Friday, October 24, 2014

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Banker Suicides Return - DSK's Hedge Fund Partner Jumps From 23rd Floor Apartment In Tel Aviv, Israel!

October 24, 2014 - GLOBAL ECONOMY - The summer, thankfully, has been largely bereft of the dismal trend of bankers committing suicide, but as Bloomberg reports [17], Thierry Leyne, a French-Israeli banker and partner of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former chief of the IMF, was found dead Thursday after apparently taking his own life by jumping off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex in Tel Aviv. This is the 16th financial services executive death this year.

Bloomberg reports
[17] that Thierry Leyne, the French-Israeli entrepreneur who last year started an investment firm with former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has died. He was 48.
Leyne died yesterday in Tel Aviv, according to his assistant at the firm, who asked not to be identified. Le Figaro newspaper reported that he committed suicide. Last year, Leyne joined Strauss-Kahn in establishing the Paris-traded firm Leyne, Strauss-Kahn & Partners after the former IMF head bought a 20 percent stake to help develop the investment-banking franchise of Leyne’s company, Luxembourg-based Anatevka SA. Leyne had taken Anatevka public in March 2013 before joining forces with Strauss-Kahn, commonly referred to in France as DSK. The new partnership -- usually called LSK & Partners by using both men’s initials -- was part of Strauss-Kahn’s efforts to rebuild his post-IMF life after he was charged in 2011 of criminal sex, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and the forcible touching of a chambermaid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan. Strauss-Kahn denied the charges, which were later dropped. He settled the maid’s lawsuit in 2012.
And NYTimes adds, [19]:
Mr. Leyne, 48, jumped off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex, according to Israeli officials.
Leyne's Background [17]:
Thierry Leyne
Leyne, who resided in Tel Aviv, built his career as a financier in France, Israel and Luxembourg. He founded the investment firm Assya Capital in 1994 and listed it on Euronext in Paris in 2001. Leyne merged the business with Global Equities Capital Markets in 2010 to provide financial advice and private banking to clients in eastern Europe, Le Figaro reported.

Anatevka, which had a market value of 50 million euros ($63 million) when Strauss-Kahn purchased his stake, controlled the merged entity, known as Assya Compagnie Financiere, offering asset management, brokerage, corporate finance and capital investment. Anatevka had a staff of about 100 people in six countries -- Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco, Israel, Switzerland and Romania -- in September 2013.

In 1996, Leyne founded the company Axfin, one of the first independent investment firms in France, according to the website of Assya Capital. Axfin listed on the Paris stock exchange in 1999 before it was bought by Nuremberg, Germany-based Consors Discount Broker AG. Leyne was the supervisory board chairman of Consors France until the end of 2002. Leyne was born in September 1965, according to French public records. He held French and Israeli citizenship, Figaro said. He had an engineering degree from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, his LinkedIn profile shows.
* * * This is the 16th financial services executive death this year...

1 - William Broeksmit
58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2 - Karl Slym,
51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 - Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 - Mike Dueker
50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 - Richard Talley,
the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 - Tim Dickenson
a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 - Ryan Henry Crane
a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago. No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 - Li Junjie
33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

9 - James Stuart Jr,
Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say whatcaused the death

10 - Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, commited suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train

11 - Kenneth Bellando, 28
a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment.

12 - Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57,
the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter.

13 - Li Jianhua, 49,
the director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission died of a sudden heart attack

14 - Lydia _____, 52
- jumped to her suicide from the 14th floor of Bred-Banque Populaire in Paris

15 - Julian Knott, 45
- killed wife and self with a shotgun in Jefferson Township, New Jersey

16 - Thierry Leyne, 48
- jumped from 23rd floor apartment in Tel Aviv. - Zero Hedge.

CONTAGION: New York And New Jersey Issue Mandatory Ebola Quarantine For Risk Travelers – The Mandatory 21-Day Quarantine And Screening Procedures Are Stricter Than The CDC Standards!

October 24, 2014 - UNITED STATES
- The governors of New Jersey and New York have issued a mandatory quarantine for those travelers who have been treating or otherwise in contact Ebola-infected patients in West Africa. One healthcare worker has already been quarantined even though she has no symptoms, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The woman who has been quarantined landed at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey on Friday, according to AP. "Her next stop was going to be here in New York," Christie said during a news conference announcing the mandatory quarantine policy, Reuters reports. "A quarantine order will be issued."

Governors of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) and of New York Andrew Cuomo speak during a news conference about New York’s
first case of Ebola, in New York October 24, 2014. (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

The new policy is stricter than the standards recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but “the adjustment in increasing the screening procedures is necessary,” Cuomo said, cited by Bloomberg. CDC agreed that individual states have the right to exceed federal requirements, Cuomo added.“Public safety and public health have to be balanced and I think that this policy does that.”
The move comes after a healthcare worker who recently returned from Ebola-stricken Guinea, where he treated patients, was admitted to a New York City hospital with fever on Thursday and tests confirmed he was positive for Ebola. Dr. Spencer, 33, who became the fourth person to be diagnosed with the virus in the United States, was listed in stable condition in Bellevue Hospital's isolation unit on Friday. Spencer arrived at John F. Kennedy International airport on October 17 and went through all the ramped-up screening procedures, triggering no alert, because he “did not have a fever or other symptoms of illness."

Hazmat crews arrive outside the apartment building of Dr. Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, October 24, 2014 in New York.
(AFP Photo / Don Emmert)

Since then he acknowledged riding the subway and taking a cab to a Brooklyn bowling alley, still self-monitoring his health and not showing symptoms. Although he did feel fatigue on October 21, he did not report a fever until Thursday. "It's too serious a situation to leave it to the honor system of compliance," Cuomo said announcing the mandatory 21-day quarantine initiative on Friday. Furthermore state health officials will now extensively interview all travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. - RT 

Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'

Between Oct. 17, when he arrived back in New York City from West Africa, and Oct. 23, when he tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer "did attempt to self-isolate," officials said at a press conference Thursday.

"He was being mindful about contact with people," said Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the city's health commissioner. "Our impression is that he spent most of his time inside his apartment." But not all of it. Over that week, Spencer also rode three subway lines; took an Uber car; visited a park, a restaurant and a coffee shop; and attended a bowling party with friends.

He wasn't exhibiting symptoms at the time — except for fatigue — so it's not likely he put anyone in danger, because Ebola can't spread if symptoms aren't present. But here's a look at Dr. Spencer's travels while he was carrying the virus, based on information from city officials on Thursday and Friday:

Friday, Oct. 17
    1. Spencer arrived at Kennedy International Airport. He had left Guinea, where he had treated Ebola patients, on Oct. 14, and traveled through Europe. It's not known how he got home from the airport.
Oct. 18 to Oct. 20
    1. Spencer's home is in Harlem. He took his temperature twice a day, and "was taking precautions on his own," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Spencer did not go to his job at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, shown at the top of the map.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Spencer first started feeling "somewhat tired" on this day, Bassett said.
    1. At some point, Spencer rode the 1 subway line, shown in red. Officials didn't say what day he took it or where he went, but it appears likely he took it to get to destination #4.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has emphasized that even people riding in the same subway car could not have caught the Ebola virus because Spencer did not have symptoms.
    1. Spencer ate at the Meatball Shop at 64 Greenwich Ave. The Office of Emergency Management was assessing the facility on Friday.
    2. Spencer visited the High Line in Manhattan, a park built above the streets on a section of an old elevated train line.
    3. While at the High Line, he went to the Blue Bottle Coffee shop located at the park. The OEM was also at that facility on Friday.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
    1. Despite his fatigue, Spencer went on a three-mile jog, "a sign that he was feeling quite well," Bassett said. He ran on Riverside Drive in his neighborhood.
    2. He took the A subway line, shown in blue ...
    3. ... and the L line, shown in gray, as he went across the East River to Brooklyn.
    4. He attended a bowling party with friends at a vintage bowling alley called The Gutter in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. "He did bowl," Bassett said.
The Gutter has now been cleared to reopen.
    1. Spencer took an Uber car home from Brooklyn. Officials later located the Uber driver and determined he was not at risk.
Thursday, Oct. 23
  1. After coming down with a fever sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Spencer was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he was put in isolation.
In total, officials determined that Spencer had been in close contact with his fiancée and two friends; they have been quarantined. - Mashable.

Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak

SOLAR WATCH: Behemoth Sunspot 2192 Unleashes Powerful Earth-Directed X3.1 Solar Flare – The Sixth Strongest Solar Flare Of The Current Solar Cycle!

October 24, 2014 - SPACE - Sunspot 2192 unleashed the sixth strongest solar flare of the current solar cycle, a major X3.1 solar flare peaking at 21:40 UTC on Friday evening. Unlike the previous eruptions around the large active region, this event may be eruptive.

We will not know for sure until coronagraph imagery becomes available.
Major EARTH-FACING X3.1 Solar Flare - October 24, 2014.

As sunspots go, AR 2192 is, as astronomer Phil Plait has noted, "freakishly huge." Discovery News says: "Amateur astronomers have been wowed by a vast sunspot that has rotated to face Earth, the largest since this solar cycle began in 2008, and solar observatories (on the ground and orbiting Earth) are closely monitoring the region."

How vast is it? Discovery writes that "the sunspot located at the base of AR 2192 has swelled to over 80,000 miles across — Jupiter could almost fit inside the sunspot's mottled diameter."

The sunspot is particularly interesting because of its potential to wreak havoc here on Earth. According to Universe Today: "[As] the Sun rotates this monster into our line of sight, possibilities for Earth-directed flares and coronal mass ejections increase as do geomagnetic storms, the bringer of auroras."

Sunspot 2192 - Rotation (Oct. 16 - Oct. 24, 2014).

"This particular active region ... has been rumbling with intense flare activity, recently exploding with 2 X-class flares, causing some short-lived high-frequency (HF) radio blackouts around the globe," Discovery says.

Just last month, Earth caught a glancing blow from an X-class flare, triggering impressive auroras. AR 2192 is, as are most sunspots, easily visible to the properly shielded (that means using a welder's helmet of grade 14 or higher, or a telescope "sun filter") naked eye.

Through a small telescope (again, equipped with a sun filter), you can see a lot more detail, including "the mix of dark umbras scattered amid weirdly sculpted penumbral 'islands,' " says Universe Today.


Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Friday, prior to the X3.1 solar flare. Solar activity during the past 24 hours was moderate. Region 2192 produced an M4.0 solar flare at 07:48 UTC Friday morning. The event was associated with Type II and IV radio emissions, and what appears to be a southerly directed coronal mass ejection (CME).

An impact to our geomagnetic field is not expected. The large active region remains magnetically complex, but continues to show some separation between the lead and trailing sections of the group. Despite this, another moderate to strong solar flare will be possible during the next 24 hours.

Region 2192 will remain in a good geoeffective position for a couple more days before the rotation carries it further into the southwest quadrant. Elsewhere, all other visible regions are currently stable. New sunspots 2196 and 2197 were numbered overnight and do not appear to be very threatening at this time. - Solar Ham | MPR News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – October 24, 2014!

October 24, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Continuing lava flows and small strombolian eruptions

Lava flows on Stromboli’s Sciara del Fuoco and small ash emission this morning (INGV webcams)

There are no signs the effusive eruption is slowing down. A lava flow is being erupted from the vent at 650 m elevation and currently feeds two active branches on the upper Sciara del Fuoco. Intense degassing and sporadic small explosions occur from the summit vents.

Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy): Sporadic ash emissions from New SE crater

Small ash emission from Etna’s New SE crater
Occasional explosions from the New SE crater seem to continue. Small ash emissions could be observed on the morning of 22 Oct when clear weather allowed clear views of the crater. Tremor remains low at the moment.

Bardarbunga (Iceland): Eruption continues with large lava flows, increasing seismic activity at caldera

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun continues at similar rate, and has now been going on for more than 50 days. The erupted lava flow volume approaches 1 cubic kilometers and the lava flows now cover over 63 square km. A large lava lake above the central section of the fissure vent has formed and feeds a wide river of lava.

The Bardarbunga (Bárðarbunga) volcano is part of the second-tallest mountain in Iceland and located in the country’s Holuhraun lava fields –
a volcanic system that spans some 200 kilometers by 25 kilometers. Screenshot from @gisligisla1973

In August, a “record wave of seismic activity” started at the subglacial volcano, according to the Icelandic National Broadcasting service, or RUV. Since
mid-August, several significant earthquakes have been measured in the region, several of which have been in the
magnitude of 3.0 – 4.5. Screenshot from @gisligisla1973

By October 1, Bardarbunga had already ejected more sulfur dioxide than any other Icelandic volcano in several hundred years, Freysteinn Sigmundsson,
a geophysics and volcanology researcher at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences, told Newsweek at the beginning of October.
Screenshot from @gisligisla1973

Seismic activity in Bardarbunga continues to be strong, and has somewhat increased over the past days.

More than 50 quakes above magnitude 3 have occurred in the caldera during the past 2 days. At least 15 were larger than magnitude 4, the biggest being two 4.8 quakes at 13:21 on Wednesday and at 13:07 yesterday. At the dyke, smaller earthquakes continue as well at reduced rate.

Earthquakes today under Bárdarbunga volcano (IMO)

Depth vs time of recent earthquakes under Bárdarbunga

Subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera since September 12 (IMO)

A pink sunset over the Holuhraun volcanic eruption in Iceland

Subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera continues at remarkably steady linear pace of approx. 50 cm per day. No other significant changes have been detected.

Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): Thermal anomaly detected

KVERT reported that an explosive eruption at Zhupanovsky continued during 10-17 October.

Satellite images detected a thermal anomaly on the volcano during 10-12 October, and ash plumes that rose to an altitude of 9 km (29,500 ft) a.s.l. on 11 October and drifted 411 km NE during 11-12 October.

Cloud cover prevented satellite views of the volcano on the other days. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange. (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 15-21 October 2014)

Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): Thermal anomaly detected

A thermal anomaly at the volcano was detected on satellite data during 15-16 October.

Ontake-san (Japan): 7 people still missing

The volcano continues to produce white steam plumes rising a few 100 m above the crater. According to press articles, 7 people are still missing from the 27 Sep eruption, but search and rescue operations are being suspended until springtime because of the winterly conditions. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5).

Sakurajima (Japan): Strong explosion this morning

Following a week of relatively low activity, the volcano has become more active again during the past days. A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred this morning and produced an ash plume that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.

WATCH: Sakurajima volcano eruption - October 24, 2014.

Mayon (Philippines): Slow lava extrusion

PHIVOLCS reported that during 14-21 October white plumes rose from Mayon's crater and drifted NW, W, WSW, SW, and SE. On 14 October a seismic signal indicating a rockfall was recorded and a brief period of incandescence from the crater was observed.

A few volcanic earthquakes were recorded during 18-21 October. On 19 October weak incandescence from the crater was noted. A new lava flow first observed that same day was 300-400 m long on 20 October based on an aerial survey.

Weak crater incandescence from the lava dome was again seen on 21 October. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a 0-5 scale). (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 15-21 October 2014)

Karangetang (Api Siau island, Indonesia): Possible small eruption on Monday

A volcanic ash plume at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and extending 40 nautical miles to the NW was reported by Darwin VAAC Monday morning based on satellite data. This could suggest a small eruption occurred at the volcano.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Pyroclastic flows decreases

Pyroclastic flow on Sinabung on October 23, 2014 (VSI webcam)

Pyroclastic flows have decreased in size and frequency, but continued to occur at least until yesterday. Cloudy weather prevents detailed observations most of the time.

Kilauea (Hawai'i): Lava flows approach Apa'a road in Pahoa

The lava flow continues to advance towards Pahoa and might cut the first road very soon. During an overflight on 22 Oct, the most advanced front of the 27 June flow, a narrow lobe, was only approx. 480 m away from the Apa'a road.

The rate of advance of the flow, now at 21 km distance from its vent, has been highly variable, from an average rate of about 80 m/day during the previous week to rates as high as 300 m/day (330 yd/day) at times from Monday to Wednesday.

If the advance of the lava continues at current rates, the first lava to touch the Apa'a road could occur within hours or days.

A mobile monitoring station was installed to continuously keep track of the progression of the lava.

Comparison of the lava flow on October 8 and 22 (HVO / Culture Volcan)

A bulldozer reopens a portion of the Chain of Craters road (image: Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park)

Map of Kilauea volcano and roads (HVO)

For the time being, no evacuations are ordered for residents of Pahoa or Kaohe Homesteads, but the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station will close on Friday and will be temporarily (or permanently) relocated to an area on Kauhale Road approximately 2 km to the east, where it is thought to be outside the path of potential lava flows following the dominant topographic slope.

Reopening of Chain of Craters road

As a response to the increasing threat of lava entering Pahoa and interrupting highway 130, the government decided to start works to reopen the "Chain of Craters Road", closed since November 1986 when lava flows from Kupaianah'a and later from Pu'u 'O'o vents began to cover an approx. 18 km long section of the road along the coast, mostly during the 1990-2000s. The reason to open the Chain of Craters Road is to provide an alternative access to the south-eastern part of Big Island in case of interruption of road 130. The estimated cost is between 12 and 15.5 million USD.

Halema'uma'u lava lake

On the summit, the lava lake inside Halema'uma'u crater has been more or less stable. A small collapse of a part of the crater wall during the night 19-20 Oct produced a violent degassing phase, or an explosion, which likely ejected incandescent bombs to the outer crater rim - and would have been extremely dangerous for any observers there:this is the main reason the area is closed to visitors.
Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands): Low-level eruption was likely continuing

AVO reported that, although cloud cover often obscured views of Shishaldin during 15-21 October, seismicity indicated that a low-level eruption was likely continuing.

Elevated surface temperatures at the summit were periodically detected in cloud-free satellite images. Tremor and ground-coupled airwaves from small explosions were occasionally detected in seismic data.

The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Watch. (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 15-21 October 2014)

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Degassing, crater glow, occasional ash emissions

Ash emission from Copahue last evening

Crater glow from Copahue last night

Ash emission from Copahue last evening[/caption] Although activity has decreased a bit, intense degassing and sporadic small ash emissions as well as crater glow continue at the volcano. SERNAGEOMIN warns of the possibility of sudden explosions and recommends an exclusion zone of 3 km radius around the volcano's crater.

Volcano Activity Summary as of October 24, 2014

Currently erupting:
Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash emissions, lava dome growth (updated 24 Sep 2014)
Bardarbunga (Iceland): Ongoing northward migration of seismic activity (updated 18 Sep 2014)
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): intermittent activity, likely strombolian-type and/or lava flows (updated 4 Feb 2014)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia)
: strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 27 Aug 2014)
Colima (Western Mexico)
: new lava flow on SW flank (updated 21 Sep 2014)
Dukono (Halmahera)
: thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 16 Oct 2014)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia)
: active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala)
: strombolian explosions from summit crater, intermittent lava flows (updated 17 Oct 2014)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia)
: growing lava dome, occasional ash emissions (updated 16 Oct 2014)
Karymsky (Kamchatka)
: occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 4 Oct 2014)
Kilauea (Hawai'i)
: new lava flow from vents on NE flank of Pu'u 'O'o (updated 13 Aug 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea)
: degassing, occasional ash venting (updated 28 Aug 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia)
: sporadic explosions (updated 27 Mar 2014)
Nasu (Honshu)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): growing island (updated 11 Oct 2014)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo)
: active lava lake in summit crater (updated 26 Feb 2014)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania)
: effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica)
: phreatic explosions (updated 14 Oct 2014)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
: lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador)
: ash emissions, explosions (updated 19 Aug 2014)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): ash venting, intermittent explosions (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Sangeang Api (Indonesia)
: growing lava dome & lava flow (updated 7 Jul 2014)
Santiaguito (Guatemala)
: generation of hot lahars (updated 1 Oct 2014)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia)
: growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 21 Sep 2014)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, incandescent avalanches, occasional explosions (updated 24 Sep 2014)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia)
: continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Slamet (Central Java)
: intense strombolian explosions (updated 13 Sep 2014)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy)
: lava flow effusion on Sciara del Fuoco, occasional strombolian explosions (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands)
: strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 10 Sep 2014)
Tungurahua (Ecuador)
: moderate to strong strombolian explosions from central crater (updated 25 Sep 2014)
Ubinas (Peru)
: degassing, sporadic small explosions and ash venting (updated 11 Sep 2014)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu)
: ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia)
: intermittent ash emissions (updated 24 Oct 2014)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Aso (Kyushu)
: occasional weak ash emissions (updated 31 Aug 2014)
Augustine (Cook Inlet (SW Alaska))
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, weak seismic activity (updated 3 Jul 2014)
Cerro Negro de Mayasquer (Colombia)
: seismic unrest, inflation (updated 22 Oct 2014)
Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
: hot spot visible on satellite imagery (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina)
: degassing, crater glow, occasional ash emissions (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Etna (Sicily, Italy)
: sporadic weak ash emissions from New SE crater (updated 19 Apr 2014)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean)
: possibly lava lake in summit crater (updated 27 May 2014)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islan
Kavachi (Solomon Islands): no eruption since 2007 (updated 16 Jun 2014)
Kerinci (Sumatra): seismic unrest (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): degassing (updated 31 Mar 2014)
Kuchinoerabu-jima (Ryukyu Islands)
: explosion on 3 Aug 2014 (updated 21 Aug 2014)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
: small explosions, lava flow? (updated 13 Sep 2014)
Mayon (Luzon Island)
: extrusion of viscous lava flow, warning of possible explosive eruption (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Medvezhia (Kurile Islands, Russia)
: strong steaming, thermal anomaly (updated 17 Jan 2013)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo)
: lava lake in summit crater (updated 4 Aug 2014)
Ontake-san (Honshu)
: strong phreatic (?) explosion on 27 Sep 2014 (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Papandayan (West Java)
: strong hydrothermal activity, increased seismicity (updated 6 May 2013)
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion)
: short-lived eruption during 21-22 June (updated 23 Jun 2014)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico)
: degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 16 Oct 2014)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica)
: phreatic explosions from crater lake (updated 21 Sep 2014)
Sabancaya (Peru)
: Sabancaya volcano (Peru): phreatic eruption on 25 August (updated 4 Oct 2014)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
San Cristobal (Nicaragua): possible ash emission on 11 April (updated 12 Apr 2014)
San Miguel (El Salvador)
: ash emissions, small explosions, increasing tremor (updated 2 Sep 2014)
Sangay (Ecuador)
: degassing (updated 24 May 2013)
Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands)
: small explosive activity (updated 24 Oct 2014)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
: degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Aug 2013)

- Volcano Discovery.

PARADIGM SHIFT: The Rise Of The BRICS And The MINTS, Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Corporation And The Collapse Of The White Supremacy Paradigm – China And India Launches New World Bank Rival; Memorandum Of Understanding Signed By 21 Asian Countries!

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) shows the way to the guests of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the
Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Takaki Yajima)

October 24, 2014 - CHINA
- China and India are backing a 21 country $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Memorandum of understanding were signed with 21 Asian countries in Beijing Friday. Australia, Indonesia and South Korea were absent following hidden pressure from Washington.  

The development bank was proposed a year ago by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and is to offer financing for infrastructure projects in underdeveloped Asian countries. Headquartered in Beijing, former chairman of the China International Capital Corp investment bank Jim Liqun, is expected to take a leading role. The bank will initially be capitalized with $50 billion, most of it contributed by China.

The country is planning to increase authorized capital to $100 billion. With that amount the AIIB would be two-thirds the size of the $175 billion Asian Development Bank. India will be the second largest bank shareholder though Kuwait, Qatar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nepal, Oman, and all the countries of the Association of Southeast Asia, except Indonesia are involved. Australia, Indonesia and South Korea did not participate following US claims of ‘concerns’ about a rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders. Japan, China's main rival in Asia, which dominates the Asian Development Bank along with the United States, did not attend but had not been expected to do so.

Indonesia refused to participate claiming it needs time to discuss China’s proposal. The Australian Financial Review said US Secretary of State John Kerry had personally asked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to “steer clear” from joining AIIB. "Australia has been under pressure from the US for some time to not become a founding member of the bank and it is understood Mr. Kerry put the case directly to the prime minister when the pair met in Jakarta on Monday following the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo," the paper said. South Korea, one of America’s closest allies in Asia, is alse prevaricating. Its finance ministry said it spoke with China to request more time to consider details such as the AIIB's governance and operational principles.

US officials have said they do not want to support an initiative Washington thinks is unlikely to promote good environmental, procurement and human rights standards in the way the World Bank and ADB are required to do. But Chinese officials are convinced the American opposition is an attempt to contain the global rise of China and its ambition to remain the dominant power in Asia. “You could think of this as a basketball game in which the US wants to set the duration of the game, the size of the court, the height of the basket and everything else to suit itself,” Wei Jianguo, a former Chinese commerce minister, told the Financial Times. Matthew Goodman, scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC believes the initiatives of a BRICS Bank and AIIB “represent the first serious institutional challenge to the global economic order.” Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said the AIIB will set high standards, safeguard policies and improve on bureaucratic, unrealistic and irrelevant policies, according to the Xinhua news agency. - RT

CONTAGION: United States Army - The Ebola Virus Will Go Airborne Once The Temperature Drops; Hasn't In West Africa Because It's Too Warm; Army Medical Researchers Have Known About This Since 1995!

October 24, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists. After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,” the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. “Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.”

“Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.”

The study also referred to the 1989 Ebola outbreak at a primate quarantine facility in Reston, Va., in which the virus rapidly spread between unconnected rooms. “While infections in adjacent cages may have occurred by droplet contact, infections in distant cages suggests aerosol transmission, as evidence of direct physical contact with an infected source could not be established,” the study added. It is interesting to note this outbreak occurred in December 1989, when temperatures in Reston were usually below freezing, and it’s unlikely the indoor temperature in the vast quarantine facility was much higher.

The tropical climates of the world, including the Ebola hot zone of West Africa but obviously excluding the U.S. and Europe,
which have also had cases of Ebola. Credit: Me ne frego / Wiki

The tropical climates of the world, including the Ebola hot zone of West Africa but obviously excluding the U.S. and Europe, which have also had cases of Ebola. Credit: Me ne frego / Wiki[/caption] A 2012 study also by the USAMRIID, which exposed monkeys to an airborne filovirus similar to Ebola, reached a similar conclusion to the 1995 study. “There is no strong evidence of secondary transmission by the aerosol route in African filovirus outbreaks; however, aerosol transmission is thought to be possible and may occur in conditions of lower temperature and humidity which may not have been factors in outbreaks in warmer climates,” the study entitled A Characterization of Aerosolized Sudan Virus Infection in African Green Monkeys, Cynomologus Macaques and Rhesus Macaques stated. The study pointed out that filoviruses, which include Ebola and the Sudan virus used in this particular study, have stability in aerosol form comparable to influenza. “Filoviruses in aerosol form are therefore considered a possible, serious threat to the health and safety of the public,” it added.

And the Pentagon took this threat of airborne filoviruses so seriously that it organized a Filovirus Medical Countermeasures Workshop with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2013. “The DoD seeks a trivalent filovirus vaccine that is effective against aerosol exposure and protective against filovirus disease for at least one year,” the executive summary of the workshop stated. The Pentagon’s concern with airborne Ebola runs contrary to health officials who claim the disease can’t spread through coughing and sneezing, but according to the Army studies, that may only be true in tropical climates. “How much airborne transmission will occur will be a function of how well Ebola induces coughing and sneezing in its victims in cold weather climates,” the web site suggested. “Coughing and nasal bleeding are both reported symptoms in Africa, so the worst should be expected.” - Info Wars

Tracking the EBOLA Virus Outbreak