In Brief

Posted By Horizon Staff April 16th, 2013 in News : 1 COMMENTS

Evan Bradford
Staff Writer

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
After six years of service, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stepped down from his position last Saturday. There had been rumors about his suspected resignation since Thursday. Fayyad is admired and supported by most of the Western world, and his resignation opens up a significant “leadership vacuum in a time when the U.S. is attempting to restart peace negotiations” (WSJ). Palestine is also in the midst of a significant financial crisis. Formally an International Monetary Fund economist, Fayyad is most known for his enthusiastic support of wide-ranging reforms in preparation for Palestinian statehood. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, has requested that Fayyad serve in his position until a replacement can be found (The Wall Street Journal).

ISLA VISTA, CA

A record 15,000-18,000 people flocked to Isla Vista last weekend for the “Deltopia” festival, surpassing the 2009 record of 12,000 people. “Deltopia”, formerly known as “Flotopia”, is a large party held by UCSB students at the beginning of the spring semester.  Records for attendance were not the only ones made last weekend: last year, law enforcement officials received 243 9-1-1 calls related to the “Deltopia” festival, a number that increased to 440 calls this year.  67 of the calls were related to medical emergencies (resulting in 44 hospital visits and one death). According to police reports, most of the injuries were the result of excessive consumption alcohol. There were 23 arrests and 71 criminal citations. Officers also responded to a collapsed balcony at a fraternity house (The Daily Nexus).

Khash, Iran
The most powerful earthquake in over 40 years was recorded in the Middle East on Tuesday at a magnitude of 7.8. The tremors were felt as far away as India, but the origin of the earthquake was so deep that tremendous damage was not done, as was initially expected. The depth of the earthquake was 56 miles beneath the earth’s surface, lessening the land motion on the surface and lessening damage greatly. The quake’s epicenter was reported to be right between Iran and Pakistan, in a rural area with wide areas of virtually no population. No serious damage was reported in either Pakistan or Iran, but so far two deaths have been reported. With poor infrastructure, Iran is susceptible to high amounts of damage and casualty by earthquakes, but fortunately this recent quake did not result in horrific casualties or damages (New York Times).

 

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