According to doctors at Banner Poison Control Center, two cases of the drug
have been reported in the state in the past week.
“As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States that are
reported... We're extremely frightened," Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the
co-medical director at the center, told KLTV.
Users filter and boil the drug before injecting it. Although LoVecchio said
users believe the process removes the impurities, they are wrong.
Once injected, the drug causes damage to blood vessels and tissue that cause
flesh to rot from the inside out. The horrific sores that some users develop
resemble crocodile skin, which lends the street drug its name. The average life expectancy of a krokodil user is about three
years, according to KSAZ.
The images are said to have originated in Russia, where between a few hundred thousand
and a million people injected the drug in 2010, according to Time.
LoVecchio told KLTV that the main attraction to the drug is the cost: It is
reportedly 20 times cheaper than heroin, but produces a similar high. He believes
that the two cases in Arizona may be related, according to Gawker.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has monitored krokodil, also known as
desomorphine since 2011.
Miss Philippines was today crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on
the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of
hardline Muslim protests.
Megan Young beat five other finalists, including France and Brazil, to win
the coveted title in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries worldwide.
She thanked the judges for choosing her and promised to "be the best
Miss World ever".
The 23-year-old pledged to "just be myself in everything I do, to share
what I know and to educate people".
The decision to hold the pageant in the world's most populous
Muslim-majority country had sparked hardline anger. Heavily armed police and
water cannon were guarding the venue in Nusa Dua, southern Bali.
Thousands of hardliners had taken to the streets around the country to
protest against the pageant in recent weeks, and radical group the Islamic
Defenders' Front had pledged to stage protests today against the pageant. -
AFP, September 28, 2013.
But in the end no demonstrations materialised, and the group limited itself
to holding a mass prayer session in a mosque just outside the capital Jakarta
to express their opposition.
A new earthquake has struck the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, where hundreds of people have already died and thousands more been affected by a previous tremor, the US Geological Survey reports.
The latest earthquake measured 6.8 in magnitude, and occurred about
96km northeast of the city of Awaran, the USGS said on Saturday.
The quake occurred at a depth of 14.8km, which was similar to
Tuesday's 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The epicentres of the two tremors
were about 30km apart, according to USGS data.
"It was not an aftershock it was an independent earthquake," Zahid
Rafi, director of the National Seismic Centre of Pakistan, told local
news television station Geo TV.
An AFP reporter in Awaran said that hundreds of patients being
treated in the aftermath of the previous quake fled a hospital in panic
as the new tremor hit.
"We are checking but no reports of losses have yet been received,"
Jan Mohammad Buledi, spokesman for the provincial government, told AFP.
At least 359 people were killed, and another 765 injured, when
Tuesday's earthquake struck the impoverished region of southwestern
Pakistan, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority's
Unofficial estimates put the number of dead at more than 500.
The government says that more than 185,000 people have been affected
by the tremor, and that rescue and relief activities are being
undertaken by the civil administration in conjunction with the army.
The population of Awaran district is scattered over more than 21,000
square kilometres of remote and rugged terrain, where infrastructure is
limited, with few medical facilities or even roads.
According to Zoover World’s holidayreview, about 42 per cent, or almost half of the over 12,000 travelers from 20
European countries surveyed were of the same opinion.
The survey results were also
combined with a database analysis on the Zoover website, that saw complaints
about Russian tourists in reviews.
Fellow holidaymakers referred to
them as "loud", "rude", "ill-mannered" and
"anti-social", with the biggest pet peeve being how they pushed in
the buffet queue.
For example, Zoover member Monique
wrote: "We were staying in one of the better hotels in Turkey. I shall
never return due to the massive number of Russians."
"Never before in my life have I
come across such rude people," she added.
If you head to Turkey or Egypt,
there is a high chance you will run into Russian tourists, advised Zoover. Turkey came in as the most popular destination
for Russians, followed by Egypt, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Tunisia.
The list of wrongdoings committed by
Russian tourists is as long as the Volga River. Some of them however are so
ridiculous that they seem more of a legend than real offenses to travel
They have terrible taste in fashion
(happily combining tracksuits with golden jewelery) and appalling table manners
(belching and swearing through meals).
It's also within belief that they
sport their money around (expecting hotel staff to be their servants) and cut
in line in bars.
They load doggie bags with buffet
food and hide sunloungers in their rooms overnight to make sure they get a spot
at the pool in the morning Russians on holiday have been named as the most
irritating tourists, according to a survey by holiday site Zoover.
Seven protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces during demonstrations in Sudan against a cut in fuel subsidies, medics and relatives say. Wednesday's protests in and around the capital Khartoum, which started three days ago, were continuing as night fell.
Demonstrators set a university building and several petrol stations on fire and blocked the main road to the airport near the Rotana luxury hotel, witnesses said.
A Reuters news agency reporter saw police fire tear-gas volleys into the crowd, while hundreds of officers and plainclothes security agents armed with guns or batons deployed to the city centre. Others were seen sitting on the roof of government buildings.
Police detained about 20 protesters who were driven away in pickup vehicles, a witness said.
"Most areas in Khartoum saw unrest and unauthorised gatherings aimed at damaging property and allowing looting, necessitating police intervention," a police statement said.
Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said, Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari is ill and has holed up in
have received information that Misuari is in Sulu and that he is sick. I would
not know his sickness, but all we know is that he is somewhere in a
municipality and a barangay in Sulu. He is being tracked by our police forces
so that he can’t leave there,” he told reporters.
Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier said that the Department of Justice is readying
criminal charges against Misuari and his followers who occupied several
barangays in Zamboanga City for two weeks. More than hundred people were killed
in the clashes that shut down the city.
He revealed that
Misuari duped his followers by telling them that they will be joining a peace
rally in Zamboanga City. He also made his troops believe that the UN
Peacekeeping Force will give them each a gun and P10,000.
“These people were
deceived and misinformed. One of Misuari’s men who surrendered to us is telling
us the true story but I can’t name him just yet,” Hataman said.
As of Tuesday, the
MNLF rebels are still holding 14 hostages after 16 days of fighting.
Rep. Celso Lobregat of
Zamboanga City lamented that the fighting had displaced at least 120,000
Lobregat admitted that
Zamboanga City is a strategic place for Misuari to launch such an offensive
because the city is known for its high economic activity and its coastline
stretches for 130 kilometers.
“If they do such a
thing in Basilan, Sulu or Tawi-Tawi, nobody from the media will go there to
follow them for coverage. Zamboanga, on the other hand, is a stable economic
“Basically they did it
there to get international attention,” he surmised.
Violence is not the
answer. So many people have died and the city also lost a lot. Misuari should
be charged in court, Lobregat added.
Meet Ziona Chana. He has 39 wives,
94 children and 33 grandchildren. NewsFeed wonders if he remembers all their
This fairly unorthodox family lives
in the Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram. And while Chana says
he’s “blessed” to have his 39 wives, they nevertheless sleep in large communal
dormitories, in the 100-room, four story house, while he has a double bed all
But we couldn’t possibly leave the
sleeping arrangements there. The youngest women sleep nearest to Chana’s
bedroom, and there’s a rotation system in place for the lucky lady who stops by
her husband’s bedroom.
As for the family, oldest wife
Zathiangi (to ask her age would just be rude), sure runs a tight ship, as she’s
tasked with making sure her fellow wives (is that even the right term? This is
one just big bowl of awk-ward) carry out the household chores such as
cleaning, washing and the preparing of meals.
And speaking of food, one evening
meal can involve the plucking of 30 chickens, peeling of over 100 lbs of
potatoes and boiling up to 200 lbs of rice.
If you’re wondering what the law
says about this state of literal affairs, worry not, as Chana happens to
conveniently be the head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as
Chana’s record is marrying 10 women in one year — the RSVPing must
have been a full time job — and he doesn’t intend to stop at 39. In fact, wife
number 40 may well come from America.
As Chana delightfully puts in, “to
expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry.” In other words,
if she makes a full recovery, look out, Elizabeth Taylor.