Saturday, October 25, 2014

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: More Banker Suicides – Another Deutsche Banker And Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Commits Suicide!

October 25, 2014 - GLOBAL ECONOMY
- Back on January 26, a 58-year-old former senior executive at German investment bank behemoth Deutsche Bank, William Broeksmit, was found dead after hanging himself at his London home, and with that, set off an unprecedented series of banker suicides throughout the year which included former Fed officials and numerous JPMorgan traders.

  Following a brief late summer spell in which there was little if any news of bankers taking their lives, as reported previously, the banker suicides returned with a bang when none other than the hedge fund partner of infamous former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan, Thierry Leyne, a French-Israeli entrepreneur, was found dead after jumping off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex in Tel Aviv. Just a few brief hours later the WSJ reported that yet another Deutsche Bank veteran has committed suicide, and not just anyone but the bank's associate general counsel, 41 year old Calogero "Charlie" Gambino, who was found on the morning of Oct. 20, having also hung himself by the neck from a stairway banister, which according to the New York Police Department was the cause of death. We assume that any relationship to the famous Italian family carrying that last name is purely accidental. Here is his bio from a recent conference which he attended:
Charlie J. Gambino is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Regulatory, Litigation and Internal Investigation group for Deutsche Bank in the Americas. Mr. Gambino served as a staff attorney in the United Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement from 1997 to 1999. He also was associated with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom from 1999 to 2003. He is a frequent speaker at securities law conferences. Mr. Gambino is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

As a reminder, the other Deutsche Bank-er who was found dead earlier in the year, William Broeksmit, was involved in the bank's risk function and advised the firm's senior leadership; he was "anxious about various authorities investigating areas of the bank where he worked," according to written evidence from his psychologist, given Tuesday at an inquest at London's Royal Courts of Justice. And now that an almost identical suicide by hanging has taken place at Europe's most systemically important bank, and by a person who worked in a nearly identical function - to shield the bank from regulators and prosecutors and cover up its allegedly illegal activities with settlements and fines - is surely bound to raise many questions. The WSJ reports that Mr. Gambino had been "closely involved in negotiating legal issues for Deutsche Bank, including the prolonged probe into manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and ongoing investigations into manipulation of currencies markets, according to people familiar with his role at the bank." He previously was an associate at a private law firm and a regulatory enforcement lawyer from 1997 to 1999, according to his online LinkedIn profile and biographies for conferences where he spoke. But most notably, as his LinkedIn profile below shows, like many other Wall Street revolving door regulators, he started his career at the SEC itself where he worked from 1997 to 1999.

"Charlie was a beloved and respected colleague who we will miss. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his friends and family,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement. Going back to the previous suicide by a DB executive, the bank said at the time of the inquest that Mr. Broeksmit “was not under suspicion of wrongdoing in any matter.” At the time of Mr. Broeksmit’s death, Deutsche Bank executives sent a memo to bank staff saying Mr. Broeksmit was considered by many of his peers to be among the finest minds in the fields of risk and capital management.” Mr. Broeksmit had left a senior role at Deutsche Bank’s investment bank in February 2013, but he remained an adviser until the end of 2013. His most recent title was the investment bank’s head of capital and risk-optimization, which included evaluating risks related to complicated transactions. A thread connecting Broeksmit to wrongdoing, however, was uncovered earlier this summer when Wall Street on Parade referenced his name in relation to the notorious at the time strategy provided by Deutsche Bank and others to allow hedge funds to avoid paying short-term capital gains taxes known as MAPS (see How RenTec Made More Than $34 Billion In Profits Since 1998: "Fictional Derivatives") From Wall Street on Parade:
Broeksmit’s name first emerged in yesterday’s Senate hearing as Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Subcommittee, was questioning Satish Ramakrishna, the Global Head of Risk and Pricing for Global Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. Ramakrishna was downplaying his knowledge of conversations about how the scheme was about changing short term gains into long term gains, denying that he had been privy to any conversations on the matter. Levin than asked: “Did you ever have conversations with a man named Broeksmit?” Ramakrishna conceded that he had and that the fact that the scheme had a tax benefit had emerged in that conversation. Ramakrishna could hardly deny this as Levin had just released a November 7, 2008 transcript of a conversation between Ramakrishna and Broeksmit where the tax benefit had been acknowledged. Another exhibit released by Levin was an August 25, 2009 email from William Broeksmit to Anshu Jain, with a cc to Ramakrishna, where Broeksmit went into copious detail on exactly what the scheme, internally called MAPS, made possible for the bank and for its client, the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund. (See Email from William Broeksmit to Anshu Jain, Released by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.) At one point in the two-page email, Broeksmit reveals the massive risk the bank is taking on, writing: “Size of portfolio tends to be between $8 and $12 billion long and same amount of short. Maximum allowed usage is $16 billion x $16 billion, though this has never been approached.” Broeksmit goes on to say that most of Deutsche’s money from the scheme “is actually made by lending them specials that we have on inventory and they pay far above the regular rates for that.”
It would appear that with just months until the regulatory crackdown and Congressional kangaroo circus, Broeksmit knew what was about to pass and being deeply implicated in such a scheme, preferred to take the painless way out. The question then is just what major regulatory revelation is just over the horizon for Deutsche Bank if yet another banker had to take his life to avoid being cross-examined by Congress under oath? For a hint we go back to another report, this time by the FT, which yesterday noted that Deutsche Bank will set aside just under €1bn towards the numerous legal and regulatory issues it faces in its third quarter results next week, the bank confirmed on Friday.
In a statement made after the close of markets, the Frankfurt-based lender said it expected to publish litigation costs of €894m when it announces its results for the July-September period on October 29. The extra cash will add to Deutsche's already sizeable litigation pot, where the bank has yet to be fined in connection with the London interbank rate-rigging scandal. It is also facing fines from US authorities over alleged mortgage-backed securities misselling and sanctions violations, which have already seen rivals hit with heavy fines. Deutsche has also warned that damage from global investigations into whether traders attempted to manipulate the foreign-exchange market could have a material impact on the bank. The extra charge announced on Friday will bring Deutsche's total litigation reserves to €3.1bn. The bank also has an extra €3.2bn in so-called contingent liabilities for fines that are harder to estimate.

Clearly Deutsche Bank is slowly becoming Europe's own JPMorgan - a criminal bank whose past is finally catching up to it, and where legal fine after legal fine are only now starting to slam the banking behemoth. We will find out just what the nature of the latest litigation charge is next week when Deutsche Bank reports, but one thing is clear: in addition to mortgage, Libor and FX settlements, one should also add gold. Recall from around the time when the first DB banker hung himself: it was then that Elke Koenig, the president of Germany's top financial regulator, Bafin, said that in addition to currency rates, manipulation of precious metals "is worse than the Libor-rigging scandal." It remains to be seen if Calogero's death was also related to precious metals rigging although it certainly would not be surprising. What is surprising, is that slowly things are starting to fall apart at the one bank which as we won't tire of highlighting, has a bigger pyramid of notional derivatives on its balance sheet than even JPMorgan, amounting to 20 times more than the GDP of Germany itself, and where if any internal investigation ever goes to the very top, then Europe itself, and thus the world, would be in jeopardy.

At this point it is probably worth reminding to what great lengths regulators would go just to make sure that Deutsche Bank would never be dragged into a major litigation scandal: recall that the chief enforcer of the SEC during the most critical period following the great crash of 2008, Robert Khuzami, worked previously from 2002 to 2009 at, drumroll, Deutsche Bank most recently as its General Counsel (see "Robert Khuzami Stands To Lose Up To $250,000 If He Pursues Action Against Deutsche Bank" and "Circle Jerk 101: The SEC's Robert Khuzami Oversaw Deutsche Bank's CDO, Has Recused Himself Of DB-Related Matters"). The same Khuzami who just landed a $5 million per year contract (with a 2 year guarantee) with yet another "law firm", Kirkland and Ellis. One wonders: if and when the hammer falls on Deutsche Bank, will it perchance be defended by the same K&E and its latest prominent hire, Robert Khuzami himself? But usually it is best to just avoid litigation altogether. Which is why perhaps sometimes it is easiest if the weakest links, those whose knowledge can implicate the people all the way at the top, quietly commit suicide in the middle of the night... - Zero Hedge.

PARADIGM SHIFT: Precursors To The End Of The Eurozone And The Collapse Of The White Supremacy Paradigm – S&P Says Eurozone Crisis Is Not Over; 25 EU Banks Set To Fail Health Checks; Unemployment Hits New Record High In France; Britain Closer To Quitting EU; Hundreds Of Thousands Protests In Rome,…!

October 25, 2014 - EUROPE - Is a second eurozone crisis looming? Or are we merely seeing the aftershocks of the last one? Premonitions of problems re-erupting in Europe’s 16-year-old monetary union go a long way to explain why global financial markets have had such a rough October. Eurozone share prices are among the worst performers; bond markets of weaker economies on the region’s “periphery” are twitching. Against that jittery backdrop, there is a serious growth slowdown in Germany, policy fights between Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Rome, possible early elections in Greece,... , and the following: 

Eurozone crisis might not be over, S&P warns

The eurozone may be entering another stage of recession as governments, banks and companies struggle to cut their massive debts in a period of weak economic growth, rating agency Standard & Poor’s has warned. The European currency block is entering a new stage of economic crisis, S&P said in a report on Thursday. "We think the eurozone might be entering a stubborn phase of subdued growth as deleveraging continues and the world economy weakens,” the paper reads. The warning followed manufacturing data which showed a slump in France in October. The Markit Flash Euro Zone Composite Output Index fell to 48.0 comparing to 48.4 in September. That is the lowest since February. A reading below 50 marks a contraction in private sector activities. France’s economy has been nicknamed the ‘sick man’ of Europe in recent months. There were better forecasts for Europe on the whole, as its composite PMI showed an unexpected result rising to 52.2 up from 52.0 in September. Further data released by Markit showed the private sector in Germany grew, showing promise after a series of disappointing data for the eurozone's largest economy. The country’s flash composite PMI for October grew to 54.3 from 54.1 last month. Earlier this month S&P revised its outlook on France’s long-term sovereign rating to negative and cut Finland's rating to AA+. Germany and Luxembourg are the only countries of the eurozone left with AAA ratings. The agency believes a large overhang of debt is one of the main impediments to a more visible recovery. It says that the origins of the eurozone crisis were not public prodigality and budget deficits, but excessive private sector borrowing from external sources.

Reuters / Brendan McDermid
"Only after public and private debt levels are back to their appropriate levels will, we believe, the national savings rates moderate and demand and growth return," S&P credit analyst Moritz Kraemer says. He believes another issue lies beneath a controversial program known as Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT). In 2012 the European Central Bank promised to buy the debt of stressed countries under the program. It hasn’t currently activated OMT, but it has been credited with calming markets. Experts believe stabilizing macroeconomic conditions, monetary and fiscal accommodation can open the way for microeconomic reforms, which can contribute to sustainable growth and development. These reforms can include amendments to the tax code, labor market institutions, cutting red tape, introducing competition into sheltered sectors, pension reforms, and education, among others. None of these reforms are on the duty list of the European Central Bank or the European Commission. These are responsibilities of national parliaments and require national leadership as well as ownership. "How governments react to the current volatility and economic slowdown will be important determinants for the eurozone's future direction," Mr. Kraemer said. - RT.

25 European banks set to fail health checks: sources
A group of 25 banks have failed European health checks, while up to 10 of those continue to have a capital shortfall, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, providing a snapshot of the health of the region's lenders.

The health checks, led by the European Central Bank, found that banks in countries including Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia and Portugal had fallen short of a minimum capital benchmark at the end of last year and that up to 10 remained in difficulty now, the sources said.

Banks in Spain and France had fared, by and large, better than expected. The result, which has yet to be finalised by the ECB's governing council on Sunday, provides the most complete picture yet of the robustness of the euro zone's top 130 lenders. Those banks with shortfalls will now have two weeks to submit a plan to bolster their capital to the European Central Bank (ECB), which will decide whether or not it gets the green light. A spokesman for the ECB said the test results had not yet been finalised, describing reports in the meantime as speculative.

"The results will not be final until they are considered by the Governing Council of the European Central Bank on Sunday 26 October, after which they will be published," he said.

European banking shares dipped briefly on Friday after Bloomberg News reported that 25 banks within the euro zone would fail the ECB "stress test".
All eyes will be on Europe this weekend as the much-anticipated results of the ECB’s Asset-Quality Review and stress test are announced. This is the first
stress test performed since 2011, following the sovereign-debt crisis. The hope is that results will increase transparency and bring confidence to the continent’s
banking sector before the ECB takes over as direct supervisor on November 4. Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker breaks down this round of tests by the numbers.
Portugal's finance minister Maria Luis Albuquerque said on Friday that the Lisbon government was confident that the country's three largest banks had fared well in the stress tests. The Austrian finance minister Hans Joerg Schelling, said only Volksbanken AG was "stress burdened" and the test revealed no surprises, according to the Austria Press Agency. Volksbanken had already said it would wind itself down. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank passed the ECB-led stress test by a wide margin with a core equity ratio of 8.8 percent compared to a minimum requirement of 5.5 percent, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Juergen Fitschen, co-chief executive of Deutsche Bank and president of the BdB association of German private-sector banks, said the results probably gave his country's banks a clean bill of health. Shares in the Italian banks considered most at risk of failing the euro zone health checks, including bailed out lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena , were sharply higher on Friday as investors counted on them doing better than expected.

"Investors are betting that one of the most problematic banks in the euro zone could pass the stress tests with fewer problems than previously thought," said Vincenzo Longo, strategist at broker house IG. - Yahoo.

French unemployment hits new record high
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After a slight improvement in August, the number of jobless in France once again increased in September, reaching a new record high of 3.43 million unemployed, government figures revealed Friday. Data from France’s labor ministry showed unemployment rose by 0.6 percent last month, after the modest 0.3 rise it experienced in August. “Let’s be honest, we are failing,” French Labor Minister François Rebsamen told Le Parisien newspaper on Friday in an unusually candid acknowledgement of France's massive unemployment problem. The figures were published amid declarations by Prime Minister Manuel Valls which suggested the government may seek reforms to the country’s unemployment benefits and work contracts’ system. In a recent interview in French weekly Les Obs, Valls said he thought France should consider revising existing long-term and short-term contracts in order to merge the two into a single contract system opposed by unions. Speaking from Brussels at the end of a European Council meeting on Friday, President François Hollande said unemployment could not be checked in a sustainable way unless “economic growth returns in Europe.” - France 24.

Britain closer to quitting EU: £1.7billion bill row brings fresh calls for referendum

David Cameron vents his anger at the £1.7bn bill during a press conference [GETTY]
Red-faced with anger, the Prime Minister vowed to block payment of the “completely unacceptable” surcharge presented by EU officials in a surprise overhaul of national contributions.“It is not acceptable, it is an appalling way to behave,” Mr Cameron said.Calls for the UK to withdraw from the EU intensified yesterday following the cash demand, which will cost every family in the country £65.And he admitted the latest insult to UK taxpayers - with the bill due to be paid by December 1st - was undermining his drive to keep Britain in the EU.When pressed on the issue by the Daily Express he said: “It certainly doesn’t help, put it that way.” As the row deepened, there was fresh pressure for the Prime Minister to accelerate his promised in-or-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage warned that Mr Cameron was in “real political trouble”. “Yes, it’s outrageous, but that’s how the European Union works,” he said. “He’s in a very weak position. He can do nothing about this. “And I think, really, he’s now being pushed into a position where, unless he brings forward his referendum promise, I think he’s in real political trouble.” The poisonous row over cash contributions to EU coffers engulfed a summit of European leaders in Brussels yesterday. Several were incandescent after a string of countries including Britain, Italy, Holland, Greece and Malta, were suddenly presented with extra bills to cover “adjustments” in their membership. They were told they needed to pay more cash because their economies had performed better than forecast between 1995 and 2013. Britain’s payment would raise the country’s annual EU contribution to £8.6billion. But other countries including France and Germany were due cash back because their economies had under-performed.

Italian premier Matteo Renzi, in a blast across the summit table, described the cash demand as a “lethal weapon” thrust at his nation.And Mr Cameron likened the bill to being coshed with “lead piping in the library” in a reference to the murder mystery board game Cluedo.In an angry intervention, he interrupted a summit discussion on economic policy to confront European Commission President Jose Barroso over the cash demand.He accused the Eurocrat of having “no idea” of the impact the “vast” invoice would have on the UK.Speaking at a news conference at the end of the summit, he said the “completely unjustified and sudden production of a bill for Britain of £1.7billion” had provoked “downright anger” in him. Mr Cameron insisted: “It is an unacceptable way for this organisation to work, to suddenly present a bill like this for such a vast sum of money with so little time to pay it. “And it is an unacceptable way to treat one of the biggest contributors to the European Union.” Repeatedly thumping his lectern with a clenched fist, he added: “I am not paying that bill on December 1st. "If people think I am, they’ve got another thing coming; it is not going to happen. “As an important contributor to this organisation, we are not suddenly going to get out our chequebook and write a cheque for two billion euros; it is not happening.” Mr Cameron insisted he had only learned about the swingeing cash demand yesterday. But questions were being raised about exactly how the bill was dealt with in Whitehall after it was revealed that the Treasury had received the calculations several days earlier. Mr Cameron said: “We need to make sure the Commission start answering questions about how on earth these numbers were arrived at. “The figures need to be thoroughly investigated; an explanation of how this happened needs to be properly produced.” Quoting Mr Renzi’s intervention, Mr Cameron said: “People have got to understand that this is not a figure, this is a lethal weapon.” He quoted Mr Renzi as saying: “When people produce a lethal weapon like this, don’t they understand that it leads to people, across Europe, thinking that the European Commission consists of technocrats and bureaucrats without a heart or a soul?” He added: “That is what the Italian prime minister said and I agree with every word of it.” He went on: “The first that I saw of it was yesterday, Thursday, and my instant reaction was to look at the other countries that are being treated in this way and to form an alliance with them and put a stop to this European Council so it could be properly discussed and an emergency meeting of finance ministers could be established.

“Yes, the Treasury had this information a little bit earlier but I don’t seek to single people out and say ‘Why didn’t you tell me this?’ or ‘Why didn’t you tell me that?’.“When this information comes in the first thing they do is try to check it and sort it.“I think, frankly, it is a bit of a red herring. You can all do ‘Who knew what whens’ and all the rest of it but actually, frankly, you don’t need a Cluedo set to know that someone has been clubbed with the lead piping in the library.“It’s a two billion euro bill, it gets presented with a month to go; that is not an acceptable way to behave and it’s not an acceptable sum of money.“We have invested in this organisation, we are a leading player in it. You do not join an association that suddenly thumps you with a bill for two billion euros three weeks before you’ve got to pay it. “If it behaves in this way, it shouldn’t get surprised when its members say this cannot go on and it’s got to change.” Senior Tory MP Bill Cash called an emergency meeting of his Commons European Scrutiny Committee to discuss the bill. “I expect a Treasury Minister to appear before the Committee early next week to explain how long the Government has known about the proposed increase, what it has done about it, and what immediate action it now intends to take,” he said. Tory MEP Daniel Hannan said the bill was making his campaign for Britain to quit the EU “redundant.” “The EU is doing a better job for us than all British Eurosceptics put together,” he said. “The extra money being demanded by Brussels - just the extra - would allow us to hire an extra 60,000 nurses and fund their pensions.” Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson branded the EU bill “ludicrous.” “The Prime Minister is absolutely right to build a consensus among our European allies on this - it’s EU bureaucracy gone mad. “If ever there existed a reason for fundamental reform of the EU here it is,” he said. “Suddenly demanding at a moment’s notice a £1.7 billion surcharge simply because Britain has outperformed other EU countries is ludicrous and completely unacceptable.”

Senior Tory backbencher John Redwood said: “This is a very large increase in tax on the British people, imposed retrospectively without their permission.“It offends all our principles of natural justice and fair taxation. “The British people are already paying too much tax and he last thing they intend to do is sent another £1.7 billion to the Commission so that they can behave in the way they just have overnight.”Fellow Tory Mark Pritchard said: “The timing and content of the EU budget demand shows how inept Brussels is."Brussels needs to work with the UK Government, not work against it.“Unless this behaviour changes, the EU referendum could be brought forward. "Europe should not penalise the UK’s economic success whilst rewarding France’s economic failure.” And Peter Bone, another Tory MP, said: “We are just being taken for a ride. "We are paying more and more in and getting nothing in return. “Roll on the referendum - this will just strengthen the resolve of the British public to get out of this super-state. “They are trying to rub David Cameron’s nose in the dirt for having the audacity to stand up and say freedom of movement is wrong.” Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the Business for Britain pressure group, said: “It’s staggering that the UK is being punished by Brussels for making the correct decisions, such as staying out of the euro, that have allowed our economy to grow. “We seem to pay more and more into the EU’s inflated budgets yet the main thing we get in return is just more red tape. “David Cameron should categorically reject any attempts to get Britain to top up the EU’s coffers and focus on securing a new, improved EU deal for the country. “ Details of the funding figures showed that Britain was facing by far the biggest top up of all EU nations. "The Netherlands was being asked for an extra £506million. In contrast, Germany was due an £800million rebate, France £789million and Poland £250million. The EU’s demand for the money could not have come at a worse time for the Prime Minister, who is seeing traditional Tory support flock to the UK Independence Party. Mr Cameron has already been given one black eye by Ukip, with former Tory Douglas Carswell defecting to the anti-Brussels party and winning the subsequent by-election in Clacton earlier this month. The Tories seem on course to lose another by-election to Nigel Farage’s party on November 20, with one opinion poll putting former Tory MP Mark Reckless 13 points ahead in the constituency of Rochester and Strood. Mr Cameron used a visit to the constituency last week to announce there would be “one last go” at a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Brussels.

Downing Street officials insisted Mr Cameron will stick to his refusal to pay unless the sum was substantially cut. One aide said: “The amount is vast and much more than any other countries is being asked for. “We have always accepted adjustments in the past but they have never been that scale.” European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso gave little sign of willingness to negotiate on the bill, however. He claimed the Commission was only following the procedures created by member states to balance the EU’s books each year. Adjustments to contributions were made every year, and “sometimes member states were asked to give more money, sometimes they receive much more more” - as happened to the UK in 2008 - he told an end-of-summit press conference. The Commission had proposed reforms to the system, but these were rejected by the member states, who insisted on continuing to use the national income measure, said Mr Barroso. Data on national income was provided by statistics authorities in each of the 28 member states and figures were then calculated by the independent Eurostat organisation in Brussels, he said. The Commission was ready to provide “information” about the process to finance ministers at the upcoming meeting, he said. But he added: “It is impossible to have negotiations about GNI (gross national income).” “Of course, I understand the concerns it has raised in London, but any person that wants to look with objectivity and honesty at the rules that were approved by the member states has to accept that sometimes these decisions happen,” said Mr Barroso. Asked how the Commission would respond if Mr Cameron made good on his threat to withhold payment, Mr Barroso said: “I can’t now speculate on non-payment.” Mr Cameron visited the constituency again yesterday, blaming “these European Councils” for making him late. Addressing community figures he added: “There are too many of them and they go on far too long and they always try to get hold of your money. “But they didn’t get my money and I got here in the end.”


In over a decade of covering European Union summits, I have never seen a prime minister so enraged at the behaviour of the Brussels bureaucracy as David Cameron was yesterday. He was glowing puce with fury as he strode into the room to deliver his news conference at the end of the Brussels gathering. By the end, his face was verging on a magenta hue and every word was being emphasised with a sharp clenched-fist bang on his lectern. Of course, anger is a weapon that any experienced politician knows how to deploy as much as charm and spin. With Mr Cameron, his supreme self control is always visible even in such torrents of rage. But I suspect the much of his seething performance yesterday was underpinned by genuine boiling outrage because the Prime Minister knows how damaging the EU's latest idiocy is to his own precarious position. Mr Cameron has a phalanx of Tory backbench critics whose patience with his twisting and turning European policy is all but expended. And he knows that the UK Independence Party, threatening a by-election triumph on once true-blue Tory soil in Rochester and Strood, has been dealt yet another dose of remarkable good fortune. Voters are even less likely to believe that the Prime Minister can win a new EU membership deal if Brussels can treat him so casually. His hints that he can negotiate curbs on unlimited freedom of movement are I danger of sounding hollow. Quite simply, Mr Cameron was betrayed in Brussels by the people who are supposed to be his allies in his attempt to reform the EU with the aim of keeping Britain in the bloc. They humiliated him with a demand that plays directly into his worst enemies hands. For many across the country, the Brussels bureaucrats' "adjustment" in payments will reinforce the view that the EU treats British taxpayers with contempt. Outgoing European Commission President Jose Barroso and his successor Jean-Claude Juncker have gifted Mr Cameron's Eurosceptic enemies another astonishing propaganda coup. - Express.

Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome in protest over ‘anti-job’ reforms

A woman holds a banner reading “Renzi-Monti-Berlusconi = recession” during a demonstration organised by Italian General
Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union on October 25, 2014 in central Rome.(AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

Protesters from all over Italy have packed the streets of Rome to express their anger at labor market reforms, one of the main building blocks of the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s policy. Up to 1 million people flooded the streets of the Italian capital, the organizers of the rally said. Up to 300,000 more participants were set to arrive in Rome throughout the day to take part in the protests, including a boat and two chartered planes from Sardinia. CGIL, Italy’s biggest labor union, organized the march and rally in Piazza St. Giovanni, with many protesters carrying red balloons and waving red union banners. Renzi eyes changing employee protection rules.

Immigrant farmers hold a banner reading “away from the field” during a demonstration organised by Italian General
Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union on October 25, 2014 in central Rome.(AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

Immigrant farmers hold a banner reading “away from the field” during a demonstration organised by Italian General
Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union on October 25, 2014 in central Rome.(AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

In September the plan won backing from his party. Critics say the amendments would result in companies not hiring enough staff and creating the risks of chronic economic weakness. "We want work for everyone, and work with rights. This is a demonstration for those without work, without rights, those who suffer, who have no certainties for the future," Susanna Camusso, head of the CGIL, addressed the protesters. "If Renzi and his government have their antennas up, as they usually do, they will receive a very strong signal today which is that the majority of the people who work and who want to work in this country do not agree with their politics," Fiom union Secretary-General Maurizio Landini told Reuters TV. "If he really wants to change this country he needs to do it with these people, not against us," he added.

Thousands protest in Rome over ‘anti-job’ reforms.


Also fueling the public’s outrage is the austerity policies: increasing public spending cuts to cope with the EU budget restrictions. Italy’s current employment rate is one of the lowest in the EU, standing at 55.7 percent in August, with joblessness among the youth at 44.2 percent. The current demonstration follows a 24-hour air and ground transport strike. More disruptions are set to happen on November 14, when Alitalia and Easyjet staff will stage a walk-out, according to a statement published on the Italian Transport Ministry’s website. The unions plan to hold another demonstration on November 8. - RT.

EARTH CHANGES: Monumental Signs Of The Times – The Latest Reports On Extreme Weather Across The Planet For October 25, 2014!

Surf reaches Plymouth Long Beach seawall at high tide. © David Filipov

October 25, 2014 - EARTH
- The following stories constitutes some of the latest incidents of Earth changes across the globe.

Nor'easter batters U.S. Northeast, Canada with wind speeds found in Category 1 hurricane

Conditions will improve across the Northeast on Friday as this week's nor'easter shifts away from the region. While some rain and wind is still expected over northern New England and Nova Scotia on Friday, the worst of the storm has passed after flooding rain and howling winds impacted the region from Tuesday night through Thursday. The storm has left behind a mess for cleanup crews with thousands of people still without power and a plethora of trees felled across the region. Boston was one of the larger cities that was hit by the powerful storm, receiving over 3 inches of rain and being lashed by winds that gusted as high as 54 mph. The observatory sitting on top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, recorded a peak wind gust of 84 mph Wednesday evening, wind speeds that can be found in a Category 1 hurricane.

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Most of the stronger wind gusts were found near the region's coast and over the higher elevations with heavy rain being a more widespread danger. Over 6 inches of rain feel near Beverly, Massachusetts, through Thursday afternoon, making it one of the wettest spots across the entire Northeast. Beverly, Milton, Brockton and Gardner, Massachusetts, were some locations that received over 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Several sinkholes opened up as a result of the heavy rain, one of which on Route 146 north in Sutton which lead to excessive backups long the highway. Power outages were also widespread with more than 44,000 electric customers being were without power for a time in the Northeast on Thursday morning. This number has since declined as crews have had the opportunity to fix power lines and transformers. - AccuWeather.

Siege of Pacific storms will continue to drench and blast the coastal U.S. Northwest

A siege of Pacific storms will continue to drench and blast the coastal Northwest into next week and will be joined by Ana. The rounds of heavy rain will be enough to cause incidents of flash flooding, mudslides and travel delays from northern California to western Oregon, western Washington and southwestern British Columbia. From this week through the middle of next week, a general 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300 millimeters) of rain can fall along the immediate coast, but locally higher amounts are possible in the eastern slopes of the coastal ranges, including the Olympic Mountains in northwestern Washington state. Motorists and pedestrians will need to exercise caution when venturing out during the storms along secondary roads in wooded areas or steep hillsides due to the risk of falling trees and mudslides. Large swells produced by the storms will crash ashore into next week. Seas will be too dangerous for small craft to venture out of protected waters. According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "After a break from the storms on Friday, the next storm in the series will hit on Saturday." One of the storms that rolled ashore early Thursday produced wind gusts to 66 mph along the Oregon coast. An EF-1 tornado with winds between 86 and 110 mph touched down Thursday afternoon in Longview, Washington, the National Weather Service said. It caused damage to industrial buildings, homes, trees and power lines during its 1.3-mile path. The storm on Saturday has the potential to produce localized gusts to near hurricane force (74 mph/120 kph) along the Oregon and northern California coast, as well as the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada. Winds can be powerful enough to down tree limbs or loosely rooted trees. Any time tree limbs come down, there is the potential for sporadic power outages and blocked roads.

Another storm associated in part with Ana will roll ashore on Tuesday. Ana passed just to the south of Hawaii last week and is currently taking a curved path over the northern Pacific. The center of Ana could hit anywhere from the northern coast of British Columbia to western Washington or northwestern Oregon, but the impact from heavy rain and gusty winds may be far-reaching and significant. This will be especially true after some areas are hit with a foot of rain (300 millimeters) prior to Ana's arrival. While the rounds of rain will be less intense to the lee of the coastal ranges, enough can fall to slow travel at times along the Interstate-5 corridor from Redding, California, to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Rain will soak Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Strong crosswinds can create dangerous conditions for high-profile vehicles. According to AccuWeather Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "Snow levels will lower to around 4,500 feet on Sunday in the northern Cascades, which is down to some of the secondary passes." Some rain and gusty winds will reach far enough south to affect the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, including the World Series game. "Some rain and wind will spill into the Sacramento Valley as well on Saturday," Clark said. The rain will reach and may benefit hard-hit drought areas of northern California and southern Oregon. More sporadic and less intense rainfall will push farther south in California, but not to the extent to have significant impact on the long-term exceptional drought just yet. - AccuWeather.

Strong winds create reverse waterfall in England

© YouTube Screen Capture

Well, isn't this odd? In the Peak District of England there is a waterfall where the water doesn't actually fall. Officially known as the Derbyshire waterfall, it's also called Kinder Downfall. The water here usually cascades down about 80 feet from this fall. But a natural phenomenon occurs when high winds hit the area and updrafts force the water to blow back upstream - resulting in a sort of reverse waterfall. The winds seen in this video are believed to be remnants of the recent Hurricane Gonzalo. Whatever their origin, these wind gusts reached 50 mph creating a mist that can reportedly be seen several miles away. This video, posted by Rod Kirkpatrick, an English nature photographer, reminds us that no matter how much CrossFit we do, nature will always be stronger.

Kinder downall is blown back up by high winds.

- Yahoo.

'Rare' tornado hits Washington city of Longview

Workers bring roofing material to start temporary repairs on the roof of the Carl’s Towing building, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Longview, Wash.
© AP Photo/The Daily News, John Markon

The southwest Washington city of Longview tallied the damage Friday from a rare tornado that tore off roofs, broke windows and uprooted trees, leaving residents and officials in disbelief. No one was injured in the Thursday afternoon wind blast, which covered 1.3 miles and unleashed winds as high as 110 mph, the National Weather Service said. Police and fire crews responded quickly to the hardest-hit area, but Longview Fire Chief Phil Jurmu admitted his first reaction was puzzlement. "I kind of furrowed my brow, probably, and said, 'What?'" he told KATU-TV of Portland. Tornadoes are rare in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest, where the nearby Pacific Ocean generally prevents severe temperature changes. But another one hit southwest Washington in 1972 and caused damage in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The Rev. Eric Atcheson said he saw the funnel cloud form and touch down near his church. He barely made it inside before the wind tore through an alley between two church buildings. "There is a preschool in the building, so I was able to make sure all our kids and teachers are safe," he said. The church didn't sustain any damage, but several trees were knocked down, he said. Roofs were torn off an assisted living building and a towing company structure, the Daily News of Longview reported. Crews quickly started cleaning up under sunny skies that followed the tornado. At Manchester Brothers appliance and sporting goods store, a large piece of roof from another building crashed through a store window and pushed a row of refrigerators about a foot from where they had been sitting. After the roof section blew through, "it was just absolutely howling. It was deafening," Ian McNew told KATU-TV. "That's when we took cover." No one in the store was hurt. Andy Bernard took a break from carving pumpkins at his home to see what was making so much noise. That's when the tornado lifted his outdoor trampoline. "It decided to take flight right at me, and I ducked and the trampoline went into the house, and it sucked it back out and up and over the roof and the garage and down three-quarters of the block," he told KGW-TV. - The Daily News.

Japan warns of possible Mount Ioyama eruption near nuclear plant

Mt. Ioyama. © NASA

Japan warned today that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit. The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by small tremors and other signs of rising volcanic activity recently, including a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency's volcano division said. "There is an increase in activity that under certain circumstances could even lead to a small scale eruption, but it is not in danger of an imminent, major eruption," the official said. The warning level on the mountain has been raised from the lowest possible level, normal, to the second lowest, which means that the area around the crater is dangerous, he added. Ioyama lies in the volcanically active Kirishima mountain range and is roughly 64 km from the Sendai nuclear plant run by Kyushu Electric Power Co, which the Japanese government wants to restart even though the public remains opposed to nuclear power following the Fukushima crisis. Critics point out that the Sendai plant is located about 50 kms (31 miles) from Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano that erupts frequently. Five giant calderas, crater-like depressions formed by past eruptions, are also in the region, the closest one 40 kms (25 miles) away. The plant still needs to pass operational safety checks as well as gain the approval of local authorities and may not restart till next year. Before giving its initial green light to restart the plant in July, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said the chance of major volcanic activity during the lifespan of the Sendai nuclear plant was negligible. Today, the warning level for the Sakurajima volcano, which erupts frequently, was at 3, which means that people should not approach the peak. Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - a horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines and volcanoes around the edges of the Pacific Ocean - and is home to more than 100 active volcanoes. Experts warn that the mammoth 9.0 March 2011 quake may have increased the risk of volcanic activity throughout Japan, including that of iconic Mount Fuji. via Reuters - MMO.

Restive Mayon volcano showing new signs of activity with quakes and rock fall

Mayon volcano

Restive Mayon Volcano showed new signs of activity with four volcanic quakes and one rockfall in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Friday. In its 8 a.m. update, Phivolcs also observed a moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting southwest. However, it said there was no crater glow observed Thursday night. These activities show Mayon remains "in a state of unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma," it added. Phivolcs said Mayon's alert level remains at "3," meaning "magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks." More than 12,000 families living in Mayon's danger zone had been evacuated since Phivolcs raised the alert level at the volcano in mid-September. - GMA News.

UK and Germany experience storm surge flooding after Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo, or at least what is left of it, has caused storm surges and coastal flooding in parts of northern Europe over the last few days. Gonzalo has left a trail of destruction behind from Bermuda to Canada and on to UK and other parts of northern Europe, including Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. On Monday 20 October, Gonzalo hit Ireland and the United Kingdom with winds of 159 kph (99 mph) was reported on the Isle of Wight, according to the BBC. Around 600,000 homes were left without power at one point. Three people have been killed in the storm (1 in UK and 2 in France), and several others left injured.

Storm Surge The storm also brought with it high waves and tidal surge in UK, Germany and Netherlands.

In the UK, Liverpool saw storm surge levels of 1.50 metres on 21 October and Lowestoft in East Anglia saw 1.72 m on 22 October. Flood warnings were issued for much of England's east coast and some minor flooding was reported in Haddiscoe, Walberswick (near Southwold), Beccles and Ipswich. All flood warnings have since been removed.

In Germany, the Hamburg Fischmarkt was flooded once again, bringing back memories of the tidal surges in northern Europe during December 2013.

RAW - Germany storm surge submerges cars.

  A little further along Germany's North Sea coast, Cuxhaven saw a tidal surge of 2.73 m on 22 October. On Friday and Friday night, Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda on Friday 17 October as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds of 160 kph (100 mph), the strongest storm to hit Bermuda since Fabian in September 2003. - Floodlist.
California drought: 14 rural communities are now facing total water depletion

Nestled in the mountains of California, is the infamous tourist destination of Bodie. Once a thriving gold mining town, it is now an empty shell of its former self. As soon as the gold depleted in the early 20th century, the town faced decades of decline that it would never recover from. By the early 1960′s, the last handful of residents left the town. They leaving behind an eerie scene, filled with crumbling homes and businesses amidst a desolate landscape. However, gold isn't essential to living. If the Western drought continues on its current course, then we have dozens of ghost towns to look forward to in the near future. So far the drought in California has been relentless. Where I live in the Bay Area, we've had our first rain of the year today, if you could call it that. More like a fine mist. Normally we've gotten at least one rainy day by this time of year, but it's looking like this winter is going to be just as bad as last year. The people living in the rural parts of the central valley are getting hit the hardest. A total of 14 communities throughout the state are on the edge of water depletion. For now they've been able to keep the situation under control by allocating water from neighboring communities, but how much longer can they continue to do so? Last week it was reported that certain regions of California have about 2 months before they run out of water. If we don't get rain soon, it's possible that some people may have to leave their homes. Furthermore, the timing of this rain is going to be crucial.
As reported by Bloomberg News, California will continue to suffer chronic drought without substantial mountain snowfall this winter; snowfall that melts in spring replenishes the state's water systems, but there has been a dearth of snowfall in recent years. "All eyes will be turned to the winter because it is a really critical winter, not just for California but the rest of the West and the lower Great Plains as well," Mark Svoboda of the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, told Bloomberg. "For the majority of the West, the lifeline is the snow that falls in the Rockies, the snow that falls in the Cascades and the snow that falls in the Sierra," he added.
If we had 20 inches of rain in April or March, none of it would become snow, and none of it would refill our reservoirs . 90 percent of our water supply comes from snow melt in the Sierras, so that water constitutes not just the bulk of our agricultural usage, but urban use as well.And that's where things might start to get scary for California, and the Western United States in general. It's one thing to have to spend more money on groceries every month because our most abundant agricultural region is drying up. It's quite another to start water rationing millions of urbanites. For most people in the city, this is a faraway problem lurking in the back of their minds. It hasn't hit home yet. The worst drought in recorded history means they'll have to let their lawn dry up, and pay a higher water bill. It doesn't mean that they'll have to start taking their showers with bottled water. It doesn't mean that they'll face bankruptcy if their crops die. Most of them have no idea how bad it is. Someday they'll be blindsided when their cities begin to shutoff their water throughout the day. Not that the city and state governments know what they're doing. When it comes to allocating the states resources to local communities, they're using outdated data from the early 20th century. That means that they're giving the rights to more water than actually exists in our reservoirs.
With conditions as they currently are, many of the streams and waterways that provide water throughout California are running dry. And this is occurring even as many areas draw less water than they are technically allowed to under the law, meaning that, if every area was exercising its full water rights, California's water crisis could snowball into a complete infrastructure collapse. According to LAR, the most overused rivers are located primarily in Northern California, and mainly constitute those that flow from the Sierra Nevada mountains down into the Central Valley toward the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In these areas, existing water rights exceed actual water availability by a factor of six or more, according to experts.
Meanwhile, state officials continue to hound residents to cut back on their water usage. It turns out that if they want to find the worst water abusers in their communities, they only need to take a look in the mirror.
Mike Soubirous is a prodigious water user, pumping more than 1 million gallons per year at his lushly landscaped home on a hot, windy Southern California hilltop. Soubirous also is a member of the Riverside City Council, which in July voted unanimously to impose tough new water conservation rules in this desert city of 317,000. Yet as California's drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, Soubirous consumed enough water to supply eight California households - more than any other top water official in the state, records show... ...In addition to Soubirous, two other officials - a Fresno city councilman and a member of Riverside's utilities board - pumped more than 1 million gallons in a single year during the drought, records show. Eight other officials used more than 1,100 gallons per day in 2013. That's triple the state's average. Among them was Randy Record, chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which recently launched an advertising blitz to persuade 19 million people to save water.
Fortunately, water bills for any state official who sets water policy, is open to the public. So far that law is the only positive thing this state has done to curb the water crisis. All told, this drought is going to have far reaching effects across the United States. Not only is it going to drive up food prices, but it may force many Californians out of their communities, and perhaps, out of the state. The rest of the country used to joke about California breaking away from the US and falling into the sea. Now they may be faced with Californian refugees fleeing the state in the near future. I doubt they'll be laughing then. - Daily Sheeple.

Heavy Autumn snow covers Mohe City, China

The heaviest autumn snow in three years blanketed Mohe City, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, affecting local residents' daily lives and traffic flow.

Heavy autumn snow blankets Mohe City, China.

- Euro News.

Early snowfall causes chaos in western Austria

A lorry on the A10 near the Tauern tunnel. © APA/Gindl

Winter has come early to western Austria, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity on Wednesday night. Snow and rainfall also caused numerous problems on roads, and is expected to continue until Thursday evening.
The Tauern tunnel and A10 motorway had to be closed on Thursday morning in the direction of Salzburg because of a fallen tree. Fallen trees also caused power outages in the Tyrolean regions of Brandenberg, Hochfilzen, Zillertall in Zell and Gerlostal. The Arlberg railway line had to be closed between Wald am Arlberg and Dalaas. Travellers were warned of delays and cancellations on the train service between Tyrol and Vorarlberg until noon. A rail replacement bus service has been set up. Experts are also warning of an increased danger of avalanches in Tyrol. Some roads, including the Lech valley road between Lech and Warth in Vorarlberg have been closed. The Pass-Thurn-Strasse near Mittersill (Pinzgau), was also blocked by fallen trees. Four vehicles crashed in Riezlern in Vorarlberg due to the chaos caused by the snowfall. Numerous drivers had to be rescued from the Hochkönig-Bundesstraße road in Salzburg after they got trapped in snow. By law drivers must switch to winter tyres by November 1st, and drivers using mountainous roads are advised to only drive with winter tyres from now on. Heavy rain in Upper Austria has caused local flooding, with firefighters called out to pump water out of garages and basements. - The Local.

Crops harvested under 20 cm of snow and at minus 10 degrees C, Kazakhstan

The grain fields of Northern Kazakhstan have had to be harvested in the snow and frost

What grains they collect now can only be used to feed the cattle. "Of course the MSM in the Netherlands do not bring this news," says reader. "Snow in Austria and in Sweden? We don't hear it on the television news, we don't read it in the big newspapers. Snow in Russia? It is not mentioned. The private plane of the CEO of the French oil company Total crashed on Vnukovo Airport after a collision with a snow blower. Nobody says: Hey, how come we are not being told that there was snow? Why else would a snowblower be on the runway?" Despite the nearly 20-cm (8-inch) layer of snow on the grain fields of Northern Kazakhstan the harvesters keep working. The snow and cold cannot stop the combine because about 20% of the crop still remains in the fields, reported television channel CTC. For farmers this year turned out to be difficult. Spring experienced drought, summer torrential rains, and now early autumn snow. But the work does not stop in bad weather and frost. It's no joke. According to official data, about 20% of the crops still remain in the fields, including wheat, oats, barley and canola. Growers complain that what they will gather out of the snow, will most likely be fit only for animal feed. In such a heavy harvest time, petrol freezes when it is 10-degree cold. Read full article. Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for this link. - Ice Age Now.

Tropical Storm Ana headed for western Canada next week

Hurricane Ana formed in the tropical eastern pacific back on October 17th and skirted past the Hawaiian Islands a few days later. Ana has weakened to a tropical storm and continues to spin her way into colder waters north of Hawaii. Forecast models continue to predict this storm to lift into higher latitudes and the polar jet stream will grab hold of her and kick this storm to the east. By early next week the track of this storm will hit the west coast of Canada by early Tuesday morning.

What does this mean for Montana? This storm system should continue to weaken as it moves eastward toward the coast down to a subtropical low and as it moves inland into British Columbia the storm will continue to weaken. Right now, forecast models are increasing the chances for rain in Montana as the storm moves into southern and central Alberta Tuesday and Wednesday. This storm is a warm based system thus it should be mainly a rain maker for Montana with very high snow levels and right now we do not anticipate wintry travel from this storm Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. As this storm exits Montana warm air could linger over the state and with a building High pressure ridge temperatures will climb back into the 60's for Halloween. - KXLF.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake hits Alaska near Fairbanks
USGS earthquake shakemap intensity

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near Fairbanks on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor's epicenter was located about 43 miles (70 km) west-northwest of Fairbanks, the largest city in the interior region of Alaska, and third largest in the state, and originated at a depth of 9.3 miles (14 km), the agency said.

"We felt a jolt and then some minor shaking," Fairbanks Police Department Lieutenant Matt Soden said, adding that police had not received any reports of damage or injuries.

An Alaska State Troopers dispatcher said the agency had not received any emergency calls to report damage or injuries.

There was no threat of a tsunami and the quake, which struck in the same area as a 5.0 magnitude quake on Monday, produced light to moderate shaking in and around Fairbanks but was unlikely to produce damage there or in the broader area, USGS said. - Yahoo.

Heavy rains bring chaos to Greece capital

Roads became rivers in parts of the Greek capital Athens on Friday after the region was hit by torrential rain which swept away cars and damaged homes and businesses.

Athens floods.

  - RT.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

Thousands of fish die from polluted sea water (Photo: Reuters)

October 25, 2014 - EARTH
- The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.  

Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Jembrana, Indonesia
Yehembang coast coastal residents, Jembrana, Bali presence surprised many thousands of fish carcasses on the beach so they scramble to take the fish were floating on the beach. There are allegations, the death of fish in the sea as to what happens in Pengambengan, namely because of contaminated waste. The fish were dead according to the people still looked fresh, so many people are picking up the carcass of the fish to take home, Sunday, October 19, 2014.

"The fish-big fish, but I am not interested to take for fear that the fish was rotten," said Sudarsana, a local resident. Along the coast Yehembang often encountered dead fish washed up on the shoreline, but the amount is not much. However, this time he thinks is quite a lot. The previous day, or on Saturday, October 18 last, residents Pengambengan digegerkan with the discovery of thousands of dead fish floating in the pond landing, port Pengambengan. Residents suspect that the fish died because sea water along the Nusantara Fishery Port (VAT) Village Pengambengan contaminated industrial waste and boats. It happened at approximately 5:00 pm. Even from the information of citizens, thousands of dead fish is a bone of contention citizens. - Okezone. [Translated]

Rare beaked whale found dead on Sunshine Coast, Queensland

The deep sea whales rarely come close to shore. © Sunshine Coast Council
Marine experts will examine a rare deep sea whale that has washed up on a Queensland beach. The five-and-a-half metre beaked whale was found dead this morning at Wurtulla on the Sunshine Coast. It was believed to have died of natural causes. It was at least the second beaked whale to wash up on the east coast of Australia this week, after one was found on Redhead Beach, south of Newcastle, last week. The Queensland Museum will collect the Wurtulla whale's carcass tomorrow to conduct research into the rare species.

The Sunshine Coast Council has erected a sign around the Wurtulla Beach whale asking people not to touch the whale, saying it could carry viruses. Whale Conservation Society's Paul Hodda said it was an exciting find because the mysterious whale is rarely seen anywhere in the world. "Nobody knows a real lot about them. They are deep sea animals and they very rarely come close to shore," Mr Hodda said. "Only in recent years have we found out what this thing looks like and that's how unusual and mysterious they are.

"We had a piece of one for 80 or so years before we knew what they even looked like." Mr Hodda said they were called beaked whales because they have a beak out in front of their heads like dolphins do. Fish biologist, surfer and recreational fisherman Kris Pitman has spent a lot of time on the water but has never seen a beaked whale. "It's amazing and really interesting," he said. Upon discovering a beaked whale on Redhead Beach last week, Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans Australia vice-president Shona Lorigan said the beaked whale was a "very cryptic species". "They disappear very, very quickly," she said. "So for a very, very long time not much has been known about them and so every time we even find one that is dead on the beach, it is a treasure trove for the scientists," Ms Lorigan said. - ABC News Australia.

Demented jackal attacks devotees inside temple severely injuring 3

Indian jackal

Devotees sleeping inside the dargah Shehdana Wali got the scare of their life when a jackal entered the premises late on Wednesday and attacked three youths, injuring them severely. The animal seemed to have gone berserk as it first bit into a youth's legs and clawed at him. As the devotees tried to save him and themselves, the jackal attacked two other youths - 19-year-old Faiz and Arif (24). The duo, along with 25-year-old Farman Ali, was admitted to the district hospital by locals. After more than an hour of struggle, a few devotees managed to put a blanket on the animal and capture it after which they beat it up.

They then took it to the Baradari police station, where cops also allegedly beat up the animal and asked locals to take it back. The poor animal would have most likely died had it not been for the timely intervention of a team of People for Animals, which got him admitted to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute. As per reports, more than 200 devotees were sleeping in the courtyard of the dargah, located in the heart of the city, when the jackal attacked the youths. Farman, a resident of Bukharpura area in the old city, was the first to be attacked. He sustained severe injuries. The locals admitted Ali and the other two youths to the district hospital. Devotees present at shrine at the time of the incident said panic spread after the animal went on a rampage. "Locals were running from one place to another to save their lives. After struggling for more than an hour, some of us put a blanket on the jackal and nabbed him," said Feroz Ali alias Guddu, who lives next to the shrine. After trapping the animal, angry locals reportedly thrashed it badly. "The animal was tied with a chain and taken to Baradari police station where two constables again thrashed it.

The animal's condition deteriorated and he became unconscious, after which police asked us to take him back to shrine fearing that it would die soon," said Abdul Wajid Khan Noori, manager of the shrine. After bringing it back to the shrine, locals tied it with a rope, chain and dupattas and put a lock on its neck. However, a team of People for Animals reached the spot after getting information from TOI. "If we were late by even 15 minutes, the jackal would have been died as it was in a very poor condition. Despite opposition from locals, we took it to IVRI for treatment. The animal regained consciousness on Wednesday noon," said Dheeraj Pathak, rescue chief, People for Animals. Divisional forest officer (DFO) Dharam Singh Yadav said, "The forest team and People for Animals together took the jackal to IVRI for treatment. After doctors say its condition is stable, we will release him deep into the forest." When contacted, Inspector, Baradari police station, RK Singh said, "The constables and other policemen did not attack the animal. We informed the forest department officials, who later took it for treatment." - The Times of India.

Bear attacks elderly man in Sweden

A female bear and its three cubs were slaughtered in Sweden after nearly killing an elderly man. © Reuters

Swedish hunters authorised to destroy female bear and its three cubs after attack on 80-year-old man. A bear and its cubs were put down after nearly killing an 80-year-old pensioner in northern Sweden. Hunters were authorised to slaughter the female bear after it pounced on the elderly man while he was fishing by a lake in Homnabo. The man, who has not been named, attempted to escape when he spotted the bear, but it quickly caught up with him and threw him to the ground. The victim wrestled with the bear but managed to escape after being bitten on his shoulder and ear. He was later taken to a local hospital in Gävle.

Eyewitness Nils Hansson told the Swedish Helahälsingland newspaper: "He was completely calm and told me what had happened. When I asked him if he was shaky he replied simply: 'I'm a man of the woods and not afraid of things like this'." The bear involved in the attack was destroyed, along with its three cubs, after being found on Saturday. Local officer Ulf Sundgren, of Gävleborg police, said the slaughter was justified because of the attack. "She has shown that she is a danger to the public because she has attacked a man and bitten him severely," he told the TT news agency.

Sundgren added that the cubs could not have been placed in a zoo instead of being destroyed because "they can't be captured and cubs without mothers are always put down". Hundreds of brown bears are killed in Sweden every year as part of an annual cull. Last year, approximately 300 bears were professionally hunted between August and October. According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the hunt is for bear skin and meat, and also to keep the bear population at around 3,000. The authority said a large bear population increases the risk to reindeer and sheep, particularly in the northern part of Sweden. Bear attacks on humans are relatively rare in Sweden. There have only been two fatalities caused by bear attacks over the last 30-40 years, according to the Swedish protection agency. - IBT.

Large fish kill found along 2 rivers in Itapetininga, Brazil

Residents tried to save a few copies in Tatura (Photo: Claudio Nascimento / TEM TV)

Residents of two towns in the region of Itapetininga (SP) found dead fish in rivers that cross the municipalities. Cases were recorded in Itapetininga (SP) and Tatura (SP) on Tuesday (21). According to the Environmental Company of São Paulo (Cetesb), the storm of last Sunday (19) may have triggered changes in the water and caused the death of animals. In Itapetininga, the fish were found dead in the river Itapetininga. According to the families who live near the river, the amount of fish lifeless scared. Whole shoals appeared floating. According to resident Anthony Goncalves, the situation was perceived in the morning. He lives on the river and find a boat was when he saw the animal on the water surface. Many of the animals were tangled in the branches of trees and aquatic plants. "When I've seen fish floating, some alive, beating," says Cetesb reported that technicians were on site on Tuesday morning, but found no change in color or smell of the water. According to the manager of the unit, Dirceu Micheli, the storm Sunday may have been responsible for the death of the animals. "Probably the waters of these rains churned the bottom of rivers. This ends up causing a low level of oxygen atoms in the water, which causes the death of fish, "he says.


Tatuí, the situation was reported in Sorocaba river.
According to residents, hundreds of fish died. The reviewer says that Reginaldo Ferreira realized something was wrong when he saw dying fish on the surface. "Probably be a poison, something that brought rain, or lack of oxygen," he believes. The potter Jussiel Fernandes Vieira live in a subdivision of ranch that borders the Sorocaba. He has to realize that the problem withdrew some fish that languished in the river and placed them in a box with water. Over 30 were removed, but none survived. The resident said he had never seen so many dead fish in the river at once. "I had several, can not know how many did. Were all belly up in the middle and on the river. Tried to save some, but it did not work." Some fish were saved for the environmental agencies can do analysis. They contacted the Environmental Police Itapetininga and Cetesb. According to Cetesb technicians went to the Sorocaba River to assess the situation, but there is still no answer. - Globo. [Translated]

UK: 300 per cent rise in the number of dogs attacks in Stevenage since January

The campaign was launched on Saturday in Stevenage town centre.

New data reveals there has been a rise of almost 300 per cent rise in the number of dogs attacks in Stevenage since January.
A total of 31 offences were reported to police in the last 10 months, compared with just 11 in the equivalent period last year. Now Herts police have launched Is You Dog Fully Under Control? - a campaign that aims to educate people about responsible dog ownership along with the recent changes in the law. The Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood team were in the town centre on Saturday to spread the word. Officers, Stevenage Borough Council staff and representatives of dog charities were on hand to talk about the changes in the law and give advice on training, identification and other issues. Sgt Manjit Khela from the team said: "A dog can be dangerously out of control even if it is on a lead.

"The correct level of control needs to be exerted to ensure it does not go on to injure another dog or person. "If a dog bites a person, it will be seen as being dangerously out of control - but even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies." The Dangerous Dog Act was amended in May making it illegal to have a dog dangerously out of control anywhere, including on private property.

The law applies to any breed and size of dog. Councillor Robin Parker, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Stevenage Borough Council, was bitten by a dog while delivering leaflets ahead of the local elections in Ferrier Road in May. The attack, which left Mr Parker needing antibiotics, took place in a garden on private property and would have not been illegal if it had happened two weeks before. He said: "The law has changed but not a lot of people seem to be aware of it. I don't know if this has anything to do with the increase in the number of reported incidents but I think it is important that people are aware it's changed. "It is vitally important that this is brought to their attention as soon as possible." - The Comet.

Tiger attacks Australian tourist at animal park in Thailand

A juvenile tiger similar to this one attacked the Australian tourist, who insisted he didn’t want the animal killed. © Apichart Weerawong/AP

Paul Goudie from Melbourne recovering in hospital after being attacked inside an enclosure at Tiger Kingdom animal resort
An Australian man is recovering in a Thai hospital after being mauled by a young male tiger in a special tourist enclosure at an animal park on the resort island of Phuket. Paul Goudie, from Werribee, near Melbourne, was attacked at the enclosure this week at the Tiger Kingdom tourist show after being given controlled access to a group of young tigers. Goudie, 49, suffered serious bites to his left leg and stomach and is being treated at a Phuket hospital prior to surgery to avoid the risk of infection. At the tiger park, tourists are invited into a special caged enclosure with handlers as part of the visitor experience.

The victim's story.

"We did everything as the park people advised," Goudie told reporters from the online news service Phuketwan at the hospital. "I am not sure why it bit me," he said. He punched the tiger as it attacked him. "When it did [attack] I had no choice except to whack it in the face a couple of times," he said. Thai authorities say Goudie, who has two steel pins in an ankle, may have moved awkwardly as park handlers assisted him back to his feet, with the unusual movement triggering an attack. The tiger was tasered by park staff, forcing it to retreat.

A visiting doctor at the scene provided assistance until an ambulance and emergency staff arrived. "The handler was with us the whole time. The tiger was 15 months old. I was patting him, everything was fine. I just stood up to leave," Goudie said. Goudie is on a two-week holiday in Phuket with his family. His son, 16-year old Jake Goudie, said the injuries were largely to his father's left leg and stomach. "The tiger couldn't get a good grip on my dad's stomach," Jake said. Thai officials said the tiger park was to be closed for two days while investigations into the accident were conducted. The young tiger will no longer have contact with visitors. Goudie, who has a tattoo of a tiger, praised the park's staff and said he was even considering another tiger tattoo. "I don't want anything to happen to the tiger," he said. "I don't want it killed." Source: Australian Associated Press - The Guardian

Two-month-old baby boy injured by chimpanzee in Uganda

Ms Rosemary Nyangoma nurses her son who was attacked by a chimpanzee last week. Doctors say his health has improved. © Francis Mugerwa.

The family of a two-month-old baby boy, who was injured by a chimpanzee in Hoima District last week, is demanding compensation from government. The victim's father, Mr Nyansio Byaruhanga, said his son sustained multiple injuries on his head and private parts. "Chimpanzees and other wild animals are supposed to be in parks and game reserves. But it strayed into our garden and injured my son. Government should compensate us," Mr Byaruhanga said. He expressed worry whether his son will be able to father children given the injury the baby sustained in the private parts. The Uganda Wildlife Authority's (UWA) spokesperson, Mr Jossy Muhangi, described the incident as unfortunate, but said the authority would not compensate the family.

"There is no provision in the law for us to compensate in such a case," Mr Muhanji said, adding that UWA does not compensate victims in communities neighbouring parks and game reserves. "Out of charity, we at times give a helping hand to the victims," he said. Mr Muhangi, however, said UWA would dispatch a team to track the animal and relocate it to Ngamba Island for protection. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the wildlife authority. According to the victim's mother, Ms Rosemary Nyangoma, the animal carried the baby while he was sleeping in the garden under a makeshift structure in Kikinga village, Bugambe Sub-county. She was stunned when she went to check on the baby and did not find him where she had left him. "I began looking around searching for the baby not until I heard him crying in the forest adjacent to my garden," Ms Nyangoma told journalists at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. She sounded an alarm which attracted other residents to join her in searching for the baby.

"We saw the chimpanzee carrying the baby. When we moved towards where it was, it threw the baby and ran away," Ms Nyangoma said. The hospital's medical superintendent, Dr Francis Mulwanyi, said the baby's health has improved.

Other cases

Cases of wild animals attacking children in Hoima District have been common. In December 2013, a six-year-old was attacked by a stray ape at her parents' home in Bubaale village, Bujumbura Division, Hoima Municipality. In July this year, Mujuni Semata, 2, was reportedly killed by chimpanzees in Muhoro Town Council in Kibaale District. Mr Semata said his son was kidnapped by chimpanzees and died hours after being abandoned deep in the forest. - Daily Monitor.

Baby bear wanders into U.S. drug store

Shoppers at an Oregon, US drug store were surprised to see a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city 15 miles north of the California border. Local media reports said that customers took photos and video until police arrived and scooped the little bear into a shopping cart. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding the cub until it can be moved to a rehab center or a zoo. There was no sign of its mother. Authorities say the cub cannot be returned to the wild because of its contact with humans. - Telegraph.

Boy bitten by a fisher in Rehoboth backyard, Massachusetts

A 12-year-old Rehoboth boy was bitten on the leg and hand on Monday night by what animal control officers believe was a fisher cat. Wes Brown said he was throwing a football in his backyard with his cousin when he saw an animal coming toward him. "I couldn't exactly see it because it was at night but it looked gray and it had pointy ears," he said. At first, Brown thought it was a cat, but then it attacked him. Brown said the animal latched onto his leg. He ran into the house and used the door to get the animal off. "It kept coming in and kept coming after me so I shut the door," he said. His parents started throwing tools at the animal to scare it away.

Boy, 12, attacked by Fisher Cat.

"Adrenaline -- you just want to help your baby. That's what moms think," said Stephanie Brown, Wes's mother. Rehoboth's Animal Control officer, Jane Foster, put a trap at the home with the hope of catching the fisher cat. "We could never find that particular animal unless he comes back," she said. Foster said wild animals usually only come close when people leave out food. "We don't feed the animals. We don't feed our pets outside," Stephanie Brown said. Brown was treated for his injuries and is being treated for rabies as a precaution. He said he didn't think twice about fighting back. "I thought if I didn't fight it off, it would have got worse," Brown said. - Turnto10.

Over 100 snakes invade Saskatchewan home, Canada

Officials with a Saskatchewan wildlife center said workers and residents of a home invaded by snakes have captured 102 snakes in the house. Megan Lawrence, director of rehabilitation at the Salthaven West Wildlife Rehabilitation, said the family first discovered garter snakes in the basement of their home near Regina. "We got a call from a family that found some garter snakes in their basement, and as they investigated further they found a lot more. And then they started finding them in other areas of the house, like kitchens and bedrooms. So they decided then it wasn't a good idea to have them there anymore," Lawrence told CBC News.

Thousands of Regina snakes rescued.

Lawrence said she and her partner cleared out 56 snakes, five pillow cases worth, and the family has since brought 46 more reptiles to the center for a total of 102 snakes. "They were starting to end up everywhere in the house but in the basement. For the most part they were in tight spaces. Cracks in the floors, cracks in the walls, between boxes, underneath things - anywhere they could get into basically," she said. Lawrence said the longest snake was more than 3 feet long. "They were already starting to go into hibernation," she said. "So we just were, you know, picking up boxes and things off the floor and just found them and just caught them by hand. And then we were transporting them in buckets and pillowcases." Lawrence said the center is accepting donations of earthworms and minnows to feed the snakes. - UPI.

9 pilot whales strand near St. Nicholas, Canada - 2 die

Stranded pilot whales near Linkletter.

Of the pilot whales that were stranded near St. Nicholas Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, two have died, two were rescued and the rest freed themselves. Scientists and officers from several government departments, educational institutions and volunteer groups were on the scene Thursday morning as the last two whales were lead back out to sea. The whales were discovered by a woman walking her dog Tuesday afternoon. A large male had beached himself in Sunbury Cove, between St. Nicholas and Linkletter, while eight females and juveniles swam around him. Provincial conservation officers and scientist managed to refloat the male Wednesday evening but had to return to shore because of a lack of proper equipment. When the proper gear arrived Thursday morning, various officers went out in boats to secure the remaining two whales and by noon had them back out in deep water. - Journal Pioneer.

Elephant herd tramples farmer to death in India

© Jagdeep Rajput

A 49-year-old farmer trampled to death by a herd of elephants in the Ragi field in Tagachikoppe village bordering Savanadurda forest area in Ramnagar on Friday morning. The deceased, Rajendra Nayak, along with two others, had gone to the field in the early hours was caught by the elephant herd. While Rajendra was trampled to death the two others managed to escape , Deputy Conservator of Forest (Ramnagar) , Ravishankar said. According to the him, the three elephants who were separated from the group of 11 elephants heading towards the forest area strayed into the village. The forest officials drove the elephants back into the forest area and shifted the body of Rajendra for post-mortem. - The Hindu.

Florida man kills black bear that broke into his Lady Lake home

Black Bear. © Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Victor Peters thought at first it was a burglar who broke into a sitting room at his Lady Lake home. But then the Michigan retiree noticed the only thing missing Wednesday morning was half a bag of dog food. The "burglar" turned out to be a large black bear who made the mistake of returning Wednesday night when Peters was armed and ready for it. "When I yelled at it, he looked [at me] like, 'Well, I don't care who you are,'" Peters told a Lake County sheriff's 911 dispatcher. "He just kept coming." The animal bared its teeth at Peters, who fired his hunting rifle into the bear's head from 10 feet away. It died right there in Peters' Florida room.

Lady Lake man shoots, kills 400-pound bear.

"I've seen a lot of black bear. I hunt," said Peters, 64, who worked in state parks in Michigan. "I've never seen one this big." He estimated the size of the animal at 400 to 500 pounds. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the killing of the bear. "It's a mess," FWC spokesman Greg Workman said. "But it sounds like he did what he should have done." The agency will conduct a necropsy on the bear. Peters called Lake County 911 after awaking Wednesday morning to find someone - or something - had torn out the windows of his Florida room.

He suspected a burglar until he realized the culprit left a computer and printer but feasted on dog food. The emergency dispatcher connected Peters with FWC and wildlife agents suggested he move the dog food from the Florida room into the main house, which he did. Peters, who went to bed at 2 a.m. Wednesday, said he slept through the first break-in. He didn't have time to patch the gash in the wall where the windows had been before the bear returned. He heard noise in the back yard around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, looked out the window and saw the bear. Peters said he began yelling to scare it off but the bear tried to come through the same hole again, presumably for the rest of the 35-pound bag of dog food. Lake County is one of the most bear-plagued areas of the state, according to a Florida database of nuisance complaints. Lake ranks with Orange, Seminole and Volusia among the counties with the largest bear populations and most encounters between humans and bears.

Florida black bears, the state's largest native land mammal, have been blamed twice since December for attacks on women in Seminole County - including one incident that wildlife officers described as the worst bear attack on a human ever documented in Florida. The animals are most active in Florida in October and November, scavenging for food as they prepare for winter. State records show Lady Lake residents have called FWC's bear hotline more than 50 times since 2008, but Peters had never seen a bear in his neighborhood before. Some neighbors said they recently spotted a female and cubs, rummaging in trash. Wildlife officials often warn residents to keep trash locked up or hidden in garages to deter nosy bears. Peters, who hunts wild pigs, admitted his heart was pounding when he saw the bear approaching. "I didn't feel like I had any choice," he said. "If a bear is that bold around people, someone was going to get hurt eventually." Peters said the large bear not only scared him but his dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback which, coincidentally, is named "Bear." - Orlando Sentinel.

Large die off of fish found floating on a river in Muriae, Brazil

Dead fish were meeting in rivers Muriaé (Photo: Silvan Alves /
The heat may have caused the death of fish that were located in Rio Muriaé on Monday (20) at the Center for Muriaé in Zona da Mata. The resident Luiz Felipe Souza works close to where the fish were, in Prainha, where there is a meeting of Muriaé and Black rivers, known as "Backwater". He said he knew not need the amount of animals that were lifeless. "There were many. And also the water was very dark and shallow. That never happened, "he said. The Municipal Secretary of Environment, Juliana Guarino believes that excess heat along the low water level caused the carnage. The removal of dead fish was taken on the morning of Tuesday (21). According to the resident, the water was smelly. "We have a hose that is used with water taken from the river. The hose could not be used yesterday (Monday, 21) because of that, "he complained. 

Fish were taken on Tuesday (Photo: Silvan Alves /
The removal of dead fish was carried out by the Municipal Environment, with support from the Environment, firefighters and Municipal Department of Urban Sanitation (Demsur) Police. According to the Municipal Secretary of Environment, Juliana Guarino, water analyzes will be done to detect what may have occurred. She believes that the excess heat along the low water level caused the carnage. "The biggest suspicion is that really the lack of rain, with the low level of the river, has generated little oxygenation on site. Fish seek this oxygenation but are failing, "he explained. The forecast is that the test results be disclosed within five business days. About the stench in the water, the secretariat explained that the problem is caused by a lack of adequate sewage treatment in the city. "When lowers the volume of water, there is no movement, the sewer is stopped and gives the stench," he said. Juliana Guarino also informed that a cleanup was done in the river on Tuesday morning and the staff made the move in the waters to try to reduce the problems. - Globo. [Translated]

25,000 fish killed 'due to storm surge' in Norfolk and Suffolk, England

Dead fish alongside the river at Acle Credit: ITV Anglia
Thousands of fish have died and thousands more are at risk after Tuesday's storm tides sent seawater flooding into our rivers. Environment officials are working to calculate the damage done to the sensitive Broads system in Norfolk and Suffolk
It's estimated around 25,000 fish died as a result of Tuesdays storm, the majority of those, about 20,000 in one dyke at Acle. Strong winds and high tides led to some serious flooding witnessed by holidaymakers 
"Hundreds and hundreds of dead fish, mainly small ones, just floating up the rivers. The seagulls were having a whale of a time but yes it was a great shame but apparently it was caused by the tidal surge and the salt water coming into the river."
– Mandy Thomas, Holidaymaker
The Salt water incursion killed the freshwater fish. Fish specialists at the Environment Agency have been on the River Thurne in Norfolk monitoring the current levels of seawater and checking fish stocks.
Angling is worth around a hundred million pounds to the local economy.
"A lot of the anglers who've been around and fishing for say 40 or 50 years have said quite regularly the fishing now is as good as its ever been which is fantastic and whilst it's always sad to see these fish mortalities on the whole we're very hopeful that next year the fishing will be very very good."
– Steve Lane, Environment Agency
The Environment Agency are also checking a boatyard in Potter Heigham.

Sonar equipment on their boat gives them an accurate assessment of what's underneath.

Dead fish in the river Credit: ITV Anglia

"Seeing some of the effects of the saline incursion yesterday were pretty heart wrenching at times and obviously we want to do as much as we can for the fish to try and hep them survive."
– Tom Howard, Environment Agency
In Loddon anglers found there wasn't a shortage of fish in the River Chet as they were taking refuge trying to escape the salt water.
"There was more fish than there was water really, it was just solid with fish, big fish and small. There was a lot of good fish and there was some young boys up there catching big fish, they were just fighting over each other to get out of the salt."
– George King, Angler
Anglers are being urged to tell the Environment Agency is they see any signs of dead fish. - ITV.