Historic gym the site of Benet Academy, Illinois victory over Oswego
Historic gym the site of Benet Academy, Illinois victory over Oswego

Monday, January 18, 2010

Benet Academy Redwings 40 34 Oswego Panthers

The Benet Academy Redwings boys basketball team defeated the Oswego High School Panthers 40–34 Saturday night at Benet’s historic Alumni Gym. 

Located at Lisle, Illinois, United States, the gymnasium is home to Benet’s winning streak of 102 consecutive home games. The statewide record lasted from November 26, 1975 until January 24, 1987, when Naperville North High School defeated the Redwings 47–46. Benet also achieved 96 consecutive victories in the Western Suburban Catholic Conference at that time. 

The school continued to use the facility, colloquially referred to as the “Old Gym” or the “Small Gym”, until the end of the 1994 season, when a newer athletic center was built on campus. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s when then-coach Marty Gaughan decided to play one game per year in the Alumni Gym to remind the school of its history. “There is just an electricity, and you feel it when you are in there,” said Gaughan, who coached the team from the 1989–1990 season to the 2007–2008 season. 

This tradition continued until the 2006–2007 season, when the Redwings played against long-time rival St. Francis High School. Renovations prevented the gym from being used for athletic events over the past two seasons. This game was Benet coach Gene Heidkamp’s first opportunity to coach in the older gym. “So much history and winning has taken place there, which makes it so special. It is something the entire school community is excited about,” said Heidkamp. 

Saturday’s game was played at the Alumni Gym at the request of Oswego assistant coach Jim Bagley. He wanted his son, senior forward Chris Bagley, to experience the same atmosphere he had as he played for Benet in the 1978–1979 season. Greg Kwiatkowski was also Jim Bagley’s teammate in Benet, and his son, Joe Kwiatkowski, was in the Panthers’ starting lineup as well. “Two of us who played at Benet together and now our son’s play on [Oswego] together and for them to have a chance to play where we played is going to be a great night and great experience,” said the senior Bagley. 

Alumni Gym apparently still had its charm in the second half for the Redwings, whose 15–17 score at halftime worsened into an 11-point deficit in the third quarter. Benet fell behind with a score of 21–29 at the start of the fourth quarter. From that point, the Redwings’ defense began to kick in. Oswego could make only 2 of its 13 field goals in the third quarter. Benet’s offense also gained momentum as center Frank Kaminsky scored all of his 9 points in the fourth quarter. A shot by senior Mike Runger brought the score to 31–31, and two consecutive driving layups by David Sobolewski gave Benet the lead that would last for the rest of the game. 

“We hit a dry spell there, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Defense wins games and they are the best defensive team we’ve faced all year,” said Oswego coach Kevin Schnable.

Benet’s Matt Parisi led his team with 15 points, and Sobolewski scored 12. Oswego’s Andrew Ziemnik also scored 12. 

Do You Buy Lumber In Laguna Niguel Ca?

byAlma Abell

In days of yore, settlers could still go out onto their land, select a tree and cut it down so that they could use its wood. Those days are long gone. At first they would have been replaced by small sawmill operations who either sawed wood brought to them by others or had timber concessions of their own and did their own logging. Human population growth and their dependence on wood products began to outstrip the supply of trees that could be felled and sent to the saw mills to produce Lumber For Laguna Niguel.Supply Chain

These days, trees are something of a protected commodity and a commercial enterprise will have the necessary permits to fell a certain number of trees in a given area (usually after giving an undertaking to rehabilitate that land after logging it). The current nature of the timber business means that it is no longer practical to visit local sawmills and buy your Lumber In Laguna Niguel CA directly from them. The felled trees would have been taken to a large processing center where the logs will be sawn into the beams and planks that we call lumber. Other wood from the timber will be turned into things like plywood and chip or fibre boards within the same facility.

All those products will then be sold wholesale to big stockists and dealers in wood products – some of these might sell directly to the public but, it is more likely that they will be supplying a network of minor dealers who run DIY superstores or firms specializing in wood product sales to both the public at large and local wood craftsmen and construction companies. It is to one of these that most buyers looking for Lumber In Laguna Niguel will turn.

Who Buys Lumber?

Since lumber is “as sawn” wood, it is either rough edged or, possibly supplied with one or more edges that may have been smoothed at the mill; it is, effectively, a semi-finished product. In that state, it is not acceptable for direct use on such items as doors, window frames, furniture, etc. In fact, in all cases where the lumber is to be visible it has to undergo quite a skilled finishing process to make it suitable. This means that the public at large are unlikely to be purchasing lumber for such purposes, preferring instead to let the professional companies turn the lumber into finished items.

Raw lumber is widely used in the form supplied from the sawmill for the wood posts, etc that make up a frame house. Again, very few members of the public at large build their own homes so it will be the construction companies that are buying the Lumber In Laguna Niguel.

Capistrano Hardwoods in Orange County is a major supplier of Lumber To Laguna Niguel CA. Visit their showrooms or browse their website at to find out more.

No people or animals hurt in rural Australian fire
No people or animals hurt in rural Australian fire

Saturday, January 30, 2010

According to local police chief Craig Van Breugel there were no injuries or loss of life to animals or local residents in the recent fire in the rural Australian town of Toongabbie. “There was no injury to persons or animals. That is all I have for you,” Detective Acting Sergent Van Breugel said in response to queries from Wikinews.

The fire began about 2:20 pm local time (UTC+11) between Humphrey and Eagle Hawk roads, north of the township proper. The local Country Fire Authority brigade managed to contain the blaze to approximately three to five hectares.

Victoria Police have recently indicated that the area around where the fire was started is only accessible by four wheel drives (4WD) or off-road motorcycles; it is popular with dirt bike riders and 4WD enthusiasts.

The local Country Fire Authority brigade managed to contain the blaze to approximately three to five hectares between Humphrey and Eagle Hawk roads.

Det.Act.Sgt Van Breugel confrimed that there wer some off road motor cyclists in the are that day. “[Police] know there was a number of off road motorcyclists in the area on the day. Some of [them] have already been spoken to by the Police” Det.Act.Sgt Van Breugel said.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and people with infomation that may help the investigation are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers or the local police.

Ban on YouTube spreads to Google services in Turkey
Ban on YouTube spreads to Google services in Turkey

Monday, June 7, 2010

Access to search engine Google has been limited and most of Google’s online services cannot be accessed in Turkey. The access limitation happened due to the blocking of an IP set that belongs to Google. These IP addresses were shared between YouTube and other Google services.

The Turkish news site Hürriyet Daily News reports that Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TCP) (a government agency that manages Turkish ISPs) indefinitely shut off access to several Google services. The shut-off came after the banning of YouTube for alleged insults against Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. TCP released an official statement Friday, saying it had blocked access to some Google IP addresses “because of legal reasons”. Under Turkish law, it is an offence to “insult Turkishness.”

Softpedia states that the limited access to Google could be a result of the government trying to block specific DNS addresses that relate to Google, as part of its ongoing attempts to block YouTube. Since Google services share common software and IP addresses, the search engine itself suffers from access restrictions. Turkish citizens are concerned that this move of the governmental agency was another step towards a complete ban on Google, as exists in China.

Several Internet sites have been banned in Turkey in recent years, and although some of them were subsequently unbanned, most of them remain inaccessible. Engelli Web, a website listing banned sites reports that currently YouTube (since May 2008), Last.fm (since June 26, 2009), and Spanish newspaper El Mundo (since May 14, 2010) are among the banned sites in Turkey. MySpace and WordPress were also among banned sites for a period of time. Websites will be blocked following a court decision or if TCP decides to block on its behalf.

RetweetToday reports that Turkish citizens on Twitter have also reported access problems. Comments about the blockage are being shared using hashtags such as TurkeyCensorGoogle and TurkeyGoogleBan, as well as NoGoogleNoWeb.

Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season
Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Controversial and explicit Canadian workplace safety ads have been pulled from television, and paper ads from some bus shelters for the Christmas season. However, the ads will return to air in January.

“It’s totally erroneous to suggest we’re pulling anything,” chairman of the Workplace Safety and Information Board of Ontario, Steve Mahoney said. “Our plan from Day 1 was to stop the ads around the middle of December when most of the advertising that’s in the media is focused on Christmas and purchasing gifts. We just didn’t want to be competing with all that stuff.”

In one of the TV ads a woman accidentally slips on grease on the floor and a large steaming pot falls onto her face, and she starts screaming to death. The ads end with the message “There really are no accidents”.

A paper ads shows a construction worker who is in a pool of blood with a forklift operation manual stuck in his chest. Another with a man who is slit by a “Danger” sign with his leg stuck in a machine. They show the messages: “Lack of training can kill” and the other “Ignoring safety procedures can kill”.

“The critics amount to about 25 per cent rating, and I’m delighted they’re upset about the ads because I wouldn’t want anyone to enjoy watching them.”

The videos have been viewed more than 70,000 times on the Board’s website and are gaining large amounts of views on YouTube.

The transit authorities of Hamilton and Mississauga will show modified advertisements. The transit authority of Guelph will show the ads in bus shelters, but the transit authority of Windsor will not because of the graphic nature.

“We’re not against workplace safety, but this is too graphic,” said Caroline Postma, chair of the Transit Windsor board.

Mississauga city councillour Carolyn Parrish said: “My son-in-law was telling me that they shouldn’t be on in prime time because when [my grandson] watches them he just about bursts into tear. Now he follows his mom around the kitchen to make sure she doesn’t spill grease. And he’s only four. There’s too much of a chance that … people are really badly affected by it, and can’t really do anything about it anyway.” She suggested the ads only be aired to workers with the jobs shown in the commercials.

Mahoney changed the earlier promise to air the ads only after 8:00pm to after 9:00pm at last nights meeting with Mississauga city council.

Mahoney said the commercials and paper ads are not “too graphic at all”. And they are “absolutely appropriate and they’re doing what they’re intended to do, they’re creating what I call a water cooler topic of conversation.”

Ninety-eight Canadian workers so far have been killed on the job this year.

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Eight people found slain inside Houston-area home
Eight people found slain inside Houston-area home

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Saturday night, police in Houston, Texas, United States, discovered eight people killed in a home. Six of the victims were children.

Around 21:00 local time, Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) deputies arrived at the home on a welfare check. After repeatedly trying to get someone to come to the door, officers forced their way into the house. Here, police say, they were met by gunfire and a standoff ensued. After upwards of an hour, with the house surrounded by special police units, the suspect was talked out of the house.

David Conley, 49, was arrested by the HSCO and subsequently charged with the crimes. Reportedly Conley had a lengthy history of violent behavior that landed him in prison multiple times. His most recent stint behind bars came last month, when he was arrested for allegedly slamming his girlfriend’s head into a refrigerator in the same home involved on Saturday. At the time of the murders, Conley was wanted on an assault charge against a family member.

All eight victims died at the scene.

On Sunday, authorities released the names and ages of the victims: Valerie Jackson, 40, and Dwayne Jackson, her husband, 50; Nathaniel Jackson, 13; Honesty Jackson, 11; Dwayne Jackson, Jr., 10; Caleb Jackson, 9; Trinity Jackson, 7; and Jonah Jackson, 6. Conley was the father of Nathaniel (Nate) Jackson. Conley told investigators he used to live with Valerie Jackson and broke into the home after she had changed the locks.

“We’re here today on a very sad day,” said Tim Cannon, deputy chief of the HCSO. “We’re here with our brothers in arms standing behind us because we’re all hurting. It’s a difficult day for us at the sheriff’s office. Once again, a tragedy has struck…our city. Our hearts go out to those…affected by this tragedy.”

Tuesday, Conley was allowed to speak to reporters at an administrative segregation unit of the Harris County Jail. Conley said he had been living in the house and although he had promised to move out, he did not have elsewhere to go. He was angered when he returned to find the door locks changed. Conley also felt all the victims disrespected and mistreated him. Conley was asked about his son, Nate, by KPRC’s Robert Arnold.

“I love Nate. I love Nate to death,” Conley replied. “Nate didn’t give me any respect because of what his mother was doing to me[…] She was cheating on me.”

Saying his lawyer had instructed him not to speak about the events of Saturday inside the home, Conley did have the following to say about the Jackson children:

“They were growing up to be monsters, they were disrespectful, rude in school. I’m not saying they’re dead because of that. I’m not even saying I killed them.” Conley added, “God says in the Bible do not disrespect your mother and father or your days will be short, but I’m not saying that’s what happened.”

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CanadaVOTES: Liberal Sandra Gardiner running in Perth—Wellington
CanadaVOTES: Liberal Sandra Gardiner running in Perth—Wellington

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Liberal Party candidate Sandra Gardiner is standing for election in the riding of Perth—Wellington. A Stratford resident for the last 17 years, she has worked as a Registered Nurse for the last 14, in hospital, long term, and community care settings. She is a member of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of Physicians concerned about the Environment, FarmGate5, Common Action for the Restoration of the Environment, Autism Ontario, the Planning Committee for Rotary Respite House, and board member of Optimism Place, the local women’s shelter.

Wikinews contacted Sandra, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

The riding is currently held by Conservative Gary Schellenberger, who was also MP for the previous riding, Perth—Middlesex. Perth—Wellington includes the County of Perth, and the Town of Minto and the townships of Mapleton and Wellington North in the County of Wellington. Also challenging Schellenberger are John Cowling (Green), Irma DeVries (Christian Heritage), Julian Ichim (Marxist-Leninist), and Kerry McManus (NDP).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

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Four Benefits Of Window Tinting Wichita Ks

byAlma Abell

Many people associate Window tinting Wichita KS with a vehicle, but there are also several benefits with tinting windows in your home. NorthStar Comfort Services can tint the windows in your home with a product that allows you to have a clear view of the outside, but those on the outside cant see in. Here are four benefits with home tinted windows.

Energy Efficiency

Tinted windows reduce the amount of heat that comes in the house from the outside air and sun, which reduces the amount of energy used by the air conditioner. During the winter, the tinting acts as a layer of insulation that traps heat inside the house, so you will not waste money on heat escaping heat.


The tint film installed on the glass window panes prevents the window pane from shattering should it break. The glass is held together with the film so shards of glass do not fly into the house. It also makes the glass more difficult to break away if a burglar tries to break the window to enter your home. Window tinting also provides privacy by preventing those who are passing by from being able to see inside your home.

Save Money

When you have tinted windows the UV rays from the sun are blocked from entering through the windows and damaging carpets, furniture, drapes and cabinets. Direct sunlight can also damage artwork, electronics and fade the color on flooring and walls, so tinted windows will save you a significant amount of money on replacing these items.

Aesthetic Appeal

Window tinting is available in a wide range of colors and shades that can improve the look of your home. The privacy, security and energy efficiency of tinted windows can also help increase the resale value of your home. In order for tinting film to work effectively, it must be installed correctly. It is important that you contact a professional window tinting company to install the tinting film for you to ensure it is fitted and installed correctly. In most situations a professional window tinting company can complete all of the windows in your home in one day. The tint film is easy to maintain, but it is important to follow the manufactures instructions for cleaning. Visit website for more information.

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BT Global Services to double US revenues and cut costs
BT Global Services to double US revenues and cut costs

Friday, September 15, 2006

BT Global Services this week laid out its vision for the next three years: its revenues to double in the USA, Japan, India and China, and £400m of annual savings, achieved through offshoring and slashing its procurement costs. £200m of this will come from a reduction in what it spends on technology from vendors on large systems integration projects.

CEO Andy Green admitted that BT had been slower than rivals such as IBM and Accenture to ramp up its offshore headcount. But he claimed that BT Global Services is thriving as the fastest-growing division within BT. He said that the division was outperforming its closest rivals, T-Systems, Orange Enterprise and AT&T Enterprise, which had all posted revenue declines for the most recent quarter. He said BT was fast becoming a familiar brand to businessmen in New York, Tokyo, Mumbai and Shanghai.

He disclosed a few revenue figures not revealed before. For the financial year ending March 2006, UK revenues rose just 2% to £5.5bn, while overseas revenues shot up 48% to £3.3bn. And of the £8.8bn total revenue, £1.6bn was captive work for its parent, while of the remaining £7.2bn, 18% came from the UK government sector and 17% from financial services. BT said it still harbours ambitions to conquer America, despite the failure of the ‘Concert‘ partnership with V in the 1990s.

In a separate story, BT announced it has chosen Chinese vendor ZTE to develop a dual-mode handset — 3G and DAB-IP — for launch by its BT Movio subsidiary next year. DAB-IP (in other words, IP over the DAB digital radio network) will enable BT Movio to broadcast four TV channels at acceptable quality to the handset.3G will enable video-on-demand, so that the users can specify what video clips or programmes they wish to watch. UK legislation specifies that no more than 30% of the DAB spectrum can be used for non-radio purposes, so BT is lobbying for more DAB spectrum to be released, to enable higher quality video and/or more TV channels.

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