Archive for March, 2011


Setbacks mounted yesterday in the crisis over Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and the president of the plant operator checking into a hospital with hypertension.

Nearly three weeks after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that slammed into the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, knocking out cooling systems that keeps nuclear fuel rods from overheating, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is still struggling to bring the facility under control.

The country’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko reached out to some of the thousands displaced by the twin disasters — which have killed more than 11,000 people — spending about an hour consoling a group of evacuees at a Tokyo center. read more

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Selecting the right nursing home for your mom or dad has always required what seems like a never-ending series of difficult decisions. But with cases of abuse and neglect against elderly on the rise, those questions have given way to an even scarier thought: Will my parent be safe? And while there are no guarantees – Mom may just not like the food, after all – there are ways to vet prospective homes, maximize quality of life, and minimize your risks.  read more

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A federally backed watchdog group says it has identified at least five more deaths involving poor care at a troubled Chicago nursing facility for disabled children and young adults, as well as a pattern of the home destroying evidence of medication errors.

The group, Equip for Equality, found that illnesses at Alden Village North were improperly treated, doctors failed to return pages, lab results were ignored and internal investigations into deaths were superficial, incomplete or inaccurate.

The state already has moved to close Alden following revelations in the Tribune about deadly neglect at the North Side facility. read more

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A federally backed watchdog group says it has identified at least five more deaths involving poor care at a troubled Chicago nursing facility for disabled children and young adults, as well as a pattern of the home destroying evidence of medication errors.

The group, Equip for Equality, found that illnesses at Alden Village North were improperly treated, doctors failed to return pages, lab results were ignored and internal investigations into deaths were superficial, incomplete or inaccurate. read more

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Much of the Internet censorship that has ramped up in the Middle East has been made possible, perhaps unintentionally, by Silicon Valley tech companies. Governments are said to be using web-filtering technology to block dissident websites.

According to published reports, software that can monitor and block content is currently being employed by Internet service providers in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The software is said to be a McAfee product often used in conjunction with hardware supplied by Blue Coat Systems of Sunnyvale.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:
Silicon Valley Web Filtering Products Linked To Censorship In Middle East

The report came as little surprise to KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid, who pointed out that Middle East governments routinely blocked access to online content.

“I was in Bahrain last year and I tested it,” he explained. “I tried to get the Playboy (website) from my hotel room and as I expected I was blocked because the entire country uses an Internet filter to block porn.”  read more

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