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Lolong – on diet?

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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A 20-foot saltwater crocodile captured six days ago was not eating and said to be stressed because of how it was handled and trapped.

The crocodile, named Lolong, was considered as the world’s largest saltwater crocodile captured alive and now the most attraction of local and international press.

The Bunawan Mayor decided to make Lolong as one of the tourist attraction in their town. Although some animal advocates want Lolong to be released, the Officials just want to ensure the safetiness of their residents.

The hunting team took 3-weeks of tiring hunting. A crocodile was reported to kill a child 2 years ago, and is suspected to eat a fisherman who is missing since July. The fisherman was last seen on the bridge of the river where crocodiles are said to be staying. Another report was when the residents saw a crocodile eating a buffalo.

The 20-foot crocodile  was named after the death of the leader of the Hunting Team, Lolong. Lolong died because of stroke.

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US probes 9/11 anniversary terror threat

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

US officials warned of the threat of a terror strike on the United States reportedly involving bomb-laden trucks ahead of this weekend’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“There is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Thursday, as the White House confirmed President Barack Obama had ordered boosted counterterrorism efforts.

“We have taken, and will continue to take all steps necessary to mitigate any threats that arise,” the department added in a statement.

US media said three individuals were reported to have entered the country in August and were allegedly seeking to carry out an attack using a vehicle laden with an explosive bomb.

Although the country has already tightened security ahead of Sunday’s anniversary, Obama had “directed the counterterrorism community to redouble its efforts in response to this credible but unconfirmed information,” a White House official said.

US media said possible targets were New York or Washington, as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a press briefing with the city’s Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at 9:30 pm (0130 GMT) Thursday.

New York Congressman Peter King, who heads the House Committee on Homeland Security, would not confirm any details after lawmakers were briefed about the situation.

But he told CNN “there were very, very specific facts that were made known in this threat.”

“I can tell you that the administration, all levels of law enforcement, federal, state and local where it’s appropriate are checking out every possible lead, running this to ground, and we’ve come a long way since September 11th.”

The United States is preparing to mark the anniversary of the devastating September 11, 2001 attacks in which almost 3,000 people were killed.

Two hijacked planes hit New York’s World Trade Center, collapsing the iconic twin towers, a third plane plowed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field when passengers overcame the hijackers.

US Navy commandos tracked down and killed Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden at his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May this year.

During the raid, documents and computer files were seized at his compound showing his terror network had pondered strikes to coincide with the anniversary.

“We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend,” the Department of Homeland Security said in its statement.

The announcement came after the Pentagon on Wednesday raised the alert level at bases across the United States as “a prudent and precautionary measure,” given Al-Qaeda’s interest in milestones and anniversaries.

Sunday’s biggest event will be the reading of victims’ names at Ground Zero, which will be attended by victims’ family members, as well as Obama, former president George W. Bush, and Mayor Bloomberg.

Although there have been no attacks on the scale of 9/11 in the United States in the 10 years since, the nation has been on heightened alert amid a series of foiled and failed attacks.

Security is the main concern among organizers of the ceremonies remembering those who died and large crowds are expected as the country reflects on a decade of war abroad and fear of further attacks at home.

Original article of Justin Sullivan | AFP News

 

NASA’s Cassini orbiter snaps unbelievable picture of Saturn

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes reality is just as stunning as science fiction

Science fiction movies have spoiled us on high definition views of our planetary neighbors, but real-life photographs with equal jaw-dropping potential are exceedingly rare. That’s what makes NASA’s awe-inspiring snapshot of Saturn (hi-res version here) such a stunning piece of eye candy.

Taken by NASA’s Cassini robotic orbiter, the shot was captured from the dark side of Saturn as the Sun’s bright rays illuminated every piece of dust and debris circling the planet. Cassini has offered astronomers a never-before-seen look at Saturn and revealed more information about the planet than any craft before it. The craft has taken so many pictures of the ringed wonder that they were recently made into a short flyby film that looks like it was created by George Lucas rather than a robotic space explorer.

The Cassini probe was launched in 1997 and took a further 7 years to reach Saturn’s orbit. The total cost of its overarching objective of studying the ringed planet stands at a staggering $3.26 billion. However, the wealth of information it has wrought — including amazing pictures like the one above, and recordings of massive lightning storms on the planet — have already made it one of the best investments in space exploration. Hopefully Juno — which began a 5-year trek to Jupiter just last month — will bring us some equally stunning shots of Saturn’s neighbor.

[Image credit: NASA]

Original article from Tecca.

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Japan Faces Another Tragic Calamity

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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Another disaster hit Japan, the Typhoon Talas. Rescuers already recorded 26 deaths and 56 still missing. Adding more misery to Japan that is still recovering from a catastrophic tsunami six months ago.

Thousands of passengers were still stranded because many bridges, railways and roads were destroyed. The official said that it is hard to count those destroyed bridges, railways, and roads. Typhoon Talas brought great destruction to Kii Peninsula, in Central Japan. That was hundreds of mile away from the Northeastern Coast of Japan where the tsunami’s destruction was experienced.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said that he would help those thousands of victims of Typhoon on the best way that he can do.

As of today, 460,000 people are still on evacuation centers and 3,600 people are still stranded by flooded rivers, landslides and collapsed bridges that makes it difficult for the rescuers to enter some isolated areas.

The great destruction of the typhoon challenges the toughness of Japan in terms of responding to the forces of nature while they were still recovering from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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