Society's ChildS


Kenya airport fire forces closure

© Associated PressSmoke billowing from Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi.

A massive early-morning fire has destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport - the largest in east Africa - forcing its closure and the rerouting of all inbound flights.

No serious injuries were reported at Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA), said Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The blaze broke out on the 15th anniversary of the bombings of the US embassy buildings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, in neighboring Tanzania, but there were no immediate signs of terrorism in Wednesday's fire. Kenya's anti-terror police chief, Boniface Mwaniki, told the Associated Press that he was waiting for the fire to be put out so he could inspect the scene before making a judgment.

Black smoke was visible across much of Nairobi as emergency teams battled the blaze. Passengers reported a slow response by the under-resourced fire brigade. The fire raged for more than four hours before being contained, though flames still persisted two hours later.

Heart - Black

Alexandria Hill, age 2, dies after receiving horrific abuse at foster house

Alexandria Hill
Alexandria Hill
Joshua Hill's daughter, Alexandria, was taken from him and his wife in November 2012 because they smoked pot in their Round Rock, Texas, home while their child slept.

The 2-year-old child was then placed in an abusive foster home by a private agency contracted by Child Protective Services.

"She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag," Hill told KVUE-TV (video below). "It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would have to have me arrested because I wouldn't let her go back."

Alexandria was placed in a second foster home with Sherill Small in Rockdale, Texas, seven months ago.

It would be her last home.


3 Florida teenagers brutally beat younger student on bus, nobody intervenes

florida bus assault
Disturbing video has surfaced of an attack on a school bus in Pinellas County, Fla. In the video, three 15-year-old teenagers are seen brutally beating a 13-year-old boy. After the fight, the victim left the bus with black eyes, bruises and a broken arm.

Since the video has been publicized, many have called into question whether the bus driver, 64-year-old John Moody, did enough to stop the fight. Moody can be heard frantically calling dispatchers during the fight, even saying "they're going to beat this boy to death," but he never physically intervenes in an attempt to stop the beating.

"You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick," he told dispatchers. "They're about to beat this boy to death over here. Please get somebody here quick. They're still doing it. There's nothing I can do."


Japan finally admits truth: "Right now, we have an emergency at Fukushima"

Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters.

Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) are only a temporary solution, he said.

Tepco's "sense of crisis is weak," Kinjo said. "This is why you can't just leave it up to Tepco alone" to grapple with the ongoing disaster.

"Right now, we have an emergency," he said.

Bizarro Earth

Meet the town that's being swallowed by a sinkhole

What could possibly go wrong when miners, frackers, and drillers reshape the geology beneath our feet? Talk to the evacuees of Bayou Corne, Louisiana.

About once a month, the residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana, meet at the Assumption Parish library in the early evening to talk about the hole in their lives. "It was just like going through cancer all over again," says one. "You fight and you fight and you fight and you think, 'Doggone it, I've beaten this thing,' and then it's back." Another spent last Thanksgiving at a 24-hour washateria because she and her disabled husband had nowhere else to go. As the box of tissues circulates, a third woman confesses that after 20 years of sobriety she recently testified at a public meeting under the influence.

"The God of my understanding says, 'As you sow, so shall you reap,'" says Kenny Simoneaux, a balding man in a Harley-Davidson T-shirt. He has instructed his grandchildren to lock up the ammunition. "I'm so goddamn mad I could kill somebody."

But the support group isn't for addiction, PTSD, or cancer, though all of these maladies are present. The hole in their lives is a literal one. One night in August 2012, after months of unexplained seismic activity and mysterious bubbling on the bayou, a sinkhole opened up on a plot of land leased by the petrochemical company Texas Brine, forcing an immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne's 350 residents - an exodus that still has no end in sight. Last week, Louisiana filed a lawsuit against the company and the principal landowner, Occidental Chemical Corporation, for damages stemming from the cavern collapse.

Texas Brine's operation sits atop a three-mile-wide, mile-plus-deep salt deposit known as the Napoleonville Dome, which is sheathed by a layer of oil and natural gas, a common feature of the salt domes prevalent in Gulf Coast states. The company specializes in a process known as injection mining, and it had sunk a series of wells deep into the salt dome, flushing them out with high-pressure streams of freshwater and pumping the resulting saltwater to the surface. From there, the brine is piped and trucked to refineries along the Mississippi River and broken down into sodium hydroxide and chlorine for use in manufacturing everything from paper to medical supplies.

Bayou Corne is the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you haven't heard of.

Better Earth

Mysterious priest performs miracle at site of crash in Missouri

Crashed Car
© KHQARescuers working with the wreckage of Lentz's car.
Center, Missouri -- Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning.

Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Mo.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Aaron Smith, 26, crossed the center line and struck Katie Lentz head-on. Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible.

New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get Lentz out of a car to no avail Sunday morning shortly after 9 a.m. The metal on an older model Mercedes dulled the department's equipment.

"It was a very well-built car, and when you compact materials like that one, they become even stronger because you're cutting through multiple things instead of one layer," Reed said.

Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat. After 45 minutes passed, medical workers told rescue crews that Katie was failing and fast. That's when Reed decided to move the car, which was standing on its side, back on all four wheels.

About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That's when a priest appeared out of no where.

Arrow Down

Maharashtra: Stray dogs found eating abandoned newborn girl's body

Stray dogs were found gnawing at the body of an abandoned newborn girl on the government medical college premises in Yavatmal, a senior official said here on Wednesday.

"On Sunday evening, some people noticed that some stray dogs were eating the body of the newborn girl on the college premises. The mutilated body was recovered from the spot and immediately sent for post-mortem," Medical Superintendent Dr Kishor Ingole told PTI.

He said that they were clueless about who dumped the body of the infant on the college premises.

"Somebody from outside must have dumped the deceased girl on the hospital premises. The campus is spread over 120 hectares and hence it is difficult to keep a tab on the visitors," Ingole said.

An FIR was registered in this connection and probes are on to trace her parents.

Ingole informed that a similar incident had taken place on the campus earlier.

Source: Press Trust India


Africa travel hit after fire ravages Nairobi airport

Air travellers across Africa are facing long delays after a huge fire ripped through the main airport in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, forcing its closure.

Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). It has reopened for cargo and domestic services, though many flights have been diverted to other regional airports.

The Kenyan authorities say no casualties have been reported and that the blaze has been contained. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Security officials say they are waiting to inspect the damage before drawing any conclusions. However, correspondents say the airport is old and overcrowded.

Kenya's anti-terrorism chief, Boniface Mwaniki, said he did not believe the fire - which happened on the 15th anniversary of the bombings by al-Qaeda of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - was connected to terrorism.

"We don't want to speculate, but at this stage we do not think there is any such link," he told the Reuters news agency.

Arrow Down

Thieves are literally stealing hair off women's heads!

This is crazy! Women in Venezuela and Colombia are guarding their tresses. Thieves are targeting women who let down their hair-- literally robbing them of the hair off their heads!

Authorities say it's happening downtown, at beaches and the mall. The suspects pull out scissors and cut it, then sell it at hair salons!

"You have to see it to believe it," One woman said, "We're not going to be able to have long hair anymore. As a woman, this is something traumatic."

It's easy money for thieves, who can sell natural hair for more than $500!


'Zero-hours' contracts: Over one million workers in UK are literally slaves

© Andy Rain/EPASports Direct caused controversy after it was revealed it employs around 20,000 staff, about 90% of its workforce, on zero-hours contracts.
Poll of more than 1,000 employers reveals controversial contract used far more widely in the UK than government data suggests.

More than 1 million British workers could be employed on zero-hours contracts, new figures released on Monday reveal, suggesting that British business is deploying the controversial employment terms far more widely than previously thought.

The figure - derived from a poll of more than 1,000 employers conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - prompted renewed calls for the government to launch a full inquiry into the use of the contracts, after a week in which a string of organisations - from retail chains to Buckingham Palace - have faced criticism for hiring staff but offering no guarantee of work and pay each week. Employees on zero-hours contracts often get no holiday or sick pay and have to ask permission before seeking additional work elsewhere.

The CIPD found that 38% of zero-hours contract workers describe themselves as employed full-time, typically working 30 hours or more a week. One third of voluntary sector employers use the contracts, and one in four public sector organisations.

The latest numbers also call into question the accuracy of official data on the topic. Last week, the Office for National Statistics increased its estimate of the number of UK zero-hours workers by 25%, to around 250,000.