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Senator Ted Stevens loses re-election bid in Alaska ballot


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Alaskan U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who turned 85 yesterday, narrowly lost his re-election bid to Mark Begich, the Democratic Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska.

Meanwhile, as Alaska’s counting of the November 4 election is almost complete, Democratic challenger for the US House of Representatives, Ethan Berkowitz, conceded to incumbent Don Young, the Republican Party nominee.

With this result, the Democrats are two seats away (assuming that independents Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman continue to caucus with them) from a filibuster-proof supermajority in the United States Senate, with two races (Minnesota and Georgia) as yet uncalled. That would allow the Democrats to invoke cloture, limiting filibusters to a further 30 hours, an ability last attained in the 95th Congress of 1977-79.

Stevens is entitled to request a recount at his campaign’s expense, and has not yet made a statement. After the completion of counting yesterday, Begich had defeated Stevens by 3,724 votes, a margin of over one percent. 2,500 special absentee and postal ballots remain to be counted on November 25.

Begich released a statement on his win saying, “I am humbled and honored to serve Alaska in the United States Senate. It’s been an incredible journey getting to this point, and I appreciate the support and commitment of the thousands of Alaskans who have brought us to this day.”

Young won his race by 16,280 votes, a margin of five percent.

Stevens recently became a convicted felon on seven counts for lying on Senate disclosure forms about accepting $250,000 in gifts and home renovations from VECO, an oil services company. He has asked President George W. Bush not to grant him a presidential pardon.

Signs Your Basement Needs To Be Waterproofed


Posted by | Posted in Salt Therapy Solutions | Posted on 19-02-2020

byAlma Abell

Few things are as guaranteed to wreak havoc on your home like a flooded basement. A flooded basement can not only destroy whatever was in the basement already, but also potentially destroy your home’s very foundation if not handled properly. Thankfully the means to protect your basement from this happening, to “waterproof” it, as it’s referred to, are easy to requisition. But what if you don’t know your house needs it? Like, say, if you’ve moved into a new house and have no idea you’re in danger of this happening? If you are skeptical if your basement needs waterproofing in Boston, here are the key signs to watch out for in order to determine that you in fact do need this service.

#1. Flaking walls

Most basements are made of brick and mortar, and water and brick don’t really mix well. When water and brick interact for too long, it can cause the brick to flake. This means that, bit by bit, the brick will begin to erode, and parts will start flaking off. Obviously, this is a problem for the rest of your house, even if the basement isn’t necessarily flooded. Flaky bricks are weak bricks, and that poses a serious threat to the structural integrity of your home.

#2. Musty air

If the air in your basement smells musty as you walk through it (and don’t worry, this is not a smell that’s hard to miss) then you should call a professional waterproof specialist immediately. This is a sign that not only is there water in your basement, but that said water has been there long enough that mold has formed, and that mold has developed spores, which are now in the air. For anyone with breathing troubles already, this will be a nightmare if not addressed quickly.

#3. Salt deposits

If the walls of your basement are made out of stone or concrete instead of brick, salt deposits are your means of telling if they’ve contacted water. When water and stone meet, and the water dries up after a while, there will be in its place a layer of white or gray powder left on the surface. Finding this means that you’ve found where the water is.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs or something similar, don’t wait another minute. Call the professional waterproofing specialists at Basement Technologies immediately to get an estimate. Like us on our facebook page.

Three killed amongst Birmingham, England riots


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Friday, August 12, 2011

A car fatally crashed into three individuals in the British city of Birmingham, England. The three men, aged 31, 30, and 21, died during a second consecutive night of violent events in Birmingham.

The incident occurred at approximately 0100 BST (0000 UTC) Wednesday morning in the Birmingham inner-city region of Winson Green. The men were attempting to protect property from nearby riots. Witness reports say that the vehicle contained as many as three passengers and drove at a speed of fifty miles per hour without stopping after the crash.

Police have since recovered a vehicle and arrested a 32-year-old male in association with the incident, on a charge of murder. According to Chief Constable Chris Sims, the details of the incident West Midlands Police have would indicate that “the car was deliberately driven”.

Tariq Jahan, the father of one of those killed, said his son, 21-year-old Haroon Jahan, was attempting to protect the area from nearby violence and unrest. Jahan said he had attempted to perform CPR at the scene of the incident. Jahan said his son was “a very good lad, a good man starting at the beginning of his life and had his whole life ahead of him. I’ve got no words to describe why he was taken and why this has happened and what’s happening to the whole of England.” Jahan said violent acts like this which killed innocent bystanders made “no sense”.

[There is] simply no excuse whatsoever for the violence, looting and destruction

A statement released from West Midlands Police says that “detectives are treating [this incident] as murder. Three men were taken to hospital where two later died from their injuries. A third man was in a critical condition but confirmed dead at around 6:30AM. West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry, arrested one man in connection with the incident and recovered a vehicle nearby which will be examined by forensics experts,” the force stated. Police have requested that individuals contact them if they have any information about the incident. About 200 people from the Asian community have gathered at the hospital where the victims were transported after the crash. Two of the victims were known to be brothers. All three of them were reported to be Pakistani Muslims.

The West Midlands has seen other instances of violent behavior. Thefts have taken place in the city centre of Birmingham, West Bromwich and in Wolverhampton. The charges being brought against suspects on remand for court appearances include public disorder offences, such as violent disorder and aggravated burglary. Six police officers have experienced minor injuries as a result of the violence.

According to police, a scrapyard fire which occurred in Birmingham is unrelated to recent violence. Two ambulances were attacked in two separate incidents with objects being thrown at the vehicles. Ambulance staff were left uninjured in both cases. Ambulances have appeared on thirty-five occasions in West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and various parts of Birmingham. Thirty-one individuals were given ambulance staff treatment, with nineteen receiving hospital treatment, albeit for practically minor assaults in most cases.

In Wolverhampton and West Bromwich, there have been reports of roads and streets being closed. Wolverhampton and Birmingham have experienced significant travel disruption, with buses not entering city centres last night. One vehicle in Birmingham and two in West Bromwich have been set alight amongst the violence. Various businesses have also been targeted, such as M&S and a high fidelity shop in Birmingham. A jewelry business in Wolverhampton has been robbed of ornaments, watches and money.

Yesterday, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg condemned the violent actions of individuals, claiming there was “simply no excuse whatsoever for the violence, looting and destruction”. Below is a picture gallery of the damage caused by public disorder in Birmingham Tuesday night:

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Various buildings in Birmingham have been damaged by rioting, including this hairdressing shop. Image: Clare Lovell.

This ATM has been left destroyed by rioting. Image: Clare Lovell.

A window of this mobile phone store has been badly damaged by violence. Image: Clare Lovell.

Gas prices surge in Northeast US


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Friday, September 2, 2005

Gas prices have shot up to over $3.50 per gallon, late Thursday morning in the Northeast US. People are rushing to fill their tanks as some stations are reporting shortages of gasoline, and many oil wells were forced to shut down after Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile, gas prices dropped elsewhere and rose elsewhere. Saturday morning California had the highest reported price at GasPriceWatch.com. Another price service reported $3.05 as the U.S. average.

The federal government’s weekly petroleum price summary reported U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline decreased by 0.2 cent to 261.0 cents per gallon. But supply shocks are likely as the distribution systems respond to bottlenecks. On Tuesday, August 30, CNN reported the price of U.S. crude oil rose to a record high $70.85 a barrel. However, prices fell $3.28 to $67.57 a barrel on Friday. In contrast, the crude oil in Europe, which is usually more expensive than US oil, was actually cheaper than in America; as London Brent Crude oil was down $1.15 to $66.57 a barrel. But as CNN reports, “European allies sprang to the rescue.”

County Donegal, Ireland crash kills one, injures two


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A two-vehicle road traffic accident in County Donegal in Ireland has left one person dead and injured two others. The accident occurred when a camper van collided with an oncoming car on the N15 road between the towns of Ballybofey and Donegal at approximately 1540 BST (1440 UTC) on Monday.

The fatality was reportedly a man in his 70s from the town of Lifford; he has not yet been publicly identified. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The female passenger he was travelling in the car with, thought to be the wife of the man, was taken to the same hospital after suffering serious injuries.

The man and woman in the camper van were transported to Sligo Regional Hospital. The condition of the two occupants is not clear, although the woman in the vehicle reportedly injured her leg in the accident.

The road where the crash occurred was closed to allow the Garda to investigate the incident.

Becoming A Medical Office Assistant


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Working in the medical field is truly rewarding and has a variety of benefits. There are a number of different fields in which to choose from. Medical office assisting is just one of the many opportunities available for students who wish to work in the medical field and make a difference. A medical office assistant has many different responsibilities in the medical office which means very specific training is required before you begin a career in this field.

TasksA medical office assistant is a professional who performs a wide variety of tasks that are crucial in the overall function of a medical office. You can obtain a certificate or diploma both online and off. The more education you have in the field the better chances you will have in obtaining a long-term career with good pay.

Educational RequirementsIf you want to pursue a career in medical office assisting, you will first be required to obtain a certificate, diploma, or degree in this field. Many of these programs are offered online and through community colleges and vocational schools. Most of the medical assisting programs typically take less than one year to complete and prepare you for all of the medical tasks you will be responsible when you are out in the work force. In order to better your chances for a career, you should pursue an Associate’s degree in medical assisting.

The program that you choose must be approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs as well as the Health Education Schools Accrediting Bureau.

CourseworkCoursework will vary depending on your program but many of the classes will remain consistent throughout. You will be required to take courses such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, accounting, insurance processing, medical ethics, and computer applications. You should be prepared to take a wide variety of classes as your responsibilities as a medical assistant will be very diverse.

After all of your coursework has been completed you will need to become certified through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

ConclusionThere is nothing quite as rewarding as a career in the medical field. If you like working with others, have a great attention to detail, and are able to perform tasks in a timely and efficient manner, then this may be the right career choice for you. It won’t always be easy but it will always be rewarding.

Israeli ex-minister Yaakov Neeman dies aged 77


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Yaakov Neeman, an Israeli politician who served as justice minister and finance minister under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died in his Jerusalem home on Sunday. He was 77.

Born in 1939 in Tel Aviv, Neeman, alongside future President Chaim Herzog, founded law firm Herzog, Fox and Neeman in 1972. He was appointed finance minister in 1979, a position he held until 1981. He was later appointed justice minister by Netanyahu, based on his legal training and loyalty.

Unusually for a senior minister, he had never served in the Knesset. He held the job for two months before resigning; he was being investigated for perjury. Michael Ben-Yair, Attorney General of the day, launched the probe after Neeman testified at a bribery trial. Neeman was cleared.

Neeman regained the Justice Ministry post in 1997, resigning again the next year. He blamed insufficient support from Netanyahu and resumed law. In 2009 Netanyahu was reelected, again appointing Neeman minister of justice. In 2013 this role passed to the Hatnua party’s Tzipi Livni.

Neeman’s last resignation, in 2013, came as he was under investigation by the Israel Tax Authority for evading tax via his law company. The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ultimately acquitted him.

Outside law and politics Neeman was also an industrialist. He worked with Israel Aircraft Industries, airline El Al, and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. In 1986 he was credited as key to convincing business partner Herzog, who was then president, with pardoning members of the Israel Security Agency; after a bus was hijacked, security forces shot dead two Palestinians once the hijack had concluded.

Neeman specialised in tax law. A fluent English speaker, he had degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and New York University. His wife and six children survive him.

Current President Reuven Rivlin spoke of a good lawyer and advisor whose wisdom he had sought as recently as last week. “The entire Justice Department bows his head”, said current Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Herzog’s son Isaac Herzog, leader of the opposition Zionist Union, spoke of “a tender-hearted, broad-minded and generous man” who “was a mentor and close friend for tens of years.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Neeman was “a unique figure in our public life, blessed with talent and pleasantness, who believed in his heritage and his people with his entire body.” Netanyahu called Neeman “one of the senior jurists in the country, of a sharp mind and a warm Jewish heart.”

Women in South Africa advancing in fields of science and technology


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology in South Africa, publicized results of a study on Tuesday on the role of women in the fields of science and technology in the country. Though women only make up thirty-three percent of publishing scientists in the country, their numbers have increased in recent years. When compared to a similar study from 2004, trends show increased enrollment of women in higher education.

Pandor was disappointed by the dearth of individuals that attended the announcement of the results of the study at the Parliament of South Africa. “It shows the degree to which science does – or doesn’t – matter to South Africans,” said Pandor. Prior to her role as Minister of Science and Technology, Pandor had served as Minister of Education of South Africa.

“It shows the degree to which science does – or doesn’t – matter to South Africans.”

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, a woman scientist in South Africa, commented to News24 that some educational organizations in the country were “really, really hostile to women”.

Pandor highlighted problems affecting women and specifically black women in the country from increased participation in science, including “financial difficulties before and during tertiary studies, gender stereotyping, legacies of disadvantage in black communities, negative dynamics at workplaces, and the lack of attention to women’s specific needs”.

Women in the country are advancing against men in science fields, particularly engineering, agricultural studies and biology. At present there are a greater number of women than men among enrollments for degrees in higher education, and among individuals obtaining those degrees. According to The Times, “their biggest gain has been in health sciences, where women earned more than half the doctorates awarded in 2005”. Pandor emphasized a current need for additional women to enter the fields of technology and engineering.

The announcement at Parliament in South Africa was part of the launch of the “Facing the Facts 2009” booklet, which was published by a sub-committee of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), Science, Engineering and Technology for Women (SET4W). Dr. Romilla Maharaj of SET4W presented the report to Parliament, and stated that enrollment by women in higher education had increased by one percent from a previous study. Dr. Maharaj noted that women were still currently in the minority among individuals with degrees in higher education.

Westchester County, NY to build affordable housing for non-whites


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

In a settlement, hailed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “historic civil rights settlement,” the county government for Westchester County, New York has agreed to spend US$51.6 million to build 750 affordable housing units that will primarily be offered to non-white minorities.

The settlement is the result of a federal lawsuit filed by the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York (ADC) against the county under the False Claims Act, which alleged that the county was negligent in its oversight of federal funds that it received from HUD for community development which stipulated that it “affirmatively further fair housing.” The ADC suit which claimed $180 million in damages, also said the county failed to build affordable housing and reduce segregation in some of the more affluent communities.

Prior to the settlement, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Westchester had failed to analyze the effect of race in relation to access to fair housing when it applied for HUD funds.

The county redistributed the federal funds to town and village governments, and the court concluded it did so without ensuring that guidelines were being followed or considering where the affordable housing was being placed.

Westchester County admitted no wrongdoing and says it has “for many years considered the impact of race on affordable housing,” according to County Executive Andrew Spano.

Westchester County will also pay $8.4 million as a fine to the federal government and $2.5 million to cover legal expenses of the ADC.

630 of the 750 housing units must be built in communities which are less than 3% black and less than 7% Hispanic. The county will be required to market the homes “aggressively” to minorities, though federal law prevents them from being offered exclusively to certain races.

This is consistent with the president’s desire to see a fully integrated society

The case is a landmark for HUD and the way that the Obama administration will use the government agency.”This is about expanding the geography of opportunity for families who may have been limited in their housing choices. The agreement we announce today demonstrates Westchester County’s commitment to make sure its neighborhoods are open to everyone, regardless of the color of their skin,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “This agreement signals a new commitment by HUD to ensure that housing opportunities be available to all, and not just to some.”

“This is consistent with the president’s desire to see a fully integrated society,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims. “Until now, we tended to lay dormant. This is historic, because we are going to hold people’s feet to the fire.”

It is not yet decided where the affordable housing will be placed, but Westchester County has a number of towns and hamlets which qualify under the stipulated racial requirements, including Chappaqua, which is noted as the official residence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

“Some constituents have had strong reactions, but that’s just based on what they read in the papers and what the headlines are,” said County Legislator Peter Harckham. “But there are no details yet to get excited about.”

“I certainly approve of nondiscriminatory policy for housing,” Alan Harrow, a resident of Somers, told The Journal News. “Looking at it from my own point of view, I moved into this very rural area, and if there’s suddenly a large housing development and 200 families there, it’s probably something I won’t really welcome.”

Buying A Car Tracking Device}


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Buying a car tracking device


abigaylemark3More and more people are looking into the car tracking device. It is no wonder why, as there are many businesses that want to track down their drivers and vehicles, but there are also many consumers that acknowledge the benefits of using such a system. A personal GPS tracker can be used for many belongings and it has a lot of useful features that come in handy in all situations.The car tracking device is placed inside the vehicle and its purpose is to transmit data about speed, time, location and such. Based on the information each person wants, it can be updated starting with a couple of seconds and up to 60 minutes. There are many advantages to take into consideration and each device has its features, which makes choosing one a complex process. It is best to think about your needs and have a budget in mind. This way, you know where to begin looking and what you expect from the tracker. Due to high demand, many models have been released. One of the greatest advantages of the personal GPS tracker is the fact that owners get lower insurance premiums. It doesn’t matter for how long you have the vehicle or your age, you can get better prices because you prove that you are a careful driver. There is no need to purchase the insurance company’s recommended devices, you can take the time and look for one on your own. There are many manufacturers out there that provide amazing devices, and which have complete features, making it a thrill to have it and assuring peace of mind at all times. Another great benefit is that you always know the location of your vehicle. It might happen that your car is taken without your permission, maybe by a criminal, but also by a family member. Using the tracker, you can determine where it is, in real time. You can take actions and make sure you recover your car as fast as possible. Just think of emergency situations; maybe a family member takes the car and gets lost, the car breaks down in an unknown location. Instead of relying on explanations and figuring out the location on your own, the tracker will provide it instantly. Afterwards, you can go there and make sure things are under control. Vehicles imply considerable investments and people rely on them daily. Knowing that everything is in order and assured helps at having great peace of mind. Besides doing the regular check-ups and cleaning the car, inspect it, owners can invest in GPS trackers that make all the difference. On the market there are various models available and it is up to each owner to consider them and choose the one that meets their needs. In the end, what matters is to be satisfied with the purchase and to know that your car is always secured. Have you decided to purchase a car tracking device (https://back2you.com)? Right here you will find the best models and you can receive assistance in choosing a personal GPS tracker (https://back2you.com).

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