Shots reported during Superdome evacuation
Shots reported during Superdome evacuation

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Air evacuation of the Superdome was temporarily halted Thursday after shots were reportedly fired at a military helicopter.

Evacuations by bus continue, despite an early news report to the contrary. Thousands of people taking temporary shelter in the Superdome and nearby areas in New Orleans are being evacuated after Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a complete evacuation of the city, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Evacuees will be taken to the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

Looting has become an increasing concern, as looters and gangs are beginning to rob hotels and hospitals. Some looters have even been able to take guns from abandoned shops. Officials say that they are concerned about the increasing number of people with guns. Police officers stranded on the roof of a hotel reported shots fired at them.

President George W. Bush plans to visit the affected areas on Friday. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush are expected to lead a private fund-raising campaign for the victims of the hurricane, similar to the campaign after the oceanic earthquake and resulting tsunami in late 2004.

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Oil in Alberta spill may be carcinogenic
Oil in Alberta spill may be carcinogenic

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The province of Alberta, Canada is considering legal action against Canadian National Railway for failing to warn that a derailment last week contaminated Wabamun Lake with a hazardous chemical.

The 700,000 litres of heavy Bunker C fuel oil that spilled into the lake asphyxiated birds and killed fish.

In addition, one of the ruptured tanker cars sent 70,000 liters of Imperial Pole Treating Oil into the lake. This oil is a yellow mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Naphthalene, a component of this “very toxic material” is suspected of causing skin cancer if touched and lung or other cancers if inhaled.[1] Inhalation is promoted by actions that cause splashing or foaming. The mineral oil is used in connection with pentachlorophenol for preserving wooden utility poles.

Wabamun Lake is a popular summertime recreational area about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Edmonton, Alberta.

The 766-megawatt Keephills power generating plant, one of 3 in Wabamun, was shut down because the coal-fired plant uses water from the lake. Edmonton’s health authority ordered people not to swim, boat or rescue animals in the lake and to stop using its water or any water from nearby wells for cooking, drinking, showering or brushing teeth. These warnings came 3 days after many residents, including children, had been wading into the oil slick without protective clothing to save wildlife injured by the spill and others had been routinely depending on the lakewater for home use. Why the alert was not issued sooner remains under investigation and may result in criminal charges. Canadian National Railway had been informed of the nature of the oil when it was loaded by Imperial Oil Ltd., Canada’s largest petroleum company. Imperial Oil is posting informational updates on a special website [2]. In addition The Wabamun Residents Committee has established an information website [3].

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Essential Ingredients For Healthy Cooking

Submitted by: Eric Cho

Healthy eating does not denote a diet strictly made up of salads; it just means that your favorite meals are prepared with more care to calorie and fat, as well as other harmful ingredients among them.

Reduce the Fat

Non-stick cookware is also a way of cooking healthy, as it negates the need for using cooking oil. Valuable nutrients are also maintained by boiling, steaming, braising, baking and microwaving foods.

Taking the Fat Out of the Cow

The choice of reduced dairy fats products and lean meats minimizes hidden fats within these food groups, which can also be found in varying amounts in processed foods. Dietary fats are best found in natural, unrefined form in foods such as avocado, olives, soy, fish, seeds and fish. If fats are used in the cooking process, use, to a bare minimum, mono-saturated oils, like canola and olive oils.

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Shopping for Healthy Eats

Healthy cooking begins when shopping at the store and as such, the choices made reflect upon the results. Skinless chicken breasts are a wise choice, as is lean meat cuts. Make sure to look for foods with low fat versions, such as gravies, salad dressings, yoghurt, cheese and milk.

Start With Healthy Ingredients

Other tips on healthy cooking include consuming more fish, rich in protein and omega three acids, while being short on fats. As a matter of course, consume fresh legumes and vegetables and desist from adding too much salt while cooking. Recipes that require animal fat saut ing and deep frying should be eliminated, as well as those that need butter in their preparation.

Lighten the Lunch Meal

Suggestions for healthy sandwiches include using reduced salt wholegrain or whole meal bread, use very little or no cream cheese or butter on the bread, use instead avocado, low fat peanut or cheese spreads. Herbs have been known to replace oil and salt flavors, as well as containing phyto-oestrogens, which are health protective. They can be used to augment meat dishes, as well as drinks, desserts, vinegars, salad dressings, mustards, breads, and soups. Great herbs are such as lemongrass, chili, garlic, ginger, and coriander.

Cooking Healthy for a Healthy Body

To reduce the loss of vitamins in vegetables during cooking and preparation, scrub them clean rather than peeling, as nutrients are close to their the skin. Vegetables that are stir-fried retain their nutrients through their crunchiness, as they are not overcooked.

Finally, if it looks good, it probably is. Presentation will increase enjoyment, just as great taste will. Many higher end restaurants will use presentation to increase the visual size of the portion and to make the meal appear more intricate than it really is.

The key to the healthiest of cooking is at the beginning of the recipe. By choosing the best ingredients and the best cooking methods for your body, you are choosing a healthier lifestyle. Alternative medicine and treatments begin with treating the body with respect and honor and that begins with offering healthy foods as a source of daily energy.

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Australian government hopes to establish triage by phone
Australian government hopes to establish triage by phone

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Australian federal government hopes to slash hospital emergency department waiting queues by setting up a 24-hour national medical hotline.

A government source said that the National Health Call Centre Network would be manned by registered triage nurses 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Triage nurses would perform a diagnosis over the phone based upon the description given by the patient. The patient would then be referred to the nearest emergency department, their local GP or pharmacy – as determined by the nurse.

The issue is expected to be discussed at next month’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra. It is believed that the states and territories are supportive of the system.

If agreed upon by COAG, the service will be jointly funded by state/territory and the commonwealth governments at a cost of $40 million a year. The service would take 18 months to set up.

The service will be ran from a centralised call centre and be managed by a private contractor.

Julia Gillard, the opposition’s spokeswoman for health said any national call service needed to be linked with local GPs and medical services.

Gillard claims that under a Labor government, an after-hours “Pizza Hut” style service would be implemented, with a single national number connecting to a local call centre.

“You would be talking to people in the locality you are in and who know the local services,” she said

The Australian Medical Association, an organisation representing more than 27,000 doctors in Australia has slammed the proposal saying it will only deter people from seeking appropriate medical treatment.

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School stampede in China kills eight, injures dozens more
School stampede in China kills eight, injures dozens more

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

State media reported earlier today that a stampede in a school in China has killed at least eight people and injured an additional 26.

The accident occurred at 21:10 local time at the Yucai Middle School, a privately-run institution in city of Xiangxiang, located in the Hunan Province. Reports say that several students were leaving their studies when one fell down a staircase, causing others to lose their balance and tumble down as well.

Those hurt in the incident were treated at three hospitals in the town, and eight other students were being observed by medical personnel despite appearing not to have been hurt.

Chinese officials are investigating the incident and have been questioning the city educational bureau and local school authorities, according to the Xinhua news agency.

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France votes no in EU referendum
France votes no in EU referendum

Sunday, May 29, 2005

In a result predicted by polls, a 54.87% majority of French voters voted non in Sunday’s European Constitution referendum. Of France’s 42 million eligible voters, over 70% turned out at the 55 thousand polling stations across the country, which were open from 8:00 to 20:00 on Sunday (except in Paris and Lyon where voting finished at 22:00, and French oversea possessions and other polling centers in the Americas, which voted on Saturday in order not to have them vote when the results are already known). A 70% turnout is very large compared to Spain 42%.

The result comes as no surprise to European political commentators as opinion polls had consistently suggested that the “No” camp was on course for a strong victory. Indeed, the last opinion poll before the actual referendum suggested a 56% win for the “No” camp.

The treaty was supported by all 3 major political parties (center-left PS, center-right UMP, center-right UDF), though a significant minority of the PS, and some in the UMP, chose to oppose it.It was opposed by the French Communist Party, as well as Trotskyite movements such as the Revolutionary Communist League, other far-left movements such as the Party of the Workers, parts of the Socialist party, parts of The Greens some members of UMP, and the nationalist National Front.

According to polls, the vast majority of blue collar workers, farmers and other categories threatened by globalization and international concurrence voted against the treaty. The urban, better educated or richer population voted in favor.

Some supporters of the “No” camp have argued that the mainstream media was biased in favor of the “yes” cause, and this was supported by some analyses of times awarded by television to both camps. However, the “no” camp also waged an aggressive campaign, with the walls of major cities being plastered with posters linking the EU Constitution and the European Union to all kind of social ills, such as high unemployment.

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Angiography Devices Market Expected To Expand At A Steady Cagr Through 2026

Angiography is an imaging procedure which provides visualization of blood vessel to detect narrow, blocked, enlarged arteries or veins in the body. Local or general anesthesia has been given to the patient during angiography procedure. This procedure uses various imaging technologies such as, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, X-ray and others. The superior quality of angiography imaging over conventional techniques is increasing the adoption of angiography devices especially for heart related disorders. The MRI and CT angiography devices would be the most prominent products in this market owing to its efficacy, minimal side effects and short duration in terms of outcome. Commercialization of high end imaging technologies and increasing affordability of patients has increases the scope of hybrid angiography devices, in developed region. The demand for angiography devices in developing region would get reduced owing to its relatively saturated market situation. This market would be further driven by replacement of old devices.

Angiography Devices Market: Drivers and Restraints

Increasing CVD incidences, growing number of geriatric population, dysfunctional lifestyle, growing demand for sophistication diagnostic procedures are driving the growth of angiography devices market, globally. Also, the rising awareness for cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment, favorable government regulation to commercialize angiography devices are the additional factors fueling the growth of angiography devices market. However, the high cost angiography devices, lack of reimbursement, and unaffordability across emerging economies are some of the factors impeding the market growth. However, the companies operating in this market are actively focusing on the commercialization of low cost system to grab the highest market share in emerging economies.

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Angiography Devices Market: Segmentation

The global angiography devices market is segmented based on, device, product type, application, procedures, end use and indication.

Based on devices, the global angiography devices market is segmented into the following:

  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
  • Conventional Angiography

Based on procedure, the global angiography devices market is segmented into the following:

  • Coronary Angiography
  • Pulmonary Angiography
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Extremity Angiography
  • Renal Angiography

Based on end users, the global angiography devices market is segmented into the following:

  • Hospitals and Surgical Centers
  • Diagnostics Centers
  • Academic and Research Institutes

Based on indication, the global angiography devices market is segmented into the following:

  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Others

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Angiography Devices Market: Overview

By device, the angiography device market was dominated by more advanced technologies such as MRI and CT, owing to their high efficiency over conventional technologies. Recently launched, Real-time 3D echocardiography by Siemens Healthcare is one of the key development in angiography devices market, which is used to diagnose various heart and coronary conditions. By procedure, coronary angiography and pulmonary angiography are the dominating procedure, owing to its high prevalence. By end-users, hospitals and surgical centers hold promising share, followed by diagnostic centers. This is due to premium pricing of angiography devices, which is unaffordable for the medium scale diagnostic centers. By disease indication, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the leading segment due to its high incidence and absence of alternative diagnostic technique.

Angiography Devices Market: Region-wise Outlook

North America was the lading region for angiography devices in terms of revenue in 2015, followed by Europe. Increasing incidence of coronary disorder owing to dysfunction lifestyle is the prime factor driving the growth of angiography device market in these region. However, the similar kind of trend is now shifting towards emerging economies which is expected to create notable growth opportunity for the angiography device during the forecast period.

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Angiography Devices Market: Key Players

Leading players operating in angiography devices includes, Shimadzu Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Siemens Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Toshiba Medical System Corporation, Shimadzu Corporation, St. Jude Medical, Inc., Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Cordis Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., and Abbott Vascular (Abbott Laboratories). Companies operating in this market are seeking for novel product to gain core competencies in the market. These companies are also conducting collaborative studies with the clinical research institutes to sustain their market position.

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Obesity and the Fat Acceptance Movement: Kira Nerusskaya speaks
Obesity and the Fat Acceptance Movement: Kira Nerusskaya speaks

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Opinions rooted in racism, sexism, homophobia are commonly unacceptable to express in public or in polite company. Michael Richards shouted down a black heckler by yelling, “Shut up!” followed by “He’s a nigger!” and gave his already dormant career less of a chance of ever reviving. When Isiah Washington called a co-star on Grey’s Anatomy a “fag,” his contract was not renewed.

None of this would have happened to either actor if instead of racist or homophobic terminology they had said, “Shut up, fattie!” or “Fat ass!” It’s not an easy time to be fat in America. A fat person is seen as weak-willed, as suffering from an addiction to food, as unhealthy and deserving of ridicule. It goes without saying that people who are overweight are, indeed, people with a full range of emotions and feelings that are as easily hurt as a thin person’s.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone met Kira Nerusskaya, a documentary filmmaker, at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Her film The BBW World: Under the FAT! is in production and post-production. She is a self-described Big Beautiful Woman (BBW) and she hosts the website; she is also one of the leading voices that has recently emerged for fat acceptance. In researching her film she has traveled to Russia, London, Paris, Ireland and all over the United States to interview fat women about their obesity and their place in their respective societies.

Below is an interview with Nerusskaya about the health, issues, public reactions to and sexuality of a BBW.

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Why You Should Get Chimney Service In Queens Ny

byAlma Abell

The chimney is one of the most important parts of the HVAC system. This is because it ensures that all the soot and gases that haven’t fully burned are expelled from the house warming system. However, not many people pay as much attention as they are supposed to when it comes to chimney servicing. Here are some of the tips that will help you have an easy time getting Chimney Service in Queens NY. Visit website for more information.

Chimney sweeping

It is important to have a chimney sweep regularly to make sure that soot and creosote aren’t accumulating in the system. The problem that comes with letting dust and soot accumulate in the chimney is that it reduces the efficiency with which the gaseous products of the burning process are expelled from the house. As a result, the chimney system ends up causing smoke accumulation inside the house. Professional cleaners make use of modern technology when performing the chimney sweeps and Chimney Service in Queens NY.

General chimney inspection

Companies perform different types of chimney inspections. These inspections are aimed at making sure that the chimney is in the right working order. There are companies that have sophisticated video inspection equipment. The equipment is used to perform the following checks.

1. Water damage: In case water is getting into the chimney through cracks in the wall or other weaknesses in the chimney, it could cause damage to the chimney and the rest of the house.

2. Structural damage: It is very dangerous to have cracks in the masonry as this can lead to gaps that fire could pass through, burning down the rest of the house.

3. Bird and other mammal droppings or nests: Birds and mammals like bats have a tendency to nest inside the chimney. Their droppings soil the chimney and create a foul odor in the house.

The cost of getting a chimney inspection can be as little as $140. It will benefit you a lot in the long run because the house will be protected from fires and other damages that result from poor maintenance. US Chimney is one of the best providers of Chimney Service in Queens NY. Go to to learn more about this service.

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Spanish smoking ban takes effect in bars and restaurants
Spanish smoking ban takes effect in bars and restaurants

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A ban on smoking in public places has gone into force in Spain today. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will now be smoke-free across the country.

The Spanish government had introduced voluntary regulations on smoking in 2006 which allowed for venues to ban smoking, but few chose to do so. The 2006 law also banned smoking at workplaces.

Spain now joins Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy in banning smoking in enclosed public places.

Leire Pajin, the Spanish health minister, said the law marked “a decisive step in the defence of the health of the Spanish people”, but some industry representatives have expressed concern that business will go down following the ban.

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