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Zika virus: Health alerts in South America and Caribbean following fears illness may cause birth deformities

Doctors believe the illness may be linked to a rise in cases of microcephaly in infants
  • Alexandra Sims
  • Thursday 19 November 2015 Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease similar to dengue fever VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

 

A virus believed to cause under-developed brains and skulls in newborn babies has sparked a public health emergency in Brazil and the Caribbean.

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease similar to dengue fever, was first identified on Easter Island, Chile in February last year and has since spread to Brazil, Columbia and the Caribbean.

On Monday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency confirmed five cases of the Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community, according to Liverostrum News Agency.

The territory where the cases were confirmed has not been revealed.

Reports say the disease surveillance system operated by one of the community’s members, Grenada, has since been heightened and health officials are on alert.

 

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Peru 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake  11/24/2015

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4 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 4.6 – 150km WNW of Iberia, Peru

    2015-11-25 00:28:16 UTC 600.0 km

  2. M 4.5 – 189km NW of Iberia, Peru

    2015-11-24 23:55:20 UTC 616.9 km

  3. M 4.6 – 181km WNW of Iberia, Peru

    2015-11-24 23:44:12 UTC 595.1 km

  4. M 7.6 – 169km WNW of Iberia, Peru

    2015-11-24 22:45:38 UTC 600.6 km

 

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NOAA’s National Weather Service

Tsunami.gov

Current date and time is: Nov 25, 2015 20:34 UTC

No Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches are in effect

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M7.6 – PERU-BRAZIL BORDER REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.6
Date-Time
  • 24 Nov 2015 22:50:52 UTC
  • 24 Nov 2015 17:50:53 near epicenter
  • 24 Nov 2015 16:50:52 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.070S 70.981W
Depth 606 km
Distances
  • 208 km (128 mi) NW of Iberia, Peru
  • 212 km (131 mi) S of Tarauaca, Brazil
  • 221 km (137 mi) SSW of Feijo, Brazil
  • 264 km (163 mi) WNW of Cobija, Bolivia
  • 695 km (430 mi) ENE of Lima, Peru
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.0 km; Vertical 7.0 km
Parameters Nph = 90; Dmin = 320.8 km; Rmss = 1.13 seconds; Gp = 61°
Version =
Event ID us 100040×6 ***This event has been revised.

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Brazil 7.6 Mag Earthquake   11/24/2015

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2 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 4.6 – 78km WSW of Tarauaca, Brazil

    2015-11-25 09:26:23 UTC 641.9 km

  2. M 7.6 – 210km S of Tarauaca, Brazil 2015-11-24 22:50:53 UTC 611.7 km

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Earth Watch Report  –  Tsunami

Aftermath  on a Brazilian beach after  a Meteorological Tsunami strikes

Cassino 09.02.2014

Pablo Guimarães

 

Published on Feb 9, 2014

Onda invade praia do Cassino e arrasta carros.

(Wave invades Cassino Beach and drags cars)

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February 12 2014 04:37 AM Tsunami Brazil Rio Grande do Sul, [Praia do Cassino (Casino Beach)] Damage level Details

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Tsunami in Brazil on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 at 04:37 (04:37 AM) UTC.

Description
Sunbathers, swimmers and casual visitors at the world’s longest beach, the Praia do Cassino (literally Casino Beach) in Rio Grande, Brazil, were captured by surprise this past Sunday when a bizarre natural phenomenon known as a Meteorological Tsunami, Meteotsunami or simply, weather-induced tsunami, hit the area. It caused the sea to swell and spill out a wave that reached all the way up to the parking spots (…or at least where people had parked their rides, possibly too close to the beach), and while humans escaped unscathed, their belongings, including dozens of vehicles, were damaged, as the body of water tossed the cars around on the sand. According to locals, this isn’t the first time that such a tsunami has been observed in the area. Meteorological tsunami (meteotsunami) “Tsunami-like phenomena generated by meteorological or atmospheric disturbances. These waves can be produced by atmospheric gravity waves, pressure jumps, frontal passages, squalls, gales, typhoons, hurricanes and other atmospheric sources.” “Meteotsunamis have the same temporal and spatial scales as tsunami waves and can similarly devastate coastal areas, especially in bays and inlets with strong ampli?cation and well-de?ned resonant properties.”

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Freaky Meteotsunami Tosses Parked Cars Around at Brazilian Beach

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Sunbathers, swimmers and casual visitors at the world’s longest beach, the Praia do Cassino (literally Casino Beach) in Rio Grande, Brazil, were captured by surprise this past Sunday when a bizarre natural phenomenon known as a Meteorological Tsunami, Meteotsunami or simply, weather-induced tsunami, hit the area. It caused the sea to swell and spill out a wave that reached all the way up to the parking spots (…or at least where people had parked their rides, possibly too close to the beach), and while humans escaped unscathed, their belongings, including dozens of vehicles, were damaged, as the body of water tossed the cars around on the sand. According to locals, this isn’t the first time that such a tsunami has been observed in the area.

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Earth Watch Report  –   Flooding

 

 

Imagem 23/34: 13.jan.2013 – O governador Geraldo Alckmin acompanha os trabalhos da Defesa Civil e do Corpo de Bombeiros em Itaoca. Uma forte chuva arrasou áreas do município do Vale do Ribeira. O tucano prometeu que o governo estadual ajudará na reconstrução da cidade Mais Governo de São Paulo/Divulgação

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Translation:  Governor Geraldo Alckmin accompanied  by  Civil Defense and Firedepartments workers in Itaoca.  Strong rains devestated the  municipality of Vale do Ribeira. Tucano promises that the State  government will assist in the reconstruction.  Government of Sao Paulo /Release

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RSOE EDIS

RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service

Budapest, Hungary

RSOE EDIS

2014-01-15 04:29:30 – Flash Flood – Brazil

EDIS Code: FF-20140115-42292-BRA
Date&Time: 2014-01-15 04:29:30 [UTC]
Continent: South-America
Country: Brazil
State/Prov.: State of Sao Paulo,
Location: ,
City: Itaoca,
Number of dead people: 12

Damage level:

Not confirmed information!

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The death toll from flooding that destroyed a small town in southeastern Brazil reached 12, as four more bodies were found, authorities said Tuesday. The flooding in Sao Paulo state’s Itaoca town was sparked by a severe rainstorm that started Sunday, causing the local Palmital River to burst its banks and inundate several neighbourhoods, Xinhua reported. About 10 percent of residents were forced to leave their homes due to rising flood waters. The surge also collapsed three small dams, making it difficult to access the town. Authorities said 100 houses were damaged in Itaoca, and another 50 in the neighbouring town of Apiai. They also warned that the death toll could rise in the next few days as 10 residents remain unaccounted for. Rescue teams are using rescue dogs to search for survivors. The town has been declared a disaster zone, and Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, who flew over the devastated town early in the day, said it will be necessary to rebuild
Itaoca. “Our priority now is saving lives and searching for the missing people. The second phase will be rebuilding the town, its bridges, unblocking highways. There are neighbourhoods that are still isolated,” the governor said. Such summer rainstorms are very common in Brazil, especially in its southeastern and southern regions. Less than a month ago, in the state of Espirito Santo, the state capital Vitoria was flooded, leaving 20 people dead and thousands homeless.
 

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Flood kills 12, destroys town in Brazil

English.news.cn   2014-01-15 05:40:49

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — The death toll from flooding that destroyed a small town in southeastern Brazil reached 12, as four more bodies were found, local authorities said Tuesday.

The flooding in Itaoca, Sao Paulo state, was sparked by a severe rainstorm that started Sunday, causing the local Palmital River to burst its banks and inundate several neighborhoods.

About 10 percent of residents were forced to leave their homes due to rising flood waters. The surge also collapsed three small dams, making it difficult to access the town.

Authorities said 100 houses were damaged in Itaoca, and another 50 in the neighboring town of Apiai.

They also warned that the death toll could rise in the next few days as 10 residents remain unaccounted for. Rescue teams are using rescue dogs to search for survivors.

 

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SHAKE AND BLOW


by Staff Writers
Brasilia (AFP) Dec 26, 2013


Brazil leader breaks holidays to tour flood-hit areas
Bras�lia (AFP) Dec 27, 2013 – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her year-end holidays Friday to tour flood-hit areas of the country’s southeast where 40 people have died following torrential rains.

After two weeks of heavy downpours which have triggered deadly landslides, the weather is beginning to improve across much of southeastern Brazil.

Tens of thousands of people spent Christmas without drinking water, power or communications while food shortages were reported.

Accompanied by Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, Rousseff flew over the Governador Valadares region of Minas Gerais where torrential rains have left people dead and forced 9,500 to leave their homes.

Civil Defense officials said two children aged 3 and 11 died Sunday buried under mud slides that swept away their home in Governador Valadares, where rivers overflowed their banks, causing extensive flooding.

In neighboring Espirito Santo which has been hit by the worst rains in 90 years and which Rousseff toured on Tuesday, the official death toll was revised downward from 27 to 23.

Two persons are still reported missing and presumed to be buried under the mud.

A total of 52 cities in Espirito Santo have been hit by flooding and 61,000 people have been evacuated.

The Brazilian Air Force said its helicopters rescued 162 elderly and sick people as well as women and children. It also delivered eight tons of food, medicines and drinking water to the state.

The federal government meanwhile authorized the allocation of nearly $3 million to fund rescue operations, assistance to the victims and restoration of essential services in Espirito Santo.

 

At least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless following torrential rain in southeast Brazil over the past few weeks, officials said Thursday.

In Espirito Santo state, Civil Defense officials reported a total of 27 fatalities, including eight Thursday, in what they described as the worst rains in 90 years.

They said 61,379 people were forced to leave their homes.

“We are going to have to rebuild the state,” said Governor Renato Casagrande amid extensive flooding and damage to bridges and roads.

 

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BBC

Floods kill dozens in south-east Brazil

 

Doce River in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, on 26 December, 2013 Many rivers have burst their banks, such as the Doce in Espirito Santo state

 

 

 

More than 40 people have died following weeks of torrential rain in the south-eastern Brazilian states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais.

 

The downpours have been described as the worst to hit Espirito Santo in 90 years.

 

About 70,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

 

Troops have been deployed to help distribute food, water and medicine to areas cut off by flooding and landslides and to repair roads.

‘Rebuild the state’

“We are going to have to rebuild the state,” Espirito Santo State Governor Renato Casagrande said referring to the extensive damage caused to bridges and roads.

 

President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her Christmas break to fly to her home state of Minas Gerais to survey the damage.

 

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(Screenshot from O Globo)The recommendations set forth by an internal government NSA review panel are nothing but “cosmetic changes” staged to “restore public confidence” in the U.S. government’s spying activities, charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in an email exchange with Brazil’s O Globo news station.

Publicized Sunday during O Globo’s “Fantastico” program, Snowden reportedly corresponded with reporter Sonia Bridi through his attorney in an effort to prevent interception and disclosure of his location.

“Their job wasn’t to protect privacy or deter abuses, it was to restore public confidence in these spying activities. Many of the recommendations they made are cosmetic changes,” said Snowden.

“The biggest offense one could commit in the U.S. isn’t to damage the government, but rather to embarrass it,” he continued. “It’s clear that I could not possibly get a fair trial in my country.”

The comments followed the publication last week of an open letter by Snowden to the people of Brazil, of which a media blitz falsely reported that Snowden had offered NSA secrets in exchange for asylum in Brazil despite there being no indication of such a plea.

“The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again: I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice,” he wrote last week.

During the O Globo broadcast, reporters said Snowden had reiterated his vow saying, “I will never exchange information for asylum and I don’t think the Brazilian government would do that either. A grant of asylum should always be a purely humanitarian decision.”

Snowden added that U.S. law did not distinguish between a whistleblower revealing illegal programs “and a spy secretly selling documents to terrorists,” O Globo reported.

Snowden’s statement came as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Sunday that a special session was set for January 14 during which the five members of the NSA review panel will discuss the 46 recommendations made by the panel. It will be the committee’s first hearing of 2014.

“Momentum is building for real reform,” said the committee’s Democratic chairman, Patrick Leahy (Vt.), in a statement announcing the hearing.

Echoing Leahy’s statement, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said, “The arguments for the status quo fell apart this week in Washington.”

“It’s time now to have real reform, not a veneer of reform,” Udall said, and “to rebuild the American people’s trust in our intelligence community.”

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Consequences of U.S. decline

 

 

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I have long argued that U.S. decline as a hegemonic power began circa 1970 and that a slow decline became a precipitate one during the presidency of George W. Bush. I first started writing about this in 1980 or so.

At that time the reaction to this argument, from all political camps, was to reject it as absurd. In the 1990s, quite to the contrary, it was widely believed, again on all sides of the political spectrum, that the United States had reached the height of unipolar dominance.

However, after the burst bubble of 2008, opinion of politicians, pundits, and the general public began to change. Today, a large percentage of people (albeit not everyone) accepts the reality of at least some relative decline of U.S. power, prestige, and influence.

In the United States this is accepted quite reluctantly. Politicians and pundits rival each other in recommending how this decline can still be reversed. I believe it is irreversible.

The real question is what the consequences of this decline are. The first is the manifest reduction of U.S. ability to control the world situation, and in particular the loss of trust by the erstwhile closest allies of the United States in its behavior.

In the last month, because of the evidence released by Edward Snowden, it has become public knowledge that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been directly spying on the top political leadership of Germany, France, Mexico, and Brazil among others (as well, of course, on countless citizens of these countries).

I am sure the United States engaged in similar activities in 1950. But in 1950, none of these countries would have dared to make a public scandal of their anger, and demand that the United States stop doing this. If they do it today, it is because today the United States needs them more than they need the United States.

These present leaders know that the United States has no choice but to promise, as President Obama just did, to cease these practices (even if the United States doesn’t mean it). And the leaders of these four countries all know that their internal position will be strengthened, not weakened, by publically tweaking the nose of the United States.

Insofar as the media discuss U.S. decline, most attention is placed on China as a potential successor hegemon. This too misses the point. China is undoubtedly a country growing in geopolitical strength. But accession to the role of the hegemonic power is a long, arduous process.

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Protesters throw rocks from behind a shield outside the Libre oilfield auction in Rio de Janeiro

Protesters throw rocks from behind a shield outside the Libra oilfield auction in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

Brazilian soldiers and national guard troops have fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters near a luxury beach-side hotel where a multi-billion dollar oil rights auction took place in Rio de Janeiro.

The auction for Libra, a prime deepwater oilfield off the Rio coast which could hold up to 12bn barrels of reserves, has divided opinion in Brazil.

The auction was staged in Barra de Tijuca, an upmarket beachside suburb popular with actors and footballers, and 1,100 members of the security forces were brought in for the event, which eventually took place an hour late.

The auction was won by the only bidder – a consortium of international and state oil companies, including Shell (which got 20%), France’s Total (20%) and Chinese state companies CNPC and CNOOC (10% each). They will pay a total of R15bn (£4.27bn) in signing fee alone for the vast field.

Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras will drill the field and keeps ownership of 40%. The country’s oil industry has expressed concern it is far too much of a commitment for a company that is already overstretched and heavily in debt.

But many Brazilians feel the country is selling off national riches. “I don’t feel secure about it,” said Wendell Santana, 40, a taxi driver. “It should have been debated more by the population.”

In recent years Brazil has discovered billions of barrels of oil thousands of metres beneath the Atlantic Ocean bed in so-called “subsalt” fields – enough to make the country one of the top half a dozen producers in the world by 2020.

 

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Clashes ahead of Brazil’s Libra oil exploration auction

The BBC’s Wyre Davies reports as attempts are made to disperse protesters

Brazilian security forces and protesters have clashed in Barra da Tijuca, near Rio de Janeiro, where the Brazilian government is auctioning off exploration rights for a huge oilfield on Monday.

Members of the National Security Force fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse some 300 protesters.

Several protesters have been injured.

President Dilma Rousseff had ordered tight security after violent demonstrations in Rio last week.

With only eight months to go before the World Cup, for the government to order the army onto the streets of Barra de Tijuca (the coastal strip to the west of Rio) is not a decision that will have been taken lightly. They will provide images that Brazilian authorities would frankly rather the world did not see at such a critical moment.”

Local media said a small number of protesters tried to set a car alight while others tried to block cars carrying officials from Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry from getting to the hotel where the auction is taking place.

“There were bizarre scenes. Riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades, not just against protesters, but also on to the beach, with hundreds of tourists and sun worshippers looking on incredulously,” the BBC’s Wyre Davies reported from Rio de Janeiro.

Among the protesters are members of various unions representing oil workers, who have been on strike since Thursday at more than 40 oil platforms and refineries.

‘Sell-out’

The unions accuse the government of “selling off” Brazil’s riches.

Eleven international oil companies are said to be interested in the Libra oilfield, and nine of them have so far reportedly paid the required registration fee.

The Libra offshore oilfield is located at a depth of some 5,000m (16,500ft), below a thick layer of salt sediments, which makes its exploration extremely challenging.

A man waves a flag as security forces guard the site of the Libra auction on 21 October 2013
The site of the Libra auction is well guarded
Protest in Barra da Tijuca on 21 October 2013
Protesters set fire to rubbish bins and overturned the car of a local broadcaster

 

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breakingtheset

Published on Sep 18, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Brazil’s Response to NSA Spying, Monsanto’s Revolving Door, Nestle’s Lawless Water Exploits, Wal-Mart’s War Against Livable Wages and How to Stop the TPP.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on news that Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff postponed her meeting with Obama in light of NSA spying on her country. Abby then breaks down how the Ag giant Monsanto has established a permanent revolving door in Washington, highlighting major conflicts of interest between top government officials who have personal stakes in the company. Abby then talks to Sheila Muxlow, campaign director of the WaterWealth Project, about Nestlé’s massive water extraction operation in Hope, Canada, what North Americans can do to protect this valuable resource from exploitation. Abby then speaks with Nikki Lewis, executive director of DC Jobs with Justice about Wal-Mart’s win over the DC city council regarding higher wages for employees, and how this decision will affect the city’s working class. BTS wraps up the show with a call to action, urging all Americans to tell Congress to vote against the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between multinational corporations being discussed in total secrecy.

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699028a0217fe451a7507194c9496bd5Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
August 19, 2013

Gabby Williams is 8 years old and has not aged because of a “mysterious condition” that keeps her trapped in an infant’s body.

Mary Margaret Williams, Gabby’s mother, explained that her daughter has not changed much since she was born.

Williams said: “She has gotten a little longer and we have jumped into putting her in size 3-6 month clothes instead of 0-3 months for the footies.”

Mainstream television played a documentary based on Gabby in 2011; which also featured a 40 year old man who still resembles a 10 year of child.

A woman in Florida has retained her childhood appearance, and a 31 year old Brazilian woman looks like a toddler.

Gabby’s story will be replayed on television when The Learning Channel (TLC) airs a follow-up documentary this week.

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The Amazing Girl Who Doesn’t Age!

Armen Ohannesian

Uploaded on Aug 6, 2009

This is an amazing clip and could change science and how we treat illness and aging.

 

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