Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mysterious Dead Fish at Eagles Mere Lake, Pennsylvania

Dead fish found at one of our area’s most pristine lakes has caught the attention of state officials. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission is trying to find out what caused the dead fish to wash ashore at Eagles Mere Lake in Sullivan County.

In these clear blue waters in Sullivan County, dozens and dozens of dead fish have been floating to the surface. Mostly sunfish, trout and bass have been found dead. Some people who work in the Eagles Mere lake community say it’s more than fishy.

“It`s scary because people fish out of there, there`s kids in here in the summertime,” said Brittany Mapes of Forksville.

http://wnep.com/2013/04/30/mysterious-dead-fish-at-eagles-mere-lake/

Ontario Flooding: Hundreds evacuate from remote James Bay communities

The remote and troubled First Nations communities of Attawapiskat and Kashechewan are under a state of emergency after dozens of homes on the James Bay coast due to rising waters causing sewage system failures.

Forty homes in Kashechewan and 20 in Attawapiskat have been overrun by sewage, officials said Tuesday.

“It’s the exact same story in both places,” MP Charlie Angus (NDP – Timmins-James Bay) said. “There was heavy snow fall, and a fast melt, the ditches are still icy, so the water just ran. The sewage stations have always been substandard, that’s been part of the problem with the housing crisis before — when the sewage backs up and destroys the living conditions.”

The hospital in Attawapiskat has also been evacuated and patients are being housed in a community centre.

The schools have been shut down.

http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/04/30/hundreds-evacuate-from-remote-james-bay-communities

Meningitis outbreaks kills at least 40 in West African nation of Guinea, health officials say

Health officials say a meningitis outbreak has killed at least 40 people in the West African nation of Guinea.

Conde Lansine, a doctor in the eastern city of Siguiri, said Tuesday it is feared that far more people are dying in remote villages and are not included in that toll.

Siguiri, near the country's border with Mali, has been the hardest-hit community, and Lansine said it was believed that hundreds may have died since January.

Eastern Guinea is hit annually with meningitis cases, though doctors say this year has been much deadlier.

http://www.startribune.com/world/205409981.html

500-acre wildfire erupts near Chino Valley, Arizona

The state's first significant wildfire of the season erupted Tuesday west of Chino Valley.

The wind-driven blaze began flaring up at about 12:30 p.m. on Perkinsville Road. The wildfire had grown to 500 acres by late Tuesday.

Incident Commander Russ Shumate said the fire is devouring grass and brush.

Forestry official Cliff Pearlberg said 100 firefighters on are on scene with small tankers and a large tanker on order.

http://kpho.membercenter.worldnow.com/story/22123502/500-acre-wildfire-erupts-near-chino-valley

China: Three buried after lab explosion

Two were injured and three others buried on Tuesday after a lab explosion in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, local authorities said.

The explosion took place at around 9 a.m. in a laboratory in Nanjing University of Science and Technology, toppling down the lab and shattering windows of houses nearby, according to the city's fire department.

Rescue work was underway, and the cause of the explosion is being investigated, local police said.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/8228768.html

Guantanamo: Obama Says Prison Must Close

President Barack Obama has said he will "re-engage" Congress on his failed attempt to close down the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Mr Obama called for the controversial prison's closure as a candidate for the White House in 2008, and vowed to shut the centre's gates for good within his first year in office.

But lawmakers on Capitol Hill objected and the facility has remained open.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085233/guantanamo-obama-pursues-prison-closure-again

Leila Fowler Stabbed To Death Was 'Targeted'

An eight-year-old girl who was found stabbed to death at her California home was not the victim of a random attack - but was targeted, police have said.

Leila Fowler was discovered on Saturday at her home in the rural community of Valley Springs by her 12-year-old brother, who told police he came face-to-face with the suspect as he fled the scene on foot.

Investigators have released a vague description of the man, but are still trying to determine his identity.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085196/eight-year-old-stabbed-to-death-was-targeted

Corey Donaldson Claimed he gave proceeds from the Bank Robbery to the Poor

An Australian man charged with robbing a US bank of $140,000 has told a court his actions were justified because he gave much of the money to people made homeless due to bank repossessions.

Corey Donaldson, 39, who is representing himself, told the jury he was using the banks to bailout the poor after becoming homeless himself last year and meeting people on the streets.

In an emotional opening statement Donaldson said: "I must say, I feel like a frightened child.

"I came up with the idea that since the banks had been bailed out, and the people had not,

http://news.sky.com/story/1085295/bank-robber-says-he-gave-stolen-cash-to-poor

Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Pool Deaths: Couple 'On Birthday Break'

A couple found dead in a hotel swimming pool had been on a surprise birthday break, the woman's family said.

The two were named by police as Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London.

They were found in their swimwear by a member of staff at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday.

Tests later confirmed they had drowned.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085061/hotel-pool-deaths-couple-on-birthday-break

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 1st May 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 00:48:01 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:48:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.864°S, 167.647°E
Depth
51.6 km (32.1 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
72 km (44 miles) WSW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 23:30:08 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 04:00:08 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.132°N, 71.138°E
Depth
111.8 km (69.5 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
40 km (24 miles) NE of Jarm, Afghanistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 21:01:40 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 05:01:40 PM at epicenter
Location
20.951°S, 67.531°W
Depth
156.1 km (97.0 miles)
Region
POTOSI, BOLIVIA
Distances
224 km (139 miles) NE (40°) from Calama, Chile

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 20:17:19 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 07:17:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.621°S, 167.945°E
Depth
7.8 km (4.8 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
42 km (26 miles) WNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 18:14:17 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 02:14:17 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.347°N, 103.026°E
Depth
40.7 km (25.3 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
42 km (26 miles) W of Linqiong, China

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ALGERIA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 17:53:16 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:53:16 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.392°N, 5.641°E
Depth
22.5 km (14.0 miles)
Region
NORTHERN ALGERIA
Distances
23 km (14 miles) W of Ain Touta, Algeria

The illusion of growth: How central bank stimulus is creating a global 'bubble economy.'

Mark Grant sits on the aft deck of his yacht in South Florida's spring sun, ostentatiously relishing his wealth as only an American does, and dispensing advice. He's made his money, and he likes to wear it.

Grant's personality is as big as his mansion and as flashy as his collection of exotic cars — he actually calls himself "The Wizard," a tribute to his own financial acumen.

While we are talking, his cellphone rings intermittently, and the callers are usually serious moneymen. Bill Gross of Pimco, the world's largest bond agency, is a friend; his praise adorns the dust jacket of Grant's recent book.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/29/f-rfa-macdonald-power-shift-growth.html

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 30th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-30 18:29:07.0 UTC
Location 22.87 S ; 69.22 W
Depth 87 km
Distances
53 km SW of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 14:29:07.0 2013-04-30

Cyprus bailout scrapes through island's parliament

Cyprus's parliament approved an EU bailout on Tuesday which will force it to wind down its second-largest bank and impose heavy losses on uninsured depositors at another, conditions that have intensified calls from islanders to exit the euro.

With a razor-thin majority of just two votes, lawmakers approved terms accompanying 10 billion euros ($13.18 billion)in aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In a show of hands, 29 lawmakers from the three parties in the center-right government approved the motion, with 27 voting against. .

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-cyprus-parliament-bailout-idUSBRE93S12M20130430

Eurozone Unemployment Hits New Record High

Eurozone unemployment reached 12.1% in March, official figures have shown, as the region's recession continues to hit its economy.

Some 19.2 million people were out of work in the 17-nation bloc last month, with the jobless rate climbing for the 23rd month in a row.

Data also showed that inflation fell in the region - to 1.2% in April, its lowest level since February 2010.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085124/eurozone-unemployment-hits-new-record-high

Luke Stimson Missing In Pacific Ocean

A British sailor who is missing after falling from a yacht in the Pacific Ocean has been named as Luke Stimson.

The US Coast Guard and Navy continue to search for Mr Stimson after he fell from his boat almost 500 miles from land at around 11.30pm, local time, on Saturday.

Mr Stimson, who lives in Japan, works as the Asian director for international florist David Austin Roses.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085157/british-sailor-missing-in-pacific-ocean-named

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 30th April 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Date time 2013-04-30 17:32:25.0 UTC
Location 37.04 N ; 71.28 E
Depth 100 km
Distances
44 km NE of Jarm, Afghanistan / pop: 12,106 / local time: 22:02:25.0 2013-04-30

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 15:44:14 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 08:14:14 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.354°N, 71.026°E
Depth
149.3 km (92.8 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
42 km (26 miles) NNE of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

Plane tumbles and explodes at Bagram airbase, north of Kabul, Afghanistan (Intense footage)

The sound of Chicago after EBT card refills are delayed

Arizona gun buybacks... now sell-agains (D'oh)

Arizona cities and counties that hold community gun buyback events will have to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them under a bill Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Monday.

The bill was championed by Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature who argued that municipalities were skirting a 2010 law that was tightened last year and requires police to sell seized weapons to federally licensed dealers. They argued that destroying property turned over to the government is a waste of taxpayer resources.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/arizona-gun-buybacks-now-sell-agains-90757.html

Video: Did Boston Bombing Suspects Scream We Didn’t Do It, We Give Up! Before Police Fire Shots?

China Implements Sanctions Against North Korea

$75 billion in previously secret Chinese aid to Africa

Economic development researchers have unveiled a database revealing details of China’s financial aid to Africa. The information bank dispels previous assumptions that Beijing is focusing solely on resource extraction and big infrastructure projects.

The database, which was developed by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth US$75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011.

http://rt.com/news/china-investment-africa-599/

The eye of Saturn's epic hurricane is 2000km wide

Nasa has published a series of incredible photos revealing the epic scale of a hurricane locked in position at Saturn's north pole.

The US space agency's Cassini spacecraft has been in the planet's orbit since 2004, monitoring weather patterns and taking snapshots of meteroids crashing into its icy rings. But a good view of the north pole has so far remained elusive during the planet's winter, and with one year on Saturn equal to about 29.5 on Earth, it's been a long, long winter. Cassini has instead been hovering over a mass of weather the size of two Earths referred to as the "hexagon", for its strange six-sided formation, and it hasn't been possible to take any clear pictures of the north pole since those taken by Voyager 2 in 1981.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/30/saturn-hurricane

Dorset Landslide: Coastguard Urges Caution

Cliff walkers in Dorset have been urged to take extra caution after a big landslide close to the popular Durdle Door beach.

It is not yet known whether anyone was injured or killed by the landslide at St Oswald's Bay, which is believed to have occurred overnight, a coastguard told Sky News.

Nick Lonsdale, Duty Watch Manager at MRCC Portland, said: "The landslide was first reported to us at 8am this morning. To our knowledge, no one was harmed by it, but it is too early to speculate.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085107/dorset-landslide-coastguard-urges-caution

'Meet a Muslim Person' teens shouted at by soldier

Afghan president confirms he received tens of millions of dollars from the CIA in suitcases and sacks 'for access to Karzai's inner circle'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed today that his national security team had been receiving payments from the U.S. government for the past 10 years.

Karzai revealed the payments when he was asked about a story published in The New York Times.

The article said the CIA had given the Afghan National Security Council tens of millions of dollars in monthly payments delivered in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags in return for access to his inner circle.

The cash payments are the first known to be given directly to President Karzai.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316567/Secret-CIA-payments-Security-service-gave-tens-millions-dollars-Afghan-president.html

Ontario First Nation gets little help despite suicide crisis: Neskantaga First Nation reports 10 suicide attempts per month

Neskantaga First Nation declared a state of emergency nearly two weeks ago because of a spike in suicides, but the community 480 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont., has received little government support to help it deal with the crisis.

The few local leaders not crippled by grief are struggling to administer all the ordinary needs of the community of 300 — and deal with the crisis.

"Since the end of last year ... we average about 10 [suicide attempts] per month, and at one time we surpassed 30 attempts in one month," said emergency response co-ordinator Chris Moonias.

Moonias said he has been working round the clock since the suicide of a 35-year-old earlier this month. A teenager killed himself days later, prompting the state of emergency.

"Before you answer the phone, it's always, 'Oh, no, something happened,'" he said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/04/30/tby-thunder-bay-neskantaga-first-nation-suicides.html

Pilot killed and three hurt in mid-air collision between two planes near Los Angeles: One crashes into mountains whilst other lands gently on nearby golf course

Two small airplanes apparently collided in midair over the Southern California mountains yesterday, sending one crashing into a rocky ridge while the second was able to maneuver a belly-flop landing on a nearby golf course.

Three people on the plane that landed on a fairway had minor injuries as stunned golfers looked on.

Rescuers searched for survivors from the fiery crash.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316922/Plane-crashes-near-LA-Pilot-killed-3-injured-mid-air-collision-small-airplanes.html

Sherri Williams shot dead in her doorway with her 10-day-old son in her arms

Police in Alabama are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman who fatally shot a woman while she was standing in the doorway of her apartment and holding her 10-day old son .

The victim, identified as 24-year-old Sherri Williams, was shot in the chest by a stray bullet that was intended for someone else, authorities said. Her son was unharmed.

When the bullet hit her chest, she collapsed onto a couch, where authorities found her with her son still in her arms.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316926/Mother-shot-dead-doorway-10-day-old-son-arms.html

Robbery victim SNATCHES shotgun off attacker and then chases him away

Katherine Russell : FBI find WOMAN'S DNA on one of the Boston bombs as agents take sample from bomber's widow and search her home

FBI agents have visited the Rhode Island home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife Katherine Russell reportedly to take a sample of her DNA after traces of a woman were found on one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks.

Spokesman Jason Pack confirmed that agents investigating the Boston bombings visited the North Kingstown home of Russell's parents, where Tsarnaev's widow has been staying since the attacks.

According to The Wall Street Journal, agents went to the house to collect a DNA sample from Russell in a bid to rule out her involvement in the bombings.

An official close to the case told the newspaper that female DNA has been found on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks. Though investigators haven't determined whose DNA it is or whether the DNA means a woman helped the two suspects carry out the bombings.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316799/Katherine-Russell-FBI-agents-search-Rhode-Island-home-Boston-bombers-widow-sample-DNA-woman-devices.html

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 15:05:20 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:35:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.179°N, 62.000°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION
Distances
77 km (47 miles) E of Khash, Iran

NORTH KOREA "EFFECTIVELY HOLDING 7 SOUTH KOREAN WORKERS HOSTAGE" AT KAESONG INDUSTRIAL PLANT


Most of the 50 remaining South Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex returned home late Monday night after North Korea ignored a deadline Seoul set for talks to keep the factory complex going. But seven are stuck there while the North tries to squeeze every last possible penny out of the South.

They are staff from the committee in charge of operating the industrial park, utility KEPCO, the Korea Water Resources Corporation, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation, telecom provider KT and Woori Bank.

They were scheduled to vacate the complex at 5 p.m. Monday, but North Korean officials, citing unfinished business, effectively took them hostage by refusing to authorize their departure.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/04/30/2013043000629.html

THOUSANDS OF ISRAELI RESERVISTS CALLED UP, SURPRISE MILITARY EXERCISES BEING HELD ON BORDERS WITH SYRIA AND LEBANON


Israel’s armed forces launched a snap division-scale drill along the full length of the Syrian and Lebanese borders Tuesday, April 30, with call-up orders for thousands of reservists, debkafile’s military sources report.

It was taken into account that the unannounced exercise would send military tensions shooting up on the volatile Israeli, Jordanian, Syrian and Lebanese borders. Moscow, Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah headquarters would assume that Israel is massing troops in advance of US military intervention in Syria.

Its timing is also connected to the speech Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to deliver Tuesday night in case he announces military steps against Israel.

Our Washington sources report that President Barack Obama is poised for a momentous decision on whether to pursue military action against Syrian military targets, including Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.

These appear to be his three primary options:

1. An American aerial bombardment of the Syrian military bases and facilities which are the mainstay which keep Bashar Assad in power;

2. A missile strike on his chemical weapons from the sea and from ground bases in Europe and the Middle East;

3. The deployment of 20,000 American troops to the Jordanian-Syrian frontier.

http://www.debka.com/article/22938/Surprise-Israeli-military-drill-on-Syrian-Lebanese-borders-Reservists-mobilized

Jessica Heeringa: Police hunt owner of minivan caught on CCTV at gas station at the same time young mother was 'abducted' leaving her purse and car behind

Police in Michigan have released a surveillance video of a vehicle that may have been driven by a suspect in the disappearance of a mother who vanished as she worked the night shift at a gas station.

Jessica Heeringa, 25, who has a three-year-old son, was finishing her shift at an Exxon gas station in North Shores on Friday night when she apparently disappeared, leaving her purse and car behind.

The video, shot from the nearby Old Homestead Tavern, shows a minivan that witnesses told police had been in the area around the same time that Ms Heeringa went missing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317045/Jessica-Heeringa-Missing-gas-station-attendant-known-abductor.html

.Paedophile Gary Karn who sexually abused schoolgirls aged seven and eight is SPARED jail by judge to stop him losing his job

A paedophile who abused two young children on an allotment has walked free because the judge said jailing him was 'unfair' on his family and would cost him his job.

A victim's father has criticised Judge Mark Lucraft for being 'too lenient' and 'living in cuckoo land' for handing factory worker Gary Karn a suspended sentence.

The 48-year-old from Norwich was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against a child under 13 following a three day trial, in which the seven and eight-year-olds had to give evidence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317034/Paedophile-sexually-abused-schoolgirls-aged-seven-SPARED-jail-judge-stop-losing-job.html

Pilot describes moment an Airbus with up to 220 people on board came dangerously close to crashing into 'UFO' as it came in to land

A passenger plane came within 300 feet of crashing into a 'UFO' flying over Glasgow, an official investigation has found.

The plane was less than 10 seconds away from hitting the object as it flew over Baillieston on the outskirts of Glasgow at 3,500ft and prepared to land.

Despite an extensive investigation, the UK Airprox Board - which investigates reports of near misses - was unable to identify the 'blue and yellow' object which passed below the Airbus 320.

The pilot was clearly shocked and reported that there had been a 'high' risk of collision following the incident on December 2 last year.

He told his control tower: 'We just had something pass underneath us quite close. Have you got anything on in our area.'

They replied: 'Negative. We’ve got nothing on radar and we’re not talking to any traffic either'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317156/Airbus-pilot-moment-passenger-plane-came-close-crashing-UFO-flying-Glasgow.html

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake BALLENY ISLANDS REGION - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 14:39:17 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 02:39:17 AM at epicenter
Location
65.380°S, 179.589°E
Depth
11 km (6.8 miles)
Region
BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
Distances
236 km (147 miles) N (357°) from Scott Island, Antarctica

Deadly blast hits Damascus: 'Rebels bomb way to power by killing innocent'

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo makes 1st powered flight nearing suborbital rides

Austericide: 'Recession sparks HIV spikes & other deadly side effects'

Italy urges closer European unity......

Enrico Letta, prime minister of Italy's new coalition government, has put Europe on guard that Rome will seek stronger moves towards political union and pro-growth policies during his talks in Berlin, Paris and Brussels this week.

Mr Letta, a committed supporter of Europe, warned that the creation of the single currency was not sufficient on its own.

"Now we have to make up for lost time. That time was lost because too many countries have looked at the elections of the day after and by doing this they have made it harder to explain to citizens that they had to concede sovereignty even on other points," Mr Letta said in a speech to the Italian senate before leaving to meet Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor who is seeking re-election in September.

"Our destiny as Europeans is common, otherwise it will be made up of individual countries that will slowly decline . . . in a world where the powers of countries with populations in their billions will prevail," Mr Letta said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/30/business/italy-letta-euro-currency-union/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

South Korea: Joint drills with U.S. end

Joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States officially ended Tuesday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

But the ministry noted that South Korea is still closely monitoring for possible provocation and possible missile launches by North Korea.

A torrent of unnerving threats from Pyongyang in recent weeks has strained already fragile relations in the region.

The North's rhetoric intensified when the U.N. Security Council voted last month to slap the tougher sanctions on the regime and amid the U.S.-South Korean military drills.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/30/world/asia/south-korea-us-drills/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

H1N1 Flu infection on the rise in Vietnam

According to the Center for Preventive Medicine in the northern province of Lao Cai, five of the patients who contracted A/H1N1 Flu virus in Quang Kim Commune in Bat Xat District are showing positive signs of recovery after receiving treatment at the General Hospital.

These patients had been hospitalized after complaints of fever, cough, and respiratory problems. Test results showed positive for H1N1 virus.

Following this, health authorities then rushed to their neighborhood to take more samples for testing as well as advised local medical workers to tighten supervision on those who had directly come into contact with the patients.
http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Health/2013/4/104811/

Rabies alert issued for Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Health Department has issued a rabies alert for the Jennings area of Hamilton County. This is in response to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies on April 26, 2013.

All citizens in Hamilton should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain heightened awareness that rabies is active in Hamilton County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.

The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is NW 9th Drive and includes the following area boundaries in Hamilton County:

  • Cr 141 north
  • CR 152
  • The Alapaha River

Cyprus parliament set to agree do-or-die bailout

Cyprus's lawmakers were set agree a bailout on Tuesday which will force it to wind down its second-largest bank and impose heavy losses on uninsured depositors at another, conditions that have intensified calls from islanders to exit the euro.

Shut out of financial markets for two years, Cyprus would fall into chaotic default if parliament votes against the bill, government officials have warned.

"We have had enough of delusions. We don't have another choice. Whoever has one should tell us what it is," Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides told state radio.

No single party has a majority in the 56-member parliament, and the government is counting on support from members of its three-party center-right coalition which has 30 seats in total. It needs 29 votes for the bill to pass, considered a certainty.

Left wing parties and independents planned to vote against.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-cyprus-parliament-bailout-idUSBRE93S12M20130430

Mosque, Muslim shops attacked near Myanmar's biggest city

Rioters attacked a mosque and Muslim businesses in central Myanmar on Tuesday, police said, the closest a series of sectarian clashes pitting Muslims against majority Buddhists has come to the commercial capital Yangon.

Roaming gangs armed with bricks smashed the mosque's windows and looted dozens of shops after a Muslim woman collided with a Buddhist monk while walking in the street, angering residents, a police statement said.

"Police had to disperse the crowd by firing warning shots," presidential spokesman Ye Htut said in a statement on his Facebook page. He said order had been restored in Oakkan village, 100 km (60 miles) north of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital and by far its largest city.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-myanmar-violence-idUSBRE93T0NU20130430

Italian police arrest four suspected Islamist militants

Italian police on Tuesday arrested four of six men they suspect are members of an Islamist militant cell which was planning attacks in the United States, Israel and Italy, though no specific targets were named by police.

The men aimed to train militants and send them abroad, para-military police said, and are suspected of conspiracy to commit international terrorism and inciting racial hatred.

They were arrested in Andria in the southern Italian region of Puglia, where police say the group was based, and in Milan, Brussels and Catania, Sicily, and include a Tunisian who was the former imam at a mosque in Andria, police said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-italy-arrests-islam-idUSBRE93T0MP20130430

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude mb 4.6
Region SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
Date time 2013-04-30 12:41:14.4 UTC
Location 50.32 N ; 87.24 E
Depth 14 km
Distances
35 km W of Aktash, Russia / pop: 3,374 / local time: 19:41:14.4 2013-04-30

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:58:41 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 05:58:41 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
14.485°N, 90.088°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
GUATEMALA
Distances
8 km (4 miles) E of San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:44:18 UTC
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 12:44:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
19.089°S, 175.347°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
TONGA
Distances
131 km (81 miles) NW of Pangai, Tonga

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NICARAGUA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:13:41 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 05:13:41 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.110°N, 86.746°W
Depth
109.9 km (68.3 miles)
Region
NICARAGUA
Distances
26 km (16 miles) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:57:07 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:57:07 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.525°S, 70.543°W
Depth
81.7 km (50.8 miles)
Region
REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE
Distances
7 km (4 miles) SSE of Villa Presidente Frei, Nunoa, Santiago, Chile, Chile

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:33:06 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:33:06 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
0.151°N, 119.833°E
Depth
37.1 km (23.1 miles)
Region
MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Distances
101 km (62 miles) SSW of Ogotua, Indonesia

Six Men Plead Guilty in EDL Terror Attack Plot trial

A planned terror attack - possibly aimed at assassinating English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson - only failed because the rally being targeted finished earlier than planned and the would-be attackers turned up late.

Six islamist extremists from the Birmingham area have pleaded guilty to plotting the attack on an EDL march in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury last June.

Omar Mohammed Khan, 28, Mohammed Hasseen, 23, Anzal Hussain, 24, Mohammed Saud, 22, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, and Jewel Uddin, 27, all British nationals, appeared at Woolwich Crown Court.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084922/edl-terror-attack-plot-six-men-plead-guilty

Mary Konye Charged over Dagenham Acid Attack

A woman has been charged over an acid attack in east London that left another woman with serious injuries to her face.

Naomi Oni, 21, reported being attacked in Dagenham east London on December 30 as she returned home from work at a shopping centre in Stratford.

She said she had suffered burns and lost her hair and eyelashes after the chemical was thrown at her.

Mary Konye, 21, from Canning Town, also in east London, has been charged with throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085050/dagenham-acid-attack-woman-charged

Melanie Smith Found Guilty of starting a fire that killed five members of a family

A woman accused of starting a fire that killed five members of a family in Prestatyn, north Wales, has been found guilty.

Melanie Smith, 43, was convicted at Mold Crown Court of murdering two adults and three children after she started a devastating fire following a row about a pram.

Smith, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on May 8.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085070/prestatyn-fire-melanie-smith-found-guilty

Mr Kpakiwa and Ms Newahun Foday named as couple found dead in a swimming pool at an Essex hotel

A man and a woman found dead in a swimming pool at an Essex hotel have been named as Komba Kpakiwa and Josephine Newahun Foday.

Details of Mr Kpakiwa , 31, from Erith in Kent, and Ms Newahun Foday, 22, from London, emerged during an inquest in Chelmsford.

Both were found in their swimwear by a member of staff at Down Hall Country House Hotel. Tests later confirmed they had drowned.

http://news.sky.com/story/1085061/hotel-swimming-pool-deaths-pair-named

Stevie McMullen and Ryan MacDonald Escape from Prison Van

Police have named two inmates who are on the run after a prison van was attacked in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The two were identified by Greater Manchester Police as Ryan MacDonald, 20, and Stevie McMullen, 31.

The ambush took place just after 9am on Regent Road, a main route into Manchester and about half a mile from the city's crown court and Strangeways prison.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084912/manchester-prison-van-ambush-escapees-named

April Jones: 'Blood Found At Bridger's Home'

Blood and bone fragments were found at the home of the man accused of murdering April Jones, a court has heard.

Prosecutors in the trial of Mark Bridger said he admits he "probably killed" the five-year-old but cannot remember how.

The suspected killer claims he ran over April before putting her body in his car. But he says he cannot remember what happened next because of "a combination of drink, adrenalin and raw panic".

http://news.sky.com/story/1085021/april-jones-blood-found-at-bridgers-home

Spain sinks deeper into recession in first quarter

Spain's economy shrank for the seventh straight quarter from January to March, preliminary data showed on Tuesday, and the recession looks set to last into next year.

Acute joblessness and grim economic data from Spain and other euro zone countries have fueled a raging debate over whether Europe should abandon austerity policies that are still favored by regional powerhouse Germany.

Spain's Gross Domestic Product contracted 0.5 percent in the first three months of this year from the last quarter of 2012, according to preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute, dragged lower by sliding domestic demand.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/30/us-spain-economy-idUSBRE93T09920130430

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KASHMIR - 30th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Region EASTERN KASHMIR
Date time 2013-04-30 09:41:54.0 UTC
Location 33.16 N ; 75.79 E
Depth 30 km
Distances
17 km S of Kishtwār, India / pop: 20,553 / local time: 15:11:54.0 2013-04-30

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake AZERBAIJAN - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 09:29:40 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 02:29:40 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
41.066°N, 48.145°E
Depth
50.5 km (31.4 miles)
Region
AZERBAIJAN
Distances
26 km (16 miles) ENE of Qutqashen, Azerbaijan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 30th April 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-04-30 09:01:30.3 UTC
Location 42.63 N ; 79.70 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 419 km E of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 900,000 / local time: 15:01:30.3 2013-04-30
108 km E of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 70,171 / local time: 15:01:30.3 2013-04-30
58 km SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan / pop: 9,993 / local time: 15:01:30.3 2013-04-30


5.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA REG, LEEWARD ISLANDS - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:56:47 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 02:56:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.488°N, 62.142°W
Depth
48.9 km (30.4 miles)
Region
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA REG, LEEWARD ISLANDS
Distances
37 km (22 miles) WSW of Codrington, Barbuda

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 30th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-04-30 06:46:09.0 UTC
Location 21.92 S ; 68.65 W
Depth 129 km
Distances
67 km NE of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 02:46:09.0 2013-04-30


5.9 Magnitude Earthquake AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL - 30th April 2013

Magnitude
5.9
Date-Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:25:23 UTC
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 06:25:23 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.655°N, 25.007°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL
Distances
29 km (18 miles) ESE of Furnas, Portugal

EDL Terror Attack Plot: Six Men Plead Guilty

A planned terror attack - possibly aimed at assassinating English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson - only failed because the rally being targeted finished earlier than planned and the would-be attackers turned up late.

Six islamist extremists from the Birmingham area have pleaded guilty to plotting the attack on an EDL march in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury last June.

Omar Mohammed Khan, 28, Mohammed Hasseen, 23, Anzal Hussain, 24, Mohammed Saud, 22, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, and Jewel Uddin, 27, all British nationals, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.

West Midlands Police have defended their actions surrounding the case, after it emerged one of the men involved had been under surveillance in connection with another terrorist plot.

The group planned to ambush EDL marchers using shotguns, explosives, knives and swords.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084922/edl-terror-attack-plot-six-men-plead-guilty

No Charges For 10,000 Serious Violent Crimes.......That's one way to make the crime figures look great!

More than 10,000 people who committed a serious violent crime last year were let off without a formal conviction, new figures show.

The offenders were instead dealt with by community resolutions, which range from apologies to offers of compensation.

The punishment was introduced as a quicker way of dealing with less serious crime and does not lead to a criminal record.

The figures are based on Freedom of Information requests obtained from police forces in England and Wales by the Labour party.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084860/no-charges-for-10000-serious-violent-crimes

Syria: Capital Rocked By Large Explosion

A powerful explosion has rocked the Syrian capital Damascus, according to state TV and residents.

The nature of Tuesday's explosion in the heart of the city was not immediately clear.

Residents said they heard the blast and saw thick, black smoke billowing from behind a group of buildings.

Footage showed dozens of damaged vehicles, with plumes of smoke rising from burning cars.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084903/syria-capital-rocked-by-large-explosion

Israel: Airstrike On Gaza Kills Motorcyclist

An Israeli airstrike has killed a man on a motorcycle in Gaza City and wounded one other.

Ashraf al Kidra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, says the killed man was identified as a 29-year-old police officer.

A statement from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said the airstrike had targeted an Islamic militant called Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, 24, who it claimed was involved in a recent rocket attack on the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat.

It is the first deadly airstrike carried out by Israel since a ceasefire in November.

http://news.sky.com/story/1084873/israel-airstrike-on-gaza-kills-motorcyclist