Sunday, April 8, 2012

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Hundreds of Fish Die In Fort Worth‎, Dallas

Frustrated homeowners in Fort Worth’s Meadowbrook hills are wondering what’s killing hundreds of fish in their backyard pond.

Neighbors started to notice the dead fish after Tuesday’s storms.

The pond known as Lake Hollow was once a relaxing escape for Michael Anderson and other homeowners who live in Meadowbrook Hills.

“And we just sit down in the evenings on the landing and just revel in the beauty,” said Anderson.

An unknown problem is bringing the anxiety of a wasteland.

“Obviously this lake is going to turn into a health hazard the way things are going,’ said Anderson.

Hundreds of dead fish including perch and catfish floated to the top of the pond. Read More

Nevado del Ruiz volcano increasingly active, Colombia

Central Colombian volcanologists warned Saturday that seismic activity inside the Nevado del Ruiz volcano has increased.

According to the Manizales Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, the volcanoshowed an increase in activity between 4:00AM and 5:30AM that caused minor trembles.

Local authorities maintain the alert level at orange as the volcano continues to remain unstable and spew gases.

The alert level was raised to orange on March 31 after an increase in seismic activity increased chances of a possible eruption.

The most tragic eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz took place in 1985 when 25,000 were killed. Source

Nigeria: Car Bomb Kills 38 Outside Easter Service

At least 38 people have been killed after a car bombing outside a church in northern Nigeria where an Easter service was under way.

Security officers managed to stop the vehicle carrying the explosives from getting closer to the church in Kaduna, witnesses and emergency services said.

At least one car said to be driven by a suicide bomber was believed to be involved in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet, but it is suspected to be the work of Boko Haram.

The Islamist militant group carried out a series of attacks on churches and other locations on Christmas Day last year.

Motorcycle taxi drivers and passers-by appeared to have borne the brunt of the Kaduna blast, and body parts littered the area.

Tony Udo, a Kaduna resident, said the blast shattered windows in the church and nearby houses and vehicles.

"A suicide bomber in a vehicle was moving towards the ECWA Church and the All Nations Christian Assembly," he said. Read More

55 islands in Maldives hit with water shortage

National Disaster Management Centre has stated that 55 islands throughout the nation have been faced with severe water shortage due to the recent drought.

Director of the Centre Hisaan Hassan said today that many islands have experienced shortage of water since the Tsunami hit the nation in 2004.

However, so far 55 islands have reported water shortages to the centre so far this year.

Hisaan further revealed that efforts are underway to provide drinking water for the crisis hit islands following reports.

To that end the whole of Addu Atoll and some islands of Raa Atoll and Baa Atoll have been supplied with clean drinking water.

“Drinking water of some islands has been contaminated due to the Tsunami. We have continually provided water to such islands. But due to the prolonged drought many islands have been hit with the water crisis,” Hisaan added.

Hisaan said that water was being provided to some islands by using water plants located in the islands. The operation is being conducted in collaboration with the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). Read More

Mudslides Kill Five in Brazil

Heavy rainfall recently in southeast Brazil has led to flooding problems and mudslides. Some of the hardest hit areas are northeast of Rio de Janeiro where more than 20 mudslides have been reported since Friday.

Areas in and around Teresopolis have experienced widespread river flooding and mudslides. Many residents had to flee their homes as flood waters flowed into the city.

Reports as of Sunday morning, indicate that at least five people have lost their lives while around 500 people have been affected by the mudslides in the region.

The rain fell so hard on Friday that the highway between Rio de Janeiro and Teresopolis had to be closed for several hours. Read More

Food poisoning hits 97 girl students in Pune, India

At least 97 girl students of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)-run primary school number 5-G at Janata Vasahat, Parvati Paitha suffered food poisoning on Saturday after eating idlis served as mid-day meal.

The students between age group of 7-10, complained of stomach pain, uneasiness and nausea immediately after eating the idlis from 1.30 pm to 2 pm. Of them, 80 students were admitted to Poona Hospital, 15 to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and one each to Chaitanya Hospital and Sahara Hospital.

Of the 508 students of the school, about 100 were served the idlis. The distribution stopped as students complained of sour taste and odour. The idlis had been prepared by Sai Mahila Vyavsay, a self-help group whose contract has now been suspended. Read More

Students injured in freak storm accident, Malaysia

Malacca: A group of 15 members of the Pasukan Kadet Bersatu Malaysia landed in hospital after being injured during a freak storm with strong wind and lightning this afternoon.

The cadets aged between 13 and 17 years from 17 schools in Malacca, were on a camping trip at a Scout camp at Bukit Katil when the storm hit at 5:30pm today.

It is learnt the strong wind blew their tents away and the 15 members were injured while seeking shelter.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam visited the camp before visiting the cadets at the hospital. Source

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake OREGON - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake has struck Oregon at a depth of 5.6 km (3.5 miles), the quake hit at 17:16:27 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 27 km (17 miles)WNW from Pine Grove, Oregon
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Greece: Protesters Throw Eggs and Yoghurt at TV Newsreaders During Live Broadcast



More than a dozen protesters broke into a TV studio in Greece and threw eggs and yoghurt at a newsreader during a live broadcast.

The demonstrators were angry because a member of a neo-Nazi party appeared on Panagiotis Vourhas' talk show the previous week.

Mr Vourhas, who was interviewing a local politician at the time of the incident, bore the brunt of the attack.

At one point, he had his back to the camera, cleaning his computer while the dairy products continued to splatter his suit.

The channel, Epiros TV1, said 17 intruders, their faces hidden behind handkerchiefs, broke into the studio.

The man who appeared on the programme last week was representing the anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party.

It currently has around 5% support in opinion polls, with an early election set to take place next month. Source

Arab-Israeli activist wins appeal against UK deportation

LONDON — An Arab-Israeli Islamist leader has won an annulment of an order for his deportation from Britain, the interior ministry said Sunday, adding that it was "disappointed" by the ruling.

An immigration tribunal ruled in October that pro-Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Saleh, arrested after managing to enter Britain despite a ban, should be deported.
But a higher tribunal had now granted his appeal, said a spokesman for the Home Office, as the interior ministry is known in Britain.

"We are very disappointed the Upper Tier Tribunal has reversed the decision of the First Tier and allowed Saleh's appeal," the spokesman said.

"We are considering the detailed judgement and, if we can appeal, we will.

Interior Minister Theresa May had argued the presence of Saleh, the head of the northern wing of Israel's Islamic Movement, was not conducive to the public good.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said the ruling marked a "very important day for British justice". Read More

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Iran rejects West's 'demands' before elusive talks

TEHRAN — Iran on Sunday rejected demands the West is reportedly to submit at talks due to take place in days, saying it will neither close its Fordo nuclear bunker nor give up higher-level uranium enrichment.

Those two demands, outlined by European and US diplomats to The New York Times newspaper, were "irrational," the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, told ISNA news agency in a lengthy interview.

Fordo, an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, "is built underground because of sanctions and the threats of attacks," he pointed out.

"If they do not threaten us and guarantee that no aggression will occur, then there would be no need for countries to build facilities underground. They should change their behaviour and language," he said. Read More

North Korea moves rocket into position for launch

Pyongyang vows to go ahead with launch of what it says is a satellite, but US fears is a disguised long-range missile test.

North Korea has moved three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch in defiance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity.

Foreign news agencies were allowed a firsthand look at preparations under way at the coastal Sohae satellite station in north-western North Korea.

North Korea announced plans last month to launch an observation satellite during mid-April celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung. The US, Japan, Britain and other nations have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, warning that firing the long-range rocket would violate UN resolutions and Pyongyang's promise to refrain from engaging in nuclear and missile activity.

North Korea say that the launch is a intended to improve the nation's faltering economy by providing detailed surveys of the countryside.

"Our country has the right and also the obligation to develop satellites and launching vehicles," Jang Myong Jin, general manager of the launch facility. "No matter what others say, we are doing this for peaceful purposes." Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Philippine Islands Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 16:00:08 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 132 km (82 miles) WNW from Basco, Batan Islands, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Delta flight bound for Phoenix makes emergency landing after one of it's Engines Shuts Down

A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Phoenix made an emergency landing Saturday afternoon when one of the plane’s engines unexpectedly shut down.

Delta spokesman Paul Skrbec said Flight 2046 was beginning its decent into the Valley when one of the two engines shut down.

He said the pilot requested an emergency landing and reached the ground safely at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 2:35 p.m.

The plane was carrying 159 passengers, and there were no injuries, he said.

“The plane landed without incident, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” Skrbec said.

It is possible for the Boeing 757 to fly if one of its two engines fails, he said. Officials don’t know why the engine shut down, but it went into maintenance upon landing, Skrbec said. Source

Poisoned in Cola: 16 children hospitalized, Goa, India

CANACONA/MARGAO: Sixteen children of an anganwadi at Cola in Canacona taluka suffered food poisoning following consumption of Bhundi ladoos and chiki on Saturday. Six are still being treated at Hospicio hospital in Margao while ten others were discharged.

According to one parent Sonu Velip some children began to complain of vomiting, nausea and a few even had motions throwing the anganwadi workers in a tizzy.

The snacks were kept in two vessels before chiki and ladoos were served to around 25 children, sources said. The affected children were rushed to Canacona community health centre but as the condition of some of them was severe, they were rushed to Hospicio hospital in Margao. Health Officer Vinod Naik from Canacona who accompanied the children to Hospicio later told STOI that all the children admitted in the hospital were out of danger. Read More

Skin, respiratory diseases outbreak in Bandipora villages, India

Bandipora, Apr 7: Scores of people have been infected by outbreak of some skin and respiratory diseases in many villages here.

Reports said scabies like skin disease was spreading fast among people mostly children in various hamlets including Chuntwari, Benlipora and Ketsan in Aloosa Block of Bandipora.

Inhabitants of the affected villages said children there are suffering with severe rashes and itching on skin.

Chuntiwari village, which comprises of 60 households, is the worst hit with over 50 people affected by skin diseases.

Meanwhile, in Chaknar village, 10 inhabitants are suffering with some respiratory constant cough, fewer and vomiting.

Officials said a team of doctors from Bandipora hospital visited the affected areas to assess the situation. “The team headed by Dr Sharik conducted physical examination of the affected people to ascertain nature of disease,” they said

"Over 20 people at Chuntiwari are suffering from some skin ailment. The team distributed free medicine among them,” a medico who was part of the team told Greater Kashmir.

A health officer who also visited the affected village said features of the disease are compatible with that of influenza virus infection and other respiratory virus pathogens. Read More

Hundreds of Infant deaths plague West Bengal hospital 2012

Kolkata: The saga of infant deaths continues with nine cases being reported over the past 12 hours at West Bengal's Malda Medical College and Hospital.

Of the nine babies that died yesterday, six were less than 28 days old.

Though the hospital authority refused to divulge details of the deaths in the past 36 hours, most of the babies were reportedly born in the hospital.

In January this year, 121 babies died in the hospital and by the end of the next month the figure rose to 205.

The state sent several teams to probe the matter and even a Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) was set up. But parents continue to complain of negligence, which was denied by the health department. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 47.6 km (29.6 miles), the quake hit at 15:11:48 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 138 km (86 miles) WSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 73 km (45.4 miles), the quake hit at 15:03:31 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 151 km (94 miles) WSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

NYPD Officers Shot in Brooklyn, New York after gun battle with man holding pregnant girlfriend and baby hostage in apartment

Four NYPD officers were wounded during a shoot out in the early hours of this morning, authorities said.

Two officers were hit in the leg and the others were grazed by the suspect's bullets after he barricaded himself in his apartment building.

They were taken to Lutheran Medical Center after the attack in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and all were expected to recover from their injuries.

The injured officers were named as Captain Al Pizzano, Detective Kenneth Ayala, Detective Mike Keenan and Police Officer Matthew Granahan.

Nakwon Foxworth, 33, was holding his pregnant girlfriend and their four-month-old son hostage in a sixth-floor apartment.

The woman managed to escape with the child before the gunfire exchange. Read More

2.5 Magnitude Earthquake OREGON - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 2.5 earthquake has struck Oregon at a depth of 6.8 km (4.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:19:17 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 27 km (17 miles)WNW from Pine Grove, Oregon
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Alvin Watts and Jacob England will be Charged with Three Counts of Murder, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Authorities in Oklahoma arrested two people early Sunday in connection with a deadly spate of apparently random shootings in Tulsa that have had residents on edge.

About 30 representatives from four law enforcement agencies -- the Tulsa police, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI -- had been working around the clock looking for the person that authorities say killed three people and wounded two others in shooting attacks early Friday.

The police identified the arrested men as Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32. They were taken into custody from a home in Tulsa.

"We're not exactly sure what their relationship is to another, whether they are friends or extended family members," said Capt. Jonathan Brooks.

The men did not offer any resistance, he said.

The pair will be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, the department said.

Neither has made a public statement. Read More

Syria: We will not Pull our Troops and Allow "armed terrorist groups" commit attacks,

(CNN) -- Syria will not commit to pulling armed forces from cities only to have "armed terrorist groups" commit attacks, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported more than 30 deaths in the restive nation.

The comments, made by Jihad Maqdisi on state-run TV, came two days before a Tuesday deadline for regime forces to withdraw from cities, which the government had agreed to as part of a peace plan laid out by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan.

But "Annan did not give written assurances that the armed groups would turn in their weapons," Makdissi said.

Annan has said he expects rebel fighters to also cease fire after the Tuesday deadline, but the deadline itself was for regime forces to withdraw from cities. Read More

Karen Matthews Threats being Taken Seriously as Vigilantes Vow to Hunt the disgusting excuse of a human being down

Vigilantes are vowing to hunt down Karen Matthews in an online hate campaign after she was released from prison this week.

Websites have been bombarded with threats made against the 36-year-old who was nicknamed 'Britain's worst mother' after she hatched a plot to abduct her nine-year-old daughter Shannon in an attempt to claim £50,000.

Police are monitoring threats of revenge being made on websites including Twitter and Facebook against Matthews, who is believed to have gone a diet to change her appearance.

She served just half of an eight-year jail sentence.

One tweeter calling himself 7nightstorock wrote: 'I will happily shoot her in the head for a packet of tooty fruities.'

Another called Lauren Ireland said: 'Find it disgusting that people like Karen Matthews expect a new identity - they deserve all they get from vigilantes.'

While someone else wrote: 'Karen Matthews sentenced to eight years for having her child kidnapped released after four years. What a joke our criminal Justice system is.' Read More

Tulsa, Oklahoma shootings: 2 Arrested

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Police backed by a helicopter arrested two white men early Sunday and said they would face murder charges in the recent shootings that terrorized Tulsa's black community and left three people dead and two others critically wounded.

Police spokesman Jason Willingham said the two men were arrested at a home just north of Tulsa about 2 a.m. Sunday and were expected to be charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in the spate of shootings early Friday. He said police made the arrests after receiving an anonymous tip.

While police identified the men as white and all the victims are black, authorities have not described the shootings as racially motivated and declined to discuss that issue Sunday.

Community leaders, however, expressed concern about the motivation for the shootings on Tulsa's predominantly black north side, as well as the possibility that they would provoke a vigilante response. The Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization, said Sunday that word of the arrests had provided a great sense of relief. Read More

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 8th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the Unimak Island Region, Alaska at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles), the quake hit at 13:11:26 UTC Sunday 8th April 2012
The epicenter was 126 km (78 miles) South of False Pass, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

U.S., Afghanistan to sign 'night raids' deal



(CNN) -- The United States and Afghanistan have reached a landmark deal in a bid to end visceral Afghan anger over special operations raids on local homes, officials from both nations said Sunday.

The deal will be signed Sunday afternoon, said presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force commander, Gen. John Allen, and Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak will take part in the signing.

The deal comes after months of angry recriminations against special operations raids, particularly at night, that deeply offend Afghans as they involve foreigners entering their homes. U.S. officials say th raids are vital to NATO's operation against insurgents.

The complex system would fully "Afghanize" the operations, putting Afghan commandos in the lead and giving American special forces a "training and support role," a senior Afghan official said. Read More

North Korea planning third nuclear test

(Reuters) - North Korea, pressing ahead with a rocket launch in defiance of a UN resolution, is also preparing a third nuclear weapons test, South Korean news reports said on Sunday, a move bound to scare neighbours and infuriate the West.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified intelligence source as saying North Korea was "clandestinely preparing a nuclear test" at the same location as the first two.

The source added that workers in the destitute North had been seen in commercial satellite images digging a tunnel in the northeastern town of Punggye-ri, Kilju County, in addition to existing mines believed to have been used for tests in 2006 and 2009.

"We have confirmed the (mining) work is coming to its final stage," the source was quoted as saying.

The satellite imagery showed piles of earth and sand at the entrance of the tunnel, Yonhap said. Read More

Japan deploys missiles in Tokyo for North Korea rocket

Japan has deployed missile batteries in central Tokyo and dispatched destroyers as North Korea makes final preparations for a rocket launch that could take place this week despite global condemnation.

The communist North says it will launch a satellite for peaceful scientific research between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding leader Kim Il-Sung.

But the United States and its allies say it is a disguised missile test and that the launch would contravene United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's missile programme.

A successful satellite launch would burnish the image of young Kim Jong-Un as he seeks to establish his credentials as a strong leader after taking over from his father and longtime ruler, Kim Jong-Il, who died last December.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has given the green light to shoot down the rocket if it threatens Japan's territory. Read More