Object that fell through roof of New Jersey home not a meteorite
Object that fell through roof of New Jersey home not a meteorite

Saturday, May 12, 2007

An object that fell through the roof of a New Jersey home in January was not a meteorite, according to Jeremy Delaney, a geologist at Rutgers University. Instead, it appears the object was space junk or orbital debris.

“Basically, it’s a piece of stainless steel. There’s huge amounts of material that have been left by the various space programs of the world,” said Delaney.

The meteorite shaped object was not from a naturally occurring substance and had a silver like reflection. It weighed about the same as a small can of soup, 13 ounces (about 370 grams), but was no bigger than a golf ball.

Earlier during the incident, scientists from Rutgers examined the object visually along with police who were at the scene, and determined it was a meteorite. But further tests by geologists confirmed that it was not a meteorite, but probably a metal piece from a rocket or satellite. They had earlier thought it was made of iron.

“That’s the nature of science. If the conclusion from the test says it’s not a meteorite, then it’s not a meteorite. We have to move forward,” said Srinivasan Nageswaran, a member of the family that found the object.

Final US manufacturer ceases production of lethal injection drug; executions delayed
Final US manufacturer ceases production of lethal injection drug; executions delayed

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The sole United States manufacturer of a key component of lethal injections announced Friday that it will cease production of the drug, contributing to shortages and delaying executions.

Sodium thiopental, the first of a three drug cocktail used in 34 states to render the prisoner to be executed unconscious, was manufactured in Italy until Italian authorities stated that they would only license the manufacture if it was used for medical purposes and not, crucially, for executions.

In a statement, the company, Hospira, said that they have never condoned the use of their drug, marketed as ‘Pentothal’, in executions, and that they could not “prevent the drug from being diverted to departments of corrections for use in capital punishment procedures”.

The move means that the United States is without a viable supplier for sodium thiopental. Although many European countries manufacture the drug, which is primarily used in Europe as an anæsthetic, no manufacturer has been found that is willing to supply it for use in conjunction with the death penalty, the abolition of which has been lobbied by the EU since 2008.

The shortage means that executions in California and Oklahoma have been delayed, with Texas’ last remaining stocks of the drug due to expire in March, weeks before two scheduled executions. These delays are likely to be prolonged as the legal process of drawing up new drugs to be used for injections is lengthy. Pentobarbital, an alternative which used at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, is used for lethal injections in Oregon, and has started to be used by Oklahoma.

Hospira’s decision caused mixed reactions throughout the medical community, with the American Society of Anesthesiologists stating Monday that sodium thiopental is an “important and medically necessary anesthetic agent” that is a “first-line anesthetic in many cases”, citing geriatric and cardiovascular conditions, among others. It said that, although they disagree with the death penalty, “we also do not condone using the issue as the basis to place undue burdens on the distribution of this critical drug to the United States. It is an unfortunate irony that many more lives will be lost or put in jeopardy as a result of not having the drug available for its legitimate medical use.”

Arcelor declares merger with Mittal Steel
Arcelor declares merger with Mittal Steel

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Arcelor, Luxembourg’s largest steel company, has reached in an agreement with Mittal Steel over a €26.9 billion merger (at €40.44 per share). The new company will be called Arcelor-Mittal. Mittal Steel will hold 45% stake in the new company. Arcelor would pay Severstal €130 million as a “fine” for the fall-out of their failed talks. Lakshmi Mittal (owner of Mittal Steel) and Joseph Kinsch (current Arcelor chairman) will be the co-chairmen of the new company. The new company will have a net capacity of 120 million tonnes.

Why Managers Must Adhere To Ipaf Recommendations}

Why Managers Must Adhere To IPAF Recommendations


Ben Needles

IPAF is the International Powered Access Federation; it is dedicated in promoting safe usage of powered access machinery through effective training courses. Its worldwide stance has meant that IPAF has become an authority in all training issues surrounding powered access machinery, operating in many countries globally. Set up in 1983, this year sees IPAF celebrating its twenty fifth year as a non-profit organisation that strives to create safer working procedures for all powered access workers. By creating training guidelines, its work has been fundamental in strengthening the safety aspects of powered access operating.

IPAF performs this important role by regulating training operators and ensuring they meet strict standards of operation. It is currently estimated that almost seventy thousand operatives undergo training in around three hundred training centres in any one year. The result of IPAF training is a certificate in the form of a PAL card or Powered Access License. It is not just a top down organisation however; with such a wide base of members, it is through feedback on working procedures that IPAF members can influence future legislation and improve the way in which powered access is performed.

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IPAF have been recently working toward training all operators to enter into their Clunk Click campaign. Reminiscent of the seatbelt campaigns during the eighties and nineties it sets out to ensure that operatives wear a full body harness whenever they are working at height. Training also ensures that this harness is secured to a suitable anchor point at all times. The campaign can be seen as a clear response to a number of fatalities where boom lift workers were catapulted from their work stations due to a lack of suitable harness equipment.

Legally, IPAF has to constantly keep itself, and its licensed training centres up to date with current legislation. Most recently the Work at Height Regulation (2005) and the Construction Regulations (2007) have meant an overhaul of the training programs, this work was undertaken meaning that legally defined responsibilities can be easily met for operatives. Having a global approach however means that IPAF must incorporate a number of diverse regulations from different countries in order to comply. It is through a multi-lateral approach that IPAF have achieved training programs that meet all relevant government legislation.

For those who run a boom lift business, IPAF training will become an even more important element to operation. The new corporate manslaughter act of last year will, according to legal expects work towards protecting conscientious managers while simultaneously punishing those who run dangerous working methods. The act came into effect last month and ensures that managers make relevant provisions and ensure safe working methods are maintained at all times. More precisely this is maintaining equipment extensively and ensuring work areas are safe. If these responsibilities are neglected and a death does occur, an investigation of the company managers will ensue. The findings of the investigation will deem if the company is at fault and whether charges of corporate manslaughter can be levelled.

It is due to these strict health and safety regulations that IPAF has been able to lead safety standards in its field. Without the work of this organisation there is little doubt that the powered access operator would be at more risk. If you are a business manager that regularly utilises boom lifts and other powered access lifts, finding a nearby IPAF approved training facility is essential if you do not wish to fall foul to current legislation. Ultimately the organisation is trying to make the working world safer, your responsibilities as a manager are to heed their recommendations and ensure that accidents are kept to a minimum.

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Industry expert Thomas Pretty looks into the importance of IPAF training for boom lift operators and powered access workers. To find out more please visit http://www.systemscaffoldtrainingservices.com/ipaf-training.html

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Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors
Rachel Weisz wants Botox ban for actors

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

English actress Rachel Weisz thinks that Botox injections should be banned for all actors.

The 39-year-old actress, best known for her roles in the Mummy movie franchise and for her Academy Award-winning portrayal in The Constant Gardener, feels facial Botox injections leave actors less able to convey emotion and that it harms the acting industry as much as steroids harm athletes.

In an interview with UK’s Harper’s Bazaar, coming out next month, Weisz says, “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen,” she claims. “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”

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Currently living in New York, she also mentions that English women are much less worried about their physical appearance than in the United States. “I love the way girls in London dress,” she claimed. “It’s so different to the American ‘blow-dry and immaculate grooming’ thing.”

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Tips For Furniture Shopping}

Submitted by: Gabriel Adams

After checking out all the main furniture stores in the local area, it became obvious that either it was time to check out second-hand furniture or it was going to be necessary to get a second job. Since working more hours didnt seem appealing, I decided to check out the different avenues of finding second-hand furniture to purchase.

Local newspapers have classified ads that list lots of second-hand furniture, but details about the furniture listed there are sketchy at best. After spending hours calling people advertising furniture in the paper, and even more time and gasoline going all over the county to see this furniture, I became discouraged about the process.

Although the people who I called gave me descriptions of the furniture they were selling, when I got to their homes to actually see the pieces, I found that the furniture did not meet my expectations. One person described a couch as being brown in color. Actually, it turned out to be a light tan with flowers. That definitely was not even close to what I was looking for.

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Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time and gas following up all leads I could find. Even the garage sales and yard sales didnt have anything decent in second-hand furniture. However, when I went to those garage and yard sales, I ended up buying things I didnt need, and spending money I had been saving for furniture.

Finally, I decided to check online for furniture bargains. Although I did find some sites that sold furniture at decent prices and showed pictures of the pieces that were available, the cost of shipping was extremely high. One advantage I discovered to buying new furniture online is that the furniture companies were willing to accept credit cards.

Finally, I found the solution to my dilemma of how to find second-hand furniture. While discussing the situation with a friend, he suggested that I check out a couple of sites that offer a classified section specifically for local people who want to buy, sell, trade, or even give away second-hand furniture. These sites offer this service free of charge.

What I found at these sites was amazing! Asking very little personal information, these sites allow you to sign up and use a login name of your choosing and make your own password. When you put an ad on the site, it will notify you at your email when your ad has been answered.

Not only did I find many pieces of second-hand furniture for sale in my general area, most of the ads also showed pictures of the furniture for sale and the area where the people lived who were selling the furniture. Most of the ads also showed a phone number, address, or email for contacting the sellers.

After finding almost-new furniture pieces at a very reasonable price, I was able to set up a convenient time and picked up the pieces with a borrowed truck. Shopping pre-owned furniture online has become an almost daily activity for me and several of my friends and family.

We have bought and sold several pieces of furniture. One of my family members has even advertised a garage sale and sold hundreds of dollars worth of items. What an awesome alternative method of furniture shopping! The only downside is that it is so enjoyable that is has become a little addictive.

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Oakland, California record release party catches fire
Oakland, California record release party catches fire

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A fire broke out at a record release party in Oakland, California late on Friday night. Nine were confirmed dead the following morning with the death toll rising to 24 the next day.

The warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, was hosting a party for the release of the newest album by Joel “Golden Donna” Shanahan. It is in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a mix of commercial and residential buildings nestled together. The structure is one block away from Fire Station No. 13 and at least 55 firefighters spent four hours containing and stopping the fire which began at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Firefighters and police cordoned off the block to spectators. The two-story, mixed-use structure also housed the artist collective Satya Yuga who hosted the show and is being searched by firefighters. Out of approximately 50 attendees, at least 25 were declared missing. Shanahan was among the survivors.

Efforts to rescue partygoers were compounded by the roof caving in during the inferno as well as the stacks of furniture, art pieces, and supplies which turned into obstacles for first responders.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf:


Last night’s fire was an immense tragedy. I am grateful to our first responders for their efforts to deal with this deadly fire. Our focus right now is on the victims and their families and ensuring that we have a full accounting for everyone who was impacted by this tragedy. We are fully committed to sharing as much information as we can as quickly as possible.

The structure is owned by Chor N. Ng, who is also the proprietor of several other buildings in the East Bay. On November 13 Ng was cited by the city for having stacks of garbage in and around the warehouse. Most fatalities were reported to have occurred in the upstairs portion of the building where escape was hampered by unstable stairs and miscellaneous art pieces lying in the way. The building lacked any smoke detectors and sprinklers; fire extinguishers were found outside of the premises.

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Controversy erupts over German Anarchist Pogo Party’s campaign ad
Controversy erupts over German Anarchist Pogo Party’s campaign ad

Thursday, September 8, 2005

The German Anarchist Pogo Party ran a campaign ad (Download hereNSFW) which, instead of discussing the party’s politics, featured various party scenes set to a heavy metal soundtrack. The spot included revellers smashing furniture, pouring beer down each other’s throats, and women dancing topless. The spot ends with the proclamation: “My vote for the rubbish”.

The ARD refused to air the ad because it “violates the human dignity” and showed only a heavily censored version at an earlier airtime. The Party then sued the station and got an injuction by an appeal court in Münster only minutes before the next ad was due, forcing the ARD to air the spot uncensored, right before their evening news flagship.

The ad has offended a number of people, but has likely gained the party nationwide attention among its younger demographics who could access campaign websites online (appd.de). The Hamburg-based APPD and every other party is entitled by law to free television airtime on Germany’s public TV Station ARD and ZDF for its advertisements because it is an officially registered political party competing for the upcoming federal elections. Its next ad is scheduled for Monday night, although broadcasting authorities may again censor the ad.

The party has a membership of approximately 750 — German newspapers posit that the ads will have little impact on the upcoming election.

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Victoria Wyndham on Another World and another life
Victoria Wyndham on Another World and another life

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Victoria Wyndham was one of the most seasoned and accomplished actresses in daytime soap opera television. She played Rachel Cory, the maven of Another World‘s fictional town, Bay City, from 1972 to 1999 when the show went off the air. Wyndham talks about how she was seen as the anchor of a show, and the political infighting to keep it on the air as NBC wanted to wrest control of the long-running soap from Procter & Gamble. Wyndham fought to keep it on the air, but eventually succumbed to the inevitable. She discusses life on the soap opera, and the seven years she spent wandering “in the woods” of Los Angeles seeking direction, now divorced from a character who had come to define her professional career. Happy, healthy and with a family she is proud of, Wyndham has found life after the death of Another World in painting and animals. Below is David Shankbone’s interview with the soap diva.


  • 1 Career and motherhood
  • 2 The politics behind the demise of Another World
  • 3 Wyndham’s efforts to save Another World
  • 4 The future of soap operas
  • 5 Wyndham’s career and making it as a creative
  • 6 Television’s lust for youth
  • 7 Her relationship today to the character Rachel Cory
  • 8 Wyndham on a higher power and the creative process
  • 9 After AW: Wyndham lost in California
  • 10 Wyndham discovers painting
  • 11 Wyndham on the state of the world
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The Advantages Of Steel Wine Barrels}

Submitted by: Howard Skolnik

Most modern wine makers use stainless steel wine barrels. They have devised smart ways to impart the oakiness in the wine, while maintaining hygiene and sterility. What makes steel wine barrels better than the others? Read on to know.

Stainless steel wine barrels have many advantages. The first advantage is the durability and longevity of these barrels. A wine maker uses an average oak barrel for three to five years (even though a barrel lasts for decades). The usability of oak barrels decreases as, every year, the flavor they impart to the wine lessens by about 30%. On the other hand, the sterile and hygienic steel barrels last for decades and can be used again and again. Steel barrels have no floating lid with a failure-prone gasket. Stainless steel barrels are really easy to clean; really hot water, spray ball and steam sterilization will do the trick. They are easy to handle and look real classy.

Steel barrels are the right green choice. With the environment degrading continuously, the wine making industry is switching to sustainability in their manufacturing process. Grape growing and wine making are no longer what they used to be. The need of the hour is choosing greener and environmentally friendly solutions.

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Another obvious reason why wine makers are turning to steel barrels is their lower cost. The profit margins in winemaking are shrinking and with the financial performance of winemaking getting tighter, steel barrels are the affordable choice. This is where they impart the desired oakiness by placing oak chips, chunks or planks in the stainless steel wine barrels.

Steel wine barrels are a heaven-sent method that helps wine makers combat the deadly oxidation process. If the wine drums leave head space for air, then the wines flavor and character can be destroyed due to oxidation. But with steel drums, oxidation no longer remains a cause of worry as their impervious structure allows for exacting control of the wines exposure to oxygen.

Stainless steel drums are neutral and have no influence on the taste of wine. This allows for winemakers to experiment with wine flavors. The fact that wine makers can create a separate batch of wine, with a fruity flavor, makes stainless steel barrels an ideal fermentation vessel for wines. Steel tanks are shiny, hygienic containers that provide temperature-controlled conditions that allow for successful winemaking results. Temperature control is essential in the case of both White and Red wine, as both require highly specific temperature ranges to get the right flavor.

Steel barrels fermented wines are especially sought by people who do not like oakiness in their wine. Wine fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks is brighter, tighter, and swirly, as compared to wine that is fermented or aged in oak.

Winemaking as a concept is evolving and so are the techniques of winemaking. The number of people wanting a not so oaky taste in their wine is increasing. People are looking for freshly made wine that is in the moment. In fact, in the United States, ninety percent of wine produced is fit to be consumed immediately and does not require any aging. The consumer market is evolving and changing. Most of these changes are collective. This is evident in the choices made by wine makers. Choosing stainless steel wine barrels is an important part of this change.

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