Apple Partner Foxconn Suffers Eighth Worker Death in 2010

From eWeek.com:

In what appears to be another suicide, a worker at the Foxconn facility in Shenzhen, China, fell from a building on the company’s campus May 21. The man’s death is the 10th falling incident at the Foxconn facility in 2010.
 
The 21-year-old man was the eighth employee this year to be killed in such an incident—suicide hasn’t been officially determined in any of the cases—as two workers have survived such falls,
Reuters reported.
 
Foxconn Technology Group is perhaps best known as being a producer of the Apple iPhone, as well as other popular products from Apple, Sony and Hewlett-Packard.
The Foxconn facility is set up campus-style and houses more than 400,000 of the company’s 800,000 employees, according to Reuters. The majority of workers on the campus are under 30 years old and face extremely long work days—in some cases up to 12 hours—with workers often taking on overtime, for the increased hourly wage, and working weeks at a time without a day off.
 
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Baby survives parents’ global warming suicide pact

These people were complete idiots. It’s a shame their children had to suffer because of their (the parent’s) stupidity.

From The Telegraph.com (UK):

Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their daughter and her toddler brother before killing themselves.

Their son Francisco, two, died instantly after being hit in the back.

However, their unnamed daughter cheated death after the bullet from her father’s handgun missed her vital organs.

Police were alerted by worried neighbours who discovered the massacre three days after the shooting and the girl was taken to hospital.

The youngster is recovering in hospital in the town of Goya in the northern Argentine province of Corrientes, where doctors say she is out of danger.

Her parents said they feared the effects of global warming in a suicide note discovered by police.

Mexican mayor announces rival’s death hours before body is found

From The Telegraph (U.K.):

Mauricio Fernandez was being sworn in again as mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of northern Mexico’s most exclusive communities, when he announced to his cheering supporters: “Black Saldana, who apparently is the one who was asking for my head, was found dead today in Mexico City.”

However, speculation that Mr Fernandez might have had something to do with the death of Hector Saldana arose when it emerged that the barefoot, blindfolded corpse of “Black Saldana” had not been found until three and a half hours after the mayor’s speech, according to Mexico City prosecutors. The body – which was found hundreds of miles away – was not identified until two days later.

Now, the mayor is facing questions about the killing.

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Further deaths linked to swine flu vaccine

From The Local (Sweden):

Health investigators are under more pressure as two elderly women are reported to have died, days after receiving the swine flu vaccine. It brings the total number of deaths linked to the vaccine in Sweden to four.

The two latest deaths were reported to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) on Friday.

A 74-year-old woman from Sollefteå in northern Sweden died four days after receiving the swine flu vaccine.

The woman, who suffered from heart and lung disease, was classified as a high-risk patient.

“Naturally a report will be undertaken,” said Dr. Markus Kallionen in a press statement released by Västernorrland County Council.

“We must take this case seriously and investigate what has happened.”

A further case of a 90-year-old woman who also died after receiving the vaccine has been reported by newspaper Expressen.

Läkemedelsverket are currently investigating circumstances surrounding the deaths of two high-risk patients, a 50-year-old man with a serious heart condition and woman with an acute muscle disease.

“It’s important to says that they had complicated illnesses,“ Gunilla Sjölin Forslund from Läkemedelsverket told news agency TT.

“We still do not know if the deaths are connected to the vaccine.”

Sweden launched a mass vaccination programme in a bid to control the flu pandemic on October 12th.

Cases of swine flu reached record levels last week with 198 new cases in comparison to 93 the previous week.

Don’t fire Tasers at the chest, manufacturer warns

From Raw Story:

WASHINGTON — The US manufacturer of the Taser stun gun has advised police not to aim the weapons at the chests of suspects after admitting heart risk concerns for the first time.

Taser International stressed that suffering an “adverse cardiac event” after being zapped was “extremely unlikely,” but human rights groups say hundreds of people have been killed by the electroshock weapons.

In a bulletin dated October 12, the Arizona-based company issued new guidelines saying it had “lowered the recommended point of aim from center of mass to lower-center of mass for front shots.”

“When possible, avoiding chest shots with ECDs (Electronic Control Devices) avoids the controversy about whether ECDs do or do not affect the human heart,” it explained.

“Researchers have concluded that a close distance between the ECD dart and the heart is the primary factor in determining whether an ECD will affect the heart. The risk is judged to be extremely low in field use,” it said.

Tasers, which pack a 50,000-volt punch that can paralyze targets from up to 10 meters (30 feet) away, are used by several police forces around the world, including in Britain, Canada, France, Greece, Israel, and the United States.

Human rights activists have long criticized the stun guns, challenging previous claims from the manufacturer that they are a safe, non-lethal alternative to handguns.

More than 350 people died between 2001 and December last year after being stunned by the weapons, according to Amnesty International, which has been monitoring Taser-related deaths.

Iran vows revenge after claiming bomb attack was carried out by Britain

From The Telegraph (U.K.):


A bomb attack on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard that killed over 40 people including top generals was carried out by terrorists trained by America and Britain in nearby Pakistan, a senior commander said on Monday.

“The terrorists were trained in the neighbouring country by the Americans and British,” General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guard’s ground forces, told state television. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are unable to tolerate the unity in the country.”

Gen Pakpour, whose deputy Gen Nour Ali Shoushtari was the most senior officer killed in the attack, said there would be retribution.

“The Guards will give a very harsh and crushing response to this group, so the group will never be able to launch another act like this in the country,” he said.

The Islamic regime in Iran regularly blames all opposition on America and Britain, but there have been claims outside the country for a number of years that the Bush administration provided funding to Jundullah, the militant group which claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.

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Despite Anti-Vitamin D Bias, CDC Stumbles on Deficiency Link to H1N1 Deaths

From Mercola.com:

Posted by: Dr. Mercola
September 22 2009
So far, Swine flu, H1N1, has killed thirty-six children in U.S. and analysis of CDC data indicates Vitamin D deficient children at higher risk of death.

The CDC did not realize they discovered this. However, anyone familiar with the Vitamin D literature will recognize it.

Almost two-thirds of the dead children had epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or other neurodevelopmental conditions like mental retardation.

All of these neurological conditions are associated with childhood Vitamin D deficiency. Exacerbating the problem further, many of these kids take anticonvulsant drugs, which lower Vitamin D levels.

58 million American children are Vitamin D deficient; 7.6 million are severely deficient.

When researchers looked at more than 6,000 American kids (age one to 21) who were carefully selected to be representative of the average American child. 9 percent of the kids had 25(OH)D levels less than 15 ng/mL and 70 percent had levels less than 30 ng/mL.

Read the rest:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/22/Low-Vitamin-D-Increases-Flu-Death-Risk-in-Kids.aspx