Friday, February 1, 2013

Halal Prison Food Found To Contain Pork DNA

A company which supplies Halal meat to prisons has had its contract suspended, after traces of pork DNA were found in pies and pasties.

The Ministry of Justice said it had withdrawn the products immediately, while justice minister Jeremy Wright said the Prison Service was investigating "as a matter of urgency".

http://news.sky.com/story/1046495/halal-prison-food-found-to-contain-pork-dna

Twitter Hacked: Up To 250,000 Passwords Taken

Around 250,000 Twitter users may have had their accounts compromised by computer hackers.

The social networking site said usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords may have been taken during an "extremely sophisticated" attack on its systems.

It said one attack was shut down moments after it was detected, adding that the passwords of users who may have been affected had been reset.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046518/twitter-hacked-up-to-250000-passwords-taken

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
5.6
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 04:16:20 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 03:16:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.086°S, 165.174°E
Depth
28.6 km (17.8 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
83 km (51 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 03:39:51 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 02:39:51 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
10.864°S, 165.347°E
Depth
19.8 km (12.3 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
55 km (34 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 03:39:51 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 11:39:51 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
23.735°N, 121.989°E
Depth
22.5 km (14.0 miles)
Region
TAIWAN
Distances
47 km (29 miles) SE of Hualian, Taiwan

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 01:20:41 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 12:20:41 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
10.828°S, 165.238°E
Depth
35.2 km (21.9 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
66 km (41 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 01:19:36 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 08:19:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.960°S, 105.401°E
Depth
38.7 km (24.0 miles)
Region
SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA
Distances
30 km (18 miles) WSW of Tugu Hilir, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 01:15:49 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 12:15:49 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.146°S, 165.387°E
Depth
26.9 km (16.7 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
68 km (42 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GUAM REGION - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 23:16:04 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:16:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
13.787°N, 144.592°E
Depth
153.9 km (95.6 miles)
Region
GUAM REGION
Distances
37 km (22 miles) NNW of Asan-Maina Village, Guam

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
5.7
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 22:18:35 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:18:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.133°S, 165.361°E
Depth
22.3 km (13.9 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
382 km (237 miles) ESE (102°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

China: Henan bridge collapse may have caused the trucks full of fireworks to explode after falling, not the other away around


At 8:52 on the morning of February 1st, a cargo truck transporting fireworks suddenly exploded while traveling eastbound on the Lianhuo highway over the Yichang Bridge at the 741km marker in Mianchi County of Sanmenxia City in Henan province. According to media reports at 11am, the accident had already caused 26 deaths. According to the Henan Provincial Safety Supervision Bureau’s latest information at 1:30pm, the Lianhuo Highway Yichang Bridge Roadway Collapse had so far caused 9 confirmed deaths and 13 injured. The blastwave lifted and flipped approximately 10 nearby vehicles into the ravine, shattering many of the windows of the nearby Mianchi Service Area. Currently, whether it was the explosion that caused the collapse of the bridge deck or the explosives exploding after the collapse of the bridge deck has not been determined.

http://www.chinasmack.com/2013/stories/henan-bridge-collapse-explosion-before-or-after-collapse.html

Matt's thoughts:
Deliberate attempt by Chinese authorities to cover up yet another shoddy infrastructure project?

South Korea raises military alert level over possible imminent North Korean nuclear test and accompanying missile tests


The ROK’s military authorities have raised the readiness level of all units over concerns that a North Korean nuclear test may be imminent.

“The Joint Chiefs-of-Staff (JCS) has raised the alert of all units to a higher level,” a source with the South Korean government revealed on the 31st, explaining that units in charge of intelligence and military operational matters are working at an even higher alert status.

A second South Korean source added, “We are using all our surveillance assets, including those of U.S. Forces Korea. The U.S. is closely monitoring the nuclear test site in Kilju County, North Hamkyung Province, while we are watching for signs of other military provocations.”

The South Korean JCS believes that there is sufficient cause to fear that a further missile launch may occur shortly before or after a nuclear test, so has mobilized a number of different surveillance systems to keep close watch on launch sites and production facilities.

http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=10277

Egypt: Protester Killed Amid Fresh Clashes

One person has been killed and dozens injured during clashes between police and protesters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Egypt's health ministry said a 23-year-old man died after being shot in the chest and forehead on Friday. Some 53 people were wounded in protests that took place across the country, mainly in Cairo.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046469/egypt-protester-killed-amid-fresh-clashes

Sasha Marsden Murder: 2 People Arrested

Two people have been arrested after the body of a 16-year-old girl was found burning in an alley in Blackpool.

Police have cordoned off the alley off Kirby Road, South Shore where the body was found and specialist forensic officers are searching a nearby hotel.

A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were arrested nearby and are now being questioned by police.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046371/blackpool-murder-burning-body-found-in-alley

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 22:26:30 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:26:30 AM at epicenter
Location
11.148°S, 165.339°E
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
380 km (236 miles) ESE (102°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

7 people stabbed in random attack in Vancouver West End

Police say a man ran through the hallways of a Vancouver apartment building, slashing seven people in what they believe was a completely random attack,

Sgt. Randy Fincham said Friday seven people were injured in the high rise building on the city's west end during the attack Thursday night. Six people were taken to hospital and one woman remains in critical condition. Another bystander was treated at the scene and released.

The 33-year-old male suspect, who was not a resident of the building, was taken into custody Thursday night.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CN_CANADA_VANCOUVER_STABBING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-01-17-31-12

"Fire and Ice" - Extreme weather events and Earth changes, January 2013

Stone Age tribe kills fishermen who strayed on to island


One of the world's last Stone Age tribes has murdered two fishermen whose boat drifted on to a desert island in the Indian Ocean.

The Sentinelese, thought to number between 50 and 200, have rebuffed all contact with the modern world, firing a shower of arrows at anyone who comes within range.

They are believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world to remain isolated and appear to have survived the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The two men killed, Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, were fishing illegally for mud crabs off North Sentinel Island, a speck of land in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/1509987/Stone-Age-tribe-kills-fishermen-who-strayed-on-to-island.html

16-year-old screamed as he was hacked to death with swords in central London

A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.

The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed.

He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year.

Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an “open mind” on the motive for the attack.

Witnesses told the Evening Standard that teenager’s mother ran up to the police cordon as paramedics tried to save him.

Steve Russell, 46, a project manager, He said: “She was screaming with grief and shouting her son’s name but they wouldn’t let her through.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9830964/16-year-old-screamed-as-he-was-hacked-to-death-with-swords-in-central-London.html

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 2nd February 2013

Magnitude
6.4
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 22:18:35 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:18:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.063°S, 165.326°E
Depth
22 km (13.7 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
68 km (42 miles) SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 1st February

Magnitude
6.7
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 22:16:37 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 09:16:37 AM at epicenter
Location
10.997°S, 165.403°E
Depth
34.2 km (21.3 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
384 km (239 miles) E (99°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands


TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1225 PM HST FRI FEB 01 2013

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 1217 PM HST 01 FEB 2013
COORDINATES - 11.1 SOUTH 165.3 EAST
LOCATION - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 6.7 MOMENT

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS
NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A
DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO
TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2217Z 01 FEB 2013
COORDINATES - 11.1 SOUTH 165.3 EAST
DEPTH - 10 KM
LOCATION - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 6.7

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

Israeli warplanes reportedly conduct ‘mock raids’ over Lebanon


Israel Air Force jets on Friday night flew low over southern Lebanon and carried out “mock raids,” Lebanese National News Agency reported.

The government outlet said that Israel planes were reported by its correspondents over the southern Lebanese towns of Nabatieh, Tuffah, Marjayoun and Bint Jbeil.

Earlier on Friday, a Lebanese security official reported that Israeli warplanes flew over southern Lebanon and were headed toward the eastern Bekaa Valley that borders Syria. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Israel Radio Friday cited a Lebanese media report that claimed Israeli jets were conducting imaging missions over several sites in the south.

Israel had no comment.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-warplanes-reportedly-fly-over-lebanon/

Matt's thoughts:
*Massive guitar rift* Beeeeeeecause. We caaaaan! *more air guitar, wagging tongue*

U.S. embassy blast "an attack against peace": Erdogan

Egypt protesters throw petrol bombs at presidential palace

Signs of Canadians in Algeria plot concern U.S.

Signs that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack by hostage-taking Islamist militants on a remote gas plant in Algeria are of great concern to American authorities, U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday.

While Algerian authorities apparently have not yet provided Western governments with cast-iron proof, a senior U.S. intelligence official said, "We're taking very seriously the reports of the two Canadians' involvement."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/31/us-algeria-violence-kidnapping-canadians-idUSBRE90U1DD20130131

Dozens hurt as protesters petrol bomb Egypt's palace

Dozens of Egyptian protesters were wounded on Friday when youths hurling petrol bombs at President Mohamed Mursi's palace clashed with riot police, as thousands took to the streets to demand the overthrow of the Islamist leader.

Youths threw petrol bombs and shot fireworks at the outer wall of Mursi's Cairo presidential compound as night fell, and police responded by firing water cannon and tear gas.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE90U1CN20130201

Turkey: US Embassy Attack 'Act Of Terror'

A suicide bomber has carried out an attack at an entrance to the US embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing himself and a guard.

The bomber's device went off as he was going through an X-ray machine at a security gatehouse, Sky sources said.

The White House condemned the suicide bombing as a "terrorist attack," but said it did not yet know who was behind it.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046168/turkey-us-embassy-attack-act-of-terror

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 18:23:06 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 03:23:06 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
42.868°N, 142.792°E
Depth
131 km (81.4 miles)
Region
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances
34 km (21 miles) W of Obihiro, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 18:04:10 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 03:04:10 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.843°S, 129.557°E
Depth
156.1 km (97.0 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
229 km (142 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

Costa Rica: Strange UFO Filmed By Commercial Pilot 2013

Absolutely incredible UFO sightings over Santiago Chile, 2008-2009





Cyanide in Gwanda dam, Zimbabwe

Tests have shown that water in Gwanda town’s main supply dam is contaminated with cyanide suspected to be from surrounding mines. Cyanide is used in gold processing and can cause death in humans if

swallowed. Gwanda Town has been without water for nearly two weeks due to emergency water rationing following reports of contamination.

Zimbabwe National Water Authority’s Umzingwane Catchment manager Engineer Tommy Rosen yesterday confirmed that traces of cyanide had been found in Gwanda’s water.

http://www.herald.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65569:cyanide-in-gwanda-dam&catid=38:local-news&Itemid=131

Blackpool Murder: Burning Body Found In Alley

Two people have been arrested after the body of a 16-year-old girl was found burning in an alley in Blackpool.

Police have cordoned off the alley off Kirby Road, South Shore where the body was found and specialist forensic officers are searching a nearby hotel.

A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were arrested nearby and are now being questioned by police.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046371/blackpool-murder-burning-body-found-in-alley

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 17:21:23 UTC
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 02:21:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.076°S, 66.906°W
Depth
179.5 km (111.5 miles)
Region
SALTA, ARGENTINA
Distances
62 km (38 miles) WNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

David Cameron pledges to keep spending 'billions in overseas aid'

Speaking in Liberia, where he is attending an aid conference to set the next Millennium Development Goals after 2015, he said he wanted to plan British spending in the developing world.

He said: "Liberia is a country that was absolutely devastated by conflict and civil war. It is now recovering, but there’s still desperate poverty here.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9842051/David-Cameron-pledges-to-keep-spending-billions-in-overseas-aid.html

Protestors target president's palace in Egypt unrest

Opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi hurled petrol bombs at his palace on Friday as protesters returned to the streets of Egypt demanding his overthrow after the deadliest violence of his seven months in power.

Youths threw about two dozen petrol bombs and launched fireworks at the outer wall of the presidential compound in Cairo as night fell and thousands of peaceful demonstrators had dispersed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE90U1CN20130201

Most Unemployed Young People Give Up Looking for Work: Korea

A staggering eight out of 10 young jobless Koreans are giving up looking for work altogether, a survey by the Korea Employment Information Service suggests.

The survey of 10,000 people between 15 to 29 conducted from 2007 to 2012 shows that the proportion of jobless young people who give up searching for work rose from 75.9 percent in 2009 to 82.3 percent in 2011.

People who have not looked for work for a month are considered to have given up. Four out of 10 such people look after household chores or raise children, according to the survey, which led the service to conclude that the responsibility of raising children is preventing mainly young women from carrying on looking for work.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/02/01/2013020100760.html

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 17:08:26 UTC
Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 01:08:26 AM at epicenter
Location
0.182°S, 123.068°E
Depth
124.9 km (77.6 miles)
Region
SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Distances
81 km (51 miles) S (181°) from Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Holocaust Denier Ordered To Visit Memorial

A convicted Holocaust denier has been ordered to visit Hungary's holocaust memorial centre, Auschwitz death camp or the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel.

Gyorgy Nagy, who was also given an 18-month suspended jail sentence, will have to write down his thoughts about the experience in order to complete his sentence, the court said.

If he chooses the Budapest Holocaust Memorial Centre he will have to make three visits.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046315/holocaust-denier-ordered-to-visit-memorial

Bolshoi Acid Attack: New Production Halted

The Bolshoi Ballet has postponed its new production because of the acid attack on its artistic director.

A spokesperson for the theatre confirmed to Sky News that its planned performance of The Rite of Spring would be delayed until Sergei Filin was able to return to work.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046260/bolshoi-acid-attack-new-production-halted

North Korea 'Hides Nuclear Test Site Tunnel'

North Korea has concealed the entrance to an underground nuclear site to prevent satellite monitoring, according to South Korean intelligence sources.

Imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility in North Hamgyong Province seen by the South Korean officials suggests that covers have been placed over a tunnel entrance.

There is widespread international concern at North Korea's threat to attempt a nuclear detonation - its third since 2006.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046285/north-korea-hides-nuclear-test-site-tunnel

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 14:06:48 UTC
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 11:06:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.550°N, 139.958°E
Depth
72 km (44.7 miles)
Region
NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
11 km (6 miles) WNW of Ichihara, Japan

Teacher accused of making sixth-graders write on sandpaper until their fingers bled, world also ceases turning

A teacher at a public middle school in Florida has rubbed parents and school officials the wrong way with her highly unorthodox teaching methods.

The teacher, Anna Garrett, is on paid leave and under investigation because she allegedly used sandpaper to punish students who misspelled words during a spelling lesson, reports St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP.

The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 23 in class in a sixth-grade class at Burns Middle School in Brandon, Fla., a rapidly growing Tampa area suburb.

Students and parents complained that Garrett forced the students to write previously misspelled words onto sandpaper repeatedly – until the coarse surface caused their fingers to bleed.

“We had to trace letters like ‘I’ and ‘J’,” 11-year-old Josh Sommer told CBS Tampa Bay. “By the end of the time, my whole table was bleeding.”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/31/ouch-teacher-accused-of-making-sixth-graders-write-on-sandpaper-until-their-fingers-bled/

Matt's thoughts:
Do not counter children in any way. Do not discipline them. Do not get tough with them. Make sure they are comfortable and entertained at all times. Do not punish them for any mistakes. Recognize that a tiny bit of bleeding on the fingers is tantamount to child abuse and will likely result in the children's death, and the teacher should be executed immediately. Learning absolutely perfect handwriting is of no use to children. Children do not learn any valuable lessons from any form of corporal punishment. Their opinion is equal to that of the adults surrounding them. The youth situation in the UK and the US are clear examples that softly-softly is the best way to approach children. Did you know that there was once a time when responsible adults and parents, upon seeing a teacher or other responsible adult/parent administer a spanking or a wrapping would tell the child to shut up and earn the punishment for their misdeed? Did you know some of the best people the world as ever seen emerged from this time in which they were children? Where are these people today? Where is the respect and courtesy and responsibility today? Maybe if there had been more of this, there would be less of this.

China: Truck carrying fireworks explodes, kills 26 people and destroys motorway

The huge blast destroyed an 80-metre stretch of highway outside the city of Sanmenxia in Henan province, and was powerful enough to shatter windows of a nearby truck stop. Emergency crews closed the highway at the accident site, said China National Radio, which reported the death toll of 26.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271775/Giant-firework-explosion-kills-26-destroys-motorway-China.html

Fears for hundreds of birds on south coast as 'palm oil fell off passing ship' reacted with sea water create 'super-glue'

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said more than 100 distressed birds, mostly guillemots, (left) were discovered at Lyme Bay in Dorset. Some have been so badly injured they have died (inset right). There are fears that hundreds more could be affected in the next few days. The RSPCA (bottom right) has helped in the operation to help clean the glue-like substance off the birds.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271691/South-coast-seabirds-sticky-ordeal-Hundreds-wash-coast-covered-palm-oil-fell-passing-ship.html

Iran threatens to retaliate after Israel bombs 'Russian weapons convoy' in Syria

Syria and Iran today threatened to retaliate after Israel launched an air strike near Damascus.

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, says Damascus has 'the option and the surprise to retaliate'.

He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271125/Iran-threatens-retaliate-Israel-bombs-Russian-weapons-convoy-Syria.html

Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch

Lorraine Bloice who called special needs pupils 'beasts' and 'little s****' can carry on teaching

A teacher who called her pupils 'beasts' and referred to a child with special needs as 'a f****** little s***' will still be able to work as a teacher, an education panel has ruled.

Lorraine Bloice, 32, was found guilty of inappropriate behaviour when teaching at a special needs school in Aberdeen, but will still be allowed to teach.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271523/Special-education-teacher-Lorraine-Bloice-called-pupils-beasts-ruled-FIT-educate.html

Barclays under investigation over claims it lent Qatar £6bn to buy its own shares and avoid a Government bailout at height of 2008 financial crisis

Barclays has been accused of lending billions to Qatar just so the Arab state would plough it back in again to help avoid an embarrassing government bailout, it emerged today.

The deal is alleged to have been set up in 2008, at the height of the banking crisis, and is being probed by the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Services Authority.

According to reports more than £6billion was lent to Qatar Holding, part of the rich country's huge investment fund, which then bought shares in Barclays to help them avoid becoming part-nationalised like Lloyds Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271795/Barclays-investigation-claims-lent-Qatar-money-buy-shares-avoid-Government-bailout-height-2008-financial-crisis.html

Kevin Michael McGeever he was held and tortured for EIGHT MONTHS and had ‘thief’ carved into his forehead

The businessman found on Tuesday after being missing for eight months has told gardaĆ­ he was kidnapped and tortured by Russian gangsters.

Kevin Michael McGeever had the word ‘thief’ carved into his forehead and he said he had been kept in a darkened container because he owed money to both Russian gangsters and the IRA.

The property developer found wandering barefoot on a remote country road was being protected by armed gardaĆ­ in hospital last night.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271786/Kevin-McGeever-claims-held-EIGHT-MONTHS-thief-carved-forehead.html

Israeli silence on Syria is strategic

Military secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday's mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach.

Beyond customary concern to safeguard spies and tactics for a government currently engaged in a graver confrontation with Iran, Israelis see such reticence as allowing their foes to save face and thus reduce the risk of reprisal and escalation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-israel-security-silence-idUSBRE9100BU20130201

Turkey: 'Deadly' Bombing Outside US Embassy, 2 Killed

Two security guards have reportedly been killed after a suicide bomb attack at an entrance to the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

The bomber tried to enter the building and then blew himself up, Sky sources suggested.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046168/turkey-deadly-bombing-outside-us-embassy

Royal Hoax Call DJs Will Not Face Charges

The Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge will not be prosecuted.

No charges will be brought against Mel Greig and Michael Christian over the hoax, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046193/royal-hoax-call-djs-will-not-face-charges

Suicide bomb kills 19 outside mosques in Pakistan northwest

A suicide bomber killed 19 people and wounded 45 on Friday in a crowded market outside two mosques from separate Muslim sects in Pakistan's restive northwestern town of Hangu, police and officials said.

The attack occurred in a tight lane that houses both a Shi'ite and a Sunni Muslim mosque. Some officials said the anti-Taliban Sunni Supreme Council often holds its meetings in the Sunni mosque, which was the possible target.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-pakistan-mosque-idUSBRE9100ER20130201

Blast at U.S. embassy in Turkey kills at least one

An explosion at a side entrance to the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least one person on Friday in what some Turkish media said may have been an attack by a suicide bomber.

A Reuters witness saw one wounded person being lifted into an ambulance as police cordoned off the area following the explosion, which sent smoke and debris flying into the street.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/01/us-turkey-usa-explosion-idUSBRE9100I620130201

U.S. Embassy Explosion in Ankara, several people wounded: Turkish TV


4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 10:55:26 UTC
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 07:55:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
38.496°N, 142.344°E
Depth
50.7 km (31.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
83 km (51 miles) SE of Ofunato, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 1st February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 10:39:46 UTC
Friday, February 01, 2013 at 10:39:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
26.560°S, 178.987°W
Depth
368.1 km (228.7 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances
318 km (197 miles) NNW of Raoul Island, New Zealand

Turkey: 'Explosion' Outside US Embassy

Several people have been hurt after an explosion in front of the US embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara, reports say.

http://news.sky.com/story/1046168/turkey-explosion-outside-us-embassy

40-car Pileup Closes Ind. Interstate

Georgia negotiates on association agreement with EU

Many Killed, Injured After Mexico Explosion

Caleb Moore Dies in Hospital Following horror crash in front of thousands of fans at Winter X-Games in Aspen

Caleb Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a horrific crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died on Thursday morning. He was 25.

Moore had been at a hospital in Grand Junction since last week's crash in Aspen. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death.

His family said in a statement: 'He will be truly missed and never forgotten.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271467/Caleb-Moore-Star-snowmobile-rider-dies-horror-crash-thousands-fans-X-Games-Aspen.html

Detroit interstate : At least four dead and 20 injured in multi-car pileup

At least four people are dead and 20 injured after snow squalls, high winds and slippery roads led to a chain-reaction of crashes on a mile-long stretch of an interstate in Detroit on Thursday.

Three children are among the fatalities after poor visibility conditions on Interstate 75 on the southwest side of the city preceded the mass of crashes this morning, said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.

The children are believed to have been traveling in the same vehicle together while the adult fatality is said to have been further ahead, according to Shaw.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271474/Detroit-freeway-pile-4-dead-20-injured-I-75-white-weather.html

William Hunzicker Arrested: FBI use robot to detonate explosives in booby-trapped California home where cops found cache of weapons... as well as suspect's emaciated 82-year-old MOTHER

William Hunzicker, 46, was arrested at his Riverside, California, home on charges of elder abuse, as well as possession of a silencer. Investigators say the explosives are potentially very dangerous and could bring charges. Neighbors describe Hunzicker as a bizarre man who frequently rattled his quiet community with explosions at 2am. Officers searched his house when a neighbor called police on Wednesday morning when she saw him shooting a rifle in his front yard

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271386/Fire-hole--Authorities-detonate-explosives-backyard-booby-trapped-home-police-dangerous-cache-weapons--46-year-old-suspects-emaciated-MOTHER.html

Edwin 'Kevin' De Boer charged with drugging and raping woman in his 'second attack' in just three years

A former fraternity president has been charged with drugging and raping a woman in his second sex assault charge in just three years.

Prosecutors say Edwin 'Kevin' De Boer, 26, spiked a woman's drink with a sedative during a date last November before taking her back to his apartment in Federal Way, Washington and having his way with her.

Three years ago in 2009 De Boer was similarly accused of raping a woman at a University of Washington fraternity house where he was president, a charge he struck a plea deal with to spare him from registering as a sex offender.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271312/Edwin-Kevin-De-Boer-Former-Washington-fraternity-president-charged-rape-second-time.html

Endangered baby seal found with a fishing SPEAR lodged in its head on Hawaiian island

An endangered baby monk seal was found injured near the Hawaiian island of Oahu with a spear embedded in its head.

Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman William Aila said Wednesday that the department was investigating whether someone intentionally or accidentally speared the animal.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that state conservation officials helped remove the spear from the one-year-old female seal on Rabbit Island Tuesday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271620/Endangered-baby-seal-fishing-SPEAR-lodged-head-Hawaiian-island.html

Homeland Security's controversial advice video for fighting a crazed gunman...........grab a pair of SCISSORS - or just hide under your desk

Mark Hasse Death: Manhunt for gunmen as county prosecutor in Aryan Brotherhood investigation is shot dead in courtroom parking lot

A Texas prosecutor who was heavily involved in the investigation of members of the Aryan Brotherhood has been shot dead today as he walked from his car to his county courtroom office. Officials have confirmed the victim was Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse (inset). According to police, the 57-year-old was assaulted and shot multiple times by at least one gunman.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271450/Mark-Hasse-shooting-Manhunt-gunmen-county-prosecutor-involved-Aryan-Brotherhood-investigation-shot-dead-courtroom-parking-lot.html

Great white shark named Mary Lee is spotted swimming off the coast of Long Island after a brief visit to Florida

It seems Mary Lee's winter vacation in the sunny South is over.

The 3,500-pound great white shark headed north after spending weeks off the Southeast coast. Mary Lee, one of only two great whites ever tagged in the North Atlantic, got as far south as Jacksonville Beach, Fla., several weeks ago. But in recent days, she's made a bee line north.

On Thursday, she was off Long Island, N.Y. Researchers can't really say they are surprised because the habits of the great white are such a mystery.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271731/Great-white-shark-named-Mary-Lee-spotted-swimming-coast-Long-Island-brief-visit-Florida.html

Steven Robbins on the run after being mistakenly released from custody in Chicago instead of returned to Indiana where he is due to serve another 16 years

Police are hunting for a convicted murderer after he was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago, where he was sent to face a drug charge while serving a 60-year prison sentence in Indiana.

Indiana Department of Corrections officials said Steven L. Robbins, 44, was sent to Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday to face a drug charge.

The charge was dropped, 'but for reasons yet unknown, the offender was released by Illinois authorities without being held for return,' the department said in a news release.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271715/Convicted-murderer-run-mistakenly-released-custody-Chicago-instead-returned-Indiana-serve-16-years.html

Chelsea Welch Fired for posting rude customers receipt online

St Louis waitress Chelsea Welch was fired from her job at Applebee's two days after she posted a handwritten note from an annoyed customer on the popular site Reddit.com. Next to the line indicating that an 18 per cent tip had been automatically added to the bill, the customer, Pastor Alois Bell, pictured right, crossed out the tip total, replaced it with a 'zero' and wrote: 'I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271659/Chelsea-Welch-Applebees-waitress-FIRED-Pastor-Alois-Bell-objects-18-cent-tip.html

Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch

The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off.

Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble.

The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2271724/BREAKING-NEWS-Russian-rocket-carrying-U-S-satellite-plunges-Pacific-Ocean-shortly-launch.html

Tornadoes leave path of destruction



Child held hostage for third day after Alabama shooting: police

A standoff stretched into a third day on Thursday with an Alabama man accused of fatally shooting a school bus driver and then taking a young boy hostage in an underground bunker equipped with electricity and food.

Law enforcement authorities remained tight-lipped about the delicate situation playing out in Midland City, a small town in the southeast corner of Alabama.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/31/us-usa-alabama-shooting-idUSBRE90U16L20130131