Tuesday, June 7, 2011

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Southern Peru - 8th June 2011

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck Southern Peru at a depth of 101.3 km (62.9 miles), the quake hit at 03:06:18 UTC Wednesday 8th June 2011.
The epicenter was 131 km (81 miles) North East of Tacna, Peru
No reports of Damage as yet.

Police officer slams innocent man into wall head-first, leaving him in a coma



"Police have released surveillance video showing a sheriff's deputy slamming a man head first into a wall, leaving him in a coma. The 29-year-old had been pursued by deputies after a witness wrongly identified him as a suspect in an assault."

Is it just me, or are police starting to get out of control?

Idaho to be first Chinese state? Perhaps it's a stretch, but China's purchase of American assets is getting concerning...


Governor Butch Otter, in league with President Obama, have hatched a plan to make Idaho the first Chinese owned state in America. Otter and company have named this Project 60. Sounds innocent enough, until you realize that Otter and his minions are afraid to call it what it is, globalization of America and surrender of sovereignty. If it were called that someone may want to charge Otter with sedition. Under B. Hussein Obama it has become increasingly difficult to do business in America, unless you are from a foreign nation. Idaho, under the stewardship of Governor Butch Otter, has opened the door for a Chinese invasion wherein the sovereignty of Idaho and America will be sodomized by all parties involved.

Project 60 takes advantage of a federal program that grants permanent residency to foreign nationals, in this case, Chinese. This program comes with special tax exemptions to the foreign firms moving here. American companies do not get the tax exemptions; So much for the Constitution and equal protection. Idaho is struggling financially and it is widely known that America is broke, so why tax breaks for the Chinese? China wants to limit its exposure to America’s debt. China needs to maintain its trade deficits, so it does not collapse like a house of cards. In order to accomplish this, China must unload currency and excess dollars. Buying Idaho is a good way to accomplish this. But, do not worry, China is looking at buying Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania as well. China will not allow its currency to become stronger, so it must eliminate some of America’s IOU’s. What better way to do this than buy America?

Top Idaho officials have been traveling to China and entertaining the Chinese here, in order to help facilitate this. Idaho is a resource rich state and the Chinese know it, as does Obama, who keeps snatching Idaho land. Otter, Obama and the attack on business in America paves the way for China to own us. A Chinese firm is building a fertilizer plant in American Falls Idaho. Ironic. China has bought fifty square miles of land south of Boise, thirty thousand acres of Idaho gone to foreign nationals. Governor Otter says this will help reinvigorate our American industrial base. Just how this will do it, since the plants will be staffed with foreign nationals is a question that remains unanswered. (read more)

This post was reader contributed.

New congressional bill allows permanent military detention of US citizens for intelligenc gathering

Fed Lawyer Alvarez: “The Federal Reserve Does NOT Own Any Gold at All”

Thats right. The Fed owns NO gold. Zero, zip, ziltch.

For those of you who did not watch yesterday’s monetary policy hearing in the house of representatives, you most likely missed this bombshell exchange between Federal Reserve lawyer Scott Alvarez and committee chairman Dr. Ron Paul. My jaw literally dropped when I heard the Fed’s general counsel declare that the Federal Reserve owns no gold. After 1934, Alvarez explains that the Fed handed its gold over to the Treasury in exchange for gold certificates. When pressed further, Alvarez noted that the gold certificates do not represent any interest whatsoever in the gold itself. He explained the gold certificate listings on the Fed balance sheet, not as a claim to gold, but at most a claim to dollars from the Treasury. See the quotes here (and watch the videos at the bottom of the post):

Scott Alvarez: “The Federal Reserve does not own any gold at all… we have not owned gold since 1934, um, so we have not engaged in any gold swap. Before 1934 the Federal Reserve did, we did own gold. We turned that over by law to the Treasury and received in return for that gold certificates.”

Ron Paul: “…You have the securities for essentially all the gold?”

Scott Alvarez: “No. No we have no interest in the gold that is owned by the Treasury. We have simply an accounting document that is called gold certificates that represents the value at a statutory rate that we gave to the Treasury in 1934″ (read more)

Peter Schiff - “We Will Destroy the Currency Completely”

With the stock market continuing to weaken while gold holds near $1,550, today King World News interviewed Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Europacific Capital. When asked what he sees ahead Schiff responded, “The stimulus is wearing off and the much anticipated hangover is starting to set in. The economy is now in worse shape because the government stimulated it. The stimulus merely interfered with the corrective process. So instead of resolving some of our economic imbalances, the government has made them worse. Now we are on the precipice of a bigger economic decline than the one the stimulus interrupted back in 2009.”

When asked about the US dollar Schiff remarked, “It’s going lower, last Friday the US dollar closed at a new low against the Swiss Franc. You need a $1.18 to buy a single Swiss Franc. I think you are going to see much more of the safe haven money going into other currencies or precious metals and the dollar is going to lose that bid, especially if the Fed launches QE3...If you look at the economic relapse that’s going on right now, look at Friday’s abysmal job numbers, look at the housing numbers, understand that all of this is taking place with record monetary and fiscal stimulus. What happens if we remove those supports?

When asked if we are headed for another financial crisis Schiff replied, “I think it’s a certainty. The financial crisis in our future is bigger than the financial crisis in our past. We are more vulnerable as a nation, we are more heavily leveraged now than we have been at any other time. We are more vulnerable to an increase in interest rates or a run on the dollar and either of things or both of things could happen soon.

It (the Fed’s balance sheet) just hit a record size on Friday. It’s $2.77 trillion, almost $2.8 trillion. We’re approaching a $3 trillion balance sheet, but the thing is in order for the Fed to keep this phony economy on life support that balance sheet has to continue to grow. We don’t want to keep this Frankenstein monster of an economy alive, we want it to let it die so that a real economy can arise to take its place... (read more)

Japan doubles early fallout estimate -- what other information are they hiding / lying about?

NISA on Monday more than doubled its estimate of the radioactive material ejected into the air in the early days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis to 770,000 terabecquerels.

The nuclear safety agency also issued its own assessment of the cores in reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, assuming that all of them melted, and said it was possible the meltdowns in units 1 and 2 happened faster than the time frame estimated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The assessment by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency is expected to be reflected in Japan's report on the accident at a ministerial meeting being hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency later this month.

In April, Japan raised the severity level of the crisis to 7, the maximum on the International Nuclear Event Scale, putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

At the time, NISA believed that 370,000 terabecquerels of radioactive material had been ejected from reactors 1, 2 and 3. That was revised Monday after NISA found that more material escaped from reactor 2 than thought.

Level 7 accidents correspond to the external release of material equal to tens of thousands of terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131. One terabecquerel equals 1 trillion becquerels.

NISA said the melted fuel in reactor 1 fell to the bottom of the pressure vessel and damaged it at about 8 p.m. on March 11, about five hours after the quake. In reactor 2, a similar event took place at about 10:50 p.m. March 14, it said.

However, Tepco says the pressure vessel in reactor 1 was damaged on the morning of March 12, and the pressure vessel in reactor 2 in the early hours of March 16.

A NISA official said the assessments vary due to different water injection assumptions. (read more)

Syria warns of more marches on Israeli border

A Syrian government newspaper said Tuesday there will be more marches of Syrians and Palestinians to the Israeli border, warning Israel the day will come when thousands return to their occupied villages.

Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian and Syrian protesters Sunday, killing as many as 23 people who tried to cross into the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

The article referred to Palestinian refugees in camps in Syria, as well as Syrians who fled the Golan Heights when Israel captured the strategic plateau in the 1967 Mideast war.

The Tishreen newspaper said the march was only an "introduction," adding Syrians and Palestinians were now determined to recover their territory through resistance.

It said Israel should not be surprised when 600,000 refugees march back "at any time" to their villages and farms from which their families were forcefully uprooted.

Israel's military responded with a stern warning. It said in a statement that breaching the frontier lines "is a violation of international agreements," and the military will "operate as necessary to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents in the future."

The Israeli military warned, "Provocative rioters who breach the Israeli security fence place themselves in danger and must accept the responsibility for their actions." (read more)

Iran sends submarines to Red Sea: report

Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source, in a move that could anger Israel.

"Iranian military submarines entered the Red Sea waters with the goal of collecting information and identifying other countries' combat vessels," Fars said.

It did not specify the number or type of vessels involved but said they were sailing alongside warships of the Navy's 14th fleet.

State-run Press TV said in May the 14th fleet, comprised of two vessels, the Bandar Abbas warship and Shahid Naqdi destroyer, had been sent to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

"The fleet entered the Gulf of Aden region in May and has now entered the Red Sea in the continuation of its mission," Fars said.

Two Iranian warships passed through the Suez Canal in February, the first such move since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, en route to Syria. Tehran said the mission was one of "peace and friendship" but Israel called it a "provocation." (read more)

Daily economic briefings disappear from Obama's White House schedule

At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced at his own first daily briefing reporters that Obama asked for the daily economic briefing, described then as comparable to the daily intelligence briefing the president gets every morning.

“The president asked that this be added every day to his schedule,” Gibbs said at the time. Gibbs added that Obama believed it is “important that each day he receive the most up to date information as it relates to the economy.”

But at some point, the daily economic briefings stopped showing up on Obama's daily schedule.

White House officials said the meetings slowly petered out, but Obama still receives a daily economic briefing on paper.

“The president requests regular meetings several times a week and daily updates from his economic policy team, just as he does with his national security team and other senior advisers in the White House,” one administration official said. (read more)

Goshen College Board of Directors ask for alternative to playing the US national anthem -- it's too "war like"

The Goshen College Board of Directors announced today that it has asked President James E. Brenneman to find an alternative to playing the Star-Spangled Banner that fits with sports tradition, that honors country and that resonates with Goshen College's core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies.

The Board took the action during its regular meeting, June 3-4, and today released a Decision Statement, which is available at www.goshen.edu/anthem.

The Board expressed a strong commitment to advancing with President Brenneman the vision for Goshen College to be an influential leader in liberal arts education with a growing capacity to serve a theologically, politically, racially and ethnically diverse constituency both within and beyond the Mennonite church. The Board concluded that continuing to play the national anthem compromised the ability of college constituents to advance the vision together.

"The Board has a diversity of views on this issue as reflected throughout the process of considering the anthem," said Rick Stiffney of Goshen, the chair of the Board. "The Board itself struggled with significant differences and conflicting perspectives, so this decision was not easy and took many hours of discernment and prayer. Our resolution represents our best effort to find a path of wisdom that we could endorse together.

"We recognize that some people may not be satisfied with this decision, but we believe it is the right one for Goshen College. We also believe this decision will enable the college and the board to move forward and prepare with joy for the 2011-2012 academic year."

Responding to the decision, President Brenneman said, "I am convinced that Goshen College is on a challenging and rewarding journey toward becoming a more diverse institution that serves an increasingly diverse community. I am hopeful that this resolution will help Goshen College move forward together, and focus on finding new ways to welcome students from our local and regional community." (read more)

WHO: Time running out to solve E. coli outbreak

An expert at the World Health Organization says time is running out for German investigators to find the source of the world's deadliest E. coli outbreak, which has spread fear across Europe and cost farmers millions in exports.

German officials are still seeking the cause of the outbreak weeks after it began May 2. They wrongly accused Spanish cucumbers of being the culprit last week but had to retract when the cucumbers had a different strain of E. coli. On Sunday, they blamed German sprouts, only to backtrack a day later when initial tests were negative. The sprouts are still being tested.

So far, the outbreak has killed 24 people, infected over 2,400 and left hundreds hospitalized with a serious complication that can lead to kidney failure.

"If we don't know the likely culprit in a week's time, we may never know the cause," Dr. Guenael Rodier, the director of communicable diseases at WHO, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

He said the contaminated vegetables have likely disappeared from the market and it would be difficult for German investigators to link patients to contaminated produce weeks after they first became infected. (read more)

E. Coli confirmed in Virginia child that died, possible "outbreak" in Tennesse under investigation



Lab results confirm the presence of E. coli in the child that died this weekend and the presence of the bacteria in a close contact of the child, Virginia Department of Health Public Information Officer Robert Parker said.

"The lab results confirm the presence of E. coli 0157:H7," Parker said. "That's a strain of E. coli that causes severe illness."

Northeast Regional Health Office Medical Director Dr. David Kirschke also confirms a similar severe strain in Northeast Tennessee.

"We have one case of the severe type in Tennessee," Dr. Kirschke said. "It may be similar to what the two kids from Virginia had."

In the Tennessee case, Dr. Kirschke said a Northeast Tennessee child is suffering complications in a Knoxville hospital.

Meanwhile, he says there are seven other confirmed cases of E. coli from four Northeast Tennessee counties.

“Everyone is doing fine,” Dr. Kirschke said of those seven people. “From the initial tests, these look like the less severe type of E coli. We are treating it like an outbreak. We are investigating it like an outbreak.” (read more)

Japan 'unprepared' for Fukushima nuclear disaster

Japan was unprepared for a nuclear accident on the scale of the one at the Fukushima plant, the government said in a report to be submitted to the IAEA.

The report says poor oversight may also have contributed to the crisis.

The authorities have pledged to make the country's nuclear regulator (Nisa) independent of the industry ministry, which also promotes nuclear power.

It comes after Nisa doubled its initial estimate of leaked radiation in the first week after the disaster.

The nuclear safety agency now says 770,000 terabecquerels escaped into the atmosphere following the 11 March disaster - more than double its earlier estimate of 370,000 terabecquerels. (read more)

Plight of Japan's 'tsunami orphans'

Sayaka Sugawara feels nothing, she says, standing on the foundation of the only home she's ever known. Japan's devastating tsunami on March 11 swept away the entire structure, leaving behind only a horror the 15-year old still cannot comprehend.

"I was in the stairway," she recalls. "My mother was upstairs. My grandmother and great grandmother were downstairs with my dog. I heard a huge sound from the ground. Instantly, my house broke apart. I thought, 'Oh, I will die now.'"

Sayaka pauses, staring out over the landscape of nothingness. Two hundred homes once stood here -- not a single sign remains of that community.

Without her parents, Sayaka is now an orphan at age 15.

Three months after the disaster, Japan's government is still counting the number of children like Sayaka who have lost either one or both parents. The government estimates 1,200 children lost one parent and 200 lost both. These children will either end up living with distant relatives or place in a Japanese orphanage -- but many orphanages across the nation are at full occupancy.

Ashinaga, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Japanese orphans, hopes to directly help the tsunami orphans through financial assistance and psychological support. (read more)

Gaddafi Defiant As Bombs Rain On Tripoli -- Is land invasion coming soon?

Colonel Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the death in an audio broadcast from a secret location as Nato forces stepped up their bombardment of the Libyan capital.

Waves of strikes occurred in different areas of Tripoli, with explosions sometimes heard several times an hour.

But, during a nine-minute speech, the defiant leader said: "Despite the bombings, we will never submit."

Colonel Gaddafi told listeners: "I am near the bombing but I am still resisting."

And he told Nato forces: "We are stronger than your missiles, stronger than your planes, and the voice of the Libyan people is louder than explosions."

It is the first public address made by the leader since May 19, when state television showed him holding talks with a senior official. (read more)

Tribal fighters take over major city in Yemen, eyewitnesses say

Tribal fighters took control of a top Yemeni city on Tuesday, a setback for an embattled government whose injured president is confined to a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

More than 400 tribal gunmen took over Taiz in southwest Yemen, eyewitnesses there said.

The gunmen had been clashing with Yemeni security forces near the city's Republican Palace and eyewitnesses said they are now in control of the city. The palace is not far from the city's Freedom Square -- a focal point of anti-government protests.

Government forces have been regrouping in an effort to re-enter the city. Yemen's government has faced international criticism for excessive use of force against anti-regime protesters and the deaths of anti-government demonstrators in Taiz. (read more)

Chile Eruption Hell on earth: Monster volcano can be seen from SPACE as it spits fire into the sky - 7th June 2011

This towering plume of brown ash is clearly visible from space as a Chilean volcano continues to violently erupt.

Captured by specialist equipment on the Aqua satellite, the image was taken shortly after the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle exploded into life after decades of lying dormant in south-central Chile.

A three-mile long fissure has opened up in the Andes as toxic gases and ash belched a cloud more than six miles high across Chile and Argentina.

Authorities in the country have been going house to house, trying to persuade stragglers near the volcano to leave because of an increasing danger of toxic gas and flash floods in Saturday's eruption.

Around 4,000 people have already been evacuated from 22 communities. They began fleeing as earthquakes hit the South American country on Saturday. Read More

Salwa al Mutairi a Female political activist from Kuwait: "Men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job" - 7th June 2011

A Kuwaiti woman who once ran for parliament has called for sex slavery to be legalised - and suggested that non-Muslim prisoners from war-torn countries would make suitable concubines.

Salwa al Mutairi argued buying a sex-slave would protect decent, devout and 'virile' Kuwaiti men from adultery because buying an imported sex partner would be tantamount to marriage.

And she even had an idea of where to 'purchase' these sex-salves - browsing through female prisoners of war in other countries.

The political activist and TV host even suggested that it would be a better life for women in warring countries as the might die of starvation.

Mutairi claimed: 'There was no shame in it and it is not haram' (forbidden) under Islamic Sharia law.'

She gave the example of Haroun al-Rashid, an 8th century Muslim leader who ruled over an area covered by modern-day Iran, Iraq and Syria and was rumoured to have 2,000 concubines.

Mutairi recommended that offices could be opened to run the sex trade in the same way that recruitment agencies provide housemaids.

She suggested shopping for prisoners of war so as to protect Kuwaiti men from being tempted to commit adultery or being seduced by other women's beauty.

'For example, in the Chechnyan war, surely there are female Russian captives,' she said.

'So go and buy those and sell them here in Kuwait. Better than to have our men engage in forbidden sexual relations.'

Her unbelievable argument for her plan was that ‘captives’ might 'just die of hunger over there'.

She insisted, 'I don’t see any problem in this, no problem at all'.

In an attempt to consider the woman's feelings in the arrangement, Mutari conceded that the enslaved women, however, should be at least 15.

Mutairi said free women must be married with a contract but with concubines 'the man just buys her and that’s it. That’s enough to serve as marriage.'

Her remarks, made in a video posted on YouTube last month and carried by newspapers in the Gulf states in recent days, have sparked outrage in cyber-space from fellow Kuwaitis and others in the wider region.

'Wonder how Salwa al Mutairi would’ve felt if during the occupation (of Kuwait) by Iraqi forces, she was sold as ‘war booty’ as she advocates for Chechen women,' tweeted Mona Eltahawy.

Another tweeter, Shireen Qudosi, told Mutairi 'you’re a disgrace to women everywhere'. Read More


Another bailout as European Commission proposes £135m aid package to compensate farmers hit by E.coli outbreak - 7th June 2011

The European Commission has proposed an aid package to compensate farmers across Europe to the tune of £153 million for losses triggered by the E.coli outbreak in Germany.

The European Commission lifted restrictions on state aid to the sector to allow governments to bail out those forced to dump their produce while the search continues for the cause of the unidentified E.coli strain.

A meeting was called today after suspicion switched from Spanish cucumbers to German bean sprouts.

And as ministers attended the Luxembourg meeting, experts from the European Centre for Disease Control and the European Food Safety Agency were still working with German officials to end the uncertainty.

The "all-clear" for Spanish cucumbers came too late to halt the mass destruction of the vegetable - not just in Spain but across the continent as consumers avoided buying them in the wake of 22 deaths in Germany.

Sales have slumped and prices fallen - and the same fate threatens bean sprouts and any other farm product named as the possible cause before tests have been completed.

It comes as it emerged German hospitals have been left overstretched by increasing cases of E.coli while scientists admitted they were no closer to finding the source of the outbreak.

The German government is facing multi-billion pound lawsuits from its own farmers - who have seen sales of vegetables plummet - as well as potential legal action by Spanish producers who were initially blamed for the infection.

There have been 2,200 reported victims who are displaying symptoms - but it is thought that the number could double.

Other cases have been reported across Europe and in the U.S. It is believed that many of the sick visited Hamburg, thought to be the centre of the outbreak, before falling ill.

The rare strain of E.coli has never been seen before by scientists which is making it difficult to treat.

It is an aggressive mutation of two separate E. coli bacteria and caused severe complications in a third of patients, who have developed hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which can lead to kidney failure and death.

Doctors are scrambling to provide kidney dialysis for these patients. They are being ferried between cities in Germany as only a limited number of machines are available. Read More

Note: Some Governments and News Station have stated that this strain has been seen in humans before, however many scientist seem to contradict this, so which one is lying this time, and why?

ELEVEN midwives failed to spot baby's infection and then 'conspired to hide negligence when it killed him' - 7th June 2011

A coroner has delivered an astonishing attack against a hospital after they repeatedly failed to notice a newborn baby had an infection, which later killed him.

Nine-day-old Joshua Titcombe died from a common infection that could have been cured by antibiotics after medical staff continually ignored his parents’ fears for his health and told them ‘not to worry’.

Coroner Ian Smith gave a stinging verdict on the midwives who cared for the baby, accusing them of a cover-up and collaborating over their failure to recognise a sign that the baby had an infection.

Smith told an inquest there was an 80 per cent chance Joshua Titcombe would have survived if antibiotics had been administered in the hours after he was delivered.

The youngster was eventually transferred by air for emergency care at two major regional hospital when he became seriously ill following birth at Furness Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria in 2008.

Smith said he believed that 11 midwives who gave evidence had got together to collectively deny knowing Joshua's low temperature was a sign of a serious infection.

Despite the midwives unanimously telling the inquest their training had not informed them a baby’s failure to maintain its temperature was a potential sign of infection, Mr Smith believed they should have been aware.

He said: 'I honestly believe they collaborated and they were going to stick together on that point. I think some of them did know that.

'I find it absolutely unbelievable that nobody on the department knew that simple, basic fact that’s in textbooks and they ought to have learned in training.' Read More

Paul Wilson A nursery Worker admits raping toddler in his care and 45 other sex charges involving young girls - 7th June 2011

A paedophile nursery worker pleaded guilty today to raping a toddler in his care and a string of offences linked to the online grooming of more than 20 other girls.

Paul Wilson admitted two counts of oral rape of a girl aged two or three years old.

He also pleaded guilty to a further 45 charges of making and distributing indecent images and inciting youngsters to engage in sexual activity on the internet.

The 20-year-old, of Newbold Croft, Nechells, Birmingham, was charged with rape in January after his arrest on suspicion of child abuse prompted an investigation into his employment at the nearby Little Stars Nursery.

During an earlier hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on April 7, a district judge was told the grooming charges related to a total of 22 girls aged between 12 and 15.

Marni Chimba, prosecuting, told the lower court Wilson used multiple identities to befriend the girls on chatlogs and social networking sites, even pretending sometimes to be a previous victim.

The prosecutor said: 'Some of the aliases were female names and he also pretended to be the complainants, encouraging others to send their movies to him.'

Miss Chimba said some of the victims were directed to expose themselves using webcams. Others were filmed and recorded performing and taking part in sexual acts.

Wilson also distributed indecent images and threatened some of the children that he would show images he had already captured to their friends or parents.

One victim said she felt shocked, violated and ashamed.

The girl, who cannot be named, also disclosed her 'pure hatred' for Wilson who, after pressuring her into exposing herself via a webcam, threatened to distribute the images if she refused to follow his orders.

Her mother warned other parents to monitor their children's internet use more closely, saying: 'You think they are on sites, safe, just talking to their friends, but there are outsiders who will latch on and pretend to be their friends and take them for what they want.'

Wilson was warned today by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court that he was facing an indeterminate jail sentence. Read More

Nana Darko-Frempong, 18 Shot Dead In South London - 7th June 2011

An 18-year-old shot dead in south London in an apparent gangland attack has been named by sources as Nana Darko-Frempong.

The teenager died at the scene after he was set upon in the grounds of Purser House in Tulse Hill, at around 11pm on Monday night.

He is believed to have lived on the estate for around 10 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison appealed for witnesses to come forward.

He said: "We would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything between the hours of 9.30pm and 11pm, or seen a suspicious vehicle in the area at the time of this murder, to contact us and assist us in this investigation."

Witnesses told police they heard four shots being fired, before a car sped away.

A police spokesman said: "The victim's next of kin have been informed but we are yet to make a formal identification."

Detectives are now trying to establish whether the incident was a gangland hit - it was the third killing in south London in the last fortnight.

Alper Pasha, 43, from Bermondsey, died in hospital after being attacked outside a KFC fast food outlet in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, on May 26.

Five days later on May 31 Sadiq Adebiyi, 25, was shot dead outside the Stockwell Gardens estate.

The latest victim is thought be the seventh teenager killed in the capital this year.

Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, said he has been in "close contact" with police over the incident.

"My condolences go out to his family and friends. This will have rocked them, and the wider community on the estate, to the core," Mr Umunna said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8247 4554 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Source

Syria town of Jisr al-Shughour braces for army assault -- Where is the UN this time?

Residents of the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour are said to be fleeing ahead of an expected military assault, after the government said 120 security forces personnel had been killed there.

Residents still in the town have set up checkpoints to monitor any security operations, witnesses say.

The government says it will act "with force" to combat "armed gangs" that it blames for the recent killings.

Activists say the cause of the deaths is unclear, and may involve a mutiny.

They insist that the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is peaceful.

Following the alleged deaths among the security forces, residents of Jisr al-Shughour posted messages on Facebook saying they feared a slaughter. They called on people to block roads into the town with burning tyres, rocks and tree trunks.

Syrian army tanks and troop carriers backed by helicopters were reported to be on the move.

Travellers between Latakia and Aleppo told the BBC that Jisr al-Shughour residents had erected checkpoints to monitor any security operations being prepared.

"Today the army started moving in on Jisr al-Shughour from various places, such as the [army] centre in Homs and others from an eastern centre in the Ariha region," a witness told BBC Arabic.

"A lot of our people here have started fleeing, some fled for Turkey and others fled to [neighbouring] regions. We are extremely scared of blood baths in Jisr al-Shughour." (read more)

Is Tokyo ready to face its own major earthquake?

Where were you when the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake hit on March 11, and -- more importantly -- what did you do when the earth began to shake like never before?

Here in Tokyo, it wasn’t The Big One that day, but seismologists agree that the likelihood of a Great Tokai quake causing major damage to the capital is close to 90 percent within the next 30 years.

With 35 million people living in the region, it’s essential to know both how to prepare and what to do when the day comes.

A strong earthquake can hit anytime -- when you’re at home, at work or walking in the street -- and the way you react in those first few seconds can save your life.

If you want hands-on experience of how to deal with a Tokyo disaster and -- let’s be honest -- learn a little in the process, there’s no better way than by spending a few hours at Honjo Life Safety Learning Center in Sumida-ku.

The Center (“Bousaikan” in Japanese) is a six-story futuristic building housing exhibitions, a well-stocked library and plenty of educational material covering the worst of times.

Its most popular attraction is a two-hour course during which you can watch a 3D earthquake movie, experience a Magnitude 7 earthquake, escape a burning, smoke-filled apartment, put out a fire and brave a torrential storm. (read more)


Arizona wildfire disrupts flights, threatens air quality in New Mexico



One of the worst wildfires in Arizona history is beginning to threaten neighboring New Mexico as spillover smoke fueled by high winds has disrupted flights and prompted an air quality alert on the other side of the border, authorities said Tuesday.

Wildfire smoke prompted scheduled flights from Salt Lake City, Houston, Seattle and California's Oakland into Albuquerque International Sunport to be diverted, according to a statement released by airport officials late Monday.

"The Sunport is open, but the decision to land is at the individual airlines' discretion," the statement read.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque on Monday issued an air quality alert in five counties along or near the Arizona border. The weather service issued a "red flag" extreme fire warning for southwest New Mexico and much of southern Arizona, including Tucson for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Arizona authorities issued an evacuation order for the town of Greer Monday and advised residents of Springerville and Eagar to prepare to leave.

New Mexico officials issued a similar warning for the town of Luna, according Terri Wildermuth, a spokeswoman for the Incident Management Team that is overseeing firefighting efforts. (read more)

14 die in floods in Southwest China (while the rest of China chokes with thirst)

Floods that have ravaged parts of China have left 14 people dead and 53 people missing, government officials said Tuesday.

The floods have hit parts of Guizhou province in southwest China affecting 14 cities damaging thousands of homes, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The floods triggered by heavy rains have caused at least 45,000 residents in one hard-hit county to evacuate, Xinhua news agency reported. (Source)

Ash from Chilean volcano grounds flights in Argentina



Ash from a volcanic eruption in Chile grounded flights in neighboring Argentina, officials said Tuesday.

Airlines canceled most flights Tuesday at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, an official there said. Airports in several other cities are also affected, according to the state-run Telam news agency.

Smoke and ash shot more than six miles into the the sky when the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano complex in southern Chile first erupted Saturday afternoon. Authorities evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said.

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina was the most affected by the volcanic ash.

Cities that draw tourists, like Bariloche, Junín de los Andes and others in the area canceled school and public activities.

Ash piled as high as 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) on highways through Patagonia. Local governments used machinery to clear the roads. (read more)

Now Nintendo Admits It Was Hacked, Says No Customer Data Stolen

As this week's E3 games conference and debut of Nintendo's Wii successor looms, Nintendo's admitting that Sony's not the only victim of hacktivist ne'er-do-wells—yep, Nintendo was hacked, too.

Nintendo acknowledged a security breach in a statement yesterday, explaining that its U.S. servers came under cyber-fire a few weeks ago, but stressed that no personal user data was in breach. By comparison, Sony's seen troves of sensitive personal data repeatedly stolen (and reportedly distributed) as hackers took turns assaulting the electronics conglomerate's many corporate facets.

The PlayStation Network went down April 20th and didn't fully return to life until last Wednesday, June 1st. And just last Friday, Sony was hacked again—specifically Sony Pictures, the company's TV and film production unit—by a group calling itself "LulzSec," as part of a campaign dubbed "Sownage." (Get it? Sony + Ownage?) LulzSec had previously claimed credit for recent attacks on PBS and FOX.com. (read more)

E. coli illness numbers in Germany rise to 2,325

The number of people who have fallen ill in the E. coli outbreak in Germany rose Tuesday to 2,325, according to the country's national disease control centre.

The Robert Koch Institute says 94 more people have been infected in the deadliest E.coli outbreak in modern history that has killed 22 people across Europe.

The number of sick in other European countries remains at about 100.

The institute adds the latest figures indicate that the number of new cases is declining, a sign the epidemic might have reached its peak. But it cautions that it is not certain whether the latest decrease will continue in the coming days.

It said the number of people suffering from a serious complication that may lead to kidney failure among those sickened rose by 12 to 642. (read more)

California officials plan to exterminate county's wild pigs... by helicopter -- too many Hollywood movies?

When it comes to controlling the spread of feral pigs in San Diego County, the public hunting effort isn’t doing the job.

That has led federal agencies to launch an ambitious program that will use cage traps, corral traps, federal hunters with guns and dogs and even shooting from helicopters to exterminate the area’s population of wild swine. Officials see the pigs as a threat to fragile ecosystems and public health and safety. Environmentalists worry about the damage wild pigs will do to the county’s sensitive habitat, much of it rebounding from Southern California’s catastrophic wildfires of the last decade.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates there are 200 to 300 feral pigs in San Diego County. There’s also a small sounder of pigs near the Riverside County border that likely was there prior to the release of pigs in late 2006 on the Capitan Grande Indian Reservation behind El Capitan Reservoir in the San Diego River bed. Hunters who spend a lot of time in the backcountry say the population is three to four times that now and it will be useless to try and eradicate them. (read more)

Deepest-living land animal found: Halicephalobus mephisto, a round worm

Worms have been found living at depths in the Earth where it was previously thought animals could not survive.

Discovered in South African mines, the roundworms can survive in the stifling 48C (118F) water that seeps between cracks 1.3km beneath the Earth's crust.

The find has surprised scientists who, until now, believed only single-celled bacteria thrived at these depths.

Writing in the journal Nature, the team says this is the deepest-living "multi-cellular" organism known to science.

The researchers found two species of worm. One is a new species to science, which the scientists have named Halicephalobus mephisto after Faust's Lord of the Underworld.

The other is a previously known roundworm known as Plectus aquatilis.

Until now, only single-celled organisms, like bacteria and fungi, have been recovered from kilometres beneath the Earth's crust. The lack of oxygen is thought to stymie attempts by anything larger to make its home there. (read more)

Global war on drugs 'has failed'

The global war on drugs has "failed" according to a new report by a group of politicians and former world leaders.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy report calls for the legalisation of some drugs and an end to the criminalisation of drug users.

The panel includes former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the former leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, and the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

The US and Mexican governments have rejected the findings as misguided.

The Global Commission's 24-page report argues that anti-drug policy has failed by fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths.

It cites UN estimates that opiate use increased 35% worldwide from 1998 to 2008, cocaine by 27%, and cannabis by 8.5%. (read more)

Increased Seismic Activity Iceland - 7th June 2011


Schools shut in two Chinese towns after toxic leak - 7th June 2011

BEIJING — Authorities have closed schools in two towns in China after industrial waste contaminated the water supply for 200,000 residents, officials and state media said Tuesday.

Locals in the towns of Pingyao and Liangzhu in the eastern province of Zhejiang have complained their tap water has a strange taste and smell, an official from the local environmental protection bureau surnamed Shen told AFP.

Shen said the cause of the smell was under investigation, but the official Xinhua news agency said factories at a nearby industrial park had leaked waste into the Shaoxi River, which is the source of the drinking water supply.

The waste includes benzene, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, dizziness, convulsions, a rapid heart rate and even death, according to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a government body.

The factories have been told to stop discharging the waste, the report said.

"The water quality still meets national standards, but for safety reasons, we advise residents not to drink it, although they can still use it," said Shen, deputy head of the bureau in Yuhang district, which oversees the towns.

An official at the Yuhang education bureau told AFP that schools in Pingyao and Liangzhu had been closed due to the pollution.

China -- the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter -- has some of the globe's worst air and water quality after more than three decades of unrestrained growth and resulting pollution.

Major poisoning incidents linked to pollution have repeatedly occurred over the years, causing concern among residents worried about the overall impact on their health.

This is the second environmental incident to hit Zhejiang in the past few days after a truck accident Saturday resulted in a chemical leak into a river that provides many parts of the province with water.

The truck was carrying phenol -- used in the manufacture of nylon and other synthetic fibres -- when it broke down, the Hangzhou Daily newspaper reported.

As it was being repaired, another truck crashed into it, breaking the chemical tank and causing 20 tonnes of the chemical to seep into the nearby Xinan River, said the report -- posted on the Hangzhou government website.

One repairman was killed in the accident, it added.

Worried residents in Hangzhou, the provincial capital, rushed to buy bottled water, the Hangzhou Daily said in a separate report.

But Zheng Binghui, a researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences at the scene, tried to ease public concerns, saying tests had revealed the water quality was still up to standard, it added. Source

EU Health Chief Slams Germany Over E.coli - 7th June 2011

The EU health commissioner has criticised Germany over the premature release of inaccurate information on the source of the deadly E.coli outbreak.

Speaking ahead of emergency talks between agriculture ministers, John Dalli urged authorities to avoid making "premature conclusions" as "it spreads unjustifiable fears".

He told the EU Parliament in Strasbourg any such public information must be scientifically sound and full-proof before it becomes public.

His warning comes after Spain's cucumbers were wrongly blamed for the outbreak, then bean sprouts from a farm in Germany.

Mr Dalli also said EU-wide measures against any product would be "disproportionate".

"I am very concerned about the heavy burden of debts and disease that this foodborne bacteria has caused to the European population," he said.

"I stress that the outbreak is limited geographically to the area surrounding the city of Hamburg, so there is no reason to take action on a European level."

Mr Dalli said the commission was holding daily meetings to analyse the situation and insisted that the EU's rapid alert system had worked, although "we need to learn lessons as we go along".

A Spanish delegate stood up in the debating chamber, waving a cucumber, and declared: "We need to restore the honour of this vegetable"

He then accused Germany of rushing in to blame Spanish cucumbers and said the European Commission had not done enough after they were cleared.

"Farmers have a right to economic compensation," he said.

European farming officials are to hold emergency talks on the E.coli outbreak later today.

The summit comes as German authorities appear to be floundering on the investigation into the infection, which has killed 22 people. Read More

Police Facing Inquiry After FAILING to Protect Christine Chambers, 38, and her two-year-old daughter Shania. - 7th June 2011

Police are facing an inquiry over their contact with a mother and a young girl found dead in their home - as neighbours say officers should have acted sooner.

Detectives have admitted that, for two years, they were aware of a number of incidents involving the victims, Christine Chambers, 38, and her two-year-old daughter Shania.

They also knew of a man now under guard in hospital - named locally as her partner David Oakes, 50.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, of Essex Police, said the force had made a "voluntary referral" to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Asked by Sky News if it is possible the deaths could have been prevented, Asst Ch Con Beautridge said: "I don't know. If that is the case, then that will come out in the inquiry."

Officers were called to Ms Chambers' home in, Braintree, Essex at 3am on Monday where they found the bodies.

The man in custody is being treated for shotgun injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Neighbour Tony Challis said police arrived at the house at 3am and spent around two hours negotiating with a man through the letterbox on the front door.

He said, at about 4.45am, two gunshots were heard in the street and the officers then quickly barged through the door.

The alarm had been raised by Ms Chambers' 10-year-old daughter, who escaped from the house through a window and alerted relatives.

There were dramatic scenes outside the property following the incident when a neighbour shouted at police: "You knew this was going to happen, you could have stopped it."

The man was led away by officers.

One neighbour complained the victim had called the police on several occasions before. Read More

Flash flood hits Davao Del Sur town, Philippines - 7th June 2011

MANILA, Philippines - About 40 families fled their homes after a flash flood spawned by heavy rains ravaged Brgy. Poblacion, Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur.

The flash flood was triggered by the overflowing of Bulatukan River at around 5 p.m. yesterday. No fatalities or injuries were reported from the incident.

Some houses made from light materials were washed away. Even the town chapel was not spared after a hip-deep water entered it.

Resident Virgie Ricoplacion expressed despair after her house and some of her belongings were washed away by the flash flood for the second time.

Brgy. Poblacion was first hit by a flash flood in 2006.

Affected residents are now staying in safer places such as the barangay hall and town gym, while some chose to stay in their relatives’ houses.

The local government of Magsaysay are still counting the cost of the damages brought by the disaster. Meanwhile, relief efforts are being done for the affected residents. Source