Scottish judge criticises medical care of murdered baby

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A judge in the High Court in Aberdeen, Scotland has criticised the care doctors gave to baby Alexis Matheson. Lord Uist made the comments while sentencing Mark Simpson, who was yesterday convicted of murdering the six-week-old girl.

Simpson, 29, will serve at least twenty years of his life sentence after he attacked Alexis — the child of his then-girlfriend Ilona Sheach, who he blamed for Alexis’s wounds — over the course of a month. The child suffered broken ribs and brain damage. Lord Uist said staff at Woodside Medical Group might have been able to prevent the death but failed to realise the baby was being hurt deliberately.

Whether the death of baby Alexis could have been prevented had she been so referred is a matter which, in my opinion, merits a very full inquiry

Sheach had initially been unable to get an appointment at Aberdeen-based Woodside for her daughter; instead, Dr Mohammed Athar spoke on the phone with Sheach and prescribed three drugs without seeing the infant. When she did see a doctor the following week despite being, said Lord Uist, “seriously concerned” for Alexis’s health, the doctor she saw — Linda Mackay — believed Sheach’s explanation the baby was constipated. She felt Alexis’s blood-red eyes were due to straining; a consultant neurosurgeon testified at trial that this did not explain the subconjunctival haemorrhages in the eyes.

That consultant felt a referral to a paediatrician would have been approrpiate. A consultant paediatrician told the court if Dr Mckay had phoned one Alexis would have been urgently hospitalised. These circumstances have led to calls for legislative changes, according to The Scotsman, which compared the death to the recent Baby P case in neighbouring England. Lord Uist also made this comparison, saying “Scottish health authorities have to treat this case with a similar degree of importance and urgency” to “[t]he Baby P case down south”.

Lord Uist was “very disturbed” that “nothing was done” following Dr Mackay’s assessment. He also criticised the delay in seeing a doctor, saying “[i]t is my opinion the appointments system operated at this surgery may require urgent review so as to ensure children requiring urgent attention receive it by being seen by a doctor.”

He continued “[w]hether the death of baby Alexis could have been prevented had she been so referred is a matter which, in my opinion, merits a very full inquiry. The training of GPs, and also health visitors, to detect signs of non-accidental injury may be a matter that requires further consideration.”

The same day as these comments, Crown Office announced that a fatal accident inquiry will occur. “These are very serious criticisms by Lord Uist of the way the health services operated,” said Scottish Conservatives health spokesman Murdo Fraser. “Clearly, there were serious failings in relation to this baby’s treatment and lessons have to be learned from this case.”

The health board stated “NHS Grampian and the Woodside Medical Practice would like to extend their condolences to Alexis’s family. We understand that Lord Uist has issued a statement that it is critical of perceived failings in the care given to Alexis. We will consider these comments very carefully.”

The Scottish Government has also taken note. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alexis Matheson,” according to a spokeswoman. “We continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will await the findings of the fatal accident inquiry. Following this we will work with the health board to determine any necessary changes and ensure that any lessons are learned.”

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Ensure The Functionality Of Your Fire Resistance Equipment

byAlma Abell

One of the fire service jobs that is often under-appreciated is that of fire inspector. However, inspections are nonetheless important as they save lives. In order to prevent fires, you need to fight the possibility of a fire first so that it does not occur.

Semi-Annual and Annual Inspections Are Important

It is essential that inspections be conducted both semi-annually and annually as the activity keeps compliance in the minds of the participants. In addition, educating the public about fire hazards increases survival rates.

It is also important that fire resistance equipment is routinely checked and maintained. For instance, the core services of a fire protection company include inspection, testing, maintenance, and installation. Semi-annual testing and maintenance should be conducted on restaurant fire suppression systems and spray booth dry chemical suppression systems.

When Specific Tests and Inspections Are Advised

Fire extinguishers in a business should be inspected annually as well as well as such fire resistance items as fire hoses and pumps. Annual testing is also recommended for fire hydrants and fire sprinklers. Dry and wet stand pipes should be tested every five years.

When you inspect, test, or maintain fire equipment regularly, you ensure its functionality. Therefore, companies such as Elite Fire Services Inc. make it their goal to make sure that all fire systems are performing to capacity. A fire inspection service should also include installation of fire control devices such as pumps and extinguishers.

Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind

If you want to make sure your fire protection system is fully operational, then you cannot bypass the importance of inspections, maintenance, and testing. To overlook these kinds of services is like throwing caution to the wind.

If you are a business that requires these kinds of inspection and testing services, you need to make an appointment today to keep your employees and customers safe. Fire safety should never be considered lightly. Make sure you meet at least the statutory requirements in your state.

Energy companies to raise consumer rates

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Reliant Energy and CenterPoint Energy–two local utilities in Houston, Texas–plan to increase consumer rates in response to increased demand and recent disasters.

Reliant Energy is expected to raise rates to effect a 14% increase on a 1,000 kilowatt-hour bill. A typical customer could see an increase up to $20 per month. Reliant has reached an agreement with the Texas Public Utilities Commission to raise rates in two steps, once at the end of October, and again on 1 January 2006.

CenterPoint Energy must increase charges for services such as meter-reading and customer service. The Texas Public Utilities Commission prohibits natural gas companies from buying wholesale product, raising rates, and reselling. Wholesale prices of natural gas also continue to rise due to increased demand and declining domestic supply. Natural gas cannot be easily shipped to other regions like oil.

Consumer energy prices are expected to rise across the state, in some cases as much as 20%.

The Texas Public Utilities Commission must approve rate increases before they go into effect, but approval is expected.

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Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In February 2017, the Iranian Chess Federation announced two teenage chess players, Dorsa Derakhshani and her younger brother Borna Derakhshani, were banned from representing the national team. The federation announced their decision although Dorsa Derakhshani had previously decided and informed the chess federation she did not wish to play for Iran.

Dorsa Derakhshani is currently 21 years old and holds the International Master (IM) as well as Woman Grand Master (WGM) titles. Her brother, Borna, plays for the English Federation and holds the FIDE Master title.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned since she did not wear a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, while competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in January 2017. Under the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, hijab is a mandatory dress code. Her brother Borna Deraskhsani was banned for playing against Israeli Grand Master (GM) Alexander Huzman at the same tournament. Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, and previously, Irani athletes have avoided playing against Israeli athletes.

Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh, the president of the country’s chess federation, explained the decision to ban the players saying, “As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran and in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team.” ((fa))Farsi language: ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ?? ?? ????? ? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????? ????. He further stated, “Unfortunately, something that should not have happened has happened and our national interest is paramount and we have reported this position to the Ministry of Sports.” ((fa))Farsi language: ????????? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????.

IM Dorsa Derakhshani, who currently studies at Saint Louis University in the United States and plays for the United States Chess Federation, discussed her chess career, time in Iran and the 2017 controversy, and her life in Saint Louis with a Wikinews correspondent.

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News briefs:May 11, 2006

The time is 23:00 (UTC) on May 11th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


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Tips For Kitchen Remodeling In Camp Hill

byAlma Abell

Remodeling your kitchen can be an exciting project, but it can also be confusing and complicated. If you are not a do-it-yourself type of person, you may want to just call in the Kitchen Remodeling in Camp Hill professionals to get the job done for you, the right way. You want your Kitchen Remodeling in Camp Hill to be perfect and add value to your home, so using professionals to take care of it for you will aid in this task. Below you will find some tips for finding the best contractor for the job.

The best way to find a Kitchen Remodeling Camp Hill professional is by word of mouth. Talk to your family, friends, neighbors and even your co-workers to see who they used for their remodeling projects. If you don’t know anyone who has had a remodeling project done on their kitchen, then you can check the local Yellow Pages or even do a quick Google search to find contractors in the area.

Once you find a list of possible contractors, it’s a good idea to go to their websites and see how organized they are. If the website is sloppy, it may be that their work is sloppy as well. Go to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus to check out reviews on the companies that you are considering. You can find the good and the bad on any company on these sites in reviews.

Once you have narrowed your list to a few of the Kitchen Remodeling in Camp Hill professionals, you will want to call and let the contractor know exactly what you have in mind. Ask for an estimate describing in detail how much the remodel is going to set you back and don’t settle for the first estimate you get. Shop around, because no two contractors are going to charge the same.

Choosing a remodeling contractor isn’t that hard to do, but it can get a little confusing. Make sure that you follow the tips above, do your research, and your kitchen remodel should be started in no time at all.


German tax authority migrating 12,000 desktops to SuSE Linux and KDE

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Lower Saxony, Germany tax authority is migrating 12,000 desktops to use SuSE Linux with KDE as the desktop environment. The systems are being migrated from Sun’s Solaris x86 version 8, which has been in use at the organization since 2002.

According to Eva Brucherseifer, president of the KDE community in Germany and managing director of basysKom, the migration process in its “peak phase” and is porting 300 systems every day. The company basysKom is configuring the desktops.

Brucherseifer said “The decision made by the Regional Tax Office in Lower Saxony represents an important step towards increased flexibility, enhanced usability and — last but not least — reduced training and support costs.”

German cities using or planning to use open source software include Schwäbisch Hall, Mannheim, Treuchtlingen, Leonberg and Isernhagen. Mannheim is planning to deploy Linux on 110 servers and 3,700 desktops.

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KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

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.

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Nokia Inc. announces plans for iPhone rival

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Announced early Wednesday morning at Nokia’s GoEvent, in a plan to expand the company’s revenue, Finland-based company Nokia Inc. is developing a mobile phone similar to its rival iPhone, which will be available in the near future for Nokia customers. The phone is expected to be available by 2008.

Most of the features are the same as the iPhone’s. They include music, games, and many other features, even ones that the iPhone may not have. Ovi (in Finnish meaning “Door”) will be the door for more than 2 million songs and games available for download on the new device. Users will be able to download wirelessly in their own home or anywhere there is access to a computer.

But this is not the first time Nokia has made an attempt like this to increase its revenue. In October of 2003 the company revealed the N-Gage, a game-playing cell phone, but was “stocked-out” due to poor sales. The N95 smartphone, which was released in the U.S. on April 7, 2007 (before the iPhone on June 29, 2007) includes WiFi, a GPS, a music player, and a 5 megapixel digital camera. The three other phones that were revealed at the event in London will be in-stock next quarter. The new N81 and the modified N95 smartphones were among the revealed at yesterday’s event; the N81 is a new member to Nokia’s smartphone family; the N95 has been modified by having more memory and a sleeker LCD screen.

When Nokia was asked about the striking similarity between this and the iPhone, Nokia’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia, Anssi Vanjoki, said, “If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride.”

Nokia first demoed their iPhone rival August 29th. During their demo they omitted the fact that the demo was for the software to be in use, not the actual hardware.[1]

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5 Sports Cars That Ever Changed The Game

At whatever point an automaker breaks the news to construct a Sports vehicle, some different requests and assumptions should be met. However,Sports Car, yet not exactly the part it was 15 years earlier, is still exceptionally hot, and the setup names in the class do very well for their particular brands.

1. Mazda Miata

This incredible Roadster plays host to a ton of exemplifications in the field of vehicles. It’s the smash-hit Roadster ever, it’s a standout amongst others dealing with sports vehicles, time, and it’s maybe the most discussed (and named) vehicles on the Internet.

Dispatched in 1989, and presently in its fourth era, theMiata (known as theMX-5somewhere else on the planet and the Roadster in its country) re-imagined what many people thought about a Sports vehicle. It was devoted accolade for excellent British Sports vehicles, yet none of the consistent quality and support migraines those vehicles were known for. It is a symbol.

2. Corvette

Perhaps a fascinating thing about the Corvette is the way that it nearly didn’t change the game by any means. The venture was charged as America’s Sports vehicle because of any semblance of thePorsche 911. The soonest C1 Corvettes utilized an I6 motor, and they weren’t energizing to drive.

3. Ford Mustang

When the Mustang dropped in 1964, it changed the car business right around sixty years back, as we probably know today. Besides, in a real sense developing its class, the Mustang brought along many shiny new things to the table.

4. Toyota Supra

The Supra began as a superior trim level for Toyota’s lower-end Celica. In the end, nonetheless, individuals were amassing everywhere on the Supra trim level, commending it left right and focus, making Toyota turn it off into its different model.

5. Porsche Boxster

Frequently credited as one of two models that saved Porsche from inevitable passing, the Boxster was a finished insurgency when it appeared, thinking back to the 90s. It was charged as a more moderate method of getting into Porsche proprietorship, without such much trade-off.