Questions raised over Mosquito device ahead of New South Wales trial

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Questions raised over Mosquito device ahead of New South Wales trial
April 23rd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A device known as the Mosquito, set to be trialed in New South Wales (NSW), Australia by RailCorp in a bid to deter vandals from areas frequently the target of graffiti, is attracting criticism. Wikinews reached out to several people about the trials.

The units work by emitting a high-pitched buzz, similar to that of a mosquito, which is generally only audible to those under the age of about 24. The aim is to repel young people who become irritated by the noise, as a prevention method against graffiti, loitering, and other crimes like theft.

The initiative was announced last month, but RailCorp has not revealed when it intends to test the technology to crack down on graffiti.

In an interview with Wikinews, President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties Cameron Murphy this week labeled the strategy “ridiculous”. “All they’re going to do is wear headphones and these [devices] will make no difference at all.”

Thousands of units have been set up in the UK since they first became available about seven years ago, where they’re used to stop youths gathering near public areas like shops and train stations. The technology has a high usage rate in the UK, and the Council of Europe has called for a ban on grounds it violates human rights, calling it “highly offensive”.

A RailCorp spokesperson confirmed to Wikinews the devices would only be situated on railway land away from public areas.

Mr Murphy maintains the NSW government’s policy is “based upon discrimination” and it assumes the youth affected by the noise are those doing graffiti, without solid evidence to prove this.

NSW Liberal MP Gareth Ward told Wikinews, “very few crime fighting techniques are fool-proof,” and as people have found ways to get around CCTV, they’re like to do the same with this, which is why it’s only being trialed at this stage. He acknowledged the devices will be situated in areas where the general public shouldn’t be hanging around. “There are certain areas in the network where trains may not be travelling at a particular time and that’s when those devices will be turned on […] and I think that’s perfectly reasonable.” He remarked, “any young person who feels they’ve been aggrieved […] should feel free to contact the Minster for Transport.”

A mobile phone message tone based on the same mosquito sound has been touted as teacher-proof because teens should be the only ones able to hear it if it goes off during class.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal
April 23rd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

What Sets A Club In Atlanta Apart From The Rest

April 23rd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

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Atlanta happens to be the most populated city in Georgia, USA. It is the hotbed of entertainment. If you happen to be a party animal, then hop into a club in Atlanta and sample the rich menu on offer. Most of the top notch clubs are located in the midtown area. So popular is the city that it has been nicknamed the “Mecca” of nightlife. You will not fail to come across a club that suits your taste. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for:

Not every club in Atlanta has a good ambience. The good news is that most of them do. The clubbing industry is so competitive. Partygoers would like the clubs they are associated with to be well designed. The lighting must be perfect. Creating the right atmosphere is a critical component in deciding whether you will make it as a club owner.

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Ideally, a club in Atlanta is supposed to have peak activities on Friday evenings and Saturday nights. There are those that open midweek for the ladies night. In order to attract more clientele, a club needs to hire a deejay who knows how to read the crowd’s mood. The other alternative would be to have themed nights. For example, Friday night may feature soul music while Saturday could start off with old school culminating in pulsating hip hop.

The bar is at the core of every club. It should be well stocked with beers, wines, spirits and liqueur. Barmen must be good at mixing cocktails. The service should be fast enough. What most clubs do is to recruit beautifully dressed waitresses Such tactics appeal to young revelers. It feels good to be served by a cute and fashionably dressed waitress

Location is very important. A club that is located in Midtown Atlanta is bound to attract more partygoers than one that is way out of town. Though some people prefer to hang out in clubs that are not within town. It is a phenomenon which is difficult to understand due to varied customer preferences. All the same, whether in town or out, it should be at a strategic location.

TV screens. The trend has caught up in every club in Atlanta. Huge LCD screens on all corners keep revelers glued. These are set on different channels as relayed via satellite. Some show music videos while others are on sports. In addition to this is the music system. It has to be state-of-the art. Even if a club has a good deejay, a poorly set up music system kills the show.

Live performances. Clubs that host top artists are usually rated highly than those which do not.

Several injured in Ben Nevis cable car accident

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Several injured in Ben Nevis cable car accident
April 23rd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Thursday, July 13, 2006

As many as eight people have been injured after two cable cars collided at the Nevis Range near Fort William in Scotland.

Two RAF helicopters, an air ambulance, four ambulance crews, police, fire brigade and a mountain rescue team are among those present. Police have confirmed that three people have been injured, including one child. Injuries include broken legs, head and chest injuries. The Scottish Ambulance Service have reported that up to seven people had been thrown on to the hillside. A reporter at the scene said one car near the top of the mountain had slid down a cable, hitting another and then one of the cars fell to the ground.

Northern Constabulary have stated “It’s understood that two gondolas would appeared to have collided and a number of casualties have been reported. The local mountain rescue team, Inverness helimed and other air support are in attendance to remove casualties”.

The Doppelmayr gondola system is made up of eighty six-seat closed cabins running on a continuous 4.6km steel cable.

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Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

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Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant
April 22nd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

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Original Resources Of Energy Gets More Importance At The Moment Times

April 22nd, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Original Resources of Energy gets More Importance at the moment Times

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SisatelWhen you’ll get the raw materials free from the unconventional resources to create electricity, then surely, you’ll be enthusiastic about choosing the unconventional options to create electricity. Therefore, it’s important to comprehend that once you will try finding the right options for jogging your business with solar technology, then you’ll have to check out some unusual options as well. At the moment people have become curious to get the best the help of the termografering experts in interacting with their electric powered needs as they provides better tech support team to the people, using electricity, made from sunlight. Therefore, by no means, sacrificing the opportunities that provides you better facilities at affordable rates would be your objective. Nowadays, the importance of grasping easy and simple solutions by learning about the most secured ways is simpler as the internet helps people in get together their intentions. Quite simply, people opting for the most important alternatives in grasping their essential electric solutions by uncovering the things and assistances from the web destinations.Wherever you stay, when you will need steps to take good thing about the solar powered energy systems, you might attain it. Alternatively, it is cheaper too. However, you might have to use support from professionals in this field as every electrician might not exactly remain acquainted with the termografering systems and so may well not provide you the mandatory solutions. When you should have better understandings upon this framework, surely, you will understand the easiest alternatives and in this manner, meeting your dreams will be easy for you for jogging your business better or to meet up with the electrical needs in your house. According to your necessities, you ought to have to be interested in several fields and in this manner; you’ll be capable of gratifying your very long time desire as well. At the moment, when the price tag on consuming is increasing, you might plan for carrying out a different option that might be cheaper too. Therefore, for not getting rid of the price effective ways to satisfy your motives, if you intend for going to the most traditional destinations, then you’ll get the easiest alternatives and it’ll provide you higher opportunities in attaining quality termografering facilities.The growing demand of the solar powered energy systems shows that folks are highly worried to the potency of the unconventional resources of energies. Therefore, when you will have a look at the option of the termografering systems and services on the internet, surely, you’ll discover many choices easily. Folks from varied sources have a tendency to obtain an improved and impressive solution that can accomplish them choosing the most important solutions. Therefore, you’ll get not only the product quality termografering facilities but also grasping it at cheaper costs will be easy for you. Nowadays, when the attainability options of the scopes are easier, therefore, dropping these facilities will never be your intention. This is why; you’ll get the most interesting and the most profitable choice to meet your electric needs by spending smaller sum of money.

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Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%

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Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%
April 21st, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The inflation rate in Ireland, as measured by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), edged upwards to hit a five month high in May at 2.4%. This represents a 0.2% rise on the previous month when the rate stood at 2.2%.

The major contributors to the rise were increased transportation, healthcare, and education costs. In April the EU25 average rate of inflation was 2.1%, with Latvia having the highest rate at 7.1% and Sweden the lowest at 0.4%.

Despite the increase in the rate, Irish inflation remains very low – having hit 7% during 2000 and remaining around the 5% until the beginning of 2003. Another major factor easing any worries about the increase is Ireland’s very strong GDP growth – expected to be around 5.5% this year

On an annual basis the cost of footwear and clothing have fallen by 2.7% whilst energy costs have soared by 10.4%. The cost of food, furniture, and communications also fell over the last 12 months.

The Consumer Price Index is made up of over 55,000 prices consisting of 613 headings which cover over 1,000 different items.

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Car maker DeLorean dies at 80

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Car maker DeLorean dies at 80
April 21st, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Monday, March 21, 2005

Automobile industry pioneer, John DeLorean, died Saturday in a New Jersey hospital by complications from a stroke.

DeLorean was born in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to European immigrant parents. He received an education in automotive engineering and quickly rose through the ranks of Packard and later General Motors (GM). DeLorean was credited with the development of the Pontiac GTO, which helped introduce the era of “muscle cars”. By 1965, DeLorean led the entire Pontiac division, and four years later was promoted to the prestigious position of leading GM’s Chevrolet.

In 1973, DeLorean quit General Motors and started his own company, the De Lorean Motor Company. The company’s product was the DMC-12, an unusual car featuring an unpainted, stainless-steel exterior and gull-wing doors. The company started production in 1981 but failed less than two years later, having produced under 9,000 vehicles. Despite the company’s failure and the car’s dismal sales, the car itself gained a cult following after the release of the 1985 movie Back to the Future which featured the car as a time-travel machine.

DeLorean himself was in nearly as much trouble as his company. In 1982 he was arrested for attempting to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to undercover police, and after his company’s failure, he became involved in a multitude of lawsuits alleging investor fraud. Though DeLorean successfully resolved the cocaine case after claiming entrapment, his other legal cases would drag on until 1999, when he declared bankruptcy.

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Moon Jae-in becomes President of South Korea

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Moon Jae-in becomes President of South Korea
April 20th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Moon Jae-in assumed the office of President of South Korea yesterday. He was announced the winner of Tuesday’s election, with 41.1% of the vote, and sworn in yesterday at the Korean National Assembly. Moon is succeeding the impeached President Park Geun-hye.

Moon has promised to unite his country, which faces tensions due to the corruption scandals of the previous president. He has also vowed to promote peace between the two Koreas. One way Moon is attempting to improve the relationship between South Korea and North Korea is by reopening the Kaesong Industrial Region, an industrial park on the Korean border jointly run by both Koreas. Moon also wishes to reform chaebol, a type of conglomerate run by powerful families. An example of a chaebol is Samsung, whose vice-chariman Lee Jae-yong was arrested for allegations of bribery under the previous president Park Guen-hye.

In more international affairs, Moon has said he is reconsidering the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployments of the United States, as he believes they could damage relations with China.

Moon’s parents were North Korean refugees. He worked as a human rights lawyer after serving in the South Korean special forces.

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Wendy’s finger pointer gets fingered for crime

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Wendy’s finger pointer gets fingered for crime
April 20th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Friday, April 22, 2005

Las Vegas, Nevada – San Jose police arrested the woman who made the claim she found a human finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili. Police made the arrest of Anna Ayala on Thursday night at or near her Las Vegas home.

A sign on the front door of the Ayala residence urged reporters and curious onlookers not to disturb the occupants. The sign reads, “Trust Me Do Not Knock On Door Emotionally Disturbard Thanx”.

Anna Ayala was arrested on a fugitive warrant so no bail was set. Early this morning, Ayala was still behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center.

Police spokesman Enrique Garcia said further details on the 39-year-old Ayala will be released at a news conference scheduled for 1pm Friday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the arrest came hours after Wendy’s concluded its own internal investigation that found no link to the finger in its food distribution chain.

Wendy’s offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the source of the finger.

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