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Six miners trapped in Utah mine after possible earthquake

Six miners trapped in Utah mine after possible earthquake

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At least six miners are trapped approximately 1700 feet underground in a coal mine in Utah after portions of the shaft collapsed. The mine is owned by Utah American Energy and is close to the town of Huntington, Emery County, 160 km south of Salt Lake City.

Robert Murray, The CEO, President, Director and owner of Murray Energy and the owner of Utah American Energy, said during a press conference at 5:00 p.m. (eastern time), an “earthquake caused the collapse at about 3:00 a.m. (mountain time).”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded what is allegedly a magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 2:48 a.m. (mountain time) on Monday morning 21 km (13 miles) east, southeast of Mount Pleasant, Utah, but the director of the USGS seismology stations Walter Arabasz, says that no earthquake caused the collapse.

Murray states that at least “two mining machines will be brought in to clean out the debris” at the beginning of the collapse and that he will “spare no expense” in rescuing the men.

“We have four rescue teams working to free the trapped miners. We will try four ways to get to the miners which include drilling 1,700 feet from the top of the mountain. We will also drill a hole” in a neighboring mine shaft sealed in 2004 after it was finished being mined that is “about 100 feet from the miners.”

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Politician denies claims he smoked cannabis while ambassador

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Politician denies claims he smoked cannabis while ambassador

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A New Zealand politician has denied claims made by his ex-wife that he smoked cannabis while acting as an ambassador to New Zealand in Jakarta, Indonesia and as the New Zealand ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The National party member, Tim Groser, stated that he has smoked cannabis earlier, but did not do so while working. “I admit to having used cannabis in my earlier life and do not want to hide that fact. This story needs to be seen in the context of the fallout from a failed marriage.”

He says that he has made regrettable mistakes, “I make no claim to having led the full life of a choirboy when I was younger.”

Groser says the claims made by his ex-wife, Milda Emza, were the result of comments published in Sunday newspaper, Herald on Sunday. Emza was, allegedly, furious at the comments that were published. Groser issued a statement apologising unreservedly to Emza.

“I will take the comments of my angry and hurt ex-wife on the chin,” Groser said.

Paul Holmes wrote in the aforementioned newspaper, “Tim’s marriages have not been successful, as he frankly admits. He’s had rather a tough time over the years. He says he has reached the point now that if he is attracted to a woman he has to assume there is something seriously wrong with her.”

John Key, leader of the National Party, has accepted Groser’s word that there is no truth to the allegations. If the allegations proved to be correct, Groser would be guilty of gross misconduct and lose his job.

“I repeat that these specific allegations published today are untrue,” said Groser.

Groser will no longer comment on this issue, regarding it as now a private matter.

Groser was ambassador to Indonesia from 1994 to 1997, and he resigned from the WTO in 2005 to become a politician. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international trade.

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MLB: Tom Glavine wins 300th game

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MLB: Tom Glavine wins 300th game

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Left-handed pitcher Tom Glavine of the New York Mets MLB team won his 300th career game. Glavine pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing six hits, one walk, two runs (both earned) and struck out one. He became only the 23rd pitcher in professional baseball history to win 300 games. He is now 3rd in wins among active MLB pitchers behind only Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens. He also is 5th in wins all time among left-handed pitchers. Glavine allowed one run in the 6th and left after one out in the seventh inning with a runner on base that eventually scored.

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Thai police to wear \’Hello Kitty\’ armbands as punishment

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Thai police to wear ‘Hello Kitty’ armbands as punishment

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Thai police officers are being punished by being forced to wear large, bright pink Hello Kitty armbands.

The armband, which features Hello Kitty sitting on top of two hearts, will be worn by police officers who commit minor offences. These include littering, lateness and parking in a prohibited area. The officers will also be forced to stay with the deputy chief all day in division office and will be forbidden to disclose their offences. However, police officers caught breaking the law will still be subject to the same penalties and fines as ordinary members of the public.

Police Colonel Pongpat Chayapan said, “Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor. (Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps. This is to help build discipline. We should not let small offences go unnoticed.”

Hello Kitty was created by the Japanese Sanrio Company in 1974. The character has been admired by both children and adults. It features on stationery, T-shirts, lunch boxes, Fender guitars and jewelry. Famous people known to have been spotted with Hello Kitty products include Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey.

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