US News Europe cold snap: River shipping halted, death toll 61

08:15  11 january  2017
08:15  11 january  2017 Source:   MSN

Police break up illegal rave in Tyne Bridge lift shaft

  Police break up illegal rave in Tyne Bridge lift shaft Police have shut down an illegal rave that saw around 200 people ringing in 2017 in an old lift shaft. Northumbria Police said officers dispersed the crowd after forcing their way into the Tyne Bridge lift shaft at Lombard Street on The Quayside, Newcastle, shortly before 2am.Sound equipment had been illegally connected to the electricity supply and partygoers were promptly cleared out after police arrived.One witness told the Newcastle Chronicle officers used a circular saw to cut through a metal vault door and enter the rave, having already smashed through a wooden barrier.

Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania – Officials suspended shipping along Europe ’s second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania — Officials suspended shipping along Europe's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland.

Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River, which crosses Romania. Croatian and Serbian authorities also stopped river traffic on the Danube.

Police break up illegal rave in Tyne Bridge lift shaft

  Police break up illegal rave in Tyne Bridge lift shaft Police have shut down an illegal rave that saw around 200 people ringing in 2017 in an old lift shaft. Northumbria Police said officers dispersed the crowd after forcing their way into the Tyne Bridge lift shaft at Lombard Street on The Quayside, Newcastle, shortly before 2am.Sound equipment had been illegally connected to the electricity supply and partygoers were promptly cleared out after police arrived.One witness told the Newcastle Chronicle officers used a circular saw to cut through a metal vault door and enter the rave, having already smashed through a wooden barrier.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants

In Serbia, shipping was banned on the River Sava because of icy conditions, which claimed another two lives in southern Serbia.

Authorities said an 88-year-old man and his son, 64, died from freezing temperatures in the village of Duga Poljana, in the south, which has been hardest-hit by the recent cold spell. Serbian state TV reported the two victims, discovered by a man delivering bread from a neighboring village, were extremely poor.

Three people have been found dead in the past three days in Macedonia as temperatures plunged to -20 C (-4 F). One 68-year old homeless man was found frozen to death in the capital, Skopje, while a 60-year-old man died in front of his home in the southern town in Strumica. An 80-year-old woman was discovered in her home in eastern Macedonia.

Queen feeling 'better' despite missing New Year church service

  Queen feeling 'better' despite missing New Year church service The Queen is feeling "better" despite being too ill to attend church at Sandringham, her daughter Princess Anne reportedly told well-wishers. The Queen was forced to abandon plans to join her family for the New Year's Day service at St Mary Magdalene church as she continues to recuperate from a lingering cold.Asked how her mother was as she walked from Sandringham House to the church, Princess Anne told onlookers "better", the Mirror reported.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

Authorities urged homeless people to go to shelters and local schools, which are taking them in during the cold spell.

In Albania, it snowed in the southern city of Saranda for the first time in 32 years. A homeless Albanian man was found dead in the southeastern city of Korca, the fifth person to die in the frigid weather.

In central town of Bulqize, temperatures plummeted to -22 C (-7.6 F), with most rural areas cut off by snow. There were temporary power and water outages. Army helicopters were distributing aid in remote mountain areas.

Following strong criticism from aid agencies and others, authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos said they would move 250 refugees from tents at camps into vacant hotel rooms as heavy snow continued unabated around the country.

Romanian gendarmes clear the snow outside a school as temperatures dropped below minus 20 degrees Centigrade ( minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Romania's Energy Minister Toma Petcu said neighboring Bulgaria had urgently asked for extra electricity, but the request was declined since the cold weather has stretched Romania's power grid and natural gas consumption in Romania could reach an all-time high due to the frigid temperatures. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) © The Associated Press Romanian gendarmes clear the snow outside a school as temperatures dropped below minus 20 degrees Centigrade ( minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Romania's Energy Minister Toma Petcu said neighboring Bulgaria had urgently asked for extra electricity, but the request was declined since the cold weather has stretched Romania's power grid and natural gas consumption in Romania could reach an all-time high due to the frigid temperatures. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The government also said it was sending a Greek Navy ship to Lesbos, to serve as a floating shelter for residents of a snow-bound camp.

Cold deaths across Europe as deep freeze continues

  Cold deaths across Europe as deep freeze continues A cold wave across Europe has left at least 23 dead in the past two days, including several migrants and homeless people, authorities said Saturday , with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend.Russia meanwhile celebrated the coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years, and even Istanbul was covered with a blanket of snow.Ten of the latest victims of the cold perished in Poland where temperatures were as low as minus 14 degrees Celsius (seven degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

Migrants queue for food in front of an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday. Hundreds of migrants are sleeping rough in parks and make-shift shelters in the Serbian capital in freezing temperatures waiting for a chance to move forward toward the European Union. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic / AP). Bucharest, Romania — Officials suspended shipping along Europe ’s second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly.

"We denounce the inhuman living conditions refugees on Lesbos are facing," an association of public hospital doctors said "They are living in mud and snow, cramped together in unsuitable tents ... and lighting fires inside them to stay warm."

Elsewhere, snow canceled several flights in Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki, while a state of emergency was declared in several parts of the country.

Snow dusted the ancient Acropolis in Athens and closed most schools in the capital, while more than 10 heated shelters were opened for homeless people. An Athens municipal employee was placed under disciplinary review for allegedly telling occupants to leave a shelter because his shift had ended and nobody was available to take his place.

One person died and more than 10 were injured in Istanbul after a mosque canopy collapsed because of high winds and snowfall. It happened during a funeral service near Istanbul's main airport. Bulent Kerimoglu, a district mayor, told reporters ambulances rushed the injured to nearby hospitals.

Several Serbian municipalities have declared emergency measures to battle the extreme weather and dozens of villages in the south have been cut off by high snowdrifts.

Some 5c coins produced outside Ireland might be causing a problem at the Eastlink toll

  Some 5c coins produced outside Ireland might be causing a problem at the Eastlink toll Dublin City Council said it did not accept that customers had been overcharged, stating that any rejected coins can be collected by motorists. The council said any coins rejected by the machine are returned via a slot below the basket, which is clearly marked: REJECTED COIN.This enables the customer to retrieve the faulty coin and to put a different coin in the machine.  The operator in the toll booth next to the automatic lane and the supervisor in the control room proactively respond to any customers with issues or difficulties in the lane. Customers can either retrieve the coin or wait for assistance.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Officials suspended shipping along Europe 's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began last week, a third of those in Poland. Romanian police halted shipping at midday for an undetermined period along a 900-kilometer (565-mile) stretch of the Danube River , which crosses Romania.

In Romania, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea on Tuesday ordered schools in the capital to remain closed for the rest of the week as the country battled the bitter cold which has led to travel delays, power outages and a surge in demand for natural gas and power.

Farther north in Poland where 20 people have died since the cold spell started last week, alarming smog levels led authorities to close schools and kindergartens for two days in the southern city of Rybnik to protect children from noxious fumes, and offer free public transport to try and improve air quality.

Poland's capital, Warsaw, offered free public transport on Monday, and the situation improved, although residents complained of coughing and irritated noses and eyes. Smog alarm levels were exceeded in Rybnik, Czestochowa, Katowice and another low-lying industrial region.

The smog mainly emanates from substandard fuels, such as coal mud, waste and plastic, burned in poor quality heaters in private homes, air monitoring expert Barbara Toczko told The Associated Press. She said authorities should help residents acquire heaters which use clean fuel and have low-level emissions.

She said that traffic fumes and industrial smoke also contribute to the air quality, but to a lesser extent as they have to meet European standards.

Poland's Government Center for Security said six people died Monday because of the cold.

Thames 'Second World War bomb' towed away for safe disposal .
A suspected unexploded Second World War bomb found in the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament is being towed away for safe disposal, police said. The operation by the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police to recover the bomb led to disruption in central London on Thursday.The Waterloo and Westminster bridges were forced to shut for several hours, Westminster underground station closed and river traffic halted after the device was dredged up near the Victoria Embankment.A Port of London Authority spokesman told the BBC that the suspected bomb measured around "2 ft by 1 ft" (60cm x 30cm).

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