CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 174

The Minister’s Corner

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32


Provoking God’s Anger – Continued

By Johanna

The People’s Stubborn Response

15 However, all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, all the women standing by—a great assembly—and all the people who were living in the land of Egypt at Pathros answered Jeremiah, 16 “As for the word you spoke to us in the name of the LORD, we are not going to listen to you! 17 Instead, we will do everything we said we would: burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in Judah’s cities and in Jerusalem’s streets. Then we had enough food and good things and saw no disaster, 18 but from the time we ceased to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to offer her drink offerings, we have lacked everything, and through sword and famine we have met our end.”

19 And the women said, “When we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it apart from our husbands’ knowledge that we made sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”

20 But Jeremiah responded to all the people—the men, women, and all the people who were answering him—saying, 21 “As for the incense you burned in Judah’s cities and in Jerusalem’s streets—you, your fathers, your kings, your officials, and the people of the land—did the LORD not remember them? He brought this to mind. 22 The LORD can no longer bear your evil deeds and the detestable acts you have committed, so your land has become a waste, a desolation, and an object of cursing, without inhabitant, as [you see] today. 23 Because you burned incense and sinned against the LORD and didn’t obey the LORD’s voice and didn’t walk in His law, His statutes, and His testimonies, this disaster has come to you, as [you see] today.”

24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including all the women, “Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt. 25 This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: ‘As for you and your wives, you women have spoken with your mouths, and you men fulfilled it by your deeds, saying: We will keep our vows we have made to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings for her. [Go ahead,] confirm your vows! Pay your vows!’

26 “Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you Judeans who live in the land of Egypt: ‘I have sworn by My great name, says the LORD, that My name will never again be invoked by anyone of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, As the Lord GOD lives. 27 I am watching over them for disaster and not for good, and every man of Judah who is in the land of Egypt will meet his end by sword or famine until they are finished off. 28 Those who escape the sword will return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah only few in number, and the whole remnant of Judah, the ones going to the land of Egypt to live there for a while, will know whose word stands, Mine or theirs! 29 This will be a sign to you’—[this is] the LORD’s declaration—’that I am about to punish you in this place, so you may know that My words of disaster concerning you will certainly come to pass. 30 This is what the LORD says: I am about to hand over Pharaoh Hophra, Egypt’s king, to his enemies, to those who want to take his life, just as I handed over Judah’s King Zedekiah to Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, who was his enemy, the one who wanted to take his life.’ “

Don’t be a Fool, Nor Walk in Darkness

By Regina

As reports of calamities, bird and fish deaths, earthquakes, floods, virus and disease outbreaks and more, continue to dominate the news, many are searching for answers and providing explanations.

Almost all, do not understand the simple concept of our God, Yahweh, and His nature. So when they say that these are “natural occurrences” they are both right and very wrong. Right in that yes, they are natural occurrences, but wrong in that they are nothing but the evolving process of the planet we live on.

What is important to understand is that Yahweh is the source of life for all things and in turn, provides the source of life, via nature, for all things. Whether it be in the Spirit Realm or the Physical Realm, it is His energy that we draw upon to live.


Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man has eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I also knew that one fate comes to them both.



Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live?

Catastrophic Events

By Deborah

Time and time again I come across people who say that all the catastrophic events occurring in the world today are from Satan. That Satan is trying to destroy what God has created.



1. a sudden and widespread disaster: the catastrophe of war.

2. any misfortune, mishap, or failure; fiasco: The play was so poor our whole evening was a catastrophe.

3. a final event or conclusion, usually an unfortunate one; a disastrous end: the great catastrophe of the Old South at Appomattox.

4. (in a drama) the point at which the circumstances overcome the central motive, introducing the close or conclusion; dénouement. Compare catastasis, epitasis, protasis.

5. Geology . a sudden, violent disturbance, esp. of a part of the surface of the earth; cataclysm.

6. Also called catastrophe function. Mathematics . any of the mathematical functions that describe the discontinuities that are treated in catastrophe theory.

This simply is not true. Satan wants to hold onto his kingdom, his power, and his children who follow the rebellious path he laid out from our beginning. It is Father Yahweh who is bringing an end to the way of life so many know and accept. It is Almighty God who is progressively obliterating all traces of sin from what was once a beautiful planet.

The signs will continue to mount. Even now, it is becoming difficult not to notice that something is happening on a global scale. Will you be one of those who put it down to “earth changes” or will you heed the messages given? It’s not too late.

2 Chronicles 34:27 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I Myself have heard’—this is the LORD speaking.

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the LORD’s anger.

We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.

Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, Elisha, and Jeremy describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.

It is available in .pdf form for free via and will be updated monthly.

The Journey Continues

Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two


There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so-good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…

On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…


Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…


In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co-authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye-opener…
Nourishment from the Throne

“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Holographic Universe?

Alderra: What do you think of this article? Is there any truth to it?….ould-find-out.

Is the universe a big hologram? This device could find out.

Scientists at Fermilab are constructing a ‘holometer’ to get a closer look at the fabric of spacetime.

Spacetime itself seems to become pixelated when you look at it very closely. Some theorize that this happens because the universe is really two dimensional.

During the hunt for the predicted ripples in space-time — known as gravitational waves — physicists stumbled across a rather puzzling phenomenon. Last year, I reported about the findings of scientists using the GEO600 experiment in Germany. Although the hi-tech piece of kit hadn’t turned up evidence for the gravitational waves it was seeking, it did turn up a lot of noise.

Before we can understand what this “noise” is, we need to understand how equipment designed to look for the space-time ripples caused by collisions between black holes and supernova explosions.

Gravitational wave detectors are incredibly sensitive to the tiniest change in distance. For example, the GEO600 experiment can detect a fluctuation of an atomic radius over a distance from the Earth to the Sun. This is achieved by firing a laser down a 600 meter long tube where it is split, reflected and directed into an interferometer. The interferometer can detect the tiny phase shifts in the two beams of light predicted to occur should a gravitational wave pass through our local volume of space. This wave is theorized to slightly change the distance between physical objects. Should GEO600 detect a phase change, it could be indicative of a slight change in distance, thus the passage of a gravitational wave.

While looking out for a gravitational wave signal, scientists at GEO600 noticed something bizarre. There was inexplicable static in the results they were gathering. After canceling out all artificial sources of the noise, they called in the help of Fermilab’s Craig Hogan to see if his expertise of the quantum world help shed light on this anomalous noise. His response was as baffling as it was mind-blowing. “It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time,” Hogan said.

Joe: Hello Brother *hug*

First, I will tell you that the noise they hear is spanning across from the spirit realm. It is indeed the spirit community they hear. And to make it even more perplexing to them, as they learn more, it will come across like a beehive’s buzzing sound. I will be posting on the Beehives of creation a little later, but I wanted to answer you first.

You are inquisitive to their question “Is the universe a big hologram?”

So let’s see what they define as being “hologram.”


hologram >noun 1 a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source. 2 a photograph of an interference pattern which, when suitably illuminated, produces a three-dimensional image.

-DERIVATIVES holographic >adjective holography >noun.”

Mother Yahweh is the LIGHT of creation from within Her body where we all reside.

Genesis 1:3 “Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

Where does Mother reside Brother? Out in eternity’s darkness where She lights the Way to Herself. Inside, She brought that light to Her creation. It did not exist within – because She radiated outwardly in the darkness of eternity – until She did what?

Genesis 1:4 “God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.”

Mother saw that Her creation needed light, so She separated…….

separate >adjective 1 forming or viewed as a unit apart or by itself; not joined or united with others. 2 different; distinct. >verb 1 move or come apart. 2 stop living together as a couple. 3 divide into constituent or distinct elements. 4 extract or remove for use or rejection. 5 distinguish between or from another; consider individually. 6 form a distinction or boundary between: six years separated the brothers. >noun (separates) individual items of clothing that may be worn in different combinations.

-DERIVATIVES separately >adverb separateness >noun separative >adjective separator >noun.

-ORIGIN from Latin separare ‘disjoin, divide’.

When Michael entered Mother to bi-create, he not only became the light of this world (reality) but the LIGHT of Mother formed a distinction or boundary between the darkness within, and because Her and Michael stopped living together as a couple (Mother and Son outside in eternity), he was extracted or removed from eternity for the purpose of creating an inner SANCTUARY.

Exodus 15:17 “You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of Your possession; LORD, You have prepared the place for Your dwelling; Lord, Your hands have established the sanctuary.”

Now Brother, do you see that all of the Word is interlaced from the START of Michael’s Start from his existence out in eternity, and on to his creating the reality we all live in? I know this can be hard to comprehend and take it all in, Lord knows I spent many years learning all of this myself.

But know that one meaning has MANY MEANINGS abut all things, from the START and all the WAY back to our Mother, whom is who we reside within. So, if we reside in our Mother, then Christ and all of us cannot exist apart from Her (but he could again exist alongside Her), simply because She is the existence – the reality – the One that is the true Life-giver.

“LORD, You have prepared the place for Your dwelling; Lord,” Mother is the “LORD” and Michael is “Lord.” And what did Michael the Lord do: “Lord, Your hands have established the sanctuary.; The sanctuary is….


sanctuary >noun (pl. sanctuaries) 1 a place of refuge or safety. 2 a nature reserve. 3 a place where injured or unwanted animals are cared for. 4 a holy place. 5 the part of the chancel of a church containing the high altar.

-ORIGIN originally denoting a church or sacred place in which, by law, a fugitive was immune from arrest: from Latin sanctuarium, from sanctus ‘holy’.”

Now understand this: At the beginning of creation, the Sanctuary was not thought of as a :”holy place” simply because there was no need for the distinction of being “holy.”


holy >adjective (holier, holiest) 1 dedicated to God or a religious purpose. 2 morally and spiritually excellent and to be revered.

-ORIGIN Old English, related to whole. ”

The dictionary definition reflects the general knowledge that TODAY Mother is based on holiness. But back then, there was no reason to make a division, because being HOLY is a defined definition of Heaven that says “Being Holy is the opposite of being Evil. “And at that time, no evil existed. Not until the Joint Command was executing wicked creations out of existence. They were considered wicked, but there was no division in the LIGHT of Mother’s family. To be a part of Mother’s family, you must be manifest in spirit. At least that was the case until the Sacrifice. Then, it became necessary to spiritually alter those that will be salvageable. To do this, Mother opened the Way to spirit life by those that die and then pass over to the other side. Humans are energy, but not spirit energy per se. They were created by a spirit, but so was a volcanic mountain, and so was a blade of grass, the trees etc, but are they spirits? No, because they came from raw energy, but were not made as spirit energy – just from Mother’s storehouse of raw energy. So, what is necessary to become true spirit energy? FIRE. You must be salted with it, because salt does what? It seasons what it is sprinkled on to:

Hebrews 10:22 “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled [clean] from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.”

So, it says you must draw near with a “true heart” in your faith to be sprinkled clean from Satan’s ways, and washed in pure water. And Mother is the Spring of Water that flows eternally. So, since She is not mere water, to become a member of Her holy family, you must be:

Ezekiel 16:4 “As for your birth, your umbilical cord wasn’t cut on the day you were born, and you weren’t washed clean with water. You were not rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.”

You were not cut away from the raw energy that you are composed of. Meaning you are not worthy of spirit status. Why? You have to be wrapped in mercy, and that is why people are given a spirit body on passing to the other side – not because they deserve it – They are:

Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.”

That’s everyone that becomes a spirit, including those that choose to become converts. And from there, you have this if you cross over verses merely passing over:

Exodus 30:35 “‘Prepare expertly blended incense from these; it is to be seasoned with salt, pure and holy.”

As you accept Mother’s Way you are blended with incense:

incense 1 >noun a gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces. >verb perfume with incense or a similar fragrance.

-ORIGIN Latin incensum ‘something burnt, incense’.

You are then a sweet smell to our Mother. A fragrance of delight that is similar to who? To the one you follow the path he laid out before us – Christ Jesus. That makes you holy in Her eyes. But, as I stated earlier, there was no reference to “holy” early on, simply because the spirit family was not affected until Dawn Lucifer committed sin. And it is said his name “Lucifer” is a mistranslation of that name, but in truth, that is a part of the jigsaw puzzle, because Dawn Lucifer became a mistranslation of the Truth. It is embedded in him being a liar. His name was taken away from him and replaced with the name Satan the Devil because of his evil conduct. And those salted spirits that do not seek Mother’s side after passing over, what will they eventually become if they remain off the narrow path that are seeking Satan’s world over Mother’s future world?

Genesis 19:26 “But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.”

Their salt will become worthless an clumped like the clay of a dead human vessel.

So, is the universe a big hologram? Since the realms in existence are laid upon one another, and you have three: One is the spirit realm. The second is the visible realm. And the third is the realm of past and future time. If it did not exist this way, then we would be living in all ages at once. It is one of three divisions that exists in creation. The division exists because of the Way creation is laid out or manifested for orderly existence alongside one another. Just as you can’t exit into eternity at will – without permission, neither can either realm move into the realm of time without Mother’s approval. It exists and it can be seen into by visions, and is done so because of its existence, but it is a thread that exists for Mother’s use, because time is Mother’s memory strand within Her consciousness. That is how our Mother recalled all that was lost at the destruction of the Great Hall of Records. The Great Hall is a reflected mirror of what is contained down through time, and time is Mother’s memories of past creation, and the future is Her memories of what She has planned for creation. That is why we move in that direction. We move according to Her Mind’s planned out course. The future-time is planned out in advance, therefore it exists within Her mind, the same as if it has already come to pass. That makes it tangible. The only thing left with blanks, is who will be a permanent part of the future. That is because of free will. Mother left that part unwritten in Her mind so that each person and each spirit’s fate is determined by their own actions and heart conditions. So, “is the universe a big hologram?” Yes. It is the manifested thoughts of our Creator in Her vision of what She’s brought into existence. We are like a a “photograph of an interference pattern which, when suitably illuminated, produces a three-dimensional image.” Because the things She puts into thought become a living world within her. This is why, if our Mother ceased to exist, we would all simply fade away. And this is also why our Mother established laws that govern Her thoughts that stabilize existence. With the wave of Her hand – the distraction away from Her inner Self – everything would simply fade away. All things are held together by Christ, the world of reality hinged through him, because Christ is the only real creation that existed at one time outside of the world he helped create. That makes him worthy of continued existence outside of this fabricated reality because he laid his eternal existence on the line and passed the test.

Colossians 1:16 “because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

Through Michael’s thoughts and actions, mingled with Mother’s Mind, creation came into existence. Therefore, this reality exists for Michael the Christ. It was his inheritance (the reality – when he was only Michael.) His Kingship over all living creation came with his additional gift from Mother as the Christ for his Sacrifice to restore Her Sovereignty to all of creation. Therefore if all collapsed by loss of this war………

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.”

Michael the Word – Christ Jesus – is Mother’s Son. Her first born outside of this reality. Worst case scenario, is that Mother and Michael would simply be content with one another out in eternity once again, if this experiment fails. This is the reason a concerted effort by the hive in heaven is necessary, and why it is so important that Mother’s human class of servants are on course with endurance and remain faithful to see this war to its final chapter in Mother’s Mind.

Peace and knowledge to you Brother *hug*

Regina: I already felt like a speck of dust… now I feel even less… a holographic spec of dust!

A while back I had the thought that caused me to wonder if we are just all within Mother’s mind. Like for us, a really detailed daydream or lucid dream – only She’s able to suspend it indefinitely and allow us free will to make our own choices rather than it being “staged”.

What you’ve shared opens up so much more knowledge and understanding not only on Mother and Her creation but also on Salt and Fire but also Reflections and Mirrors. So much to ponder!

I’ll have to read through this a couple more times for sure. Thank you Joe!

Alderra: Joe, thank you, that was very enlightening and thought provoking.

Truly, Yahweh is a God of Order.

Regina, I have had similar thoughts, are we simply constructs within Yahweh’s mind, but the truth is we really exist, flesh, blood, mind and body. We exist because of the gift of life and because God permits it. Even if we are constructs or figments, we are still conscious of our awareness.

Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos


Joe: First children, I’ll repeat there are no coincidences. Before you examine the information about the living rods, consider this:

“A New Civilization Dawns” Dawn Lucifer Satan the Devil’s proposed new world order no doubt. Things gravitate towards him that are part of his empire, even in thinking and labeling things.

He remarks “The Forces of Light are gathering” and is correct, but knows little about what they truly are. Hence, Dawn the Devil uses Mother’s lights in the skies to try and fool the blinded. That is because he has some aces up his own sleeve.

About the living Rods, authored in 1997:

Here’s a few sites of interest also in case you do not yet have them on your watch.

Here’s the argument against the phenomena:

“Subsequent investigations proved that the appearance of flying rods on video was an optical illusion created by the slower recording speed of the camera.”

They are not wise enough to realize the slower speed is a key to capturing what is not normally seen in the case of the Rods. In other areas of the spirit arena, it requires faster shutter speeds. It is like when people say you are viewing background reflections instead of spirits in your pics. They simply do not comprehend that both reasonings can be correct. It just depends on what is present at the time, and what is required to trap the phenomena.

Example: Are orbs always dust particles? No, but there can be dust particles that produce orb-like similarities. And that children is true in all things. When you think of the Rod phenomena, lest you forget about the Antijaboks and what they exterminate. When those germs are not exterminated, they can be used for other things. (You might need to cut and paste this one’s address into your browser.)

Here’s another one on the subject.

Deborah: Honestly, I had not given Rods much thought before. But now…


I’m still not totally grasping everything, but I think I have the understanding that they are alive. The similarity to a cuttlefish or squid fin is interesting. Also an eel fin…..


Outbreak and



Antijaboks are Mother’s exterminators. They exterminate Jaboks.

These things aren’t related to Jaboks are they?

The planet is about to go through a cleansing of things that Father doesn’t want in creation…..

Hmmm….. That’s all I’ve got for now. I don’t like/want to try and piece things together when my understanding is so limited.

Joe: Here’s more of the puzzle. On the war chess board the heavens immediately above this planet, before you’d get outside its atmosphere are called the “Jabbok zone.” It is drawn as a river of plasma on Alpha’s map that flows in a circular motion around the planet. What the earth represents in the end times in reflection of the old Bible days that the Israelites were fighting for the Promised Land, the release of deadly germs into the atmosphere has something to do with our side of the war effort. The release of Rods is my understanding. In research I have tried to correlate it to what I have learned thus far, and this is what I found:

Joshua 12:2 “Sihon king of the Amorites lived in Heshbon. He ruled [over the territory] from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Valley, along the middle of the valley, and half of Gilead up to the Jabbok River (the border of the Ammonites”

I don’t have all of the pieces of the puzzle myself because Alpha Command is wrapped in mystery itself during this end time of the conflict. But what you’ve noted is a part of the puzzle.

So there’s no confusion, the planet enveloped in, and all the way to the Azmon Barrier is called “Magog.” The zone I mentioned is a reference point used by Alpha on the war chess board for their own understanding in what they are doing in the war effort in relation to a point on the earth’s outskirts.

Deborah: I was just reposting the things you shared that stood out for me. This is very surprising and interesting! Thanks for sharing these things with us.

Joe: You’re welcome. Here’s an interesting site on Biblical references. They have the Word in many languages. I know that the Holman version is used, but all Bibles of various versions contain the truth. Some are just better at translating than others.

Regina: I remember Jose Escamilla. He’s VERY big on the rod phenomena. I recall viewing a show that featured him and his findings way back when I first started studying the paranormal. It was intriguing to say the least and he seemed to have study them in a similar manner that I studied orbs. I also remember thinking that they did appear to be spiritual in nature because I personally couldn’t think of any insect that had a flight pattern that could create what we see and they were so consistent too.

I believe…gosh, my memory is awful but… I think that I captured a rod or something that looked very similar, either in a photo or on video.

Joe: Everything seems to make the rounds and all past events tie in with other things. The plagues Mother unleashed on ancient Egypt, they came mostly from this plane of existence, but more is destined to come from the other plane – the spirit realm. Do you know how we know that without Alpha revealing it to us? It is tied in with the lifting of the veil. A coming together of the past invisible things with those that are visible. Visible to both realms, not just one realm seeing it all. Mother unleashing the things (deadly germs) that are normally destroyed by holy angels, but are now free to work their havoc on mankind. Just as She plagued ancient Egypt, She now moves Her deadly germs to do Her will in cleansing this planet of evil mankind. One third of the earth’s population will fall to infections from the Rods that have been herded to this planet to do Mother’s grim work. But, it is a necessary component that even Satan and his demons cannot deter. Be thankful none of you will be left down here when this planet becomes a living nightmare to those that are left behind. But, they will not suffer for very long. Satan will try to overcome, but all will go down in failure. Then, the earth will be cleansed and all things causing desolation, like the Rods will also be destroyed because they will have served their purpose. But first, remaining prophecies must still be fulfilled. The Rods will simply help fulfill a part of them, and the rest will be done by mankind’s own evil hand against one another, and the holy angelic warriors that finish evil off in the clean up of the evil stragglers and Satan and his demons and converts that will be dealt with.

Regina: I don’t know if it was due to the thoughts Deborah posted, or help from Jaddai or Mother’s Spirit but the words that ran through my mind as I first read through the thread was “biological warfare”. I know it’s already been explained but I also just wondered if maybe I should post it also.

Joe: Certainly you can post it child. On another subject of the UFO phenomenon, Satan is so limited in power at present that he couldn’t manifest a 12 volt ball of light. After the fiasco of the demons planning to off all of the vile criminals and troublemaker leaders of the earth, Mother stripped them of most of their powers again. However children there are people that believe all of the unidentified crafts are of demonic origin. This simply isn’t true. You have the holy angels that are causing these sightings, and you have the U.S. government that is so far advanced that they are privately engaged against the holy crafts in a game of cat and mouse, trying to either capture or shoot them down. But one thing they know for certain, they cannot out maneuver our side no matter how hard they try.

Here’s what some people have come to believe:

The truth is children, our Mother is going to leave no doubt as to who these crafts belong to. And when they have learned the facts, they will curse our God, because then they will know who they are really dealing with. It is then during that period of time Satan will offer his plan to fight off Mother’s forces. They will willingly come under Satan’s guidance. Not because he fools them, but because they will need his help desperately to try and survive the onslaught that Mother plans to strike those left on this planet with. At that time his powers will be back in tact and useful to him. It is not without reason the masses curse God in this end time. They will do it because She brings much pain and suffering, even now, but when they know that for certain, they will despise Her and curse Her name for the pain. Night children.

Regina: It seems appropriate that Satan would inspire the belief that all UFO’s are of demonic origin. That paints the picture of them being a threat to mankind – which they are, for those unfaithful, but in believing they are of demonic origin it leaves out the enlightenment that goes along with understanding and the opportunity to change one’s ways and one’s heart and turn to Mother rather than against Her.

There’s also a belief out there that Nephilim are rampant amongst mankind… which, I just don’t know how to address. I had ministered to a man who believes this intently, seemed to accept the origin of the UFO sightings and had accepted the Kingdom Message and even shared it himself with others, but I had to take a step back when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to reach him.

Joe: Regina child, you must look at not being able to break down all myths he believes, as this:

Acts 23:29 “I found out that the accusations were about disputed matters in their law, and that there was no charge that merited death or chains.”

Because that person is seeking the truth, being off on a matter is not making him subject to law, because law has been suspended for those that are humbly trying to follow the path Christ laid out. So, what does that mean if he is fortunate and remains on the path? Will he ever be able to sort things out, of what is truth and what is not? Did Mother make an allowance for those that seek Her, but cling to deceptions of Satan’s empire while accepting the truth in a diluted manner? Let’s look at some pieces of the jigsaw puzzle concerning this:

Acts 25:20 “Since I was at a loss in a dispute over such things, I asked him if he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there concerning these matters.”

Since you are at a loss Regina over his inaccurate belief, but happy that he “had accepted the Kingdom Message and even shared it himself with others,” you are at a loss as to his standing with Mother and Her holy family. You fear for his hope for eternal life, but you are uncertain what else you can do. Correct? Well let’s see what the rest of the puzzle reveals on this.

Acts 26:26 “For the king knows about these matters. It is to him I am actually speaking boldly. For I’m not convinced that any of these things escapes his notice, since this was not done in a corner!”

Yes indeed, our Christ knows and well understands about these matters. By praying to Mother for that persons further enlightenment through the revelation of our King Christ, you can know that nothing escapes his notice. All things occurring in this world are an open book to him. He reads everything – including minds and all that is spoken. His understanding and revelation must come into play for further enlightenment.

1 Corinthians 11:34 “If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that you can come together and not cause judgment. And I will give instructions about the other matters whenever I come.”

You’ve all been cautioned not to argue with anyone about your belief or the vital message you impart. You receive your heavenly nourishment in the privacy of your homes. You have not hounded him so as to further his footsteps off of the path to Salvation and thus bringing him under law and judgment. So, who promises to set all matters straight when he arrives to lift the veil? You’re doing your job, and you can not do everything, so he too has a job to do. He must be the one that sets all matters straight. Humans are imperfect, in not comprehending the full truth of all matters. But that does not destined anyone to eternal destruction, unless they LOVE a lie and will not accept the truth from the one that helped to establish it on its foundation of the Perfect Rock – Yahweh. So Regina, by your teaching him through the newsletter, you have done your job as a faithful steward.

2 Peter 3:16 “He speaks about these things in all his letters, in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.”

It is not those that mistakenly believe in a deception, but those that are untaught in the Word and those that are unstable that willfully twist the truth into lies that are marked for destruction. If you willingly permit your ear to be tickled after learning the truth and want no part of it, then you would also be destined for destruction by following that path of the twisted faith. So those that desire a tickling are wanting a different reality and not the one promised. They seldom move off the wide spacious path even when Christ gives the message. We know that to be true from the days he was on earth.

Joshua 6:5 “When there is a prolonged blast of the horn and you hear its sound, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the city wall will collapse, and the people will advance, each man straight ahead.”

Since our Mother condenses all things just like She has the spirit realm condensed, everything in the Word is condensed together with alternate meanings. This is how She intertwined the truth throughout Her inspired writings. Those with insight will come to see the correlations if they have a broad knowledge of the overall truth. The prolonged blast of the ram horn goes hand in hand with the use of a trumpet:

Exodus 19:19 “As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him in the thunder.”

With Joshua 6:5 it corresponds with this: Revelation 11:15 “[ The Seventh Trumpet ] The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the [kingdom] of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!”

People will shout with joy at the fall of this old wicked system of things. it will have perished at the completion of the 7th Trumpet’s sound. Each person will advance because the veil had been removed and the evil done away with. The path will then be firmly straight for all to follow. This is because all matters will be set straight by our reigning King Christ Jesus. How will he do this?

Micah 4:3 “He will settle disputes among many peoples and provide arbitration for strong nations that are far away. They will beat their swords into plows, and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not take up the sword against nation, and they will never again train for war.”

So Regina child, Christ will settle the disputes of things not truthful. That means there must be someone in need of enlightenment, so as to be around to receive it otherwise, they would have perished without the benefit of having come top an accurate knowledge. So child, leave the matter in his and our Mother’s capable and wise hands.

Psalm 20:2 “May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion.”

Not Mount Zion proper, but sustains you by Alpha Command’s efforts. However, the Sanctuary is atop Mount Zion, so the effort is unified because Christ is the Helper and comes forth with his spirit from the Sanctuary. He gives spiritual help while Alpha Command gives physical help to sustain our existence in creation.

Psalm 69:35 “for God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah. They will live there and possess it.”

Zion is where Alpha Command administers Yahweh’s Authority from. She will not let it perish from attack by any enemy. She has proved that in the past. Judah, that is where the Holy Ghost Consortium congregates in Heaven, it is made up of cities of holy ghost spirits in service to Christ and our glorious Mother.

We are promised that we will always possess Judah. Like the symbolic 144,000 Holy Ghost that actually represent far more thousands upon thousand than merely 144,000, because that is the number of Orders of Holy Ghosts. And Judah spoken of singularly is really a complex of cities in a strategic region of Heaven assigned to the Orders of Holy Ghosts. We took a solemn Oath to serve our Mother faithfully and with endurance to see the spiritual war to the end.

2 Chronicles 15:14 “They took an oath to the LORD in a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets, and with rams’ horns.”

We are the congregating tribe spoken of at:

Psalm 74:2 “Remember Your congregation, which You purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession. [Remember] Mount Zion where You dwell.”

Our Mother dwells just above is on Her Mountain Top.

Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;” [This is because your own understanding is not trustworthy.] think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

This tells you there is more than one path that leads you to Christ’s path. But you can walk the other if you are led because you are one foot on the narrow path with the other on a path that leads you off the wide spacious path. To be fully on the narrow path one would have to be perfected to the point of Christ. But that will come for all of us as time moves on. We are all just children in the faith of the One that can redeem us from this Satanic nightmare.

Regina: It has long been my concern and sometimes cause of anxiety that I am doing all that I possibly can. But as time moves on and I mature as a minister I learn that Mother guides us, telling us when to speak, and when not to speak. While we can never surely know anyone’s standing with Mother’s family – it is more for me, about performing my duties as a minister in a way that would make Mother and Christ most pleased and being so very careful to not take a step forward when it’s not warranted, or a step back when it’s too soon.

Perhaps it is the gentle urging of Mother and Christ saying “leave it in our hands” when we feel within our hearts to take a step back after doing all we know to do.

Thank you so much for that sharing of wisdom, Joe. It sets my heart more at ease.

Signs From Above

“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27

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Signs Down Below

But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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Signs in Humanity

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Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.

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Signs in Natural Disasters

“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7



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NEW ZEALAND – There have been 4,500 aftershocks since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Christchurch on September 4 last year. A series of aftershocks have been felt in the New Zealand city of Christchurch recently, but there are no reports of significant damage. Thursday, the first and most severe aftershock was 5.1-magnitude at a depth of 10 kilometres. Eight other aftershocks of lower magnitude followed. GNS Science says residents should prepare for aftershocks of this intensity every four to six weeks for up to a year.

NEW ZEALAND – More earthquakes have hit Christchurch with residents woken by a 5.1 magnitude tremor. The earthquake hit at 4.03am (AEDT) and was centred 10km south-west of Christchurch at a depth of 10km. It was followed by a 3.4 quake at 6.02am (AEDT) at the same location and depth and four minutes later a 4.0 tremor hit 20km west of Christchurch at a depth of 15km. Only one person has reported substantial damage at Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 has hit south-western Pakistan, in a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan. The quake struck at 0123 on Wednesday (2023 GMT on Tuesday), some 55 km (34 miles) west of Dalbandin in Pakistan, at a depth of 84km (52 miles). It was located several hundred kilometres from the Pakistani city of Quetta and the city of Zahedan, Iran. The quake happened at a depth of just 10km (6.2 miles). Earthquakes at such a shallow depth have the potential to cause major destruction and loss of life. Officials in nearby towns indicated that damage was not extensive. A later bulletin from the USGS revised the depth of the quake to 84km, potentially limiting the effects.

The area hit by the recent earthquake is sparsely populated and is located in a seismically active zone. The nearest town, Dalbandin, 55km east of the epicentre, is thought to have a population of about 15,000 people. Much of the area is so remote that the Chagai hills area of Balochistan was used as a site for the country’s nuclear test in 1998. However, major population centres are relatively close to the quake’s epicentre. The Iranian city of Zahedan, some 310km (195 miles) west of the quake, is home to some 570,000 people. The historic Iranian city of Bam, west of Zahedan, was devastated by an earthquake in 2003. In Pakistan, the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta is also home to 560,000 people. Pakistan is still dealing with the aftermath of devastating floods in the 2010 monsoon season, as well as battling Taliban militants in several tribal areas

Panic-stricken people rushed out of their homes in Pakistan late on Tuesday night after the strong earthquake shook parts of the country. The earthquake emanated from a remote part of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province which borders Iran and Afghanistan. It was powerful enough that its tremors were felt as far as Dubai in the Middle East.

The earthquake’s intensity was just below that of another earthquake measuring 7.6 that struck parts of northern Pakistan in 2005 and killed more than 70,000 people in one of the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedies.. Government officials warned Pakistan will live with the danger of possible aftershocks in coming days. In some instances such aftershocks have come within a week of previous earthquakes. “I have heard of cracks in some buildings but that is not across the board. The damage seems to have been done mostly to older buildings.”

In Pakistan’s capital Islamabad a western diplomat warned that further damage from the earthquake, notably any of its aftershocks, could seriously undermine Pakistan’s future, right at a time when the U.S. is urging the country to extend more cooperation in its campaign to fight militants. “A humanitarian crisis in Pakistan caused by the earthquake will only undermine U.S. interests. As it is, we must all worry about instability in a country armed with nuclear weapons and with political and economic problems.”

Long Overdue, the Eastern Mediterranean Awaits an Inevitable Big Quake – The last major tremor occurred almost 1,000 years ago and the next one is about 600 years late. Devastating earthquakes ripped through Chile and Haiti last year, killing thousands and leaving destroyed cities smoldering in their wake. Could something similar be in store for the countries of the eastern Mediterranean in the near future?

While the area that encompasses Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria has suffered destructive earthquakes before, the kind of tremors that scientists classify as great — between a magnitude of seven or eight on the Richter scale — haven’t ripped through the region in almost a millennia. The lull in activity means the Holy Land and the surrounding region could soon be in store for a deadly rocker, scientists say. “Most large earthquakes that are very destructive came in areas were there had been a long period of quiet, which is called a seismic gap. For Israel this is very worrying.” Israel’s National Infrastructure Ministry launched a campaign January 11 to heighten awareness of the danger. The ministry is planning to set up an early-warning system that will relay information from seismographs to the public in a matter of seconds. That should be enough time for people to leave their homes and/or enter a protected room, something homes constructed in the last two decades are required to have to protect against missile attacks.

The countries of the eastern Mediterranean sit on the Dead Sea Fault, a 1,100-kilometer (680-mile) line where two tectonic plates under the earth’s surface meet. When they rub together it causes earthquakes. Indeed, earthquakes have long been a part of the region’s history. A massive earthquakehit in 33 B.C.and three more large earthquakes devastated the region in 363 AD, 749, and 1033 – at roughly 400-year intervals. While small earthquakes that can only be detected with seismological equipment rumble in the region every day, the last medium-sized earthquake to hit the region was in 1927, just north of the Dead Sea. That earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2. But a large earthquake is long overdue. “It will happen for sure, it’s only a question of when.”

Seismologists say the earthquake will probably strike between the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, or in the Arava region, which stretches between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba on the Israeli-Jordanian border. They also stress that a large earthquake would be felt by Israel’s neighbors, as well. For its part, Jordan, Israel’s neighbor to the east, worries of a large magnitude earthquake striking along the fault line, as well.


Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells – Some places saw the ground rise by ten inches. Yellowstone National Park’s supervolcano just took a deep “breath,” causing miles of ground to rise dramatically, scientists report. The simmering volcano has produced major eruptions – each a thousand times more powerful than Mount St. Helens’s 1980 eruption – three times in the past 2.1 million years. Yellowstone’s caldera, which covers a 25- by 37-mile (40- by 60-kilometer) swath of Wyoming, is an ancient crater formed after the last big blast, some 640,000 years ago.

Since then, about 30 smaller eruptions – including one as recent as 70,000 years ago – have filled the caldera with lava and ash, producing the relatively flat landscape we see today. But beginning in 2004, scientists saw the ground above the caldera rise upward at rates as high as 2.8 inches (7 centimeters) a year. The rate slowed between 2007 and 2010 to a centimeter a year or less. Still, since the start of the swelling, ground levels over the volcano have been raised by as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) in places. “It’s an EXTRAORDINARY uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high.”

Scientists think a swelling magma reservoir four to six miles (seven to ten kilometers) below the surface is driving the uplift. Fortunately, the surge doesn’t seem to herald an imminent catastrophe. “At the beginning we were concerned it could be leading up to an eruption. But once we saw [the magma] was at a depth of ten kilometers, we weren’t so concerned. If it had been at depths of two or three kilometers [one or two miles], we’d have been a lot more concerned.” At the Yellowstone supervolcano, it appears the ground has risen and fallen for thousands of years without an eruption. Based on geologic evidence, Yellowstone has probably seen a continuous cycle of inflation and deflation over the past 15,000 years, and the cycle will likely continue. Surveys show, for example, that the caldera rose some 7 inches (18 centimeters) between 1976 and 1984 before dropping back about 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) over the next decade. “There has to be magma in the crust, or we wouldn’t have all the hydrothermal activity that we have. There is so much heat coming out of Yellowstone right now that if it wasn’t being reheated by magma, the whole system would have gone stone cold since the time of the last eruption 70,000 years ago.” Overall, “the story of Yellowstone deformation has gotten more complex as we’ve had better and better technologies to study it.”

INDONESIA – Merapi volcano mud threatens temples. Three Hindu temple sites that date back to the eighth and tenth century are vulnerable to Mount Merapi’s cold volcanic mud flow in Magelang, Central Java. Located near Pabelan and Tlising rivers, which are the paths for the cold volcanic mud flow, the three temple sites are Lumbung, Asu and Pendhem. These were built during the glorious Hindu era known as the ancient Mataram kingdom in 869 AD. The Lumbung Temple is only 1 meter from Pabelan river, and the river has already eroded the 20-meter-high cliff near the temple. Meanwhile, Asu and Pendhem temples are about 200 meters from both Pabelan and Tlising rivers. Several parts of the temples have been scattered around the sites due to the ground’s movement during the cold volcanic mud flow. Access to the three temples has also been destroyed by the volcanic mud flow. The local administration is being asked to secure the sites before the volcanic mud flow destroys them totally.

PHILIPPINES – Restive Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon acted up again onTuesday, spewing ash in a predawn explosion before dawn. The quake occurred at 2:58 a.m., accompanied by a rumbling sound audible at Monbon village in Irosin town. “(But) the explosion was not observed because the volcano summit was covered by thick clouds. Field investigation conducted this morning confirmed the presence of traces of ash deposits in Monbon, Irosin.” Bulusan’s alert level remains at “1.” The alert level had been at “1” since November last year. The volcanologists added the source of Tuesday’s activity was “hydrothermal and shallow.”

Volcano Triggers Yellow Alert in 3 Guatemalan Departments – Three Guatemalan departments are under yellow alert, as a preventive measure in the face of the sustained activity of Fuego Volcano. Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, and Escuintla are keeping a wary eye on the evolution in the coming days of the colossal volcano. The volcano has recently registered weak and moderate explosions, with thick grey ashes spewing forth from the volcano, some as high as 500 to 800 meters. Such explosions are generating shock waves felt as far as seven kilometres (about 4.3 miles) from the crater, as well as constant moderate avalanches.

Indonesian authorities on the southeastern tip of Sumatra have prepared evacuation plans for tens of thousands of residents threatened by increased activity within Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) volcano in the adjacent Sunda Strait. Fishermen in the waters between Java and Sumatra were warned to remain far from the rumbling volcanic island, which was spewing columns of ash and globs of lava. The greatest threat to people living in the South Lampung region would come from a tsunami should the volcano explode violently. Scientists said their monitoring equipment on the slopes of Anak Krakatau stop working periodically after ash covers the solar cells powering the units. Occasional rainfall washes off the ash, allowing the units to work for brief periods of time. Anak Krakatau has grown by an average of 22 feet per year, with nearly daily eruptions of lava occurring since its most current eruptive episode began in 1994.

PHILIPPINES – Three active volcanoes in Luzon showed signs of increased activity Sunday, exhibiting rock fall, moderate steam, and minor quakes in their respective vicinities. Signs of unrest were detected in Mayon, Taal, and Bulusan volcanoes during a 24-hour observation. Phivolcs reported having observed one rock fall at Mayon Volcano in Albay and its steam was white and moderate. Meanwhile, crater glow was not observed due to thick clouds covering Mayon’s summit. “Results of ground deformation surveys conducted last November and December 2010 showed that the volcanic edifice remains inflated based on 2008 baseline data.” Alert Level 1 has been raised due to Mayon’s current activity. While no eruption is imminent, Phivolcs strongly prohibited the public from wandering within the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone due to the continuing threat from sudden small explosions and rock falls from the upper and middle slopes of the volcano. “Active river channels and those perennially identified as lahar-prone areas in the southern sector should also be avoided especially during bad weather conditions or when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall.”

Meanwhile, 10 minor volcanic earthquakes were detected around Taal Volcano in Batangas last aturday. Two of 10 tremors, which occurred at 1:47 p.m. and 1:48 p.m., were felt at Intensity 1 by residents in Barangay Pira-piraso located at the northern side of the volcano. Steaming activity at the thermal area inside the main crater remained weak, while the water temperature and acidity (pH) were within the normal range. “Results of the precise leveling ground deformation survey conducted around the Volcano Island last December 2010 showed slight inflation as compared with September 2010 survey.” Taal Volcano’s status remains at Alert Level 1, which means that a major eruption is not imminent. However, Phivolcs reminded the public to refrain from entering the main crater due to sudden occurrence of steam explosions and accumulation of toxic gases. It added that the northern portion of the main crater rim, in the vicinity of Daang Kastila trail, may also be dangerous when increased steam emission is reactivated along existing fissures.

With regard to Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon, Phivolcs recorded one volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours.

“Visual observation of the crater and known thermal vents was not possible due to thick clouds covering the summit.” State volcanologists noted that ground deformation surveys conducted last November and December 2010 showed that the volcanic edifice was slightly deflated relative to August 2010 survey. Bulusan Volcano’s status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning the source of activity is hydrothermal and shallow. However, no entry to the fourkilometer radius is strongly advised, since the area is at risk to sudden steam and ash explosions. Residents near valleys and river/stream channels were also advised to be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.


Walls of water 10ft high in a month-long mega hurricane: California told to prepare for biblical ‘ARkStorm’. Scientists are now warning Californians that the long-awaited ‘big one’ earthquake could be the least of their environmental concerns. Another more deadly threat awaits the West coast of America – in the form of a biblical ‘ARkStorm’, which could bring death and destruction on a scale never before seen and which they say is long overdue. Walls of water 10ft high, rain falling in feet instead of inches, and nine million people’s homes flooded during a hurricane-like megastorm that could last more than month.

The every-other-century event last happened in 1861 and left the central valley of California impassable. The cost was impossible to quantify – but should a similar event happen today the damage could total more than 300 billion. Large storms have struck in 1969 and 1986 but the last ARkStorm hit in 1861. Beginning on Christmas Eve, the storm continued into the following year and lasted 45 days in total. The flooding was so severe it turned the Sacramento Valley into an inland sea and in southern California lakes were formed in the Mojave Desert and the Los Angeles Basin. Across the entire state storms wiped out nearly a third of the taxable land, leaving the state bankrupt.

The U.S. Geological Survey has now begun planning for the return of the ARkStorm, so named after the boat Noah used to escape the flood in the Bible. The ‘A’ and ‘R’ stand for ‘atmospheric river’. They have recruited 17 researchers and a string of agencies to work with local emergency crews and government officials across California to ensure that should it arrive, they would be best prepared for it. The team says that a storm on the scale of that which struck in 1861 is ‘inevitable’. It was widely considered the worst and longest on record.

The weather system will start in the Tropics due to atmospheric rivers of moisture forming, grow larger and gain speed as it travels to the West coast of America where it would become roughly the same strength as a hurricane. It would take some weeks to form, which would hopefully give them time to better prepare when it arrived. “We think this event happens once every 100 or 200 years or so, which puts it in the same category as our big San Andreas earthquakes. Floods are as much a part of our lives in California as earthquakes are. We are probably not going to be able to handle the biggest ones.” Scientists say a plausible super-storm that could devastate California would be fed by an “atmospheric river” moving water at the same rate as 50 Mississippi rivers discharging water into the Gulf of Mexico.

But what is an “atmospheric river”? Atmospheric Rivers are narrow corridors driven by jet-stream winds which have a direct affect on ocean currents. When these streams have a high level of concentrated moisture, the newly termed “atmospheric rivers” may strike land. When this occurs, they produce flooding rains that can disrupt travel, induce mudslides, and cause catastrophic damage to life and property.

There is nothing “new” about such events. What drives such phenomena? The answer is “charged particles” such as solar flares, cme’s, coronal holes, gamma ray burst, and galactic cosmic rays. Scientists who study historic storms to understand the risks modern California faces discussed on Friday developing a scaling system to measure the intensity of an atmospheric river. The storm scenario released by the USGS this week says such a storm has the potential to cause flood damage to a quarter of the houses in the state. The report describes a storm lasting more than 40 days and dumping up to 10 feet of rain.

A large coronal hole on the Sun has recently opened up [not unusual], releasing large amounts of charged particles referred to as ‘solar winds’. When this flow of particles hits the Earth’s magnetic field, it will have a direct effect on ocean and jet stream currents. Watch for an increase in extreme weather over the next 72 – 96 hours. On the North American continent, the most vulnerable areas would be the Pacific North West, and yes, California.


Are variations in temperatures triggering a complete new monsoon calendar for India? This is something that climatologists are looking at while monitoring the different aspects of changing weather patterns. The frequency of storms is related to the changes in a couple of atmospheric parameters over the north Indian Ocean during the global warming period. Using a series of multiple data sets including the tracks of storms over the North Indian Ocean for the period 1951-2007, the scientists found that the frequency of storms and severe storms do not show a dramatic rise in spite of a substantial increase in the sea-surface temperature in the Bay of Bengal from 1951-2007 compared to that in 1901-1951.
“This prompted us to conclude that the frequency of storms is related to the changes in a couple of atmospheric parameters over the north Indian Ocean during the global warming period. The relationship between the sea surface temperature over the Bay of Bengal and the maximum wind speed of the cyclonic systems is complex and there is no preferred range for the formation of cyclonic or severe cyclonic storms over the north Indian Ocean.”

The present study assumes significance owing to the large contribution of rainfall over India from storms that form over the north of the Indian Ocean during the summer and the winter monsoons. Tropical cyclones are among the most destructive natural disasters in the world. About 7 percent of the global tropical cyclones form in the north Indian Ocean. Further, more number of cyclones form in the Bay of Bengal (about three to four times higher) than in the Arabian Sea. In the north Indian Ocean, there are two important seasons for their formation, namely, Pre-monsoon (March-May) and Post-monsoon (October-December).

“An important concern about the consequences of the global warming scenario is its impact on the frequency, the intensity and the duration of tropical cyclones. Theoretical and modelling studies indicate that tropical cyclone winds would increase with increasing ocean temperature.” Though direct observational evidence of this relationship over the tropical Oceans is lacking, it has been brought out in the recent study over the Atlantic Ocean that higher sea surface temperatures (SSTs) over this region increase the intensity of Atlantic tropical cyclones.

AUSTRALIA – A new cyclone is expected to form in the Gulf this weekend amid warnings Queensland’s floods may not be over.

A tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria may develop into a cyclone on Saturday. It will remain slow moving, likely moving towards the southwest. It could see the flood focus turn to the north and far west of the state because Gulf cyclones often bring heavy rain to the lower Gulf and NT border regions, causing flooding through the length of western Queensland and into northern SA and Lake Eyre.
A second low in the Coral Sea may also deepen, but is expected to move away from the coast. With two and half months of a La Nina wet season still to come, there was a serious risk of further flooding, particularly in Queensland. “The worst case scenario would be a tropical low or cyclone moving south from the Gulf or Coral Sea which could bring flood levels to Queensland similar to what we’ve seen over the past month.” Although rain-inducing La Nina weather conditions are expected to last right into autumn, the National Climate Centre has dropped the odds of the region exceeding its average rainfall in the southeast to 50 per cent. The revised estimate is down from last October’s forecast of a 75 per cent chance of exceeding median summer rainfall – its STRONGEST WET WEATHER PREDICTION IN A DECADE. In north Queensland, the odds of better than average rainfall are up to 75 per cent. The RECORD LA NINA had been exceeded only by the La Nina of 1917-18, with the flood-producing 1975-76 La Nina ranked third. Rainfall should return to normal about mid year.

Two weather systems were set to bring severe weather to parts of New Zealand today. MetService is forecasting heavy downpours, gale force winds and humid conditions for much of northern and central New Zealand. A low pressure system – formerly Tropical Cyclone Vania – was expected to bring rain to the top of the South Island and to the southern of the North Island. The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Zelia would pass over the southern North Island would bring about six hours of gales to the central North Island tonight.

Tropical Storm Vince about to U-turn away from Australia. High pressure is about to make Tropical Storm Vince do a U-turn in the Southern Indian Ocean and take a westward track away from Western Australia. According to images, the low level circulation center is now exposed to outside winds, and the strongest convection and thunderstorms are limited to the southwestern quadrant of the storm.

At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST/11:00 p.m. Australia/Perth) on Jan. 14, Tropical Storm Vince’s maximum sustained winds were down to 39 mph (35 knots/63 km/hr). It was located approximately 350 nautical miles north of Learmonth, Australia, near 16.3 South and 114.6 East. It was moving eastward at 10 mph (9 knots/16 km/hr) and is expected to turn west. A ridge (an elongated area) of high pressure that is building over Western Australia is expected to push Vince to the west and away from Australia this weekend.

New Zealand homes may be whipped by the remnants of two tropical cyclones which are expected to merge south of Vanuatu on Tuesday. Former tropical cyclone Vania has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is moving south “packed with moisture. “The low is going to pull tropical moisture down to New Zealand early next week.”

And if a tropical cyclone encounters an injection of cold air as it approaches New Zealand, then it may “feed” on the difference in density so that the cold air turns the tropical moisture to rain, and that rain-making process lowers the pressure, so that the system becomes “extra windy”.

Forecasters were also closely watching the newly-developed tropical cyclone Zelia, classified as a Category 1 cyclone with winds averaging 65km/h and winds gusting up to 120km/h. Zelia is expected to quickly move across the warm waters of the Coral Sea this weekend which will transform it into a severe category 3 cyclone by Monday morning. Zelia will likely track south of New Caledonia on Monday and quickly catch up to the remnants of Vania by Tuesday. While it is RARE to see two tropical cyclones merging like this, it simply means more widespread rain and wind – more people will receive unsettled weather, as opposed to winds and rain being twice as bad. The main effect reaching New Zealand was likely to be rain, thought gales are possible in some main centres.

Computer models show the two weather systems merging on Tuesday and Wednesday and moving much further west of New Zealand than initially forecast, which could have a serious impact for the Nelson region. “We may see this tropical system feeding very heavy rain into the Nelson region during the week and following the flooding in December we advise locals to be prepared for possible flooding.” The remnants of cyclone Vania are expected to pass near Norfolk Island on Sunday. “Although the exact future track is not certain, present guidance indicates that Vania will pass west of the North Island on Tuesday night and move southeast over the northern South Island on Wednesday morning followed by a trough and another smaller low.”

Tropical Cyclone Zelia has been upgraded further overnight to a category 3 storm, making her now a “severe” tropical storm.

The storm is expected to maintain category 3 status for another 24 hours before dropping to category 1 again once she leaves the tropics and passes over cooler waters in the Tasman Sea. Zelia is still on track to reach New Zealand from Tuesday onwards. Zelia now has sustained hurricane force winds (120km/h) with gusts to 165km/h. Zelia is comparable to a category 1 hurricane using the better known Saffir-Simpson scale, used to measure hurricanes in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific.

Indonesia’s Wild Weather Predicted to Stay Even as Cyclone Peters Out – Although Tropical Cyclone Vince has lost much of its strength, strong swells are still expected off Java’s southern coast and across the eastern islands, state weather forecasters have said. Despite the storm weakening to below cyclone intensity, some places in East Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara could experience strong windstorms for months to come. “The EXTREME WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL APRIL, although the daily situation will fluctuate,” the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said on Sunday.

The extreme weather has already caused significant damage in parts of East Nusa Tenggara, with heavy rains and strong winds lashing the province for the past two weeks. Heavy rains and high waves were also expected across Maluku and Papua’s southern districts as a result of a wind convergence over the Banda Sea. Tidal surges on the East Nusa Tenggara island of Flores reached as far as 100 meters inland on Wednesday, sweeping away at least 18 houses in Nangahale village, Sikka district. No injuries were reported and affected villagers have been evacuated to emergency camps. Officials from Belu district and Kupang in West Timor reported dozens of houses damaged on Sunday, with the number expected to rise. A relief team has been sent to bring emergency aid such as sleeping mats, blankets, milk and food to people affected by the storms. The extent of the damage was still being assessed because the terrain and stormy conditions made it difficult for teams to travel to some affected areas. Meanwhile, heavy rains and strong winds resulted in limited visibility on roads in Sukoharjo and Wonogiri in Central Java. Gale-force winds also uprooted trees and damaged rooftops.


AUSTRALIA – Residents in low-lying parts of Brisbane, or near a creek, have been warned to prepare for a king tide on Friday that could cause more flooding. “As a result there could be some localised flooding as the Brisbane River continues to recede after last week’s flood…The river and creek heights are expected to be similar to what occurred on the winter king tide in July and tidal flooding on the 21st of December last year.” Expected shower and storm activity could exacerbate the situation.


AUSTRALIA – People in the south-eastern Australian town of Kerang have been told to leave their homes, as rising river levels threatened another community in the WORST FLOOD CRISIS IN DECADES. More than 1,000 Kerang residents have moved to a nearby evacuation centre, as the Loddon River continues to swell. The alert comes a day after a boy drowned in another area of Victoria. The evacuation warning was issued by the State Emergency Service after water from the Loddon River began to seep through a levee, raising fears that Kerang could be inundated. Officials warned that the town could be isolated for five days, and advised residents to pack ample supplies.

Spreading waters were surging across the north and east of state, and more than 3,500 people have evacuated their homes. At least 58 towns across Victoria have now been hit by floods and 22 relief centres are in operation. Power cuts are in force as electricity stations have been submerged. Floodwaters split the Victorian town of Horsham in two on Tuesday, as the body of a young boy was found in another flood-hit town, Shepparton.

The flooding in Victoria follows weeks of massive flooding in Queensland, which has swamped two-thirds of the state, crippling its lucrative mining industry. A heavy storm pounded Queensland’s state capital Brisbane and the nearby town of Ipswich, and impeded recovery efforts there. More than 7,000 lightning strikes were recorded, while falling trees damaged homes and created new fears in an area already badly hit by floods. Residents there have been warned that more heavy rain is to come. In Queensland, floods have killed more than 30 people since the tropical storms began in November. The floods are said to be Australia’s MOST EXPENSIVE NATURAL DISASTER.

Dimboola was a town on edge overnight, with damage detected at its weir. Authorities issued an evacuation warning for the western Victorian town, downstream from Horsham on the Wimmera River, just before 5am. 24 homes are now at risk of being inundated, with another 29 under threat if the weir breaks. A further 75 homes are likely to have water on their property. Despite warnings from the SES the Dimboola Weir could fail, most residents have chosen to stay.

An evacuation warning was also given for Kow Swamp, northwest of Echuca, at 4.30am. A levee bank in the town has been compromised and residents should relocate to a relief centre at Cohuna. Residents in both Kow Swamp and Dimboola have been warned they could face days on their own if they choose to ignore evacuation warnings. Meanwhile, Kerang became an inland island overnight as the last remaining road out of town was cut off by the swollen Loddon River. Residents now face days up to three days of isolation before the waters are expected to recede. About 1000 evacuees have been warned that it still isn’t safe to go home. An electricity station about 1km from central Kerang remains under threat, and an estimated 20,000 people would be left without power if it becomes inundated. There is also extensive flooding in the nearby Bullock Creek, Bendigo Creek and Pyramid Creek systems.

The damage bill from Victoria’s flood crisis will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, the new head of Victoria’s Floods Appeal said. The exact figure – including lost crops – would take months to tally. Victoria’s RECORD FLOOD woes will continue into next week, as more communities in the north and northwest remain on high alert. The small communities of Jeparit, Dimboola, Brim and Beulah in the state’s northwest are now expected to be threatened in coming days. At Warracknabeal, 340km northwest of Melbourne, a 6km-long levee bank built mostly by residents and 55,000 sandbags may have saved the town from a ONCE-IN-200-YEAR FLOOD. When the Yarriambiack Creek reached its peak at 10.45am (AEDT) yesterday, the water was close to the top of the bank and homes would have been flooded if not for the levee. The water is expected to remain high until lunchtime today and will continue to put pressure on the temporary levee banks, leaving 177 homes under threat. “The levee’s leaking … and they’re patching as it goes. We have enough resources now to fix those when we can. We’ve got to make sure the temporary levee holds.” The floods, which have hit more than 1730 properties, were far from over with waters expected to keep travelling north in the next 10 days.

In the north and the northwest regions, “this is WITHOUT DOUBT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FLOOD IN VICTORIA SINCE RECORDS BEGAN, SOMETHING IN THE ORDER OF 130 YEARS AGO. This flooding is likely to continue into next week in many of our communities.”

One Gold Coast developer’s possible solution to Queensland’s flooding problem is mini-suburbs on stilts. Communities on concrete pylons – roads, houses and all – could be the way of the future, and the State Government will consider houses on stilts as way to stop homes going under in a flood. The Gold Coast could be home to one of the first ”suburbs on stilts” after a court cleared the way for a Merrimac development late last year. Councillors originally knocked back the proposal fearing it would be a osiquito-infested shanty town but the decision was overturned. The homes will be two to three levels, with a mix of two and three bedrooms and car parks all above the ground. They will have stair access to landscaped areas underneath the concrete slab, which will be mulched with river rock. ”If we ever get a flood … debris, dead animals and other sludge is going to build up under the slab. You’ll get a decaying smell. The body corporate will be responsible for maintaining the area underneath.” TStilts are not a new development in Queensland architecture, with the traditional Queenslander home raised above ground level to cool the building and protect against termites and flooding. Stilt homes can also be found in other parts of the globe prone to flooding, particularly Asia. The city has a different approach of building up developments on landfill so the houses, roads and infrastructure were above the level of a one-in-100 year flood. The State Government’s Commission of Inquiry announced on Monday will look into development on flood-prone land and whether threatened areas should be rezoned entirely or houses built on stilts. ”Some of them are going to be very tough decisions but we owe it to future generations to bite the bullet and make the right one.”

AUSTRALIA – Flood-affected areas of southeast Queensland are in the firing line for the third day in a row with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. “Very heavy rainfall and flash flooding are likely.” Severe thunderstorms kept emergency services busy overnight and hampered the reconnection of power to flood-weary southeast Queenslanders. Severe storms rolled across the Lockyer Valley from 7pm (AEST) on Wednesday, then moved east to Brisbane, bringing damaging winds and lightning to the region and hail to Oakey. At the height of the storm 30,000 properties lost power and crews had to be redirected from flood restoration duties.

AUSTRALIA – Bureau of Meteorology experts last year told the Government to prepare for A HAMMERING THE LIKES OF WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. The Cabinet received a direct briefing from weather bureau experts last year about what to expect. “We took the UNPRECEDENTED step of actually inviting the weather bureau to come and formally present to the cabinet, because we were expecting a very severe weather pattern throughout the wet season, the likes of which the weather bureau tells us we haven’t seen since the early 1970s. We certainly are on full alert….As much as we’re focusing on recovery, you can rest assured our emergency response people are regrouping and ready for the possibility of any further event. This is our wet season. It’s also cyclone season. We haven’t seen a cyclone, touch wood we won’t see one. But we’re prepared for it if it comes.” Queensland is on alert for more extreme weather in coming months. Severe weather patterns are expected across the state as the wet season rolls on.

The town of Grantham is littered with evidence of the terror residents felt when deadly flash floods swept through the community nine days ago. Returning residents are reliving a terrifying and traumatic event. People were standing in the kitchen one minute and 30 minutes later they were kicking out a hole in the roof and throwing their children on top of it. The people of Grantham have a very difficult few weeks ahead as they came to grips with their losses. The scale of the recovery is vast, including the homelessness crisis facing flood-affected communities across the state. “We have a massive temporary homelessness situation,” with people forced out of flooded homes unable to return for months. “People don’t realise that when this sort of water goes through inside homes, up to three or four foot. It all has to be stripped, everything has to be taken out of it, it all has to be rebuilt and you can’t live in it during that time.” It was too soon to say if the state would have to go into debt to fund the recovery, but some projects would have to be put on the backburner. “When you have an event like this, it can’t be business as usual.”

BRAZIL – At least 207 people are still missing after Brazil’s worst landslides in decades, authorities said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the disaster in a scenic mountain region reached 741. The final death toll could be close to 1,000. Local officials in the worst-affected towns of Teresopolis and Nova Friburgo said the number of missing was at least 300. Many of them are believed buried under the avalanches of mud and debris from flash floods that destroyed hundreds of homes. “There are families that were so decimated that there is no one left to confirm who’s missing.”

Hundreds of people are believed to still be in areas at risk of fresh mudslides. Some of them are cut off from help by smashed roads and bridges, while others refuse to leave for fear their houses will be raided by looters. The floods and mudslides hit with such force that the geography of the region has changed profoundly. “Streams turned into wide, deep rivers. There is a huge geographical change; it’s as if towns were completely reshaped. People in these mountainside areas aren’t as secure as they used to think.”

AUSTRALIA – Emergency services workers are sandbagging Culgoa to prepare for a devastating flood expected to be far worse than the waters that hit the Victorian town in September and December. The floodwaters from the Avoca River are expected to flood much of the town. “Last time (September) about three or four houses were flooded, this time it will be much bigger, a huge amount of water came through Charlton and I think it will be similar to that level of devastation in Culgoa. I am reasonably concerned about what’s going to happen there, it’s hard to convince people there is going to be a huge flood.”

A high tide on the Brisbane River caused fresh flooding in one of the city’s suburbs, bringing some streets under water again, bringing fresh misery for residents recovering from last week’s devastating floods. The two streets were among hundreds across the city to be deluged on Wednesday, but had since dried out as the Brisbane River water level dropped. By yesterday the two streets were entirely dry. But the water was knee-deep in some sections of the roads today. Locals have also said they fear further flooding next week as a king tide peaks. The death toll in Queensland’s flood crisis has risen to 17.

SRI LANKA – The UN is to launch an appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka, where at least 32 people have died and more than 300,000 have been displaced. Flood waters are now receding in the worst-hit areas in eastern and central Sri Lanka, but aid agencies are warning of the danger of water-borne diseases. Funds are urgently needed to help replant flooded rice fields and also compensate people affected. The floods have inflicted terrible destruction on the rice crop which was soon to be harvested. Much of the land in the worst-affected areas is still flooded, with crops and vegetation just peeping out. Some people have now begun returning from specially set-up displacement centres to their homes.

SOUTH AFRICA – The government of South Africa is set to declare parts of the country disaster areas, after 40 people died in floods in a month. Rains have hit the country from Kwa-Zulu Natal in the east to the Northern Cape in the west over the last month. Thousands of homes have been flooded and people living along the Orange River have been evacuated. Some bridges over the river have been closed, and the South African airforce have been helping in the evacuation.

PHILIPPINES – Summer is supposed to be the dry season in the country. Not this year. It’s going to be a wet summer that will have typhoons due to the La Niña phenomenon that has been spawning rains in the Philippines since December. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said large parts of the country would get above-normal rainfall in the summer months of March, April and May. Weather models and advisories from various national meteorological centers forecast La Niña to last until May, with the peak occurring in February.

The months from March to May are considered the height of summer in the country, when millions troop to the beaches. These months are usually the driest months, with typhoons making an appearance only in mid-May.

PAGASA expects one typhoon in March, two in April and another two in May. June, the start of the rainy season, is expected to have two to three typhoons. La Niña arrived in the Philippines last October. The phenomenon, the opposite of El Niño, occurs when the surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean gets colder. The last time the Philippines experienced a severe La Niña was in 1998, after a harsh El Niño year. The Philippines received “above-normal” rainfall in the summer months of 1998, Hilario said, noting that this scenario is expected to be repeated in 2011. The country suffered El Niño from 2009 to April 2010. Since December, the Philippines, particularly the eastern seaboard, has been getting an EXTRAORDINARY amount of rains. PAGASA also noted that more provinces were experiencing large amounts of rainfall this year compared with 1998. Forecast maps showed that even western parts of the Philippines, which should be dry this year, were receiving above-normal rainfall. Catarman town in Northern Samar province received the biggest volume of rainfall from Jan. 1 to Jan. 17, at 1,214.3 mm. (The normal rainfall in the town is 444.2 mm.) This was followed by Borongan town in Samar province, which got 1,214.3 mm of rainfall during the first 17 days of January, significantly higher than the previous January figure of 597.5 mm. In Puerto Princesa City in Palawan province, the PAGASA station posted a rainfall of 148.6 mm, way above the city’s normal level of 29.5 mm. Western Visayas has also reported nonstop rains in the past week. In the past, the region received minimal rainfall during this month.


Shrinking ice and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reflecting ever less sunshine back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming. Satellite data indicated that Arctic sea ice, glaciers, winter snow and Greenland’s ice were bouncing less energy back to space from 1979 to 2008. The dwindling white sunshade exposes ground or water, both of which are darker and absorb more heat. The study estimated that ice and snow in the Northern Hemisphere were now reflecting on average 3.3 watts per square meter of solar energy back to the upper atmosphere, a reduction of 0.45 watt per square meter since the late 1970s.

“The cooling effect is reduced and this is increasing the amount of solar energy that the planet absorbs. This reduction in reflected solar energy through warming is greater than simulated by the current crop of climate models. The conclusion is that the cryosphere (areas of ice and snow) is both responding more sensitively to, and also driving, stronger climate change than thought.”

As ever more ground and water is exposed to sunlight, the absorbed heat in turn speeds the melting of snow and ice nearby. Arctic sea ice, for instance, has shrunk in recent decades in a trend that the United Nations panel of climate scientists blames mainly on greenhouse gases from mankind’s burning of fossil fuels in factories, power plants and cars. Many studies project that Arctic sea ice could vanish in summers later this century in a trend that would undermine the hunting cultures of indigenous peoples and threaten polar bears and other animals, as well as adding to global climate change.

“There are a lot of other things that determine climate … this is just one of them.” Other factors include whether in a warmer world there will be more clouds whose white tops also reflect sunlight. Or there could be more water vapor that traps heat in the atmosphere. Temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere have risen by about 0.75 degree Celsius in the past three decades. The study did not look at the Southern Hemisphere, where Antarctica has far more ice but is much colder and shows fewer signs of warming.

WASHINGTON – Spring-like weather and gusty winds vaporized winter snow over the weekend, causing flooding in Cashmere, a rock slide near Soap Lake, and roof damage near Mattawa. The temperature heated up to 57 degrees in the Wenatchee Valley on Friday, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD of 53 set in 1974

Local rivers and streams were flowing high, but none had reached flood stage by late morning. Weather that traveled across the Pacific from somewhere near Hawaii is to blame for the Pineapple Express storm that has brought unseasonably warm and windy conditions. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph in Grant County Sunday night. Despite three days of higher-than-normal temperatures, the mountain snowpack in the Upper Columbia region was still 101 percent of normal.

NEVADA – The weather proved to be RECORD-BREAKING for residents of the Las Vegas Valley: The temperature climbed to 74 degrees Monday afternoon, surpassing the 72-degree record set in 1976 on the date. Las Vegas hit the 60s after 9 a.m., heating up to 70 degrees by noon. A high pressure system situated off the coast of Southern California is bringing the dry and mild conditions to Southern Nevada. The average high temperature for today’s date in Las Vegas is 57 degrees, while the average low is 37 degrees. The coldest low temperature on record for the date in Las Vegas is 20 degrees, set in 1949.


NORTH VIETNAM – After enduring a freezing cold with temperatures in mountainous areas dropping to minus four degrees Celsius, northern Vietnam is to undergo another fresh cold snap starting Saturday. The new cold bout will drive down temperatures in mountainous provinces to under 10 degrees Celsius and even lower in higher mountainous areas. Temperature in delta region provinces will dip to 11-12 degrees Celcius. The Center also predicts an even stronger cold front on January 21 lasting until January 25. The RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE this year has frozen 7,000 buffaloes and cows to death in more than 12 northern mountainous provinces. The Agriculture and Rural Development Minister urged northern provinces to take measures to protect livestock from prolonged icy weather on Friday.


Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily. A Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland says that Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time. When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we’d see a second sun. There may also be no night during that time frame.

The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012… or it could take longer. The explosion could also cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black hole 1300 light years from Earth. But if the star does go super-nova, Earth will be showered only with harmless particles. “They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99 per cent of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever.” This “star stuff” makes up the universe. “It literally makes things like gold, silver – all the heavy elements – even things like uranium….a star like Betelgeuse is instantly forming for us all sorts of heavy elements and atoms that our own Earth and our own bodies have from long past supernovas.”

Astronomers have recently determined that Betelgeuse is shrinking – in a big way. In the last 15 years it has lost 15% of its diameter. In the past the size of the star has usually ranged between the diameters of the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but now it unexplainably has shrunk to the size of the orbit of Venus. Although its size is now smaller, its brightness, oddly enough, did not diminish in the process. In addition, an unusual, large red spot has recently appeared on the star’s surface.

If this supernova comes to pass, it probably will not cause any direct physical destruction, due to the great distance between Betelgeuse and the Earth. It may, however, trigger a subtler albeit more profound change – altering both our DNA structure and the vital essence of our etheric bodies. An earlier supernova may provide the guide for what is to come. The light from the explosion of a blue supergiant named Supernova 1987A left its surface 168,000 years ago and finally reached Earth on February 23rd, 1987. By May of that year it had reached a maximum magnitude of 3, becoming the brightest supernova since the invention of the telescope. This stellar salvo blasted us with neutrinos (chargeless, massless “ghost particles”) and bombarded us as well with ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, X-rays, and gamma rays. We routinely receive such output from the electromagnetic spectrum, of course, but not usually to this degree. Are we talking about a monumental evolutionary leap forward or a colossal fall into an apocalyptic scenario of world devastation? The spectrum of 2012 predictions includes these two extremes and everything in between.

MISSISSIPPI FIREBALL – Jan. 11, around 8:45 pm CST, many people in the southeastern USA saw something streak across the sky and explode. The blast produced infrasound waves detected as far away as Canada. “It was a meter-size meteor with more than a metric ton of mass, exploding like 40 to 80 tons of TNT. THIS WAS ONE BIG ROCK, and the odds are good that there are fragments on the ground.” An analysis of sightings suggests the fall zone is in central Mississippi, possibly around Jackson.

Friday, for the second day in a row, an active region on the far side of the sun is exploding and hurling CMEs into space. Friday’s eruption was almost as dramatic as Thursday’s, and suggests that MORE ERUPTIONS ARE IN THE OFFING. These explosions are occuring almost directly beneath NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft. An onboard telescope has recorded bright flashes of extreme UV radiation and shadowy shock waves emanating from the blast site. The telescope has also pinpointed the source: It is located just over the sun’s eastern limb. Solar rotation is turning the region toward Earth, so geoeffective solar activity could commence within days.


Global food chain stretched to the limit – Soaring prices spark fears of social unrest in developing world. Strained by rising demand and battered by bad weather, the global food supply chain is stretched to the limit, sending prices soaring and sparking concerns about a repeat of food riots last seen three years ago. Signs of the strain can be found from Australia to Argentina, Canada to Russia. On Friday, Tunisia’s president fled the country after trying to quell deadly riots in the North African country by slashing prices on food staples. “We are entering a danger territory,” the chief economist at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization said last week. Last month, Iran deployed squads of riot police to maintain order after slashing subsidies for food and gasoline. In September, 13 people were killed in street fighting in Mozambique after the government cut subsidies it could no longer afford, sparking a 30 percent rise in bread prices.

The U.N.’s fear is that the latest run-up in food prices could spark a repeat of the deadly food riots that broke out in 2008 in Haiti, Kenya and Somalia. That price spike was relatively short-lived. But the latest surge in food stuffs may be more sustained. “Situations have changed. The supply/demand structures have changed. Certainly the kind of weather developments we have seen makes us worry a little bit more that it may last much, much longer. Are we prepared for it? Really this is the question.”

Price for grains and other farm products began rising last fall after poor harvests in Canada, Russia and Ukraine tightened global supplies. More recently, hot, dry weather in South America has cut production in Argentina, a major soybean exporter. This month’s flooding in Australia wiped out much of that country’s wheat crop. As supplies tighten, prices surge.

Prices rose again this week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut back its already-tight estimate of grain inventories. Estimated reserves of corn were cut to about half the level in storage at the start of the 2010 harvest; soybean reserves are at the LOWEST LEVELS IN THREE DECADES, in part because of heavy buying by China. The ratio of stocks to demand is expected to fall later this year to “LEVELS UNSEEN SINCE THE MID-1970s. “We are at RECORD LOW STOCKS. So if there any kind of glitch at all in the U.S. weather, supplies are going to remain tighter and we might see even higher prices.”

Despite tightening supplies, the rise in food prices has been much tamer in the developed world. The reason for the modest price rise in the U.S.? People living in developed countries eat more processed foods, so raw materials make up a much smaller portion of the total retail cost. “In this country, a much higher proportion of your food dollar is spent on processing, advertising and promotion and marketing. There’s not really that margin built in between the farmer and the consumer in the developing countries.”

Signs in Plagues & Pestilence

Numbers 16:46 Then Moses told Aaron, “Take your firepan, place fire from the altar in it, and add incense. Go quickly to the community and make atonement for them, because wrath has come from the Lord; the plague has begun.

Australia 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

Sharks have been spotted swimming in the main street of a flooded Queensland town more than 30 kilometres inland. Two bull sharks, which are the third most likely shark to attack humans, were seen by local butcher Steven Goodwin swimming against the flow as floodwaters ran through the town of Goodna. Goodna town councillor Paul Tully told The Queensland Times newspaper Sunday he believed Goodwin’s bizarre story. It was not the first shark sighting during the Queensland floods. A shark was reported swimming the flooded streets of Brisbane on Thursday. Bull sharks prefer shallow water and tolerate fresh water. They often swim up rivers in search of food. Tully said the sharks would have had to cross a flooded motorway and caravan park to reach the Goodna main street. ‘It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street,’ Tully said. ‘I know Steve and he wouldn’t say he saw a shark unless he really saw one.’ Beaches near Brisbane have been inundated with dead fish killed during the flood. Meanwhile Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd had to be treated in hospital for an infected foot that was cut while he was helping people evacuate from rising floodwaters in Brisbane on Thursday. Rudd’s home in Brisbane was above the floods but much of his electorate along the banks of the Brisbane River was submerged.

South Africa 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

A surfer was killed by a shark in the sea at Second Beach, Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Surfing South Africa said. Zama Ndamase, 16, a provincial surfer for Border was surfing with his brother and other members of the local surf club when the “horrific” attack occurred, spokesman Robin de Kock said in a statement. “According to reports Zama managed to catch a wave after being bitten and attempted to reach the shore. “Tragically he bled to death in the water before he could be reached by the lifeguards and rescue craft, he said. Ndamase was the fifth shark victim at the notorious beach in the last three years. Four of the attacks have been fatal, de Kock said. Border Surfriders Association spokesman Malcolme Logie was quoted saying: “He was a young guy, full of spirit and always ready for a laugh. He was always willing to help his team-mates and enjoyed giving the younger surfers encouragement and advice. “Border was looking to him to play a leading role in our team this year. His passing leaves us numb and with a huge sense of loss,” he said.

Australia 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

Health experts are concerned about homeowners cleaning-up after the floods, with several people coming down with a mystery illness. Five people are being treated in Queensland hospitals, and have been tested for infectious diseases, believed to be flood-related. ‘People need to be properly protected while wading through floodwaters, as they could be exposed to bacteria and viruses’, says Queensland Health.

Haiti – Cholera Epidemic : The peak of infection is still not reached…

While the epidemic in Haiti continues its ravages in the population, for nearly three months, the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that the peak of the infection of the disease, is, according to it still not reached. Last cholera assessment : since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in Haiti (October 19, 2010), 185.012 people were infected and treated, 103.012 people were hospitalized and 3.790 people died. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), dated of January 9, 2011. The figures released by the MSPP for the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and the Department of the West, continued to be unusable. By failing to account the deaths of the people in the community, it allows the government to claim that in the most populous department of Haiti, there had from the beginning only 14 deaths (0.9%) against 354 in the medical facilities, which does not correspond to reality on the ground and which gives a false impression of improvement in this department.

Swine flu: hospitals ‘gridlocked’

Britain’s most senior accident and emergency doctor told The Sunday Telegraph that four weeks of intense pressures had left casualty departments “overwhelmed” with patients. He said desperately sick people had been left for hours waiting on trolleys, with even those requiring intensive care enduring long delays. Dozens of NHS units have cancelled surgery and clinics for outpatients. At least 10 major centres issued “black alerts” — the highest emergency warning — meaning they were at breaking point, forcing patients to be sent elsewhere. Scores of hospital wards closed due to norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, which put more than 1,200 beds out of use in one week as nurses attempted to isolate the disease.

More dead snook in Tampa Bay

Snook were found dead South of Tarpon Springs after the recent cold weather. We unfortunately have even more dead snook now, when the snook poulation was already way down due to last years freeze. Last year we lost tons and tons of snook to the cold weather. It was estimated that it would take 3 years to replace most of the snook population in the Tampa Bay area. Now, with the added kill, it could be a lot worse.

Millions of trees dying

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) – Britain’s at war with a tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, has affected almost 7,500 acres of forest in Wales, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Northern Ireland,, officials say. The disease was named in the U.S.A. where it killed millions of oak trees in California. This has been going on from 1995.

Scores of cattle infected with FMD in Terengganu

KUALA TERENGGANU, Monday 17 January 2011 (Bernama) — The Terengganu Veterinary Services Department has detected 62 heads of cattle in the state infected with the foot and mouth disease (FMD) since last November. State Deputy Director of Veterinary Services Dr Ahmad Shafri Hassan said the disease was detected in the Padang Kemunting area, here involving 50 heads of cattle while 12 heads of cattle in Pengkalan Ajal, Hulu Terengganu were also infected. He said that the infected cattle in Padang Kemunting belonged to the villagers while the cattle in Pengkalan Ajal were from the dairy cattle project of the Veterinary Services Department. He said the affected cattle were worth more than RM160,000.

Hait Updatei: MSF nears 100,000 cholera patients treated

Over the past week, MSF has treated 5,000 patients in its 50 cholera facilities throughout the country, bringing the total number of people who have received care in MSF or MSF-supported facilities since the beginning of the outbreak to 97,000. This represents more than half of the 181,829 total cases reported by health authorities since the outbreak began. According to official figures, 3,759 people have died of cholera since Friday, 22 October.

Giant snail is invading Andalucía

The Junta de Andalucía is compiling information on the snail, considered to be one of the most invasive species in the world. Achatina Fulica is considered one of the 100 most invasive species in the world, and can also cause diverse conditions in humans. Parasites living on the creature can cause serious conditions in humans who should therefore avoid touching the creature, let alone consuming it.

Moreton Bay wildlife hit by flood

Thousands of fish are dying as the floodwaters enter Moreton Bay. The huge plume of muddy water is spreading across the bay and starting to damage the seagrass beds. All beaches on the Redcliffe Peninsula have been shut due to dead fish and debris washing ashore. Moreton Bay Regional Councillor James Houghton told the ABC: “We’ve had several thousand fish wash on the beaches and some of those have been even freshwater fish, so that looks like they’ve come from Somerset or Wivenhoe Dam even further up the river.

Boat Harbour residents baffled by dead seals

As many as 20 dead harp seals have washed ashore in Boat Harbour over the past couple of weeks leaving perplexed locals scratching their heads as to the reasons why. Wallace Woodward, who has lived in Boat Harbour most of his 52 years, says none of the residents can remember a scene that now faces them. Last week when the Pen stopped by, carcasses of several dead seals lolled about in the breakwater, some had been pushed ashore by strong waves and others were buried under three feet of seaweed. And it’s not just harp seals that have been swept into the harbour — hundreds of dead catfish have washed onto land becoming entangled with the seaweed that is strewn along the shore. A myriad of other marine life like sea slugs, sea urchins and star fish have also perished in the past three weeks.

Iran 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

An Iranian state-owned newspaper says authorities at the Tehran zoo have killed 14 lions that had been diagnosed with an infectious bacterial disease. The lions were suffering from glanders, which is most commonly found in horses, donkeys, mules as well as other domesticated animals. It can spread from infected animals to humans. Veterinarian Houman Moloukpour told the newspaper that mismanagement at the zoo most likely contributed to the lions getting sick. The paper did not say when the lions were killed. Glanders is rare in the Western world, but is still endemic in parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

India 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

Thousands of dead fish have been found floating in the Yamuna river in Mathura in the past couple of days, causing alarm among the devout and the environmentalists in the Hindu holy city. Priests at the ghats said the deaths were due to the highly toxic water and decreasing oxygen levels. ‘The cold wave has further compounded the problem as the sun’s rays are no longer proving effective,’ director of NGO Friends of Vrindavan Jagan Nath Poddar said. The Gokul barrage in Mathura has ‘become a huge storage of sewage, industrial effluents coming from upstream towns, requiring urgent clean up measures and release of fresh water to dilute the toxins,’ Poddar added. Locals said authorities were not running the sewer pumping stations effectively. ‘So many open drains discharge the city’s waste into the river but nothing has been done to stop this,’ a priest at Rameshwar ghat said. ‘So many religious gurus and activists have been demanding proper maintenance of the ghats and tapping of the nullahs in Vrindavan and Mathura, but the district authorities have yet to draw up a plan of action. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board officials too have not bothered to ensure that the silver refineries which use all kinds of toxic chemicals are forced to treat the waste effluents,’ an activist in Mathura said on condition of anonymity.

Scotland 1/16/11
Source: RSOE

Young people in Oban are being advised to ensure they are vaccinated against mumps after an outbreak in the Scottish west coast town. NHS Highland said about 50 cases had been identified, mainly among teenagers and those in their early 20s. It is believed returning students and increased social events over the festive period may have contributed to the spread of the virus. Mumps is spread through saliva and is transmitted by coughs and sneezes Symptoms include swelling on the angle of the jaw on one or both sides of the face. Often there are several days of earlier symptoms, which could include fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches and loss of appetite. Doctors have said that teenagers in Oban who have not had all their MMR jabs should make sure they are up to date with vaccination.

Hundreds of dead seals in Labrador

People on the north coast of Labrador say scores of dead seals have been washing ashore since early December. A conservation officer with the area’s Inuit government estimated late last week that hundreds of adult and young seals have died in the area between Hopedale and Makkovik this winter. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is testing the carcasses, but Nunatsiavut conservation officer Ian Winters said many people in the area believe DFO hasn’t acted quickly enough. “I think they should have been up here earlier, if you’re asking me. A lot of people said the same thing. So, maybe it’s not on top of their agenda,” he said.

Birds die as botulism thrives

Animal protection authorities are pulling “bagfuls of dead birds” from Auckland’s waterways as the warm, sticky summer compounds the spread of a toxin outbreak. Hundreds of dead or sick birds suffering from paralysing disease botulism have been found by officials or handed in to animal shelters. In one case, the SPCA has spent days pulling several species of dead and dying fowl from a disused quarry in South Auckland.

Romania reports first swine flu death in 2011

Bucharest. Health authorities in Romania on Monday said that an elderly man died in hospital after being infected with the H1N1 virus, the country’s first swine-flu related death in 2011, AFP reports. A 60-year-old man who had been admitted to a hospital in the northeastern town of Iasi in early January died during the night, the local public health authority said. The man had returned from Egypt in December but despite swine-flu symptoms had initially refused to be treated in hospital. Two more patients infected with the H1N1 virus have been recorded in Iasi but their condition is considered as good. More than 100 people succumbed to the virus in Romania during the 2009-2010 cold season.

Mysterious infection is killing B.C. salmon

Large numbers of sockeye salmon are dying in the Fraser River, before spawning, because of a mysterious virus, new research suggests. Historical records show that some fish always die en route to their spawning beds, but since the early 1990s the problem has become increasingly acute – with more than two million fish dying in some years. Researchers have long puzzled over what was causing the seemingly healthy fish to suddenly stop swimming and turn belly up. A large team of researchers from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and three Canadian universities has now found most of the fish that die before spawning have a common “genomic signature” – or a pattern that shows changes have taken place in an array of genes activated to fight infection. “Our hypothesis is that the genomic signal associated with elevated mortality is in response to a virus infecting fish before river entry and that persists to the spawning areas,” says the report published in the journal Science on Thursday.

H1N1 death toll rises

A five-year-old girl has become the third swine flu victim in Austria this winter. The mentally and physically disabled child passed away in Salzburg’s Provincial Hospital yesterday (Sun) after having suffered from pneumonia for some time, local authorities confirmed today. The girl was hospitalised after her condition worsened last Wednesday. A 32-year-old male German holidaymaker died of the H1N1 virus in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, a ski resort in the province of Salzburg, on New Year’s Day before a chronically ill man, 19, passed away in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, last Wednesday. Around 40 people perished from the disease in Austria last winter. The exact number of victims cannot be determined as there were no autopsies in some cases. Social Democratic (SPÖ) Health Minister Alois Stöger said Austria was well prepared for a possible pandemic, stressing that its stock of vaccines was full. Hundreds of people have become infected with swine flu in Germany, Great Britain – where authorities have come under a fire due to a shortage of flu vaccines in some regions – and other countries during the past weeks.

Are we facing a ‘flunami’?

According to doctors, Central Canada is likely at the peak of a flu season, which started earlier than normal and is causing more severe disease in the elderly. Last year, the H1N1 strain affected younger Canadians, but this year, it’s the H3N2 strain that is causing large outbreaks in nursing homes where residents are more likely to end up in hospital and intensive care. “We’ve seen really a burst of activity [around Toronto] that came between the holiday seasons, which has continued over the last two weeks,” said Dr. Don Low, medical director of Ontario’s public health laboratories. He added that Canada is probably hitting the peak of this new influenza season. This year, the number of confirmed flu cases in Ontario is six times higher than the average for early January, according to the province’s health ministry.

Australia 1/17/11
Source: RSOE

Health experts are concerned about homeowners cleaning-up after the floods, with several people coming down with a mystery illness. Five people are being treated in Queensland hospitals, and have been tested for infectious diseases, believed to be flood-related. ‘People need to be properly protected while wading through floodwaters, as they could be exposed to bacteria and viruses’, says Queensland Health.

Pelicans turn up sick, dead off Jacksonville coast

Hundreds of Eastern brown pelicans, some with missing wings and frostbite, have been injured or killed in the St. Johns River the past couple of weeks in the Mayport area.The exact reason is unknown but the cold weather could have caused hypothermia when the birds landed in the water. The pelicans have been losing a protective coating they have on their body to shield their feathers from becoming saturated by water.

Yankton Sees Bird Kill-Off

It is estimated that more than 200 dead starlings were found in downtown Yankton Monday. However, it is not believed the deaths pose a threat to humans. Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel estimated that she collected 200 starlings Monday, and employees of the city Parks and Recreation Department were also on the scene picking up deceased birds. The total number of corpses gathered up by city employees has not yet been compiled.“I talked to one of the local vets, and they said there is nothing wrong (with the birds),” said Brasel, who took specimens to a veterinary office. “They just didn’t migrate and are dying. I was going to call the South Dakota Department of Health to see what they have to say about it, but they are closed today (because of Martin Luther King Day).”

Dozens of dead birds found in Scottsboro neighborhood

State health officials are looking for answers as more dead birds were discovered in Scottsboro Monday. Jackson County Emergency Management Agency Director Victor Manning delivered 15 dead birds to an Alabama Department of Public Health worker Monday afternoon. Arrangements were made despite state and local offices being closed for the Martin Luther King holiday. “ADPH asked that we collect 15 birds for them to examine,” Manning said late Monday afternoon. “I don’t know exactly what they will do with the birds, but I imagine there will be some kind of autopsy. This is the first time we’ve had any dealing with a situation like this.”

Romania: A Second Wave of Dead Birds

Hundreds of dead or agonizing crows have brought terror to a town in the Eastern part of Romania. Since Saturday, the locals of Roman, a town of 80.000 people, have noticed that hundreds of crows fell to the ground dead or in agony in one of the local parks. On Monday, dozens of birds were struggling with death, unable to fly. Local experts suspect that the crows may have been poisoned, but no verdict can be given before a forensic study is conducted.

Southwestern Bulgaria and Sofia declare flu epidemic

Regions in southwest Bulgaria have declared a flu epidemic because of the drastic rise in cases of people suffering from respiratory problems, Dnevnik daily reported on January 18 2011. The city of Blagoevgrad, and the town of Petrich near the Koulata-Promachon border crossing point with Greece, have both declared a flu epidemic. This will come into effect on January 19 2011. Those most affected by the strain are children aged 5-14, followed by youngsters aged 15-29. Pupils who are not attending school at the moment on account of illness currently account for 18-22 per cent of the total number, depending on the institution. Schools have taken necessary “preemptive and preventative measures”, but will not shut doors because of the epidemic, regardless.

Alberta to Halt Plans for Faster Emergency Care in the Wake of Flu Epidemic

Dr. Chris Eagle, the acting CEO of Alberta’s health superboard revealed that there could be a halt in the plans which will provide faster emergency care to the patients. This would happen if the region faces a flu epidemic similar to the one in Ontario and the people are not able to get flu vaccinations. The acting CEO expressed his anxiety over the fact that less number of people has taken the influenza vaccine and as a result it would be difficult to deal with the epidemic. The authorities had expected that 33% of the people will be vaccinated against the disease. However, only 14% of the people have got the vaccine up till now. The flu cases in Alberta on Jan 8 were 162. This is comparatively lesser than Ontario where the number is quite high. Flu epidemic has assumed dangerous proportions with 10 deaths being reported from Toronto.

Influenza And ARVI Disease Incidence In 10 Control Cities Up 30% To 60,958 Patient

The Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine says that the influenza and acute respiratory viral infections disease incidence in 10 control cities Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Chernihiv, Simferopol) increased by 30% to 60,958 patients in the second week of 2011 (January 10 through 16) against the first week (January 3 to through 9), reads a statement made by the ministry. Data from the public institution Ukrainian Center for Influenza and Acute Respiratory Viral Infections, in the second week the indicators of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections disease incidence in all control cities were remaining below the epidemic thresholds. In all, 60,958 patients having acute respiratory infections were registered in the said week in the 10 control cities (46,856 in the first week), 884 people admitted to hospitals, of them 67.8% children under 17. Influenza and ARVI morbidity rate makes 62.59 cases per 10,000 residents against 48.11 cases in the previous week.

Ministry issues swine flu warning

HA NOI — The Ministry of Health has asked people to help prevent another A/H1N1 flu epidemic this winter by taking precautions. Head of the ministry’s Preventative Health Department Nguyen Van Binh said that since October there had been an upward trend in the number of A/H1N1 flu cases, identified by the national flu supervision system. Before October, only one case had been reported every few months; however since that time, in Ha Noi and HCM City, 1-3 cases were reported every month, Binh said. The ministry had asked local health departments to watch for signs of an epidemic, and isolate areas hit by the A/H1N1 virus to prevent it spreading, he said.

Foot-and-Mouth, Bird Flu Spread

A foot-and-mouth disease epidemic that started in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province in late November has now spread to 50 small cities and towns in five provinces, with a total of 128 separate outbreaks reported until Monday. Nearly 2 million livestock have been culled, including some 132,000 heads of cattle and 1.85 million pigs. Compensation payments for affected farm households have risen to W1.2 trillion (US$1=W1,119). The previous record of culled livestock was 160,155 in 2002. With the disease continuing to spread, the government last Thursday started to vaccinate all cattle and pigs nationwide, which has slowed the spread. There were no reports of suspected new cases on Sunday. Meanwhile, 26 cases of highly contagious bird flu have broken out in Gyeonggi, South Chungcheong, and North and South Jeolla provinces.

Fears over drop in owl population

SCARBOROUGH’S barn owl population could die out if the recent cold snap returns, a leading conservationist has warned. Robert Fuller, co-founder of the Wolds Barn Owl Group, said he fears it may be more than a decade for the population to recover if the area around Scarborough is hit by another blast of sub-zero temperatures. Mr Fuller said: “If we get more of the bad weather we had in November and December it could take 10 to 15 years for the population to recover from this winter alone. “This would be absolutely tragic.” Mr Fuller, a wildlife artist who frequently paints barn owls, has already had the distressing task of collecting 24 barn owl carcasses from nest boxes and farm buildings.

Thousands of dead octopuses wash up on Portugal beach

Thousands of dead octopuses have washed up on a beach in northern Portugal, in what is being called an environmental disaster. They cover a 5-mile stretch of Vila Nova de Gaia beach – no reason has yet been found for their appearance. The authorities have warned the public not to eat them.

Incurable bacteria a worse threat than cold to citrus groves
Source: USA Today

VERO BEACH, Fla. — While Florida farmers have lost much of their crop to cold weather for a second year, they say a fast-spreading, incurable bacteria presents a greater threat to their trees and the citrus industry. Citrus greening has destroyed groves in the U.S., Brazil, Asia and Africa. Detected in Florida in 2005, it leaves fruit sour, malformed and unusable. Eventually, it kills the tree.

Australia 1/19/11
Source: RSOE

Investigations are continuing into the deaths of thousands of fish in Jervis Bay. The dead fish have been found washed up on beaches from Callala Bay to Hare Bay. The fish kill is being investigated by NSW Fisheries in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and the Marine Parks Authority. A Fisheries spokesperson said on-site testing had found the presence of no obvious pollutants or water quality issues. However prior to the fish kill, she said, there had been a large amount of rain and algal blooms had been observed in the area. Fish species affected by the kill have included flathead, whiting, mullet, luderick, catfish and an angel shark. Residents and holidaymakers have been urged to use common sense and to avoid eating any dead or dying fish and are being advised that consumption of unhealthy fish may be a health risk. One Callala Bay resident has raised concern about the potential health impact on swimmers. “We’ve got fish the weight of a small child,” he said. “If it can kill a fish that big you’ve got to be concerned about what it would do to people,” Callala Bay resident Frank Taylor said. Samples of fish taken last week are currently undergoing testing at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in Camden. Water quality samples have also been submitted for analysis and the results will be made public as soon as they are available. DECCW will also be taking further water and sediment samples for analysis to determine of there are any toxic micro algae, ecotoxins or pesticides present in the water.

North Carolina 1/19/11
Source: RSOE

A video posted to YouTube over the weekend by a sport fisherman shows thousands of dead fish floating off the coast of the Outer Banks. Fisherman Mike Stokes says the fish were, “dead stripers floating belly up, pretty much as far as you could see, a couple hundred yards.” But it’s not pollution that’s killing the fish. State officials say it’s the fishermen. Commercial boats are limited to taking just 50 fish a day. That quota comes with unintended consequences. “The rule almost encourages waste, because they’re only allowed a certain number of fish and they’re bringing way more fish than they’re allowed to keep on board,” Stokes says. The smaller fish that come up in fishermen’s nets get discarded and end up floating lifeless in the ocean. It’s not as simple as just putting the bass back in the water. Stokes says most of the fish are severely damaged when commercial boats bring them up. “What happens is all the fish in that net are crushed under the weight of all the fish, so when they get the fish they keep and throw the rest back I’d say a huge percentage of them die,” Stokes says. Recreational fishermen say the solution is simple. Change the regulations from 50 fish per boat to a set tonnage for the week. This would allow commercial fisherman to bring in more fish while eliminating the waste in striped bass. Stokes says, “That way he wouldn’t be forced to throw excess fish or above-the-quota fish overboard, potentially to their demise.” NewsChannel 3 took action to get answers on what’s being done to fix the problem. Robert Bizzell, Chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission says setting limits by weight rather than the number of the fish, is likely.

India 1/19/11
Source: RSOE

State health authorities have called a team from National Institute of Virology (NIV) to investigate into the mystery fever that has claimed one life and left two people critical in different city hospitals. Doctors have not been able to pin-point the origin or the spread of the fever which is reported to begin with fever, stomach pain and vomiting and rapidly deteriorate later. The first case of the mystery fever was reported with the death of one Amina Momin, a 30-year old woman from Sanand, who was admitted to Shalby Hospital on December 29 with high fever, abdominal pain and severe vomiting. Despite all the medication, her condition continued to worsen, her blood count crashed with platelets dipping to alarming levels. She eventually suffered internal hemorrhaging and succumbed to systemic organ failure. Momin did not test positive for dengue fever, the severe form of which has similar symptoms. While the death of a young woman to fever caused concern, what set the alarm bells ringing was two people who had come in touch with Momin too falling ill with similar symptoms. A young nurse at Shalby Hospital, who attended to Momin in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is currently critical with the same symptoms. Momin’s husband too is admitted at Sterling Hospital. “The nurse is critical and may have to be put on a ventilator”, doctors said. They said that two people who were in close contact with Momin getting the fever shows that the it is contagious. Since test reports have not come positive for bacterial infection, dengue or other known infections, it is important to know exactly what we are dealing with and also its spread, whether it is through air, mosquito or other means. Taking note that fever is rapidly deteriorates the health of the patient, NIV teams will collect samples and conduct other inquiries to ascertain the kind of fever, its spread and precautions needed to prevent its spread and protocol needed for better management.

South Dakota 1/19/11
Source: RSOE

Officials said a bird poison used at a feedlot apparently caused a die-off of birds at Yankton. Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel said DRC 1339, a bird poison used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the likely cause of death for more than 300 starlings found in the downtown area. Brasel said a USDA official contacted her after seeing new reports about the dead birds. In an interview with the Press & Dakotan newspaper, wildlife biologist Ricky Woods confirmed that the poison was used by the USDA at a feedlot about 10 miles south of Yankton. He said birds usually die before getting so far from the poison.

Influenza epidemic declared in five municipalities in the country

Sofia. Today flu epidemic has been declared in five municipalities in the country, the Ministry of Healthcare announced. These are Blagoevgrad, Petrich, Dupnitsa, Rila and Kocherinovo. Epidemic was declared yesterday in Sofia district. Given the large number of sick students who are absent from classes in six schools in the municipality of Dupnitsa and Kocherinovo have been announced flu vacation from 20 to 26 January.

Whooping Cough Epidemic in Australia

Associate Professor Peter Richmond, a child health expert states that there is a high transfer of the disease in families as parents who have not been immunized and who are unaware of having the infection themselves, pass it onto their young children. “Unfortunately young babies who are too young to be vaccinated, less than two months of age, are the ones who get the most severe disease and occasionally death,” he said. Whooping cough known also as pertussis, is an acute respiratory infection, which is transmitted through respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs. It is the cause of severe health problems in young babies, which may include pneumonia, seizures and in some cases, permanent disability or death. Epidemic outbreaks have occurred at regular intervals in Western Australia, and the last one was in 2004.

Spike in flu cases

SINGAPORE: Flu cases in the second week of the year have crossed the epidemic threshold of 17,032. The Health Ministry said the number of acute upper respiratory illnesses seen by polyclinics between January 9 and 15, rose to 18,377. That worked out to a daily average of more than 3,300 cases. This is in contrast to the 16,630 cases seen during the same period last year. The ministry said the Influenza A-H1N1 strain is the predominant virus making its rounds, followed by the Influenza A H3N2, and Influenza B strains.

Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak – 194 Infected in Jigawa

Dutse — No fewer than 194 people were confirmed infected by cholera following the out break of the disease in Hadejia, Jigawa State. Report from the affected areas revealed that the outbreak of the disease started last week and within a few days, spread all over the city, affecting hundreds of people. No death has been recorded in the epidemic. Confirming the outbreak of the disease, the Director State Primary Health Care, Dr. Aminu Danmalam said as at yesterday, reports have shown that 117 female and 77 male were infected by the cholera disease in Hadejia.

Swine flu is back

As you probably remember, in 2009 the World Health Organization announced a pandemic of swine flu. Now, according to the organization’s data, this disease is again raising its ugly head in 18 European countries. In Luxemburg, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland the epidemic has reached its peak. In Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the UK the sick rate is also high. The flu has also touched Russia. Russia’s Chief Public Health Physician Gennady Onischenko says that the sick rate of swine flu is growing in 8 Russia’s regions. However, he assures that the situation is under control. Doctors pay special attention to possible complications like, say, pneumonia – a large rate of cases of complications say that the virus is especially aggressive. Still, the number of cases of swine flu in this year’s first two weeks is 2% lower than that of the same period of the last year. As a rule, pneumonia attacks children and old people. The last epidemic of swine flue in Russia lasted from October to December 2009 and touched about 6 mln people.

A/H1N1 flu on the rise

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology stated on January 18 that since the end of November there has been an increase in the number of A/H1N1 flu cases in some areas of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa and Dong Nai provinces, though most cases have gone unreported. The Ministry of Health has alerted local health departments to watch for signs of an epidemic and isolate areas where necessary to prevent A/H1N1 from spreading.

Albania: 37 cases affected by A/H1N1 virus

Public Health Institute in Tirana confirmed five other cases of patients affected by A/H1N1 virus. Director of this institute, Enver Rroshi said for Alsat that the total number has reached to 37, but thankfully, they are all out of risk for life. Differently from one year ago, the patients have not shown serious complications such as pneumonia. On the other hand, Rroshi said that nearly 10,000 cases of seasonal flue are registered every week. “The total number of cases with A/H1N1 reaches to 37. Of course, the number of cases with flue is higher. We also have cases of the B type of flue and other sub-types. The number of cases with flue reaches to 10,000 within a week in Albania, and this number is lower compared to the last year,” said Director of the Public Health Institute, Enver Rroshi.

12 Pelicans Dead, 100 Sick In Mayport

MAYPORT, Fla. — Bird experts in Jacksonville are trying to figure out what killed a dozen pelicans in Mayport and sickened more than 100 others. The recent deaths come just weeks after the mysterious deaths of thousands of birds falling from the sky in Arkansas. Cindy Moseling, who’s been caring for and rehabilitating birds at Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary on Big Talbot Island for decades, said she has seen her feathered friends die for various reasons, but is especially concerned this time. “The last few days, we’ve had quite a bit of birds dying,” Moseling said.

Mystery as hundreds of fish found dead in Alton

More than 250 fish have been found dead in the River Way in Alton. The Environment Agency are calling on local people to help solve the mystery. They say the river was polluted over night on News Years Eve – but want to know who is responsible. Among the species of fish which have died are perch and trout. James Liney’s from the Agency: “We think they were killed through suffocation, whatever came through the River Wey was very toxic and they died very quickly. “The samples have come back from our labs but unfortunately they have not proved conclusive in terms of what substance was put into the river.”

Huge fish loss across Wirral

MORE a thousand fish have died in park lakes after another harsh winter created bad conditions in the water. More than 500 small fish, often referred to as silver fish, were found dead in Royden Park alone as well as an estimated 25 larger fish, such as coy carp. Hundreds more were found in Captain’s Pit lake.

Outbreak of Jellyfish Could Spell Trouble for Fisheries

“When an ecosystem is dominated by jellyfish, fish will mostly disappear,” says ecologist Sun Song, director of the Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, China. “Once that happens,” he contends, “there is almost no method to deal with it.” Just think of attempting to purge the Sea of Japan of billions of Nomura’s jellyfish, many of them hovering meters below the surface and therefore invisible to satellites or the naked eye. Total jelly domination would be like turning back the clock to the Precambrian world, more than 550 million years ago, when the ancestors of jellyfish ruled the seas. Sun and others are racing to get a handle on the likelihood of such a marine meltdown coming true. Like their foe, the subject is slippery. It’s an enigma, for starters, why particular jellyfish run rampant. The troublemakers “are only a small fraction of the several thousand species of jellyfish out there,” says Richardson. These uber-jellies reproduce like mad, grow fast, eat most anything, and can withstand poor water quality. They are tough, Richardson says – “like cockroaches.”

Lethal tumor disease whittles world’s Tasmanian devil population down to 2,000: study

The Tasmanian devil will exist only as Bugs Bunny’s tornado-like cartoon nemesis unless scientists stem a lethal tumor disease ravishing populations in the wild. The animal is careening toward extinction as the voracious facial tumor disease continues to decimate its numbers and researchers say only 2,000 Tasmanian devils remain in the wild. The condition, called devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) and first identified in 1996, has killed an estimated 90 percent of the world’s Tasmanian devils, Scientific American reports. That number has spiked by 20 percent since March. Scientists have so far been unsuccessful in creating a vaccine to battle the sickness, which causes large tumors to grow on the animal’s face, head and jaw. The disease has mutated into 13 separate strains, making it tough to find a cure, Britain’s Sky News reports.

Yellow Disease Affecting Flax Plants along Wellington’s South Coast

Flax plants along Wellington’s south coast have been fallen prey to a disease, which is deteriorating the plants and is also threatening ecosystems and animal habitats. It has also been suspected that the yellow leaf disease has transmitted to Trelissick Park in Ngaio. The situation has alarmed the council, which is impelling it to recruit a consultant for supervising the effects of the wide spreading weeds. The disease is taking hold of flax cultivation around Pt Dorset, as told by Wellington City Council biodiversity co-ordinator Myfanwy Emeny. Also, the effects of the disease can be seen on flax plantation around the Hape Stream on the south coast and the Miramar Cutting. “It could be a big problem now with pests and weeds taking the place of plants. It will affect the natural environment and we can’t replant large areas”, said Emeny.

Deadly virus claims 3 lives in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: A rare, contagious and deadly virus has surfaced in Gujarat, leading to three fatalities so far. There is an atmosphere of fear in Kolat village, 20 km from Ahmedabad. 30-year old Amina Momin, who was infected with the virus died earlier this month. Villagers say that they are scared as they are not sure about how the virus spreads and how people die so quickly.

Rabies Virus on the increase in Kenema – Says Livestock Office

The District Livestock Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) in Kenema District Ibrahim Harri Sesay has stated that there has been an increase in the number of reported dog bites in Kenema District in the last three months. Sesay disclosed that the Livestock Department attached to the MAFFS has recorded over 70 cases of dog bites since September 2010 to date.

Japan 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu has been detected in the corpses of two migratory wild ducks found at a reservoir here, prefectural authorities announced on Jan. 19. From Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, the prefecture gathered seven bird corpses from the reservoir and sent them for testing at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. Four of the corpses tested positive for Type-A influenza, and further investigation at Hokkaido University in Sapporo found that two had the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu. The other two are still being investigated. The prefecture set up a response center on Jan. 19 and on the morning of Jan. 20 began sending inspectors clad in protective suits to 59 poultry farms in a 10-kilometer radius area under supervision that includes neighboring towns. The inspectors are interviewing farmers, looking for signs of contagion such as changes in the death or egg-laying rates of chickens, and checking that farms have anti-contagion measures in place such as nets to keep out wild birds and supplies of disinfectant on hand. Furthermore, nearby roads are being disinfected to prevent possible contagion from bird droppings, and inspectors are watching for any bird corpses in the areas where the ducks migrate to. The reservoir where the duck corpses were found has been disinfected, and the prefecture is stepping up observation for wild birds in agricultural water reservoirs in the city. The reservoir where the duck corpses were found is located in an urban area west of Koriyama Station. According to the Koriyama city water department, the reservoir supplies water to around 22,000 homes. The department says the reservoir, treated with chlorine, presents no danger to humans. Still, to ease the concerns of citizens, it was decided to temporarily use water from nearby Inawashiro lake in place of the reservoir. The discovery of H5N1 bird flu in Koriyama is the sixth confirmed case in the country since October of last year, when it was detected in duck droppings in Wakkanai, Hokkaido. Further cases were confirmed in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, and Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture.

New York 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Six cases of meningitis have been detected in New York City in the past month, three of them fatal, health officials say. City health officials alerted doctors this week of the findings from a Dec. 20 to Jan. 17 survey. Zoe Tobin, a spokeswoman for the health department, said the average for the same period over the last 10 years amounts to four cases. She did not have figures on the average number of deaths. A summary of the findings said: “Meningococcal disease is typically a disease of winter and spring … and though the current incidence is more than has been seen in comparable time periods in previous years, it is not entirely unusual.” Meningitis causes inflammation of the brain and spinal membranes. The disease is not highly contagious but can be spread through coughing, kissing or the sharing of utensils or cigarettes. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck and a rash that develops quickly over two days. The victims ranged in age from 4 to 74. They were diagnosed between Dec. 20 and Jan. 11. The three who died included two Manhattan women, ages 22 and 28, and a 55-year-old Staten Island woman. Officials said the cases were not due to a single strain and the victims have not been linked.

Burma 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Over 1,000 chickens have been culled in Sittwe Township in Arakan State after a tough strain of H5N1 virus was detected at a poultry farm, officials and a witness report. The latest infection was detected on 12 January at a poultry farm in Bumay Village Tract in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, after all the chickens died unexpectedly. A witness said, “Many chickens from around ten poultry farms in Tae Chaung Village were culled on Monday. The culling was conducted by the health department. I’d guess over 1,000 chickens were killed by the authority.” The authority has culled chickens from many poultry farms in Bumay Village Tract that are located around one kilometer from the original affected farm. So far, however, there have been no cases of human infection despite the presence of the bird flu virus in Sittwe, health officials say. Meanwhile, the authority has prohibited the sale of chicken or eggs in Sittwe in order to prevent the infection spreading to humans. “The authority is not allowing the sale of chickens, ducks, or eggs in Sittwe markets. Furthermore, the authority has prohibited the transport of chickens in order to try and prevent the spread of the disease,” the source said. State-run newspapers reported on Tuesday that the death of some chickens in a poultry farm in Sittwe were found to have the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza- HPAI (H5N1 virus).

Indonesia 1/20/11
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The Health Department says four West Australians have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease after recent trips to Bali. All four had stayed at the same Kuta hotel in the last month. The Department says Legionnaire’s Disease is usually treated with antibiotics but some people may develop severe pneumonia. It’s advised anyone who’s recently returned from Bali and developed flu-like symptoms to see a doctor.

USA 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Floods have killed thousands of fish, birds and other animals at Geelong’s Reedy Lake. Recent heavy rains have filled the normally shallow freshwater lake at Moolap, dumping dead animals from other nearby waterways into it and sucking away the water’s oxygen. Thousands of dead creatures are now floating on the lake’s surface after having drowned or suffocated in the water, which has turned black. Geelong Field and Game member Ray Agg discovered the grisly scene yesterday morning while monitoring his group’s bird conservation work at the lake. “We’ve got a lot of bird nesting boxes set up at Reedy Lake, and a lot of those went underwater with the floods, so lots of eggs and young duck and ibis chicks have been lost,” Mr Agg said. “There are thousands of dead fish and eels all over the place too.” “It’s amazing, I’ve been here since the ’70s and I’ve not seen this before, it’s really a shame.” A Department of Primary Industries spokesman said the natural phenomenon was known as a “blackwater event”, which occurs when sudden heavy rains sweep plant and other material into a waterway and then leach oxygen from the water as the matter breaks down. This turns the water black, and fish and other aquatic life die from the resultant lack of oxygen. Ducks, ibis, eels, mullets, bream and European carp – some as heavy as 10kg – were among the dead animals found yesterday. Mr Agg said it was ironic that the recent downpour of rain could harm, rather than help, some aquatic life. “Floods can bring a lot of water and create new habitats by filling up lakes, but on the other hand, floods also bring a lot of misery,” he said. According to information on the DPI website, the water’s temperature and the amount of present leafy litter and woody debris are two most important factors in blackwater’s spread and containment. Reedy Lake is part of the Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve, which is managed by Parks Victoria. Parks Victoria ranger Stuart Willsher did not wish to comment on the blackwater yesterday afternoon. The EPA has also received reports of many dead fish being found in parts of the Barwon River, with the influx of fast-flowing freshwater killing saltwater fish, a spokesman said.

India 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

State health authorities have called a team from National Institute of Virology (NIV) to investigate into the mystery fever that has claimed one life and left two people critical in different city hospitals. Doctors have not been able to pin-point the origin or the spread of the fever which is reported to begin with fever, stomach pain and vomiting and rapidly deteriorate later. The first case of the mystery fever was reported with the death of one Amina Momin, a 30-year old woman from Sanand, who was admitted to Shalby Hospital on December 29 with high fever, abdominal pain and severe vomiting. Despite all the medication, her condition continued to worsen, her blood count crashed with platelets dipping to alarming levels. She eventually suffered internal hemorrhaging and succumbed to systemic organ failure. Momin did not test positive for dengue fever, the severe form of which has similar symptoms. While the death of a young woman to fever caused concern, what set the alarm bells ringing was two people who had come in touch with Momin too falling ill with similar symptoms. A young nurse at Shalby Hospital, who attended to Momin in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is currently critical with the same symptoms. Momin’s husband too is admitted at Sterling Hospital. “The nurse is critical and may have to be put on a ventilator”, doctors said. They said that two people who were in close contact with Momin getting the fever shows that the it is contagious. Since test reports have not come positive for bacterial infection, dengue or other known infections, it is important to know exactly what we are dealing with and also its spread, whether it is through air, mosquito or other means. Taking note that fever is rapidly deteriorates the health of the patient, NIV teams will collect samples and conduct other inquiries to ascertain the kind of fever, its spread and precautions needed to prevent its spread and protocol needed for better management.

Plant plague $100m threat

AUSTRALIA’S biosecurity experts have been criticised for not acting earlier to prevent the spread of Myrtle rust disease that is now threatening the region’s $100 million tea tree industry. A frustrated Tony Larkman, the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association’s development officer, said despite industry protests the national biosecurity authority refused to take the Myrtle rust threat seriously when the highly transferable disease was first discovered on the NSW Central Coast in April last year. “As an industry we are not happy with how this has been managed,” he said. “We made a lot of noise at the time and we were simply ignored.” Plant biosecurity initially made a decision in April not to try to control the disease, Mr Larkman said. After a few months it decided to try and control it, but it was “too little too late”.

New York (2) 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Sempronius buffalo farmer Peter Head has lost 55 animals to a mysterious illness since October, but autopsies have shown no clear cause of death. “We’re going nuts down here trying to figure out what’s going on,” he said. “This is going to put me out of business. That’s half my frickin’ herd.” Head and his wife Deborah have run PDH Buffalo Farm on Route 41A for nine years. This year, 17 of his 23 calves died and he has stopped selling meat as a precaution. “I don’t want to be selling buffalo meat when I don’t know what’s going on here,” he said. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted necropsies on several of the carcasses but found only dehydration, Head said. Ron Podolak of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District said there is no indication that disease is spreading to neighboring farms. “In my career, I don’t remember anything quite like this,” Podolak said. “There’s die-offs, but usually they can determine what it is right away and treat them. … I just wish there was something more we could do to help Pete. This is a catastrophic loss for him.” The SWCD is conducting water samples from springs on the farm, but the results have not yet come back, Head said.

Sudan 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

As of 18 Jan 2011, an outbreak of measles in Unity State – Al Wahda – has affected 95 people, killing 4 of them according to health officials. The 4 killed were from Mayom county, which had 79 further cases affected. Four cases each have been reported in Leer, Mayiandit and Rubkotna counties. The director general of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Manong Thot Teny, said that the spread of the disease had been caused by returnee children from north Sudan who had not been vaccinated before they arrived in the state. Teny said that they had invited the government of South Sudan earlier to witness the health situation of returnees. Officials say they are carrying out an awareness and vaccination campaign to address the issue. In the past 2 months of 2010, over 55 000 people returned to south Sudan ahead of the region’s recently completed independence referendum. Teny said that the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) need to consider the health status of returnees. “We in Unity State have invited their partnership, especially the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other international organizations, to extend their assistance in the entire 10 states of South Sudan, Unity State in particular.” Unity State has seen a high number of returnees, and more are expected, with results from the referendum vote expected in early February 2011. Earlier this month – January 2011 -, the US envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, promised to build educational and health services facilities by making partnerships with both State and Regional government in order to establish infrastructure in this underdeveloped region.

Papua New Guinea 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Ten people have died reportedly from an unknown disease in remote villages along the Owen Stanley Range in Northern. This has caused panic and a health concern among other villagers and nearby areas as the disease causes extreme swelling to various parts of the body then they die. Public servants, who live in Port Moresby, were recently in these villages for the Christmas and New Year festive season and witnessed this. Located in the Fafia local level government of Musa, 10 villagers in Upper Musa along the two main rivers had contracted the disease, causing the Middle and Lower Musa people to fear for their lives because of the risk of infection. The symptoms include painful swellings from the legs, then it spreads to the arms and hands, the stomach and then the head before it kills the person. Musa villagers are concerned because there was a lack of medical personnel to attend to those affected. “The health facilities, such as the buildings are there, they are rundown. “They have been I that state for the past 12 or so years,” one public servant said. He said because of this, and the lack of drugs, there were no health workers around. Leaders in Middle and Lower Musa villages are now requesting officials from the provincial and national health authorities to investigate. They are fearful that the disease may be water-borne as they are located downstream from the affected area, and that the water may be contaminated with bacteria. The source said the inability to get medical assistance to these people was a case of negligence and ignorance by the provincial government. “This also applies to other basic services such as setting up and running a school in this area”.

Mozambique 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Least four people died from the deadly water borne disease cholera in Monapo, in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, out 176 diagnosed cases this week, the official Mozambique News Agency (AIM) reports on Thursday. AIM quotes Lidia Chongo, the Deputy National Director of Health, as saying the water-borne disease is particularly severe in the communities of Nacuca and Carapira. According to the official, the main reasons for the spread of the disease in Monapo are squalid sanitary conditions and poor drinking water from unprotected wells while the habit of dfecating in the open is rife in the region. The agency said a cholera treatment ward has been set up, and chlorine is being used to disinfect water sources. The local health directorate has also asked the relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), to provide three water reservoirs, each with a capacity to hold 20,000 litres, to be installed in Naruca, Carapira and Monapo town. Since Monapo lies on the Nacala rail corridor, there are fears that the disease will spread to other parts of the province including the two main cities, Nampula and Nacala port. Cases of severe diarrhoea have been reported from Nampula, Mozambique Island, Ribaue and Murrupula districts, but these have not yet been confirmed as cholera. According to health experts, Cholera is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, which affects the intestinal system of the body. An infected person experiences severe vomiting, explosive diarrhoea and severe dehydration. Without immediate medical treatment, cholera may result in death within four to twelve hours after symptoms begin. Due to a large loss of body fluids, cholera is gruesome in the way that it leaves survivors in their physical appearance, as well as in the biological toll it takes on the body. Cholera is very contagious. It is spread by the unintentional consumption of infected feces that contaminate food and water. It can also be spread through human to human contact.

Russia 1/20/11
Source: RSOE

Officers were to blame for a pneumonia outbreak that killed one soldier and hospitalized 63 in western Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Thursday. “The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Volga-Urals Military District investigated the reasons behind high disease rates among servicemen there. It found that certain officers have failed to fulfill their duties properly to guard the life and health of their soldiers,” Interfax news agency quoted the Prosecutor’s Office as saying. According to the prosecutors, the officers of the Chebarkul garrison failed to isolate ill soldiers quickly enough, did not provide them with necessary medical aid or take preventive measures among the garrison’s personnel when the first pneumonia cases were reported there in December and January. Another 26 soldiers from the Russian Baltic Fleet’s base, located in the western Russian town of Chernyakhovsk, have been taken to hospital suffering from pneumonia, the garrison’s Military Prosecutor Andrei Marchuk said. The patients had been provided with all the necessary medical aid and their life was not in danger, the military prosecutor said. The prosecutor said he would not describe the situation as a mass outbreak. Military doctors blamed low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, which forced soldiers to clean up snow many times, for the latest cases of pneumonia.

China 1/21/11
Source: RSOE

A dead large-billed crow found in Tai O, Lantau Island of Hong Kong was confirmed to be H5N1 virus positive, a spokesman for the city’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Friday. The bird carcass was collected at Sun Ki Street, Tai O on Jan. 18. It was highly decomposed when found and required a series of tests before avian influenza was confirmed Friday. The spokesman said the large-billed crow is a common resident bird in Hong Kong and there were no poultry farms within three kilometers of where the dead bird was found. To minimize the risk of avian influenza outbreaks, he said, all relevant government departments would continue to remain highly vigilant and strictly enforce preventive measures against avian influenza, such as reinforcing health education and striving to deter illegal imports of poultry and birds into Hong Kong.

China (2) 1/21/11
Source: RSOE

Two people were in critical condition in a Hong Kong hospital suffering from swine flu, according to health officials, a year and a half after an outbreak killed more than 80 people in the city. The Chinese financial centre is nervous about infectious diseases, following the outbreak of the SARS virus in 2003, which killed 300 people in the city and a further 500 around the world. Hong Kong, a city of seven million, has some of the world’s most densely populated neighbourhoods, prompting a panicked response from many residents over news of a disease outbreak. Some wear surgical masks to avoid infection. The city’s health department said that the deadly influenza had claimed 83 lives since an outbreak in 2009. Authorities appeared wary of raising the alarm over the latest cases, with a senior Hong Kong public health official telling RTHK radio there were no plans to shut schools, as the city did in 2009 which drew criticism about an official overreaction. But there are worries the disease could spread over the next few weeks in the run up to Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel across the country to celebrate with families. On Friday, a spokeswoman for Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital reported “a 21-year-old female is in critical condition after contracting swine flu”. The woman, from mainland China, was admitted to hospital on January 11 and transferred to intensive care on Tuesday, the spokeswoman told AFP, adding that she could not confirm if the woman was infected outside the city. Also Tuesday, a two-year-old girl was placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit after she contracted the disease, the spokeswoman said, adding that she remains in critical condition. Swine flu has killed more than 18,400 people and affected practically all parts of the world since it was uncovered in Mexico and the United States in April 2009, according to the World Health Organization.

Canada 1/21/11
Source: RSOE

Residents in Riverside are concerned about what they say is a major fish kill in the Detroit River. Andre Mailhot was out walking his Jack Russell terrier in Alexander Park — a municipal park that runs along Riverside Drive roughly between Strabane and George avenues — on Tuesday when he saw “thousands and thousands” of dead fish floating in the water. “I couldn’t believe it. As far as I could see, I could see all those little white spots,” Mailhot said. “They were just coming down the river like somebody threw them in the water.” He contacted the Ministry of the Environment to report his findings. No one from the ministry could be reached Thursday night.

United Kingdom 1/21/11
Source: RSOE

The number of people who died after contracting flu this winter in Wales has risen to 28. The official flu-related death toll is now the same as that during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. The rise in the number of deaths – an increase of one from last week – comes after a report yesterday by Public Health Wales which showed the number of cases of flu had fallen dramatically in the last week. Wales’ chief medical officer Dr Tony Jewell today said flu is declining, although he urged the public to practise good hand hygiene to protect themselves from catching the virus. Official figures published by the Assembly Government today also show 32 people are receiving treatment in hospital critical care units. Dr Jewell said: “The substantial decrease in the clinical consultation rate for influenza shows that flu activity is declining in Wales. “This welcome decline in new cases is in line with expectations and we further expect this trend to continue. “Throughout this flu season, the rate of consultations for flu-like illness in Wales has remained within the levels of normal seasonal flu activity. “While flu activity looks to be declining, our advice remains the same. If you have flu-like symptoms, you should not go to your GP or emergency department as this increases the risk of spreading the infection. “If you would like advice about your illness or are concerned about your symptoms, then in the first instance call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or phone your GP who will assess your symptoms and provide appropriate advice. “Most healthy people will recover from flu-like illnesses within five to seven days with plenty of rest and drinking non-alcoholic fluids. “As always, I’d urge people to continue to practise good hygiene. Regularly washing your hands is the single most effective way of preventing infection and everyone should also cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. “Simple steps like these will protect you and others for infection and should be second nature to everyone.” The Health Protection Agency today said there have been 254 flu-related deaths in the UK this winter.

India 1/21/11
Source: RSOE

Villagers in Mulgao near Bicholim are living under a serious threat since many of them have become victims of bee attacks in the last two weeks of January. Few were also admitted in nearby hospitals for treatment recently. Vrunda Vattu Gad, 35, a homemaker from Mulgao says, “I was attacked by these bees, while I was on the road. I tried to escape in an attempt to get rid of them, unfortunately I was injured and bitten by them and later hospitalized in Bicholim.” It has been two weeks and eight villagers have been attacked by bees. Last Saturday, Pushpa Malik along with her sister was on her way to attend a Haldi-Kumkum ceremony but was stung by 2 or 3 bees. Villagers who commute from Mulgao via the road near the shrine of Taleshwar near Bicholim to Mupusa have also been victims. Vatu Gad another resident from the area said, “We have brought to the notice of the village panchayat about the sudden attacks, but no steps have been taken to control them as yet.” In the meanwhile, Deepak Betkikar, range forest officer of Keri range told TOI that his team plans to come up with a strategy to remove the hive with an expert from Bondla at night soon.

Flu Scare Sneaks into Hong Kong

Two recent critical cases of swine flu sent a wave of fear in Hong Kong, as after 2009 there were no cases reported. Officials are quit worried and have rolled up their sleeves to avoid any situation that was observed in 2003 with the outbreak of SARS virus. It was reported that the virus, at that time claimed the lives of no less than 800 people across the globe, out of which 300 people were from the Hong Kong itself. According to a spokeswoman, one of the patients is a girl, aged two, while the other is a woman. Both the patients are getting treatments at ICUs. It was earlier reported that, Mainland Europe is already suffering from the outbreak with nearly 115 deaths reported so far. This year, H3N2 virus seems to be the current flavor of the flu after being credited as the most common culprit in major cases. The elderly people are the soft targets for this virus. H3N2 virus is quite dangerous as it often leads to pneumonia and other complications in the patients.

Norovirus outbreak forces ward closure at Regina General Hospital

The public is being urged not to visit Regina General Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus at the facility. The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region says four patients have been infected with the virus and have been isolated. Psychiatry Ward 1D at the hospital has been closed. Visiting times in other areas of the hospital have been limited to one hour twice a day. The hospital is taking additional measures to control the spread of the virus, including increased cleaning and providing staff and patients with protective gloves and gowns.

New Threat as Chikungunya virus heads to Australia

IT’S only a matter of time before a virus that causes excruciating arthritis spreads in the Far North, an expert has warned. The mosquito-borne disease Chikungunya has been diagnosed in travellers entering Australia from countries where the disease is prevalent, such as Africa, Indian Ocean island nations, the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. While locally acquired Chikungunya – from a Makonde word meaning “he who is bent up” – has not yet been detected in Australia, mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus, Asian tiger mosquitoes, do occur in the Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea.

Assisted-living facility has norovirus outbreak

BRADENTON — A local assisted living facility has 14 confirmed cases of norovirus and patients have been confined to their rooms to prevent further spread of the illness. Michael Davidson, executive director at Emeritus at Bradenton, said his staffers immediately reported the problem to the Manatee County Health Department after discovering several residents last week had flu-like symptoms. “We are in regular contact with the Department of Health and are keeping them informed of how many residents and staff have been affected and when they were affected. We are working closely with them to prevent additional occurrences,” Davidson said in a statement.

EA health ministers discuss yellow fever outbreak today

Health ministers from the East African Community (EAC) are scheduled to hold an emergency meeting here today to evaluate the status of the recent outbreak of yellow fever in Uganda, which has already claimed at least 50 lives. “The ministers will review the current status of yellow fever in the EAC partner states and consider joint cross-border and national fever mass supplemental immunisation campaigns,’’ Dr Stanley Sonoiya said. At the meeting, the ministers will also explore ways of strengthening routine immunisation for all vaccine preventable diseases in the EAC before June 30, this year. According to Uganda’s Health Ministry, at least 190 people had been affected by the yellow fever outbreak, and 48 deaths had been reported in northern Uganda.

CHP investigates influenza-like illness outbreak

( – The Centre for Health Protection ( CHP ) of the Department of Health has reminded members of the public and management of institutions to maintain good environmental and personal hygiene to prevent influenza. The reminder followed CHP’s investigation into an influenza-like illness ( ILI ) outbreak at a primary school in Kwun Tong, affecting 13 students and seven staff members. The affected persons, comprising 11 males and nine females aged between six and 51, developed symptoms of respiratory tract infection, including fever, cough and sore throat since January 4.

Trapped in ice, ‘thousands’ of fish die in Detroit River

Residents in Riverside are concerned about what they say is a major fish kill in the Detroit River. Andre Mailhot was out walking his Jack Russell terrier in Alexander Park – a municipal park that runs along Riverside Drive roughly between Strabane and George Avenues – on Tuesday when he saw “thousands and thousands” of dead fish floating in the water. “I couldn’t believe it. As far as I could see, I could see all those little white spots,” Mailhot said. “They were just coming down the river like somebody threw them in the water.” Tuesday’s weather was on the mild side, but once temperatures dropped later in the week, the fish became embedded in the ice, Mailhot said.

New Web-Based Map Tracks Marine “Dead Zones” Worldwide

New research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) identifies more than 530 low-oxygen “dead zones” and an additional 228 sites worldwide exhibiting signs of marine “eutrophication.” Eutrophication occurs when water bodies are over-fertilized by nutrients that are washed into surface waters from farms and urban areas. Analysts at WRI and VIMS have compiled the information into a web-based “one-stop shop” that provides a global database and interactive map of affected areas, as well as links to articles, photos, and other resources. The website—“Eutrophication and Hypoxia: Nutrient Pollution in Coastal Waters”— is at

Dozens of ducks found dead along Maumee Bay shore

It was a mystery of sorts in Oregon Thursday morning. People who live along Maumee Bay in one neighborhood woke up to find nearly two dozen dead ducks on the shore. The birds showed no signs of trauma. Other geese and swans in the water seemed to be fine. No one knows what could have killed them. Bob Rutkowski says, “There’s no blood and no signs of anything getting torn up except for the seagulls that are out here eating on the carcasses. So I really don’t have any ideas.”

Flu outbreak hits 140 prisoners

South Carolina’s first big flu outbreak of the season has prompted state prison officials to cancel all visitations Saturday and Sunday at the Manning Correctional Institution. The minimum security prison located on Beckman Road in Columbia houses about 730 state inmates. According to South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas, inmates in one of the housing units started complaining about flu symptoms on Monday. One hundred and forty male prisoners were diagnosed with H1N1 swine flu on Tuesday. Since then, infected inmates have been segregated from the general population through restrictions on movement and altered eating times. On Friday, 71 inmates were still showing symptoms, but no new cases were diagnosed. “We believe the outbreak was contained to one housing unit. It looks like the worst is behind us,” Gelinas said.

Outbreak of botulism kills hundreds of birds

An outbreak of the paralytic disease botulism is killing hundreds of birds in Auckland, the SPCA says. Auckland SPCA chief inspector Vicki Border said poisonous toxins found in weeds and plants were thriving in the hot weather and seeping into waterways, creating deadly conditions for water-dwelling birds. Ms Border and her team had visited numerous contaminated sites around Auckland — mostly in west and south Auckland — since Christmas and had the grim task of recovering hundreds of birds’ bodies. Some could be cured, but many of the birds were too badly infected and had to be euthanised, she said.

Dead herring wash ashore on Vancouver Island

NANAIMO — Large numbers of dead herring that washed ashore this week on a Vancouver Island beach have both fishery officials and local fishermen looking for answers. Will Meeks, who works close to Cedar’s North Beach where the fish washed ashore, said he knew something was amiss when he saw unusually large numbers of birds congregating on the beach Thursday morning. He said he was surprised to find “thousands” of dead herring washed ashore, a scene he can’t recall ever seeing before on local beaches.

New Zealand 1/22/11
Source: RSOE

Twenty-four pilot whales have died on a remote beach in the far north of New Zealand, the Department of Conservation was quoted as saying on Friday by press reports. Fourteen of the whales were already dead when the group was found scattered over 150 metres of rocks, mud and mangrove early Friday in Parengarenga Harbour, 15 kilometres south of North Cape. They appeared to have become stranded the previous day. The department said the others had to be put down because they were in poor condition and chances of successfully refloating them in deteriorating weather were remote. “If we felt there was a real chance we could have successfully rescued them, we would have,” the department’s area manager Jonathan Maxwell was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Press Association. “Sadly, the current conditions were against these animals,” Maxwell said. “The kindest thing was to end their suffering.”

Hungary 1/22/11
Source: RSOE

A national flu epidemic has been declared in Hungary, the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service reported. The public is recommended to ask for a vaccination against the virus from their doctors. The number of people who visited their doctors with flu-like symptoms was 18,400 on the week between January 10 and 16, which is 150% more than on the previous week. The majority of patients are aged between 15 and 34 and live in Pest County.

India 1/22/11
Source: RSOE

At least 50 students of Vidyaniketan High School suffered food poisoning this afternoon and and 38 of them were admitted to Civil Hospital, police said. The school is run by Nashik municipal corporation. Students had eaten the khichadi under mid-day meal scheme, prepared by Shri Shakti Mahila Bachat Group. Soon afterwards, they started complaining of uneasiness, vomiting, etc. Condition of all the students is stable, police said. Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal visited the hospital to take a stock of the situation.

Japan 1/22/11
Source: RSOE

Another tufted duck found dead in Fukushima Prefecture has been confirmed to have been infected with a highly virulent type of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Environment Ministry said Friday, after confirming earlier this week that three other ducks had the virus. In Miyazaki Prefecture, meanwhile, preliminary tests showed positive for avian flu in six chickens which had been found dead in a poultry farm in Miyazaki city. The prefectural government subsequently asked 51 farms in the city not to move their chickens, which number 1.93 million. The virus found in the four ducks in Fukushima Prefecture was ”extremely closely related” to the one discovered in a wild duck in Hokkaido last October, according to the ministry. The Fukushima prefectural government said Friday that no abnormalities have been found in on-site inspections conducted from Thursday at 59 farms within a 10-kilometer radius of the water reservoir where the dead ducks were found. The Environment Ministry also began Friday a study of wild bird droppings collected in the area to check whether the virus has spread. In Miyazaki, detailed examinations are planned to confirm whether the dead chickens were infected with flu. If confirmed, all the roughly 10,000 chickens at the same farm will be culled, according to local officials. It is yet another blow to the local poultry industry in the southwestern prefecture, which was hit by bird flu in 2007 and then a foot-and-mouth epidemic that led to the slaughter of about 290,000 cows and pigs.

Japan Culls 10,000 Chickens to Contain Second Bird Flu Outbreak

Japan slaughtered more than 10,000 chickens at a poultry farm in southwest Japan to contain the country’s second avian influenza outbreak in two months. Miyazaki Prefecture has told 46 farms within 10 kilometers of the infected farm not to move chickens, Hirofumi Oshikawa, an official at the prefecture’s agricultural and fisheries department, said today in a telephone interview. Six out of 36 chickens found dead at the farm tested positive for influenza A virus subtype H5, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries earlier said today on its website. The case follows a November outbreak of avian flu also in southwest Japan at a farm in Shimane prefecture, the country’s first case since 2009.

Deadly avian cholera threatens ducks in Canadian Arctic

OTTAWA — A new bird disease has arrived in Canada’s Arctic, one so lethal it can kill thousands of ducks in a dense colony in a lightning-fast outbreak. Eider ducks stricken with avian cholera can die so fast that they remain upright on their eggs, eyes open. Some fall out of the sky, dead. Others survive unharmed, surrounded by corpses.

H1N1 flu puts 2 in intensive care unit in HK

HONG KONG – TWO people were in a critical condition in a Hong Kong hospital suffering from H1N1 flu, health officials said on Friday. The cases came a year and a half after an outbreak in the city that killed more than 80 people. The Chinese financial centre is nervous about infectious diseases, following the outbreak in 2003 of the SARS virus, which killed 300 people in the city and a further 500 around the world.

Timeshare villa in Mexico suffers disease outbreak

A timeshare property in Cozumel, Mexico has just become a no-safe zone for tourists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released to the public report of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the said property as well as in another location named the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa, formerly known as the Reef Club Cozumel. The disease is a form of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of water contaminated by bacteria.

Norwalk virus outbreak at Peace Arch under control

ANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – An outbreak of Norwalk virus at the Peace Arch Hospital has been contained, according to staff. The Fraser Health Authority confirms nine cases of the virus were found in the hospital’s fourth floor medical unit on Monday. The unit and the Doctor Al Hogg Pavilion, which provides long-term care to seniors, are not accepting any new patients as a result. The virus can last anywhere from one to three days, and frequent hand-washing is the best protection against it.

Cholera is back, woman reported dead

Cholera has broken out in Sinazongwe district in Southern Province. One woman is reported to have died while 31 others have been admitted to Sinamalima clinic. Sinazongwe Acting Commissioner Sokoloku Daka has confirmed the development to ZANIS. Mr. Daka says the woman died last night. He says samples taken from those admitted confirmed that four had Cholera. Mr Daka says Sinazongwe District Medical Officer Dr Elias Chipandwe and his team have since rushed to the area to contain the outbreak.

10,000 Cattle Drop Dead In Vietnam

Clearly, we have a problem: In the latest of a string of mass animal deaths, 10,000 cows and buffalo have died in Vietnam. Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed the news this week that more than 10,000 cows and buffalos died nationwide due to harsh weather conditions. Cattle have been dying throughout Vietnam, which has had a particularly intense winter. The northern mountainous province of Cao Bang was hardest hit with 2,260 dead cattle, per Thanh Nien News. Some have said the number of total dead cattle may be as high as 13,000. Mass animal deaths have been in the news quite a bit lately. Hundreds of birds were found dead in South Dakota early this week, and before that birds were found dead in Italy and birds fell from the sky in Arkansas, among other incidents.

Dead zones in ocean threaten fish

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With the New Year comes new challenges to fish in our world’s oceans and one of the major concerns is the expansion of hypoxic zones. That’s the scientific name but more recreational anglers are becoming aware of them as “dead zones.” They are areas in the oceans with low or non-existent oxygen levels which, according to a recently released research study by scientists and fish management experts, are increasing in size while decreasing the habitats of billfish and tuna. In scientific circles this phenomena is called “habitat compression.”

Thousands of fish killed in frozen Washington lake

THOUSANDS of fish have died after suffocating in a frozen lake. The fish are thought to have been starved of oxygen after ice up to 18 inches thick formed at Mount Pleasant Lake, Fatfield, Washington, during the extreme cold spell over Christmas and New Year. The Washington and Harraton Angling Club, which leases the site from Sunderland City Council, only recently made the shocking discovery after the slow thaw. Dead carp, roach and eels have been spotted under the ice. Wheatley Smith, club chairman, said: “It looks as if there are thousands of dead fish down there. It’s not just the smaller ones. There are some that weigh between six to 10 pounds.

Remember Swine Flu? H1N1, Other Strains Back This Season in Maryland

Flu cases are on the rise across Maryland, and the H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic in 2009 is among the strains. The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported “widespread” flu activity in mid January and expects the number of people who get sick, require hospitalization or die from flu to peak in late February.

Swine flu claims another victim as East Yorkshire death toll reaches 11

Another person in East Yorkshire has died from swine flu. The death of the man, who had underlying health problems, means 11 people have now died in Hull and the East Riding’s main hospitals after being admitted with symptoms of the virus. A total of 112 people have been admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary or Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham with flu, including 86 who had swine flu.

Dying birds stir extinction fears

Little penguins are dying in their hundreds, leading conservationists to fear they are starving as a result of the La Nina weather system. Other seabirds are washing up dead on beaches, raising concerns that species could become extinct if climate change causes extreme weather events to become more frequent. At Wellington Zoo, two starving little blue penguin chicks have been brought in this week. One died on Wednesday and the other, found at Lyall Bay, was hanging on to life yesterday. The zoo’s veterinary science manager, Lisa Argilla, said petrels were also starving around Wellington’s south coast, and five shags had been brought in this month. “They’re unable to find enough food. We’ve had a lot of starvations and a lot of mortalities.”

WHO: “Avian flu, or Bird flu, A H5N1, is back”

The World Health Organization is monitoring closely the development of the deadly Bird flu virus, A H5N1, which has killed 40 people so far in Egypt and which has affected people in five different countries since it reappeared in 2010, after a break of seven years. The WHO warns that the virus has met all the prerequisites to start a deadly pandemic bar one. 43115.jpegSince the year 2003, there have been 510 cases of Avian or Bird flu (A H5N1), a highly pathogenic viral disease which spread throughout 15 countries causing 303 deaths, a mortality rate of 59%. This virus has managed to make the species jump from birds to humans on three occasions: Hong Kong 1997 (18 cases, 6 fatalities, 33%); PR China 2003 (2 cases, one fatality, 50%); Eastern Asia 2003/2004 (PR China, 1 case, 1 fatality, 100%; Thailand, 17 cases, 5 fatalities, 29%; Vietnam 29 cases, 20 fatalities, 69%). In November 2010, a 59-year-old woman became the first person to be infected with the virus since then, in the PR China which has recorded two cases, one fatality (50%); Vietnam has reported 7 cases with 2 fatalities (28%) and Cambodia one case with one fatality (100%). In December the Indonesian Ministry of Health announced the seventh fatality in nine cases (78%), while the worst affected country is Egypt, with 121 cases and 40 fatalities (33%). The latest case was recorded on January 20, a one-year-old male, now hospitalised and in a stable condition.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion

“For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.” 2 Timothy 3:6-9

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Faith Under Fire

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.”  Matthew 10:22

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