An antique clock was damaged when a window was broken at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The window was broken by a tourist who was immediately caught. The damage antique is an 18th century gilded brass clock decorated with sculptures of flowers, fountains and a Westerner striking a bell. Its main body separated from the base but it will be able to be completely repaired.
The breaking of a window and damage to an antique clock at the Palace Museum in Beijing on Saturday has prompted authorities to speed up the upgrading of security measures, the museum director said on Sunday.
A male tourist broke a window of the Palace of Blessings to Mother Earth (Yi Kun Gong), causing an antique clock to fall and suffer damage.
Two surveillance videos show the male tourist entered the courtyard of the Palace of Blessings to Mother Earth at 11:08 am. He walked straight to a front window of the main hall and broke the glass using his hand six seconds later. Museum staff Zhao Nan caught the suspect immediately and called the security department. . . Continue Reading
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Copper-line telephone network is no longer being supported by New Jersey. The area is moving to the new fiber optic networks. The fiber optic networks have proven to be more reliable during storms which create fallen trees and heavy flooding.
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Last November AT&T’s CEO and chairman Randall Stephenson announced it was dropping support for its copper network and DSL lines, Gigaom reported. Instead, AT&T is investing $14 billion over the next three years in its wireless, business services and fiber-to-the-node U-verse product, which make up 81 percent of AT&T’s revenue and collectively are growing at 6 percent a year.
Many American households have already discontinued landline usage, so the moves by Verizon and AT&T may simply accelerate an already occurring trend. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control in an October 2012 report, as of the second half of 2011, 34 percent of U.S. households had only wireless telephones, compared to 10 percent of households having only landlines. In addition, nearly one of every six American homes (16 percent) received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones despite also having a landline telephone. Continue reading…
Michael Pollan is the author of a new book that is getting a lot of attention. The book is called Cooked and argues for bringing our meal preparation back into our own kitchens. He says cooking has become industrialized, which is having negative impacts on our diets and our families.
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Part celebration of traditional food preparation, part series of Pollanesque riffs on what happens in our kitchens and our stomachs when we roast, braise, bake and ferment, part collection of profiles in culinary courage, “Cooked” comes at a time when home cooking is quickly vanishing from our homes. Americans typically devote a mere 27 minutes a day to preparing meals, with four more minutes for cleanup. What Pollan calls industrial cooking has turned us into a nation of food spectators who click through “Iron Chef” episodes on our laptops while chowing down on micro-waved junk food.
And so, bent on fathoming the mysteries of kitchen alchemy, Pollan dons an apron and cooks up a storm. Like George Plimpton, who boxed and pitched professionally in pursuit of a story, Pollan doesn’t just stand on the sidelines with a steno pad — at the risk of personal humiliation and herniated discs, he farms himself out as temporary assistant to a number of slow-food superstars. Continue reading…
A fire broke out at Antiques & More in Cleburne heavily damaging the building and contents inside. The building is repairable and the contents were covered by insurance however the antiques themselves are irreplaceable. The nature of antiques is that there isn’t a huge supply of things and when they are gone, they are gone.
A light ballast in the mezzanine area of a Cleburne antique store shorted on Monday afternoon and led to a fire resulting in heavy damage to the building, Cleburne Fire Marshal Bill Wright said Tuesday morning.
“[The building] is repairable, but it has extensive, heavy damage to the property and the contents in it,” Wright said.
Cleburne firefighters responded at 5:04 p.m. to the 200 block of South Main Street on reports of a structure fire and soon after requested mutual aid from Liberty Chapel, Rio Vista and Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 firefighters. Cleburne police also responded to work traffic and crowd control. . . Continue Reading
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The fourth-quarter profit of $98 million does not necessarily mean a comeback for the financially sagging Blackberry. Last year Blackberry lost $125 million in the fourth-quarter. The company is rolling out a new mobile operating system.
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Given the timing, it’s tempting to see BlackBerry’s sudden return to profitability as evidence of a broader comeback driven by strong demand for the new line of phones. But in fact, the BB10 phones have little to do with it. The smartphones’ staggered rollout began in the U.K. on Jan. 31, then moved on to Canada, Asia, and Europe. The new line of phones arrived in the U.S. on March 22—several weeks after the company’s fourth quarter ended.
In reality, BlackBerry’s return to profitability is a result not of a hot new product but rather of Chief Executive Thorsten Heins‘s cool-minded cost-cutting efforts. When Heins took over as CEO in January 2012, he identified organization inefficiency as a major problem facing the company, which had grown so fast (from $300 million of revenue in fiscal 2003 to $3 billion in 2007) that projects had proliferated out of control. Continue reading…
The city of Grand Forks, N.D. was devastated by floodwater in 1997 but is now considered a model for disaster preparedness and resiliency. The city committed to never experience that kind of devastation again and literally began writing a book with different committees to address specific problems. The city worked with private partners and other government agency to increase effectiveness and it paid off.
Mitigation works. That is certainly the case in regard to Grand Forks, N.D., a community devastated in 1997 by floodwater from the Red River. After the flood, the city was estimated to have lost as much as 25% of its population. No aspect of life in the city went unaffected; some businesses stayed shuttered for a year.
The word “dire” only begins to describe the city's situation as a result of the flood.
But as we report on page 1, observers now consider Grand Forks to be a model for disaster preparedness and resiliency. What changed? . . . Continue Reading
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Follow your nose, mold officials say. If you do not see mold, follow the musty smell, it will lead you to the culprit. Mold is a dangerous health risk causing breathing difficulties, cold symptoms, coughing and wheezing. All mold, active and inactive all carries the same health risk. The bottom line is get the mold out.
Mold removal might top your spring cleaning to-do list if your home or business was flooded by Hurricane Sandy.
With warmer temperatures on the horizon, Graffiti Community Ministries, a Baptist church on E. Seventh St., held a mold-awareness and cleanup seminar on Monday night March 4. Put together by the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, and the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the event drew about 15 people, who learned how to identify mold, and safely get rid of it.
“If you can’t see it, go by smell,” said Andrew McCartor, a regional program director for Blacksmith Institute, who specializes in environmental health training and led the session. He instructed locals to follow their nose to a “musty, like an old towel, distinct dank earthy smell,” to find the culprit, which could be hidden between pieces of material. “Mold can eat glue,” he added. A telltale visual is a fuzzy material or discolored walls and ceilings. . . Continue Reading
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The amount of home radon exposure varies from house to house and so the risks vary with the amount of exposure. The gas itself is naturally occurring and radioactive meaning it gives off alpha rays that disrupt living cells and alters their structure causing them to malfunction. Cell malfunction can lead to cancer which is why radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. Although it is not possible to eliminate exposure to radon since it is naturally occurring limiting exposure is important to lower health risks.
Radon, the all-natural radioactive gas, is on the news radar again.
Radon is gas, coming up through the soil from the natural decay of radium. It can cause lung cancer if enough is breathed in over enough time. As the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smoking, it was estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency to cause about 20,000 deaths each year. The model for this came from studies in uranium mines.
Radon is a radioactive, heavy gas that exists throughout the world’s atmosphere. It’s produced from the decay or breakdown of radium, which in turn is a decay product of uranium, a radioactive element of rock in all the Earth’s crust. . . Continue Reading
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Berkeley students are supporting a large cut to employee benefits. A contract that has been in place for the past 10 years recently expired, causing the employees and board of directors to negotiate new terms. The Board of Directors proposed cutting retirement benefits and medical contributions to dependents in half as well as increasing the 35 hour work week to 40 hours. The board also wants to eliminate benefits for part time employees. The employees are pushing for the terms of the previous contract to be renewed with the same benefits.
Student leaders of the Berkeley Student Cooperative have pushed for cuts to employee benefits in ongoing contract negotiations with employees, according to a statement released Thursday.
The BSC Employee Association, a collective bargaining committee composed of BSC staff members, detailed in its press release that the BSC Board of Directors has proposed halving retirement benefits and medical contributions to dependents, increasing the 35-hour workweek to 40 hours and eliminating benefits for part-time employees.
The board of directors, made up of students elected by BSC members, has been engaged in negotiations with the Employee Association since October to develop a new labor contract. According to Kevin Cleek, a member of the Employee Association’s negotiation team, the board’s push for austerity measures comes as a surprise from a group that voted to support the Occupy movement last year. . . Continue Reading
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Elderly Drivers Causing More Accidents
A study by Carnegie Mellon University and the AAA Foundation indicate fatal accidents increase for drivers after age 65. Health and Safety Analysts claim an increasing problem is imminent as the elderly population booms and the aging cling to their independence by continuing to drive motorized vehicles. Accidents appear to increase with the advanced age of the driver.
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Fatality rates for drivers begin to climb after age 65, according to a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, based on data from 1999-2004. From ages 75 to 84, the rate of about three deaths per 100 million miles driven is equal to the death rate of teenage drivers. For drivers 85 and older, the fatality rate skyrockets to nearly four times higher than that for teens.
The numbers are particularly daunting at a time when the U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be 9.6 million people 85 and older by 2030, up 73% from today. Road safety analysts predict that by 2030, when all baby boomers are at least 65, they will be responsible for 25% of all fatal crashes. In 2005, 11% of fatal crashes involved drivers that old.
Debates over how to prepare for a boom in elderly drivers are resonating in statehouses across the nation — including Texas, where Bolka's death has inspired the Legislature to pass a measure that could lead to more frequent vision tests and behind-the-wheel exams for drivers 79 and older. Continue reading
Missouri City Considering “Crash Tax”
Missouri City, a suburb of Houston will charge drivers for responding to car accidents. The fees will be charged to drivers who are at fault in the accident. The charge will be billed to insurance companies.
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The fee, known as a "crash tax," is meant to cover the costs of the first responders that come to aid in the event of an accident. And it's not cheap. According to KHOU, the fee can range from $500 to $2000 depending on the severity of the accident, and will be charged even if drivers don't call for help.
NPR reports that cities in 26 states now permit their emergency responders to charge response fees. But those taxes may not be worth the bother -- when Petaluma, Calif., tried collecting a crash tax in 2011 of up to $2,500 for accident response and road cleanup, it only made $14,000, NPR said. The city was expecting to make $100,000.
In Missouri City, the idea is to use the fees, which will only apply to drivers that are at fault in the accident, to help alleviate the city's budget deficit. According to Fire Chief Russell Sander, the charge will be billed to insurance companies, not to the drivers directly. Continue reading…
Crash Victims Filing Lawsuit
Three of the victims of the Daytona Florida International Speedway crash have hired an attorney. They are preparing to file a lawsuit following the terrifying wreck at Daytona. Of the 28 fans who were injured and released from the hospital, three will be claiming damages.
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All of those injured have been released from the hospital.
A teenage girl from Waynesville, N.C. was one of the fans injured when she was struck by a lug nut from a wheel.
A man from Harnett County, N.C. was also injured when he received 12 stitches after being hit in the head by flying debris.
Charlotte Motor Speedway made changes to its fence in 1999, raising it from 15 feet above the track to 21 feet, after three people were killed by a tire. Continue reading…
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