The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 6.57 a.m. local time (1757 GMT Saturday) was centered about 55 kilometers (34 miles) northwest of Nuku'Alofa, the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. It struck about 81 kilometers (50 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The animals, Fenix Two and Marching Song, both started to wobble and then collapsed in front of punters.
Early reports indicated the horses died from an electric shock, but a post-mortem will be carried out.
Former champion jockey Graham Thorner, part-owner of Marching Song, told Sky News what happened.
"One horse was behaving very strangely, and I thought, it's just got overheated - as racehorses do," he said.
"Then mine started to behave most extraordinary. I couldn't work out why.
"So I told my lad to move on, keep them going.
"He went 50 yards and (the horse) did exactly the same thing - (he started) kicking out.
"Then he went down and I thought, oh my God he's having a heart attack."
Judge gives go-ahead to add fluoride to city's tap water supply - despite overwhelming public opposition
Plans to add fluoride to tap water in a major city were endorsed by a judge yesterday despite overwhelming public opposition.
Mr Justice Holman rejected claims that the decision-making process was defective and dismissed a legal challenge to the scheme in Southampton.
Hampshire council and three quarters of residents oppose the plans drawn up by the strategic health authority. But dentists say the scheme will cut tooth decay in children.
Just 10 per cent of England’s water is fluoridated, covering 5.5million people, mainly in the North East and West Midlands. The last fluoridation scheme was introduced in 1985.
Refusing a claim for judicial review by Southampton mother-of-three Geraldine Milner, the judge said there had been no illegality.
‘It is important to stress that our democratic Parliament decided long ago that water can, in certain circumstances, be fluoridated,’ he added.
‘It is not the law that fluoridation can occur only when a majority of the local population agree. Parliament has firmly entrusted area-specific decision making to the relevant strategic health authority.’ Read more
NOTE: It seems they havn't learnt anythign from past evils or maybe they have and this is how they will pacify a nation at boiling point.
The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water on Earth was found in Germany's Nazi prison camps. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride's supposed effect on children's teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration camps into calm submission. (Ref. book: "The Crime and Punishment of I.G. Farben" by Joseph Borkin.)
On Feb. 4, the FWC received reports of dead fish near sebastian inlet boat ramp. Our field staff obtained fish and water samples, and observed several species, including Spot, Sheepshead, and Red Drum, but the vast majority were Menhaden. The water quality data do show levels of Dissolved Oxygen low enough to cause fish kills, but the analysis did not indicate an algae bloom. However, because algae blooms can come and go rather quickly, scientists can’t always observe them directly and low dissolved oxygen levels can be a sign of a recent or ongoing bloom.
A similar fish kill occurred in Northeast Florida in the summer of 2010, which many environmentalists attributed to nutrient pollution. Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus — which come from industry runoff, as well as home fertilizers — often contribute to the widespread growth of algal blooms. As the blooms die off, they use up large amounts of oxygen, which leads to low levels of dissolved oxygen in the waterbody. Read more
My question: Is it just me, or is the world suddenly running out of oxygen everywhere?
Some 10,000 people flooded into downtown Algiers, organizers estimated, where they skirmished with riot police attempting to block off streets and disperse the crowd. Some arrests were reported.
Protesters chanted slogans including "No to the police state" and "Bouteflika out," a reference to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power in this sprawling North African nation since 1999.
Under Algeria's long-standing state of emergency — in place since 1992 — protests are banned in Algiers but the government's repeated warnings for people to stay out of the streets apparently fell on deaf ears.
Aguer said 105 people were killed in the two towns: 39 civilians, 24 southern police and soldiers, and 42 of rebel Commander George Athor's men. AP attempted to reach Athor and his top aide for comment but the phone calls to the remote region did not go through.
The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Friday it is treating dozens of wounded.
About 50 patients have been admitted to aid group's health facilities.
More big money merging: Deutsche Borse and NYSE Euronext in talks to create TransAtlantic powerhouse
"In light of recent market rumours, Deutsche Borse AG and NYSE Euronext (NYX) today confirmed that they are in advanced discussions regarding a potential business combination," the statement said.
It cautioned that no agreement had been reached.
Sources said the two stock exchanges, whose combination would create a powerful pan-European and American stock exchange, have been in talks about a merger for several weeks.
A German magazine, Bernecker Börsenbriefe, reported that the exchanges wanted to merge because of large cost synergies.
The bugs, reported by hospitals in more than 35 states, typically strike the critically ill and are fatal in 30% to 60% of cases. Israeli doctors are battling an outbreak in Tel Aviv that has been traced to a patient from northern New Jersey, says Neil Fishman, director of infection control and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and president of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists.
The bacteria are equipped with a gene that enables them to produce an enzyme that disables antibiotics. The enzyme is called Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenamase, or KPC. It disables carbapenam antibiotics, last-ditch treatments for infections that don't respond to other drugs.
The source of funds for these accounts in almost every instance was found to be the US Treasury. Beneficiaries of the covert Vatican accounts include Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and each of the Obama children, Michelle Obama’s mother, all the Bushes and the Clintons, including Chelsea Clinton, Joe Biden, Timothy Geithner, Janet Napolitano, several US Senators, including Mitch McConnell, several US Congressmen including John Boehner, several US Military Chiefs of Staff, the US Provost Marshal, the US Judge Advocate General, the US Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts, several US Judges, the Pope, and several cardinals. Big money was found in each of the accounts.Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that the ethanol industry demand for corn rose 8.4 percent, to 50 million bushels, after record-high production in December and January.
That means the United States will have about 675 million bushels of corn left over at the end of year. That's roughly 5 percent of all corn that will be consumed, the lowest surplus level since 1996.
Corn prices have already doubled in the last six months, rising from $3.50 a bushel to more than $7 a bushel.
Ten products including fish, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and packaged Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and shrimp etouffee are being promoted at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast, said Milt Ackerman, president of Military Solutions Inc., which is supplying seafood to the businesses.
Gulf seafood sales fell sharply after BP PLC's Gulf well blew out in April, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the sea. Consumers have long feared that fish, oysters and other products could be tainted by oil and chemicals used to fight the spill, even though extensive testing has indicated the food is safe. The perception has lingered - along with the poor sales.
About 200 of the birds fell from the trees and died near Rotorua Central Mall, and another 200 were found dead near a skatepark a short distance away on Ranolf St.
Rotorua SPCA inspector Nicola Martin said the deaths were consistent with the birds having been poisoned with commonly used pest control agent alphachloralose.
The poison, which could be laced in grain, acted on the nervous system and resulted in hypothermia. The birds could have been saved if they were warmed up but there was no one around that weekend because of the cyclone weather, she said.
The SPCA was told of the incident by a group of tourists, who were extremely distressed to find a carpet of dead birds.
"I also had a lady ringing yesterday because she said that the birds that she'd been feeding every day must have been among that lot because they didn't come to her house anymore."
The bodies were wet and decaying when the SPCA collected them so necropsies could not be carried out, meaning it could not be established with certainty how they died. Source
The birds were discovered on Thursday morning.
More than 100 birds were scattered across Lake Street between Gauthier and Tank Farm Road; another hundred were found on Lincoln Road, about a mile away.
Kori Legleu, a biologist with Wildlife and Fisheries, identified the birds as Tree Swallows, a kind of bird that travels in tight flocks.
Legleu said the birds, which are common in Southwest Louisiana, were likely flying erratically when some of them were struck by passing vehicles.
"It could be a lot of things," said Legleu. "There are a multitude of reasons why we have bird die-offs and it happens almost every year. Most of the time, people don't hear about it. It's not anything I think the public should be concerned over."
Officials are awaiting the results of a necropsy, a bird autopsy, to know for sure.
The preliminary results should be in, in about a week.
The final results are expected in a few weeks. Source
The 7 Magnitude earthquake from Feb 11th has been since downgraded to a 6.8 Magnitude.
It has been mentioned in local reports that the quakes from the past 24 hrs have been centred around the same location that suffered the 8.8 Magnitude Quake in February 2010, which was the cause of approx 500 deaths and was felt 2400 km away in Peru.
The depth of the Large quake of 27th Feb 2010 was very shallow at just 11km, compared to the 6.8 Quake from yesterday 11th Feb 2011 which registered at a depth of 28km with the after shocks regsitering a simular depth, Hower the latest earthquake of 6,1 Magnitude has registered at half that depth 14.8 km.
No Tsunami warning was triggered, but there have been unconfirmed reports of fatalities in the town of Ercilla, President Sebastian Pinera said, Pinera was in the region when the Earthquake hit, visiting the town of Maule.