Saturday, February 12, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: 6.1 Magnitude TONGA - 12th Feb 2011

TONGA - A strong earthquake struck near the Tonga Islands on early Sunday morning, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

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).

Horses 'Electrocuted' At Newbury Races

An investigation has been launched at Newbury racecourse after two horses dropped dead in the parade ring.

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."

The incident happened before Newbury's first race and the day's program was subsequently cancelled. Read More

Judge gives go-ahead to add fluoride to city's tap water supply - despite overwhelming public opposition

12 Feb 2011 -

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.)

Massive fish kill reported in Vero Beach state park, Florida

Another massive fish kill has struck Florida waters — this time affecting menhaden in a Vero Beach state park. The Sebastian Inlet State Park became inundated with swathes of dead fish last week. According to one report, some residents have estimated that there are “millions” of dead fish, and the area is now inundated with a strong odor from the decay.

According to Carli Segelson, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the kill is likely due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the water

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?

Arab revolution spreads as protests erupt in Algeria, Yemen

Thousands of people defied a government ban on demonstrations and poured into the Algerian capital for a pro-democracy rally Saturday, a day after weeks of mass protests toppled Egypt's authoritarian leader.

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.

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105 die in fighting between South Sudan army and rebels

A former high-ranking southern army member who had previously rebelled against the southern regional government attacked the towns of Fangak and Dor in the Upper Nile state on Wednesday, breaking a January ceasefire, said Col. Philip Aguer, the army spokesman.

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.

"We are mainly seeing patients with gunshot wounds, and many have significant abdominal and limb injuries," said Tim Baerwaldt, head of the group's mission in Southern Sudan. Read more

More big money merging: Deutsche Borse and NYSE Euronext in talks to create TransAtlantic powerhouse

Shares in both the German bourse and NYSE, which also own Euronext, the Paris-based stock exchange, were temporarily suspended before a joint statement was issued in Frankfurt and New York.

"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.

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Buried: Drug-resistant 'superbugs' hit 35 states, spread worldwide

Bacteria that are able to survive every modern antibiotic are cropping up in many U.S. hospitals and are spreading outside the USA, public health officials say.

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.

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Slush fund of top politicians found at Vatican Bank, Obama, Clinton, Roberts?

Slush fund accounts of major US politicians identified and seized at Vatican Bank (Rome). Connection established with Daniel Dal Bosco RICO indictment, which cites Giancarlo Bruno, Silvio Berlusconi & Ban Ki Moon. On Wednesday 5th January 2011, it emerged that US establishment-related slush fund accounts had been located in, and seized from, the Vatican Bank in Rome.

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.

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US corn reserves hit lowest level in 15 years

U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in over 15 years in part because of higher demand from the ethanol industry, reflecting tighter supplies that will lead to higher food prices in 2011.

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.

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Poisoned Gulf Seafood Being Fed To Military?

Sales of Gulf of Mexico seafood are getting a boost from the military after being hammered by last year's BP oil spill, which left consumers fearing the water's bounty had been tainted.

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.

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Hundreds of Sparrows fall dead - Central Rotorua, Auckland - 9th Feb 2011

Hundreds of sparrows which were found dead in central Rotorua over Auckland Anniversary weekend could have been deliberately poisoned, the SPCA says.

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

More dead birds, Hundreds of birds discovered in Lake Charles, LA - 12 Feb 2011

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is trying to figure out what caused the death of hundreds of birds in south Lake Charles.

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

BREAKING NEWS: 6.1 Magnitude Aftershock near the coast of Chile - 12 Feb 2011

A Earthquake measuring 6.1 Magnitude registered in Chile this Morning, this come after 8 significant quakes in the past 24 Hours.

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.