Wikinews interviews Christoph Bals of the NGO Germanwatch after conclusion of climate conference

 Correction — February 25, 2008 Translation problems from German to English, see Talk page. 

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A year ago I would have found the current outcome almost revolutionary. … A lot has been achieved, but the biggest hurdles are still in front of us.

With the Climate Conference in Bali having come to a successful conclusion, Wikinews journalist Sean Heron interviewed Christoph Bals from the German NGO Germanwatch on his opinion of the outcome, and an outlook on the future negotiations. Christoph is the Senior Political Executive of Germanwatch, Co-Author of the Climate protection-Index and did lobby work on Bali.

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18 September

Wikinews interviews Ubuntu developer Fabrice

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The 10.10 version of Ubuntu (codename Maverick Merkaat), a free operative system is to be released in the next few days. French Wikinews contributor Savant-fou (Baptiste) has interviewed Fabrice (fabrice_sp on Ubuntu), an Ubuntu’s MOTU (Master Of The Universe), member of the development team of the operative system.

Ubuntu is a computer operating system, based on Debian, which is created collaboratively by thousands of people. There are three official Ubuntu versions: Ubuntu Desktop Edition (for desktop and laptop PCs); Ubuntu Netbook Edition (for netbooks); and Ubuntu Server Edition (for use in servers).

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17 September

Fire hits Egyptian national theatre

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A fire on Saturday destroyed the main hall of the Egyptian National Theatre in Cairo. Six people have been injured including three firefighters. No one was in the theatre at the time as it was closed for the weekend.

Egyptian state culture minister Faruq Hosni, said “The fire broke out in the main hall of the theatre. It was probably caused by an electrical short circuit.”

Ataba Square was filled with thick white smoke just after sunset as a total of 22 fire engines responded. Egyptian riot police were also deployed to keep crowds of people back while the firefighters attempted to extinguish the blaze.

A civil defence officer described the fire as being almost contained, following a brief burst of high winds which blew the flames towards neighbouring shops and other buildings. The three firefighters were admitted to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Brig. Gen. Nasr Zakaria, a senior officer of the Civil Defence Service, later confirmed Minister Hosni’s earlier statement, telling MENA (Middle East News Agency) that an electrical short had indeed caused the fire, by triggering an explosion in the theatres air conditioning system.

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16 September

Professional Liability Lawsuits And The Dental Expert Witness

By A.Noton

When it comes to finding a dental expert witness or a medical expert, you must be informed. What you don’t know can hurt your chances of winning your case. Health care providers, including physicians, dentists and allied health care professionals are at risk of a professional liability lawsuit every time they provide patient care. There are two sides to a lawsuit, the plaintiff and the defendant. The plaintiff is the individual who has initiated the suit. The defendant is the person or entity that is being sued by the plaintiff who is alleging malpractice.

From a purely objective viewpoint, neither side should be viewed as good or bad, or right or wrong. The terms plaintiff and defendant simply identify which party brought the action and which party is being sued. Regarding health care and professional liability lawsuits, it is safe to assume that the patient is the plaintiff and the health care provider is the defendant.

The role played by the expert is to review the dental or medical records pertinent to the suit. Following review, the expert will opine as to whether or not the claim has any merit, and whether or not in their judgment there was any malpractice committed. Each side has their own expert or experts. The plaintiff’s expert is engaged by their attorney, and the defendant’s expert is engaged by their attorney.

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In the case of the defendant, the party who will bear the cost of the expert will ultimately be the defendant’s professional liability insurance provider. Initially the plaintiff’s attorney will bear the cost of the expert. If the plaintiff prevails in the suit, the cost of the plaintiff’s expert will be deducted from whatever monetary award the plaintiff receives from the defendant.

When a professional liability matter goes before a trier of fact, either a jury trial or arbitration, the expert witness is one of the most important factors. On the plaintiff’s side, the expert must provide a strong opinion that malpractice occurred. On the defendant’s side, the expert is needed to provide a strong defense that malpractice did not occur. It is often the testimony of the expert witness that becomes the deciding factor in a suit as to which party prevails.

Finding the expert witness that will help you win your case is more complicated than simply looking up dentists or physicians online or in the yellow pages. The dental expert witness or the medical expert witness must come with appropriate referrals and possess an impressive curriculum vitae. Often, an expert witness will work exclusively for the plaintiff side or for the defendant side. Very few experts work both sides of the fence.

The cost of expert witnesses is significant. Experts are in demand, and they charge a high hourly fee. Whether you are defending a case or attempting to prove the alleged malpractice, the cost of the expert witness is not where you want to look for a bargain. Defense and Plaintiff attorneys are both quite savvy when it comes to choosing an expert. In the realm of malpractice, defendants and plaintiffs should defer to their attorney’s recommendations in this area. Most plaintiff attorneys will not agree to take on a case unless it has been reviewed by an expert who supports their client’s viewpoint.

There are many Web sites that provide information if you are looking for a dental expert witness. Some examples are the Round Table Group, Juris Pro Expert Witness Directory and Saponaro. If you are not an attorney, you can certainly contact these sites for expert resources and referrals. Whether you are a physician, dentist or patient, remember your attorney is probably the person to be the decision maker when it comes to choosing a dental or medical expert.

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16 September

Food with cancer-causing dye recalled in Britain

Saturday, April 30, 2005

The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a recall of foods containing banned dyes which increase the risk of cancer. The food products were sold at the Tesco, Waitrose, and Somerfield supermarkets.

A Bristol company called “Barts Spices” found the illegal Para Red substance in their Barts Ground Paprika, which was sold in 48g and 46g jars with a “Co-op” label. The batch codes on the affected products are 5032 and 5089 (expiration Dec 2007), and 5075 (expiration February 2007).

Tesco also found that their 130g package of BBQ rice cakes (expiration November and December 2005) contained both Para Red and Sudan I.

“It would be very prudent to assume that it could be a genotoxic carcinogen,” FSA scientific advisers told reporters.

“As a company committed to supplying only the very finest quality food ingredients, we took the immediate decision to withdraw our ground paprika spice from all outlets selling the product and advertised a product recall in the national press,” a Barts Spices spokesman said in a statement.

Sudan I is only authorized for industrial use to colorize petroleum products, such as shoe polish. Para Red and Sudan I are banned under the British Colours in Food Regulations of 1995.

Britain last went through a major food recall in February, when Worcester Sauce was found to contain chili powder dyed with Sudan 1.

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16 September

Emergency declared in US state of Washington, eight additional casualties, many still without power

Monday, December 18, 2006

A state of emergency was declared Sunday for the U.S. state of Washington by governor Christine Gregoire, as additional reports of storm-related casualties surfaced. The state National Guard has been deployed to aid in distributing supplies.

Thousands were still without power in the coastal and Puget Sound regions, though most urban areas were back with power as late as Sunday afternoon, and outages were mostly contained to rural and unincorporated areas. Puget Sound Energy reported that roughly 500,000 energy customers out of the 700,000 who lost power were back in service by Sunday evening. Seattle City Light, the city’s independent municipal utility, reported only 18,000 customers still without power as of Monday morning, down from a peak of 175,000.

Four additional deaths related to the post-storm power outage had been reported as of Monday, bringing the total number of casualties to eight. A man in Gig Harbor was electrocuted by a downed power line while walking his dog. Another man in Spanaway died when an unattended candle caused a house fire.

Two died from carbon monoxide poisoning in separate incidents related to use of combustion devices indoors. Roughly a hundred additional cases of non-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning were reported from people using generators or grills indoors. News radio stations and authorities warned the public to stay away from downed power lines and not to use grills indoors. Dr. Neil Hampson at Virginia Mason’s hyperbaric unit, where a number of victims were being treated, warned it could be “the worse case of carbon monoxide poisioning in the country”.

On Monday, four new carbon-monoxide deaths were reported in a family of five in Burien due to an indoor generator. In Canada, which had some damage from the week’s storms, two southern British Columbia carbon monoxide deaths were also reported. Despite continued warnings, hospitals are still seeing cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, including a family in w:Shoreline, Washington which was taken to the hospital after they reported symptoms due to their indoor grill. Neighbors of the Burien family suggested that noise concerns are leading people to place noisy generators indoors.

The massive power outage left many stores and gas stations unable to operate. Some businesses opened with the help of backup generators, conserving power by foregoing heat and refrigeration, exterior lighting, and half the interior lighting. Most stores had run out of “D” size batteries, the most common size for flashlights, as well as firelogs and other essentials. Gasoline shortages were reported throughout the area, with one man selling excess fuel for as high as $15 per gallon, over 5 times the average retail price.

The Red Cross set up shelters throughout King and other affected counties for those without power or food. Hotels reported no vacancies as whole families took shelter in powered hotels, especially in Seattle. Restaurants also reported brisk business as people sought out a hot cooked meal. Tons of perishable food were expected to have become unsafe after the prolonged outage disabled refrigerators and freezers both in homes and stores.

Many of those without power visited nearby friends and family living where power had been continued or restored, while others traveled out of the area to places that had not been affected. The widespread outage made long-distance traveling treacherous on some major routes, with roadway lighting, cellular towers, and services disabled by the outage.

Most major roadways which were closed during the storm were reopened on Friday. The 520 Floating Bridge over Lake Washington, a major conduit to the technology-rich Eastside, sustained minor damage. Amtrak, which had halted its Cascades service, resumed Saturday evening. Sea-Tac Airport resumed operations with a reduced flight load, after a transient power outage on Friday disabled the airport radar and caused all planes to be grounded until it was repaired.

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15 September

4-year-old boy killed by dog in Liverpool, England

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A four-year-old boy has been killed by a dog in the city of Liverpool in Merseyside, England. The child has been identified as John Paul Massey. The animal belonged to his uncle. The boy’s 63-year-old grandmother Helen Foulkes tried to protect the boy but ended up getting bitten by the dog in the process. She had to receive hospital treatment for the injury.

The dog itself was shot dead in the front garden of the house where the attack had taken place. The police had said that they did not take further action after receiving a report about dog breeding earlier this year.

Chief Superintendent Steve Ashley from the police force said about the incident: “In February this year a housing officer rang Merseyside Police to say they had received complaints of dog breeding at the address. At that time the police said it wasn’t a police matter and no action was taken by Merseyside Police.

That is contrary to our policies and an investigation is now launched into exactly what happened in February.”

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15 September

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Micky RichardWhen you hire a Digital Marketing Agency you don’t need to stress of promoting your business as you will have left the work to advertising specialists. They give an extraordinary help to building up the business in different angles. Moreover, they reduce the worry of the entrepreneur. Since enlisting a advertising agency, isn’t something to consider joke. You should invest some energy to get fitting data about the organizations you choose to work with and what decisively would be the extent of their work.

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The marketing situation has totally changed in global world. The creativity changed the significance of publicizing. The organization and brand are publicized to make the people familiar with the brand name.

Prior, organizations have limited choice to promote their brand on Print and Electronic Media, which was very costly. The time has changed now and social networking assumed control, companies are currently exploring advanced media which is very economical.

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It is critical to be clear about what you need done when and set clear deadlines and targets for the agency to work. Ensure that I have normal contact focuses with customers & clients. There is no excuse behind why you, as the customer sitting on the opposite side of the fence. Incredible correspondence is a certain fast track to marketing ROI. The most ideal approach to tell your marketing agency what you need done and when is to set guidelines for what you.

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15 September

US stock markets reach 12-year lows

Thursday, March 5, 2009

US stock markets dropped to twelve-year lows on Thursday, amidst falling confidence in the financial sector and worries over whether the US automobile manufacturer General Motors will be able to keep operating.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 4.08%, or 280.52 points, at the closing bell, reaching a level of 6595.32, a new 12-year low. The Nasdaq Composite lost 54.15 points, or 4%, to 1299.59, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 plunged by 30.27 points, or 4.25%, closing at 682.60.

Every stock in the Dow Jones, other than Wal-Mart, either lost ground or remained even, and all stocks in the S&P 500 index lost ground.

General Motors’ shares lost 15.5% after the auto firm announced that its auditors had “substantial doubt” over whether it would be able to keep operating.

Shares of financial companies were lower by nine percent, with Bank of America losing 11.7% and Citigroup falling by 9.7%.

“What’s most worrisome is that we haven’t hit the crescendo yet,” said Bill Groeneveld, the head trader for vFinance Investments. “Asset-management divisions are getting calls to just liquidate everything, and we haven’t seen the big players come back in at all.”

“This is one of the worst bear markets in the last 100 years; it started out with the credit crisis and the subprime [loans], but it is like a forest fire that has raced across the clearing and ignited other parts: Autos, auto parts, the insurance companies have been hit very hard. The credit crisis is causing an unraveling of industry after industry because the banks don’t lend,” said David Dreman, the chief investment officer of Dreman Value Management.

European markets were also lower today, with the London’s FTSE index losing 3.2% and the DAX index of Germany falling by five percent.

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14 September

Cell Phone Lockers

By Patricia Holland

As cell phones have become increasingly widespread and sophisticated, the importance of cell phone lockers has risen accordingly. Not only are the newer, Internet capable smart phones still a very hot item for thieves, but cell phone abuse poses a genuine threat to work ethic, education, and even security in many organizations.

Therefore, it is necessary to contain these ubiquitous devices in cell phone storage lockers to prevent them from equally tempting both owners and thieves.

Cell phone storage lockers can either mount on top of a shelf or surface mount to a wall. In reality, they can be used to store far more than cell phones. Many places use them to give their clients or employees places to store keys, wallets, cameras, tablet PCs, and jewelry.

Cell phone lockers are constructed of aluminum and come in five configurations. Users access the locker compartment by entering a combination. Managers can access compartments with master keys that can override the combination locks.

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High traffic organizations such as public gymnasiums can better serve their clients by providing them with a place to store their cell phones and personal valuables. This extra bit of security can be good advertising for the organization and lead to new memberships.

Cell phone storage lockers serve an even more serious function in government buildings. Regardless of the level of government we are talking about, some information just does not need to be released to the public. There is too much opportunity for wireless devices to be used in leaking information for government agencies to take a chance on. Cell phone storage lockers are a security must for these buildings, particularly in the higher levels of Federal government

Office buildings are investing in cell phone lockers to protect their production. Ever since people had phones on their desks, there has been abuse of company time going on in the form of personal conversations. Then email came along and made such communication silent and more difficult to monitor. Now texting on tiny keypads is even more under the radar than any of the aboveand more of a threat to work ethic and general productivity.

The solution is to tap the phone, monitor email, and to lock the cell phone up in a cell phone storage locker. It wont go anywhere, and it wont cost the company any more money once the locker is paid for.

It is for similar reasons now that schools are beginning to put cell phone lockers in every classroom. This is because most students bring cell phones to school. Like their parents, they insist that they must have the phone with them at all times for emergencies. Like their parents, they end up texting more than paying attention to what is in front of them.

It saves the student a great deal of lost learning time, and it saves the school a great deal of hassle in confiscating the phone, to simply put the phone in a locker and let the student take it with him or her when the bell rings.

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It is clear from all of this that cell phones often require management beyond that of the actual user. Cell phone lockers are the most practical means of regulating these devices and for keeping them safe from theft and damage.

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11 September