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General Discussion / Islam 101
« Last post by Jesso Yewno on Yesterday at 08:18:45 PM »
Islamic Terrorists Boko Haram kidnap more than 200 Nigerian girls

Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, April 22, 2014


Nigerian teachers Monday begged a radical Islamist group to "have mercy" on as many as 234 girls dragged from their school for going to classes, the latest incident that shows how poorly Nigeria has been handling a rising insurgency, analysts say.

School headmistress Asabe Kwambula called on the militants to "have mercy on the students" and for the government to do more to find the girls, the BBC reported.

The Nigerian military, local officials and girls who escaped the April 15 kidnapping at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok blamed the attack on the Muslim terror group Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful."

The kidnapping shows that Boko Haram's strength "appears to be increasing. The government's ability to provide security to its citizens appears to be decreasing," says John Campbell, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007.

Boko Haram was responsible for 3,982 deaths so far this year, according to the Nigeria Security Tracker website that Campbell maintains at the Council on Foreign Relations. The government campaign to eradicate the terrorists, however, has caused almost as many deaths in the same time period, according to the database.

Boko Haram opposes the education of girls, and it has kidnapped girls in the past to use as cooks and sex slaves. Its earlier gun and bombing attacks on schools have killed hundreds of children.

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General Discussion / Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): The Clock Is Ticking
« Last post by Jesso Yewno on Yesterday at 07:05:46 PM »
Experts warn civilian world not ready for massive EMP-caused blackout

By Josh Peterson ,April 21, 2014 ,watchdog.org , Fox News


The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready.

Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation's electrical grid is financially viable.

"The problem is not the technology," Pry said. "We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way."

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B612 says Earth avoids massive asteroids with “blind luck”

2014 04,22


Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1-600 kilotons – all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts.

These findings were recently released from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which operates the network.

To put this data in perspective, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with an energy impact of 15 kilotons. While most of these asteroids exploded too high in the atmosphere to do serious damage on the ground, the evidence is important in estimating the frequency of a potential “city-killer-size” asteroid.

B612 Impact Video 4-20-14 H264


8/25/2000 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN

4/23/2001 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN

3/9/2002 (1-10 kilotons) NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN

8/9/2006 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN

9/2/2006 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN

10/2/2006 (1-10 kilotons) ARABIAN SEA

12/9/2006 (10-20 kilotons) EGYPT

9/22/2007 (1-10 kilotons) INDIAN OCEAN

12/26/2007 (1-10 kilotons) SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

10/7/2008 (1-10 kilotons) SUDAN

10/8/2009 (>20 kilotons) SOUTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA

9/3/2010 (10-20 kilotons) SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

12/25/2010 (1-10 kilotons) TASMAN SEA

4/22/2012 (1-10 kilotons) CALIFORNIA, USA

2/15/2013 (>20 kilotons) CHELYABINSK, OBLAST, RUSSIA

4/21/2013 (1-10 kilotons) SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA

4/30/2013 (10-20 kilotons) NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Acting Ukrainian president orders new 'anti-terror' operation

Action comes just hours after U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden left Kyiv

CBC NEWS, The Associated Press ,Apr 22, 2014


Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations in the country's east Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire.

The twin developments — which came just hours after U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden left Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital — raised fears that last week's international agreement on easing Ukraine's crisis was failing.

The agreement calls for all sides to refrain from violence and for demonstrators to vacate public buildings. It does not specifically prohibit security operations, but Ukraine suspended its so-called "anti-terrorist operation" after the accord.

Pro-Russia insurgents who have seized police stations and other public buildings in eastern Ukraine are defying the call to vacate, saying they were not party to the agreement by Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union.

In a statement, acting President Oleksander Turchinov said the two bodies found Tuesday in Sloviansk bore signs of torture. One of them was a member of the city council and a member of Turchinov's party, he said.

Terrorists "are beginning to torture and kill Ukrainian patriots. They are impudently rejecting the calls of not only our country but of all the world's society when they demonstratively mock the decisions taken in Geneva," he said.
U.S. to send 600 troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies

By Craig Whitlock and Scott Wilson, April 22, 2014,The Washington Post


The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it would send about 600 troops to Poland and the three Baltic states to conduct exercises and training in response to Russia’s involvement in nearby Ukraine.

“Since Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, we have been constantly looking at ways to reassure allies and partners,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters. “If there’s a message to Moscow, it is the same exact message, that we take our obligations very, very seriously on the continent of Europe.”

He said a company of about 150 paratroopers based in Vicenza, Italy, will arrive in Poland on Wednesday. Three other paratrooper companies from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia no later than Monday, Kirby added.

He said the exercises were expected to last about a month, but that the paratroopers would be replaced by other U.S. troops on a rotational basis. “What we’re after here is a persistent presence,” he added.

Although Poland and the Baltic states are members of NATO, Kirby said the troop deployment was not part of a NATO mission.

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Promotes International Response to Ukraine Crisis in Czech Republic

April 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird paid his first bilateral visit to the Czech Republic today to promote a common international response to Russia’s acts of aggression in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

 “Canada strongly condemns those provocateurs who are fomenting unrest in eastern and southern Ukraine,” said Baird. “Canada calls on Russia to follow through on its Geneva commitments to de-escalate the crisis, to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and to cease its interference in a sovereign state.”

During Baird’s visit to the Czech Republic, he met with both Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, and exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine. Canada is pleased to work with its allies in supporting democracy in the region.

“Canada congratulates the Czech Republic on its efforts to stabilize the crisis in the region and on its contributions to the Visegrád Group,” said Baird.

This is the Minister’s fourth visit to the region in recent months since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. Canada and the Czech Republic are like-minded partners multilaterally, collaborating within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other multilateral fora.

Baird will also visit other NATO allies, including Slovakia, Poland, Latvia and Estonia, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Denounces Cowardly Attacks at UN Camp in South Sudan

April 18, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns the killing of innocent civilians seeking refuge from violence at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) base.

“These cowardly attacks on defenseless civilians, including women and children, appear ethnically based. This causes us great concern, and we call on all parties to cease this violence immediately.

“Canada expects all parties to respect the UN Mission in South Sudan’s neutral role and facilitate its work on protecting civilians, conflict resolution and peace consolidation. We reiterate our support for UNMISS and its mission to protect those South Sudanese who have chosen to denounce violence.”

The Government of Canada advises against all travel to South Sudan, including to the border areas and Juba, due to the present high level of armed conflict and violent crime.
Canada Announces Emergency Contribution to Fight Ebola Virus Outbreak

April 18, 2014 - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced a joint funding contribution of $1,285,000 to address the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

“In a situation like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is of critical importance to implement measures to end the chain of transmission,” said Minister Paradis. “We must ensure strong surveillance and investigation as well as a coordinated response to new or suspected cases. Canada’s support will play a critical role in responding to and preventing the spread of this deadly disease.”

“Biological threats such as the current Ebola outbreak do not recognize borders,” said Minister Baird. “They represent a global problem that requires coordinated international action across multiple sectors, including health and security. Canada’s contribution underscores the importance of obtaining cooperation from various sectors to help prevent, detect and rapidly respond to infectious diseases.”

“The Government of Canada welcomes the World Health Organization’s rapid efforts to address this outbreak of Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humans,” said Minister Ambrose. “Canada is pleased to join other countries in this response and urges other donors to support the WHO.”

Backgrounder - Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Outbreaks of Ebola can have serious public health and security impacts because of the possible spread and high fatality rate. A rapid and effective response to an outbreak can help reduce these impacts, thereby protecting the health and safety of communities and enhancing international security.

The Government of Canada is contributing $1,285,000 to help address the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa:

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s (DFATD) International Humanitarian Assistance Program is contributing $700,000 to support humanitarian interventions to control the spread of the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and to reduce mortality in the affected populations.

The Public Health Agency of Canada will provide $200,000 to the World Health Organization (WHO) through the International Health Grants Program. These funds will support the WHO’s request to member countries to help support in-country operational costs and the coordination and deployment of international technical expertise.

Through the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund, an ongoing DFATD-funded project with the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross has automatically allocated $35,000 to an International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appeal responding to the outbreak.

DFATD’s Global Partnership Program will provide $350,000 to the WHO to support complementary security-relevant response activities, including the deployment and sustainment of an international outbreak-response team.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and DFATD will continue to work closely together with the WHO and other partners as the situation in West Africa evolves.

General Discussion / Lyrids Meteor Shower 2014 Peaks Tonight April 22nd
« Last post by Jesso Yewno on Yesterday at 01:02:26 PM »
Lyrids Meteor Shower 2014 Peaks Tonight : Where to Watch Shooting Stars Online

2014 04, 22 , By Sanskrity Sinha ,  IBTimes Co.,


The annual Lyrids meteor shower is expected to reach a peak of approximately 15 to 20 meteors per hour on the night of 22 April and the morning of 23 April.

Lyrids, which began appearing on the night skies as early as 16 April and will continue producing meteors until 25 April, have been observed for more than 2,600 years. Lyrids are actually pieces of debris from comet Thatcher.

The Lyrids meteor shower happens in mid-April of each year when Earth passes through the stream of debris from the comet.

The best time to view the Lyrid meteor shower at peak is between midnight and dawn, according to Nasa's astronomer Bill Cook.

Viewing may get difficult with the rise of waning moon but the brighter streaks are unlikely to faint in moonlight.

"The third quarter moon rises an hour past midnight, brightening the sky. But the moon will only obscure the fainter meteors. Luckily, the Lyrids are known to produce bright meteors, many with persistent trains," Nasa said in a statement.

The meteor shower can be viewed from anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere should the local weather conditions permit clear skies.

Watch Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014 Online


Upper Mills man arrested for voyeurism

2014 04, 22

A 31-year-old man from Upper Mills, N.B. has been arrested and faces charges in connection with voyeurism. On April 20, 2014, shortly after 2 a.m., the St. Stephen RCMP received a report of a male prowler looking in the windows of a women’s house in Upper Mills, N.B.

Members of the St. Stephen detachment responded to the house where the man was located and arrested. The man was later released and will appear in St. Stephen Provincial Court at a later date.

The investigation is continuing.
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