January 10, 2014
Brain dead teenager gets serving, breathing tubes

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Christopher Dolan, the attorney for the girl’s family, said doctors inserted the gastric tube and tracheostomy tube Wednesday at the undisclosed facility where Jahi McMath was taken Jan. 5.

The procedure was a success, Dolan said, and Jahi is getting the treatment that her family believes she should have gotten 28 days ago, when doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland first declared her brain dead.

Jahi underwent tonsil surgery Dec. 9, then began bleeding heavily before going into cardiac arrest and being declared brain dead Dec. 12.

Her mother has refused to believe Jahi is dead and went to court to prevent her daughter from being taken off a ventilator.

Jahi’s uncle, Omari Sealey, said Monday that she is now being cared for at a facility that shares her family’s belief that she still is alive.

The new facility has “been very welcoming with open arms,” Sealey said. “They have beliefs just like ours.”

Neither Dolan nor the family would disclose the name or location of that facility, which took the eighth-grader after a weekslong battle by her family to prevent Children’s Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing machine that has kept her heart beating.

But medical experts said the ventilator won’t work indefinitely and caring for a patient whom three doctors have said is legally dead is likely to be challenging because — unlike someone in a coma — there is no blood flow or electrical activity in either her cerebrum or the brain stem that controls breathing.

The bodies of brain dead patients kept on ventilators gradually deteriorate, eventually causing blood pressure to plummet and the heart to stop, said Dr. Paul Vespa, director of neurocritical care at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has no role in McMath’s care. The process usually takes only days but can sometimes continue for months, medical experts say.

“The bodies are really in an artificial state. It requires a great deal of manipulation in order to keep the circulation going,” Vespa said.

Brain-dead people may look like they’re sleeping, he added, but it’s “an illusion based on advanced medical techniques.”

Sealey, the girl’s uncle, said Monday that Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, is relieved her persistence paid off and “sounds happier.” He criticized Children’s Hospital for repeatedly telling Winkfield they did not need her permission to remove Jahi from the ventilator because the girl was dead.

Sealey told reporters Monday that Jahi traveled by ground from Children’s Hospital to the unnamed facility and there were no complications in the transfer, suggesting she may still be in California.

The $55,000 in private donations the family has raised since taking the case public helped cover the carefully choreographed handoff to the critical care team and transportation to the new location, Sealey said.

“If her heart stops beating while she is on the respirator, we can accept that because it means she is done fighting,” he said. “We couldn’t accept them pulling the plug on her early.”



Associated Press writer Channing Joseph in San Francisco contributed to this story.

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January 5, 2014
Goal gives 10% discount after charge card hack



The company also provided details Friday about the extent of the hack and the information that could have been compromised.



The nation’s No. 2 general merchandise retailer said cards used at its brick-and-mortar stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 of this yearmay have been impacted.

Target (TGT, Fortune 500) said there is no indication that any debit card PIN numbers were compromised. The retailer also claimed it doesn’t appear that the three- or four-digit security code visible on the face of credits cards were breached. That means that the debit and credit cards that were compromised cannot be used to withdraw cash from an ATM or to shop online.

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But lawyer Robert Ahdoot, part of a legal team in California that has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status on behalf of Target customers, said he had spoken to shoppers who claimed thieves had used their debit card information to withdraw money from ATMs.

The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of the retailer, and also says Target failed to promptly notify victims of the hack.

“Target has an obligation to provide adequate security for the financial information they collect,” Ahdoot said. He recommended that consumers who suspect that their cards may have been compromised change their PIN numbers as a precaution.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said the retailer “typically doesn’t comment on pending litigation.”

Target said it believes customers’ birth dates and social security numbers weren’t compromised. The retailer said it gave Visa, MasterCard (MA, Fortune 500), Discover (DFS, Fortune 500) and American Express (AXP, Fortune 500) the card numbers of those who may have been impacted, and that these companies will monitor the cards for fraud.

Target is also monitoring its own card, the REDcard, for potential unauthorized activity.

Steinhafel said the affected customers “will not be held financially responsible for any credit and debit card fraud.”

“[T]o provide guests with extra assurance, we will be offering free credit monitoring services,” Steinhafel said. “We will be in touch with those impacted by this issue soon on how and where to access the service.”

To help answer questions about the incident, Target has set up a hotline for customers. Shoppers have been reporting long hold times, so Target said it will beef up its staffing.

Target didn’t specify how its systems were hacked. But judging by the scope of the breach and the kind of information that criminals obtained, security experts say hackers apparently targeted the retailer’s point-of-sale system. That means they either slipped malware into the terminals where customers swipe their credit cards, or they collected customer data while it was en route from Target to its credit card processors.

The retailer said it had notified authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access, and had hired a forensics team to investigate how the breach may have occurred. The issue that allowed the breach has been identified and resolved, Snyder said.

Taken from: http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/20/news/companies/target-credit-hack/

December 30, 2013

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He said that the Crimean parliament has arranged a hot line for citizens to express their opinions and make suggestions about the political situation in the country. He added that people’s greatest concern was caused by oppositional leaders’ calls for cancelling Crimean autonomy. Konstantinov pointed out that nationalist leaders were threatening the Crimean people’s Constitution and their rights, including the right to speak, write and get education in their native Russian language.



Vladimir Cherkashin, head of the Crimean Union of Cossacks, told journalists that people of South-Eastern Ukraine will not tolerate a repetition of the ‘Orange Revolution’. He said that millions of people living in the south-east of Ukraine have their own opinions and are indignant about the latest events in the country. He added that their people will firmly defend the Crimea and Orthodox Christianity.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has proposed imposing a moratorium on any actions involving the use of force before the Verkhovna Rada analyzes all risks that the current version of the association agreement with the European Union is fraught with.

“I am practically making such a proposal, and in the meantime, let’s impose a moratorium on any forcible actions,” Yanukovych said at a nationwide roundtable meeting at Ukraine Palace in Kiev.

Yanukovych also has suggested that the Verkhovna Rada vote on Tuesday for amnestying the people who were recently arrested for involvement in riots in Kiev.

“As for a punishment for those guilty: where we are sure, let’s punish them. Where people suffered, let’s make a decision and vote for amnesty on Tuesday and will settle all issues on all of them,” Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych has called for an end to the current mass domestic protests.

“I appeal to all the citizens on all [protest sites] to calm down and end the confrontation. Confrontations have never led to anything good. It is my request that politicians - the government, the opposition - should be given a chance to find a way out of this situation together,” Yanukovych said in his final address at Friday’s Unify Ukraine roundtable in Kiev.

He thanked opposition leaders for attending the roundtable. “It is extremely important for us to talk about our future together,” he said.

He said Ukraine would follow its own course.

Use of force to have “terrible consequences” for Ukraine - opposition leader

A Ukrainian opposition leader has warned President Viktor Yanukovych against implementing an alleged plan to use force against demonstrators protesting the government’s decision to put on hold a planned association agreement with the European Union.

“We are aware of the use of force as an option that is under consideration today. It would have terrible consequences for the country and may have terrible consequences for you personally,” UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko, a famous professional boxer, told Yanukovych during the Unify Ukraine roundtable in Kiev on Friday.

“You are personally responsible for all actions and processes that are taking place and will take place in our country,” Klitschko said in addressing the president.

Klitschko argued that early elections and a complete change of government would be “the optimum solution in the current political situation in Ukraine.”

Arseny Yatsenyuk, parliamentary leader of another opposition party, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), said that “the scenario that has been written wasn’t written in Ukraine,” and that its authors were people who don’t want an independent and sovereign Ukraine and who are trying to drag the country into a domestic conflict while pursuing their ambitions.

The Ukrainian government did not accommodate any of the opposition’s demands at a roundtable meeting in Kiev on Friday, says Vitali Klitschko, the leader of the Ukrainian opposition UDAR party and its parliamentary faction.

“The authorities did not take into account any of the opposition’s demands today. This roundtable today was held only to demonstrate that not a single step is going to be made to accommodate the opposition,” Klitschko said following the meeting.

“Not a single decision was made on any of the key points,” he said.

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Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_14/Crimea-protests-against-disorders-in-Kiev-8473/

December 24, 2013
Grant Balfour deal in danger



However, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN the deal could be revived with a lesser contract. Such a scenario would be similar to the contract reduction accepted last winter from Boston by Mike Napoli after concerns about the then-free agent’s health caused the Red Sox to back away from their initial long-term offer.


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The Baltimore Sun reports that a Friday news conference to introduce Balfour was postponed.

Balfour and the Orioles on Tuesday were reported to have reached agreement on a two-year, $14 million deal that included deferred payments of $500,000 per year.

Balfour, a 35-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2. Source:
If he joins the Orioles, he’s expected to take over as closer for Jim Johnson, who was traded to Oakland for second baseman Jemile Weeks and minor league catcher David Freitas earlier this month.

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