Sunday, June 30, 2013

what a tragedy RIP Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

The Associated Press

Originally published 02:36 p.m., June 30, 2013 
Updated 09:37 p.m., June 30, 2013

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.

The "hotshot" firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat - when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, state forestry spokesman Art Morrison told The Associated Press.

The fire started Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. Officials ordered the evacuations of 50 homes in several communities, and later Sunday afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office expanded the order to include more residents in Yarnell, about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo also said that 19 firefighters had been killed by the fire.

"The entire hot shot crew had been killed by the fire," he said. He said that the firefighters had to deploy the emergency shelters when "something drastic happened."

The crew killed in the blaze had worked other wildfires in recent weeks in New Mexico and Arizona. The unit was established in 2002.

The National Fire Protection Association had previously listed the deadliest wildland fire involving firefighters as the 1994 Storm King Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colo., which killed 14 firefighters who were overtaken by a sudden explosion of flames.

Morrison said several homes in the community of Glenisle burned on Sunday. He said no other injuries or deaths have been reported from that area.

About 200 firefighters are fighting the wildfire, which has also forced the closure of parts of state Route 89. An additional 130 firefighters and more water- and retardant-dropping helicopters and aircraft are on their way.

Mike Reichling, Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman, told The Arizona Republic they're calling in federal help to fight the fire.

Roxie Glover, spokeswoman at Wickenburg Community Hospital, said that the hospital has been told to expect people with injuries.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Yavapai College in Prescott, the sheriff's office said.

In another Arizona fire, a 2-acre blaze that started at a motorcycle salvage yard and spread to a trailer park has destroyed five mobile homes in the Gila County community of Rye, located more than 130 miles east of Yarnell.

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Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire » Ventura County Star

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Profile: High life, Lahore - DAWN.COM

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The underground mansion of an LA Shrimp tycoon built five storeys down into the bedrock Hacienda de la Paz | Mail Online

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Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - 273 ‘sacked’ dead

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Egypt: Protesters Gather Nationwide To Demand Morsi's Ouster

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Can we make ourselves happier? Good!!!


Can we make ourselves happier?

Composite of a couple kissing, two kids whispering, runners on a beach, political activists, and a dinner table

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.

Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Director of the Database and Emeritus professor of social conditions for human happiness at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, says his own study found a slight negative correlation between the number of times people in a study spontaneously mentioned "goals" and their happiness.

"Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life, evidence is mixed. The reason seems to be that unhappy people are more aware of their goals, because they seek to change their life for the better."

But perhaps the most intriguing finding from an array of studies on file at the database is the lack of correlation between seeing meaning in life and being happy.

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"Surprisingly I found no correlation," says Professor Veenhoven. Studies suggest leading an active life is the strongest correlate with happiness.

"In order to have a happy life, a rewarding life, you need to be active. So involvement is more important to happiness than meaning in the sense of the why, why we are here."

But the best news on file at the World Happiness Database is that we can make ourselves happier, and not just through external changes like having more money.

"Research has shown that we can make ourselves happier because happiness does change over time," says Professor Veenhoven, "and these changes are not just a matter of better circumstances but of better dealing with life. Elderly people tend to be wiser, and for that reason, happier."

A couple kiss in front of police at a G8 summit protestA politically active romance might score double happiness points?

So what should we do to make ourselves happier?

Studies collated by the database say you tend to be happier if you:

  • Are in a long-term relationship
  • Are actively engaged in politics
  • Are active in work and in your free time
  • Go out for dinner
  • Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have)

And there are some surprising findings:

  • People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don't drink at all

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Erasmus Happiness Economics research Organization

  • Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality
  • Being considered good looking increases men's happiness more than it does women's.
  • You tend to be happier if you think you're good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are.
  • Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.

And be careful of that morning commute to work.

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You can make everything clean and tomorrow it's dirty again, so why do it?"

Jana Koopman

A German study (by Frey and Stutzer published in 2004) found a strong link between time spent commuting and satisfaction with life. Those who spent an hour on their journey to work were found to be significantly less happy that those who did not commute.

And the study suggests that higher earnings from a job that involves commuting do not compensate for the time lost.

Professor Veenhoven and his colleagues have been trying to encourage people to do more of what makes them happy with a diary they can fill out online. So far it has attracted more than 20,000 users.

Pensioner Jana Koopman says it has changed her life, not just because it helped her identify what makes her happy, and prompted her to take up a painting class, but because it made her do less of what doesn't make her happy.

Top 10 happiest countries

Countries ranked in order of "satisfaction with life", according to the World Database of Happiness:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Norway
  6. Finland
  7. Mexico
  8. Sweden
  9. Canada
  10. Panama

"You can make everything clean and tomorrow it's dirty again, so why do it? Or don't do it too often. I like to read. So now I just pick up a book I want to read and leave all the other things."

Don't worry, though, if you can't put down your laptop and pick up a book or a paintbrush. We can't be happy all the time.

Research shows that sadness is useful. It acts as a red traffic light to curb negative behaviour.

According to studies on the database it's actually good for us all to be sad 10% of the time.

Professor Veenhoven and his colleagues have begun analysing the data collected in the online diary to conduct more happiness studies.

So far, analysis on self-confessed workaholics shows, perhaps unsurprisingly, that unwinding after work with exercise rather than a beer on the sofa makes for a happier life.

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SHAME ON THIS MEDIA FOR SHOWING ALTAF HUSSAIN AS A VICTIM AFTER HE RESIGNED

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SHAME ON THIS MEDIA FOR SHOWING ALTAF HUSSAIN AS A VICTIM AFTER HE RESIGNED
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  1. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi

Secret-court judges upset at portrayal + Biden asks Ecuador’s president to reject asylum bid by Snowden

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-court-judges-upset-at-portrayal-of-collaboration-with-government/2013/06/29/ed73fb68-e01b-11e2-b94a-452948b95ca8_story.html

Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of 'collaboration' with government



Biden asks Ecuador's president to reject asylum bid by Snowden

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  1. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi

Witnesses describe plane's dive, fiery aftermath of crash in Oxnard that kills 2

Witnesses describe plane's dive, fiery aftermath of crash in Oxnard that kills 2

By Mercedes Aguilar

Originally published 01:53 p.m., June 29, 2013 
Updated 11:21 p.m., June 29, 2013

Two people were killed when a small, home-built plane slammed into an Oxnard field this afternoon, officials said.

The Oxnard Police Department said both people who were killed were aboard the plane. The identities, ages, genders and cities of residence were not available for those killed in the crash a mile and a half from the Oxnard Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane was a single-engine, home-built Less Drag Special. He said it crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after leaving the airport. Oxnard firefighters and police said the crash was reported about 12:10 p.m. in an agricultural field north of Wooley Road, between Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Avenue (MAP).

At the scene, the plane was in pieces and little of it was recognizable. Along with the debris, three police cars were in the field near Chesapeake Drive.

Aside from the field and the plane, there was also no property or structural damage, police said.

Witnesses said the crash seemed to occur after the plane had engine problems, firefighters said. One witness said he saw the plane up high and could hear the engine cut out. After that, the plane went straight down, he said.

Ernie Borjas didn't see the crash, but heard it and witnessed its aftermath. He said he and his boss Tom Petersen were the first two people on the scene after the crash.

Borjas is a chef at The Yacht Club in 4300 block of Wooley and was inside when he heard the crash.

He didn't think twice and started running directly across through the club's parking lot, then across the roadway and jumped the fence, he said. Then they saw an explosion, which Petersen said occurred when he was 75 yards away.

"It didn't seem like it was going to explode because it wasn't completely damaged," Borjas said.

He then kept running through the field and said it was like going through deep snow, because with every step he took, his legs would go in deep into the soft dirt.

When he reached the plane, he saw flames, Borjas said.

He said two farmworkers near the field arrived shortly after he got there. The staff at the club called 911 and a fire engine arrived soon.

A number of people reported the explosion after the crash, officials said. The fire was extinguished by the Oxnard Fire Department.

Leticia McClure lives in a condominium complex near the crash site.

She was at a nail salon with her daughter around noon about a mile away from crash when she heard a big bang.

"I got scared and I called my husband," she said.

She knew he was driving on Victoria Avenue and she thought the bang sounded like a major vehicle crash, she said.

She said she was relieved that the crash didn't occur on a weekday, when there are more farmworkers in the field.

Ann Cooluris, one of the owners of the agricultural land where the crash occurred, said she received an email from the farmer about 1 p.m. and she headed to the scene.

Her family has owned part of the agricultural land for generations, and it's not the first time a plane crash has occurred near or on the field, she said.

Her sister Helen Cooluris said she's heard the site is one of the proposed for a new high school and she was just glad a high school is not there now, otherwise children could have been hurt.

Ellen Walsh, another resident of the condo complex, said she heard the plane crash.

"It was pretty loud, like a heavy truck crash or something like a sonic boom," she said.

She was surprised she heard the explosion, since she lives on the third floor on the back side of the complex.

The area was cordoned off this afternoon with firefighters and police officers on the scene.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. Gregor said the NTSB is the lead agency and that it typically takes the NTSB months to come up with a probable cause for accidents.

Around 3:35 p.m., someone described by police as an FAA official arrived.

Representatives of the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office arrived at 5 p.m. but said no information about the victims would be available until Sunday at the earliest.

Staff writer Andrew Lopez contributed to this rep

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Edward Snowden Might Be Stuck at One of the Moscow Airport’s Uncomfortable Hotels

Edward Snowden Might Be Stuck at One of the Moscow Airport's Uncomfortable Hotels

Sheremetyevo Airport.

It's been nearly a week since Edward Snowdenarrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, but the many journalists camped there have yet to catch a glimpse of him. Reporters have, however, learned a lot about the layout of the airport's international transit zone, where the now passport-less NSA leaker is believed to be stuck as the Ecuadorian government decideswhether or not to allow him to stay in their country. According to Ecuadorian president Rafeal Correa, Vice-President Biden recentlymade a "very courteous" call requesting that Ecuador reject any asylum requests from Snowden, and Correa promised that if or when Snowden gets to the country, "the first opinions we will seek are those of the United States." What that means for Snowden's chances in Ecuador is unclear but, in the meantime, the press has a few theories about where exactly he is.

Terminal E is home to the V-Express (pictured below), a less-than-glamorous "capsule hotel" that offers "cruise-ship style beds with clean towels and a standalone shower" to passengers on layover. V-Express workers won't say if they've seen Snowden, though one told a Financial Times reporter that business has been bolstered by journalists, who presumably have not spotted him there. (An employee of one of the airport's coffee shops wondered if Snowden had checked into the V-Express only to have his visit cut short. "Would it be possible to shoot someone inside the capsule hotel?" she asked a colleague, who responded, "Possible." TripAdvisor reviewers have praised the location and not much else.

Sheremetyevo has another hotel that might suit Snowden's needs: The Novotel Hotel, which serves travelers with longer layovers in Russia who lack Russian visas. According to ABC News, customers are "whisked away from the transit area" upon arrival and "put on a special van, and driven out of the airport by a special gate off the tarmac" to The Novotel. "There, they are kept in a special wing on the second floor under constant watch by Russian guards. They are confined to their rooms, except when they have to change money, but a guard comes with them for that as well. The only option for food is pricey room service." The TripAdvisor reviews are mixed, to say the least, but the place does have international television channels and Wi-Fi, which we know Snowden would appreciate. Reporters who have visited The Novotel have been unable to enter the aforementioned special wing.

There's also Terminal A, which is only accessible to Russian government and security officials. (There are no TripAdvisor reviews of Terminal A.) President Vladimir Putin, who has so far declined to send Snowden back to the United States, has said that Snowden is not in government custody, but some have "conspiratorially" suggested that he could still be in the locked-down terminal. Still others suggested to the FT "that Mr Putin may have a very expansive definition of what the transit zone is and that he may have ended up in another Moscow hotel guarded by special migration officers, or have made it to a foreign embassy," though the latter seems like something the public would have heard about by now.

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  1. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi

Is Snowden Hiding in a Moscow Airport Hotel? -- Daily Intelligencer

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MQM chief Altaf is back - DAWN.COM

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Altaf Hussain quits as MQM chief - DAWN.COM

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http://pakistanvision.com/Livetv2.html Altaf on phone tirade aajnews 1045 pm

He is playing the OLD drama of beg me to not quit!!!  Iqbal

http://pakistanvision.com/Livetv2.html    Altaf on phone tirade   aajnews 1045 pm



sad Pakistani· 1 hour ago

BREAKING NEWS: 
Altaf Bhai nay isteefa day diya kion kay Scotland yard police nay unkay ghar par chappa mara aur bhut say items uthay kay lay gayay; 
List of items; 
1. New Bori x5 
2. New kniefs with names on them of MQM rabta commitee x 10 
3. Rasee 20 meter 
4. Petrol 4 gallon 
5. Bleach cleaner 20 gallon 
6. safi x 20 packs 
7. New torture CD's from Karachi x 5 sets 
8. Imran Farooq murder DVD x1 
9. Ab kis ke bari heh (new video) Blu ray x 1 
10. Bricks (eentain) x 20 dozen with 1 with blood 
11. computer hard drives with swiss, arab and US accounts x 20 
12. un printed US dollars and Pounds paper and chemicals x 20 packs 
13. Books and pamphlets on @How to be a terrorist in Karachi x 20 copies 
14 How to be bhata mafia & target killer new edition x40 copies 
15. VAT 69 and Johny walker (EMPTY BOTTLES) x 200 
16. Loudspeaker x 1 
17. telephone with mic x 1 
18. Neend ki goolian (diazepam) x2000 tablets 
19. Gori larki ( allegeds to be MAID in England) x 1 
20. PPP ki begharti x many times 
21. Hookamat Pakistan ki be sharmi x many 
22. Tie different colors x 20 ( alleges to belong to PPP interior minister) 
the list goes on and on 

Khuday kay wastay apni kabar ki turuf bhi dekho salo, Pakistan ka berha gharak kar dia heh tum sab ney mil kar, Ab KARACHI mein Civil war na karwa dena.
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