Saturday, June 16, 2012

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 17th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the FIJI REGION at a depth of 587.7 km (365.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:29:40 UTC Sunday 17th June 2012
The epicenter was 147 km (91 miles) South of Ndoi Island, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND REGION - 16th June 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND REGION at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:25:26 UTC Saturday 16th June 2012
The epicenter was 165 km (102 miles) SSE of Grytviken, South Georgia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 16th June 2012

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck LUZON, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 22:18:48 UTC Saturday 16th June 2012
The epicenter was 94 km (58 miles) Southwest of Dagupan, Luzon, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Tibetan Self-Immolates in Northeastern China

China's Yili Recalls Mercury Tainted Milk

Forced Abortion Sparks Calls to End One-Child Policy in China

Child Begger Girl Clings To Passing Pedestrians In Shenzhen, China

Note: There isn't much text with this series of photos, which you can view by clicking on the link at the end, and what is available is a bit wonky. But basically, there are a series of children throughout China's streets who sell flowers on the sidewalk, and when passers by decline, the children then wrap themselves around the individual's leg and sit down like a sort of boot clamp until the buyer relents.


Who is right and who is wrong in this situation? Is the begging child wrong to demand something of those who pass by? Is the passer by wrong for not buying a flower? What does this say about humanity as a whole when situations like this exist to discuss in the first place? View more pictures here

Yemenis take to streets continuing their demands

Cyber war against Iran-Iran Today-06-15-2012

Locals protest against Greek racist attacks

Italians vent anger at austerity measures

America's First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press but US journalists are being Arrested for doing job

Tel Aviv wary as anti-Israeli moods sweep across Egypt

Popocatepetl volcano growing more active, Mexico



XALITZINTLA, Mexico (KABC) -- Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is showing more signs of activity.

Nighttime footage from a permanent camera set up near the volcano showed it was belching out incandescent rocks and smoke. The National Center for Disaster Prevention has registered 68 exhalations of gas vapor and ash of medium intensity coming from the volcano in the last 24 hours.

The volcano can also bee seen spewing ash in daytime footage.

The volcanic mountain sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and Puebla with some 25 million people living within a 60-mile radius.

Popo, as it is commonly known, has erupted small amounts of ash almost daily since activity began in 1994.

Officials have not ordered any evacuations. Source

Tornadoes touch down in Saskatchewan, Canada

According to Environment Canada all tornado warnings in Saskatchewan have now ended.

Funnel clouds were spotted in the west-central part of Saskatchewan and several of them touched down.

Three tornadoes have been confirmed in the province in Plover Lake, north of Biggar and Wilkie.

A tornado is a funnel cloud that makes contact with the ground.

Earlier Friday there were tornado warnings in west-central Saskatchewan and Saskatoon. Read More


Landslide renders 150 homeless in Anambra, Nigeria

A landslide which occurred in the Oko Community of Anambra has rendered more than 150 people homeless, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Nwabufo Ijezie, disclosed on Friday.

He said that 15 buildings belonging to the affected people caved in as a result of the disaster, displacing and rendering them homeless. No life was lost in the disaster.

Ijezie, who described the magnitude of the landslide in the area as very high, said the state government, in conjunction with the Federal Government, would intervene to curtail its destructive effects.

The executive secretary explained that the state governor, Peter Obi, and some state and National Assembly lawmakers had visited the area to assess the extent of damage caused by the landslide. Read More

Gareth Roberts Killed during a race in Sicily

(CNN) -- The rallying world has paid tribute to promising young co-driver Gareth Roberts, who was killed during a race in Sicily on Saturday.

The 24-year-old from Wales was navigating for Irish driver Craig Breen at the Targa Florio Rally, and they were sixth overall when they crashed.

Breen was unhurt in the accident, but Roberts died from his injuries according to the motorsport's official website.

They won the inaugural FIA WRC Academy title last year, and were leading the Super 2000 World Rally Championship after three races. Read More

Mexican cartels 'comfortable' in U.S.

Paraguayan president replaces officials after deadly clashes leaves 17 Dead

Asuncion, Paraguay (CNN) -- Paraguay's President on Saturday named a new interior minister and national police chief following clashes between police and peasants that left at least 17 dead.

Former Interior Minister Carlos Filizzola and former police chief Paulino Rojas offered resignation letters after the incident, and President Fernando Lugo accepted them Friday.

Peasants in eastern Paraguay opened fire Friday on police trying to evict them from private property, initiating the deadly confrontation, local authorities and state-run media said.

The president named Ruben Candida Amarilla as the new interior minister, and Arnaldo Sanabria Moran as interim police commander.

The violence occurred in Curuguaty, a remote community about 240 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion near the Brazilian border. Read More

Bus falls off bridge in India, killing 30

Mumbai, India (CNN) -- A speeding bus plunged off a bridge in central India on Saturday, killing 30 people and injuring 16 others, authorities said.

It was traveling from the southern city of Hyderabad to the site of a shrine in western Maharashtra when the accident occurred, said Dattaray Karale, a local police chief.

The bus was speeding, the police chief said.

The accident occurred in Osmanabad, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Mumbai. Source

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION - 16th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION at a depth of 74.2 km (46.1 miles), the quake hit at 20:35:17 UTC Saturday 16th June 2012
The epicenter was 222 km (137 miles) ESE of Cuenca, Ecuador
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 16th June 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN IRAN at a depth of 18.8 km (11.7 miles), the quake hit at 19:23:58 UTC Saturday 16th June 2012
The epicenter was 45 km (27 miles) ENE of Firuzabad, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Radiohead Stage Collapse: One Dead, Toronto, Canada

One person has reportedly been killed and several others injured when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto.

The incident happened during preparations for the gig at the Canadian city's Downsview Park.

The venue said on its website the concert has been cancelled.

The band said on its Twitter feed: "Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight's [concert] at downsview park has been cancelled. Fans are advised not to make their way to the venue."

More to follow...

Stage collapses ahead of outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto


Details coming soon.

Mob of 150 drunken black youths attack pretty much everyone at Laurelhurst Park, Portland, Oregon

Portland's bureaus of Police and Parks will join forces this weekend to increase security in Laurelhurst Park after reports of two large-scale fights there Wednesday and Thursday nights.

According to those who reported the incidents to police, both assaults involved a large group of teenage boys who attacked either an individual or a small group.

Police say they learned of the first incident Wednesday evening when called to the Southeast Portland park about 10:36 p.m. to investigate a report of 150 drunken teens. When they arrived, they told the teens they found to leave. But they were then flagged down by a young woman who told them that a 14-year-old boy had been beaten up and was lying on a picnic table at the west end of the park.

Officers found the boy, who said he'd been with a friend when he was attacked by five to 10 other boys who seemed to be randomly attacking others, including at least one transient. The boy said the group also stole his cell phone, his iPod, his headphones and a hat.

No other victims came forward, however, and police didn't find other victims. The boy was treated by firefighters and taken to an area hospital for further treatment of minor injuries.

The next night, police were called at 10:26 on a report of another fight, this one involving more than 20 young men. When they arrived, officers didn't see a fight but found three adult men who said they had been attacked by 20 to 30 teenage boys. more

Note: You will notice that the article conveniently leaves the races out regarding the attackers in the victims. Luckily, Portland police reports don't.

Japan to restart first nuclear reactors since Fukushima

Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan has given the go-ahead for operations to resume at two nuclear reactors on its western coast, the first to be restarted after the government shut down all reactors following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Despite public objections, the government approved restarting reactors at the Kansai Electric Power Company in Ohi in Fukui prefecture. Ohi and Fukushima are on the main island of Honshu.

"We are determined to make further efforts to restore people's trust in nuclear policy and safety regulations," Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters Saturday shortly after the announcement.

Noda said he agreed to allow the two nuclear reactors to resume operations after winning "local consent."

The move allows for the possibility that more of Japan's nuclear reactors will resume operation. Read More

Hurricane Carlotta hits Mexico: 2 Dead

(CNN) -- A storm over southwestern Mexico weakened further Saturday to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said.

Carlotta was expected to continue to drench the area for another day or two, but all warnings and watches were discontinued.

The tropical depression was located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north-northeast of the resort town of Acapulco, the center said in its 11 a.m ET advisory.

It was moving toward the northwest at about 12 mph (19 kph), and the depression or its remnants would "meander" in the area for up to two days, the hurricane center said. Read More

Egypt's military shuts down parliament

Cairo (CNN) -- On the eve of a presidential runoff election, Egypt's military council formally dissolved parliament Friday, in line with a ruling from the nation's top court that declared the legislative body invalid.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces -- the military rulers in control of the country since the fall of Hosni Mubarak -- officially informed parliament that it was dissolved, said Maj. Mohamed Askar, a spokesman for the council.

He said there was no notice to lawmakers denying them access but a report posted on the English website of Al-Ahram newspaper said entry was barred.

The military council, known by its acronym SCAF, claimed full legislative power after the High Constitutional Court's ruling Thursday that the constitutional articles that regulated parliamentary elections were invalid. Read More

US believes Russia has ship with weapons, troops en route to Syria

The United States says it is tracking a Russian military cargo ship as it makes its way to Syria carrying weapons, ammunition and a small number of Russian troops.

U.S. intelligence believes the Russians are sending the ship to help fortify its naval base in Syria as the situation in country continues to spiral out of control, Pentagon officials told CNN Friday.

The presence of the ship was first reporting by NBC News.

Classified U.S. imagery shows the ship, called the Nikolay Filchenkov, began loading in the port of Sevastapol on the Black Sea on June 7 and is headed for the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russians have a naval facility. The port is vital for Russian naval access to the entire Middle East.

Under maritime rules, Russia should declare what the ship is carrying when it enters the Mediterranean, U.S. officials said.

The sources could not say how many troops are on board, though it is not believed to be a large number. In addition, the officials said, it is not clear if the troops are only to help secure and transport the weapons and equipment or if they will stay in Syria. Read More

Juncker warns Greece not to quit euro zone: paper

(Reuters) - Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker warned Greeks not to turn their backs on the euro, saying in a newspaper interview that a win by anti-bailout radical leftists in a vote on Sunday would have "unforeseeable" consequences for the monetary union.

The radical leftist SYRIZA party is racing neck-and-neck with the conservative New Democracy party ahead of the election, which could decide if Greece stays in the euro zone and spread turmoil across global financial markets.

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is threatening to tear up the punishing terms of the 130 billion euro ($164.12 billion) bailout that is keeping Greece from bankruptcy.

"If the radical left wins - which cannot be ruled out - the consequences for the currency union are unforeseeable," Juncker, head of the group of euro zone finance ministers, told Austrian paper Kurier. Read More

Iraq car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims kill 32

BAGHDAD — Car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims in the Iraqi capital killed at least 32 people on Saturday, officials said, marring commemorations for a revered Shiite imam attended by tens of thousands.

An interior ministry official said a car bomb exploded at about 12:15 pm (0915 GMT) on a highway near Shuala in north Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding 32, while a second car bomb exploded at the Aden intersection near Kadhimiyah about 2:00 pm, killing 18 people and wounding 36.

A medical source said Baghdad hospitals had received nine bodies and 47 wounded people from the first attack, and 25 bodies and 105 wounded from the second.

The attacks came as tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked to the Kadhimiyah area for the climax of commemorations marking the death in 799 of Imam Musa Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered imams, who is said to have been poisoned.

Fadhel al-Anbari, secretary general of the Imam Kadhim shrine, said at a news conference that six million people had participated in the commemorations which began about a week ago. Read More

Regina Renee Johnson ccused of shooting dead husband and daughter, 14, claims she only killed him after HE shot the girl

A woman accused of shooting dead her husband and 14-year-old daughter and sitting at home with their bodies for three days has claimed she only turned the gun on the man after he killed the girl.

Regina Renee Johnson, 55, was arrested on June 2 after the bodies of her husband Reuben, 56, and their daughter Aaliyah were found the family's condominium in San Diego, California.

As Johnson was being taken from her home by officers, she reportedly claimed her husband had become angry that the girl hadn't been at school earlier in the week.

When the pair started to argue, Johnson intervened, according to a search warrant affidavit. But as she started to 'go after' the man, he turned on her, she said.

Aaliyah tried to protect her mother but he shot and killed her. Johnson said she then shot her husband dead with the same gun, UT San Diego reported. Read More

Steven Powell is jailed for 30 months for spying on young girls... but will police ever solve the mystery of missing daughter-in-law ?

The father of Josh Powell, who killed himself and his sons after his wife went missing in mysterious circumstances, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for voyeurism.

Steven Powell will also spend three years on probation, and has been ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.

Prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington had asked for an exceptional sentence of 10 years.

Powell's attorneys sought zero to 12 months, arguing that he might have taken the incriminating pictures before the state made voyeurism a felony in 2006.

The 62-year-old was found guilty of 14 counts of voyeurism by a jury last month.

He will get credit for time already served in prison, reducing his sentence to around 21 months.

Powell is the father-in-law of Susan Powell, who disappeared from her home in West Valley City, Utah, in late 2009. Read More

Keith Furlow 'kills baby after giving her formula mixed with vodka'

The father of a three-month old girl fed a mixture of vodka and baby formula has been charged with murder in a crime he says was an accident.

One year after Keith Furlow's daughter died after consuming the mixture at his home just east of Atlanta, Georgia, he was indicted on felony murder and second-degree cruelty to children.

Court documents filed Thursday reveal the baby had a blood-alcohol level of .1119 after drinking the mixture from a baby bottle on June 8 of 2011.

She was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where she was pronounced dead.

'Everything isn't always as it seems,' court appointed Defense Attorney Corinne Mull told CNN Friday. 'Accidents happen.' Read More

Cyberwar is like the development of the nuclear bomb, say atomic scientists

Cyberwarfare is developing eerie parallels with the race to build the first nuclear weapons warned the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today.

Claiming that western governments in the United States and Israel are not thinking of the potential ramifications of developing cyberweapons such as Stuxnet and Flame, scientists with the Bulletin urged caution.

Making the comparison of the United States first use of nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945 without full knowledge of their deadly after-effects, the Bulletin feels that cyberbombs and virus' have the potential to run amok with disastrous consequences. Read More

Brandi Baumgardner 'repeatedly injected 14-year-old daughter with HEROIN when teen was too sick to do it herself'

A Pennsylvania mother allegedly hooked her 14-year-old daughter on drugs, including heroin, and injected her with them hundreds of times when the teen was too sick to do it herself.

Investigators say Brandi Baumgardner, 38, began smoking marijuana with her daughter when she was just 12-years-old.

The girl, who is not being named to protect her identity, told authorities she began using harder drugs later, beginning her heroin habit at 14.

Robert Thomas Hannick, 22, of Beaver Springs, was also arrested after he allegedly provided the girl with drugs in exchange for sex. Read More

Florida takes extreme measures against the homeless... by welding restroom doors shut