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Study: Socialized Canadian surgery half the U.S. cost with same results

Study: Socialized Canadian surgery half the U.S. cost with same results

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Americans pay twice as much for heart-bypass surgery as the socialized Canadian system, with no difference in outcome, according to today’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine in a study funded by American drug company, Pfizer Inc.. The research found that heart bypass surgery costs an average of $10,373 in Canada, compared with $20,673 in the United States. Even though the costs were double in the United States, the rate of complications and death following bypass surgery was similar.

High administrative costs and overtreatment are usually blamed for the higher cost in the profit-driven U.S. system. Americans spent $5,635 per capita on health care in 2003, while only $3,003 was spent by Canadians. Health spending accounts for almost 15 per cent of gross domestic product in the U.S. and just under 10 per cent in Canada; while at the same time, all Canadian residents are full covered. In addition, the average Canadian lives 2 years longer than the average American.

This is one of the first studies directly comparing the costs of surgery in Canada and the United States and it reinforces the view of Dr. Mark Eisenberg, head of cardiovascular epidemiology at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal; “The conventional wisdom is that health care is much more expensive in the U.S. and the conventional wisdom is right.” by finding that Canada’s socialized system is far more cost efficient than the U.S. model.

The cost of medications used to treat bypass patients were as much as 68 percent greater in the U.S. than in Canada and the cost of a surgical bed was 36 percent greater in the U.S.. In Canada, nursing accounted for 44 percent of the treatment costs, compared with 21 percent in the U.S. and patients stayed longer in hospital following surgery in Canada.

The Benefits Of A Variable Rate Loan

By Peter Kenny

If you want to get a loan at a cheap rate, then you should look at the possibilities of applying for a variable rate loan. These loans have an APR rate that can vary depending on the base interest rate. This can either work in your favour or against you, depending on whether rates rise or fall. If you want to know more about the benefits of variable rate loans, then here are some tips for you.

What is a variable rate loan?

A variable rate loan is a type of loan that has a changing interest rate. Usually, the APR of the loan will track the base rate of interest, but obviously a few points above this. This means that should the interest rate fall, then the rate of the loan will likely fall. However, if the rates rise then so will the APR of your loan.

Interest rate risk

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Of course, the problem with taking out a variable rate loan is that the interest rate can vary, which is a risk if the rates rise. If you are on a fixed income, then getting a variable rate loan could cause problems for you should your monthly payments increase due to an interest rates rise. Before getting a variable rate loan, be sure that you can keep up with repayments even if the rates rise.

Rates cap

Although variable rate loans carry some risk, there is usually a cap on the amount that the interest rate can change, but up and down. This means you will know the maximum or minimum you will pay should the rates change. Getting a variable rate loan that has a cap on will help you to budget and reduces some of the risk involved.

Variable rate is lower

At the moment, getting a variable rate loans looks like a good option, as it is likely that rates will continue to remain quite low. This means a five-year variable rate loan is likely to be cheaper than a similar 5 year fixed rate loan. Also, fixed rate loans generally have a higher interest rate because you have the knowledge that your rate will not change.

Other costs

As with any other loan, you need to consider other costs apart from the interest rate. Costs for late fees, administration fees and early payment penalties are all things you should consider. If you look at all of these aspects then you will find a better loan deal to suit your needs.

Variable or fixed?

In the current climate, a variable rate loan will normally be cheaper than a similar fixed rate loan. However, you need to make sure you can afford the repayments if the rates should increase. If you do this then you can take advantage of low interest rates and get a great deal on your variable rate loan.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

Cars big winner as 34th Annual Annie Awards handed out

Cars big winner as 34th Annual Annie Awards handed out

Monday, February 12, 2007

Cars drove home the big prize last night, from the 34th Annual Annie Awards. The animation industry’s highest honor, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annies recognise contributions to animation, writing, directing, storyboarding, voice acting, composing, and much more.

As mentioned, Pixar took home the big prize last night, after facing stiff competition from four other Happy Feet, Monster House, Open Season, and Over the Hedge.

But the biggest winner of the night didn’t get a “Best Animated Feature” nod at all. Flushed Away won five feature animation categories including Animated Effects (Scott Cegielski), Character Animation (Gabe Hordos), Production Design (Pierre-Olivier Vincent), Voice Acting (Sir Ian McKellan as Toad), Writing (Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd, Joe Keenan, and Will Davies).

Over The Hedge won awards for Directing (Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick), Storyboarding (Gary Graham), and Character Design (Nicolas Marlet).

Of little surprise, Randy Newman won an Annie for Cars in the “Music in an Animated Feature Production” category. Newman has won many Oscars for his movie music, and has a nomination this year for the song “Our Town”. Newman didn’t attend the Annies, instead picking up a Grammy for “Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media”.

DisneyToon Studios’ Bambi II won “Best Home Entertainment Production”, while “Best Animated Short Subject” went to Blue Sky Studios’ No Time For Nuts, which is based on Ice Age.

“Best Animated Video Game” went to Flushed Away The Game, while a United Airlines ad named “Dragon” won a “Best Animated Television Commercial” Annie for DUCK Studios.


  • 1 Foster an Annie fav on TV
  • 2 Wikinews was there
  • 3 Related news
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US helicopter crashes in Iraq; 2 unaccounted for

US helicopter crashes in Iraq; 2 unaccounted for

Sunday, April 2, 2006

The two crew-members of a US Army Apache helicopter which went down near Youssifiyah, Iraq are said by U.S. officials to be presumed dead after several failed searches for their bodies in the surrounding area.

A statement by army officials said yesterday that early reports suggested that the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter crashed at around 5:30pm local time on Saturday, near the town of Youssifiyah, located approximately 12 miles southwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The statement went on to say that the aircraft had been on “combat air patrol” at the time of the incident.

The statement, which was vague in its details, did not specify a definite crash site. Regarding current efforts to find the wreckage (and presumably the bodies), it was merely stated that “Two pilots are presumed dead, but recovery efforts continue following the crash.” The identities of the two victims are known; they are being withheld until their families are notified.

No other details regarding the crash were released, and the cause of the crash is unknown at the present time, but Youssifiyah has been the site of insurgency in the past. As of 3 p.m. GMT today, the US military have announced that they believe the aircraft was shot down.

Emergency declared in US state of Washington, eight additional casualties, many still without power

Emergency declared in US state of Washington, eight additional casualties, many still without power

Monday, December 18, 2006

A state of emergency was declared Sunday for the U.S. state of Washington by governor Christine Gregoire, as additional reports of storm-related casualties surfaced. The state National Guard has been deployed to aid in distributing supplies.

Thousands were still without power in the coastal and Puget Sound regions, though most urban areas were back with power as late as Sunday afternoon, and outages were mostly contained to rural and unincorporated areas. Puget Sound Energy reported that roughly 500,000 energy customers out of the 700,000 who lost power were back in service by Sunday evening. Seattle City Light, the city’s independent municipal utility, reported only 18,000 customers still without power as of Monday morning, down from a peak of 175,000.

Four additional deaths related to the post-storm power outage had been reported as of Monday, bringing the total number of casualties to eight. A man in Gig Harbor was electrocuted by a downed power line while walking his dog. Another man in Spanaway died when an unattended candle caused a house fire.

Two died from carbon monoxide poisoning in separate incidents related to use of combustion devices indoors. Roughly a hundred additional cases of non-fatal carbon monoxide poisoning were reported from people using generators or grills indoors. News radio stations and authorities warned the public to stay away from downed power lines and not to use grills indoors. Dr. Neil Hampson at Virginia Mason’s hyperbaric unit, where a number of victims were being treated, warned it could be “the worse case of carbon monoxide poisioning in the country”.

On Monday, four new carbon-monoxide deaths were reported in a family of five in Burien due to an indoor generator. In Canada, which had some damage from the week’s storms, two southern British Columbia carbon monoxide deaths were also reported. Despite continued warnings, hospitals are still seeing cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, including a family in w:Shoreline, Washington which was taken to the hospital after they reported symptoms due to their indoor grill. Neighbors of the Burien family suggested that noise concerns are leading people to place noisy generators indoors.

The massive power outage left many stores and gas stations unable to operate. Some businesses opened with the help of backup generators, conserving power by foregoing heat and refrigeration, exterior lighting, and half the interior lighting. Most stores had run out of “D” size batteries, the most common size for flashlights, as well as firelogs and other essentials. Gasoline shortages were reported throughout the area, with one man selling excess fuel for as high as $15 per gallon, over 5 times the average retail price.

The Red Cross set up shelters throughout King and other affected counties for those without power or food. Hotels reported no vacancies as whole families took shelter in powered hotels, especially in Seattle. Restaurants also reported brisk business as people sought out a hot cooked meal. Tons of perishable food were expected to have become unsafe after the prolonged outage disabled refrigerators and freezers both in homes and stores.

Many of those without power visited nearby friends and family living where power had been continued or restored, while others traveled out of the area to places that had not been affected. The widespread outage made long-distance traveling treacherous on some major routes, with roadway lighting, cellular towers, and services disabled by the outage.

Most major roadways which were closed during the storm were reopened on Friday. The 520 Floating Bridge over Lake Washington, a major conduit to the technology-rich Eastside, sustained minor damage. Amtrak, which had halted its Cascades service, resumed Saturday evening. Sea-Tac Airport resumed operations with a reduced flight load, after a transient power outage on Friday disabled the airport radar and caused all planes to be grounded until it was repaired.

‘Australian Values’ to be taught in NSW schools

‘Australian Values’ to be taught in NSW schools

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The New South Wales government will make it compulsory for schools to play Advance Australia Fair, Australia’s national anthem before class this year.

Teachers at primary schools in NSW will also be required to introduce “Australian values” lessons from the beginning of this school year. The lessons are expected to teach children “what it means to be Australian” and include topics such as family values, community harmony, national heritage, national identity, cultural differences and Australian history.

The Three Rs will also be extended to five and include the topics of respect and responsibility. The NSW government claims that it needs to ensure people respect authority within the community.

Adults will not escape the government’s plans to foster respect for authority with the government announcing it plans to create a new law enforcement package with new laws to make it easier for police to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Fines and penalties for a range of offences such as damaging public property, including transport and housing, will also be reviewed.

Deadly illegal sexual enhancement products appear on the Singaporean market

Deadly illegal sexual enhancement products appear on the Singaporean market
By BbGFjuyG | Posted in Uncategorized

Friday, April 11, 2008

New ‘deadly’ sexual enhancement products have been found in Singaporean markets and can cause serious side effects on users.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) announced the presence of the illegal drugs, known as Power 1 Walnut, Santi bovine penis erecting capsule, Zhong Hua Niu Bian and fake Cialis, which have been discovered over the past 3 months. Santi bovine penis erecting capsule has been found to contain high amounts of glibenclamide, a potent drug used to treat diabetes. The tablets also contain sildenafil and tadalafil – potent western medicines used to treat erectile dysfunction. Zhong Hua Niu Bian also contains sildenafil and glibenclamide.

High consumption of the tablets can be potentially deadly as the glibenclamide in the capsules can lead to drastically reduced blood sugar levels which can lead to seizures, stroke, coma or death. Consuming half of a Power 1 Walnut capsule has led to unconsciousness and frothing at the mouth.

Consumption of Power 1 Walnut has led to the death of a middle age man last week who fell into a coma. Currently, one death and two cases of coma have been reported from the total of 89 hospitalised cases linked with the consumption of the illegal drugs. It has been revealed that patients obtained the drugs by purchasing them from illegal peddlers located in various parts of Singapore.

The HSA has advised people to stop consuming the drugs and to report on any cases of consumption to them.

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How To Rent To Own A Home

By Paul Sharp

The main aim of this article is to assist the people in how to buy a home for your own. There are various financing owners and rent to own options to get your own home. Home ownership is where you can afford and rent to own a home or use owner financing. There are certain developers and organizations where they help you in finding a home for rent and if you later decide to own the house the still help you in owning the house after completing the formalities. They will also offer you owner financing so that at the end of the lease or rental period you need not be struck as to what to do. You can take your own time and can also refinance whenever you wish to do so. Most of the home buyers find this financing as the easiest one. They do all the financing and you need not go to bank because the bank will not provide such financing.

By this way you will be the owner of the house even before you really buy it with the lease option. You will be given two to three years to take the pros of lease option. The lease option does in any way compel you to buy the house. If you are not interested you can just leave the home at the end of the lease period. It is only the offer given by the owner to benefit you to purchase the house but if you are not interested you can just walk out. We help you in all ways to own a house if you really wish to. We help in financing and refinancing. Only think you will need is a small amount in hand for down payment and a job that can make it possible to buy you a house. The builders provide you option and give a list of the owner financed homes and you can choose one among them and inform them. They will themselves personally assist you regarding the lease option and home financing and clear your doubts before you actually enter into the lease option. They also find you a house that will suit your request.

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Firstly you will have to calculate the payment for the house. The general monthly payment is one percent of the price amount. For example, if the house cost one hundred and ten thousand dollars then your monthly payment will be one thousand one hundred dollars. This will not be the same for everyone and will differ according to the down payment, taxes and other variables than will differ from home to home and from buyer to buyer.

How it works

The organizations give their website address. All you will have to do is to browse and choose a house that will suit your needs. You can mention in it whether you would like to rent a home or rent to own with the lease option and other details. If you don’t find a home that suits you, the builder will help you find one. Once these are made clear they will discuss regarding the finance or the lease option. After this the application process and the house is handed over to you. There will be many persons and counsellors helping and guiding you to get the finance or loan that you will need. The lenders will guide regarding the loan process, answering your questions, and taking you step-by-step to home ownership.

Thus this method of getting a home for your own will benefit you and will also be less burden and you need not run from pillar to post for getting loans and finance since the builders themselves provide for the same. It is also optional so that you can lease it for certain period or buy it at the end of the lease.

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Denunciations of Scandals Threaten UN

Denunciations of Scandals Threaten UN
By BbGFjuyG | Posted in Uncategorized

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Denunciations of corruption, bribe, collection of bribes from refugees [1] and of sexual scandal involving the peacekeepers [2], [3] threaten the Organization of the United Nations (UN).

The gravest denunciations involve the aid project to Iraq, called Oil-for-Food. Grave denunciations of bribe exist, superfluous accounting and collaboration with the ex-dictator Saddam Hussein, against staff of the UN, companies and politicians of several countries. Even the secretary of the UN, Kofi Annan was suspicious of participation in the plan of corruption. And also grave doubts still hover about his son, Kojo Annan.

The gravity of the denunciations threatens not only the credibility of the UN, but its existence.

Secretary Kofi Annan said that he is going to promote reforms in the organization. [4]


  • 1 The Oil-for-Food Program
  • 2 Reclamações
  • 3 Al-Mada
  • 4 Funcionanento do esquema de corrupção
  • 5 As investigações
    • 5.1 Investigation of Charles Duelfer for the Central Intelligence Agency
      • 5.1.1 Text of the Report by Charles Duelfer
    • 5.2 GAO Investigation
    • 5.3 As investigações do conselho de governo iraquiano
    • 5.4 Investigação das Nações Unidas
  • 6 Last reports so far
  • 7 See also
  • 8 Sources
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