Paintings worth millions of Swiss francs stolen in Zürich

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Paintings worth millions of Swiss francs stolen in Zürich

Monday, February 11, 2008

On Sunday evening, around 16:30 local time, three armed men wearing ski masks stole four paintings: Claude Monet‘s “Poppy field at Vetheuil,” Edgar Degas‘ “Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter,” Vincent van Gogh‘s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” and Paul Cezanne‘s “Boy in the Red Waistcoat” from Foundation E.G. Bührle museum in Zürich, Switzerland.

The three armed robbers entered the museum half an hour before closing. One man with a pistol forced employees to the ground while the other two men stole the paintings. The whole ordeal lasted only 3 minutes. The men then proceeded to a van and left.

The four paintings are worth a total of 163 million US dollars. It’s said that it would be hard to sell the stolen paintings on the open market due to the popularity of the paintings. There is a reward of 90 thousand US dollars for the artwork.

The robbers, who were still at large, stole the paintings Sunday from the E.G. Bührle Collection, one of Europe’s finest private museums for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, police said.

It was the largest art robbery in Swiss history and one of the biggest ever in Europe, said Marco Cortesi, spokesman for the Zürich police. He compared it to the theft in 2004 of Edvard Munch‘s The Scream and Madonna from the Munch Museum in Norway.

Last week, Swiss police reported that two Pablo Picasso paintings were stolen from a Swiss exhibition near Zurich.

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Why You Need To Hiring Printing Services Nj Assistance

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Don’t know the difference between Times New Roman and Comic Sans? Unsure if your latest brochure would look better on glossy or matte paper? Can’t figure out why customers aren’t responding to your printed marketing collateral? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to look into professional printing services in NJ.

What’s Involved in Printing Services?

When your company retains professional printing services in NJ, you’ll find there are a lot of project management details that get taken off your shoulders. Depending on how full-service a company happens to be, these pros can help you with:

  • Collateral design – It doesn’t matter whether you need a brochure, flier or an entire book printed, some graphic design work will be part of the equation. A good printing services company will have graphic designers on hand that can help with the process. The end result very likely will be printed collateral that looks a whole lot better than what you could have designed in house.
  • Layout help and paper selection – With your company’s image riding on its marketing collateral, you want to make sure the right message is sent with every project. This calls for making sure layouts make sense and that the right image is created with printed materials. Making layout calls and selecting the right paper, fonts and so on is a pretty technical undertaking. Printing services in NJ can help with it all.
  • Project oversight, scheduling and delivery – Working with a printing house is no easy task for a beginner. When printing services assistance is called in these pros can help with oversight of the entire project. This means all you need to do is offer up the materials required, sign off on designs and layouts and let the pros handle the rest. In some cases, printing services in NJ companies can take almost every aspect of project management off your shoulders while ensuring deadlines are met.

Making sure printed materials are designed well, look great and are delivered on time just isn’t for the weak at heart. If it’s time to get some help, be sure to call on professional printing services in NJ specialists for assistance. When these pros are called in early, project management becomes a breeze.

Hiring a printing services in NJ company can take a lot of work and worry off your shoulders.

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US undergraduate commits suicide after ‘outing’ via webcast

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US undergraduate commits suicide after ‘outing’ via webcast

July 5, 2019 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tyler Clementi, eighteen, a freshman at Rutgers University in the United States, jumped off the George Washington Bridge last Wednesday after roommates broadcast his same-sex encounters online.

Clementi shared a room with Dhraun Ravi, in Davidson Hall on Rutgers’ Piscataway campus.

On September 19, Dhraun Ravi is alleged to have secretly activated a webcam in their room, then retreated down the hall to the room of his childhood friend, Molly Wei, where they used Skype to connect to the live video feed of Clementi having sex. Ravi tweeted, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my Web cam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay”.

Clementi reported the incident to the university, and that information has been passed to the authorities, according to Gregory Blimling, university vice president for student affairs.

Ravi attempted to repeat his actions on the following Wednesday, after seeing his roommate kissing a teenaged boy. Writing on Facebook he said, “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes, it’s happening again.”

The following Wednesday, at around 4 p.m., fellow freshman Lauren Garcia saw Clementi leaving the dormitory. “He had his iPod in his ear, and just had this blank stare on his face,”, she said. Clementi drove one hour along the New Jersey Turnpike, abandoning his car on the Jersey side. Writing a final message on his own Facebook page saying, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry”, he left a wallet containing his driver’s licence and Rutgers ID card, and his mobile phone on the roadside. According to witnesses, he scaled the railings, crouched down, and jumped at approximately 8:50 p.m— about eight minutes after his Facebook posting. Those details were relayed to press anonymously by a law enforcement official.

One of the anonymous witnesses, a 45-year-old from West New York, said “It was so quick, as soon as he saw us, he went. He didn’t give us an opportunity to do anything.”

New York Police Department’s Harbour Unit recovered a body of a young man yesterday, in the Hudson River to the North of the bridge, but it has not yet been positively identified.

Ravi and Wei, both eighteen, were charged with invasion of privacy. Wei voluntarily surrendered to police Monday, and was released on her own recognizance; Ravi surrendered the following day, and has been released on $25,000 bail. All three students started their courses in August.

The crime of “transmitting sexual images” is a 3rd degree felony, carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Clementi, from Ridgewood, New Jersey, played the violin, and was a member of the Ridgewood High School chamber orchestra. A student from the same hall described him as quiet and shy. His parents were apparently unaware of his sexuality; Robert Righthand, a friend of Clementi since grade school, said “he had it in reserve for a very long time […] You never thought he was depressed. You just thought he was quiet. He wasn’t the person to open up to a lot of people.”

A gathering of around 100 people held a vigil on Wednesday, chanting slogans such as “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going home.”

The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays organization announced a “call to action” today. Stephen Goldstein, of LGBT advocacy organization Garden State Equality, said, “[Clementi,] by all accounts, was brilliant, talented and kind […] we are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible […] might consider destroying others’ lives as a sport.”

On Wednesday prior to the incident, the university launched “Project Civility”, a two-year campaign encouraging students to be thougtful of others. The University president, Richard McCormick, issued a letter stating that “If the charges are true, these actions gravely violate the university’s standards of decency and humanity.”

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Pest Control In Phoenix Az Will Help Erradicate Pests

July 5, 2019 · Filed under Fire Protection Systems

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More people are demanding quality pest control services due to the increasing awareness of the tolls pests take each year. They damage property and threaten human safety. If they are not stopped, they put homeowners at risk of spending money they had not anticipated, correcting the problems they cause.

Pest Control in Phoenix AZ is readily available. With new advances in technology, customers have no reason to fear high costs or exposure to toxic sprays or traps. Pest control must be dispensed by qualified technicians.

Alliance Pest Management suggests when seeking pest control services, always go with state licensed personnel. These are the only people who can attest to the safety of the products. Although spraying and laying traps might look like an easy task, pest control is strictly monitored and each year technicians must continue to be compliant to service the community.

Some pests are only seen in certain areas of the country, whereas countless others are seen everywhere. Homeowners constantly face the threat of termites, and the methods used to eradicate them are different from the ways technicians would exterminate mosquitoes, for example. Yet each can cause damage to the home or cause illnesses that could result in death.

Technicians will always advise clients of the proposed effectiveness of their products and inform owners if further action, such as a weekend evacuation are necessary while the product is taken effect. Any disruption in the homeowners’ routines are an inconvenience. However, in instances like this, completely necessary.

Discuss with pest control in Phoenix AZ technicians the costs that will be involved, as well as the type of treatment they will be using. Sometimes traps must be laid in addition to other means. The technicians should be advised when there are pets or children at the property so they can suggest alternative treatments.

Pest control is an ongoing chore. Regular appointments may be necessary to ensure the pests take a holiday and not return. The technician will be able to give the homeowner proper instructions on maintaining the pest control schedule between visits. They will also receive assurances that the problem will eventually get under control. It just takes perseverance.

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Republican leaders in US want more tax relief in economic stimulus

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Republican leaders in US want more tax relief in economic stimulus

June 29, 2019 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, January 26, 2009

As the newly inaugurated Barack Obama administration continues to push for a US$825 billion stimulus package to aid the struggling United States economy, some Republican legislators say they will not vote for such a plan without the inclusion of more tax cuts and less “unnecessary” spending.

Arizona Senator John McCain, Obama’s general election opponent and a leading voice within the Republican Party, says he would not vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan as it currently stands. Appearing on Fox News Sunday yesterday, McCain echoed his campaign platform in saying, “We need to make tax cuts permanent, and we need to make a commitment that there’ll be no new taxes.”

McCain and other Republicans say they are unhappy with the bill introduced in the House of Representatives, which combines roughly $550 billion in domestic spending with $275 billion in tax cuts. McCain believes not enough Republican proposals have been integrated into the plan, which he fears will result in the plan becoming “just another spending project” rather than a job creator.

“Republicans have not been brought in, to the degree that we should be in, to these negotiations and discussions. So far, as far as I can tell, no Republican proposal has been incorporated,” McCain said. “We’re losing sight of what the stimulus is all about, and that is job creation.”

The Arizona senator is known for his bipartisan efforts in Washington, D.C., but he defined his role in the new Senate as the “loyal opposition”, which does not mean “that I or my party will be a rubber stamp” for Obama, he said.

In his first weekly address since being sworn in, President Obama explained the stimulus plan in further detail, calling it a plan to “immediately jumpstart job creation as well as long-term economic growth.” He outlined several of the bill’s priorities, including the creation or salvation of up to four million jobs, as well as sweeping investments in health care, education, energy and infrastructure.

Among these investments are a new electricity grid with more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines, the weatherization of 2.5 million homes, health insurance protection for more than 8 million Americans, a renovation of over 10,000 schools, a project to repair thousands of miles of roadways, and an expansion of broadband Internet access.

Obama also laid out the rationale behind the stimulus, saying that “unprecedented action” is necessary in order to prevent further economic distress. “Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four,” Obama said. “In short, if we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”

The president addressed the skepticism surrounding the stimulus package, pledging to “root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending”, while holding the government accountable for its actions. “We won’t just throw money at our problems,” Obama said. “We’ll invest in what works.”

Still, Republicans such as House Minority Leader John Boehner are skeptical of the plan’s effectiveness in rebuilding the economy. “I think a lot of Republicans will vote no because it’s a lot of wasteful Washington spending”, he commented on Meet the Press, repeating McCain’s call for less federal spending and more tax cuts.

Examples of “wasteful” spending cited by Republicans include millions of coupons to aid in the digital television transition, $200 million for new sod on the National Mall, and $360 million to fight sexually transmitted diseases, which includes funding for contraceptives. House Republicans have claimed it will take 10 years before the economy feels the effect of a stimulus, and that the combined spending of the stimulus and the financial bailouts of last year will leave future generations with over $2 trillion of debt.

In response to the stimulus plan being pushed through Congress, Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor presented Obama with an alternative stimulus plan on Friday, one that relies exclusively on income and business tax cuts. “Our plan offers fast-acting tax relief, not slow-moving and wasteful government spending,” Boehner said. The counterproposal includes an income tax reduction that would save families an estimated $3,200 a year.

Despite this opposition, the stimulus bill is expected to pass through Congress by mid-February, as the Republican minority does not have enough votes to stop its approval. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed a general support of the plan at a White House meeting with Obama and other congressional leaders. “I do think we’ll be able to meet the president’s deadline of getting the package to him by mid-February,” McConnell said. The bill is expected to go before Congress for a vote on Monday, February 2.

Obama’s top economic adviser Lawrence Summers defended the stimulus plan while on Meet the Press. He said the bill was intended to balance the long-term initiatives mentioned above with the tax cuts desired by Republicans. He also said Obama was committed to spending three quarters of the stimulus money within 18 months.

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Wikinews Shorts: February 6, 2009

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June 12, 2019 · Filed under Uncategorized

A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, February 6, 2009.

Contents

  • 1 Clarkson calls British Prime Minister Gordon a ‘one-eyed Scottish idiot’
  • 2 U.S. gay spouses entitled to benefits, says judge
  • 3 Royal Bank of Scotland fires non-execs
  • 4 Icelandic retailer Baugur in trouble
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British television presenter and newspaper columnist Jeremy Clarkson has told journalists in Sydney, Australia, that UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”.

The remark caused outrage amongst Scottish Labour politicians with some calling for the BBC to sack him. Clarkson has since apologised.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt has ruled that same-sex marriages must be treated the same as straight marriages by authorities when it comes to healthcare and benefits rights. He also said that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

The judge was ruling in a specific administrative dispute process, so the judgment does not set a wider precedent.

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The troubled Royal Bank of Scotland, now 68% controlled by the UK government, has fired seven non-executive directors from the pre-credit crunch era.

The bank is about to report losses of £28 billion and has been under fire for plans to pay bonuses to the trading staff who generated them.

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Baugur, the Icelandic retail giant, has failed to get bankruptcy protection from its creditors at home and has placed its British arm in administration.

The group, which owns or has stakes in a large number of British High Street famous names, is being pursued for the equivalent of £1 billion in Iceland by the recently nationalized Landsbanki.

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U.S. manufacturer General Motors seeks bankruptcy protection

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U.S. manufacturer General Motors seeks bankruptcy protection

June 12, 2019 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, June 1, 2009

United States automobile manufacturing firm General Motors filed for bankruptcy and Chapter 11 protection from its creditors at 12:00 UTC Monday, in a Manhattan, New York federal bankruptcy court. This was the largest bankruptcy filing for a U.S. manufacturing company, and with declared assets of $82.29 billion and a debt of $172.81 billion, and the fourth largest bankruptcy filing in recent U.S. history — after the bankruptcies of {{w|Lehman Brothers|| ($691.06 billion), Washington Mutual ($327.91 billion), and WorldCom ($103.91 billion).

The filing, expected to be the first of many, was for a New York GM affiliate, Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem Incorporated. Numbered 09-50026, it named GM as a debtor in possession, and was filed before judge Robert Gerber.

GM is to be represented throughout the filing process by Weil Gotshal & Manges, a New York law firm specializing in bankruptcy.

The chief restructuring officer, named in the filing, is to be Al Koch, a managing director at AlixPartners LLP in New York, who will report directly to Fritz Henderson, the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors.

In its bankruptcy petition, GM listed its primary creditors as:

Name Amount owed (USD millions)
Wilmington Trust 22,000
United Auto Workers union (UAW) 20,560
Deutsche Bank 4,440

The amount owed to UAW excludes “approximately $9.4 billion corresponding to the GM Internal VEBA”. USD22,760 millions are owed to bondholders.

Analysts have observed that the effect of the bankruptcy filing on the U.S. economy is not expected to be as major as it once would have been. One such voice, Mark Zandy, an economist at Moody’s Economy.com, commented that “Bankruptcy now is irrelevant in terms of the economic consequence of what’s happening to GM.” Such analysts believe that the economic impact of GM’s problems has already been felt, with its effects on parts suppliers and employment. They also believe that GM’s programme of accelerated payments, and its participation in a U.S. Treasury program to ensure prompt payments to parts manufacturers, will have cushioned the effect of the bankruptcy itself.

Speaking on Bloomberg Radio, David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, stated that the fragility of the parts suppliers, the loss of whom would threaten the entire automobile manufacturing industry, was of more immediate concern than the GM bankruptcy.

Also filing for chapter 11 protection today were Saturn LLC and Saturn Distribution Corporation, subsidiary companies of General Motors.

As a consequence of the bankruptcy, General Motors Corporation (GM.N) was removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and was replaced by Cisco Systems (CSCO.O), these changes scheduled by Dow Jones & Company to take effect from the opening of trading on June 8.

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Decorating With Bedroom Mirrors In Mukilteo WA

June 12, 2019 · Filed under Furniture

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Bedroom Mirrors Mukilteo WA can enhance your space by reflecting light and providing visual interest, but there’s a right and a wrong way to use mirrors when decorating your bedroom. Used improperly, mirrors in the bedroom can actually call attention to design flaws or even interfere with a good night’s sleep. Keep reading to learn what you should and shouldn’t do when using mirrors to decorate your bedroom.

Do Reflect a Great View

Placing a mirror in front of a window that provides a light-filled, natural scene can open up the space in your bedroom and actually make it appear larger. Simply hanging a large, simply designed bedroom mirror Mukilteo directly opposite a window can stand in for more expensive artwork as well.

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Don’t Reflect Problem Areas

Placing a mirror where it will reflect areas that are prone to clutter is a definite no-no. After all, who wants a double reminder that the laundry hamper in their bedroom is overflowing? Design experts also advise against placing large mirrors opposite your bed. The reflection can be distracting, and can actually work against a good night’s sleep.

Do Sub a Mirror In for a Headboard

A mirror is a great stand-in for a traditional headboard. The trick is to find one that’s large enough to fill the space above your bed without being overwhelming. You can also use multiples of the same mirror arranged in a linear fashion above your bed–3 identical mirrors placed in a straight line has just the right impact to effectively replace a regular headboard.

Don’t Go Overboard

Too many mirrors in a bedroom, especially a small one, can start to give the room a fun-house vibe. With many mirrors placed on different walls, the pictures and light reflected around the room can begin to seem overwhelming. Instead, use one large mirror to create a focal point in your bedroom, or use an eclectic arrangement of smaller mirrors that are limited to the same wall.

Do Use Mirrors Over Furniture

A large mirror placed above a dresser or chest of drawers is both functional and attractive. It can open up a small room by hinting at extra floor space, give you a practical place to get dressed and provide extra light and visual interest.

Decorating with mirrors in your bedroom can attractive and practical, but you should adopt some basic design principals to make the most of your space and avoid common decorating pitfalls.

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