Sunday, February 6, 2011
After umpteen calls for restraint by ministers, weighing the public relations impact, and consulting colleagues and advisers, Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond has made his most difficult decision. The multi-millionaire is set to accept a £9m bonus, one of the largest in the world, and will be followed by the bosses of the other major banks. This shows that they are all in something together, even if it's not what the rest of us are in.
Mr Diamond canvassed close City friends before deciding to take the bumper bonus which he fears will reignite the row over bankers pay. Sources close to him said: "Bob's been in a real dilemma as he can't stand this country's culture of banker-bashing and finds our attitude to bonuses extraordinary. But he is also aware of public opinion, so sounded out people about whether he should turn down his bonus again for the third year, take less or give some to charity."
Despite rising public anger about the scale of City payouts, David Cameron insisted last night that he was not interested in "headlines satisfying people today and tomorrow that I've given the banks a good kick in the pants. Can we do more on bonuses, particularly on those banks we own? Yes we can, and yes we will," he told The Sunday Telegraph. "But look, we've just been talking about growth. I don't believe actually in the long run, you can deliver the enterprise-growth agenda while having a running war with the British banking industry at the same time."
Some of those whom Mr Diamond – or his advisers – have consulted counselled him to show restraint. But the American decided that when he is offered the pay package – somewhere between £7m and £10m – he is minded to take it. Read More
About 800 miners are employed at the state-owned mine, which is due to be shut down by 2018. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the accident.
The widows of the five miners killed in a methane explosion Saturday at the coal mine in Uricani, southern Romania, will get jobs at the Natioanl Coal Company CNH, said Labor Minister Ioan Botis.
The minister added Government officials will have a meeting with the victims’ families. “I want to assure the families that we are by their side. I come from a family of miners, my father was a miner, it’s tragic that such accidents happen but you know as well as I do that such accidents will occur as long as there is mining,” Botis said. Source
In Fort Lauderdale alone, 212 beachgoers were stung on Friday and 261 on Saturday
Portuguese man-of-war piled up on the beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties Saturday in what one veteran lifeguard called the worst influx he's seen in decades.
In Fort Lauderdale alone, 212 beachgoers were stung on Friday and 261 on Saturday.
"It would have been far, far worse, but we were all up and down the beach keeping people out of the water,'' said Lt. Jim McCrady of Fort Lauderdale's Ocean Rescue. "I've never seen this many ever. I've been out here for 24 years.''
Most beachside cities, including Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, reported the presence of man-of-war in recent days. If southeasterly winds stay at a steady 5 mph to 10 mph, the pesky sea creatures will linger.
With neon purple and blue balloon-like floats and dangling tentacles, man-of-war deliver powerful stings that can sometimes cause swelling and shortness of breath. Lifeguards usually keep gels and solutions on hand to treat any stings.
Before hitting the beach, residents should check their cities' ocean rescue websites for the latest conditions.
"We still want everyone to go out to the beach and enjoy the sand and sun, but definitely consult your lifeguard before you go in the water,'' McCrady said. Source
A forest fire started in Fulin Village in Chun'an County on Saturday morning. About 300 people including those from the local fire control station and villagers were involved in the firefighting.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
The firefighter is believed to have been hit by a fire truck near Roleystone, southeast of Perth, and he has been taken to hospital, the ABC says.
The bushfires are in the Perth hills to the east of the city, and at the edge of the Swan Valley to the north.
At least 12 people have been hospitalised with smoke inhalation, Perth radio station 6PR says.
Police said while it was too early to determine the cause of the fires, Arson Squad detectives had been called in due to the size of the emergency and the fact that homes had been lost.
The fires continue to threaten other homes in Roleystone and the nearby bush-fringed community of Kelmscott where emergency warnings are in place and hundreds of residents have been evacuated. Read More...
Fire fighters at the scene are battling to try to tame the inferno which emergency crews say will continue to burn into this evening.
The explosion and resulting fireball could be seen for miles around, with experts estimating that 320,000 gallons of highly flammable liquid has caught fire.
The crash happened between 2am and 3am this morning while the train was travelling through Hancock County.
It is not yet known what caused the derailment, but the area had experienced heavy snow fall in the last 24 hours.
You will see two articles below, one being from experts about the recent striped bass kill off the coast of Carolina, and the other from a long time fishermen (where have all the striped bass gone?).
Longtime fishermen Lake Norman has never witnessed a worse 7 month stretch for striped bass which has caused the number of participants to plummet and sales of striper bait and lures to drop in longstanding shops.
"There's a definite impact on us" said Mike Tsitouris, Co-owner of family owned Perth bait & Tackle. "There's no fish being caught"
"An old codger "Sam Newman" should be going happy going home with 1 or 2 stripers a day, he said, "but after 5 days (the week of 23rd Jan 2011), I finally caught 1 Fish"
- There was a fish kill of 7000 Adult Striped Bass Jul/Aug 2010. No other fish was affected. Results of findings - natural phenomenon that occurs in deeper reservoirs (caused by lack of oxygen)
- So, we are now seeing lack of natural phenomenon kills caused by lack of oxygen in Summer and Winter; surely this would mean we should be seeing dead fish daily? Source
Now for the 2nd item: thousands of Striped Bass floating in the Sea, blamed on fishing men.
Note: 2010 on the Brazos river had a 50,000 mass kill of stripers, while Whitney was affected by a 70,000 mass striper kill; both these cases were blamed on "Golden Alga" - Lake Meredith was affected by "Golden Alga" in Jan 2010 which resulted in a 20,000 fish kill.
1. Note the light reflections on the Dome, and the absence of light once the object disappears.
2. This is now the 4th video (or perhaps the 3rd, considering the original 3rd video at ground level of the incident seems to not match with the original two, like this one) - if this is indeed CGI or faked in some way, what is the purpose?
3. What are the additional red lights spotted after the initial object disappears?
4. Recently, giant power generator blocks were spotted on the Temple Mount (where these sightings were), but no explanation had been offered for their placement - they apparently originated from Jordon, and worried Israeli theories as to their purpose. Source
If anyone has any information regarding this - please contact us!
A rare drought in 2005 - billed as a once-in-a-hundred-years event - was then followed by another drought in 2010 that may have been even worse, according to a study by a team of British and Brazilians scientists in the journal Science.
With a huge number of trees dying as a result of the droughts, the scientists predict that the Amazon will not be able to absorb as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as usual in future.
This would remove an important global buffer against pollution.
Even worse, rotting trees may release into the atmosphere as much as five billion tons of C02 in the coming years.
That would be almost as much as the 5.4 billion tons emitted from fossil fuel use by the US in 2009.
Why we must revolt: Diplomatic vehicle from US Embassy runs over 20 people in cairo on Jan 28, 2011 (WARNING: GRAPHIC!)
This video contains graphic imagery of a diplomatic vehicle from an American embassy in Cairo driving through a crowd of Egyptian protestors at high speeds. Though the view is gore-free and captured from a distance so that no details are viewable, the scene may still be disturbing for some audiences.
It is not the intention of this site to shock or disgust people.
But when 20 or more human beings are mowed down callously in the street by some rich or well positioned individuals, or perhaps merely individuals absent of a soul, everyone must be made aware of why the Egyptian people are revolting and the type of abuses they've been experiencing for many decades.
Indeed, while not for the faint of heart, this video describes in tear jerking detail why people everywhere across the world need to fight back against the tyranny and slavery to which they find themselves subjected.
God help those who one day realize they're outnumbered.
-- Mr. Harley
"That exam was going to occur with or without his consent," Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge Dr. Michael LaPaglia testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Now, Felix Booker's defense attorney is hoping a jury hearing about the most controversial warrantless body cavity search in local law enforcement history will do what a federal judge would not - toss out a charge the 21-year-old Booker intended to sell the 5.7 grams of crack hidden in his rectum.
After 30 years as president and many more as a senior military official, Mubarak has had access to investment deals that have generated hundreds of millions of pounds in profits. Most of those gains have been taken offshore and deposited in secret bank accounts or invested in upmarket homes and hotels.
There are some weird things going on in this morning's jobs report, but the headline number was a joke, and as such, the scariest jobs chart ever looks horrid.