Cat in Rhode Island, USA nursing home ‘senses death’

Thursday, July 26, 2007

At a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island a cat is reported to be able to sense when elderly individuals are about to die.

The cat, known as ‘Oscar‘ is reported to have sensed the deaths of at least 25 elderly people. According to nursing home employees, Oscar has been living at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for two years and seems to sense the deaths at least two to four hours before they happen, and he is rarely wrong.

“It’s not that the cat is consistently there first. But the cat always does manage to make an appearance, and it always seems to be in the last two hours,” said professor of community health at the home, Dr. Joan Teno.

Oscar would go from room to room on a daily basis to watch and smell the patients, eventually curling up next to one that dies within a few hours, but since most of the patients he visits are too ill they do not notice his presence.

One veterinarian and expert on cats says that cats and dogs sense things that humans are not able to sense.

“It’s such a cat thing to do. Those things are hard to study. I think probably dogs and cats can sense things we can’t,” said University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, chief of veterinarian medicine at the college, Thomas Graves who also added that he does not believe it has anything to do with being a ‘psychic cat’ saying “there’s probably a biochemical explanation.”

Natural Gas Heating And Cooling With Propane In Torrington Ct

byAlma Abell

When it comes to heating you home, cooking or even keeping your groceries cold, natural propane gas is one of the most reliable options available. Any chef worth their salt knows that electric stoves and ovens just don’t heat as evenly as natural gas, making gas stoves preferable, and your family’s meals taste better. Propane appliances are, in general, more durable, and reliable, than electric appliances. Because natural gas appliances don’t need power to operate, you can rest assured your groceries will not go bad during a power outage, and you will be able to prepare a meal for your family. Natural gas is just a more reliable way to provide the things your family needs, and usually at a lower and more constant price.

Every year the price of kilowatt per hour of electricity rises, making electric appliances more and more expensive to run, making it harder to afford the regular use of electric stoves and furnaces. Newer appliances are being released that cost less to operate, but with the rise of the cost of electric bills, the difference is negligible. You can buy an appliance that runs on less power than your older model, but it will still cost the same to operate it. The price of Propane Torrington CT stays at a reasonable price, only raising in gradual steps. Those gradual steps up in price are only small amounts, so even if the price does rise, it will still stay well within a reasonable price range.

If you Visit Website for propane dealers in your area, you will probably notice that prices for propane have only risen when the market demands it, instead of several raises in price per year, and then a fuel surcharge on top of the additional charge. Propane is a natural, renewable resource, which can be produced at a low cost. Not only is propane priced reasonably, and produced safely, it can be delivered to your home or office on a set schedule or other basis. You can use propane fueled appliances safely in almost any environment, making it perhaps the ideal fuel for your home or office.

Swiss reject single health insurance

Monday, March 12, 2007

24 of 26 Swiss Cantons rejected the proposal for a single health insurance system, in which premiums would be based on income and wealth. The vote on Sunday was the latest in a series of attempts to cut rising costs and ease the financial burden on citizens.

Around 71% of voters rejected the reform. Turnout was at about 46%, slightly above the Swiss average.

As expected, voters in the main German-speaking part of the country turned down the planned reform, which was supported by the centre-left but opposed by the centre-right as well as the business community, parliament and the government.

Opposition in the French and Italian speaking regions was less pronounced. The cantons Jura and Neuchâtel in the French speaking regions voted in favor of the proposed reforms.

Health insurance premiums are higher in southern and western Swiss cantons than in German-speaking areas.

The Swiss Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin said an important part of the Swiss Population appeared to be opposed to “a revolution” in health insurance but he said that he wanted current reforms currently under discussion in the Swiss Parliament to go ahead. He called on all sides, especially health insurers and the cantonal authorities, to make efforts to reduce spending on health insurance and aim for a greater cost efficiency. Currently Switzerland has 87 private insurers providing mandatory basic health care coverage for Swiss residents under a 1996 law. But costs have sky-rocketed. Over 100,000 people are not covered by health insurance due to non payment.

To win the battle of the cost of health care, everyone must place his or her private interests behind the interests of the general public. -Pascal Couchepin at a news conference

Opponents to the initiative argued that a single insurance system would lead to complacency and create a two-tier system, in which the wealthy would be the only ones available to afford to have additional private insurance coverage.

Supporters of the initiative said a single health insurer would increase the system’s efficiency and allow for annual savings of at least 300 million Swiss Francs (about $245 million) in administrative costs. Currently, the funding system is unbalanced, since many clients on low incomes use state subsidies to pay their premiums, according to the Green Party and the Social Democrats.

The initiative to unite all the insurance companies and introduce premiums based on wealth and income was the most recent in a series of attempts over the past ten years to reduce the public spending on health care. A proposal, similar to this recent proposal, to modify the funding system of the health insurance companies was rejected by 73% of voters in 2003.

Switzerland has the most expensive health system in Europe. Switzerland’s expenditure on health care was 11.6% in 2005, in front of Germany and France but behind the United States.

Learn more about Swiss Federal Council and Voting in Switzerland on Wikipedia.

Dida and Milan face UEFA charges over Celtic fan incident

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has investigated Milan and their goalkeeper Dida over the incident with the Celtic fan that led to his substitution against Celtic. A fan ran on to the field immediately after Celtic striker Scott McDonald scored the eventual winning goal and appeared to have slightly touched Dida. Dida ran after the fan for a few steps before falling to the ground. UEFA have already investigated Celtic for lack of security for the same incident.

The charges were based on Article 5 Paragraph 1 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations, which states that “member associations, clubs, as well as their players, officials and members, shall conduct themselves according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship”.

The case were heard on October 11 by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body. The outcome of these cases were as follows: Celtic FC were fined £25000, 50% of which is kept in a reserve tank and if Celtic have any further problems in two years UEFA will keep it, but if they don’t they will get it back. A.C Milan goalkeeper Nelson de Jesus Silva “Dida” was banned for two games but is appealing. If found guilty he could find himself with a four-game champions league ban.

Q and A with New Zealand Prime Minister hopeful

Sunday, May 18, 2008

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John Key is the leader of the New Zealand National Party and with the New Zealand General Election this year, Wikinews’ Gabriel Pollard spoke to John Key via email.

Important Considerations For Your Child’s Summer Camp Experience

byAlma Abell

It’s never too early to find the right summer camp for your children. Even when spring break is on the horizon, you can begin to gather information, so you’re ready when summer comes around. While many summer schools can be an excellent experience for children of all ages, there are some things you should think about when deciding which summer camp for kids in New Jersey is the best possible fit.

Summer Schedule

Are you planning to have a family vacation over the summer? Are there other weeks in which you want your children at home rather than at camp? You’ll want to decide on these things before choosing a camp. As you look up potential summer camps, determine if they fit your schedule. Make sure to mark important dates, like vacations or visits with the grandparents, so you don’t inadvertently sign up for a camp that cuts into other important time.

Consider Budget

Summer camps come at all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can find a camp for next to nothing or you can spend a lot of money before you realize it. Having a budget in mind first is the best way to handle the situation. If your child is interested in a camp that is fairly expensive, you can always pay for it for a week or two and line up less expensive camps for other weeks to keep within the budget you have made.

Required Coverage

Some day camps are going to have strange hours, which may not work with your schedule. For instance, if you get out of work at five but the camp ends at three, you’ll need to find alternate transportation to get the kids home each day. The same may apply depending on the time you set off for work in the morning. Look for something that fits your needs or has some flexibility that you can take advantage.

Special Needs

If your children have special needs, you want to be sure the camp was had other campers with similar issues and how they were accommodated. This applies to everything from a child with a learning disability to those who have physical disabilities, sensory issues, or allergies. You need to know that healthcare is available if your child has a problem. You also want to be sure the camp will still be exciting for a child who may not be able to participate in every activity.

If you need a great summer camp for kids in New Jersey, you can’t go wrong with Black Bear Lake . We offer daily activities, special menus, and free swims that everyone enjoys, no matter the age.

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Michael McMahon running in Prince Edward—Hastings

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Michael McMahon is standing for election in the riding of Prince Edward—Hastings. McMahon moved to Windsor in 1951, getting a degree in education, teaching locally and in Papua New Guinea. He served as Branch President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), served on multiple of their major committees, and recently retired from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Wikinews contacted Michael McMahon, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

Since being redefined in 2003, the riding includes the County of Prince Edward and the County of Hastings (except the City of Quinte West). Conservative Party member Daryl Kramp currently represents the riding, after beating a Liberal in 2004. Ken Cole of the Liberals and Alan Coxwell of the Greens are also running in the riding.

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

News briefs:January 04, 2008


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    • 1.3 Georgian President faces election challenge
    • 1.4 US unemployment hits two-year high
    • 1.5 Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
    • 1.6 Transaven Airlines plane carrying 14 people crashes off Venezuelan coast
    • 1.7 Sportswriter Milt Dunnell dies at 102
    • 1.8 2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
    • 1.9 U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
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    • 1.11 British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
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    • 1.13 Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
    • 1.14 Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
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Choosing The Right Auto Insurance In Cleburne

byAlma Abell

Auto Insurance in Cleburne offers you a multitude of coverage types that allow you to protect yourself and your property from damage and liabilities. Your selected policy should provide you with adequate coverage based on your daily commute to and from work as well as the areas in which you travel most often.

Types of Automobile Insurance:

Liability Insurance

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Liability insurance is the least amount of coverage you can acquire for your automobile. It is mandatory in most states, as it provides coverage for the property of other drivers in the event of an accident. This coverage type presents the lowest premium requirements in most cases.

Full Coverage

Full coverage offers complete coverage for your property. You will also acquire protection against liabilities associated with other automobiles on the road. This coverage will replace your car after a claim’s adjuster deems it irreparable. You may also receive a rental car until you receive your settlement to buy another vehicle. This coverage also provides you with coverage in relation to natural disasters.

Umbrella Insurance

Through the acquisition of umbrella insurance, you may cover all of your automobiles and other motorized vehicles under one policy. You may also receive discounts for the combined policy that allows you to pay one premium instead of several. If you add several automobiles to this policy, you will receive a multi-car discount that could cut your premiums in half. The level of coverage you receive through this policy is based on your preferences.

For instance, you can choose full coverage or liability through an umbrella policy as well as collision or comprehensive. You may add your boats, RVs, and other vehicles within this policy. You can choose your deductible and select a premium amount that fits within your budget.


Auto Insurance in Cleburne encompasses a wealth of options that enable you to protect against liabilities associated with automobile accidents. It also provides you with coverage that pays out when your property is damaged due to unforeseen circumstances. These circumstances may consist of natural disasters, accidents, or vandalism. Your preferred insurance agent will discuss these options with you to ensure that you select the right policy for you.