Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Almost 600 desperate family members and others remained camped outside the Pasta de Conchos coal mine near San Juan de Sabinas, in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila where 65 Mexican miners were trapped by a gas explosion around 2:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) Sunday. Some are threatening to storm the mine while soldiers are trying to keep them calm and rescuers continue to pick through the rock and debris with hand tools, fearing that any power equipment might set off another explosion.

The local newspaper’s headline caused panic by quoting one of over a dozen surviving miners who were close enough to the exits to escape: “They are surely dead,” (La Prensa de Monclova). However, Arturo Vilchis, Civil Protection Director, refused to speculate on the condition of the miners, while Javier de la Fuente, an engineering contractor with mine owner Grupo México S.A. de C.V. also tried to hold out some hope.

The men were each supposed to be carrying oxygen tanks, each with a six hour supply, and there’s some hope that they could reach other oxygen supply tanks, or that some air might be reaching them through the ventilation shafts into which rescuers have been pumping more oxygen since shortly after the explosion.

Juan Rebolledo, vice president of international affairs for Grupo México, assured onlookers that U.S. mining experts were on the way, and officials at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration have confirmed that they’ve sent a specialized equipment truck and several mining experts which should arrive at the mine site on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile Consuelo Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the National Miners’ Union, called for an investigation into Grupo México’s responsibility for the disaster. Pedro Camarillo, a federal labor official, said nothing unusual was found during a routine evaluation in early February.

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Authorities arrest 7 state officials over Mexico childcare centre fire

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Authorities in the Mexican state of Sonora arrested 7 state officials, from the state finance department, yesterday; and charged them with negligent homicide for the deaths of 47 children in a fire at a daycare centre that occurred earlier this month.

In 2005, the Hermosillo, Mexico daycare was advised to carry out repairs in a safety inspection went unheeded. It is felt that negligence contributed to the massive fire Friday afternoon, June 5, taking the lives of 47 toddlers and infants and injuring the majority of the 142 children being cared for by six staff who were also hospitalized.

The ABC Daycare Centre installed a brightly coloured tarpaulin as a ceiling below the high roof. In 2005 the owners were advised to remove the tarp, and equip emergency exits and the main exit with larger and wider regulation sized doors. The daycare owners did not make the recommended changes, and continued to receive contracts to operate and also passed subsequent safety inspections including one a couple of weeks before the fire.

Officials have determined that the fire began in the neighboring warehouse which was used by the northern Sonora state Finance Department and contained license plates, tires, and paperwork. Nobody was working Friday and this warehouse was locked with the air conditioner left running. The air conditioner overheated, short circuited and melted its aluminum housing which began flames in the paperwork below. This neighboring warehouse had no fire alarms, fire extinguishers nor water sprinklers installed.

“The fire was caused by the overheating of an air conditioner due to continuous and prolonged use,” said Eduardo Medina Mora, the Attorney-General.

The fire and smoke rose above the wall connecting the daycare and Finance Department warehouse, and was trapped in the daycare between the tarp and the warehouse ceiling. The daycare fire alarms were installed below the tarp, and did not alert the staff to the fire trapped above the tarp until the tarp itself caught fire which instantly dispersed smoke and flames onto sleeping infants below. One of the emergency fire exits was padlocked shut and could not be used the day of the fire by rescue teams.

Seven finance department officials have been arrested on negligence and charges of negligence are to be laid also against seven others. “They are employees and officials with the Finance Department who have a direct responsibility for the warehouse where the fire started,” said Abel Murrieta, the state Attorney General.

The fire chief of Hermosillo has been removed from his position.

The wives of two high ranking state officials operated the privately run daycare under contract from the Social Security Institute. These two state officials have resigned. The owners will be charged with negligence by the state’s Finance Department. The Social Security Institute will also begin a civil lawsuit against the owners. The head of the Social Security Institute has stepped down and others have been suspended.

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Avoid Overnight Parking At The Airport

People park their cars in airport parking space while leaving for vacation. This article shares some practical perils of parking at such public place.

There are lots to plan while preparing for a trip, no matter whether it is for business or for pleasure. There is packing to be completed, making foolproof arrangements for the house security, manage schedules and then travelling to the airport. The final thing that you need to worry about is the mode of transport, to the airport.

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If you have your own car, you might as well drive down to the terminal yourself. But then you have to worry about the vehicle. You need to keep it parked at the Airport parking lot, and pay a hefty amount if you are gone for a few days. Then there is the security issue.

To get rid of all this tension the best option that you have is to book for Houston Airport Taxi service from a reliable agency.

In this article I have shared some of the difficulties that people face when they drive to the airport in their own vehicle and keep it parked until they return from their trip or vacation:

Parking Perils

The term “Perfect Parking” is a myth. You may be careful, organized and precise in your parking. While parking your car at the airport you might have got ample space to park your car neatly before boarding the flight, but what about the others?

Not all drivers may be as careful as you. Your vehicle lies at the parking lot vulnerable to dents and damages from the cars coming and going throughout the days. A big dent on the hood or a scratch along the door can be a total spoiler to your vacation mood after your return.

So, the next best option is to leave it safely at home and choose from one of the taxi services in Houston to arrive and be picked up from the airport. This will ensure safety of your own car and avoid the stress of travelling on public transport.

Risks of Loss

No matter how tight the security at the Airport is, it is a public place after all. Parking your own vehicle in such a place for more than 24 hours at a stretch leaves it at the risk of being broken into. If you are a frequent traveler, and have no other option other than parking your car at the airport, try fitting it with an alarm to reduce the chances of it getting stolen.

If you have plans for a long trip, try keeping your car at a secured place such as your home or at a trusted public garage. To travel you can also choose Houston Airport Taxi services for safe travel.

Security Issue

Keeping your car parked at home or under the surveillance of someone you trust, when you are travelling for a log time, ensures that you get prompt news if anything unpleasant occurs. Parking the vehicle at the airport means you remain totally in the dark about your car until you arrive. Considering the amount of people coming in and going out of Houston every hour of the day, no one can guarantee the security of your vehicle.

To avoid this, pre- book a taxi service in Houston. You will get a chauffeur driven car at your doorstep well ahead of the scheduled time. Just hop into it, settle down in the luxury of the clean interiors and be driven by an expert driver to the Houston airport for a happy journey.

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Why Buy a Candig Mini Digger?

Candig Build Mini Diggers, Powerful, Versatile and most importantly Affordable excavators but why should you buy one?

Candig Mini Diggers are the right choice for Landscapers, Builders, Hobby Farmers, or anyone doing small building works on a regular basis. If you need the competitive edge for your digging needs, including anything from footings for retaining walls, to planting trees or installing water lines. The Candig CD11 model tows easily with a small car, quad, or even pushed by hand.

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At only 840 pounds, the ultra mini excavator causes little damage to surrounding lawns or other sensitive areas. At the same time, you will be pleased with the 2600 pounds of break-out force generated by the 5.5 horse power Honda engine.

Four free accessories add great value and versatility to your investment. Use your free access wheels to allow your mini digger to slip through yard gates or doorways. The thumb allows you to pick up rocks or logs and place them where you wish.

Every new Candig mini digger also comes with a second, 5 inch wide trenching bucket. The “ripper” makes tough digging easier. Considering all the great benefits offered, the CD11 is the right choice for all your landscaping needs. Treat yourself to a new Candig unit. Your back will thank you, and your family deserves the extra income it will generate in your business.

The difference between the CD11 and the CD11B is that the CD11B does not have a lot of the accessories and basics offered as standard equipment. It comes with a 2 inch towing hitch and safety chain, but is best suited for off-road use because it is not equipped with lights or fenders. The CD11B is ideal for small acreages.

Model CD11T

Essentially, this is the same as the CD11B, except that it is bolted conveniently into the back of your small pick-up truck. There is no need to insure this as a trailer unit since it becomes part of your existing vehicle. The CD11T is ideal for the farm, or when digging in easily accessible areas. You can choose the basic CD11T which includes one digging bucket, or you can add a ripper, thumb and/or second digging bucket.

The CD21T is ideal for the farm, or when digging in easily accessible areas, especially when more power is needed. You can choose the basic CD11T which includes one digging bucket, or you can add a ripper, thumb and/or second digging bucket

Model CD21

Need more power? The CD21 provides 3000 pounds of breakout force, and uses a 9 horse power Honda engine. Weighing 1200 pounds, the CD21 is capable of digging six feet deep through tough rocky ground with ease.

Enjoy all the benefits that the CD11 offers…..four free accessories add great value and versatility to your investment.

Use your free access wheels to allow the CD21 to slip through yard gates. The thumb allows you to pick up rocks or logs and place them where you wish.

Every new CD21 also comes with an 8 inch wide trenching bucket.

The “thumb” accessory allows you to dig through frozen or tough ground easier. Also standard with both models are travel lights, fenders and retractable tongue wheel. The CD21 also has a 6 inch power auger available. When power, digging depth and versatility are important, the CD21 is the right digging tool for your business.

Your low investment amount will quickly pay for itself, and generate more profit for your business and family for many years to come.

A CD21B is the base model of the CD21, without the four accessories, or lights and fenders. Although it has a 2 inch trailer hitch, it is best suited for hobby farms, golf courses, or other applications where you do not need to transport it on the highway.

7 More Reasons to Choose a Candig Mini Digger

1. Great Value. Honda, Lowe, Lion and Casapa are some of the quality components that combine to make Candig a quality investment. Only the best of fabricating techniques are good enough for Candig, ranging from using ticketed welders, computer-guided cutting tools, to its powder-coated finish. Parts are machined for accuracy, and joints are protected with high quality bushings and grease fittings. The philosophy of Candig is to offer the end-user a product that they can rely on, because we know that your business depends on your tools.

2. Competitive Edge. Ask yourself…..Can your competition move their Mini Excavator into a basement? Can they tow it with a quad or push it by hand? Can they pass over sensitive areas like sprinkler systems, septic fields and lawns without causing more damage than good? Candig excavators are stable with their 78 inch wheel base, making them safe to operate on uneven ground.

3. Provide Security. For Your Family The bottom line is that you will be generating more income for your business/family from the time you invest in your Candig Mini Excavator.

4. Diversity. The CD11 and CD21 are not just digging tools. They come equipped with a thumb for picking up rocks and logs; access wheels to allow them to get into those tight spots; and a second, trenching bucket for installing water lines, electrical cables, etc. A “ripper” makes digging in tough ground easier. An auger and wood splitter are also available for the CD21.

5. Low Investment/High Return. Where else can you find a tool that is capable of generating more income for such a low investment amount? In addition, you do not need to invest in a trailer or larger truck to haul your Candig mini digger.

6. Recognition Plain and simple…..Candig is a smart investment. As an owner of a Candig Mini Excavator, you will be admired and recognized as an industry leader.

7. Be Free From Back Pain. Put your short handled shovel in the shed! From now on, you can relax and let Candig do all of your digging…..and it’s fun too!

Trenching Bucket

The CD11 comes with two buckets. The first is 15 inches wide and has a capacity of about 2 cubic feet. The second, trenching bucket is only 5 inches wide and is ideal for installing cables or sprinkler systems. The CD21 also comes with two buckets. The first is 14 inches wide, and has a capacity of about 3 cubic feet. The second trenching bucket is 8 inches wide and is great for digging down 6 feet to install water lines.

Access Wheels

The CD11 has access wheels that pin onto the Mini Excavator in seconds, allowing it to become 31 inches wide. They are sturdy, 8 inch steel wheels which allow you to push the Mini Diggers by hand, or use the hydraulic power to move it through those tight spots. The CD21 has a similar set of access wheels that can pin on quickly to allow the Mini Diggers to become only 29 inches wide.


The thumb is standard equipment with both the CD11 and CD21. It is a mechanical thumb that can be pinned in a retracted position for storage, and will always be available for use by quickly and easily re-pinning it into its work position.


The ripper is attached to the bottom of the trenching bucket, and allows CanDig to dig through frozen or tough ground easier. Wood Splitter Available with any modelFeature Articles, the wood splitter uses a quick-connect to tap into the existing hydraulics.

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Bailey Orion Caravan – Quirky or a Design Classic in the Making?

With the prospect of a warm weekend, Shield Total Insurance, the caravan insurance specialist, asked its resident caravan tester to check out the latest offering from the UK touring caravan manufacturer Bailey of Bristol and their Bailey Orion 450/5 5 berth, family layout, caravan. A distinctive look and retro caravan design, but will it live up to expectations?

The Bailey Orion is Bailey’s entry level, touring caravan range. It isn’t quite the new Bailey Ranger but rather sits between the defunct Bailey Series 6 Ranger and Bailey GT60. It comes with a specification that includes a CD/radio, microwave, combined grill/oven, and Whale floor mounted space heater system (which in the compact Bailey Orion should be fine). An Al-Ko chassis gives the Bailey Orion towing stability and the alloy wheels come as standard.

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There are a number of distinct features including a “locker less” front and a radius roof. The roof is of course one piece, with Bailey adopting their own construction methods. Some observers may be put off by the Orion’s profile though.

The interior does feels surprisingly spacious. The rear end has an L shaped seat with three fixed bunks, but no dividing curtain for privacy to partition off any children at night. Wardrobe storage space is limited, so five people may struggle on a long weekend stay.

The kitchen is practical in use with a three burner hob by Thetford, microwave and excellent lighting. The front lounge is comfortable to use, with the seating supportive and making of the double bed a simple task.

So what is the verdict on the Bailey Orion? Its retro feel does seem to work and will appeal to new caravanners. Our caravan tester found it relatively easy to live with. Thanks to its internal design, the caravan interior is deceptively spacious than would first appear. There are a few shortcomings though, including the limited storage and absence of a front locker. However, for a family wanting a new tourer the Bailey Orion is well worth looking at, for only a modest outlay. Yes its profile won’t tick some buyers’ boxes, but its quirky yet distinctive look may make it a design caravan classic in years to come.

For a more in depth review of the Bailey Orion, why not visit the Shield website. If you are looking for cheap Bailey caravan insurance, Shield offer a range of competitively priced options to suit your caravanning needs. Call 01277 243 004 or go online for a caravan insurance quote today.

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Whitewater Heating Suggestions To Keep You Warm

Whitewater Heating – Suggestions To Keep You Warm


Claire Winters

If you do not have the right kind of heating system in your home, it would be rather tough to keep warm during those chilly winter months. Whitewater heating ideas give you many ideas and alternatives to accomplish this task. There are several forms of heating systems and once you have determined the area you want to heat and the budget you have, you can start exploring the different systems that are out there.

Probably the most standard option is using wood in a fireplace or wood burning stove to heat your building. If you are dedicated, physically capable, and live in area with trees that can be cut down for firewood, this could be an option as it would be highly affordable. However, if you are not up to the task of cutting wood, you can buy the wood, or there are several other options available for heating your home.

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One of the most popular systems is the forced air system. To disperse the air through your home, ductwork is used with this kind of system. Furnaces can easily run off of electricity, oil, propane, or natural gas. Some people tend to like this option because the air could be filtered, humidified or dehumidified. One of the more affordable ways to heat the house, it could also combine with air conditioning to cool your home in the warmer months. However, furnaces can be noisy, ductwork takes up space in your walls and ceilings, and sometimes the air can give off irritants.

Another Whitewater heating concept is the use of a radiant heating system. How the system works is there are tubes embedded in the flooring throughout the home and heated water from the boiler is transported through that tubing. Radiant panels could also be used in ceilings. Very cost effective, this sort of heating is practical financially. Heating may be a slow process since the water must be heated before entering the tubes so that you can properly warm the room. While it does provide an enormous amount of comfort to a room, this method is usually an expensive system to install and implement within a home.

A hydronic system furthermore uses water just like radiant heating products. This choice is also heated by a boiler but the water is then routed to baseboard units mounted around the walls. An effective system, this method has positive aspects. Electrical energy, oil, natural gas and also propane can fuel the boiler. This system is extremely quiet which is definitely one rewarding advantage. It is essential to be careful when placing furniture, curtains or other home decor, however since the baseboards do get extremely hot and could present a risk.

More heating alternatives are also available depending on your needs. It might be helpful to seek the assistance from a HVAC designer as you continue doing research since they have the expertise and can tell you precisely what is best for the area you intend to heat. It would be beneficial to ask other questions when you have decided on which type of heating system that will best suit your needs. Ask about the warranty of the device, the installation, and the cost and preparation affiliated with that. Doing an online search may help you find customer reviews and evaluations as to what is the most popular options currently. Those who have purchased the systems before might have some good insight for you and might answer some questions or concerns you may have with a system that you may potentially purchase. Not only a prolonged investment in your home, choosing the best heating system for your residence will allow you many years of comfort in your own environment which is certainly an important consideration for your purchase.

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Australian solar racing team parades at Sydney campus send-off

Friday, September 20, 2013

Australian solar racing team Sunswift paraded their fifth car, eVe, on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, yesterday. They are leaving for the 2013 World Solar Challenge this weekend. Both staff and students came to the send-off event in the early afternoon.

The vehicle route led from the biomed lawn of Michael Birt Gadrens in upper Kensington Campus down the University Mall to Anzac Parade with a few stops along the way at Commerce Courtyard and Globe Lawn. The driver, as well as the passenger, alighted as six members of the team carried eVe over the stairs of University Mall.

eVe, the latest car built by the Sunswift team, was designed for the new Cruiser class of the competition, and thus meets regulations for normal roads-worthy vehicles. While its predecessor IVy weighed under 150 kg, eVe weighs approximately 300 kg, with light carbon fiber monocoque construction and 15 kWh batteries weighing only 63 kg. However, eVe has achieved a similar drag coefficient, despite different overall shape and larger frontal area.

The 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is to take place on October 6–13, 2013.

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Sheds Are Versatile And Come In Different Styles

Little buildings that are used for workshops, storage or hobbies are known as sheds. These buildings are found in backyards and can accessories added to them.

Some accessories include: electrical outlets, shelves, ventilation systems and windows. Some can be made to resemble a house and specifically designed according to individual needs.

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Sheds vary in size and in complexity of construction.

Frames with steel attached to them are commonly used for garden sheds.

Sheds serve the purpose of giving you storage space or a another area to store garden and lawn tools. These garden sheds are for these purposes. Horizontal, tool sheds, vertical and corner sheds are the different styles available. To get the most out of these sheds add shelving.

Sheds made of wood tend to be quite bigger and cost more than a graden shed. The structure of wood sheds is comparable to that of houses. Windows, shingled roofs and plugs for electrical purposes can be added. Some choose to have these sheds for their crafts or home office. Relaxation may also be found here.

Add a special touch to your wood shed with flowers, flowerboxes, shutters or weathervanes. You may also want to add heat, furniture, air conditioning, or ventilation.

Sheds can serve different purposes for different people.

As stated previously, storing equipment for your garden or lawn is ideal. Add shelves for your potting projects.

Sheds with locking doors or a roof with three sides are commonly used for bike storage.

If you have a boat then you most likely have a boat shed somewhere.

Sheds for housing livestock like horses or cattle or even housing hay are normally open faced. These are also known as agricultural sheds.

At train depots sheds for housing locomotives or other goods for transport are stored.

Shed material varies depending on what you want. You can choose to have it built out of wood, vinyl, plastic or metal. Each material has its pros and cons when being used.

If you live in areas where you have to worry about fires or termites, you may choose to have a metal shed.

Sheds made of metal will eventually rust or may be blown down by high winds. Other than that, they do last for quite some time.

If U. V. Lights are a concern for you, check into plastic sheds. They are much cheaper than their metal counterparts and are extremely more stable. Attic storage, peg-boards, skylights, windows, shelving and other accessories provide a finishing touch.

Wood sheds are extremely high maintenance. They are also susceptible to termites and fire. With wood sheds the need to add weathertreatment, stain or paint should be done yearly. This will help in keeping the wood from rotting, warping or splitting. The obvious benefit is that these sheds are stylish and add to landscaping.

Out of all the types of sheds, the most expensive are those that have Vinyl siding. The cost may be worth it because no upkeep is necessary. You won’t have to worry about it being blown away, rotting, splitting or warping at all.

The 20th century saw the rise of asbestos sheds and garages. When the health problems of asbestos were discovered, most of these structures were torn down.

As a place to go where they won’t be bothered by anyone, men love the opportunity to relax in these buildings.

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Buying a Treadmill

If you are considering buying a treadmill you need to take into consideration a number of factors that will determine the quality of the machine. You want to avoid buying a cheap treadmill, because they are not built for endurance and will probably breakdown after minimum use. Treadmills under $800 dollars are not built for endurance and performance and you will get an inferior workout and your machine will not last.

So what do you look for when buying a treadmill, and should you buy your treadmill from a dealer or on the Internet?

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Buying a Treadmill from a Retail Store

The obvious advantage when buying a treadmill from either a large retail store or fitness equipment specialty shop is that you to try it out. You can try out all of the features, compare the belts and their impact, and get a feel for what works for you. But this comes with a cost. You are paying for two costly expenses. First, you have to pay for the retail overhead costs. Most retail fitness equipment stores are in prime locations. This cost of the building adds significantly to the price of the treadmill.

Second, when buying a treadmill you are paying for the commission to the salesperson. And since he is on commission you can’t always be certain he is going to provide you with objective information. Together the retail costs and the salesperson’s commissions can add up to 10% – 15% to the cost of your treadmill. If you feel a need to try it out then you just need to factor in that cost.

Buying a Treadmill Online

When buying a treadmill online you can save considerable money, but you have to be an educated buyer. But the reality is treadmills are like computers. They are composed of many of the same features and components. If you know what you are looking for in a treadmill, and you are familiar with the features you want, then you can easily shop and compare online. In the process you avoid having to travel all over town comparing prices and features. The whole process can be done at your desk.

These are considerations when buying a treadmill online:

Check to make sure the treadmill is a name brand, backed buy independent ratings and reviews. Also, check for customer testimonials, if available.

Make sure when buying a treadmill, it is built with quality components. Like computers, treadmill manufacturers built using similar parts. Make sure that the parts are reputable and that the overall construction meets or exceeds the standards required for your needs.

A warranty says a lot about the quality of a treadmill. Companies are not going to offer an exceptional warranty if the machine tends to breakdown in a short period of time. Warranties are a consistent factor in the quality of a treadmill. If the warranty is exceptional then it makes sense that the treadmill is built to last. Make sure you buy treadmill that comes with a reasonable in-home repair warranty. A one year repair warranty is a good indication. If you plan to buy a budget treadmill consider an extended warranty.

Make sure your treadmill is backed by exceptional customer service. Treadmills are complicated pieces of machinery. They do break. Whether if you buy online or at a retail store, make sure the company has an excellent customer service record. Online company reviews can be found at and

When buying a treadmill do not get caught up by the salesperson. Do your research. Compare prices, features, reviews, ratings and warranties. That will give you a good indication on what to buy whether online or off.

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