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Pigeon Held in India on Suspicion of Spying for Pakistan

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/31/2010

Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan, media reported Friday.

The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar.

The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note was found.

Officials directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police said was possibly on a “special mission of spying.”

The bird was medically examined and kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard.

Senior officers asked to be kept updated on the situation three times a day, PTI reported.

Chahal said local pigeon keepers in the sensitive border area told police that Pakistani pigeons were easily identifiable as they looked different from Indian ones, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

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Oil spill will be the worst environmental disaster in history of its kind.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/31/2010

The Gulf oil spill is probably the biggest environmental ­disaster ever to have faced the US, President Obama’s top ­energy adviser has said. In the wake of a failure this weekend to plug the BP well with the tricky “top kill” operation, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the Gulf of Mexico leak may not be stopped for two months.

“There’s no doubt that the ultimate solution lies on the relief well, which is in August,” he said on Sunday as he toured the Louisiana fishing hub of Venice, largely idled by the spill.but reliable way to intercept and cap the leaking well that ruptured with a deadly rig explosion on April 20.

In the meantime, Mr Hayward said BP needs “to be in the mind-set of containment in the sub-sea, containment on the surface and defending the shoreline, in a very aggressive way.”

The Gulf spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska in 1989 as the worst US oil spill, with an estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking per day.

BP is preparing a containment cap to place on top of a lower marine riser package (LMRP), which is a piece of equipment that sits atop the failed blowout preventer at the seabed one mile below the surface.

The White House said the company would begin cutting a pipe that rises out of the so-called LMRP today or tomorrow. If the containment operation works – and BP expects to know later this week – then at least some of the leaking oil could be piped to the surface.

But even President Barack Obama’s administration, facing a barrage of criticism that they have been slow to respond to the crisis, is looking toward August and the relief well solution.

Mr Obama, who made his second visit of the disaster to the Gulf last Friday, is sending three of his top energy and environmental officials back to the Gulf this week.

Also speculation BP’s spraying chemicals on the oil spill makes the oil sink and stay’s hidden from the surface not telling the true consequences of the disaster.

Independent scientists and government officials say another disaster is playing out in slow motion — and out of public view — in the mysterious depths between the gusher and the coast, a world inhabited by sperm whales, gigantic jellyfish and diminutive plankton.

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Mean spirited church plans to picket rocker Dio’s memorial service. Wife say’s “Just ignore them”

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/31/2010

A public memorial service for heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio is planned for Sunday, with members of the Westboro Baptist Church saying they will picket the ceremony.

The church in Topeka, Kansas, is known for its intolerance of gays and its picketing of soldiers’ funerals.

A picketing schedule on the church’s website said protesters will be at the Dio memorial at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, accusing the 67-year-old rocker of worshipping Satan.

Dio died on May 16 after a battle with stomach cancer.

Charges of devil-worshipping have often been leveled against heavy metal music. Dio, in particular, was a favorite target.

He popularized the “devil’s horn” gesture, where the index and the little fingers are upright and the thumb is clasped against the two middle fingers.

He has said he was taught by the sign by his superstitious Italian grandmother as a way to ward off the “evil eye.”

But many fundamentalist Christians have taken issue with the gesture, alleging that it is a tribute to the devil.

“Ronnie hates prejudice and violence. We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know,” said Dio’s wife, Wendy, about the planned protest.

Wendy Dio said the memorial will host a donation center for her husband’s “Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund,” named after one his songs.

Dio most recently was touring with Heaven and Hell, a version of Black Sabbath renamed for legal reasons. All shows were canceled last March because of his illness.

His last public appearance was in April at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, when he accepted a vocalist of the year award for his work on last year’s Heaven and Hell album. Dio appeared frail, but he spoke while accepting his award.

Born Ronald James Padavona in 1942, Dio’s professional music career began as a high school student in the late 1950s.

His 1960s rock group The Electric Elves evolved into Elf by the early 1970s, when the group played heavy blues rock.

Dio’s rock became darker with his band Rainbow, which he left in 1979 to join Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath released three albums with Dio, including “Heaven and Hell” in 1980, “Mob Rules” in 1981 and “Live Evil” in 1982.

Dio left that band in 1982, but he had a brief reunion with the group a decade later.

He formed the group Dio in 1982 and later Heaven and Hell.

Wendy Dio’s advice: ignore them.

As she wrote on the Ronnie James Dio website, “Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!”

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Oil cleanup workers fall ill: Coast guard recalls 125 vessels involved in clean-up

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/30/2010

Workers involved in the cleanup of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have fallen ill. Nine people involved in oil cleanup operations reported feeling sick. It’s unclear if the sick workers were made ill by the oil or by dispersants.

As a result of the reported illnesses, the Unified Command, which is a coalition of federal agencies including the Interior Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Park Service, said it recalled 125 vessels from Breton Sound. Breton Sound is about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. Four crew members in three vessels involved in oil cleanup reported feeling sick, the agencies said in a statement.

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Oil nightmare could drag on to August: Left unchecked oil would spew for 7 years scientist estimate

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/30/2010

Greenpeace worker Lindsey Allen collects samples of oil

It will take 7 years for the oil deposit below the Deepwater Horizon  well to empty if left alone. A senior White House adviser says the blown-out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could continue to spew oil into the ocean until August.

Carol Browner, the president’s adviser on energy and climate, says the oil spill is the country’s biggest environmental disaster.

BP’s latest attempt to stem the leak, the so-called “top kill”, failed over the weekend and the company is now working on another approach involving underwater robots and containment domes.

But Ms Browner says there are growing fears nothing will work in the short-term.

“There could be oil coming up until August when the relief wells are dug,” she said.

“This is probably the biggest environmental disaster we have ever faced in this country. It is certainly the biggest oil spill and we are responding with the biggest environmental response.

“It means more oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico than at any other time in our history. It means there is more oil than the Exxon Valdez.”

At least *20 million gallons* of oil are now estimated to have leaked into the ocean since the rig exploded on April 20.

BP had tried forcing in a mixture of mud and cement, known as a “top kill”, but it did not seal the well.

Executive Bob Dudley says the energy giant is going back to a previous plan – the containment dome – hoping they fixed what went wrong with that the first time.

“The engineering on this is more simple than the top kill. What we need to do is go down with the robots, diamond cut saws, [and] slice off the top of that riser with a clean surface,” he said.

“The flow rate shouldn’t be that much higher. And then [we can] drop this containment over it. It will be a four to seven-day operation.

“I think the probability of it working is much different than the top kill.”

BP is facing even more criticism with new allegations that internal company files showed BP had serious concerns about the Deepwater rig weeks before the accident.

On the defensive

But appearing on all of the Sunday morning talk shows in America, Mr Dudley defended the efforts so far.

“As you know there’s 5,000 feet of water. No humans can go down there. We’re reliant on the robots,” he said.

“These guys that are working offshore are incredibly skilled at this. We have been asking them to do the equivalent of open heart surgery on television for everyone.

“They are very, very careful people that check pressures and temperatures and connections.”

Anger grows

Meanwhile, the anger continues to grow.

Longtime Democrat supporter James Carville vented his frustration live on television.

“The country feels like it’s entitled to abuse this state and forget about us, and we are sick of it,” he said.

Former general and secretary of state Colin Powell said the Obama administration’s response was not enough.

“I think the federal government has to move in quickly and move in with, to use my favourite expression, decisive force, to demonstrate that it is doing everything that it can do,” he said.

“The president correctly said the other day that he is monitoring and following it and [has] essentially been on top of it from the beginning, but that impression was not conveyed to the American people.

“And the comprehensive speech he gave the other day, I think he would have been better served and the nation would have been better served if he’d given it a few weeks earlier.

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Inmate on work crew killed, butchered deer outside Walla Walla prison

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/30/2010


The Washington State Penitentiary says an inmate on a work crew killed and butchered a deer that was entangled in netting at the prison’s pheasant farm near Walla Walla.

Spokeswoman Shari Hall says the minimum-security prisoner killed the deer last Saturday using a box cutter that the crew is allowed to use.

Investigators acting on a tip Tuesday found about 15 pounds of venison in garbage bags in the farm’s break room.

Hall says she didn’t know what the inmate intended to do with the meat. The break room has no cooking equipment, and no campfires are allowed on the farm.

The inmate, who is a former butcher, lost work crew privileges and could face other punishment. He is incarcerated on a drug conviction and is scheduled to be released in December 2012.

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Oil spill: ‘Top kill’ “FAILS” Oil continues to poison the Gulf

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/29/2010

It will take 7 years for the oil deposit below the Deepwater Horizon well to empty if left alone. On Saturday, BP acknowledged it may abandon its best chance so far to cork the well: the ‘top kill’.

Third attempt to jam a junk shot of shredded tires and golf balls into the broken-down blowout preventer on top of BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico has failed, darkening prospects for BP’s high-stakes “top kill” maneuver that began Wednesday.

In a dramatic turn from early optimism, BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters in Grand Isle, La., on Saturday that so far the attempt to stem the flow using heavy drilling mud and junk shots has not worked.

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BP Buses In 400 Workers During Obama’s Visit. All leave when Obama gone.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/28/2010

GRAND ISLE, La. — Officials from Jefferson Parish claim BP bused 400 cleanup workers into Grand Isle on Friday in time for a visit from President Barack Obama. Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young said the workers were brought in to clean oil off Grand Isle’s beaches. The extra workers were brought in for Friday only, at a rate of $12 an hour, officials told the press. They were mostly from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts called BP’s efforts “shameful.” “The level of cleanup and cooperation from BP in the last week in no way compares to the effort shown on the island today,” Roberts said. “This is a total shame that a mockery has been made of this visit by the executives of BP.” During a visit Friday to Louisiana, Obama toured a beach where tar balls are washing ashore and attended a briefing at a Coast Guard station in Grand Isle. Oil has been washing ashore in Grand Isle for about a week. The workers were informed not to talk to the press about anything, after president Obama departed the workers were bused out leaving the coast line empty of workers to clean up the oil spill.

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Kazakhs Probe Mass Death Of endangered saiga antelope

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/28/2010

Thousands of antelopes have died

ASTANA — Kazakh authorities have launched an investigation into the mass death of the endangered saiga antelope in the west of the country, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office spokesperson Nurdaulet Suindikov made the announcement in Astana on May 27.

Suindikov repeated earlier official remarks that an outbreak of pasteurellosis, an infection of the lungs, had killed about 12,000 antelopes in West Kazakhstan Oblast’s Zhanybek district this month.

On May 25, Yerlan Nysanbaev, chairman of the regional Forestry and Hunting Department, told journalists that the number of the animals found dead was 2,000, and that all of them appeared to have been poisoned.

The saiga antelope was nearly extinct in the 1920s but made a comeback in the 1950s thanks to conservation efforts. But the saiga antelopes’ horns are increasingly used in Chinese traditional medicine and the animals are often the victims of poaching.

The saiga antelope is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The total saiga population is estimated at about 50,000. They live mainly in the republic of Kalmykia in southern Russia, three areas of Kazakhstan, and two remote areas of Mongolia.

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Earth is heading for contact with a massive, hot cloud of interstellar gas

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/27/2010

Astronomers announce that they’ve recently discovered a worrying fact – our Sun, and with it the entire solar system, including Earth – is heading for contact with a massive, hot cloud of interstellar gas. The meet-up will take place within the next 100 years or so, and the event will represent the cosmic-scale equivalent of global warming. The extent of the damage that this collision will have on our planet has not yet been calculated, but astronomers believe that Earth should suffer little to no negative side-effects. But astronauts going to space will be exposed to increased amounts of radiation, they add.
the Sun (or vice-versa) were recorded by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts, which are currently en-route to exit the solar system. The robotic probes looked at the solar wind, the stream of charged particles that permeate the space between the planets, and determined that the envelope it creates is uneven in one direction. This is the direction in which the Sun is moving, which can only mean that something is pushing against this layer, causing it to deform. Finding out precisely what the root cause of this phenomenon is has been a long-standing goal for researchers, and it would appear that a valid explanation has finally been set forth.

The termination shock asymmetry that the Voyagers discovered is produced some 14 to 15 billion years away from the Sun, where solar wind particles bump into counterparts from the interstellar space. The result is a massive surge in radiation, which is unevenly distributed. A hot cloud of interstellar gas may help explain this occurrence, astrophysicists say. This answer was first suggested by the two probes, but it wasn’t until the NASA Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft was launched two years ago that physicists got the confirmation they needed. But the satellite also uncovered a mystery of its own, when he detected the existence of a “ribbon”-like structure at the edge of the solar system, made up of charged particles.

Though it initially surprised everyone, the ribbon eventually led to the development of the new theory, which is based on both Voyager and IBEX data. Scientists now believe that the ribbon’s existence can be explained by the fact that the Sun is heading towards an ancient supernova remnant. Interactions between the two may account for the asymmetries taking place at the edges of the solar system. Details of the explanation appear in the latest issue of the esteemed Astrophysical Journal, ScienceNow reports.


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