Saturday, October 9, 2010

A patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital had to be treated in a toilet after wards became overcrowded, it emerged on Friday.

The revelation came as Sheryl Pope, a Buckinghamshire National Health Service strategy director, was questioned over plans to bring healthcare to the forefront of the community. A number of councillers challenged her plans, however, claiming that the opposite had been happening.

The Bucks Free Press reported that councillors asked Pope why community hospital beds are being closed and why more clinics are being centralised. The Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Public Health Services was told that an “under-used” gynaecology clinic located at Buckingham Community Hospital was moved to Stoke Mandeville, which one councillor said was already too congested.

One person had to be treated in the toilet. I’m wondering how quickly you’re going to change it.

“You’re bringing things into Stoke, but there’s such a lot of congestion there… One person had to be treated in the toilet. I’m wondering how quickly you’re going to change it,” High Wycombe councellor Wendy Mallen asked Mrs Pope, a joint director for strategy and system reform.

It emerged that overnight wards at Chalfont’s and Gerrards Cross Hospital have remained closed since a fire risk was identified in 2008. Chalfont St Peter councillor, Bruce Allen, said of the revelation: “We’ve never had an answer from anyone of any intelligence to say what’s going to happen. We had a community hospital with 29 beds and it served us well. We keep asking when it’s going to be opened and we get nil answers. I’ve been to so many meetings and heard this nonsense. We can’t get an answer from anyone.”

Mrs Pope replied by saying that she could not give a “definitive answer,” but said that she considered Chalfont’s to be “an important part of the jigsaw.” Mrs Pope was told by the chairman of the Buckinghamshire County Council committee that she had “a duty” to inform residents of the futue of the hospital. “Unfortunately there’s always a reason for delaying it,” said Mike Appleyard. “All I’m saying is sorry, no longer. We expect you to be here within six months with some answers on the community hospitals.”

Hedley Cadd, another councillor, attacked the gynaecology transfer, saying that he and his wife were forced to travel for four hours to get to and from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, for a consultation that lasted only twenty minutes. Mrs Pope responded by saying that she was “very aware” of the issue, conceding that because the clinic is only 40% full, “those clinics are being denied to somebody else.” Mrs Pope said that it was too early to say how the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, a new organisation which is the result of a merger between the Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust and several community hospitals, would manage local hospitals.

Anne Eden, Chief Executive of the new organisation, said: “We felt it was important to change our name to reflect the wide range of services we now offer patients from our hospitals and in community settings and in people’s own homes. In addition, discussions took place with staff across the organisation alongside patient representatives to evolve our five patient promises to reflect our extended range of services which underpin everything that we do.”

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Friday, April 7, 2006Legislators in the Massachusetts General Court, their name for the state legislature, approved legislation on Tuesday, April 4, that would make it the first state in the United States to require all residents to have health insurance and impose penalties for non-compliance. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican who is expected to run for U.S. President in 2008, is expected to sign the bill.

The bill passed the lower house, the Massachusetts House of Representatives by a vote of 155-2, and unanimously by the state senate. The Democratic Party holds supermajorities in both houses of the legislature.

Among the bill’s provisions are these:

  1. Businesses that employ more than 10 people are required to provide health insurance for all staff or face fines of $295 per year per uninsured worker.
  2. Individuals will be required to enroll in a health plan by July 1, 2007, or face tax penalties.
  3. Health insurers will provide partially to fully subsidized coverage for low-income residents.

At least one other state (Hawaii) requires employers to provide employee health insurance, but no other state holds individuals accountable for coverage.

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By Seomul Evans

In case you wish to stand out from the crowd because of your attire, you are free to create your own design and put it in a custom t-shirt. This t-shirt will make you look unique and it also comes at a fair price .Below are the ways in which you can design your own unique t-shirt from the comfort of your home.

All that you require is a printer together with a heat transfer paper and plain t-shirts. In case you want to have it easy you can choose your design and then select a good website from the many that offer printing services for custom t-shirts .You simply need to select the material of the t-shirt, the color and design that you want to appear on the t-shirt. The unique t-shirt will be ready and delivered within one week. Below are also ways that can assist you customizing your t-shirt within the shortest time possible.

You need to decide on the shape of the design and the particular place that you would wish it to occupy. Draw the outline of your design on a piece of paper but in case you are using designing software, you don’t need to do this. Next, put the design that you want to appear on your t-shirt in the design space. In case you do not have your own designs, you are free to download them from the internet but they have to be scanned in order to be ready for use with the software for designing the t-shirt.

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When the picture is ready for use, you can attempt to add the words or phrases but if you do not want to include these phrases, you could try to use different sizes of the design in order to find out what size will be appropriate for the t-shirt. If you want to include some catchy phrases, you can also experiment with various sizes of words which can be put in any place but they should be connected to the design. This however depends on the owner’s taste.

You now have the designs so you can transfer them to the plain t-shirt on your own or you can employ the services of a printing firm .You can get a good company to offer these services by looking for it in the internet. However, if you steel want to proceed and do it yourself, you will require the following:

Decide on the background of the blank space. Most of the people choose black, white or a bright color. This will assist you in selecting a transfer paper. These transfer papers are also there for use on these colors. Aglitter sheet is also available for use in printing a t-shirt which one can wear for an evening out or a party.

Set the printer next and depending on the different options available from the different printers, use the best option for a perfect image. You need to follow up in the printing process in order to produce a good design on the t-shirt. When the design is ready, transfer it to the t-shirt by placing the paper on the blank space and ironing on the design.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Christian Heritage Party candidate Ron Gray is standing for election in the riding of Langley.

Wikinews contacted Ron Gray, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

Mr. Gray has been leader of the Christian Heritage Party since 1995. He first ran for office in 1988.

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

The intentions of Manchester United’s new owner, U.S. sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer, for the club have been revealed. Although spokespersons for Mr. Glazer (including his son) have stressed that nothing has been finalised, it appears that he intends to raise ticket prices, income, profits whilst capping spending on player transfers.

Mr. Glazer – who owns over 76.2% of the club’s shares through his investment company, Red Football – enraged fans when he started to accumulate shares earlier this year in an attempt to gain control of the what amounts to the world’s most successful football club. Manchester United has more fans, a higher market value, a more valuable and more widely recognised brand and is more profitable than any other football club in the world.

To gain control of the club, Glazer used borrowed money and he is set to transfer this money to the club’s books when he gains full control. The borrowed money will result in large interest repayments – pushing the clubs finances into the red. To counter this Mr. Glazer apparently intends to raise ticket prices by about 50% and to increase revenues by 52% to £245.6m (from £161.5m this year) over the next five years. Apart from ticket price increases, this jump in revenue will be achieved by a 61% jump in match day sales, a 13% increase in media sales, and a 76% rise in sales of merchandise and other commercial activities.

As part of his plans, expenditure on player transfers will be capped at just £25m a year. This is a very low figure for a English football club endeavouring to win domestic and European trophies. Seven years ago the club spent £28m on players, since then expenditure in England on players has increased hugely.

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By Matilda French

Cold stone massage is a good way for you to provide stress relief and help your body in relaxing. This method also aids your mind so that it can let go of all its anxieties and trauma. If someone is suffering from a sporting injury wherein the muscle becomes swollen and inflamed, a good cold stone massage should do the trick as well. The cool stones together with a soothing human touch will be able to calm your body and senses. This type of massage is currently gaining popularity because of all the advantages that you will get from it. The following are just some benefits of cold stone therapy:

— Smooth marble stones are normally used for this therapy because it has the ability to retain cold temperature. The coldness that these stones provide, once it is placed on your body will help you ease up your anxiety level. These cold marble stones will assist your mind so that it will only focus on the body and not on the pertaining mental stress.

— Another thing that cold stone massage therapy will be able to soothe would be sinus problems. What therapists usually do is place this cold stones on top of a cloth and then position it over the face. The coldness of the stones will work to diminish the nasal swelling and therefore, it will reduce the sinus congestion.

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— Menstrual pains and bloating can be a monthly problem for most women. If you are suffering from this type of condition every month, then it is recommended that you also get a cold stone massage regularly. This is because menstrual pains can be calmed by this type of massage. Once cold stones are placed in the abdominal part of the body, the swelling of the uterus will be lessened thus diminishing any menstrual discomfort that you are feeling at the moment.

— A cold stone massage is also a good way of boosting blood circulation. If cold marble stones are placed strategically on the correct locations on the body, it will definitely improve the overall blood circulation of the body. When this happens, a good cold stone massage may also reduce the possibility of high blood pressure.

— Tendinitis and other sports injuries may also benefit from the treatment that you will get through cold stone massage. Cryotherapy or cold therapy actually soothes the inflammation of the muscles and joints by radiating through the painful area to reduce the swelling.

— Studies also indicate that getting regular cold stone massage can support a healthy immune system. Since this type of massage helps in reducing the level of stress hormone cortisol through its relaxation properties, enhanced immunity is very possible.

— One of the benefits of cold stone therapy includes the revitalizing of your energy levels. When you undergo a cold stone massage, the cold stones that hold and radiate the cold temperature will help contract the muscles in your body. It will also help alleviate any bloating and would boost the energy levels throughout your body.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Indian Information Technology (IT) minister Kapil Sibal said at a Mumbai IT summit that the government has no plan to censor social media. “We have never had any intention nor did we ever say we are going to censor social media,” he said, “but we do believe that all media must obey the laws of this country”.

Sibal’s government had planned last year to introduce guidelines to prevent “blasphemous material” on the internet. Google suggested the plans were unconstitutional and against the freedom of speech. Google later removed offensive contents when the court ordered.

21 companies including Google and Facebook were brought to court regarding some of their sites’ content last year. The court found the companies responsible for developing means to counter unacceptable content. Sibal said it had nothing to do with the government; “It is between the complainant and those who have been called”.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Senate Finance Committee will vote on a sweeping health care reform bill next Tuesday. US President Barack Obama has made clear that extending health insurance coverage to as many Americans as possible is his top domestic priority.

Republican lawmakers, however, are still overwhelmingly opposed to the bill, saying it is too expensive and would expand the role of government in people’s health care.

Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate received some good news late Wednesday from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which put the total cost of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill at $829 billion over the next decade, below Obama’s stated goal of $900 billion. The budget watchdog organization also said the health care bill would help reduce the federal budget deficit over the next ten years.

Harry Reid said he believed health care reform was moving forward. “And so today we stand closer than ever to fulfilling that fundamental promise, one for which we have fought for more than 60 years,” he said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, however said that the cost estimate was “irrelevant”, because the final bill that will actually emerge from both houses of Congress is likely to look very different and cost a lot more. “What matters is that the final bill will cost about a trillion dollars, vastly expand the role of government in people’s health care decisions, increase premiums and limit choice,” McConnell said.

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McConnell said Republicans favor a step by step approach to health care reform, focusing on prevention and wellness programs and dealing with the high costs of malpractice insurance doctors have to pay due to fears of excessive lawsuits.

Under the Finance Committee’s bill, US residents would be required to get health insurance or face a penalty, and insurance companies would face tough new regulations. For example, insurance companies could no longer reject coverage for people due to pre-existing conditions.

The Senate Finance Committee is likely to pass the bill, which will then have to be merged with one passed by the Senate health committee before it goes to the full Senate floor for debate.

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Sports bettinghave been a part of human culture on every continent on Earth. Placing a wager on the outcome of a game has been a part of sports life. There is not a single sport you can name that doesn’t have some kind of betting audience.For many peoplesports bettingis a harmful way to add excitement to your favorite sports. For some people, sports betting is more than just a way to spice up a favorite past time; it is big business. All over the world, bets are placed on basketball, horse racing, football, soccer, baseball, and every other sport you can name. Some people win big, some people win consistently and others consider sports betting as their permanent source of income.One of the biggest questions surrounding sports betting is whether or not the activity is legal. The fact is that in many parts of the world, sports betting is legal. Most of Europe and Asia regulate sports betting quite heavily, but bettors can place their wagers without fear of legal reprisals. North America is a different story. In Canada and the United States, wagering on sports is only actually allowed in four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. Of these, only Nevada actually allows sports gambling outfits to operate.Now, this does not necessarily mean that North Americans are out of luck if they want to wager on a game. The Internet has opened up a wide range of opportunities for residents west of the Atlantic to places bets on sports, although they must do so through books operated in an area where sports gambling are legal. Even so, the status of those operations is a little bit shady.Let’s take a deeper look at what sports betting is all about and how does it workHow does sports betting work? Heres how. Official sports bets, those which take place through bookies rather than buddies, are carefully measured odds offered by shrewd business number crunchers. The sports books offer several different kinds of bets, all of which are designed so that the book itself makes a profit no matter the outcome of the event. That profit is known as the vigorish (vig for short). It’s usually around $10, paid by the person who loses the wager.Generally, bettors will select one of two options when wagering on a sports event. The first is the money line, in which a straight up win by the team picked will result in money returned to the bettor.They look like this, in a baseball game:Chicago White Sox -200New York Yankees +150That example tells us two things. First of all, the White Sox are the favorites. That’s indicated by the negative sign. If you bet the Sox, then you have to put down $200 in order to win $100. That’s the second thing the example shows us; the amounts indicate how much you win if the team you select comes out on top. For the Yankees, the underdogs, you only have to pay $150 to get a shot at that hundred bucks. But, of course, the Yankees will have to win (Just kidding because Im a Yankee fan)!So there you have it, sports betting in a nutshell. I hope that youve learned a lot.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2007 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 year’s time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2007, what would the question be? The year that you first signed on to Facebook? The year Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse fell apart? The year author Kurt Vonnegut or mime Marcel Marceau died, both at 84?

Let’s take a look at some of the international stories of 2007. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in bold.

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