May 19th, 2019

Fire kills 32 in theatre in Beni Suef, Egypt

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Fire kills 32 in theatre in Beni Suef, Egypt

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

A fire Monday night in a theatre in Beni Suef, Egypt, has killed at least 32 and injured a similar number. The fire was started during a performance when a candle on the set was knocked over by an actor and the curtains were set alight. The blaze spread to the stage, which was covered in paper, and then quickly engulfed the rest of the building.

There was a stampede as the panicking audience of at least 100 rushed for the only available exit door, which was blocked at one point by falling supports as the building slowly burnt. The other exit was covered in paper and caught fire before it could be used. Firefighters brought the fire under control after several hours, but not before the building was destroyed.

It is believed the deaths were caused by burns, smoke inhalation and injuries from the stampede. The remaining injured were reported by hospital director Ahmed el-Sharqawi to have burns covering between 30% and 90% of their bodies. A medical team specialising in burns and related care has been flown in from Cairo, and Cairo hospitals have indicated that they are ready to accept patients if necessary. The fire occurred on the third day of a nine-day theatre festival in the farming community, 120 km from Cairo, which featured groups from all over Egypt.

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May 19th, 2019

Media round-up: April Fools’ Day 2008

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Media round-up: April Fools’ Day 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Many media outlets traditionally deliberately spread hoaxes on April Fools’ Day, including notable quality sources such as National Geographic and Science.

The popular British tabloid The Sun wrote that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to undergo stretch surgery to make him taller than his wife, Italian artist and model Carla Bruni. The report claimed the 5 foot 5 inch leader would be made 5 inches taller in one year using a method by Israeli professor Ura Schmuck. The Sun noted that during his visit to Britain last week, Sarkozy had high-heel shoes while his wife wore a pair of flat pumps.

The Guardian on the other hand ran an article that suggested that Carla would head an initiative by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to bring more glamour, good taste and sophistication to the U.K. general population. This would involve collaboration with Marks & Spencer for high-street fashion and Jamie Oliver for meals and wine.

BBC News had real-looking footage of flying penguins fronted by documentary host Terry Jones, which were actually an advertisement for its new iPlayer.

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May 18th, 2019

NRMA stands by “unsafe” smash repair system

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NRMA stands by “unsafe” smash repair system

Wednesday, December 21, 2005NRMA, one of Australia’s largest insurers, has come under scrutiny following the release of a scathing report into its online smash repairs system.

The report by the New South Wales Government’s Staysafe committee found that NRMA’s online repair tendering system was “unsafe”. NRMA has said it has no intention of suspending the system despite the findings.

The report, which was released yesterday found that “[The] system of allocating damaged motor vehicles to smash repairers without the repairers physically inspecting the damaged vehicle before quoting for work … is an unsafe system in its current form”. According to committee member and Port Stephens MP John Bartlett the vehicles were “being repaired to the standard of a brick and the crumple zones at the front and rear no longer worked and all the impact was being felt in the cabin”.

According to the report “the system would lead to cost cutting and unsafe repair practices, with the quality of repairs lowered by encouraging smash repairers to take short cuts”.

According to NRMA, only minor “cosmetic” repairs are put through the system – however often there can be further damage which is only evident after a complete inspection. The NRMA system simply places photographs of the vehicles on its website where approved smash repairers bid to carry out repairs.

David Brown, head of claims and assessments at NRMA, said this of the report: “[W]e totally reject the findings of the report, in fact we find the report’s fundamentally flawed with no evidence of safety issues, and [it] has been prepared without seeing the system first-hand”. He further added that the system would not be scrapped.

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May 17th, 2019

Different Types Of Cleaning Services

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Cleaning is one of the upkeep processes that are almost impossible to underestimate. A poorly cleaned or dirty office is not a good impression and in some cases can make a difference between success and failure. If you want a business associate or customer to take your business serious then your facility needs to be kept spotless and clean at all times. Therefore, you need to find a cleaning company that offers different types of cleaning services. By taking this into consideration you will be able to find the right cleaning service that fits within your requirements. There is a reliable cleaning company that provides a range of cleaning services in Moncton NB.

Professional Cleaners Offer Superb Cleaning Services

When you choose to hire cleaners from a reliable cleaning company you can expect to receive top notch cleaning services. A cleaning company that offers specialized techniques, a wide range of cleaning services, quality, and experience cleaners is one you can rely on. Cleaning experts take their job seriously and have been trained in the most effective and modern cleaning methods with professional grade products. Each cleaning professional has also been trained in safety procedures and product usage. Onsite inspections are done to make sure you receive the highest level of cleaning services. The work being done is always monitored and if any area fails to meet the cleaning standards, it will be immediately corrected.

Commercial Cleaning Services Include:

  • Lawncare
  • Windows
  • Construction Clean Up
  • Disaster Clean Up
  • Floor Care
  • Industrial
  • Office Cleaning
  • Move In and Out Cleaning

Many Benefits of Relying on Expert Cleaners

There are many benefits when you rely on expert cleaners to have your business looking spotless and smelling fresh. Professional cleaners are fully bonded and insured which provides liability and property damage coverage. Each cleaner has been screened for your protection and if you wish to view documents you can. Cleaners arrive on time and are dressed appropriately as well as having their company identification card with them. If you would like more information on quality cleaning services whether for household or office, contact Crystal Clean Maintenance today by visiting their website.

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May 16th, 2019

News briefs:January 04, 2008

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News briefs:January 04, 2008

Contents

  • 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
    • 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
    • 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
    • 1.15 Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
    • 1.16 US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
    • 1.17 Footer

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May 16th, 2019

Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC

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Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC. The organization claims to have arranged for 22,158 people to send a message regarding the “American Freedom Agenda Act” proposed by Ron Paul, in addition to supporting many other laws. The full text of the interview can be found below.

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May 15th, 2019

What To Consider When Selecting A Hand Dryer

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From schools to restaurants, a variety of businesses uses hand dryers in their restrooms for people to use after washing their hands. Whether they require one dryer or need to install several, it is important to wisely choose the right industrial hand dryers to use. There are high-speed dryers available that start automatically and others that require the user to push a button to operate. Just as some dryers require heat to use, there are more eco-friendly dryers that do not need heat to help dry the user’s hands. With so many choices to select from you want to take the time require to choose the right one for your company.

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Factors to Contemplate While Searching for a Dryer

  • One key factor to consider is the speed of the dryer, you want to select one that can dry hands in just a few seconds versus devices that can take longer and result in people waiting to use the machine.
  • How much power will be used to operate the device? It is important to find one that will help lower the cost of our energy bill.
  • What about the amount of noise the machine will make, you do not want a device that is so loud it can become a nuisance.
  • How durable is the machine? It depends on what type of business you own on how often it will be used. A private office bathroom will not be used as often as a public restroom.
  • How complicated will it be to install the new hand dryer?

Select a Company that Makes It Their Goal to Provide Their Clients with Quality Hand Dryers

When selecting a dryer, you should keep in mind cheaper does not always mean better. While one company may sell a device at a lower price, you may find that the product takes longer to dry hands and can be extremely loud. American Dryer is one of the leading companies that supplies quality and affordable dryers to their clients. They offer their customer exceptional dryers that help reduce the amount of energy required to operate the machine and reduced how loud the dryers sound when in use.

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May 15th, 2019

Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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May 11th, 2019

News briefs:June 4, 2006

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News briefs:June 4, 2006

The time is 18:00 (UTC) on June 4th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.

Contents

  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 Explosion in Turkey injures eight
    • 1.2 Iran warns disruption of oil may be a consequence of U.S. “wrong moves”
    • 1.3 Suspects deny London bomb plot, say lawyers
    • 1.4 Nigerian kidnappers release 8 oil workers
    • 1.5 One week after quake, geologists fear Mount Merapi eruption
    • 1.6 Sex slave auctions held at British airports
    • 1.7 Portugal beats Luxembourg, in preparation for the World Cup
  • 2 Closing statements

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May 11th, 2019

Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

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Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

Tuesday, March 29, 2005A team of Australian surgeons yesterday reattached both hands and one foot to 10-year-old Perth boy, Terry Vo, after a brick wall which collapsed during a game of basketball fell on him, severing the limbs. The wall gave way while Terry performed a slam-dunk, during a game at a friend’s birthday party.

The boy was today awake and smiling, still in some pain but in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery, according to plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love.

“What we have is parts that are very much alive so the reattached limbs are certainly pink, well perfused and are indeed moving,” Mr Love told reporters today.

“The fact that he is moving his fingers, and of course when he wakes up he will move both fingers and toes, is not a surprise,” Mr Love had said yesterday.

“The question is more the sensory return that he will get in the hand itself and the fine movements he will have in the fingers and the toes, and that will come with time, hopefully. We will assess that over the next 18 months to two years.

“I’m sure that he’ll enjoy a game of basketball in the future.”

The weight and force of the collapse, and the sharp brick edges, resulted in the three limbs being cut through about 7cm above the wrists and ankle.

Terry’s father Tan said of his only child, the injuries were terrible, “I was scared to look at him, a horrible thing.”

The hands and foot were placed in an ice-filled Esky and rushed to hospital with the boy, where three teams of medical experts were assembled, and he was given a blood transfusion after experiencing massive blood loss. Eight hours of complex micro-surgery on Saturday night were followed by a further two hours of skin grafts yesterday.

“What he will lose because it was such a large zone of traumatised skin and muscle and so on, he will lose some of the skin so he’ll certainly require lots of further surgery regardless of whether the skin survives,” said Mr Love said today.

The boy was kept unconscious under anaesthetic between the two procedures. In an interview yesterday, Mr Love explained why:

“He could have actually been woken up the next day. Because we were intending to take him back to theatre for a second look, to look at the traumatised skin flaps, to close more of his wounds and to do split skin grafting, it was felt the best thing to do would be to keep him stable and to keep him anaesthetised.”

Professor Wayne Morrison, director of the respected Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and head of plastic and hand surgery at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, said he believed the operation to be a world first.

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