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Asbestos victims file 6.6 billion yen class action lawsuit in Tokyo

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Construction workers and next of kin of deceased workers filed a lawsuit in Tokyo, Japan Friday seeking damages of approximately 6.6 billion yen (about US$64 million) from the government and manufacturers related to illnesses stemming from exposure to asbestos. 178 plaintiffs; including construction workers and family members filed the suit in Tokyo District Court against 46 building manufacturers and the Government of Japan.

According to the Mainichi Daily News, the class action suit is the first that has been filed in Japan related to health damages caused by asbestos exposure at construction sites. The plaintiffs hail from the Japanese prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama and Chiba.

The plaintiffs claim that the government and manufacturers knew of the dangers of asbestos inhalation but failed to take proper precautions, including ceasing to promote asbestos as a cheap fire retardant and banning production of the material.

They state that after inhaling asbestos in the workplace, 172 people have developed lung cancer or mesothelioma, and that almost half of those afflicted are now dead. Plaintiffs argue that the government and health ministry did not act quickly enough after international organizations issued warnings in 1972 that asbestos could be a carcinogen.

Plaintiffs also place blame with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for sanctioning the use of asbestos under Japanese Industrial Standards, and with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for approving the use of materials comprised of asbestos and other substances under Japan’s Building Standards Law.

We will do our utmost until we win the suit.

“We will do our utmost until we win the suit,” said Kazuo Miyajima, 78, who heads the group of plaintiffs. Lawyers for the plaintiffs released a statement saying: “We seek complete relief for the victims by clarifying the liability of the state and the manufacturers.”

Approximately 40 construction workers from Kanagawa Prefecture plan to file a similar lawsuit in June in Yokohama District Court.

After a 2005 revelation that residents who lived near a factory in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture developed diseases related to asbestos, the government implemented a law in 2006 which provides monetary assistance to asbestos victims and relatives of deceased family members. The plaintiffs argue that the amount of financial assistance given to families and victims of asbestos-related diseases is not sufficient.

Asbestos has been used in Japan as a fire retardant, for sound absorption, and for insulation. It was mixed in concrete and water and sprayed on walls and ceilings, but the practice of spraying asbestos in this manner was banned in Japan in 1975.

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News briefs:January 04, 2008

Contents

  • 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
    • 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
    • 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
    • 1.15 Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
    • 1.16 US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
    • 1.17 Footer

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Tips For Affordable Landscape Lighting

Tips for Affordable Landscape Lighting

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Alexander Daniels

So you have at last gotten your

pool landscaping

project succesfully done. You have invested months or years and lots of money into creating a wonderful outdoors for your lovely house. After that, you realize that you’re working every day, and once you get home, there’s only a few hours of daylight left to relish all the time and energy you might have put in outside. So, how do you enjoy your backyard at night? Very reasonably, you can add pool landscaping lights to enjoy all the time and effort you might have done at night.

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A yard is more than enough work on its own without the need to worry about maintaining exterior landscape lighting. What else could you do in order to be sure that you never need to be worried about the lighting once you have installed it? Among the list of most recent advancements in pool landscaping technology is the discovery of the solar powered lighting fixture. Once you install this light fixture, it draws all the power that it’ll ever need to run via the sun, and when the sun goes down, these landscaping lights will instantly start and function off a battery that’s been recharging all day. Not only that, but they’re extremely quick to install. Most of the time, all you have to do is stick them on your lawn, and they’ll operate instantly without any further activation or installation.

A solar operated landscaping light helps save money. It does not run off the electricity grid, therefore you don’t pay a penny for the electric that it uses. It’s a good idea for lining paths and flower beds, and when the power goes out, you don’t have to be worried about not being able to see your way to or from the automobile in the drive way. The light bulbs they employ have been improved, and today they go on several years before the need to be replaced.

Not only this, but

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is eco-friendly. Solar energy is very efficient, plus it does not generate any pollution. If you decide to go the more old-fashioned route, then you’ll really need to dig up the backyard to put in wiring, and you’ll also have to be worried about rodents biting through the wiring.

Ultimately though, landscape lighting isn’t about money or the environment. It is more about enjoying during the night all the working hard you have poured into your patio or yard in the daytime. Landscaping lights are also a security measure lots of people employ to deter burglars and other disreputable people from coming around your property. However, is there a point of putting lots of money into a pool landscaping project if you cannot enjoy it in the evening? Really enjoy your backyard with swimming pool landscaping lights.

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Interview with Tony Ciufo, City Council candidate for Ward 10 in Mississauga, Canada

Friday, September 22, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Mississauga municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council.

Wikinews contributor Nicholas Moreau has contacted as many candidates as possible, including Tony Ciufo, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. There is no incumbent in the newly created ward; the sixteen resident competing for the position are Shah Rukh Alam, John Briers, Jamie Dookie, Dale D’Souza, Prag Euclid, Adnan Hashmi, Elias Hazineh, Jack Janiak, Fasal Javaid, Craig Lawrence, Sue M. McFadden, Patrick Mendes, Barbara Polis, Graziano Roti, Ali Tahmourpour, and Scott Wilson.

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Wikinews interviews Amber Merritt Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer

Thursday, September 6, 2012

London, England— Tuesday, following her team’s 62–37 win over Mexico in the quarter-finals at the North Greewich Arena, Wikinews interviewed Amber Merrit of the Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team.

In their next match, the Gliders will face the victors from the United States versus Canada, having suffered their first loss of this year’s Games to Canada on Sunday night by seven points.

((Laura Hale)) I’m excited to see you in London, because you were so fantastic in that interview.

[Wikinews previously interviewed Merrit, and teammates in July. —Ed.]

Amber Merrit: Thank you.

((WN)) Which state are you from?

AM: I’m from WA. [Western Australia —Ed.]

((WN)) You wheel change! What was wrong with your wheel?

AM: I smashed out three spokes. Someone hit me, and I lost three spokes in my chair.

((WN)) was that because you were playing really aggressively against Mexico?

AM: Yeah, or they were playing really aggressive against us.

((WN)) Watching that game it didn’t seem that they were playing that aggressive, in terms of they came in with set pieces; they weren’t doing the full-court press; they didn’t seem prepared for your offensive and defensive tenacity. ((Hawkeye7)) You kept on all holding them out, where they weren’t even getting across the centre line

AM: I think we have a really physical style of basketball where we’re going to press, and when we press we try to stop chairs and make sure they don’t get over that halfway line. They’re going to come out and play as hard as they can against us and sometimes there is that odd mishap where they might smash a few spokes cause they hit us. It happens.

((WN)) You tipped a lot in previous games. You haven’t tipped so much in this series.

AM: No, I’ve managed to keep my balance this time. Or maybe they haven’t hit me hard enough to put me down on the floor.

((WN)) Part of the appeal of wheelchair basketball, and I feel guilty admitting it, it watching you guys tip.

AM: And fall out. It’s embarrassing but I like it.

((WN)) You’ve got your next game coming up, which is going to be against the winner of the United States or Canada later today

AM: We’re not 100% sure yet who that’s going to be.

((WN)) Looking forward to meeting them?

AM: Yeah! Looking forward to coming up against them.

((WN)) Who would you prefer?

AM: I don’t know if I have a preference, to be honest. Whoever its going to be, we’re still going to go out there and play as hard as we can and take it to them as a team.

((WN)) Do you think you’ve been adequately prepared coming in to this, with your tournament in Sydney, your tournament in the Netherlands?

AM: Yeah, I think we’ve come in very well prepared for this tournament. We’ve been together for a while now as a team. Of course we had the Gliders and Rollers world challenge. We also went to Arnheim in the Netherlands for a pre-tournament, and we’ve trained together in Cardiff. And then after Cardiff we came in to London; so we’ve had that time together as a team and we’re doing really well.

((WN)) Does that give you an advantage over other teams?

AM: I’m not sure, because I don’t know what other teams have been doing behind the scenes as their training.

((WN)) Thank you very much.

AM: No worries!

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Baguio Hotels &Amp; Lodging | Hotel In Baguio City

Baguio Hotels & Lodging | Hotel in Baguio City

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Larissa Nicole Smith

filipino/s talk of with a certain respect, but for any one who has found America’s national parks or Europe’s mountains, it’s something of a disappointment, nothing more a conveniently location one-night stop on the way to the mountains beyond. But still, there are some sights in Baguio City ,Philippines and at least the night life is amusing and low-priced. City of Baguio,Philippines is a univertity city, & the student population has given come up to a number of bohemian little caf s,hotels in baguio .

Also recognise as City of Pines or City of Flowers, Baguio City Philippines lies on a tableland 1400 meters above sea lvl with mountains on all positions. In the sixteenth century, intrepid Spanish friars had started out to explore the region, obtaining a land of fertile valleys, mountains and pine-clad hills, lush vegetation and an abundance of minerals such as copper, gold and ore. News Reports about this newfound discovery unfold fast-paced in the capital, & soon more than friars, soldiers and fortune-hunters were trekking north to convince the natives to Christianity and turn a profit from the precious natural resources. In the 19th century, colonizing Americans took over & improved Baguio City into a modernized city, a showcase administrative and recreational center, from where they could preside over their priceless tropical colony without working up too much of a sweat. In 1944, when American pushes landed in Leyte, the head of theArmy of Japanese Imperial , Gen. Yamashita, move his headquarters to Baguio City & helped establish a puppet Philippine government activity there under Pres Jose Laurel. In 1945 the city was destroyed & 1000’s lost their houses as loosing forces flushed out General Yamashita and his army. Yamashita rapidly fled N(north) into the interior, leaving behind a little delaying force to cover his ignominious exit.

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The city is also etched on the Filipino consciousness as site of one of the country’s worst natural calamities, the quake of July 16 1990, which measured 7.7 on the Richter Scale and killed hundreds, mostly in the city’s vulnerable shanty towns, numerous of which cling precariously to the sides of steep valleys.

City of Baguio’s attractive feature as a divine mountain retreat that in some way counteracts the depravity of Manila has faded in young years. Even the government’s tourism secretary was excellently moved to refer to Baguio City as a “tragedy” when he visited in 2002. The reasons are not hard to divine. The city centre, specially Session Road, is a tangle of smoke belching jeepneys and pollution has enlarged as a final result, having a gentle stroll along what should be a picturesque thoroughfare a battle against noise and fumes. Equally dissatisfactory is the lack of good trekking in the hills immediately surrounding Baguio City,Philippines. You would have thought a city with mountains on every side would have lot of marked trails through wilderness areas, but there’s nothing; just shabby hand-painted banners tied to pine trees advertising college reunions, charismatic prayer meetings and annual corporate conventions.

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Former U.S. governor Palin signs TV deal with Fox News

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

According to a report by the New York Times that has now been confirmed by Fox News, former United States governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has signed a multi-year deal to work as a news contributor for American television station Fox News. The deal is effective immediately, and Palin will reportedly contribute regularly to all Fox stations. The monetary terms to the deal have not yet been disclosed, but the agreement is rumored to be for three years.

“Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum…,” said Bill Shine, Fox News’s vice president of programing,”We are excited to add her dynamic voice to the Fox News lineup,” he added in his comments.

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As well as contributing, Palin will also be hosting a new program slated to air on Fox News. Called Real American Stories, the series will portray stories of overcoming obstacles during current times and through current social or economic problems that may be going on at the time. The series has no planned release date, but will air sometime within 2010.

Palin released a statement herself Monday afternoon. “I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” she said.

After serving as mayor of the town of Wasilla, Palin was elected governor of Alaska in 2006. U.S. Republican candidate John McCain picked Palin to serve as his running mate in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, where she and McCain lost to Democrat Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden. In July 2009, she resigned from the governor position of Alaska governor, possibly opening up a run for U.S. president in 2012.

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News briefs:January 04, 2008

Contents

  • 1 Wikinews News Brief January 04, 2008 23:35 UTC
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
    • 1.10 Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
    • 1.12 Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
    • 1.15 Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
    • 1.16 US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
    • 1.17 Footer

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