French Workers stay at home for Whit Monday

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Monday, May 16, 2005

In France, workers by the millions stayed at home during the Whit Monday holiday despite the government’s cancellation of the traditional Pentecost public holiday. Some acted in defiance of the government’s decision, while some took leave or were put on forced leave by their employers due to uncertainties of public transportation.

Following the 2003 heat wave, which caused the deaths of an estimated 13,000 elderly people in France, the administration of prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has proposed the suppression of one day of public holiday in order to use the supplemental generated tax for a fund for the caring of the elderly.

Whit Monday was selected because, in normal years, France has several public holidays in May. Furthermore, attendance of religious celebrations is low, so holidays of a religious origin are nowadays generally mere family reunions.

However, the reception of this new working day was mixed. The administration says it promotes solidarity with the elderly. Trade unions and opposition groups argue that the measure is an ill-conceived stunt aimed at hiding the government’s bad handling of the problems of the elderly.

For instance, many remember that in 1956, the government created a tax (the vignette) on motor vehicles, allegedly for funding measures for the elderly. But in 1973, the products of this tax came, as any other tax, into the government’s general fund.

With this measure, the French government intends to raise 2 billion to be donated to a new public establishment, the “national fund for solidarity for autonomy.” The new fund would be chartered to deal with losses of self-sufficiency of elderly or handicapped people. 1.2 billion € are earmarked for elderly people, 0.8 for the handicapped.

Trade unions had called for strikes in urban public transportation and paralyzed traffic in 27 cities, including Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Montpellier ou Strasbourg. However, SNCF (the national railway operator) did not strike and RATP (the Paris transportation authority) suffered only minor disturbances, though both are normally known for their frequent and disturbing strikes.

SNCF considered the day as a holiday for payroll purposes and instead increased the work day by 1’52”, a measure that majority leader Nicolas Sarkozy considered shocking and contrary to the objectives of the government.

The protests are also widely considered to be motivated by the unpopularity of the administration of president Jacques Chirac and prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Recent statistics show a five year-high for unemployment at 10.2%.

This discontent may result in a majority of “no” in the vote for the ratification of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

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Cloned cattle’s milk and meat seem safe, according to new study

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A National Academy of Sciences report (.pdf) last year said that while the milk and meat from cloned animals would not likely make anyone sick, more research should be performed. Now, a new US-Japan study published in the April 11 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that milk and meat from cloned cattle does indeed appear to meet industry standards and appears to be safe for human consumption.

As BBC News reports, the scientists, led by Professor Jerry Yang from the University of Connecticut, compared the produce from two beef and four dairy clones, all derived from a single Holstein dairy cow and a single Japanese black bull, with the produce from normal animals of similar age and breed.

The meat was analysed against more than 100 physiological, tissue and cellular components, while the milk was analysed for protein, fat and other variables. No significant differences between the produce of cloned and normal cattle were found. Higher levels of fat and fatty acids were found in the cloned cow meat, but they still fell within beef industry standards.

While the study showed the cloned produce to be within the range approved for human consumption, the scientists stressed that the research was still in its early stages. Their findings, they said, provide “guidelines” for further research with larger numbers of clones from different genetic backgrounds.

Cloning livestock may one day increase yields by copying those animals that are especially productive and especially resistant to disease.

“The milking production levels in the US are three to four times higher than levels in China; maybe even five times or more compared to cows in India and some other countries,” Professor Jerry Yang told BBC News. “Therefore cloning could offer technology for duplicating superior farm animals. However, all the products from these cloned animals must be safe for human consumption. …and it is a major issue for scientists to provide a scientific basis for the data and information to address this question.”

As USA Today reports, there is currently no law governing the sale of meat or milk from the estimated 1,000 to 2,000 cloned farm animals in the USA. But since 2003, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked producers to voluntarily keep the meat and milk of these animals, and that of their offspring, out of the food supply.

Wired News reports that companies like ViaGen and Cyagra, which offer livestock-cloning services, have also been waiting for several years for a final say from the FDA.

“For the United States agricultural industry, (cloning) can reduce the number of cows necessary for milking,” said Jerry Yang “They can have a pleasant environment and produce even more milk.” He also said that cloning cattle from the United States, where genetic breeding is more advanced, could save developing countries 50 years of breeding.

The idea of cloning animals for human consumption is not without its critics. First, there are the welfare concerns, as most cloned animals do not make it to term before being born, and many of those that do are born deformed or prone to illness. The Humane Society of the United States has asked for a ban on milk and meat from clones for just this reason. Second, there is still the concern that healthy clones may have subtle defects that could make their food products unsafe to eat.

As the Washington Post reports, some critics are asking why it is necessary to clone cows that produce huge amounts of milk when surpluses, rather than shortages, are the main problem facing the U.S. dairy industry today.

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Tips To Help Your Pet Beat The Heat This Summer South Africa

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Summertime means going on outings, picnics, and having fun with your furry companions. But, along with all the fun, comes great challenges to keep your pets safe from the soaring temperatures and heatwaves. While nothing should stop you from having fun with your beloved pets this summer, your pet’s safety should be your topmost priority as extreme heat can cause serious problems such as dehydration and heatstroke in pets.

If you don’t want to ruin your and your pets’ summer fun, here are some tips to help them beat the heat this summer:

  • Make sure your pet has plenty of water to drink and that their water bowls are never empty. You can also try keeping multiple water bowls in the house to give them more chances to stay hydrated and drink enough water.
  • Water is very essential in summer, but so are vitamins and electrolytes to maintain hydration. For that, you can make them ice popsicles. They would absolutely love to devour such icy treats on a hot summer afternoon. To make these treats more nutritious, you can add small pieces of your pet’s favorite fruits as well.
  • Limit their direct exposure to the sun. Avoid going out while the sun is above their head. Plan their walks and exercise schedules in the early morning or late evening when the weather is comparatively cooler.
  • Your pet’s paws are quite sensitive. You may not feel the heat on the sand or floor or metal because of your footwear but since our fur buddies walk with bare paws, do not forget to check the temperature of the ground before letting them play or walk.
  • If your pet is an outdoorsy guy, and loves relaxing in the backyard or garden, provide them with shades or tents where they can rest in a cool place.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car for long on a hot sunny day. Even if your pet is trained to stay in the car for hours, the temperature in the car is much hotter in summer and can lead to brain damage in pets.
  • If you are taking your pets out along with you, carry an extra water bottle for them. Whether it is a walk or a drive, don’t forget to carry their bowls and water with you.
  • Just like us humans, pets tend to gain weight in winters. However, excess weight is not good for your pet’s health especially when it is hot out there. Summer is the best time to shed those extra kilos so you can increase their level of exercise during this period. This will not only help them get back in shape but will also keep them active and improve their overall health.
  • Pay more attention to their grooming. Just basic grooming like regular bathing and hair-cut can help them feel more fresh and clean during summers. Also, summer is the time to get your pet a cool new haircut but avoid complete shave downs. Your pet’s fur keeps their body naturally cool and by shaving their fur you are interfering with their body’s natural regulation.
  • Summer is the perfect season to have a splashing good time. Your pet will definitely enjoy summertime even more if you provide them with a pool in your backyard or take them to beaches. It will not only help them beat the heat, but it can also be a wonderful time for you to create memories with them!
  • During summer, your pet’s skin is susceptible to sunburn, but using the right sunscreen will help protect them. Invest in a decent sunscreen for your pet and incorporate it into their everyday rest!
  • Most importantly, protect your pets from pesky pests such as fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitoes, and worms, which are a major nuisance to pets during the summer as this seasonal change promotes their proliferation. Call your vet today and consult him for the best suitable preventive treatments for your pet.

Keep your pets cool while having a blast and have a wonderful summer, you all!Dont Forget to buy Pet Supplies This summer:-

Bravecto for Dogs

Frontline Plus for Cats

Highway bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Interstate 35W Mississippi River eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has collapsed on both sides of the highway over the Mississippi River during rush hour.

Previous reports indicated at least nine people had died, but Minneapolis police revised this to four during a 7:30 a.m. (local time) press conference. Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief later stated that “several [adding to the four] people are confirmed dead at the scene,” but would not elaborate on how many. At least 79 have been injured and at least 8 are still missing, still believed to be in the rubble.

The road was busy with bumper-to-bumper traffic in four lanes when the entire 1907 foot (581 m) steel arch bridge collapsed. At least 50 cars were traveling on the bridge, including a school bus. The Red Cross said that 60 children were aboard a school bus, and that ten of those were admitted to a hospital.

The entire length of the bridge over the river collapsed at 6:05 p.m. CDT (UTC-5). The bridge, built in 1967, cleared the water level by 64 feet; the deck surface and pavement were considerably higher.

Reports say that people may be trapped in the water. Further, “many voids may contain survivors, but we cannot search those voids until it’s safe,” said Jim Clack, Minneapolis Fire Chief, during a press conference.

“One has died from drowning,” said a doctor from the medical center during an 8:00 pm press conference, who also said that so far 22 are in “yellow condition” and at least six are in “critical condition.”

Minneapolis officials have stated during an earlier press conference that “people are being sent downtown and all survivors are off the bridge. We are seeking help from the Red Cross.” and “[…]at least 60 children are receiving trauma care some with severe injures, some with minor injuries.”

Most of the injured have been received by Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis for medical treatment. Area hospitals are requesting all off duty staff and all Minneapolis ambulances to report. Residents are being encouraged to stay away from the area to let emergency crews do their work.

It is not known what caused the collapse, but there was construction being performed on the bridge’s road surface which included the use of jackhammers and the FBI has ruled out terrorism.

“Although it is much too early to make any determination of the cause, we have no reason at this time to believe there is any nexus to terrorism,” said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman.

In 2001 a stress inspection was done and Minnesota Department of Transportation stated that the bridge “should not have any problems with fatigue cracking in the foreseeable future.”

Typically an eight-lane bridge, the bridge was reduced to four lanes (two in each direction) during the current construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) had just announced overnight lane reductions on the bridge to one lane in each direction for the late evening hours of July 31 and August 1.

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Diesel spill in northern Saskatchewan

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Early indications are that between 5,000 and 6,000 litres of fuel leaked from a storage tank into a stream leading to Welcome Bay, which is near Wollaston Lake in the northeast part of the province.

The RCMP is still investigating cause of the spill. “We’re trying to determine the circumstances around the leak, whether it was an intentional act or whether it was due to a problem with the tank,” RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Brian Jones said.

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Wikinews attends 2018 Bangalore ComicCon

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

On November 17 and November 18, Wikinews attended the 2018 Bangalore Comicbook Convention, in Karnataka, India. Beginning on Saturday morning, the ComicCon continued till Sunday. Organised by ComicCon India, who organised Comic Con in Hyderabad in October, this event was held at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation (KTPO)’s convention hall. Wikinews spoke to convention’s international guests Ryan O’Sullivan, Dan Watters, and Vanesa Del Ray.

UK-based freelancer comicbook writer Ryan O’Sullivan, who has worked for Image Comics and Vault Comics, and wrote video game comics including Eisenhorn, Warhammer 40,000, and Dark Souls, was one of the guests attending ComicCon. Along with him, London-based freelance comic book writer Dan Watters was also one of the attendants. Watters has worked with Image Comics on Limbo, as well as Lucifer for Vertigo Comics. Watters has also written comics for Assassin’s Creed, Wolfenstein and Deep Roots. Cuban comic book artist Vanesa Del Rey was also one of the guest attendants, who has illustrated Scarlet Witch, Daredevil Annual, and Spider-Women Alpha for Marvel Comics; and Redlands for Image Comics.

The convention started at 11 AM. Crossing between the genres of science fiction, horror, anime, fantasy and comics, the event sprawled throughout all corners of the facility. Marvel Zone, Amazon Video zone, AXN Live RED Special Session, Warner Bros’ Aquaman and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald experience, and Sony Pix zone attracted large number of audience.

On day two, Sumit Kumar, creator of Chin Chin, inspired by Chacha Chaudhary and Tintin, had a panel in the afternoon.

At 1:30 PM, there was a video presentation by Yali Dream Creations. The video was about The Village. Yali Dream Creations’ Shamik Das Gupta said the story of their comic The Village is “supernatural, social, horror”. Later, there was another presentation about their other comic, Rakshak ((hi))Hindi language: ?Protector — A Hero Among Us, about a masked vigilante in India. The first part of the four-part comic was released in 2016’s Delhi ComicCon, Gupta said. Gupta also added “Delhi gang rape story pushed me”. The session ended around 1:45 PM.

After Yali Dream Creations, there was a comic launch by Rahil Mohin. Mohin had previously launched Sufi Comics in 2008, The Wise Fool of Baghdad and two comics about Persian poet Rumi and now Blame it on Rahil. While he was on the panel, he was sketching cartoon, while the host was asking questions that Mohin had prepared, focused on the 90s cartoon themes. The questions were “[What was the] breed of Courage the Cowardly Dog?”, “Catchphrase of Flintstone”, and “Arch nemesis of Dexter”. His session finished by 2 PM.

At 2 PM, there was a session with AXN, and questions about AXN shows. Musician Shrey also played scores of various AXN shows on guitar, which audience had to guess. At 2:30 PM, there was a session with Cuban comic artist Vanesa Del Rey. She said it was her first convention in India, and said, “It is like any major convention in the US”. This year, Vanesa Del Rey was nominated for an Eisner Award. During the discussion, she said she wanted to do sci-fi epic,romance, mystery and thriller comics in future. Regarding romance genre in comics, she said it is “something worth exploring”. And regarding her career choice, she said her grandmother was an artist and her “family was very supportive”.

Later, there was a session with Sony PIX, with Minions appearing on the stage.

The event finished around 8 PM.

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Media Related Career Courses Tv Productions}

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Media Related Career Courses TV Productions


thinktankNew time, new thought- yes, the present era is going with new invention and latest technology. In fact all these inventions make us easy going. Essential commodities in day to day life become easy and as well as more advance. To fulfill our all demand industrial sector coming up with lots of expectation. And here they require the people with specialized knowledge in respective subjects. And acknowledging industry’s demand students of this days are planning their career on the basis of any one of specialize career course.Educational institutes of across the world have planned their complete educational infrastructure, syllabus on the basic demand of the present day’s industries status and demand. Almost all the subject or career has their special area of qualification. Some demanding subjects and stream of the career courses booming in the entire globe are; Mass communication and journalism, Law, Fashion designing, engineering, acting, textile designing courses, TV production courses, doctor, alternative medicine, modeling, information management, disaster management, basic computer courses and the list goes on.

Students, who have planned to make career in the Textile designing, must have to study textile designing course. Candidates with the textile degree can work in a fashion designing house with known designers. They even have a scope to grab the job in the abroad too. Numerous foreign designing houses are seeking people from all across the world, with good qualification in the textile designing. It is a creative work for the people of creative mind. Students from fine arts are mostly welcome in this field. In India there has a plentiful opportunity to study textile designing in almost all the corner of the country. Some reputed textile designing educational institutes are; National Institutes of Fashion Technology with its branches in all over the India, ALT Training College in Bengaluru, Birla Institutes of Liberal Arts and Management sciences in Kolkata and many more. The course offer post graduation 2 year degree, and also have undergraduate degree in several institutes.

In TV production course also, there has umpteen number of opportunity for the candidates. In present era, without Television we cannot imagine our daily life. From the last century TV industry shows the maximum growth to the country. Now only India has more than two hundred channels, including news and entertainment. All these TV channels need people with professional qualification in the TV production. And here comes the importance of the tv production course. Students have respective degree or diploma in the Television production, they have enormous opportunity to find out there perfect dream job just pass out from the institutes. The job mainly relates to the editing the videos of the serials, news packages, make the news capsules or package, digital effect creation, managing the economy of the TV production house and many more.

Realizing the industry’s requirement, educational institutes are offering courses in various parts of the production. In India very famous film and TV educational institutes are; Film and Television Institutes of India; Pune; famously known as FTII, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institutes in Kolkata. Both the institutes run by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, India. FTII only has postgraduate courses on different streams, like, Video Editing, animation and graphics, sound engineering and few more. SRFTI has both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree. In spite of these two, some other institutes are; Jamia Milia Islamia Universitiy’s mass Communication Research center in New Delhi, Xavier’s College in Mumbai and St. Xaviers College Kolkata, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Symbiosis institute of Mass communication

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UK woman convicted of ‘mercy’ murder of son

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A woman has been convicted of murder after killing her son in an “act of mercy”. The Old Bailey, a London court, heard that Frances Inglis, 57, injected Tom, 22, with heroin and gave her a life sentence.

Tom had been injured in a street fight in July 2007 and was put in an ambulance depite his desire not to be hospitalised. The ambulance door was opened three times; the third time Tom jumped out and sustained injuries that left him in a coma. He became mute and dependant on 24-hour care. His only method of communication was to squeeze a hand.

Frances was told that if she wanted Tom to die legally then she could ask the High Court to allow his food and water to be withdrawn, so that he would starve to death. Frances told the court “I know Tom – no way would he have wanted to live totally dependent. I can remember saying I felt I would rather he go to heaven than to hell on earth. I know Tom would not want to live. He had lost his life.”

“I couldn’t bear the thought of Tom dying of thirst or hunger,” she said of the idea of food and water withdrawal. “To me that would be so cruel, so cruel. To die slowly like that would be horrible.” Instead she used the Internet to research Tom’s condition and concluded that a heroin overdose would be the most painless method available. A learning disabilities worker with no convictions, she concluded two grams was sufficient to kill and began spending time in areas she believed drugs were on sale – outside the local station, job centre and needle exchanges.

Frances was determined to release Tom from his “living hell” and said she had “no choice” in the matter. “I asked myself what I would want,” she said. “I would want someone to love me enough to help me die. That’s why I thought heroin – a painless, peaceful death.” She obtained her two grams and stole syringes from Tom’s hospital before injecting him, but he was revived by nurses and she was charged with attempted murder. She was bailed but barred from contacting her son.

Fourteen months later she obtained access to Tom by posing as his aunt and placed superglue in the lock of his door, further barricading it with an oxygen cylinder and a wheelchair. It took staff thirty minutes to break in, by which time Frances had injected one of Tom’s arms and both his thighs with heroin. This time he died.

Frances had left a letter to her family in which she talked of her concerns for her other two sons and dog, as well as the running of the house, expecting a murder arrest. On one bed she left a photograph of Tom as well as a prayer written by his girlfriend. Police also found older letter by Frances, one of which read “People keep saying Tom is not suffering. How can they know how he feels?”

She was asked if guilty of murder and attempted murder, to which she responded “I don’t see it as killing or murder. The definition of murder is to take someone’s life with malice in your heart. I did it with love in my heart, for Tom, so I don’t see it as murder. I knew what I was doing was against the law. I don’t know what name they would call it but I knew that the law would say it was wrong. I believed it would have been Tom’s choice to have been allowed to die rather than have the intervention to keep him alive.”

The jury “could not have had a more difficult case,” according to Judge Brian Barker, but he told them nobody was allowed to override the law. Ten members of the jury agreed, but two sided with Frances, leaving a conviction by majority verdict. The jury foreman was greeted by cries of “shame on you” from France’s relatives, for which they were ejected from the building. “We can all understand the emotion and the unhappiness that you were experiencing,” Barker told Frances, later adding “You knew you were breaking society’s conventions, you knew you were breaking the law, and you knew the consequences.” He ordered her to serve a minimum of nine years.

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“What this case and a number of others have exposed,” said France’s eldest son, Alex, “is a need for a complete rethink of existing laws in regard to people that have been, and will be, in the same position as Tom. How can it be legal to withhold food and water, which means a slow and painful death, yet illegal to end all suffering in a quick, calm and loving way? It’s cruel, inhumane and illogical… We have a duty of care to them and we should not allow this situation to continue. It should not be left to a wife, husband, mother, father, sister or brother to have to end their suffering, and be convicted for murder.” Detective Chief Inspector Steve Collin, who was in charge of the case, flatly disagreed. “There’s no such thing as a mercy killing in law.”

“I want to say that all of the family and Tom’s girlfriend support my mum 100%. All those who loved and were close to Tom have never seen this as murder, but as a loving and courageous act,” said Alex.

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Choosing Dentists In Santa Fe, Nm

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You do not have to live with tooth pain or an unattractive smile. If you live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you have access to many fine dentists, dental specialists and oral surgeons. Here are some tips on how to choose the right dentist for you and your family from the many Dentists In Santa Fe NM.

Ask for Recommendations

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Are you new to the Santa Fe area? Ask your previous dentist where you used to live for recommendations for good Dentists in Santa Fe NM. If that doesn’t work, ask your neighbors, your new pharmacist or any trusted friends in the area. Even if you’ve lived in Santa Fe for many years, it’s still possible to get recommendations for a good dentist. Ask your friends, co-workers, pharmacists and your primary care physician for recommendations.

Check the Services Available

What do you need your dentist to do? Do you need basic dental services like check-ups, fillings or root canals or will you need more extensive work done on your mouth? Are you thinking of getting veneers? A good dentist and dental office staff will be happy to explain what services he or she can or cannot do.


Check to see when the dentist office is open. Do these hours fit into your schedule? If you work weekdays, does the dentist offer evening hours or Saturday hours? Even if those hours are reserved for emergencies only, it is good to know that the dentist will see you during a dental emergency after usual office hours.


Location isn’t just a big deal for the real estate industry. It’s also a big deal when choosing a new dentist. You need to know if the dental office is easy to find, easy to drive to and has plenty of parking. Take a test run to the office before a dental emergency strikes. The last thing you need is to struggle with directions when you or a family member is suffering from a broken tooth.


Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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