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Four arrested in three Naperville, Illinois prostitution stings

Monday, March 15, 2010

An undercover investigation by Naperville, Illinois law enforcement has led to the arrest last Thursday of four people allegedly involved in prostitution. The stings came after police received tips that people were using websites like Craigslist and Backpage.com to sell sexual performances in Naperville hotels. 

Patricia H. Scoleri of Naperville was arrested after an unidentified neighbor observed consistently suspicious activity at Scoleri’s home. Traffic was unusually heavy and consisted mostly of luxury cars in an otherwise quiet, middle-class neighborhood. Also, the visitors were mainly middle-aged men, and an odd string of lavender-colored lights were hung on the front window.

Police say Scoleri worked alone. She was arrested at 2 p.m. local time (2000 UTC) and is charged with violation of anti-prostitution laws, anti-cannabis laws, and the Massage Licensing Act. She apparently has four children, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has neither contacted her nor received a police report on her.

The second sting occurred at 5:30 p.m the same day (2330 UTC) and resulted in the arrest of Chicago resident Tonya M. Adams. She is charged with prostitution and driving without a license. Another sting about an hour later resulted in the arrests of Jessica M. Walley, a Skokie resident, and Mark A. Williams, a self-admitted Schaumburg gang member. “Walley was charged with prostitution and unlawful possession of cannabis. Williams was charged with pimping, obstructing a peace officer, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance,” reports WBBM News Radio 780.

All four suspects are free, having paid the required ten percent of their $1,000 bail. They may face additional charges related to crack cocaine discovered during the police investigation. Arraignment is scheduled for next month at the DuPage County Circuit Courthouse in Wheaton.

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Report says disappearing life threatens biodiversity

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A global review of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicates drastic decline of animal and plant life. This includes a quarter of all mammals, one out of eight birds, one out of three amphibians and 70 percent of plants.

The report, Red List of Threatened Species, is published by IUCN every year. Additionally a global assessment of the health of the world’s species is released once in four years. The data is compiled by 1,700 experts in 130 countries.

The key findings of the report were announced today at the World Conservation Congress being held in Barcelona, Spain. The congress, held every four years, will deliberate over the next 10 days actions required to slow the rate of species extinction.

The survey includes 44,838 species of wild fauna and flora, out of which 16,928 species are threatened with extinction. Among the threatened, 3,246 are tagged critically endangered, the highest category of threat. Another 4,770 species are endangered and 8,912 vulnerable to extinction.

Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide. We estimate that one in four species is threatened with extinction and that the population of one in two is declining.

The latest review includes a survey covering all 5,487 mammal species, out of which 1,141 are considered threatened with extinction. The study notes 79 percent of primate species in South and Southeast Asia are threatened with extinction. This companion study on mammals is being published this week in the journal Science.

“Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide,” Jan Schipper, lead author and his co-authors said in the mammalian study. “We estimate that one in four species is threatened with extinction and that the population of one in two is declining.”

However there is some cheer for the conservationists. It is revealed that 5% of the currently threatened species are recovering, including the European bison and black-footed ferret.

“We are now emerging from the Dark Ages of conservation knowledge, when we relied on data from a highly restricted subset of species,” says Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation programmes at the Zoological Society of London. “We will expand the scope further to include a far broader range of groups, thus informing and assisting policy-makers in a hugely more objective and representative manner.”

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Health Benefits Of Craft Beer

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byAlma Abell

Excessive consumption of beer is harmful to your health. However, there have been a number of observational studies carried out to point out the advantages of sipping beer or wine, particularly in moderation. Great selections craft beers in Calgary deliver health benefits to consumers when consumed in moderation. These benefits include but are not limited to the following:

(a) Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Research shows that moderate drinking could diminish the risk of getting severe heart diseases. Researchers analyzed the health record of thousands of consumers and came up with variable outcomes among different consumers based on the amount they drank. Moderate consumers had a reduced risk of developing unstable angina compared to nondrinkers.

(b) Reduced Kidney Stones

Patients with kidney stones are highly recommended to increase their fluid intake to circumvent recurrences. Beer helps to lessen kidney stone formation. Furthermore, research conducted by a major clinical journal illustrates that there was a 41% lower risk of developing kidney stones if beer was drunk in moderation.

(c) Helps in Digestion

Beer stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, which helps with the digestion of solid food substances. Research has shown that the bitter acids resulting from beer helps perform a vital role in the production of gastric juices. Gastric juice, commonly denoted as stomach acid, forms in the stomach and plays a significant role in the digestion of proteins.

Conclusion

If you need to enjoy the above-named benefits of beer, Buzz Buddy Beer delivery in Calgary can be just the solution you have been looking for. They can deliver beer right to your home quickly and affordably. The best part is they have a range of craft beer options and wines to choose from, so you can get your favorite drinks with ease.

Interview with Brazilian blogger Ricardo Serran Lobo

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ricardo Serran Lobo is a Brazilian blogger who writes about his famous neighbor, the politician Roberto Jefferson, head of the Brazilian Labor Party in the Brazilian Congress of Deputies. Jefferson has become a major figure in the ongoing Brazilian mensalão scandal revolving around corruption and bribery.

Vizinho do Jefferson [1] quickly became very popular among Brazilians, describing the routine of Jefferson, while providing information about politics and fresh news about the scandal. Lobo’s blog got third place in the Best Of Blogs contest run by Deutsche Welle International.

Lobo gets an intimate look at the center of Brazilian politics by living in Brasilia, near residences of parliamentarians (including Roberto Jefferson), public buildings and the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. Or, as he says in his blog: “near the eye of the hurricane,” a reference to the recent political crisis.

At first, Lobo began describing the daily activities of his famous neighbor deputy Roberto Jefferson. As the crisis moved on, he began to describe the political events regarding it. His writings evolved to not only what is going on with Jefferson, but what is going on in Brazilian Congress, and has interviewed politicians, including Roberto Jefferson himself.

The blog tries to be informative, with a lot of humour (common with Brazilians), and some protests against the bad habits of Brazilian politics in general.

Jefferson’s neighbor, the blog, is an example of citizen journalism and it shows that ordinary people can compete with professional media.

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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

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Reasons To Choose Carpeting From The Carpet Store In Glenview, Il

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byAlma Abell

Many people think that it is a lot cleaner and more hygienic to have wood and other solid floor coverings in their homes instead of carpets. Actually, there are many benefits to having carpeting installed in a home. For one thing, floors are a lot safer when they are covered with carpets. Many other types of floor coverings, including hardwood, can be quite slippery, and one can easily slip and fall, and end up injuring themselves. It is especially good to have carpeting when there are young children in the home, as they are often moving quickly and can easily fall and get hurt. It is pretty much impossible to slip on a carpet.

Carpeting from a carpet store in Glenview, IL can help lower energy bills. This is because they add insulation to floors, especially when one is using an under pad along with carpeting. Bedrooms, living rooms, and family rooms are often carpeted, because they will be warmer. Carpeting is nice to have on cold days when one doesn’t want to get out of bed and step onto cold floors in their bare feet.

When homeowners use hardwood, linoleum, and other hard flooring, they are going to notice the noise in their homes more. These floors are loud when they are stepped on, and when there are a lot of people moving around in a home, the noise just gets worse. Carpeting helps to reduce noise. It absorbs the sound of footsteps, and also absorbs other sounds and echoes in a room. It also helps to muffle the sounds of people moving around overhead.

One of the main reasons why people don’t choose carpeting from a Carpet Store in Glenview is because they think that there is a lot of care and maintenance involved. Carpets are actually quite easy to care for, often much easier than expensive hardwoods. They simply need to be vacuumed regularly, and spills should be cleaned up as soon as they happen to keep stains from setting in. Other than that, one should have their carpets shampooed about once each year to keep them fresh looking.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in airstrike

Thursday, June 8, 2006

The head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been killed in an air strike on a building north of Baqubah city, according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

“Today [sic] Zarqawi has been terminated,” he said Thursday, and suggested the man the United States had placed a $25 million price tag on for death or capture was located through intelligence.

“What happened today is a result of co-operation for which we have been asking from our masses and the citizens of our country,” he said.

The leader of coalition forces in Iraq, General George Casey said al-Zarqawi was killed in a two-storey safehouse about 8 km north of the city in Diyala province.

Several aides also died with him in the Wednesday evening raid by U.S. F-16 warplanes, including his key lieutenant and spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman. Some analysts believe a US counter-terrorism unit, Task Force 145, was involved in the attack.

Al-Zarqawi’s body, recovered after two 500-pound bombs had blown through his cover, was identified through fingerprint, tattoo and scar analysis and head likeness. Al-Zarqawi, whose real name was Ahmed Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayleh, was believed to be in his late 30s when he died of injuries while US forces gave medical aid.

The first munition exploded at 6:15pm was a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb that was shortly followed by the newer GBU-38; both carried 500lb of explosives for total cost of $40,000.

The self-proclaimed frontman for Osama Bin Laden’s activities in Iraq, al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian national, is said to have been involved in the beheading of foreigners, hundreds of suicide attacks, and an insurgency against coalition forces after the Iraq war in 2003.

It had been reported Al-Zarqawi’s most recent campaign was to create problems between Shi’ite and Sunni groups in Iraq with ethnic killings.

For the Iraqi government the killing of the wanted murderer is what they sought but it remains unknown what effect the removal of this known figurehead of the Iraq insurgency will have on levels of violence in the country. Al-Zarqawi was not the only person to oppose the US-backed Iraqi government.

“Zarqawi didn’t have a number two. I can’t think of any single person who would succeed Zarqawi…In terms of effectiveness, there was no single leader in Iraq who could match his ruthlessness and his determination,” was the view of Rohan Gumaratna at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore.

Applause was heard as Mr Maliki, with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, by his side, told news reporters “al-Zarqawi was terminated.”

Sources claiming to be Al-Qaeda in Iraq later confirmed that al-Zarqawi had been killed and said that they would fight the United States and the interim Iraqi government despite his death.

United States President George Bush spoke to journalists in the White House Rose Garden about al-Zarqawi’s death. “Zarqawi’s death is a severe blow to al-Qaeda. It’s a victory in the global war on terror, and it is an opportunity for Iraq’s new government to turn the tide of this struggle,” he said.

The US military also confirmed that six people were killed in the strike, including al-Zarqawi, and his spiritual adviser Sheikh Abd-al-Rahman The death toll is reported at three men, three women.[1] Some reports had said al-Zarqawi’s wife and daughter died. However U.S. officials state that there is no evidence confirming the death of al-Zarqawi’s wife and daughter.

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US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%

Friday, October 2, 2009

Companies in the United States are shedding more jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8%.

The US Labor Department said on Friday that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, with companies in the service industries — including banks, restaurants and retailers — hit especially hard. This is the 21st consecutive month of job losses in the country.

The United States has now lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession officially began in December 2007. The new data has sparked fears that unemployment could threaten an economic recovery. Top US officials have warned that any recovery would be slow and uneven, and some have predicted the unemployment rate will top 10% before the situation improves.

“Continued household deleveraging and rising unemployment may weigh more on consumption than forecast, and accelerating corporate and commercial property defaults could slow the improvement in financial conditions,” read a report by the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, predicting that unemployment will average 10.1% by next year and not go back down to five percent until 2014.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, said that “it’s a very fragile and tentative recovery. Policy makers need to do more.”

“The number came in weaker than expected. We saw a lot of artificial involvement by the government to prop up the markets, and now that that is starting to end, the private sector isn’t yet showing signs of life,” said Kevin Caron, a market strategist for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Also on Thursday, the US Commerce Department said factory orders fell for the first time in five months, dropping eight-tenths of a percent in August. Orders for durable goods — items intended to last several years (including everything from appliances to airliners) — fell 2.6%, the largest drop since January of this year.

The US government has been spending billions of dollars — part of a $787 billion stimulus package — to help spark economic growth. There have been some signs the economy is improving.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that spending on home construction jumped in August for its biggest increase in 16 years. A real estate trade group, the National Association of Realtors, said pending sales of previously owned homes rose more than 12 percent in August, compared to August 2008.

A separate Commerce Department report said that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, rose at its fastest pace in nearly eight years, jumping 1.3 percent in August.

Other reports have provided cause for concern. A banking industry trade group said Thursday the number of US consumers making late payments, or failing to make payments, on loans and credit cards is on the rise. A survey by a business group, the Institute for Supply Management, Thursday showed US manufacturing grew in September, but at a slower pace than in August when manufacturing increased for the first time in a year and a half.

Stock markets reacted negatively to the reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41 points in early trading, reaching a level of 9467. This follows a drop of 203 points on Thursday, its largest loss in a single day since July. The London FTSE index fell 55 points, or 1.1%, to reach 4993 points by 15.00 local time.

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The 100million Pound Bishops Avenue Mansion.

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The Bishops Avenue as often known as Millionaires’ Row, it is situated in Hampstead and houses many of the oligarchs and Saudi Royal Family. Now one house is hoping to top all of the other houses in the street by commanding a price tag of 100million. Heath Hall is a Grade II listed property which used to be an Arts and Crafts home which has been extended and restored so that it is now 27,000 sq ft in size and has fourteen bedrooms. There is also two and a half acres of landscaped gardens equating to one of the largest gardens in North London.

The developer behind the project is Andres Panayiotou is hoping that the price tag will make it one of the most expensive houses up for sale in London. Neighbours of the property are the Sultan of Brunei and members of the Saudi Royal Family. He will not give an exact price for the property as he feels that you cannot put a price on house that has no comparison. However he is quietly confident that it will fetch twice as much as Royal Mansion which is located a few houses down and sold in 2008 for 50million.

He feels that the house is not about money but about creating a country classic in London which has luxury and security like no other house. Whilst he made his money in the buy to let business he has built more than 9,000 apartments but he felt that they were all the same, this project has been a lot more personal. He famously sold his reported 1billion property portfolio before the crash and bought Heath Hall in 2006, it was known then as East Weald. He paid 14million for the property from an undisclosed property company. The house was built in 1910 in the Arts and Crafts style for a member of the Lyle family of Tate and Lyle. It used to have 19,000 sq ft of living space and was then owned by the Bank of China from the 1950’s onwards, the house was used to house their employees but fell into disrepair.

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When Panayiotou bought it he intended to restore the property as a home for him and his family and build some other houses within the grounds which he could then sell on for a profit. But he eventually decided to extend the property and stay at his 25 acre country estate in Epping Forest. He admits that he fell in love with the building as soon as he saw it and felt that it needed to be restored to its former glory, when he informed Barnet Council of his intentions they were very pleased due to the fact that it had gone into such disrepair. One hundred and twenty builders and craftsmen were involved in restoring the building and 50% of the interior space was extended by building to the rear of the property. So Heath Hall now has 35 rooms, along with the 14 bedrooms are 6 main reception rooms, a library, a cinema which has cream suede walls and a ground floor leisure complex. There is a white stone swimming pool and an outdoor pool in black stone. The plasterwork and fireplaces have been restored with some being restored with white gold paint, this alone cost 250,000. Upstairs there is an oval bath situated just off the master bedroom which is cut from one single piece of magenta-veined Italian marble which cost more than 220,000.

The work has cost him 40million so far but he admits that he did not have a budget when it came to doing the place up as he wanted to do it justice. He feels that quality and not vulgarity defines Heath Hall. His main focus was to put all of the state of the art technology into the house so he has installed a Crestron home-automation system which allows you to sit in your chauffeur driven car and touch a button which will de-ice your drive and run your bath to a specific depth and temperature whilst your dressing gown gets warmed up. Security is top priority and the first floor dressing room has a steel wall which doubles as a panic room.

On the Bishops Avenue there are more white vans than Bentleys at the moment due to the amount of renovation work being carried out there. Some in the past have had to be abandoned halfway through due to the mess that the developers have made of the properties but this is certainly not the case with Heath Hall. An agent for the area feels that it will probably be sold to a Middle Eastern, Indian or Russian buyer billionaire but Panayiotou is in no rush to sell.

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Cadillac unveils Obama’s ‘Beast’, the 2009 Presidential State Car

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The US Secret Service has released the first photos Wednesday of the new presidential limousine that will transport Barack Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue next Tuesday as part of the 56th Presidential inaugural parade after he is sworn in at the Capitol. The First Limo – the 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine – will replace President Bush’s Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine that rolled out in 2004.

Nicknamed “The Beast”, the hulking machine is a new model year 2009, modified limousine. According to General Motors, the new “2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine” is the first not to carry a specific model name. The Obama Mobile was introduced on January 14 with noticeably different styling borrowed from the Cadillac Escalade and STS, while the suspension is most likely related to the Chevrolet Kodiak medium-duty truck.

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Mr. David Caldwell of General Motors has revealed that the sleek black car would include a hand-crafted interior and “state of the art electronics.” The car’s high-tech security features include five-inch-thick (12.7-centimeter-thick) bombproof glass, tough-as-nails tires, and a sealed interior that’s invulnerable to chemical attack. The armoured limousine has been heavily modified to withstand potential attacks by weapons or bombs. The San Francisco Chronicle puts it in a proper perspective noting, “a half-inch of transparent armor is enough to stop a .44 Magnum round at point-blank range; at a thickness of 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches, the same material can withstand higher-velocity bullets fired from military assault rifles.”

According to spy photographer, Brenda Priddy, and General Motors, the limousine, which has the intricate, dual-textured grille, is also equipped with standard Goodyear Regional RHS truck tires in a 285/70R19.5 size, on 19.5-inch wheels. The rims have a run-flat device (manufactured by Hutchinson Industries). Xenon headlights from the Escalade are installed in the front, while the rear has some STS part. The doors are at least 20 centimeters (8 inches) thick. It carries the US flag on the front fenders and an embroidered Seal of the President of the United States is affixed to several panels in the back.

According to the US Secret Service, the vehicle would be a “valuable asset” in providing the President with the highest level of protection. “Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world,” Nicholas Trotta, Assistant Director for the Office of Protective Operations said in a statement. The new limousine is the responsibility of White House Transportation Agency.

One of the specifications is that we don’t talk about the specifications.

The Presidential State Car is the official state car used by the President of the United States. It is informally known as “Cadillac One”. The current Presidential State Car is a 2005 hand-crafted, armored, and stretched DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan) built on a GM four-wheel drive platform. It was first used on the second inauguration parade of George W. Bush in 2005. But the version to be used by President Obama uses a GMC Topkick chassis, while maintaining the Cadillac exterior.

The President of the United States travels in one of two armoured Cadillac limousines based upon the normal sedan, the Cadillac DTS, with heavy customisation. Lincoln cars have also been used in the past, most notably by President John F Kennedy. The current limousines were custom-built by O’Gara, Hess and Eisenhart, founded in Fairfield, Ohio in 1942. It specializes in armouring limousines for presidents and heads of state.

President William McKinley was the first US president to ride in an automobile. However, it was President Theodore Roosevelt who rode on the first government-owned car, a white Stanley Steamer. Roosevelt’s successor, William Howard Taft, was the first president to use a presidential state car that was permanently stored in the White House garage.

Meanwhile, Obama’s 2005 Chrysler 300C Hemi was auctioned on eBay with a starting bid of $100,000 and a buy-it-now price of $1,000,000. It has less than 21,000 miles on it and is in like-new condition. He leased the car in 2004 and traded it for a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2007. The car was sold to Tim O’Boyle.

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