Thursday, April 25, 2013

Drought Leads To State Of Emergency In Marshall Islands

Severe drought conditions in the northern islands/atolls of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has prompted the Government to issue a State of Emergency. After relevant action plans were formalized, President Christopher J. Loeak signed the declaration on April 19, 2013, for the immediate mobilization of people and resources to mitigate the impact of drought in the affected islands/atolls.

The severely affected islands/atolls include Ujae, Lae, Wotho, Lib, Namo, Ailuk, Mejit, Wotje, Aur, Enewetak, Maloelap, Ebeye, and Likiep.

http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2013/April/04-24-rl1.htm

Hantavirus Kills Man In Oklahoma

TEXAS COUNTY, Oklahoma -
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports a Texas County man has died due to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

The department says the death is the first due to hantavirus since 2001 and is the third confirmed hantavirus death since it was first recognized in the U.S. in 1993.

Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents -- particularly by deer mice in Oklahoma. The health department says the hantavirus is transmitted to humans when they breathe in air that's contaminated by particles from rodent droppings, urine or saliva. Early symptoms of hantavirus can include fever and muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and coughing.

http://www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=22066785

Sri Lanka : Cattle disease affects milk production in Sri Lanka

ri Lanka veterinary sources say that a cattle disease spreading in the Eastern Province Batticaloa district has affected the livelihood of the cattle farmers of the area.

Farmers say that around 1,000 cattle have died due to the disease recently. They say the cattle die without taking food due to the disease. The milk production has also been affected.

Veterinary sources say that the cause for the cattle deaths is parasites spread by flies. They recommend removing the affected cows away from flies for treatment and using pesticides to destroy flies.

http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13A/Apr24_1366775999KA.php

France: Three Killed In 'Random Shootings'

A teenager armed with a Kalashnikov has shot dead three people and injured another in a town in southern France.

The gunman opened fire on cars and passers-by in a residential part of Istres, about 20 miles from Marseilles.

One of the victims, a man thought to be in his sixties, was shot dead at the wheel of his car.

The other two were male pedestrians, both local men, aged 35 and 45 respectively.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083097/france-three-killed-in-random-shootings

Spain: Parliament Protest As Jobless Rate Rises

Protesters and riot police have clashed outside Spain's parliament following the release of official figures that show the country's unemployment rate has hit a record high.

The violence broke out after demonstrators tried to push down the police barriers standing between them and the parliament building in Madrid.

Fifteen people were arrested and 14 police were injured.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082727/spain-parliament-protest-as-jobless-rate-rises

Russia: Psychiatric Hospital Fire Kills 38

Thirty-eight people are feared dead after a fire tore through a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow, emergency officials say.

The blaze broke out in the hospital in the town of Ramenskoye at around 2.30am local time.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the entire one-storey building was engulfed in flames, reports said.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083182/russia-psychiatric-hospital-fire-kills-36

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 26th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 03:15:49 UTC
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 06:15:49 PM at epicenter
Location
51.308°N, 177.871°W
Depth
15.8 km (9.8 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
106 km (66 miles) SW (233°) from Adak, AK

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 26th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Region SOUTHERN IRAN
Date time 2013-04-26 02:51:05.0 UTC
Location 28.58 N ; 52.50 E
Depth 2 km
Distances
30 km S of Fīrūzābād, Iran / pop: 66,558 / local time: 07:21:05.0 2013-04-26

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 26th April 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:03:17 UTC
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:03:17 PM at epicenter
Location
17.841°S, 178.598°W
Depth
553.3 km (343.8 miles)
Region
FIJI REGION
Distances
496 km (308 miles) W (280°) from Neiafu, Tonga

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 26th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 01:13:35 UTC
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 09:13:35 PM at epicenter
Location
21.490°S, 68.202°W
Depth
118.5 km (73.6 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
135 km (84 miles) NE (34°) from Calama, Chile

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 22:54:27 UTC
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 01:54:27 AM at epicenter
Location
37.417°N, 35.681°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
CENTRAL TURKEY
Distances
56 km (35 miles) NE (35°) from Adana, Turkey

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 22:32:52 UTC
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:32:52 AM at epicenter
Location
50.211°N, 157.522°E
Depth
23.1 km (14.4 miles)
Region
KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
112 km (70 miles) ESE (117°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 22:22:57 UTC
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:22:57 AM at epicenter
Location
50.056°N, 157.834°E
Depth
14.8 km (9.2 miles)
Region
KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
140 km (87 miles) ESE (119°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Culture war in Israel targets ultra-Orthodox Jews: Government declares study of scripture "parasitical"

A cultural war has erupted between Israel's rising political star and his ultra-Orthodox rivals.

Newly minted Finance Minister Yair Lapid, hugely popular for opposing the long-standing preferential treatment enjoyed by the religious minority, is moving swiftly to slash state handouts to large families, compel lifelong seminary students to work and join the army, and remove funding for schools that don't teach math, science and English.

The religious - labeled "parasites" by one Lapid emissary this week - are crying foul. But they appear helpless, at least in the short run, to stop Lapid from pressing his agenda.

For most of the last three decades, the country's small ultra-Orthodox minority sat in governing coalitions, securing vast budgets for religious schools and automatic exemptions from mandatory military service for tens of thousands of young men in full-time religious studies.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_CULTURAL_WAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-25-17-14-20

Matt's thoughts:

Hateful, surprising words from an individual detached from God, as well as the detached individuals who support his vitriol.

It's amazing how quickly people in Israel forget why the ultra-Orthodox receive the treatment they do, for after the state of Israel was formed, the intent was to allow a portion of society to pass on the religion so as to prevent it from disappearing after events of the second world war.

Now, in their material comfort, amply supplied by American weapons and apparently no longer in need of God, Israelis criticize these families for studying a scripture most of them probably have never even touched in their lives.

These individuals do not fight in wars because their duty is to preserve the religion should just such an event happen, an instruction also clearly laid out in the Quran.

One must wonder if the only obstacle to piece in that region is a bunch of men in suits, pretend Jews, who crave the material would so much and lust after wealth and power to such a gross degree that they'll sweep anyone aside, Muslim or compatriot.

US 'spy' Timothy Hallet Tracy detained in Venezuela


The authorities in Venezuela have detained a United States citizen they accuse of being an intelligence agent.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy had directed funds towards student protests after the disputed presidential elections earlier this month.

He said Mr Tracy was trying to destabilise the country with the goal of starting a civil war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22304152

Believe it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrWH-6d9b08

Boston Police State Frightening Footage: Police and FBI Comb Watertown for "Bombing Suspect", Demand Windows Closed

Department of Homeland Security preparing to purchase 1.5 BILLION rounds of ammunition: Even politicians are starting to raise eyebrows


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reserves the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years and currently has “two years worth” of ammo on hand, or around 247 million rounds in its inventory, the department’s top procurement official said Thursday during congressional testimony.

DHS has already purchased around 41 million rounds of ammunition this year alone, Nick Nayak, DHS’s chief procurement officer, said during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill. Some $37 million in taxpayer dollars will be spent on the purchase of ammunition in the entirety of fiscal year 2013.

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said they were surprised by the requisition and asked why DHS has been purchasing such large quantities of ammo for its 72,000 officers, most of who rarely discharge their weapons in the line of duty.

DHS allocates anywhere from 1,300 to 1,600 rounds of ammunition per officer, or around 1,000 more rounds than is used by the average Army officer. Lawmakers called this excessive and unneeded, particularly as average American citizens face widespread ammunition shortages.

http://freebeacon.com/well-armed/

$2 Trillion Underground Economy Keeping America Afloat

The growing underground economy may be helping to prevent the real economy from sinking further, according to analysts.

The shadow economy is a system composed of those who can't find a full-time or regular job. Workers turn to anything that pays them under the table, with no income reported and no taxes paid — especially with an uneven job picture.

"I think the underground economy is quite big in the U.S.," said Alexandre Padilla, associate professor of economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. "Whether it's using undocumented workers or those here legally, it's pretty large."

"You normally see underground economies in places like Brazil or in southern Europe," said Laura Gonzalez, professor of personal finance at Fordham University. "But with the job situation and the uncertainty in the economy, it's not all that surprising to have it growing here in the United States."

Estimates are that underground activity last year totaled as much as $2 trillion, according to a study by Edgar Feige, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100668336

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 18:02:11 UTC
Friday, April 26, 2013 at 04:02:11 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.371°N, 147.185°E
Depth
49.5 km (30.8 miles)
Region
MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
Distances
171 km (106 miles) ESE of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

Boston Police State: Has Watertown Made Warrantless Searches The 'New Normal'?



The whole notion of the police "manhunt" is not a new American phenomenon. Cops chase bad guys, cops corner bad guys. Sometimes the bad guys give up quietly, sometimes they go down in a blaze of glory. But we've always had rules of engagement when it came to law enforcement interaction with the general public.

It appears all that got thrown out the window in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terror bombing and the subsequent police chase in Cambridge, Massachusetts that came to a screeching halt in Watertown.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/bob-parks/has-watertown-made-warrantless-searches-new-normal

Armed RAF Afghan Drones Now Flown From UK

Sky News has learnt that for the first time, RAF pilots have operated drone missions over Afghanistan from British soil.

The missions were flown by members of XIII Squadron, based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

Up until this week, all such missions in the Afghan conflict had been conducted at Creech air force base in Nevada.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083059/armed-raf-afghan-drones-now-flown-from-uk

US: Syria May Have Used Chemical Weapons

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the Syrian regime has launched two chemical weapons attacks.

The White House had earlier said forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad probably used sarin gas against rebel fighters on a "small scale," but emphasised that more assessments were needed.

Washington has said any use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line," triggering possible military action.

http://news.sky.com/story/1083043/syria-chemical-weapons-us-accuses-regime

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN IRAN - 25th April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.3
Region SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
Date time 2013-04-25 17:15:38.3 UTC
Location 27.98 N ; 61.19 E
Depth 85 km
Distances
26 km S of Khāsh, Iran / pop: 69,603 / local time: 21:45:38.3 2013-04-25

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 17:06:55 UTC
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 08:06:55 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
51.297°N, 178.021°W
Depth
52.4 km (32.6 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
65 km (40 miles) S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

Bangladesh death toll at 228

Survivors from a garment factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing at least 228 people described on Thursday a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building crashed down under them.

Many more of the mostly female workers were still feared trapped in the rubble more than 24 hours after the disaster, which has brought renewed attention to Western firms who use Bangladesh as a source of low cost goods.

In the evening, local residents were still pulling survivors and bodies from the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building in the commercial suburb of Savar, 30 km (20 miles) outside the capital Dhaka, using crowbars and their bare hands in sweltering heat. More than 1,000 people were injured.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-bangladesh-building-idUSBRE93N06P20130425

H7N9: 5 Chinese provinces, cities listed in Level-2 travel alert

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Taiwan decided to issue a Level-2 travel advisory for five Chinese provinces and two metropolitan areas Thursday after confirming a day earlier the first H7N9 bird flu case reported locally but contracted in China.

The Central Epidemic Command Center announced the listing of the five provinces -- Jiangsu, Henan, Zhejiang, Anhui and Shandong -- and two cities -- Shanghai and Beijing -- in its Level-2 travel alert after an inter-ministerial meeting.

"We referred to the three-level travel advisory system used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when deciding to issue a Level-2 advisory for the seven destinations," said Chang Feng-yee, head of the epidemic command center.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201304250026.aspx

Taiwan: 3 hospital staff show symptoms after H7N9 contact.......still believe there is no human to human transfer?

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Three hospital personnel have developed respiratory symptoms after coming into contact with Taiwan's first confirmed case of H7N9 avian flu, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Wednesday. All three had taken proper protective measures when providing medical care for the patient, a 53-year-old man who fell ill three days after retuning from China's Jiangsu Province, one of the H7N9-affected areas, the center said. A survey of the epidemic situation showed that 139 local people had come into contact with the man, a Taiwanese businessman based in Jiangsu's Suzhou area, the center said.

Three of them had close contact, 26 had contact more than seven days ago (putting them past the infectious period) and 110 are hospital personnel, the center said.

Four of the hospital personnel have also passed the infectious period and have not developed symptoms, the center said.

A further three of the hospital personnel did not take proper protective measures when treating or caring for the patient, but none of them have so far shown any symptoms, the center said, adding that they will be strictly monitored until April 27.

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=2204754

Spanish unemployment rate at record 27.16%



Spain's unemployment rate soared to a new record of 27.16 percent of the workforce in the first quarter of 2013 as the number of those without jobs surpassed six million, official data showed on Thursday.

The unemployment rate jumped from 26.02 percent in the previous quarter. The number of unemployed climbed by 237,400 people to 6.2 million, the National Statistics Institute said.

Spain, once the motor of job creation in the 17-nation eurozone, is in a double dip recession, having yet to recover from the collapse in 2008 of a labour-intensive property boom in 2008 which had allowed economic growth to outpace the European union's for more than a decade.

The Spanish economy, the eurozone's fourth biggest, contracted by 1.37 percent last year, the second worst yearly slump since 1970, and the government forecasts it will shrink again by between 1.0 percent and 1.5 percent this year.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130425-spanish-unemployment-rate-record-2716

Muslim Burmese refugees stay shut up in camps, fearing more violence against them by Buddhists



One month after the attacks that targeted its Muslim community, life in the central Burmese city of Meikhtila is still a long way from getting back to normal. Meikhtila’s police presence has been strengthened, and nearly half of the city’s 30,000 Muslim residents are now living in heavily-guarded refugee camps that they don’t dare venture out of.

According to the Burmese government’s latest figures, published in late March, nearly 12,000 Muslims living in Meikhtila fled their homes – many of which were burned to the ground – to find safety in camps set up in schools, in a stadium, and even in some Buddhist monasteries in and near Meikhtila. Several hundred more reportedly fled the region.

On March 20, a fight broke out in Meikhtila between a Muslim gold shop owner and a Buddhist client over the price of a hairclip the client was trying to sell. This incident spiralled out of control and sparked riots, which, according to witnesses, were led by Buddhist monks. Over the course of three days, 43 people were killed, and mosques, houses, and stores belonging to Muslim residents were looted and set on fire. This wave of violence then spread to several other cities in Burma.

http://observers.france24.com/content/20130424-muslim-burmese-refugees-camps-fear

Matt's thoughts:
This will begin happening throughout the West once current propaganda takes a firm hold.

Israeli military shoots down drone originating from Lebanon


Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached the country's northern coast, the military said. Suspicion immediately fell on the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.

The incident was likely to raise already heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a bitter enemy that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in northern Israel at the time of the incident, said he viewed the infiltration attempt with "utmost gravity."

"We will continue to do everything necessary in order to protect the security of the citizens of Israel," he said.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the unmanned aircraft was detected as it was flying over Lebanon and tracked as it approached Israeli airspace.

Lerner said the military waited for the aircraft to enter Israeli airspace, confirmed it was "enemy," and an F-16 warplane shot it down.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israel-says-it-shoots-down-hezbollah-drone

Maria Titley who thought she had a cold dies from 'organ failure' two days after going to hospital feeling breathless

A 17-year-old girl has died from suspected organ failure two days after going to hospital complaining of shortness of breath.

Maria Titley from Port Talbot, South Wales, had told friends she thought she was suffering from a cough or cold before the sudden tragedy.

Close friend Shaunagh Slattery, 17, said Maria had been due to go out last Saturday night with her girl friends but decided to stay at home because she was feeling unwell.

After going for a check-up at Port Talbot hospital in Neath she was rushed for emergency treatment at the Prince of Wales hospital in Bridgend.

Doctors battled for two days to try and save Maria but sadly she passed away on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: 'We are investigating the unexplained death of a 17-year-old girl who died at about 7.40am on Tuesday in a hospital environment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314615/Maria-Titley-17-thought-cold-dies-organ-failure-days-going-hospital-feeling-breathless.html

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was On CIA Terror List In 2011

The name of the dead Boston bombing suspect was placed on a federal government terrorist database 18 months before the marathon attack, according to US officials.

Sources close to the investigation said that the Russian-born Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been radicalised through jihadist materials on the internet.

According to the US officials Tamerlan was added by the CIA to a classified database of known and suspected terrorists - the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, known as Tide.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082779/boston-bombing-suspect-on-terror-list-in-2011

Bomb Suspects' Mother: 'US Took My Kids'

The mother of the Boston bombing suspects says she doesn't believe her sons carried out the marathon attacks.

Speaking at a press conference, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that she regretted moving to the US and that "America took my kids away from me."

Emotional and tearful, Mrs Tsarnaeva said that American authorities had told her that she could not see her 19-year-old son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in hospital being questioned by investigators.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082906/bomb-suspects-mother-us-took-my-kids

North Korea: Radioactive gases 'consistent with' nuclear test detected

IMF, ECB square off in Europe austerity debate

A heated debate about Europe's austerity drive flared back into life on Thursday with leading IMF and European Central Bank officials sharply at odds and Angela Merkel declaring that Germany required higher interest rates.

With the threat of the currency bloc's break-up receding, some euro zone officials are saying now is the time to throttle back on debt-cutting drives because calmer financial markets will not react badly.

The International Monetary Fund is also pushing that prescription - for both the euro zone and Britain - but Germany and the ECB are opposed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-eurozone-austerity-idUSBRE93O0EU20130425

Trust in EU falls to record low

Eurobarometer, the EU’s polling organisation, questioned people from Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Spain, and Poland and found that Euroscepticism has grown dramatically since 2007 as leaders struggle to deal with the union’s worst ever crisis.

After three years of financial and debt crises, currency concerns, austerity measures, bailouts and fears of surrounding the surrender of powers to Brussels, feelings of mistrust have tripled in certain member states.

In five of the six countries polled mistrust heavily outtweighed trust. This is in sharp contrast to 2007, when in all countries apart from Britain the opposite was true.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10016887/Trust-in-EU-falls-to-record-low.html

Top German adviser predicts euro collapse in five years as Spanish unemployment soars to record 27.2%

Spain's unemployment rate rose to a new record of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, with 6.2 million people out of work, data revealed today.

The gloomy news from the country's National Statistics Institute came as one of the top economic advisers to Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has claimed the euro may not survive more than five more years.

Dr Kai Konrad said in a candid interview with newspaper Welt am Sonntag: 'Europe is important to me. Not the euro. And I would only give the euro a limited chance of survival.'

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-2314597/Top-German-adviser-predicts-euro-collapse-years-Spanish-unemployment-soars-record-27-2.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Derek Boateng dies in hospital a day after being stabbed on a bus as he made his way home

A murder hunt has been launched after a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed on a bus died in hospital.

Derek Boateng was knifed seconds after boarding a 393 bus on Highbury New Park, north London, at around 3pm on Monday.

Police say the boy was attacked following a row with another teenager. It was the fifth stabbing of a teenager in London in the past four days.

The London Air Ambulance landed on Highbury Grove School's Astro Turf pitch and airlifted the teenager to hospital in east London where he died yesterday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314440/Teenager-16-dies-hospital-day-stabbed-bus-way-home.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

A Hospital Employee Broke The H7N9 Bird Flu News Over China's Twitter

The story of the first death from China's new bird flu, dubbed H7N9, was broken by an employee at China's Hospital No. 5, in Shanghai, over China's twitter-like social network Weibo.

The employee seemed to be upset because they were not provided with personal protective equipment, like masks, to ensure they did not catch the mystery disease.

And on March 6, someone posted on Weibo, "Ask the hospital to tell the truth." The anonymous posting went on to detail that a Shanghai family shared a terrible flu, and a 27-year-old man with similar symptoms had recently checked in. The Weibo user appeared to be a Hospital No. 5 employee, as he or she noted the lack of protective gear for doctors and nurses and expressed personal fear.

http://www.businessinsider.com/news-of-the-new-h7n9-bird-flu-weibo-2013-4

H7N9 Is an 'Unusually Dangerous Virus,' International Group of Experts Concludes

An international team of experts concluded an investigative mission to China today with both sobering and encouraging findings about H7N9, a novel avian influenza virus recently found for the first time in humans.

"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security of the World Health Organization (WHO), at a press conference in Beijing this morning. From what is known so far, he added, H7N9 "is more easily transmissible from poultry to humans than H5N1," the avian influenza virus that has circulated in poultry in Asia for more than a decade, occasionally causing human fatalities.

The team also reported that the available evidence points to live bird markets as being the most likely pathway for the virus from poultry to humans. Positive samples have been retrieved from poultry and from contaminated surfaces at the markets. Nancy Cox, a flu expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, cautioned that while it is still early, "we can now understand that the likely source of infection is poultry—that the virus originates from poultry."

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2013/04/h7n9-is-an-unusually-dangerous-v.html

Vietnam culls 10000 swifts after bird flu hits

Authorities in central Vietnam culled nearly 10,000 swifts after samples of dead birds tested positive for the type A H5N1 influenza virus, news reports said on Thursday.

The birds account for nearly 10 per cent of the stock at the Thanh Binh facility in Phan Rang city of Ninh Thuan province, Dan Tri newspaper reported, quoting the Local Animal Health Agency.

Authorities were planning to cull all remaining birds at Thanh Binh and two other nest farms were H5N1 had been found, VietNamNet reported.

Experts and farmers have criticised the plan, calling for more time to examine the virus transmission mechanism, and pointing to the potential cost to the farmers.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/346965/vietnam-culls-10000-swifts-after-bird-flu-hits-nest-farm

Huge mulch fire in Maryland: Firefighters struggle to contain blaze

Russian rocket leaves for the International Space Station

Angry teachers go on the rampage in Mexico's Guerrero state

'No keeping tabs on prisoners' condition' - Gitmo lawyer

Anti-gay Dismay: Violent clashes as France legalizes same-sex marriage

'US wars radicalize world, 98% of drone casualties civilians'

CrossTalk: Labelling Terrorists

Farage: Eurocrats' Cyprus cash grab a template for future stealing

Los Angeles prepares for disaster: Chilling explosions and scenes of devastation at airport for emergency drill

Hundreds of emergency workers from more than 30 agencies converged on Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday morning for a major disaster drill. LAX Air Exercise 2013 was described by organizers as a 'full-scale, simulated aircraft disaster drill' designed to test the airport's emergency response capabilities.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314450/Explosions-scenes-devastation-LAX-fortunately-emergency-drill-busy-airport.html

The drugs that kill Americans: How half of the 80,000 overdoses a year are caused by MEDICINES

Around half of the 80,000 deaths a year attributed to drug overdoses in America are caused by medication, new figures suggest today.

They also show that the rate of all drug overdoses in the U.S. has more than than doubled over the last decade.

A database maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics keeps a tally of all deaths listed on certificates, which are required by law to include an underlying cause.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314091/The-drugs-kill-Americans-How-80-000-deaths-year-unintentional-medicines.html

Alabama rocked by huge explosion as two fuel barges burst into flames injuring three

How the rich got RICHER during the economic recovery - while the other 93 percent got worse off

The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while the average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households, a report released on Tuesday finds.

The upper 7 percent of households owned 63 percent of the nation's total household wealth in 2011, up from 56 percent in 2009 according to the report from the Pew Research Center using last month's Census Bureau data.

The main reason for the widening wealth gap is that affluent households typically own stocks and other financial holdings that increased in value, according to the report.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314168/How-rich-got-richer-economic-recovery-93-percent-declined.html

James Tracy who claimed Sandy Hook may not have happened now says government was behind Boston bombs

The Florida college professor who sparked controversy after saying that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School may not have taken place is now infuriating even more people by saying that the Boston Marathon bombings were an inside job.

James Tracy, a media professor who writes extensively about conspiracy theories, said that last week's bombing appears as if it was planned by the government.

'The event closely resembles a mass-casualty drill, which for training purposes are designed to be as lifelike as possible,' he wrote in a blog post.

Other topics of rumination on his site include a number of the classic conspiracy theories: the September 11 attacks, the purview of the Department of Homeland Security, the PATRIOT Act, the death of Osama bin Laden and Fukishima have all been of interest.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314370/James-Tracy-Florida-conspiracy-theory-professor-said-Sandy-Hook-shooting-happened-argues-government-Boston-Marathon-bombing.html

Dzhokar Tsarnaev Unarmed?: Now officials claim Boston bombing suspect was NOT armed in boat showdown - despite police account of firefight and him 'shooting himself'

Two unnamed U.S. officials have told the Associated Press that the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard.

The report contradicts the Boston police department's own account of Dzhokar Tsarnaev's capture on Friday - after commissioner Ed Davies described a firefight between him and officers before the terror suspect was captured.

The New York Times also said an M4 rifle had been found on the boat - another claim contradicted by the latest revelations.

Officers had originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Tsarnaev for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.

But on Wednesday, the law enforcement officials told the AP that no gun was found aboard the vessel.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314448/Now-officials-claim-Boston-bombing-suspect-NOT-armed-boat-showdown--despite-police-account-firefight-shooting-himself.html

Richard Dart trial: Wootton Bassett Terror Plotter Jailed

A Muslim convert who plotted a terror attack in Royal Wootton Bassett has been jailed for six years.

Richard Dart, 30, who appeared in a BBC 3 documentary about Islam in 2011, had also planned to target members of the security services after receiving training at camps in Pakistan.

Dart, the son of Dorset teachers and a former police community support officer, was jailed at the Old Bailey with his co-conspirators Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082828/wootton-bassett-terror-plotter-jailed

Tobias Summers Arrest: Tattoo Is Key To Sex Assault Arrest In Mexico

An American fugitive suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl has been tracked down to a small Mexican village.

Tobias Summers, 30, was brought back to the US to face 37 charges, including numerous sexual assaults, after hiding out for nearly a month.

He had checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Las Missiones on the coast between Tijuana and Ensenada.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082759/tattoo-is-key-to-sex-assault-arrest-in-mexico

Danny Cipriani Hit By Double-Decker Bus

Rugby player Danny Cipriani is in hospital after being hit by a double-decker bus in Leeds.

Cipriani's club Sale Sharks has confirmed that he suffered concussion and was x-rayed overnight.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082782/danny-cipriani-hit-by-double-decker-bus

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 08:51:56 UTC
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 05:51:56 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.053°S, 66.275°W
Depth
125.7 km (78.1 miles)
Region
SALTA, ARGENTINA
Distances
19 km (11 miles) NNE of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

'Volcano' Fire: Giant Mulch Stack In Flames

Firefighters are battling to bring a mulch fire that looks like a "volcano" under control and stop it from spreading.

Shifting winds were making the blaze harder to control, however, no homes were said to be at risk.

Prince George's Fire Department tweeted: "Several engine companies, water tankers and foam units have been requested."

The WJLA Washington anchor Alison Starling tweeted that the blaze "looks more like a volcano".

http://news.sky.com/story/1082718/volcano-fire-giant-mulch-stack-in-flames

When TEACHERS run riot: Scenes of chaos as thousands of striking Mexican educators smashed windows and burn to political offices

Striking teachers in Mexico's Guerrero state attacked the offices of four political parties and a building of the state's education department Wednesday after the legislature approved an education reform without meeting their demands.

Dozens of teachers carrying sticks and stones smashed windows, spray-painted insults at President Enrique Pena Nieto on walls and destroyed computers and furniture.

They set fire to the state headquarters of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and another building.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314465/When-teachers-destroyers-Scenes-chaos-Mexico-dozens-educators-smash-windows-set-political-headquarters.html

Why ARE 100-year-old rubber blocks washing up on shores all over Britain and northern Europe?

Mystery surrounds the origin of cargo thought to be 100-years-old that keeps being washed up around the shores of Britain and northern Europe.

The most recent discovery was four rubber squares stamped with the word ‘Tjipetir’ - a populated part of West Java in Indonesia - which were found in Newquay, Cornwall.

Tjipetir is the name of an early 20th century rubber plantation and the tablets are made from the sap of the gutta-percha tree, a tropical tree native to Asia and northern Australia.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314083/Mystery-100-year-old-rubber-blocks-washing-shores-Britain-northern-Europe.html

The infuriating inside story of how a Labour MP's £24 rail ticket ended up costing taxpayers £27,000

This is a sorry story which encapsulates all that has gone wrong with modern democracy and how taxpayers’ money is being scandalously wasted.

It involves a quango squandering our money, a pugilistic MP and an extraordinarily large bill from lawyers. All over a £23.90 train ticket.

The saga started after a Labour MP launched a legal challenge against the Commons expenses watchdog because it rejected his claim for reimbursement of the fare for an 80-mile rail journey.

What makes the story all the more farcical is that the watchdog — which ran up a £27,000 legal bill — was set up in 2009 in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal specifically to save money for the taxpayer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314402/How-MP-Jim-Mcoverns-24-rail-ticket-ended-costing-taxpayers-27-000.html

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 25th April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 07:21:27 UTC
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 05:21:27 PM at epicenter
Location
27.886°N, 139.839°E
Depth
468 km (290.8 miles)
Region
BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Distances
251 km (156 miles) WNW (291°) from Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA - 25th April 2013

Magnitude M 4.6
Region SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA
Date time 2013-04-25 05:25:51.1 UTC
Location 10.34 S ; 119.46 E
Depth 10 km
Distances
116 km SW of Waingapu, Indonesia / pop: 48,828 / local time: 13:25:51.1 2013-04-25


Spain unemployment rate hits new record in first quarter

Spain's unemployment rate rose to a new record of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, with 6.2 million people out of work, data from the National Statistics Institute showed on Thursday.

Unemployment stood at 26 percent in the last three months of 2012 while economists' polled by Reuters forecast the number of people out of work in Spain would rise by half a percentage point to 26.5 percent.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-spain-unemployment-idUSBRE93O06C20130425

Many trapped in Bangladesh building as toll climbs to 175

At least 175 mainly women workers were killed in a Bangladesh building collapse and rescuers searching for survivors said on Thursday that many more were trapped in the rubble of a complex that housed factories supplying Western clothes retailers.

The disaster, which comes five months after a factory fire that killed more than 100 people, could hurt Bangladesh's reputation as a source of low-cost goods and call attention to European and North American companies that buy products there.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-bangladesh-building-idUSBRE93N06P20130425

Taiwan H7N9: Taiwan flu patient visited Shanghai

WHO: H7N9 virus 'one of the most lethal so far'


As the death toll from China's bird flu outbreak rose to 22 with news of another victim in eastern Zhejiang Province, the World Health Organization warned the H7N9 virus was one of the most lethal that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years.

"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health, security and the environment told a news conference in Beijing Wednesday.

"We think this virus is more easily transmitted from poultry to humans than H5N1," he added, referring to the bird flu outbreak between 2004 and 2007 that claimed 332 lives.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/world/asia/china-birdflu/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

No sign of Syrian bishops kidnapped by Syrian Rebels

Two Syrian Orthodox bishops remain missing two days after being kidnapped, with each side in the civil war blaming others for the snatching.

The whereabouts of the two prominent clergymen, Greek Orthodox Bishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Bishop John Ibrahim, remain unknown, despite some reports to the contrary, Greek Orthodox Bishop Mousa Khoury told CNN.

There have been several kidnappings of Christian clergymen in Syria but the two bishops are the most senior church figures who have been abducted since the beginning of the uprising.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Death toll from Bangladesh building collapse rises to 160

The death toll from the collapse of a Bangladeshi building rose to 160 on Thursday as rescuers frantically combed through the mangled heap of the eight stories that housed a garment factory.

The building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, included five garment manufacturers that employed about 2,500 workers. It caved in Wednesday, injuring more than 1,000 people and leaving many others trapped.

Rescuers had recovered 160 bodies from the wreckage by Thursday morning, said Dhaka District Police Chief Habibur Rahman.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Russia asked U.S. twice on Tsarnaev

Months after the FBI cleared Tamerlan Tsarnaev in its investigation of possible connections to jihadist causes, the Russians approached the CIA as well to look into him, CNN has learned.

But what was provided by the Russians in late September 2011 was "basically the same" information that had been given the previous March to the FBI, according to a government official.

The source said the communication was a "warning letter" sent to the CIA.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/24/russia-asked-u-s-twice-to-investigate-tamerlan-tsarnaev-official-says/?hpt=hp_t2

North Korea's aging war machine

Tsarnaev case raises questions about post 9/11 intelligence reforms

Share and share alike was supposed to have been a lesson learned by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies from the 9/11 attacks almost 12 years ago.

A new hierarchy was created to draw together all the work done by more than a dozen government organizations including the FBI, CIA and others.

Now, the case of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has caused some members of Congress, almost all of them Republicans, to suggest continuing problems with what they refer to as stovepiping -- in essence, the failure of different agencies to share what they know.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/politics/boston-fbi-russia/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Bomb-making camps in Dagestan

South Carolina Home Fire Kills Four Children

Four children have died after a fire swept through a mobile home in South Carolina.

Russell Cox, a spokesman for the city of Hartsville, said firefighters took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and then found the victims in the charred interior of the home.

The ages and identities of the victims were not immediately released by a local coroner, Mr Cox added.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082633/south-carolina-home-fire-kills-four-children

Bangladesh: Cracks In Building Were Ignored

The death toll following the collapse of a building in Bangladesh has risen to 149, as it emerged a Primark supplier was based there.

Survivors say they were made to carry on working in the eight-storey block despite apparent concerns about its safety.

The building, in Savar on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, housed at least four factories producing clothes for leading Western retailers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082688/bangladesh-cracks-in-building-were-ignored

One million children will be targeted in a measles vaccination drive as an outbreak in Wales continues to grow

One million children will be targeted in a measles vaccination drive as an outbreak in Wales continues to grow.

The aim is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10 to 16 year olds as possible in time for the next school year.

The number of people infected with measles in southwest Wales has shot up by 78 in just five days, taking the total who have contracted the disease to 886.

A 25-year-old father-of-one from Swansea, who had the disease, died a week ago.

Experts believe around 330,000 children aged 10 to 16 years remain unvaccinated.

http://news.sky.com/story/1082663/nationwide-drive-to-boost-mmr-vaccination

Bankrupt Greece announces it IS pursuing claim against Germany for reparations for Nazi occupation

Greece is planning to pursue a long-dormant claim for reparations from Germany over Nazi occupation during World War Two, it emerged today.

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos told parliament today that the government was willing to 'exhaust every means available' in its claim.

News of the debt-stricken country's bid for reparations will add to the already strained relationship with Berlin, which foots most of the bill for Greece's 240-billion euro rescue.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314025/Bankrupt-Greece-announces-IS-pursuing-claim-Germany-reparations-Nazi-occupation.html

UK under threat from terror attack launched by 'substantial numbers' of Brits fighting with Syrian rebels, William Hague warns...Hang on are we not on the terro...rebels side?, if not, why are we financing them?

A terror attack could be launched in the UK by Britons radicalised while fighting with rebels in Syria, William Hague warned today.

The Foreign Secretary said a 'substantial number' of British fighters had joined the battle to defeat president Bashar Assad, posing 'current and future risks to UK national security'.

It comes after the EU's counter terror chief warned radicalised Europeans pose 'a serious threat when they get back' from Syria.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313988/UK-threat-terror-attack-launched-substantial-numbers-Brits-fighting-Syrian-rebels-William-Hague-warns.html

At last, EU wakes up to 'useless' Ashton: MEPS condemn indecision by foreign policy chief

Labour peer and top EU diplomat Baroness Ashton was branded a ‘national embarrassment’ last night after her work was condemned by MEPs – even as she demanded an inflation-busting increase in her department budget.

The peer came under fire from the European Parliament which said her department, the European External Action Service, was indecisive and unresponsive to crises.

In a hard-hitting report, MEPs on the foreign affairs committee said the EEAS – which they want to behave like an EU foreign office – is ‘top heavy’, has ‘too many decision-making layers’ and has been slow to respond to situations such as the Arab Spring and the conflict in Mali.

She will be replaced next year and will enjoy a £400,000 payoff over the following three years from European taxpayers.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: ‘For the first time in as long as I can remember, someone in the European Parliament has said something sensible.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314043/At-EU-wakes-useless-Ashton-MEPS-condemn-indecision-foreign-policy-chief.html