Dozens dead in California boat fire
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A deadly boat fire earlier this week near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California, United States, resulted in the death of all 33 passengers. The boat, Conception, which caught fire overnight in open seas, carried 33 passengers and six crew members. Five people, who were all crew, were rescued while the rest are presumed dead.

The Conception was a 75 ft (~23 m) long commercial boat on a three-day voyage for underwater diving with Monday being the Labor Day holiday. The fire started some time after 3 a.m. local time {1000 UTC) Monday. “This is probably the worst-case scenario you can possibly have,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. “You have a vessel that’s on the open sea, that is in the middle of the night. I mean, it’s 3:30 in the morning.” As of late Tuesday, 20 bodies had been recovered, eleven women and nine men, according to Brown.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) called off its search late on Tuesday. USCG Captain Monica Rochester told the press a nearly 24-hour search mission involving three helicopters covering 160 square miles (~415 km2) had discovered no further signs in the water. “It is never an easy decision to suspend search efforts,” she said. “We know that this is a very difficult time for families and friends of the victims.”

Authorities have not named a cause for the fire, though it was intimated there were no signs of an explosion and the Conception was known to have the requisite fire suppression equipment. CNN, however, reported on a distress call from someone on the Conception, who may or may not have been the captain. The excerpts, which are only the dispatcher’s words were reported by CNN as such:

And there’s 33 people on board the vessel that’s on fire, they can’t get off? […] Roger, are they locked inside the boat? […] Roger, can you get back on board and unlock the boat, unlock the door so they can get off? […] Roger, you don’t have any firefighting gear at all? No fire extinguishers or anything?” […] Was that all the crew that jumped off? […] Roger, is the vessel fully engulfed right now […] Roger, and there’s no escape hatch for any of the people on board?

Commenting on the radio communications, Captain Rochester said the situation had “a lot of adrenaline, a lot of confusion. […] [The dispatcher] was trying to ask for information.” However, she added, “there are no locked doors in accommodation spaces” where the passengers would have been.

The Conception was owned by Truth Aquatics and chartered by Worldwide Diving Adventures. Both companies have been in operation since the 1970s according to USA Today.

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Unleash the Historical Heritage of India



Exploring India and Indian destinations has been one of the most adventurous aspects of travel as each and every state has its own story to concoct. While some people visit for the sake of enjoying the rich scenic beauty of India whereas others feel the necessity to experience the cultures of different countries. But amongst many in this crowd are those people who seriously visit India to see the rich cultural aspects of various states and cities.

In this quest to unleash the historical heritage of India, a visit to the great and classic City Of Royals , that is, Rajasthan is worth an experience. The Classical Rajasthan Tour drives to on an adventurous search to various great places in and around this city. Right from enjoying the camel rides of Rajasthan to visiting the massive forts and palaces, the place in its truest sense brings back life and excitement within every visitor.

The Classical Rajasthan Tours ensures that you visit some of the best places like Mandawa where the historic caravans can still be seen as they have been operating since a long decade. Also, the mirror work craftsmanshisp of Mandawa is worth a glace and it has been seen that most tourists feel spell bounded after visiting this place. While talking of

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Forts & Palaces Tours

, some of the popular places include Hanuman Prasad Goenka, Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Bansidhar Newatia Haveli. These magnificent forts have brilliant sight -seeing opportunities and follow a unique pattern of ornamentation.

Additionally, on the journey to Bikaner, another popular destination, the Junagarh Fort along with Camel Breeding Farms makes one experience life at its very best. Next destination includes Jaisalmer where once again the Mehrangarh Fort has created a marvelous impact on the visitors and as you climb up the fort there are some local shops which offer traditional gift items and other unique accessories.

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, safaris is a huge craze and the tour package includes a safari down to Bishnoi village where the tribal natives are so welcoming and full of warmth that it makes you feel so pleasurable all throughout the trip. Near to this is Ranakpur, which is also a pilgrimage for the Jains. It has a famous Adinath temple which has 1444 pillars.

Soon after visiting to these destinations, some of the other places which are shown during the trip include Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota, Bijapur etc. Thus, see the story of India s rich cultural heritage

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate
July 8, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

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

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

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

First Norfolk Island murderer in a century found guilty
July 8, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Friday, March 9, 2007

The first murderer in 150 years on Australia’s Norfolk Island, Glenn McNeill, has been found guilty of killing restaurant owner Janelle Patton in 2002 on Easter Sunday.

A 29-year-old New Zealand chef, Glenn McNeill was found guilty of murdering Australian Janelle Patton after the jury of 11 deliberated for two days, then delivered their guilty verdict, which either had to be unanimous, or no charges as manslaughter was not an option.

In the five week Supreme Court trial, evidence was given that said that 29-year-old Ms Patton had been abducted, then bashed, then stabbed, and then hacked to death. She sustained 64 different injuries in the prolonged attack. It was also said that the attack had sexual motives.

Outside the court room, around 11 residents of Norfolk Island cheered as it was announced that Mr McNeill had been found guilty. The forewoman of five-woman, seven-man jury, said, “We find the accused guilty of murder,” which didn’t result in any change by Mr McNeill.

When first being interviewed by New Zealand police in Nelson for two hours, Mr McNeill admitted to the murder by running Ms.Patton over and stabbing her under the influence of cannabis. He then later retracted that in an unsigned court statement, stating mental health problems. “I did not murder Janelle Patton.”

Her body was found wrapped partially in plastic wrap at a picnic/nature reserve, with her underpants pulled down.

Her underpants being pulled down was used in Mr McNeill’s defence saying that the attack was done by a woman, and the underwear was to try and throw the police off the correct path.

Mr McNeill will be sentenced at a later date.

An appeal is being considered, with Mr McNeill’s lawyer stating significant grounds.

Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet

Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet
July 7, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The president of Egypt has suffered a “devastating blow” after the country’s army announced they would not use force against their own people, who continue to protest against the government tonight. The news came hours after six journalists who reported on the protests were released from custody.

Hosni Mubarak yesterday announced a new cabinet, which does not include several figures who protesters largely do not approve of. Analysts have, however, suggested little had changed within the government; many positions, they say, are filled with military figures.

To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.

In a statement broadcast on state media in Egypt, the army said: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” A BBC correspondent in Cairo said the announcement meant it “now seems increasingly likely that the 30-year rule of Mr Mubarak is drawing to a close.”

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the statement added. “Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

Earlier today, six journalists from the independent news network Al-Jazeera were released from custody after being detained by police. The U.S. State Department criticized the arrests; equipment was reportedly confiscated from the journalists.

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Egyptian officials yesterday ordered the satellite channel to stop broadcasting in the country. Al-Jazeera said they were “appalled” by the government’s decision to close its Egyptian offices, which they described as the “latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt.”

In a statement, the news agency added: “Al-Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”

On Friday, Wikinews reported the government had shut off practically all Internet traffic both out of and into the nation, as well as disrupting cellphone usage. A spokesperson for the social networking website Facebook said “limiting Internet access for millions of people is a matter of concern for the global community.”

A reported 50,000 campaigners, who are demanding the long-time leader step down and complaining of poverty, corruption, and oppression, filled Tahrir Square in Cairo today, chanting “We will stay until the coward leaves.” It is thought 100 people have so far died in the demonstrations. Today there have been protests in Suez, Mansoura, Damanhour, and Alexandria.

Speaking to news media in the area, many protesters said the new cabinet did little to quell their anger. “We want a complete change of government, with a civilian authority,” one said. Another added: “This is not a new government. This is the same regime—this is the same bluff. [Mubarak] has been bluffing us for 30 years.”

In Tahrir Square today, protesters played music as strings of barbed wire and army tanks stood nearby. Demonstrators scaled light poles, hanging Egyptian flags and calling for an end to Mubarak’s rule. “One poster featured Mubarak’s face plastered with a Hitler mustache, a sign of the deep resentment toward the 82-year-old leader they blame for widespread poverty, inflation and official indifference and brutality during his 30 years in power,” one journalist in the square reported this evening.

Get A Great Deal On Stylish Fireplaces

July 5, 2020 · Online Bohemian Fashion · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

A stylish fireplace can form a wonderful addition to any home, adding class, style, a great centrepiece, and practicality. With some great designs and styles available these days, you can find the perfect fireplace for your home whether you live in a traditional or a new property. With the right fireplace you can make your living room really stand out, drawing attention to your centrepiece as soon as people enter the room.

Of course, cost is an important factor when it comes to buying a fireplace. Luckily, when it comes to stylish fireplaces in Stoke Newington residents can find some great deals these days. With competitive prices available on both traditional and contemporary fireplaces, you can find the perfect one for your home.

What to look for in a fireplace for your home

Price is a very important consideration for those who are choosing a fireplace for the home, but there are also other factors that you need to look at in order to make sure you find the right fireplace for your needs. Some of the factors to consider include:

1. The design of the fireplace: You can choose from both traditional and contemporary fireplaces these days, so you need to make sure the design and style you choose is going to fit in with the surroundings and decor of your home. Therefore, take some time to think about the style that will most suit the room in which the fireplace will be installed.

2. Colour and material: You can get fireplaces in a range of materials and colours these days, so you need to think about what you want for your home. Remember, factors such as your budget and the style of your home will affect your choice when it comes to colours and materials.

3. The size of the fireplace: You need to make sure you choose a size that is going to suit the room in which the fireplace will go. Therefore, take some measurements to see how much room you have to play with in terms of width and height. You can then choose an appropriately sized fireplace for your room.

Taking all of these factors into consideration in addition to the cost aspect of your purchase will help you to make the right choice.

Thinking of installing fireplace in your home? Ash & Embers provides full design and installation service for fireplaces in Stoke Newington. Visit them online!

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

Cadillac unveils Obama’s ‘Beast’, the 2009 Presidential State Car
July 4, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

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.

UN Secretary-General expresses concern about crises in Chad, Kenya, Sudan

UN Secretary-General expresses concern about crises in Chad, Kenya, Sudan
July 2, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about crises in Chad, Kenya, and the Sudan. The U.N. chief is recently back from Africa where he attended the African Union summit in Ethiopia and met with leaders in Kenya.

On rebel efforts to overthrow the government in Chad in recent days, the secretary-general welcomed an African Union initiative to have the leaders of Libya and the Democratic Republic of Congo mediate the crisis. He says the United Nations will do its utmost to help resolve the crisis, urging the Security Council to act swiftly to help bring an end to the violence.

“It has devastating consequences not only for the people of Chad and Darfurian refugees seeking shelter there, but also for Darfur itself,” said Ban.

Mr. Ban told reporters the situation in the neighboring Darfur region of Sudan is no less troubling. He says the deployment of the AU-U.N. peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, must be sped up and urged member states to properly equip the troops.

“UNAMID still lacks required aviation and ground transportation – chiefly helicopters. Additional troops will not make up for this shortfall,” said Ban. “Those countries that called for intervention in Darfur are under special obligation to deliver on their promises.”

While at the AU summit, Mr. Ban says he discussed some of the outstanding issues affecting the deployment with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and he expects the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to be signed this week. But Mr. Ban remained vague on whether some of the agreement’s sticking points – such as night flights, land agreements, and advance notice of U.N. movements – had been settled.

On Kenya, Mr. Ban says he has been deeply engaged in the post-election crisis and told political leaders during his visit there that they bear particular responsibility for the future of Kenya.

“I stressed to all the Kenyan leaders the need to stop the unacceptable violence and killings, and to resolve their differences through dialogue and democratic process. I also appealed to all the political leaders to think beyond their individual interests or party lines and to look to the future of Kenya as one country,” he said.

Mr. Ban also met in Nairobi with his U.N. predecessor, Kofi Annan, who is leading the panel of eminent Africans trying to mediate the crisis, and said they discussed his roadmap for the talks.

Security of U.N. personnel in Africa and elsewhere has been high on the secretary-general’s agenda, especially in the wake of the December bombing in Algeria that killed 17 staff members. Mr. Ban announced that he is naming diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi to chair an independent panel on safety and security of U.N. personnel and premises. Brahimi is an Algerian, but Mr. Ban says he has no concerns about his fairness or objectivity in heading up the panel.

Fur fans flock to Toronto’s Furnal Equinox 2019

Fur fans flock to Toronto’s Furnal Equinox 2019
July 1, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, March 25, 2019

From March 15 to 17, the Canadian city of Toronto played host to the tenth Furnal Equinox, an annual event dedicated to the “furry fandom.” Wikinews attended. Programming ranged from music to gender, science to art, covering dozens of aspects of the varied subculture. The event’s featured guests were visual artists Moth Monarch and Cat-Monk Shiro, as well as the co-owners of US fursuit costume builders Don’t Hug Cacti.

The event raised nearly CDN$11,000 for Pet Patrol, a non-profit rescue organization in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, run by volunteers. This exceeded their goal of $10,000, the funds needed to finish a rural sanctuary. The furry community is well-known for their charitable efforts. Along with direct donations, the funds were raised through a charity auction offering original artwork, and a fursuit design by guests of honour “Don’t Hug Cacti.” Last year, Furnal Equinox raised funds for a farm animal sanctuary.

While only 10–15% of people within the fandom own a fursuit according to a 2011 study, event organizers reported this year 908 of the 2240 attendees at Furnal Equinox brought at least one elaborate outfit to the event. The outfits are usually based on original characters, known as “fursonas”.

Guests of Honour Cherie and Sean O’Donnell, known within the community as “Lucky and Skuff Coyote”, held a session on fursuit construction on Saturday afternoon. The married couple are among the most prominent builders in the fandom, under the name Don’t Hug Cacti. The scale of their business was evident, as Sean had made over a thousand pairs of “handpaws”, costume gloves.

The couple encouraged attendees to continue developing their technique, sharing that all professional fursuit makers had developed different techniques. They felt that they learned more from failed projects than successful ones, citing the Chuck Jones quote that “every artist has thousands of bad drawings,” and that you have to work through them to achieve. Cherie, known as Lucky, recalled receiving a Sylvester the Cat plush toy from a Six Flags theme park at age 10. She promptly hollowed the toy out, turning it into a costume. Creating a costume isn’t without its hazards: the company uses 450°F (232°C) glue guns. They’re “like sticking your hand in an oven.”

Other programming included improv comedy, dances, life drawing of fursuiters, a review of scientific research by a research group at four universities called FurScience, a pin collector’s social, and workshops in writing.

The “Dealer’s Den” hall was expanded this year, with even more retailers and artists. While many offered “furry” versions of traditional products, at least one business focused on “pushing the boundaries of fursuit technology.” Along with 3D printing a bone-shaped name tag when Wikinews visited, Grivik was demonstrating miniature computer screens that could be used as “eyes” for a fursuit. The electronic displays projected an animation of eyes looking around, blinking occasionally. The maker has also developed “a way to install a camera inside suit heads, to improve fursuiter visibility.” He hopes the tech would reduce suiting risks and accidents. Without the need for eyeholes, fursuit makers would have “more options for building different eyestyles.”

Receiving Cash For Gold In Downers Grove

June 28, 2020 · Finance Specialists · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

It seems as though a lot of people are having trouble making ends meet, and they need to come up with clever ways to bring in some much needed cash. Getting Cash for gold in Downers Grove is a very easy way to make some money. You can sell your unwanted gold items such as rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. It doesn’t matter whether or not the jewelry is broken because you are selling the item for its gold content. A lot of people love the fact that this is so easy to do and pays off very well.

A lot of people find themselves in need of extra cash around the holidays. It is a good idea to choose a service that pays you top dollar for your unwanted gold pieces. You might be surprised by how quickly this money can add up. This option is much better than getting a loan that you must pay back. It is also a better option for those who have poor credit scores and who have a hard time qualifying for a loan. It allows them to sell items that they no longer need or want in order to make money.

You might be surprised by the list of items that one can sell in order to make some money. They are very experienced and offer fair prices to their customers. They also offer a variety of other services as well. It is always a good idea to visit the website of any provider you may be interested in working with. You can learn a lot more about their experience, and even their hours of operation.

Many people wish to get Cash for gold in Downers Grove, and they can accomplish this at an experienced pawn shop. This is something that can help them out of a financial bind because they will receive their money right away. It is very helpful to them, and they can spend the money in any manner that they choose.