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Working with wood entails the typical and extensive use of equipment; equipment that could cut, drill or scrape something else instead of the wood. To be sure that some thing else doesn’t occur to one of your digits or maybe even your entire hand or arm, it’s a good idea for you to proactively practice some typical sense safety safeguards to ensure that your woodworking task becomes an satisfying encounter. Below are some of these suggestions:

Woodworking and alcohol consumption do not mix. Just like driving, woodworking requires your undivided attention. Bear in mind that you simply are dealing with primarily power tools with blades, teeth, drill bits, and other similar sharp products. Alcohol dulls the senses and takes away the concentration that you want when handling potentially dangerous devices. Should you must drink, then do not do any woodworking.

Dream it, then Complete it. Remember that you are working with wood and that whatever you do with it, will result in an permanent alter. As an example, in the event you mistakenly cut off one of the fingers of a wooden sculpture, then there is absolutely nothing more that you can do with that which has been severed. It makes sense for you, as a result, to imagine the steps you’ll take prior to taking them. This reduces the risk of any possible mishaps, too, because within your mind you’ve got already run the procedure and have determined that it’s safe.

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At the first sign of doubt or uncertainty, quit! Do not proceed with that cut, hole, or wood shaving if you have even the slightest uncertainty about it. When in doubt, don’t move forward. It’s constantly much better to err on the side of conservatism as opposed to move forward aggressively only to run into a number of oops moments followed by expletives along with other non-printables.

Wear what is right. When you enter your woodworking working area, you’re entering a likely hazardous location. Even should you be quite careful, accidents might, and do, happen. When this unavoidable event occurs, then you need to be wearing protective clothing. Eye protection, leather-based aprons, safety gloves, ear guards, and the like are examples of the gear you’ll need to have on to stay away from becoming a statistic within the woodworking workshop.

Let your tools rest. No matter just how much of a beating your tools are touted to hold up against, it makes truly good sense if these tools are given time to rest. Keep in mind that metal, just like folks, get tired and distressed, too.

Let your workshop breathe! Keep proper venting inside your working area. If your workshop has windows, maintain them open. If you’ll find no windows, then set up an exhaust program to let out those harmful and combustible smells coming from such substances as paint, thinner, varnish, etc.

By following some really straightforward safety rules, you’ll have the ability to enjoy the expertise of woodworking and, at the same time, steer clear of any doable mishaps that may well undoubtedly happen inside the course of your activity. All the ideas mentioned above can actually be summarized in one statement on safety: Use your common sense.

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 Correction — August 24, 2015 This article incorrectly describes BP as ‘British Petroleum’. In fact, such a company has not existed for many years as BP dropped this name when becoming a multinational company. The initials no longer stand for anything. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

As reports came out yesterday that the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of an oil rig in Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana had reached the coast, the Obama administration announced a ban on all future offshore drilling at least until the investigation into the incident is completed.

Early Friday morning, the US Coast Guard received reports that oil from the spill had washed ashore, and while officials have not confirmed the reports, winds continue to push the slick northward towards land, and conditions are deteriorating, making cleanup of the spill increasingly difficult. The Coast Guard said it was planning to conduct a flyover of the slick to determine its extent sometime on Friday. According to the National Weather Service, strong winds and thunderstorms are predicted to continue through the weekend, hindering cleanup efforts.

Also early on Friday morning, a senior government official, White House advisor David Axelrod, said that the government was immediately banning all new offshore drilling until the investigation into the spill had been completed. His announcement came just after a month the administration relaxed restrictions of offshore drilling.

The operation to clean up the spill has accelerated in recent days, with the US Navy having joined the effort, as well as resources from the Coast Guard and British Petroleum (BP), the lessor of the rig at the time of the explosion. The total assets deployed in the operation are estimated to be around 1,900 people and more than 300 ships and aircraft. Additionally, six remotely operated submarines are trying to stem the leaks, which now number three, at the ocean’s floor.

On Wednesday, the estimated amount of oil spilling from the damaged well was raised to 5,000 barrels, or around 210,000 gallons, a day, five times the original estimate of 1,000 barrels a day. This figure was later revised upwards again to 25,000 barrels (1.05 million gallons) per day. So far, the cleanup operation has laid around 210,000 feet of containment booms to protect vulnerable wildlife refuges on the Gulf Coast, and an additional 66,000 feet of boom has been provided by the US Navy. Since the beginning of the operation, more than 18,000 gallons of an oil/water mix have been recovered from the ocean, and after a successful test burn of oil, plans are being made to scale the burns up. According to a BP official, “We believe we can now scale that up and burn between 500 and 1,000 barrels at a time.” The first test burned around 100 barrels of oil.

Despite the efforts, many are still worried about the potential consequences of the spill, and officials said that the damage could end up being more than that caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill 20 years ago, which spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. One analyst said that he expected “that movement is going to continue to stress and fatigue the pipe and create more leaks,” adding that “this is not on a good trajectory.”

BP has developed two options to stop the flow of oil at the source, but both are expected to take at least weeks to complete. The first option is to lower large structures over the leak, which would allow the oil to be safely transported to the surface. BP is building one such structure, but it isn’t expected to be completed for at least several weeks. The second option is to drill a second well which would then plug the leak at the source. A well for this purpose will begin to be drilled within two days, although it could be up to three months before the leak is completely plugged.

A Brief History of Infusion Pumps


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One of the greatest technological advances in the medical field has been that of intravenous medicinethe ability to feed, hydrate, medicate and replace blood lost in sick and injured patients directly, through the use of needles. Leading the ability to perform all these functions are infusion pumps. These devices deliver controlled amounts of nutrition, blood and medication directly to a persons circulatory system, where it has the best, most immediate effect on recovery. They can also deliver medicine just under the skin, or directly to the central nervous system, such as when a woman has epidural anesthesia when in labor.

Although the first recorded attempt at intravenous medicine dates to 1492, this branch of medical science gained real momentum in the 17th century. The first working IV infusion device was invented by the famous English architect Christopher Wren in 1658.

Soon afterward, medical scientists conducted ever increasing experiments with administering drugs and fluids intravenously. Better needles were developed, which led to the first successful blood transfusion in 1665. Unfortunately, these early experiments also led to some deaths and as a result the British government, the French Parliament and the Vatican all banned blood transfusionsbans that lasted for a hundred years and effectively halted progress in intravenous medical study.

When the bans were lifted, however, progress resumed at a rapid pace. The key elements of intravenous transfusion which are still observed today were established: a slow infusion process, awareness and prevention of risks from air embolism, and avoiding volume overload. Early in the 19th century, early prototypes of infusion pumps were invented to help control the rate of flow during intravenous procedures.

The 20th century saw huge advances in intravenous medicine including IV pumps. The two World Wars spurred medical advances across the board needles were refined, rubber tubing was replaced by plastic, and vacuum bottles that reduced the risk of air embolism were designed. Vacuum bottles themselves were replaced by plastic bags in the 1950s.

One of the major developments in infusion pumps was the invention in the early 1970s of a wearable infusion pump, by Dean Kamen. Kamens brother was a doctor, and complained that the infusion pumps of the day were too unwieldy. As a result, Dean Kamen invented the first ambulatory pump. It not only gave patients freedom to move when receiving treatment, it meant they could receive their medication on an outpatient basis. This advancement was a godsend to patients, such as diabetics, who need round the clock injections. Kamens pump also automatically administered precise doses at regularly timed intervals, ushering in many advances in infusion pumps and other medical equipment, such as portable dialysis machines.

Medical equipment today includes ambulatory pumps that allow the patient to self-minister doses of medication. Todays infusion pumps also sound alarms if power to the pump runs low, if the line gets kinked, or if the bag or syringe runs low or has pressure applied to it. Some pumps even come with built-in drug libraries and guidelines, and they maintain an electronic record of all alerts. These pumps can link to a hospitals information system, showing a constant stream of information to medical staff.

The technological advances in infusion pumps during the past forty years have transformed the treatment of patients in hospitals, as well as afforded the ability to receive treatment while going about their daily lives. These pumps insure that patients receive the best care.

Sarah Shannon is the author of this article on Infusion Pumps. Find more information about IV Pumps here.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.


  • 1 Christmas day bomber cooperating
  • 2 Fire in Hyderabad hospital; 1 dead
  • 3 China begins urgent sweep for tainted milk
  • 4 Karachi violence escalates, section 144 imposed

The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas day with hidden explosives is cooperating with investigators and providing fresh intelligence after the U.S. enlisted the help of his family, an administration official said. His family persuaded him to cooperate.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been providing information to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioning him, the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

The official declined to provide details on what kind of information Abdulmutallab was providing.

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  • “Failed bomb aboard Delta flight” — Wikinews, December 26, 2009


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One person died and 41 were injured, including three nurses who are critically injured, in a major fire at Park Healthcare Hospital in Somajiguda, a suburb of the Indian city Hyderabad, on Tuesday morning.

The fire engulfed a major portion of the five-storey hospital’s first floor, along with some medical equipment and furniture on the other floors.

City police commissioner A K Khan said that a criminal case had been registered against the hospital management. “It is also being determined whether safety standards were followed by the hospital,” he said.


Chinese authorities say they are preparing to launch a crackdown on melamine-laced milk after the scandal over tainted products, which made hundreds of thousands of children ill two years ago and damaged China’s brand reputation overseas, resurfaced.

China has dispatched inspectors to sixteen provinces to urge local governments to thoroughly investigate cases concerning food safety.

The decision comes after milk products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine were removed from sale in Shanghai and the provinces of Shaanxi, Shandong, Liaoning and Hebei, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

Related news

  • “Contaminated baby’s milk induces wave of child illness in China” — Wikinews, September 22, 2008


At least twenty-six people have been killed in Karachi, Pakistan after four days of ethnic killings, according to police officials. The officials said that nine people were killed on Monday in the city’s Orangi western neighbourhood, which has a majority ethnic Pashtun community.

The Sindh government has awarded special powers to the Pakistan Rangers under Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and imposed Section 144 in the limits of 26 police stations for a month.

At least forty people were killed as ethnic clashes erupted across the city in early January.Home minister of Sindh province, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has called upon the Army to restore peace and order.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Australian federal government has announced that it will be introducing an electronic system for Medicare rebates within the next twelve months. Under the new system, patients will be able to receive their Medicare rebates electronically without having to visit a Medicare office.

During an interview in Sydney today, Prime Minister John Howard, along with his human services minister Joe Hockey and health minister Tony Abbott, announced that patients who pay for the services of a doctor using their credit cards will be able to receive their rebates electronically within 24 hours. Under the current system patients must visit a Medicare office to receive their rebates.

John Howard said the 80,000 people per day who queue at Medicare offices will no longer need to spend their lunch break in line at Medicare.

According to the government, doctors who bulk-bill their patients through Medicare will benefit through faster payments and reduced paperwork. “If it’s a bulk bill transaction; all they do is hand over their Medicare card,” said Mr Hockey.

“The Medicare card is swiped in the EFTPOS device, all is done.”

“Doctors will be rebated within 24 hours.”

“Currently doctors are rebated up to 14 days for bulk bill claims.”

The government claims that electronic rebates will be less expensive to process—costing only a few cents, compared to an estimated AUD $3.50 for an over-the-counter transaction. Despite this, patients who still wish to visit a Medicare office to receive their rebates will still be able to do so.

The minister for human services was quick to assure Australians that Medicare offices would remain open saying that over the past twelve months they have taken on an “expanded role” with the Family Assistance Office’s services being provided in Medicare offices.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

On Thursday, Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died in a hospital in China at the age of 61. He was on medical parole after he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer while in prison for his active criticism of the Chinese government.

Last month, Liu was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and was moved to a hospital in the city of Shenyang in north-eastern China. He was monitored and kept under tight security. Before his death, countries including France, Germany and the US asked China to allow him to travel abroad for treatment, but the government refused. Chinese medical experts declared him too ill to travel. Countries worldwide are condemning China’s government for its actions, but China is reflecting the criticism, stating that the case was “an internal affair” and that other countries were “in no position to make improper remarks”.

Via a Facebook post, Norwegian Nobel Committee’s chairperson, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said: “The Chinese government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death.” The post also read, “We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill.” In his statement, Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said, “China now has the responsibility to quickly, transparently and plausibly answer the question of whether the cancer could not have been identified much earlier”. Countries including France, Germany, Taiwan, the UK and the US have called for the release of his wife, poet Liu Xia, from house arrest.

Liu Xiaobo openly advocated for political reform in China. He also participated in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He was one of the authors who wrote the Charter 08 manifesto which called for political reform and human rights in China. In December 2009, Liu was sentenced to eleven years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” ((zh)) Chinese language: ???????? by the People’s court of Beijing. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010, but the Chinese government barred him from travelling abroad to receive it. An empty chair was used at the December 10, 2010 award ceremony to represent his absence.

Liu’s main doctor, Teng Yue’e, said that he died “peacefully”. In a statement, officials said multiple organs of Liu Xiaobo had failed. Before his death, he told his wife Liu Xia to “Live on well”.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

British media has reported that Prince William and his recently wedded wife, Kate, are to move their London residence into Kensington Palace, close to Hyde Park.

Two units in the Palace, labeled Apartments 8 and 9, were previously occupied by Prince Charles and Diana, William’s parents, when they married in 1981. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry went to nursery and school nearby. Diana also lived in Kensington Palace after her separation and divorce from Prince Charles.

However, the newlyweds will not live in Apartments 8 and 9, as they are currently being used as office space. They will instead live in a small apartment that was previously occupied by staff. The palace has undergone some renovations, including asbestos removal.

The couple is also set to choose one “housekeeper-dresser”, who will provide valet service for the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate will continue to buy her own clothes, and the new servant is not to be seen as a “stylist”. The position has been advertised internally within Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to move within a few weeks, before they leave on a trip to Canada and the United States. The London residence is expected to be used only as a starter home for about a year. The couple will keep their permanent residence without personal staff in Anglesey, Wales, where William serves on the Royal Air Force as a search-and-rescue pilot. They will continue to run their Household Office at St James’s Palace.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Studies done on germs and bacteria performed by researchers at the University of Florida show that a dirty kitchen sponge can be cleaned and “sterilized” by microwaving it for 2 minutes, but researchers warn to wet the sponge first.

“People often put their sponges and scrubbers in the dishwasher, but if they really want to decontaminate them and not just clean them, they should use the microwave,” said the professor who was in charge of the study that discovered the results, Gabriel Bitton.

“Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria in two minutes. The microwave is a very powerful and an inexpensive tool for sterilization,” added Bitton.

The sponges that researchers studied, were placed in “raw wastewater” and then put into a microwave to be “zapped,” according to Bitton. The wastewater was a “witch’s brew of fecal bacteria, viruses, protozoan parasites and bacterial spores, including Bacillus cereus spores,” said Bitton.

Researchers say that at least 99% of the bacteria, viruses, spores and parasites in kitchen spongees can be destroyed or “inactivated” by simply microwaving the wet sponge, on the highest power, for two minutes.

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