Westminster council cracks down on rare and medium-rare burgers – London – News – London Evening Standard

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 Restaurants who offer rare or medium-rare burgers face a grilling from a London council after it decided to crack down on them for food safety reasons.

Westminster city council is taking action over the freedom to choose how your burger is done, with other local authorities expected to follow suit.

Westminster council cracks down on rare and medium-rare burgers – London – News – London Evening Standard 

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China wants to half scaffolding use by 2015 – KHL Group

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China wants to half scaffolding use by 2015 – KHL Group:

China plans to half the use of scaffolding in the country by the end of 2015 – the final year of the current five year plan – by dramatically increasing the use of mechanised access, including aerial work platforms and mast climbing platforms.

The policy was described by Mr Li Shoulin, a research fellow at the China Academy of Building Research, during the most recent meeting of the Work Safety Committee, the organisation created by US equipment manufacturers Terex and Oshkosh alongside the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham). The committee is lobbying for improved work safety practices in working at height and mining.

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High Accident Rate for Louisiana’s Refineries Reported — Occupational Health & Safety

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High Accident Rate for Louisiana’s Refineries Reported — Occupational Health & Safety: A new report says Louisiana’s 17 refineries reported 301 accidents to the state of Louisiana during 2011. The data come from self reports that have been criticized for underestimating actual releases; even so, they show more than 1 million pounds of toxicants into the air and some 1.3 million gallons into the state’s water and soil.

“This report offers a window into what is really going on at Louisiana’s refineries. They help our union make the case for how unsafe this industry can be.

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‘Elves’ in Chinese sweat shops live in very grim fairy tale – Catholic Online

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‘Elves’ in Chinese sweat shops live in very grim fairy tale – International – Catholic Online: LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Chinese factory workers are forced to work long hours and sleep on factory floors, among piles of toy parts.It’s all part of the grueling, monotonous life endured by thousands of Chinese factory workers. China makes 75 percent of the world’s toys, including well-known American characters such as Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob SquarePants.Across China, there are an estimated 8,000 toy-making factories employing 3.5 million people.

A report in 2009 revealed that one million Chinese factory workers suffered industrial accidents in that year alone.

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Eight men and three companies fined £220,000 for illegal WEEE recycling exports

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Eight men and three companies fined �220,000 for illegal WEEE recycling exports: Fines totalling �220,000 have been given to eight men and three companies that exported broken electronics from the UK.In the biggest criminal network uncovered by the Environment Agency for exporting illegal WEEE, it was found that 450 tonnes of WEEE was exported to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan while the men pocketed money by claiming the waste was being legally reused.

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Freighter adrift off Zandvoort – DutchNews.nl –

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DutchNews.nl – Freighter adrift off Zandvoort: A freighter which is drifting some two km off the coast of seaside resort Zandvoort will be towed to safety later on Monday.

Sea rescue experts decided to keep the ship where it is using a tugboat and its own anchors until the wind has gone down. Then a second tug will be used to tow it to safer waters, the NRC reported.

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Four Injured in Escalator Collapse at Macy’s in Bellevue Square – Woodinville, WA Patch

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Four Injured in Escalator Collapse at Macy’s in Bellevue Square – Woodinville, WA Patch: Two adults and two children from two families suffered minor injuries after the ground floor escalator collapsed at the Bellevue Square Macy’s, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Fire Department officials said Thursday.

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Woman hit by arrow at Stockholm circus

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Woman hit by arrow at Stockholm circus – The Local: A woman was hit in the stomach by a crossbow arrow in the middle of a Christmas show performance at Circus Scott in Stockholm.
The circus artist was shot during an act that went horribly wrong.

She was standing behind a thin cloth when a crossbowman fired an arrow at her, as planned. The lights were supposed to go out and she would step aside just in time to avoid the shot.

“Something went wrong in their communication,” explained circus director Robert Bronett.
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Welcome to the Hotel of Doom: The 3,000 room monstrosity in Kim-Jong Un’s starving dictatorship North Korea no foreigner has stepped inside… until now | Mail Online

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 The world’s biggest hotel is set to open in North Korea next year

When it opens it will be 26 years after building work began

It is built in Pyongyang, a city so poor it cannot light up the streets at night

Welcome to the Hotel of Doom: The 3,000 room monstrosity in Kim-Jong Un’s starving dictatorship North Korea no foreigner has stepped inside… until now | Mail Online 

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How to deal with bullying and harassment: 2012 XpertHR survey | Article | XpertHR

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How to deal with bullying and harassment: 2012 XpertHR survey | Article | XpertHR: Bullying and harassment are widespread issues in the workplace and can be effectively tackled using mediation, training and employee awareness campaigns, according to XpertHR research. Although two-thirds of respondents say that this type of behaviour rarely occurs, there is room for employers to improve understanding of the issue and to ensure that breaches can be reported privately, and investigated in a skilled and independent manner.

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