Archive | February 22, 2017

Storm Doris to batter much of UK with 80mph gusts

Severe Weather Alert
Strong winds and heavy rain are on the way as Storm Doris sweeps across the UK.
Gusts of up to 80mph are predicted in parts of the country as the weather system moves in from the Atlantic on Thursday.
An amber wind warning has been issued for northern parts of Wales and the Midlands between 6am and 6pm.
Yellow warnings are in place for strong winds in parts of southern England and for snow in northern England and southern and much of Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, the yellow alert is for rain, with up to 30mm expected.
Sky News weather presenter Kirsty McCabe said: “Storm Doris will bring strong winds, heavy rain and some snow throughout Thursday.
“It will be a windy day across the UK and Ireland with northern England and Wales most at risk of damaging wind gusts of up to 80mph.
“Doris’ strong winds could cause damage to structures, interrupt power supplies and cause widespread disruption to travel networks, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Heavy rainfall could lead to localised flooding.
“The heavy rain is likely to fall in central parts of Britain and Northern Ireland, with snow over the hills of northern England and Scotland.
“Some snow may fall to lower levels. Combined with the strong winds there is a risk of drifting snow and blizzard conditions over the hills.”
Storms that are expected to cause disruption are named by the Met Office and Ireland’s weather service Met Eireann.
The arrival of Doris follows a few days of unseasonably warm weather with west London’s Kew Gardens seeing temperatures reaching 18.3C (64.9F) on Monday.
Courtesy of Sky News


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Depth: 48 km

Distances: 2912 km S of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,271,000 / local time: 05:25:34.4 2017-02-22
2959 km S of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,077,000 / local time: 05:25:34.4 2017-02-22
3348 km S of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000 / local time: 05:25:34.4 2017-02-22

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 26 km SW of Andorra la Vella, Andorra / pop: 20,500 / local time: 07:12:29.6 2017-02-22
11 km E of Sort, Spain / pop: 2,100 / local time: 07:12:29.6 2017-02-22

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Superbugs pose an ‘alarming’ public health threat, EU warns

Superbug bacteria that has evolved to be resistant to widely-used antibiotics has been found in people, animals and food across the European Union.
Resistance to two last-resort antibiotics was also detected at low-levels for the first time in animals and food, during annual monitoring for an EU-wide report into antimicrobial resistance in bacteria.
The two last-resort medicines are usually only used to treat patients who are infected with multi-drug resistant superbugs.
A total of 25,000 people die from superbugs in the EU every year, according to the report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Disease and safety experts have warned that superbugs pose a serious threat to both public and animal health across the EU.
“Antimicrobial resistance is an alarming threat putting human and animal health in danger,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU’s health and food safety commissioner.
“We have put substantial efforts to stop its rise, but this is not enough.
“We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts.”
Antibiotic resistance is caused when antibiotics are overused or misused, encouraging bacteria to survive and find new ways of beating the medicines.
The report found that multi-drug resistance is high across the EU in Salmonella bacteria.
The ECDC’s chief scientist, Mike Catchpole, said he was particularly concerned that some common types of Salmonella in humans are showing extremely high multi-drug resistances.
“Prudent use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine is extremely important,” he said.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure that antibiotics keep working.”
There was geographical variation in the levels of multi-drug resistant bacteria across the EU.
Countries in northern and western Europe have lower resistance levels than countries in the south and the east.
Experts said this was likely due to differences in the level of use and overuse of antibiotics in different countries.
Courtesy of Sky News

Radioactive Particles Detected Across Europe; Authorities Silent

Radiation Alert
The radioactive particles were first detected during the second week of January 2017 in Norway.
The nuclear radiation appears to have come from Eastern Europe, but no official statements have been made as to the source.
Radioactive particles are generally associated with nuclear bombs or nuclear energy disasters such as as Chernobyl and Fukushima.
In Norway, Astrid Liland, Head of the Emergency Preparedness at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority suggested there was no concerns for public health.
Particulate Iodine-131 (value +/- uncertainty) in the atmosphere(µBq/m3. Map by Institute de Radioprotection et de Süreté Nucléaire
She told the Barents Observer, “We do measure small amounts of radioactivity in air from time to time because we have very sensitive measuring equipment. The measurements at Svanhovd in January were very, very low. So were the measurements made in neighboring countries, like Finland. The levels raise no concern for humans or the environment. Therefore, we believe this had no news value.”
The Western mainstream media however, is in overdrive with accusations suggesting Vladimir Putin detonated a Nuclear Device.
The US Air Force has sent a special WC-135 Constant Phoenix, an aircraft specializing in detecting and identifying nuclear explosions to the UK.
Other online sources, suggest the radiation spike is due to “sloppy” tests carried out on natural gas pipeline leaks.
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