Citizens protest Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal

Citizens protest Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

Buffalo, New York —On Saturday March 18, citizens in Buffalo demonstrated to make their voices be heard. The protest mounted by people opposed to the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal took place on the proposed site at Forest and Elmwood Avenues.

The Elmwood Village Hotel is a 72-room, seven-million-dollar hotel proposed by Savarino Construction Services Corporation. The hotel would require the demolition of at least five buildings (1109-1121 Elmwood), which house several shops and residents. Karl Frizlen, an architect with Frizlen Group, designed the hotel. Although the properties are “under contract,” it is still unknown if Savarino Construction actually owns the buildings. It is believed that Hans Mobius, a resident of Clarence, New York and former Buffalo Mayorial candidate, is still the owner. The hotel is expected to be a franchise of the Wyndham Hotels group.

Despite the cold weather, at least 40 people showed up to walk the picket line for 2 two hours.

Clarence Carnahan, a Buffalo resident, supplied signs that citizens could use during the protest. Some of the signs said, ‘No vacancy, No hotel,’ ‘No tell hotel,’ ‘Hans off’ and ‘Our neighborhood, our choice, no hotel.’

“The concern is they are going to tear down established businesses that have been here for years,” said Charles Leist, a protester.

“We’re fighting to the bitter end. We’re hoping that we can squelch this. We don’t think we can, but we’re going down kicking and screaming,” said Patty Morris, co-owner with Nancy Pollina of Don Apparel at 1119 Elmwood. Don Apparel is a vintage clothing and collectible shop and has been at the same location for nearly 14 years.

The city’s Common Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers, on 13th floor in City Hall.

The Planning Board is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, March 28, at 8:00 AM in room 902 on the 9th floor of City Hall.

Even if the Common Council approves the proposal, the Planning board will get the final say in the matter.

So far, no other protests are scheduled. Organizers say they will wait until the Common Council votes before organizing any more protests.

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54 killed by suicide bomber at Musayyib gas station

54 killed by suicide bomber at Musayyib gas station

Saturday, July 16, 2005

At least 54 people died today when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a gas station near a mosque in Musayyib, about 60 km south of the Iraqi capital. Some 80 people are reported to have been injured.

Witnesses said a fuel tanker was slowly approaching the pumps at the station when the attacker ran towards it and detonated explosives strapped to his body. Police said the resulting huge blast destroyed a nearby apartment complex and damaged the mosque and some small businesses.

The gas station was located near the city-center. Iraqi gas stations normally include a number of small businesses selling tea, soft drinks and snacks where crowds of people often gather.

Mussayib, a religiously mixed town, lies in an area named the “triangle of death”, due to the large number of kidnappings and killings of Shiite Muslims traveling between Baghdad and the Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.

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Using Restaurant Forms In A Public Relations Campaign

By Jerome Chiaro

Keep your restaurant’s public reputation in tiptop shape through a good public relations campaign. A good PR campaign not only increases feelings of goodwill and satisfaction in your diners, but also keeps in line with the apportioned budget.

As a restaurant entrepreneur, one of your options to control costs as well as produce results is to make use of restaurant forms, which you can peruse on many restaurant management websites. Usually provided free of charge, these restaurant forms can be customized with your restaurant logo and contact information.

Event posters demonstrate the creative use of restaurant forms in your public relations campaign. Organize or sponsor an event, such as a wine appreciation party, a food tasting or a cooking show, where you can build your restaurant’s reputation through your employees. For example, some restaurants lend their chefs or their food servers whenever there is an event, which requires catering.

Set up a booth or a bar in any food-related event mentioned above and ask your staff to serve samplers of food and drinks. The way they treat everyone at the event should be similar to the way they treat your diners. This excellent customer service results from high quality employee training, which should be part of your restaurant employee handbook.

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Aside from reputation management, encourage your patrons to invest emotionally in your restaurant service. For example, birthdays and weddings mean huge profits and great opportunities to impress new customers.

Some of the guests may be eating at your place for the first time. Impress them with your food quality and excellent customer service, which means integrating in your restaurant employee handbook special cultural training on bar mitzvahs, Quinceaneras and debuts.

These special occasions also build special memories for both the celebrants and the guests. Those occasions create sentimental value with your restaurant. The deeper their emotional connection with your restaurant, the harder it is for them to change preferences.

To show how much you value their patronage, create a special nook in your restaurant wall, or you can set aside a separate album, which displays photos of special occasions with your valued customers. Sometimes, you can also keep running tabs for a few valued patrons and track their credits using restaurant forms, such as a credit journal.

A more modern way to manage your PR campaign is to create a restaurant blog where you can advertise your promos and best deals and share valuable information with your loyal customers. You can also send out restaurant forms, such as free dinner coupons, through your blog’s mailing list.

Your blog’s mailing list signed up to get updates about your blog and special news regarding your restaurant. Through your blog’s electronic newsletter, send your regular blog readers discount coupons, which they can print and present to the cashier.

Train your employees to identify the right format of your coupons, which may be included in your restaurant employee handbook. Print tracking codes to identify official looking coupons and keep track of the used coupon codes through a spreadsheet.

Aside from blogs, many restaurants create websites where people can check their menu, look at how their dishes were plated, check out the restaurant interiors, and order food online using their credit cards. This creates convenience, which is also a mark of excellent customer service.

Community programs build a good relationship between your restaurant business and the public. Work with your local neighborhood by participating in health awareness campaigns and charity events. You can start by creating a bulletin board or wall where you share informational posters and leaflets with your patrons regarding cleanliness. Restaurant forms, such as kitchen cleanliness checklist, hand washing procedure, and sanitation checklists, are available for this particular purpose.

About the Author: Jerome Chiaro is a Restaurant Owner & Consultant out of Orange County, CA. Did you know that 95% of restaurant owners and managers spend over 55 hours per week slaving away at their restaurant! He can help you WORK LESS and PROFIT MORE… Claim your copy of his Free Restaurant Forms Toolkit. Success doesn’t happen alone! Join a mastermind of restaurant owners and a wealth of resources, Free at his Restaurant Forms Blog.


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Microsoft announces plan to acquire GitHub for US$7.5 billion

Microsoft announces plan to acquire GitHub for US$7.5 billion

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On Monday, United States technology giant Microsoft announced their plans to acquire GitHub, a San Francisco, California-based web-based hosting service for software version control using Git, for 7.5 billion US Dollars (USD).

In the official announcement at the Microsoft News web site, the company said they are to reach agreement with GitHub by the end of the year. They said the agreement would allow them to deliver Microsoft development services to GitHub users, and “accelerate enterprise use of GitHub”. GitHub had been financially struggling recently and is expected to get a new CEO.

In 2016, according to financial news and media company Bloomberg L.P., through three quarters GitHub lost USD 66 million, while in nine months of that year GitHub had revenue of USD 98 million. In August 2017 GitHub said they were seeking a new CEO. According to the announcements by GitHub and Microsoft, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman would become the new CEO of GitHub. He had created app creation platform company Xamarin and was “an open-source veteran”, Microsoft said.

GitHub confirmed the acquisition plans on its blog. In this announcement they alluded to concerns about past friction between Microsoft and open-source software, however they said “things are different. […] Microsoft is the most active organization on GitHub in the world”, mentioning VS Code as an example. In the announcement, GitHub also referred to its several years of collaboration with Microsoft on Git LFS and Electron. GitHub also mentioned the Azure development platform run by Microsoft.

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Corruption blamed for Papuan rainforest destruction

Corruption blamed for Papuan rainforest destruction
May 6th, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, March 2, 2006

A new report on the commercial logging industry in Papua New Guinea (PNG) released by international forestry organization, Forest Trends, shows that the overwhelming majority of current commercial industrial forestry operations in PNG are ecologically and economically unsustainable.

Foreign logging companies are in open defiance of the law and cutting down Papua New Guinea’s rainforests, thanks to corruption and government inaction, the report alleges. Washington-based environmental group, Forest Trends, linked Malaysian loggers to Papua New Guinea’s political elite. It described working conditions as “modern-day slavery” and said forests were effectively being logged out.

While the PNG Government does have laws and regulations to ensure sustainable timber production, these were not being enforced, the report states. It identified “a political vacuum with no demonstrated government interest in controlling the problems in the sector.”

The report summarised independent reviews of the timber industry between 2000 and 2005. Forest Trends claimed corruption had devastated rural living standards and ignored the basic rights of landowners: “There are a few logging operations in the country which are deemed beneficial to both local landowners and the country, but they are lost in a sea of bad operators. The Government needs to support these companies, or risk having the international community boycott all of PNG’s exports.”

Natural forests are being chopped down unsustainably, mostly by Malaysian companies, the organisation says.

It reports that much of the labour is imported, and says that Papua New Guineans are not getting an acceptable return for the logging while one of the country’s precious natural resources is dwindling. Most of the timber is exported to China, and is often turned into products for export to Western countries.

If foresting continues in this manner, they warn, Papua New Guinea could be bereft of its natural cover in a decade.

“The system must be fixed,” said Michael Jenkins, President & CEO of Forest Trends. “The nexus between the logging companies and the political elite needs to be broken. One way to do this is to help local landowners better understand their rights and to establish a legal fund so that they can be defended. Papua New Guinea’s legal system does exist outside of political control and the courts have a track record of ruling against illegal logging.”

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Reasons To Hire Furnace Contractors

May 4th, 2021 in Used Parts | No Comments


With the winter chill in full effect all around the country, many people have to run their heaters more. If you have had your unit maintained properly by a professional, then the increase in use of your heating unit should not pose any problems. For the homeowners who have not taken the time to hire a professional for maintenance, the increased use of their unit may lead to repair issues. If you start to notice that your heating unit is not performing as it should, then you need to call in a professional to take a look for you. Here a few of the reasons to hire furnace contractors to fix your heating system.

The Experience is Troubleshooting

The best reason that you should hire a professional for furnace repairs is that they have the experience needed to troubleshoot your system. In most cases, there are a variety of different repair issues that have the same symptoms, which is why you need to hire a professional to troubleshoot it. By getting to the root cause of the problems you are having, the contractors will be able to fix the system in a very short amount of time.

High Quality Parts and Repairs

Another advantage that comes with using a professional for your furnace repairs is that they can provide you high quality repairs and replacement parts. The worst thing that any homeowner can try to do is their own heating system repairs due to the danger involved.. A professional will be able to do the job in half the time that you can and without any of the danger. You need to call around your area to see which heating contractor can best meet the needs that you have. The time that goes into your research will be worth it in the end.

When in the market for a great Furnace Contractors, look to the team at Poudre Valley Air. They have been in the business for a number of years and can bring their experience to work for you. Cal them or visit for more information on what they can do for you.

Wikinews interviews World Wide Web co-inventor Robert Cailliau

Wikinews interviews World Wide Web co-inventor Robert Cailliau
May 4th, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The name Robert Cailliau may not ring a bell to the general public, but his invention is the reason why you are reading this: Dr. Cailliau together with his colleague Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, making the internet accessible so it could grow from an academic tool to a mass communication medium. Last January Dr. Cailliau retired from CERN, the European particle physics lab where the WWW emerged.

Wikinews offered the engineer a virtual beer from his native country Belgium, and conducted an e-mail interview with him (which started about three weeks ago) about the history and the future of the web and his life and work.

Wikinews: At the start of this interview, we would like to offer you a fresh pint on a terrace, but since this is an e-mail interview, we will limit ourselves to a virtual beer, which you can enjoy here.

Robert Cailliau: Yes, I myself once (at the 2nd international WWW Conference, Chicago) said that there is no such thing as a virtual beer: people will still want to sit together. Anyway, here we go.

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

Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season
May 4th, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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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Mexican police official, bodyguard shot dead at restaurant

Mexican police official, bodyguard shot dead at restaurant
May 4th, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gunmen today opened fire in a Mexico City restaurant, killing a top police official in charge of monitoring the country’s illegal drug trade, as well as one of his bodyguards, Mexican officials said. The attack is the latest waged against authorities attempting to fight Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

Security officials in Mexico City say the attack occurred as Igor Labastida Calderón, commander of the federal police‘s Traffic and Contraband division, was eating lunch with one of his bodyguards, Jose Maria Ochoa. According to Minerva Amado, spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, two unknown subjects got out of a black vehicle, entered the restaurant, and opened fire on Labastida Calderón.

Reports differ on who else was injured in the attack. Amado said two other bodyguards were injured and hospitalized, while Mexico City newspaper El Universal reports that three civilians were injured.

The motive for the attack remains unclear. No arrests have been made so far, as police continue to search for the assailants. Federal police have refused to comment.

President Felipe Calderón has sent over 20,000 troops throughout Mexico in an attempt to take back areas controlled by the country’s drug cartels. Since Calderón took office in December 2006, more than 4,000 people have been killed by these drug cartels, allegedly including federal police chief Édgar Millán Gómez, whose May death was attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel.

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How Can I Sell My Products Online}

May 4th, 2021 in Structures | No Comments

How Can I Sell My Products Online


Kyle FarrahIf you are a small business owner, you have probably thought about creating a website for your small business. However, everything looks really complicated, or expensive, so you procrastinated from doing it.

In this article I will try to address what you will need, in order to create a website for your small business so that you can start selling your products online.

1) First you will need to buy a WYSIWYG. A WYSIWYG is a piece of software that allows you to create a website, by just pointing, clicking, and typing. It’s about as simple as creating a document with Microsoft Word. A decent WYSWYG will probably cost you between $300 – $400.

2) Next you will need a web host. A web host is what you need to put your website online. They will give you a certain amount of storage space, bandwidth, etc. For the most part you probably don’t need to worry about this, unless you plan on getting a lot of page views to your site, or making a large website, the amount of bandwidth, and storage space, probably won’t effect you. Web hosting will probably cost you between $10 – $20 per month.

3) Now you need to get a shopping cart service. This is what allows you to create an online store, where people can make payments, and purchase products from you online. You will have to pay about $100 a year, for a fairly good shopping cart software.

4) You will now have to buy a domain name. This is basically what people type in to find your website. Ex. YOURSITE [DOT] COM. This will cost you $10 per year.

5) Finally you will need to get people to promote your website. Sense you probably know very little about the internet, you have no idea about how to get started promoting a website. First you have to hire an SEO consulting firm. This will probably cost you at least $1000. Then you will have to pay someone to submit your websites to directories. This will cost you a few hundred dollars. And finally you will have to do PPC (Pay per click) advertising. In order to do this, you will have to purchase keyword software, which will cost you $300 per year, if you want to use WordTracker, which is the most commonly used one on the internet.

So in order to create a website, which gets page views, can be found in the Search Engines, and has the ability to make sales on it, you would have to pay over $400 per year, plus you will have to pay over $1000 to begin creating your website.

Though this is expensive, it is highly worth the high price. You will be able to generate many sales, by creating a website.

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