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Two people in hospital after being attacked by their own dogs in Chesterfield, UK


Two people have been taken to hospital after being attacked by their dogs. Stock image: it is not yet known what breed of dogs were involved in the attack.
Two people have been hospitalised after being attacked by their own dogs in their home.

Derbyshire police and paramedics were called to a house in Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, shortly after 7.20pm last night to reports that a man and a woman had been injured by their dogs.

Both were taken to hospital by East Midlands Ambulance Service. Police said the woman is badly injured while the man is in a "less serious" condition.

Officers seized three dogs from the house and two will be destroyed. The other animal is being kennelled while investigations continue.

Arrow Down

Man accidentally drives car into sinkhole in Denver, Colorado


Sinkhole at 13th and Tennyson.
A man drove his car directly into a sinkhole caused by a broken water main early Friday.

Since it had rained overnight, the driver said he saw water on a road in Denver and thought it was just a puddle. The car ended up head-first in a six-foot-deep sinkhole.

The driver, who works for Uber, did not have any passengers with him at the time. He was able to get out of the car on the passenger side.

A tow truck pulled the car out and hauled it away.

Utility crews said the sinkhole was caused by a rupture in a 12-inch water main. A dozen nearby homes lost water due to the rupture and crews were working to replace the broken section of pipe.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 25 feared killed, 42 missing due to floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka

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Locals gather to watch rescue operation in Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday.
At least 25 people were killed and 42 went missing in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by torrential rainfall on Friday. A team of 400 soldiers have been rushed to the rescue of over 7,800 people who have been affected by the calamity.

According to a Reuters report, at least five landslides have been reported in Kaluthara, which is the worst-hit district on the west coast of the Lankan island. This is the time of the year when the island nation witnesses highest rainfall, from the month of May to September.


Cloud Precipitation

50,000 animals dead following 6 months rainfall in just 2 weeks in Corrientes, Argentina

A tragic dramatic scenario has occurred for livestock farmers of Corrientes, Argentina as 50,000 animals have died due to to flooding in the area.

The province of Corrientes has lost an incredible 2.5 million hectares to the flooding
with the northern parts of the province being the most affected.

More than 6 months rain has fallen in the area in the last two weeks.

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million heads of cattle throughout the affected region.


Manuel Garcia Olano, Secretary of Agriculture of Corrientes, was able to fly over the area and told reporters that "the situation is devastating.

Fire

Three die in raging Siberian wildfires; hundreds of houses burnt down

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A cow stands amid houses that burned in wildfires in the Siberian settlement of Strelka, on the bank of the Angara River in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region, on Thursday.
Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the deaths of three people in Siberian wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Two people were found dead in the town of Kansk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, according to investigators in the region, who said a fire spread in the area due to hot weather and strong wind.

The victims, a man and a woman, had been exposed to heat and fire in the town where 52 homes burned down, the Krasnoyarsk branch of the Investigative Committee said in a statement, adding that a probe was launched into possible negligence.


Attention

State to let dead grey whale rot on beach near Twin Harbors, Washington

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Washington State Parks rangers will be leaving this dead whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park south of Westport after it washed ashore Tuesday.
Sorry, guys, put away the dynamite. That's not how we handle these sorts of things in Washington.

Washington State Parks rangers will be leaving a dead gray whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park after it washed ashore Tuesday.

Instead of blowing it up, like the Oregonians fatefully tried back in the 1970s.

"Visitors can expect strong, unpleasant smells as the carcass rots over the summer months," the State Parks statement stated, in a wild understatement.

The 30-foot-long juvenile female, believed to be 1 to 2 years old, was healthy when it died of a traumatic injury, the statement said.

Snowflake

Mini Ice Age food price increases, crypto currency explodes as global economic decline begins

As the food costs for everyone on this planet continue to rise, the global economy will begin to unwind into something far greater than 2008. The collapse of fiat un-backed currency during this time will be replaced with digital currency during and after the grand solar minimum and effects that this event brings with it. Our societies will rebuild and restart again but with a new form of money, crypto currency. The Concensus 2017 meetings in NYC have assured that Ethereum will led the way as a platform to create smart contracts and inter-commerce and e-commerce payment systems interwoven with Fintech and Bitcoin will be a medium to store wealth.


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Cloud Grey

Amazing lenticular clouds over Syktyvkar, Russia (PHOTOS)

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Amazing lenticular clouds over Syktyvkar, Russia on May 18th 2017 have been shared on vk.com social media service.

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Comment: Increasingly unstable weather patterns may be assisting the formation of bizarre cloud patterns observed around the world recently. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are possible comet dust loading and changes in the layers of the atmosphere. See also:


Bizarro Earth

Risk of natural disasters doubles since 1975


Earthquakes were found to be the largest hazard, with the number of people potentially affected jumping from 1.4 billion in 1975 to 2.7 billion in 2015. Now, they say one in three people is exposed to the risk of earthquakes.
Billions of people around the world are now exposed to devastating natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, according to a new study.

In the last few decades, the risk has dramatically increased; the number of people living in seismic areas, for example, has increased by 93 percent in just 40 years.

The findings, compiled in the Atlas of the Human Planet 2017, reveal the global exposure to natural disasters has doubled since 1975, largely as a result of population growth and development.

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Bug

Thousands of bees invade Bishop's Stortford, UK


Thousands of stinging bees descended on Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, causing a hive of activity among shoppers
Police had a real sting operation on their hands when they were called to reports of 'thousands of bees' descending on an historic market town.

The enormous cloud of flying insects caused a hive of activity among shoppers who were forced to run for cover.

Motorists driving through Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, said they were unable to see because of the swarm of bees.

Thousands of the stinging insects could be seen crawling across shop fronts.

Holly Donaldson, 26, who works at Savills estate agents, said: 'It was quite terrifying.

'My boss said "look out the window" and then we just ran for the keys to lock the windows.

Comment: A similar event happened in nearby London just over a week ago, see: Massive bee swarm descends on London during rush hour