Thursday, March 26, 2015

DELUGE: Widespread Flooding In Chile - At Least 2 Killed, 24 Missing In Atacama And Antofagasta; 760 Homeless And Nearly 6,000 Displaced; 35 Homes Completely Destroyed And Nearly 1,000 Others Damaged; State Of Emergency Declared! [STUNNING PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Flood rescue in Copiapó. Photo: Carabineros de Chile

March 26, 2015 - CHILE
- Floods in northern Chile have killed at least 2 people, with a further 24 still missing.

Torrential rain and overflowing rivers have caused widespread flooding in the normally dry regions of Atacama and Antofagasta, northern Chile. A state of emergency has been called by the government in Chile for both regions. The region of Coquimbo has also been affected by heavy rain and floods. Further heavy rain is expected, particularly in Atacama.

The latest assessments (as of 26 March 2015) indicate that 760 people are homeless and 5,576 people are housed in 23 shelters that have been set up in the affected areas.

35 homes have been completely destroyed, 142 have suffered major damage and 799 minor damage, according to the latest government reports.

Victims – Death Toll Increases

The two deaths reported yesterday occurred in the coastal commune of Chañaral in the Atacama Region. Wide areas of the town were under around 1.5 metres of water yesterday.

Two further deaths have since been reported by the government. The deaths occurred in the town of Antofagasta in Antofagasta Region.

About 30 km away from Chañaral, the small village of El Salado has been completely inundated after the Salado river overflowed, according to local emergency services. At least 40 people had to be rescued from the village.

Several other areas, in particular the commune of Taltal, have also been affected by the floods.

Copiapó City

The region’s capital city, Copiapo, has also seen major floods as a result of the overflowing Copiapo river. Local observers said the streets were turned to rivers.

Copiapó River Dry for 17 Years

Such massive rainfall is almost unknown in this desert area, more used to drought than flood. Deputy Superintendent of the Fire Department of Copiapo, José Codoceo said that the river has been virtually dry for the last 17 years. The photo below shows residents of Copiapó city on 24 March, waiting to see the Copiapó river flow for the first time in years.

Red Alerts

Red alerts have been issued for the municipalities of Tocopilla, Taltal, Alto de Carmen and Antofagasta province over the last 24 hours.


Fear of mudslides as well as floods prompted 1000s of evacuations. Rescue and relief operations have been hampered by blocked roads. Chilean military and rescue teams have used helicopters to carry out evacuations.

Floods in Chanaral, Chile, March 2015. Photo: Cristhian Acori @ Twitter

Raging floods in El Salado, Chile, March 2015. Photo: Bomberos de Chile

In Atacama, over 400 houses have been damaged or destroyed and around 2,000 families have been evacuated. Power outages caused by the floods and rain in the 3 affected regions have left over 50,000 without electricity. Thousands have also been left without drinking water.

Missing People

There are currently at least 24 people missing in the floods. Google have set up a “Google Person Finder” for the floods here.

Chile Fighting Disasters on Several Fronts

The floods in the north came as southern Chile battled devastating wildfires exacerbated by a severe drought. Earlier this month the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted, forcing more than 3,000 people from their homes.

Peru’s Floods and Landslides

Heavy rain in neighbouring Peru has caused deadly landslides and floods over the last few days with more rain expected over the next 48 hours, particularly in coastal regions.

WATCH: Deluge in Chile.

- Floodlist.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: India Navy Plane Crashes Off Goa, In The Arabian Sea - Leaving Two Naval Officers Missing!

The Dornier was on a routine flight when it crashed, said the navy

March 26, 2015 - ARABIAN SEA
- Two crew members are missing after an Indian navy plane crashed into the sea off the western state of Goa.

The navy said the plane, a Dornier surveillance aircraft, was on a routine flight when it went down late on Tuesday. The cause is not known.

One crew member was rescued and a search operation has been launched for the missing two, navy spokesman Rahul Sinha said in a statement.

It is the latest in a series of mishaps for the Indian military

Last November, one crew member died and four were missing when a navy ship sank during exercises off the coastal city of Visakhapatnam.

In March 2014, a navy officer died in an accident on board a ship being built at a dockyard in Mumbai.

A month earlier, a fire on board a nuclear submarine off Mumbai left two sailors dead. The navy chief resigned in response.

And in August 2013, 18 sailors died in one of the navy's worst disasters when a submarine sank after a fire at the same dockyard in Mumbai. - BBC.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Massive Explosion As Building Collapses In Manhattan's East Village - As Many As 30 People Feared Trapped Inside; FDNY Considers It A "Major Emergency"!

Photo by @jmeyers44

March 26, 2015 - NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- As many as 30 people were injured after an explosion and partial building collapse in Manhattan's East Village.

Flames are shooting high into the sky from two buildings as the New York Fire Department attempts to prevent the fire from spreading to other structures.

So far, up to 30 people have been confirmed injured in the collapse, law enforcement officials told the New York Post. At least one person has been critically injured, according to AP.Two firefighters were also reported wounded, according to the Daily News.

The raging blaze has been upgraded to a four-alarm call at the mixed-occupancy building that the fire department called “a major building collapse” in a tweet. There are 25 units in the building, according to The New York Times, and 100 firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene.

FDNY responding to East Village building collapse.

Manhattan: East 7th St & 2nd Ave. Building collapse and on Fire with multiple patients trapped. K-9 requested.

At least one person was removed from the area on a stretcher, WABC reported, noting that the building appeared to be a total loss.

“The entire first and second floor facades were destroyed,”
a witness told WCBS, which reported that the explosion originated at a sushi bar in the apartment building.

The New York Police Department initially listed a gas leak as the cause of the explosion.Firefighters had to pull back from their battle with the flames due to the blaze's intensity, WABC reported.

There are counter-terror officials at the scene, which is standard procedure for a large explosion, WCBS reported.

WATCH: Building collapse in Manhattan.

The “smoke is overwhelming” at the scene, Allie Yang tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, she said that the fire department is closing off the area around 7th St and 2nd Avenue.

“This is being considered a major emergency,”
an FDNY spokeswoman told New York Daily News.

The explosion occurred around 3:15 p.m. ET, and the fire quickly got out of hand, with the FDNY upgrading it from a two-alarm to a seven-alarm call within half an hour. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Seaplane Crashes Into Water Runway At Hooks Airport In Houston, Texas - Pilot Treated For Minor Injuries!

A small plane has crashed landed at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County.(Photo: AIR 11)

March 26, 2015 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- A small seaplane crashed landed at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County Wednesday afternoon.

The plane was reportedly doing touch and goes when the pilot lost control. The plane landed upside down in the seaplane runway.

It's believed the pilot forgot to retract his pavement landing gear when he landed in the water

The pilot was able to get out on his own and swim to shore. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to Cypress Creek EMS, and is expected to be OK.

WATCH: Plane crashes into water runway at Hooks Airport.

No one else was on board the plane.

The airport was temporarily shut down but has since reopened and DPS investigators are looking into the cause of the accident. - KHOU.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Indiana Declares State Of Emergency For HIV Epidemic - WORST OUTBREAK IN ITS HISTORY; At Least 79 People Diagnosed In One Rural Area!

- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has declared a state of emergency as Indiana battles the worst HIV outbreak in its history. At least 79 people have been diagnosed in one rural area, and the epidemic is linked to needle-sharing by opiate users.

The outbreak in Scott County, Indiana began with the first diagnosis in mid-December. By late January, there were seven known HIV-positive patients in the rural, five-county area. In February, the number climbed to 26. Now there are 79 confirmed cases of HIV originating in the southeastern Indiana county. Typically, Scott County would see fewer than five new HIV cases in a year, state officials said.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Reuters / Samantha Sais)

“Scott County is facing an epidemic of HIV, but this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem,”
Pence said in a statement. “The people of Scott County are working hard to address this crisis, and with additional state resources and new tools provided by this emergency declaration, I am confident that together we will stop this HIV outbreak in its tracks.”

Pence issued an executive order Thursday that orders the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to set up an incident command center to coordinate HIV treatment and substance abuse treatment and requires state and local health, law enforcement and emergency response agencies, as well as health care providers and hospitals to cooperate and assist in disaster response. The order also authorizes a “targeted, short-term needle exchange program for the sole purpose of containing the epidemic.” Pence has consistently said he doesn’t support needle exchanges as an anti-drug policy.

WATCH: Public Health Emergency for Indiana HIV Outbreak.

In addition, the ISDH will launch a three-month regional public awareness campaign, called "You Are Not Alone," which will focus on drug treatment, infection prevention, safe sex, needle disposal and HIV testing and treatment.

All the cases are linked to needle sharing for intravenous drug use, mostly with the prescription painkiller Opana. State health officials say they expect to see more cases appear in the coming weeks.

"I am deeply troubled by this outbreak, and stopping it is a top priority for our department,”
State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement Friday. “We are engaging local, state, and national partners to determine where we can most effectively focus our efforts. Extra care is being taken to invest resources in getting people off drugs and into treatment, since drug abuse is the clear driving force behind this outbreak.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived Tuesday in the Scott County town of Austin ‒ considered the epicenter of the outbreak ‒ to combat the epidemic and administer HIV tests to residents. The CDC supports needle exchange programs.

Dr. Burke testifying in support of needle exchange measures to suppress Indiana HIV outbreak.

Dr. William Cooke, medical director for Family Foundations Medicine in Austin, wasn’t surprised by the outbreak.

“We have kind of a recipe for disaster, all the bad ingredients — unemployment, high dropout, high teen pregnancy rate, high drug abuse rate,”
he told AP, noting that more than half of Scott County deaths are due to IV drug overdose.

"We've seen an increase in overdoses. We've identified that most of our IV drug users are hepatitis-C positive. We knew it was a only matter of time until HIV set in,"
Cooke told NBC News. "We've been asking for help for a long time. We identified long ago there was an undercurrent here that was very unhealthy."

Dr. Kevin Burke, Clark County public health officer, told the Indianapolis Star that he hopes that even though the governor instituted a temporary needle exchange program, the legislature will act for a longer one.
"A 30-day program would be much too short," he said. "You're not going to help those people long-term."

The needle exchange will only be available in Scott County, which doctors say won’t be helpful in curbing the spread of HIV.

"[Interstate] 65 goes from south to north,"
Dr. Deepak Azad, an internist in Scott County, told the Indianapolis Star. "Keeping a needle exchange program only in Scott County is not going to solve the problem."

Republican state Rep. Ed Clere introduced an amendment to a bill on Wednesday that would create a needle exchange program in the state.

“My focus is on the crisis in southeastern Indiana and what the legislature can do to help mitigate it,” Clere told Healthline. “Facilitating needle exchange is an obvious opportunity to slow the spread of HIV there, and to prevent additional outbreaks in other areas of the state. This outbreak has highlighted the lack of HIV/AIDS infrastructure in Indiana, including a widespread lack of available testing, and I expect a number of legislators will be interested in addressing that and other deficiencies and opportunities going forward.”

“Needle exchange is a proven and effective harm reduction measure. It isn’t a new concept,” he added. “To the contrary, needle exchange programs across the country have been protecting public health and saving lives for more than two decades.” - RT.

PARADIGM SHIFT: The Age Of Obama And Precursors To The End Of Zionism - In Unprecedented Move, President Obama Declassifies Top Secret Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program!

March 26, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu's March 3 address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran's nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.

Another highly suspicious aspect of the document is that while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel's sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.

The 386-page report entitled "Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations" gives a detailed description of how Israel advanced its military technology and developed its nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s.  National Security Archive/Flash 90

Israel is "developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level," reveals the report, stating that in the 1980s Israelis were reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs.

The revelation marks a first in which the US published in a document a description of how Israel attained hydrogen bombs.

The report also notes research laboratories in Israel "are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories," the key labs in developing America's nuclear arsenal.

Israel's nuclear infrastructure is "an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories," it adds.

"As far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960," the report reveals, noting a time frame just after America tested its first hydrogen bomb.

Institute for Defense Analysis, a federally funded agency operating under the Pentagon, penned the report back in 1987.

Aside from nuclear capabilities, the report revealed Israel at the time had "a totally integrated effort in systems development throughout the nation," with electronic combat all in one "integrated system, not separated systems for the Army, Navy and Air Force." It even acknowledged that in some cases, Israeli military technology "is more advanced than in the U.S."

Declassifying the report comes at a sensitive timing as noted above, and given that the process to have it published was started three years ago, that timing is seen as having been the choice of the American government.

US journalist Grant Smith petitioned to have the report published based on the Freedom of Information Act. Initially the Pentagon took its time answering, leading Smith to sue, and a District Court judge to order the Pentagon to respond to the request.

Smith, who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, reportedly said he thinks this is the first time the US government has officially confirmed that Israel is a nuclear power, a status that Israel has long been widely known to have despite being undeclared. - Israel National News.

MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES: Planet Jupiter's Explosive Ever-Present Polar Lights, Many Times The Size Of The Earth - Auroral Explosions "Having Nothing To Do With The Sun," Could The Jovian Magnetosphere Be Interacting With Another Stellar Object?!

The Daily Galaxy via AGU

March 26, 2015 - JUPITER
- On Earth, bursts of particles spewed by the Sun spark shimmering auroras, like the Northern Lights, that briefly dance at our planet’s poles. But, on Jupiter, there’s an auroral glow all the time, and new observations show that this Jovian display sometimes flares up because of a process having nothing to do with the Sun.

In this artist’s rendering from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, flows of electrically charged ions and electrons accelerate along Jupiter’s magnetic field lines (fountain-like blue curves), triggering auroras (blue rings) at the planet’s pole. Accelerated particles come from clouds of material (red) spewed from volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io (small orb to right). Recent observations of extreme ultraviolet emissions from Jupiter by satellite Hisaki (left foreground) and the Hubble Space Telescope (right) show episodes of sudden brightening of the planet’s auroras. Interactions with the excited particles from Io likely also fuel these auroral explosions, new research shows, not interactions with particles from the Sun.

Jupiter watchers have long known that the giant planet’s ever-present polar auroras – thousands of times brighter and many times bigger than Earth – are powered by both electrically charged particles from the Sun colliding with Jupiter’s magnetic field and a separate interaction between Jupiter and one of its many moons, called Io. But there are also auroral explosions on Jupiter, or periods of dazzling brightening, similar to auroral storms on Earth, that no one could definitively trace back to either of those known causes.

In the aurora-making interaction of Jupiter and Io, volcanoes on the small moon blast clouds of electrically charged atoms (ions) and electrons into a region surrounding Jupiter that’s permeated by the planet’s powerful magnetic field, thousands of times stronger than Earth’s. Rotating along with its rapidly spinning planet, the magnetic field drags the material from Io around with it, causing strong electric fields at Jupiter’s poles. The acceleration of the ions and electrons produce intense auroras that shine in almost all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum but most brightly in high-energy bands, like ultraviolet light and X-rays, that are invisible to unaided human eyes.

Now, new observations of the planet’s extreme ultraviolet emissions show that bright explosions of Jupiter’s aurora likely also get kicked off by the planet-moon interaction, not by solar activity. A new scientific paper about these observations by Tomoki Kimura of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan, and his colleagues, was published online today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Starting in January 2014, a telescope aboard the JAXA’s Hisaki satellite, which focused on Jupiter for two months, recorded intermittent brightening of the giant planet’s aurora. The telescope detected sudden flare-ups on days when the usual flow of charged particles from the Sun, known as the solar wind, was relatively weak.

Additional space and ground-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, also viewed Jupiter during these lulls in the solar wind. Both Hisaki and Hubble witnessed explosions of the planet’s aurora despite the solar wind’s calm, suggesting that it’s the Jupiter-Io interaction driving these explosions, not charged particles from the Sun, according to the new study. The new research does not address exactly what is happening in the Jovian magnetosphere to cause the temporary brightening of auroral explosions. - Daily Galaxy.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increased Seismic Activity Reported At Aleutian Island's Semisopochnoi Volcano - USGS Upgrades Alert Level To "Advisory"!

Semisopochnoi Island, in November 2012. | Roger Clifford

- Citing increased seismic intensity, the U.S. Geological Survey is upgrading the volcano alert level status for Semisopochnoi, an Aleutian Island volcano, to "advisory," the agency said in a notice issued Wednesday morning.

Seismic activity at the Semisopochnoi volcano began in January, but "has increased in intensity over the past few days," USGS wrote in the notice.

"In addition, we have detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate movement of magma or magmatic gases."

Semisopochnoi is remote even by Alaska standards. It lies on an island of the same name some 127 miles from Adak and 1,283 miles from Anchorage.

The volcano last erupted in 1987.  - Alaska Dispatch News.

PLANETARY TREMORS: New Zealand Community Told To Prepare For Major Earthquake Along The Dangerous Alpine Fault - Drastic "Fault Avoidance Zone" Recommended!

March 26, 2015 - NEW ZEALAND
- A West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to its town to prepare for an inevitable Alpine Fault earthquake.

The fault runs diagonally through Franz Josef township and geologists have recommended a "fault avoidance zone" 100 metres either side to protect buildings.

GNS Science sent four of its geologists to Franz Josef to talk about what will happen when the Alpine Fault ruptures.

The 600-kilometre fault has ruptured five times in the past 1100 years. Each time it produced an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 to 8.0, the last being in 1717.

Dr Ursula Cochran said studying the fault was complicated because different sections had ruptured at different times.

While researching a section of the fault in South Westland, Cochran and her team found evidence for 24 earthquakes over 8000 years.

Based on this and similar research, scientists calculated the average interval between earthquakes was about 300 years in South Westland.

From that information, scientists conclude there is a 30 per cent chance of a large earthquake occurring on the southern section of the fault in the next 50 years.

That is considered reasonably high by global standards.

Fellow geologist Dr Jamie Howarth said an Alpine Fault earthquake would be accompanied by dramatic changes in the Southern Alps in the following decades.

Scientists had found evidence of an influx of erosion material flowing into lakes and rivers following a large earthquake.

Howarth said that could be seen as a "considerable delayed hazard" with implications for restoration of infrastructure such as road and rail links.

Dr Rob Langridge has worked to map the fault and determine how much it will slip in the next large earthquake.

He said there would likely be instantaneous movement between 7 to 8 metres horizontally and 1 to 2m vertically.

Langridge has worked on the concept of a "fault avoidance zone" which is being considered for the Franz Josef township.

It would mean a 100m-wide zone along the fault, which runs diagonally through the township, with special considerations for buildings.

The Westland District Council has proposed changes to its district plan to account for the earthquake risk in Franz Josef. It will hear public submissions on the changes on March 30 and 31. - Stuff.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireball Lights Up The Skies Over Nova Scotia!

March 26, 2015 - NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
- People across Nova Scotia took to social media Tuesday after seeing a ball of fire in the night sky.

Astronomer David Lane, director of the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said it was likely a bright meteor called a fireball.

He said that while they are not rare, they do usually pass by in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping.

The ball of fire was reportedly seen by people in the Annapolis Valley, Antigonish, Sydney and even some on Prince Edward Island.

"It grew brighter as it streaked low on the southeastern horizon and expired with a bright green flash," said Emily MacKay on Twitter

Nova Scotia Webcams captured the fireball on its Halifax harbour webcam.

After multiple fireball sightings last year, Lane told CBC the odds of finding a meteorite after seeing a fireball are small.

"The chances of finding it are pretty slim. You really need a lot of good camera reports that shows the streak in the sky so that scientists can follow up ... to do, essentially, a triangulation and pinpoint a target search area."

He said finding a meteorite is very rare. Only one meteorite has ever been confirmed to have been found in the Maritimes.

"Fireballs happen all the time," Lane said. "There's something like 100 tonnes of stuff that hits the Earth every day from space, but [in] Nova Scotia, or I should say the Maritimes, there's only been one meteorite ever found on the ground." 

WATCH: Nova Scotia Webcams caught the thing on camera.

- CBC News.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors And Warnings From Mother Nature – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Migratory Patterns, Attacks, Deaths, And Appearance Of Rare Creatures!

March 26, 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.

Thousands of dead fish found covering part of the Kerian River in Malaysia

Mohd Hafizi displaying the dead fish. SUNPIX by MASRY CHE ANI

Thousands of dead fish were found blanketing the surface of Sungai Kerian at Kampung Jajar, Jalan Trans Kerian.

Mohd Hafizi Mohd Jamaluddin, 20, a resident who stays near by the river, said the fish began floating to the surface of the river since Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters here today, he said the dead fish include catfish and mayong fish.

"There are more dead fish in the river today and it is causing an awful smell around our living area now. It is first time to see thousands dead fish at here," he said.

Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) chairman Ahmad Furanji Shariff said residents in Kampung Jajar are suffering over the stench.

He said the water gate of the river was closed, hence all dead fish were trapped in the waters of the river.

"The smell is getting worse, so I hope the State Drainage and Irrigation Department, Environment Department or Fisheries Department can come forward and help us to settle this problem," he said, adding that the river might be polluted and all fish in the river were poisoned. - The Sun Daily.

20 Whales stranded, 12 dead in Bunbury Harbour, Australia

An attempt to save a group of long-finned pilot whales washed up against a breakwater wall in Western Australia appears to be over.

A team from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and local volunteers went to the Bunbury harbour breakwater wall after a group of more than 20 whales congregated against it Monday morning.

Twelve of the animals died.

Four whales have been taken five nautical miles out to sea, and were released about 2:40pm (AWST).

They all appeared to be heading for deeper water.

Volunteers, boats and jet skis made as much as noise possible to discourage the whales from returning.

A further 15 whales are in the area but are not considered in danger.

Earlier DPaW spokesman Kim Williams explained how the rescue was being carried out.

“They have been collected off the rocks. They have been gathered together in a small sandy bay beach not far from where they were stranding,” he said.

“The idea here is that gathering the animals together on the small beach, in shallower water, we have volunteers around each animal, each animal is in a sling and they’re stabilising the animals and just keeping them calm.

“The concept is that once we’re happy that all are fit and ready to go, and the vets have checked them over … we’ll attempt to turn the whales around and with a series of boats, either side of them, lead them out of the shallow water past the breakwater and into the more open water hopefully to join a larger pod somewhere out in the deeper ocean.”

Volunteers from the Dolphin Centre had been helping to keep the whales alive.

One volunteer, Bob, said it was hard to get to the whales.

“Here we’ve got a small number but it’s on rocks and it’s…hard to get down there in amongst the rocks,” he said.

Desperate attempts to save a struggling calf failed, but it was been towed out in an attempt to try and coax its mother away from the rocks. - The News Daily.

Dead baby whale found near Maui beach, Hawaii

Maui County Ocean Safety officials are warning beachgoers Tuesday about sharks feeding on a whale carcass off Kite Beach near

The carcass of a baby whale near Kanaha Beach Park on Maui was towed offshore, but the waters will remain closed after several large sharks were spotted in the area.

Maui ocean safety officials closed the beach and warned the public about the decomposing whale after a 10-foot-long tiger shark was seen feeding on the carcass Tuesday morning. The 10-foot-long whale had been about 100 yards offshore of Kaa Point, which is also known as Kite Beach near Kahului Airport.

Around noon, state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers and lifeguards patrolled the shoreline while an aerial survey by helicopter was conducted to look for sharks in the area.

According to county officials, several large sharks could be seen, prompting Ocean Safety officials to keep the waters 1 mile either side of Kaa Point closed until an assessment of the waters by air can be made Wednesday morning.

WATCH: Shark feeds on baby whale carcass in Kahului, Maui.

- Star-Advertiser.

Rainbow lorikeets eating meat leaves bird experts astonished

Two rainbow lorikeets tuck into pets mince in a backyard feeder in Elimbah.  © Matt Watson

The behaviour of a population of rainbow lorikeets who frequent a backyard feeding station on a property north of Brisbane has left bird experts baffled. The lorikeets are eating meat and Griffith University's Professor Darryl Jones is shocked.

Professor Jones, who is researching the impact of backyard feeding on bird populations, said lorikeets usually eat nectar and pollen which they obtain from native plants and shrubs.

"I have researched what birds feed on all around the world," Professor Jones said.

"I'm up to date with all the kinds of crazy things that birds are eating all over Australia.

"To see a lorikeet eating meat astonishes me completely. I have never heard of such a thing before."

For years, Bill, who owns the Elimbah property, has put out pets mince for magpies, currawongs and kookaburras. He also puts out seed for vegetarian birds like galahs, king parrots and the lorikeets.

He feeds about a dozen birds each day and knows they are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. Bill's property is home to native trees and shrubs, and there is untouched forest nearby. He is happy to offer a few scoops of mince and seed to the birds that come in for a free feed.

It was about seven years ago when Bill first noticed the lorikeets eating meat, and they have been eating it ever since.

"At first they went for the seed but then they started chasing the other birds away from the meat, which surprised me," he said.

Professor surprised lorikeets are defending meat

Professor Jones said the availability of food on the property made the lorikeet's decision to eat meat mystifying.

"It makes no sense at all," he said.

"It makes me wonder very strongly that these particular birds, the individuals in the picture, are probably needing some protein.

"But the birds look extremely healthy in those pictures."

He said lorikeets always get around in pairs and tend to be nasty with other bird species when it comes to food. He said it is not surprising that the lorikeets are chasing magpies and kookaburras away from the meat.

"What is unusual is that the food that they're defending is actually meat," Professor Jones said.

"That's the strange part about it.

"Maybe the lorikeets saw what the other birds were eating and simply decided to try it and liked it.

"It's extremely unusual."

Professor Jones believed that lorikeets eating meat had never been documented before.

"If it was a genuine idea that lorikeets would eat meat I'm sure it would've come up by now," he said.

He said the lorikeet population had increased dramatically in south-east Queensland in the past decade. What once was a common species has now become the most abundant bird in the south east.

Professor Jones said people tend to plant native, nectar-bearing plants in their gardens and local councils do the same in their parks, which provides ample food for lorikeets and other birds.

He said lorikeets are also being fed by thousands of Queenslanders in backyard feeders.

Rainbow lorikeets take over a backyard feeding station as the bird they kicked out waits patiently on the fence for them to finish. © Matt Watson

"I would very much like to know if people who put out meat for other birds are getting lorikeets coming and eating it as well," he said.

Wildlife carer says she is 'horrified'

Licensed wildlife carer Fran Sanders has been looking after native animals and birds in Brisbane for 25 years. She has never seen lorikeets eating meat or heard of them doing it.

"I'm absolutely amazed and horrified," Ms Sanders said.

She has assisted hundreds of people who backyard feed mince to carnivores like butcher birds and magpies and kookaburras.

"I've never heard any of them talk about lorikeets coming down and eating mince," she said.

"I know when people are backyard feeding, lots of birds will come down and eat because it's easy.

"Like us I suppose they get a little bit of a lazy streak and they come down and it saves them hunting or finding food.

"They will eat things that aren't really their food."

Of the lorikeets eating meat at Elimbah, Ms Sanders has no answers.

"Whether it's just a habit they've started because it's there and they've found it, I don't know," she said.

"They're not meat eaters, that's for sure.

"It's incredible, I'm just so stunned."

Ms Sanders said although people enjoy backyard feeding birds, they need to be careful with the food they put out.

She said birds do not naturally eat seeds, which can damage their tongues, preventing them from naturally feeding on pollen and nectar.

"And meat like pets mince can cause fatty liver disease in carnivorous birds."

Professor Darryl Jones would like to hear from anyone who has observed lorikeets eating meat. He can be reached at - ABC News, Australia.

Second mahout to be killed by elephant within 5 days in Kerala, India

Asian elephant. © Yathin S Krishnappa

The district authorities have resolved to strictly enforce the prescribed norms for management of captive elephants in the wake of second incident within five days in which a man was killed by an elephant in Karuvatta, near Haripad.

In the latest-such case, a 52-year-old mahout was crushed to death by an elephant, named Chirakkadavu Thiruneelakandan, which was brought from Ponkunnam during a procession that was taken out in connection with a festival at the Thiruvilanjal Devi Temple on Sunday by around 10 p.m. The mahout, Unnikrishnan Nair, who hailed from Padeethathil house in Karuvatta, was knocked down and was trampled by the elephant. The animal could be brought under control only within two hours.

The incident came close on the heels of another in which a 72-year-old ex-serviceman was killed by an elephant. Which ran amok when being readied for the festival at the same temple at Karuvatta. The victim, who was reading a newspaper on his courtyard, was hit by the elephant's trunk and was killed on the spot. The pachyderm was brought under control, but not before it damaged several vehicles and other properties along the busy Karuvatta-Haripad stretch.

According to him, the necessary permits must be obtained for parading elephants by producing the relevant certificates at least seven days prior to the procession. The applications must be submitted at either the office of the Assistant Conservator of Forest (Social Forestry) at Kommady or the Divisional Forest Office at Ranni. The required documents include the fitness, insurance, ownership, veterinary doctor's and microchip certificates, data book and the notice of the particular programme.

The organisers must inform the details of the programme to the nearest police station and the Forest Range office at least 72 hours prior to the function. As per the prescribed norms, elephants cannot be paraded within 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. Special permission must be obtained from the Collector if any unavoidable circumstances related to belief and temple rituals arose. In any case, the animal can be paraded for only a maximum of six hours in a day.

The district authorities will no longer issue permits for using elephants at festivals that were introduced after 2012. A minimum distance of 3 km must be maintained for elephants from the public. Elephants must not be made to walk on tarred roads at noon. - The Hindu.

50% decline in songbirds across Canada in the last 50 years

Songbirds, like this tree swallow, are in serious decline across North America.

It's a sure sign of spring when the chorus of songbirds once again returns to our region. Recent mornings, I've awoken to the sounds of robins chirping, the tune of a white-throated sparrow and the gentle cooing of morning doves. The silence of the winter has broken.

Imagine for moment if that winter silence continued into spring and summer. Unfortunately, it's a scenario that could very well unfold as we've seen sharp declines in the number of songbirds over the past few decades.

Birdsong that has graced the Earth for millions of years, and for all of human history, could soon be stilled in a human-made perfect-storm of negligence and unintended consequences.

A film that was shown on CBC-TV last week, Song Bird SOS, shines light on the ever-growing decline of songbirds, and outlines some of the potential causes. You can view the documentary at

Directed by Su Rynard, the film is the artfully shot story of the mass depletion of songbirds in the Americas, an alarming thinning of populations that has seen declines of many species since the 1960s. According to international birding expert Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, who is featured in the documentary, we may have lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies 50 years ago.

What are some of the causes that are hurting songbird populations? They're wide ranging, but the common denominator is human interference in their way of life. From cats being allowed to roam free, to large glass-walled skyscrapers, human activity is to blame for much of the decline of these beautiful birds.

Up to billion birds fall victim to high-rise buildings alone. Birds fly into the reflective windows and are killed or seriously injured. In Toronto, an organization called FLAP or Fatal Light Awareness Program, works with a host of volunteers to collect the dead and rescue the injured birds, as well as advocating for windows that are bird-friendly.

Neonicotinoids were in the news a lot in 2014 for their harmful effects to bees and other pollinators. It turns out that these chemicals may also be impacting songbird populations. The seed that many farmers in the prairies sow is treated with neonicotinoids to deter insects from damaging the mature crops. In Saskatchewan the film follows avian eco-toxicologist Christy Morrissey, who discovers lethal neonicotinoids in the spring wetland water supply, ahead of its annual application by local farmers. The neonicotinoids are potentially killing off many of the insects which songbirds rely on as a food source. What's especially scary is these chemicals are carrying over from the year prior.

Cats are also major, non-natural predators to songbirds. Humans have introduced millions of cats into the environment that wouldn't naturally be there. Cats are born hunters, and unfortunately songbirds are easy targets. Potentially billions of birds fall victim to cats each year.

Light pollution is also a major concern for songbirds. A fact that many of us are unaware of is that songbirds migrate at night. Distracted by light, the birds are can potentially become trapped or thrown off course. A recent example comes out of Saint John, N.B. where nearly 10,000 migrating songbirds, including some rare species, were killed as they were attracted to and flew into a gas flare at a Canaport LNG facility in the city. - Peterborough Examiner.

Woman aged 64 dies after being savaged by dog at home in Cardiff, Wales

Tragic: Tributes have been left at the home where the woman was attacked in Cardiff

Police were called to a house at around 10pm on Friday night - despite efforts to save the woman, she later died from her injuries in hospital

A grandmother has died after being mauled at her home by a bullmastiff-type dog, police have said.

The victim, named locally as mum-of-four Rhona Greve, 64, died in hospital after suffering neck and face ­injuries in the terrifying attack

Police were called to a house in Crossways Road, Ely, shortly after 10pm on Friday to reports a woman had been attacked by a dog. - Daily Mirror.

Man mauled to death by dog pack in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States

On Saturday, police were still searching for the brown and white pit bull that got away (above an officer trying to corral one of the dogs).

An Arkansas man was brutally mauled to death in a vicious dog attack by seven pit bull terriers.

De'trick Johnson, 36, of Pine Bluff went to have his car serviced at CJ's Garage on Saturday morning when immediately upon his arrival, the pack of seven dogs charged underneath a fence and attacked him.

Johnson was found on the ground when responding officers arrived, and it appeared he was still alive, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Major Lafayette Woods Jr.

Johnson was later pronounced dead at the scene.

While police encountered the 'aggressive dogs', four of the pit bulls were shot and killed, two were captured and taken by Pine Bluff Animal Control and one fled from the scene.

On Saturday, police were still searching for the brown and white pit bull that got away.

A long-time friend of Johnson's, John Smith III, who is also the son of the garage's owner, John Chester Smith, said that this is not the first time the pit bulls have attacked someone, according to KATV.

WATCH: Fatal dog mauling in Jefferson County.

He said another person was bit by the pit bull terriers just days before Johnson's death.

Smith III said: 'You are my dad. I love you. De'trick, I love him too. But it's one thing about it, you [John Chester Smith] are going to need to be held accountable for the decision that you made.

'I didn't fool with those dogs and I wasn't aware that he had that many dogs, but I knew he had a couple of them. I didn't know they were that vicious.'

Police were called to the garage at 9.53am after a neighbor who witnessed the attack called the authorities for help.

Major Woods said one cop tried to use his Taser on one of the dogs that charged at him but had to resort to lethal force after it had no effect, according to Arkansas Online.

'The deputy hit his air horn and tried to exit his vehicle. When he did that, he gained attention of at least one of the dogs,' said Woods.

'The dog charged him and jumped in the car. The deputy tased the dog, and the dog continued to be combative and be aggressive. The deputy ended up actually shooting the dog.'

Johnson's sister, Akimi Johnson, said she was 'not prepared' for what happened to her brother and wants something to be done.

She said: 'I believe the dogs should have been tied up. If anyone goes to a garage to receive service, they should not be fearful or have to run and be afraid because dogs are a-loose.'

Johnson added: 'He didn't deserve to die like that. It was senseless and I want something to be done because that could have been a child or anyone else's brother.'

Smith III along with his mom and the owner's sisters had previously told Smith to get rid of the dogs.

'I'm not just speaking because its De'trick. I am speaking on the behalf of the other victims because he wasn't the first,' said Smith III.

'He wasn't the second or the third there was about four to five people that had been attacked by these same dogs.'

No arrests have been made and the investigation is on-going. - Daily Mail.

Police shoot dog after it attacks owner in Caldwell, Idaho, United States

Brittany Panzo suffered several bite wounds to her hands and body after being attacked by her pit bull/mastiff mix Saturday.  © Erin Fenner

Brittany Panzo, 20, adopted her pit bull/mastiff mix when it was just a puppy. Two years later, Caldwell police say they were forced to kill it after it attacked her early Saturday and tore the skin from her hand.

"He ripped her open," said Panzo's fiance, Gildardo Soto, of the dog.

Soto said he had been joking around and laughing with Panzo in their apartment in the 200 block of Abraham Way when the dog lashed out.

"He broke through his kennel and bit her," he said.

The dog then bit Panzo at least 20 times.
He got Panzo into the closet and called police, telling them they would likely need to kill the animal, Soto said. Panzo's two toddler-aged children were still in their bedroom sleeping, she said.

Police responded at 1:23 a.m., according to a Caldwell Police Department press release. When officers arrived the dog was pacing around the house, barking and growling. Police were concerned about the two toddlers in the house. A closed door separated them from the dog, but police knew the children could get up at any moment and open the door, exposing them to attack, said Caldwell Police Sgt. Joey Hoadley.

Officers attempted to contain the dog on the back patio, but it tried to attack them. At that point they shot and killed it.

Officers found Panzo in the closet and then she was transported to the hospital, Hoadley said.

"I've seen (dog attacks) a few times in my career and I've seen dogs turn on their owner," he said. "But, it is rare."

The attack lasted about 20 minutes. Panzo needed 45 stitches to take care of the bites,
she said.

Panzo said the dog hadn't always been aggressive, but that it became troubled after witnessing domestic violence from past relationships. Even in a safe home, the dog was volatile, Soto said.

"The dog has bit her before," he said.

Soto said that in the three months he has lived in Panzo's home, the dog has never attempted to hurt him. But he's seen the pet repeatedly bite Panzo. They were already planning to give the dog up because it was too big and volatile for their apartment.

Saturday afternoon, Panzo said she didn't know how to feel about the death of the aggressive pet.

"I'm just still in shock," she said.  - Idaho Statesman.

80 TONS of fish have died in a dam in Campoalegre, Colombia

Critical the situation of the farmers of the dam of Bethany, who are concerned about the amount of dead fish and say that to date have already lost about 80 tonnes between tilapia and milkfish.

The high mortality of fish has disturbed fish farmers Campoalegre a sector, through which the reservoir of Bethany, who claim that this week the mortality rate has increased dramatically.

The death toll reached 80 fish and milkfish and tilapia tonnes between, and last but not least, the flow of the dam that is filled of Magdalena, Yaguará and Paez rivers has decreased dramatically, reaching the low of 71 meters cubic per second occurred despite the rainy season currently lives in that sector of Huila, when above water ingress up to 250 or 300 cubic meters per second was recorded last Monday.

Although the real reasons that led to this worrying situation are unknown, workers from different companies of fish in the area, assume that the failure is due to the rapid decline of water in Bethany.

But the question is much greater among people in recent weeks are suffering this situation. Some argue that the fact of death is being generated because the process of filling the Quimbo was already initiated by the Multinational Emgesa, in charge of the hydroelectric.

Juan Manuel Gutierrez, president of the Association of farmers huilense (Asopihuila), who claims that the flow of Bethany Reservoir has decreased, we require companies that are installed near the dam of Bethany, who electrify entities, because of the 74 that currently exist, only four did not have electricity.

"Those that are electrified did own resources. We want to talk with departmental and national government, to do this action, investment and so we electrify to machine production processes, "said Gutierrez.

The problem would have arisen in piscícloa project, environmental authorities are studying the causes, to establish the possible solutions and processes to follow.

By now expected that the situation in Bethany Reservoir is resolved. Meanwhile the authorities and aquaculture businesses make the call to huilense citizenship, to take care when buying fish like tilapia and milkfish, not to fall into the trap of eating fish that have been spotted dead inside the dam. - Lanacion. [Translated]

Die-off of Geese 'due to harsh winter' across Rhode Island in the United States

Geese are starving to death across Rhode Island

Geese are starving to death across Rhode Island because of the extreme winter weather, and there's little anyone can do about it.

The sight of dead geese outside the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown is unsettling.

"It's in areas that we expect to see birds -- but not dead. And they normally aren't pushed to the point where they're starving to death, which is basically what's happening," said Josh Beuth, a wildlife biologist.

According to the state, this beach is one of the hardest hit. At one point up to 20 geese were reported dead.

Dead geese were also reported in Conimicut, Rocky Point and at the Watch Hill lighthouse.

Because of widespread snow cover for abnormal amounts of time, the birds haven't been able to get food.

"As a result, birds were stuck on the water, what little open water was available, without the ability to feed where they ran out of their internal reserves -- fat, protein, muscle -- and started burning muscle to the point where they could no longer survive," Beuth said.

While it's unfortunate, experts said it's the cruel side of Mother Nature.

"We don't see it all the time. So when we see it, it's a little bit surprising. But it is part of nature and nature running its course," Beuth said.

If you see or find dead geese on your property, this is what you're supposed to do.

"People can either pick them up, if they don't want them there, and dispose of them. Put them in a thick heavy-duty trash bag or double bag them," Beuth said, "or they can just leave them and let nature run its course."State officials said if you find a goose with a tag to please report it.

WATCH: Harsh winter causing geese to starve to death.

- Turnto10.

Hundreds of dead fish washing up every day at Geist Reservoir in Indiana, United States

 Some people living in the Geist Reservoir neighborhood are concerned after seeing dozens of dead fish popping up along the shore.

One neighbor says the problem started after the ice melted away. She says she comes across dead fish every winter but this year, it’s been ten times worse.

“It’s pretty disgusting,” said Teresa Williams, concerned resident. “A lot of them are kind of bloody at the gills.”

Teresa Williams has lived in the Bridge Water neighborhood for about 11 years. For the past week she says she’s been waking up to an unpleasant sight in her backyard.

“I’ve been picking up dead fish everyday, most days over 100 fish a day,” said Williams. “I think last year, I picked up 40 or 50 and the year before that similar amounts I always kind of count.”

The mother of three says she’s been picking up the fish and tossing them out so that her dogs won’t get to them.

“We all have those big republic trash bins and I have two of them and I filled them both to the top with dead fish. In fact, they were so heavy it was hard to pull them down the drive way,” said Williams.

But Geist Lake Coalition, a group addressing concerns of homeowners along the waterfront says there’s nothing to worry about.

They say the dead fish washing up are called shad. The fragile fish are more sensitive to cold water and lower oxygen levels than other species in the lake. The coalition posted an update to Facebook alerting residents of the fish kill.

“If a lot of fish other than shad start showing up dead, then we may want to be concerned. That said there are reports of a small bass die-off in a very limited amount,” said Brian Hall, founding director.

WATCH: Hundreds of dead fish becoming a daily event near Geist Reservoir.

“Every summer there’s always a concern about so much toxic algae in the lake,” said Williams. “I just wonder if the amount of dead fish kill this year maybe had anything to do with that left over from the summer.”

Citizens Energy is the company in charge of Geist Reservoir.

A spokesperson tells 24-Hour News 8 it’s been a problem in the past with the algae because of the fertilization. She says there are many houses along the lake that some of the chemicals can get into the water.

The company says they have treated the reservoir in the past, but it’s all been safe and causes no harm to the fish and wildlife.

Citizens Energy is planning to hire a contractor to come out to the neighborhood to clean up the mess sometime next week. - WISHTV.

1,500 cattle dead due to drought in Bosconia, Colombia

There is no water or pa 'give the ganao "says this close dweller Ariguaní lower river. By: Nestor de Ávila

The lack of water in the lower river basin Ariguaní, coupled with the severe drought in the region, leaving more than 1,500 dead livestock in the area of ​​Bosconia, Cesar, on the border with the department of Magdalena, as established by a census of affected that made the farmers in the area themselves.

The situation is critical because the current main tributary, which was used for water supply in the area, still used by ranchers in the upper river to irrigate large areas of palm crops, rice and livestock.

This was stated by Mauricio Sierra, downstream user of Ariguaní, who sent an SOS environmental authorities to take drastic measures by the irrational use of water concession in the area.

"Here come officials of the regional autonomous corporations Cesar and Magdalena to make regulations, but once they go, again opened the floodgates capturing water in high percentages, although they are in a severe drought. In the lower part is there is no water for crops or animals, whereas up until used to irrigate pastures, "he said.

'SIN bereaved ". Despite repeated calls from the community in the villages Puerto Lajas and San José de Ariguaní, among other places, no sanctions are known by the environmental authorities. "Corporations seem to have no teeth to defend the river," said Sierra.

According to records of the inspections made by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar, Corpocesar, in the upper flow is more than 12,000 liters per second, but below are only small 'puddles' of what was a high flow rate in the 183 km route of the river from the Sierra Nevada where born.

"There is only water in 30 kilometers, the rest more than 150 kilometers down dry, with serious consequences for the population and agricultural activities," said Mauricio Sierra.

Leuger Cortés, deputy director general area of ​​environmental management of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar, acknowledged that no specific sanctions in this case, considering that actions are initiated through the legal office of the institution, having to comply with the due process and the right to defense of suspects.

He said that corporations have made technical visits in the upper part of the basin, in which appraisals are done to determine the flow and define the amounts authorized collection. But while the processes are filled, follows the stagnation of water in the upper basin.

Yesterday a commission of regional autonomous corporations Cesar and Magdalena moved to the top, making an adjustment to the accompaniment of users in the lower part, where they found all the gates open, capturing water more than allowed. - El Heraldo. [Translated]

Fish kill on lake Jacqueline in Las Vegas, United States

Residents of the Desert Shores community are used to looking out their back doors over Lake Jacqueline and seeing beautiful birds and other wildlife.

But recently they say they've spotted a disturbing and mysterious change.

"There was old ones and young one and big ones and small ones," Daniel Bryan said.

What he is talking about is the dozens of dead fish he and other neighbors have seen while out enjoying the lake.

"We picked up over three dozen in the boat. We couldn't take anymore," Sharon Rennie said.

Those who live on the lake and spend a lot of time out on the water say in a normal year they see four to five dead fish, but say it was a different story Thursday.

"There were 50 dead fish at the east end of the lake, where the ramp is. I've lived here seven years. I have never seen anything like that," Bryan said.

Management at the Desert Shores Community Association directed us to a statement on their website:

"With regard to the dead fish in Lake Jacqueline, Desert Shores Community Association takes the issue very seriously. In most cases it is a result of natural causes and is temporary. It is important to understand that this does happen from time to time in any environment such as Desert Shores or any lake community. We have had this type of incident occur previously in Desert Shores. Very rarely is it caused from something other than natural causes, however, the Association considers all possibilities and will react according to the results from the experts.

Dead fish perplex residents in northwest neighborhood.

DSCA has reached out to the experts in the field, i.e. Nevada Department of Wildlife as well as our lake management company. Nevada Department of Wildlife has tested the water and other tests are being run for parasites although none were found in the bass that were tested. We await those test results and will continue to post updates on this website. DSCA has hired Western Exterminators to come out on Saturday to retrieve the dead fish in the middle of the lake."

When Action News reached out to the Division of Wildlife, a spokesperson said their biologist found extremely low oxygen levels in the lake while performing tests and was planning to forward those results to the association on Monday.

Residents are just hopeful changes are on the way.

"It has to be fixed. They have to do something," Rennie said.The Desert Shores Community Association says crews will be out to remove the dead fish Saturday. - JRN.

2 die and several injured following bear attack in India

 A 52-year-old estate worker who was attacked by a bear while attempting to save his wife from the animal at Kotagiri, died at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Wednesday, despite treatment.

On Monday, a wild bear mauled to death a 50-year-old woman, Mathi, at Thothamokke near Kotagiri. It also attacked two others, Halan (52) - husband of Mathi and Kumar (24), who tried to save the woman from the animal. Both of them were admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. But despite medical care, Halan died in the hospital on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the animal also attacked a forest watcher Karunamurthy and forester Stalin
before being gunned down by forest officials. While Karunamurthy was admitted at CMCH, Stalin was admitted to a private hospital in the city.

According to hospital sources, Karunamurthy was admitted to the CMCH with a suspected bullet injury sustained while the bear was being shot by forest officials. However, scan reports revealed that he sustained injuries due to piercing of the bear's nails. He is currently undergoing treatment for the injury. - The New Indian Express.