Archive | December 2018

Police officer among three stabbed in #Manchester city centre, #UK

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Three people, including a police officer, have been stabbed at Manchester Victoria station – amid reports of a man wielding a knife.

The station, in the city centre, has been closed while a man has been arrested.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) were called shortly before 9pm on New Year’s Eve.

Two members of the public, a man and a woman, were taken to hospital with knife injuries.

A BTP officer also received treatment after being stabbed in the shoulder.

A BTP spokesperson said: “Officers are attending Manchester Victoria station following reports of a man wielding a knife.

“We received the call at 8.52pm on Monday, 31 December.

“A man has been detained and two members of the public, a man and a woman have been taken to hospital with knife injuries.

“A BTP officer is also receiving treatment for a stab wound to the shoulder.

“British Transport Police remain at the scene along with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and the North West Ambulance Service.”

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Around 120 #firefighters tackle #warehouse blaze in #Croydon, Greater #London, UK

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Around 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines are tackling a blaze at a self-storage warehouse in Croydon, the London Fire Brigade has said.

Crews were called shortly before 7.50pm and remain at the scene in Purley Way, but the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

No injuries have been reported.

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Man ‘claiming to have bomb’ prompts evacuation at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

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The departures hall of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was evacuated and a man detained after he reportedly entered the building shouting that he was in possession of a bomb.

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Almost 90 TONS of fish die in a lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The work of removing dead fish from the mirror of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas ended on Sunday. The numbers impress: Comlurb teams have collected 89 tonnes since last Thursday. According to biologist Mario Moscatelli, the last major mortality before this happened in 2000, with almost 110 tons.

For Moscatelli, the phenomenon was caused by the combination of three factors: extreme heat, pollution and lack of renewal of the water of the Lagoa due to the silting of the Garden Channel of Alah. The Secretariat for Conservation and Environment (Seconserma) assured that the deaths were caused by the proliferation of cyanobacteria and phytoplankton.

On Sunday, the secretariat reported that the measurement recorded 4.97 mg / L of dissolved oxygen, above the ideal minimum of 3 mg / L. During the early morning and early morning OD ranged from 2.7 mg / L to 0.66 mg / L. “The lagoon is still recovering from its ecosystem, and the flag is still red. The monitoring continues until the complete lagoon balance, ” says a passage from Seconserma’s note.

For the cleaning operation of the Lagoon it took 601 garis, 61 cleaning agents and four catamarans.

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Tons of fish die in a river in Dong Nai, Vietnam

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According to VNA, continuously on December 16-17, the phenomenon of abnormal death of fish on La Nga river (Dinh Quan district, Dong Nai province) happened again.

According to preliminary statistics of La Nga commune, there are at least 3 tons of cultured fish killed, causing hundreds of millions of dong damage; In particular, dead fish are mainly Lang, Nang Hai and carp.

Some raft fish farmers in La Nga commune said that the phenomenon of fish floating in the raft and starting to die from the morning of December 16 continued until December 17 and there was no sign of stopping. Dead fish are predominantly Lang fish with the weight of 2-3 litters / fish, the rest are carp and Leo and Nang Hai fish are preparing to sell. Many people perceive that the water here has a strange smell, the fish constantly float their heads and die.

According to Tran Thi Huong, La Nga commune, Dinh Quan district, from yesterday until now, the water in the river has changed color and the stench is rising. Initially, the Lang fish were floating and then died slowly, then the Two fish and carp also began to die until today.

In the wake of the massive fish death, on December 17, many fish raising households on the La Nga River moved fish rafts upstream, hoping to save the remaining fish.

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Large die off of crows ’causes panic among locals’ in Nandankanan, India

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Panic has gripped the locals of the Nandankanan locality on the city outskirt following the death of a large number of birds in the vicinity.

While locals suspect bird flu, the authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the deaths reported over the weekend.

The locals, who have demanded a probe into the deaths, said the crow carcasses were found in the Nandankanan locality, Daruthenga, Nandankanan bus stand and in Barachhak.

Authorities at Nandankanan Zoological Park said they were taking emergency measures to protect the birds. The park has a rich depository of local and migratory birds, who make the zoo their home in the winters.

Earlier, carcass of crows were found in Puri and Chilika lake as well.

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Up to 20 dead stingrays found on a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

17.12.18 Dead Stingrays In Dubai

One of the stingrays found on Monday morning at Sunset Beach in Dubai. The animals were believed to have been caught up in illegal fishing nets.

Up to 20 stingrays have been found dead on a beach in Dubai.

Marine experts called to the scene at Sunset Beach on Monday said the fish were most likely dumped by fishermen who were after a different species.

Beachgoers discovered the adult and baby rays, some of which were still alive, while on their early morning walks.

Many of the fish had marks on their necks suggesting they may have been caught in nets prior to being dumped.

Natalie Banks, managing director of Dubai-based marine conservation organisation Azraq, said she spoke to people near the beach beside the Burj Al Arab.

“They told me that this has been going on for years and the authorities need to take action,” said Ms Banks.

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