Monday, February 7, 2011
The quake was at a debth of 413.9 km (257.2 miles) and did not generate a Tsunami .
There are no current reports of damage.
Shelling and machine gunfire echoed around the contested area on Monday around the ancient Preah Vihear temple claimed by both Southeast Asian neighbours, witnesses said.
Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has called for "maximum restraint" to cease the hostilities, which have already left at least five people dead.
These were the most deadly clashes since Preah Vihear was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008, a move that sparked sporadic skirmishes between the neighbours.
The temple, which is surrounded by disputed territory, was damaged on Sunday by Thai artillery fire, according to Cambodia, which said one wing of the building had "collapsed" as a result.
The lightsaber in the sky: Launch of spy satellite blazes spectacular rocket trail over Californian coast
The long, thin, beam of light rising up over the Californian coast looks like something from another world.
The spectacular light show, bearing a resemblance to the lightsabers wielded by Jedi knights in Star Wars, took place after the launch of a rocket on a secret mission.
The Minotaur 1 rocket is carrying a spy satellite which will improve the ability of the U.S. to collect data in space.
Randy Phelps, CEO of the Gunnison Valley Health Hospital, says eight of the people were hospitalized in serious condition, including two who were transported to Denver for hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment. The pressurized chamber treatment restores a patient's oxygen levels and reduces carbon monoxide as quickly as possible.
KMGH-TV reports the rest of the victims were treated and released. Phelps says none of the patients' injuries were life-threatening.
The victims, including adults, teens and children — had attended a hockey tournament Sunday at a local ice rink.
There's no word yet on what may have caused the carbon monoxide leak. Source
The authorities sent Follow Up Report No. 27 dated 3 February to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The report describes one outbreak of HPAI at a poultry farm in Lambadaradi in the Dhaka region. Of the almost 10,000 birds on the farm, 1,500 were found dead from 24 January and the rest were destroyed the following day.The source of infection is unknown. Source
According to a laboratory investigation into the cause of death, the animals did not die from foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] or as a result of the recent cold weather but from a mouth infection. Animals from 9 villages in Aed district have been infected with the disease. The district is located in the north of Laos and shares a border with Viet Nam.
Locals said the disease had broken out in Viet Nam prior to its appearance in Houaphan at the end of November , Mr Phuangsavath said. The disease quickly spread after people threw infected carcasses into rivers, he observed. When it started appearing in Aed district, provincial authorities took immediate action to contain the disease and prevent any further outbreaks. "We are required to closely monitor the transport and trading of pigs or pork and pork products at the Lao-Vietnamese border and seize and destroy pigs of unclear origin," he said. In 9 communities along the border, pig farms, vehicle tyres, markets, and slaughterhouses have been disinfected and pig herds vaccinated. Read More
There were reports of objects being moved, workers feeling like someone was watching over their shoulders and sudden cold feelings being experienced.
A paranormal detection agency was called in by park bosses to carry out tests and found that an ancient burial ground or settlement could have been disturbed.
Managers at the theme park decided to relocate the ride to another area and also called in a forensic team to carry out further investigations.
Storm Surge, a 20m- (64ft-) tall water ride at Thorpe Park, was originally meant to have been built in an area on the site known as Monk's Walk.
The old footpath has linked the ruins of nearby Chertsey Abbey to Thorpe Church since the year 666 AD.
The ride's foundations would have been over 15m (49ft) deep in an area of the theme park where stone coffins have previously been excavated.
Paranormal expert Jim Arnold, who carried out tests at the site, said: "Results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge.
"The results were so strong we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity."
Forensic geophysicist Peter Masters has now been called in to analyse the site, using deep ground radar.
He said: "From the preliminary investigations, we have picked up signatures similar to that of a burial ground - possibly ancient.
"Although this could simply be an old building, with Thorpe Park's history the investigation is definitely worth continuing." Source
Officials had claimed the mammals were destroyed humanely after 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove told how 2,000 were killed every year in Taiji, Japan.
Fishermen said that piercing the animals' spinal cord with a sharp spike killed them instantly.
But video shot using cameras hidden on cliffs overlooking the waters show what really happens.
Hunters are seen driving a spike into dolphins' flesh before ramming a wooden plug in the wound to stop the blood turning the sea RED.
They then DROWN the animals by tying their fins and pushing them underwater.
Ric O'Barry, 71, who trained TV dolphin Flipper and made The Cove, last night said: "The dolphins thrash in agony for minutes. It is beyond cruel. We knew it was a lie, but couldn't prove it until now."
Activist Dieter Hagmann, who revealed the video for German conservationists Atlantic Blue, said: "The video confirms our worst fears.
"The fisherman work in shielded secrecy and supposedly use a bloodless humane method of killing. The footage exposed the cruel truth."
The Japanese government defends the killings for meat as traditional. Source
Fresh anti-government protests have erupted across Tunisia, with one young man dying during clashes in the south of the country.
A police headquarters was set ablaze and army troops deployed in the northwestern town of Kef.Read more
Rotorua mother Glyssa Bosworth was walking down Amohau St this week when her 1-year-old daughter pointed out a bird on the ground.
Then she saw a few more.
"I could smell something absolutely horrific," Miss Bosworth told The Daily Post.
She turned around and saw "hundreds" of them on the ground around the base of a tall tree in the reserve near the entrance to the Central Mall.
She said she had never seen that many dead birds before.
"There was a humongous pile of them. It was gross."
Saturday’s rally was the biggest in years aimed at showing opposition strength ahead of scheduled 2012 elections.
A pro-European Union coalition has governed Serbia since 2008, but persistent economic hardship and frustration with slow EU integration has left many disgruntled with the government.
"This government was promising us milk and honey in 2008 and what do we have now? More hardship, and a dishonest and arrogant government which does not care about its own people," said Zdravka Stanojlovic, 44, a Belgrade waitress.
The rally was organised by Tomislav Nikolic, head of the Serbian Progressive Party, the most influential opposition party shown in polls as offering a strong challenge to the current ruling Serbian Democratic Party.
"Elsewhere in the world people are telling governments they should listen to the people," Nikolic said in reference to Egypt and other recent anti-government protests.
Flooding also affected the southern state of Victoria after Yasi caused a series of thunderstorms over Melbourne and other large towns in the state.
The resulting two days of heavy rain caused further flooding.
Yasi, a category-five storm (the worst), hit several Queensland towns.
It compounded the state's misery, coming on the heels of devastating floods that have claimed 35 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes since December.
China's factories provide low cost products such as computers and cars to the rest of the world. But critics claim such economic progress takes a heavy toll, polluting the country's air, land and rivers.
Even though China ordered more than 2,000 factories to be shut down last August due to pollution, inefficiency or unsafe working conditions, the country remains a major polluter.