Errant monkeys draw the ire of Delhi court

Thursday, January 19, 2006 

The Delhi High Court expressed its displeasure to the civic authorities on their continued failure to resolve the problem of marauding monkeys in the court premises. The court was in session when the public interest litigation filed by a Supreme Court lawyer was brought to its attention.

The petitioner Mr.Nirmal Chopra argued the case and explained how the simians showed up during work hours and attacked people and snatched food from them. The rhesus monkeys have also been blamed for damaging furniture belonging to the lawyers and courtroom fixtures such as electrical fittings. According to Mr.Chopra India’s Wildlife Act of 1972 empowers civic authorities to kill or hunt animals when they endanger human life. He said that the lawyers from the Tis Hazari court had requested the state government and the municipality to tackle the situation but no action had resulted.

The lawyer for the civic authority was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that catching monkeys was no longer its responsibility. The court was informed that a monkey catcher hired by the municipality had required 72 stitches after being mauled during an operation. After this incident the work had to be halted because other monkey catchers refused to take up the job.

The court gave the civic authority four more weeks to catch the monkeys that are disrupting work at the Tis Hazari courts. “If you cannot perform your statutory duty, then close down your institution” the court is reported to have told the counsel.

Delhi is known to suffer from trouble brought on by monkeys. The animals are reported to invade homes, schools and government offices in the city. Scores of animals have moved in as the city expands into surrounding forests. In an effort to control the problem, the Delhi administration captured about 500 monkeys and took them to the outskirts of the city last year.


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How To Select A Perfect Caterers In Dallas Tx For Your Event

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Searching and choosing a perfect caterer for any occasion is not an easy task. It requires some time and home work. Wedding, Corporate or any small or large party, choosing the perfect caterer is important. We can find so many caterers in our local area, but we need to choose any of them carefully for a successful event.

Let’s discuss some idea about how to choose a perfect catering company for any event.

In this Article we will discuss how to choose right

caterers in Dallas Texas

area.

At first you need to understand some factors, before searching caterers in Dallas tx area.Those are as follows:

1) Most important, your budget for catering.

2) You already selected your venues or you need to ask caterers to select one for you (Included in catering package)

3) How Many guests are coming?

4) Veg and Non-Veg factors.

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5) Do you need to hire any Party equipment like tables, chairs, clothes etc?

6) Serving needs: buffet style, traditional sit down dinner or cocktail reception.

If you have clear thinking about these all things then you will have a clear idea about what services you will require from caterers. You need to search for a catering company which can deliver quality service with affordable cost.

How to Search?

1) See classifieds in your local news paper.

2) Get recommendation from your friends and relatives

3) Search Online through Google, yahoo local etc.

After doing that you will get a list of few caterers in your local area. But you need to short list them according to your requirement.

Then, you need to call them or visit their offices (if they are local) and discuss with them about your requirement. If you are satisfied then select any of them and give the full contract of your event.

How to Select?

1) The most important, does the caterer have their own office set up or not (they are professional or not)

2) How many years they are in this field or check their experience in your requirement.

3) Are they agree to fulfill all your requirements within your budget (negotiate that first).

4) Can they arrange a venue or reception hall, if required? How much they are charging for that?

5) Does the caterer have experienced cooking stuff?

6) They should have people with pleasant manners and cheerful faces.

7) Can they arrange Party equipments (table, clothes, chairs etc) for us, if required?

8) Ask for some references.

9) Does the caterer have the capacity to overcome any unwanted situation (like extra guest)?

10) Does the caterer require some deposit money? If, yes, then ask how much?

11) Are they a registered member of the Catering Association?

After considering all the above criteria, you need to select a perfect Catering company. Reputable caterers generally have a well designed quote form. You need to fulfill the quote with your budget. Then they will designee the menu and other things according to your budget. If you are satisfied and happy about what they are charging (price), then place your order. Thus the way you can find perfect caterers for your event.

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Buffalo, New York warehouse fire injures 12 firefighters

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 

Buffalo, New York — 12 firefighters in Buffalo, New York, United States have been taken to the hospital where they are being treated for smoke and chemical inhalation after a massive fire broke out at a warehouse on Buffalo’s west side, early Monday morning. At least three fire companies started battling the blaze, which engulfed the entire warehouse, sending a plume of smoke into the air which could be seen for several miles, at one point darkening the sky. All 12 firefighters are being treated at Erie County Medical Center, but their conditions are not known. At least 80 firefighters were reported to be on scene along with a total of nine of the 19 fire companies in Buffalo. Firefighters were still on scene as of 9:15 a.m. EDT (UTC-4) today, nearly 24 hours after the fire started.

The fire started at the Leisure Living Pool Supplies warehouse at 1130 Niagara street between West Ferry and Albany streets behind the Rich Products building at around 10:30 a.m. Monday and was not brought under control until 6:30 a.m. today. The warehouse is three floors tall. Firefighters had the fire under control just before 12:00 p.m. Monday, but wind off Lake Erie reignited the fire at around 3:00 p.m. At around 7:00 p.m., most of the blaze was under control, but smoke could still be seen coming from the building. All employees from both Rich’s and the chemical company have been sent home for the day and made it out safely. The building is owned by PoolSupplies.com which is a division of Leisure Living, selling supplies, recreation and chemicals for swimming pools. Leisure Living is a company of Island Pools.

At 9:00 p.m., firefighters reported that most of the fire was contained under the collapsed portions of the building, but around 10:00 p.m. firefighters reported that more thick black smoke started to rise from the building. Black smoke usually indicates burning, whereas white smoke often indicates water putting out a fire. Firefighters are using a helicopter, courtesy of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, that is equipped with infrared cameras in order to see the areas of the building which still contain a significant amount of heat or fire.

After having fought the fire for over 24 hours, fire officials stated that the fire was mostly extinguished and ordered fire companies to start shutting down the hoses and pack up their equipment. Just before 1:00 p.m. the fire command post stated that fire investigators were on scene and that “they can call us (firefighters) back if they need anything.”

Officials have urged all residents near the blaze to stay indoors and to shut all windows and doors due to the smoke which has been blowing close to the ground. At least one civilian who was inside a park at the foot of Ferry was also taken to the hospital for smoke and chemical inhalation. Officials were able to evacuate the park and no other injuries were reported. At one point, the sun was blocked by the black smoke rising from the building.

“The fire reignited again sometime this afternoon. It appears it reignited due to the earlier collapse of the roof and the winds off the lake. Right now, one thing fire officials would like to get out and stress is anyone in and around the Niagara and Ferry area, if you could please go indoors, and shut your doors,” stated Michael DeGeorge, a spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department, to reporters. DeGeorge also stated that no residents have been evacuated.

The northbound lane of the I-190 expressway, which lies just to the west of the warehouse, was closed at the Porter Street exit at the Peace Bridge to the exit leading to the 198 expressway for several hours. At 11:15 p.m., firefighters stated they would begin to reopen the lane. Niagara street from Albany to West Ferry reopened to normal traffic in the late morning hours of Tuesday.

Throughout Monday afternoon and early evening, employees of Marco’s Restaurant on Niagara and Albany were providing ice and beverages to firefighters and police officers who were on scene. Temperatures were quite warm, in the upper 70’s (F), with winds gusting to nearly 15-20 MPH, coming out of the southwest. Although the wind assisted in reigniting the fire, it also assisted firefighters by quickly clearing the area of smoke.

The warehouse is a storage and distribution facility for pool chemicals, especially chlorine. Chemical drops could be felt flying through the air, which also had the smell of bleach. According to a source who spoke to Wikinews on condition of anonymity, the warehouse contained over US$8 million in supplies and chemicals.

Earlier tests performed on the air by firefighters and Haz-mat officials had shown that the smoke and fumes rising from the fire are not dangerous or toxic. Further tests were performed, but those results are not yet known and officials don’t believe there was any danger to the air. Officials will testing the water runoff from fire hoses to make sure that it is not contaminated as it is emptying into the Niagara River. The warehouse is located just down stream from a drinking water pumping station with several more scattered along the River from Buffalo to Niagara Falls.

The cause of the fire is not known and is under investigation. Last year, on May 14, 2007, at least five buildings that were part of a warehouse complex about 1/3 of a mile from Leisure caught fire, and required nearly 130 firefighters to battle the blaze. Smoke from that fire was seen over 40 miles away.


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Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 30, 2010 

A woman has died after being struck by a hose attached to a fire truck in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gertrude King, aged 82, came from the town of Somerville.

On Tuesday, she was standing on a median strip on a road to allow a fire truck to pass through. As the truck passed, the fire hose attached to it dislodged and was left dragging behind the vehicle; the elderly woman was struck in the knees by the trailing hose. According to Cambridge Police, Gertrude died in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert of Cambridge Police stated, “[w]e do know the hose is 200 feet long and we believe that the hose was completely off the truck and being dragged at the time it struck.”

An investigation is underway. The police have said that, at present, they are unable to determine the cause of the loose hose. Gertrude was said to be unable to get out of the way in time. Elanor Raniri, who lives in the same apartment complex as Gertrude, said, “[s]he was very special. It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to take in.”


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Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 30, 2010 

A woman has died after being struck by a hose attached to a fire truck in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gertrude King, aged 82, came from the town of Somerville.

On Tuesday, she was standing on a median strip on a road to allow a fire truck to pass through. As the truck passed, the fire hose attached to it dislodged and was left dragging behind the vehicle; the elderly woman was struck in the knees by the trailing hose. According to Cambridge Police, Gertrude died in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert of Cambridge Police stated, “[w]e do know the hose is 200 feet long and we believe that the hose was completely off the truck and being dragged at the time it struck.”

An investigation is underway. The police have said that, at present, they are unable to determine the cause of the loose hose. Gertrude was said to be unable to get out of the way in time. Elanor Raniri, who lives in the same apartment complex as Gertrude, said, “[s]he was very special. It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to take in.”


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Vinca Minor (Small Periwinkle And Dwarf Periwinkle)

By John Hoffman

Vinca minor, Lesser periwinkle and Dwarf periwinkle, is a native plant to central and southern Europe, from Portugal and France north to the Netherlands and the Baltic States, and east to the Caucasus, and also in southwestern Asia in Turkey.

It is a trailing, tiny sub-shrub, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form a large colony. On occasion this plant will scramble up to 40 cm high without twinning or climbing. The leaves are evergreen, opposite each other, approximately 5 cm long and 3 cm wide, shiny dark green with a leathery texture.

The flowers are solitary and are produced mainly in the early spring to mid-summer. The fruit is a pair of follicles which contain numerous seeds

It makes an excellent ground cover because of its dense growth, evergreen foliage, spring and summer flowers, ease of culture, and dense habit that smothers most weeds. ‘This species has few pests or diseases outside its native range. In some parts of North America it is classified as an invasive species.

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This species has numerous cultivars that have different flower colors,and varying color foliage such as white leaf edges (Argenteovariegata), yellow leaf edges (Aureovariegata)

Interestingly, this species has a place in the halls of medicine. Dried leaves, aerial parts, and in some cases the entire plant are used to enhance blood circulation, including that of the brain, enhance metabolism in the brain, and to treat cardiovascular disorders. It is the backbone of Vincamine, a pharmaceutical molecule responsible for Vinca’s nootropic activity. Nootropic are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration.

Also, Periwinkle is considered an excellent all-round astringent that maybe used internally or externally. Its main use is in the treatment of excessive menstrual flow.. It can be used in digestive problems such as colitis or diarrhea where it will act to reduce the loss of fluid or blood while toning the membranes. It may also be used in cases of nose bleed, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers or sore throats. It has a questionable reputation for aiding in the treatment of diabetes.

Other than medical value, what is the main consideration for vinca minor? It is an evergreen perennial of the broad-leaf variety with a creeping habit, making it an ideal ground cover. Vinca minor vines stay short, sprawling out over the ground approximately 3 – 6′ off the ground. They put out the bluish-lavender ‘periwinkle flower’ in spring and bloom intermittently throughout the summer.

To successfully establish Vinca minor as a ground cover, requires good drainage, partial sun to full shade. It would be an excellent selection for an area with dry shade, while the plant would grow more aggressively in moist soil, Vinca minor vines are reasonably drought-tolerant once established. Vinca minor vines thrive in humus rich soil but will tolerate poorer soil conditions.

A caveat about growing Vinca minor vines which are considered somewhat invasive and if this is a concern, make it a routine annual check to keep the runners in check. However, remember that the so-called invasive plant is a vigorous grower, meaning that they tend to be successful at filling in an area which is the property one wants for a ground cover.

About the Author: I am a retired aerospace engineer that over the years has acquired a rewarding hobby of gardening and landscapes. Within the scope of my new hobby, I have been fortunate enough to further my freelance writing career under contract to

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Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 30, 2010 

A woman has died after being struck by a hose attached to a fire truck in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gertrude King, aged 82, came from the town of Somerville.

On Tuesday, she was standing on a median strip on a road to allow a fire truck to pass through. As the truck passed, the fire hose attached to it dislodged and was left dragging behind the vehicle; the elderly woman was struck in the knees by the trailing hose. According to Cambridge Police, Gertrude died in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert of Cambridge Police stated, “[w]e do know the hose is 200 feet long and we believe that the hose was completely off the truck and being dragged at the time it struck.”

An investigation is underway. The police have said that, at present, they are unable to determine the cause of the loose hose. Gertrude was said to be unable to get out of the way in time. Elanor Raniri, who lives in the same apartment complex as Gertrude, said, “[s]he was very special. It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to take in.”


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Errant monkeys draw the ire of Delhi court

Thursday, January 19, 2006 

The Delhi High Court expressed its displeasure to the civic authorities on their continued failure to resolve the problem of marauding monkeys in the court premises. The court was in session when the public interest litigation filed by a Supreme Court lawyer was brought to its attention.

The petitioner Mr.Nirmal Chopra argued the case and explained how the simians showed up during work hours and attacked people and snatched food from them. The rhesus monkeys have also been blamed for damaging furniture belonging to the lawyers and courtroom fixtures such as electrical fittings. According to Mr.Chopra India’s Wildlife Act of 1972 empowers civic authorities to kill or hunt animals when they endanger human life. He said that the lawyers from the Tis Hazari court had requested the state government and the municipality to tackle the situation but no action had resulted.

The lawyer for the civic authority was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that catching monkeys was no longer its responsibility. The court was informed that a monkey catcher hired by the municipality had required 72 stitches after being mauled during an operation. After this incident the work had to be halted because other monkey catchers refused to take up the job.

The court gave the civic authority four more weeks to catch the monkeys that are disrupting work at the Tis Hazari courts. “If you cannot perform your statutory duty, then close down your institution” the court is reported to have told the counsel.

Delhi is known to suffer from trouble brought on by monkeys. The animals are reported to invade homes, schools and government offices in the city. Scores of animals have moved in as the city expands into surrounding forests. In an effort to control the problem, the Delhi administration captured about 500 monkeys and took them to the outskirts of the city last year.


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Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 30, 2010 

A woman has died after being struck by a hose attached to a fire truck in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gertrude King, aged 82, came from the town of Somerville.

On Tuesday, she was standing on a median strip on a road to allow a fire truck to pass through. As the truck passed, the fire hose attached to it dislodged and was left dragging behind the vehicle; the elderly woman was struck in the knees by the trailing hose. According to Cambridge Police, Gertrude died in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday. Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert of Cambridge Police stated, “[w]e do know the hose is 200 feet long and we believe that the hose was completely off the truck and being dragged at the time it struck.”

An investigation is underway. The police have said that, at present, they are unable to determine the cause of the loose hose. Gertrude was said to be unable to get out of the way in time. Elanor Raniri, who lives in the same apartment complex as Gertrude, said, “[s]he was very special. It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to take in.”


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5 Tips To Help Avoid A Dui Conviction

By Lawrence Taylor

If you are ever arrested for drunk driving (also called DUI for “driving under the influence” or DWI for “driving while intoxicated”), your experience will begin with an officer stopping you because of some questionable driving pattern, or possibly because you encountered a DUI “sobriety checkpoint” or you were involved in an accident. The officer will approach your car and ask some questions. You will then be asked to perform “field sobriety tests”. He may also ask you to breath into a handheld device, technically called a PBT or “preliminary breath test”. You will then be arrested. On the way to the police station, you will be asked to submit to a breath or blood test — and told that if you don’t, your driver’s license will be suspended.

What should you do and say during all of this to minimize the risk of a criminal conviction and a license suspension?

1. Politely decline to answer any questions without an attorney present. It is a cardinal rule in legal circles that only incriminating statements are included in police reports and later testified to in court; statements pointing to innocence are invariably ignored, forgotten or misinterpreted. Bluntly put, whatever you say will almost never help you and can only hurt you.

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2. Decline to take any so-called field sobriety tests. These are theoretically intended to determine impairment, but in fact are designed for failure. In most cases, the officer has already made the decision to arrest and is simply going through the motions and gathering further evidence to bolster his case (he is the one who decides whether you “pass” or “fail”). In almost all states, you are not required to submit to this “testing”. It’s unlikely that taking it will change the officer’s decision to arrest.

3. Decline to take a “PBT” (preliminary breath test). These handheld units are carried by officers in the field to help decide whether to arrest or not and are notoriously inaccurate. In most states, drivers are not required to submit to these tests (in some they are required if you are under 21). Although most states admit the results of these tests into evidence only to show the presence of alcohol, some permit them to prove the actual blood-alcohol level.

4. Do you choose blood, breath — or refuse to take any chemical test? This is a case-by-case decision, and involves a number of considerations. First, although blood tests are subject to many possible errors, they are generally more accurate than so-called “breathalyzers”; if you feel your blood-alcohol level is below .08%, then you might want to choose the blood test. Secondly, whether to submit to testing at all requires some knowledge of your state’s laws — specifically, the consequences of refusing. If the increased criminal penalty and license suspension do not outweigh the possible benefit of depriving the prosecution of blood-alcohol evidence, then you may wish to refuse. Bear in mind that the prosecution will charge you with two offenses, DUI and driving with over .08% blood-alcohol; without a blood or breath test, he cannot prove the .08% charge, and there will be no chemical evidence to corroborate the officer’s testimony. You should also realize that in many states chemical evidence of a very high blood-alcohol level, say over .15%, can trigger more severe penalties.

5. In almost all states, your driver’s license will be immediately suspended if either (1) the chemical tests results are .08% or higher, or (2) you refuse to submit to testing. You have a right to a hearing to contest this administrative suspension, and there are many possible defenses, many of them technical in nature. This hearing is usually separate from the criminal proceedings, and involve different procedures and issues than in court; it is not uncommon to lose the criminal case but win the suspension hearing. However, as most motor vehicle departments do not really want the time and expense of providing these hearings, they tend to provide notice of the right buried in fine print given to arrestees. The critical information is the requirement that an actual demand for the hearing must be made by the arrestee — usually within ten calendar days. If you do not contact the DMV within ten days, you lose all rights to a hearing — no matter how good a defense you may have. Tip 5: Get an attorney right away, or make the call yourself — and make sure you can later prove you made the call within the ten day window!

About the Author: Lawrence Taylor is a former prosecutor, Fulbright professor of law, and author of the standard legal textbook, “Drunk Driving Defense, 5th Edition”. He heads an 8-attorney DUI defense firm in Los Angeles. See

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