Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: Greenpeace, International Whaling Commission, Minke Whale Population, Scientific Whaling, South Korean Whaling, Whaling | Comments Off on UPDATED! South Korea Plans to Re-start Scientific Whaling
UPDATE! 12 July 2012: South Korea has scrapped plans to restart so called scientific whaling.
9 July 2012: Twenty-six years after a global moratorium on commercial whaling was put in place, South Korea’s decision to resume hunting whales for scientific research has dismayed environmental campaigners and stunned other members of the International Whaling Commission.
South Korea’s plans to start a so-called scientific whaling program have been widely condemned by politicians and environmental groups. South Korean delegates confirmed the plan to kill whales in coastal waters at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama this morning, saying they wanted to start hunting minke whales under a loophole that allows the killing of whales for scientific research.
They said fishermen had been calling for the whales to be killed because “an increasing number of minke whales are eating away large amount of fish stocks which should be consumed by human being.” At the sometimes heated talks, South Korea said it would announce later how many whales it would kill and when, but insisted that it did not need foreign approval.
Whale meat remains highly popular along the east coast of South Korea, which maintained a large whaling fleet based in the southeastern port of Ulsan until the moratorium on commercial whaling was put in place in 1986. Last year, South Korean fishermen accounted for 21 out of the 23 cases of illegal whaling reported to the IWC :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 20th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blipvert, Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: California, California Department of Public Health, Nation Parks Service, Plague, Squirrel, Yosemite National Park | Comments Off on Yosemite National Park Closed, Squirrels Found with Plague
A popular camping ground in California’s Yosemite National Park will be shut down temporarily after a pair of dead squirrels were found to be infected with the plague, officials say.
The closure of Tuolumne Meadows Campground comes a week after a child who camped elsewhere in Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist destinations, was hospitalised with the disease.
The case marked the first time a human was known to be infected with the centuries-old scourge, which is carried by rodents and the fleas that live on them, in California since 2006.
The campground will be closed from Monday through Friday of next week based on “new evidence of plague activity in animals”, Karen Smith, director of the California department of public health, said in a statement :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: China, CRIME!, News | Tags: Breaking Bad, China Crime, Chinese Methamphetamine, Crime, crystal meth, drugs, Methamphetamine, Walter White | Comments Off on Chemistry Professor Arrested for Selling Drug Recipe in China
A former chemistry professor has been arrested by Chinese police on suspicion of selling a drug recipe to a gang which cooked up synthetic narcotics, state media reports.
The 50-year-old former academic surnamed Lu had “a set of recipes for producing methcathinone”, a drug similar to methamphetamine, which he provided to dealers.
Amphetamine labs are growing at an alarming rate, a Chinese police raid on the house of two methcathinone dealers in 2011 uncovered a pile of 80 million yuan, $AU13 million, in cash.
In Australia Amphetamine arrests have nearly double in past five years, according to Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report. Trade workers and those in the hospitality industry are among the biggest users of the drug according to an analysis of national drug data.
Lu “worked as a professor of chemistry at a university” in Xian, the capital of the northern province of Shaanxi, before teaming up with a drug manufacturer surnamed Chen in 2013 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: CIA, Director of National Intelligence, Directorate of Digital Innovation, John Brennan | Comments Off on CIA to Boost Cyber Capability
The CIA plans to radically overhaul operations, ramping up its capability to deal with cyber threats while boosting integration between departments via a network of new units, the agency says.
Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan outlined the proposed changes to the agency in a message to staff on Friday described as a “Blueprint for the Future” covering four key areas.
Mr Brennan said the US espionage agency would set up a new “Directorate of Digital Innovation” to reflect the rapidly evolving cyber landscape :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: News | Tags: Captain Coward, Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, La Sapienza University | Comments Off on Costa Concordia’s Captain Coward Sparks Outrage Over University Lecture on Panic Management
Italy’s notorious shipwreck captain, accused of a fatal delay in sounding the alarm as his Costa Concordia cruise liner sank, has sparked outrage by giving a lecture to students on best emergency practices.
Francesco Schettino, dubbed Captain Coward after allegedly abandoning ship before his passengers were safe, was invited by a professor to speak for two hours at a criminology seminar linked to Rome’s La Sapienza university, despite being on trial for the deaths of 32 people in the 2012 disaster :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 26th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web, Movie Review, News | Tags: Central Intelligence Agency, DPRK, James Franco, Kim Jong Un, North Korea, Seth Rogen, The Interview | Comments Off on DPRK Calls Hollywood Movie an ‘Act of War’
Our most fovourite dictatorship, the DPRK has released a statement warning the US of serious retaliation if an upcoming comedy casting irony at the North Korean leader is not banned immediately.
North Korea has denounced a ‘The Interview’ a forthcoming American comedy film featuring a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un as an act of terrorism, the communist nation has threatened to unleash a “merciless counter-measure” if Washington fails to ban the movie.
The movie, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is scheduled for release in October this year :: Read the full article »»»»