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Sen. Larry Craig claims innocent of lewd conduct

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig held a news conference Tuesday in Boise, Idaho to issue a public statement about his arrest in June, 2007 and subsequent guilty plea, August 8, to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

In his statement, Sen. Craig indicated that when he pled guilty to the charge, two months after the fact, he didn’t understand at the time what he was signing and declared himself innocent of any wrongdoing at the Minneapolis airport on June 11, 2007.

According to the arresting officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, who was dressed in civilian clothes at the time of the incident, he was using a bathroom stall when Sen. Craig entered the stall next to his. Karsnia reported the Senator tapped his right foot, and then stretched his foot over to touch the officer’s left foot. Sen. Craig also ran his hand along the bottom of the stall’s dividing wall. According to CNN, that type of behavior is known in the Gay community as a signal that the person wants to engage in lewd behavior. The officer subsequently showed Sen. Craig his badge. Using his other hand, Karsnia directed Craig to move toward the door. After some words and Sen. Craig’s refusal to cooperate with the officer, he was placed under arrest.

An additional charge against Sen. Craig, interference with privacy, had been thrown out. Sen. Craig received a ten-day suspended jail sentence, was fined US$500, and was given one year probation.

Sen. Craig admitted that he did not mention his arrest to the Senate Ethics Committee, which is not required by law, and also didn’t tell his wife and other immediate family members about his arrest until recent days.

Further developments to this story are available. See:
Republican leaders accused of double standard after Larry Craig’s resignation

Get Better Prices On Auto Insurance In Puyallup

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

byAlma Abell

An insurance company can’t bargain with you over how much you have to pay for your premiums. They have to have set rules for how they will determine what to charge each person who asks them for a policy, and then they have to apply these rules fairly to each person who comes to them asking to be a customer. This doesn’t mean, however, that it doesn’t matter where you end up going to buy your coverage. Different operations can decide what to charge in very different ways, and you may find that you can get a dramatically lower price by just spending a few minutes shopping around.Smart customers make a regular habit of checking out insurance prices from a few different carriers and making sure that they are still paying something reasonable. You don’t want to go overboard and start making calls every few months. Things aren’t likely to change fast enough to make that kind of effort worth your while. Every year or two, however, it’s a good idea to check in and to see if anyone has a better option. You should even check in with your own current company to see if they might be able to offer you a better value now that some time has passed.

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The issue of paying for Auto Insurance in Puyallup is particularly difficult for people who have troubled driving histories. If you have had issues with tickets or accidents in the past, you may even find it difficult to persuade a company that you would be a suitable customer. In some cases, the only policies they may be willing to offer are special high-risk options that charge a lot of money and don’t give you much protection in return.

This is why so many drivers are turning to SAV-ON for Auto Insurance in Puyallup. The company’s main focus is on helping drivers who don’t have spotless records and who are paying entirely too much for coverage. They have programs that are specifically designed to help such people to get out of the highest rate categories and down to a much more reasonable level. Often, they are quickly able to save people as much as a third of what they are currently spending.

Officials: Two soldiers and over 30 insurgents killed in Pakistan

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

At least 30 insurgents and two Pakistani soldiers died in a fierce fire fighting between Taliban rebels and security forces in the Orakzai region of the North-West Frontier Province. Officials stated that the gun battle started when the insurgents attacked a military base with rockets and mortars. A spokesman for the Pakistani army in Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province, the Lt. Col. Nadeem Anwar said that the attack “started at midnight and continued until early Monday morning”. According to local government official, Sajjad Ahmad, troops opened fire aided by artillery when about 200 insurgents attacked a checkpoint. Ahmad told AFP news agency and stated that “[t]he attack was repulsed and up to 32 rebels and two soldiers of paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed”. Eight soldiers were wounded in the attack.

According to Khaista Rehman, a local administrative official, preliminary reports “suggest 35 to 40 militants have been killed.” While senior paramilitary officials confirmed such death tolls, no official figure was given.

As reported by an anonymous Pakistani military official, “39 militants were killed including their commander Saif-ur Rehman and four security officials…Nine security officials were wounded and seven hideouts were also destroyed,” he noted to the AFP.

The United Nations said that it might have to close projects for assisting the people of Pakistan as only one-fifth of the funds they had requested was collected. The UN had appealed for 537 million dollars in February to aid the one million people dispersed due to recurring conflicts in the northwestern parts of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border.

“The response by the international community to this appeal is inadequate,” Martin Mogwanja, humanitarian coordinator of UN for Pakistan told reporters. “Humanitarian actors responding to the needs of the people are concerned that some of the projects may have to be suspended because of lack of finances,” he added.

Only 106 million dollars had been donated to the body, only 20 percent of the total appeal. Mogwanja said that they were in dire need of the remaining portion of the fund and 1.3 million had been displaced in the northwestern parts of the country, against a total of 3.1 million last year.

Meanwhile, on Monday, five others died in attacks in the Abottabad District over the renaming of the North-West Frontier Province. Earlier this month, several people were killed during a political meeting to celebrate the renaming.

U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Friday, May 15, 2009

American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) announced plans Friday to shut down about 1,100 of its dealerships, in an effort to evade bankruptcy and lower its expenditures.

GM’s move comes a day after Chrysler, another U.S. car maker, released a list of 789 dealerships that it was closing. Unlike Chrylser, GM will not publicly announce the dealerships that it intends to shut down. Instead, dealerships whose franchises won’t be renewed after October of next year will receive a private letter telling them of the decision.

At the moment, GM has 6,246 dealers in the U.S. It intends to reduce that number to 3,605 by the end of 2010. GM said the dealerships that were to be closed are “underperforming and very small sales volume U.S. dealers.”

“They’re dealerships that are in most cases hurting, losing money, and in danger of going out of business anyway,” said GM’s sales, service, and marketing vice president in a telephone conference. “It’s a move that people could argue should have been taken years ago but this leadership team had no choice but to do it today.”

The dealers that are to be closed represent 18% of the firm’s dealership network, but only 7% of GM’s 2008 revenue.

Making Your Own Business Plan For Massage Therapy Clinic

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Making Your Own Business Plan for Massage Therapy Clinic by Janette LindzHaving the skill to apply massage techniques is only a portion of a massage therapy business. If you really want to succeed as a businessman, you would have to be knowledgeable and equally skillful in handling business details. The most important starting point to determine your capacity to run a massage business is through a business plan for massage therapy.Why a Plan is ImportantIf you want to be successful in any business endeavor, you need to recognize the importance of a plan. Making a plan based on realistic goals and capabilities will enable you to work on specific areas of weaknesses and improve more on its strengths. A business plan for massage therapy however is more than just a document to give you some peace of mind. Your business plan is crucial if you want to have a loan approved, if you want to convince a potential business partner or if you want to get sponsored support. A plan will tell the people who can help your business why it will pay to help you get your business on its feet.Basic Business PlanThere are many different kinds, styles and lengths of business plans but the basic details for a business plan for massage therapy is the same as any other business plan. If you stick to the basic parts of a business plan, you can have a comprehensive plan that is only 7-10 sections long.A business plan for massage therapy can start with your vision, mission, goals and objectives. This part will tell your reader what you want to achieve, why you think you can achieve that and how much exactly do your financial goals amount to and when exactly can you achieve those goals.What follows the first section of your business plan for massage therapy is a detailed quantitative explanation of how you can reach you objectives. You can move on to explain start up costs, assets, liabilities, strategic business location, service descriptions, analysis of competition, market analysis, market strategies, strategy implementation, advertising, balance sheets and cash flow analysis.Another aspect of your business plan that is crucial is the technical information you need to gather for it. You would have to deal with statistical or mathematical data covering market segmentation, profit margins, market demography, pricing strategies, income projection and impact of competition among others.A CourseIn order to come up with a feasible business plan, you need to know some factual information on massage therapy. The real advantage of going to school to learn massage therapy is that most formal courses and schools offer business subjects. Your massage school then is your first major reputable source of information on how to come up with a good business plan for massage therapy. You just have to make sure that your school offers a fair coverage of business related concerns in their curriculum.Where Can You GoYour school can give you every detail you need for a business plan but you might still feel unable to meet the task of business plan writing. In this case, you can ask your bank or lending company for a copy of the requirements for a business plan. This way, you simply have to construct your plan according to their detailed requirements. The internet also has everything you need from no fuss business plan software to different sample drafts and templates.Find out more about the massage therapy technique before making a business plan for massage therapy clinic. Visit the massage therapy website now. Article Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Church of Scientology attempting to block ‘intolerant’ German film

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Church of Scientology is attempting to block the broadcast of a film on the German television broadcaster ARD, claiming the film is “intolerant” and violates the broadcaster’s guidelines.

The film titled Until Nothing Remains (Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt) due to be broadcast during prime-time on March 31 tells the fictionalised story of a German family destroyed by their involvement in Scientology. It is based on the true story of former member Heiner von Rönn who lost thousands of euros and his wife and two children who are still members. Von Rönn was a member of the organisation for ten years.

Scientology in Germany claims the movie is top secret propaganda and is attempting to undermine the organisation and its adherents. Scientology spokesman JĂĽrg Stettler told the daily Munich newspaper SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung, “What they’re planning to show is a violation of ARD’s programming guidelines. The station is required to support religious tolerance, not the opposite.” He added, “The truth is precisely the opposite of what ARD is showing.”

The film was made in total secrecy under the title The Dead Man in the Sound with the script, signs and clapboards bearing the fake title. Despite the attempts by the film crew to obscure the film’s story and intent, it appears the Scientology organisation still found out about the movie. The crew says there were reports of a Scientology spokesman tailing them at one point. Notebooks were also stolen from the trunk of director Niki Stein’s car. Not too long after the theft, Stein received an anonymous call whose caller stated, “We know you’re making a movie about Scientology,” and promptly hung up.

The film highlights concerns in Germany about the organisation which the government considers to a business, an abusive one at that and not a religion. The government is so concerned about Scientology that the group is monitored by the country’s domestic intelligence services. Tensions reached a high during the making of the movie Valkyrie, which starred Tom Cruise, a well known Scientology celebrity in his role as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the Wehrmacht officer who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Carl Bergengruen, the head of TV movies for SĂĽdwestrundfunk (SWR or Southwest Broadcasting), the public broadcaster backing the project defended their secrecy practices saying, “Scientology kept trying to use a variety of methods to find out details about the project. We had reason to worry that the organisation would use all the legal means at its disposal to prevent the film from being broadcast.” He added, [As such, the project was] “kept under wraps for as long as possible for security reasons.”

Meanwhile, Volker Herres, programme director for ARD dismissed the charges leveled by Scientology at the film’s screening saying, “We’re not dealing here with a religion, rather with an organisation that has completely different motives. Scientology is about power, business, and building up a network. Its lessons are pure science fiction, it’s no religion, no church, no sect.”

Scientology has endured further controversy in recent weeks and months. Back in October of last year, Paul Haggis, director of the Oscar-winning film Crash and writer of Million Dollar Baby, which also won an Oscar, quit the Scientology organisation over its stance on same-sex marriage. Then last week, a feature article in The New York Times highlighted fraud and abuse that had occurred to a couple who were members of Scientology’s high ranking Sea Organization or SeaOrg.

Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buffalo, New York — A woman in Buffalo, New York in the United States is in critical condition tonight at Sisters Of Charity Hospital after she accidentally set herself on fire.

The unnamed elderly woman was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette, and the oxygen coming from her mask facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

Despite her “severe” burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.

In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

Robber holds retired NYC police officer at gunpoint during convention

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Sunday, March 29, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advantages Of Choosing Debt Settlement Over Bankruptcy

Monday, February 26th, 2018

By Adriana J. Noton

If you ever find yourself in a situation where money problems and debt threaten to take over your life, you’ll usually have to make an important and difficult decision. When you just can’t keep up with the payments and phone calls any longer, you’ll often be forced to make a choice between debt settlement and bankruptcy to fix the problem. Although bankruptcy is a frightening word to many people, some will gravitate toward that option because they feel it is the easiest solution or the only solution. The thought of having all of your debts wiped out in one fell swoop is comforting for some people, regardless of any negative impact choosing bankruptcy may bring. The reality is that in most cases, opting for debt settlement over bankruptcy ends up being the wiser choice for a variety of different reasons.

Basically, debt settlement refers to coming to agreements with your creditors and reducing your debt load in an organized payment plan. A consumer proposal is one form of debt settlement that enables you to pay a portion of your debt, but have it count as being paid in full. This option will be discussed and likely offered as a solution if you visit a consumer proposal Toronto office when you have serious money problems. With bankruptcy, nothing is paid to creditors and you may even end up losing some assets in the process. The reason a creditor would even consider agreeing to a debt settlement situation is because they know that with bankruptcy they won’t be getting any of their money back, and with a consumer proposal Toronto or other form of debt settlement, they will at least get some of it back.

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Your credit score is one of the primary reasons that debt settlement may be more attractive than bankruptcy. If you’ve let yourself get to the point of considering bankruptcy you likely have suffered some sort of credit damage, but it will get even worse if you choose bankruptcy over debt settlement. Of course, debt settlement will affect your credit score too, but the damage will be less and it won’t follow you around as long. Plus, as you continue to make the payments on the debt settlement agreement, your credit score will gradually start to bounce back. In some cases, bankruptcy will actually send your credit score back to zero, which makes it quite difficult to secure any type of credit in the future.

With debt settlement, your history will also show that you’ve paid off your debts in full, which is an attractive aspect for future lenders. The fact that not every type of debt is covered by bankruptcy in Toronto is another advantage debt settlement enjoys. Only unsecured debts like credit cards, loans and lines of credit are covered by bankruptcy. Things like your home, car, spousal support or child support debt is not taken care of. Many people mistakenly believe that everything they owe or have ever owed will be wiped clean with bankruptcy in Toronto, but that just isn’t the case.

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Scientists report chemotherapy cocktail may cause adult women to grow new egg cells

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chemotherapy is usually associated with a collection of side effects ranging from digestive problems to hair loss, but a study published this week in Human Reproduction demonstrated that female cancer patients may find they have something in common with much younger women in one specific area — their ovaries.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh examined donated ovarian tissue from fourteen female cancer patients, most of whom had Hodgkin lymphoma, and compared it to tissue from healthy women. They found the samples from women who had been treated with a specific chemotherapeutic regimen known as ABVD not only contained greater numbers of dormant ova — egg cells — than those from women treated with harsher regimens but also more than samples from healthy women. ABVD is named for combining several drugs known as adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine.

These reproductive cells were not merely more plentiful in ABVD patients. They also appeared immature, “new” in the words of lead researcher Evelyn Telfer. This challenges the conventional belief that girls are born with all the ova they will ever have and the numbers can only go down as the cells are either used up by the reproductive cycle or succumb to damage or natural aging. However, further research is needed to confirm this. The study covered relatively few patients by scientific standards, and David Albertini of the Center for Human Reproduction in New York has suggested the cells may not actually be freshly grown. Instead, they may have always been there and were merely rendered more detectable by ABVD treatment.

The ability to grow new egg cells may have significant implications for women in Western societies, many of whom postpone childbearing to establish careers, sometimes into their late thirties or forties. However, Telfer warns against making use of these findings too soon: “There’s so much we don’t know about the ovary. We have to be very cautious about jumping to clinical applications.”

The experiments had been discussed earlier this year at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.