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  • World News 31.03.2014 Comments Off

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS (NEW JERSEY): According to a new proposal a thread of artificial islands present off the coast of New York and New Jersey could dull the storm surges impact which otherwise proved deadly during sandy superstorm.
    Storm Protection to be offered by artificial islands of NY
    It is a great proposal costing nearly up to $12 billion. Looking at the prospects of how to protect the East Coast which is heavily populated from forthcoming storms, federal officials requested many innovative ideas in this regard.

    A professor at New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology, Alan Blumberg said, “It can save lives and protect property.”

    The US department of housing and urban development sponsored a competition of which The “Blue Dunes” proposal is a part, which came up with innovative and inventive ways to of protection of Americans against the next big storm. Though it is one out of the 10 other projects which will be assessed estimated valued and voted on next week. However, it is still not sure whether the project will get the funding or not. Other ideas include re-establishing oyster colonies in tidal flats, building sea walls around cities to blunt waves and create recreational preserves, water-absorbent nature.

    The plan of artificial islands was created by Stevens Institute, along with West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and the WXY architectural firm. The idea behind its designing was to dull the effect of Sandy: the storm surge that pounded the coast.

    From New Hampshire to Maryland, New York and New Jersey alone claimed a total of approximately $79 billion in reimbursements. 159 deaths were been recorded due to the storm.

    Blumberg asked, “How do you protect New Jersey and New York at the same time from the storm of the future?” He further added, “Our idea is to build a chain of islands, like a long slender banana. The wave action and storm surge will reflect off these islands and go back out to sea rather than hitting the coast,” The distance of about 10-12 miles off the coast would be uninhabited, though fishing or surfing in the day trips may be allowed.

  • World News 28.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON:An open verdict is recorded on Thursday by a British coroner in the demise of Boris Berezovsky, saying that he is unable to prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life.
    Boris Berezovsky
    It was in the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near Londonthat Boris Berezovsky, 67, was found lying in the floor with a cord around his neck in March 2013.

    Investigation that was held for two consecutive days revealed that the Kremlin insider-turned-critic, was frequently found talking about suicide. It was broken after he lost the legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

    On the other side, Elizaveta, his daughter gave evidence by saying that her father thought that he might have been poisoned. In addition to this a medical expert saidthe tycoon could have been choked.

    His family members didn’t give any comment on the judgement as they left the court in Windsor.

    Peter Bedford, the coroner said that the evidence very “contradictory” and beyond all reasonable doubt he is unable to prove whether it was a suicide case of a murder. He said, “I am not saying Mr Berezovsky took his own life, I am not saying Mr Berezovsky was unlawfully killed. What I am saying is that the burden of proof sets such a high standard it is impossible for me to say.” He further said, “It is clear to me and the witnesses I have heard that it (the damages claim) had a significant effect not only on his finances but also on his mental health.”

    Looking at the past history of Berezovsky, he survived at least two assassination attempts. There can be chances that he was murdered but there are yet no evidence found of the foul play. Simon Poole, Home Office pathologist, who carried out the autopsy report, couldn’t found any evidence of struggling. She said: “These injuries were extensively looked for.”

    Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident and Berezovsky were friends and the former was murdered with radioactive polonium in London in 2006, and had been due to testify at Litvinenko’s own inquest.

    As per Elizaveta’s statement, she suspect that her father was poisoned after Abramovich court battle, as he spoke of feeling a chemical imbalance.

  • World News 27.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: In order to prevent the growing number of unwanted pregnancies in teens, the schools of UK have been advised to make condoms and morning-after pills freely available to the teenage girls.
    Free Contraceptives to be given to UK Schoolgirls

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) set up the new guidelines according to which individuals under the age of 25 should be able to access emergency contraception more readily, including the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) and pills. According to the statement given by the NICE, In Europe, England has the highest teen pregnancy rates, though under-18 conception rates have fallen.

    Commissioners of services in England got an advice from NICE to give access to contraception to all young people even at the convenient locations so that the service is not denied due to the location where they live.

    Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, Prof. Mike Kelly said, “It is really important that sexual health services offering information and advice can be found in places where young people have access to them”. He further said, “Evidence clearly shows that the availability of contraception reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Local planners and providers of services must make sure that what they offer is right for their area,”

    The guidelines says that it should be informed to the young women that the more effective form of emergency contraception is an intrauterine device instead of the oral method. It can be used on an on-going basis.

    Kelly said, “Young people often find contraceptive services and advice difficult to locate. This can be for a number of reasons. They may not know where services are, who provides them or when they are open”. He further added, “They can also be wrongly worried that information they give may not be treated confidentially. For that reason, this guidance focuses on ensuring they receive culturally sensitive, confidential, non-judgemental and empathic advice and support tailored to their individual needs”

    Most of the recommendations made in the new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence won’t cost anything in its implementation. The existing services need to be looked upon whether the support and advise the young generation want is been given to them or not.

     

  • World News 26.03.2014 Comments Off

    ARLINGTON, United States:Rescuers found another 10 bodies on Tuesday while digging through the debris of US landslide. Assumption says that there are still more than 170 individuals still unaccounted.
    Death Toll Rises to 24 after a Landslide in US
    The efforts of searching for the survivors in the massively huge pile of timber and mug were hampered due to rain in a small town of Oso on Saturday.

    Travis Hots, the Snohomish County fire district chief confronted media persons, three days after the catastrophe in the north-western US state of Washington and said, “Unfortunately, we didn’t find any signs of life”. According to what he reported, 2 more dead bodies were in addition to the 14 corpses already brought out and around 8 were located in the debris by then.

    Around 49 dwellings in the countryside township were hit by the 1square mile (2.5 square kilometre) rocks and trees,wall of mud that even destroyed the highway for some 95 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Seattle.

    “The massive emergency operation was still aimed at rescuing survivors as well as recovering bodies, even though the chances of finding people alive diminish with each day.” said by Hots. He further said, “We haven’t lost hope that there’s a possibly that we can find someone”.

    After the declaration of the state of emergency for Washington State by President Barack Obama, The National Guard joined the local and state emergency workers. Obama said, “I would just ask all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington State and the community of Oso and the families and friends of (the missing)”.

    In Netherlands, where he was attending a nuclear security summit he added, “We hope for the best, but we recognize that this is a tough situation,”

    The White House said, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help “save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Snohomish County”.

  • World News 25.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON:Geoge Mallory’s ice axe which he used in his Everest expedition in the year 1922 is on sale and Britishers are trying their level best to save it from leaving shores of Britain.It auction of the axe was recently announced by Christie.
    Geoge Mallory's Everest trek axe on sale
    The 1st serious attempt to climb the Everest was held in 1922. During the mission, Mallory with Howard Somervelland Major Edward Norton set the 1st altitude record on Everest on May 21, 1922. They reached a height of 26,800 feet, without the use of any supplementary oxygen.

    His, another attempt with partner Andrew Irvine was on June 8th, 1924 when he covered a height of 26,700 feet on Everest. Momentarily they were seen about 1,000 feet below the summit after which the monsoon clouds moved in and both of them disappeared forever. It was in 1933 that his axe was found andMallory’s body was discovered in 1999.

    They left an unsolved question in the records of History, whether Irvine and Mallory climb Everest before Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary?
    In the view of UK’s mountaineering community, Mallory’s axe being the part of British history’must be kept in Britain’. The community is worried that it will be bought by the US buyer.
    After when he disappeared on Everest, it is believed that Ruth, his wife donated a few of his equipment to the Pinnacle Climbing Club – the first women’s climbing club. It was formed at a time when mountaineering was very much a male preserve.Nancy Carpenter, a pioneering mountaineer (with a few routes in the Scottish Highlands and Alps to her credit) and an early member of the club got the possession of the axe.
    Nancy moved to Matterdale End in the Lake District, in her 80’s, where she actively encouragedWilliam, the son of her neighbours (a family from Threlkeld)formountaineering and Lakeland fells and gave him the axe in order to save his money to buy for an ice axe. She told his the story behind that axe to make him realize how much importance that axe hold, but unfortunately he was killed in 1985 in a traffic accident. After which his family decided that the most appropriate place for the axe was National Mountaineering Exhibition.

  • World News 24.03.2014 Comments Off

    NEW YORK:The prolific character actor, James Rebhornwhose credits included”My Cousin Vinny”,”Scent of a Woman” and “Homeland” dies at 65.
    James Rebhorn
    Dianne Busch, Rebhorn’s agent said that the actor lost his long battlewith skin cancer Friday nightat his home in South Orange, New Jersey. She further detailed the high spirit of Rebhorn be telling that it was 1992 when hewas diagnosed with melanoma but he managed to work until the last month.

    He worked in the film and television industry for five decades and amassed more than 100 credits ranging from the prosecutor in the TV comedy’s series finale “Seinfeld”, wherein he famously sent the group to jail to a shipping magnate in the Matt Damon film “The Talented Mr Ripley”.

    Rebhorn, a lanky but intense actor raised a Lutheran in Indiana,astringent authorities, such as the secretary of defence in “Independence Day” a film that came in the year 1996 or the headmaster in “Scent of a Woman” the film which came in the year 1992.

    He played the role of a father of CIA officer, Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s “Homeland”. Further he also had the repeated role on”White Collar”the USA Network seriesplaying the head of an FBI white-collar crime unit. His film credits also include The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), Real Steel (2011), Cold Mountain(2003), Far From Heaven (2002), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), Meet the Parents (2000), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Independence Day (1996), The Game (1997), Guarding Tess (1994), Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), Basic Instinct (1992), Shadows and Fog (1991), Regarding Henry (1991), Desperate Hours (1990), The House on Carroll Street (1988) and Silkwood (1983).

    Born in Philadelphia, received his masters in acting from Columbia University, also worked in Theater in the original 1985 production of “I’m Not Rappaport”, “12 Angry Men” and starring on Broadway in revivals of “Our Town,”.

    He is survived by his two daughters and his loving wife, Rebecca Linn.

     

  • World News 24.03.2014 Comments Off

    The challenge of ageing is layered on top of economic recession in the world’s rapidly graying nation Japan. About 40 percent of the people of Kamagasaki are 65 or older and can’t keep up with construction work as they get old. Japan’s largest slum is just visible on blocks bustling from food chains and shops in Osaka, the country’s second-biggest city but does not appear anywhere in film fest or on official maps. Nor it is found in the current Osaka Asian Film Festival, after the director of a new released film that is established in the region pulled it, claiming city organizers of censorship.

    The scenes and lingo that depict the slum was asked to be removed by the Osaka officials on the grounds that it was insensitive to the natives and residents that probably seems to be a cover-up attempt to make this area non-existent.

    However this place is Kamagasaki that accommodates around 25,000 people in the compact area rendering home to jobless and homeless and day laborers. Where dozens of economically cheap dorms charge as little as 800 yen ($8) per night, this slum is a place where one in three are on welfare providing most of the single men with free shelters.

    The day at the welfare-employment center begins early, where thousands of people stand in a queue for labor work, primarily with subcontractors of Japan’s construction tycoons. Those not chosen, either line up for free food or resort to cheap alcohol otherwise stroll the backstreets pointlessly. The shelter less in the evening queue at the center to get tickets for lodging.

    Ota’s movie, “Fragile,” highlights the story of a TV assistant director who quits his job one day after quarrel with his girlfriend and his colleague. He moves to Kamagasaki to make a movie about a teenage boy, and whether success and money are essential for happiness.Ota said that Osaka officials wanted scenes of recognizable landmarks of the slum like illegal garbage dumping , the park popular for squatters or protagonist getting an amphetamine injection from a drug dealer and various others to be deleted . The slang words such as “doya” (cheap accommodations) were omitted too.

    Kazumitsu Oue the Osaka official said that the film festival organizers were aimed to save the slum area and its residents from publicizing to prejudice as they felt the movie lacks consideration to the area and its people.

    By far “Fragile” is only been shown at private screenings in Tokyo and Osaka.

  • World News 23.03.2014 Comments Off

    As per the police the naturally preserved embalming and drying body of a 51 year old woman was found at her Buenos Aires home in Argentina by a neighbor who had not seen her for more than 10 years. Fontana is believed to have died at the age of 51.The old woman named Maria Cristina Fontana died from aneurysm complications and lay unidentified as neighbors and other near-by residents say they did not hear or sense anything peculiar. While making lifeless, her remains with skin tissue preserved by shrivel were being analyzed thoroughly to identify the time the body left the soul.
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    The time and circumstances of the death of Maria Cristina Fontana were being studied with skin tissue preserved by drying .Coroner’s office in a report revealed that with the complications from aneurysm that had been operated on in 1990, Fontana is believed to have died at age of 51.The procedure of natural mummification can occur in hot and dry weather.

    Maria Cristina Fontana was on medication and disabled as disclosed by the forensic data. Split into the apartments with separate entrances, she lived in the lower unit of a house. But what is more astonishing is that no family member of hers ever reported of her expiration and no one even ever spoke of foul smell. It’s a mystery that nobody knows anything about her.
    The body was discovered by her neighbor Marcela Calvete, who came to the apartment expecting that it was uninhabited and with the deliberation of claiming property rights by un-occupancy.

    Previously also in January, another mummy of an elderly woman was found wrapped in a sheet at a home in Buenos Aires. Her 58-year-old son had also been found dead around a month before his exploration by police after neighbors reported a strange smell. A landlord was also found dead who had lived for a decade with the corpse of his mother, established on a stool in the kitchen of their home.

     

  • World News 22.03.2014 Comments Off

    The luxury Serena Hotel that was regarded as one of the best-protected tourist accommodation spots in Kabul had become a victim of a shooting spree. It is the best protected place in the capital of Afghan where visitors often come for brunch or dinner. Sheltered behind a non-descript wall, the hotel restaurant was stuffed in with Afghans celebrating the eve of the Persian New Year at the time of the attack. The four gunmen yet such a security walked in making their way inside the restaurant and killed nine people. Claiming responsibility on Taliban for the attack, it was delivered that the act was an attempt to create violence as a disruption for the April 5 national elections.
    An explosion by Taliban struck Persian New Year's eve in Kabul
    In a series of high-profile attacks by the Taliban and allied militants, Serena Hotel’s shooting spree is one of the latest where they pulled out their hidden revolvers, ammunition from their shoes and socks and began firing diners killing down nine people. It included shooting a widely respected 40-year-old AFP journalist, his two children in the head and wife,two Canadians vowing up a campaign of violence. Six people including Afghan lawmaker , a hotel guard, foreigner and two policemen were severely wounded in the attack.

    Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in the revert of claim marked a statement that it depicts that “our men”, if they decide to attack any place, they can do it.”
    The attack was specifically intense as the Serena Hotel was seen as one of the safest sites for civilians in the capital. The entrants to the hotel are made pass through a security room at the main gate where they are supposed to undergo a metal detector test and carry bags are put through an X-ray machine. The officials are still astonished about how the weapons went undetected. The photos of small pistols and weapons which the attackers used were also displayed at a press conference by Sediqqi

    After a three-hour standoff, police people killed all four attackers who appeared to be around 18 years old.

  • World News 21.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: With the announcement of Mayor Boris Johnson of investing £100 million fund in cycling to create what is being called a ‘mini-Holland’ revolution, London is seeing a vast difference in its earlier face.
    Massive Push Given to cycling in London
    Since 2001, the cycling on the main road of London has risen by 173%. Looking at this, it has being announced by the government that this number should be doubled by next decade.

    This ‘mini-Holland’ plan covers the outer boroughs of all 8 cities. They finally got the funding for transformative and substantial changes to form cyclist friendly streets. Out of these 8, three boroughs – Waltham Forest, Kingston and Enfield have been selected for complete mini-Holland status, with an amount receiving up to £30 million each.

    A series of measures are focused on creating cycle-friendly low-traffic neighbourhoods in order to improve cycling in residential areas in Waltham Forest. Moreover, a semi-segregated superhighway route will be developed.

    A major cycle hug will be formed in Kingston with the transformation of plaza outside Kingston station. There will be the introduction of new high-quality cycling routes together with a Thames Riverside Boardway.

    Enfield Town centre will entirely be reformed, with three cycle hubs distributed across the borough and separated superhighways linking key destinations.

    Johnson shared his thought on the same saying, “I have been incredibly impressed with the standard of the mini-Holland entries and by the thirst among all the finalists to transform themselves into better places for people. It has been so hard to choose between them that I have decided that all shall have prizes. Areas once terra incognita for the bicycle will, over time, become every bit as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents – places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy.”

    Moreover, Kingston Council’s lead member, Councillor Simon James said, “We are delighted that our ambitious bid has been successful. Ours is a cycling vision for everyone with a blend of exciting, iconic schemes and high-quality, everyday infrastructure. Kingston already has one of the highest rates of cycling in outer London and we will be able to give even more people the opportunity to enjoy the environmental, social, health and economic benefits of living in a Biking Borough.”

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