Actor Jerry Orbach dead at age 69

Friday, December 31, 2004

New York City — Actor Jerry Orbach died in his home in Manhattan at age 69. Orbach was a staple of American cinema, stage and television, with his most recent role being in the NBC police drama “Law and Order.”

Orbach is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elaine Cancilla, and his two sons Anthony and Christopher.

Orbach was born in the tough Bronx borough of New York City in 1935 to a family of entertainers. His father Leon Orbach was an vaudeville actor and his mother Emily Orbach was a radio singer and greeting card writer.

The family moved often to keep up with travelling Vaudeville acts, but eventually settled in Waukegan Illinois where Orbach played football at the local high school. After graduation, Orbach got a summer job at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling doing odd jobs ranging from stagecraft to small acting parts in plays.

He then studied drama at the University of Illinois before transferring to Northwestern where he studied the Stanislavsky Method of drama acting. In 1955, Orbach dropped out of college and moved to New York City where he got a job as an understudy in The Threepenny Opera.

Orbach continued to work in theater, eventually earning roles in broadway musicals, but by 1961 had grown dissatisfied with being typecast as a musical actor. He tried briefly to break into film without success, and eventually returned to broadway where he earned numerous accolades for his roles in such musicals as “Guys and Dolls” and “Chicago“.

Orbach finally broke into television in the 1980s as a recurring character in shows such as the mystery-drama “Murder She Wrote” and the hit sitcom “Golden Girls“.

He earned the lead role as the title character in his own short-lived series “The Law and Harry McGraw”, a spinoff of “Murder She Wrote”. Orbach also scored key roles in a few Hollywood films, including the action thriller “F/X”, and the dance-musical hit “Dirty Dancing”, but continued to find his mainstay in television crime dramas.

In 1990, he picked up a role in the new NBC crime drama “Law and Order” as the acerbic-witted Lennie Briscoe, a role which soon become a regular job. Orbach continued in this role in addition to movie roles and occasional musical appearances until his death this last week.

Orbach was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in Spring of 2004, a fact he kept private until November when he checked into New York’s Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center for treatment. In spite of the aggressive nature of the treatment, he died on the evening of December 28.

Stainless Steel Jewelry

Submitted by: Melanie Spark

Stainless steel has long been used for different purposes. It is a metal that is preferred by various industries because it is very durable, affordable and the maintenance for it is easy. If you look around you, you will see different things that are made of stainless steel. That includes kitchen appliances, furnitures, specific parts in vehicles and even jewelry.

Yes, stainless steel jewelry is widely accepted and loved by a lot of people these days. Gone are the days when only silver and gold are the preferred material for jewelries. Stainless steel jewelries are more affordable and can also last for a long time.

If you are not yet convinced why stainless steel jewelries are great, here are some of the top reasons why other people simply adore it.

Advantages of Stainless Steel Jewelries

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1. Tarnishing is not a problem: Believe it or not, stainless steel will not tarnish. Silver has the tendency to lose its luster and even tarnish completely. This is because of oxidation. Yes, it can be cleaned using particular chemicals but it would be better if you would not need to do any polishing, right? With stainless steel jewelries, you do not have to worry about oxidation. That is the reason why it does not tarnish like silver.

2. You would not suffer from allergies: If you have been depriving yourself from wearing metal jewelries because you are allergic to it, stainless steel will solve your problem. Nickel is the culprit why other metals like gold and silver cause itchiness and rashes. Nickel makes the other metals harder so that it can be formed and molded. Stainless steel does not need nickel anymore because it is already hard enough on its own. That is the reason why it would not trigger allergic reactions.

3. Stainless steel jewelry is a practical choice: Stainless steel jewelries do not have sheen. This may be a negative thing for other people but for those who are more practical, this is a good thing. Wearing stainless steel jewelry can make you look fabulous without being too flashy. So, you can wear it on an ordinary day without worrying that it might cause unwanted incidents. You can even wear it on formal gatherings and not look ostentatious. Besides, these days, the value of the jewelry you are wearing is no longer a big deal. What matters more is how beautiful it would look when mixed and matched properly.

Maintenance for Stainless Steel Jewelry

When you have stainless steel jewelry, you also have to know how to maintain it well. Yes, it is a durable metal but if you are unable to care for it properly, it might not last as long as it should.

Since it does not tarnish, cleaning it everyday would not be necessary. Your only concern is the dirt that may get stuck in between the lines and creases, depending on the design of your jewelry. Warm water and a soft clean cloth can already do the job.

You can also buy the stainless steel jewelry cleaning set from stores. This includes a liquid chemical and a cleaning cloth. Some can only be sprayed on the jewelry and that will already do the job. Others require dipping or soaking of the jewelry into the solution.

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US removes preferential treatment for Hong Kong

Thursday, July 16, 2020

US President Donald Trump has signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and an executive order in response to the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law, directing the removal of US restrictions on Hong Kong’s preferential treatment. Such as export licence exemptions, SAR passport (Special Administrative Region) concessions and proposed to individuals directly or indirectly involved in the formulation and implementation of theNational Security Law in Hong Kong and entities to impose sanctions. Trump said the decision was to punish China for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong.

Trump said, “Hong Kong is now treated like mainland China, with no privileges, no special economic treatment, no [US] imports sensitive technology”. He predicted Hong Kong has lost its competitiveness in the free market.

Trump asked the departments to take action within 15 days, including revoking the US export license exemption granted to Hong Kong, prohibiting the export of defense articles to Hong Kong, revoking preferential treatment for HKSAR passport holders, preparing to suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong, and stopping the provision of training to Hong Kong police or other security forces.

The President’s Administrative Order also directs that sanctions be imposed on persons who are directly or indirectly involved in the enactment, implementation, and enforcement of national security laws in Hong Kong; oppressing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning persons; undermining the democratic process in Hong Kong; threatening the peace, stability, and autonomy of Hong Kong; restricting and punishing the exercise of freedom of assembly and expression by Hong Kong citizens; tightening press freedom; and committing human rights violations such as extraordinary renditions.

Participating entities, including governments, and individuals or organizations that provide assistance, such as funding or technology, may also be sanctioned. They and their families are barred from entering the United States, their assets in the United States may be frozen, and any transactions aimed at evading the ban are prohibited.

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region issues a solemn statement strongly opposing the United States authorities’ attempts to sign the Hong Kong Autonomy Act passed by the United States Congress into law. The actions of the United States Government are a serious violation of international law and the basic norms of international relations. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will fully cooperate with the Central Government’s countermeasures and will not let the hegemony of the United States succeed. The Hong Kong Government said that the SAR Government will carefully study whether the measures taken by the United States violate the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, and will not rule out the possibility that the United States may take measures in accordance with the WTO rules, to take action to safeguard the interests of Hong Kong. It is also reiterated that the measures in the Bill and the Executive Order have no legal effect in relation to financial institutions in Hong Kong.

The Chinese Government expresses its resolute opposition to and strong condemnation of this and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China notes that the United States has obstructed Hong Kong’s implementation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Agreement. The attempt to implement the National Security Law will never succeed, and China will impose sanctions on the relevant United States personnel and entities. The United States Department of State urges the United States side to rectify its mistake and not to implement the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Act.


India discontinues ?500, ?1000 denominations; releases ?2000 and new ?500 bills

Monday, November 14, 2016

On Wednesday, India demonetised ?500 (about US$7.50) and ?1000 notes, announced as a measure to fight corruption, fake notes, and black money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian citizens late Tuesday, and said 500 and 1000 rupee notes would cease to be legal tender at midnight.

To minimise possible difficulties to citizens, transactions using old 500 and 1000 rupee notes were accepted at government hospitals, railway ticket bookings, government buses, and airports. The notes were also accepted at public-sector petrol-pumps, government-authorised consumer co-operative stores, milk booths authorised by State governments, and cremation grounds till Friday midnight. These shops were obliged to have a record of their stocks and sales.

In his announcement, Modi said, “For your immediate needs, you can go to any bank, head post office or sub post office, show your identity proof like Aadhar card, voter’s card, ration card, passport, income tax PAN card number or other approved proofs and exchange your old 500 or thousand rupee notes for new notes.” ((hi))Hindi language: ??????? ???????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?? ??? ?????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ?? ?? ??? ?? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ????? ????, ???? ??, ???? ?????, ?????? ?????, ???? ?????, ????????, ???? ????? ??? ????? ??????? ???? ?? ??? ??? ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ???

Modi also announced those who failed to change their currency till December 30 can exchange the notes at Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s office along with a declaration form till March 31. The notes can be exchanged till December 30 at any branch of any bank across India.

By Saturday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said demonetised money equivalent to almost US$30 billion was deposited in banks across India. According to estimate, the old notes accounted for 85% of the total money in circulation. New 500 rupee and 2000 rupee notes are to be issued. Modi said RBI would exercise caution from past experience and limit the circulation of large-value notes.

International tourists could purchase up to 5000 rupees using the old notes at airport exchanges till Friday.

A limit was imposed on cash withdrawal; a maximum of 10000 rupees each day, and 20000 rupees each week, can be withdrawn. Moreover, from Thursday (November 10) till November 24, 4000 rupees can be exchanged in the banks and post offices. The amount is credited to the bank account.

Government workers were informed about demonetising when the announcement was made. Modi announced all banks would remain closed for public work on Wednesday.

In the United States, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday, immediately after which stock markets dropped globally. Following the US election and demonetising the money, the Indian stock market fell by 1700 points on Wednesday. Sensex lost 1,688.69 points and Nifty lost 111.55 points on the same day. Indian technology sector companies experienced loss. TCS suffered 4.93% loss and Infosys lost 2.74%.

The Indian rupee is also used in the neighbouring countries of Bhutan and Nepal. The border area uses Indian currency for day-to-day transactions. The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA) has announced the exchange of old notes will be facilitated till December 15. RMA governor Dasho Penjore informed Indian news site The Wire, “We do not know exactly how much Indian currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 is in circulation in Bhutan. We will get a better idea after the deadline to deposit their amount”. RMA has 30% of its international exchange reserve in Indian rupees. Nepal Rastra Bank directed all Nepali banks to stop conducting transactions using the Indian rupee.

On Thursday, there were long queues in front of ATMs and banks to exchange the old notes and withdraw money. BBC reported some banks ran out of cash. Police were called to some banks to maintain discipline. Banks were open on Saturday and Sunday for money exchange.

Shops did not accept the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes. Some emphasised cash-less transaction as well. BBC reported some traders and small business owners in Delhi threatened to call a strike as this move affected their business.

eRetail websites like Amazon and Flipkart announced they would not accept the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes on Cash on Delivery orders. Amazon also announced 15% discount on gift cards worth 500 or 1000 rupees.

The government ceased all transactions using the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes before Saturday. But a Wikinews correspondent noticed a jeweler shop accepting the demonetised notes on Saturday. When questioned, the jeweler said they were accepting the old notes only on purchase. When the correspondent, who did not identify as a reporter to the shop owners, said the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes were not legal money, they said they will exchange the notes in a bank since there were 50 days to exchange with a new and legal tender. They refused to exchange old 500 rupee notes with change, asserting the customer needs to buy merchandise from their shop.

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Majority Have Little Or No Knowledge Of How Self Insured Groups Work

Majority Have Little or No Knowledge of How Self-Insured Groups Work


Hale Johnston

EMPLOYERS latest SIG-related poll results come at a time of continued financial challenges for some large SIGs and their members around the country. In California, a workers compensation SIG for restaurants, golf courses and country clubs recently announced a $42 million assessment on its member businesses to make up for the group s insufficient reserves. The assessment means costs of tens of thousands of dollars or more to the member companies, including many that are former members. And recently a health-care industry SIG also announced an assessment to its members which was necessary to comply with California financial standards and to shore up a $25 million reserve deficit.

Four out of ten small business decision-makers incorrectly believe that SIG members are not financially responsible for the claims of each of the group s other member companies, according to the latest EMPLOYERS Small Business Opinion Poll. This lack of SIG knowledge is not limited to the general small business population. Thirty-nine percent of small businesses who are currently or were part of a SIG incorrectly believe SIG members are not financially responsible for the workers compensation claims of each of the other companies in their SIG, not just their own businesses.

EMPLOYERS Small Business Opinion Poll Snapshot:

73 percent have little or no knowledge of how SIGs work

40 percent of all small business decision-makers polled don t realize SIG members are financially responsible for each of the other member company claims

39 percent of current and former SIG members don t realize they are responsible for claims of each of the other member companies

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31 percent believe saving money on annual premiums outweighs the financial risk of a SIG failure

25 percent incorrectly believe that their claim liability ceases when they leave a SIG

Selecting Workers\’ Compensation Coverage

When selecting a workers\’ compensation insurance carrier, price logically serves as a deciding factor and is certainly important. However, it\’s also important for businesses to consider long-term cost savings that can be achieved through value-added programs such as loss control, anti-fraud and managed care programs that are offered by private insurance carriers.

Following are questions businesses should ask if they are already members of or are considering leaving self-insured groups.

Nine Questions Businesses Should Ask Their Self-Insured Group Administrator:

1. How well funded is the self-insured group?

2. How many claims have occurred while my company has been a member?

3. What is the expected lifetime cost of each of these claims?

4. What does joint and several liability mean to my business?

5. What is my company s exposure if another member of the self-insured group has a claim?

6. Can a claimant sue my company for the full cost of a claim?

7. What liabilities does my company have if I leave the self-insured group?

8. What are the legal requirements of leaving a self-insured group?

9. Will I need to re insure any costs related to claims that occurred while I was part of the self-insured group?

About the Small Business Opinion Poll

The study commissioned by EMPLOYERS surveyed 501 owners or managers of small businesses with 1-99 full-time employees. Data was collected through telephone interviews during the period May 9 May 17, 2012 at the 95 percent confidence level. The sample is stratified across business size and industry grouping, including manufacturing/construction, transportation/ communication, wholesale/retail, financial services, or personal/professional services businesses. The survey was conducted by ORC International through its Small Business CARAVAN.

Hale Johnston is Senior Vice President, Regional Manager of the Pacific Region for EMPLOYERS . Additional information can be found at

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Bangladesh security tightened following Pilkhana massacre and Bashundhara City fire

Friday, March 20, 2009

Following the Pilkhana massacre which occurred February 25 and 26 leaving 74 dead and the inferno at the Bashundhara City shopping mall complex March 13 leaving seven dead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said security measures are being tightened countrywide across Bangladesh.

Fire drills will be enacted at all key-point installations (KPI). Fire fighting systems will be examined by the fire brigade and the public works department (PWD) to ensure functionality. Security measures will be enhanced supplementing areas under private security such as at the Bashundhara City Complex.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department requires modernization and needs new equipment to fight fires past the sixth floor of buildings. The Fire Brigade says it needs turntable ladders, snorkels, foam-tenders, lighting units, emergency tenders, fireproof uniforms, and rescue ropes for fire fighting and rescue operations. Transportation to fires is also an issue due to narrow roads, low electrical wires and congestion.

The Bangladesh National Building Code requires fire fighting equipment installed in buildings over seven floors. This code is to be monitored by authorities to ensure compliance with the new guidelines and to make sure buildings are being maintained.

The Bashundhara City Complex opened Monday for shoppers two days after Friday’s blaze. A probe is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess structural damage.

Loss of life was minimized as the blaze broke out on a Friday, the beginning of the weekend in Bangladesh, so offices in the upper floors were empty. The lower eight floors are used for shopping and the upper floors are all Bashundhara Group offices.

The mall is valued at Tk 7.0 billion (US$100 million). It is not known if the complex is covered by fire insurance.

It is estimated that it will take over two years to rebuild the area damaged by flames which were burned down to a skeleton. Bashundhara City’s technical advisor, Latifur Rahman, estimated damages at Tk 2.0 billion (US$29m).

Only one television cameraman has been allowed in to film the burnt area. None of the 2,500 shops, cinemas or cafes were burnt by the inferno. The seventh and eighth floors still experience smoke damage, and there was water damage to merchandise.

A three member committee is currently investigating the cause of the fire which will consist of Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary of the ministry, representatives of the police, IGP Noor Muhammad, and fire brigade, Director General Abu Nayeem Md Shahidullah. The committee is required to report within the week with their findings. The forensics department is also sifting through the burnt remains.

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries has also formed a committee which has begun interviewing witnesses and recording their testimony alongside the government committee.

It has been discovered that 150 closed circuit cameras were not being used when the fire started. Another mystery is why the mall fire fighting system has been found unused.

Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think….These matters seem to be mysterious

“In the shopping mall there is an ultra-technology elevator which runs even without electricity but we have found that locked,” Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary (Police) of the home ministry, said. “Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think. We have to see if there was any incendiary substance there. These matters seem to be mysterious.”

Mall management has been asked to submit substances and items which would have been in the upper floors when the fire started. The fire erupted on the 17th floor and spread quickly to the two floors above and engulfed the three floors below. The aerial ladders belonging to the Fire Service and Civil Defence reached as high as the 13th floor of the 21-storey building.

Videos have been sent to the United States (US) for examination to assist in determining the cause of the fire and to help in the damage assessment. Experts from the US are expected to arrive soon.

Firefighters were brought to the rooftop of the 20-storey tower by helicopter. The only fatality in this operation was Baki Billa, a firefighter of Bashundhara City firefighting department, who fell when climbing down a rope from a helicopter to the roof of the building. Three other firefighters made the transition safely. At this same time, the chief security officer was safely rescued by the Bangladesh Air Force helicopter, a Bell 212. Six security officers of the complex also lost their lives.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Marion Schaffer, Oakville

Monday, September 24, 2007

Marion Schaffer is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oakville riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Egypt cancels 15 year gas supply contract to Israel

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the termination of a natural gas contract between Egypt and Israel is a business matter and not a political issue between the two counties. Netanyahu’s statement on Monday backs away from other officials’ earlier responses to the action.

Egyptian Natural Gas Company announced Sunday, April 22 that it will stop supplying Israel with natural gas over a disagreement about payments. The company’s leader claims the other side is in “breach of contract” as Gasco has not been paid for what has already been delivered.

In 2005, Israel and Egypt, under former president Hosni Mubarak, signed a 15-year trade deal whereby Egypt would supply natual gas at a discounted rate to the Israelis. Tensions between the two countries have made Israel cautious about relying on Egypt for its energy. Since the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the pipelines for transporting natural gas from Egypt to Israel have been damaged up to 14 times.

When this decision was broadcast on Sunday night in Egypt, commentators for Egyptian news services discussed whether this decision was a blatant contractual infringement, a necessary commercial move, or an attack on the original peace treaty between Egypt and Israel made at Camp David in 1978.

In Israel, Yuval Steinitz, the finance minister, said, “This is a dangerous precedent that diminishes the peace treaty [between the two countries].”

Avigdor Lieberman, foreign affairs minister, had called on Egypt to reverse the decision and prevent the contractual dispute from escalating into a political issue. Since Netanyahu’s more recent comment, Lieberman has also backed away from characterizing the issue as a political dispute.

Egypt’s natural gas exports once made up 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas reserves, but Israel has looked for other options as the political atmosphere in Egypt changed. Israel is developing its own offshore fields, and it has begun to import other types of “dirty fuels,” like gas and diesel. As a result, Israeli consumers have seen a nine percent increase in electricity costs and Israel is preparing for the possibility of blackouts.

What To Look For When Hiring A Taxi From Mumbai To Pune

byAlma Abell

Are you planning on a journey from Mumbai to Pune? On way to make the trip is by hiring a taxi. There are a number of companies out there that offer taxi service from Mumbai to Pune and back again, but before you hire one, you should make sure that they are offering the services you need. Because of the variety of Mumbai to Pune taxi services available, choosing the right one for you can be a challenge. Luckily, there are some things that you can look for to ensure your Mumbai to Pune taxi experience is a good one.

A Choice of Vehicles

One thing that you should look for when considering a company that will take you from Mumbai to Pune is a company that offers a choice of vehicles. Why do you want a choice of vehicles? Because you may have different needs than other people and you will be able to tell, if a company offers a choice, that they are putting customer service as one of their top priorities. For instance, if a taxi service only offers a small coupe vehicle as their taxi, they aren’t giving good service to people who may be travelling in groups.

Affordable Rates

You also, of course, want to make sure that you are working with a company that offers affordable rates, as well. The journey from Mumbai to Pune is approximately 152 kilometres, so you may need to do some calculating based on the given rates of these services as not all of them will give you the exact rate at the time of hire. Many of them will charge by the kilometre as well, so the rate can vary based on route and where you start and end.

A Good Reputation

Finally, you will want to make sure that the company you choose has a stellar reputation. You can typically find this out by talking to friends and family who may have used the company for travel or by looking online for reviews that have been left by other customers. These reviews can certainly tell you a lot about the company in question and will give you a great overview of what you can expect should you choose to use their taxi services.

If seeking out a Mumbai to Pune taxi, contact Allied Car Rentals. Reach them online at or by phone, +91 9890930737.