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A stream of lava from the Kilauea
volcano slithered across fields,
burning grass and other vegetation,
as it closed in on a village on
Hawaii’s Big Island overnight with
the nearest home only 64m away.
Residents in the path of the
slow-moving lava flow were told to
be ready to evacuate and education
officials said they would close an
elementary school endangered by
the lava today and temporarily
shut four more schools tomorrow.
The lava has been advancing at an
average, albeit inconsistent, speed
of 5m to 10m an hour.
The glowing, leading edge of
the lava flow, which scientists said
had narrowed to about 50m wide
by yesterday, has already overrun
a cemetery and a road on its path
toward Pahoa village, a historic
former sugar plantation consisting
of small shops and homes with a
population of about 800 people.
“ We’re a resilient community so
we’ ll get through this,” Tiffany
Edwards Hunt, a small business
owner and county council election
candidate, said. “But as a mom, I’m
uneasy, anxious and fearful.”
The flow first bubbled out of the
continuously erupting Kilauea on
June 27 and came to a standstill in
late September before resuming its
meandering trudge several weeks
ago. It has moved about 251m
since Sunday morning.
The lava has triggered methane
explosions as it advances, likely due
to decomposing vegetation that
produces pools of the gas under
the surface, Janet Babb, a geologist
and USGS Hawaiian Volcano
Observatory spokeswoman, said.
Meanwhile, crews have been
building temporary access roads
and trying to protect Highway
130, a route travelled by as many as
10,000 cars a day.
Two other roads have been
closed, Mayor Billy Kenoi’s office
The Kilauea volcano has erupted
from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983.
The last home destroyed by lava on
the Big Island was in Kalapana in
2012, according to Big Island Civil
Defence. — Reuters
Lava chews up a road as it snakes its way towards a Hawaiian village.
Lava closes in on
Hawaiian village London
Two percent of
Anglican clergy do
not believe in God,
according to a poll
in which dozens of
respondents said they
were “not sure ‘God ’
is more than a human
Asked to choose the
statement that most
closely resembled their
beliefs, 9% also chose
the phrase: “No one can
know what God is like.”
The over whelming
majority, 83%, chose:
“There is a personal
God”, while 3% went
for: “ There is some sort
of spirit or life force”.
The survey of 1500
Anglican clergy in
Britain and Ireland by
the polling company
YouGov and the
University of Lancaster
was carried out in
August and September.
David Paterson, a
retired Church of
England priest from the
Sea of Faith network
which rejects the
traditional belief in one
personal God and claims
to represent dozens of
vicars, said he saw no
“ I preach using God ’s
terminology but never
with the suggestion that
God actually exists,”
he told the University
Times, Trinity College
‘No God’, say
2% of Anglicans
The European Court of Human
Rights has rejected the case brought
by Britain’s “naked rambler”, saying his
freedoms had not been transgressed by
his multiple convictions for nudity.
Stephen Gough, 55, has spent more
than seven years in total behind bars
after repeatedly being arrested while
rambling the highways and byways of
Britain in the nude.
The former marine took Britain to the
ECHR on the grounds that his freedom
of expression and right to respect for
private life had been impinged.
But the European court rejected the
claims by the rambler, who has twice
walked the length of Britain with it all
“The applicant ’s case is troubling, since
his intransigence has led to his spending
a substantial period of time in prison
for what is, in itself, usually a relatively
trivial offence,” the court said in its
imprisonment is the consequence of his
repeated violation of the criminal law in
full knowledge of the consequences.”
In Britain, judges have sentenced him
for turning up in court naked when
facing charges, and walking out of prison
with nothing on also landed him straight
back in trouble with the law.
Gough said the decision was
disappointing and vowed to continue.
“ I was brought up to believe I lived in
a country that celebrated eccentricity
and difference,” he said, which brings
“ variety and colour to the other wise
slavish conformity that can feel
depressive, constricting and sometimes
just downright boring.
“ Without the freedom to express our
individuality and uniqueness in our own
way, something inside us dies.” — AFP
Appeal by ‘naked
Seven people including a child have
been trampled to death by rampaging
elephants that strayed from Malawi’s
southern Liwonde National Park into a
nearby village, police say.
The two beasts charged into Nyambi
village, trampling an eight-year-old
child, a 75-year-old man and five others
who failed to outpace the gigantic
“This was the highest death toll caused
by elephants in recent memory,” Andrew
Mayawo, a police spokesman from
Maching district, said today.
The elephants were later herded back
to the national park with the help
of police and environmental experts,
“The problem is that the villagers have
vandalised the barbed wire fence which
keeps the elephants at bay. ” — AFP
Houston-area authorities say they
believe a school district police officer
who pulled over a motorist and then
asked to smell her feet may have made
similar demands of others.
Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn
is charged with two counts of “official
oppression.” He is free on $2000 bond.
The district attorney ’s office says
Quinn stopped the woman in
August and said he found marijuana
paraphernalia. Authorities say Quinn
told her he has a foot fetish and would
release her if she let him smell her feet.
He later said he would not need
to smell them if she gave him her
Investigators say he then changed his
mind and let her go.
Quinn has been suspended by the
Cypress-Fairbanks school district.
A call to his attorney was not
immediately returned. — AP
Cop charged for feet
The president of the Czech Republic
awarded a Briton his country’s highest
State honour for organising a mass
evacuation of children to save them from
Nazi death camps.
Sir Nicholas Winton received the
Order of the White Lion from President
Milos Zeman at a ceremony overnight
at Prague Castle. Accepting the award,
the 105-year-old Winton said he was
delighted to receive it.
“ I want to thank you all for this
tremendous expression of thanks for
something which happened to me nearly
100 years ago,” Winton joked. “And 100
years is a heck of a long time. ”
Winton had arranged for eight trains
to carry 669 children, most of them
Jewish, from Czechoslovakia through
Hitler’s Germany to Britain in 1939 at
the outbreak of World War Two. The
youngsters were sent to foster parents
mostly in England, a small number in
Winton’s story did not emerge
until 1988, when his wife found
correspondence referring to the pre-
war events. In 2002, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair praised him as
“ Britain’s Schindler”, after the German
businessman Oskar Schindler, who also
saved Jewish lives during the war.
Zeman said he was ashamed that
Winton had waited so long to get the
honor but added: “Better late than
Winton was awarded another top
Czech decoration, the Tomas Garrigue
Masaryk Order, in 1998 by the late
President Vaclav Havel.
Winton gave credit to the many foster
parents who made the mission possible.
“ I thank the British people for making
room for them, to accept them and of
course, the enormous help given by so
many Czechs who were at that time
doing what they could to fight the
Germans and to try and get the children
out,” Winton said.
The Czechs have repeatedly nominated
Winton for the Nobel Peace Prize. — AP
669 children evacuated
by ‘Britain’s Schindler’
A man whose son died after cutting
his foot on a tin of cat food left in the
family’s squalid Melbourne home will
The man and the boy ’s mother had
both pleaded guilty to two charges each
of reckless conduct endangering their
two sons but the woman died before
The man, aged in his 40s, will appear
for a plea hearing in the Victorian
County Court today.
A post-mortem could not identify
the cause of the five-year-old boy’s
death, but it found he had sustained a
3cm cut to his foot from the tin, a court
The house was described in court
documents as being in a state of extreme
squalor, littered with rotting and spoilt
food, mould, faeces, broken furniture
and household items as well as soiled
bedding and clothing. — AAP
Boy, five, dies from squalor
THEY DIDN’T THINK THEY
COULD GO ON.
NOW THEY WALK ON
OF THEIR ANCESTORS.
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