American film director John Hughes dies at age 59
November 20, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

American film director John Hughes, noted for such movies as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, died Thursday due to a heart attack.

A statement, released by his representative, said that he experienced the heart attack while on a morning stroll in Manhattan, New York. Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Michigan. He started his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago. By the end of the 1970s he was a frequent contributor to the National Lampoon magazine.

In the 1990s, he made the Home Alone series, which became a box office sensation and turned Macaulay Culkin into a star.

In recent years, Hughes stepped back from the movie industry to spend more time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons and four grandchildren.

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American actor Morgan Freeman in serious condition after car accident
November 18, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, August 4, 2008

American Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in reported to be in serious condition but good spirits in a Tennessee hospital following a single car accident in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi in the Mississippi Delta. The 71-year-old actor was flown to the hospital by air ambulance with injuries to one arm.

Freeman, the Associated Press reports, “has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage, but is in good spirits,” according to a statement from Donna Lee, Freeman’s publicist.

Reports say that Freeman was driving Demaris Meyer — the owner of the 1997 Nissan Maxima — when the car flipped over two or three times around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. Meyer’s condition has not been released. Meyers is reported to be a 48 year old family friend visiting from Memphis.

According to reports, Freeman over-corrected the vehicle when he may have dozed and began to go off the highway, causing the car to flip two or three times before landing in a ditch. The accident occurred on Highway 32 just north of Ruleville, Mississippi not far from where Freeman currently resides.

Clay McFerrin, editor of the Sun Sentinel in Charleston, told the Associated Press he arrived at the accident scene soon after the accident. “They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin told the Associated Press. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

Freeman was one of the stars of the recent film The Dark Knight and is currently being treated at Memphis Regional Medical Center along with Meyer. Spokeswoman Kathy Stringer says that “Freeman is in a serious condition,” but did not comment further. The hospital, known locally as “The Med” is an acute care facility for up to 150 patients.

According to Sgt. Ben Williams of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, “there’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved” in causing the accident. He also said that both Freeman and Meyer were wearing their safety belts.

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Living with HIV during COVID-19: Wikinews talks to HIV-positive sex workers about how pandemic has affected their lives
November 12, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The spread of coronavirus led to a global pandemic, affecting various daily activities. Originated in Wuhan, China, the virus spread globally, and by March, drastic measures were taken by the Indian government. Some branches of the South Western Railway of India had started taking precautions by distributing masks to ticket collectors and guards from as early as March 8. Some colleges were suspended by March 13, their exams post-poned as the government introduced lockdown and enforced social distancing.

Announced in the evening, Indian Prime Minister asked the countrymen to get the essential products and avoid going out as much as possible. Long queues outside the grocery shops, people in masks, some in N-95 masks, and hand sanitisers at the gates of megamarts were a common sight. There were reduced items in the shops, and some stores had a limit of number of customers allowed in the store at any given time. Food delivery services, and taxi services were on haitus — workers who dependent on the profession for their daily income, while software engineers were working from home. Physical classes in schools and colleges were replaced by online lectures to prevent social gatherings.

While many relied on technology for continuing their work and earn their livelihood, Wikinews reached out to sex workers in Mysore in June who unlike others can’t maintain social distancing for their work. Two sex-workers, Akram Pasha, and Jaya (a pseudonym), who were a part of sex-worker’s group called “Ashodaya Samithi” discussed how their lives had been affected by the coronavirus, the lockdown and the restrictions they had faced.


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Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident

Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Marussia F1 team’s test driver, Spaniard María de Villota, was taken to hospital by air ambulance today after a collision in testing at Duxford Aerodrome.

At the end of her first installation run, the car she was driving had a low-speed collision with the loading ramp of the team’s support truck. According to BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, the car “suddenly accelerated” into the rear of the vehicle. The Marussia team released a statement an hour and a half after the accident, stating that she had been transferred to hospital, and a further statement would be issued once her condition had been assessed.

A spokesman for the East of England ambulance service, Gary Sanderson, said de Villota had “[…] sustained life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further care.” According to witnesses, she was motionless for about fifteen minutes as medical teams attended to her, but did move her hands before being taken away from the test track. Medical charity Magpas, whose volunteer paramedics attended the accident, reported she had sustained injuries to her head and face, and was in a ‘stable condition’ when she reached the hospital.

Marussia reported her as conscious later in the afternoon: “Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”

De Villota was announced as Marussia’s test driver in March, having prior experience driving for Alan Docking Racing in Superleague Formula in Spain.

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University of Southern California spit test predicts cavities

University of Southern California spit test predicts cavities
October 20, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, February 21, 2005

Los Angeles, California —A simple saliva test can predict whether children will get cavities, how many cavities they will get and which teeth are most vulnerable.

Developed by researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the test quantifies the genetic component of tooth decay, spotting the risk when something can be done about it.

“When we apply this to young children, it allows us to predict what might be their future caries history—the number of cavities that they’ll get by, say, their late 20s or early 30s,” says researcher Paul Denny.

Called the Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) test, the test measures the relative proportions in saliva of different types of sugar chains called oligosaccharides. The same sugar chains are present on tooth surfaces.

The effect of sugar chains on teeth’s resistance to disease is analogous to the effect of “good” and “bad” cholesterol on blood vessels. “Good” sugar chains tend to repel bacteria that cause cavities while “bad” allow bacteria to bond to teeth and start the decay process. Unlike cholesterol, however, sugar chain makeup in humans is 100% genetically determined.

Denny and colleagues have found that the sugar chain makeup in saliva can predict a child’s future cavity history to plus or minus one cavity with greater than 98% confidence.

The findings suggest that in developed areas of the modern era genes play a more significant role in tooth decay than in former times or third world nations where gross malnutrition and negligent oral hygiene held the greatest impact on dental health.


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Choosing The Right Animal Hospital In Bloomfield, Ct

October 19, 2020 · Cosmetic Surgery · (No comments)


For a pet owner, it is no understatement to say that a cat, dog, or other animal is really a part of the family. From the day this new member is brought home from the store or shelter (or picked up off the stoop), an owner wants the very best for their new, furry bundle of joy. This includes making sure that the medical or emergency care available to the pet is the perfect fit and of the highest quality. While deciding on the right Veterinarian can be challenging, especially if this animal means the world to you, there are several guidelines out there to make the whole process just a little bit easier.

One step you can take before you’re in a pinch is to visit the veterinary clinic alone, sans pet. Take the time to get to know the vet and the facilities. Without the distraction of a barking Fido or hissing Fluffy, you can ask any questions that are on your mind in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Some questions to consider are the number of vets on staff, AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accreditation, and pain management protocol. An AAHA animal hospital is subject to surprise inspections and must meet a strict set of criteria to operate – on a par with those of human hospitals! Also, use your eyes: Is the hospital clean? Well-organized? Would you feel comfortable leaving your pet here overnight? If you’re in the Connecticut area, try searching out Animal Hospital Bloomfield CT to find some high quality facilities.

Another helpful tip is to reach out to pet owners who use the veterinarian that you are looking into. If you go for an initial visit, you can chat with people in the waiting room and hear some testimonials -; how have things gone for them and their precious animal? Have they been satisfied? Finally, it is important to ask about payments and pricing. From vets in Hartford to Pet Hospital Bloomfield CT, there are plenty of options to meet any budget. Plus, when it comes to your boon companion, price may not even be an issue. Having a pet can be a real treat. Make sure that you do the best for your furry friends by finding the right veterinarian before it’s too late.

US automaker bailout deal fails to pass Senate

US automaker bailout deal fails to pass Senate
October 18, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Friday, December 12, 2008

A US$14 billion bailout package deal for the “Big Three” United States automakers — Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors — has been rejected in the United States Senate after failing a procedural vote.

The bill was rejected after bipartisan discussions on the bailout broke down when Republican Party leaders insisted that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union agree to increase wage cuts by next year in order to bring their pay into line with those of Japanese automobile companies in the United States. The UAW refused to meet the demands.

The final vote count in the Senate was 52-35, eight short of the 60 needed to pass. Only ten Republicans joined forty Democrats and two independents in voting for the bill. Three Democrats voted with thirty-one Republicans against it.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said that he was “terribly disappointed” by the failure of the bill to pass. “I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It’s not going to be a pleasant sight,” Reid said. “Millions of Americans, not only the auto workers but people who sell cars, car dealerships, people who work on cars are going to be directly impacted and affected.”

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Republican Senator Bob Corker was also unhappy about the rejection. “We were about three words away from a deal. We solved everything substantively and about three words keep us from reaching a conclusion,” he said.

Some Democrats now want U.S. President Bush to reserve a portion of the $700 billion bailout package earmarked for Wall Street to assist the flagging car industry.

Stock markets worldwide fell dramatically on the news, with Japan’s Nikkei average losing 484.68 points, or 5.6 percent, reaching a level of 8253.87 points. Shares in the auto companies Toyota, Nissan and Honda all dropped by no less than 10 percent apiece. European stocks, such as those in the United Kingdom and Germany, also lost ground, with the FTSE-100 index of leading shares falling 176.3 points to a level of 4,211 at midday.

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Triple limb-reattachment fails – boy loses foot

Triple limb-reattachment fails – boy loses foot
October 18, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Tuesday, April 5, 2005Terry Vo, the 10-year old Australian boy who had two hands and a foot reattached by surgeons after losing them in an accident, has had to have the foot re-amputated. He will be given a prosthetic foot in its place.

The operation to re-attach three limbs was thought to have been a first – but was ultimately unsuccessful, with the foot having died inside, and receiving insufficient blood supply following the surgery to reattach it.

“That would lead to the small muscles in the foot actually constricting, the toes bending over and a deformed …. foot that is sort of clawed over and doesn’t have good sensation,” said plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love today, on Australia’s ABC Radio.

“Even if you can get all of that to survive, he [would be] worse off than having had an amputation.”

“What is very disappointing is that for the first two days after [the operation] the foot looked absolutely magnificent,” he said.

Terry’s hands were healing well, said the surgeon. The prosthetic foot would allow him to walk normally, since his knee was intact.

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News briefs:January 03, 2008

News briefs:January 03, 2008
October 13, 2020 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

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Relax And Enjoy Food Delivery In Oahu On Your Vacation

October 13, 2020 · Restaurants · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

One of the best parts about being on vacation is that you get to take a break from your everyday life. You do not have to get up early every morning and go to work. You do not have to come home and cook dinner and clean every night. It can be nice to go out to dinner while you are on vacation. However, sometimes it is just as nice to sit back and relax in your hotel room and enjoy some food delivery in Oahu.

For example, think about the first night you get into the hotel, and you are fresh off the plane and just into your hotel. It’s dark outside and you’re in no position to go anywhere to find a hot meal. Instead of paying outrageous hotel rates for room service, you can enjoy many food delivery choices from the comfort of your bedroom while you are vacationing on the island of Oahu. If you want to keep it simple, you can always order in pizza. Papa John’s delivers throughout Oahu and you can always count on them to deliver a great, hot pizza, cheesy bread sticks, wings and some Pepsi. Because most hotels have free wi-fi, just search online for the location nearest you or ask your hotel for the number to the closest Papa John’s. While you’re in Hawaii, you’re certainly not going to want to have pizza every night, but when you do, it’s nice to know the same pizza you can get at home is available on the islands, too

On your next vacation to Oahu, remember to take time to relax. Stay up late and enjoy the nightlife. Sleep in one morning. Wake up early one morning and catch the sunrise. Go out to dinner and enjoy some unique restaurants. Relax in your hotel room and skew all responsibility by ordering in dinner one evening. Relax by the pool with a pizza and Pepsi, soaking in the sun. It’s all up to you. In Oahu, you can have almost any kind of food you can think of delivered right to your hotel room door.