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US adds 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate drops to seven year low

Monday, September 7, 2015

The US economy added 173,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 to 5.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Although August job gains were lower than most economists forecast, job growth numbers for June and July were revised upwards by a combined 44,000. Average job gains over the past three months stand at 221,000, compared to March-May’s 189,000 monthly average. Over the past twelve months, job growth has averaged 247,000 per month.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, or 8 cents, marking the largest increase in earnings in seven months. Hourly earnings had risen by 6 cents in July. Wages have risen by 2.2 percent over the past year.

Job growth in August was primarily concentrated in the health care and social assistance, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors. Those three areas of the economy added a combined 108,000 jobs. Food service and drinking places employment increased by 26,000 over the month, and other economic sectors saw employment hold steady. Manufacturing, on the other hand, saw employment decline by 17,000 in August. A stronger dollar and worldwide economic weakness make US exports less desirable, leading to a flattening in manufacturing employment so far this year after steadily rising in the early years of the US economic recovery.

The solid overall job gains led analysts to slightly raise expectations for a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month. Investors raised the likelihood of a September rate increase from 26 percent before the jobs report to 30 percent, and stocks dropped by over one percent on Friday. “The payrolls data is certainly good enough to allow for a Fed rate hike in September,” said Deutsche Bank’s head of currency strategy, Alan Ruskin. “The big question is still whether financial market volatility will scupper the plans.”

“This is the first time the market has looked at a Fed meeting and really has no idea what the Fed is going to do,” said Mark Kepner, a New Jersey equity trader with Themis Trading. “Right now you’re looking at the overall uncertainty and that’s what’s hanging on the market. I don’t think this number in and of itself changes how somebody’s going to vote.”

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Man in UK convicted for having obese dog

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A British man, Ronald West, has been convicted of animal neglect after authorities received complaints about his five-year-old dog being severely overweight. Authorities discovered the case of neglect in December 2008 after a neighbor complained that West’s Border Collie Taz appeared to be too fat.

When authorities arrived at West’s residence, they found Taz’s feces scattered around the house and in every room. Authorities made several more visits to West’s home until March 2009, at which point they determined that there had been no improvements in living conditions, and so they seized the dog. Taz weighed 88lbs (40kg) when authorities seized him.

West had said that he had been ill with the flu and was unable to clean up after Taz or take him for walks. He admits that he and his friends overfed Taz which led to his obesity, but West says it was not intentional.

“I’ll put my hands up and say I’m guilty of [Taz] being overweight, but it wasn’t deliberate. You can be cruel with kindness,” said West in March, according to the police report.

West’s sentencing has been postponed because he failed to appear at today’s hearing. When sentenced, West could face a fine of up to £5,000 (US$7,581), six months in prison, and may be forbidden from owning any pets.

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byAlma Abell

If your home, residential building or business facility uses a boiler, what you’ll need to understand about these systems is that they are extremely reliable and durable. Boiler systems can last for decades without any major repair. However, as these systems get older, the likelihood of them breaking down becomes more pronounced. For that reason, you’ll find that many buildings in the Bergen County, New Jersey area are using older boilers and these boilers will occasionally need not only regular servicing, but they’ll need repairs when different parts of the boiler system wear out over time. In these cases, if you’re trying to repair an older Boiler in Bergen County NJ, you’ll need a good resource for replacement parts.

You’ll need a resource that has a wide variety of new boiler systems as well as a full complement of replacement parts both common and uncommon for the repair of existing boiler systems. One of the reasons why a resource that offers new boiler systems is so important is because occasionally, your boiler system will be so old that the only option you have is to replace it. While this doesn’t happen all the time, there are situations where a boiler is beyond repair and having a new boiler system that can be integrated into the space allotted for the existing boiler is important. Having a wide variety of boiler systems can help you find the right one for your space and for your requirements.

Of course, there’s also the fact of replacement parts. Since many boiler systems are quite old, you’ll need an excellent resource that offers not only factory original parts put quality aftermarket parts to repair an old and aging boiler system. While some parts may be interchangeable, some boiler systems require specific parts and a quality resource for boiler parts is necessary in these situations.

If you’re trying to repair an old Boiler in Bergen County NJ or you’re looking to replace an existing boiler system, boiler resources like Ramapo Wholesalers are an excellent resource to have. With comprehensive online sales as well as numerous different local outlets and showrooms, Ramapo is your comprehensive resource for a wide variety of different replacement parts and replacement systems for boilers, plumbing systems and a host of other home and business plumbing fixtures.

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Judge orders residents and city to come to agreement on partially collapsed building in Buffalo, New York

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York —Judge Justice Christopher Burns of the New York State Supreme Court has ordered a halt to an emergency demolition on a 19th century stable and livery on 428-430 Jersey Street in Buffalo, New York that partially collapsed on Wednesday June 11, initially causing at least 15 homes to be evacuated. At least two homes remain evacuated.

Burns orders that both the city and the group Save The Livery (www.savethelivery.com) have to come to an agreement on what to do with the building, and try to work out ways of saving at least some portions if it including the facade, side walls and a lift tower. Save The Livery is comprised of concerned area residents who have grown to love the building’s historic and unique character. On June 14, they won a temporary restraining order to stop demolition. The court ruled that the city was only allowed to remove material in immediate danger to residents and pedestrians, but stated that the demolition could only be performed with “hand tools.” The court also ordered that any rubble which had fallen into neighboring yards when the building collapsed, to be removed.

“It is in the interest of the city to have a safe environment–but also important to maintain a sense of historical preservation,” stated Burns in his ruling. Burns has given the sides until tomorrow (Friday June 20) to come to an agreement and has ordered both parties to return to court at 9:30 a.m. (eastern time) “sharp.” Activists of Save The Livery urge supporters of the stable to “fill the courtroom” to show “continued and ongoing support.” The hearing is scheduled to take place at 25 Delaware Avenue in the Supreme Court building, 3rd Floor, trial part 19.

Currently the building is owned by Bob Freudenheim who has several building violations against him because of the buildings poor condition. He has received at least five violations in three months and residents who live near the building state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions. Many are afraid that if the building is demolished, Freudenheim’s charges of neglect will be abolished.

On June 17, developer and CEO of Savarino Companies, Sam Savarino was at the site of the stable, discussing the building with residents and preservationists. In 2006, Savarino proposed and planned The Elmwood Village Hotel, a ‘botique’ hotel on the Southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues. The project was later withdrawn after residents filed a lawsuit against Savarino and the city. Wikinews extensively covered the story, and contacted Savarino for his professional opinion on the building.

“[I would] love to see it preserved. I was there to see if there was anything we could do to help, to see if anything can be salvaged. I just want to see the right thing happen, and so does the city,” stated Savarino to Wikinews who added that he was allowed inside the building for a brief period.

“The side walls are beyond repair. The roof has rotted and it could come down at any time,” added Savarino who also said that the building “below the second floor appears to be stable.” He also states that the back wall of the building, which borders several homes, appears to be intact.

“Eliminating the back wall could be a problem for the neighbors. It is not unreasonable to leave at least 12 feet” of the back wall standing, added Savarino.

Savarino did not say if he was interested in buying the property, but did state, “I am sure there are a couple of people interested” in buying the property. On Thursday, Buffalo News reported that a “businessman” might be interested in purchasing the property, though Wikinews is not able to independently confirm the report. Savarino says that with the property still slated for emergency demolition, a potential buyer could face tax fees of nearly US$300,000.

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on Thursday June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built. Residents say that he has been the owner for at least 22 years.

The building was first owned by a company called White Bros. and was used as a stable for a farm which once covered the land around the building for several blocks. The Buffalo Fire Department believes the building was built around 1814, while the city property database states it was built in 1870. Servants and workers of the farm were housed inside resident quarters situated at the rear of the building on what is now Summer Street, but are now cottages where area residents currently reside. Some date as far back as 1829.

At about 1950, the stable was converted into an automobile body shop and gasoline station.A property record search showed that in 1950 at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.” It is not known if the tanks are still on the property, but residents are concerned the city was not taking the precautions to find out.

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Having An Office Party? Why Not Buy The Food And Drink Online?

By Vincent Norman

Parties at the office can be fun. They’re a break from work, and a welcome one at that. But with every party, there needs to be food. The biggest problem with this is that someone actually has to source and acquire all the various delicacies. Then there is the issue of who is going to pay for the food, which can get a bit tedious. As you know, everyone in the office should pitch in a certain amount, however finding the best price is not always possible.

This is particularly true when you have to pick up the phone and call around to different businesses to compare prices. There are also many who don’t like to use the phone, especially to ask for the entire menu and then just hang up without making a purchase. This process is made easier if the restaurant actually has a take-home menu, but this is not always the case.

If you do know what you want, and everyone is willing to pay a certain amount, then you need to determine whether the establishment you are ordering from is able to provide a sufficient amount of food for everyone in your office. This will be quite a problem, so in order to prepare for it, it would be best to try ordering online.

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When you order food online, you are ensuring a number of things. First of all, you are ensuring that the catering or delivery service will actually be able to support that many people. You will also have a number of benefits, one of the most important being the selection.

When you are visiting a restaurant in real life, you get to deal with the prices at that particular establishment. This works in the restaurants favor in real life because you have absolutely nothing to compare those prices to. When you are shopping in the online world, you actually have a larger selection because you can just visit the next website and get a better price, and perhaps even different food.

This makes shopping for an office party much easier, and it is usually quite a bit cheaper online, unless of course there is a delivery charge. The delivery charge has been instated quite a bit, especially since people have stopped providing tips. Whether or not you want to pay that charge is up to you, but it is a bit more convenient.

Some restaurants, however, will provide web only discounts, which are extended simply because you are buying from them online, and due to the massive amount of competition. Besides all of that however, your biggest benefit is that you don’t have to worry about a thing! All you need to do is order the food and sit back. It will be there in no time and you can just enjoy the party! Can you think of anything better than that? With the amount of time constraints these days, efficiency is key, and ordering your food online is efficient enough.

About the Author: Vincent Norman is a freelance writer living in the UK. He regularly contributes articles for The Online Shopping Centre, who offer the best range of

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Ole Miss player arrested; charged with selling steroids

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Ole Miss player arrested; charged with selling steroids
Author: Admin

3 Jun

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jared Foster, a transfer quarterback with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels football team, was arrested yesterday in Oxford, Mississippi and charged with selling steroids.

Rebels head coach Houston Nutt said that Foster will not be allowed to remain with the team.

Foster was arrested for alcohol possession by a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2006 while a star player for Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi. Prosecutors agreed then not to try the case on the conditions that Foster help police in a steroid investigation and stay out of trouble.

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Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark

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Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark
Author: Admin

3 Jun

Friday, January 12, 2007

The iPhone only made its appearance as a prototype and there have been controversies aroused.

The dispute has come up between the manufacturer of the iPhone (which was presented on Wednesday for the first time) — Apple Inc. — and a leader in network and communication systems, based in San Jose — Cisco. The company claims to possess the trademark for iPhone, and moreover, that it sells devices under the same brand through one of its divisions.

This became the reason for Cisco to file a lawsuit against Apple Inc. so that the latter would stop selling the device.

Cisco states that it has received the trademark in 2000, when the company overtook Infogear Technology Corp., which took place in 1996.

The Vice President and general counsel of the company, Mark Chandler, explained that there was no doubt about the excitement of the new device from Apple, but they should not use a trademark, which belongs to Cisco.

The iPhone developed by Cisco is a device which allows users to make phone calls over the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).

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Horse flu spreads in Australia

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Horse flu spreads in Australia
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2 Jun

Monday, August 27, 2007

The number of horses confirmed to be infected with Equine Influenza in Australia has risen to 47, all in the state of New South Wales. So far none of those confirmed infected have been thoroughbred race horses.

The NSW government has confirmed infections at the federal government’s quarantine facility at Eastern Creek and Centennial Park in Sydney; at Cattai and Wilberforce in North-Western Sydney; and in Moonbi, Parkes, Berry and Wyong in regional NSW.

It is also feared that the outbreak may have spread to Warwick in Queensland where three horses from NSW showed flu-like symptoms during an equestrian event. Initial samples were tested in a laboratory in Brisbane revealing the three animals had been carrying the flu. Further testing will be conducted on samples from the horses in Victoria, although results are not expected until later this week. All 300 horses at the event have been quarantined.

There are also three suspected cases of the virus infecting thoroughbreds at Randwich racecourse in Sydney, if the horses test positive to the flu they will be the first thoroughbreds to be infected with the virus.

The Federal Agriculture Minister, Peter McGauran told ABC Radio this morning that while the source of the outbreak was not known, it is likely that the outbreak may have been caused by an equestrian event held in Maitland on the 18th and 19th of August.

“Everyone’s been assuming it was the Centennial Park horses that travelled and infected horses in different parts of regional NSW,” he said.

“It would appear at this stage that almost all, if not every horse affected has passed through a Maitland horse event on the weekend of the 18th and 19th, or come in contact with a Maitland horse.”

Agriculture Minister of NSW, Ian Macdonald told reporters “It’s early days yet, but a number of horses that attended an event at the property on that weekend are showing clinical signs of equine influenza”.

“The NSW Chief Vet, Bruce Christie, has advised me that we need to locate and examine every single horse that entered and left the property.”

At this stage it appears the Australia wide ban on horse movements which expires on Wednesday may have to be extended, at least in NSW and Queensland.

Further developments to this story are available. See:
Horse flu infects Australian thoroughbreds
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If You Have Trees, Then You May Need A Tree Service In Austin

byAlma Abell

There are all kinds of trees that are great for any home, business, or property. Trees can add beauty to your landscaping and they also can make you feel more at home with nature. Trees have to be properly cared for, or they also can be something that is a bother. There are professional places that offer tree service in Austin. They can come out to your home or business, and take care of your trees. They will make sure that your trees or healthy. A professional tree service can also remove trees that aren’t healthy.

A dead tree can be a hazard, and it certainly makes any property look run down. When you have a large dead tree, the branches can fall unexpectedly, and the roots can be in the way of new landscaping ideas. There are some trees, which have to be removed with special equipment. Most people want the entire dead tree removed quickly and without causing damage to anything around it. A professional tree removal company has everything that they need to remove any tree, without too many hassles. They will make sure that your old trees don’t cause problems in your yard.

If you have healthy trees, then you have to take care of them to keep them that way. Trees have to be pruned regularly and they have to be watered as well. Most people live busy lives, and there are people who don’t have the time or the knowledge to properly care for their trees. A professional Tree Service in Austin has the knowledge to take care of any type of tree. They can properly prune the trees and feed them, so that they will grow. Most companies that take care of trees really enjoy their job.

Trees are living things, and they have to properly taken care of, so that they can be an asset to your property. When you take the time to plant trees, then you should take care of them. A tree service can take care of any existing trees, and they can also get rid of dead trees. Take good care of your property with the help of a professional tree service.

Felipe Massa wins 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton first to cross the finish line

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Felipe Massa wins 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton first to cross the finish line
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31 May

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa won the FIA Formula One 2008 ING Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa, Belgium.

McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton lead the race from pole for a few laps before he spun backwards and allowed Kimi Räikkönen‘s Ferrari to pass him. Kimi maintain the lead throughout the race until the rain fell onto the track on the final laps. The series of errors was finalized by Räikkönen, who spun off the track. This led Hamilton to a chequered flag, but then, after the race, he was penalized by 25 seconds for the incident with Räikkönen. Hamilton moved to third in the final standings.

McLaren filed a formal complaint with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

“We hereby confirm we have lodged notice of appeal,” McLaren’s CEO Martin Whitmarsh, told the BBC.

Nick Heidfeld thus took second place for BMW Sauber ahead of Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso came in fourth for Renault while his teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. spun off into the wall on the fourteenth lap, ending his race.

Both Sebastians, Vettel and Bourdais, did well for Toro Rosso finishing fifth and seventh from the tenth and ninth places on the starting grid respectfully. They were split by Robert Kubica (BMW), who finished sixth.

Mark Webber closed out the top eight for Red Bull-Renault.

Ferrari now leads the Championship with 12 points ahead of McLaren. Still, Lewis Hamilton retains the lead for McLaren in the drivers standings with 76 points, 2 points ahead of Felipe Massa.

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