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New York’s Wall Street “Zombie” Movement Growing As Seven Hundred Arrested

Seven hundred protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York over the weekend as the Occupy Wall Street demonstration continued to gain attention in North America. The leaderless protests began three weeks ago with a handful of college students camping out in Zuccotti Park, a plaza near New York’s financial center. The students were speaking out against a variety of causes, including corporate greed, social inequity, and global climate change. The number of protesters grew, and the first mass arrest of about 100 people took place on September 24 after protesters marched out of the Financial District into other areas of the city. Protesters have garnered media attention by combining business dress with … Read entire article »

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Hole In Arctic Ozone Larger Than Ever Before

The ozone layer over the Northern Hemisphere is offering less protection than ever before, the journal Nature reports in the issue published on 2 October.  Researchers discovered that the hole that developed over the Arctic this year was about two million square kilometers in size, similar to the hole that appears each spring over the Antarctic. The ozone layer was discovered in 1913.  It is located in the stratosphere, between 10 to 20 miles above the Earth’s surface, where it absorbs most of the sun’s high frequency ultraviolet light.  Holes in the ozone layer are thought to expose people below to greater levels of cancer and cataract-causing UV radiation.  Nature’s study shows that people in Norway, Greenland, and areas of northern Russia were most at risk. Most holes in the ozone layer … Read entire article »

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Some Banks To Charge Monthly Fee For Debit Card Use In U.S.

Some banks in the United States, including the Bank of America, which is the biggest lender in the U.S. based on assets, have announced plans, or intend to do so soon, to charge a monthly fee, for some of their debit cards. The fees being mentioned are in the $3 to $5 per customer per month per card. The banks are trying to find ways to make up for the limit that has been mandated  after the Federal Reserve issued rules which have capped what are known as swipe fees. Beginning 1 October, swipe fees are capped at 21 cents, with an additional 0.05 per cent of each transaction, and a 1 cent adjustment related to fraud prevention. Since this is replacing a formula that averaged out at about 1.14 percent, … Read entire article »

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Clifford Olson, Serial Killer Is Dead, Corrections Canada Announced Friday

Correction Services Canada made the announcement that many have been waiting to hear for a long time, that Canada’s serial killer Clifford Olson is dead. The relatives of Olson’s victims are now relieved that he is dead, Olson dying on Friday of natural causes, terminal cancer, at the age of 71. At the time of his death, he was a patient in the Health Care Centre of the Archambault Institution in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. Clifford Olson made the news in 1982 when he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and killing 11 children, both boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17 in British Columbia, Canada between November 1980 and July 1981. He was sentenced to life in prison, but continued to torture the relatives of his victims in any way … Read entire article »

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FBI Arrest Boeing Workers At Ridley Park, Pa

It was announced by the FBI at a news conference on Thursday that they have made 37 arrests in connection with prescription drugs being distributed and used by some workers at the Boeing military aircraft plant at Ridley Park outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Of those arrested on Thursday morning all but one are or were at one time Boeing employees. The Ridley Park plant employs over 5,000 workers, and the majority of those arrested were connected to the production area of this plant. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philapelphia, 23 people were charged with the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. These drugs included Oxycontin and Actiq used to kill pain, as well as Xanax which is an anti-anxiety drug. The remainder of those arrested were charged with the misdemeanor of … Read entire article »

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Twitter Study Finds We Are Happiest In The Morning

Twitter, one of the biggest social media sites in the world, has been the focus of a study that shows that people’s moods worsen throughout the day. Over a 2-year period, a group of Cornell University researchers set out to observe the attitudes and mentalities of 2.4 million users in 84 countries. The study, which is published Friday in the Journal of Science, showed that factors such as the amount of daylight, sleep and work all had key roles in affecting the participant’s emotions, such as alertness, distress, anger, and enthusiasm. The results, which looked at the positiveness levels of the participant’s tweets, showed that the majority of tweets were the least positive at the beginning of their work week, and gradually became happier and more optimistic as the week progressed. Predictable, … Read entire article »

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Inventor Of First Implantable Pacemaker Dies At 92

Having helped many thousands of people by his inventions, the most famous of which is his implantable pacemaker, Wilson Greatbatch will long be remembered for his work – the inventor passed away on Tuesday in Buffalo, New York where he was born in September 1919. It was 1960 when the first cardiac pacemaker was successfully implanted in a human, and this person went on to live another year and a half thanks to the device. The pacemaker controls the heart’s rhythm by using electrical impulses, and there are many different kinds of pacemakers, but basically they all work to treat bradycardia, or in other words a heart rate which is too slow. Some of the devices work all the time, while others only become active during exercise, or if the length … Read entire article »

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Saudi Women Given The Right To Vote In 2015

Saudi Arabia has taken a step towards increasing women’s rights.  In an annual speech before the Shura advisory council last Sunday, Saudi’s King Abdullah announced reforms that would give women the right to vote and to run in municipal elections. He also announced that in the future, women would be appointed to the Shura council.  “Muslim women in our Islamic history have demonstrated positions that expressed correct opinions and advice,” said the king.  These new rights would allow women to play a role in the legislative and executive branches of state. While the announcement was praised by the United States, many questioned the delay before the changes will be enacted.  Although there are local elections scheduled for this Thursday, women will have to wait another four years before casting their first … Read entire article »

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered To All Nippon Airlines Co.

On Sunday, the Boeing Co. announced that it has now completed the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with the formal documents being signed by Boeing and All Nippon Airlines Co. or ANA of Japan, over three years later than Boeing had originally scheduled. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long range aircraft with a mid-size wide body, and twin engines and the aircraft seats between 210 and 290 passengers, depending on the seat arrangements. Boeing is excited about this jet airliner because they claim it is the most fuel efficient airliner according to Boeing, because it uses composite materials, plastic reinforced by carbon-fiber, for most of its construction rather than aluminum and so it is much lighter. Dreamliner had its first test flight in December 2009, and completed its … Read entire article »

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Jailed U.S. Hikers Released On Bail From Iran

On 21 September 2011, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal the hikers who said they accidentally strayed into Iran, were released from jail on bail which was reportedly set at $500,000 for each man. The men were arrested in July 2009 having crossed from Iraq into Iran and were sentenced to eight years in jail earlier this year after they were found guilty of espionage and illegal entry into the country. A third hiker, Sarah Shourd, who is 32, was released last year on medical grounds, after bail of a similar amount was set. After the men’s attorney, Masoud Shafiei completed the paperwork for their release, the men, both 29 years old, were taken to Tehran airport, where they were flown to the Omani capital of Muscat. The families of the hikers released … Read entire article »

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NonCommunicable Diseases Causing Millions of Deaths Each Year

The World Health Organization, WHO, has released a new report which offers guidelines for addressing the economic impact which noncommunicable diseases, NCDs, have and suggests low cost methods for reducing the incidence of NCDs. It is released just before the first meeting of the United Nations to discuss chronic or non-communicable diseases, a two day meeting in New York, beginning Monday 19th September. The report, a joint project by the World Economic Forum, WEF, and the Harvard School of Public Health, focuses on four diseases, namely cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, and the impact they have on the global economy, as well as inexpensive options to combat these diseases which are threatening to bankrupt health systems throughout the world. With the current population growths and the rates of incidence … Read entire article »

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5 Bikers Found Dead At Charity Event In Tennessee

A charity event organized by Bikers Who Care turned tragic on Sunday when 5 bikers were found dead in an RV at the Clarksville Speedway, Tennessee, at about noon. The Clarksville police and ambulances attended, but could do nothing for the three men and two women. The police have said that there is no sign of foul play. Bill Langford is the director of the annual event, and was shocked at the discovery of the five. He said that it looks like a small storage hatch on the RV was not properly closed, and it had allowed fumes from the generator to leak inside the vehicle. Apparently the bikers who found the five were taken to hospital with feelings of dizziness and light headedness, and they were found to have high … Read entire article »

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Earthquake Hits Northeast India, With Deaths And Damage

An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck northeast India, including New Delhi, the capital, on Sunday evening local time, and there have been at least two aftershocks of over 5.3 already felt, and more are possible. The number of deaths is uncertain at this time, because some of the area is only sparsely populated, but has now been cut off because of mudslides which were triggered by the earthquakes. However, Chief Secretary Karma Gyatso of Sikkim state, at least five people there were killed and over 50 injured. In Nepal it has been reported that a wall collapsed at the British Embassy killing three people. In Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim state, as in other areas, there were power cuts as the earthquake struck, telephone lines were knocked out, and roads were reported … Read entire article »

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3 Killed Over 50 Injured At Reno Air Show In Nevada

Three people were killed on Friday at the Reno Air Show in Reno Nevada and at least 5o more were injured when a P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into the edge of the crowd. The plane was a fighter plane from the World War II era, and was flown by Jimmy Leeward who was killed in the crash. Leeward was a Hollywood stunt pilot, and reports are saying that it looked as though he knew he was going to crash and tried to avoid the grandstands at the National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport. With more than twelve people in critical condition, the number killed is unfortunately expected to rise. Emergency crews took the injured to three local hospitals, although spectators also took some of the less seriously injured, and Gov. … Read entire article »

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Air France-KLM To Get New Boeing 787s, Airbus A350s

The Air France-KLM board of directors have given the go ahead for the company to order up to 110 new air planes, the company announced on Friday, with 50 of these being a firm order. These will be made up of Boeing Co. 787 jets, and Airbus A350s, and the deal is being finalized with these manufacturing companies. In a statement Air France-KLM said “These new aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by over 15 percent and will give rise to a significant reduction in noise and gas emissions.” With a fuel bill this year of $5.7 billion to the end of March, all savings on fuel consumption will make a substantial difference to the company, who may pass these savings on to the passengers, in the form of lower fares. Air France-KLM … Read entire article »

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Earthquake Of 6.2 Magnitude Strikes Off Coast Of Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck off the northeast coast of japan late on Thursday, local time, with buildings swaying in Tokyo and elsewhere. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that there was no danger from a tsunami, and they had not had any immediate reports of damage or injuries. However, they did say that there could be a slight change in the level of the sea because of the quake. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicentre was 156 km northeast of Tokyo, and was at a depth of 10 km, occurring at 5pm local time. The Tokyo Electric Power Company said there was no new damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant which was hit so hard by the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March which killed … Read entire article »

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U.S. Hikers held For Two Years To Be Freed By Iran

On Tuesday it was announced that the two Americans who have been held in jail in Iran for two years are to be allowed to go free, once the bail of $500,000 is paid for each of them.  According to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal who are now both 29, could be released in just a few days, although they had been sentenced to eight years in jail for spying and crossing the border illegally. The two friends were hiking back in 2009 along with Sarah Shourd when they strayed across an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, and were arrested by security officers from Iran. The three were jailed, but Shourd was released in September of last year because of health issues, once the sum … Read entire article »

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82 Victims Killed In Petrol Pipeline Explosion In Kenya, So Far

A petrol pipeline leak in Nairobi, Kenya led to an explosion and fire which has killed at least 82 people, while injuring over 115 others. An oil spill at a Kenya Pipeline Company depot in Nairobi resulted in many in the informal settlement close by trying to collect the petrol in any containers they could. The spill passed through a slum area, and people did not want to waste this precious fuel. It is thought that the explosion occurred when the wind changed direction, and blew sparks over the petroleum fuel from the garbage fires which are constantly burning, leading to the explosion and fire. Many had their clothing set on fire, and jumped into the river to try to save themselves. Unfortunately many died in the river. The Red Cross have said … Read entire article »

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