Stranded Russian minisub is trapped by 60 tonne anchor
February 20, 2018

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.

Dr Karl to run for Australian senate
February 20, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has announced that he will run for the Australian senate in the upcoming federal election. Kruszelnicki will be number two on the Climate Change Coalition‘s New South Wales Senate ticket.

“I’m in the business of communicating important ideas. I’ve dedicated my life to it. This is another way to continue that dedication. And I’m looking forward to the opportunity to talk about the big questions in a political context. The personal is political,” Mr Kruszelnicki said in a media release.

According to his ABC bio, Kruszelnicki has worked as a physicist, labourer, roadie for bands, car mechanic, filmmaker, hospital scientific officer, biomedical engineer, TV weatherman, and medical doctor at The Kids Hospital in Sydney. However Dr Karl is best known for his work as a science commentator on Australian TV and radio.

Jürgen Klopp signs 3 year contract with Liverpool
February 20, 2018

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Liverpool-based football club Liverpool F.C. (LFC) appointed German Jürgen Klopp as the club’s new manager. Klopp signed a three-year contract with LFC for GBP £15 million, with annual earnings of £5 million and an increment to £7 million if the club wins the Premier League or if the club qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.

Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, was fired on Sunday after three-and-half-years of service at Anfield.

Liverpool were at 10th position in the League table and drew 1–1 against local rivals Everton.

Klopp previously served as the manager at German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and won the German Bundesliga with them twice. Klopp held the position of Dortmund manager until May 2015, and his last match was against Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal cup.

This signing made Klopp the highest-paid manager in Liverpool history. His first match in the Premier League will be against Tottenham Hotspur on October 17. Liverpool have only had four wins out of eleven league games this season.

In response to this signing, Borussia Dortmund tweeted “We heard the news today, oh boy! All the best at the Kop, Jürgen Klopp!”

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Xplore the perfect place to bring your babies and toddlers this winter


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If youre hoping to have some festive family fun Yorkshire with your little ones this winter, Xplore is the ideal attraction to visit. Situated on the first floor of Yorkshires most exciting day out West Yorkshire destination, Xscape, Xplore offers soft play, 4D glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a bear factory and plenty of areas for both children and parents to relax. On Wednesday 13th December, Xplore is hosting a magical Christmas Party that you wont want to miss out on

The Christmas Party

Xplores Christmas Party will have all the ingredients for a fun and Christmassy family day out Yorkshire. With free face painting, Christmas arts and crafts activities, fancy dress competitions, festive games and the chance to write your own letter to Santa (and have it collected by a very special visitor), the kids will love getting in the Christmas spirit with the Xplore team.

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The family fun Yorkshire event will take place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on 13th December and tickets go on sale on Monday 27th November. The tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so be quick to make sure you get yours!

You can find out more details about the Christmas Party, or any other day out West Yorkshire at Xplore, by heading to their website or giving a member of the team a call.

For Babies as well as Toddlers

Xplore isnt just a great place to bring your young children and toddlers on a day out West Yorkshire; its also suitable for babies, especially with the introduction of Baby Weigh & Play at Xplore. This new service allows parents to weigh and measure their babies who are up to 18 months old. It is available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Grade III ISO 9001:2015 accredited scales are used, as well as a measuring mat, in a private area where any parents or guardians can get accurate measurements of their babies. The Xplore team are always on hand to help with the weighing process should you need them, and to help you keep a record of your babys measurements in your baby record book.

If you have a young baby, this service is the perfect addition to any family day out Yorkshire. All you have to do is pay a 5 joining fee, which includes a Weigh & Play session, your baby record book and a free hot drink. Each session after the first one costs 1.50 and you can collect bonus clouds to earn rewards.

Everyday Xplore

As well as these sessions, which are perfect additions to days out enjoying family fun Yorkshire, Xplore runs term-time weekday sessions dedicated to parents and toddlers. These run from 10.00am to 2.30pm and include arts and crafts activities, messy play, story time and dress-up activities. The team at Xplore are passionate about the development of children, and they are happy for you to join in with them, encouraging them to create, play, learn and make new friends. A family day out Yorkshire at Xplore is bound to keep the kids occupied, as well as helping them improve their creativity, social skills and confidence.

For more information about the services at Xplore, dont hesitate to contact a member of the team.

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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend
February 20, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.


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New York executive files $60 million libel lawsuit over insurance scandal
February 20, 2018

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A former Marsh & McLennan Cos. executive has hit former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer with a $60 million defamation lawsuit over an online magazine article regarding an insurance bid-rigging scandal.

William Gilman, a former Marsh managing director, filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, over allegations Mr. Spitzer defamed him in a Slate article published a year ago. A copy of the complaint was made public on Monday.

Gilman, who had a final insurance fraud charge dismissed in January, said Spitzer acted with “actual malice” by suggesting that he was guilty of crimes of which he was never accused.

Although he wasn’t named in the article, Mr. Gilman complained that Spitzer defamed him by writing that “Marsh’s behavior was a blatant abuse of law and market power: price-fixing, bid-rigging and kickbacks all designed to harm their customers and the market while Marsh and its employees pocketed the increased fees and kickbacks.”

“While Mr. Spitzer’s statements do not refer to Mr. Gilman by name, Mr. Gilman is readily identifiable as the subject of the defamatory comments,” said the complaint. “Mr. Spitzer was well aware of his own allegations as attorney general and the resolution of those allegations in favor of Mr. Gilman and yet, recklessly disregarded these facts.”

In 2004 Mr. Spizter, then the state’s Attorney General, announced an investigation into the practices at Marsh & McLennan, particularly fees paid by insures to brokers who place business with them. Gilman, who worked for the company at the time, was charged in 2005 with 37 counts of insurance fraud. Gilman’s final charge was dropped last January.

“I haven’t seen the lawsuit and so will not comment on it,” said Spitzer. “The illegalities rampant at Marsh & McLennan leading to their fine of $850 million and the multiple judicial findings of illegality are clear from the public record.”

Mr. Gilman is now seeking at least $10 million in compensatory damages; $20 million in general damages, including damage to his reputation; and $30 million in punitive damages.

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Science Of Botox Training

February 19, 2018

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Science Of Botox Training by Timmy VicWhen individuals sign up for Botox training with Elite Aesthetic, Medical and Business Training, they are getting the best Botox training anywhere in North America. For their thorough Botox training, Elite ensures that all training candidates leave with a comprehensive knowledge of the science behind this revolutionary wrinkle treatment. Their Botox training includes all details of what Botox can do, including side effects, safety precautions, and who should not be treated with Botox.When dealing with dermal fillers, it is paramount to understand who they are for, and who should not partake in their use. Elite’s Botox training provides all the pertinent details for both practitioner and patient. For instance, few people realize that Botox is actually botulinum toxin, which can cause botulism, a serious medical condition. Proper Botox training allows the practitioner to explain this to their patients, as well as the benefits. When Botox is administered locally for cosmetic purposes, it relaxes facial muscles in order to smooth out moderate to severe wrinkles. This is the goal for most patients, but they must be aware of potential side effects and dangers. Botox training covers these areas extensively, giving trainees the in-depth knowledge of what Botox is, and what harm could potentially occur if it is misused, or administered to an individual who is at risk of developing side effects.Another important part of Botox training is to see it in action, live and in person. To understand the science is to witness it firsthand, and Elite Aesthetic Botox training includes this as part of their renowned Botox training. The most important aspect in understanding how Botox works is to see it administered to live models. Elite’s Botox training includes a four hour segment where each trainee is given the opportunity to inject models with Botox, ensuring that protocol and procedure are in accordance with how the drug must be administered. Even though Botox is used for cosmetic purposes in this arena, Elite Botox training makes the distinction between Botox uses for medical ailments and cosmetic purposes. Their Botox training is specific in this, giving trainees the opportunity for hands-on Botox training, along with the necessary knowledge to ensure the well being of their patients.It is important to remind patients that Botox was originally developed to treat serious muscle ailments. While it does provide amazing cosmetic benefits for most people who use it, they need to be informed that there may be certain risks involved. Only an aesthetician with the proper Botox training will be able to convey this to their patients. Elite ensures that once their training seminar is completed, all trainees will be well versed in the science of Botox, and will be fully qualified to share that knowledge with their patients. For anyone considering Botox as an optional cosmetic procedure, nothing can be more important that full understanding of the science behind the drug.For more information, including trainee testimonial videos, please visit Elite’s website at eliteambt.Elite AMBT provides Aesthetic Medical Training to customers across Canada and the US while also offering webinars and online training. Elite AMBT provides quality training at a low cost. For more information please visit eliteambt.com.Article Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Prince Laurent of Belgium testifies in marine fraud case
February 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

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Prince Laurent of Belgium, the youngest son of King Albert II of Belgium, has been questioned last night by the federal police and is attending today’s court session in Hasselt in a marine fraud case that has gripped Belgian media since last December. He arrived in a Smart car and was accompanied by his lawyer and former politician Fred Erdman. The case turns around funds of the Belgian Navy that have been used to beautify the Prince’s villa in Tervuren. The Prince is expected to testify this afternoon.

In total, 2.2 million was supposedly diverted from the marine’s purchasing services using false invoices. Roughly € 185 000 was allegedly used to paint the Prince’s villa, install lights in the garden, for the purchase of carpet and furniture, and for his secretariat and for animal clinics the Prince supports via his Foundation. Twelve marine officers and contractors are being accused of document fraud, collusion, bribery, embezzlement of government money etc. and could face 10 years in prison. The money was part of the budget that wasn’t spent at the end of the year, and which would flow back to the government if the army didn’t spend it.

The Prince, who is also an officer in the navy, is being treated only as a witness in this case, there have been no charges against him. The Attorney General in Hasselt Marc Rubens has said that there are no elements in the investigation that point to the fact that Laurent was aware of the affair, however several accused have contested this in the press. Technically, the villa is not the property of the Prince himself, but of the Royal Gift, which manages the real property of the Royal Family.

During his interview by the police last night, Prince Laurent stated that he needed funds to renovate his villa, and that Noël Vaessen, his adviser, told him the Navy could help him. The Prince stated that he thought it was legal, and that he had no reason to doubt his adviser.

Ex-Colonel Noël Vaessen was an adviser of the Prince between 1993 and 1999. Vaessen has declared in the media during the last month that the Prince actively participated in the fraud, and that he fears a cover-up. He said that the Prince was a demanding party in the operation, and that “he knew that we were arranging things to make his life and his work as comfortable as possible.” According to Vaessen, the Prince was in need of money to support a royal lifestyle, and “didn’t even have enough money to buy food.”

In 2001, Vaessen was discharged with honour from the army “for medical reasons”, but Defence Minister André Flahaut is investigating if there was no agreement to give him his pension in exchange for the fact that he wouldn’t incriminate the Prince. Vaessen also accused the Prince of other things, such as racing against the high-speed train TGV on a French highway. He has also incriminated Admiral Herteleer. Captain Johan Claeys, one of the accused, studied with the Prince and worked at the facturation services of the Navy in 1998 and 1999. One of the accused contractors, Marc Luypaerts, has told the press that the judge responsible for the investigation in Hasselt had forbidden him to speak about Prince Laurent.

Laurent’s status as a Prince has several judicial consequences for the trial. In Belgium, it’s against the law to incriminate the Royal Family during a trial. Also, the Prince is protected from judicial pursuit because he is also a Senator by law. Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx has issued a Royal Decrete, which the King has signed while on holiday in Napels, which would make it possible for Princes to testify in a trial.

However, Public Prosecutor Erwin Steyls has chosen to have Laurent interrogated by the police last night in Hasselt. This was the first time during the last six years of the inquiry that the Prince was questioned. Today in the court, the Prosecutor defended the act of having him questioned outside the trial, saying that there were several procedural issues. First, the subpoena for the Prince wasn’t issued in time to be legal. Second, the details of the protocol to hear the Prince in court were not explained in the recent Royal Decrete, making it worthless -something Minister Onkelickx denied. Thirdly, nobody can be forced to testify against himself, and if the Prince were to make false statements under oath, he could only be sued for perjury. However, the court has decided to let him testify anyway this afternoon.


Nobody is above the law and the Justice Department must be able to complete its task in full independence. When the courts find embezzlements, it seems fair to me that they would be compensated by anyone who profited from them.

During the last month, the case has caused a several spin-off discussions in Belgium. One of the surprises during this period was the King’s Christmas Message, in which he referred to the case. The regional governments are now investigating and discussing their donations to the IRGT/KINT, an environmental organisation supported by Prince Laurent. But there is also an ongoing debate over the position of the Monarchy in Belgium. Some politicians are suggesting to limit the role of the Monarchy, and other think that only the King and Queen, the Crown Prince or Princess and the widow(er) of the King or Queen should receive state funding.

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Early morning fire kills four New York group home residents
February 19, 2018

Sunday, March 22, 2009

After an early morning fire began, four out of the nine people living at the Riverview Individual Residential Alternative group home located in Wells, New York were killed by the blaze. The Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office, which supervises the home, told the media that the fire started at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Two staff members were at the home at the time, who safely evacuated four of the five survivors.

The names of the residents killed in the fire were not able to be released due to New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, but are able to be identified as two adult men, aged 32 and 52, and two adult women, aged 43 and 60. A 71-year-old male was injured in the fire, and was taken to a hospital in Utica, a nearby city. The other four residents have been relocated to an unnamed group home. Both staff members are also being examined at the hospital.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the four victims and to continue to pray for the full recovery of those five people and two staff members who survived this incident. I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for the first responders and volunteers who worked swiftly and diligently to respond to this tragedy,” David Patterson, the governor of New York, said to the media.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. However, the New York Civil Liberties Union stated that “the blaze appears to have been an electrical fire and the sprinkler system was knocked out immediately.” They also called for “an immediate investigation into the causes of and contributing factors of the fire.”

The New York State Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is currently investigating the causes of the blaze, with help from New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

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