16 states sue U.S. President Trump to stop wall on Mexican border

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 21-02-2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, attorneys general from sixteen states filed a combined lawsuit against the state of emergency United States President Donald Trump declared last Friday so he could fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Specifically, the motion claims Trump’s declaration is unconstitutional because building the wall would divert funding away from programs that would otherwise be performed to the benefit of these states. Because only Congress may allocate funds in this way, reads the motion, the declaration of state of emergency violates the United States Constitution’s separation of powers clause. The lawsuit was filed in the District Court for Northern District of California.

Trump’s state of emergency appears to allow him to pull funding for the border wall from other places: $3.6 billion from a Pentagon construction budget, $2.5 billion from anti-drug programs, and $601 million from a forfeiture fund within the U.S. Treasury Department.

“President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court.”

Becerra is joined in this legal action by attorneys general from Maine, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Hawaii.

On Friday, President Trump declared a state of emergency so he could begin the construction of additional wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, with the idea that this would prevent illegal immigration. Congress has repeatedly denied funding for such a wall, and the conflict between congressional leaders and the president caused a delay in budgetary decisions that led to a government shutdown lasting several weeks this past December and January. Friday, Congress approved a budget authorizing funding for a fraction of what the president had requested. He declared a state of emergency the same day.

This is not the first lawsuit to be filed against the state of emergency. On Friday, an environmental group and private property owners from the border state of Texas filed a motion claiming the state of emergency violated their rights.

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Things To Do To Save Time While Shopping

Filed Under (Lunch) by Tud95B on 20-02-2019

Things To Do To Save Time While Shopping

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Princess Kathleene Gabunales

You are particularly heading towards the grocery to find and buy the ingredients for a recipe meal you would like to prepare when suddenly you forgot the name of a particular spice. It is an important part of the recipe and now all you can do is call a friend and ask to check the recipe for you. As clumsy as it may sound, it is very inevitable for somebody to go shopping and forget something sometimes the ones more important. In a situation like this, you spend more time looking for that ingredient which is not ideal especially if you are in hurry. However, there are number of things you can do to avoid such case as well as to save time while doing errands or simply buying your household necessities.

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Be prepared. In whatever situation, being prepared is always helpful in times you encounter unwanted circumstances. For instance, check if you have enough cash or credit before you splurge yourself into shopping whatever that catches your eyes. Make a list. Make it a habit to list down all necessary materials you need to buy from hardware to recipes. These areas most likely have the smallest detail that sometimes most people tend to forget when buying. Having yourself ready with that piece of paper prior to going in the department store is useful especially if you are the forgetful kind of person. Categorize. While making your list of things to buy, it would be neat if you could actually separate each of them from food, beverages, utensils, hardware, etc. As you know these items are located in different section inside the grocery store. It would cost you less time to find those when you already know what you are looking for. Ask for directions. If you are not that familiar with the store and having a hard time looking for that certain item saya powder juice, you can approach the counter or a store keeper to guide you where to find that item. An alternative. Always make sure to have an alternative replacement in the absence of particular material or ingredient you wish to buy. It is not a guarantee that all things are available when you shop. Bring a bag. Not all stores can provide a handy plastic bag that will accommodate all the things you have just bought. Some stores only wrap things up with a fragile paper bag that might not be strong enough to hold heavy items on your list. Plus bringing an extra bag for excess items would also mean less paper and plastic bags and with this you appear to be environment friendly. The listed things are quite obvious and easy to do. You may think of shopping as such a random thing but for those of you who would like to use time efficiently these will certainly work and yet a helpful tool in shopping.

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South Korean police battle striking workers

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 19-02-2019

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Police raided the SsangYong Motor Company‘s plant in South Korea today, in order to evict workers who have been occupying the plant since May in protest of proposed layoffs. Most of the workers were those who were previously fired for opposing layoffs.

100–400 police officers raided the auto plant south of Seoul at around 10:00 a.m. (local time). Police intended to evict some 600 striking workers who, according to a union representing the workers, “will fight to the death should police forcefully break up the occupation.” Workers at the plant are resisting police by attacking them with slingshots, metal pipes and molotov cocktails.

During the raid, two unnamed workers fell from the four story building while trying to stop the police from landing onto the roof from cargo containers dropped by helicopter. Both sustained injuries, with one in critical condition from the amount of blood he lost.

SsangYong Motor Company has been in court-approved bankruptcy since February and is planning on laying off a third of its workforce to stay in business. However, workers say the company should provide a better proposal regarding the layoffs as well as a more reasonable compensation package for workers being laid off. The situation has caused the company to lose more than US$184 million in output.

Woman returns home with Christmas turkey, a month after setting out

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 19-02-2019

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Scottish woman who set out before Christmas to purchase a turkey finally made it home on Monday, after being cut off by snow for a month. Kay Ure left the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of Great Britain, in December. She was heading to Inverness on a shopping trip.

However on her return journey heavy snow and ice prevented her husband, John, from travelling the last 11 miles to pick her up. She was forced to wait a month in a friend’s caravan, before the weather improved and the couple could finally be reunited.

They were separated not just for Christmas and New Year, but also for Mr Ure’s 58th birthday. With no fresh supplies, he was reduced to celebrating with a tin of baked beans. He also ran out of coal, and had to feed the couple’s six springer spaniels on emergency army rations.

“It’s the first time we’ve been separated”, said Mr Ure in December. “We’ve been snowed in here for three weeks before, so we are well used to it and it’s quite nice to get a bit of peace and quiet.”

Ford Taurus to be revived

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 18-02-2019

Friday, February 9, 2007

Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally has reported that Ford will rename the Ford Five Hundred to the Taurus for the 2008 model year, when a facelifted model is expected to be launched to improve the lackluster sales of the outgoing model. Mulally says that Ford’s decision to name all their cars with the letter F was a lackluster move, and makes their names easily forgettable. As a result, Mulally plans on reviving many respected Ford nameplates, the Taurus being one of them, and the Falcon possibly in the future.

The Ford Taurus was originally introduced in 1986, and was a revolutionary car that rewrote the rules for creating a sedan, and pushed the other American automakers to follow suit, leading to a design revolution that completely rid Detroit of the “boxy” cars of the 70s and 80s. The Taurus survived for four generations, selling over 7,500,000 units. The Taurus was discontinued in October 2006, after a brief run of 2007 models destined for fleet customers.

“How can it go away?” Alan Mulally remembered asking, “It’s the best-selling car in America.”

While it is not expected for the name change to turn the Five Hundred into a 400,000 plus units a year blockbuster like the Taurus, it is expected to make sales more solid, and to make the car well known, since the Taurus is a well known nameplate around the country.

How A Peristaltic Pump Functions

Filed Under (Hydraulic Equipment) by Tud95B on 18-02-2019

How A Peristaltic Pump Functions

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Claire Winters

If you are like other Americans, you have probably never heard about peristaltic pumps. These pumps are widely-used daily in many different industries to pump different types of liquid. Used with a tool to expand a cavity, essential fluids are able to enter into it and that is what is often known as positive displacement. As soon as the fluids enter, the cavity is then closed, and the fluid moves onward. There are lots of applications and uses for these pumps that many people don t even know.

Peristaltic pumps are broken into two unique types. Grouped by their function, the pressure they use to perform basically distinguishes them apart from one another. The foremost is high pressure pumps and hose pumps. These pumps are utilized in high-pressure instances, a lot like their name implies. To avoid damage to the pump, the casings are filled with a lubricant where it can dispel heat that is produced during the pumping procedure. High-pressure pumps use reinforced tubes to prevent the substances from leaking out because of the high-pressure level of the liquids that are being pumped.

The second variety of pump is a low pressure pump, or tube pump. Rather than relying on a lubricant, these pumps usually use rollers and have dry casings. Because the pressure that runs through these tubes is normally lower, there is no need for reinforcement on the tubes. PVC, silicone rubber or even fluorpolymer is what the hoses are made of in the high and low pressure pumps.

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There are lots of applications where these pumps are employed to move fluid via a tube. They are used in dialysis devices, soda pop machines, in the removal of sewer sludge, industrial dishwashers and ornamental fountains or waterfalls. In medical machines, these pumps are used in crucial life saving devices as well as decorative platforms found in most people’s backyard.

Peristaltic pumps tend to be more preferred over alternate methods in a lot of situations. This has to do with the actual fact they are clean and sterile where the fluid only comes into contact with the lines inside the pumps an nothing else that could taint it. To guarantee that the substance is not contaminated at all, the pump is easy to keep clean and sterilize. Liquids can be quarantined fairly effortlessly, and the pumps are utilized in places where it s important to keep liquid from one pump separate from another.

A flexible tube and a rotor are employed with these kinds of pumps. Rather than a rotor, you may see a tubing with a number of shoes or wipers affixed to the outside of the tube. A section of the tubing is pressed down as the rotor moves, causing the fluid inside to move upwards. The fluid is delivered into the pump when the rotor moves back. Mainly because it is able to mimic how the humane body processes waste in the gastrointestinal tract, is precisely how this pump was discovered.

These pumps also offer advantages in their servicing because they are relatively low maintenance. There aren’t any valves, seals or glands that need to be replaced. They are typically cost-effective to maintain and use due to this. More hostile and viscous liquids can be dealt with with these pumps, unlike other types. They can prevent back flow without using valves.

Peristaltic tubing and pumps are most often used in circumstances where the fluid must remain stable and sterile. A lot of people in the medical field use this kind of pump to reduce the risk of contamination and problems with tubes that are not sterile and clean.

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Family sues CNN’s Nancy Grace after ‘heated debate’

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 18-02-2019

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The family of a woman who committed suicide recently after appearing on CNN Headline News Nancy Grace’s self titled show said Tuesday that they will be taking her to court.

Melinda Duckett, the mother of an infant son, Trenton Duckett, reported him missing on August 27, and fatally shot herself in her grandparents’ retirement home on September 8. Shortly before her death, she had appeared on Grace’s show, where she engaged in debate with the former Georgia prosecutor regarding her perceived lack of transparency regarding the disappearance. A suicide note was later found at the scene. The case made national headlines after her appearance.

“Nancy Grace and the others, they just bashed her to the end,” said Duckett’s grandfather, Bill Eubanks, during an interview with The Orlando Sentinel. “She wasn’t one anyone ever would have thought of to do something like this. She and that baby just loved each other, couldn’t get away from each other. She wouldn’t hurt a bug.”

Grace’s spokeswoman called the suicide “a sad development,” and Grace herself issued a statement saying, “I do not feel that our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett.”

“The truth,” said Grace, “is not always nice or polite or easy to go down. Sometimes it’s harsh, and it hurts.”

However, thesmokinggun.com, a true crime website run by Court TV (where Grace also hosts a show), revealed pending litigation by the family on the behalf of Melinda Duckett’s estate. Duckett’s family is issuing a wrongful death claim against both CNN and Nancy Grace.

After the murder of Grace’s fiancee in 1979, she became a prosecutor in her native Georgia and later hosted her own show on Court TV, followed later by her CNN tenure. Grace, however, has been criticized for her sense of ethics and allegedly playing fast and loose with the facts, both in the courtroom and on the air.

Grace’s heated interview, however, was not without proper motive. The police had long suspected Melinda Duckett of involvement in her son’s disappearance, due to her behavior and contradictory statements. After Duckett’s suicide, police named her as a prime suspect in her son’s disappearance. Recently, they have announced that they have reason to believe that Trenton Duckett is still alive.

Broward County Sheriff’s police dog killed in shootout in Florida

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 18-02-2019

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A man shot and killed a Broward County Sheriff’s Office police dog in Miami Beach after a two-county chase in Florida early Thursday morning.

The shooter, Delvin Lewis, 27, was firing shots at his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in Oakland Park. When police arrived, the suspect got into his car and fled, engaging roughly 20 cruisers in a 30-mile chase which ended near Mount Sinai Medical Center’s emergency room in Miami Beach. An exchange of gunfire followed in which Lewis reportedly killed the dog. ER doctors tried to save the animal but it was too late.

The shooter was also struck and has been taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains with no life threatening injuries.

According to a Mount Sinai spokeswoman hospital facilities are now accessible after the authorities locked down the area for three hours following the shooting.

Lewis has been arrested 26 times by Florida authorities including one in July 2003 in which he injured a police dog striking him repeatedly on the head with a cellphone.The suspect has been charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer with violence and principal in the death of a police dog.

Hitting a police dog is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in jail, while killing a police officer is a capital offense which can lead to the death penalty.

Miami-Dade Police Department is handling the investigation which involves Broward Sheriff Office and Miami Beach police.

Lewis has been in and out of jail since 2000 and had been arrested for domestic battery in 2000 and 2004, when he beat a pregnant woman.

The dog, whose name was Oozi, was a 7-1/2 years old Belgian Malinois assigned to BSO’s Cooper City district. He was trained in narcotics and helped in hundreds of arrests in his career, including 35 this year.

Oozi and his partner, Deputy Gerald Wengert, were named BSO’s Employees of the month in May for their role in the apprehension of three burglary suspects.

Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Tud95B on 14-02-2019

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.

Two ill after eating burgers laced with multi-purpose cleaner in Bathurst, Australia

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A prank by three young kitchen staff at Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant in the Central-Western New South Wales city of Bathurst went wrong when two customers required medical treatment after eating burgers they had laced with multi-purpose cleaner.

According to staff at the Emergency Department of Bathurst Hospital, two Hungry Jack’s customers became ill Sunday night after eating burgers contaminated with a chemical believed to be multi-purpose cleaner. One of the patrons was in a serious condition upon arrival at Bathurst Hospital due to being allergic to an ingredient in the cleaning product. “He presented to the emergency department as he was having an allergic reaction after eating a burger from Hungry Jacks, he was in a really bad way when he arrived here and if he had waited much longer it could have been much worse,” said a Greater Western Area Health Service employee. “We called Hungry Jacks and they said that three of their employees had been goofing off and sprayed multi-purpose cleaner inside the burgers so we then treated the patients for poisoning.”

Both customers are expected to make a full recovery. During an investigation undertaken by Wikinews reporter Nathan Carter, it was learned that the chemical sprayed into the burgers was KAY multipurpose cleaner which is reported to cause nausea, diarrhoea and mucosal and gastric irritation. The Material Safety Data Sheet for KAY multipurpose cleaner lists Antonic Surfactants as its hazardous ingredient.

In New South Wales, it is a criminal offence to make food intended for sale unsafe punishable by 2 years imprisonment. Due to restrictions on the publication of the name of young people involved in crimes in New South Wales, the names of kitchen staff can not be published. Wikinews was told by Hungry Jack’s staff that the staff involved in the incident remained employed by Hungry Jack’s. Josh, a Hungry Jack’s manager at the Bathurst restaurant, told Wikinews that his boss Adam was aware of the food contamination issue and would be taking steps to address it.