News Burst 11 August 2020
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Live Feed. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 11 August 2020 – Featured News
- While over a week ago it was looking as if Turkey might back down on its ambitious oil and gas exploration aims in the eastern Mediterranean amidst global pressure, especially coming from the EU and US, President Erdogan is defiant once again, announcing Friday the resumption of energy exploration work that Greece and Cyprus says violates their territorial waters. Emerging from Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia – which Turkey recently declared a mosque (in another shot aimed at Greece) – Erdogan said: “We have started drilling work again,” and added, “I don’t think we are obligated to talk to those who do not have rights in the areas of maritime powers.” Erdogan said a seismic survey ship is currently en route to the disputed region to continue its energy exploration.
- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was furious after his committee released a document revealing that the FBI misled the Intelligence Committee during the Russia probe when it claimed that Christopher Steele’s salacious dossier was backed up by one of its primary sources. “Somebody needs to go to jail for this, this is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked, the FBI did, in 2019 by the FISA court, putting in doubt all FISA applications.” “A year before, they’re lying to the Senate Intel Committee. It’s just amazing the compounding of the lies,” he added.
- According to the Belarusian election committee, early results of the election show that incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko has received 80.23 percent of votes, while his main contender, opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has won 9.9%. Mass protests began in central Minsk on Sunday evening with people taking to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the election results. Opponents of the Belarusian incumbent president Lukashenko claim that the votes were rigged.
- Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested under a new national security law Monday (Aug 10) and police raided his newspaper offices in a deepening crackdown on dissent in the restless Chinese city. Lai was among seven arrested in an operation focused on his Next Media publishing group, the latest to target dissidents since Beijing imposed the sweeping law on Hong Kong at the end of June, sending a political chill through the semi-autonomous city. Hong Kong police said they had arrested “at least” nine men, aged between 23 and 72, without naming them, adding that further arrests were possible. Suspected offences included “collusion with a foreign country/external elements to endanger national security, conspiracy to defraud” and others, the police said.
- Lebanese Government resigns after days of protests and clashes between police and demonstrators in the aftermath of the August 4 ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut’s port, with critics accusing authorities of ignoring the danger posed by the hazardous material for many years. Thousands of residents of the capital have taken to the streets in recent days. Diab was appointed prime minister in January 2020, succeeding long-time PM Saad Hariri of the Hariri political dynasty.
- A joint team comprising members of the Central Java and West Kalimantan natural resources conservation agencies has rescued two Bornean orangutans previously subjected to unlawful captivity. The two male orangutans were each recovered from different locations in Central Java. One of the orangutans, called Samson, was rescued from an unlicensed “conservation center” located within a tourist park in Kendal regency. The other one, Boboy, was rescued from a private residence in the provincial capital Semarang. West Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BSKDA West Kalimantan) head Sadtata Noor said the primates had since been transferred to the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia rehabilitation center in Muara Pawan district in Ketapang regency, West Kalimantan.
- Five scientific institutions are joining forces in a cross-border effort to preserve the Lake Titicaca giant frog (Telmatobius culeus). The frog is one of the world’s largest exclusively aquatic frogs and lives in the waters of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. The aim of the project is to ensure the future of the endangered frog.
The amphibian is threatened by pollution from mining and also by its use in traditional medicine.
The scientists will study the habitat of the Lake Titicaca giant frog and also carry out genetic analyses to find out how to best protect the species.
- Sweden Has Been Referred To The European Court Of Human Rights over a case involving alleged discrimination of Finnish-speaking children at a school in Västerås, a city in the east of the country. The school at the center of the incident has been accused of prohibiting Finnish-speaking children from speaking their native language in class, on the playground, and during school trips. Parents allege that Finnish-speaking children were kept separate from others and punished for not speaking Swedish. The ECHR has taken up the case and will rule on whether or not school authorities took sufficient action to prevent language-based discrimination. Finnish, alongside Sami, Yiddish, Romani, and Meänkieli, is an officially-protected minority language in Sweden, meaning that speakers must be granted fair and equal treatment and representation under the law. Lawyers of the families that are acting as defendants in the case allege that the children and their families were subject to discrimination and intimidation by school employees and local authorities. Parents have since taken their children out of the school pending the outcome of the case.
- Drought has destroyed over 40,000 ha of rice crops in the Cambodian provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and other provinces while water sources across the country continued to dry up. Advisor of the National Committee for Disaster Management said it will be difficult to pump enough water to affected areas. The hardest-hit provinces are Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Thom. Meanwhile, others like the Cardamom Mountains and Northeast Plateau have been hit by fierce storms, which cause severe regional flooding.
- Satellite images show a dark slick spreading in the Mauritius turquoise waters near wetlands that the government called “very sensitive.” Wildlife workers and volunteers, meanwhile, ferried dozens of baby tortoises and rare plants from an island near the spill, Ile aux Aigrettes, to the mainland. “This is no longer a threat to our environment, it is a full-blown ecological disaster that has affected one of the most environmentally important parts of Mauritius, the Mahebourg Lagoon,” said Sunil Dowarkasing, an environmental consultant and former member of parliament. “The people of Mauritius, thousands and thousands, have come out to try to prevent as much damage as possible,” said Dowarkasing, who spoke from the relief efforts at Bois des Amourettes by the lagoon. He said people have created long floating oil booms to try to slow the spread into the lagoon and onto the coast. The hastily made fabric booms are stuffed with sugar cane leaves and straw and kept afloat with plastic bottles, he said. People are also using empty oil drums to scoop up as much oil as possible from shallower waters. “We’ve never seen anything like this in Mauritius,” he said. The lagoon is a protected area, created several years ago to preserve an area in Mauritius as it was 200 years ago. “The coral reefs had begun to regenerate and the lagoon was getting back its coral gardens,” said Dowarkasing. “Now this might all be killed again by the oil spill.”
- After a 30-hour journey by land, air and sea, two young beluga whales that were on show in an aquarium in Shanghai for years have now arrived at a new home — a cool seawater sanctuary off the coast of Iceland. This is the first time the cuties have dipped their smiling snouts into the sea in more than a decade. Because these captive whales couldn’t survive in the open ocean, the sanctuary is the next best thing. The island is home to about 4,000 people in a town about a 10-minute boat ride away, and the belugas will have lots of room to spread out — the sanctuary covers around 344,445 square feet (32,000 square meters) of seawater and is divided from the rest of the bay by netting that runs from the bottom to the surface.
- Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world – shed one million shares (worth over $3 billion) of his booming Amazon stock.
- In the latest indication of just how chaotic things are becoming in America, on a day when the city of Chicago is being overrun by violent criminal gangs, President Trump was abruptly pulled from the podium at the start of Monday night’s WH press briefing. Trump left the podium after a Secret Service agent appeared to speak to say something to him privately. Another agent outside the room locked the doors. No reasons were given. Rumors of a lockdown and shots fired surged through the crowd. However, Trump soon returned, and explained that a shooting had just taken place outside the White House. “There was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump said. “There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital.”
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
Cambodia – Mekong Delta
As water levels in the lower-Mekong region hit record lows for the second year in a row, a report published Friday by the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission urged China, Myanmar and its member countries to share more data about hydroelectric dam operations to enable all parties to prepare for droughts and floods. The report by the MRC examined river conditions in the lower Mekong between January and July 2020, attempting to identify causes for the lowest reverse flow intake since 1997 in Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest lake. A series of 13 dams on the Mekong river—11 in China and two in Laos—as well as many more dams in the river’s tributaries in Laos, alter the Mekong’s natural flow significantly, but mitigating the effects of the reduced flow depends on governments having the best possible information, the report said.
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
Perù – Titicaca Lake
In Peru, there’s a drink that some call frog juice. It’s a traditional preparation, made of raw, skinned frogs blended with ingredients such as maca root and honey. This “tonic” is mostly sold as an aphrodisiac, though it’s also claimed to cure everything from asthma to osteoporosis. The beleaguered frog faces another threat. In 2016, nearly 10,000 were discovered dead in the water near the banks of a river that flows into the lake, likely because of pollution. Garbage—including diapers, syringes, and latex gloves—was visible in the lake near the frogs, and dead fish were floating on the surface.
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Bonus Video
On September 1 we’re set for a far closer encounter with a 28-meter space rock, officially known as 2011 ES4, it will skim past Earth at only one third of the distance between our planet and the moon. The visitor will whizz by at a speed of nearly 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles) per hour. NASA has labelled it a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” because of possible risk it poses to our Earth.
This was captured yesterday over St Clair County Alabama. (Real video; no editing). Much debate within the local weather community about what we are seeing here.
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Solar Activity
C1.5-class Solar Flare
A C1.5-class solar flare, followed by a minor wave of ionization in Earth’s upper atmosphere. C-flares are not considered to be major events; in the context of the sun’s recent deep quiet, however, the eruption was noteworthy. AR2770 is now in decay, but more sunspots are in the offing.
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Active Weather
Elida, yesterday Tropical Storm, is now Hurricane Elida located 1500 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Wind 65-80 kts – Pressure 990 hPa – Moving W-NW at 12 kts – Intensifying
News Burst 11 August 2020 – Earthquakes
10 August 2020
Europe – M4.4 Northern Greece
Africa – M4.6 South California
North America – M5.1 North Carolina
Central America – M5.7 Gulf of Honduras
South America – M4.6 Central Chile
Asia – M4.8 Japan
Pacific – M4.7 Papua New Guinea
Deepest EQ – M4.5 120 km Kamchatka Russia
The European Union urgently requires financial injections (€1.5 trillion – $ 1.63 trillion) to stay afloat and survive the coronavirus epidemic currently ravaging the continent, the European commissioner for economy, Paolo Gentiloni, has warned. – The editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest paper Bild on Thursday launched a full frontal attack on China’s communist president Xi Jinping for his regime’s failure to lying about the coronavirus outbreak and the massive human rights violations carried out by the Communist Party, and demanding no less that €149 billion in damages as a result of China’s actions.
This is the first we have seen of these Friends from Neptune. HODAGEES. They are exploring and gauging distances between objects and mountains for their own research. They are very aware of the chaos on Earth and they never come down to land.
The Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, a huge volcano among the most active in the world, has erupted spewing tons of ash and lava in a powerful explosion. – “Who believes these numbers?” Trump interrupted, pointing at China and Iran, and arguing that “we saw more [body] bags on television than that.”
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