Car driven into Glasgow International Airport

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Glasgow International Airport in Renfrewshire, Scotland was evacuated after a green Jeep Cherokee struck the airport’s terminal building and burst into flames at 1511 BST.

An eyewitness told the BBC that “[A] man was on fire.” All flights are grounded, and two men have been arrested and the United Kingdom has raised the national threat level to “critical” which means another terror attack is imminent.

Eyewitnesses described a Jeep speeding toward the building with flames coming out from underneath. They also reported seeing two Asian men in the car, one of whom was on fire.

We saw a green Cherokee drive straight into the front door of the airport but it got jammed. They were obviously trying to get it further inside the airport as the wheels were spinning and smoke was coming from them. One of the men, I think it was the driver, brought out a plastic petrol canister and poured it under the car. He then set light to it.

The BBC quoted an eyewitness as saying that two attempts were made to ram the Jeep through the wall, and that the passenger was holding a lit Molotov Cocktail and made several attempts to throw the bottle.

The Strathclyde Police Chief announced that the event is being linked to the earlier attempted car bombings in London, and as such is being treated as a terrorist investigation.

Eyewitnesses are now saying that one of the two men was pouring bottles of petrol into the car’s interior and onto himself, before running from the car, on fire, into the main terminal building. Witnesses have also reported that gas cylinders were removed by bystanders from the burning vehicle.

According to the BBC, the driver of the vehicle put up a violent struggle before being overpowered by the police and public. One person who tackled him was Stephen Clarkson, a member of the public.

Richard Gray, an eyewitness to the event, stated “There was an Asian guy who was pulled out of the car by two police officers.”

Seven people have been taken to local hospitals with injuries.

Police said that this incident was a deliberate attempt and not a road accident. Officials have also said that the incident is connected to earlier attempted car bombings in London the day before.

Two people have been arrested, one of whom was badly burned. Seven known casualties, including the Asian male have been taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley.

While the suspect was being treated in the hospital, a suspect device was discovered in the hospital, resulting in the partial evacuation of the building while the device was moved to a safe area. This object later turned out to be mundane, although initial reports believed it to be a suicide belt.

The first duty of the Government is the security and safety of all the British people, So it is right to raise the levels of security at airports and in crowded places in the light of the heightened threat. I know that the British people will stand together: united, resolute and strong.

The BBC announced that the Prime Minister is being kept fully informed. He chaired a meeting of Civil Contingencies Committee (COBRA) at 1900 (BST), after which the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced that the national threat level been elevated from “Severe” to “Critical”, meaning another attack is expected “imminently.”

Officials at Edinburgh Airport have said that all cars are being turned away from the airport, and at Heathrow in London, passengers are being advised not to bring private cars near to the terminal buildings. Some passengers were kept waiting in planes while the area was secured.

The first bomber, who was taken to Govan high security prison, has now been interviewed, though no further statements from Strathclyde police have been forthcoming. The second bomber, who was taken to the Royal Alexandria hospital in Paisley, is listed in critical condition tonight, and is being kept under 24-hour guard.

2,300 passengers who were due to set off from Glasgow Airport today have been driven by coach to a conference centre, where a reception area has been set up for them.

Two people were arrested by The Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch on the M6 motorway in Cheshire in connection with the Glasgow International Airport attack and attempted London car bombings.

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to hold another COBRA meeting with other members of the Cabinet today. This will be the fifth COBRA meeting in 48 hours.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

Artist Enjoys Making Clients Visions Come To Life}

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Artist Enjoys Bringing Clients’ Visions To Life.

Artists who freelance their talents often get asked to create custom works off a clients idea or vision. Most artist take on the challenge and depending on their experience can lend themselves to achieving the goal for the client.

But the most experience an artist has, he can assure a client that it can be done. By experience I mean knowing different techniques, approaches, work experience as far as what the artist has done in the past. And even where the artist has been as far as geographical area. I consider New York to the be best place to see the most works of art, especially if you have an opportunity to go to the New York Art Expos, where you will see very various exquisite, eclectic works from all over the world, says Artist Ray Gatica. Having lived in Connecticut a few years ago, I had the chance to attend a few of them. This is very enriching to any artist. Along with this type of experience it is esentential that artist are observant of what is around them, of other types of styles of work, and other artist and their approaches. By doing this you learn by osmosis.

In most cases when a client want custom art painting, they already have something special in mind, a particular style, etc. And in a lot of cases they also have a photo or page of a magazine or even a small clip of paper of what they want. A seasoned artist should be able to view these images and see what steps to take to achieve the results sought by the client. This is where the artist experiences, observations, study of styles, processes, etc, come in.

Gatica has been doing this as his business, creating and painting murals, large canvases for private and commercial clients. Some of his paintings have included, underwater theme sea-scapes, serene, pastoral scenes for a meditation room, clouds on the ceiling, modern wall graphics, and even scenes with people the clients pets and husbands in them.

Gatica broad style come from his years of experience. He is adapt at doing dry brush and regular acrylic painting on canvas and wall, and even faux finishing techniques and airbrushing can go into one of Gatica’s painting. In other words, Gatica does what ever it takes to achieve what he sees in the pictures to please the client. When ever possible, or when asked by a client, he like to incorporate the human figures into the paintings. The human form is very versatile of a subject because it can be painted realistically, caricature-wise or be exaggerated as below. Non-the-less painting or drawing the human form also takes knowledge of basis bone structure and experience in painting it.

Gatica personal style is very modern and contemporary. He especially likes to create in the art deco style and likes to exaggerate the human form a la: The lladro and Erte figures. When ever he can he like to incorporate the human figures into his painting.

Working off a portrait or picture. The best way to approach an artist when wanting something painted is to collect images whether pictures, magazine clippings, or images off the web, and then approach the artist. Ask him if he works off a picture. Most experienced artist will say yes. The main thing is that the artist has the knowledge to work in a variety of styles. Also keep in mind that the better the images you show the artist the better the final results.

One time a client came to me with an old image by an artist name Rousseau and I duplicated the painting. That was a challenge because the painting was a complicated one. At the end the client was happy because the recreation was a lot more vivid in color that any print he could have bought.

Customer satisfaction: Having something commissioned for yourself is always exciting and fun, and depending on your personality it can also be nerve wracking. If you are that type, try to remember that it is just a painting and if the artist is professional enough he can make adjustments whether to certain aspect of the painting or color – even after the work has been delivered.

One time, I had a client call me a few days after I had delivered and hung a large painting, a 10 Ft. X 10 Ft. piece, at her home – because the she did not like a certain green color I had used. So I went back picked it up and brought it home and made the color adjustment. It took me about three hours but she was happy at the end. After that I wound up painting a couple more pieces for her. The pieces were all under water sea scape themes a la Christian Reese Lassen style. They were fun to paint.

A professional artist will always do that for his clients…

Ray Gatica’s work can be seen

About the Author: Author is a freelance artist and muralist. He create custom art for private and commercial clients in the Houston, TX. His work can be seen at


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Wikinews Shorts: June 28, 2007

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A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, June 28, 2007.

The space probe Mars Express has provided new pictures – with ground resolution of approximately 13 metres per pixel – of the Aeolis Mensae region.

This Martian area is currently subject of discussion for unexplained features.According some theories, the shaping of the surface could be result also of aeolian, wind-erosion, glacial or other activities.


  • European Space Agency. “Tectonic signatures at Aeolis Mensae” — ESA News, June 28, 2007

The European laser interferometer (VIRGO) is going to test the Albert Einstein’s theory on the existence of gravitational waves.

The VIRGO teams cooperates with the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) in the US, and GEO 600 (German-UK Gravitation Wave Detector).


  • “European laser interferometer puts theory of relativity to the test” —, June 27, 2007

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CNN has shut down its CNN Pipeline service, just as it said it would in a May 25, 2007 announcement. The pay-service, which allowed news from the channel to be viewed online, will be offered at no charge to online viewers beginning July 2, 2007.

The service is currently closed, and is under construction so that the free service can be completed. Archive news videos are still available.


  • Martin Stabe. “CNN web relaunch puts emphasis on video” — Press Gazette, June 28, 2007
  • Paul J. Gough. “Free vids in CNN’s Pipeline” — Hollywood Reporter, May 25, 2007
  • Adam Finley. “CNN Pipeline is now free” — TV Squad, May 25, 2007

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Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The president of Egypt has suffered a “devastating blow” after the country’s army announced they would not use force against their own people, who continue to protest against the government tonight. The news came hours after six journalists who reported on the protests were released from custody.

Hosni Mubarak yesterday announced a new cabinet, which does not include several figures who protesters largely do not approve of. Analysts have, however, suggested little had changed within the government; many positions, they say, are filled with military figures.

To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.

In a statement broadcast on state media in Egypt, the army said: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” A BBC correspondent in Cairo said the announcement meant it “now seems increasingly likely that the 30-year rule of Mr Mubarak is drawing to a close.”

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the statement added. “Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

Earlier today, six journalists from the independent news network Al-Jazeera were released from custody after being detained by police. The U.S. State Department criticized the arrests; equipment was reportedly confiscated from the journalists.

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Egyptian officials yesterday ordered the satellite channel to stop broadcasting in the country. Al-Jazeera said they were “appalled” by the government’s decision to close its Egyptian offices, which they described as the “latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt.”

In a statement, the news agency added: “Al-Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists. In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”

On Friday, Wikinews reported the government had shut off practically all Internet traffic both out of and into the nation, as well as disrupting cellphone usage. A spokesperson for the social networking website Facebook said “limiting Internet access for millions of people is a matter of concern for the global community.”

A reported 50,000 campaigners, who are demanding the long-time leader step down and complaining of poverty, corruption, and oppression, filled Tahrir Square in Cairo today, chanting “We will stay until the coward leaves.” It is thought 100 people have so far died in the demonstrations. Today there have been protests in Suez, Mansoura, Damanhour, and Alexandria.

Speaking to news media in the area, many protesters said the new cabinet did little to quell their anger. “We want a complete change of government, with a civilian authority,” one said. Another added: “This is not a new government. This is the same regime—this is the same bluff. [Mubarak] has been bluffing us for 30 years.”

In Tahrir Square today, protesters played music as strings of barbed wire and army tanks stood nearby. Demonstrators scaled light poles, hanging Egyptian flags and calling for an end to Mubarak’s rule. “One poster featured Mubarak’s face plastered with a Hitler mustache, a sign of the deep resentment toward the 82-year-old leader they blame for widespread poverty, inflation and official indifference and brutality during his 30 years in power,” one journalist in the square reported this evening.

Blob off Alaskan coast identified

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

A ‘giant black mystery blob‘ in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska has been identified as marine algae. Initially speculated to be an oil spill, the mass was discovered by a group of hunters earlier this month near Wainwright. The blob is reported to be stringy and hairy, and is tangled with jellyfish, among other debris.

The “thick, dark gunk” stretches for as much as 15 miles, and is moving at a slow drift. Upon being first sighted, the U.S. Coast Guard flew out to investigate the mass, and local officials collected samples for testing. Coast Guard Petty Officer Terry Hasenauer reported that “We responded as if it were an oil product. It was described to us as an oil-like substance, thick and lingering below the surface of the water. Those characteristics can indicate heavy, degraded oil, maybe crude oil, or possibly an intermediate fuel oil.”

Test results subsequently revealed that the blob is some sort of unusually extensive algae bloom. “It’s definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it […] some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism”, Hasenauer said. The substance has remained entirely offshore.

However, there is still great uncertainty among local residents and officials alike: “We’ve observed large blooms in the past off Barrow although none of them at all like this”, said Barry Sherr, an oceanography professor. “The fact that the locals say they’ve never seen anything like it suggests that it might represent some exotic species which has drifted into the region, perhaps as a result of global change. For the moment that’s just a guess.”

Tips For Hiring A Metal Roofing Olympia Service

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Hiring a metal roofing Olympia company is a great way to get a high quality roof installed with expert workmanship. For many businesses and homeowners, metal roofs offer benefits and advantages that they simply won’t find with roofs made from other types of materials. Here are some tips you can use to make sure you hire a qualified and reputable company for your metal roofing installation needs.


One of the first things you should look for with a metal roofing Olympia company is experience. The company you choose should have at least two years of experience in installing and repairing metal roofs for clients. There are some companies that will install metal roofs, but it’s not actually their specialty or something they even do often. It might even be something that they just recently started offering to their customers. By hiring an experienced company that has been doing metal roofing jobs for years, you can be sure they will do the job right and minimize any major problems during the job.

Written Estimates

A qualified roofing company in Olympia will offer a written estimate for the services that you ask them to provide. They will come to your home and measure the size of your roof. They will take into consideration removing the old roof, the pitch of the roof and other factors. They can then provide you with a written estimate so you know about how much you can expect to pay. This also gives you the opportunity to compare prices with other local companies to see which one will give you the best deal.


There are several things that can go wrong when installing a roof on your home. A worker could fall off the ladder, damage your home or even injure themselves seriously. In case something like this happens, it’s important that the company you hire has liability insurance. This type of policy makes sure that you are covered in case of a loss, such as damage to your home. It also ensures that the company will cover any injuries to their employees should something occur while they are working on your property.


Before hiring any company to do work for you, it’s important to get a list of references. References are a list of past clients and customers who are satisfied with the work that the company has done for them. The list should include their contact information so you can call a couple of the customers on the list and speak with them directly. If the past customers were satisfied, you’re probably choosing a good company.

Metal Roofing Olympia – When you hire CR Gutters Inc., you are getting an expert company that cares about its clients. They have been serving customers since 1984, so they have the experience to install your new gutters in many colors and styles.

Manitoba’s flood creating hazardous conditions

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Red River at Winnipeg is almost clear of ice blocks and ice jamming, however there are still dangers from the Red River flood.

Ice blocks which were as high as two storey buildings were ripping out trees, fences and railway ties. “You’ll see huge pans of ice standing vertical, up to 20 feet (6.1 m) high,” said Steve Topping, an official with the provincial Water Stewardship Department. “Ice was shoved up on the shore and took out trees with a very devastating effect. It has changed people’s view of the river.”

“It is incredible, the force. One piece of ice pushed out of the river about 20 feet. You watch the force push this up right in front of your eyes,” said Dean North, of the Selkirk Golf and Country Club.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are ticketing sight seers who are driving through road closure signs and approaching excavators, cranes and crews breaking up the ice. Vehicles, people, boats, and kayaks are getting in the way.

An eight year old boy is in critical condition after slipping on a culvert Thursday. He was pulled underwater by the speed of the flowing water and remained under for about five to ten minutes until adults could rescue him. The air ambulance supplied by Alberta’s STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) remains in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“This is not a spectator sport. It’s not about getting the best pictures for the family albums. I know floods are seen as a bit of an event, but some of the instances I’m hearing about, people should give their head a shake, they really should,” said Steve Ashton Manitoba Emergency Measures Minister, “Those who fall into the river or get into trouble in another way would be not only endangering themselves but the emergency response crews trying to rescue them. I don’t want to see a situation … where we’re trying our darndest to prevent flooding and save lives and somebody [who] decides to go have a white-water experience ends up killing themselves.”

Early Easter Sunday morning floodwater reached the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements north of Winnipeg. Residents were sent an evacuation advisory Good Friday, however some residents remained. Rescue efforts commenced Saturday night to find those stranded and unable to leave as their vehicles cannot travel in the swollen overland floodwaters. Some people were rescued from roof tops as entire houses were swept off of their foundations by the large ice blocks hurtling down the river.

Highways in the area remain closed. Neil Gobelle, of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation said to “definitely continue to watch the Red River Valley and north of the city up in the Selkirk area. Things are changing quite a bit, quite quickly, so we’ll keep an eye on those areas.”

As of Easter Sunday, Winnipeg is expected to be ice free on the Red River. The River rose 4 feet (1.2 m) in the course of 24 hours. Rain is in the forecast and the higher temperatures of 17 °C (62.6 °F) will cause melting of snow and ice.

A weather system caused by La Niña is being watched by the United States National Weather Service and its potential effects between April 16-18 for residents along the Red River Valley. “We want people to be aware there is a very real possibility of the river going higher than what is out there,” said Mark Ewens, data manager at the NWS, “To have spring floods like this back-to-back is just an unfortunate series of events that have come along to plague us this spring. We’re wanting people to understand that this is a potentially serious problem.”


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Sunday, January 28, 2007

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