Triple limb-reattachment fails – boy loses foot


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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Does Anybody Want Cheap Cabinets?


byAlma Abell

Many people automatically associate the word “cheap” with another word and that word is “nasty”. This gives rise to a reluctance to get involved with anything “cheap”. For example, if we see an advertisement telling us to buy Cheap Cabinets for our home we will automatically ignore it. We get a mental picture of shoddily made cabinets using very low cost, inferior, raw materials that have been badly put together; in other words, something that might be put in a cheap motel room but never in your own home!

If Cheap Is Nasty; What Is Economical?

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If that same advertisement had been for economically priced cabinets; then, we would have read on with interest in the expectation of getting a bargain and saving ourselves some money. Other ways of implying a, lower than you expect price, include phrases like: “cost saving”; “discounted prices”; even “bargain prices”. Such phrases can lead you to believe that you are being offered a good quality product at an advantageous price and, assuming that it is a product that you currently have a use for, you will investigate further and, possibly, purchase it.

How Do Cheap Cabinets Vary From Economical Ones?

Although the possibility exists that they may not vary in price, Cheap Cabinets are unlikely to be made from genuine, natural (as sawn) wood. They are more likely to be covered with a cheap, self-adhesive plastic layer that has been colored to pretend to be a wood veneer surface and things like door hinges and shelf brackets will probably be of inferior quality. Additionally, the supplier might not provide any sort of warranty on your purchase.

If we are looking at cheap RTA (Ready To Assemble) cabinet kits, we are likely to face that most frustrating of DIY problems when an instruction manual does not match up fully with the contents of the kit. For example: – “Place part 1 into hole 2”; you have found part 1 but there is no sign of any hole 2 whatsoever!

If the economically priced alternative is manufactured by a reputable company and purchased from an equally reputable dealer – either online or from a warehouse or store – then you should not encounter the sort of problems that you could get from purchasing cheap cabinets.

Christian youth camp directors charged with dragging 15-year-old girl behind van


Monday, August 13, 2007

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt, who run Love Demonstrated Ministries in San Antonio, Texas, United States, have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for tying a girl to their van and dragging her behind it on her stomach.

The victim had stopped running with a group of campers, after falling behind. She says Bassitt yelled at her while Flowers tied her to the van.

The girl was treated for injuries on her stomach, legs and arms. She reported that this was the second assault. Flowers and Bassitt remain in jail on US$100,000 bond each.

Love Demonstrated Ministries is a 32-day Christian boot camp for girls whose parents feel they are “at risk teens”. Such camps have raised controversy before.

An organization called the International Survivors Action Committee maintains a list of U.S. organizations where numerous abusive incidents have been reported; however, their list should not be taken as exhaustive. Neither Love Demonstrated Ministries nor New Horizons Youth Ministries, which has an alumni site describing abuse appeared.

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Driving Etiquette Experience All Over The World}


Submitted by: Mary Farfonova

A lot of young people after finishing school think of getting driving license. It is like a step towards being adult. Not everybody needs driving license right after school. But it is not about driving car it is about getting grown-up and imposing.

Driving license is possible to get starting from the age of 16-18 depending on where you live. There are some specifics of driving culture in different countries. We all know that Italia and France are popular for their narrow parking places. So no one is surprised when see just few centimeters between parked cars. Once I parked my car in Italy and when I came back I just couldnt go anywhere because my car was squeezed by neighboring cars. It was funny so far I didnt need to hurry. I waited until the owner of one car came and set free my car.

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Russia is known as a country with a bad driving etiquette. When I was living in Moscow I didnt use my car because I couldnt stand behavior of Russian drives on the road. They dont follow any rules while driving except their own created rules. Opposite situation is in Japan, where drivers follow rules and road signs very carefully. However, Japanese drivers dont think of parking etiquette.

Egyptians are very loud. It seems like they have some horn language. Horn is used to argue with other drivers, to warn pedestrian and for million more other reasons. If you will use horn in Egypt often people will think that you are one of the natives. On the one hand, it is funny to see how drivers communicate with each others. On the other hand, it becomes annoying listen horn all day long.

Recently I met Swedish driving culture and was amazed. They are really polite on the road. All red lights and road signs are followed. They always give way to pedestrians. I was thinking why people behave differently on the road in different countries. I was thinking of maybe in Sweden they have more complicated way to get driving license. But actually they have theory exam (in Swedish they call it theoriprovet) and practice exam. The same way it is in other countries. Probably driving etiquette depends on people mentality more than on driving ability. I wish driving culture all over the world would be similar to Swedish driving culture.

I have found out also that driving exam in Sweden consists of extra practice, which is driving in inclement weather conditions. Students are trying to drive car on ice, in a heavy rain, etc. To my mind it doesnt influence driving etiquette but is very useful for every driver. It is better to try bad weather in a simulator than meet them in a real road. Most of car crashes happens exactly because drivers dont know how to behave themselves.

I have spent about two years in Sweden. During that time I really enjoyed driving. I cant do something, which brings me discomfort and stress, so I couldnt drive in Russia, but in Sweden the situation on road is opposite and brings only pleasure.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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South Australia enters week-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 Delta variant spread


Friday, July 23, 2021

With five active cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, South Australia begun a one-week lockdown on Monday. Announcing the lockdown, state Premier Steven Marshall declared “we have no alternative but to impose some fairly heavy and immediate restrictions”.

The first case out of South Australia’s active cases was presented to Modbury Hospital on Sunday night, having returned from Argentina earlier this month. The fifth, which Premier Marshall noted as “far more worrying”, visited The Greek on Halifax restaurant at the same time as someone who was later confirmed to be carrying the virus. Chief Public Health Officer for the state Nicola Spurrier said “if anyone has been at The Greek on Halifax they need to get into quarantine and get tested”.

In accordance with new regulations, there are only five reasons for South Australians to leave home: essential work, shopping for essential goods such as food, exercise, but only with people from the same household and within 2.5 kilometers (2 mi) of home, medical reasons (which includes testing and vaccination against the coronavirus, but excludes elective and cosmetic surgery), and caregiving.

Schools have closed for all but children of essential workers, with online learning having begun on Thursday. Face masks are also be mandated for those who leave home. ABC News reported that “support for businesses is expected to be announced…”, with all non-essential retail required to close under the new regulations.

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Types Of Data Storage Systems


Submitted by: Simon Peters

Every computer and server stores data. That doesn t make them data storage systems, however. Usually that term is reserved for the systems that store data for use in recreating files after some kind of computer disaster. These data storage systems can be onsite, nearby or at a remote location. There are varieties of models and media, allowing a system to be designed specifically to meet the needs of a particular company.

Models and Media

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The different models of data storage systems are usually reserved for medium to large companies. Large, data-driven companies require dependable storage and a means to recreate files quickly. Whether the data is stored close by depends on the type of disaster that can be foreseen. A company based near earthquake country would be foolish to back up onsite computers with onsite servers. They would be better off to have their own servers at some distance or outsource their data storage systems needs.

For example, Wall Street companies keep mirror facilities out of state complete with desks, phones and data copies so that any damage caused by terror attacks will not close their businesses for more than a few hours. The models of data storage systems include full backup with incrementals. This is a backup of all the files which is kept stored in a safe place. The incrementals are copies of changes from the original backup taken at regular intervals. If the files need to be rebuilt, the full backup is copied back on the computer system and all of the incrementals are added.

Another model is the full backup with differentials, which is one of the better data storage systems. The full backup is compared to the current files, and only the differences are copied. Files are rebuilt using only the full backup and the most recent differential. Other data storage systems can stay connected to the computer network and record all activity. Media for data storage systems has always been ruled by magnetic tape. For bulk storage, the dependability, capacity and price can not be any better.

Modern hard discs are beginning to come close, however. Advantages of hard discs include ease of use and quick availability. For individual computers, optical discs like CD s and DVD s can be used in various data storage systems. Rather than a company-based backup, many corporations outsource their data storage systems. They can upload their files over a LAN or the Internet and recreate them the same way.

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Florida frog skull survey shows spikes, say scientists


Thursday, March 26, 2020

In a new study released by the Florida Museum of Natural History on Monday, scientists report spiky skulls evolved at least 25 separate times in different kinds of frogs. The survey was reportedly to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lead author Daniel Paluh, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, said, “Superficially, frogs may look similar, but when you look at their skulls, you see drastic differences […] Some of the weirdest skulls are found in frogs that eat birds and mammals, use their heads as a shield, or in a few rare cases, are venomous. Their skulls show how strange and diverse frogs can be.”

Some scientists had previously suggested smaller frogs would tend to develop spiky skulls, but that is not what this study reports. Here, researchers evaluated CT scans on 158 different species. They found frogs that had similar ecological niches — meaning they either acquired food in the same way or defended themselves from predators in the same way — tended to develop skulls with similar grooves, spikes, or specialized jaw joints regardless of whether they were ancestrally related to each other.

According to the study, skulls with spikes, grooves or ridges — called hyperossification — often accompanied frogs eating very large prey relative to their own body size. The strong, spacious skulls would allow the frogs to have very big mouths with which to catch birds, rodents, reptiles and other frogs. Spikes sometimes coincided with venomous frogs. The researchers speculated the spikes make it dangerous for predators to hit the frog’s head, as the spikes would break venom sacs under the frog’s skin.

Other bone formations included projections resembling fangs or lower teeth that different species of frogs use for catching prey and fighting. Very few frogs have true lower teeth.

One of the study’s authors, herpetologist David Blackburn, told Discover Magazine the frequency of spiky skulls evolving in otherwise unrelated frogs suggested some deep pattern frogs fell into as circumstances arose: “Somehow, these frogs are turning on some ancient developmental machinery in their DNA.”

Since 1973, when frogs skulls were last comprehensively surveyed, scientists have documented enough new species to double the number known to humans. Also, modern techniques exploit CT scans, of which Paluh and his team made liberal use. The research was part of the oVert project, funded by the National Science Foundation, meant to comprehensively CT-scan over 20,000 vertebrate specimens from United States museums.

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44 worshippers shot dead at Nigerian mosque


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

News emerged yesterday that Boko Haram Islamists are suspected to have killed 44 worshippers during dawn prayers early Sunday morning in the small town of Konduga in Nigeria. The attacks were believed to be a revenge on citizen vigilante groups forming to help the government battle Islamist extremists and occurred 35km from the state capital Maiduguri.

A further 26 people are being treated for severe injuries. Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed at least 3,600 people since 2009, including killings by security forces.

In recent weeks the military has encouraged the formation of vigilante groups to help locate and arrest members of Boko Haram. Boko Haram has attacked churches and mosques. A video has been released where Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau takes responsibility for the attacks.

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Inter-Korean communication lines restored


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

After almost two months of radio silence over the telephone and fax lines that serve as a hotline between North Korea and South Korea, communication was restored between the two countries on Monday.

In a speech made at a Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for the North-South communication lines to be reopened, wishing for an “early recovery of the present inter-Korean relations and settlement of durable peace on the Korean peninsula.”

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement where Kim Jong Un’s wishes were expressed, and closed the short article with a cautionary statement directed at the South Korean government. This statement warned authorities in South Korea they “should keep in mind the meaning of reopening of the communication lines and make active efforts to solve pending important issues for saving the inter-Korean relations and opening its bright prospect.”

The communication lines had been severed on the North’s order in August as a method of protest exercised during US-South Korea joint military drills. The KCNA had previously stated communication would be re-established 9 AM on Monday KST (UTC midnight). In an article by CTV News, it is said officials exchanged greetings over telephone lines and discussed fishing activities in their disputed western maritime border.

This thawing of Korean relations comes at a heated time, with the North having conducted multiple missile tests last week. One of the said launches was confirmed by Japanese and South Korean defense ministries to be an early-stage hypersonic missile, launched only minutes before the representative of North Korea spoke before the UN General Assembly, heavily criticizing the US.

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