Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boston declares public health emergency as Massachusetts faces harsh flu season

The city is working with health care centers to offer free flu vaccines and hopes to set up places where people can get vaccinated. The city said there have been four flu-related deaths, all elderly residents, since the unofficial start of the flu season Oct. 1.

"The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu shot," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

The city was experiencing its worst flu season since at least 2009, Menino said, with about 700 confirmed cases of the flu, compared with 70 all of last season.

http://www.newser.com/article/da3n2uio0/boston-declares-public-health-emergency-as-massachusetts-faces-harsh-flu-season.html

US Calls For 'A Strong British Voice In EU'

The Obama administration has publicly indicated that it wants Britain to retain an influential role in the European Union.

The US assistant secretary for European affairs, Philip Gordon, made it clear that Washington favoured a "strong British voice" within the EU and cautioned against a referendum on Europe.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035904/us-calls-for-a-strong-british-voice-in-eu

MoD Overspends Equipment Budget By £6.5bn

The Ministry of Defence has overspent its equipment budget by £6.5bn and some of its major orders are likely to be delivered 39 years late.

The National Audit Office (NAO), in its latest report into the MoD's spending, has revealed that the 16 most costly projects, which originally totalled £56.5bn when they were approved and should have taken 159 years to deliver between them, now have a combined price tag of £61.1bn and will not be ready for a total of 195 years.

However, the good news is things are improving. This year’s overspend is "only" £468m

http://news.sky.com/story/1035834/mod-overspends-equipment-budget-by-6-5bn

Killer Whales Trapped In Canadian Sea Ice

About a dozen killer whales have become trapped in a vast stretch of sea ice in Hudson Bay, Canada.

The animals, stuck in the waters near the remote Inuit community of Inukjuak in Quebec, are taking it in turns to gasp for breath through a hole in the ice, which was about the size of a van but is reportedly shrinking due to freezing temperatures.

The whales are said to be panicking at times in their desperate bid to get oxygen.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035933/killer-whales-trapped-in-canadian-sea-ice

Rizana Nafeek beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby in her care

A young Sri Lankan housemaid has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby who was in her care.

Rizana Nafeek had denied strangling the 4-month-old baby in 2005 and the execution came despite global appeals to call it off because she was only 17 at the time.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035919/saudi-arabia-beheads-young-sri-lankan-maid

Tappin: Extradited Brit Jailed For Arms Dealing

British businessman Christopher Tappin has been jailed for 33 months for trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran.

US District Judge David Briones, who sentenced Tappin, said he would recommend that the Department of Justice approve any request by Tappin to be transferred to the UK. He was also fined $11,357 (£7,089).

http://news.sky.com/story/1035783/tappin-extradited-brit-jailed-for-arms-dealing

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 10th January 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:54:26 UTC
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:54:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.434°S, 151.712°E
Depth
60.1 km (37.3 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
134 km (83 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 22:05:06 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 01:05:06 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
60.740°N, 150.172°W
Depth
47.8 km (29.7 miles)
Region
KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
Distances
35 km (21 miles) NW (324°) from Cooper Landing, AK

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:20:07 UTC
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:20:07 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.907°S, 68.058°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
577 km (358 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:05:01 UTC
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 03:05:01 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
0.758°N, 92.727°E
Depth
14.9 km (9.3 miles)
Region
OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
Distances
448 km (278 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia

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'Folks are grabbing just about any gun they can get their hands on'

 

Matt's thoughts:
In your hands, or on your knees.

PANIC: One Million AR-15 Magazines On Backorder

According to the gun review site, "Haus of Guns," backorders for the Magpul AR-15 30-round magazine ("PMAG") have surpassed one million.

In a Facebook post dated today, January 9, Haus of Guns writes the following:

"Had breakfast with a buddy who has reasonably close ties to the Magpul family. Word is the great PMAG panic backorder of 2012/13 has topped 1 million at Magpul HQ."

Magpul is a designer and manufacturer of firearms accessories. The PMAG is one of their most popular products. It is a 30-round magazine designed for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Sales of firearms, ammunition and firearms accessories have surged in recent weeks over fears that the Obama administration will soon implement stricter gun laws.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/panic-one-million-ar-15-magazines-backorder

Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier?

Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier? What the..? (Very Sick) from Evoke & Evolve on Vimeo.


Matt's thoughts:
This gets more disturbing by the day. Could this be why the gun grab is intensifying, because someone realizing that the whole Sandy Hook charade is falling apart?

Anonymous- A message to Canadians.

Another Sandy Hook Fundraiser Uncovered 4 Days Before The Shooting


Another Sandy Hook  fundraiser was uncovered.   This fundraiser predates the  massacre by four days.

First it was the United Way,  now the fundraising site Youcaring.com has a “Fundraiser for the Families Involved in the Tragic Newtown, CT Shootings.”

This event was dated December 10 2012. As we all know the shooting took place on December 14.  You can view the archived page here.

http://govtslaves.info/another-sandy-hook-fundraiser-uncovered-4-days-before-the-shooting/

So called ‘doomsday asteroid’ Apophis much larger than previously thought


Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that’s a problem. The asteroid, named after an Egyptian god of death, had been thought to be around 885 feet (270 meters) wide, plus or minus a couple of hundred feet (60 meters). But as Apophis approached last weekend, astronomers at the Herschel Space Observatory took new observations and have concluded that astronomers have seriously underestimated both its size and its mass. “The 20 per cent increase in diameter, from 270 to 325m, translates into a 75 per cent increase in our estimates of the asteroid’s volume or mass,” said Thomas Müller of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. “These numbers are first estimates based on the Herschel measurements alone, and other ongoing ground-based campaigns might produce additional pieces of information which will allow us to improve our results.” In addition, the asteroid has a much different reflectivity, or albedo, than previously thought; 0.23 rather than the previous estimates of 0.33. This changes astronomer’s calculations of the Yarkovsky effect, or how the Sun’s heating and cooling influence will alter the asteroid’s progress in orbit. Apophis caused alarm on Christmas Eve 2004 after a report that it had a 2.7 per cent chance of hitting Earth in 2029, and even if it missed, the encounter could set it up for another strike in 2036.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/so-called-doomsday-asteroid-apophis-much-larger-than-previously-thought/

20 Mind-Blowing Then vs. Now Comparisons


http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_507_20-mind-blowing-then-vs.-now-comparisons_p20#20

Matt's thoughts:
The slide about the Generals disgusts me.

Piers Morgan and Guests Discuss Shooting Alex Jone



CNN and the gun grabbing media are now calling for Alex Jones to be shot the day after his heated appearance with Piers Morgan.

In a segment on Piers Morgan’s CNN program, sports columnist for the Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger, shockingly states:

“I don’t care what the justification is that you’re allowed in this country to own a semi-automatic weapon – much less a handgun. But what do you need a semi-automatic weapon for? The only reason I think you’d need it is, Piers, challenge Alex Jones to a boxing match, show up with a semi-automatic that you got legally and pop him.”

Abby Huntsman (Huffington Post) : “I’d love to see that… [laughter] in uniform.”

Piers Morgan: “I’ll borrow my brothers uniform.”

http://www.infowars.com/veiled-threat-piers-morgan-guest-says-shoot-alex-jones/

Matt's thoughts:
27 individuals (allegedly) dead. Wealthy media puppets laughing over killing someone who argues for keeping women and children safe. Math done.

Korea: Hundreds of Copycats Follow Celebrity Suicides

Korea has the highest suicide rate among the OECD countries. According to estimates by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 15,000 people kill themselves every year, and about 100,000 are admitted to emergency rooms following a suicide attempt.

But the number of suicides increases 30 percent over the two months after a celebrity commits suicide, according to a study.

Ha Kyoo-seob of the Korean Association for Suicide Prevention on Tuesday said analysis of suicide data for a period after 2005 released by Statistics Korea shows that an average of 2,632 people killed themselves in the two months after five celebrities took their own lives over the period. That is an increase of 607 suicides, or 30 percent, from the average of 2,025 at normal times.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/01/09/2013010901227.html

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 18:38:41 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:38:41 PM at epicenter
Location
17.882°S, 69.422°W
Depth
78.9 km (49.0 miles)
Region
TARAPACA, CHILE
Distances
38 km (23 miles) NNE of Putre, Chile

Coalition publishes 122-page audit but is accused of a 'whitewash'

The Government published the 122-page document this afternoon, promising a candid assessment of any pledges it has not yet met.

The existence of the review’s annex was only made public when the Telegraph revealed that one of Mr Cameron’s senior advisers was photographed in Downing Street yesterday carrying a document that discussed the advantages and disadvantages of releasing it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9790290/Coalition-publishes-122-page-audit-but-is-accused-of-a-whitewash.html

Jailed for Tweet: Activist given 2 yrs for 'criticizing' Kuwait ruler

'CIA turns into military force, targets countries it's not at war with'

Drone warfare priority in China-Japan standoff

Australia fires: Family hide under jetty to escape blaze

Thief caught on camera in Cardiff stealing a Kitten

Christopher Tappin has been jailed for 33 months for trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran


Germans unveil 'star wars' laser than can shoot a drone out of the sky from TWO MILES away and cut through a steel girder at 700 yards

One of the most powerful laser weapons ever fired has successfully shot drones out of the sky from two miles away.

The groundbreaking weapon uses a high powered 50kW laser, and is powerful enough to cut through a steel girder from 1km away, yet accurate enough to hit a target the size of a mortar round.

Rheinmetall Defence, the firm who developed it, say it could eventually become commonplace on the battlefield, and are developing a smaller version that could be taken to the front line to protect troops.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2259639/The-groundbreaking-Star-Wars-laser-shoot-drone-sky-TWO-MILES-away.html

Voters could finally get a say on leaving the EU in 2018 but Cameron's big Europe speech risks disappointing sceptics......What happened to before 2015?

David Cameron will pledge to hold a referendum on a new deal with the European Union in 2018, it was reported today.

The Prime Minister will use a landmark speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe to set out the process he hopes will secure the return of powers from Brussels before seeking the approval of the British people.

But up to nine Cabinet ministers are said to be unconvinced by early reports of the deal Mr Cameron is seeking and could campaign to leave the EU altogether.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259695/Voters-finally-say-leaving-EU-2018-Camerons-big-Europe-speech-risks-disappointing-sceptics.html

Nigeria: Explosion in Lagos port

Eyewitness Willem Auret filmed the moment of the blast

An oil depot in the port area of the Nigerian city of Lagos has been hit by a major explosion and fire.

The blast, which shook buildings in the Apapa area, happened during a transfer of fuel, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said.

Firefighters have been at the scene and four people were wounded in the blast, AFP news agency reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20960214

Cyprus bailout: No aid without privatisations, says German chancellor Merkel

Angela Merkel has just given a clear signal that Cyprus will not get its bailout until it drops its opposition to wide-ranging economic reforms.

During a press conference in Berlin, the German chancellor insisted the aid deal would not be completed without Nicosia agreeing to a programme including privatising some state-controlled companies.

Merkel said (via Reuters):

We agree it is important that the troika should talk with Cyprus and that there can be no special conditions for Cyprus because we have common rules in Europe

We are far from the end of the talks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jan/09/eurozone-crisis-irish-bond-sale-relief#block-50ed7e0ab5793dbd48813d1f

Norovirus: new strain may be to blame for record cases say experts

The so-called Sydney 2012 strain has become the most common form of norovirus in circulation, scientists at the Health Protection Agency said.

The virus, named after the place it first emerged, caused a similar early start to the norovirus season in Australia as has happened here.

So far over 1.1m people have contracted nororvirus this winter in England as cases approached double the normal rate.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9790313/Norovirus-new-strain-may-be-to-blame-for-record-cases-say-experts.html

US publicly voices concerns over Britain leaving EU

America has publicly voiced its concern about the consequences of Britain leaving the European Union, stating that London's "voice" within the EU is "critical to the United States".

Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary responsible for European affairs, said that Britain's membership of the EU was "in the American interest". (but not in the British interest)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9791484/US-publicly-voices-concerns-over-Britain-leaving-EU.html

Boeing Dreamliner aborts takeoff after fuel leak

NYC commuter ferry crash, 57 Injured - 2 critical

Massive storm hits Lebanon

The secret language of crime: Police reveal symbols used by burglars to help fellow criminals target rich and vulnerable homes

The symbols - dubbed may indicate that a home is wealthy, has already been burgled or may have nothing worth stealing. Chillingly, they may also indicate if there is a vulnerable female in the home, or if the occupant is nervous or afraid and easily duped.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259445/Police-reveal-symbols-used-burglars-help-fellow-criminals-target-rich-vulnerable-homes.html

Indian Soldier 'Beheaded' In Kashmir Dispute

One of the two Indian soldiers killed in a clash along the disputed Kashmir border was beheaded by Pakistani troops who then carried away his head, India's chief military spokesman has claimed.

"We can confirm that one of the Indian soldiers was beheaded by the Pakistani army in Kashmir," J Dahiya said.

"They have taken away the head."

http://news.sky.com/story/1035515/kashmir-pakistan-troops-behead-indian-soldier

Barack Obama Mulls Action On Gun Laws

President Barack Obama is considering making a possible executive order to prevent gun attacks in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Vice President Joe Biden said that Mr Obama was "determined to take action" against gun violence and was considering making executive orders to stop further attacks.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035725/barack-obama-mulls-action-on-gun-laws

New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured

A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York during the morning rush hour, injuring between 30 and 50 people.

The Seastreak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey, struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8:45am ET (1:45pm GMT).

Officials say at least two of the passengers were in a critical condition, one with confirmed head injuries.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035638/new-york-ferry-crash-more-than-50-injured

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 15:41:33 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 05:41:33 PM at epicenter
Location
39.670°N, 25.733°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
AEGEAN SEA
Distances
34 km (21 miles) WSW of Bozcaada, Turkey

Hospital sets up quarantine TENTS in parking lot to deal with flood of flu patients

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Pennsylvania created an outdoor area on Tuesday to treat patients with flu symptoms after four people have died of complications from the virus. Officials believe this year will be a particularly bad outbreak of the flu - known as the H3N2 strain - and treating patients in isolation is the best way of keeping cases at bay.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259366/Philadelphia-hospital-opens-quarantine-style-tent-deal-flu.html

First cases of 'incurable' antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea found in North America as CDC warns of public health nightmare

The long feared nightmare of U.S. public health officials has come to pass with the news anti-biotic resistant Gonorrhea has been detected in North American patients.

A study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association announced it had found nine patients with a strain of the sexually transmitted disease immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic.

This confirms the fears of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation who warned last year that untreatable gonorrhea, the world's second most common STD would soon become a reality.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259367/CDC-fears-public-health-nightmare-cases-incurable-antibiotic-resistant-gonorrhea-North-America.html

NSPCC slam social workers who let four-year-old girl live with child porn pervert despite being warned he was a suspected paedophile

Child protection campaigners have slammed social workers who allowed a four-year-old girl to stay with a foster parent for two weeks after they suspected he might be a paedophile.

Bristol City Council failed to act instantly after police warned them the vulnerable child lived with an alleged sex offender, which the NSPCC believe could have put her at 'serious risk of harm'.

The local authority has spent two months fighting a High Court battle to prevent details of the case being reported.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259482/Social-services-knew-girl-4-living-paedophile-foster-parent-left-care-TWO-WEEKS.html

Polish sex attacker 'stabbed to death by passer-by as he molested girl, 18, in the street'....Justice Served!

A Polish sex attacker was killed by a passerby who intervened to stop him molesting an 18-year-old girl in the street, a jury heard yesterday.

Janusz Smoderek died of stab wounds soon after he drunkenly assaulted the teenager while on his way home from a lap-dancing club.

Stephen Sleaford admits stepping in to save the young woman, but insists he was not responsible for Smoderek's death, and says it was in fact the Pole who was carrying a knife, not him.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259478/Polish-sex-attacker-stabbed-death-passer-molested-girl-18-street.html

Norovirus: Blame It On The Aussies, Experts Say

A new strain of norovirus, which spread from Australia, is responsible for the majority of recent cases, health experts have said.

The new variant of the bug, called Sydney 2012, has become the "dominant strain", officials said.

In October, when the number of cases started to increase, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) performed genetic testing on norovirus strains in England and Wales.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035562/norovirus-vomiting-bug-spread-from-australia

Jessops Set To Go Into Administration

Photography retailer Jessops is on the verge of calling in administrators, according to Retail Week.

The demise of the decades-old chain would be the first high street casualty of 2013.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035613/jessops-set-to-go-into-administration

Australia: Wildfire leaves homes devastated

Syrian rebels free 48 Iranians in prisoner swap for 2000 Syrian Prisoners: Turkish NGO

Syrian rebels freed 48 Iranian hostages on Wednesday in exchange for the release of more than 2,000 civilian prisoners held by the Syrian government, the head of a Turkish aid agency which helped broker the deal said.

The Syrian rebel al-Baraa brigade seized the Iranians in early August and initially threatened to kill them, saying they were members of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sent to fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-syria-crisis-iranians-release-idUSBRE9080EH20130109

Anti-Torture Demo At Bin Laden Film Premiere

Protesters wearing orange jump suits and black hoods staged a protest outside the Washington premiere of a controversial film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Activists held placards bearing slogans including 'Torture Is Wrong' as lawmakers and media guests filed in to the screening of Zero Dark Thirty.

It comes as the US Senate Intelligence Committee begins a review of contacts between the makers of the movie and CIA officials.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035460/zero-dark-thirty-premiere-hit-by-protest

Nasa Reveals Neutron Star Effects

Nasa has released a film showing a spectacular light show made by a fast-moving jet of particles from a rapidly rotating neutron star.

The film may provide new insight into the nature of some of the densest matter in the universe, Nasa says.

The images were captured by space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035464/nasa-reveals-neutron-star-effects

Bobcat In Garage Mauling Had Rabies

The bobcat that attacked a man and his nephew in their garage had rabies, officials in Massachusetts have confirmed.

"The bobcat has been proven to be rabid," announced Stephen Comtois, Brookfield town board chairman.

He warned local people to be "on high alert for wildlife", according to the Worcester Telegram.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035534/bobcat-in-garage-mauling-had-rabies

James Holmes Played Hand Puppets hours after Aurora Shooting

Just hours after the deadly Colorado cinema shootings, the accused gunman played hand puppets, a hearing has been told.

James Holmes was apparently seen playing the game using paper bags that had been put over his hands to preserve any potential evidence.

Details of Holmes' curious behaviour during police questioning were revealed on the second day of a hearing to determine whether he should go on trial for the July 20 attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035210/aurora-shooting-suspect-played-puppets

Oz Family Escapes Wildfires By Clinging To Jetty

A terrified family clung to a jetty for more than two hours while wildfires raged around them.

As the flames destroyed her Tasmania home, grandmother Tammy Holmes was forced to tread water with her five young grandchildren in the sea.

Photographs taken by Mrs Holmes' husband Tim, and released on Wednesday, show two-year-old Charlotte, four-year-old Esther, Liam Walker, nine, 11-year-old Matilda and six-year-old Caleb huddled together in the water.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035351/australia-wildfires-family-clings-to-jetty

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 11:21:18 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 08:21:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.268°S, 69.522°W
Depth
115.3 km (71.6 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
112 km (69 miles) SE of Antofagasta, Chile

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:51:29 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.953°S, 67.960°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
589 km (365 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 10:35:51 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:35:51 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.935°S, 67.946°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
589 km (365 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 10:27:47 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:27:47 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.912°S, 67.854°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
600 km (372 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 10:08:44 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:08:44 PM at epicenter
Location
1.915°S, 67.740°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
929 km (577 miles) SW (223°) from MALE, Maldives

Australia: Fire threat not over yet

Fears that hot, dry weather would spark a deadly inferno in the Australian state of New South Wales failed to eventuate Tuesday, but authorities warned on Wednesday that the danger was not over yet.

A change in wind direction brought temperatures off record highs in the southern state, but the hot conditions moved further north where temperatures were expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius (96 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Queensland capital, Brisbane.

The fire danger north was rated as "very high," lower than the "catastrophic" warnings issued Tuesday in NSW where temperatures reached a record high of 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sydney.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/08/world/asia/australia-fire-threat/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 09:40:52 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 02:40:52 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.851°S, 67.906°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
592 km (367 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

Boeing 'Brake Problem' Scare For 787 Dreamliner

A brake problem has reportedly forced an All Nippon Airways flight to be cancelled in Japan - the third problem in as many days involving a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

It was scheduled to fly from Yamaguchi prefecture in western Japan to Tokyo, a company official said.

On Tuesday, a Japan Airlines jet was grounded at Boston Logan International Airport in the US following a fuel leak, a day after another plane of the same type suffered a fire.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035431/boeing-brake-problem-scare-for-787-dreamliner

Tensions As Belfast City Hall Flies Union Flag After weeks of disorder

The Union Flag has been raised on Belfast City Hall to mark the birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge, but it is unclear whether it will it help or hinder efforts to resolve the crisis over the emblem in Northern Ireland.

Five weeks have passed since the city's council voted to restrict the flying of the Union Flag to 19 designated days, such as royal birthdays, but tension surrounding the issue has continued unabated.

http://news.sky.com/story/1035387/belfast-city-hall-raises-union-flag

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 09:02:39 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 02:02:39 PM at epicenter
Location
1.952°S, 67.857°E
Depth
10.2 km (6.3 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
923 km (573 miles) SW (223°) from MALE, Maldives

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 08:39:44 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 05:39:44 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.082°S, 71.209°W
Depth
66.1 km (41.1 miles)
Region
VALPARAISO, CHILE
Distances
8 km (4 miles) SE of Limache, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 08:29:40 UTC
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 10:29:40 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.304°N, 170.518°W
Depth
45.3 km (28.1 miles)
Region
FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
Distances
38 km (23 miles) SSE of Yunaska Island, Alaska

Censorship protest a test for China

Police fire rubber bullets at South Africa farm strikers

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of striking farm workers in South Africa's prime grape-growing region on Wednesday after a protest for higher wages turned violent.

Scores of police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets at the strikers, who hurled stones from behind barricades of burning tires, according to a Reuters reporter on the scene in De Doorns, a farming town 100 km (60 miles) east of Cape Town.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-safrica-strikes-idUSBRE90809M20130109

How Mario Draghi is reshaping Europe's central bank.....Starting with Days Off

The banker now in charge of rescuing the euro wants his top staff to take Sundays off. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, eschews long meetings and refrains from lecturing his colleagues, senior ECB officials say.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-draghi-ecb-inside-idUSBRE90807H20130109

Bradley Manning was illegally imprisoned, judge rules

A military judge has ruled that the US soldier accused of handing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks was imprisoned under illegal conditions but refused to dismiss charges against him.

Lawyers for Private First Class Bradley Manning argued that he was abused during his nine months at a Marine Corps prison in Virginia and that his mistreatment should lead to the dismissal of the 22 charges against him.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9789457/WikiLeaks-Bradley-Manning-was-illegally-imprisoned-judge-rules.html

Coalition misses 70 election pledges

The Deputy Prime Minister declared last month that the Government would provide voters with an audit of which targets it had missed and which it had achieved alongside the official review.

But the annex, which consists of about 100 pages, was not published on Monday. Its existence emerged only when one of Mr Cameron’s senior advisers was photographed in Downing Street on Tuesday carrying a document that discussed the advantages and disadvantages of releasing it. The audit is understood to concede that the Coalition has missed dozens of pledges covering pensions, road building and criminal justice.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9789256/Coalition-misses-70-election-pledges.html

India accuses Pakistan over 'inhuman' Kashmir killings

India has strongly condemned the "inhuman" treatment of its two soldiers who it says were killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

India has summoned Pakistan's top envoy in Delhi over the incident.

Pakistan has rejected Indian Army allegations that it killed any Indian soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir.

Claimed by both countries, Kashmir has been a flashpoint for over 60 years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20954975

Alex Jones Warns Of Civil War If Guns Are Taken

Alex Jones, a talk radio host from Austin, Texas who hosts “The Alex Jones Show,” has warned CNN host Piers Morgan about a new civil war if the U.S. government passes legislation tightening gun control.

“Hitler took the guns! Stalin took the guns! Mao took the guns! Fidel Castro took the guns! Hugo Chavez took the guns!,” Jones began during an interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Monday, referring to German Third Reich president Adolf Hitler and a host of socialist leaders, but provided limited historical or political context behind his statement.

“[The year] 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!” Jones screamed right into Morgan’s face, while the CNN host stared at him directly.

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/01/alex-jones-warns-of-civil-war-if-guns-are-taken-2531724.html

SMURFS ARRESTED OVER MELBOURNE ASSAULT (UPDATE)

Police have arrested four men in relation to an attack at a Melbourne convenience store by a group dressed as Smurfs.

They have questioned three 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old, who handed themselves into police this afternoon.

A 37-year-old man was allegedly confronted by men in blue at the store in Pascoe Vale last month.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/article/15795553/smurfs-arrested-over-melbourne-assault/

POLICE SEARCH FOR PAPA SMURF IN AUSTRALIA

Police are trying to track down a group of men dressed up as smurfs who could hold the key to an assault on a man at a convenience store in Pascoe Vale, Victoria.

Victorian police are keen to speak to the group after a 37-year-old man was assaulted at around 1am on December 16 last year outside the convenience store.

Police say 'Papa Smurf' asked the victim for a cigarette, then demanded he light the cigarette first.

The man reportedly refused, before noticing Papa Smurf was accompanied by two other smurfs.

Police say the three smurfs were seen trying to jump start a white VS Commodore.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/newshome/15789218/police-search-for-papa-smurf/

WALLAN GRASSFIRE DELIBERATELY LIT: VIC CFA

A grassfire in the Victorian town of Wallan was probably deliberately lit, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) says.

The five-hectare blaze broke out at Taylors Lane at Wallan, about 60km north of Melbourne and home to more than 12,000 people, on Wednesday afternoon and took firefighters two and a half hours to control.

CFA operations officer David Harris said it was believed the fire was suspicious.

"It was probably deliberately lit and police are investigating that," he told AAP.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/newshome/15793164/wallan-locals-wait-out-fire-at-vic-pub/

VICTORIA BUSHFIRE VICTIMS: 'WE'VE LOST EVERYTHING'

A couple who lost their home and all of their belongings in a ferocious grassfire that swept through Victoria's west overnight say they are lucky to be alive.

Gail and Ray Stone left their Carngham home just minutes before the blaze erupted at around 3pm yesterday - a decision they say saved their lives.

Half an hour later they got a call to say that Station Lane was up in flames and they began to fear the worst for their home of 30 years.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/newshome/15794228/victoria-bushfire-victims-weve-lost-everything/

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEPAL - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 07:44:20 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 01:29:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.753°N, 81.735°E
Depth
34.2 km (21.3 miles)
Region
NEPAL
Distances
68 km (42 miles) NW of Jumla, Nepal

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 06:50:38 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 11:50:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.915°S, 68.001°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
909 km (565 miles) SW (222°) from MALE, Maldives

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 06:21:57 UTC
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 11:21:57 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.928°S, 68.031°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CARLSBERG RIDGE
Distances
581 km (361 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives