England: Fire at London Zoo kills aardvark, meerkats believed dead

England: Fire at London Zoo kills aardvark, meerkats believed dead

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fire broke out at London Zoo on Saturday morning, severely damaging a cafe and shop and killing an aardvark. Zoo officials said four meerkats were missing and were also presumed to be dead.

The fire, mostly in the Animal Adventure cafe and shop, also spread to a nearby petting area. Reportedly, 72 firefighters with ten fire engines fought the blaze for about three hours starting shortly after 6:00 am to bring it under control. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade stated that when they arrived, the fire was already “very well developed”. According to the ambulance service, two people were treated for minor injuries, six for smoke inhalation, with one taken to hospital. A statement from the zoo said, regarding animal fatalities, “Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha. There are also four meerkats unaccounted for at this stage, and we have limited access to site to confirm this.” Other animals were said to be apparently unaffected.

The zoo reported quick response by zoo security guards and by animal care staff who are housed at the zoo, which is in Regents Park; they moved animals to safety. A dog walker, Adnan Abdul Husein, told the BBC he had first noticed heavy smoke and alerted zoo security guards.

Zoo officials initially said the zoo would be closed “until further notice” but later announced it would reopen today, Christmas Eve.

Large creature loose in London suburb

Large creature loose in London suburb

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Police organized a search in the Sydenham Park area of south-east London after a local, Anthony Holder, was attacked by a 6ft long black animal while looking for his kitten in his back yard that borders a woodland.

Holder said the animal pounced, knocked him to the ground, and then he was “in its claws for about 30 seconds. Its teeth were out and I tried to defend myself and eventually I got the thing off my body.” Holder was scratched all over his body and suffered swelling and bruising to his hand and the back of his head. He called the police at about 2:15 am while the animal sat in the garden next door.

While Holder was being treated by paramedics, the Metropolitan Police conducted a search of the area. A citizen and a police officer saw the creature, believed by some to be a panther. Another officer also believed he saw the animal and reports it as approximately the size of a Labrador Retriever. The neighbourhood is being patrolled by an armed police response vehicle staffed by officers equipped with rifles and Taser stun guns.

Scotland Yard is currently seeking specialist advice from experts from the RSPCA and London Zoo. A spokeswoman said: “We are trying to establish exactly where the animal may have come from. In the meantime we are asking the public to be vigilant. If anyone does see the animal, do not approach it but dial 9-9-9 immediately.”

People are also being advised to keep pets indoors.

Sightings of big cats have increased in recent years. The notion of a large predator in London was initially dismissed by scientists, but evidence from footprints and droppings has led to other conclusions. The British Big Cat Society estimates 50 to 100 are currently loose across England. Livestock has supposedly been attacked a number of times. Farmers near Burford in Oxfordshire have offered a £5,000 reward for the capture of a large black creature suspected of killing livestock in the area. However, there have been virtually no human encounters.

Asteroid slammed into Mars’ northern hemisphere

Asteroid slammed into Mars’ northern hemisphere

Friday, June 27, 2008

An asteroid the size of Pluto that slammed into the Northern hemisphere of Mars created the Borealis basin, based on the latest survey of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Global Surveyor.

The report released by the magazine Nature explains the 1984 observation of the unusual shape of Mars terrain in the northern hemisphere against the southern hemisphere.

An asteroid with a body of 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) smashed into the planet some 3.9 billion years ago, creating the vast Borealis basin (measuring 8,500km [5,300 miles] by 10,600km [6,600 miles] across), which occupies nearly 40 per cent of the Martian surface.

The new data has convinced a lot of scientists, but the theory will need further proof before being accepted by the wider scientific community.

Benefits Of Hiring A Trash Removal Company

byAlma Abell

Do you need to remove some trash from your Aurora area property? If so, you may find that you will really benefit from hiring a trash removal company instead of doing it on your own. Professional trash removal in Aurora will bring you many benefits, most of which you would never be able to get on your own when doing it yourself. Because you never really know what you are going to get when it comes to trash removal in Aurora, you probably will want to take advantage of working with the professionals. Here are some of the benefits you should expect:

Trash Removal Companies are Speedy and Efficient

One of the benefits that you will get when you choose to use trash removal services is that your job will be done with speed and efficiency. These professionals will have several years of experience that they will use to get your trash off of your property as quickly as possible. They will have large trucks that they can use to haul the trash away and since they will not have any type of emotional attachment to the items they are taking away, there will be no need to stop and reminisce, something that often slows people down when they try to clean up on their own.

They Can Do the Heavy Lifting

Another benefit that you will find when you choose to work with a trash removal company is that they will take care of all the heavy lifting. It doesn’t matter what you may need removed, some of the most common items can be very heavy. For instance, did you know that there is a proper way to both lift and carry a washing machine? If you don’t know how to do this properly, you probably shouldn’t be doing it for your own safety. Speaking of safety, you will also find that these professionals are able to move items without damaging existing walls, floors and other fixtures. Can you say the same about your friends, family or yourself?

If you are doing any type of clean up where you will have heavy trash or a large quantity of trash, it will be in your best interest to hire a professional trash removal company. Find one today and call them to see what they can do for you. Visit the website for more information.

Your Social Security Attorney In Arlington Heights Will Protect Your Legal Rights

byAlma Abell

If you are no longer able to work due to physical or mental issues, it may be time to think about meeting with a Social Security Attorney In Arlington Heights. After all, just because you are no longer able to work, it doesn’t mean that you don’t still have bills to pay. You need to come up with a way to get an income into your home as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be quite lengthy. This is why you need to sit down and talk with an attorney to find out whether or not you have a case.

Your attorney will meet with you for a free consultation appointment. This way, you can talk about the details of your situation. If you decide that you would like to hire his services, he is going to need to know everything about your health problems. He is also going to need to know the name of your doctor. He will need a list of your employers. Your first appointment could easily take a couple of hours. Of course, you want to get started with this process as soon as possible. This way, you can hopefully start collecting right away.

Sometimes, your application will be denied. If this is the case, you will be given a court date. Don’t get discouraged if you have to go to court for your case. After all, the judge is going to be very fair. There will also be someone there to verify your health problems. Of course, your Social Security Attorney In Arlington Heights will also be there to defend your rights. Your attorney is going to do the majority of the talking for you. If you are worried about what is going to happen in the courtroom, talk with your attorney in advance. He will let you know what to expect and help prepare you for this event. If the judge does determine that you are disabled, you will be paid clear back to when you last applied for benefits. Set up an appointment to get started today.

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Blow out sales prices likely on mattresses as new U.S. fire-resistant standards take effect

Blow out sales prices likely on mattresses as new U.S. fire-resistant standards take effect

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

If you are in the market for new bedding, and not too concerned with the new United States guidelines for mattress fire resistance, now might be a good time to buy. Mattresses sold in the U.S. must meet new federal guidelines for flammability starting on July 1.

The peak heat release rate is limited to 200 kW during a 30 minute test. The total heat release is limited to 15 MJ within the first 10 minutes.”

The flammability of mattress sets sold in the U.S. is subject to a new mandatory federal regulation requirement passed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 16 last year. The requirement, costing mattress manufacturers an estimated $100 million to meet, is scheduled to take effect on July 1. The commission anticipates that the new standards will save 270 lives and 1,330 injuries per year from mattress fires.

“We’ve passed a new open flame regulation and the whole idea behind the regulation is to make sure that if a mattress catches on fire that the fire burns slowly enough that people have enough time to get out of the house and get away,” said Hal Stratton, chairman of the CPSC

Radio and TV advertising spots are reacting to the new regulation by discounting prices on mattresses that fail to meet the new guidelines. Sales made in the mattress industry, like the automobile industry, are highly negotiable on price. The new regulation does not appear to have much “teeth” for mattresses already in the distribution pipeline, but it is a new law that is a bargaining position for potential buyers.

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Andrea Muizelaar on fashion, anorexia, and life after ‘Top Model’

Andrea Muizelaar on fashion, anorexia, and life after ‘Top Model’

Monday, November 26, 2007

In the 18 months since Andrea Muizelaar was crowned winner of the reality TV series Canada’s Next Top Model, her life has been a complete whirlwind. From working in a dollar store in her hometown of Whitby, Ontario, to modeling haute couture in Toronto, she had reached her dream of becoming a true Top Model.

But at what cost? Unknown to casual television viewers, Muizelaar had been enveloped in the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, which inevitably became too much for her to bear. She gave up modeling and moved back to Whitby, where she sought treatment for her disorder, re-entered college, and now works at a bank. Where is she now? Happy and healthy, she says.

Recently Andrea Muizelaar sat down with Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman in a candid interview that stretched to nearly two hours, as she told all about her hopes and aspirations, her battle with anorexia, and just what really happened on Canada’s Next Top Model.


  • 1 Andrea’s beginnings
  • 2 Andrea on her road to modeling, and America’s Next Top Model
  • 3 Experience on Canada’s Next Top Model
  • 4 The message she wrote to her fans on her facebook group
  • 5 Her brief modeling career
  • 6 “Happy and healthy”
  • 7 Source

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2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This year’s Leisure Taiwan trade show (a.k.a Taiwan Sport Recreation and Leisure Show) started yesterday, with 131 companies participating including sports media companies such as ESPN and VideoLand Television, businesses selling sports equipment and fitness clubs.

There were also a variety of sports being played in the arena built for the trade show. The events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free style shooting, and bicycle test-riding. In addition, conferences discussed issues related to sports and physical education.

A major topic in the trade show was energy-efficiency and, as a result, bicycles and similar sports equipment were being heavily promoted.

Next Tuesday, companies from the electronics industry plan to promote their industry at “2008 Digital E-Park.” In previous years, organizations from the electronics industry have showcased their products at Leisure Taiwan instead of at the Digital E-Park, so this move has reduced the number of markets covered by Leisure Taiwan.

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Where To Go For Digital Photo Camera Shopping

By Daniel Smith

Because a digital photo camera can be an expensive item to purchase for recreational use, people take considerable steps to find out where to go digital photo camera shopping. There are local retailers that are located in mass merchandising stores, where the sales representatives only know the basic features about some of the digital photo cameras that the store sells on a regular basis.

These prospective shoppers of digital photo camera devices might decide on where to go digital photo camera shopping by seeking out the professional advice of photograph developer that is right down the street from his business location. These photographic technicians might be unable to help you.

They might be unaware of the different types of digital cameras on the market today. Their digital camera equipment is commercial sized, and not the kind that you could put in your shirt pocket or carry along in a camera bag. They might, however, be able to direct you with a local retailer that is fluent in all phases of digital camera operations.

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To learn about where to go digital photo camera shopping, people will usually choose to self-educate themselves on digital cameras. They visit information websites that have online course that are free of charge, and find out all of the operating functions of a digital camera and the accessories that are available for it, before they try to find out where to go digital photo camera shopping anywhere else in town.

Other people like to research digital photo cameras thoroughly and read reviews that are created by other digital photo camera owners. Not only will these people be able to discuss many pros and cons about the digital photo camera, and the accessories that they recently purchased, but they might also tell you in the review where to go digital photo camera shopping.

More and more, people are being guided to buy digital photo cameras by people who have already purchased and used a certain type of digital photo camera. Based on their comments, people know where to go digital photo camera shopping and find hard-to-find accessories that are no longer stocked at many major retail shops.

Through Internet marketing campaigns, they might know where to go digital camera shopping and have a discount coupon to use that they received in the mail from these Internet marketing companies. Membership benefits newsletters from discount shopping clubs might inform their members through information contained in their newsletters, where to go digital photo camera shopping and get a membership shopping club discount at the same time with a certain retailer.

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News briefs:February 01, 2008

News briefs:February 01, 2008


  • 1 Wikinews News Brief [Date]
    • 1.1 Introduction
  • 2 Events of worldwide notability, military action, disasters etc.
    • 2.1 Violence takes place in Chad capital N’djamena as military and rebels clash
    • 2.2 High level al-Qaeda leader reported dead
    • 2.3 International manhunt for alleged kidney harvester
  • 3 Non-disastrous local events with notable impact and dead celebrities
    • 3.1 Envelopes containing white powder sent to Church of Scientology locations in southern California, USA
    • 3.2 Vermont town to vote on charging US President, Vice President of war crimes
  • 4 Business, commerce and academia
    • 4.1 Microsoft bids $44 billion for Yahoo!
  • 5 Arts and culture
  • 6 Frivolities and trivia
    • 6.1 Brechin thrown out of Scottish Cup after dispute
    • 6.2 Footer


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