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Hospital catches fire workers flee 73 patients die alone - India

Medical staff at an Indian hospital abandoned their patients and fled for safety early Friday as fire and smoke poured through the building, leaving 73 people dead, many from smoke inhalation, officials said As rescuers scrambled to evacuate survivors, police filed a case against the hospital in the eastern city of Kolkata for violating safety procedures Top government officials vowed to hold the hospital accountable for the tragedy, and began proceedings to cancel its license "It's

Japan spending reconstruction money to hunt whales

Japan is spending 23 billion yen $29 million from its supplementary budget for tsunami reconstruction to fund the country's annual whaling hunt in the Antarctic Ocean, a fisheries official confirmed Thursday Tatsuya Nakaoku, a Fisheries Agency official in charge of whaling, defended the move, saying the funding helps support Japan's whaling industry as a whole, including some whaling towns along the devastated northeastern coast One ship on the hunt is based in Ishinomaki, a town hit

Is the economic crisis a sign of the transition to a digital economy?

Are we living through another painful adjustment from one economic period to another, a modern day industrial revolution that mirrors the first as we watch entire crafts and occupations disappear Gone this time are manual factory work, middle management office positions, semi skilled occupations Coming in are professional computer based occupations and programming in the modern applications In recent writings, such scholars as Eric Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, W Brian Arthur, and Richa

Man saves lives with an iron fish in Cambodia

At the heart of this tale is a lucky little fish How it became the answer to a dire medical problem deep in the Cambodian jungle is something University of Guelph researcher Christopher Charles swears is no fish tale It began three years ago when this science whiz from Milton, who had just graduated from Guelph with a bachelor in biomedical science, took on a gritty little summer research gig in Cambodia The task was to help local scientists try to persuade village women to place chunks o

North Korea really doesn't get capitalism - threatens and double crosses investors

North Korea is striving to attract foreign investment to earn foreign currency ahead of its pledged transformation into “a great and powerful nation” next year, but a string of foreign-invested companies in the North are suffering damage According to sources on the North Monday, North Korean authorities have signed double contracts with foreign investors in the North in recent weeks Even after signing contracts, Pyongyang has unilaterally disposed of assets on its own and rejected profit s

Earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand - Updated images and videos

(  1  2) A continually updated thread on living in earthquake damaged Christchurch New Zealand [b]Click on the 2 or 3 above to go to the second page and view the most recent posts [/b] The posts below are from oldest to newest Currently the citizens of Christchurch New Zealand are living through the results of another earthquake The first occurred in September 2010 and rated 72 This one on 22 Feb 2011 was 64, however the damage for those in the central city was far more severe Videos and

Indian girls named Nakusha change their names - it means Unwanted in Hindi - image

Whats sadder that children grow up with the name "Unwanted" given by their families, or it takes the government to help them change it More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean "unwanted" in Hindi have been given a fresh start at a mass renaming ceremony in Maharashtra state They had been called Nakusha by parents who would have preferred sons Hundreds of people committed to fighting gender discrimination attended the ceremony in rural Satara district Statistics show a continuing p

New Zealands worst ever maritime environmental disaster - images

The 47,230-tonne Liberian-flagged Rena has been stranded on a reef 12 nautical miles off Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island since running aground a week ago Oil leaking into the sea has increased by as much as ten-fold, with the government calling it New Zealand's worst ever maritime environmental disaster More than 350 tonnes of oil has spilled into the ocean since the 47,000-tonne cargo ship grounded on the Astrolabe Reef off the Tauranga coast on October 5 The oi

The 99% - letters of hardship from America - images worth reading

In America a protest is occurring where people are protesting against the economic situation and their place in America No medical insurance, no health care, no accommodation, unsure employment Many of the issues in these letters are foreign to Kiwis, but it takes work to retain a society that cares for each other Read much more about this http://wearethe99percenttumblrcom/ This idea came from this post http://lancewiggscom/2011/10/04/lets-make-new-zealand-the-1-percent/ [

The Eurozone collapse is coming and Goldman Sachs rules the world - BBC interview video

An interview with a British currency trader on BBC News left the hosts speechless Alessio Rastani outlines what we all know and most ignore, yet with the joy of a psychopath anticipating the destruction of peoples lives [flash=640x360]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/aC19fEqR5bA[/flash] Interview with him on facebook http://wwwfacebookcom/alessiorastani

Man loses 400lbs in 3 years - video

Amazing weight loss story You have to admire this guy [quote] I used to weigh 630 pounds I have been overweight all my life I was close to death I was written off by everyone, even myself All of a sudden I woke up it seemed from my despair and I realized feeling sorry about my life wasn't going to solve my problems I decided to change my existence I weigh 229 now, I lost 401 pounds but I have excess skin I wear a Large shirt and I can fit in a 34 waist WEIGHTLOSS I

Phillip Morris study finds tobacco deaths good for the economy

The premature deaths of smokers has economic benefits, according to a report commissioned by a leading US cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris The report found that the Czech Republic saved about $147m in 1997 through the deaths of smokers who would not live to use healthcare or housing for the elderly Compiled as a cost-benefit analysis and delivered to the Czech Government, the study weighted the savings against the income tax lost and cost of caring for smokers before they died Howeve

Man rescues sick cat has a friend for life - heartwarming with video

When James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in what passed for his living space, he had no idea that a simple act of kindness would change his life Bowen, a musician who had fallen on hard times, was making the best he could of his life on the streets, working as a vendor for The Big Issue, a weekly magazine published as a means for homeless people to earn money and work their way to a more secure future When Bowen found the cat, he could see that he was suffering from some pretty

London looter posts a pic of his stolen goods on Facebook - image

Some moron posted his smiling face and all his stolen goods on Facebook May his stupidity be rewarded with a long jail sentence Good comments on the image: http://wwwredditcom/r/pics/comments/jcjtu/london_riot_looter_may_regret_this_facebook_post/

Rowan Atkinson crashed his favorite car - a McLaren F1 supercar - here he is on Top Gear - video

Rowan Atkinson, the British actor best known as Mr Bean and/or Edmund Blackadder, was injured in a car accident yesterday on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire According to an incident report, the 56-year-old Atkinson lost control of his $1m McLaren F1 supercar and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to catch fire Atkinson managed to walk away from the wreck on his own; a passing motorist kept him company until fire and rescue services arrived He currently at Peterborough District Hospita
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