22 June

On the campaign trail, July 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The following is the ninth in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the rules of third party candidate polling are examined, a third party activist causes four other parties to lose their place on the Illinois presidential ballot, and the new vice presidential nominee of the Justice Party speaks with Wikinews.

Contents

  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Polling rules restrict and fuel third party campaigns
  • 3 Ballot access denied in Illinois
  • 4 Wikinews interviews newly-selected Justice Party VP nominee
  • 5 Related news
  • 6 Sources
21 June

News briefs:July 21, 2010

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19 June

Sealing in New Delhi put off until Monday

Thursday, November 2, 2006

 Correction — November 9, 2006 The article incorrectly reports that the “opposition parties opposed” the HC notice on exempting Lal Deora areas from building bylaws. The article should read, BJP Municipal corporators opposed some provisions of resolutions passed by the MCD on March 13 urging postponement of demolition and sealing of buildings. The error is regretted. 

The Group of Ministers which is overseeing the issue has decided not to resume the sealing of unauthorised commercial establishments until Monday. The decision came after seeing the current tense situation in New Delhi.

The Group of Ministers is headed by Home minister Shivraj Patil and comprised of Law minister H R Bhardwaj, Delhi CM Sheila Dikhit, Union Urban Development minister S Jaipal Reddy and his deputy Ajay Makan.

S Jaipal Reddy told reporters that it is very difficult to conduct the sealing drive in the city under these circumstances. He made the statement after a meeting of Group of Ministers.

The Supreme Court had already sent the notice to Municipal Corporation of Delhi to resume the sealing drive from Thursday. They will approach the apex court on Friday and will apprise the court about the difficulties in carrying out the sealing drive in these circumstances where the traders are going on strike and creating situation of tension in the capital.

Supreme Court’s Monitoring committee called on the MCD to resume the sealing of unauthorised shops in the city on Friday.

Contents

  • 1 History of sealing drive in New Delhi
    • 1.1 MCD movement to demolish commercial establishments in residential areas
    • 1.2 Traders’ movement against the demolition activities
    • 1.3 Notifications from the authorities
    • 1.4 MCD’s drive of sealing commercial establishments
    • 1.5 Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2006
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 References
12 June

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan dies in car accident aged 50

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Frank Ryan has died in a car accident at age 50. It is reported that the Jeep Ryan was driving crashed over the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on rocks. Lifeguards were first on the scene and unsuccessfully tried to rescue Ryan. It is thought that no other vehicle was involved in the incident.

Dr. Ryan, a celebrity in his own right, performed plastic surgery on several stars including Janice Dickinson, Gene Simmons, Shauna Sand and Adrianne Curry. He appeared on several television shows and became one of the first people to perform plastic surgery on television in 1995.

A representative for Janice Dickinson released a statement about the death of Ryan. She said “Janice is deeply, deeply anguished! She is stunned and wants the world to know what a genius Dr. Ryan was.”

Ryan was traveling with his pet dog at the time of the crash; the dog was found seriously injured in the ocean and was transported to a local veterinarian. Dr. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

12 June

Wisconsin Leads The Way In Submetering

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What Is Submetering? The dictionary defines “utility submetering” as a system which allows landlords and real estate management associations (multi-tenant properties) to bill their tenants for individual measured utility usage. Submeters are physically placed inside each tenant’s unit for metering and monitoring electricity, gas, water, steam, or other types of utilities. Installed submeters confirm the data collected at utility companies stations. The usage and data information collected by submeters is generally sent every 15 minutes to an energy management software system for analysis. Traditional utility bill data, provided billing information after an entire month, but submetering closes this informational gap by providing real-time energy usage. The whole purpose of utility submetering is to identify savings opportunities for tenants.

The Purpose of SubmeteringSubmetering is the latest innovative technology that is growing popularity, both with utility providers and consumers. This metering method uses IP-connected sensors and utility meters to gather the energy management data. The savings for consumers are based more on behavioral changes, such as turning off or unplugging equipment and devices, while not in use. The utility submetering environment began in the commercial and industrial industries, such as companies with multiple warehouses, buildings, and stores. Now, its domestic use is helping consumers save more money, using strategies which go beyond traditional upgrades of lighting and other utility systems.

BenefitsThere are many benefits for submetering in various buildings, including:* The process eliminates utility costs from rental agreements.* The identification of devices and equipment running after an 8 hour day, (nighttime, off shift, weekends) can be identified for savings.* Building owners can recover most, if not all, of their monthly utility bill, which increases their cash flow.* Information is quickly available for operators and facility managers on the same day so that they can make changes for savings.* Water submetering helps homeowners to report leaks before they become major expenses.* The detection of any utility bill errors, provide better management of electricity usage.* Residents can be more responsible for their own energy and water consumption.* Helps to promote conservation efforts.

The Best in Submetering TechnologyPresently, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission does not have rules or regulations which would prohibit submetering. For now, it is a developer’s choice and real estate management’s choice to submeter. The go-to company to provide all the information needed on submetering is the ABT Water Management Company.

ABT is a licensed, national installer of some of the country’s most reliable and leading water meters. They do not sub-contract any meter installations; they have experienced crews that can work in a 15-house park or a 700-site manufactured housing community. Multi-tenant managers, no longer need to fit a utility bill for each tenant. Now, tenants can receive their actual utility use, which provides a fairer and more equitable billing system.

10 June

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo, England

Monday, December 17, 2018

A fire occurred on Saturday at Chester Zoo in Cheshire, UK, in a building the zoo says is the largest indoor zoological exhibit in the UK, at 11:30 a.m. local time (UTC). The only injury reported was a case of smoke inhalation. Some of the animals living there died.

Chester Zoo opened in the early 1930s. It is now home to around 21 thousand animals from 500 species. Nearly two million people annually visit Chester Zoo, reportedly the largest annual draw of any zoo in the UK not in London. However, the fire caused it to shut down on Saturday.

The monsoon forest habitat, where the fire occurred, housed, amongst other creatures, crocodiles, orangutans, macaques, and birds. In an attempt to replicate the conditions of South East Asia, it was kept at a temperature of 26.6°C (about 80°F). Reports passed on by witnesses indicated zoo personnel evaluated at least 40 animals from the area. The zoo reopened on Sunday.

Although all the mammals reportedly survived, some of the frogs, insects, and small birds housed there died. The fire spread very quickly and strong winds helped the fire spread so fast. Reports suggested the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

10 June

Bronislaw Komorowski sworn in as president of Poland

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Polish politician Bronis?aw Komorowski has been sworn in as president of Poland after winning the presidency in the presidential runoff election of July 4. Komorowski belongs to the Civic Platform Party and won the presidential runoff by a margin of 53% to 47% against Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski, who is from the Law and Justice party. Kaczy?ski was the twin brother of former President Lech Kaczy?ski, who died in an airplane accident in Russia.

The new president had held the post as acting speaker of parliament (the Sejm) since April 10 of this year. He assumed the presidency after the plane crash in Smolensk, Russia that killed 95 political figures, including the president.

Civic Platform is a liberal conservative political party while Law and Justice is conservative and has an “anti-corruption, conservative, law and order agenda.”

Komorowski, 58, is the fourth President of Poland since the fall of communism. He has called for more cooperation and less fighting and hatred in the political arena. “The democratic institutional order we have built in Poland for over 20 years of change has shown that in these difficult times, we have been able to ensure continuity of the state to tax and proudly pays tribute to disaster victims,” Komorowski said.

7 June

Get Assistance Through A Chesapeake Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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You expect your doctor to be able to take care of your medical needs and give you a certain level of care. When your doctor fails to deliver this level of care, you can suffer from injuries and illness. It is important to understand exactly what medical malpractice means and your rights when you have become injured or ill under the care of a doctor or other medical professional. This is why it is important to hire a Chesapeake Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Through the assistance of your lawyer, you can gain the help you need in pursuing a case against the medical staff who caused your damages.

One of the biggest reasons for pursuing a medical malpractice claim is due to medical negligence. In this type of case, you must be able to prove medical negligence was the direct cause of your injuries or illness. There are exact perimeters the negligence must fall under. The medical professional must have breached what is known as standard care for you to be able to file a medical malpractice case for medical negligence.

Just because you are able to prove the medical professional did act in negligence, this does not win your case, you must also prove causation. Causation means your injury or illness can be proven to be caused as a direct result of the medical negligence that took place. Proving causation is extremely important in your medical negligence case and is something your Chesapeake Medical Malpractice Lawyer will fully focus on in preparing for the court hearing.

While some medical malpractice cases are able to be settled out of court, not all are. One of the steps in the process will be meeting with a mediator and the other party, to see if a settlement can be reached. If a decision cannot be reached, the case will go to court and be heard by the judge.

If you have become the victim of medical malpractice, contact Injury Law on Call and get the answers and help you need for your case. There is no need for you to struggle through a case alone, when there is legal help available.

2 June

Wikinews’ overview of the year 2007

Monday, December 31, 2007

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2007 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 year’s time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2007, what would the question be? The year that you first signed on to Facebook? The year Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse fell apart? The year author Kurt Vonnegut or mime Marcel Marceau died, both at 84?

Let’s take a look at some of the international stories of 2007. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in bold.

1 June

Asbestos controversy aboard Scientology ship Freewinds

Friday, May 16, 2008

Controversy has arisen over the reported presence of blue asbestos on the MV Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology. According to the Saint Martin newspaper The Daily Herald and the shipping news journal Lloyd’s List, the Freewinds was sealed in April and local public health officials on the Caribbean island of Curaçao where the ship is docked began an investigation into the presence of asbestos dust on the ship. Former Scientologist Lawrence Woodcraft supervised work on the ship in 1987, and attested to the presence of blue asbestos on the Freewinds in an affidavit posted to the Internet in 2001. Woodcraft, a licensed architect by profession, gave a statement to Wikinews and commented on the recent events.

According to The Daily Herald, the Freewinds was in the process of being renovated by the Curaçao Drydock Company. The article states that samples taken from paneling in the ship were sent to the Netherlands, where an analysis revealed that they “contained significant levels of blue asbestos”. An employee of the Curaçao Drydock Company told Radar Online in an April 30 article that the Freewinds has been docked and sealed, and confirmed that an article about asbestos ran in the local paper.

Lloyd’s List reported that work on the interior of the Freewinds was suspended on April 27 after health inspectors found traces of blue asbestos on the ship. According to Lloyd’s List, Frank Esser, Curaçao Drydock Company’s interim director, joined Curaçao’s head of the department of labor affairs Christiene van der Biezen along with the head of the local health department Tico Ras and two inspectors in an April 25 inspection of the ship. “We are sending someone so that they can tell us what happened, where it came from, since when it has been there,” said Panama Maritime Authority’s director of merchant marine Alfonso Castillero in a statement to Lloyd’s List.

The Church of Scientology purchased the ship, then known as the Bohème, in 1987, through an organization called Flag Ship Trust. After being renovated and refitted, it was put into service in June 1988. The ship is used by the Church of Scientology for advanced Scientology training in “Operating Thetan” levels, as well as for spiritual retreats for its members. Curaçao has been the ship’s homeport since it was purchased by the Church of Scientology.

According to his 2001 statement, Lawrence Woodcraft had been an architect in London, England since 1975, and joined Scientology’s elite “Sea Organization” (Sea Org) in 1986. He wrote that he was asked by the Sea Org to work on the Freewinds in 1987, and during his work on the ship “noticed a powdery blue fibrous substance approximately 1 ½” thick between the paint and the steel wall,” which he believed to be asbestos. He also discovered what he thought was blue asbestos in other parts of the ship, and reported his findings to Church of Scientology executives. Woodcraft discussed his experiences in a 2001 interview published online by the Lisa McPherson Trust, a now-defunct organization which was critical of the Church of Scientology.

The Freewinds regularly inspects the air quality on board and always meets or exceeds US standards.

Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw responded to Radar Online about the asbestos reports, in an email published in an article in Radar on May 1. “The Freewinds regularly inspects the air quality on board and always meets or exceeds US standards,” said Pouw. She stated that two inspections performed in April “confirmed that the air quality is safe,” and asserted that the inspections revealed the Freewinds satisfies standards set by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Pouw told Radar that “The Freewinds will be completing its refit on schedule.” The Church of Scientology-affiliated organization Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) had been planning a cruise aboard the Freewinds scheduled for May 8, but according to Radar an individual who called the booking number for the cruise received a message that the cruise had been delayed due to ongoing work on the ship. Citing an article in the Netherlands Antilles newspaper Amigoe, Radar reported on May 6 that a team from the United States and supervised by an independent bureau from the Netherlands traveled to Curaçao in order to remove asbestos from the Freewinds.

…if the Church of Scientology claims to have removed the blue asbestos, I just don’t see how, it’s everywhere. You would first have to remove all the pipes, plumbing, a/c ducts, electrical wiring etc. etc. just a maze of stuff.

“I stand by everything I wrote in my 2001 affidavit,” said Lawrence Woodcraft in an exclusive statement given to Wikinews. Woodcraft went on to state: “I would also comment that if the Church of Scientology claims to have removed the blue asbestos, I just don’t see how, it’s everywhere. You would first have to remove all the pipes, plumbing, a/c ducts, electrical wiring etc. etc. just a maze of stuff. Also panelling as well, basically strip the ship back to a steel hull. Also blue asbestos is sprayed onto the outer walls and then covered in paint. It’s in every nook and cranny.”

Many Scientologist celebrities have spent time aboard the Freewinds, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Chick Corea, Lisa Marie Presley, Catherine Bell, Kate Ceberano, and Juliette Lewis. Now magazine reported that Tom Cruise has been urged to seek medical attention regarding potential asbestos exposure, however a representative for Cruise stated he has “absolutely no knowledge” of the recent asbestos controversy. Cruise, Holmes, Travolta and Preston have celebrated birthdays and other events on the Freewinds.

There is not now and never has been a situation of asbestos exposure on the Freewinds.

In a May 15 statement to the United Kingdom daily newspaper Metro, a representative for the Church of Scientology said that “There is not now and never has been a situation of asbestos exposure on the Freewinds.” The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center notes that agencies have recommended anyone who has spent time on the Freewinds consult with their physician to determine if possible asbestos exposure may have affected their health.

Raw blue asbestos is the most hazardous form of asbestos, and has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1970. Blue asbestos fibers are very narrow and thus easily inhaled, and are a major cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which can develop in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, the lining of the abdominal cavity, or the pericardium sac surrounding the heart. The cancer is incurable, and can manifest over 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.

“This is the most dangerous type of asbestos because the fibres are smaller than the white asbestos and can penetrate the lung more easily,” said toxicologist Dr. Chris Coggins in a statement published in OK! Magazine. Dr. Coggins went on to note that “Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, the victim has six months to a year to live. It gradually reduces lung function until the victim is no longer able to breathe and dies.”


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