Monday, May 26, 2014

DISASTER PRECURSORS: The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior - Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Texas; Perth Beach Closed After Rotting Whale Head Washes Up On Australian Shore; Fish Falling Out The Skies In Sri Lanka; The Huge Increases In Rescue Owl Orphans Baffles The Wildlife Rescuers In Buckinghamshire, UK; Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In A Creek In Castelsarrasin, France; 40 TONS Of Trout Dead In Lake Titicaca, Peru; Fish Kill Found In A River In Tocantins, Brazil; Large Amount Of Dead Fish Appear In A Lake In Haikou, China; Several Hundred Dead Trout Found Dead In A River "Is One Of The Biggest Ecological Disasters" In Monforte, Portugal; Mass Die Off Of Fish In A Dam In Corum Province, Turkey; And Hundreds Of TONS Of Fish Die-Off In Fish Cages In Lake Bato, Philippines! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

May 26, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Ashore In Texas


If you're passing though Kemah this Memorial Day weekend, you might notice a big stench due to hundreds of thousands of dead fish that have washed ashore.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the dead fish began showing up last weekend. Now, the fish litter the shoreline, and the stench fills the air.

"It just stinks really bad," said Yesenia Compean. "You had to cover your nose when you walk by there."

Edward Hinojosa and his family spend almost every other weekend in the Kemah area.


WATCH: Dead fish wash up in Seabrook.

 


"Never seen nothing like that in my life," said Hinojosa.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says the shad or bait fish are likely showing up dead because of oxygen depletion.

At this time, there are no plans to investigate the fish kill any further. There's also no word on any plans to clean the fish off the shoreline. - ABC13.


Perth Beach Closed After Rotting Whale Head Washes Up On Australian Shore
Washed up: A decomposed whale head was found at Perth's Sorrento Beach on Monday morning

A three metre decomposed whale head has washed up on a Perth beach, forcing authorities to close the area amid fears the carcass could attract sharks.

The head, believed to belong to a sperm whale, was found at Sorrento Beach on Monday morning.

The carcass is three metres long and 1.5m wide.


Beach closed: Authorities shut the beach amid concerns the carcass could draw sharks to the area

Department of Parks and Wildlife said the head was from a mature sperm whale and it most likely died from natural causes.

The remains are located about 800m north of the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club.

Authorities will remove the whale head on Monday afternoon and the beach remains closed.



WATCH: Three metre long whale washes up in Perth.

 


- Daily Mail.


Fish Falling Out The Skies In Sri Lanka?
Fishy tale: The story of fish falling out of the skies above Sri Lanka seems indisputable. Videos taken in the district of Chilaw show people collecting the little fish in buckets.

In Qatar more rain seems to fall from my air conditioning units than from the sky. Sometimes the units spit ice, and once or twice as a special treat, they've thrown a cockroach at me. In parts of the world which are wetter than Qatar, it seems that nature is just as fickle; at the beginning of the month it wasn't cockroaches, but small fish which rained down on western Sri Lanka.

Tales of creatures raining from the skies have been told throughout history. The Roman natural philosopher, Pliny the Elder, wrote about storms of fish and frogs in the first century AD. For years many people assumed that these stories were myths, or at least exaggerations, but nowadays there is no doubting the truth surrounding these tales. There are simply too many stories and too much evidence supporting them.

Certainly the story of fish falling out of the skies above Sri Lanka seems indisputable. Video taken on May 5 in the district of Chilaw shows people collecting the little fish in buckets. The video also proves that some of the little creatures were alive when they came out of the sky, as when water was added to the buckets, the fish swam around, gasping for breath.

The strange thing is that no one has ever seen creatures getting sucked up into the air, they've only ever been seen falling from the sky. How they get into the sky is therefore assumed rather than proved. It's believed that a tornado must move across a coastal region or a river, and suck the sealife out of the water. The strong winds in the upper atmosphere can then carry the creatures vast distances before they eventually fall back to earth.

Sealife falling out of the sky is more common than you might think, and it's not only limited to fish. In 2012, prawns rained down on Sri Lanka; in May 1981, frogs were seen falling from the sky in Greece; and back in 1881, hermit crabs pounded the city of Worcester in the UK.

However, one of the most mystifying downpours of sealife was in the Australia town of Lajamanu. The town is about half way between Darwin and Alice Springs, in the Tanami Desert. Despite its desert location, fish fell across the town on not one but two consecutive days in February 2010.

What makes this even more remarkable is that Lajamanu is 525km (325 miles) from the nearest river. Even more amazing is the fact that locals had already reported seeing fish raining on their house in 2004 and 1974. Despite its distance from water, Lajamanu is clearly a very fishy place!

Most things that are sucked up into the atmosphere will have to be quite light. The Sri Lankan fish were between 5 and 8cm (two to three inches) in length, approximately the same size as the Spangled Perch which fell in Australia. We can therefore stop worrying about the chance of a shark or whale falling on our heads!

Having said that, it's best not to under estimate the strength of winds within a thunderstorm cloud, something that one man, Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin, could never forget.

In 1959, Bill Rankin was flying his fighter jet above the eastern US state of North Carolina, when his plane ran into difficulties. After failing to restart his engine, he was forced to eject from his aircraft, despite the ominous looking thunderstorms which were hovering below. He hurtled towards earth, expecting the built-in barometer on his parachute to deploy after about three or four minutes' free fall.

However, after just 10 seconds he ploughed straight into the towering anvil of a cumulonimbus cloud.

As soon as Bill Rankin was inside the storm cloud, the temperature dropped dramatically. The dense grey cloud obscured the sun, while the extreme cold and wind began to inflict frostbite on his body. After what seemed like several minutes, his parachute deployed, but unfortunately the volatile storm had caused it to deploy prematurely.

The updrafts within the cloud were so strong that the pilot was thrown upwards towards the top of the cloud, before gravity dragged him downwards again. This didn't happen once, but over and over again. Lightning flashed all around him, with the thunder so loud he felt it, rather than heard it.

The air was so saturated with water, that every intake of air caused him to splutter and choke. He began to worry that he would drown. All the while, he was being pelted by hailstones, which he worried would rip his parachute to shreds.

Eventually Bill Rankin noticed that the ferocity of the conditions was easing, and he was gently drifting out of the bottom of the storm, mercifully with his parachute still intact. When he reached the ground, he calculated he had been hurtling up and down within the thunderstorm for approximately 40 minutes.

If the updrafts within a thunderstorm can keep a man airborn for 40 minutes, we can only imagine how long they could keep a small creatures in the air.

Suddenly 525km from the nearest river doesn't seem like such a large hurdle. However, the frequency of the fishy rain is still something that has me intrigued. - Gulf Times.


Huge Increases In Rescue Owl Orphans Baffles Wildlife Rescuers In Buckinghamshire, UK
Owl stretching time: These baby tawny owls will be spending the Whitsun bank holiday at Tiggywinkles
wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire after being rescued by the workers there


Britain's owl population is still suffering the consequences of last winter's wet and windy weather months later.

Staff at Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, have rescued 31 owls which had fallen from trees, compared with just two of the young birds of prey last year.

Les Stocker, Tiggywinkles founder, said: 'I am worried as last year we had just two owls in and this year we now have 31. Perhaps the storms taking out old trees might have something to do with it.

'Adult owls have been forced to seek new nest sites that aren't as secure. The babies then fall out onto the ground.

'My worry is that this is only in my catchment area. How many more are going to be lost across the country?'

Mr Stocker said that the orphans are aged between four days and two weeks and were rescued over a short period of time.

They were all found on the ground in areas such as Milton Keynes, Henley on Thames, High Wycombe, Amersham and Tring.

Suffering from starvation and dehydration they were given specialist care for the first 24 hours and are likely to be realised in the autumn, Mr Stocker added.  - Daily Mail.


Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In A Creek In Castelsarrasin, France
Since Thursday evening, the creek is polluted Merdaillou,
hundreds of
dead fish were found by rievrains.
Photo DDM, Max Lagarrigue
There are hundreds of dead fish , since yesterday morning, float on rivers Merdaillou" we confirmed the president of the fishing company Castelsarrasin, Patrick Domingo produces leaving the police Castelsarrasin. Alerted by residents of the neighborhood of Notre- Dame- d'Alem , Patrick Domingo produces blood has a beat and discover the state of the stream. "Given the amount of dead fish found, it is a pollution depth of the stream , which must be remembered flows into the Garonne."

Shared by a local resident who gathered yesterday afternoon even analysis,
nets full of dead fish on his property. "In fact, I saw the first dead Thursday night and this is amplified while yesterday, assured that warned fisherman could only be heartbroken by this macabre discovery. What is more worrying is that even the so-called funds such fish studs died ... That is, if the pollution is deep."

The water police looking polluter i
nformed of the situation by the owner of Gaul Saracen , agents of the National Office for Water and Aquatic Environments ( ONEMA) who among other Mission police water and aquatic environments, went, yesterday, on the spot to try to find the source of this pollution." They have well established the presence of a large amount of dead fish, we indicated the communication service of the prefecture. While initially the trail of a release from a paint factory Castelsarrasin was privileged agents ONEMA who ascended the river, had the certainty that the pollution was well before the sub prefecture and would be of agricultural origin."

Levies on dead fish confirmed , moreover, the investigators that they would be dead for the past two days.
An element that would make the task agents ONEMA even more difficult than the pollutant causing the death has had time to dissipate." There is little chance of finding the origin of the agricultural pollution, fish being dead for too long " certifying the service of the prefecture. A checklist should now be produced by ONEMA and forwarded to the prosecutor of the Republic of Montauban, Alix Cabot Chaumeton . Not affected by this author pollution, however , it is likely that the owner of the parquet class this case without more ... One thing that was a cry of anger at the company's chairman Patrick Domingo produces fishing." This is the third pollution of the watercourse in three years, and nothing is done . This is unacceptable! All livestock studs that we form by nursery was once again destroyed by people who have no respect for nature. It's gone from an accident, I think the state too easily fatalistic in this folder. In the end, it leaves to the polluters."
. - LA Depeche. [Translated]


40 TONS Of Trout Dead In Lake Titicaca, Peru
We left at 4 am yesterday from Puno to Juli district. After an hour and a half away, the head of Trout Project Coordinator Rural Fondoempleo, Nancy Montesinos Condo, presented us with a bleak outlook on Lake Highest Navigable World, thousands of dead fish and hundreds of trout producers as in a day of burial.

Around 7 am, with the sun shining the beautiful scenery, we arrived at Sihuayro sector where we find Denis Huaman collecting dead trouts, who tearfully told us that he lost 30 thousand soles capital, then they died
3 tons of trout that were to be sold.

After spending 15 minutes, we went toward the district Pomata, where we find trout cages dragged to the lake, boats smashed, torn screens, Aymara villagers gathered in the lake trout and other dead verifying their cages about 300
meters from the lake. Similar situation was observed in the area of ​​Faro in the same district.Here the producers had already picked up dead trout and were assembled for the damages that had each producer ; greeted with much concern and then in a couple of boats rode the shattered, empty and dead fish in water cages.

Our journey does not end there, with the president of the Federation of Truchicultores and Traders of the South Zone of Puno, Rogelio Segura Laurente, we moved to Chatuma where bleak picture was repeated.
Here the president of the association in this area , Simon Pari, reports that most producers lost their capital and many banks have loans worth more than 10 billion suns amount.

Close at 11 am we completed visits to the most affected areas and our return Rogelio Segura and Nancy Montesinos, estimated that 410 trout producers of 11 associations, lost about 5 million soles for the death of 160 thousand units
trout with a total weight of about 40 tons. You need to remember that it is the third time that producers are affected by the waves ; however, the authorities did not perform any action to counter the problem. Producers called for the implementation of the Fisheries Security and contingency plans of the Regional Government of Puno.
- Los Andes. [Translated]


Fish Kill Found In A River In Tocantins, Brazil
New fish mortality was recorded by netizen in the southern state (Photo: Deyvid Brito / Internauta)

Dead fish were again caught by the population of the state, but this time the entry was made in Formoso River, south of Tocantins .
According to the netizen Deyvid Brito , the photos were taken on Thursday (22) , near the pumping area of Rio Formoso project facing irrigated agriculture in the region. "I'm from Formoso do Araguaia and today , in the early afternoon, passing through the BR-242 , the right side of the highway, I realized that there were several dead fish," he says .

The scene caught by the internet is not the first .
In April , fishermen Tocantinópolis, upstate, said they found evidence of a fish kill on the Tocantins River. And in February , thousands of dead fish were found near the dam of the hydroelectric plant Luís Eduardo Magalhães in Paved, 50 km from Las Palmas. In the latter , Investco, the company responsible for the plant, was fined more than U.S. $ 2.5 million for the death of fish.According to the Tocantins Nature Institute (Naturatins), the Surveillance and Coordination of Environmental Quality sent a monitoring team of Formoso do Araguaia, to inspect the area where the dead fish were found. The goal , according to the agency, is to investigate the causes of the destruction of these animals. However , the coordination of the State Naturatins thought better call for reinforcements.According to the agency, on Monday (26) a team of Gurupi also go to the site and a report is expected to leave in three days, counting from Monday.
- Globo. [Translated]



Large Amount Of Dead Fish Appear In A Lake In Haikou, China
"Big Lake is half dead fish, dead fish have never seen so many." Yesterday , Haikou Mr Li reached the newspaper reflect hotline, Red Lake City, a large number of dead fish. " In the end is contaminated water or what other causes ? " Lee hope the relevant departments to thoroughly investigate the cause.

4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, this reporter went to Red Lake Lake Road, saw a large dead fish floating along the lake about five -meter.
Several sanitation workers are wearing masks salvage dead fish with nets . "From 7:30 in the morning to start cleaning up, clearing away forty-five have a forklift." A sanitation workers told reporters that he was responsible for sanitation Red Lake City for many years, had never seen so many dead fish .
Yesterday afternoon, the reporter of the relevant situation to Haikou Municipal Water Authority.
According to the council about the person in charge of the preliminary investigation, these fish die of suffocation. He explained that in order to solve the problem of water shortage Red Lake City a few years ago, the sea began to lead the Nandu River water into the Red Lake , Red Lake water supply updated daily. However , six days ago, the water pipes burst, until 10 o'clock yesterday morning was repaired to restore water . The official said, because during the six days is not timely supply of fresh water into the lake, the water level is too low, the fish is likely to die of suffocation . The official said that the cause of fish death in a large area requires further investigation and analysis . ( Reporter Huang Ting )
. - Shuichan. [Translated]


Hundreds Of Dead Trout Found Dead In A River "Is One Of The Biggest Ecological Disasters" In Portugal
The river should be suffered yesterday in Monforte one of the biggest ecological disaster in living memory at least among fishing enthusiasts, who believe that are several hundred trout and the fish found dead between Freixo place where the treatment plant is waters of the City, and the setting of A Barxa, and near the recreation area Ribasaltas. - El Progreso. [Translated]


Mass Die Off Of Fish In A Dam In Corum Province, Turkey


Corum Dam Sinkhole mass fish deaths occurred in
Provincial Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock launched an investigation into the incident. Sinkholes mass fish deaths started Dam 4 days ago frightened citizens. Citizens saw hundreds of dead fish on the surface of the water situation Corum Province Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Livestock told the authority. By the review team from the region of dying fish and water samples from the bottom of the dam.
Subsequently, the sample was made with the views.
Food, Agriculture and Livestock Provincial Director of Elfaz have Erkan , the reservoir during the investigations said that overexploitation is seen to be blurred. Ermiş " This blur effect for the Red River, which rises one meter of the reservoir due to torrential rain and then this water with the withdrawal of the thousands of fish in the pond that they had formed was observed." said. The words have continued to say : This is perished while surviving fish in the pond. Fishing mortality is the most important move is understood to result from the mud 
- HT. [Translated]


Hundreds Of TONS Of Fish Die-Off In Fish Cages In Lake Bato, Philippines
A two-week old fishkill has hit 70 percent of 18,770 tilapia fish cages in Lake Bato, affecting an estimated P52.5 million worth of tilapia stock, the Municipal Agriculture Office said Wednesday.

Alejandro Pili, agriculture officer, in an interview, said the fishkill, which started May 7, was triggered by a sudden downpour that pushed down the mass of decaying planktons to the bottom of the lake.

A fishcage has a minimum of 40 kilos to a maximum of 100 kilos of mature tilapia stock, according to Pili, but he could not give exact figures on the value of the losses since the fishkill started.

“Only three personnel are monitoring the fishkill,” said Pili.

The cost of affected tilapia stocks, however, could be estimated at P52.5 million considering the minimum of 40 kilos per fishcage affected, which could fetch a minimum price of P100 per kilo prevailing in the public market.

The 2,810-hectare Lake Bato is surrounded by three villages in Libon, Albay and 16 villages in Bato, Camarines Sur, based on information provided by Pili. There are 205 fish cage owners registered in the municipal agriculture office.

He said the cause of the fishkill was depletion of oxygen in the water as microorganisms caused the decay of planktons that were brought down to the bottom of the lake during the sudden downpour after a long searing hot weather. - Inquirer.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Ebola Virus Spreads Across West Africa - Five Dead In First Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak As Guinea Announces 2 New Cases Of Ebola In Previously Unaffected Area!

May 26, 2014 - WEST AFRICA - Five people died in Sierra Leone's first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, according to the World Health Organization.The death toll from the epidemic in West Africa reaches 190,despite regional officials’ claims that it has been brought under control.

Five Dead In First Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak
Ebola virus virion (Image from wikipedia.org)

"I can categorically confirm that the Ebola sickness has materialized," health ministry official Amara Jambai said on Monday.

"Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom," the World Health Organization (WHO) also said in a statement on its website.

This chiefdom shares a border with the current Ebola virus disease hotspot Guéckédou in Guinea.

Several suspected cases of Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, were earlier registered in Sierra Leone, but they tested negative.

The WHO has deployed six international experts to the area with essential supplies and reagents. However, the health watchdog noted that it does not yet recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Sierra Leone.

A total of 190 deaths have now been recorded in West Africa, including neighboring Guinea and Liberia, since the year’s start.


Health workers walk in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital
in Conakry on April 14, 2014 (AFP Photo)


The West African outbreak began in February from a remote corner of Guinea spreading to the capital, Conakry, inhabited by 2 million people. A total of 258 clinical cases have been recorded in Guinea since the outbreak was first identified as Ebola. These include 174 deaths - 95 confirmed, 57 probable and 57 suspected, according to WHO. The virus then spread further to neighboring Liberia where it reportedly killed 11 people.

In March, Guinean officials claimed they had stopped the outbreak from spreading beyond the country's remote southeast.

"The epidemic is not spreading to other regions," Guinean Health Minister Remy Lamah told Reuters by telephone on March 26. "Medical equipment has been shipped in," he said. "MSF is helping us to control the outbreak."

Ebola has been more commonly found in Central Africa including Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, and in Uganda and South Sudan, however the latest research shows that it was not introduced from this region indicating a new strain of the virus.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola as it is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. - RT.



Guinea Announces 2 New Cases Of Ebola In Previously Unaffected Area
The epicentre of the Ebola outbreak has been in south-eastern Guinea

Guinean health officials announced two new confirmed cases of Ebola on Friday in an area previously untouched by the virus, which has killed more than 100 people in West Africa but which Guinea's government has said is now under control.

West Africa's first deadly outbreak of Ebola spread from a remote corner of the country to the capital, Conakry, and into neighbouring Liberia, causing panic across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.

"We recorded two new cases in Telimele. They are the first in this locality, which is in fact a new outbreak," said Mamadou Rafi Diallo, a spokesperson for Guinea's health ministry, adding that the two were being treated in isolation.

Ebola - a haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent - causes symptoms ranging from flu-like pains to internal and external bleeding. It is transmitted between humans by touching victims or through bodily fluids.

The new cases may have been due to the two coming into contact with the body of another victim at a funeral service. Such contact has been responsible for a number of transmissions since the outbreak was first identified in March.

"We're talking about a woman who was buried there without care," Diallo said. Authorities were not considering the dead woman as a confirmed case as she had not been tested for the disease.

The government said it was also closely monitoring 41 people who had come into contact with the two confirmed sufferers in Telimele, about 250 km (160 miles) from the capital Conakry.

"The government is working with partners to put in place a treatment centre, to identify everyone who has made contact with Ebola victims as well as raise awareness and distribute hygiene kits," the government said in a statement on Friday.

Ebola has infected around 170 people elsewhere in Guinea and in Liberia and killed more than 100, although the death toll is likely higher as the government is only counting cases that have been confirmed through laboratory testing.

No new cases of Ebola have been detected since April 26 in Conakry, where an outbreak could pose the biggest threat of an epidemic due to the city's role as an international travel hub. - Yahoo.



THE THEATRE OF WAR: Escalating Tensions On The South China Sea - Chinese Boat Attacks, Sinks Vietnam Fishing Vessel, Vietnam Says!

May 26, 2014 - SOUTH CHINA SEA - A Chinese vessel attacked and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said.


China claims sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea which is hotly contested by
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, who are backed by the US. 

“It sank,” ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said of the Vietnamese vessel. “It was rammed by a Chinese boat.”

The 10 fishermen on board were rescued by other Vietnamese boats after the sinking yesterday around 17 nautical miles (19.5 miles) from a Chinese oil rig located near the contested Paracel Islands, Vietnam News reported.

Vietnamese ship DNa 90152 operating out of Danang was encircled by 40 Chinese fishing vessels in what Vietnam regards as its exclusive economic zone, the newspaper said.

China’s placement of the rig off the coast of Vietnam set off violent anti-China protests in Vietnam this month, as well as clashes between the two nations’ coast guard, with water cannons used and accusations of boats being rammed. China says the rig is in its own territory and that it has long carried out exploration work in the area.

China’s actions violate international law and threaten peace, security and freedom of navigation, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in a speech May 22 in Manila. Tensions in the South China Sea risk disrupting the flow of goods, Dung said, with the waters carrying some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.


Vietnamese protest outside the Chinese Embassy on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam, against Beijing's
deployment of an oil rig in the contested waters of the South China Sea. The deployment of the rig has a
triggered a tense standoff in the ocean and raised fears of confrontation between the neighboring
countries. The banner reads "Hoang Sa is the vietnames term for the the Paracel Islands,
Truong Sa  is the Vietnamese term for the Spratly Islands." (AP Photo/Chris Brummitt)

Dung said Vietnam will decide soon what legal course if any to take, Philippine President Benigno Aquino said, citing their conversations.

China’s President Xi Jinping is expanding the country’s naval reach to back its claims to the South China Sea that are based on the “nine-dash line” map, first published in 1947. That claim extends hundreds of miles south from China’s Hainan Island to equatorial waters off the coast of Borneo. China and Vietnam both claim the Paracel Islands, and Association of Southeast Asian members Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines have claims to other areas in the South China Sea.

Asean leaders meeting in Myanmar on May 11 issued a statement expressing concern about South China Sea tensions, without referencing China directly. The grouping has maintained a policy of neutrality on the disputes.

“China will have one version of the events, Vietnam will have one version of the events. We don’t need to get into that,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters in Myanmar on May 10.

Asean leaders have called for progress on a code of conduct with China that would seek to preserve freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Talks have made little headway since China agreed in July to start discussions, with China introducing fishing rules in January requiring foreign vessels to seek permission before entering waters off its southern coast. - Bloomberg.



OMEN: The Signs And Wonders From The Heavens And The Earth - Precursors To The Collapse Of The Priest Class Of The Magi At The Vatican, The United States Corporation, The British Crown, The European Union And The White Supremacy Paradigm!

May 26, 2014 -  THE PRIEST CLASS & THE WHITE SUPREMACY PARADIGM - Cosmic energies from ancestral vibrations manifested through the forces of Mother Nature indicates that we are moving into a new paradigm, despite  the Priest Class of the Magi's deftly orchestrated blueprint  of Evangelii Gaudium to maintain the white supremacy paradigm, power and evangelical relevance in the transition to the Age of Aquarius.

We first saw this when lightning struck the basilica of St. Peter's dome on the same day that Pope Benedict XVI announced his unprecedented resignation, the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.


Lighting strikes the basilica of St.Peter's dome during a storm that struck Rome.



WATCH:  Lightning strikes St. Peter's Basilica.

 

Of course, the resignation and the later installation of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, was a carefully orchestrated event by the Vatican Church State. Using the Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel as an apostolic exhortation to evangelize the modern world, the inheritor of the throne of St. Peter had captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all, after a perpetual deluge of sex and financial scandals. Pretending to be a humble servant and comforter of hurting people in an harsh world. A new voice of conscience. A pretense that would later earn him the title as the People's Pope and TIME Magazine's  Person of the Year 2013.

But if you thought Mother Nature didn't have many surprises up her sleeve, think again. Following the honorary magazine cover, lightning struck the Jesus Christ Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil breaking a finger off the right hand of the 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Christianity, that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.


Lightning strikes the right hand of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2014.
Photo: EPA

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro.
Photo: Getty Images


Several days from this incident, two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture were attacked by other birds.


Pope Francis is joined by two children who release doves during the Angelus Prayer in St. Peter's Square.

Crow fought the wings of a dove.

After the pope and the two children left the windows, a seagull and a big black crow quickly
swept down, attacking the doves,including one which had briefly perched on a windowsill.

Several days ago, The Shard in London, Western Europe's tallest building was struck by lightning in a torrential downpour.



Lightning hit The Shard in central London during a storm on May 22 MICHAEL HOLSKINSON

A huge bolt of lightning directly hit The Shard during a sudden thunderstorm in central London. Photographs taken from across the Thames showed a single bolt hitting the top of the skyscraper. One person, writing on Twitter said the spectacle was "like something out of a movie".


WATCH: London's Shard struck by lightning.



But, you say, what does this have to do with the Priest Class?

Well, the Vatican Church State rules over the colossal wealth of the planet. The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator, and property owner in existence. Possessing more material wealth than any bank, corporation, giant trust, or government anywhere on the globe. Those riches and enormous investments are managed by bankers like the Rothschild's in the City of London or Crown, the private corporate city state of London and the financial hub of the white supremacy paradigm's trinity of global control city centres - where the Vatican City is the head and religious centre, and Washington D.C. is the military wing that provides the modern centurions and legions to maintain the Roman Empire. All three are separate states, completely independent of their respective countries.

Wall Street in New York is the financial outpost that connect the two European cities to the United States corporation, where practically all financial transactions  are owned by the Pontiff of Rome through the British Crown, under the ancient Roman Municipal Laws and Papal Bulls.

Two days ago, Mother Nature struck the spire with lightning from a thunderstorm, on top of the One World Trade Center / Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan,  the 104-story super-tall structure rebuilt on the ashes of the original World Trade Center following the 9/11 false flag events that help to launch a global war on "terror" and further perpetuate the Roman Empire's military operations across the globe.

Photojournalist Gary Hershorn captured the two bolts of lightning:





Signs and wonders that seem to be pointing towards the end of the United States corporation, the City of London, the European Union, the Vatican Church State, and ultimately the collapse of the white supremacy paradigm.

Yesterday, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) posted startling revelations about the current position of the Bergoglio's status as Pope, and the resignation of one of the Holy See's chief defendants, Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas Pachon.

Rome:

Amidst rumours that Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, may step down from his office because of his public prosecution for child trafficking and murder, one of his fellow defendants has just done so.

Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas Pachon announced suddenly this week that he will resign from his office at the next General Congress of the Jesuits.

Along with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon are primary defendants in an historic criminal lawsuit being conducted by the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels that commenced on April 7, 2014. Several eyewitnesses who have given their deposition to the Court claim they witnessed Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon participate in child rape and sacrifice rituals connected to the notorious Jesuit-run Ninth Circle cult, during 2009 and 2010.

In a statement generally unreported by the world media, Pachon announced on May 20 that he was stepping down from his office without giving a reason.

The Italian TV news agency Rome Reports called Pachon’s resignation “unusual … for one of the leading prelates in the church”.

Pachon is the third top Vatican official to resign while in office after being prosecuted by the ICLCJ for crimes against humanity. Former Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, abdicated on February 11, 2013, barely two weeks before the ICLCJ jury found him guilty of complicity in child trafficking and murder. Another primary defendant in the same case, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, also resigned after the verdict.

ITCCS Field Secretary Kevin Annett commented today from Canada,

“This is yet another huge admission of guilt by some of the most powerful men in the papacy. Obviously they are not untouchable, and their whole corrupt criminal syndicate is coming down. We should all take hope from this, and see that the law in the hands of the people can topple the worst tyrants.”

A recent interview with Kevin Annett about the ICLCJ trial and other news is posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCX_oujvuMg&feature=youtu.be . It can be accessed (below) at the www.itccs.org, May 24, 2014 posting.

Further updates from the Court will follow.

Issued by The ICLCJ Directorate, 25 May, 2014 (GMT)
www.iclcj.com
- ITCCS.

WATCH: ITCCS's Kevin Arnett provides more information on monumental events at the Vatican.



Stay tuned. Monumental events ahead.



POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE: Precursors To The End Of The European Union And Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Far Right And Euroskeptics Surge, Make Sweeping Gains In European Parliamentary Elections!

May 26, 2014 -  EUROPE - The European parliamentary elections have drawn to a close bringing major gains for both Euroskeptic and Far Right movements. The results have dealt a blow to governments, with the French PM even calling the result "a political earthquake.”




The most major anti-EU public mood was demonstrated in France, where Marine Le Pen's far right National Front scored more than a quarter of the votes cast. Without even waiting for the final figures, French PM Manuel Valls announced on national television that such a result for the anti-EU party was a political “earthquake” for France – and the entire Europe.

"The sovereign people have declared they want to take back the reins of their destiny," said Marine Le Pen. "Our people demand just one politics. The politics of the French, for the French."

There was a similar unprecedented story in the United Kingdom, as the unheralded United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) managed to make major gains. The Euroskeptic party's victory marked the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives have won a British national election.


Nigel Farage pictured arriving for the South East region declaration in Southampton. Credit: PA

UKIP have enjoyed a rapid rise. 20 years ago, they managed to win just one percent of the vote at their very first European elections, however two decades on, they are set to win around 28 percent. At the last elections five years ago, the party won 16.5 percent.

The party’s leader, Nigel Farage, hailed the result as, “the most extraordinary result in British politics in one hundred years.” This was despite a smear campaign against UKIP being launched by the main stream parties, while the Euroskeptics certainly did not help their own cause with a series of blunders in the run-up to the elections. However, Matthew Goodwin, an associate professor of politics at Nottingham University says, “UKIP support is a lot more resilient that we first thought it was.”

Euroskeptic and far-right parties were also showing gains in Greece and Denmark. Greece’s leftist Syriza, which opposes the austerity measures, was expected to garner 26.7 percent of the vote, beating the center-right New Democracy of Premier Antonis Samaras. At the same time the far-right Golden Dawn party was receiving 9 percent of the vote.


Marine Le Pen, France's National Front political party head, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European
Parliament elections at the party's headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris, May 25, 2014. (Reuters / Christian Hartmann)

Paolo Raffone, who started the CIPI Foundation Policy Think Tank, spoke to RT and explained why he believes those on the far right of the political spectrum have had such a successful time at these elections.

“This is the consequence of day years of crazy austerity policies that have destroyed the lives of several million people. People became disenchanted with the European Union. Their reaction has been to turn to those leaders at a national level who are proposing a national way out from the EU’s confused way of thinking,” Raffone said.

In Germany, Euroskeptic AfD was getting only 6.8 percent, while according to exit polls Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union was winning with 36 percent of the vote.


WATCH: 'Political Earthquake' - EU vote huge success for UK, French Euroskeptics.

 


According to preliminary results the center-right European People's Party, led by former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, was still on track to win the elections and get 212 seats in the European parliament – down from 274 seats. The center-left Socialists and Democrats were projected to grab 185 – down from current 196. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats was expected to get 71 seats – down from 83.

Although pro-European parties are still holding the vast majority of the seats in the parliament, larger number of anti-EU lawmakers may increase disagreements and complicate passing unpopular measures on which mainstream parties are divided.

Turn-out rates at the elections – an indicator of how engaged the public feels with Europe – remained virtually unchanged from 43 percent back in 2009. However, while some countries showed better turnouts, in others it plummeted – like in Slovakia, where a record low of 13 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. - RT.



EXTREME WEATHER: Arizona Wildfire Covers 21 SQUARE MILES - 25 Percent Contained!

May 26, 2014 -  ARIZONA, UNITED STATES - Officials said Sunday that they were slowly making progress in controlling a wildfire burning in a northern Arizona canyon that typically would draw many visitors over the Memorial Day weekend.


May 23, 2014: A Heavy Type-1 Skycrane Helictoper flies over the Slide Fire, above Route 89A, before dumping a 2,000
gallon load of water as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon near Flagstaff, Ariz. The fire has burned
approximately 7,500 acres and is five percent contained. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


The fire covered 21 square miles and is 25 percent contained, up from 5 percent the day before.

"It will still be a lot of work to be done before those (containment) numbers will increase significantly," fire spokesman Rico Smith said.

The Slide Fire has grown in the last two days as crews set fires to rob the blaze of its natural forest fuels.

The human-caused fire has been burning since Tuesday around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along the highway between Sedona and Flagstaff that would normally be filed with tourists as Memorial Day approaches. Slide Rock State Park, one of the most-visited tourist spots in Arizona, has been closed.

The goals for fire managers are to protect the 300 structures threatened in Oak Creek Canyon, keep the fire from pushing into the communities of Forest Highlands and Kachina Village to the east, and minimize the potential for flooding.

Smith said that fire officials expect to lift a pre-evacuation warning at noon Monday for the 3,200 residents of those two communities. Mandatory evacuations will likely remain in place in Oak Creek Canyon from Slide Rock State Park to Sterling Springs Hatchery.

No homes have been destroyed.

Smith said firefighters were focused Sunday on strengthening containment lines and clearing debris on the western end. Crews planned to continue burnout operations, which mostly have been completed on the key northern flank.

Aerial drops of water and devices that ignite prescribed fires in areas officials intentionally want to burn also resumed Sunday, Smith said.

Progress on the fire will be contingent on the weather. Officials said rain and cloud cover Saturday night into Sunday morning lowered the blaze's intensity, and then burnout operations were able to continue as the humidity dropped later in the day.

An Arizona Department of Environmental Quality report said breezy winds may push smoke east of the fire Sunday and into Monday. According to the agency, people more sensitive to air quality who are in the village of Oak Creek and surrounding areas may want to reduce heavy outdoor activities.

In Sedona, officials said the surrounding air has been declared "very unhealthy" because of heavy smoke drifting south of the fire. As a result, anyone with asthma, lung disease or heart disease as well as the elderly and children should stay indoors. - FOX News.



DELUGE: Flooding Hits Thousands Of Homes In Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, Indonesia - Inundate Almost All The Homes In The Area!

May 26, 2014 -  INDONESIA - Flooding has hit thousands of homes in Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, over the last two days after heavy rain fell in Bogor, West Java, increasing water levels in the Katulampa reservoir to rise and causing the Ciliwung River to burst its banks.


A boy stands on a makeshift raft in Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, on Friday. Thousands of houses in Kampung Pulo were
inundated over the last two days after heavy rain fell in Bogor, West Java. Many residents have begun reconsidering the
city administration’s offer of relocation to low-cost apartments as the area has flooded several times this month.
(JP/Dewanti Wardhani)

The floodwater, which reached up to 2 meters in some places, inundated almost all the houses in the area but no fatalities have been reported and nobody was evacuated; most residents stayed on the second floors of their homes, as is their habit during the height of the rainy season.

According to the head of neighborhood unit (RT) 4, Usep Tahrudin, the flooding hit Kampung Pulo on Thursday afternoon. The water receded after several hours, only to return at a higher level at dawn on Friday.

"At midnight we received information that more floodwater was coming. So, thankfully, we were able to anticipate and make preparations," Usep told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Usep added that the level of floodwater on the roads reached 1.5 meters, leaving most houses in the neighborhood inundated. However, locals were still in their homes as they could stay on the second floors.

"The flooding hasn't reached 2 meters so we're still safe. We can still sleep on the second floor [of our home]. We've experienced worse conditions before," Usep said.

He and his neighbors quickly moved their belongings upstairs to the second floors of their homes after hearing the announcement.

Fifty-four-year-old Usep said people in the area were now accustomed to flooding. Most of them had even prepared survival kits in case they needed to evacuate.

One resident, Rosalina, said her children had even begun to enjoy the flooding. While she was busy trying to clean her house of the floodwater, her two daughters were playfully splashing each other.

Like Usep, Rosalina and her family did not evacuate, as the upstairs of their house was still dry.

"My children like to swim in the floodwater after school. They've become accustomed to flooding," she said.

Although most Kampung Pulo residents have become used to floods, some have started to complain that they are occurring more often than in the past.

Rudi, who has lived in Kampung Pulo all his life, said there had been floods than usual this year.

"We used to suffer flooding only once every five years. But this month alone, floods have hit us 10 times. It's getting worse," Rudi said.

As a solution to the worsening situation, the Jakarta administration has plans in place to rehabilitate the Ciliwung River. Once the work on the river begins, thousands of people living along the riverbanks will be evicted and relocated.

The city administration is currently building rusunawa (low-cost rental apartments) for the relocation.

"I once refused to be relocated, but I have changed my mind. I will gladly move to the rusunawa once construction is complete, as long as the government pays compensation," Rudi said.

However, most people were unwilling to be relocated because the administration was only offering a small amount of compensation money, he added.

Seperately, Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnma told reporters at City Hall on Friday that the administration had already agreed to pay compensation for the buildings and land occupied by the riverbank squatters.

However, the amount of compensation paid would be different to property market prices, he said. "We have regulations to determine the amounts of compensation. For example, compensation to someone on land who does not have an ownership certificate will only be 80 percent of the value of the taxable property," he said.

Ahok said that although the administration was ready to pay the compensation, squatters still wanted to negotiate with the Building Construction, Supervision and Regulation Agency (P2B) about the amounts they would receive.

"If they don't want to follow our plan, their houses will be flooded again," he said.

Ahok said if the squatters were willing to leave, he guaranteed that their new homes would be free from flooding. - Jakarta Post.



MASS SHOOTINGS: Two Israeli Tourists Among Victims Of Brussels Shooting - 3 Dead; Victims Shot In The Face And Throat; Assailant Caught On CCTV?!

May 26, 2014 -  BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Two of three people killed in an attack at the Jewish museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli citizens, confirmed Israel's Foreign Ministry. The attack may be viewed as anti-Semitic terrorist act, say Belgian authorities.


A woman lays a flower on the pavement in front of the Jewish Museum of Brussels on May 25, 2014 where an attack by
a probable lone gunman the day before killed two Israelis and a French woman. (AFP Photo / Belga / Thierry Roge)

"An Israeli couple in their 50s from Tel Aviv, who were visiting Brussels as tourists, were among the victims," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

He added that Israeli officials “have confidence in the Belgian authorities, in the justice system and the police to look into this horrible crime.”

According to RTBF and the newspaper Le Soir, the victims were shot in the face and throat.

The bodies of the Israelis, Emanuel and Miriam Riva, will be flown to Israel once the Belgian investigators allow their transportation, reports Haaretz.

Meanwhile, the third victim, a female volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, was a French citizen, according to the official at Belgium’s prosecutor’s office. Belgian outlet Sudinfo.be says that the victim was named Dominique.

The fourth victim, who is still alive, but in an extremely critical condition, is a Belgian citizen, adds the official from the prosecutor’s office. Sudinfo.be reported that his name is Alexandre Strens, a 23-year-old employee of the museum.


Police personnel are seen at the site of a shooting in central Brussels May 24, 2014. (Reuters / Eric Vidal)

There is still little information about the motives of the shooter, said Ine Van Wymersch, a spokeswoman for Brussels Prosecutor’s Office at a news conference. She added that the suspect “probably acted alone, was armed and well prepared.”

"We know that the location, the Jewish Museum in Brussels, makes one think of it being an anti-Semitic attack, but we do not have enough to confirm this is the case," added Van Wymersch.

Earlier, Brussels police said they had detained a suspect, but he was soon released.

Belgian synagogues are currently under armed police guard. The Belgian authorities also called for public help in finding the suspect.

Meanwhile, a witness to the Brussels shooting told RT’s Ruptly video service that when he heard the noise of the first gun shots inside the Jewish museum, he immediately knew something was wrong.

"The shooting continued, so I got away from the window to avoid the possibility of taking a stray bullet. I went quickly to the window again, and I saw a lot of agitation close to the entrance of the museum, and in front of the antique shop near by the museum,” he added.


WATCH: CCTV - Deadly shooting insided Jewish Museum.




On Saturday Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said that though it was too early to call the attack anti-Semitic, given the target "there are strong grounds for presuming so."

"It's a shooting ... at the Jewish Museum ... All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism," she told the RTBF Belgian television station.

Also on Saturday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the killings, saying that they were "the result of endless incitement against the Jews and their state."


 WATCH: Witness to Brussels shooting, relives the horror.




"Slander and lies against the state of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored," he added.

Around 42,000 Jews currently reside in Belgium. According to Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) report, in 2012 there were 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium, a 23 percent increase over 2011 and an overall increase of 34 percent since 2000.

Two Jews attacked in Paris

Two Jewish men have been attacked Saturday night outside the synagogue in suburb of Creteil commune, Paris. The two men who were brothers were badly hurt and were hospitalized, according to AFP report. They are considered in serious but not life-threatening condition.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve immediately slammed the attack with the “utmost severity,” adding that he had instructed authorities to strengthen security at Jewish sites throughout the country. - RT.



DISASTER IMPACT: Powerful 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes The Aegean Sea Island Of Lemnos - 266 Injured; Causes Damage In Greece And Turkey! [PHOTOS]

May 26, 2014 -  GREECE - A magnitude-6.9 earthquake rattled Greece and Turkey Saturday, damaging structures and injuring at least 266 people in Turkey alone. The quake struck at 12:25 local time in the Aegean Sea, with the epicenter located just southwest of the Greek island of Samothraki, 185 miles northeast of Athens, according to the USGS.


A car damaged with the bricks after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake shook Gokceada Island located in Turkey's northwest
Aegean region on Saturday, 24th May, 2014. (Photo by Mehmet Bayer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The quake caused 266 injuries in Turkey, including one person who was in serious condition, according to the government's emergency and disaster management agency. The injuries were mostly the result of panic, caused as people tried to rush out of buildings.

The Institute of Geophysics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said the magnitude of the quake was 6.3. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported a magnitude of 6.4, later revised to 6.9.

The temblor was widely felt, including in Thessaloniki, the west coast of Turkey and as far away as Bulgaria and Istanbul. Turkey's emergency and disaster management agency said there were close to 70 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 5.5.

The quake damaged some buildings in the province, including two mosques, but there were no reports of any structures collapsing.


Police patrols as an old building is damaged after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the northeastern
Aegean Sea island of Lemnos, Greece, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ayis Theos)

Employes check their desks at the Ifestos airport after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the northeastern
Aegean Sea island of Lemnos, Greece, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ayis Theos)

Employees of the archeological museum speak on their cell phones as they wait officials to inspect the building after a
magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the northeastern Aegean Sea island of Lemnos, Greece, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
(AP Photo/Ayis Theos)

Pieces from the ceiling are seen on the ground of the Ifestos airport after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the
northeastern Aegean Sea island of Lemnos, Greece, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ayis Theos)

Also in Canakkale, patients were evacuated from a state hospital whose walls cracked. Authorities were setting up a field hospital to take care of patients, the Dogan news agency reported.

A duty officer at the Lemnos police precinct said a female British tourist was slightly injured at the airport when part of the ceiling fell. She was treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization. No other damage or injuries had been reported.

There were divergences as to the quake's depth. The USGS reported a depth of 6 miles, but the Athens Geodynamics Institute has reported 17 miles.

"The earthquake has occurred in an area with especially high seismic activity, which, in the past, has given earthquakes up to 7 magnitude (in 1982)," Manolis Skordilis of the Institute of Geophysics told The Associated Press. "We are currently analyzing the aftershocks and are on alert," he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


- The Weather Channel.