Saturday, April 17

600,000 Sienna Minivans Recalls by Toyota

Associated Press -- Recalling about 600,000 Sienna minivans over rusting spare tire holders as congressional investigators dig further into potential electronic problems in runaway Toyotas which the automaker is facing other safety concerns.

The House investigators said that they would hold another hearing in May to review possible electronic problems in runaway Toyotas. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than Eight (8) Million vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals, humbling a car company long known for its quality and safety.

Company leaders vowed to respond quickly to the safety concerns.

Friday, April 16

Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Murdering 2 Teens

Source: Associated Press -- John Albert Gardner who is the Sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering their teenage daughters after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Albert Gardner, 31, also pleaded guilty to attempting to rape another woman who was jogging in San Diego and waived his right to an appeal. He will face life in prison without parole for killing two-teen, 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King in San Diego County.

In the court, Gardner is nothing to say but "yes" repeatedly as the judge asked him for his pleas.

Parents Brent and Kelly King, and Maurice Dubois and Carrie McGonigle were in the courtroom to hear the admissions. Kelly King and McGonigle were teary-eyed throughout the proceeding. Sobbing could be heard when Gardner entered his pleas.

Iceland Volcano Ash Still Snarling Air Traffic

AP Photo/NEODAAS/University of Dundee: Tan area from the upper left, spreading down diagonally to the right, is the plume. Yesterday it was stretching across the north of Britain toward the continent.

Traffic is suspended in and out of some major airports in Europe, including busy Heathrow airport in London. A volcano expert and airline analyst talk about how a relatively small volcanic eruption in Iceland has caused airline problems than may last a week.

Former LAPD Police Chief Daryl F. Gates Dies

His 14-year tenure ended amid criticism over his force’s response to riots.

Daryl F. Gates died at the age of 83. The Los Angeles police chief during the city's deadly 1992 riots

The police department said in a statement that Gates died Friday at his Newport Beach home with his family at his bedside.

Former LA Police Chief Daryl Gates' family said in February the former chief had been hospitalized with bladder cancer.

Volcanic Ash Grounds More Europe Flights and Travel Updates

Travellers face a second day of flight cancellations Friday after an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland forced European aviation officials to ground planes and close airspace.

The ash cloud, which limits visibility and can damage a plane's engine, will affect flights for "at least the next 24 hours," the air traffic control body Eurocontrol said Friday.

Travel Updates - Thursday, April 15 (Source: RTE News)

The Irish Aviation Authority has announced that it is lifting restrictions, with immediate effect, on flights to and from airports at Cork and Shannon and some of the regional airports.

Restrictions will remain in force at Dublin Airport until at least 11am.

Restrictions also remain in force in large parts of the UK and Northern Europe.

A spokesman for the Department of Transport has said that aircraft are grounded until 11am - but he isnt expecting any movement in Irish airspace tomorrow.

P&O says its Irish Sea services are operating normally with spaces currently available.

The Larne to Troon and Cairnryan services still have spaces available for vehicles and foot passengers.

French aviation authorities have ordered airports in Paris and the north of the country to remain closed until at least 1pm tomorrow.

Planes have now been grounded in Ireland, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, northern France, parts of Germany and also parts of northern Poland.

Air Canada Issues Update On European Flight Cancellations

As per media report, there are now Airports closed such as Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt until further notice. As other airports may be affected resulting in flight cancellations and delays, Air Canada will provide updates on as further information becomes available.

Air Canada advises that as a result of the spread of volcanic ash over northern Europe due to volcanic activity in Iceland, a number of European airports have closed until further notice.

Customers with flights to or from affected areas are advised to check on the status of their flight by consulting the Air Canada website at, or by calling Air Canada’s automated flight information system at 1-888-422-7533, or by using a web-enhanced cell phone.

Tibetans Mourn Dead In China Quake Death Toll Climbed To 791

As per media report, there are now about 800 people killed and 294 still missing in China Earthquake. Tibetans mourned dead relatives on Friday. official death toll from the quake that flattened much of the town of Gyegu climbed to 791, though some residents cast doubt on that figure, saying many more had died without being counted.

A monk clad in maroon robes "Lopu" said that "Many of the bodies you see here don't have families or their families haven't come looking for them, so it's our job to take good care of them."

Thursday, April 15

Earthquake With A 4.9 Struck States of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah

Earthquake With A 4.9 Struck States of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah

Parts states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho shakes with a magnitude of 4.9 earthquake last Thursdau Night. No reports of significant damage or injuries.

The earthquake's epicenter was abot five (5) miles east-northeast of Randolph, a town about 73 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, said by University of Utah officials.

According to Relu Burlacu of the University of Utah seismograph stations, quake was the largest in Utah since a magnitude-5.9 temblor hit near St. George in 1992.

Quarterly Profit of Google Falls Short Of Some Estimates

Google profit rose nearly 37 percent in the first quarter of this year, slightly better than consensus estimate but falling short of some analysts' higher expectations as reported by Google Inc. on Thursday.

First quarter ended on March 31,Google earned 1.96 billion U.S. dollars or 6.06 dollars a share, compared with 1.42 billion dollars or 4.49 dollars a share in the year-ago period.

Earnings a share was 6.76 dollars excluding some costs. still, estimates mpiled by Bloomberg were as high as 6.91 dollars.

Revenue in the quarter was 6.78 billion dollars of internet company which an increase of 23 percent from a year earlier. Paid clicks to ads on Google and partners' sites rose 15 percent year- on-year and increased 5 percent over the fourth quarter of 2009.

Benjamin L. Hooks, Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 85

As reported in Associated Press, Benjamin L. Hooks, a golden-tongued orator who led of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 16 years, died Thursday at the age of 85.

The civil right leader Benjamin Hooks died at his home in Memphis, following a long illness said by the State Rep. Ulysses Jones, a member of the church where Mr. Hooks was pastor.

Hooks careers were Baptist minister who headed two churches, lawyer and a criminal court judge, the first black to be appointed to the bench in his native Tennessee, the first of his race to be named to the five-member Federal Communications Commission and he was a businessman who years ago owned several fried chicken franchises in Memphis.

Peter Steele Dead?

No official statement yet, rumors are circulating that Peter Steele, the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the Gothic metal band Type O Negative had succumbed to heart attack early Wednesday. Fellow band mate Kenny Hickey was reported to have confirmed the news.

According to report, it was also allegedly confirmed by Fuse Host Mistress Juliya, who posted several messages on her Twitter account. Steele died of heart failure.

Wednesday, April 14

China Media: Death Toll Risen To 617 From A Strong Earthquake in Northwest of China

According to the state media reported on Thursday, the death toll from a huge earthquake in Northwest China, Qinghai Province risen to 617, with another 313 still missing.

Reported by China Central Television, there are about 9,110 injured of whom 970 were seriously hurt.

Due to many chinese people in the area who are affected by the strong earthquake, thousands of people spent a night without shelter in freezing temperatures following the 6.9 magnitude quake which hit mountainous Yushu county in Qinghai province, destroying almost all the houses in the local capital Jiegu.

All out efforts are being called by Chinese President to save as many people as possible, with more than 5,000 rescuers, including 700 soldiers, rushing to the disaster zone on the Tibetan plateau known as the "Roof of the World".

Robotnaut2 (Made by GM) to space To Be Launched By NASA

Photo - Xinhua/Reuters: A pair of next generation dexterous humanoid robots named Robonaut2 are seen in this NASA handout picture taken July 28, 2009, and released to Reuters April 14, 2010.

As per report on General Motors' website, NASA is sending a human-like robot made jointly with General Motors Co. (GM) to the International Space Station this fall.

Robonaut2 is a 300-pound robot that will be used to test the effects of weightlessness as part of a plan to develop a robot that can work alongside astronauts and workers in GM plants.

The 300 lbs Robot will develop a next-generation robot that could improve safety in vehicles, factories and space.

According to said John Olson, director of NASA's Exploration Systems Integration Office, "the use of R2 on the space station is just the beginning of a quickening pace between human and robotic exploration of space," and "the partnership of humans and robots will be critical to opening up the solar system and will allow us to go farther and achieve more than we can probably even imagine today."

Robonaut2 is scheduled to lunch in September on the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission and will become a permanent part of the space station.

This robot can replace the current version, built 10 years ago by NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

Mexico: Five (5) Crew Dead in Cargo Plane Crash

Associated Press -- According to the autorities, a cargo plane crashed into traffic while trying to land overnight in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, killing all five crew members on board.

As reported by Hector Gonzalez, director of civil aeronautics at the Transportation and Communications Department, in an interview with Mexico's Televisa network, rescuers were trying to determine if a sixth person was killed inside a car that may have been crashed under the plane.

Emergency workers could not immediately confirm a vehicle amid the smoldering wreckage.

Cargo plane "Airbus A300" was crashed on a road leading to the international airport for Mexico's third-largest city. The plane was trying to land in rainy and cloudy conditions at about 11 p.m., said Jorge Camacho, director of civil protection in Nuevo Leon state when accident happened.

Charred and smoking wreckage was spread around a radius of at least 50 meters (164 feet). The nose of the plane and both wings had been torn away from the fusilage and lay in the middle of the two-lane road.

Volcanic Eruption In Iceland Prompts Evacuation Of Some 800 People

Volcanic Eruption at Fimmvorduhals in South Iceland may now be over; but a new eruption has now started under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.

Two aerial sources have this morning confirmed large amounts of steam coming off the glacier. One plane was 40 miles south and the other was 60 miles north-east.

Civil Protection Agency officials say hundreds of people in Iceland have been evacuated amid fears of second volcanic eruption.

Up to hundreds people near the Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyapla-yurkul) volcano were evacuated after seismic activity suggested it may have erupted for the second time, said Rognvaldur Olafsson, a chief inspector for the Icelandic Civil Protection Agency. The volcano, 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Reykjavik, erupted March 20 month after almost 200 years of silence.

Update: Northwest China Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 300

The death toll had risen to about 300, with an additional 8,000 people injured, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The China Earthquake Administration said phone lines were down, hindering rescue efforts, while workers were racing to release water from a man-made lake where a crack had formed after the quake.

In Jiegu, a township near the epicentre, more than 85 per cent of houses had collapsed, while large cracks have appeared on buildings still standing, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Zhuohuaxia, a local publicity official, as saying.

Tuesday, April 13

Earthquake with 7.1-magnitude Kills 67 in Northwest China

Source/Xinhua - Photo from mobile phone shows the destroyed houses after an earthquake in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai Province.

According to state, Earthquake struck in northwest China killed at least kills dozens people and left many others buried under debris early Wednesday.

The Earthquake happened at 7:49 a.m. in Qinghai Province, was reported as having a magnitude of 7.1 by China’s earthquake administration. The United States Geological Survey recorded it as 6.9.

According to China News, the earthquake struck 240 miles southeast of Golmud, a town of about 130,000 on the Tibetan plateau. Golmud is perhaps best known as the site of the world’s largest salt lake.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said epicenter had been in Yushu County, an area sparsely populated with farmers and herders, mostly ethnic Tibetans.

China National Radio said that 90 percent of the homes in the area had collapsed but that schools and government buildings had largely remained standing.

The State Funeral For Polish President Lech Kaczynski To Be Held Sunday

(Photo Source: Reuters) In the square near the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, a lot of candles and flowers seen in the areas for the memorial service of 96 victims of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and dozens of high-ranking officials would be held on Saturday and that a state funeral for Kaczynski and his wife could take place either on the same day or on Sunday.

Accorinding to the report, you will be seeing may Polish people pay respects to the late Polish President and his wife Maria at the President's Palace. Their bodies will be buried in the cathedral crypt at Wawel Royal Castle in Poland's southern city of Krakow on Sunday, a Polish cardinal said on Tuesday.

The Nuclear Security Summit At The Washington Convention Center On April 13, 2010

Washington Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) was held on April 13 which is attended by the World Leaders and International Organization that proposed in a work plan a series of detailed measures designed to secure nuclear material in response to the growing threats of nuclear terrorism.
At the end of the two-day summit, the seven (7) pages work plan was released and recognized states' rights to develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and noted the responsibility of each state for the use and management of all nuclear materials and facilities under its jurisdiction.

Indonesian Commercial Airplane Plunges Into River, Injured 20

Police and official reported, a commercial plane carrying 103 passengers skidded off runway and plunged into a river near the airport in Manokwari of West Papua on Tuesday, injuring 20 people.
Source: AFP -- Indonesian soldiers and police examine a Merpati airline Boeing 737 plane after it skidded off the runway on landing in Indonesia's West Papua city of Manokwari. The jet carrying more than 100 passengers skidded off into a shallow river at Rendani domestic airport, injuring some 20 people, according to officials.

As reported through phone of Papua police spokesman "Agus Rianto", the airplane's head sank in the water and its body broke into two pieces.

He added that the Boeing 737 operated by Merpati Airline flew from Sorong to Manokwari and moved over 700 meters from the runway after landing in heavy rain.

According to report, slippery runway was regarded as one of the possible causes of the accident.

The accident happend at 10:50 am local time (0150 GMT) and left left twenty people injured, some seriously according to the director for Air Transport of Transport Ministry Herry Bhakti.

Final Spacewalk of Discovery Mission

Source Associated Press/NASA

A pair of spacewalking shuttle astronauts finished installing and activating a cooling tank at the International Space Station on Tuesday. It's the third and final spacewalk of the mission.

Monday, April 12

11 Killed In Italy on Trail Accident

In photo, rescuers work at the scene of a train accident near the city of Merano, about 300 kilometers north of Venice, Italy, April 12, 2010. A small regional train derailed on Monday in north Italy's Alto Adige mountainous region, leaving at least 11 people dead and more than 10 others injured.

Fighter Jets of British Chasing UFO?

As media reports, two (2) British Fighter Jets chasing UFO which was filmed by a mystery cameraman.

Sun quoted expert Nick Pope, who probed UFO sightings for the Ministry of Defence, "This is one of the best videos I've seen. It could be a new drone - that might explain the military jets".

Nick Pope added that "But you don't normally test-fly secret projects in daylight. Alternatively, this could be the real thing - a UFO in our airspace and military aircraft scrambled to intercept, probably due to it being tracked on radar".

Video clip in about 30 seconds was taken from a West Midlands service station car park in Britain, had drawn millions of hits on the Internet.

A Pilot Error Blamed Why The Polish President's Plane Crash

According to Russian Authorities, it is insisted that a pilot error why plane crash. The "black box" flight recorders had been recovered from the crash site in good condition said by Russian Minister of Transport, Igor Levitin.

As statement of Igor Levitin during the meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, there is now a group in Russia, Moscow begun decoding of the recorders, and he added that "the quality of the recording is good, and there is every chance that we will be able to gain all information about the flight". All the deciphering work is being done in collaboration with Polish officials.

Accoridng to the Deputy Chief of the Russian Air Force's general staff "Alexander Alyoshin, the pilot had ignored several orders from air-traffic control not to land at Smolensk because of thick fog. "The head of the air-traffic control group gave a command to the crew to put the aircraft into the horizontal position, and when the crew did not implement this order, several times gave orders to divert to an alternative airport.

"Despite this, the crew continued the descent. Unfortunately this ended in tragedy."

Sunday, April 11

Polish President Kaczynski's Body Returns Home

According to local media, the body of Polish President Lech Kaczynski has returned to Poland. The plane carrying the flag-draped coffin landed in Warsaw on Sunday.

Poland people attend a mourning ceremony for Polish President Lech Kaczynski and people on board the crashed Tu-154 aircraft, in Warsaw, capital of Poland, April 11, 2010.
The coffin was escorted by the guard of honor. Played was the Polish national anthem. Prayers were said by Apostolic Nuncio archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk, Bishop Stanislaw Budzik and Warsaw archbishop Kazimierz Nycz.

Victims of Poland's Presidential Jet Plane Crash

Photo shows some of the prominent victims of the crash of Poland's presidential plane. It includes Maria Kaczynska, 66, Poland's first lady; Gen. Franciszek Gagor, 58, army chief of staff; Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta, 51, navy chief commander; Gen. Tadeusz Buk, 49, land-forces commander; Slawomir Skrzypek, 46, president of the National Bank of Poland; Aleksander Szczyglo, 46, head of the national security office; Piotr Nurowski, 64, head of Poland's Olympic Committee, and so on (Source: Xinhua).
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