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Stranded Russian minisub is trapped by 60 tonne anchor

Stranded Russian minisub is trapped by 60 tonne anchor

Friday, August 5, 2005

The Interfax news agency is reporting that a Russian minisub that was stranded underwater in the Pacific Ocean is trapped by two 60 tonne anchors.

The submarine propeller has snagged on the antenna of a sonar underwater coastal defense station, (or perhaps very long low frequency arrays, which can be thousands of yards) 623 ft below the ocean 43 miles off Kamchatka. “The anchor needs to be blown up” in order to be able to raise the AS-28 submarine, the commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet told Interfax.

“If the explosion is successful, the system will be raised to a depth of 100 meters and lit up by the Tiger [television camera], and we can at last be 100% sure that it’s the submarine, and deepwater divers will be able to continue work,” he continued.

The AS-28 submarine, with seven crew onboard, became entangled on Thursday while at a depth of 190 m.

Earlier reports that the submarine had been taken under tow have been proved false. Ships had attempted to trawl for the submarine in order to drag it into shallower water, but it is reported that they failed to capture the submarine.

The Pacific Fleet commander says that the crew have enough food and water to survive until Monday although oxygen will run out by Saturday. The three-man submarine was designed to supply the crew with a five day supply of oxygen, however with the seven man crew the supply has been greatly depleted.

Around ten Russian navy ships are attending, to be joined by four Japanese vessels on Monday. The US and UK navies are also flying in specialist rescue equipment, including two U.S. navy owned remotely-operated underwater robots capable of cutting through steel lines up to 1″ thick and one U.K. video array ROV. They will arrive on Saturday.

The crew have been using an underwater acoustic telephone to communicate with the surface, and are reported to be remaining calm. They have been told to keep still and to conserve the ship’s power supplies.

The same class of vessel, which measures 13.5 m by 3.8 m, was used during the ill-fated rescue attempt on the Kursk, which was lost with all hands almost exactly five years ago.

Four Good Reasons To Have Gastric Bypass Surgery

byAlma Abell

Gastric bypass surgery is a major procedure that will also have a major impact on your life. The gastric bypass New Haven patients undergo will have many benefits including:1. Patients who undergo gastric bypass in New Haven can lose an average of 77 percent of their access weight. This is extremely hopeful for those who have struggled with other weight loss programs in the past. In fact within the first six months following surgery patients have lost as much as 30 to 50 percent. It takes a good two years to reach the ultimate weight loss goals but it is progressive and noticeable keeping you motivated. You will also be able to continue to keep the weight off in order to avoid obesity related health issues for the rest of your life.

2. Following gastric bypass surgery the average life expectancy improved by 89 percent. As well the risk for premature death went down by 30 to 40 percent. Because you will be able to keep weight off more easily you can expect to reduce your risk for obesity related diseases. For example risks to Type II diabetes percent.

3. Many people forget that obesity can also increase their risk for some cancers. There was a percent decrease in Hyperlipidemia/cholesterolemia.

4. Further good news about gastric bypass surgery is that 10 to 14 years post surgery patients were able to maintain a far healthier weight as well as continue to stave off signs of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

If you are more than 100 lbs overweight or have a Body Mass Index higher than 40 you could be an excellent candidate for gastric bypass surgery. You can speak to your doctor to find out what their thoughts are and learn more about what the surgery and lifestyle changes will entail.

Courts uphold firing of Pennsylvania cop who lost sense of smell

Courts uphold firing of Pennsylvania cop who lost sense of smell

Saturday, March 28, 2009

An appeals court said a Pennsylvania police department was justified in firing an officer because he lost his sense of smell in an off-duty motorcycle accident.

The court said the Collier Township firing was valid because police need their sense of smell to detect substances like drugs, alcohol, hazardous materials, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled.

David Agostino, 44, suffered anosmia, a partial or full lack of sense of smell, due to head trauma suffered from a 2004 crash in Ohio. Officials in Collier Township, a Pittsburgh suburb in Allegheny County, honorably discharged him because they were worried the condition created a risk.

Attorneys for Agostino unsuccessfully argued a sense of smell is not part of the physical exam for prospective police officers, and that there was no statute or police regulation that cited lack of sense of smell as grounds for firing a police officer.

But during the court hearing, a fellow officer testified Agostino could not smell the odor of marijuana and alcohol after pulling over a motorist following a high-speed chase. His police chief also said he failed to smell leaking gas from an elderly resident’s furnace.

“[The chief] explained that Agostino’s inability to smell if the furnace was leaking gas created a hazardous situation, placing Agostino, the resident and the public in danger because ‘it could have possibly caused an explosion,'” Judge Bernard L. McGinley wrote in the decision.

Agostino, of South Fayette Township, could not be reached for comment by media reports after the decision by the three-judge Commonwealth Court panel.

Wikinews interviews Ubuntu developer Fabrice

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).

2008 Young Designers’ Exhibition to interact with the world

2008 Young Designers’ Exhibition to interact with the world

Friday, May 16, 2008

2008 The 27th Young Designers’ Exhibition, opened on May 15 at the Taipei World Trade Center and closes Sunday May 18. It features participation by 87 academic groups in Taiwan and 20 groups from United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Australia to showcase various achievements in industrial design. It is recognized by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) as the largest show of student creations.

Besides the several design competitions, sponsors like International Forum Design (iF), EPSON, MUJI (in Japanese: ????, Mujirushi Ry?hin), Tsann Kuen Trans-nation Group will showcase different solutions for the design, creative, and cultural industries. The show’s organizer, Taiwan Design Center, also designed several on-site events like “On-line Graduate Season Show”, “Career Match-up”, “Creative and Cultural Showcase and Performance”, “Seminars of YODEX 2008” to link the actual exhibition with the on-line exhibition.

Besides of the previously announced “Wow! Taiwan Design Award”, winners from “2008 Young Designers’ Competition” and “2008 YODEX Interior Design Competition” were announced on Saturday, May 17.

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Chemo Beanies: Ideal Head Coverings For Cancer Patients

byAlma Abell

When you’re battling cancer and have to undergo chemotherapy, your primary focus is getting better physically. However, when you are finally able to go out and about in public, you naturally may be concerned about how you look, with hair loss from chemotherapy being unpreventable. Chemo Beanies offer a convenient way to keep you looking and feeling beautiful in the aftermath of chemotherapy.

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HistoryChemo Beanies were created by a family business after one woman struggled to find head covers while she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her older sister ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer five years later, which caused her to come up with the Chemo Beanie solution. Other patients liked the idea of the beanie when they saw them, which led the family to begin officially marketing these products. Their goal was to keep cancer patients from worrying about how they would cover their bald heads.

Why Chemo Beanies?These products stand out because they are not only stylish but also comfortable when you are dealing with unwanted hair loss. Many other types of head coverings can be problematic; for example, cute hats from a catalog can end up not being functional. In addition, cancer turbans may be more comfortable than hats but are generally not very fashionable. Scarves and bandanas can be hard to tie, and they can easily move around, thus making you feel self-conscious. Finally, wigs can occasionally be effective, but they aren’t always the most comfortable head coverings in various situations. Beanies, on the other hand, are easy to use, feature a feminine touch, and fit well on heads of all sizes.

Hair LossHair loss caused by chemotherapy can cause you to feel disappointed and frustrated. Unfortunately, many chemotherapy drugs cause either hair loss or thinning of the hair depending on the type of drug. Chemo Beanies are designed to cover your head adequately due to its unique neck ruffle and bunching, which fully cover your bare neck while still being highly fashionable. The soft materials used to create each beanie also stretch in such a way as to naturally and securely fit into your head time and time again.

MastectomyShop.com offers high-quality Chemo Beanies for cancer patients. Visit their website to learn more about these fashionable products.

An account of the Esperanza Fire from an animal rescuer

An account of the Esperanza Fire from an animal rescuer
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

As families fled their homes in the early morning hours on Thursday October 26, there was no warning. The Esperanza Fire southeast of Los Angeles and West of Palm Springs, California, had ballooned under the influence of Santa Ana winds to more than 19,000 acres as of the morning of October 27. No time to get the animals, no time for crates or even a leash. Sadly, owners left behind not only their horses, lamas, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, but also their dogs and cats.

Many of the families who did manage to evacuate their pets found themselves in the parking lot at the Fellowship in the Pass Church Red Cross Shelter where a MuttShack Animal Rescue team caught up with them.

Pam Anderson, Director of the emergency Red Cross shelter said that many people with animals had come and left.

The air was thick with smoke, and ash was raining down on the parking lot where dog owners, not able to take their dogs into the shelter were camping out in pup tents andin their cars.

Those who could afford it checked themselves into pet friendly hotels in nearby towns.

Some were prepared. Jane Garner, a small dog breeder was able to get all her animals out, and had set up her puppy runs alongside her RV in the parking lot. Others were not doing too well, having left home without as much as a leash.

The same scenario played out at the Red Cross shelter at Hemet High School. Animals were being boarded in vans, trailers and cars and small travel crates.

When MuttShack Animal Rescue arrived, a small fracas had sent several dogs off in different directions, running out of the school parking lot down busy streets necessitating an instant rescue response.

The Incident Command for the Esperanza Animals, Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto welcomed MuttShack‘s offer to help at the shelters.

Ramona Humane Society had recently published a notice in their Newsletter about the newly passed “PETS Act”and warned owners not wait until a major disaster such as an earthquake or fireto prepare. “Be proactive to ensure that your pet will be taken care of.”

MuttShack and PetSmart Charities set up ad hoc facilities for the animals at both shelters.

The Red Cross shelter, run by Madison Burtchaell of the Orange County Red Cross was very accommodating about allowing a small emergency pet shelter adjacent to the School.

Barbara A. Fought of PetSmart Charities, an organization that works with animal welfare organizations and provide assistance in disasters, provided crates and emergency supplies.

MuttShack and Red Cross volunteers, Martin St. John, Tom Hamilton, and Steve Meissner helped assemble the crates to secure a safe environment for evacuated pets.

It was a great relief for evacuees who had camped out in the parking lot to finally leave their vehicles and relax at the shelter, setting up their cots to grab some sorely needed rest.

Firefighters and residents reported loss of wildlife and animals. The Esperanza fire burned 34 homes, consumed 40,000 acres and cost five Firefighters their lives before it was contained four days later on October 30. Firefighting operations cost nearly $10 million.

MuttShack Animal Rescue is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization active in disasters and dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and care of lost or discarded dogs, cats and other animals.

Give Your Home The Floral Touch

Give Your Home The Floral Touch


Dpetals Singapore

If you are thinking to give your home the touch of flowers and want to make your home look special and bright, Singapore florist brings in a solution for you. When one plans to gift flowers to someone special, without any hesitation and confusion he/she selects fresh and original flowers, but on the other hand if one thinks about giving the floral touch to the home then artificial flowers comes up as a good alternative. People look out for the florist online and choose from the options available with them in artificial florets. In this aura of advancement, online florists have lot of options & you can select and place the order from their websites.

Here are some of the advantages of the artificial flowerets:

* The main advantage of the artificial flowerets is that unlike original florets, these florets do not languish and always seems fresh-like.

* There is no need to sprinkle water on them as they are artificial and do not look pale.

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* These flowerets are washable and do not require much maintenance. You just need to keep them away from the dirt and clean them weekly so that the dirt should not get solid and strong.

Following are some of the tips by which you can give your home the floral touch:

On the entry area, put an artificial plant or the buds to produce a feeling of joy when someone enters your home. Buds on the main entry refresh the mood of the guests and add a charm to the aura of your home.

The exterior walls of the house or walls besides the main door can be beautifully styled with artificial bud bunch. To do this, you ll get several options with local or online florists, like hanging artificial plants, artificial florets with pot for exteriors, and numerous others. You can choose a hanging plant, matching the color and design of the doors and the walls. Color selection of the floras should be done in such a manner that it matches and connects with the particular area.

In the living room, set of artificial flowerets can be elegantly worked with the interiors by placing them at center or side table. For bedrooms as well, you can use either artificial floras or plants in sophisticated flowerpot at the bed-side table or center tables.

For the drawing room, if you want to give it a simple and elegant look, you can make use of artificial bonsai trees, which give superior look to the particular area. But yes, while selecting these artificial trees, do make sure that they go well with the interiors of your house; otherwise, you might end up with a messy look.

While selecting the artificial floras, keep in mind the quality of the floras and consider buying the florets with some renowned florist. You can also have a look on their website and select from the wide variety available with them.

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After killing wife and children, police officer commits suicide in Noyon, France

After killing wife and children, police officer commits suicide in Noyon, France
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A police officer has shot and killed his wife and two of their children at the train station in the French city of Noyon in the department of Oise, the local prosecutor said, after the wife had informed the officer of her intention to separate from him. Their sons were aged three and five; a third child, twin to the five year old victim, survived the attack and is in the care of child services. The killings took place around 11:30 local time (0930 UTC) on Sunday.

The wife, born in 1983, called the gendarmes (police) in the morning, and they arrived to find her explaining to their five children about the domestic argument which had escalated. The husband returned while the police were present, and they reported he seemed calm and did not interfere with the children being moved to a neighbor’s home, so they departed. The woman reportedly chose to leave her house when her husband was not there, and headed to the station, where the husband awaited them armed.

After assassinating his family, the police officer committed suicide. The wife’s family lived in Guiscard, near Noyon. The station at Noyon was closed after the incident. Late on Sunday, the police were searching for a witness who escaped after observing the events.

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