2,000 snow geese die in US, avian cholera suspected

Two thousand migrating snow geese, as one seen here, have died in the northwestern US state of Idaho likely due to avian cholera, according to the state’s fish and game department (AFP Photo/Holger Hollemann)

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Qatar World Cup construction ‘will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead’

Exclusive: International Trade Union Confederation claims about 12 labourers will die each week unless action is taken

 

theguardian.com, Thursday 26 September 2013
Qatar‘s construction frenzy ahead of the 2022 World Cup is on course to cost the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers before a ball is kicked, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has claimed.

The group has been scrutinising builders’ deaths in the Gulf emirate for the past two years and said that at least half a million extra workers from countries including Nepal, India and Sri Lanka are expected to flood in to complete stadiums, hotels and infrastructure in time for the World Cup kickoff.

The annual death toll among those working on building sites could rise to 600 a year – almost a dozen a week – unless the Doha government makes urgent reforms, it says.

The ITUC has based the estimate on current mortality figures for Nepalese and Indian workers who form the bulk of Qatar’s 1.2 million-strong migrant workforce, the large majority of whom are builders.

While it admits that the cause of death is not clear for many of the deceased – with autopsies often not being conducted and routine attribution to heart failure – it believes harsh and dangerous conditions at work and cramped and squalid living quarters are to blame.

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Liberal Activist: ‘Thousands of People Will Die Every Year’ Under Obamacare

Elizabeth Harrington
CNS News
August 1, 2013

“Thousands of people will die every year” and “costs will continue to go out of control” under Obamacare, says Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

The only solution is to nationalize health care through a single-payer system, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Public Citizen argued outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

“Is this realistic after the passage of the Affordable Care Act?” asked Public Citizen President Robert Weissman. “This is what we know is going to happen after the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

“However well it goes, whatever hiccups it has, two things are sure to happen,” he said. “One, millions of people are going to remain uncovered. And the best-case scenario, millions of people will remain uncovered, which means thousands of people will die every year from a lack of health insurance coverage.

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Police: Children stabbed by their mother have died

Both children died about an hour after receiving medical attention for their wounds.

Both children died about an hour after receiving medical attention for their wounds.

MEMPHIS, TN –

(WMC-TV) – The two children who were stabbed by their mother Wednesday night died at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, according to Memphis police.

The 6-year-old and 23-month-old were both sent to the hospital once law enforcement arrived on the scene at 230 Tillman Street near Tillman Cove.

Neighbor Veronica Skinner has seen the suspect numerous times before. However, she never saw any signs that would indicate what happened.

“I think it’s terrible and I think time is drawing near. I think that’s real terrible,” stated Skinner.

One of the children received CPR on the scene before being sent to the hospital. Both children died about an hour after receiving medical attention for their wounds.

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Dozens of birds slam dead into downtown Minnesota city buildings

Bohemian waxwing birds killed after slamming into the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth on Monday. (April 22, 2013)
Bohemian waxwing birds killed after slamming into the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth on Monday. (April 22, 2013)
Credits: (Jennifer Flynn)

Dozens of birds have been found dead after slamming into downtown buildings in one Minnesota city.

The Duluth Tribune News reported Wednesday (April 24) that at least 30 Bohemian waxwing birds were killed and three others were injured after flying into buildings in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday.

A majority of the Bohemian waxwings were found dead in the plaza area adjacent to the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth, said Amy Rutledge, manager of corporate communications for Minnesota Power.

The birds apparently flew into tinted glass partitions adjacent to the building as they were flying up to trees.

“We’re on a major migration route,” said Peggy Farr, a Wildwoods rehabilitator and board member. “This is a good time of year to close the blinds so the birds don’t get faked out by the windows.”

Rutledge said Minnesota Power plans to put stickers on the glass panels that the waxwings hit so birds will be more likely to see the panels.

Bohemian waxwings, just smaller than robins, often move and feed in large flocks. In the Duluth area, these birds frequently feed on berries of mountain ash or crabapple trees.

It is believed that the birds may have become disoriented after eating the berries due to the fact that some are fermented or contain some small amounts of alcohol.

Duluth birder and birding guide Erik Bruhnke said that sometimes happens.

“I know that waxwings become intoxicated because of alcohol when the berries are fermented,” Bruhnke said.

“I have seen, a couple times, where the whole flock will sit on the ground in a slight daze after eating large amounts of fermented berries and fruits,” he added.

The Duluth Audubon Society is initiating a project called Birdsafe, an effort to reduce the number of birds killed or injured when they collide with buildings, said Jane Cleave, president of Duluth Audubon Society.

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