you want to have to deal with is trying to get your vehicle towed from the side of the road. That can easily cost you a couple hundred dollars depending on how far away the drop off point is.

Instead of waiting until you need Vehicle Repair in Papillion, NE the best thing you can do for yourself and your car is to get routine maintenance work done on your car. Every 300,000 miles or six months you need to have your car inspected by a mechanic. Even if the mechanic does not do much of anything, they need to make sure everything is in working order. At this time you should get all of your fluids checked. You should also get an oil change. It can also be beneficial to have your brakes changes and to get your tires rotated. These are all preventative steps to keep your vehicle in top working condition.

Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England

Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England

Monday, December 2, 2013

Police in the West Midlands in England today said nearly 200 kilograms worth of drugs with value possibly as great as £30 million (about US$49 million or €36 million) has been seized from a unit in the town of Brownhills. In what an officer described as “one of the largest [seizures] in the force’s 39 year history”, West Midlands Police reported recovering six big cellophane-wrapped cardboard boxes containing cannabis, cocaine, and MDMA (“ecstasy”) in a police raid operation on the Maybrook Industrial Estate in the town on Wednesday.

The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated

The seized boxes, which had been loaded onto five freight pallets, contained 120 one-kilogram bags of cannabis, 50 one-kilogram bags of MDMA, and five one-kilogram bricks of cocaine. In a press release, West Midlands Police described what happened after officers found the drugs as they were being unloaded in the operation. “When officers opened the boxes they discovered a deep layer of protective foam chips beneath which the drugs were carefully layered”, the force said. “All the drugs were wrapped in thick plastic bags taped closed with the cannabis vacuum packed to prevent its distinctive pungent aroma from drawing unwanted attention.” Police moved the drugs via forklift truck to a flatbed lorry to remove them.

Detective Sergeant Carl Russell of West Midlands Police’s Force CID said the seizure was the largest he had ever made in the 24 years he has been in West Midlands Police and one of the biggest seizures the force has made since its formation in 1974. “The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated”, he said. “The drugs had almost certainly been packed to order ready for shipping within Britain but possibly even further afield. Our operation will have a national effect and we are working closely with a range of law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in this crime at whatever level.”

Expert testing on the drugs is ongoing. Estimates described as “conservative” suggest the value of the drugs amounts to £10 million (about US$16.4 million or €12 million), although they could be worth as much as £30 million, subject to purity tests, police said.

Police arrested three men at the unit on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. The men, a 50-year-old from Brownhills, a 51-year-old from the Norton area of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, and one aged 53 from Brownhills, have been released on bail as police investigations to “hunt those responsible” continue. West Midlands Police told Wikinews no person has yet been charged in connection with the seizure. Supplying a controlled drug is an imprisonable offence in England, although length of jail sentences vary according to the class and quantity of drugs and the significance of offenders’ roles in committing the crime.

Pakistani peace mediator killed in tribal area

Pakistani peace mediator killed in tribal area

Friday, April 30, 2010

Noted for his controversial attempts to foster peace deals with the Taliban, Pakistani NGO leader Khalid Khawaja was killed early today morning, a week after being kidnapped in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas while helping a British filmmaker. He was shot twice, in the head and chest, and his body was dumped near Miran Shah.

A former member of the Pakistani ISI and associate of Osama bin Laden, Khawaja fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and was an outspoken critic of the American-led invasion. The leader of the Defence of Human Rights NGO, Khawaja was often accused of being an apologist for Islamist militants due to his stringent demands for better treatment and legal rights for prisoners captured by both the American and Pakistani forces.

Khawaja had travelled into North Waziristan along with former ISI colleague Colonel Imam, to help British cameraman Ased Qureshi meet with Sirajuddin Haqqani and Wali-ur-Rehman as he sought to film a documentary about the rise of Islamic militancy in the region. The three were kidnapped, and their captors demanded the release of ten imprisoned militants, including Mullah Baradar, Mullah Mansoor Dadullah and Maulvi Kabir, as well as $10 million for the release of the two former ISI officers. Pakistani officials anonymously confirmed the money would likely be paid, but the insurgent leaders were unlikely to be released.

Khawaja had most recently landed on the legal defence team of five Americans arrested by Pakistan who were accused of membership in Jaish-e-Mohammed. Immediate reports suggest that a note was pinned to his body, claiming responsibility for his death in the name of the Asian Tigers which some have ironically theorised could be a splinter group of the militant organisation. The note also accused him of spying for the United States, and having taken the government’s side in the 2007 Siege of Lal Masjid. The note blamed the government for refusing to negotiate on the desired release of the jailed Pakistani militants.

The Taliban condemned those responsible for the kidnapping of the three men, noting that targeting retired officers was “an act of cowardly people”.

Unrelated to the death of Khawaja, and intending to honour the memory of those “who embraced martyrdom in the continuing war on terror”, the Pakistani government announced they were declaring April 30 Yaum e Shuhada, or “Day of the Martyrs”. Khawaja’s son Omar told the New York Times that his father “was fond of martyrdom […] and now he is lucky because he has it”.

New York governor Spitzer tied to prostitution ring

New York governor Spitzer tied to prostitution ring

Monday, March 10, 2008

According to a report by The New York Times (The Times), New York Governor Eliot Spitzer informed his senior administration officials on Monday that he was being investigated for using a “high-class” prostitution ring. The Times report cites anonymous officials who work for Spitzer. A law enforcement official who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity stated that a federal wiretap related to a recent investigation revealed that Spitzer paid for prostitutes from an online service under investigation.

ABC News reported that, according to federal officials, the federal investigation into the prostitution ring was initially motivated by money transfers which led agents to believe Governor Spitzer was hiding bribes. Sources familiar with the case spoke to The Washington Post and CNN, and said that Spitzer is identified as “Client 9” in court documents and on a federal wiretap.

In a brief press conference held Monday afternoon, Spitzer apologized to his family and to the public, but did not directly admit or deny involvement in the prostitution ring. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better. I must now dedicate some time to rededicate my trust to my family,” he said, adding that he “acted in a way that violates his obligation to his family.”

Spitzer did not answer questions from reporters, indicating he would have more to say “in short order.” He did not admit or deny any allegations.

The Times’ report alleges that Gov. Spitzer was a client of the Emperors Club VIP, a high-priced international prostitution ring. Last week, federal investigators arrested four people involved with the operation in and around New York. The investigation utilized undercover work and wiretap recordings at various club locations, including New York and Washington, with the latter allegedly containing Spitzer’s voice.

Reports indicate the governor learned on Friday, March 7, of federal investigators’ discovery of his alleged involvement in the prostitution ring. He informed his top aides on Sunday night before meeting with the rest of his staff Monday, according to The Times. Sources for the Fox News Channel and WCBS-TV in New York report Spitzer could resign and be indicted, in which case the Lieutenant Governor of New York, David Paterson, would become governor.

James Tedisco, the New York State Assembly Republican Minority Leader, says Spitzer should resign and state Republican leadership will initiate impeachment proceedings if the governor fails to step down. “Today’s news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with a prostitution ring and his refusal to deny it leads to one inescapable conclusion: he has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York. He should resign his office immediately,” stated Tedisco.

Is Selling Invoices Right For Every Business?


As with any type of funding for a small business, selling invoices is an option to consider. There are many different situations where this is the preferred option to a traditional bank loan or even opening a line of credit through the business.

Just like traditional funding through financial institutions, there are also potential issues to consider in choosing this option. Not all businesses should make the decision to move forward with selling invoices, just as all businesses will not benefit from a business loan or a line of credit.

Generating Capital

The purpose of selling invoices is to generate working capital for a business to address the gap in time between providing goods and services and collecting on the invoice. Depending on the terms of the invoice or contract, this could be 30, 60 or 90 days, which can leave a business without immediate cash but with income pending.

When a business needs to generate this short term funding selling invoices is worth considering. Since the business only needs to sell invoices equal to the amount of capital needed there is maximum flexibility and management over the process. To access this funding business will need to meet the minimum requirements for factoring based on the terms set forth by the factoring company.

Understanding the Cost

There is a fee assessed on the value of the accounts receivable by the factor. When selling invoices, it is important to understand what the rate will be as well any fees associated with the service.

Combined the rate and fees will be the cost to the business of selling invoices. It is essential the business calculate the amount of funding they receive after fees are deducted by the factor to determine if it is cost effective.

If a business has a sufficient margin in their product or service to cover the fees of the factor and still provide the working capital needed it is a highly effective option. It is also much less costly over the long run compared to a loan where interest will continue to add to the cost over the duration of the loan.

In some situations, the business owner or management group may not have a clear understanding of the actual gross and net margins on their products and services. In this situation working to determine those bottom line amounts is critical before selling invoices to avoid costly and potentially damaging miscalculations.

If you have questions about selling invoices, our qualified staff can help. To find out more about United Capital visit us at www.ucfunding.com.

Prince Laurent of Belgium testifies in marine fraud case

Prince Laurent of Belgium testifies in marine fraud case

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Prince Laurent of Belgium, the youngest son of King Albert II of Belgium, has been questioned last night by the federal police and is attending today’s court session in Hasselt in a marine fraud case that has gripped Belgian media since last December. He arrived in a Smart car and was accompanied by his lawyer and former politician Fred Erdman. The case turns around funds of the Belgian Navy that have been used to beautify the Prince’s villa in Tervuren. The Prince is expected to testify this afternoon.

In total, 2.2 million was supposedly diverted from the marine’s purchasing services using false invoices. Roughly € 185 000 was allegedly used to paint the Prince’s villa, install lights in the garden, for the purchase of carpet and furniture, and for his secretariat and for animal clinics the Prince supports via his Foundation. Twelve marine officers and contractors are being accused of document fraud, collusion, bribery, embezzlement of government money etc. and could face 10 years in prison. The money was part of the budget that wasn’t spent at the end of the year, and which would flow back to the government if the army didn’t spend it.

The Prince, who is also an officer in the navy, is being treated only as a witness in this case, there have been no charges against him. The Attorney General in Hasselt Marc Rubens has said that there are no elements in the investigation that point to the fact that Laurent was aware of the affair, however several accused have contested this in the press. Technically, the villa is not the property of the Prince himself, but of the Royal Gift, which manages the real property of the Royal Family.

During his interview by the police last night, Prince Laurent stated that he needed funds to renovate his villa, and that Noël Vaessen, his adviser, told him the Navy could help him. The Prince stated that he thought it was legal, and that he had no reason to doubt his adviser.

Ex-Colonel Noël Vaessen was an adviser of the Prince between 1993 and 1999. Vaessen has declared in the media during the last month that the Prince actively participated in the fraud, and that he fears a cover-up. He said that the Prince was a demanding party in the operation, and that “he knew that we were arranging things to make his life and his work as comfortable as possible.” According to Vaessen, the Prince was in need of money to support a royal lifestyle, and “didn’t even have enough money to buy food.”

In 2001, Vaessen was discharged with honour from the army “for medical reasons”, but Defence Minister André Flahaut is investigating if there was no agreement to give him his pension in exchange for the fact that he wouldn’t incriminate the Prince. Vaessen also accused the Prince of other things, such as racing against the high-speed train TGV on a French highway. He has also incriminated Admiral Herteleer. Captain Johan Claeys, one of the accused, studied with the Prince and worked at the facturation services of the Navy in 1998 and 1999. One of the accused contractors, Marc Luypaerts, has told the press that the judge responsible for the investigation in Hasselt had forbidden him to speak about Prince Laurent.

Laurent’s status as a Prince has several judicial consequences for the trial. In Belgium, it’s against the law to incriminate the Royal Family during a trial. Also, the Prince is protected from judicial pursuit because he is also a Senator by law. Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx has issued a Royal Decrete, which the King has signed while on holiday in Napels, which would make it possible for Princes to testify in a trial.

However, Public Prosecutor Erwin Steyls has chosen to have Laurent interrogated by the police last night in Hasselt. This was the first time during the last six years of the inquiry that the Prince was questioned. Today in the court, the Prosecutor defended the act of having him questioned outside the trial, saying that there were several procedural issues. First, the subpoena for the Prince wasn’t issued in time to be legal. Second, the details of the protocol to hear the Prince in court were not explained in the recent Royal Decrete, making it worthless -something Minister Onkelickx denied. Thirdly, nobody can be forced to testify against himself, and if the Prince were to make false statements under oath, he could only be sued for perjury. However, the court has decided to let him testify anyway this afternoon.


Nobody is above the law and the Justice Department must be able to complete its task in full independence. When the courts find embezzlements, it seems fair to me that they would be compensated by anyone who profited from them.

During the last month, the case has caused a several spin-off discussions in Belgium. One of the surprises during this period was the King’s Christmas Message, in which he referred to the case. The regional governments are now investigating and discussing their donations to the IRGT/KINT, an environmental organisation supported by Prince Laurent. But there is also an ongoing debate over the position of the Monarchy in Belgium. Some politicians are suggesting to limit the role of the Monarchy, and other think that only the King and Queen, the Crown Prince or Princess and the widow(er) of the King or Queen should receive state funding.

Dan Rather resigns as anchor, to stay on as correspondent

Dan Rather resigns as anchor, to stay on as correspondent
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Monday, November 22, 2004

Dan Rather has announced that he will retire on March 9th, 2005 as anchor of CBS Evening News. He will continue to be a correspondent for both of the 60 Minutes shows.

It is reported that Rather’s leaving has nothing to do with a report in 2004 regarding US President Bush’s National Guard service that was widely reported to be factually false. A CBS panel is looking into that report.

Others believe that Rather is stepping down due to this report and investigation. Howard Kurtz, a reporter for the Washington Post, states that “It’s pretty clear that Dan Rather faced a very unpalatable choice… His contract had at least two more years to run. [Should he] step down now before the outside investigative report, commissioned by CBS News expected in the next few weeks about his botching — and the network’s botching — of that story about President Bush’s National Guard service? Rather [decided] today that it would be better for him to step down on his own terms.”

Dan Rather, 74, has been the anchor for CBS Evening News for 24 years, succeeding Walter Cronkite. Rather is the third most watched anchor on United States television.

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A Few Hepatitis C Market Developme NT S Worldwide In H2, 2017}

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JohnPattersonHepatitis C Virus (HCV) is a small virus that causes acute and chronic infections of the liver which may lead to serious consequences if not taken care of. It spreads through infected blood transfusions and poorly sterilized medical equipments. HCV can be classified into six major genotypes, with many additional subtypes within each genotype. While genotype 1 (GT1) causes almost half of HCV infections, all six major genotypes (GT1-6) are prevalent worldwide. The genetic diversity of HCV strains, even within the same host, originates from the low fidelity of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) polymerase, and is thought to account for viral resistance when HCV is treated with a single drug. During the last few years, the hepatitis C treatment landscape has experienced successive waves of revolutionary change, and is now dominated by high-performance regimens comprising a new generation direct acting antivirals (DAAs). FEW HEPATITIS C MARKET DEVELOPMENTS WORLDWIDE- Mayvret drug (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) of Abbvie gets FDA and EU approval- HCV infections in California increased 55% and 37% among men and women respectively between 2007 and 2015- Kite Pharma anticipates approval of its CAR-T treatment- Gilead Sciences to buy Kite Pharma for $12 billion- Ascletis gains Chinese marketing rights to nucleotide polymerase inhibitor MIV-802 (hepatitis C candidate of Medivir)- Hepatitis C Virus NS5A observed to Target NAP1L1 to Control the Innate Cellular Response- Curexa Pharmacy starts Dispensing Vosevi (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir) administered orally for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C- July 28th observed as World Hepatitis Day globally- Next frontier of chronic HCV therapies are expected to involve pan-genotypic regimens with short durations- Merck’s Zepatier estimated to generate revenues of around $800 million in H1 2017- Generic hepatitis C drugs produce similar cure rates to those reported in clinical trials according to Dr James Freeman, Australia- Egyptian hepatitis C treatment drug sales dropped by 68% in H1 2017 to EGP58.8m from EGP 185m in H1 2016 according to IMSFor more recent developments in Global Hepatitis C drug pipeline markets, please visit https://www.reportmarkets.com/20038-PharmaPoint–Hepatitis-C-Virus–HCV–Therapeutics—Global-Drug-Forecast-and-Market-Analysis-to-2025The report also provides- Favourable R&D strategies to remain competitive in future hepatitis C marketplace- Epidemiological Forecast of HCV to 2025- Impact of pan-genotypic DAA regimens on global hepatitis C industry- Enrolment dynamics and their response based on changing treatment rates and growth in cure ratesHighlights Key Questions Answered – Based on interviews with key opinion leaders (KOLs), The Author has identified key unmet needs in the hepatitis C marketplace. – What will be the effect of recent and upcoming approval of pan-genotypic DAA regimens – How will patient populations develop with changing treatment rates and high cure rates – What research and development (R&D) strategies will companies leverage to compete in the future hepatitis C marketplace – Which patient population(s) are most likely to be targeted by upcoming pan-genotypic DAA treatment algorithms Key Findings – The Author estimates that drug sales for hepatitis C in 2015 were approximately $21.7 billion across the 9MM. The global hepatitis C market is expected to experience a steady decline during the forecast period resulting in total sales of $17.5 billion by 2025.



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