Day: January 5, 2018

Pensioner dies during four-hour wait for ambulance – The National

“To put this into content, the Trust’s average daily volume of calls is about 3,000 calls a day,” it added.

Matt Broad, deputy director of service delivery, said: “The Trust, as well as the wider NHS, is still experiencing incredibly high demand and is under extreme pressure.”

“I’m sure this case is much more widespread than the public is aware of.”

Dave Powell, regional officer for GMB, said the incident is “another example of how we are not coping” with the NHS winter crisis.

“Unfortunately, the patient was found deceased in the property and there was nothing the crew could do for her.

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) said crews arrived three hours and 45 minutes after the initial call on Tuesday.

 The incident came with temperatures predicted to plummet this weekend, putting further strain on health services.

Obese stars are more common than expected – Astronomy Magazine

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Obese stars are more common than expected
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Workplaces deaths down in North Dakota, spike in Minnesota – West Fargo Pioneer

Dave Schweigert, a Bismarck attorney who has represented oil field workers and businesses, said the process of drilling wells has become safer.

North Dakota’s 28 fatal injuries in 2016 were roughly in line with yearly totals before the surge in work brought on by the Bakken oil boom, according to figures released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, workplace deaths peaked at 65.

“And then also the speed isn’t there because they’re not having to chase leases like they were doing,” he said. “You’re not seeing a lot of that push.”

North Dakota AFL-CIO President Waylon Hedegaard said workers in the oil field are better-trained today “because so many of the untrained workers that that we had to rely on when the boom was at its max don’t have to be there.”

The AFL-CIO has not yet released the annual report using 2016 figures. Nationally, the number of worker deaths increased by 7 percent in 2016 to 5,190, according to federal data.

Hedegaard pointed to a report released last year, based on 2015 figures, that showed North Dakota had the highest rate of workplace fatalities in the country, clocking in at 12.5 per 100,000 workers. The national rate was 3.4 per 100,000 workers, according to the AFL-CIO report that used federal figures, and Minnesota’s rate was 2.7.

New guidelines: Border agents need ‘reasonable suspicion’ for ‘advanced’ device searches – The Hill

“Many factors may create reasonable suspicion or constitute a national security concern; examples include the existence of a relevant national-security related lookout in combination with other articulable factors as appropriate, or the presence of an individual on a government-operated and government-vetted terrorist watchlist,” the directive states.

It also notes that an agent may ask a traveler to provide a passcode to unlock a device and says that an officer may “detain the device” if unable to complete the inspection because the device is passcode- or encryption-protected. 

These searches are those in which agents connect external equipment to a device in order to analyze or copy its contents.

According to the new directive, agents need to demonstrate reasonable suspicion of criminal wrongdoing or otherwise show that there is a “national security concern” in order to conduct advanced searches.

John Wagner, the deputy executive assistant commissioner at CPB’s office of field operations, on Friday described electronic device searches as “essential” to national security and law enforcement at the border. 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday issued the updated guidelines for searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border, which contain new restrictions on the circumstances under which officials can conduct what are called “advanced” searches.

In a statement Friday, Wyden described the new restrictions as an improvement but reiterated that a warrant should be required for searches on devices belonging to U.S. citizens. 

Good News for Parents: Teens Are Delaying Having Sex – HealthDay

“Much of this decrease can be tied to increased sex education, which includes sexually transmitted disease and contraception information,” said Dr. Jennifer Wu. She is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Fornari agreed.

“It’s a big focus at our center, recognizing that — whether or not we like it — adolescents are making these decisions,” Oransky said. “We have to arm them with the knowledge to make the decision that’s most comfortable for them and best for their future.”

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“The significance of these findings are important for today’s youth,” said Dr. Victor Fornari, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “This is very positive and promising.”

On the other hand, sexual activity among white teens did not change significantly, the investigators found.

Fire in same neighborhood as Jacksonville’s first homicide in 2018 claims second life – Florida Times-Union

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Fire in same neighborhood as Jacksonville's first homicide in 2018 claims second life
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A fire in this Gilmore Heights neighborhood left one person dead Friday. (Dan Scanlan/Florida Times-Union). A fire at a home in the same neighborhood where the city's first homicide in 2018 took place has claimed a second life Friday, according to the

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Tesla Faces A Bumpy Ride In 2018 – Seeking Alpha


Tesla Faces A Bumpy Ride In 2018
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New tax law is a mixed bag for your company benefits – CNBC

The new tax law also eliminates some deductions available to employees or employers, and makes other changes that could affect employee benefits. Here are some of them.

Additionally, if you happen to bicycle to work and receive the $20 monthly limit from your employer to defray the costs of cycling (i.e., maintenance, a new helmet), it no longer is tax-free.

With some U.S. companies planning to give employees a special bonus or boost hourly wages due to corporate tax cuts taking effect this year, workers might wonder how else the new tax law will affect them.

Generally speaking, when you leave your job — voluntarily or otherwise — and still owe money on a loan from your 401(k) account, your employer will give you a short window to repay it. If you do not, the amount gets deducted from your account balance. In other words, you pay off that loan whether you want to or not.

Workers who have an outstanding loan from their 401(k) account when they leave their employer also get some relief.

Google sold over 6 million Home speakers since mid-October – The Verge

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Google sold over 6 million Home speakers since mid-October
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Lawyer argues Texas dragging death a ‘drug deal gone bad’ – Fox News

The Beaumont Enterprise reports that attorneys for John William King appeared Thursday before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

King was sentenced to death in 1999 for James Byrd Jr.’s slaying in Jasper.

The Texas attorney general’s office called King’s claims “meritless.”

Attorney A. Richard Ellis says King’s trial lawyers didn’t present evidence that would have proven his innocence.

Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise,

One of three white men convicted in the 1998 East Texas dragging death of a black man is arguing in an appeal that the killing was a “backwoods drug deal gone bad” and not racially motivated.

The court didn’t immediately rule.


Lawrence Brewer, King’s co-defendant, was executed in 2011. Shawn Berry, who drove the truck to which Byrd was attached, is serving a life sentence.