Monday, May 28, 2007

NHK has reported the death of Toshikatsu Matsuoka (62), the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries of Japan and a member of Liberal Democratic Party. According to the police of Tokyo Metropolitan and members of Matsuoku including his secretary he was found hanged in a room of the his apartment in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo at 0:18 p.m local time, say the Japanese media including Mainichi Shimbun.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki confirmed his death but gave no further comment, Asahi Shimbun reports.

Matsuoka has been in disputes and criticized by the opposition parties since March due to unclear descriptions of annual financial reports of one of his support organizations, which all lawmakers and ministers are legally required to publish. Also in May it was exposed he accepted donation from an organization controlled by Japan Green Resources Agency, which itself is a non-profit organisation settled and which should report directly to the government. Inappropriate financial management of JGRA has been recently revealed and two of it’s high positioned staff were arrested on May 24. Mainichi says after those arrests, some lawmakers in the ruling party LDP claimed Matsuoka should resign from the minister seat.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

A fatal accident inquiry concluded three patients who underwent keyhole surgery to remove their gall bladders died as a result of mistakes during, and after, the operations. Agnes Nicol, George Johnstone, and Andrew Ritchie died within a three-month period in 2006 whilst in the care of NHS Lanarkshire in Scotland.

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 has issued an apology, saying they “did fall below the high standards of care we aim to maintain in these cases and this has been extremely distressing for the patients’ families. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to them.” The health board added improvements had been made regarding “these types of cases” as well as with document management.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Don Herbert, known to many as his stage name “Mr. Wizard”, died Tuesday night. Mr. Wizard, who is famous for introducing science to children for over 50 years, died of bone cancer at the age of 89 at his Bell Canyon home in Los Angeles.

Using everyday equipment made it something that children should not be afraid of. If you used scientific equipment that’s strange to the child, it’s not going to help him or her understand.

Mr. Wizard was the host of the program Watch Mr. Wizard in the 1950s and 60s, and later Mr. Wizard’s World in the 80s. His children-themed shows gave viewers a glimpse into the science world by performing experiments with common household objects. Herbert said in an interview on Voice of America’s Our World, a science and technology program, that “Using everyday equipment made it something that children should not be afraid of. If you used scientific equipment that’s strange to the child, it’s not going to help him or her understand. So we used everyday equipment. And especially because we used everyday equipment in new and unusual ways, which helped.” Generations of young scientists tuned in each week to learn about scientific principles and follow along with Mr. Wizard by conducting the same experiments at home.

Herbert, who was born in Waconia, Minnesota, attended the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. After graduating with degrees in English and general science, he joined the US Army Air Corps, and served in World War II as a bomber pilot in Europe. Post-war, he worked as an actor before becoming the host of Watch Mr. Wizard in 1951. The program ran for nearly 15 years on NBC and CBC.

In 1983, the show’s format was revived with Mr. Wizard’s World, which aired on the Nickelodeon cable network for 7 years. He also appeared on the talk shows of David Letterman (including the premiere episode of Late Night with David Letterman), Johnny Carson, and Regis Philbin, as well as staring as a panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares 5 times in 1986.

Herbert is survived by his wife and six children and step-children.


When you need a new car, you need a new car. Not everywhere can be easily reached on public transportation, not to mention it is a hassle to go several things on a bus such as grocery shopping, hauling children back and fourth to the doctors office, and having to do much of anything that requires making purchases. Not only does it take forever to get places, but often times, a bus is too full for a place to sit. Instead of wishing and hoping that you can withstand public transit, check out your Local Ford Dealerships Dover.

Not only do they have some fantastic vehicles of all makes and models, but they can find you a car that suits your needs and budget no matter what it may be. Often times, you can get a nice deal by limping your old vehicle that isn’t working out for you any longer and use it as a trade in. Trading in a car will allow you to apply the value of your vehicle to the purchase of the new car. The other option that anyone has is to put down a down payment on at your Local Ford Dealerships Dover on your pre-owned vehicle that you find. This is a larger payment than what you will pay monthly to show that you are serious about purchasing the car.

Picking a car from a lot can be a lot of fun. There are several makes and models that you can choose from as well as hundreds of colors sitting on the lot. You can test drive all the cars that you are interested in while a salesman will follow you around the lot to show you vehicles in your price range, answer any questions you have, and direct you in the car while you check out all the features and how the car drives. No matter what kind of car you do find, make sure that you have it fully checked out by a mechanic that you trust so that you feel confident that you aren’t going to get a car that will break down on you in a few months.

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3] is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada

Biztalk Server Infrastructure Helping in Connecting Two Different Systems


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In today s rapid growing business world, every organization is working with latest technologies. For improving the business and competing with the changing demands of industry, various new technologies are being developed. With the advancement in techniques and implementation of various software systems in the industry, enterprises are widely using business software systems. In the world of IT services, various new business software systems are being developed. These systems are helping in the growth of organizations thereby improving their customer services. Various business tasks can be automated using these systems. This automation reduces the chances of errors and also reduces the required work force. This in turn reduces the costs of an enterprise and improves the quality of deliverables. An enterprise can maximize its profits at affordable costs. To evolve as a completion in the business, organizations keep on adding latest technology based systems. In most of the cases, these systems are built using different technologies and it has become a challenge for the organizations to use these systems on single platform.

It is a big task to use software built over a platform on any other platform. In some systems, plug-ins is added so that they can support some of the software systems built over another platform. In this way, certain systems can be made platform independent. But it is not possible to make different systems used in an organization to be made platform independent. As a solution to this problem, Biztalk server has been developed. This server is developed by Microsoft after years of experimentation. The existing work environment and operations can be changed for better with Biztalk server. It offers a clear view of potential issues and also provides recommendations for the required changes. This helps in taking right decisions that impacts present and future business needs. Such decision making reduces the ongoing cost of an organization. This approach helps in obtaining a deep view in the infrastructure thereby focusing on the required areas.

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Biztalk offers the best integration platform to many connect distinct systems within and outside the organization as well. This is a well equipped server with various plug-ins that enables integration and connectivity of different systems. It has a robust messaging infrastructure that helps in delivering quality solutions to the customer queries.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Peter Costello’s budget announcement has led to rejoicing for small businesses, but the lack of joy for those pushing for radical corporate taxation reform has led to many businesses asking “what about us?”

Personal taxation and small business have been the big winners after this year’s federal budget. Although dampened by the twin economic threats of rising interest rates and petrol prices, there should be a reasonable amount of real income savings for both low and high income earners, with those receiving Medicare, or a superannuation benefit, privy to an even lower level of taxation (0% for those on super benefits).

Small business also has benefited from the Howard government’s 11th annual budget, with them receiving a higher level of reducing depreciation, leading to a higher level of deductions in the years following the uptake of new technology or other capital. They are also privy to a AU$435 million dollar tax cut to compensate for their changing accounting requirements under the government’s new AIFRS reporting standards, as well as increasing the uptake of both the small business tax relief scheme and CGT (Capital Gains tax) Concessions.

The budget was not a complete loss for big business however, as superannuation laws have been tweaked to streamline contribution and payment rules previously impeding those with multitudes of staff.

But this is not enough, says Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young. In their newly published paper “Taxation of Investment in Australia: the need for ongoing reform”. In it they lead the charge for a greater streamlining and organization of the corporate tax system in Australia, submitting that it will lead to reductions in “disincentives to work save and invest in Australia [as well as improving] the international competitiveness of Australian businesses.” This follows from a recent report brought out by Mr. Costello himself about the need for tax reform in Australia.

A budget night Mr. Costello was notably coy about any future reform of corporate tax in Australia. He alluded to the report by his ministers but kept from outlining the government’s plan precisely.

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