Thursday, January 29, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Helicopter Carrying Ton Of Hash Crashes In Spain - Killing The Two Pilots!

January 29, 2015 - SPAIN
- A helicopter trying to smuggle almost a ton of hashish into the Malaga province of Spain crashed into an electricity pylon during a police chase, killing both pilots on board.

Authorities recovered the bodies, which were badly burned from Tuesday’s accident near the mountain town of Cortes de la Frontera. The remains have now been transferred to the Forensic Medicine Institute of Malaga.

“We are working to determine how much hashish was on board,”
police spokesman told AFP. Local media reports that up to a ton of hashish was recovered by authorities.

The incident happened after a Guardia Civil helicopter was scrambled to chase down a camouflaged, black-painted chopper that was following an unauthorized flight path.

During the pursuit, the officers lost sight of the suspects and had to return to base. In the morning, they flew to the last known position of the helicopter and discovered the wreckage.

The helicopter was badly damaged, split into several pieces caught in the middle of bushes. Two bodies were found in the wreckage along with some 30 packages of hashish. Police are investigating where the recovered substance came from.

Most cases of drug smuggling to southern Spain come through Morocco, due to its vicinity to North Africa.

Since June 2013, Spanish authorities have seized more than 100 tonnes of hashish in various operations, according to AFP. Hashish, or hash, is a cannabis product composed of compressed ingredients of THC and other cannabinoids, often in higher concentrations than marijuana plants. - RT.

FUK-U-SHIMA: TEPCO To Miss Toxic Water Clean-Up Deadline At The Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant - Suspends Till May!

Workers wearing radiation protective gear stand on a water tank storing radiation contaminated water at TEPCO's
tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Shizuo Kambayashi)

January 29, 2015 - JAPAN
- Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it won’t be able to process the radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant by March, as the operator had promised earlier. The company’s president said the delay is due to technical problems.

"We took the promise with the prime minister very seriously, but we cannot fulfill our commitment. The problem of toxic water is the biggest source of concern for the local residents and we are extremely sorry to be unable to keep our word," said TEPCO's president, Naomi Hirose at a meeting with Takayuki Ueda, the Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy commissioner, as quoted by Kyodo news agency on Friday.

"At our current pace we will complete it by mid-May
," he added.

TEPCO has been battling the contaminated water problem since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged following an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The catastrophe was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Three of the plant’s reactors suffered nuclear meltdown. The water used to keep the reactors cool is tainted with radioactive material and has been since leaking and mixing with groundwater seeping through the premises.

Currently 280,000 tons of contaminated water is stored in tanks on the premises of the crippled plant. It poses a risk to the safety of the decommissioning work, said the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) chief in December, adding it must be decontaminated and dumped into the ocean.

On Thursday, a TEPCO spokesman said the company will suspend the decommissioning of the crippled nuclear reactors in order to complete safety checks.

The most important thing is to thoroughly conduct safety checks,” Tepco spokesman Shinichi Kawamura told a news conference in Fukushima. He didn’t specify how long the checks would take.

The decision comes after two Fukushima workers have died in recent days. On Monday, a subcontractor at the plant fell into an empty storage tank. He died in hospital. On Tuesday, another subcontractor died during a concentrator inspection. TEPCO plans to pinpoint unsafe places and revise safety procedures.

Meanwhile, Japanese prosecutors said three former TEPCO executives won’t be charged over the handling of the 2011 nuclear catastrophe.

"We conclude there is not enough evidence to suggest that TEPCO executives could have predicted or could have avoided (the accident),"
said Ryoichi Nakahara, deputy chief prosecutor of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office on Thursday.

This appears to contradict last year’s investigation by the Japanese government, which stated the main cause appears to have been a human factor. - RT.

FUK-U-EARTH: The War On Mother Nature - SUPER POLLUTION SMOG In Beijing Makes City "UNLIVEABLE," Says Mayor!

A child wears a face mask while walking along a street in Beijing. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

January 29, 2015 - BEIJING, CHINA
Beijing's mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city "unliveable" because of its noxious smog, according to state media. "To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this," he said last Friday, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper. "At the present time, however, Beijing is not a liveable city."

Anshun's speech came days before the market research company Euromonitor International announced, in its findings on theglobal tourism market in 2013, that tourism to Beijing had declined by 10% from the year before due to pollution and a countrywide economic slowdown. The company's top 100 city destination rankings, released on Tuesday, ranked Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok in its top three spots, followed by London and Paris. Beijing ranked 34th, in between Johannesburg and Sofia, Bulgaria.

Wang, a former official in the state-controlled petroleum sector and in north-west China's Gansu province, said the pollution was caused by its distribution of polluting factories and skyrocketing ownership of motor vehicles. In his speech, he demanded that Beijing's polluting factories shut down entirely rather than "irresponsibly relocate" to neighbouring areas of Hebei and Tianjin.

In 2014, Beijing authorities closed 392 companies for causing pollution and took 476,000 old vehicles off the roads, Wang said.

He added that despite the choking pollution, Beijing's biggest problem was population control, claiming the influx of migrant labour put strains on the city's infrastructure. The city has 21.5 million residents and is growing at a rate of more than 350,000 a year.

In September 2013, China's cabinet introduced a sweeping anti-pollution plan, which included prohibiting the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the country's three most important cities.

"This represents the government is strict with science, truth-seeking, responsible for the people and determined to pursue human-centred administration, improve the environment and safeguard people's health rights," said the announcement.

Yet 18 months on, the plan appears to be taking slow effect. Beijing is still shrouded by smog on most days. Authorities announced that in 2014, particulate matter 2.5 - pollutants most dangerous to human health - dropped by 4%, falling just short of the government's 5% reduction target. - Guardian.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Earthquake Hotspot - Britain's Second Earthquake In 48 Hours Strikes In East Midlands!

The epicentre of the 2.9 magnitude quake was at Headbourne Worthy, just north of Winchester

January 29, 2015 - BRITAIN
- An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale has struck in the East Midlands.

The UK's second major quake in 48 hours struck in Rutland at around 10:25pm at a depth of around 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

According to residents, the tremor shook houses in the village of Cottesmore and the surrounding area. Jonathan Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent who lives nearby, tweeted: "The earth just moved in the Vale. I mean seriously. Anyone else feel it?"

Others posted photographs of framed pictures hanging on the walls slightly askew to show the aftermath of the earthquake.

Sally Smart wrote: "Earthquake wow that was a biggen!! Thought a truck was coming through the house #adrenalinepumping."

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said: "Just looking into reports of a possible earthquake in the Leics/Rutland area. Watch this space."

Rutland is becoming something of an earthquake hotspot after three tremors were reported in two weeks last April.

It comes after an earthquake hit Winchester yesterday with police receiving reports of something which "felt like an explosion which shook their houses".

The quake is believed to have hit the Hampshire town at about 6.30pm at a depth of three kilometres, according to the BGS website.

A police spokesman said that no explanation or cause for the shaking could be found and no injuries had been reported.  - Telegraph.

2.9 magnitude earthquake and 'boom sound' in Hampshire, England

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded in Hampshire, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.

Postings on social media reported buildings in the Winchester area shaking following a tremor shortly after 18:30 GMT.

A police spokeswoman said no injuries or serious damage had been reported.

Matthew Emery, from South Wonston, near Winchester described the experience as "almost as if Concorde had flown over".

The British Geological Survey (Bgs) reported a tremor at a depth of 3km (1.9miles) at Headbourne Worthy, just north east of Winchester.

BGS Seismologist David Galloway said the UK experienced about 10 quakes of such a size each year which were "usually quite widely felt around the area".

"We live on a dynamic planet. We're actually sitting in the middle of one of the plates on the earth's crust, but because of the stresses caused by all the movement, we still get little earthquakes in the UK."

The BGS said it had received a report from a residents who said "the whole bed was visibly shaking" as well as one who said the earthquake sounded "like a bus" crashing "into the neighbours house at speed".

Hampshire Constabulary said it had initially received lots of calls from concerned residents in the Kingsworthy area following reports of something which "felt like an explosion which shook their houses".

Residents also took to social media to describe what happened.

Rowland Rees tweeted: "Quake felt in Crawley, Winchester. Whole house shook for a few seconds!"

And Jen Gupta said in a tweet: "Our house in Winchester just shook enough to rattle glasses in the cupboard, accompanied by a boom sound."

Rachel Cristofoli, in Kings Worthy, said: "Everyone felt it and came outside to see what was going on. It lasted about 5 seconds, but the houses all shook from top to bottom."

Brook Ethridge, barmaid at the South Wonston Social Club, said: "About half past six, I was sitting reading my book and all the glasses started shaking. It sounded like someone had driven into the back of the club.

"Everyone ran outside, couldn't see anything. It doesn't sound like the sort of thing that happens in a quiet little place - you just don't expect it." - BBC.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

January 29, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Rare megamouth shark discovered in Philippines

Fishermen use a stretcher with steels bars to carry a rare 15-foot (4.5-meter) megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios), which was trapped in a fisherman's net in
Burias Pass in Albay and Masbate provinces, central Philippines, on Jan. 28, 2015. A megamouth shark can reach to a maximum length of 19 feet (5.2 metres)
with a lifespan of about 100 years. It resides in deep waters but rises toward the surface at night to feed or eat plankton. The Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources in Albay province will investigate to determine the cause of the shark's death. (Rhaydz Barcia/Reuters)


A rare megamouth shark washed ashore dead in the Philippines this week, wildlife officials said. The 15-foot shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant mouth of the deep"), was discovered on the beach in Marigondon, Pio Duran, in Albay province. The totally terrifying-looking specimen is one of less than 70 ever seen in the world, according to Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

The shark, nicknamed "Toothless," was preserved in ice by local villagers.

© Manay Ning & Rosalina Sariola/Facebook

Darrell Blatchley recovers a dead megamouth for preservation. © Blatchley/used with permission

It's the first megamouth shark to be documented since July, when an 18-foot Megachasma pelagios was caught by Filipino fishermen. The first confirmed megamouth shark sighting was in 1976, when a deep-sea anchor accidentally caught one near Hawaii. Most have been found in Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.

Despite the recent sightings, the megamouth shark remains "one of the most rarely seen species of sharks," David Shiffman, a marine biologist, told Business Insider.

Little is known about the species. According to the Shark Devocean blog, the deepwater shark is just one of three species (along with whale and basking sharks) that feed on plankton. The slow-moving giant bottom-feeder swims with its big mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. The largest, discovered in waters off Taiwan, measured 19 feet.

The sharks can live to about 100, according to Reuters.

Oh, and they taste best battered and fried:

After processing the 7th ever recorded megamouth shark specimen in 1995, researchers couldn’t resist the temptation of tasting a piece of this mystery creature they had just dissected and analysed. They were subsequently treated to 3 different preparations of some dorsal muscle. Battered & fried is apparently the best way to eat this shark!
- Yahoo.

350 turtles washed up dead during past 2 months 'is worrying' along Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

In two months, 350 turtles of green, yellow and leather species were found dead from Fish Lake, Tavares, to Chui bar, the divide between Brazil and Uruguay. The considered alarming number is part of the monitoring carried out in the South Coast of the State by researchers at the Federal University of Rio Grande (Furg) and the Education and Environmental Monitoring Center (Nema).

In November, 124 turtles, were found dead: 90 yellow and 34 species of green. In December, the number roseto 226: 139 yellow, 76 green species and even, 11 turtles Leatherback - critically endangered. The average is found dead turtles six per day.

According to biologist Sea Turtles project, Sergio estimated, the mortality is related to two main factors. Marine animals get tangled in nets and hooks used by fishermen. In addition, accidentally ingest the garbage dumped at sea. A study in the state shows that 85% of green turtles found in the South Coast have garbage in the stomach.

"This is indicative of the problem and we are responsible for this garbage. Many can come to death because of that content that is housed in the digestive tract," said the biologist.

The Sea Turtles project also develops actions to map the areas of conflict between the fishing nets and turtles. That prevent bycatch - the so-called circle hooks are still being distributed. Environmentalists offer free 250 hooks for testing of fishermen. If like, another 250 are distributed.

"The circular hook reduces by 60% the capture of turtles and, in turn, mortality. Today in Rio Grande, almost 60% of pelagic longline fleet are using voluntarily this hook. The fisherman has no interest in capturing turtles," he added.

At the edge of Cassino Beach is not difficult to find dead turtles. When it occurs, the scene draws the attention of vacationers. The Pelotas Isabela Pereira, 13, was walking with his family, when he saw a dead animal.

"It is very easy to people walking on the beach, eating ice crea and play the role in the sand. We also think it's cool to see turtles and fish swimming, but does not for that we have more caring nature?" He said. - Gaucha. [Translated]

Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois, France

Several hundred pounds of dead fish found in Clery in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois in the canton Courtenay.

Two months before the opening of the fishery and while many flocks of sheep and cattle graze on the banks of the river, the case could grow if the causes of pollution are not quickly clarified .

"I have recovered with a dip net"

It is the owner of the mill in the Hague, in Saint-Loup-de-Gonois, which on Thursday gave the alert.
"Tens of fish were plated, the belly with air, the grid that protects against a water turbine," says Lambert. "I have recovered with a dip net. There was everything from rainbow trout rainbow and brown trout, carp, tench, specimens, sometimes several kilos and 40 centimeters long. »

Immediately informed the mayor of the town, Alain Martinez, alerted the authorities before going to browse the banks of the Clery which, in turn, he observed dozens of dead fish.
Since then, more than 300 kg of dead fish were recovered and buried by municipal officials.

Technicians interregional delegation of the National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA) would process Friday in samples from several fish for analysis.

Malicious mischief, accidental discharge of a business activity areas of Courtenay or a farm, oil drilling incident?

Elected Township Courtenay wonder and are all the more concerned they have not received information from the sub-prefecture of Montargis.

"We are kept in the dark"

"I do not know how to react," says Alain Martinez.
"Dead fish, it is a warning. It means that the river is polluted and that measures be taken to protect livestock and pets, inform fishermen ... But we are bound in total ignorance. »

There is a little over a month of curtiniens fishermen had reported the presence of some dead fish in the Clery, between Courtenay and Saint-Hilaire-les-Andrésis.
Since no other such information had been received to fishing companies. - Larep. [Translated]

6 unprovoked shark attacks off Californian coast in 2014

Though being attacked by a shark like this great white is extremely unlikely, the number of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide has grown at a steady
pace since 1900. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, there were 39 reported shark attacks in California from 2001 to 2013.  
© David Fleetham / Discovery Channel

A recent report says there were six unprovoked shark attacks along the U.S. Pacific Coast in 2014. All of them were in California, and all the sharks were great whites.

Four of the attacks occurred in October, one in July and another in December, according to the Shark Research Committee's recently released 2014 report. Remarkably, in all attacks, only two surfers were injured.

"I am surprised we don't have more of them," said Ralph Collier, the shark expert and researcher who wrote the report, which specifically looks at attacks that were deemed not to be provoked by humans.

Last July's shark attack in Manhattan Beach, for example, was not included. In that attack, long-distance swimmer Steve Robles was bitten by a 7-foot juvenile shark.

The attack, Collier said, was provoked -- not by Robles but by fishermen who hooked the shark near swimmers.

In the six attacks listed in the report, three victims were surfing, two were kayaking and one was on an outrigger.

Based on the size of the bite, Collier believes a great white shark more than 20 feet in length was responsible for both kayak attacks.

"It wasn't trying to feed," he said.

Collier said the shark likely knew the kayaks were not food.

In the other attacks, Collier suspect the sharks were much smaller.

According to the report, last year's attacks along the Pacific Coast increase the 21st century total to 83, which is three times the 20th century average.

Shark experts have authenticated 191 unprovoked shark attacks since 1900 along the Pacific Coast.

"You have to use common sense when you are in their home," he said.

A few tips:

1) Swim in a group.

1) Stay away from large groups of dolphins and seabirds, which are attracted to the same food as sharks.

2) Don't enter the water if bleeding.

3) Don't splash a lot, and keep pets out of the water.

4) Be extra cautious near sandbars or steep drop-offs, which are preferred hangouts for sharks.

5) Avoid waters being fished. In the July Manhattan Beach attack, the shark was hooked and trying to free itself. "He was agitated and was probably biting everything in his way and then the swimmer swam right into the shark's line," said Los Angeles County lifeguard Tracy Lizotte at the time. - LA Times.

Series of dead and stranded bottlenose dolphins in the Philippines

© Flickr/Jeffk42.
Two bottlenose dolphins were found dead at the Tondaligan Beach here and on the shores of neighboring Binmaley town in Pangasinan province, in what has turned out to be a series of beaching in Lingayen Gulf since Monday.

Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here, said one more dolphin was found dying at about 6 a.m. at the Lingayen beach in Lingayen town.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Rosario said another dolphin beached just at the shoreline at the back of the NIFTDC.

Two more dolphins were found on the shores of the island village of Pugaro here at about 8 p.m. on the same day.

Two more dolphins were found on the shores of the island village of Pugaro here at about 8 p.m. on the same day.

Rosario said Dagupan Mayor Belen Fernandez informed him on Tuesday that four dolphins have beached in Pugaro.

He said the dolphins had fresh wounds.

At 4:30 p.m. Monday, a dead dolphin was buried at the NIFTDC fish cemetery after Manuel Ugaban Jr., agriculturist of Aringay town in La Union province, brought it to the center.

That dolphin was one of six dolphins that beached on the shores of Barangay Alaska in Aringay at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Rosario said four of the dolphins were released back to the sea. But the other one was reportedly taken by a fisherman from Agoo for food.

Rosario said that he had sent a team to collect the dead dolphins here and in Binmaley so these could be buried at the fish cemetery.

According to Rosario, the West Philippine Sea is a migration path and dolphins usually drop by the Lingayen Gulf to look for food.

Last month, two pods of dolphins were seen at Sual and Pangascasan bays in Sual town. The pods left the area after three days. - Inquirer.

Monarch butterflies are rebounding in Mexico but numbers are still low

Destination reached. ©

The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares), the smallest area since record-keeping began in 1993. This year, the butterflies rebounded, to cover 2.79 acres (1.13 hectares), according to a formal census by Mexican environmental authorities and scientists released Tuesday.

The orange-and-black butterflies are suffering from loss of milkweed habitat in the United States, illegal logging in Mexico and climate change. Each year, the butterflies make a migration from Canada to Mexico and find the same pine and fir forests to spend the winter, even though no butterfly lives to make the round trip.

"Of course it is good news that the forest area occupied by Monarchs this season increased," said Omar Vidal, head of the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico. "But let's be crystal clear, 1.13 hectares is very, very low, and it is still the second-smallest forest surface occupied by this butterfly in 22 years of monitoring."

At their peak in 1996, the Monarchs covered more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) in the mountains west of Mexico City.

Lincoln Brower, a leading entomologist at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, has said that with anything below 2 hectares (4.1 acres), "they will remain in the danger category and I will continue to be concerned. " A population covering 4 or 5 hectares (9 to 12 acres) would be a sign of significant recovery, he added.

The butterfly population has plummeted before, and then partially recovered. In 2001, driving rain and bitter cold killed millions, leading scientists to speculate that migrating populations would be seriously depleted in 2002. To their surprise, twice as many returned as some had predicted. In 2004, unfavorable weather, pollution and deforestation caused a drastic decline in the population, but the next year, the butterflies bounced back.

But the overall tendency since 1993 points to a steep, progressive decline. Each time the Monarchs rebound, they do so at lower levels. The species is found in many countries and is not in danger of extinction, but experts fear the migration could be disrupted if very few butterflies make the trip.

The temperate climate of the mountains west of Mexico City normally creates an ideal setting for the Monarchs. Every fall, tens of millions of the delicate creatures fly thousands of miles to their ancestral breeding grounds, creating clouds of butterflies. They clump together on trees, forming chandelier shapes of orange and black.

The migration is an inherited trait: No butterfly lives to make the full round trip, and it is unclear how they find the route back to the same patch of forest each year. Some scientists suggest the butterflies may release chemicals marking the migratory path and fear that if their numbers fall too low, the chemical traces will not be strong enough for others to follow.

Extreme cold and drought also hurt butterfly populations, and in Mexico, illegal logging can punch holes in the forest canopy that shelters them, creating a situation in which cold rainfall could kill millions.

Vidal said Mexico has been able to essentially stop illegal logging in the Monarch protected reserve, but he said habitat loss in the United States remains a huge problem. Milkweed, the butterflies' main source of food has been crowded out by pesticide-resistant crops.

"The question we should all be asking now" is whether the U.S. can halt the loss of milkweed habitat, he said. - AP News.

Coyotes kill police horse in Lapeer County, Michigan

This photo shows a coyote that was spotted on the same farm where a horse from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Mounted Division
was attacked and killed Sunday, Jan. 25 near the Lapeer-Oakland County border.

A Lapeer County Sheriff's Mounted Division Horse was attacked and killed Sunday, Jan. 25, by a pack of coyotes, not far from a home, a lieutenant said.

The attack took place around 3 p.m. on a farm near the area of East Oakwood and Hosner roads along the Lapeer-Oakland County border, said Lt. Bruce Osmon, head of the mounted unit.

Osmon said the horse was feeding around 20 feet from a barn and 70 feet from a home.

"All of a sudden (the owners) heard a commotion," he said.

WATCH: Coyotes attack and kill horse from Lapeer County Sheriff's Department.

"There was a pack of coyotes that had taken the horse down," said Osmon of the mare, or an adult female horse, before the animals were chased off by dogs on the property. "It's their mating season starting. They are hungry and more aggressive."

Given the distance from the home, Osmon said, "This was pretty aggressive."

"Unfortunately they ganged up on this mare and drug her down from the back," he said, with the incident also posted on the mounted unit's Facebook page. "We just need to get out to the community there is a danger right now.

"It could have been a kid or adult," Osmon said. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Oakland County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene along with the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department.

The mounted unit currently includes 11 deputies that put in more than 2,240 hours on patrol in 2014, with the two deputies that owned the horse having been active with the department for around 18 months.

"The unit's main duty, per the Sheriff, is law enforcement," said Osmon, but they also perform crowd control, search and rescue, community policing and guard inmates during work detail outside of the county jail.

With increased coyote sightings in the area, Osmon said some residents have taken to one peculiar defensive tactic.

"A lot of people are starting to get burros around here," he said, noting the loud noises they make and their willingness to defend themselves and other animals against coyotes.

Osmon did have a few words of advice for any resident that may come in close contact with a coyote.

"Stay clear and leave the area," he said.

Residents should also eliminate all outdoor food sources, clear out wood and brush piles, as well as keeping pets inside or accompanying them outside if coyotes have been spotted in their area. - MLIVE.

Family dogs kill 7-year-old boy in College Springs, Iowa

Killed: Malaki Mildward, seven, was mauled to death by the family's two six-month-old dogs
(it is unclear if was the dogs in this photo)

A seven-year-old boy has been mauled to death by his family's two dogs.

Malaki Mildward died after two six-month-old canines attacked him on Thursday afternoon in College Springs, Iowa.

He was pronounced dead 50 minutes later.

Police were notified shortly before 5pm.

By the time they arrived within minutes, Malaki was not breathing, a report said.

Emergency paramedics were also called to the scene to perform CPR.

It was reported both of the dogs stood by calmly as paramedics tried to save the child.

Unable to revive him, first responders transported the child to Clarinda Regional Medical Center, where he was declared dead.

Six months ago his mother posted this photo on Facebook next to the caption: 'Have Pitbull English bulldog pups
got shots and ready to go message me for details and pics'

Six months ago his mother posted this photo on Facebook next to the caption: 'Have Pitbull English bulldog pups got shots and ready to go message me for details and pics'

On Friday, his father Xavier Mildward shared a picture on Facebook of Malaki, with the words: 'I love you so much my baby boy'.

Malaki lived with his older sister, his mother, Amber Braymen, Jeremiah Hicks and Hicks' son.

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer told that the dogs were mixed-breeds with some bulldog heritage, but neither would be considered a pit bull.

He said he saw the dogs in the pound Friday morning before they were euthanized and showed 'no aggressiveness.'

Malaki's family also had another dog, a bulldog type that was not involved in the attack - it was also put down on Friday morning.

Palmer said Malaki often played outside with the dogs and there had no been any problems.

Six months ago Malaki's mother posted on Facebook: 'Have Pitbull English bulldog pups got shots and ready to go message me for details and pics.'

No arrests or charges have been declared. - Daily Mail.

Elephant kills teenage girl in Assam, India

© Yathin S Krishnappa, Wikimedia Commons

An elephant killed a girl at Ballamguri in Chirang district today.

The elephant, which came from the nearby Manas National Park, attacked the teenaged girl injuring her seriously, police officials said.

The girl, identified as Ramisa Khatun, succumbed to her injuries later at the Barpeta Medical College Hospital. - Business Standard.

Hundreds of dead fish appear in a dam in Apodaca, Mexico

Upon notice published Info7, where you could see hundreds of dead fishes into the dam of the colony Campestre Huinalá in Apodaca, a gang of Water and Drainage of Monterrey was presented at the site.

Pemex employees, neighbors said they came just to take a sample of water and could not provide more information.

By the direction of Ecology Apodaca, arrived at the scene the engineer José Manuel Quintana, who said already working in coordination with state government authorities and the PROFEPA for first through sampling, discover the cause of the pollution killed fish.

PROFEPA staff, also said that will come to the site to take samples of water and dead fish to begin the necessary studies. - Info7. [Translated]

300 Birds dead 'due to hailstorm' in Ivaipora, Brazil

Photo: Ivan Maldonado
A hailstorm that hit mainly the south central Ivaiporã on Sunday night killed about 300 birds, including sparrows, doves, doves and well-te-vis.

According to information from the Environmental Secretariat, the hailstorm was located between the Plaza Henry Portelinha, near the Bank Brazil, to the Bible Square, close to the bus station and Rio Grande Street South, near the State Barboza Ferraz College.

At first there was a suspicion of environmental crime, which was dismissed by Secretary of Environment Jayme Ayres, moreover, the birds were badly hurt.
"We talked with popular living here in this region and they confirmed the hailstorm yesterday (Sunday) at about 23 hours. The dead birds were found only where the hail occurred. "

According to Ayres, just before the hail there was a strong wind that frightened the birds.
"Frightened by the wind, they went looking for another shelter. It was when there was a hailstorm and ended up killing the birds, "said Ayres. - TN Online. [Translated]

RATTLE & HUM: "Noise Sounded Like Thunder" - Loud Explosion Heard In Rankin And Hinds Counties, Mississippi?!

Lowe Street in Richland, where one resident said the explosion type noise was heard.  © WLBT

- Saturday night many residents in Rankin and Hinds counties heard what they're describing as "an explosion".

We contacted officials and were told by the Richland Police Department that they received a lot of calls Saturday night inquiring about the loud explosion type noise.

We were told officers searched several areas of the city and did not find what caused the loud sound.

A resident on Lowe Circle in Richland said she heard the noise between 9-9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

The resident said the noise sounded like thunder.

We received several Facebook messages asking if we knew what the 'explosion' was. Some viewers said it shook their homes and from comments the noise, whatever it was, was heard from Richland, Brandon, Pearl, Florence, Jackson, and Star.

A viewer, who called into our newsroom, said her sister heard the sound and she lives in the Crossgates area of Brandon.

The caller said her sister told her the noise sounded as loud as five or six transformers blowing.

Our news crew searched several locations in the city of Richland, but was unable to locate evidence of an explosion.  - MS News Now.