Friday 28 November 2014

In brief: Mudslide missing fears

Press Association

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

The search for survivors of a deadly mudslide in the US state of Washington grew yesterday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or unaccounted for.

Authorities were confident the figure would decline dramatically but it still raised concerns the death toll would rise far above the eight people who have been confirmed dead after the mudslide swept through part of a former fishing village about 90km northeast of Seattle on Saturday.

BACK PAIN DISABILITY

Lower back pain causes more disability than any other condition, experts have said.

Researchers said the condition causes more years to be lost due to disability than any other. The study, published in the 'Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases', examined data from the Global Burden of Disease study, which assesses the health of people in 187 countries for 1990, 2005 and 2010.

CLIMATE CHANGE TREND

There has been no reverse in the trend of global warming and there is still consistent evidence for man-made climate change, the head of the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said yesterday.

UN weather agency chief Michel Jarraud said ocean temperatures, in particular, were rising fast, and extreme weather events, forecast by climate scientists, showed climate change was inevitable for the coming centuries.

CARTER AGAINST BOYCOTT

Former US president Jimmy Carter said yesterday that he doesn't support the Palestinian-led "boycott, divest, sanction" campaign against Israel but said products made in Israel-occupied Palestinian territories should be clearly labelled so buyers can make a choice about them.

Carter said in an interview that he and the other retired senior leaders known as the "Elders" recently discussed the economic pressure campaign against Israeli occupation. "We decided not to publicly endorse any kind of embargo, or so forth, against Israeli invasion, or occupying troops in Palestine," he said.

PHEASANT'S LOCAL TERROR

A furious pheasant has been terrorising a local community by attacking vehicles and chasing cats and dogs at a farm.

Anne-Marie Hamilton told the BBC that the male bird, which she described as "a complete lunatic", arrived at Wood Farm in Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire, three weeks ago. She said the bird had chased her Jack Russell, and a driving lesson had to be abandoned after the pheasant blocked the car in.

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