Large creature loose in London suburb

Large creature loose in London suburb

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Police organized a search in the Sydenham Park area of south-east London after a local, Anthony Holder, was attacked by a 6ft long black animal while looking for his kitten in his back yard that borders a woodland.

Holder said the animal pounced, knocked him to the ground, and then he was “in its claws for about 30 seconds. Its teeth were out and I tried to defend myself and eventually I got the thing off my body.” Holder was scratched all over his body and suffered swelling and bruising to his hand and the back of his head. He called the police at about 2:15 am while the animal sat in the garden next door.

While Holder was being treated by paramedics, the Metropolitan Police conducted a search of the area. A citizen and a police officer saw the creature, believed by some to be a panther. Another officer also believed he saw the animal and reports it as approximately the size of a Labrador Retriever. The neighbourhood is being patrolled by an armed police response vehicle staffed by officers equipped with rifles and Taser stun guns.

Scotland Yard is currently seeking specialist advice from experts from the RSPCA and London Zoo. A spokeswoman said: “We are trying to establish exactly where the animal may have come from. In the meantime we are asking the public to be vigilant. If anyone does see the animal, do not approach it but dial 9-9-9 immediately.”

People are also being advised to keep pets indoors.

Sightings of big cats have increased in recent years. The notion of a large predator in London was initially dismissed by scientists, but evidence from footprints and droppings has led to other conclusions. The British Big Cat Society estimates 50 to 100 are currently loose across England. Livestock has supposedly been attacked a number of times. Farmers near Burford in Oxfordshire have offered a £5,000 reward for the capture of a large black creature suspected of killing livestock in the area. However, there have been virtually no human encounters.

Suspicions of nepotism arise from pulping of new Australian industrial relations information booklets

Suspicions of nepotism arise from pulping of new Australian industrial relations information booklets

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

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The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, was asked in parliament today about the contract to print the new industrial relations legislation booklets. Kelvin Thomson asked the question because the contract was awarded to Salmat Ltd., who has been said to have donated $120,000 to the Australian Liberal Party, of which the Mr Howard is a member. The contract was worth $800,000 AUD. It was revealed by Stephen Smith the week earlier that these booklets were “pulped” at a cost of $152,000 to the taxpayer.

The Prime Minster John Howard said that “the contract was awarded in the normal fashion”, and that he did not know if Salmat donated to any other parties, and said that he ask someone to “just do a little bit of research this afternoon” to get further information on the matter. After Question Time the Prime Minister confirmed that Salmat was selected through an open tender process, and expressed his belief that “expressions of political support should not disbar one from preferment on the merits.”

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Choose the Right Roof Racks


Charles Manfredi

Selecting the right roof rack

A visit to vehicle accessory ‘bars-n-racks’ at Sydney, Australia reveals the following roof racks to be available:

1.Trunk Racks placed on top of your boot and ideal for sedans and hatchbacks.

2.Hitch Racks used to tow something behind your vehicle.

3.Spare-tire Racks can be combined with bike carrier and spare tyre carrier.

4.Roof Rack placed on top of your vehicle roof, very versatile.

5.Truck Racks Placed on the truck bed and used to carry bikes, small boats etc.

6.Cargo Boxes drawers strategically placed within your vehicle.

Trunk Racks

A trunk rack is normally seen on a sedan or hatchback or a sports utility vehicle. Generally these are used to lash a couple of bikes on to it. A truck rack is lightweight, economical and available in a variety of powder coated colours. Trunk racks are easily installed and removed.

A trunk rack has support arms and cradles with neoprene rubber straps attached. This makes securing bikes quite easy. The only disadvantage to a trunk rack is that access to your boot might be blocked.

Hitch Racks

Before you buy a hitch rack, make sure your vehicle has a hitch receiver. If it does not, then you also need to include a hitch receiver in your list of purchases. Hitches are sold by towing capacity. With Class I having the lowest towing capacity (2,000 lbs ) and class V having the highest capacity at 18,000 lbs.

It is best you consult the expert staff at bars-n-rack s before you buy a hitch rack because you need to be sure it is the right product for the weight and purpose you have in mind.

Spare-tyre Racks

A spare-tyre rack combines the best of a bike rack with a spare tyre rack i.e. you can mount up to a couple of bikes as well as your spare tyre. A spare tyre rack is quite economical to purchase, is simple to install and easy to attach your bike to it.

Truck Racks

A truck rack is fitted to the floor of the truck bed and is used to carry anything from bikes to cargo boxes and even small boats.

Roof Racks

Roof Racks Sydney are most popular on account of their minimal installation fuss and versatility. A roof rack can be adapted to transport any small to medium sized item. A Van Tow Bars is stable and does not obstruct your front or rare view. .

Cargo Boxes

A cargo box will add lots of 4X4 Tow Bars storage space to help you put away all kinds of knick-knacks. A cargo box will generally require installation of permanent slide rails but thanks to them, cargo boxes can be removed and installed without much effort.

There’s a large variety of cargo boxes available. Best place to check them out is at bars-n-rack, Sydney Australia.

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Australia will not export uranium to India

Australia will not export uranium to India

Friday, March 3, 2006

The Australian foreign minister, Alexander Downer, has confirmed that Australia will not export uranium to India while it is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The confirmation was prompted by a recently announced agreement between India and the United States involving the sale of civilian nuclear technology.

“Well our policy has developed over many years, going right back to the time of the Fraser Government actually, our policy has been that we would only export uranium to countries that are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” Mr. Downer said in an interview on today’s AM radio programme.

Mr. Downer also said that the Australian government was disappointed when India and Pakistan developed nuclear weapons, but supports the new United States deal with India as an attempt to engage with India and “open up their civilian nuclear industry to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.”

“We’ve considered very carefully over the last few months the American proposal for this agreement that President Bush has signed with the Indians, and our view about it is that it’s a good step forward in what’s been a difficult situation,” Mr. Downer said.

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) supported the government’s stance on exporting uranium to non-NPT countries. “Any future agreement to export to India must be dependent on India becoming a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the negotiation of a bi-lateral agreement ensuring that Australian uranium is only used for peaceful purposes,” they said in a press release.

The deal between the two countries involves the US supplying civilian nuclear technology to India, in exchange for money and a promise to open some reactors for inspection. India has said it will reclassify 14 of its 22 nuclear reactors as being for power generation only, which will allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAFA) to inspect them.

In a press briefing, National Security Advisor Steve Hadly said that the agreement would bring India “into the international non-proliferation mainstream”, including “placing its civilian nuclear facilities and programs under IAEA safeguards, and also harmonizing its export control lists with those of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime.” The deal stops short of normalising India’s nuclear status; however it is not clear that this could occur without a complete renegotiation of the NPT, or an abandonment of nuclear weapons by India.

The director of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, called India “an important partner in the non-proliferation regime”.

The NPT permits 5 states to own nuclear weapons: France (signed 1992), the People’s Republic of China (1992), the Soviet Union (1968; obligations and rights assumed by Russia), the United Kingdom (1968), and the United States (1968). All other signatories have agreed that they will not seek nuclear weapons technology. 187 sovereign nations are currently signed on to the NPT; however India, Pakistan, and Israel have not. India and Pakistan possess nuclear weapons, and Israel is suspected of possession of nuclear weapons.

Australia has 30% of the world’s available uranium. According to the Uranium Information Centre, from 2000 to 2005 Australia exported 46,600 tonnes of uranium, to the value of over AU$2.1 billion. Australia currently exports to the USA, Japan, South Korea, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Finland. Exports are for electricity generation only, in accordance with the NPT.

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Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team gets its first win of London Paralympics

Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team gets its first win of London Paralympics

Sunday, September 2, 2012

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London, England — Yesterday at London’s Basketball Arena, the Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team earned their first victory of the London Paralympics when they defeated the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team 57–50.

Canada took a one point lead into the second half, when the scores were 33–32 because of a last minute foul that sent Canada to the free throw line where they capitalized by making one of their shots. 4.5 point player Janet McLachlan and 2 point player Katie Harnock dominated in minutes played for Canada during the first half, playing all 20 minutes and leading their team in scoring with 11 first half points for McLachlan and 12 for Harnock. The Canadian team was loudly supported by spectators, earning more cheering from the largely Great Britain supporting fans than the Australians.

The second half saw Canada slowly increase their lead, keeping tied with Australia 4–4 in the first half of third, 6–4 in the last half of the third, 6–4 in the first half of the fourth, and 8–6 in the last half of the fourth. McLachlan finished the game as Canada’s leading scorer with 28 total, 17 in the second half. Harnock had a quieter second half only scoring 2 points to finish with 14. Cindy Ouellett was the team’s third leading scorer, finishing the game with ten.

The Canadian team supported their team from the bench, chanting “Get it out! Get it out!” when on defense and “Let’s go Canada” when on the offense. Other times, one player led the team in chanting support for their players on the court. The team was consistently louder than the Australian bench.

Throughout the game, the Canadians tipped themselves over more in their chairs than the Australians. Ouellett tipped once, and bounced in her chair, with a wheel leaving the ground as she attempted to block shots and steal the ball. Ouellett and Australian Cobi Crispin locked wheels, and required a break in the game where Australia’s coach came on to the court and removed Ouellett’s wheel to detach the pair before putting it back on again.

Following the game, Australia’s Amber Merritt said of playing Canada, “I have the utmost respect for Canada. They’re a great team, but we’ll refocus on the game tomorrow [against the Netherlands] and go out and play like we know we can, the Australian way.”

Prior to the start of the game, McLachlan was the team’s dominating player in the competition. She was ranked eighth in the competition in field goal percentage, and was Canada’a highest ranked player in this category. She ranked second in the tournament in total field goals made per game, with 12. Teammate Katie Harnock ranked eighth. Tara Feser ranked fourth in the tournament for 2 point field goal percentage at 57.1%, while McLachlan ranked ninth with 50.0%. McLachlan was second in 2 point field goals made per game, at 12. Harnock was tied for first with Mexico’s Floralia Estrada Bernal in the competition for 3 point field goal percentage at 20%, and was ranked second in the tournament for most 3 point field goals made with one.

As a team coming into the game, Canada was ranked sixth in total field goal percentage, eighth in free throw percentage, sixth in average rebounds per game, second in fouls, and last in turnovers.

Coming into this game, Canada had lost their first game 70–59 to the Netherlands. They are scheduled to play Brazil today.

Small Business Planning

By Yuri Jagrine

Small business planning no excuses, you need to write it down! Before you condemn me and say hes dead wrong, let me share what I have seen. There are two schools of though about starting a business one is Jump In and the other is What If. Both sides have strong reasons to uphold their opinions but in the end they want the same thing – success – they just take different paths to get there.

Two Schools of Thought

The Jump In crowd say that one of the simplest things that prevents getting started is paralysis by analysis. This concept is that you can dwell over your idea and the details behind it for such a long time that by the time you tell yourself youre ready, youre actually too late because the market has changed, and you have spent so much time and money trying to get to that point. The idea to prevent this paralysis is to just do it just start the business, start acquiring customers, start delivering your product or service, deal with the problems and you will learn the your business by doing.

The entrepreneurs whom Ive dubbed the What If are the people who understand that mistakes are costly. Some mistakes are burdensome when youre bootstrapping the entire operation, others can be so detrimental to the business that they could break it. To prevent these errors, these people want to know what they are getting into and they take the time to look at the market, to look at the future customers, make sure that the basic financial equation [ Revenue (-) Costs = Hey, I can make money off of this(!) ] still holds.

Why You Need One

So you have an awesome idea, right? Great, now all you have to do is go out and do it! Well, thats the same thing as being 14 and saying that you have an awesome idea to start driving and youre going to do it. You can get behind the wheel of the car, you can get the engine running, you know about the gas pedal I mean youve seen everyone else do it, so you pull out on the street and 2 minutes later youre looking at a wrecked car. Sure, youre still alive and the car cost $10k, but dont you think you should at least ask about the rules of the road?

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Here is why I say you NEED a business plan. No matter how well you think you know what youre doing, you just havent thought it all the way through. A business plan does not have to be elaborate, does not have to be a 40 page color document, it doesnt even have to be a quick 10 pager, Im saying that if you can write it in your head then even that is great. A business plan is taking the time to ask yourself the basic questions about your new operation and coming up with the answers. The answers make up the plan:

1.Executive Summary what is the nature of your business

2.Product/Service Description what are you selling

3.Market Analysis who is buying

4.Management Team who is helping you

5.Operations Strategy how will you deliver

6.Financial Plan and Projections how much money can you make

Different Types

So, why is there so much talk about putting a business plan together and one being better than another? Well a business plan not only allows you to gather your thoughts about your new business, it also serves as a resume to partners and investors. Different levels of investors require different levels of analysis and insight. A financial institution such as a bank may want to see some specifics about sound financial operations; do you know what they want to see? Looking at thousands of business plans is the job of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalist and they may want to know the precise assessment of your customer base; do you know how to calculate it?

There are several ways you can put a plan together and each type of solution comes with its own price tag and those range from free to $10,000. You can look online and see a similar six-part summary that I wrote above (free), you can buy software that walks you through the different parts (about $400), or you can hire an expert or a consultant to write the plan for you..

It costs How Much?

Here is what you should know about the typical three types of business plans that a business plan professional can create charging per page or per hour. A Level 1 Business plan is about 10 pages, costs between $700 and $1,500 and is used to secure a bank loan. A Level 2 plan is from 20 to 30 pages, costs from $2,500 to $5,000 and is intended to capture an angel investor for an investment of up to $1M. The third level of business plan is intended to secure venture capital in the multi-million dollar range and can be from $7,000 to $10,000. If you think that $10,000 is a lot, youre correct, but keep in mind that some plans have been written for up to $100,000but they were used to secure tens of millions of dollars.

There should be no doubt in your head about whether you should have a business plan if you are staring a new business you need one! Make the right decision of how you will write your business plan, who will write it, how much time and money you will spend on the process and for what outcome you are writing it.

Here is to you making it into the small percentage of successful startups!

About the Author: Yuri Jagrine is a Manager at

, an online community for entrepreneurs, small business owners and investors. He helps facilitate startups, business owners, and small business owners obtaining small business services. He can be reached for comment at yjagrine [at]gobignetwork


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Bird Repellent How To Repel?

Bird repellent how to repel?


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Birds are creatures. But some time birds are harmful in some places. So we have to use bird control techniques. Why to use bird repellents? When doing exclusion is certain that you are not trapping birds inside where they may then die. The pigeons are very nice birds but some time they also can be dangerous. The pigeons are different on this case if the chicks of the pigeon are been taken away it will simply move on to another location until the next nesting season. The pigeons create damage in the buildings: dirt on the walls, eaves trough plugging damage to cars and damage to stock in stores and storerooms. Pigeons sing, bob their heads and flutter their wings. Can you resist the cute little things? In cages and in small numbers in trees and forests they re not bothering at all. Bird netting is also very important techniques. Bird netting comes in different sizes. Choosing the correct mesh size is important. You do not want the birds to be able to get into the netted off area and become stuck or trapped. Chemical bird repellent devices include bird taste repelled as well as bird liquid as well as gel. Bird repeller includes bird proof repellent, bird proof liquid repellent as well as bird taste repelled. Bird dropping is the very basic problem with birds. Aside from being unsightly and unhealthy droppings can stop up gutters and down pipes. They can also freeze up ceiling windows and vents as well as rooftop turbine ventilators and siding windows. Bird netting is the best alternate for bird repellent.If you re responsible for an airplane hangar, warehouse or other large area, the bird repellent you want is Bird Netting. You can choose from a variety of net mesh sizes to repel several species of pest birds like pigeons, sparrows. Crows land on edges and protuberances of objects such as buildings, antennas, water tanks, signs and telephone or electricity posts. Nesting Birds are tough to get rid of. Absolute Bird Control gets calls about birds in a garage or barn area often. Again these structures provide perfect shelter. Netting off areas is the best way to get rid of birds. Ideal for a variety of areas in a shopping center, bird spiders are portable bird-control devices that can be readily moved from one location to another. The Spider s long spindly arms waving in the breeze work to scare pest birds away. A very popular exclusionary bird control measure .Bird Netting denies pest bird s access to specific areas like dumpster zones, loading docks and certain rooftop facilities. Calling a pest control professional to help aid with the clean up and installation is your best bet. Bird droppings carry disease and the proper protection is a must.

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Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US

Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The San Diego, California suburb of Chula Vista has responded to the recent housing crisis with an aggressive blight control ordinance that compels lenders to maintain the appearance of vacant homes. As foreclosures increase both locally and throughout the United States, the one year old ordinance has become a model for other cities overwhelmed by the problem of abandoned homes that decay into neighborhood eyesores.

Chula Vista city code enforcement manager Doug Leeper told the San Diego Union Tribune that over 300 jurisdictions have contacted his office during the past year with inquiries about the city’s tough local ordinance. Coral Springs, Florida, and California towns Stockton, Santee, Riverside County, and Murietta have all modeled recently enacted anti-blight measures after Chula Vista’s. On Wednesday, 8 October, the Escondido City Council also voted to tighten local measures making lenders more accountable for maintenance of empty homes.

Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.

Under the Chula Vista ordinance lenders become legally responsible for upkeep as soon as a notice of mortgage default gets filed on a vacant dwelling, before actual ownership of the dwelling returns to the lender. Leeper regards that as “the cutting-edge part of our ordinance”. Chula Vista also requires prompt registration of vacant homes and applies stiff fines as high as US$1000 per day for failure to maintain a property. Since foreclosed properties are subject to frequent resale between mortgage brokers, city officials enforce the fines by sending notices to every name on title documents and placing a lien on the property, which prevents further resale until outstanding fines have been paid. In the year since the ordinance went into effect the city has applied $850,000 in fines and penalties, of which it has collected $200,000 to date. The city has collected an additional $77,000 in registration fees on vacant homes.

Jolie Houston, an attorney in San Jose, believes “Lenders will respond when it costs them less to maintain the property than to ignore local agency requirements.” Traditionally, local governments have resorted to addressing blight problems on abandoned properties with public funds, mowing overgrown lawns and performing other vital functions, then seeking repayment afterward. Chula Vista has moved that responsibility to an upfront obligation upon lenders.

That kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States during recent years, Chula Vista saw 22.6% growth between 2000 and 2006, which brought the city’s population from 173,556 in the 2000 census to an estimated 212,756, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Chula Vista placed among the nation’s 20 fastest growing cities in 2004. A large proportion of local homes were purchased during the recent housing boom using creative financing options that purchasers did not understand were beyond their means. Average home prices in San Diego County declined by 25% in the last year, which is the steepest drop on record. Many homeowners in the region currently owe more than their homes are worth and confront rising balloon payment mortgages that they had expected to afford by refinancing new equity that either vanished or never materialized. In August 2008, Chula Vista’s eastern 91913 zip code had the highest home mortgage default rate in the county with 154 filings and 94 foreclosures, an increase of 154% over one year previously. Regionally, the county saw 1,979 foreclosures in August.

Professionals from the real estate and mortgage industries object to Chula Vista’s response to the crisis for the additional burdens it places on their struggling finances. Said San Diego real estate agent Marc Carpenter, “that kind of measure will add additional costs to banks that have been hit really hard already and ultimately the cost will be transferred down to consumers and investors.” Yet city councils in many communities have been under pressure to do something about increasing numbers of vacant properties. Concentrations of abandoned and neglected homes can attract vandals who hasten the decline of struggling neighborhoods. Jolie Houston explained that city officials “can’t fix the lending problem, but they can try to prevent neighborhoods from becoming blighted.”

Does Chula Vista’s solution save neighborhoods or worsen the financial crisis?
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CEO Robert Klein of Safeguard, a property management firm, told the Union Tribune that his industry is having difficulty adapting to the rapidly changing local ordinances. “Every day we discover a new ordinance coming out of somewhere”, he complained. Dustin Hobbs, a spokesman from the California Association of Mortgage Bankers agreed that uneven local ordinances are likely to increase the costs of lending. Hobbs advised that local legislation is unnecessary due to California State Senate Bill 1137, which was recently approved to address blight. Yet according to Houston, the statewide measure falls short because it fails to address upkeep needs during the months between the time when foreclosure begins and when the lender takes title.

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