Category: Year 2009

Moscow airport kills 35-Terrorist bombing

The Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee said 35 people were dead and 152 had been wounded in the explosion.

A heavy police presence remained outside the airport nearly four hours after the explosion, and more than 10 ambulances left the airport with lights flashing and sirens screeching.

Incoming flights scheduled to land at Domodedovo were being diverted to Moscow’s other airports, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo, Russian TV said.

“There have been no departure delays. We were shut for only about 20 minutes after the explosion,” she told state TV.

Elina Bakhtina told state TV she was at the airport cafe she owns when the explosion occurred.

“The blast must have been very strong, because our cafe is about 100 meters from the arrivals area. When we heard the blast, glass just started falling from the ceiling,” she said.

U.S. President Barack Obama called the bombing a “premeditated attack against innocent civilians.”

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. government had no information that any Americans were injured.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said British officials are “in urgent contact with Russian authorities to establish the facts and to provide consular support to any British nationals who may have been affected.”

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the attack and urged greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

German, French, and Isreali leaders also condemned the attacks.

Will Geddes, terrorism expert and managing director of International Corporate Protection Group, called the bombing a “very significant terror strike.”

Custom Coins

Coin collecting has been around since the beginning of currency. There is something about holding a stamped metal coin between  your fingers that makes you feel like you really have something.

Army coins are one way to remember your contribution to the service. You can have them created and give them as a small token at reunions or other significant event.

Another way of remembering is creating a challenge coin. They are less expensive to make because they use either brass or copper as a base metal. The make a great bulk order for business, college/alumni, police/fire/EMS gatherings. Any where you want to commemorate the event challenge coins are a wonderful way to do so.

You can create your own temple to honor a specific event such as a wedding or graduation. Personalizing with a coin is something that will last forever as it is  embossed in the strength of metal.

Arizona shooting Federal judge among dead

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was in critical condition late Saturday after surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head. The dead included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

The suspect in custody is 22, but declined to name him. An Arizona law enforcement source and a federal law enforcement source, meanwhile, identified the suspect as Jared Lee Loughner.

Investigators are not convinced that the suspect came to the supermarket alone. Investigators are looking for a man seen near the suspect.

The attack happened about 10 minutes after the start of a previously scheduled constituent meeting outside a Safeway grocery store.

Police recovered a 9mm Glock Model 19 handgun believed used in the shooting, according to senior law enforcement sources. The weapon had a 30-round magazine, according to a federal law enforcement source briefed on the investigation.

Five people, including Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords staffer, died at the scene. The sixth victim, a 9-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Giffords, 40, was shot once in the head at close range, authorities said. She underwent surgery at University Medical Center in Tucson and was listed in critical condition.

Birds Die in Arkansas and now Sweeden

After the unusual incident occurred in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. Thousands of red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead over a square-mile area in the town of Beebe.

Then 500 red-winged blackbirds, starlings and sparrows were found dead Monday morning in the southern Louisiana community of Labarre.

Now in the city of Falköping, Sweden, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, a large number of birds were found dead, according to the Swedish National Veterinary Institute.

Autopsies were performed on five of the birds. The institute said they died due to “sudden, hard external blows,” according to its website. They had no signs of infection or other illnesses, and there were no external signs indicating what killed them.

“We have determined that the birds have died from severe internal bleedings caused by external blows,” said the institute’s Marianne Elvander.

Dead Fish In Maryland

No its not end of days. Although everyone seems to be looking closer for the signs. The fish dying in Maryland is something that is a natural occurrence.

The investigation comes days after the deaths of an estimated 100,000 fish in northwest Arkansas. Authorities suspect disease was to blame there, a state spokesman said.

“Natural causes appear to be the reason for the deaths of about 2 million fish in Chesapeake Bay,” the Maryland Department of the Environment said in a news release. “Cold water stress exacerbated by a large population of the affected species (juvenile spot fish) appears to be the cause of the kill.”

Large winter kills of spot fish have occurred at least twice before in the state, in 1976 and 1980, the department said.

Partial Jaw Bone Found in Aruba Is a Young Woman’s

A prosecutor in Aruba said an initial examination of a bone found on an Aruba beach shows it is human and belongs to a young woman, CNN reported. Authorities will now determine if it belongs to missing American teenager Natalee Holloway.

“I’m happy that it’s human. And the initial finding is that it’s from a young woman, so maybe we will be able to solve this case. I hope so. But we will wait to see what the findings are,” Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken told CNN.

The prosecutor said a forensic expert in Aruba made the initial determination. He cautioned that a final determination would be made by the Netherlands Forensic Institute in the Hague, but he did say the agency is “testing for a DNA match.”

Tourists found the bone Nov. 12 on a beach on Caribbean island of Aruba, according to the Dutch daily De Telegraaf. The tourists turned the bone in to the front desk of the nearby Phoenix Hotel. Officials there subsequently notified police of the find.

Photos of the bone, which is believed to be a human lower jawbone, show a mandible with an intact molar, ABC News reported. According to CNN, experts will extract DNA from where the tooth meets the bone and compare it to DNA obtained from Holloway’s biological parents.

Calls for Climate Action Now

Geneva/Nairobi, November 16, 2010 – The world’s largest global investors have sent a powerful message to governments and policy-makers around the world as well as climate negotiators in Cancun: take action now in the fight against global warming or risk economic disruptions far more severe than the recent financial crisis.

Citing potential climate-related GDP losses of up to 20 percent by 2050 and the economic benefits of shifting to low-carbon and resource-efficient economies, investors released a major statement today calling for national and international policies that will spur private investment into low-carbon technology.

The statement was signed by 259 investors from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America, with collective assets under management totaling over $15 trillion-more than one-quarter of global market capitalization. Signatories do not only include global giants Allianz and HSBC, but also investment organizations from many developing countries and emerging economies, including South Africa, Nigeria and Brazil.

It is the largest-ever group of investors to call for government action on climate change.

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