Politician resigns in Klingon
On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of resignation from a town council in North Carolina. Waddell said he chose to use Klingon, the language of a warrior race in the Star Trek TV shows and movies, as an inside joke. Mayor Michael Alvarez called the letter unprofessional. Waddell said he is resigning at the end of this month. His four-year term expires in December next year. Waddell said he needs to devote time to mounting a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform against US Senator Kay Hagan.
H1N1 flu outbreak kills 5
An H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta has sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed five, the province’s health minister said on Friday, urging everyone to get vaccinated. “Over the past few weeks, we have seen a surge in the number of influenza cases across Alberta. Many of those affected are healthy young adults,” Health Minister Fred Horne said in a statement. In total, 965 cases of the flu have been confirmed by health authorities in the province, with just more than 250 requiring hospitalization, he said. “Sadly, five Albertans admitted to the ICU have died,” Horne said, emphasizing that the age and health of the patients was unusual. “It is concerning that we are seeing younger, working-age adults being hospitalized,” he said. So far, only about one in five residents have gotten flu shots, which are needed to protect “you, your friends, family, co-workers and everyone you come into contact with,” he said. To encourage vaccination efforts, the province has increased the number of centers offering the shot and extended the hours.
Heat sets off sprinklers
Soaring temperatures in Rio de Janeiro set off the fire sprinklers on Friday in a downtown shopping mall as the thermometer topped 40°C. In the sunshine, temperatures rose to 50°C, leaving residents of the metropolis gasping. However, customers taking refuge indoor at Shopping Leblon gained unexpected relief when the sprinklers came on. “Owing to the high temperature registered in the city we had the sprinklers come on automatically. Things got back to normal in 20 minutes and the mall has been cleaned up,” the center said on its Twitter feed. The Meteorological Office recorded temperatures soaring from a low of 24°C to beyond 40°C at some points of the city, sending residents and New Year tourists alike streaming to the beaches to seek respite in the sea.