Wednesday, May 26, 2010

800 miles of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System were closed down following a spill of thousands of barrels of crude oil south of Fairbanks, Alaska. A power failure following a routine fire-command system test caused relief valves to open and crude oil overflowed near the Fort Greely pump station 9. The valves opening allowed a pressure release for the system and oil flowed on a pad to a tank that can hold 55,000 barrels (2.3 million gallons). As of Wednesday afternoon, the tank vents were still leaking probably from thermal expansion inside the tank. Another secondary containment area below the tanks capable of holding 104,500 barrels was not yet filled to capacity.

The spill coordinator for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Tom DeRuter, said that the oil spill contamination should be confined to the graveled oil containment liner. “Safety is their No. 1 objective right now. As soon as it is safe to move in, then they’ll get the power on and try to empty that tank out. As long as everything is in that liner, it gives us time,” DeRuter explained.

40 people had been evacuated from the Fort Greely site, and the Prudhoe Bay station has been reduced by 84%. “We’re going to take as long as we need to make sure the site is safe before we start back up,” said Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokesperson Michele Egan. There is capacity in reserve tanks for 48 hours during this slow down of production.

About 650,000 barrels per day run through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline between Prudhoe Bay to the Port of Valdez oil tankers. The majority of shares in Alyeska are held by BP Exploration, Alaska (BPXA) which is also currently addressing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP addressed a 267,000 gallon crude oil spill in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 2006 resulting in a lawsuit against BP Exploration.

Car maker DeLorean dies at 80

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Automobile industry pioneer, John DeLorean, died Saturday in a New Jersey hospital by complications from a stroke.

DeLorean was born in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to European immigrant parents. He received an education in automotive engineering and quickly rose through the ranks of Packard and later General Motors (GM). DeLorean was credited with the development of the Pontiac GTO, which helped introduce the era of “muscle cars”. By 1965, DeLorean led the entire Pontiac division, and four years later was promoted to the prestigious position of leading GM’s Chevrolet.

In 1973, DeLorean quit General Motors and started his own company, the De Lorean Motor Company. The company’s product was the DMC-12, an unusual car featuring an unpainted, stainless-steel exterior and gull-wing doors. The company started production in 1981 but failed less than two years later, having produced under 9,000 vehicles. Despite the company’s failure and the car’s dismal sales, the car itself gained a cult following after the release of the 1985 movie Back to the Future which featured the car as a time-travel machine.

DeLorean himself was in nearly as much trouble as his company. In 1982 he was arrested for attempting to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to undercover police, and after his company’s failure, he became involved in a multitude of lawsuits alleging investor fraud. Though DeLorean successfully resolved the cocaine case after claiming entrapment, his other legal cases would drag on until 1999, when he declared bankruptcy.

News briefs:September 8, 2005

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Whether clearing land for a small addition or planning a large commercial project, finding the right construction engineering company is crucial. In order to ensure timely completion and accurate work without additional and unexpected costs, be sure to contract with a reputable company. Look for companies that have been in business for several years. Also make sure the chosen contractor can provide references from other satisfied clients.

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The best place to start is to ask around for references to reputable companies. Speak to partner businesses and others who have recently done similar work to see who they used and if they were satisfied with the service. If a company is known for doing good work on other projects, it is likely that their next one will also be acceptable. A qualified specialist in Construction Engineering in Austin will be able to ensure excellent results in whatever project they undertake

Baker-Aicklen and Associates Inc. has been providing quality Construction Engineering in Austin for 32 years. The 12 awards and recognition they have earned for their successful projects shows the quality of the work provided by the company. There are many companies of this type that list many of their successful projects on their websites so potential clients can review their work and look through projects that are similar to their needs. These companies specialize in civil engineering for the technology, education and government industries but are qualified to handle any project. Most of them work in both the private and public sectors.

A good engineering and construction company can help with everything from the planning process to start up at the end of the completed project. They are familiar with the rules and governmental regulations for projects in the area and can help make sure every license is obtained and all paperwork is properly completed. Be familiar with the company chosen to provide such important services. Form a relationship with them and be firm in all expectations of the project from the budget to the deadline. The more information provided to the contractor up front, the better, so they can prepare an accurate quote.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Environmentalists in Brazil are urging the country’s residents to urinate in the shower while washing themselves, to help conserve water and save the rainforest. Television ads being aired in the country claim that by doing so, the nation could save over 1,000 gallons of water per household each year.

SOS Mata Atlantica ran the ad campaign in an attempt to use comedy to get people to reduce the amount of water they use. “[The ad is] a way to be playful about a serious subject,” said Adriana Kfouri, a spokesperson for Atlantica.

The animated ad narrated by children shows people, including a trapeze artist, an alien and dancers, all taking a shower while at the same time, urinating in it. The ending of the ad then states, “Pee in the shower! Save the Atlantic rainforest!”

Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, England, proposed a similar campaign in 2006. He said urine should be classified as a “green waste” and that “there is no earthly reason that you need to flush the loo if you have merely urinated. That’s a huge saving of water.”

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Taichung City Stage of Tour de Taiwan 2008, approved by several executives since the first time set up in the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last year, raced today around the Wen-shin Forest Park near Shiang-shang Road, Wen-shin Road, Da-duen 7th Street, and He-nan Road Sec. 4.

We [the Taichung city Government] hope it become the international city because out city [Taichung] was approved as the most sportive city by Sports Affairs Council of Executive Yuan, this symbolized the city as a 3-in-1 city with sports, shine, and health. If some international games (sporting competition) can be held in this city, it will bring on the prosperity of sporting population and achieve the target of “A city with Culture, Economy, and International”.

It’s a short-term circulation, however. But due to a few differences on land ranges, not every cyclist can keep the leading in a long-period. Finally, the “main group” with 90 participated cyclists passed the finish line, but Krzysztof Je?owski from Merida Europe narrowly touched the finish line first to win the stage champion.

After the race, Wikinews Reporter Rico Shen briefly questioned Je?owski about next 4 stages in Tour de Taiwan, he commented that he and his teammate will do several attempts to win the stage champions in next 4 stages to repay on anticipations by some cycling fans.

Submitted by: Ed Sneineh

Illinois Workers Compensation laws are in place to protect employees from dangerous job related conditions. Employees, before company liability insurance was required, could lose their job due to a work related injury. Company liability insurance will pay for medical related costs due to an injury.

Today, the injured worker knows that his job will be secure until he can recover and return to his job. The employee’s medical bills will also be paid for in full. The compensation plan is not without its drawbacks however which is why some injured employees hire a lawyer to represent them when they are filing their claim.

Employees could be injured at a chemical plant if the production process goes awry and chemical gases escape into the work place. A faulty piece of equipment or machinery could injure an employee who was unaware of the problem. These are only a few of the obvious types of injuries that can occur on the workplace.

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Falling down off a scaffold, breathing in hazardous gas at a chemical plant, or slipping and falling in the break room are obvious types of accidents that can lead to an employee injury. However, there are many less obvious injuries that happen all the time at the work place that can lead to debilitating injury. For instance carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury that develops over time because of repetitive motion such as typing all day at a keyboard.

One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is an injury to the hands, fingers, and wrists as is common in employees who have to use their hands repetitively. Most people when hearing carpal tunnel syndrome think of the injury plaguing the office worker who has to sit and type at a keyboard all day. But there are many other workers who have to use their hands at work who are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome.

People who work in health care can develop carpal tunnel syndrome if they have to lift gurneys loaded with heavy set patients. Many women who work as emergency medical technicians are responsible for lifting patient and gurney onto ambulances and lifting day in day out can cause injury to hands and wrists. The injuries employees are prone to are as varied as the jobs workers perform.

There are as many types of work related injuries as there are types of jobs. Some workers do not have physical injury on the job but do experience emotional or psychological injury due to a hostile work place. Emotional injury, although just as real as physical injury, can be very difficult to prove. A lawyer can help an employee, emotionally injured on the job, prove her employee compensation claim.

An Illinois Workers Compensation lawyer can help employees who have injured at work receive the medical help and insurance payments the employee is entitled. There are many injuries that happen on the work place that are easy to prove such as slip and fall accidents. But there are other injuries such as emotional injury caused by stress on the job or in a hostile work environment that an employee can suffer.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006The Australian House of Representatives today acknowledged the impact of the recent devastating Cyclone Larry and the efforts of the support given to the residents and communities of north Queensland in order to restore normal life.

Phillip Ruddock (Liberal, Berowra) moved a motion expressing this after Question Time today, which included a description of the devastation wrought on the area, the response by the Australian Government and the Australian Defence Force, and thanked the efforts of people for their “willingness to roll up their sleeves and get on with the job of cleaning up and rebuilding their towns and centres.”

The Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley (Labor, Brand) supported the motion, and congratulated the move to put General Peter Cosgrove in charge of operations, stating that soldiers “know how to work through logistics issues…how to work around officialdom or blockages”, praised both local federal and state members of Parliament, and especially the Labor Queensland state premier, Peter Beattie.

Bob Katter (Independent, Kennedy) was more critical in his speech. Katter thanked Beattie for his immediate response, but also described his confrontation with him and said how first responses were “simply not working”, but also praised Beattie’s decision on Cosgrove. Katter also described how the incident was “the worst natural disaster inAustralian history” and how the banana industry in north Queensland was decimated. Katter went on to describe the financial problems of the people in the region, the “huge gap” between the cost of rebuilding and insurance payouts, also asking “Are we going to pay people virtually nothing to sit on their backsides to do nothing or are we going to pay them a decent wage and have them rebuilding our communities for us?”

The debate is set to continue in the Main Committee, as an opportunity for many more members of the House of Representatives to speak to the motion, without taking up further time in the Chamber.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.

News briefs:May 26, 2006

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The time is 17:00 (UTC) on May 26th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 Shots fired on Capitol Hill
    • 1.2 U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill
    • 1.3 Melbourne – Adelaide train services disrupted into next week following fatal crash
    • 1.4 Australian troops land in East Timor
    • 1.5 Science minister visits Australia’s newest nuclear reactor, receives nuclear power report
    • 1.6 BitTorrent index sues MPAA
    • 1.7 Hundred million dollar New Zealand drug bust
    • 1.8 Left parties:Don’t let U.S meddle in India’s internal affairs
  • 2 Closing statements


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