$6 Billion Cyber Money Laundering Revealed

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Online currency exchange, Liberty Reserve, is accused in laundering $6 billion. It is a central hub for criminals trafficking in everything from stolen identities to child pornography, federal prosecutors in New York said.

According to Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, and other law enforcement officials, it is the largest online money-laundering case in history. The cyber money-laundering scheme included 1 million users worldwide, with more than 200,000 users in the US. Over seven years, 55 million transactions were conducted through Liberty Reserve, the prosecutors said.

From 2006 to 2013, Liberty Reserve became one of the world’s most widely used digital currency services but it appeared to be a “financial hub of the cybercrime world”. The profits from criminal activities were processed anonymously and ranged from identity theft and credit card fraud to computer hacking, investment fraud, child pornography, and drug trafficking.

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Wal-Mart To Pay $82 Million Fine For Improperly Dumping Hazardous Wastes

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A recent ‘The New York Times’ article entitled “Wal-Mart Is Fined $82 Million Over Mishandling of Hazardous Wastes” reported that Wal-Mart Stores pleaded guilty Tuesday to improperly dumping hazardous waste in California and Missouri and agreed to pay almost $82 million.

The retailer was charged with six counts of violating the Clean Water Act in California and one count of violating a federal law related to pesticide disposal in Missouri.

Since 2003, Wal-Mart employees tossed products like bleach, fertilizer, hairspray, nail polish and deodorant into trash or the local sewer system.

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Medical Malpractice: Negligence that Can Cause Death

What is medical malpractice?

Medical News Today defines Medical Malpractice as a negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused harm, injury or death to a patient.

It reports that one in every three hospitalized patients in the USA encounters a hospital error. The most common hospital errors are:

  • Giving the patient the wrong dosage
  • Giving the patient the wrong medication
  • Leaving things inside the patient’s body after surgery
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Persistent back pain after surgery
  • Potentially fatal staph infections
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)

What are the medical malpractice statistics?

According to the recent article entitled “Medical Malpractice Basic Information” published by WorldLawDirect, hundreds of people die from medical malpractice.

  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
  • 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication

The research has shown that there are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits against US doctors annually.

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12,000 Lawsuits over Yasmin and Yaz: Personal Injury, Product Liability cases

Yaz, Yasmin and Mirena are popular contraceptive pills that are produced by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Besides their anti-fertility mechanism, they have been associated with serious medical side effects. Some of the common side effects are headaches, nausea, vomiting, fluid retention, swelling in the ankles or feet, breast tenderness, weight change and bloating.

Some of the other side effects are much more serious and potentially fatal. These include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and heart attack.

The following info-graphic displays the most recent statistics and court cases for Americans who have been impacted by Yaz and Mirena.

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According to LawyersandSettlements.com, as of February 2012, about 12,000 lawsuits were pending in the US against Bayer, on behalf of people who had suffered personal injuries, some fatal, as a result of using Yasmin and/or Yaz. Thousands of lawsuits that were brought against Bayer claimed that the fourth generation birth control pills had caused gallbladder problems.

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Asbestos Silent Killer: Risk Factor of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a rare deadly form of cancer, is caused by exposure to asbestos. Workers dealing with asbestos usually get sick with mesothelioma. Moreover, their wives most likely to become mesothelioma patients because they inhale the tiny deadly fibres that have been brought home on the clothing, skin, and hair. This limited amount of asbestos exposure was enough to lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis decades later.

Paul Danziger writes in his article “The Right Way to Deal With Mesothelioma Lawsuits” that if a mesothelioma has been diagnosed, one should immediately proceed with a mesothelioma lawsuit. He claims that because the disease is caused by asbestos, and because the companies that exposed their employees and consumers to asbestos were aware of the risks that they were exposing people to, the victims have a right to file a lawsuit for damages caused be their negligence. A great number of lawsuits have been filed and the awards have been won by victims either as a result of a decision by a jury or as a result of a settlement agreement have been so large that mesothelioma has become one of the largest mass torts in American history.

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Medical Marijuana Bill in Illinois

According to a recent The New York Times article entitled “Illinois: Medical Marijuana Bill Advances”, on April 17, 2013, the State House of Representatives voted 61 to 57 to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions. The legislation goes to the State Senate. A similar version was approved by State Senate in 2009.

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Google Buys Wavii For $30 Million

Google has closed the deal on Wavii, a natural language processing startup, for more than $30 million, the recent Techcrunch article “Google Buys Wavii For North Of $30 Million” says.

Apple and Google were competing for the startup, and Google eventually won.

The companies were in acquisition talks, a definitive agreement has now been signed after the Apple and Google bidding war.

Apple looked for the company which developed its own aggregation technology and natural summarization algorithms for its Siri division.

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Child Safety: How to Use Child Safety Seats Correctly

Every parent, placing his child in a vehicle, should always take into consideration the necessity of safety seats for children and the importance of selecting the right kinds of safety seats. It is crucial to be aware of the times your child should be moved from a rear-facing car seat position to a forward-facing car seat or booster seat. It can literally save your child’s life in case of a car accident.

In celebration of child safety week, the team at Chicco have put together an infographic that in no uncertain terms explains the age and height suggestion for securing your child.

Newborn to Age 2

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, babies are at greater risk of injury in crashes. This is because babies’ spines are developing and their heads are large for their bodies. Hence, a child should ride rear-facing in a child safety seat. The baby’s head, neck and spine are cradled by the back of the child safety seat in the case of a frontal crash, which is the most common type of crash.

The following video presents some important child safety seat tips for your baby:

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 2 years or older, or those who have outgrown the weight or height limits for their rear-facing safety seat be restrained in the back seat of the car, in a forward-facing safety seat with harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the safety seat.

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Get Hired! Twitter will help you!

Looking for a job? Spending lots of time on writing your resume? Don’t worry, today it may be enough for you to write just 140 character resume and your short resume can be simply “tweeted” on Tweeter. Also, it is no longer called “resume”. Nowadays, it is called “twesume”. Often times Twesume tweet is included with the hashtag #twesume or directly messaged to employee. “Twesume” is a contraction – blending of two words “Twitter” and “resume”. Even though the word has not been included into any dictionaries, twesume is a very popular practice. According to the CareerEnlightment.com statistics, 92% of hiring managers in 2010 used or planned to recruit via social networks.

However, compelling “sell yourself” 140 character resume is not enough to be considered as a potential employee for any of the companies. You also need to be sure that your profile looks professionally. Most employers are not that interested in your scuba diving pictures. They would rather see you as a professional in the pictures.

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Is smartwatch ‘smarter’ than a smartphone?

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are working on some kind of nifty newness that is called Smartwatch. It has not arrived on the market yet but it arouses curiosity whether it will become a multibillion dollar market or not. How much money will it cost and will it be worth this money? How will it be used? And, what is it so cool and new about smartwatch?

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