Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crown Office are staying quiet about possible prosecutions after an inquiry found medical failures caused three deaths at NHS Lanarkshire.

In response to a specific question as to the possibility of prosecutions, a Crown Office spokesperson told Wikinews today that “The three deaths were fully investigated by the Procurator Fiscal and reported to Crown Counsel [laywers] to consider. Crown Counsel concluded that, given the facts and circumstances of the deaths, a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) was the appropriate forum to consider the circumstances of the deaths.” It was further noted that “[a] FAI cannot make any findings of fault/blame against individuals.”

However, Crown Office did not specifically rule out prosecutions for offences such as cuplable homicide despite the spokesperson noting this was a direct response to such a question. They also declined to comment on National Health Service care as “it would not be appropriate to comment on the provision of NHS services” and entirely ignored questions about Crown Office satisfaction in the inquiry’s outcome and the length of time it took to reach a conclusion. The inquiry wrapped up last week but the deaths were in 2006.

Agnes Nicol, George Johnstone, and Andrew Ritchie died within a three-month period following keyhole surgery to remove their gall bladders.

Later expanded to look at all three deaths, the inquiry initially established to look into the case of Nicol, 50, who received surgery in late 2005. A surgeon at Wishaw General Hospital mistakenly cut her bile duct and her right hepatic artery. Whilst suturing her portal vein, her liver was left with 20% of its normal blood supply; the errors were not discovered until her transfer to liver specialists at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

By then, her liver was seriously damaged. She developed septicaemia, dying from multiple organ failure in March 2006.

Johnstone, 54, underwent the same procedure at Monklands District General Hospital on May 9, 2006. A consultant surgeon accidentally damaged, possibly severing, his bile duct. He died two days later in intensive care from the combined effects of multiple organ failure and a heart ailment.

Ritchie, 62, died in intensive care a week after an operation in June 2006. He died from intra abdominal haemorrhage caused by errors during the surgery.

Different surgeons were involved each time and the inquiry, under Sheriff Robert Dickson, found no evidence of poor training or inadequate experience. Dickson noted that in each case there was lack of action on a “growing body of evidence that there was something fundamentally wrong with the patient” and surgeons failed to contemplate their own actions as potentially responsible. He agreed with two professors that it may have been possible to save their lives “had the post-operative care been to the standard which they expected, and had there been a proper management plan which staff could have worked to” and noted that all the patients suffered from a lack of adequate medical notes being available after their surgery. He described the care as having “clear faults”.

NHS Lanarkshire apologised and said improvements had been made regarding “these types of cases” as well as with document management. Wikinews got in touch seeking details of the changes made but the health trust failed to respond.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Recently, Google (the people behind YouTube) has decided to “remove the dislike button”. Their reasoning behind removing the button is due to the controversial Gillete advert that was displayed across the site garnering loads of dislikes and the 2018 YouTube Rewind which became the most disliked YouTube video.

In the past, the dislike button has been criticised for being used for dislike bombing, people thinking that it’s funny to use the dislike button and people giving YouTubers some constructive criticism among other things.

In an article from […]

The last option, which Leung describes as the most extreme option, is just to remove dislikes entirely.


This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 26). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Muhammad Alam, Bahar Aminvaziri, Orhan Aybars, Michele Carroll-Smith, Mohamed Dhanani, Abdul Ingar, Geoff Kettel, Debbie Lechter, Natalie Maniates, John Masterson, John Parker, David Thomas, Csaba Vegh, and Fred Williams.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.


  • 1 Geoff Kettel
  • 2 Natalie Maniates
  • 3 John Parker
  • 4 Csaba Vegh


Every home has a roof. However, not every roof is the same. Most people think the asphalt shingle roof is the only type of roof commercially available to most people because it’s the most common type of roofing material. However, this is not the case. There are many different types of roofing material that just about anyone can afford. These are available throughout the country. Here’s a look at the different types of roofs you can have for yourself.

Asphalt shingle

If someone asked a random group of roof repairers, such as people who do Roofs repairs in Basildon, which are the most common type of roof shingles people have, the answer would resoundingly be asphalt shingles. These are cost effective, easy to fix, easy to repair, and do a great job at sealing the outside of a home.

Wood shingles

These are sometimes called wood shakes and look much more pleasing on the eye than asphalt shingles. They have a pleasing old world look and provide far more insulation than most other types of shingles. However, they require a lot of maintenance. They need regular sealing because this can get worn out by the elements. You also need to regularly inspect them for rot and this type of roof is very susceptible to mould, mildew and other fungal growths.

Clay shingles

You will often see this type of shingle, or tile, in hotter climates. It’s unlikely if you were in Basildon, you’d ask someone who does roof repairs in Basildon to repair your clay roof. These are extremely hardwearing tiles totally impervious to insects, mould, mildew, fire – or anything time can throw at them. These are the longest lasting shingles you can buy but they do come with some disadvantage. For one, they are extremely heavy so your home will have to be strong enough to handle it. They are also brittle and can be damaged easily, but fixing them is not easy. Finally, they are very expensive.

Metal roof

This kind of roof is nothing new. It’s very energy efficient because it reflects heat so you don’t need to run air conditioners all day to keep your home cool in the summer. They are also made from recyclable material so they are good for the environment. However, it too has its disadvantages. For instance, in cold weather the roof can freeze. What’s more they are expensive, but only because they are difficult to fix – that’s a job best left to a professional. Still, they are very strong and they won’t break or get damaged like some other roof shingles. What’s more they are lightweight so they are suitable for even the smallest building or the biggest ones.

Pinewood Contract Services Ltd offers specialist roof repairs solutions to commercial & industrial sectors from replacing worn felts to fitting permanent safety features. Get in touch with them!

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list and for an alphabetically arranged listing of schools.

Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Ohio
  • 3 Oklahoma
  • 4 Oregon
  • 5 Pennsylvania
  • 6 Rhode Island
  • 7 South Carolina
  • 8 South Dakota
  • 9 Tennessee
  • 10 Texas
  • 11 Utah
  • 12 Vermont
  • 13 Virginia
  • 14 Washington
  • 15 West Virginia
  • 16 Wisconsin
  • 17 Wyoming

Saturday, December 11, 2004

VIENNA –Doctors from the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in Vienna say “there is no doubt” Ukrainian opposition leader Victor Yushchenko was poisoned with Dioxin.

Yushchenko’s body had about 1,000 times more than the normal concentration of the toxin. It is unknown if there were any other poisons in his system.

Although it has not yet been proven that the poisoning was deliberate, doctors suspect it was. “We suspect a cause triggered by a third party,” said Michael Zimpfer, head doctor at the Rudolfinerhaus clinic. He suggested the poison may have been administered orally, through food or drink.

Today’s announcements are a follow-up of an earlier press conference, where Dr. Korpan that there were three hypotheses under consideration, one of them involving dioxin. He did not reveal what the other two hypotheses were. Dr. Michael Zimpfer, director of the Rudolfinerhaus clinic emphasized that time there was no proof yet to specify the substance causing the illness.

Yushchenko left Kiev on Friday (2004-10-12) for further examination in Vienna. When Yushchenko fell ill on October 6th, Ukrainian doctors had initially diagnosed food poisoning, leading to speculation that he had been poisoned deliberately. The illness has disfigured Yushchenko’s body and face which doctors say could take up to two years to heal.

He fell seriously ill on the September 6th, during his presidential campaign. Yushchenko was taken to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic of Vienna, where he stayed for four days under Dr. Korpan’s care. He was diagnosed with “acute pancreatitis, accompanied by interstitial edematous changes.” These symptoms were said to be due to “a serious viral infection and chemical substances which are not normally found in food products” as his campaign officials put it. In laymans terms, he developed an infection in the pancreas and got a bad skin condition that disfigured his face with cysts and lesions. The skin condition has similarities with the chloracne associated with dioxin posioning according to a British toxicologist John Henry.

Earlier, doctor Nikolai Korpan of Rudolfinerhaus clinic confirmed today that the illness of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was caused by an attempt to kill him.

  • Ukraine political crisis – Wikinews’ special coverage portal

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, January 13, 2009.


  • 1 Anti-government protests in Riga, Latvia cause riots
  • 2 Obama will close Guantanamo Bay in his first week say advisers
  • 3 Greek shipping magnate kidnapped in Athens
  • 4 Microsoft permits additional Windows 7 beta downloads
  • 5 Cristiano Ronaldo crowned Footballer of the Year
  • 6 Change of mind: Democrats accept Burris
  • 7 Obama inauguration to appear in Lego form

Monday, May 17, 2010

England have defeated Australia in the final of the 2010 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup to win the tournament. England won by 7 wickets at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados to lift the World Cup. A 111 run partnership between Craig Kieswetter, the man of the match and Kevin Pietersen, the man of the tournament, helped them in chasing down the target of 148 runs set by Australia.

England won the toss and opted to field. Australia scored 147 runs, losing 6 wickets in their twenty overs. David Hussey was the top scorer, getting 59 runs. Australia scored only 47 runs for 4 wickets in their first ten overs. David Hussey and Cameron White added 22 runs in the thirteenth over, thus helping their team to get to 147 for 6 in their innings. For England, Ryan Sidebottom took two wickets for 26 runs in four overs.

Early in England’s innings, Dirk Nannes of Australia took the wicket of Michael Lumb of England, when the latter was caught by David Hussey at mid-wicket. Kevin Pietersen of England came when Lumb got out, and helped England to reach 44 runs in the six powerplay overs. The partnership between Pietersen and Kieswetter helped their team to reach the target of 148 runs in seventeen overs, with three overs in hand.

England captain Paul Collingwood told the media that he thought “belief ha[d] been the key.” “As soon as we got the squad together, seeing how much power we have in the squad, I know that is all on paper but we could tell that we had a lot of potential,” he commented.

“I think a lot of credit goes to every single player in the dressing room to have the confidence to go out there and really give it their best shots and have no regrets. I think we have done that throughout the tournament and it has certainly paid off,” he noted.

For England, this is the first victory in a limited overs championship as they had never won a single one-day or T20 World Cup or the Championship League tournament till this victory. In this connection, all-rounder Collingwood said: “[t]his is right up there, with the best,” adding “[t]o be the first [England] team to win a ‘World Cup’ is very special. We knew it was a monkey on our back.”

Meanwhile, Australian captain Michael Clarke admitted his disappointment at the result. He conceded that his performance was poor, saying, “There’s no doubt the selectors will need to have a look at my performances. I certainly know they haven’t been up to scratch through this whole tournament and probably in Twenty20 cricket in general. I’m sure the selectors will sit down and have a look and if I’m not the right guy for No 3 and the captaincy then they’ll make that decision”

Newly elected UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the English team. “Congratulations to Paul Collingwood and the England Twenty20 team on becoming world champions for the first time with a magnificent victory over Australia. Let’s hope this marks the start of a great summer of sport for England,” he said.

The English Sports Minister Hugh Robertson commented: “I’m absolutely delighted England have won the World Twenty20. They have played exciting and intelligent cricket and are worthy winners.”

Toss: England won, and chose to field first.

Australian innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Shane Watson c Swann b Sidebottom 2 3 0 0 66.66
David Warner run out (Lumb) 2 4 0 0 50.00
Michael Clarke c Collingwood b Swann 27 27 2 0 100.00
Brad Haddin c Kieswetter b Sidebottom 1 2 0 0 50.00
David Hussey run out (Wright/Kieswetter) 59 54 2 2 109.25
Cameron White c Broad b Wright 30 19 4 1 157.89
Michael Hussey not out 17 10 2 0 170.00
Steven Smith not out 1 2 0 0 50.00
Extras (b 1; lb 2; w 4; nb 1) 8
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 147 10 3

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Watson, 0.3 ov), 2-7 (Warner, 1.5 ov), 3-8 (Haddin, 2.1 ov), 4-45 (Clarke, 9.2 ov), 5-95 (White, 15.4 ov), 6-142 (DJ Hussey, 19.2 ov)

Did not bat: Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes

England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Ryan Sidebottom 4 0 26 2 6.50
Tim Bresnan 4 0 35 0 8.75
Stuart Broad 4 0 27 0 6.75
Greamme Swann 4 0 17 1 4.25
Michael Yardy 3 0 34 0 11.33
Luke Wright 1 0 5 1 5.00
England innings (Target: 148 runs from 20 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Michael Lumb c D Hussey b Tait 2 4 0 0 50.00
Craig Kieswetter b Johnson 63 49 7 2 128.57
Kevin Pietersen c Warner b Smith 47 31 4 1 151.61
Paul Collingwood not out 12 5 1 1 240.00
Eoin Morgan not out 15 13 0 1 115.38
Extras (lb 1; w 8) 9
Total (3 wickets; 17 overs) 148 12 5

Fall of wickets:1-7 (Lumb, 1.5 ov), 2-118 (Pietersen, 13.1 ov), 3-121 (Kieswetter, 14.1 ov)

Did not bat: Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Michael Yardy, Greamme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom

Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Dirk Nannes 4 0 29 0 7.25
Shaun Tait 3 0 28 1 9.33
Mitchell Johnson 4 0 27 1 6.75
Steven Smith 3 0 21 1 7.00
Shane Watson 3 0 42 0 14.00

England: Michael Lumb, Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Greamme Swann, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Tim Bresnan, Ryan Sidebottom

Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David Hussey, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes

Man of the match: Craig Kieswetter (England)

Wikipedia has more about this subject:

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Billy Doctrove (West Indies)TV Umpire: Billy Bowden (New Zealand)Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)Reserve Umpire: Rudi Koertzen (South Africa)

Friday, February 3, 2012

The following is the third in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail, the challengers to President Barack Obama react to the results of the New Hampshire Democratic Party primary, two new political parties choose their first presidential nominees, and an economist who announced his intentions to seek the nomination of Americans Elect answers a few questions for Wikinews.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 New Hampshire Democratic Party primary results
  • 3 New parties select presidential nominees
  • 4 Economist running for president
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources


Air conditioning is almost synonymous with luxury at this point. It is one of the most universal conveniences of the modern era; on a hot, humid summer day, air conditioning can feel like a life saver. And to find yourself suddenly without it just as a heat wave strikes is absolutely awful. That’s why you should always keep an eye out for signs that your air conditioner might need repair. Here are a few red flags to look out for.

No Cool Air

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Sometimes, the air conditioner seems to be working, but when you put your hand up to it, the air coming out is basically the outside temperature. Even if it is still a little bit cooler, if your air conditioning isn’t blasting out the same cold air that it used to, there’s probably an internal issue with it, like a failed compressor or low Freon levels. At this point, the unit definitely needs repair, possibly replacement.

No or Low Air Flow

If the air is cold, but it doesn’t seem to be pumping out at the same intensity, or if it works in some rooms and not others, then there’s probably something clogging up the works internally. This will require repair and cleaning in order to fully restore the unit to capacity. It’s not only important to do for the sake of the unit’s efficiency, the debris clogging up the system could actually present a health and safety hazard.

Thermostat Issues

It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the problem you’re having is with the air conditioning, or just the thermostat. You can’t really know if an issue is coming from the source, or if it’s just because the air conditioner isn’t getting the proper signals. One sign that it is a thermostat issue is if rooms have wildly different temperatures. Regardless, at this point it’s usually best to have a professional come in and diagnose the issue.


Whenever any piece of machinery is making noises that it doesn’t usually, that generally indicates that there’s some level of wear and tear or broken components inside. If an air conditioner is making a bunch of strange sounds beyond what you would expect, then that’s a good time to call in a professional.

Whatever the issue is, always make sure that you work with someone who knows what they’re doing and has been in the business a while. If you’re looking for air conditioner repair in Niles, consider Deljo Heating and Cooling. Follow us on twitter.

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