Friday, 31 July 2015
The cost of obesity to the NHS is £5 billion a year and £27 billion to the wider economy each year, according to the Department of Health. Around 90,000 people also claim sickness benefits whose illness is primarily due to their drug or alcohol addiction. This means that around 25 per cent of alcoholics and an estimated 80 per cent of heroin and crack users claim benefits, reports released by Downing Street shows.
According to a report on News24, two Eastern Cape paramedics employed by the provincial health department have been fired for gross misconduct after a pregnant woman fell out of their moving ambulance.
Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said: "In September 2014, the two ambulance crew members were transporting a pregnant patient to Sipetu hospital, where she fell [out of] the moving emergency vehicle after a rear door opened.
"The crew didn't even realise the patient had fallen off until they were alerted by a motorist who was driving behind their vehicle when the incident occurred."
The woman sustained injuries and the crew members were subjected to an internal disciplinary process, where they were found guilty.
"It is the norm when a patient is on board that a crew assistant would monitor [him/her] and provide the necessary first aid," Kupelo said.
"It is against policy for both crew members to sit in front and neglect a patient."
According to a report by BusinessTech, South African telecoms sector faces a fresh wave of mass lay-offs as companies struggle with protracted strike action, lower financial returns, and increasing competition, among other issues.
MTN is reportedly set to start a new series of retrenchments, affecting ‘hundreds of jobs’ amid a strike by more than 2,000 employees that has dragged on for more than eight weeks, calling for wage increase and bonuses.
The United Nations (UN) has estimated that in the next 35 years, there would be an extra 2.4 billion people. It is believed that within this period, the population of 28 African countries is expected to double with Nigeria having a population larger than the US. In the next 7-years, India would overtake China as the world’s most populous country.
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Mr. Zhang with a swollen head due to a single mosquito bite ©CEN
Mr Zhang, 30, a Chinese factory worker was working the night shift and clearly remembers a mosquito landing on his face and biting him. He however was in for a shock when his face began to swell and the bite started to ooze pus. It was being reported by Central European News (CEN) that the face was so severely swollen that he had to be rushed to the hospital.
After being turned away from several hospitals due to their inability to identify his ailment, he was finally admitted at the Luoyang Dongfang Hospital in central China’s Henan Province, where he was diagnosed with neonatal scleroderma.
According to Dr. Dai Tao, head of plastic surgery at the hospital, “If a patient is bitten on a lymph node, it’s possible for mosquitoes to cause this type of swelling”. Zhang was given an ice pack bag and told to calm down as treatment for his swelling, CEN reported.
Mr Zhang has been dismissed from his job for taking time off work to receive medical treatment. He is now resting at home, but is expected to require further treatment from specialists.
The Union Pacific recently launched a public safety campaign, warning photographers against doing photo-shoots on train tracks, but it seems not all have taken heed to that advice.
25-year-old Christopher O’Guinn was killed last week after being hit by a northbound train in Fresno as he photographed a model on the train tracks. Even though the train was reported to have honked it’s horn, O’Guinn was unaware of the train behind him until just before it hit him. He was carried away trying to capture a photo with a southbound train whizzing by in the background. Even though the model escaped unhurt, O’Guinn was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police explained that the Amtrak train came around a blind corner and couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting him. The engineer in the case has been absolved of any wrongdoing, with Amtrak saying that he “did everything he could… sounded all the warnings devices… [and] put the train into full emergency,” but there was just not enough room. Amtrak officials stated that it can take as much as a full mile to stop an eight-car passenger train traveling at 79 mph.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
|Yuan Yuan in a private room with air conditioning (C)DailyMail|
11-year-old Thomas Belanger ©BelangerFamilyHandout|
Ollie after the grooming session ©CavendishPress|
A happy Zion showing off his new hands ©AP|
Zion Harvey, 8, has become the youngest recipient of a double-hand transplant. Zion lost his limbs at two years due to a gangrene infection. He was able to get a leg prosthetic which has allowed him to be very active, including walking, running and jumping. He has overtime learn to use his forearms to write, eat and play video games but his mom, Pattie Ray, wanted more for her son.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
|Brandon High School where the assembly took place (c)CityofBrandon|
The assembly was designated to honour all of the district's students who scored higher than a 22 on their ACT college tests. The court ordered the district to pay a student plaintiff from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, who was represented by the American Humanist Association, $2,500 because the student attended a school assembly that began with a prayer. An additional $5,000 was ordered to be paid the student because the lawsuit revealed that a religious group was permitted to hand out Bibles to fifth graders at a public school in October 2014.
The school district first came under legal fire when the same Northwest Rankin High student took the school district and the school's then-principal, Charles Frazier, to court in 2013 for forcing him to attend a series of assemblies that promoted Christianity.
49-years-old Principal Jeanene Worrell-Breeden ©Teachers College
|APJ Abdul Kalam 1931-2015|
Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007 and was considered the most popular President. He was known as the “missile man” for his role in developing the country’s defence and nuclear technologies.
|10-year-old Jivan Kohar who was brutally murdered for sacrifice (C)youtube|
35-year-old Kodai Hirijan has confessed to the murder of 10-year-old Jivan Kohar, after claiming a shaman (a person believed to possess magical or spiritual power to cure the sick) advised him that a human sacrifice would heal his ailing son. During police interrogation, Hirijan admitted to slitting the boy’s throat with a sickle to chase away the evil spirits from his 18-year-old son, who often falls ill. He confessed to luring 10-year-old Kohar away from his friends who were playing in the village by promising him a pack of biscuits and 50 rupees (49 cents).
Monday, 27 July 2015
Wet wipes are handy always: You use wet-wipes for practically almost everything! To take off your make-up, to get a stain out of your cloth, to clean your laptop, to clean your car-interior, to wipe your shoes etc
You have superpowers: Your ability to multitask, most especially to hear and talk to someone while your children scream and shout next to you. The fact that the person you’re talking to has no idea what you are talking about (because they can’t hear a word) doesn’t phase you one bit.
You can pick up and move hot objects without flinching.
You never get sick. And if you do, you’re magically cured when your child gets sick.
You can see through walls.
You understand what your child is saying even when all they do is babble.
According to sources, the attack was linked to a feud between two families in which one was hosting the wedding. Although the bride and groom survived the attack, most of the dead were wedding guests aged from 14 years old to 60 years old.
Fatal gun fights and celebratory gun fire are common at Afghan weddings, which have boomed in recent years in the country.
For almost ten years, a mystery pooper has been using the golf grounds of Stavanger Golf club in south-west Norway as a toilet. Groundskeeper at the club claims the offender leaves no trace except large poos and a trail of minor disruptions. According to Kenneth Tennfjord, who maintains the green at the club, the mystery guy “has a couple of favourite holes. And we know it is a man because the poos are too massive to be from a woman. In the early years the stools were relatively hard but they’ve changed. Perhaps he’s been taking laxatives or maybe he doesn’t have the best diet”.
|Bobbi Kristina Brown (1993-2015)|
Bobbi has been unresponsive to medical care since the incidence and after months of treatment in a medically induced coma, she was eventually placed in hospice care (Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia) where she finally passed away. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death.
"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," Kristen Foster, a representative for the Houston family said on Sunday.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has released a statement on Friday confirming the termination of Hulk Hogan’s contract:
WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.
Pictures show Christiano Ronaldo always trying to look taller and bigger than teammates during club and international duties.
|CR7 during last season's champions league clash with Liverpool|
Over the years, there have been picture evidence to show that the 30-year-old Portuguese/Real Madrid player usually stands on tip-toe while taking group pictures with teammates. Could it be that Ronaldo is not happy with his 6’1 height or he is just not comfortable with anyone towering over him.
I am sure he is glad Lionel Messi would never topple him on height!
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Spain’s marriageable age has been raised from 14 years to 16years. In addition, the law also raises the legal age for sexual consent from 13 years to 14 years. This move brings the country’s policies in line with the majority of Europe. Politicians and activists alike say the new law is a symbolic move against pedophilia and forced marriage.
The legislation has been under pressure from child protection groups and United Nations experts, who asked the country to address the matter in 2010. According to Gabriel Gonzalez-Bueno of UNICEF, “Raising the marrying age is an attempt to ensure that children have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, their education and their health.
|Perez breastfeeding her baby during a parliament session|
The picture of 37-year-old Victoria Donda Perez, an Argentinean MP, breastfeeding her 8-month-old daughter, Trilce during a parliament session has gone viral on social media. The picture was captured during a meeting of the National Congress at the Congressional Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While some praised her action, others expressed strong disapproval saying her action was inappropriate.
Perez became the youngest person ever (at 30 years) to become a member of Argentina’s National Congress in December, 2007. She is a human rights activist, an anti-poverty campaigner, and a lawyer, as well as a busy mother.
Seagull are seabirds of the family Laridae. Their diet depends mainly on circumstances as they are highly adaptable feeders that opportunistically take a wide range of prey. In recent times, they have been known to show aggressive behaviors especially in areas where they are highly concentrated
Friday, 24 July 2015
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Joseph Kurak had apparently driven to his daughter Kristina’s nursery that morning before heading to work, and was convinced he had dropped her off. But six hours later, when he returned to his car intending to go and collect her, he saw her lifeless body in the seat. Upon his discovery, the devastated father yelled at passers-by: 'I killed her!.
|Pigs unleashed in supermarket by protesting farmers ©Photoshot|
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eating 1,000 Mcdonalds chicken Mcnuggets, the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolts, has admitted to sacrificing fast food in a bid to extend his stellar sprinting career.
Brock at the cliff where he fell 100ft to the bottom ©SWNS
The North Sentinel Island ©go2india.in