Thursday, July 12, 2012

Arizona Man dies following attack by swarm of bees‎

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A Nogales man has died after authorities say he was attacked by a swarm of bees.

The Nogales International reports that the man was 1 of several people attacked in Nogales by the pack of bees.

Assistant Fire Chief William Sanchez says emergency personnel from the Nogales Fire Department responded to the call and the bees were on top of the man when they arrived.

The victim, whose name and age have not been confirmed, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Sanchez said it was not clear if he died from the bee stings or from another medical condition.

He said that other people who were stung went by private vehicle to the hospital. Source

Shigella outbreak in Onondaga County continues to grow

The number of cases in the outbreak of the gastrointestinal disease, shigellosis, in the Central New York area continues to rise according to health officials.

In an statement to Food Safety News Thursday, officials with the Onondaga County Health Department in Syracuse said the number of cases is now 45, up from 25 reported on June 22.

They go on to say, "This includes confirmed, probable, and what New York State Department of Health is considering suspect (cases).”

The source of the outbreak is still unknown and the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

What is Shigellosis?

It is an acute bacterial disease of the intestines caused by several species of the bacterium, Shigella. It is typified by loose stools, frequently containing blood and mucus (dysentery), accompanied by fever, vomiting, cramps and occasionally toxemia. Read More

Nigerian tanker explosion: At least 95 killed after crash as people rush for ‘free fuel’

A Nigerian gasoline tanker caught fire on Thursday, killing at least 95 people in Okobe, a town in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

A witness told Reuters that the tanker crashed on a road and then caught fire as people were trying to scoop up the spilled fuel. According to Nigerian television, most of the victims were rushing for "free fuel."

Hundreds of locals "flocked to the site to collect the spilling fuel," according to Agence France-Presse. A photographer for the news agency said many of those killed were motorcycle taxi operators "who raced to fill up their tanks after learning of the crash."

"Then there was an explosion followed by fire," Kayode Olagunju, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, told AFP. "Ninety-three were burned to death on the spot. Two died later in the hospital and 18 people were seriously injured."

Crashes are common on Nigeria's "pot-holed and poorly maintained roads," Reuters said. "In a region where most people live on less than $2 a day the chance to collect spilling petrol is too much of a temptation, despite the high risk of fires." Read More

28 poisoned in E China sulfur dioxide leak

Twenty-eight people remain hospitalized after a sulfur dioxide leak occurred Thursday morning at a chemical plant in East China's Jiangsu province, local authorities said.

Around 10 am Thursday, a small amount of sulfur dioxide was leaked in a chemical plant belonging to Jiangsu SOPO Group Co., Ltd. in Zhenjiang City, according to an investigative report released by the environmental protection bureau of Jianbi county.

The leak lasted for about five minutes, the report said.

Shortly after the spill, dozens of plant employees and local residents began complaining of an "uncomfortable" feeling and were sent to a local hospital.

The 28 patients who remain in the hospital are under observation and are in no imminent danger.

The plant shut down a sulfuric acid production facility linked to the accident. Read More

Taliban kill nine Pakistani police cadets in Punjab

Nine Pakistani police cadets were killed yesterday by Taliban fighters who stormed into their house, chanted ‘God is Great’ and then opened fire on them.

It was the second such attack on security forces in the country’s Punjab province in four days and police have suggested the same fighters may be involved.

Yesterday’s dawn attack took place at a housing compound in the city of Lahore where the young police cadets were undergoing training to become prison guards. Around 30 cadets from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province in the north-west were renting a building in the Ichhra neighbourhood, which was targeted by about 10 heavily armed militants.

One survivor told the Agence France-Presse from his hospital bed that staff jumped onto the roof tops of neighbouring houses to escape as the gunmen opened fire. “About 15 of us were sleeping on the roof and some were offering prayers when gunfire started downstairs. Read More

British firms sold £2m of arms to Argentina in last two years despite mounting tension over Falklands

Britain has sold £2.3million of military equipment to Argentina in the last two years despite mounting tensions over the sovereignty of the Falklands.

Ministers approved the export of components for helicopters, warships, aircraft and radars as well as communications equipment and shotguns.

The consignments were sent to Buenos Aires as Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ratcheted up demands for Britain to hand over the islands.

Figures published in a report by MPs reveal at least £700,000 of arms were sold between October and December last year as the 30th anniversary of the conflict approached. The companies are not named in the report. Read More

Police Wounded In Northern Ireland Violence

Sky's David Blevins reports on the anarchy that emerged in Belfast as the annual Orange Order march reached an ugly end.

Nine police officers have been injured during public disorder at a flashpoint in North Belfast.

Nationalist youths rioted for hours after a loyalist march on a contentious stretch of road.

The teenagers went from hurling missiles to ramming police lines with vehicles they had stolen.

Officers deployed water canon and later fired plastic bullets in an attempt to restore calm.

Police later came under gun attack. Officers escaped injury when at least 10 shots were directed at them.

Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist MP, witnessed the unrest in his constituency.

“There comes a point where everybody has to stand up against people who only are interested in violence,” he said. Read More

Activists say: Syrian Forces 'Kill 200' In Village Assault

More than 200 people have been killed after Syrian government forces attacked a village in the province of Hama, opposition activists say.

Tremseh was first shelled by Syrian troops and then stormed by the Shabiha pro-government militia, activists quoted local residents and witnesses as saying.

The Revolution Leadership Council of Hama told Reuters that most of the dead were civilians.

If the death toll is confirmed, it would be the worst single incident of violence in 16 months of conflict.

UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said: "Government troops bombarded the village using tanks and helicopters."

Mr Rahman told news agency AFP by telephone that the bodies of 30 villagers had already been identified following the sustained attack.

Some victims died in the shelling while others were executed later, according to the activists. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 13th July 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA at a depth of 190.8 km (118.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:41:36 UTC Friday 13th July 2012
The epicenter was 73 km (45 miles) Northwest of False Pass, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 13th July 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN PERU at a depth of 140 km (86.8 miles), the quake hit at 00:57:57 UTC Friday 13th July 2012
The epicenter was 20 km (12.4 miles) Northeast from Tacna, Peru
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 13th July 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 93.3 km (58 miles), the quake hit at 00:38:23 UTC Friday 13th July 2012
The epicenter was 48 km (29 miles) NNW of Visokoi Island
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN IRAN - 12th July 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck SOUTHEASTERN IRAN at a depth of 100 km (62 miles), the quake hit at 23:49:32 UTC Thursday 12th July 2012
The epicenter was 126 km (78 miles) West of Iranshahr, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN IRAN - 12th July 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTHEASTERN IRAN at a depth of 14.9 km (9.3 miles), the quake hit at 23:33:58 UTC Thursday 12th July 2012
The epicenter was 127 km (78 miles) WSW of Iranshahr, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Be thankful, Westerners

March 3rd, Wuhan, China. Caidian Central Elementary School teacher Guo Bingxian is arranging bricks for the children to cross the river. The bridge to Yaocao River was destroyed by a flood in 2008, and nobody has thought to repair it. More than 300 children must cross the river like this to go to school.

September 15th, Changsha, China, 5 a.m. Five-year-old Mao Tun is sleeping in a tricycle. His mother, who is a city sanitation worker, is sweeping nearby. Like Mao Tun, China has 1.2 million children who come with their parents to cities in search of work.

September 1st, Beijing. Cui Ying, from Yanan, Shanxi, is with her husband and child, selling cut paper designs in front of a supermarket. Her husband and child are both diagnosed with a bone disorder, and the family came to Beijing in May to see a doctor. Cutting paper is Cui Ying’s skill, and the family’s only income source. One design sells for 10 to 100 RMB, but sometimes, she couldn’t sell a single one.

December 19th, a garbage dump on the outskirts of Guiyang City. A family from a remote mountain village is tending to a fire. As the recycling industry grows, many realize that garbage is valuable. Therefore many take their families to live in a garbage dump, find the reusable items in the dump, and sell to recycling departments. Each person can make almost 1000 RMB every month.

March 17th, Wuhan, a man is kneeling to the woman inside the cab, begging her to buy a newspaper. This man lives in Wuhan Danshuichi, his parents are long divorced and he has a mental disorder. He has always supported himself by selling newspapers.

August 30th, Hunan Changsha. An art major graduate of Changsha University, Yuan Chengxuing is working for a moving company. He’s graduated for 2 years, and this is his 7th job. He gets paid 1500 RMB per month. Two other university graduates hired by the company left after working for half an hour, but Yuan didn’t. He said he’d rather “eat bitterness” [endure hardship] than depend on his parents.

May 26th, Jiangxi Shangrao, 85-year-old Deng Yidong used 67 years to finish paying off his father’s old debt. In 1942, Deng’s father was killed by the KMT, leaving behind more than 10,000 RMB of debt. Deng worked very hard trying to pay off the debt, but was hindered by the Cultural Revolution and natural disasters. After 67 years, he finally paid back all of the 106 villagers who were his father’s creditors.

September 22nd, Hunan Jizhuang Village. Yang Yunhua constructed a “breathing machine” from washing machine pipes and a bicycle to keep her severely ill daughter alive. China has already introduced collaborative medical insurance in the rural areas, but it’s not enough to cover a ventilator. Helpless, Yang’s family has decided to find ways of treating her daughter themselves.

March 22nd, Beijing, a couple is receiving dialysis in a “self-help” dialysis room. A group of people from Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and various other places who have kidney conditions, but cannot afford the hospitals’ dialysis fees, organized and built a “self-help” dialysis room, and signed an agreement. They know that this is illegal, but facing the high fees, they choose to break the law. They say, “Our principle is to survive.”


Stocks would be 50% lower without Federal Reserve money printing

A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York suggests that the bulk of equity returns for more than a decade are due to actions by the US central bank.

Theoretically, the S&P 500 would be more than 50 percent lower—at the 600 level—if the bullish price action preceding Fed announcements was excluded, the study showed.

Posted on the New York Fed’s web site Wednesday, the study sought out to explain why equities receive such a high premium over less risky assets such as bonds.

What they found was that the Federal Reserve has had an outsized impact on equities relative to other asset classes.

For example, the market has a tendency to rise in the 24-hour period before the release of the Fed’s statement on interest rates and the economy, presumably on expectations Chairman Ben Bernanke and his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, would discuss or implement a stimulus measure to lift asset prices. more

Radioactive water Leakage in the Belgian Tihange NPP

Brussels. Leakage of radioactive water was reported in the Belgian Tihange NPP RIA Novosti informed.

"The problem is solved, there is no danger of pollution", the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control announced.

Leakage of radioactive water has occurred at the pool for cooling the spent nuclear fuel from the rector of the NPP.

In 2011 there were 14 incidents in nuclear power plants in Belgium. 11 of them were qualified as technical incidents. In three cases there was a significant breach of security. Source

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake TYRRHENIAN SEA - 12th July 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the TYRRHENIAN SEA at a depth of 427.3 km (265.5 miles), the quake hit at 21:23:01 UTC Thursday 12th July 2012
The epicenter was 60 km (37.2 miles) WSW from Naples, Italy
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 12th July 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN IRAN at a depth of 36.3 km (22.6 miles), the quake hit at 21:18:33 UTC Thursday 12th July 2012
The epicenter was 60 km (37.2 miles) NNE of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Russia says no to Syria sanctions as UN talks begin

(Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it would not agree to a threat of sanctions to end the 16-month conflict in Syria as a deeply divided U.N. Security Council began negotiations on a resolution to extend a U.N. monitoring mission there.

The 15-member council must decide the future of the U.N. mission, known as UNSMIS, before July 20, when its 90-day mandate expires. UNSMIS was deployed to monitor a failed ceasefire as part of international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

Russia has proposed extending the mission for 90 days, but Britain, the United States, France and Germany countered with a draft resolution to extend the mission for just 45 days and place Annan's peace plan under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.

Chapter 7 allows the council to authorize actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention. U.S. officials have said they are talking about sanctions on Syria, not military intervention.

The Security Council is currently due to vote next Wednesday. Read More

U.S. considering whether to extend stay of aircraft carriers in waters around Iran

The U.S. is deciding whether to keep two aircraft carriers in the waters around Iran through the end of the year in a move that risks inflaming tensions with the regime, according to U.S. officials.

The decision entails extending the mandate to maintain an extra carrier in the region by three months, according to U.S. officials.

A 2010 directive by then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates added an additional carrier to the Persian Gulf region where the U.S. typically has kept only one carrier while not in actual full combat operations.

The directive is set to expire in September of this year, but the officials said the White House, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and top Navy officials are mulling over whether to extend the presence at a time when Iran continues its saber rattling with threats to close the main oil tanker route out of the Arabian Gulf at the Strait of Hormuz as well as its continued insistence to pursue a nuclear program.


The officials, who could not be named because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the discussions, said one of the hang-ups in the decision-making process is the justification for keeping an extra carrier in that region.

The 2010 Gates order to put the additional aircraft carrier presence in the Arabian Sea around Iran was to support the Afghanistan troop surge and troop draw-down in Iraq. Read More

Spain blamed for world market slump...I Suppose Blaming Greece has become boring Now

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Spanish government's abrupt plan to slash more spending did not go over well with overseas investors on Thursday.

London's FTSE (UKX) was down 1% at the close, the DAX (DAX) in Frankfurt was lower by 0.5% and the CAC 40 (CAC40) in Paris fell 0.7%. Spain's IBEX dropped 2.6%.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced a new round of austerity measures Wednesday in a speech to parliament, vowing to cut the country's costs by €65 billion, or about $80 billion, in less than three years. He pledged to do this by raising taxes and reducing government spending, requiring further austerity measures. Read More

Israeli airstrike kills militant in Gaza

(CNN) -- An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian militant in Gaza City on Thursday, Palestinian medical sources said.

The victim was a member of Izzedine al Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, the movement that controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza, the sources said. Two others were wounded, the sources said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the aircraft struck a terrorist in Gaza preparing to fire a rocket at Israel.

Israel and militants in Gaza have traded fire in recent months. The IDF said nearly 400 rockets that were fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. Source

Euro slides to fresh 2-year low.. Well what do they expect when the EU is Running low on Plasters

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The euro continued to weaken against the dollar Thursday, falling to another two-year low as investor fear over European stability intensified.

The euro was trading at $1.21 against the U.S. dollar, hitting the level for the first time since June 2010. The European currency slid 1.1% against the Japanese yen.

Analysts say that investors are flocking to the U.S. currency as concern over eurozone bailouts and new austerity measures heats up.

"It is mostly a story of investors continuing to look for safety and yield in US Treasuries," said Societe Generale currency analyst Sebastien Galy.

Uncertainty was ignited by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's announcement of a new round of austerity measures Wednesday as his government struggles to meet deficit reduction targets mandated by the European Union. Rajoy vowed to cut the country's costs by €65 billion, or about $80 billion, in less than three years. Read More

Obama's executive order on communication violates US constitution: Analyst

'NYPD apply brutal crackdown to stop OWS as election nears'

Moscow to resume supply of S-300 to Iran

Japanese island ravaged by flooding

California city to file for bankruptcy

US warns China of 'conflict' if it doesn't agree to maritime code

Scores killed in oil tanker explosion in Nigeria

China road fence collapses like row of dominoes

'Madrid miner crackdown will fuel Spanish protests'

NATO's Flawed Design

French Alps Avalanche: Searching for surviviors

July 12 - Rescue operations continue in the French Alps where at least nine climbers were killed in an avalanche and four are still missing. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Spain's new austerity buys time, not solution....Well isn't that EU Policy?

(Reuters) - Spain may have won some time with markets and praise from Europe but it has little left in the locker to avoid a state bailout as a new 65-billion-euro austerity program could deepen the country's economic woes rather than solve them, analysts say.

The measures announced on Wednesday saw Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy backtrack on many of the pledges he campaigned on six months ago, to meet demands made by the European Union and put the Spanish economy under de facto external administration.

The austerity plan was a condition for being given an extra year to bring the public deficit in line with EU rules and for an up to 100-billion-euros bailout of the country's crippled lenders. But neither concession will put Spain on the path to recovery.

Ailing banks, badly hit after a decade of unsustainable lending ended with a property crash four years ago, coupled with highly-indebted regions have pushed Spanish borrowing costs though the roof.

Investors and analysts are worried that the latest measures will only make things worse for a country already in recession which, if it deepens, will cut government revenues and make even the newly relaxed debt targets harder to meet.

"It doesn't address the funding issue and the problem of a lack of demand. It will only cut the revenues, the capacity to generate jobs and will even make more difficult to repay the debt," said Juan Torres Lopez, professor of economics at the Seville University. "The deficit targets will also be more difficult to meet." Read More

JPMorgan loss fallout may have just begun

(Reuters) - Jamie Dimon will do his best to put the "London Whale" trading flap behind him on Friday when JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) reports earnings, telling Wall Street that the bank has capped losses from the bad trades and found the key risk management flaw behind the positions.

But that doesn't mean the firm is off the hot seat.

Former employees and experts outside the bank say JPMorgan may be underplaying deeper management problems. Senior executives at the bank missed multiple red flags at the group responsible for the bad trades, including high turnover among risk managers, that raise questions about how far up the chain blame should be assigned.

"One would think issues would have been escalated internally," said Leslie Rahl, managing partner of Capital Market Risk Advisors and a former derivatives head at what is now Citigroup. "If there's not more disclosure about the governance on Friday, they still have questions that need to be answered."

JPMorgan declined to comment on any aspect of ongoing investigations or on responsibility for the losses. Read More

No evidence George Zimmerman is racist: FBI interviews

(Reuters) - FBI interviews of dozens of friends, coworkers and neighbors of George Zimmerman found no evidence that the accused murderer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was a racist, according to new documents released on Thursday.

The reports from the FBI were among a new collection of evidence, including crime scene photos, bank surveillance videos and other documents, that were released by Florida's state attorney's office in the racially charged case.

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic white man, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Martin, a 17-year-old black teen.

Zimmerman claims he killed Martin in self defense after the unarmed Martin attacked him and slammed his head into the sidewalk during a confrontation in a gated community in the central Florida city of Sanford.

He is currently living in an undisclosed safe house after being released on $1 million bail last week. Read More

Can Obama switch off the internet? Fears new executive order hands President too much control over the web

Barack Obama has signed an executive order that could hand control of the internet to the U.S. Government, in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

The order lays out guidelines government agencies should follow if there's a serious emergency, so they can maintain levels of communication.

But critics are concerned by a section of the order they claim gives the president and the secretary of homeland security control of 'the on/off switch to the Web'.

The order, signed by President Obama last week, stated that 'The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions.' Read More

Diana and Samuel Franklin ‘forced adopted daughter to wear dog shock collar and kept her locked up in a chicken coop’

A couple made their adopted teenage daughter to wear a shock collar around her neck which transmitted an electric charge as a punishment method, U.S. authorities have reported.

Investigators said the 15-year-old girl from Butler in Georgia, was also made to live in a chicken coop.

The collar was discovered at the home of the girl's guardians Diana and Samuel Franklin and the couple were arrested on Tuesday morning, according to WTVM.

The girl told Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents that her parents shocked her with the collar several times using a remote key fob.

GBI's Wayne Smith told WSB radio in Atlanta: 'The child basically said that there were just a series of fairly severe, what can be described as punishments, for various things that the child allegedly did — some as simple as not doing homework and then others like taking food.' Read More

U.S. Navy orders unmanned, underwater mine-clearing craft to sweep Persian Gulf amid fears of imminent attacks on oil platforms from Iran

The U.S Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help locate and destroy mines in anticipation of a military conflict with Iran and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

The tiny SeaFox, four-foot long submersibles are equipped with an underwater camera, sonar and an explosive charge and have been urgently requested by Marine General James Mattis, the top U.S military official in the Middle East.

Each $100,000 submersible is designed to be either detonated near mines in the water or to detonate the mines themselves by ramming them.

The U.S Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help locate and destroy mines in anticipation of a military conflict with Iran and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

The tiny SeaFox, four-foot long submersibles are equipped with an underwater camera, sonar and an explosive charge and have been urgently requested by Marine General James Mattis, the top U.S military official in the Middle East.

Each $100,000 submersible is designed to be either detonated near mines in the water or to detonate the mines themselves by ramming them. Read More

Moment two Syrian army tanks are destroyed by rebel fighters in ambush

It is a video which demonstrates the true horror and unpredictability of war.

A convoy of Syrian army tanks are captured being attacked by rebel fighters as they travel close to the Turkish-Syrian border.

Two appear to hit anti-tank mines, with one also targeted by what seems to be a powerful projectile. Read More