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The United States of America is undergoing CHANGE. Is it for the betterment of all, or just for those who are willing to play along? Why are U.S.A. citizens being driven into poverty, and who are the culprits? You will have to decide! - www.AmericansNotWanted.com

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Scripture, is the manual for those descended from Adam and Eve. There are many versions of Scripture, but are they all with Truth? Abba, Elohiym loves his creations, but lest us not be so bold as to forsake him. You will have to decide, but do so with help from true Scripture, not man's versions thereof! - www.TruthExposedAndRevealed.com

"Persons of INTEREST" : Help The FBI Find These Men - www.ofINTEREST.net


Help The FBI Find These Men


Here are the FBI's Wanted Posters for the unknown men known as, "John Doe 23" and "John Doe 24."

Last week, thousands of Facebook users across the country, and likely the world, saw a disturbing video of child pornography appear in their news feeds.

The video of a grown man abusing a young girl was shared among users 16,000 times and received 4,000 'likes,' reports the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. Though Facebook officials pulled the video from the site soon after it was posted, thousands of people expressed anger in finding the pornography shared on their feeds.

The FBI is actively investigating the video on Facebook and is seeking the identity and location of two men.

From the FBI: "Law enforcement officials are seeking information which will lead to the identification of two unknown individuals, known as John Doe 23 and John Doe 24. It is believed that they may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Images of both persons were found on the Internet.




Additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting a yellow t-shirt containing the outline of a basketball along with the written text 'New Market Basketball' and a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an above-ground swimming pool."

An Additional image relevant to the investigation includes one depicting a yellow t-shirt containing the outline of a basketball along with the written text "New Market Basketball."

An Additional image relevant to the investigation includes one depicting a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an above-ground swimming pool.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact the FBI through this link.


Titus Z. Taggart, "Person of INTEREST", & one of N.Y.'s State Police finest criminals - www.ofINTEREST.net


Titus Z. Taggart, "Person of INTEREST", & one of N.Y.'s State Police finest criminals

29 March 2013

Who is the man pictured above?

Would you believe he once served as an 18 year veteran of the New State Police?

He is not as he seemed and during that time could of very well harmed many citizens.

Was he treated too lenient with sentencing of his crimes?

Would you as a mere citizen been dealt with harsher?

You Decide!

Follow the link to be taken to articles with video of Titus Z. Taggart's evil: http://www.corruptioncripples.com/2013/03/titus-z-taggart-criminal-while-employed.html


Michael Love, IIO


CAUTION: Black Henna Temporary Tattoos can cause severe reactions &/or permanent damage - www.ofINTEREST.net


BEWARE of Black Ink Henna!
A series of articles sharing with you the horrible effects of giving into vanity, peer pressure and/or wanting to fit in with what's trending now: Black Henna Tattoos.

Michael Love, IIO


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Temporary tattoos put some at risk

 

by Warren Trent 
azfamily.com 
Posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM 
Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 11:14 PM 

PHOENIX -- The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding temporary tattoos that become popular during summer months with kids and teenagers.

The so-called "black henna" tattoo is supposed to last three days to several weeks, but for some, these temporary tattoos can be a long-lasting if not permanent problem, sending many to seek medical attention.

As a result, the FDA issued a warning saying some black henna tattoos are causing serious skin reactions like blisters and scarring.

Henna tattoos are popular during the summer when teens are with vacationing parents. But after exposure, some are developing a lifelong allergy to the ingredient in the ink, commonly referred to as PPD.

The only legal use for PPD is in cosmetics such as hair dye. And keep in mind, PPD is not approved for direct application to the skin.

So before you get that henna tattoo, be sure to ask the artist if the henna contains PPD. If so, you might want to walk away.

If you have a temporary tattoo that doesn't feel or look right, call your doctor to have it checked out.
For more information, visit www.fda.gov.



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Temporary black henna tattoos can cause severe skin reactions, permanent scarring: FDA 

Longer-lasting 'black henna' sometimes contains p-phenylenediamine, a coal-tar hair dye that's known to irritate skin. 

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013, 4:18 PM
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013, 5:23 PM

Patients display skin reactions caused by temporary black henna tattoos. The FDA warned against the treatment, a popular offering at fairs, beaches and resorts, after receiving reports of severe blistering and permanent scarring.

Watch out for that temporary tattoo —- it may leave a lasting impression.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Monday about temporary henna tattoos, some of which contain a hair dye chemical that can cause severe, long-lasting skin reactions.

The agency has received repeated reports from consumers about "redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and even permanent scarring," it announced on its website.

The report included startling photos of a five-year-old girl with severe skin reddening that persisted long after the swirling tattoo pattern faded.

The reactions occur immediately after receiving the treatment or as long as 2-3 weeks later, and have landed people in emergency rooms, the agency said.

Reddish-brown henna comes from a flowering plant native to Africa and Asia has been used as a body decoration for centuries, the agency notes. It is used to paint the surface of the skin, and fades within a few days or weeks.

But the longer-lasting "black henna" used by many practitioners today sometimes contains p-phenylenediamine (PPD), a coal-tar hair dye that's known to cause skin reactions in some people.

Black henna dyes might contain only PPD, or PPD plus a number of other ingredients — not necessarily including natural henna, the FDA said.

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Henna is used in a number of cultural and religious ceremonies around the world, but its popularity has risen along with that of permanent tattoos, and it's now a popular offering at fairs, beaches and resorts. Not all states have regulations for safe temporary tattoing practices.

The agency spoke with one mother of a 17-year-old who was injured following a black henna tattoo.
"At first I was a little upset she got the tattoo without telling me," the mother said. "But when it became red and itchy and later began to blister and the blisters filled with fluid, I was beside myself."

Another mother said her daughter's back looked "the way a burn victim looks, all blistered and raw," and that her daughter's doctor said she would have permanent scarring.

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Dr. Neil Sadick, a professor of clinical dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College with a private practice in Manhattan, says he has treated several patients for black henna reactions in recent years.

"People can contact dermatitis from the henna in the tattoo," he said. "They can get weeping blisters, or another allergic reaction."

"We usually treat it with topical steroids, oral steroids or antihistamines," he said. "It usually doesn't scar, but it could if it's untreated."

Sadick says he has seen reactions from hair products with PPD as well as temporary tattoos.

The FDA urged consumers to report any such incidents at 1-800-FDA-1088 or via its website.




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Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

As spring break nears, FDA warns that seemingly harmless lark might blister, scar skin

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Robert Preidt 
HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- As thousands of college students head to sunny spots for spring break, getting temporary tattoos may seem like a fun thing to do. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that they can cause blisters and permanent scarring.

While the ink used for permanent tattoos is injected into the skin, temporary tattoos are applied to the skin's surface. Temporary tattoos often use "black henna," which may contain a coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient that can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people.

By law, PPD is not permitted in cosmetics intended to be applied to the skin, the FDA noted.

The agency has received reports of serious and long-lasting reactions in people who received temporary black henna tattoos. The reported problems include redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and permanent scarring. The reactions can occur immediately or up to two or three weeks later.

Incidents involving black henna tattoos that were reported to the FDA include:
  • A 5-year-old girl who developed severe reddening on her forearm about two weeks after receiving a tattoo.
  • A 17-year-old girl whose skin became red and itchy and later began to blister.
  • A mother who said her teenager daughter's back looked "the way a burn victim looks, all blistered and raw." A doctor said the girl will have scarring for life.
The FDA said that people who have a reaction to, or concern about, a temporary tattoo should contact a health care professional and contact MedWatch, which is the agency's safety information and problem-reporting program. This can be done online or by phoning 1-800-FDA-1088.




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Caution: Black Henna Temporary Tattoos Could Leave Permanent Scars



If you want to show off some cool body art over spring break, but you're not willing to have it permanently etched onto your arm, realistic-looking temporary tattoos seem like a healthy compromise. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned people to watch out. Apparently, certain temporary tattoos can still cause permanent damage. 

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"Just because a tattoo is temporary it doesn't mean that it is risk free," Dr. Linda Katz, director of FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said in a statement.

The FDA's warning has to do with temporary tattoos made with "black henna" ink containing para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a coal-tar product that is approved for use in hair dye but is known to cause skin reactions in some people. Traditional, reddish-brown henna and stick-on temporary tattoos (the ones that look like stickers and are applied with water) are not part of the warning.

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Unlike permanent tattoos, in which ink is injected under the skin, "black henna" tattoos are drawn or stenciled onto the skin's surface. They're popular with vendors at beaches, boardwalks, resorts, and fairs because they're easy to apply quickly and make for long-lasting, dark, realistic-looking temporary body art.

These temporary tattoos, drawn on with so-called black henna, left lasting scars. (Photos: www.doh.state.fl.us) …
But PPD can also have horrible side effects. The FDA has received reports of "redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and even permanent scarring" in adults and children who have had "black henna" applied to their skin.

Reactions can occur right away, a few days after exposure, or even as long as two or three weeks after the temporary tattoo was applied.

One mother, whose teenager had gotten a black henna tattoo on her back, told the FDA that her daughter's skin looked "the way a burn victim looks, all blistered and raw" and that doctors have said she will have permanent scars. Another mother reported that her 17-year-old daughter's "black henna" tattoo began to blister soon after it was applied.

"At first I was a little upset she got the tattoo without telling me," the mom, who works as a nurse, told the FDA. "But when it became red and itchy and later began to blister and the blisters filled with fluid, I was beside myself."

There are several ways to tell whether a temporary tattoo artist is using PPD instead of actual henna. According to Catherine Cartwright-Jones, who runs The Henna Page, "If the stuff they're using is jet black and stains your skin quickly, it's probably PPD-based black hair dye."

Traditional henna paste needs to stay on your skin for several hours or even overnight in order to create a long-lasting design (and, even then, the design will be orange before it darkens to red-brown and finally fades back to orange after a few days). If the artist says to leave the paste on your skin for less than an hour and promises that the stain will be black (and will stay black) once the paste is removed, then they're probably using PPD.

"You will not get a straight answer just by asking," Cartwright-Jones warns on her website. "You'll have to look at the paste itself."

Traditional henna comes from a flowering plant that is native to Asia and Africa, and has been used in skin decoration for centuries. The paste is greenish brown or khaki colored and smells like vegetable matter or pine, Tea Tree, or other essential oils. PPD, on the other hand, may have no odor or, if they're using straight hair dye, may smell like bleach or ammonia.

The FDA cautions that even traditional henna is only approved for use in the United States as a hair dye, in spite of the fact that it has been used in skin decoration (like mehndi in India), for centuries.

"By law, all color additives used in cosmetics must be approved by FDA for their intended uses, with the exception of coal tar colors intended for use in hair dyes," the agency says on its website. "Some states have laws and regulations for temporary tattooing, while others don't. So, depending on where you are, it's possible no one is checking to make sure the artist is following safe practices or even knows what may be harmful to consumers."

People who have had bad reactions to temporary tattoos should notify the FDA by calling 800-FDA-1088 or via its website.


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Panera Bread Co. CEO Ron Shaich stands behind a counter in a St. Louis cafe. Cafes will offer a bowl of turkey chili for which customers will set their own price. (Tom Gannam/AP Photo)
Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.

Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the suburban St. Louis-based chain on Wednesday quietly began its latest charitable venture that takes the concept on a trial run to all 48 cafes in the St. Louis region.

The new idea experiments with a single menu item, Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl, available at each St. Louis-area store for whatever the customer chooses to pay. The new chili uses all-natural, antibiotic-free turkey mixed with vegetables and beans in a sourdough bread bowl. The suggested $5.89 price (tax included) is only a guideline. All other menu items are sold for the posted price.

Panera calls it the Meal of Shared Responsibility, and says the potential benefit is twofold: Above-the-cost proceeds go to cover meals for customers who cannot pay the full amount and to St. Louis-area hunger initiatives; and for those in need, the 850-calorie meal provides nearly a day's worth of nutrition at whatever price they can afford.

"We hope the suggested donations offset those who say they only have three bucks in their pocket or leave nothing," said Ron Shaich, founder, chairman and co-CEO of the chain and president of its charitable arm, Panera Bread Foundation.

If the experiment works in St. Louis, it could be expanded to some or all of the chain's 1,600 bakery-cafes across the country, though Shaich said there is no guarantee and no timetable for a decision.

Panera has long been involved in anti-hunger efforts, starting with its Operation Dough-Nation program that has donated tens of millions of dollars in unsold baked goods.

The first pay-what-you-want Panera Cares cafe opened in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton in 2010. Others followed in Dearborn, Mich., Portland, Ore., Chicago and Boston.

At those nonprofit cafes, every menu item is paid for by donations. Kate Antonacci of Panera Bread Foundation said roughly 60 percent of customers pay the suggested retail price. The rest are about evenly split between those who pay more and those who pay less.

The Panera Cares cafes generally bring in 70 to 80 percent of what the traditional format stores do, Antonacci said. That's still enough for a profit, and Panera uses proceeds for a job training program run through the cafes.

The new idea is fairly low-profile. Shaich said Panera is relying on media reports and word of mouth — no direct marketing, no advertising. Signs in the St. Louis cafes will tout the idea, and hosts and hostesses will explain it to customers.

"We don't want this to be self-serving," Shaich said. "We want to make this an intellectually honest program of integrity."

Panera isn't alone. A restaurant known as One World Everybody Eats in Salt Lake City adopted the pay-what-you-want idea a decade ago. Cafe Gratitude, a small vegan cafe chain in California, offers a single payment-by-donation menu item each day.

Software known as freeware is frequently distributed under this model. The rock band Radiohead released an album, "In Rainbows," in 2007 and let online buyers decide how much to pay. Humble Bundle releases video games as pay-what-you-want downloads, with a percentage of money going to charity.

It doesn't always work. Yogaview, which operates three yoga studios in Chicago, tried a donations-only format at its Wicker Park studio for nearly two years before turning to a traditional payment method. Co-owner Tom Quinn said that while many customers were generous, too many others were not.

"You'd get a class with six people and there would be 12 bucks in donations," Quinn said. "It got frustrating to see how some people weren't owning up to it."

A study published in Science magazine in 2010 found pay-what-you-want customers will pay substantially more if they know a portion goes to charity. But that same study, led by Leif Nelson of the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, found that inclusion of a charitable component made people less likely to buy — possibly, Nelson said, because they stressed over the appropriate amount of generosity.

"There is some concern that turkey chili will simply become a little less popular," Nelson said of the Panera experiment. "On the other hand, I think that those who choose to buy it will be reluctant to pay low prices."

Shaich is optimistic based on what he's seen firsthand. He worked at the opening of the Clayton store, making food and waiting on customers. He saw well-to-do frat boys leaving without paying a dime, but more often, he saw people being generous. Even those clearly in need dug into their pockets.

"A lot of cynics think Americans are just gaming the system," Shaich said. "Our experience is very different. People do the right thing and are willing to take care of each other."


"Persons of INTEREST" : Paedophile/Pedophile not only in the churches; become AWARE! (VIDEO) - www.ofINTEREST.net

Paedophile/Pedophilia not only in the churches, become AWARE!

Are you sure who actually minds the children?

Make sure because they are the most precious gift that our Creator gives us.

Don't over look their well being for materialism and fame.

Below is just another story of the young ones being abused by those who prey on the less fortunate, unversed and timid.

Allow children to grow through their childhood without evils intervention.

Protect the young, become vigilant!

Michael Love, IIO
 

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Paedophile choirmaster and wife are jailed for sexually abusing former pupil who was found dead after giving evidence against him 

 Michael Brewer, 68, indecently assaulted Frances Andrade, 48 
She was a student at Manchester's Chetham’s School of Music  
Mother-of-four killed herself after giving evidence against Brewer 
Brewer was today jailed for six years and his wife jailed for 21 months

By Anthony Bond
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A choirmaster has been jailed for sexually abusing a former pupil who killed herself after giving evidence against him.

Michael Brewer, 68, was convicted last month of indecently assaulting Frances Andrade, 48, when she was a student at Chetham’sSchool of Music in Manchester.

The mother-of-four from Guildford, Surrey, gave evidence against him in his trial at Manchester Crown Court but a week later she took her own life before the jury reached its verdicts.

Today, Brewer was jailed for six years while his ex-wife, Kay, 68, was also jailed for 21 months after she was convicted of indecently assaulting Mrs Andrade when she was 18.

Sentencing him, Judge Martin Rudland said Brewer had used his "powerful position" to groom Mrs Andrade. "You have had an impressive career but that is now at an end," he said.

Jailed as seen below: Michael Brewer, 68, was convicted last month of indecently assaulting Frances Andrade, 48, when she was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. His ex-wife Kay, 68, was also jailed today
Michael Brewer, 68: Paedophile/Pedophile

Kay,68-Michael Brewer's ExWife: Paedophile/Pedophile
"Sadly there is another side to you and it is this. You were, and you may still be, a predatory sex offender. Of that let no-one be in any doubt."

Brewer, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, was convicted of five counts of indecently assaulting his victim when she was 14 and 15 and known as Frances Shorney.

The abuse took place in his office and in his camper van, which he used to drive her out of the school grounds and get her to perform oral sex on him.

He was cleared of raping Mrs Andrade when she was 18 at his then home in Chorlton, Manchester.

Keen churchgoer Kay Brewer, of Rossendale, Lancashire, was cleared of aiding and abetting the alleged rape but convicted of one count of indecent assault against the complainant - said to have taken place on the same night as the alleged rape.

Brewer, who was awarded an OBE for services to music in 1995, resigned as music director at Chetham’s at the end of 1994 after his affair with another pupil, then aged 17, was uncovered.

But the affair was hushed up, the court heard, and Brewer went on to become the artistic director of the National Youth Choirs of Britain, to direct the World Youth Choir, serve as an adjudicator in international competitions and lead BBC workshops for the programme Last Choir Standing in 2008.

One of his ensembles at the National Youth Choir gave a private performance to the Queen at Balmoral in 2007.

Mrs Andrade, a brilliant violinist and mother of four, did not live to see Brewer and his wife, Kay, jailed today.

She committed suicide midway through January's trial.  Her version of events had been dismissed as ‘lies’ and ‘fantasy’ during cross-examination by Brewer’s female barrister.

Frances Andrade took her own life after giving evidence against Brewer
Her 21-year-old son Oliver, a student at Cambridge University, said she gave evidence because she wanted to help others.

"As far as she was concerned, her case was the tip of the iceberg," said "She knew about others who had been treated like she had and she wanted that to come out."

Following the verdicts, the family of Mrs Andrade said they believed the court system had let her down and criticised the judicial process.

Oliver said: "Being repeatedly called a "liar" and a "fantasist" about a horrific part of her life in front of a court challenged her personal integrity and was more than even she could  bear.".

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, of Greater Manchester Police, said: 'Firstly I want to pass on my condolences to the family of Frances Andrade.

'This has been a well publicized case with her tragic death widely reported.

Locked up as seen below: Michael Brewer, 68, and Kay, are pictured at a previous hearing
Michael Brewer, 68: Paedophile/Pedophile

Kay,68-Michael Brewer's ExWife: Paedophile/Pedophile
The judicial process was somewhat thrust upon her when the matter was reported to police by a friend and I must credit Frances' bravery in facing her abusers head on in court and supporting the prosecution.

It is heartbreaking that she is not able to see she has been vindicated for the bravery she consistently showed, which has today ended with the Brewers being sentenced and brought to justice.

A lot has been said about the support mechanisms in place for Frances and other victims of sexual abuse and I want to make it clear that it is Greater Manchester Police's policy and practice to encourage victims to seek whatever support they need.

As a force GMP has a dedicated Public Protection Division which investigates such matters thoroughly and compassionately. My officers are specially trained in supporting victims and are trained in how best to conduct sex abuse investigations.

We are currently conducting an historic sex abuse investigation in relation to offenses at Chetham's School of Music as a result of calls from former pupils.

This is very much ongoing so it would not be appropriate for me to comment on numbers of victims or suspects at this stage, suffice to say we are continuing to get formal accounts and complaints from former pupils who currently live the length and breadth of the country as well as abroad.

We have a pool of suspects under investigation which I am not prepared to elaborate on and I want to reassure the wider community that where we have identified safeguarding issues these have been addressed with partner agencies.



Cover-up? Detectives have received more than 20 complaints about historic sexual abuse at Chetham's, pictured
The judge also referred to two other former pupils of Chetham's who gave evidence against Brewer as "victims".

One was the teenage lover whose relationship led to Brewer leaving the school and the other was a woman who fought off his sexual advances on a school trip.

But he said Mrs Andrade did not have the strength to resist "because her abiding desire was to be cared for and cherished by a loving family to which she craved to belong".

He added: "She was prepared to submit to almost to anything, which clearly she did, as you pushed the boundaries further and further - treating her as your sexual plaything in the context of a false loving relationship which she readily accepted."

He added that it was "surprising" that all those who spoke "so well' of him at his trial in his defense did so in the knowledge of the affair which ended his Chetham's career."

It may well be that they were not aware of the detail in which you exploited her but they were apparently nevertheless more than happy to overlook one of the most shocking aspects of this case.

Indeed, perhaps one of the few positive features to have emerged from this case is the resulting close scrutiny of the seemingly wider acceptance of this type of behaviour among those who should know better.

In mitigation for Brewer, Kate Blackwell QC, said: "There are no words capable of truly describing the tragic consequences of this case - consequences unforeseen by those involved in the court process but unremitting must be the pain felt by the family of Mrs Andrade."

Through me, he does wish extend his sorrow for Mrs Andrade's death. Whatever the verdicts, he bears the burden of responsibility in the sense that he failed her while she was in his care. He continues to deny any offending towards her."

The judge said he had read "a very large file of letters" on Brewer which amounted to testimonials to his 'unquestionable importance in his field' and his character as "inspirational''.

Miss Blackwell said Brewer had showed a positive attitude on remand in custody and was involved in teaching music and Spanish to inmates, as well as playing the keyboard in chapel services.

Brewer will serve half his sentence in prison and the rest on license. He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. He smiled towards his family in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.



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Date: 25 March 2013 Time: 01:16 PM ET


The two-headed bull shark fetus. It's about 8 inches (20 centimeters) from head to head.
CREDIT: Journal of Fish Biology / C. M. Wagner et al
When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark's live fetuses had two heads.

The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online today (March 25) in the Journal of Fish Biology. It's one of the very few examples of a two-headed shark ever recorded — there about six instances in published reports — and the first time this has been seen in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, a study co-author and researcher at Michigan State University.

Technically called "axial bifurcation," the deformity is a result of the embryo beginning to split into two separate organisms, or twins, but doing so incompletely, Wagner told OurAmazingPlanet. It's a very rare mutation that occurs across different animals, including humans.

"Halfway through the process of forming twins, the embryo stops dividing," he said.

The two-headed fetus likely wouldn't have lived for very long in the wild, he said. "When you're a predator that needs to move fast to catch other fast-moving fish … that'd be nearly impossible with this mutation," he said.  [See the two-headed shark.]

Wagner said the description of the deformed shark may someday help better understand how these deformities arise in sharks and other animals.

Two-headed snakes and turtles can be bought from certain specialty breeders, and there is a small market for such creatures, Wagner said.

Several of the few examples of two-headed sharks available today come from museum specimens from the late 1800s, when deformed animals and other macabre curiosities fetched high prices, he said.

Another reason the two-headed shark likely wouldn't have survived: its small body. "It had very developed heads, but a very stunted body," Wagner said. There's only so much energy that can go into the body's development, and it went into the shark's double noggins, he added.

A radiograph of the two-headed shark.
CREDIT: Journal of Fish Biology / C. M. Wagner et al


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Watch the terrifying moment a great white shark got INSIDE a cage and almost ate a newlywed for dinner

By Daily Mail Reporter
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One new wife nearly lost her husband after only one day of marriage after a group of thrillseekers got far more than they bargained for.

On Thursday a group of friends went shark diving off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa. But one great white with a very sore head decided to ignore the strategically placed bait and head straight for the human foodstuff.

Youtube user Bryan Plummer uploaded a video which shows the full horror of the the attack, where the huge shark gets its head of sharp teeth right inside the diving cage.

The man closest to the great white's face just manages to swim under the gaping maw. This diver, known only as Roger, had got married only the day before.

The great white shark seems to get its head stuck inside the bars of the safety cage and thrashes around in the water.

At one point the beast gets turned on its back to reveal its fangs to the camera. In all the confusion it is impossible to tell what has happened to the divers in the cage.

But after a nervous few moments they bob to the surface, unharmed save for frayed nerves.




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Cooperative Weather not working this year in U.S.A., goes on WELFARE!

Michael Love, IIO
25 March 2013

Winter seems to still keep its grasps on many throughout the United States of America.

From the start of spring on the 20th of March 2013 to the time of this article; to what looks to be a gloomy weather forecast, the weather for the coming 2013 season does not look good.

NOAA predicts the 2013 weather season to be one with droughts, flooding and other severe weather conditions.





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Spring storms drop snow on Midwest, East Coast

March 25, 2013
In the first days of spring, people across the Midwest are digging out of a major snowstorm that barreled across the country, dropping over a foot of snow on St. Louis. Today more snow is expected up and down the East Coast. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.



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Unusual Spring snow storm

Published on Mar 22, 2012
The video here was taken this morning on March 22, 2012.We had several inches of fresh snow in my neighborhood and it's sticking. Unprecedented for record breaking snow falls during this time of year. It's expected to melt later in the day as the temperature increase.



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From Snowstorms to Droughts 

02:08 | 03/21/2013
The government's forecast service predicts above-average temperatures this spring.





And from our neighbors to the North via
 

Spring snow storm wreaks havoc on Edmonton area highways

March 21, 2013 11:05 pm
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EDMONTON- Hundreds of people have been injured following a multi-vehicle crash in snowy conditions near Leduc on Highway 2 south of Edmonton.

Highway 2 near Highway 13 is closed in both directions, as police continue to investigate and emergency crews work to remove vehicles.

At 11:30 a.m., RCMP announced the QE2 north bound was blocked just past the BlackGold Overpass because several vehicles and a tractor trailer were in the ditch. North bound traffic was being diverted to Highway 2A through Leduc.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirms 100 people suffered injuries in several collisions Thursday.

One person was taken to the University of Alberta hospital with serious injuries, 22 people were transported by bus to other nearby hospitals, and 80 people were treated on scene for minor injuries, according to AHS.

Patients are being taken to hospitals in Edmonton, Leduc, Red Deer, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, Devon, Wetaskiwin, Camrose and Stony Plain.

EPS officers have been called in to assist with the collision. Two officers will be providing an escort for ETS buses, which are being used to transport those with minor injuries.

Police say the Disaster and Emergency Operations Service branch of the EPS is also on stand-by, if a request for additional assistance is made.

Thursday’s snow storm has caused havoc on roads in Edmonton and the surrounding area.
There was a major crash Thursday morning on Highway 16 west of Edmonton.

Stony Plain RCMP say as many as six vehicles were involved in the collision, four of them being semis.

RCMP say there are some injuries but don’t have details as to the seriousness. 

One of the semi’s is completely blocking the eastbound lanes of the highway, causing traffic to be diverted to Highway 16A.

RCMP say the QE2 is in poor condition both north and south of Leduc.

Police were attending to several collisions on the highway Thursday morning because of icy road conditions and poor visibility caused by blowing snow.

RCMP advise motorists to stay off Highway 2. If you’re stuck do not get out of your vehicle unless you have safe alternate transportation. If you are travelling on the QE2, use extreme caution and reduced speeds.

Meanwhile, Edmonton International Airport officials are recommending to check with your airline about re-booking flights since travel is not recommended on the QE2. You can check your flight status here.

Ten to 15 centimetres is expected to fall in the Edmonton area by Thursday night.

The wind has been making conditions even worse. Gusts were expected to reach 40 kilometers an hour.

Police responded to 133 collisions in Edmonton between 6 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. Thursday.” src=”http://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/edm-city-streets.jpg?w=300″ width=”300″ height=”225″ /> Police responded to 133 collisions in Edmonton between 6 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. Thursday.[/caption]


Motorists are being advised to drive with caution and give themselves extra time to get to their destination.

For a full, up to date list of area road closures, follow 511 Alberta on Twitter or visit Alberta 511′s website.

With files from Jenna Bridges, Shane Jones.




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Shoveling snow on first day of spring

March 20, 2013  

Spring snow storm has many Massachusetts residents eager for warmer weather. WHDH's Ryan Schulteis reports.




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Flagstaff, Arizona Snow Storm - Spring Break March 18, 2012

Published on Mar 19, 2012
Nothing says Spring Break in Flagstaff, Arizona like 2 feet of snow. Here's a short video of the beauty of the storm and Jim Anderson frantically shoveling snow. He's pretty fast too.

By the time this storm was over, it dumped about two feet of snow in the Flagstaff area. This video was shot about half way through the storm on Sunday afternoon March 18th, 2012

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Jim Anderson Production, 2012

First solar power station in Upper Egypt - www.ofINTEREST.net


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First solar power station in Upper Egypt 

 

Sourcing of funding for EGP 5.5bn project include World Bank, African Development Bank and European Investment Bank

solar power station
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Sourcing of funding for EGP 5.5bn project include World Bank, African Development Bank and European Investment Bank

A public meeting is set to be held this Tuesday in the Kom Ombo region of Aswan, to discuss the establishment of Upper Egypt’s first solar energy electricity station.

Ahmed Imam, minister of electricity and energy, stated on Friday that construction of the 100 megawatt station is expected to cost EGP 5.5bn, and will be funded by a number of international financial institutions, including the Clean Energy Fund, The World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Agence Francaise de Developpement, in addition to the German Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau.

He added that the construction of the plant would create thousands of job opportunities for residents of the region, and would help aid efforts to promote clean, sustainable economic development in Upper Egypt. He went on to say that construction of the project, set to begin in 2016, was considered by many to be a quantum leap for the city of Kom Ombo.

Imam added that the construction of the project came amidst efforts to increase and encourage the consumption of solar energy throughout Egypt.

He pointed out that the station would operate at 140 megawatts, and was part of a plan to utilize, harness and exploit the cultivation of clean and renewable energy in Egypt.


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Naming and shaming sexual harassers

New initiative aiming at exposing harassers by taking their photos and uploading it on Facebook

Expose Harassers Group
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Another online initiative was launched on Facebook last week attempting to put an end to the sexual harassment plaguing Egypt.

After Facebook proved its efficiency in politically mobilising Egyptian youth during the 25 January revolution, many social and charity programs used the social medium to launch their initiatives. It is easy to create a group or a page and garner publicity for a cause.

The idea for this latest initiative was born when the administrator and creator of the page was bothered by an elderly driver while she was stuck in traffic. The driver verbally harassed her for some time and she decided to expose him by taking his picture and uploading his photo on Facebook. She created a Facebook page called Efdah Motaharish, ‘Expose Harassers’, where she posted his photo and related her experience of how he harassed her.

To her surprise the story and the man’s photo went viral and reached around half a million viewers. Since the page was established on Thursday 14 March it has grown to over 8,000 members.

“The photo encouraged many other girls who are groped or harassed daily to take pictures and send me the photos of their harassers; one girl told me she feels safer going out on streets after I started the page,” said M, the page’s creator, who asked to remain anonymous. Many women’s groups and civil society organizations have contacted Efdah Motaharish to coordinate and unify their efforts to combat sexual harassment.

The technique proved effective as she succeeded in exposing her harasser’s identity. He contacted her shortly after and threatened to file a slander case against her if she did not remove his photo. Because of this M now feels it would be better to obtain a video recording of harassers as stronger proof of their behavior, strengthening women’s legal positions.

“I asked all the page members to record short video clips of their harassers so there is no chance to wrongfully defame or slander anyone,” M said.

It is often hard for a woman to prove that she was subjected to harassment since Egyptian law states that any harassment report must be accompanied by at least two witnesses. Furthermore, many girls and women are embarrassed to report the words and deeds they were subjected to at the hands of their harassers.

M has a degree in political science and said that society still clings to some traditions that constantly blame the woman for any issues and this deprives many women from reporting harassment. “The idea of exposing the harassers’ images proved to be easier for women and is a deterrent for harassers,” she said.

Exposing the culprits is not the only remedy for the harassment epidemic, but women may feel better seeing their harassers named and shamed on the internet.

“The presence of Security Forces must be reinforced especially during rush hours and in crowded places; effective surveillance systems should exist to keep an eye on harassers and the amendment of the law is essential to guarantee suitable deterrent and punishment for those who pester women,” M said.

M aims to contribute in raising awareness of what women are subjected to daily, hoping to help make sure this repulsive behaviour will disappear from Egyptian streets