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Postby DjVero » 28 Jan 2013, 11:05

I thought it would be a nice idea for a topic where we could discuss the news (whether that's worldwide or national that's up to the poster). I'll start off with this tragic news.

Brazil nightclub fire in Santa Maria kills 233

At least 233 people have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in a university city in southern Brazil, police and officials say.

Local media say the fire began when a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul. Many victims reportedly inhaled toxic fumes or were crushed as panicking clubbers tried to escape. Bereaved families have been weeping over the coffins of their loved ones at a gym used as a temporary mortuary.

Out of respect for the dead, Brazil postponed a ceremony due on Monday in the capital, Brasilia, to mark 500 days to the 2014 football World Cup.

The first funerals in Santa Maria are expected on Monday morning, local newspaper Diario de Santa Maria reports. Authorities have released the names of 230 of the victims, with three bodies still to be identified. According to Brazilian broadcaster Globo, most of the victims were aged between 16 and 20. More than 100 people were being treated in hospital, mostly for smoke inhalation.

President Dilma Rousseff, who cut short a visit to Chile, has been visiting survivors at the city's Caridade hospital along with government ministers. She said earlier that everything possible would be done to help the injured and the families of the victims. "I would also like to say to the Brazilian people and to the people of Santa Maria that we stand together at this time, and that even though there's a lot of sadness, we will pull through," she said, speaking from Chile.

A firefighter told BBC News he had never seen such a tragedy in his life, with the victims "so young". The priority for the authorities is now to identify the dead with many distressed relatives arriving at the scene, but in the hours ahead the focus will turn to the cause of this accident and safety procedures at the club, the BBC's Gary Duffy reports from Sao Paulo. The death toll, which had earlier been put at 245, was revised down by fire officials.

'Ceiling on fire'

The fire broke out some time after 02:00 (04:00 GMT) when between 300 and 500 people are believed to have been in the club, where a band was playing. According to Diario de Santa Maria, students from the city's federal university (UFSM) were holding a freshers' ball. Thick smoke engulfed the venue after acoustic insulation caught fire, officials say. "We looked up at the ceiling in front of the stage and it was catching fire," eyewitness Luana Santos Silva, 23, told Brazil's Globo TV. "My sister grabbed me and dragged me out on the ground." The exit, she said, was a "small door for lots of people to come out by".

The young woman's sister, Aline Santos Silva, 29, commended the emergency services: "Help arrived really quickly, ambulances, police." Fire crews tried knocking through an exterior wall to help those trapped inside to escape. Fifty bodies were found in the club's toilets, a doctor told AP news agency. "The toxic smoke made people lose their sense of direction so they were unable to find their way to the exit," said Dr Paulo Afonso Beltrame, speaking by phone from Caridade hospital. "Apparently they confused the bathroom door with the exit door."

Speaking to BBC Brasil, Sergeant Arthur Rigue, from the local fire department, said: "I never witnessed a tragedy like this in my whole career. "These people are so young… There were many bodies piled up in various parts of the place. Some were in the toilet. They died of asphyxiation."

Fire chief Guido de Melo told local media. "People started panicking and ended up treading on each other."

Identification
A temporary morgue was set up in a local gym as the city's main morgue is unable to cope. Family members came to identify the dead, led in one by one to see the bodies, Diario de Santa Maria reports. President Rousseff said the air force had made "resources" available at an air base near Santa Maria to help. Santa Maria has a population of about 250,000 people, while UFSM has some 27,000 students.


So sad :( RIP to all of the victims... :(
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Postby Emre » 28 Jan 2013, 11:40

that's really sad, heard it yesterday :( rip.
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Postby Cardioid » 28 Jan 2013, 20:09

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just resigned! Now we're getting a king since a looooong loooooong time! ^^
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Postby DirtyTok » 30 Jan 2013, 01:04

Nonkovic:Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just resigned! Now we're getting a king since a looooong loooooong time! ^^


Since 1890 if i am correct. And congratulations! I have heard that the Norwegian royal family is good friends with your royalities :)
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Postby Cardioid » 30 Jan 2013, 01:13

DirtyTok:
Nonkovic:Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just resigned! Now we're getting a king since a looooong loooooong time! ^^


Since 1890 if i am correct. And congratulations! I have heard that the Norwegian royal family is good friends with your royalities :)

Yeah could be, heard somthing about those two are buddies as well! :P lol
But i knew it was a long time since the last king, but didn't know how long...
But if the King resignes in a lot years from now, there's almost no Dutch blood left in the veins of our next queen. :+ She will be like: 1/4 Dutch 1/4 German and 1/2 Argentina... :lol:

Looking forward to our new King though, cause the royals could use a somewhat younger generation.
Normally we've got ''Queensday'' on the 30th of April, but from next year it'll be the 27th of april and it's from then on called ''Kingsday'' although i'm for 99% sure everyone still will call it queensday. :+ So we've got a ay off 3 days earlier from next year on! Whoohooo! LooooL
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Postby DjVero » 30 Jan 2013, 01:31

I'd rather have it on the 30th though. Usually fits in perfectly with the (school)break in May, so you have the next day off as well :+. The upcoming calendar year won't be much of a problem, but what happens the year(s) after that...sucks
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Postby Cardioid » 30 Jan 2013, 01:37

DjVero:I'd rather have it on the 30th though. Usually fits in perfectly with the (school)break in May, so you have the next day off as well :+. The upcoming calendar year won't be much of a problem, but what happens the year(s) after that...sucks

Haven't checked that one out actually.... :\
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Postby Greenkillah » 30 Jan 2013, 22:28

Police confirmed that at least six people were injured, three of them shot, in the latest mass shooting in the US.
­The shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. MST (12:30 p.m. EST) at an office building in Phoenix, Arizona. Police believe that the shooter is a white male in his 60s, who was seen fleeing the scene in a white SUV. After firing his gun and shooting at least five people, he escaped from police, who don’t know where the suspect is.[...]

http://rt.com/usa/news/three-people-shot-phoenix-112/

Discussion will heat up again probably, and it is really terrible that things like these happen :(
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Postby Reverse Ghost » 30 Jan 2013, 23:07

The media fucking hypes everything up. Six people got shot, it's not a "mass shooting." Thanks to the fucktards behind the news desks, we can now have more heated discussions.
Oh, it was in a complec full of law, insurance, and medical offices. Shooting done by a 60 year old man. It was probably the guy pissed off at the government the way it is now.
If the media wants a mass shooting, go to Syria and find out about the dozens of people who got shot execution-style in a city, or the children that die every fucking day.
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Postby twyce » 30 Jan 2013, 23:09

Reverse Ghost:The media fucking hypes everything up. Six people got shot, it's not a "mass shooting." Thanks to the fucktards behind the news desks, we can now have more heated discussions.
Oh, it was in a complec full of law, insurance, and medical offices. Shooting done by a 60 year old man. It was probably the guy pissed off at the government the way it is now.
If the media wants a mass shooting, go to Syria and find out about the dozens of people who got shot execution-style in a city, or the children that die every fucking day.


which is not in a civilized country...they are at war if you haven't found out yet.
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Postby Reverse Ghost » 31 Jan 2013, 05:30

twyce:
Reverse Ghost:The media fucking hypes everything up. Six people got shot, it's not a "mass shooting." Thanks to the fucktards behind the news desks, we can now have more heated discussions.
Oh, it was in a complec full of law, insurance, and medical offices. Shooting done by a 60 year old man. It was probably the guy pissed off at the government the way it is now.
If the media wants a mass shooting, go to Syria and find out about the dozens of people who got shot execution-style in a city, or the children that die every fucking day.


which is not in a civilized country...they are at war if you haven't found out yet.

Is that any excuse for killing?
In Uganda they kill gays now just for being gay. Does it make it okay since they're "uncivilized?"
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Postby VanillaFace » 11 Feb 2013, 13:26

So the Pope just resigned. Not that big a deal to me, but it is to a lot of people, I'm sure.
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Postby Digital Audio Tape » 15 Feb 2013, 13:42

you have probably heard about this:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/ ... 5Z20130215
Reuters) - More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.

People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.

A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.

"I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he said.

No fatalities were reported but President Vladimir Putin, who was due to host Finance Ministry officials from the Group of 20 nations in Moscow, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were informed.

A local ministry official said such incidents were extremely rare and Friday's events might have been linked to an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool due to pass Earth at a distance of 27,520 km (17,100 miles) but this was not confirmed.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such events were hard to predict. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion had caused a sonic boom.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry said 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, and that 112 of those were kept in hospital. Search groups were set up to look for the remains of the meteorite.

"There have never been any cases of meteorites breaking up at such a low level over Russia before," said Yuri Burenko, head of the Chelyabinsk branch of the Emergencies Ministry.

WINDOWS BREAK, FRAMES BUCKLE

Windows were shattered on Chelyabinsk's central Lenin Street and some of the frames of shop fronts buckled.

A loud noise, resembling an explosion, rang out at around 9.20 a.m. (12:20 a.m. ET). The shockwave could be felt in apartment buildings in the industrial city's center.

"I was standing at a bus stop, seeing off my girlfriend," said Andrei, a local resident who did not give his second name. "Then there was a flash and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shockwave that smashed windows."

A wall was damaged at the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant but a spokeswoman said there was no environmental threat.

Although such events are rare, a meteorite is thought to have devastated an area of more than 2,000 sq km (1,250 miles) in Siberia in 1908, smashing windows as far as 200 km (125 miles) from the point of impact.

The Emergencies Ministry described Friday's events as a "meteor shower in the form of fireballs" and said background radiation levels were normal. It urged residents not to panic.

Chelyabinsk city authorities urged people to stay indoors unless they needed to pick up their children from schools and kindergartens. They said what sounded like a blast had been heard at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,800 feet).

The U.S. space agency NASA has said an asteroid known as 2012 DA14, about 46 meters in diameter, would have an encounter with Earth closer than any asteroid since scientists began routinely monitoring them about 15 years ago.

Television, weather and communications satellites fly about 500 miles higher. The moon is 14 times farther away.

(Additional reporting by Natalia Shurmina in Yekaterinburg and Gabriela Baczynska in Moscow, Writing by Alexei Anishchuk and Timothy Heritage, Editing by Michael Holden)



the thing is, i live in that region, but i've managed to sleep the whole thing through :( it happened early in the morning
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Postby Reverse Ghost » 15 Feb 2013, 21:48

DAT how do you manage to sleep through that? Destructive or not, I'd have wanted to see this in person just to sya I've been there, and experienced what most of the world would never get to experience.
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Postby Digital Audio Tape » 16 Feb 2013, 06:43

Reverse Ghost:DAT how do you manage to sleep through that? Destructive or not, I'd have wanted to see this in person just to sya I've been there, and experienced what most of the world would never get to experience.

first of all, the majority of explosions and special effects in the sky happened in Chelyabinsk, and I live in Yekaterinburg! That's 200 km away from me. yes, we had something in the sky as well. like traces of that explosion (you can tell, that such a thing can be seen on a huge distance), but since this whole thing happened early in the morning, and i neither watch morning news on TV nor listen to them on the radio, i was basically unaware about this whole situation until i came to work yesterday (if you remember, i work at a radiostation), where everyone was running around like mad, writing news items about this thing and so long.
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