Saturday, January 31, 2015

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Another Banker Bites The Dust – Russian Central Bank Deputy Head Shoots 3 Dead In The South-East Of The Country Before Killing Himself?!



January 31, 2015 - RUSSIA
- The deputy head of the Russian Central Bank directorate in the Amur region of the country has shot dead three people before turning the gun on himself, Russian independent news service Interfax reports.

The killer is alleged to have shot two women and a man in an office on the first floor of the regional Central Bank in the city of Blagoveshchensk. All three died at the scene.

The motive for the shootings is unclear at this time, though Russian media is speculating that the shooter may have been having problems at work.




An official said: "Two women and one man are among the victims of the deputy head of the regional department of the Central Bank. One of the victims was also a deputy head of the bank, another the head of department of the bank and the third was a chief of a department of the bank."

Update


An official spokesperson has suggested that the shooting could have been in response to a proposed management reshuffle at the bank.

"According to preliminary information, the day before [the shooting] the management of the bank held a working meeting. The discussion focused on personnel changes." - News Republic.


Who is killing the great bankers of Europe?

This is either the most interesting case of coincidental deaths or one of the most evil plots in modern history.Western bankers are dropping dead all over the place - most of them youngish and in good health. There appear to be an unusual number of suicides and "unexplained" deaths.

Last year, 36 bankers died. There have been 3 already this year, including the latest - a Dutch financier who worked for Amro bank.

 Zero Hedge blog has been following this story.
Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen  - the head of ABN's corporate finance and capital markets -"startled" friends and colleagues as the 42-year-old "had a great reputation" at work, came from an "illustrious family," and enjoyed national fame briefly as the boyfriend of a famous actress/model. As one colleague noted, "he was always cheerful, good mood, and apparently he had everything your heart desired. He never sat in the pit, never was down, so I was extremely surprised. I can not understand."

As Niburu details,
friends and colleagues were startled by the news that Chris van Eeghen had committed suicide.


He worked in Amsterdam for ABN / AMRO in the position of "head of syndicate and corporate finance markets."


Again, there is again a familiar pattern, namely that there is no indication that Van Eeghen had plans to take his life.


Ostensibly a successful banker, coming from what was described as an illustrious family. Chris was also a familiar sight in Amsterdam's nightlife scene and enjoyed national fame as possible new boyfriend of Tatjana Simic (a famous Croatian-Dutch model, singer, actress).


Most believe that the suicide is not related to his work at the bank, but a former colleague had noticed that on his Facebook recently changed its job title to "former."


Chris leaves behind a son - who had recently been cleared of cancer.

This is the 4th ABN Amro suicide in recent years...
So what's going on? Almost certainly, it isn't a plot. Banking - especially at the level that most of these bankers had reached - is a stressful occupation with more than the average number of suicides. It's also logical that such stress could lead to an early death due to heart attack or stroke. (Researchers now believe that some cancers are related to stress.)

If you were to take employees from a similarly stressful industry and compare suicide and early death rates, you would probably make similar correlations appear.

So far, no evidence of foul play has emerged in any of these deaths. So either the plotters are spectacularly competent in fooling authorities, or there is nothing fishy at all about these deaths. - American Thinker.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Massive Gas Explosion At Mexico City Children's Hospital - Kills 2, Injures 53!



January 31, 2015 - MEXICO
- A gas truck explosion outside a Mexico City maternity hospital has left at least two people dead and 53 others injured, including more than 20 children, according to city authorities.

The initial death toll was put at seven, but Adrian Rubalcava, head of the Cuajimalpa borough in Mexico City where the facility is located, later said that only two people lost their lives in the accident.

One of those killed was a child, while another was a woman around 40 years of age.











Rubalcava explained that the miscount occurred after several unconscious people who were retrieved from the debris were mistaken for dead.

The bodies were found in the debris of the collapsed building, according to local media reports. Between 30 to 40 percent of the structure had reportedly collapsed following the blast.


WATCH: Powerful gas explosion shatters maternity hospital in Mexico City.




Rubalcava said said that “the most worrisome is the collapse of a large part of the hospital.”

The explosion, which sent a smoke column billowing through western Mexico City, occurred when a hose supplying gas to the hospital burst Thursday morning. - RT.




MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Widespread Flooding – The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, And Catastrophic Storms!

January 31, 2015 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.


Heavy Rain Threatens More Flooding in Indonesia and Malaysia – 77 mm Rain in Kuching



WMO say that 77.4 mm of rain fell in the last 24 hours in Kuching in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Over 180 mm of rain fell in Timika, Indonesia.

Malaysia

Parts of Saraka and neighbouring state Sabah have been experiencing flooding for the last 2 weeks. One person died as a result of the floods, and at one point around 7,000 people were forced from their homes. Almost all have since returned, but the recent heavy rainfall could mean further large-scale evacuations.

Bernama are already reporting that at least 20 people have been evacuated in the Baram district in the Miri division as a precaution. Levels of the Baram and Bakong Rivers threatened to overflow when authorities decided to evacuate the 4 families.

Indonesia
Parts of Indonesia have also seen heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours, increasing the threat of further flooding.

Papua, East and West Java and Sulawesi have all seen increased levels of rainfall. Surabaya in East Java had 113.1 mm of rain in 24 hours 28 to 29 January 2015. In South Sulawesi, 107.1 mm of rain fell in Makassar during the same period. In Timika, Papua, 183 mm fell between 29 and 30 January 2015.

No flooding has as yet been reported in the areas of Indonesia. One person died in floods last week in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Jakarta also saw some flooding last week.


Indonesia – 1 dead, 1 Missing after Flash Floods in West Sumatra

Jakarta floods. Photo: BNPD

Flash floods in the province of West Sumatra have affected 21 villages in 5 districts, according to the Indonesian disaster management agency, BNPD.

Heavy rainfall triggered the flash floods in Pesisir Selatan Regency, Indonesia, during the evening of 23 January 2015. The floods forced 7,836 people to evacuate their homes. The flooding has since started to recede and the evacuees have been able to return. However the floods have severely damaged 2,600 homes in the area, as well as 2 schools, roads and several bridges. Over 200 hectares of agricultural land has also been damaged by the flooding.

Two people were swept away in the floods. The body of one victim has been found. The other victim remains missing and searches are being carried out by BNPD personnel.

Jakarta Floods
Meanwhile the country’s capital, Jakarta, is experiencing prolonged heavy rainfall and an increased threat of flooding.

Some areas of the city are already seeing flood water of around 30 cm deep. BNDP said that flooding has been reported in as many as 25 points in North Jakarta, and several other areas across the rest of the city. BNDP point out that river levels are currently safe and now rivers have been reported as overflowing.




Coastal Flooding in Massachusetts after Winter Storm Juno Hits

Winter storm Juno hit the eastern US states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with 75 mph winds and 30 inches of snow. Snowfall amounts, travel bans and power outages have all been well reported in US media.

The storm also brought flooding to some coastal areas, with the coastal areas of Massachusetts worst hit. Areas along the eastern Massachusetts coast, south of Boston, including north and northeast facing shorelines of Cape Cod and Nantucket faced some of the highest waves and storm surges. NWS warned that floods could reach 3 feet high in places.


Flooded ares of Scituate, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts guardsmen were called to duty to support local and state agencies during the Winter Storm Juno
response. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)

Flooded ares of Scituate, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts guardsmen were called to duty to support local and state agencies during the Winter Storm Juno
response. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)
Photo: Massachusetts National Guard

Soldiers of the Massachusetts Army National Guard augment local public servants and provide evacuation assistance to stranded residents.
U.S. Army National Guard photo


There have been reports of damage to property and roads as well as beach erosion caused by the storm surge. Severe flooding has been reported in Scituate and Marshfield, where at least two houses have been damaged so severely they have already been condemned by South Shore officials, who are currently evaluating more damage homes in the area according to local media.

WATCH: Water breaches sea wall, floods Massachusetts neighborhood.






Also in Marshfield, high tides and strong waves washed away an 80-foot section of seawall, according to the Marshfield Fire Department.

A coastal flood warning remains in effect for the shoreline of Massachusetts. The situation could be complicated by the new tides and storm surges combining with trapped water from prior high tides.


Floods Displace 3,000 in San Martín, Northern Peru


According to Peru’s Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), around 3,000 people from 690 families have been forced from their homes after several days of heavy rain caused flooding in areas of San Martin region, northern Peru. Peru’s central government has since declared a state of emergency in the region.


Overflowing river Huallaga, San Martin, Peru. Photo: Government of San Martin, Peru

Flood damage in San Martin, Peru, January 2015. Photo: Government of San Martin, Peru





The heavy rain caused the Huallaga and Huayabamba rivers to overflow, inundating around 3,000 hectares of farmland, as well as causing damage to homes and property.

The rain has been falling for several days. The Regional Government of San Martin, in co-ordination with INDECI, have been helping shore up flood defences and distribute relief supplies, including tents, sandbags, blankets and food rations since 20 January. However, distribution of supplies has been hampered by the floods, which have damaged or blocked roads in the region.


WATCH: Water breaches sea wall, floods Massachusetts neighborhood.





The San Martin region was affected by floods in late December 2014
when 2 people died.


5 Rescued after Massive Ice Jam Causes Floods in Nebraska


A one-mile long ice jam is moving down the Platte River in Nebraska has caused flooding near Two Rivers State Park, about 30 miles west of Omaha.

Authorities have rescued five people and pets from the floods and ice. Three of the victims are thought to have been in their vehicle when it became trapped in flood waters. Around 20 residents have evacuated the area.


The National Weather Service in Omaha said:

Ice jam flooding along the Platte River in southwestern Douglas, western Sarpy county, and eastern Saunders counties. Warning in effect.
They predict that jam will move towards the South Bend area, just west of Louisville.

@NWSOmaha

The ice flow on the Platte River may be approaching the South Bend area now, river levels there jumping rapidly now.

1:41 PM - 27 Jan 2015
@NWSOmaha

River levels have jumped 1.5 feet within the last hour at Ashland on the Platte River. Heads up, ice flows may be moving through that area.

12:22 PM - 27 Jan 2015
Flood Advisory

In their flood advisory issued by the National weather service for Omaha/Valley Nebraska, NWS warned of further flooding should the ice jam break.
The Flood advisory for an ice jam remains in effect until 4:30 pm CST Thursday for north-eastern Cass and southern Sarpy counties.

At 10:04 pm CST Law Enforcement and emergency management reported an ice jam causing minor flooding along the Platte river between Highway 92 and Ashland. If the ice jam breaks flooding could extend downstream of the ice jam. Persons along the river should be prepared for the potential for rapid river rises through Thursday.

Additional information will likely be obtained once daylight arrives.

Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Plattsmouth
Louisville
Cedar Creek
South Bend
Mahoney State Park
Platte River State Park
Louisville state recreation area and Schramm park state recreation area.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

- Floodlist.




DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

January 31, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.


Stunning rare duck from the Arctic seen in Aberdeen, UK



A stunning rare bird, hailing from the Arctic, has been spotted in Aberdeenshire.

The beautiful drake King Eider was found off St Combs in Aberdeenshire, on Wednesday.

Described as one of North America's most spectacular species, the King Eider forms large flocks during spring migration, sometimes exceeding 10,000 individuals, however, this duck appears to have been split from the flock.

Elsewhere a Ridgway's Cackling Goose was spotted at Castle Kennedy near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.

The rare goose is native to North America. It breeds in northern Canada and Alaska in a variety of tundra habitats. - CFZ.


Sick sea lions wash ashore at alarming rate, California



The Pacific Marine Mammal Center will release a recently nursed-back-to-health sea lion back into the ocean at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach Tuesday.

The center usually doesn't see any ill sea lions washing ashore this time of the year, but already more than two dozen have needed treatment by the only licensed agency in the county.

At most, two or three might end up on the beach and need a rescue, but the center has taken in 28 this month while 13 sea lion pups washed ashore in December, Executive Director Keith Matassa said.

Further alarming the center's experts is an influx of varying species, Matassa added.

"The difference this year is we're also seeing different species we don't normally see down here," Matassa said.

For instance, there have been sightings of fur seals who are usually seen further north, Matassa said.


The center's officials are also concerned that adult sea lions are washing up ashore ill -- usually it's only the young who require rescues, Matassa said.

In 2013, a record-setting year, the problem of sea lions coming ashore was limited mostly to Southern California, but now the entire coast is being affected, Matassa said.

One theory is that the fish the sea lions feed on have moved due to changing currents and temperatures. Sea lion mothers are "working double time to produce milk to nurse pups... and the milk's not as nutritious," Matassa said.

Most experts pin the problem on climate change affecting the habitat, creating a domino effect of problems, Matassa said.

Research has shown radiation from the meltdown of a nuclear power plant in Japan did not pose any issues for the sea lions, Matassa added.

The experts have also ruled out any diseases plaguing the sea lions, Matassa said.

"There just isn't one smoking gun," he said.

The influx of sick sea lions has put a heavy burden on the center, which doesn't usually have to start ramping up services until the spring, Matassa said. The center expects it could be just as bad as 2013 because it's an El Nino year, he added.

"This is even busier now than it was in 2013," Matassa said. "All of this is putting a strain on our budget because we're 100 percent donor funded."

The center will receive a $10,000 donation Tuesday from a restaurant group -- The Deck on Laguna Beach, the Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel and Driftwood Kitchen. - Patch.


Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted for the first time since 1916

The elusive and rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, park officials said yesterday (Jan. 28).

Camera traps caught the sleek animal in a remote northern corner of the park on Dec. 13, 2014, and again on Jan. 4 of this year. The cameras were set up by wildlife biologists hoping to spot the red fox and the Pacific fisher, Yosemite National Park's rarest mammals. The ongoing study is funded by the Yosemite Conservancy.

There hasn't been a verified sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox inside Yosemite National Park since 1916, said Ben Sacks, director of the University of California, Davis Veterinary School's Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit. That year, two animals were killed in Yosemite's Big Meadows, northeast of El Portal, for the University of California, Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

"It's likely that the Sierra Nevada red fox has been in the backcountry of Yosemite in the last century, but they are rare enough and secretive enough that they haven't been encountered by anyone who has been able to document them," Sacks told Live Science.

Until recently, only a handful of Sierra Nevada red foxes were thought to still exist in the wild, in a remnant population near Lassen Volcanic National Park in northeastern California. The subspecies, which is genetically distinct from other red foxes, once ranged more widely, across the snowy high mountains from Oregon to California.

Fewer than 50 of the animals may still exist in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce this year whether the fox will be protected under the Endangered Species Act.


A rare photo of a Sierra Nevada red fox, snapped by a remote camera trap in Yosemite National Park. © National Park Service



No one knows for certain why there are so few Sierra Nevada red foxes, said Cate Quinn, an ecology graduate student at UC Davis who is studying their decline. "There is a lot of speculation about the causes, but there is no evidence supporting one or the other right now," she told Live Science. The most popular theories include loss of prey, competition from coyotes, genetic inbreeding and loss of habitat, Quinn said. Biologists think the historical population was always relatively small.

In 2010, the U.S. Forest Service discovered another small group of foxes living near Sonora Pass, north of Yosemite National Park, Sacks said. Before that discovery, the last verified sighting near Yosemite was on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, near Tioga Pass, he said.

"We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada," Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park superintendent, said in a statement.

Sacks records red fox sightings online, and hopes the Yosemite news will encourage park visitors to dig through their vacation photos for images of the mysterious mammal. "There could be backpackers who have personal photos from the 1980s or 1990s," Sacks said. "Someone who has them might not have realized they were important enough to share."

Here's what to look for:
  • The Sierra Nevada red fox is smaller than red foxes that live at lower elevations, with larger, hairier feet for padding through snow.
  • Sierra Nevada red fox fur ranges in color from very red to black, but the fur behind its ears is always black. Coyotes and other fox species don't have this black fur behind the ears, Sacks said.
  • Red foxes have black fur on their legs, and coyotes don't.
  • Red foxes have big, fluffy, white-tipped tails. Coyotes can also have white-tipped tails, but relative to body size, a coyote tail is smaller than a Sierra Nevada red fox tail. "On a fox, the tail is almost as long as the body," Sacks said. "If a coyote is standing straight up, its tail might barely touch the ground, but a fox tail would be buried in the ground.
- Live Science.


Wild boar attacks man outside nursery in Umbria, Italy

© Prinke


A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar outside a nursery in Umbria.

The 54-year-old was attacked after dropping his grandson off at the nursery in Arrone, a town near Terni, Il Messaggero reported.

Forestry workers are now hunting for the boar, which fled the scene. The nursery is close to a green area along the Nera river.

The wild boar population in Italy has grown in recent years alongside a rise in demand for their luxury meat, which can be found in many butcher's shops.

Hunting for boar is also a popular pastime, and although there have been a number of cases of hunters being attacked, it is rare to hear of random attacks against other members of the public.

There was a spate in 2013 when the animals ransacked gardens and parks in the northern city of Genoa and in one case, ate a pensioner's dog.


Most deaths associated with boar-hunting, however, are caused by hunters accidentally shooting another person.

In 2010, Giuseppe Orlando della Gherardesca, an heir to one of Italy's oldest aristocratic families, was killed in such an incident. - The Local.


Tusker kills man in Nayagram, India



At Nayagram's Chunapara area, one person was killed by a wild elephant. The person, according to the locals, went into the nearby forest for some work. It is then a wild tusker came out of the woods and attacked him. Although he tried his best to rescue himself from the elephant, the tusker got the better of him at the end and killed him. The forest officers have already reached the spot of the mishap.  - Kolkata.


Wrong time, wrong place: Purple gallinule bird found in Weston, Massachusetts

A purple gallinule, a common marsh bird of Florida, made a wrong landing in Weston last week. Unable to withstand the cold temperatures and find food, its final resting place turned out to be 80-Acre Conservation Area near Hobbs Pond.

On Jan. 19, dog walker Susie Duff discovered the bird when her two dogs stopped to examine something about 20 feet off a trail. When she approached, she observed an "odd bird" sitting motionless, but alive on the ground.

Conservation Agent Michele Grzenda received the email on Monday night.

"Being an avid bird watcher, I'm always intrigued when I receive a mystery bird inquiry," Grzenda said. "Fortunately Susie was able to take a couple of pictures and attach them to the email she sent me. I took one look at the photo and quickly emailed back, 'Wow! Susie, you have to take me to that bird first thing tomorrow.' I suspected the bird would not last the night, since it was so approachable and far away from its normal habitat."

Grzenda called upon the assistance of bird watching friend Michael Poppone of Weston to help with the recovery efforts the next morning. Fortunately, Grzenda remembered precisely where she saw the bird the day before.
A purple gallinule was found near the 80-Acre Conservation Area near Hobbs Pond



As expected, the purple gallinule had succumbed to the elements overnight and perished. Knowing what a rare find in Massachusetts it was, Grzenda retrieved the bird and contacted the Massachusetts Audubon Society, who then put her in touch with Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (HMCZ).

"The HMCZ ornithologist was very interested in the specimen," she said.

According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website, purple gallinules are known to travel long distances, with records from as far north as Iceland, and as far south as South Georgia Island. This species is adapted to respond to ephemeral marsh habitats, and with the machinery to travel long distances, individuals sometimes land in Massachusetts.

But this was the first sighting of this species in Weston. "It was a fantastic find - one I will never forget!" said Grzenda. - Metro West Daily News.


Hundreds of dead fish found along the Ngaso river in Indonesia

Hundreds of fish in the river Ngaso, Monday (26/1) again found dead. The fish died allegedly due to contaminated waste from palm oil mill company (MCC), which is connected with the headwaters of the Rokan River.

Riau watchlist Post on Monday (26/1) afternoon at the river flow Ngaso, hundreds of dead fish appear and even there are still floundering. On the one hand, the color of the river water also looked visibly turbid water also black and pungent smell.

Riau Pos information summarized in the field, the fish began to die since the early dawn when people perform activities of bathing, washing and toilet (MCK).

'This morning when we were going to the river, we saw a lot of dead fish. When seen the condition of water colors, looks cloudy and foul smelling. And just last week, also fish in the river was found dead, 'said Anton, a resident of the village of East Ujungbatu District of Ujungbatu to Riau Pos.

According to Anton along with a number of residents who live on the banks of the River Ngaso, dead fish are thought to be caused by toxins or waste. 'Strong suspicion that we are invisible when fish die due to waste MCC. However we can not be sure where the origin of the waste, because there are two MCC that are in the river upstream Ngaso, 'he said.

He hopes the government or related agencies in order to take decisive action. Therefore, this incident has been repeatedly and even in the case twice a week pollution. 'We ask BLH transparently convey the results of laboratory last week. Because if not, then the fish habitat in the river Ngaso will run out completely, 'he explained.

PR PT Rohul Oil Industry (RSI), Syahrial when confirmed Riau Pos, claimed to be ready to be checked into the company's waste pond. 'We are ready to be investigated or examined BLH related events. Therefore, in addition has made land application of PT RSI also has a standard waste disposal pond, "he said.

While PR PT Lubuk Treasurer Palma Industry (LBPI), A Naingolan when met with the community Riau Pos while watching the river Ngaso, Monday (26/1), denied that his company has done pollution or waste disposal. 'The disposal of waste we are ready for review, because we already have 8 pools and in the near future plans to do a land application, "he said.

Head of the Environment Agency (BLH) Rokan Hulu, Riau Hen Post Irfan when confirmed via cell phone, Monday (26/1), said members (BLH) has dropped to monitor directly related to the River Ngaso the dead fish. 'From the facts on the ground, we are able to and can be verified and we will create a warning letter to the company,' he explained.

According to Irfan Hen of the facts found it, the waste comes from PT LBPI. 'The fish was dead positive because the waste of MCC and was based on the initial facts. We already write to the company and ask them to do a recovery, "he said.

While on laboratory results related events Ngaso dead fish in the river last week, according to Ifran Hen no results because it has not come out of the Labor Pekanbaru. 

When reconfirmed to PR PT LBPI A Nainggolan admitted until now it has not received any notification from the Environmental Agency stating that the company responsible for the pollution of the river.  - Riaupos. [Translated]


450 Turkeys dead, 8,000 culled due to bird flu in Kollam, India

With the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory confirming that avian flu of the H5N1 strain caused the deaths of over 450 turkeys housed in a cage at the Government Turkey Farm here last week, more than 8,000 turkeys that remained at the farm were culled on Monday as a preventive measure.

Since the culled birds were buried inside the farm complex, the farm will have to be kept closed for at least four months after being fumigated. Farm authorities said the fumigation was being carried out using a sodium hypochlorite solution. The complex was also being sprayed with lime-based disinfectants.

The farm has been hit by bird flu at a time when it had stocked the highest number of turkeys since its inception. It also had the reputation of being the biggest turkey farm in south Asia.

Rs.20-lakh loss

The farm will remain banned for visitors for four months. The loss to the farm as per preliminary estimates is Rs.20 lakh.

On Tuesday, poultry numbering over 700 in individual houses in an area of 1 sq km around the farm was also culled. The poultry comprised chicken, ducks, and turkey. There was resistance from the owners when Animal Husbandry Department personnel, along with officials of the Health Department, arrived at the houses with police protection to carry out the culling.

Compensation paid

The people said no incidents of bird flu had been reported outside the farm. They insisted that all their birds were healthy. The officials had a hard time convincing them about the threat in the wake of bird flu confirmation at the farm in their neighbourhood.

The poultry owners were paid a compensation of Rs.200 for each bird above two months of age and Rs.100 for each bird below two months. All the culled birds were brought to the farm and buried.

There are allegations that instead of applying the standard chloroform application procedure, the birds were culled by crude methods. Those in the culling team did not deny the allegations.

Ban on poultry sale

District Collector A. Kowsigan has issued orders banning the import and sale of all poultry products in an area of 10 sq km around the farm. It means that the sale of poultry products cannot take place in a good portion of the city. The ban will be in force for one month. - The Hindu



Friday, January 30, 2015

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Another Banker Bites The Dust – "Cheerful" Dutch Financier Becomes 4th ABN Amro Banker Suicide?!



January 30, 2015 - HOLLAND
- Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen – the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen  – the head of ABN’s corporate finance and capital markets -“startled” friends and colleagues as the 42-year-old “had a great reputation” at work, came from an “illustrious family,” and enjoyed national fame briefly as the boyfriend of a famous actress/model. As one colleague noted, “he was always cheerful, good mood, and apparently he had everything your heart desired. He never sat in the pit, never was down, so I was extremely surprised. I can not understand.”

As Niburu details,
friends and colleagues were startled by the news that Chris van Eeghen had committed suicide.
He worked in Amsterdam for ABN / AMRO in the position of “head of syndicate and corporate finance markets.”


Again, there is again a familiar pattern, namely that there is no indication that Van Eeghen had plans to take his life.

Ostensibly a successful banker, coming from what was described as an illustrious family. Chris was also a familiar sight in Amsterdam’s nightlife scene and enjoyed national fame as possible new boyfriend of Tatjana Simic (a famous Croatian-Dutch model, singer, actress).




“I have never expected. It was an incredibly nice cute guy, “said a neighbor from Amsterdam. In banking circles he had a good reputation.
Most believe that the suicide is not related to his work at the bank, but a former colleague had noticed that on his Facebook recently changed its job title to “former.”

Chris leaves behind a son – who had recently been cleared of cancer.
*  *  *
This is the 4th ABN Amro suicide in recent years…
In December last year, missing couple, Thieu (64) [a relationship manager at ABN Amro] and Ellen (55) Leenen from Valkenswaard were found dead in their car Monday afternoon in the Bocholt-Herentals canal in Mol (Belgium). The circumstances under which the car is hit water, point to suicide, police said.
In April last year killed former ABN Amro board member Jan-Peter Schmittman even suicide.
In 2009, ABN-Amro banker and Fentener Vlissingen scion Huibert Boumeester an end to his life in London to put a bullet through his head. Cause for the suicide were missed Madoff investments, was then suggested.
* * *
This is the third banker death in 2015…
1) Michael Flanagan, 45, head of Foreign Exchange, National Australia Bank, London, England
2) Omar Meza, 33, Vice President, AIG, Los Angeles, America
3) Chris van Eeghen, 42, Head of Syndicate and Corporate Finance Markets, ABN / AMRO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
*  *  *
After at least 36 banker deaths last year…
1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room
2) Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG
3) William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank
4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan
5) Li Junjie, 33, Hong Kong JP Morgan
6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee
7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments
8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles)
9) James Stuart Jr. 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz
10) Jason Alan Salais, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008
11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform
12) Eddie Reilly, 47, investment banker, Vertical Group, New York
13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, investment banker, Levy Capital, New york
14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase
15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, voormalig topbestuurder ANB/AMRO, Laren, Nederland
16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO Bank Frick & Co AG, Liechtenstein
17) Benoît Philippens, 37, directeur BNP Parisbas Fortis Bank, Ans, België.
18) Lydia…, 52, bankier Bred-Banque-Populaire, Parijs
19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, bankier, PNC Bank, New York
20) Carlos Six, 61, Hoofd Belastingdienst en lid CREDAF, België
21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, Commissaris en Fiscalist (voormalig Deloitte), Nederland.
22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, achterkleinzoon elitebankier John D. Rockefeller, Amerika
23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bankeigenaar, zakenman en derivatenhandelaar, Iran
24) Lewis Katz, 76, zakenman, advocaat en insider in de bancaire wereld, Amerika
25) Julian Knott, Directeur Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, Amerika
26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, Amerika
27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, Amerika
28) Nicholas Valtz, 39, Managing Director Goldman Sachs, New York, Amerika
29) Therese Brouwer, 50, Managing Director ING, Nederland
30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, Vice President M & T Bank, Amerika
31) Thierry Leyne, 48, investeringsbankier en eigenaar Anatevka S.A., Israël
32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director Deutsche Bank, Amerika
33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director Citigroup, New York, Amerika
34) Melissa Millian, 54, Senior Vice President Mass Mutual, Amerika
35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relatiemanager ABN/AMRO, Eindhoven, Nederland
36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING, Haaltert, België

- Zero Hedge.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Up To 1,000 Exposed To Measles In Arizona - Health Officials Believe The Cases Will Grow, Asks People Who May Have Come In Contact With The Virus To Isolate Themselves!

A doctor prepares to administer a measles vaccination to a child at in Miami.(Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

January 30, 2015 - ARIZONA, UNITED STATES
- With as many as 1,000 people across three Arizona counties potentially exposed to the measles, state public-health officials are asking people who think they may have come in contact with the virus to isolate themselves.

In addition, they are asking those who may have been exposed not to show up at doctors' offices, emergency rooms or urgent-care centers, where others could be exposed to the highly contagious virus, which can linger in the air for two hours.

Maricopa County Public Health Director Bob England said parents who are concerned about sending their children to school or day care should start asking direct questions.

"It is perfectly reasonable to ask their child-care provider or school how many kids in that school are not vaccinated because parents chose not to," he said.

To date, officials have confirmed seven cases of measles: five in Pinal County, two in Maricopa County. In addition, health officials in Gila County are working to identify anyone who might have come in contact with one of the Pinal County patients, who visited a hospital there in mid-January.

The possible exposure rate of 1,000 people is tied in large part to those who may have come in contact with 195 children who Maricopa County health officials say were exposed to measles between Jan. 20 and 21 at the Phoenix Children's East Valley Center in Mesa.

Public-health officials believe the cases of measles will probably grow, but they do not want to instill panic.

The general public is not advised to wear masks or avoid public transportation, England said.

"I don't want people to change their lives," he said. "If you go out in public, you are way more likely to get the flu. What we're trying to do is nip this in the bud, track people who've been exposed, keep them out of child care and work, so it doesn't become widespread."

Mesa resident Shana Bereche, 30, is one of the people potentially exposed and is waiting to see if her 4-month-old daughter, Leighton, shows any symptoms.

Bereche said she had taken Leighton to the Phoenix Children's East Valley Center Jan. 21 for a doctor's appointment.

She said the county told her they were at the clinic 30 minutes before and two hours after the person with measles had been there. "So, I don't know if we shared a room, passed in the hall," she said.
Wednesday was the first possible day Leighton was considered contagious, said Bereche, who is keeping her daughter quarantined at home. "But it could take up to Feb. 10 to show signs or symptoms," she said. "If she wakes up on Feb. 11 with no rash, we're in the clear."

The difficult part, Bereche said, is that Leighton has excessive drooling and coughs, some of the symptoms of having measles. "But that's common for a baby," she said.

On Monday, Leighton received a shot of immunoglobulin, to help build her immune system.

Those who have been notified they were exposed or believe they have come in contact with someone carrying the measles virus are urged to go into self-quarantine.

"Anybody who is unvaccinated or undervaccinated (received only the first of two recommended doses) who has been exposed to measles patients, needs to be in isolation for 21 days," said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.


WATCH: Gila County health officials are tracking 14 people who might have been exposed to measles at a hospital.



Local pharmacies can give the measles shot, but those interested are advised to call ahead to make sure your local drugstore has the vaccine in stock. The co-pay will vary depending on a person's health plan. If you are not insured, expect to pay about $100 per shot.

Vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella in Maricopa and Pinal vary greatly among county kindergartens for the 2013-14 school year, according to Arizona Department of Health Services records. Rates range from 100% to as low as 38%.

The statistics are for kindergartens with more than 20 students enrolled. The state would not release information regarding those smaller schools, citing concerns over privacy.

All three state universities — Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University — require students to provide verification they've had two measles vaccinations before they can register for classes.

The most proactive approach against the disease is to ensure that someone has been vaccinated or check to see if they have had the measles, England and Humble stress.

It's a matter of taking the personal responsibility to guard against the spread of the disease, Humble added. "Everybody needs to tell the truth" about whether they've had the measles or have been vaccinated, Humble said. And those who know they have not gotten the vaccine should comply for the good of the community, he said, adding: "We all have to do this together. It's the golden rule. It's not complicated."

He noted that the measles can cause blindness, deafness and even death — especially in young children.

Health officials say measles begins with a fever, red and watery eyes, a cough and a runny nose, followed by a red, raised and blotchy rash that begins on the head at the hairline and moves to the lower extremities. Symptoms typically appear seven to 12 days after exposure to measles but it may take up to 21 days.

Dr. Amy Shoptaugh, a pediatrician at All About Kids Pediatrics in Tempe, said her office has had an increase in calls from parents whose children have not been vaccinated.

Shoptaugh said she last saw a case of measles 20 years ago, when she was working in Nepal.

"If you get the measles, you can get very sick," she said. "There can be a fever of 104 or 105 with a rash that is pretty significant."

The only real treatment is taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

The recent outbreak likely originated at Disneyland before Christmas. The California Department of Public Health reported last week that the state has 59 confirmed cases, with 42 linked to Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim. The outbreak has spread to Washington, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Arizona.

The two Arizona cases confirmed Tuesday involve a man in Pinal County and a woman in Phoenix and were tied to a Kearny-area family of four whose measles cases were confirmed last week following travel to Disneyland.

Gila County health officials said the patient in question visited the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center at 1:47 a.m. on Jan. 14. Anyone who was working at the hospital or visited between 1:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 was potentially exposed, and health officials have identified nine staff members and eight non-staff members whom they are tracking.

Last week, Maricopa County officials reported that a woman in her 50s tested positive for measles, which they believe she contracted at Disneyland.

Republic reporters Anne Ryman, Caitlin McGlade and Sarah Jarvis contributed to this article.
Measles symptoms


Typically appear seven to 21 days after exposure to measles.

Begin with fever (101 F or higher), red and watery eyes, cough and runny nose.

Are followed by a rash that is red, raised and blotchy. The rash begins on the face at the hairline and moves down the body. The rash may last for five to six days and may turn brownish.
If you think you have measles


Contact your health-care provider, emergency room or urgent-care center by phone. They will direct you when to visit so as not to expose others in the waiting area. - USA Today.



PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.0 Magnitude Pacific Earthquake Strikes Off Vanuatu - No Destructive Tsunami! [MAPS+TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

January 30, 2015 - VANUATU
- A strong magnitude-6.0 earthquake has struck in waters near Vanuatu on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey says, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

No tsunami warning was in effect after the quake struck 130 miles (209 km) southeast of Isangel, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website.

The temblor struck at 17:57:57 UTC time at a depth of 15.1 kilometres.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injury.


USGS shakemap intensity.

Vanuatu lies on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

It has been rocked by several large quakes in recent years, averaging about three magnitude 7.0 or above incidents every year without any major damage.

Just one week ago, a powerful 6.8 earthquake struck the same area at a relatively shallow depth of 218.5 kilometres.


Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Since 1900 there have been 15 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded near New Zealand. Nine of these, and the four largest, occurred along or near the Macquarie Ridge, including the 1989 M8.2 event on the ridge itself, and the 2004 M8.1 event 200 km to the west of the plate boundary, reflecting intraplate deformation. The largest recorded earthquake in New Zealand itself was the 1931 M7.8 Hawke's Bay earthquake, which killed 256 people. The last M7.5+ earthquake along the Alpine Fault was 170 years ago; studies of the faults' strain accumulation suggest that similar events are likely to occur again.

North of New Zealand, the Australia-Pacific boundary stretches east of Tonga and Fiji to 250 km south of Samoa. For 2,200 km the trench is approximately linear, and includes two segments where old (>120 Myr) Pacific oceanic lithosphere rapidly subducts westward (Kermadec and Tonga). At the northern end of the Tonga trench, the boundary curves sharply westward and changes along a 700 km-long segment from trench-normal subduction, to oblique subduction, to a left lateral transform-like structure.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 60 mm/yr at the southern Kermadec trench to 90 mm/yr at the northern Tonga trench; however, significant back arc extension (or equivalently, slab rollback) causes the consumption rate of subducting Pacific lithosphere to be much faster. The spreading rate in the Havre trough, west of the Kermadec trench, increases northward from 8 to 20 mm/yr. The southern tip of this spreading center is propagating into the North Island of New Zealand, rifting it apart. In the southern Lau Basin, west of the Tonga trench, the spreading rate increases northward from 60 to 90 mm/yr, and in the northern Lau Basin, multiple spreading centers result in an extension rate as high as 160 mm/yr. The overall subduction velocity of the Pacific plate is the vector sum of Australia-Pacific velocity and back arc spreading velocity: thus it increases northward along the Kermadec trench from 70 to 100 mm/yr, and along the Tonga trench from 150 to 240 mm/yr.


USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The Kermadec-Tonga subduction zone generates many large earthquakes on the interface between the descending Pacific and overriding Australia plates, within the two plates themselves and, less frequently, near the outer rise of the Pacific plate east of the trench. Since 1900, 40 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded, mostly north of 30°S. However, it is unclear whether any of the few historic M8+ events that have occurred close to the plate boundary were underthrusting events on the plate interface, or were intraplate earthquakes. On September 29, 2009, one of the largest normal fault (outer rise) earthquakes ever recorded (M8.1) occurred south of Samoa, 40 km east of the Tonga trench, generating a tsunami that killed at least 180 people.

Across the North Fiji Basin and to the west of the Vanuatu Islands, the Australia plate again subducts eastwards beneath the Pacific, at the North New Hebrides trench. At the southern end of this trench, east of the Loyalty Islands, the plate boundary curves east into an oceanic transform-like structure analogous to the one north of Tonga.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 80 to 90 mm/yr along the North New Hebrides trench, but the Australia plate consumption rate is increased by extension in the back arc and in the North Fiji Basin. Back arc spreading occurs at a rate of 50 mm/yr along most of the subduction zone, except near ~15°S, where the D'Entrecasteaux ridge intersects the trench and causes localized compression of 50 mm/yr in the back arc. Therefore, the Australia plate subduction velocity ranges from 120 mm/yr at the southern end of the North New Hebrides trench, to 40 mm/yr at the D'Entrecasteaux ridge-trench intersection, to 170 mm/yr at the northern end of the trench.

Large earthquakes are common along the North New Hebrides trench and have mechanisms associated with subduction tectonics, though occasional strike slip earthquakes occur near the subduction of the D'Entrecasteaux ridge. Within the subduction zone 34 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900. On October 7, 2009, a large interplate thrust fault earthquake (M7.6) in the northern North New Hebrides subduction zone was followed 15 minutes later by an even larger interplate event (M7.8) 60 km to the north. It is likely that the first event triggered the second of the so-called earthquake "doublet".

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

- USGS.




WEATHER PHENOMENON: Is That Ice Jellyfish - No, Frozen Methane Bubbles Seen In Banff National Park In Alberta, Canada Trapped Under A Lake; Can Be Ignited With A Match?!

A photographer has captured amazing images of methane bubbles in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Pictured are some methane gas bubbles underneath Vermillion Lake. © Caters News Agency 

January 30, 2015 - CANADA
- These lakes may look like they are full of bizarre floating sea creatures, but they are actually filled with thousands of frozen bubbles.

Snapped across Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the natural wonders are made of highly flammable gas methane.

The gas - emitted by bacteria after they consume dead organic matter - is fairly harmless, but these bubbles can cause an explosion if lit.

Paul Zizka, 35, tracked down the natural phenomenon, which he photographed at Lake Minnewanka, the Vermillion Lake and Abraham Lake.

Abraham Lake is the most commonly-photographed spot for the spectacular sight.

But adventure-loving Mr Zizka, who loves to explore, revealed Lake Minnewanka offers rival views - but is just a little trickier to get to.

He said: 'All three lakes are ever-changing, cover wide areas and provide endless possibilities for the keen landscape photographer. They are magical places to explore and I find myself returning to them often. The methane bubbles depicted in the photographs have generated a lot of buzz primarily on social media. Many people have never seen the phenomenon before. People marveled at the beauty of them and wondered what they really were.'










The strange phenomena is caused when permafrost in the area begins to thaw out.

Organic matter stored in the bottom of the lake begins to thaw out, and microbes decompose it, releasing methane.

Methane does not dissolve into the water, and instead forms bubbles that rise to the surface.

In summer, the methane bubbles simply rise to the surface and pop to enter the atmosphere. However, when the lake is frozen in the winter, the bubbles become trapped on their way to the surface.

In a video, Professor Katey Walter Anthony from the University of Alaska likened it to a 'time-lapse photograph' of methane emissions from the lakes.

It should be noted, however, that the methane bubbles can be dangerous - a molecule of methane is 25 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide.

If you were to 'pop' one of the bubbles and hold a match over it, it would ignite.

The similarly bizarre 'Ice Pancakes' found in a Scottish river

Unusual pancake shaped ice formations that are more typically seen in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice were found floating on a river in Scotland back in December. The dinner plate-sized ice 'pancakes' have formed on a quiet stretch of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

The strange formations were photographed at the Lummels Pool, Birse, near Aboyne, by Jamie Urquhart, a biologist for the River Dee Trust.

The pancakes are thought to have formed from foam created by faster flowing water further upstream, accumulating in a corner of a pool.

Freezing temperatures last week caused the foam to freeze, and the current bashed them into a circular shape.

Normally pancakes form on ocean water or lakes around the Arctic circle where the movement of water keeps the ice from forming a flat sheet.

However, they do occasionally occur on rivers when temperatures drop low enough.
Officials at the Dee River Trust said it is the first time they have seen pancake ice form on the river.
- Daily Mail.




FIRE IN THE SKY: Mysteriously Slow-Moving, UFO-Shaped Fireball Filmed Over Argentina?!



January 30, 2015 - ARGENTINA
- A bystander has caught video of a mysterious floating fireball that appears to hang over the sky in Argentina.

With no explanation available many are claiming it to be a UFO.

The video was actually taken at the beginning of January but has only just been uploaded onto the internet.

According to UFO Sightings Daily, local residents in Frías spotted the fireball and at first believed it was nothing more than a meteor.

Of course meteors move at very high speeds when entering the Earth's atmosphere and so tend to appear and disappear in seconds.


WATCH: Fireball over Brazil.




UFOs come in many shapes and sizes, from your 'classic metallic disc' that has a tendency to float above well-known landmarks, to your less common 'fiery ball of death' UFO which appears, burns very brightly and then promptly disappears.

There are usually explanations for all of these, and in time, one will probably present itself for this one too.

Until that point however we're none the wiser and neither is everyone else so watch, enjoy, and relish in shameless speculation. - Huffington Post.