KUNDUZ TAKEBACK: Afghan hospital hit by US strike, three killed

VIJAY SHAH via Financial Times/Reuters

As the Afghan armed forces seek to retake the northern city of Kunduz after a surprise invasion by the Taliban earlier this week, reports have come in of a possibly misplaced American air strike on a hospital, killing three people, the UK’s Financial Times and news agency Reuters have claimed.

The US military, currently working alongside Afghan forces to hold back the Taliban, once Afghanistan’s rulers before the 9/11 attack, had acknowledged today that it may have been responsible for the attack on the hospital facility, which is managed by international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The casualty estimate at the moment stands at three dead and another thirty missing, possibly more.

English: Afghan soldiers holding position duri...

English: Afghan soldiers holding position during a joint operation in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan conducted by USSOF, Afghan Nationa Army and German PRT infantry forces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a statement released by US colonel Brian Tribus, the US sorties were sent in around 2.15 am local time as the Taliban were engaged in street fighting with the Afghan national army following their biggest surprise victory in the last fourteen years. Hundreds of Taliban fighters swarmed into Kunduz, completely catching the local provincial government by surprise. 

In the statement, Col. Tribus also said: “The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility,” he added. “This incident is under investigation.”

Eyewitness reports of the damage to the hospital state that one wall of the main building has been completely obliterated, leaving behind debris including shattered wooden door frames and broken glass from the hospital’s windows. Three of the facility rooms are also said to be on fire, according to Saad Mukhtar, director of public health in Kunduz.

Mukhtar was one of those who witnessed the damage from the strike. In a visit to the MSF building, the director said: “Thick black smoke could be seen rising from some of the rooms,”

“The fighting is still going on, so we had to leave.”

Due to the ongoing fighting, MSF have not been able to take a complete note of casualties or to assess structural damage. At the time of the strike, there were believed to be around 200 patients and staff present in the Kunduz hospital. It is the only hospital in the Kunduz Province, which borders Tajikistan, equipped to deal with major injuries.

“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” the aid group’s operations director, Bart Janssens, said.

MSF staff members are currently battling to not only treat existing patients, but also those injured in the strike.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told Reuters that US air strikes had targeted the hospital, killing patients, doctors and nurses. He denied allegations that Taliban militants were being treated at the hospital, which might have made it a target for US drones trying to pick off Taliban leadership figures.

The hospital’s chief, Dr Masood Nasim, said the hospital was under increasing strain and risk as the battle frontline reached it this week, with gunfights taking place just outside its gates. Medical staff reported hearing all manners of ammunition, such as shelling, rockets, and fighter jets passing overhead, Nasim claimed. Staff even discovered stray bullets coming through the roof of its intensive care unit.

MSF have said they have so far treated almost 400 patients at the Kunduz hospital since fighting broke out six days ago. Most of the people rushed to the 150-bed facility were victims of gunshot wounds sustained in the fighting, although it did not state if they were civilians or military personnel of whatever side. The hospital had been struggling to cope the massive influx, with many new patients being forced to recuperate on mattresses laid on floors or in the hospital’s offices.

There is no word on who ordered the strike on the Kunduz hospital, or whether it was deliberately targetted in hit in error.


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BLOODHOUND SSC: New 1000 mph supersonic vehicle unveiled

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A new supersonic car was recently unveiled in the United Kingdom and could well shatter the record of the fastest speed of any land vehicle when it goes live in 2017. The Bloodhound SSC, developed by a team in Bristol, west England is the result of ten years of preparation, reports the Business Insider who gained exclusive access to the supercar yesterday.

The fighter-jet like vehicle, built with the latest technology and highly dynamic with an elongated ‘nose’ and fins that look as if though they were borrowed from a Concorde, is expected to beat the previous record enacted by a land-based vehicle, when a Thrust SSC driven by British air force Wing Commander Andy Green achieved a “flying mile” speed of 763mph (1,227kph). The Bloodhound, with its distinctive dark blue and orange livery emblazoned with sponsors’ logos, is expected to leave the Thrust far behind in a cloud of dust with a claimed top speed of 1,000 mph, the creators claim.

The team behind Bloodhound used complicated computational analysis, 3D printing and state-of-the-art technology to put together and formulate the top speeds for this amazing vehicle. They told Business Insider that their ambition was not just to break a land speed record that has been in place for nearly two decades, but to also inspire British youth to take up sciences in education and to inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and designers. Their special and cutting edge designs and concepts are being made available across the globe.

The 1000mph Land speed record project

The 1000mph Land speed record project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bloodhound, which is sponsored by several leading automotive companies such as Jaguar, Rolls-Royce and Castrol, received input and funding from the UK armed forces, the Bristol campus of the University of West England, EPRSC and Swansea University.

The Business Insider journalist described it as being reminiscent of a fighter jet, apart from the lack of wings and the addition of four large metal wheels at each corner of the Bloodhound. At full speed, the SSC will be faster than the bullet fired from a Magnum 357 pistol and will experience over 17 tonnes of drag when it arrives at its 1,000 mph top speed, the equivalent of a humpback whale being perched on its front.

The man behind the wheels of the original target setter, WC Andy Green, will reprise his role as record-breaker and driver. In fact the Bloodhound has been specifically tailor made for his comfort and size, even down to the placement of the buttons on the steering wheel. Despite this, the ‘cockpit’ is barely enough room, with Green being squeezed into a small black textured seat with a silver steering apparatus and a plane like control panel with flat screens to his right and front. The size of the cockpit had to be made so cosy in order not to impede the aerodynamics of the SSC and every available space around the vehicle’s frame has been designed to pack in its internal workings.

The SSC also has some very impressive dimensions. The vehicle measure 13 metres (42 feet) in length, its height is 3 metres (10 feet) from its base to the top of its fin and weighs 7.7 tonnes (17,000 lbs) once its fuel tank is stocked up. The car comes fitted with several engines, including ones more commonly associated with high-velocity military fighter jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as a retinue of rockets necessary to give a boost to the Bloodhound’s propulsion. Its main jet engine comes courtesy of the UK’s Ministry of Defence and is a EJ200 model built by luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce. It is capable of 135,000 horsepower when combined with the rockets. The demands placed upon the car when it reaches top speed means that it has massive air intake, its design makes it capable of ingesting the air equivalent of a average sized house every three seconds. If the Bloodhound was to suddenly launch itself into the air it would easily reach an altitude of over 25,000 feet (4.7 miles) with the fuel and rockets alone. At full speed, each wheel experiences 50,000g of centrifugal force. This is the equivalent of a sugar cube weighing the same as two adult men.

Much of the Bloodhound’s body is made from carbon fibre, a heat resistant and durable material often used for the bodywork of Formula 1 cars. The team could only use the fibre material as anything else would disintegrate at such high speeds, potentially causing a fatal and destructive 1,000 mph crash. The individual components are all handmade and the vehicle cost around £15 million to conceptualise and produce.

The initial Bloodhound run is scheduled to take place in South Africa next year which will see the car being tested out at 800 mph to see if everything works according to plan, and the designers are confident that the Bloodhound SSC will make its place in the history books.

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GOOD NEWS FOR ARACHNOPHOBES: New spider-proof shed launched

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Currently in the UK, it is now spider season, when thousands of arachnids decide to pay a visit to homes and offices up and down the land, looking for shelter and a female companion. Cue loads of unexpected encounters between spider and human, and inevitably ends up with a final meeting with the sole of a well-aimed slipper amid plenty of screaming.

Sheds are another good place for spiders to call home. The dark and cool interior with its inviting nooks and crannies is practically the Costa del Spider for any homeless creepy-crawly looking for a silky hammock for the next few nights. But now our friends will have to find somewhere else to put their eight feet up after a revolutionary new spider-proof shed hits the market this autumn.

Artists impression of the the world's first spider proof shed has hit the shelves and it guarantees it will keep the eight legged monsters out - if you can afford the hefty price tag. See Ross Parry copy RPYSPIDER : Among other hi-tech anti-spider technology the shed is coloured sky blue - a colour proven to repel the beasts - and can made to smell offensive to them as well. Tiger Sheds launched the anti-arachnid fortress after a survey disclosed 25 per cent of Brits are too scared to venture into the sheds for fear of meeting one these creep crawlies, face to many-eyed face. Not only does this innovative bit of kit keep the eight-legged interlopers out, it will ensure the contents of your garden shed are kept cobweb free.

Artists impression of the the world’s first spider proof shed has hit the shelves and it guarantees it will keep the eight legged monsters out – if you can afford the hefty price tag. Tiger Sheds launched the anti-arachnid fortress after a survey disclosed 25 per cent of Brits are too scared to venture into the sheds for fear of meeting one these creep crawlies, face to many-eyed face. Not only does this innovative bit of kit keep the eight-legged interlopers out, it will ensure the contents of your garden shed are kept cobweb free.

The shed, launched by Tiger Sheds, is the first of its kind in the world, and features the latest in spider-repellent features. It boasts toughened and sealed glass windows, to keep out the large numbers of spiders that enter human buildings via them, and silicone-sealed joints to dissuade any spider lucky enough to get past the Fort Knox style windows from settling down. The sheds are also painted sky-blue and come smelling sweetly of peppermint, citrus and insecticide, all of which are repulsive to spiders.

The shed was designed after a survey of Britons found that twenty-five per cent of them were too scared to nip into their sheds for fear of meeting a spider.

The new shed not only works to keep arachnids out, but also had the added advantage of keeping its contents cobweb-free, so DIY fanatics will no longer have to fight through spider silk Indiana Jones style every time they need the drill.

This amazing new revolution in spider-proof outhousing will not come cheap though. Arachnophobes will have to fork out £2,000, but perhaps it is well worth it if you don’t fancy a date with Aragog.

The anti-spider features include:

–  All joints silicone sealed to ensure no gaps and cracks

Airtight windows with toughened glass and an airtight door with special draft seal to ensure there’s no way for creepy crawlies to sneak in

– Interior lined with spider repellent lining paper to stop spiders coming in through the cladding

– Sky blue exterior cladding, a colour that’s proven to repel spiders

– Heavy duty polyester backed felt roof to keep bugs and water out

– A fun ‘No Spiders allowed’ sign to ensure everyone knows it’s a spider-free zone.

For those who really want to maximise the spider repelling potential of their shed, Tiger Sheds are also offering some additional extras including:

– Impregnated wood – option to have the wood the shed is constructed from impregnated with peppermint, citrus and insecticide (scents which are proven to repel eight-legged creatures)

– A ‘creepy crawly den’, which is a specially designed box that is dark inside and comes complete with holes and cracks for spiders to crawl into that sits beside the shed and attracts spiders away from the outbuilding and into it instead

– A ‘pest test’ carried out every six months by a fully trained member of the Tiger Sheds team, who will carefully inspect your spiderproof shed to ensure that no spiders have made it inside, if that is even possible.

Hannah Moore, a spokesperson for Tiger Sheds, said: “We’d had several requests for a spiderproof shed from people too afraid to venture into their outbuildings in case spiders were lurking, so we decided to conduct some research into how many Brits this fear actually affected.

“Surprisingly, a quarter of those surveyed admitted they avoid their sheds and outbuildings due to a fear of spiders.

“Obviously we wanted to help these people and make them feel comfortable enough to enter their sheds once more, which is why we decided to create the world’s first spider proof shed.

“We spent a lot of time researching spider deterrents and liaised with numerous arachnid experts to come up with the product, which we’re confident will keep spiders out.

“We hope this new product helps arachnophobes across the country enjoy their garden sheds once more!”

Britain is home to more than 600 species of spider, some of which are capable of biting humans. Some, such as the non-native false widow spiders, have been accused of putting people in hospital, but fortunately no British spider possesses venom that is fatal to humans.

To find out more about the shed, visit www.tigersheds.com/product/spiderproofshed/.

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EHI LIVE 2015: Data Standards and Governance Conference

As part of the its conference series being held at the NEC arena in Birmingham this November, e-health events organisation EHI is showcasing a special meeting on the subjects of data standards and governance in the British National Health Service, the company reported recently.

The Data Standards and Governance Conference, which is being scheduled for the 3rd November 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC Hall 1, will examine the issues of developing guidelines and standards for information exchange within the NHS and other health providers. The NHS holds millions of patient records, research information, study results and other significant quantities of medical data on different websites, databases and cloud services, and there are both legal and corporate protocols to be adhered to in ensuring the safety and integrity of that data.

As the NHS aims to become more environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, there is an increasing trend towards making the health service’s data more paperless. Alongside that, there is a greater emphasis on interoperability between the 15 NHS trusts, 3 foundation trusts, 16 social enterprises and over 8,000 GP practices that compose the NHS, according to figures from the NHS Confederation. The conference aims to address these issues in order for healthcare providers to adopt clear  and governance initiatives to enable the safe, efficient exchange of patient data.

The conference will help attendees explore the challenges in developing standards for information exchange in the NHS as well as a look at the steps being taken to build patient trust for a patient centric health service. This is even more essential as the NHS experiences wave after wave of government cutbacks and internal reorganisation.

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Likely conference topics will include the building of trust, patient and staff confidence through the system of information governance; creation of a patient-friendly data strategy, and the utilisation of open-source software in data governance to help reduce computing costs.

The event, which will last from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm on the first day of the EHI 2015 stream of conferences, will begin with a case study on the future of electronic patient information. This will be followed by topics on the ‘Code for Health’, working with Care.data pathfinder CCGs and the economics of open-source programs, along with a special presentation by key NHS ICT supplier Microsoft.

Guest expert speakers will include Malcolm Senior (director of informatics, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust), Shane Tickell (chief executive officer, IMS Maxims in Milton Keynes), Peter Coates (open source program head, NHS England) and Eve Roodhouse (programme director for Care.data, HSCIC) among others.

The Data Standards and Governance conference is one of several specialised events to be taking place at EHI 2015. Other planned events include the CCIO Annual Conference, the Health CIO Annual Conference and the HANDI Health Apps Conference, along with many other events focussing on diverse NHS technology discussions around 3D printing, big data and genomic medicine, health and social care, imaging informatics, NHS social media, cloud software and digital primary care services.

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BRAIN MATTERS 2015: Online conference to explore the neuroscience of genius coming this November

If you have ever wondered what made the minds of the world’s most intelligent people tick, and what really goes on underneath of the bonnets of famous geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, a new online conference will aim to help you unravel the mysteries of superintelligence this November. The new conference, which will come with a unique ‘brain training library’ will also enable people to tap into their own hidden geniuses and steal the march on the science boffin that scored all the high grades back in school.

The Brain Matters 2015 conference, staged in the United States but held internationally via the net, will help attendees explore the inner workings of the mind and how neuroscience can explain the way we think, theorise and understand our worlds. It is being held in honour of the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, formulated by accomplished scientist Albert Einstein.

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Brain Matters will help explore the nature of genius through the lens of neuroscience. It will also answer pertinent questions such as whether there is anything unique about the brains of geniuses, and how people can train their brains to acquire this special status of genius. Attendees will come away from the conference with a better understanding of how their own brain works and armed with practical tips on how to unleash your brain’s hidden potential, especially noteworthy considering that we are said to use only 10 per cent of our entire brainpower.

The Brain Matters 2015 conference will be run in the form of an interactive webinar which promises to go beyond the PC screen and immerse attendees in a full-on ‘virtual experience’, organisers say. People who sign on to the webinar conference will be able to post questions and comments, watch videos, collaborate on a scientific whiteboard and join in the Brain Matters discussions via Twitter. Alongside the conference itself, there will also be an informative lounge set up for attendees to relax, network and casually browse the related online bookstore. There will also be a sideline Virtual Expo, offering the chance to interact with event speakers and learn more about their products and services.

Speakers at Brain Matters will include Marshall Goldsmith, an inspirational thought leader and executive coach, who has recently published the mind-training bestseller “Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to BeAs keynote speaker, Goldsmith will be joined by Trudi Baldwin (Drake), a learning, performance and organisational effectiveness manager with several top US companies; Jay Cross, a pioneer of e-learning; Dr. Laura Beavin Haider, research and development manager at the Ipsos Neuro and Behavioral Science Center in Culver City, California and Donna Pangburn, educational consultant and president of Time to Teach, among many other speakers from the worlds of neuroscience, thinking and learning.

The Brain Matters conference and associated events are being organised by LearningToGo in association with Digi-Quest.com, a mind empowerment and training organisation. Registrations are currently being taken at this link and tickets cost only USD $147 (GBP £95.28), excluding booking fees, and there are a limited batch of 500 tickets left. The event runs from 9:00 am (United States MST) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11.

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PHOTO MOMENT: Morning from Mauritius

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 “First morning light 🌞

The sun breaks over the horizon on a beach near Le Touessrok Resort on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, in this image released today by Facebook page “Mauritianen in Nederland” (Mauritians in the Netherlands).

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MR BEAN: Rowan Atkinson celebrates 25th anniversary of comedy by riding in style

British actor Rowan Atkinson, famous for playing the lovable bumpkin Mr. Bean and many other comedy roles in Blackadder and the Johnny English films, has celebrated the 25th anniversary of the character by taking Mr. Bean’s distinctive green and black Mini for a spin around central London, ITV News reports.

Atkinson, who still was able to effortlessly slip back into character even at the age of 60, took along the 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 car for a celebratory ride through the roads around Buckingham Palace, the usual home of Queen Elizabeth II. Photographers snapped Atkinson at one point sitting on a drab grey armchair identical to the one featured in the Mr Bean series, which ran from 1990 to 1995 and warmed a nation’s heart to the bumbling and mumbling suit-clad man who went on adventures with his loyal companion, a teddy bear named Teddy. He also oddly enough was seen clutching a mop, one of his character’s ‘tools of the trade’.

Atkinson/Mr. Bean also presented a special cake in the shape of the numbers 25 to reporters outside the front gates of the Palace as part of the fun quarter-century stunt. The comedian also posed with a pyramid of gifts emblazoned with the number 25. His trusty little car got into the spirit too, its flanks marked with the hashtag #MrBean25. 

He also recreated a sketch from the show’s episode ‘Do-It-Yourself Mr Bean’ which first aired on ITV in January 1994. In that scene,  Mr Bean goes to do some shopping in the January sales and hilarity ensues when he lands himself some impressive bargains, namely the armchair, the mop, and several tins of paint. After tying the chair to the Mini’s roof, Mr. Bean stuffs the vehicle with the other things only to find that there was no space for him to get in.

In typical Mr Bean buffoonery, he figures out a way to drive the car remotely while sitting in the chair attached to the roof, surprisingly avoiding splattering himself all over the road while doing so.

Atkinson was said to have relished the chance to reprise the role, which he last reprised for television nearly a decade ago in films like Mr. Bean’s Holiday.  His friend and travel companion Teddy, however, was just glad to get some sleep after tiring out during the fun journey.

The original Mr. Bean sitcom was created and written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, from a character Atkinson first came up with while studying in the hallowed halls of Oxford University. Atkinson’s creation, famed for his impeccable taste in both suits and facial expressions, was described by the comedian as a ‘child in a grown man’s body’  whose laughs come from the mishaps with other people he always found himself every time he left his humble rented flat in Highbury, in a posh part of north London.

The show proved a ratings success, with one episode attracting 18.74 million viewers in 1991 and won a fleet of international awards. Mr. Bean has been sold in 245 countries and territories worldwide and made appearances in adverts and shows in places as diverse as Norway and Japan.

Mr Bean made his first appearance in 1987 on stage at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Legend had it that Atkinson opted to perform his character in front of the French-language audience at the Montreal festival, despite Atkinson not knowing French. Mr Bean’s wordless humour proved to stand the language barrier, and then his career went global. After the run of the original episodes was finished in 1995, the endearing buffoon ventured into animation and film before Atkinson announced he was ‘retiring’ Mr. Bean in 2012 as he felt being a man-child was a ‘bit sad’.

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NEWHAM PAST AND PRESENT: Four residents wins prizes in borough’s history quiz

Four lucky residents from the east London borough of Newham can now call themselves true amateur local historians after winning prizes in a council-sponsored history competition designed to test local historical knowledge.

The locals were among several winners of the Newham Past and Present competition, which aimed to increase awareness of the historical places and stories of the borough, which was once part of Essex county and was created in 1965 after a programme of extensive local government reorganisation. The competition took place at the Mayor‘s Newham Show weekend last month (July 2015), reports the council publication The Newham Mag this past weekend. In the competition, residents were asked to identify locations from around Newham’s eight Community Neighbourhood Areas by looking at an archive of photographs taken of them over the past fifty years since Newham came into existence.

The winners who achieved the highest scores in the history competition were Syed Ilyas Mizan, Miriam Jelinkova, Jim McLucas and Adele Flore. They all were gifted £50 worth of shopping vouchers to be spent at the borough’s showpiece Westfield mall in Stratford City. The prizes were presented by Cllr. Ken Clark, who is the cabinet member for building communities and public affairs, regeneration and planning. The award ceremony took place at East Ham Library in Barking Road, East Ham.

Speaking at the event to honour the ‘history buffs’, Clark said “Newham has had so much to celebrate over the past 50 years and residents who entered the heritage competition showed how they really know our borough, the people, and the places in it”.

Newham is renowned for its ethnically diverse and multicultural communities, ancient churches and pubs and Victorian architecture and has a large number of monuments and war memorials, including the Rhubarb and ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Samuel Gurney Memorial, the borough’s Town Hall and Stratford’s Olympic Stadium, soon to be the home of local football team West Ham.

“Success for history buffs” – The Newham Mag [Issue 323], Newham Council (28 August 2015) 
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