Monthly Archives: March 2015

Air Canada Accident Injures 23

An Air Canada plane had an accident early Sunday as it landed at Halifax International Airport in the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia, injuring 23 people. The Montreal-based airline said flight AC624 was carrying 133 passengers and five crew members when it was “involved in an incident upon landing” in Halifax at 12:43 a.m. local time on Sunday. Twenty-three passengers and crew members sustained “non-life-threatening injuries” and were taken to area hospitals, Air Canada said. By midafternoon, all but one of those injured people had been released from hospital, the airline said. “We at Air Canada are greatly relieved that no one was critically injured. Yet we fully appreciate this has been a very unsettling experience for our customers and their families, as well as our...
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Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

A yearlong investigation by government scientists has concluded that a major accident at a nuclear waste dump was caused by the wrong brand of cat litter. The U.S. Department of Energy has released a 277-page report into an explosion that occurred on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. According to a summary of the report, the incident occurred when a single drum of nuclear waste, 68660, burst open. As NPR reported shortly after the accident, cat litter was the chief suspect. The highly absorbent material is great at soaking up liquid nuclear waste, and it has been used for years in cleanup activities at the nation's nuclear laboratories. Unfortunately, workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, also in New Mexico, apparently switched...
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Investigation into Argentina helicopter accident begins

Investigators have picked through the wreckage of two helicopters, removing mobile phones and other items, as France mourned the loss of prominent athletes in the crash in the Andean foothills. The eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots on the two aircraft were killed when they collided and burst into flames shortly after taking off on Monday near the remote settlement of Villa Castelli in northwestern Argentina. Among the victims were Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Alexis Vastine and pioneering sailor Florence Arthaud. They were contestants on the reality TV show Dropped, which was being shot in the sparsely populated region. Sports stars pay tribute to athletes killed in helicopter collision France seeks answers over sports stars killed in helicopter crash Expressions of grief poured in...
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Sue today, not on Monday

Sue today, not on Monday: enhanced fees risk a rush to court | Law | The Guardian

A few days could make all the difference for those involved in issuing civil claims in the courts of England and Wales. If you sue someone this week and claim £200,000, you will have to pay a court fee of £1,515. On Monday, that fee goes up to £10,000. So expect a busy Friday. We knew this was coming, of course. I wrote in January about planned fee increases of up to 600%. Owen Bowcott explained the background earlier this week. However, the story bears closer analysis because of what it tells us about the attitude of the political parties and the role of parliament. Asking the House of Lords...
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Paralyzed by accident, grad student engineers his future with exoskeleton

Andrew Ekelem sits in a wheelchair at the bottom of the fifth-floor stairwell at Olin Hall, laptop balanced on his thighs, quick keystrokes making tiny adjustments for the exoskeleton that promises to change his life. It’s carrying a test subject up 10 stairs before the safety of a landing, one painstaking move at a time, a physical therapist and two other people protecting him from falling. The exoskeleton lifts his foot a fraction too low, and he kicks a step; not far enough forward, and the therapist must give it a nudge. If Ekelem is impatient with this process, it’s impossible to tell. But he readily admits it’s his impatience that brought him to Vanderbilt University for his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. The exoskeleton he’s programming could...
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Social media – the new frontier in the workplace

social media Kristy Preece had just cleared the Ferry Boat Pub in Runcorn in Cheshire. The shift on May 24th, 2010, had been difficult – mainly because of two abusive customers called Brian and Sandra. Ms Preece, a shift manager, had been threatened with a cane. Not unreasonably, she asked the elderlies to leave the pub. Under protest, they departed. In fact Sandra got into her car and drove home despite the fact that she had drank several brandies. But that wasn’t the end of the story. As Kristy wound down, she took...
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