Monthly Archives: July 2014

Egypt: Deaths In Police Custody, Once A Spark For Revolt, Now Met By Shrugs –

That could lead to an arrest, extradition, a trial and conviction years down the road. But these are chances Putin seems willing to take. Maybe he can still apologize, says Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Adviser under President Jimmy Carter. But he would have to swallow a lot of mendacity. Besides, for now, Vladimir Putin answers to virtually no one. His command of the Russian airwaves will help him manage any blowback at home, spinning even the most damning evidence as part of an ancient American conspiracy. The more the world picks on him and Russia, the more it feeds a Russian will to push back, out of a sense of pride and victimhood.
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One showed a photo of an old man slumped against a wall, his white robe stained with blood he had vomited, due to a pre-existing health condition.Two others recalled how an imprisoned Syrian doctor removed shrapnel from an inmate’s leg, using plastic spoons and Dettol. ‘Rampant’ torture Torture,a staple of Egyptian detention, continues unabated. Amnesty International has described the practice as “rampant,” and its researchers report an upsurge since April for reasons that remain unclear. Methods include electrocution and hanging. Former detainees from police stations andprisonsacross Egypt say heavy beatings and sexual abuse are commonplace. In May, middle-aged Ezzat Abdel-Fattah died inside the Matareya police station. A forensic report releasedlast weekrevealed the tax collector had sustained nine broken ribs, gashes, hemorrhaging, and a concussion, among other injuries, before his death. A family friend learned of his death after hearing that he had been transferred to a local hospital.She found his body there.They tortured him for three days inside that station, and at the end, they didnt even tell me he was dead, says his son, Ahmed. Emam Fouad, an activist in theApril 6thYouth Movement, recalls one incident at the Wadi Natrounprisonin May when dozens ofprisoners were stripped naked and beaten, then forced to sing nationalist songs.
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Surgery May Affect The Nervous System | The Detroit News

G.A. Dear G.A.: Yes, it is true that aspirin is among the very first treatments given by paramedics for someone with a suspected heart attack. The fastest way of it being effective is to use a 325-mg regular, uncoated aspirin, and to chew and swallow it. Every minute counts during a heart attack, and chewing the tablet speeds up effectiveness by about six minutes. I think you may be confusing aspirin with nitroglycerine, which is absorbed under the tongue and should be administered only by the paramedic or a doctor if you havent had it before. Aspirin doesnt interfere with the other medications used. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 first, then take the aspirin. You still should take it even if you regularly take a baby aspirin.
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Dana White Loves Stefan Struve, but He’s Concerned About Giving Him Another Fight – Yahoo Sports

Struve overcame the odds and was cleared by doctors in April to fight again. The top fifteen-ranked heavyweight was offered a fight against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 and was medically cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission. They officially made weight on Independence Day for the July 5 event. While warming up prior to the fight, Struve suffered a panic attack and became light headed. His blood pressure dropped and his return bout was nixed from the card just before the broadcast went live on pay-per-view. The good news is that Struve is healthy.
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World Bank: Boko Haram Stalls African Aid Projects

In northern Cameroon, a high-poverty area thats vulnerable to natural disasters, a $108 million grant is stagnating instead of rehabilitating embankments, dams and irrigation systems and improving disaster-preparedness. Diop met with Cameroon President Paul Biya to discuss how Boko Haram has created panic and slowed the execution of some World Bank-financed projects. Diop told VOA they talked about economic development and how to increase the conditions of peace and stability and try also to see how we can strengthen all the social protection programs to alleviate poverty. Governor complains Midjiyawa Bakari governs a far northern region of Cameroon, where World Bank grants aim to restore rice production and provide food and income for the areas 3 million-plus residents. But he told VOA the projects had suffered because most beneficiaries and aid workers are leaving, fearing the violent Islamist group and its regular assaults on villages. The governor said its time to address the insecurity in north Cameroon. He adds that residents have found weapons buried in some towns and are investigating their origins. Such situations scare people from working in the north, he concludes.
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Nintendo News: nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content For Nintendo Systems – Yahoo Finance

In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll | Israel |

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All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account. The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card and Nintendo DSi Points Card can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems. Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access.
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Just how safe is it to fly these days?

“As we can see, especially with these most recent Malaysia Airlines accidents, if you look at the safety record of Malaysia [the country] as well as the airline, they were in tip-top shape,” he said. “No one would have expected these accidents to happen.” It’s also worth checking travel advisories to limit the chances you’re not flying into, or through, a hazardous area, Rochelle said. (Unfortunately, you can’t always know for sure .) The Federal Aviation Administration maintains a list of areas where U.S. aircraft are prohibited from flying , as well as “potentially hostile regions.” The State Department also issues warnings and alerts for travelers . Read More Do you need travel insurance for your summer trip? Travelers who are feeling nervous may have some ability to cancel or postpone their tripshotel rooms can often be canceled up to 24 hours before scheduled check-in, and flights rescheduled for a change fee. To get any nonrefundable costs back on a planned trip, however, you’ll need travel insurance specifically, one of the more expensive policies that lets you cancel for any reason.
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An Israeli soldier sits atop a mobile artillery unit in a staging area outside the Gaza Strip on July 22. Photo byAmir Cohen/Reuters The ground invasion began as the opening sequence to every Israeli and Palestinian mothers worst nightmare. As the sun set on July 17, shining red through a thick layer of gunsmoke over Gaza a horrifying, apocalyptic Mars-scape the young Israeli soldiers stepped into enemy territory. For the first two nights, IDF soldiers searched for tunnels in mostly open areas of northeast Gaza and pushed through one small Bedouin village, reportedly clearing their way with artillery, flares and smoke bombs. The third night was catastrophic by comparison. On live-streamed video from cameras pointed toward the low-income and densely packed neighborhood of Shujaya, in east Gaza City, incessant rounds of artillery fire could be heard blasting through residential streets all night long.
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Toughest Jobs In Sports: World Cup Referee | Dirty Tackle – Yahoo Sports

Offsides or no offsides? And let’s face it, because soccer is so low-scoring, those kinds of decisions that can lead to goals carry much more weight than decisions in other sports. Over a season, you hope the calls balance out, but at a tournament like the World Cup, sometimes you don’t have time for that to happen.” Though being vilified after bad calls and ignored after good ones is the norm for referees in every sport, the pressure on officials at a World Cup is immeasurable as a result of the consequences of a missed call. The stakes are arguably higher than any other sporting event since it’s held every four years, the pride of entire nations is on the line and more people watch it than even the Super Bowl. View gallery . A Danish supporter attacked referee Herbert Fandel late in a 2008 Euro Cup qualifier (AP) From a controversial red card for England ‘s Wayne Rooney , to a penalty kick awarded to France , to a disputed Switzerland goal against South Korea, Elizondo had an eventful World Cup even before Zidane’s infamous headbutt.
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Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers | Amnesty International USA

According to the Israeli army, Hamas military wing and other Palestinian armed groups fired over 1,700 rockets into Israel from 8 to 18 July, and scores of rockets continue to be fired every day. Three civilians in Israel have been killed. Homes and other civilian properties in Israel have been damaged. International humanitarian law prohibits the use of weapons that are by nature indiscriminate. The rockets fired from Gaza into Israel cannot be aimed exactly at their objective and their use violates international humanitarian law. The firing of indiscriminate rockets and mortars also endangers Palestinian civilians inside the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank. Statements by some leaders of Palestinian armed groups also indicate that they have no qualms about launching attacks against civilians and that they in fact carry out such attacks intending to kill and injure Israeli civilians. Attacks that directly target civilians and indiscriminate attacks that kill or injure civilians constitute war crimes.
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Anti-depressants Don’t Cause Mass Shootings – Technician: Opinion

None of those side effects would cause somebody to go on a killing spree. One could argue that these medications are to blame because they did not properly do their job, and I would agree, but the medications were not directly responsible for these killings. Another thing to consider is that prescribing the right anti-depressant for a patient is a guessing game. There are no tests to see which medications work the best for a given person. There is a lot of trial and error. Some medications simply dont work for all people. These medications simply didnt work for the killers. These medications help many people to live their lives properly when dealing with a mental disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 1 in 4 people in the U.S. will experience a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, in a given year.
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Just how safe is it to fly these days?

SHARES Chad Thomas | iStock | 360 | Getty Images For white-knuckle fliers, the air disasters in the past week alone are enough to make them swear off flying forever. More travelers have perished in plane crashes over the past week than did during all of 2013. Despite that, air travel remains one of the safest forms of travel, so there’s little reason for consumers to ground their trips, experts say. So far this year, 11 incidents have resulted in 644 fatalities, according to Aviation Safety Network data on flights carrying more than 14 passengers. Chief among them is last week’s Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash, which killed 298 people. On Wednesday, 47 travelers died when TransAsia Airways flight 222 crashed.
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Real Madrid Schedule 2014-15: List of Fixtures and Early Analysis | Bleacher Report

Where will Real Madrid finish the season? Champions Submit Vote vote to see results Where will Real Madrid finish the season? Champions 0.0% Total votes: 90 Some other intriguing matches come later in the season against the mid-to-lower-table sides. In the past, those kinds of fixtures have cost Madrid the title. In 2010-11, they lost to Sporting Gijon and Real Zaragoza . Barcelona won the title by four points. This past season, Madrid’s draws against Valencia and Valladolid and the subsequent loss to Celta Vigo essentially cost them the title.
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Pottsville Rolling Out “courtesy” Ticket Program –

Harris, like most people, has had a panic attack when it comes to parking meters. “You’re always watching the clock to make sure you’re not going to run out,” she said. “It’s a quarter every half-hour. So, you have to come down every two hours to fill the meter.” The Parking Authority in Pottsville is hoping to alleviate some of those worries along with opening some spots in the city. Patrick Murphy, the authority chariman, said two random days a month people who violate the one hour parking spots, or who don’t pay the meter, will be given a “courtesy ticket”. The ticket won’t come with a fine, but instead it’ll tell folks where they can park for longer periods of time. “We know that we as the Parking Authority need to constantly be looking to make sure there is an adequate amount of space available in downtown,” Murphy said.
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Ap News In Brief At 5:58 A.m. Edt – New Jersey Herald

“According to what we can understand so far, this was due to weather, the influence of the typhoon,” a TransAsia representative, Phoebe Lu, told The Associated Press. She said the carrier was waiting for Taiwanese authorities to complete an investigation to get confirmation. Official Algerian news agency says Air Algerie plane disappears from radar ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday. Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 0155 GMT, the agency said. “In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the agency quoted the airline as saying. The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.
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Bulgaria’s prime minister resigns with bank crisis unresolved – Yahoo News

The church tweeted this parody graphic of him with the words Repent! Or Perish. For their part, the Westboro protesters appear to feel theyre the persecuted ones, and they posted a video of a car driving near their group of protesters before the show (there were no injuries) accompanied by this quip:Ya know when @PanicAtTheDisco s giant line of fans looked the happiest? When this happened. Panics decision to donate money to the Human Rights Campaign was spontaneous; the equal rights advocacy group says they had no idea it was going to happen. We heard about it probably when everybody else did, said Charles Joughin, national press secretary for HRC. When Westboro announced plans to protest the Panic concert, the band responded quickly by showing their support for the LGBT community, said Joughin.
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But Oresharski’s tenure was overshadowed by months of street protests against corruption, deadly floods that hit the Black Sea city of Varna in June and a standoff between Brussels and Moscow over a Russian-led gas pipeline project. The Socialists ruled with the ethnic Turkish MRF party in a minority coalition, which relied on the outside support of the nationalist Attack party to cling to power and survive repeated no confidence votes while in office. Hundreds gathered in the Bulgarian capital as news of the resignation broke, chanting “victory”, as two lines of police looked on in front of the parliament building. Wednesday also marked the first anniversary of an eight-hour siege of parliament by protesters demanding the government’s resignation. But opposition GERB leader Boiko Borisov wrote on his Facebook wall: “Such a belated resignation, and knowing what ruin they leave behind, I could not even enjoy it.” Earlier, protesters threw tomatoes at a government building, according to local media reports. The government stands down with no consensus in sight about how to rescue Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank) and protect its depositors after a run on the bank in June. The central bank governor on Tuesday wrote to parliament offering to step down, saying he would not let the bank be used as a political “toy” after repeated attacks on the institution. MORE DEBTDepositors unnerved by reports of shady deals by Corpbank’s main owner withdrew more than a fifth of deposits in a week-long bank run.
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