Employment figures in Brazil up by 2.2% according to IBGE

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According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the 2007 rate of employment in Brazil was 2.2% higher then figures for 2006. According to the IBGE the employment figures are at their highest since 2001.

The IBGE reported growth in employment levels for all the 14 regions surveyed, with the highest rates of increase being recorded in the states of São Paulo (with an increase of 3.5%) and the state of Paraná (with an increase of 3.1%). Região Nordeste and Minas Gerais had increases of 1.4% and 1.5% respectively.

According to the IBGE, the industries with the biggest increase in employment figures were food and drink, transport, metal and machinery. The biggest falls in employment figures were in footwear, woodwork and clothing.

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Pierce Scranton

We all want to think our doctors are infallible. We’d like to think our doctors know everything there is to know about treating our particular condition. Yet the truth is, at some point in time the doctor has to learn by doing.

Yes, they go through intensive education and rigorous training, but there is a world of difference between textbook learning and the unpredictability of real-life practice. Even established professionals can go an entire career without treating many conditions firsthand.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid visiting your healthcare practitioner or be fearful about the quality of care you will receive in your time of need.

As I explain in my gripping, fictionalized memoir, Death on the Learning Curve, it’s important that you regard your doctor as a friendly advocate for your health and well-being. However, you should never be a passive spectator when treatment, medication, or surgery is proposed.

It’s Your Health on the Line & You Need to be Engaged in the Process.

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Anytime you experience a health problem, be prepared to actively participate in the decision-making process. You should be ready to ask questions-not to be confrontational, but to become fully informed.

Here’s My Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Accepting Any Kind of Medical Treatment:

1. How long have you been in practice?

2. What is your experience with this condition?

3. What are my treatment options, and what other options are available that you or my health plan is not offering? If you don’t understand your doctor’s basic explanation of your condition and treatment, then by all means ask him or her for more information.

4. What are the possible complications of the proposed treatments or surgeries? If there are any complications, how will you correct the problem?

5. Aside from your own partners, whom would you go to for treatment if you had this condition?

6. Are you personally going to perform the surgery? Will others assist and participate in a major way?

7. Can I ask your bookkeeper what my financial responsibility will be? (You need to know in advance.. and don’t be afraid to negotiate!)

The above questions may seem basic, but are very important to get a better sense of whether the doctor you have chosen is someone you truly want as your partner in medical treatment.

Inappropriate Questions or Behavior

Notice I did not include the question: how many times have you been sued? We’ve all heard horror stories, but it is less than useful to ask your doctor how many times he or she has been sued. In today’s cultural climate, most doctors have been sued more than once, especially the good ones!

Inappropriate actions and questions, however well intentioned, can actually undermine your treatment. By recognizing in advance when you are coping with the stresses and fears that go hand-in-hand with serious medical diagnoses, you can avoid compromising the crucial doctor-patient relationship.

Your Health’s Bottom Line

Medical crises are frightening and patients can often feel overwhelmed. But by taking the responsibility to actively participate in the decision-making process and actually work with your doctor for your own highest good, you can dispel your fears. This will allow you and your doctor to focus on the ultimate goal: returning to wellness.

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, knows that hiding among the sterile scrubs and gleaming instruments of an operating room are split-second life-and-death decisions, deep ethical questions, personality conflicts, and horrors when simple procedures go terribly wrong. To discover why you must be actively engaged in your child’s medical treatment process, get Dr. Scranton’s latest book, Death on the Learning Curve

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Google removes ownership claim from Chrome EULA

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Following complaints by users, Google has removed the section of Google Chrome’s end-user license agreement which claims that Google has the right to use any content submitted through its browser in virtually any way it wants. The agreement said that “by submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

After being removed, a new notice was added that says that “you retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services.”

A spokesperson for Google has said that the claim was originally there due to a mistake. The spokesperson said that, in order to keep the license agreements simple for users, they regularly copy license agreements between different pieces of software. “Sometimes, as in the case of Google Chrome, this means that the legal terms for a specific product may include terms that don’t apply well to the use of that product,” said the spokesperson, when describing the effect of copying EULAs.

A similar controversy occurred last year with Google Docs, which originally gave Google similar rights.

What To See In Crete, Greece….. In A Week

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Where should I be based?

There are four major towns or cities in Crete, which are roughly equidistant. Starting in the west, with Chania, it is 55km to the smaller, but equally charming city of Rethymnon. A further 78 km takes you to Heraklion, the capital and from there to Agios Nikolaos is 66km. The driving time from each one to the next is around an hour but remember that there are other smaller towns beyond the main towns, 70km to the east of Agios Nikolaos (Sitia)and 42 km west of Chania (KIssamos).

West Crete

Base yourself in Chania for the first night and enjoy the ambience of the old town. Chania is a large bustling city and many people are suprised that it resembles the tourism photos only in a very small area around the old harbour. A major consideration in planning your trip to Crete should be, that if you are in the west, there are just four main roads running from the north coast to the south coast. If you plan to visit Elafonissi you cannot just cut along the coast to Paleochora. You will need to go at least halfway back to the north coast before you can cut across to the next road, joining it at Kandanos. It is possible to take a pretty “interesting” road from Paleochora to Sougia but probably best to take the main road out of Chania if you want to get there. The road to Samaria Gorge will take you to the head of the gorge but the only way out when you get to the coast is by ferry to Sfakia. This really is a case where it is better to use an organised trip via a local travel agent. In order to visit Sfakia (or Chora Sfakion) it is best to leave the National Road at Vrises and head for the spectacular drop down to the coast. Turn right at the bottom for Sfakia, or left for Frangokastello, with its spectacular castle.

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From Frangokastello, it is relatively simple to get to Rethymnon, which is worth spending a night in, if only for the fabulous restaurants and the atmosphere in the old town. In the morning, re-trace the route but follow the signs for Spili, with its famous fountain and waters, down to Agia Galini and on to Matala and the charming little villages of Pitsidia and Kalamaki. From here it is a short drive to the major Minoan site of Phaistos and the Roman archaeology at Gortyna. The bustling market town of Moires leads to the road to Heraklion, much of which is newly built, making it a simple drive to the island capital.


Imagine London, in the rush hour, on Christmas Eve, filled with irate taxi drivers. That is pretty much what you will find when you arrive in Heraklion, so don’t say you were not warned. It is better to stay on the outskirts and get a cab into the town if you want to see the sights like the church of Agios Minas, the Morosini Fountain, the loggia, the (limited at the moment) Archaeological museum and the fascinating History museum. The fortress on the harbour is well worth a visit and you will be amazed at how big it is when you get inside. The next morning you can visit Knossos, the bronze age Minoan temple citya few km outside the city. Get there early and you will avoid the coach parties that arrive later in the morning. From Knossos it is worth going up to Archanes for a coffee in the main square, (you will have to park the car and walk to it) This is the wine growing centre of the island and several wineries in the area have tasting rooms and audio visual presentations which are well signposted. From Archanes take the road to Kastelli.

Agios Nikoalos and Lassithi

From Kastelli, take the road to Hersonissos for about 8km and then turn towards Avdou. Follow this road up to the Lassithi Plateau, the legendary birthplace of Zeus. When you drop down to the plateau itself, turn right and take the anti-clockwise route around the base of the prehistoric lake, now one of the most fertile areas in Crete. It is astounding to realise just how high up in the mountains you are. The cave of Zeus, the Dhiktean cave, is reached by a turning off the road and you can treat yourself to a donkey ride if you don’t fancy the walk to the cave. The cave itself is very cold and can be quite slippery so make sure you are prepared. Amazing stalagmites and stalactites abound in the cave and it is easy to see why it was a place of worship to the earth godess in earlier times.

From the cave continue ant-clockwise via Agios Girgos to Agios Konstantinos. Turn right, following the signs to Agios Nikolaos for a fabulous view over the plateau from a taverna at the top of the hill. Follow the road down through Potamos for a spectacular 30km drive down the side of the mountains. Agios Nikolaos is an excellent place to stay for a night, with a great cafe bar culture and excelent tavernas and restaurants. It is no longer an “18-30” resort and suprises many people with its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

From Agios Nikolaos, drive 9km north to Elounda, great for a morning coffee by the harbour. Drive on to Plaka and take the small boat to the Venetian fortress and former leper colony of Spinalonga. This is the quick way, but you can also get regular trips from the habour in Elounda or half day trips leaving at 12.30 from Agios Nikolaos. Go back to Agios Nikolaos and follow the signs to Sitia. Follow the road to Pachia Ammos and turn south to Ierapetra. It is worth following the signs a few km down the road on the left, to Monastiraki, just to try the kafeneion in the village, which is a real gem. The gorge, a huge cleft in the side of the mountains also makes for a great photograph.

Ierapetra itself has a small Venetian fort but is probably best bypassed in favour of a run along the Libyan Sea coast to Makrigialos, or a stop at any of the small coves such as Agia Fotia. From Makrigialos, you can cut north over the mountains to Sitia and then back along the north coast to Mochlos for an overnight stay and a lovely harbourside taverna. The airport, via the National Highway, is about one and a half hours away.

So there you go. Crete can be seen in a week but it is pretty hectic way of spending a holiday. Two weeks is a far better option and it gives you the opportunity to savour the true beauty and the majestic landscapes of the island of Crete.

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Bush nomination to UN post faces bi-partisan problems

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

George Bush’s controversial nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, seemed stalled as new allegations surfaced in the Senate Committee’s second interview. Lawmakers from both parties, particularly Democrats, express strong reservations.

“He wants to be our top diplomat at the UN but his life has been something less than diplomatic,” Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, said on a Sunday talk show.

“He wants to work with people around the world. And he couldn’t work with people in his own office. And he’s supposed to be open, as our man at the UN, to ideas from other people,” Durbin said.

“He’s been a real tyrant when it came to people he worked with, who disagreed with him. This man doesn’t have the temperament for this job.”

There was no consensus Thursday whether the Senate committee should ask Bolton to return for more questioning. He testified for eight hours and presented a written draft on other questions, but the stream of allegations has only intensified, as well as a characterization of him as a boss who mistreated fellow workers and lost his temper frequently.

Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Bolton would be hobbled in the job because of the allegations raised during the confirmation hearings. Dodd spoke on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Dodd maintains the Democrats raise objections to Bolton because of evidence he twisted intelligence analysis to fit his personal views. He said Bush should consider withdrawing the nomination.

“There are plenty of other good people who embrace his ideological views,” Dodd added.

But some Republicans had a differing view. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thought Bolton’s “forceful” personality made him the ideal candidate to lead U.S. efforts to reform the UN. He put little concern into Bolton’s alleged personnel problems, saying that Bolton’s supposed history of trying to get analysts who disagreed with him fired were unproven. McConnell is the second ranked Senate Republican. He was also speaking on the CBS program.

Lincoln Chafee, Republican Senator of Rhode Island, has said he is “less likely” to vote for the nominee as a result of the questions that are being raised about his credibility. Instead he sought out the opinion of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Powell’s spokeswoman, Peggy Cifrino, said he returned calls Thursday to senators who wanted to discuss questions that have been raised about Bolton. Powell was the only former GOP secretary of state who did not sign a recent letter endorsing Bolton for the job. It is known that the two did not get along during Powell’s tenure in the Bush Administration. Powell’s former chief of staff has been quoted by the US press as saying Bolton would make an “abysmal ambassador.”

Some Republicans in Congress are doubtful that Bolton will win nomination now that the vote has been pushed back to May 12 to allow more time to investigate his history. Speaking on CNN television Senator Arlen Spector, R-PA, said the odds on Bolton were “too close to call.”

Some wondered what Bush’s reasoning could be for nominating Bolton for the UN post since Bolton acknowledged saying in 1994 that the UN headquarters in New York “has 38 stories. If it lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”

Also in 1994, Bolton said, “There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interest and when we can get others to go along.” [1]

In response to criticism of these statements at his hearing, Bolton replied, “There’s not a bureaucracy in the world that couldn’t be made leaner.”

It appears to trained observers that Bush may have to yield his nomination to a Senate rejection. Behind the scenes, Bolton may be facing a question of withdraw or be pushed out. As President Bush asked Senators to support his nominee, Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said he strongly supports Bolton, but “I can’t speak for all of (GOP) leadership.”

President Bush continues to support his nominee, according to Whitehouse spokespersons. In an April 20 news briefing, press secretary Scott McClellan said in response to a question whether the Bolton nomination was lost, “No, absolutely not. I think what you’re seeing is some Democrats on the committee trumping up allegations and making unsubstantiated accusations against someone the President believes will do an outstanding job at the United Nations. He is someone who has been an effective manager, a strong diplomat who has gotten things done. And I think he’s earned the respect of many people that he has worked with because of what he’s done….people are playing politics with his nomination….He’s exactly the kind of person we need at the United Nations during this time of reform.”

On Sunday, White House spokeswoman Christie Parell, said the president is standing by Bolton as his nominee. “The president believes he’s exactly the man needed at the United Nations,” she said in reply to Dodd’s comments.

Family narrowly escapes fiery death in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

A family visiting Christchurch, New Zealand from Australia was minutes away from being burnt to death.

They were staying in the Meadow Park Holiday Park, Papanui.

The fire started about 3 a.m. NZST and Station officer Paul Rodwell said, “From the description, they were a few minutes away from perishing.”

New Zealand-born Elaine Puku is on life support in Christchurch Hospital’s intensive-care unit after receiving internal and external second-degree burns while trying to rescue her children.

Other family members – Malcolm Puku, 47, and sons Jeremy, 17, Matthew, 13, and Jordan, 10 – were also in the fire, but escaped grievous injury. They are currently recovering from minor cuts and smoke inhalation.

“I opened up the door into the lounge and the room was like a big volcano, so red and bright and yellow, and all this billowing black smoke,” Malcolm Puku said.

There were no smoke alarms in the unit.

“It doesn’t have any fire-protection smoke alarms because it’s an old place,” Rodwell said.

Fire safety officer Graham Davies said that the accommodation is exempt since it was built before fire detectors became compulsory.

The motel is now under investigation by the Fire Service.

Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are preparing for the big “haunt” season. Directors and staff of such attractions must invest significant time preparing their buildings; such efforts gear up significantly during September. Wikinews caught up with some owners of these attractions to learn more about the hard work it takes to prepare for opening night.

Terror Nights, an attraction in Tyler, opens for the season on September 27. Ryan Laepple, owner and director of the haunt, states he’s currently involved in “a blur of safety inspections, auditions, actor training, and last but not least event advertising.” Laepple went on to say he stays “pretty busy until the show opens on the 27th and then things calm down some. As long as not too many things in the haunt break at once.” Dean Jarnig, the director of Zombie Manor in Arlington, said he and staff have recently been spraying flame-retardant chemicals and installing new lights. Jarnig also stated he and staff are working on a promotional video for their attraction, which opens on Friday September 13.

Hangman’s House of Horrors in Fort Worth is celebrating both its twenty fifth anniversary and final operational year. Some individuals who act in these attractions refer to their fellow actors as extended family. This year, some sources have even encouraged holiday job seekers to consider working at a haunted attraction to earn money. One whimsically listed the job’s benefits as “[…] free uniforms, a complimentary hair and makeup consultation and make-over, inspirational background music, plenty of on-the-job exercise opportunities and more.” Long a staple in American culture, “Haunted Houses”, as they’re commonly called, range in size from small garage-sized projects, up to multi floor buildings outfitted with the most elaborate of lighting and special effects.

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New Zealand begins process to consider changing national flag design

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

On Tuesday, the New Zealand government announced the start of a public process to suggest designs for a new national flag, and determine whether their citizens would prefer a different national flag over the current one.

The current New Zealand flag is partially based on the United Kingdom’s flag; the new one would be unique to New Zealand. The government’s Flag Consideration Project has planned a number of conferences and roadshows as part of this process, with the first meeting set to take place in Christchurch on May 16. According to the New Zealand Herald, Emeritus Professor John Burrows, the chairman of the project’s panel of twelve, said New Zealand’s flag has never before been open to public choice.

Professor Burrows also said resources and kits would be accessible for schools and communities, “For example, schools can run their own flag discussions and referendums to mirror the formal process as part of their own learning exercise”. People were encouraged to submit their designs online at www.flag.govt.nz and suggest what the flag should mean on www.standfor.co.nz. Names of participants would be engraved, at their option, on a flag pole monument to be built in the nation’s capital, Wellington.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said he believes redesigning the flag now has a “strong rationale”. Mr Key promoted the campaign for a unique New Zealand flag on Waitangi Day — February 6 — this year. Of the public process, he said, “In the end I’ll have one vote in each referendum just like every other New Zealander on the electoral roll”.

The New Zealand government intends to hold two referendums to reach a verdict on the flag, at an estimated cost of NZ$26 million, although a recent poll found only a quarter of citizens favoured changing the flag. This is a decrease from the year before, when it was forty percent. The first referendum is to be held from November 20 to December 11, selecting a single new flag design out of about four finalists. Voters would then choose between the new flag and their current flag early in 2016.