Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers killed in raid

Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers killed in raid

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers were shot and killed while raiding a house in the rural town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. The suspected shooter, James Rosko, 46, also died in the raid. The RCMP reported that he committed suicide after killing the four officers with his own rifle.

The officers were carrying out a court-ordered property seizure. They discovered stolen property and a marijuana growing operation.

The following officers were killed in action:

  • Const. Peter Schiemann, 25
  • Const. Anthony Gordon, 28
  • Const. Lionide Johnston, 34
  • Const. Brock Myrol, 29

The shooting has shocked the peaceful region and the country of Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada has responded by agreeing to recommend tougher laws for grow-ops. Local citizens are reacting to the losses with memorials and condolences.

The rural town of Mayerthorpe, with a population of about 1,600, is located about 130km northwest of Edmonton.

 This story has updates See RCMP memorial for fallen Alberta mounties delayed, February 9, 2007 
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The 7 Stages Of Rehabbing Houses

The most important thing to do in any rehabbing business is breaking the rehab process down into stages. This will ultimately allow you to systemize the entire process in order to remove any guess work as well as allowing you to continuously duplicate the process.

It is important to first educate yourself by learning the prices of labor and materials as well as finding, prescreening, hiring and managing mature, grown-up contractors in your area. This is the foundation of a successful rehabbing business. Knowing the prices of labor and materials, terminology, & required tools will allow you to better communicate and gain the respect of all contractors.

Step 1: Initial walkthrough

The initial walkthrough is where you will do the majority of the legwork for the rehab. There are certain things you will need to bring with you to the walkthrough of the property:

A digital camera taking pictures will allow you to reference the property when creating your scope of work. Pictures will also be necessary down the line if youre going to sell the property retail to an end-buyer using conventional financing. You will be able to provide your before photos and scope of work to the lender as evidence as to why youre re-selling the property for a large profit in a short period of time.

Property inspection form & graph paper This is where youre going to spend most of your time during the initial walkthrough. At this point youve already done an initial walkthrough and youve presumably done a property inspection form. When going through the property inspection form you need to detail the improvements that need to be done and youll also want to look for potential extra improvements that can be done to increase the salability of the property when re-selling it to a retail buyer. You can use the graph paper to sketch a layout for referring to during the scope of work.

A lock box with keys Putting a lock box with a key in it on the property will help to save time and will allow contractors access as needed. This will help everyone work more efficiently and will save you from unnecessary headaches during the rehab process.

Advertising materials You should always bring advertising materials to leave at the property during the rehab process. This of course will help to promote your business. You may want to put a sign on the front lawn, a box with flyers about the property and project in it, or even a banner outside the property.

A Flashlight Its always a good idea to bring a flashlight with you in case the power hasnt been turned on or doesnt work. You dont want to waste a trip and not be able to complete the walkthrough.

Step 2: Scope of work

The scope of work itemizes exactly what needs to be done throughout the entire rehab process. When someone is done reading the scope of work they should have a clear vision of what the finished property will look like. You will reference the scope of work during every step of the rehab process. It will list all of the exact materials, paint, carpet, siding, etc that will be used. All the materials need to be listed along with their cost. This will not only save you an incredible amount of time it will also eliminate any discrepancies with contractors and other workers and provides accountability.

Step 3: Contractors & Job Bidding

When its time to start getting contractor bids you will want to make sure to bring in multiple contractors and get multiple bids. You should provide a nice professional looking scope of work. If you provide a standardized quote itemization form and leave them at the property for the contractors bidding the job they can fill-out their material and labor charges for every component of the job and send it to you. Also with these bid sheets youll also gain the knowledge of pricing as you read over these multiple bids from contractors. Plus, you will know exactly what contractors are charging you for every single component of the house rather than just giving you a flat price for the entire job. Therefore if you have a particular aspect of the job that was priced significantly lower by another contractor (i.e. roof) you can plug another contractor into that specific element of the job and save money. Hiring the right contractors in by far the most important element of any successful rehab project.

Step4: Contracts & Documents

Now that you have all of your contractor bids and have evaluated and made your decision its time to sign the appropriate contracts and documents. The liability of getting all the necessary documentation signed is something you always need to adhere to. Dont even think of doing a rehab and working with contractors without all the documentation property filled out and signed. Once youve selected the right contractor for the job you will want to sit down and have your initial meeting. This is where you will discuss the scope of work and make it clear that you will be watching every move they make. You need to explain what your expectations are and lay out the parameters of which they are to work within. You are the boss. They work for you. You will also want to use your own paperwork and contracts only. Just explain to them that its the way you do business if they want the job. There are six essential documents; independent contractor agreement, scope of work, payment schedule, contractor insurance indemnification form, W9 tax form, and final unconditional waiver of lien. You will find that a quality contractor will be excited and appreciative because they are working with a professional, there is clear communication and they have the scope of work and know exactly what the expectations are.

Step 5: The Rehab Process

This is where you get into the actual rehab itself. The key component is having been prepared for this stage of the process prior to actually starting any work, which is why the steps leading up to this are so important. Doing all your due diligence is key to a successful project. Before starting any type of work its time to pull permits and get inspections coordinated. You will want to have one last meeting with the general contractor (GC), tradesmen, carpenters, etc in order to go over the project and to make sure everything is in order. All the tradesman, carpenters, etc. need to know that the GC is in charge and that they need to refer to him for any construction questions. The GC answers to you. There are five major milestones for the permits and rehab process in general. The milestones are clean-out, frame-out, rough out, insulation and finishing. You begin by cleaning or gutting the property, as needed depending on your scope of work. Then you will proceed by framing out all the rooms and marking every aspect of the layout such as tubs, sinks, toilets, stove, phones, etc. so that the plumbers and electricians know exactly where to rough in. Next the electrician will come in and hardwire with new wire, cable smoke detectors, etc. The plumber will do the plumbing in kitchen and baths, the heating (HVAC) specialists will rough out the heating/cooling system duct work, baseboards, etc. When the rough inspection is complete then all the insulation is put in and then that is also inspected. Once the insulation inspection has passed you can now sheetrock, tape, sand and get ready for trimming out the property. Once trim is done its time to paint. Once the paint is done the electrician and plumbers come back to trim out or drop fixtures. The last thing to always do is flooring and carpet. Once thats all done its time to get your final Certificate of Occupancy (COs). Your last round of inspections to obtain your CO follows the same order of the rough inspections. First all of the subcontractors must get their final inspections okayed before the final building inspector comes to give a CO.

Step 6: Contract Closeout

Once the job is complete its time to do a walkthrough with a final punch list. There will be things that the contractor missed or need to be touched up or re-addressed. Make notes on the punch list of everything that needs to be finished up before they receive their final payment. Once theyve complete that final punch list and youve approved the final product they will sign the unconditional waiver of lien and they get their final payment. Getting the lien waiver signed, a copy of the final CO and completing the punch list is crucial. Make sure not to give the contractor their final payment until those items are taken care of.

Step7: Final Touches

Now its time to critique the house as if you were a potential buyer. The first thing to do is get the house cleaned. You need to make sure that the house is not dirty when buyers come to look at it. The second thing to do is stage the house. Since the house is vacant you want to stage it to visually optimize the space and highlight each room. Staging a house should not cost you more than $500. It will easily pay for itself by getting the investment back ten fold, so dont underestimate what staging can do. After the property is cleaned and staged go back with your camera and take after pictures. It will act as a documented copy for your files. Adding these to your portfolio will help to add instant credibility for future jobs. Finally youll need to change the lock box code in order to prevent against theft. This is an important step.

The value from breaking the rehab into stages allows you to manage the process through a series of systems and checklists. It will help to not only insure a smooth and efficient process but also will add value to your projects and save you time and added risk. Most importantly it will help to guarantee larger profits.

Wikinews interviews Claire Lin of Pepsico Foods Taiwan

Wikinews interviews Claire Lin of Pepsico Foods Taiwan

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Following the launch of the Doritos Coolpedia website on September 28, and voting on October 14, this website has now become a complex portal with textures, pictures, and multimedia after adding video candidate function. As Coolpedia originally followed Wikipedia’s example of Internet-relay contribution, Wikinews Reporter Rico Shen interviewed Claire Lin (Assistant Media Manager of Marketing Department, Pepsico Foods Taiwan) about the origins and objectives of Coolpedia.

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Canada’s Don Valley East (Ward 33) city council candidates speak

Canada’s Don Valley East (Ward 33) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley East (Ward 33). One candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Zane Caplan, Shelley Carroll (incumbent), Jim Conlon, Sarah Tsang-Fahey, and Anderson Tung.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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UK house prices have fallen 10.5% this year, says Nationwide Building Society

UK house prices have fallen 10.5% this year, says Nationwide Building Society

Thursday, August 28, 2008

After dropping 1.9% in July, house prices in the United Kingdom are now falling at the fastest rate since 1990, according to Nationwide Building Society.

The average price of a home has dropped by £20,000 down to £164,654, losing 10.5% of its value in 2008. Property values fell by 1.9% in the past month, and 1.5% in July. In another study, it was revealed that house prices have been steadily falling since October last year.

Nationwide’s chief economist, Fionnuala Earley said that activities in the housing market had recently been “very subdued”, although there are signs of increased interests in home sales, possibly due to the appeal of lower house prices.

The Bank of England stated there has been an increase in the number of people taking out a fixed rate mortgage as opposed to a variable rate loan. Further research by Nationwide has concluded that mortgage approvals also fell by 65% last month.

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Steak Grilling Instructions How To Grill The Perfect Steak

Grilling enthusiasts all over the world have searched long and hard for the answer to the question: “How do you grill the perfect steak?”This is a wonderful question and deserves a wonderful answer. After all, good quality meat does not come cheap these days. My hopes with this article are to give you all the necessary grilling instructions and techniques possible so that your investment is not wasted. This guide will work equally well for both gas and charcoal grills.GRILLING STEP 1The first step is to choose the right piece of meat for grilling.A great steak starts with a quality piece of meat. The problem for many beginners when they go to the supermarket or local butcher is choosing the good meat from the bad. There are a variety of steaks to choose from and it can be very confusing. If you have a butcher shop nearby, you should definitely get your meat there as opposed to the supermarket. Supermarket beef has been sitting on a shelf for God knows how long whereas the beef from a butcher shop is cut fresh.Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a great piece of meat for grilling:GRADEThere are generally three different grades of beef in the United States: Prime Grade, Choice Grade and Select Grade. Prime is at the top of the grading scale and only makes up for a very small percentage of beef produced in this country. Prime Grade beef is usually reserved for restaurants. Choice and Select are usually the grades of steaks that are available to today’s consumer at supermarkets or butcher shops. So when going to your local butcher or supermarket , be sure to choose the best quality you can find. If it is not labeled on the package, be sure to ask for help.MARBLINGMarbling is a very important factor in grilling a good steak. Marbling is the visible lines of fat that you see on the meats surface. Marbling is what gives your beef its great flavor. Now of course the more fat you have on your meat, the less healthy it will be. But I think many of us would rather enjoy a flavorful meal once in a while than the healthier alternative. The marbling should be thin lines of fat and should be evenly distributed throughout. Stay away from thick marbling as this will give you a tougher piece of meat. If you visit a butcher shop, they will definitely be able to help you choose beef with good marbling.CUT OF STEAKThe last factor I would like to talk about is the cut. There are a variety of different cuts available today and it can be quite confusing. The best cuts for grilling in my opinion are the Rib-Eye, T-bone, Porterhouse, New York Strip & Sirloin. There is of course the Tenderloin cuts which give you your filet mignon and Chateaubriand. These cuts are very tender but contain very little fat and are not very flavorful. I recommend avoiding these cuts for grilling. The Rib-Eye probably contains the most fat out of the bunch, but is definitely one of the more flavorful cuts. My recommendation would be to test out a rib-eye, T-bone, Porterhouse and New York Strip to see which one you like the best, as we all have different preferences.

South Australia enters week-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 Delta variant spread

South Australia enters week-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 Delta variant spread

Friday, July 23, 2021

With five active cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, South Australia begun a one-week lockdown on Monday. Announcing the lockdown, state Premier Steven Marshall declared “we have no alternative but to impose some fairly heavy and immediate restrictions”.

The first case out of South Australia’s active cases was presented to Modbury Hospital on Sunday night, having returned from Argentina earlier this month. The fifth, which Premier Marshall noted as “far more worrying”, visited The Greek on Halifax restaurant at the same time as someone who was later confirmed to be carrying the virus. Chief Public Health Officer for the state Nicola Spurrier said “if anyone has been at The Greek on Halifax they need to get into quarantine and get tested”.

In accordance with new regulations, there are only five reasons for South Australians to leave home: essential work, shopping for essential goods such as food, exercise, but only with people from the same household and within 2.5 kilometers (2 mi) of home, medical reasons (which includes testing and vaccination against the coronavirus, but excludes elective and cosmetic surgery), and caregiving.

Schools have closed for all but children of essential workers, with online learning having begun on Thursday. Face masks are also be mandated for those who leave home. ABC News reported that “support for businesses is expected to be announced…”, with all non-essential retail required to close under the new regulations.

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Texas police name ‘person of interest’ in DeBerry woman’s disappearance

Texas police name ‘person of interest’ in DeBerry woman’s disappearance

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Monday, Texas police identified Rodris Webster, 25, as a person-of-interest in the recent disappearance of a 19 year-old woman. The woman, Alicia Benefield, of DeBerry, Texas, was reported missing on Friday.

Webster is described as Benefield’s boyfriend. He was arrested in January and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Benefield was the complainant in that charge according to media reports. Webster remained jailed until Benefield dropped the charge on March 5.

Police investigators inspected a trash dumpster located in the nearby town of Waskom on Sunday morning. In it they reportedly found Webster’s wet, muddy hoodie with Benefield’s keys in the pocket. Police interviewed Webster for 5 hours on Sunday, but released him around 6pm. The woman, still missing on Tuesday morning, is described as petite size, about 110 pounds, with a nose piercing and a tattoo on one arm saying “Wanda Ree”. She was last seen wearing a white sweater and brown tights.

A police official told reporters Webster had not confessed to any criminal activity: “The story is out there that he has confessed and we do not have a confession”. Benefield’s mother told reporters she expects her daughter to call her. “She is going to call. I’m going to be the first one she calls, matter of fact. I don’t care how mad she think[s] I am. She’s going to call me.”

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Latham quits as Australian Labor leader

Latham quits as Australian Labor leader

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

AUSTRALIA —Following hospitalisation for pancreatitis and ongoing speculation about his leadership, Mark Latham has resigned from his roles as leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and also the Federal Member for Werriwa. He cited as reasons the media harassment, and a desire to put his family and health first.

Mr Latham became leader of the ALP just over a year ago, on 2 December, 2003, leading the party during the October 2004 federal election. He was hospitalised in the run-up to that election, also for treatment of pancreatitis. Following the defeat of his party, his leadership increasingly came under question.

He fell ill a second time almost simultaneously with last year’s Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. His failure to issue a statement on the tsunami drew criticism from the media and calls for his resignation from within his own party, even after it was revealed that he had been incapacitated at the time.

Mr Latham’s resignation sidesteps the possibility of a leadership challenge by other members of the party and leaves no clear successor.

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Swiss Screw Machines: From Watch Parts To Medical Instruments


The manufacturing business has changed over the past s when certain timepiece makers in Switzerland created what are now called Swiss screw machines.

The Original Intent

Swiss screw machines were made with a singular purpose in mind. They were to provide parts for the Swiss watch manufacturing industry. Previously, the need for the watches was not being matched by the production of required parts. The watchmakers required a solution that would provide them with the same precise parts but at a higher volume of production.

Swiss Screw Machines Branch Out

The newly developed machines began to mass produce small and miniature parts for the watch trade. The employers of the machines soon noticed they were also quite adaptable to other types of parts. In particular, they could be used in the manufacturer of long and slender components. As a result, Swiss screw machines began to be utilized in the production of other industries. They were not longer strictly for employment in the watch trade.

Over time, the machines evolved into precise machining tools. The result has been the development of two different types of Swiss Screw machines. These are:

The Automatic Swiss Screw Machine – The type is often called Cam operated since it works with a disc cam. It also requires a collet to fix the piece of work in place.

The CNC Swiss Screw Machine – This is the latest adaptation of the screw machine. It relies on the advancements made in technology to operate it precisely and from a distance with little human interference. The CNC stands for Computer Numerical Controlled.

A Long and Fruitful Road

Since its first appearance in the 1800s, the Swiss screwing machine has changed. It has stretched its usage far beyond the original application – creating small, precise watch parts. It has been adopted and adapted for various manufacturing purposes. Today, it is found performing in a wide variety of fields. They range from aerospace to general metal working. Swiss screwing machines are here to stay. The use of CNC has ensured they have become part of an increasing use of the latest computer technology in the manufacturing business.

If you are searching for quality Swiss Screw Machines, consider buying from a family operated company. We are KSI and stand for Knowledge, Support, and Integrity.

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