Due to bad weather the mountain collapsed in Maierato of 2300 inhabitants (in Vibo Valentia) (Italy) just behind the power line towers and threatening the village below. Two hundred people were evacuated. Occurred in Italy earlier this year on Monday15th Feb 2010. In spite of this video which have the audio in Italian, the images show a dramatic example of an unstable soil, with liquefaction phenomenon! The comments are in Italian expressions of astonishment and evacuation instructions, without any technical comment. This video is very expressive and didactic to show this kind of phenomenon.
Maierato is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vibo Valentia in the Italian region Calabria, located about 40 km southwest of Catanzaro and about 11 km northeast of Vibo Valentia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,305 and an area of 39.9 km².
"A penny for your thoughts"
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
We know the world's richest man is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, followed by Bill
Gates and Warren Buffet of USA. How about governments ???
Which countries’ government is the richest (having most money that is, in US$)
If you are expecting North American and European nations, you might be disappointed.
While the countries look rich, wealthy European nations can't withstand a prolonged major financial crisis, just like Greece. The USA might have the biggest economy, but the American government is not at all rich; in fact, it can't even take out $150bn if asked to now without resorting to borrowing.
To date the US government has borrowed $14 trillion !!!
The UK, likewise, while the country/people are rich, the government isn't.
The UK government’s debt stands at $9 trillion now.
World’s Richest Government
Richest governments after 2008-2009 financial crisis:
1. China National reserves: $2,454,300,000,000
2. Japan National reserves: $1,019,000,000,000
3. Russia National reserves: $458,020,000,000
4. Saudi Arabia
National reserves: $395,467,000,000
5. Taiwan National reserves: $362,380,000,0
6. India National reserves: $279,422,000,000
POSCO, the worlds 3rd largest steelmaker, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pohang City and North Kyongsang Province to build a 100 megawatt (MW) per year fuel cell power plant by 2010 in Pohang. (World's Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant to be Built in S Korea)
7. South Korea National reserves: $274,220,000,000
8. Switzerland National reserves: $262,000,000,000
9. Hong Kong, China National reserves: $256,000,000,000
10. Brazil National reserves: $255,000,000,000
Here are the rest, in million US$:
011 Singapore / 203,436
012 Germany / 189,100
013 Thailand / 150,000
014 Algeria / 149,000
015 France / 140,848
016 Italy / 133,104
017 United States / 124,176
018 Mexico / 100,096
019 Iran / 96,560
020 Malaysia / 96,100
021 Poland / 85,232
022 Libya / 79,000
023 Denmark / 76,315
024 Turkey / 71,859
025 Indonesia / 69,730
026 United Kingdom / 69,091
027 Israel / 62,490
028 Canada / 57,392
029 Norway / 49,223
030 Iraq / 48,779
031 Argentina / 48,778
032 Philippines / 47,650
033 Sweden / 46,631
034 United Arab Emirates / 45,000
035 Hungary / 44,591
036 Romania / 44,056
037 Nigeria / 40,480
038 Czech Republic / 40,151
039 Australia / 39,454
040 Lebanon / 38,600
041 Netherlands / 38,372
042 South Africa / 38,283
043 Peru / 37,108
044 Egypt / 35,223
045 Venezuela / 31,925
046 Ukraine / 28,837
047 Spain / 28,195
048 Colombia / 25,141
049 Chile / 24,921
050 Belgium / 24,130
051 Brunei / 22,000
052 Morocco / 21,873
053 Vietnam / 17,500
054 Macau / 18,730
055 Kazakhstan / 27,549
056 Kuwait / 19,420
057 Angola / 19,400
058 Austria / 18,079
059 Serbia / 17,357
060 Pakistan / 16,770
061 New Zealand / 16,570
062 Bulgaria / 16,497
063 Ireland / 16,229
063 Portugal / 16,254
064 Croatia / 13,720
065 Jordan / 12,180
066 Finland / 11,085
067 Bangladesh / 10,550
068 Botswana / 10,000
069 Tunisia / 9,709
070 Azerbaijan / 9,316
071 Bolivia / 8,585
072 Trinidad and Tobago / 8,100
073 Yemen / 7,400
074 Uruguay / 8,104
075 Oman / 7,004
076 Latvia / 6,820
077 Lithuania / 6,438
078 Qatar / 6,368
079 Cyprus / 6,176
080 Belarus / 6,074
081 Syria / 6,039
082 Uzbekistan / 5,600
083 Luxembourg / 5,337
084 Guatemala / 5,496
085 Greece / 5,207
086 Bosnia and Herzegovina / 5,151
087 Cuba / 4,247
088 Costa Rica / 4,113
089 Equatorial Guinea / 3,928
090 Ecuador / 3,913
091 Iceland / 3,823
092 Paraguay / 3,731
093 Turkmenistan / 3,644
094 Estonia / 3,583
See also List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita
List of heads of state and government by net worth
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Python sebae is a non-venomous python species found in subsaharan Africa. This is one of the world's largest species of snakes. The snakes are armed with razor-sharp teeth and muscular coils that can squeeze the breath out of a full-grown antelope. The primary reason for the restrictions on its exportation around the world is because their skin is used in the leather industry, frequently being made into shoes, belts, and purses. With adults reaching lengths of over 6 m (20 ft), this is one of the world's largest species of snakes. The typical adult length is 4.8 m (16 ft) and rumors of specimens over 6 m (20 ft) are generally considered reliable, but larger specimens have never been confirmed. The color pattern is typically brown, with olive and tan irregular blotching, fading to white on the underside.
The hunter ties a piece of hide onto his forearm.
Armed only with a small torch to light up the dark he dives headfirst into the python lair.
He encounters a large snake guarding a clutch of eggs.
He waves his shielded forearm about to distract the snake from biting his face. The python lunges, grabs his hand and begins to swallow. With his free hand, the hunter then chokes the snake.
His partner pulls him back out of the hole.
Dinner time for all at home!!
Taste like chicken and has to be medium done and do not overcook. Snake Recipes
Snake eating is especially popular in Shanghai and Guangdong Province. According to one survey over 6,000 specialized restaurants in Shanghai serve snake dishes made with pit vipers, cobras, freshwater snakes and sea snakes. These restaurants serve up to 4,000 tons of snake a year. One Shanghai supplier, who provides two tons of snakes daily to restaurants, sells cobras for $14 a kilogram and pit vipers for $42 a kilogram.
Snake meat is often referred to as dragon meat on the menu. Many of the snakes served at Chinese restaurants come from the Snake Repository in Wuzhou, Guangxi Province, where more than one million snakes are raised each year. The repository is favorite tourist attraction for Chinese tour groups from Taiwan and Hong Kong who sometimes have special snake versus cat fights staged for them.
Snake Meat Shreds Soup Chinese Soup!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Three urns in which Altantuya bones sit
Who was Altantuya Shaariibuu?
The DAP chairman said the Mongolian Foreign Affairs office contacted him that they will finance Dr Shaariibuu’s suit. The opposition leader promised “the case will go on at any cost.”
Murder of Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa -wikipedia
OK, RPK Switch Sides But Why Are Everyone Surprise?
The pro-government TV3 station aired an exclusive interview with blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin April 13, 2011, where he claimed that he was merely writing accusations made by others against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife over the Altantuya murder case. VIA
RPK: I don’t believe PM’s wife was at Altantuya's murder scene VIA
How Raja Petra lost the plot and became irrelevant VIA
On April 15, 2011 The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim said the timing and "spin-doctoring" by the mainstream media clearly showed that the BN was using any means it could to stop Pakatan Rakyat's advance in the Sarawak polls. He also lambasted Najib for claiming that the Altantuya murder case is closed following Raja Petra’s alleged “confession”, saying that there are too many questions left unanswered for it to be done and over with.Raja Petra Kamarudin has defended his interview aired with TV3, saying that it will renew focus on allegations surrounding the Altantuya Shariibuu murder. VIA
“The public have lost faith in our judiciary. Razak Baginda was acquitted, and the public believe that the two convicted are just scapegoats.
“Nobody understands why these two lowly police officers, of their own volition, blew this woman to smithereens?
“It (the case) may be closed in the PM’s mind, (but) it is not closed in the court of public opinion. That is what counts,” Haris said. VIA
In an e-mail interview with Malaysia Insider on April 15, Raja Petra insisted that he is not a turncoat. He said that he will continue to support the opposition – the Pakatan Rakyat.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Immediately following the TV3 interview of Raja Petra, the Prime Minister Najib Razak claimed that he is thankful that the truth has finally emerged and he considered the matter closed.
These questions below have been there right since the start of the case and they will continue to be there for posterity until the truth of the grisly murder finally emerges.
What were the motives of the two police officers convicted of killing Altantuya as they appear to have no earlier connection or previous knowledge of her?
How did they obtain the C4 explosives and who approved the release of this strictly restricted materiel to them?
The third accused Abdul Razak Baginda – who was acquitted of the charge against him – is a political analyst with known ties to Najib. A transcript had surfaced of alleged text messages between them. What did the sms exchanges imply?
Why was DSP Musa Safri never investigated when he gave orders to his officer Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri to help Razak Baginda? Azilah had testified in court that Musa told him Razak had a problem because someone threatened him and he [Azilah] was to lend assistance to Razak.
Why was Altantuya’s record of entry missing from the immigration records? Have the immigration officers responsible provided a credible explanation as to how Altantuya’s entry details seemingly disappeared?
Why has the immigration department not carried out an internal inquiry, and the other higher authorities carried out an independent inquiry, into this serious breach or if they did, the report not made public?
Why were the three affidavits and video interview of P. Balasubramaniam, who was engaged by Abdul Razak Baginda as private investigator and who has since vanished, not investigated? VIA
Part 5: 'I was told Rosmah was happy with my retraction'
Part 4: PI Bala - From Bangkok to Kathmandu to Delhi
Part 3: Cops grill PI Bala in Bangkok, praise his courage
Part 2: PI Bala reveals his final hours in M'sia
Part 1: Bala was in town, now on Youtube
Press conference at the Holiday Villa London on Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers who were supposed to record former private investigator P. Balasubramaniam statement in London has cancelled their trip. Balasubramaniam had flown to London from India after MACC officers contacted his lawyers to express their intention to interview him in connection with his retraction of statutory declaration and events surrounding the death of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibu. Balasubramaniam's counsel, Manjeet Singh Dhillon intended to highlight a whole series of events surrounding this Altantunya matter if MACC had come to London to interview Bala. According to Dhillon MACC had recorded no less than five statements from Balasubramaniam.
|Five statements from Balasubramaniam previously made to MACC|
1)Balasubramaniam was hired as a private investigator by Abdul Razak Baginda after it was alleged that Altantunya was harrassing him for non-payment of commission after the purchase of submarines.
2)Abdul Razak Baginda, a former political analyst, who was charged with abetting in Altantuya's murder, was acquitted by the Shah Alam High Court on Oct 31, 2008 after the judge found no prima facie case against him.
3)After the death of Altantunya, Balasubramaniam had made a statutory declaration relating to the murder but withdrew it the day after through a second sworn declaration.
4)"The way Bala was treated after the first SD on 3rd July 2008; he was immediately apprehended, bribed, cajoled, threatened and removed from the jurisdiction of Malaysia," Dhillon asserted.
5)Balasubramaniam admitted that he was apprehensive about returning to Malaysia and alleged that he could be thrown into detention.
The press conference was also attended by Federal Territory Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chief Zaid Ibrahim, fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and members of the alternative media, Bernama reports. Also according to the report of a online news portal, Balasubramaniam said Razak is a scapegoat. He has nothing to do with the murder. VIA
Monday May 24, 2010:Fugitive blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin has turned up in London and threw a challenge to the Malaysian Government to bring him to trial in the United Kingdom. Link
Pakatan Rakyat is taking its fight overseas with the launch of Friends for Pakatan Rakyat (FoPR) club in London. VIA
The Launch of Friends of Pakatan Rakyat on Sunday 4th of July
Americk Sidhu,counsel for P. Balasubramaniam has made a press atatement that The money P. Balasubramaniam is using to pay for his trip to London and his hotel accommodation there is derived from the funds he has received from Deepak Jaikishan at the behest of Rosmah Mansor. VIA
Below is the statement released by Balasubramaniam on what he told the French prosecutor M Ryckewaert at the Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciare DNIF, Nanterre,in Paris on Monday,July 12, 2010.
| Areas covered in the interview.|
1) My background [including date and place of birth] and my occupation from the time I was with the Malaysian police to the time when I became a private investigator in 1998.
2) The validity of my PI (private investigator) licence.
3) The whole story as to how I was recruited to do a job for Razak Baginda and my interview before the job done by Dhirren Norendra, a lawyer practising in Kuala Lumpur. I was questioned about the scope of my assignment, the target and objectives of my assignment.
4) The background to the Altantuya murder. I briefed them on the events leading up to and after the murder and also told them to read my first SD (statutory declaration) and the Singapore interview. Also the identity of the two police officers convicted of the murder, who they worked for as well as the identity of the various other people identified as being about when Altantunya disappeared and their link to Razak Baginda and/or the PM (prime minister).
5) Razak Baginda's relationship with our present PM, the information and events narrated to me by Razak Baginda including the SMS sent by the PM to Razak Baginda at the point of his arrest for the murder of Altantuya.
6) The Malaysian company, Perimekar, its ownership, and link to Razak Baginda and his wife. Also nature of business undertaken by Perimekar. I told them of the presence of army equipment in Razak Baginda's office. Information concerning Razak Baginda and his present whereabouts.
7) Financial payments by Razak Baginda to Altantuya, including the three US$5,000 payments by Baginda to Altantuya, which included a penalty of US$1,000 because of late banking in. Also the purchase by Razak Baginda of an apartment in Mongolia for Altantuya. Also the background to the US$500,000 payment demanded by Altantuya, how it arose, its link to the Scorpene submarine deal, Altanunya's involvement in the negotiations, and admission and confirmation by Razak Baginda that he should have paid Altantuya the money.
8) How Rosmah Mansor teamed up with Deepak to exile me from Malaysia, the threats to my family after I signed the first SD as well as the involvement of the PM's brother in the events that led to the second SD and my being smuggled out of Malaysia and asked to stay away till Najib Razak became PM.
9) I was asked to retrace the events in Rawang coffee house where Deepak, Dinesh and ASP Suresh were present.
10) The length and time I have been in exile.
11) Details concerning Altantuya's cousin, Ammy, who had knowledge of the Paris dinner where the PM and Razak Baginda were present with Altantuya.
12) The identity of the French individuals involved in the Scorpene deal.
13) My knowledge of any payments by the French to Perimekar and information given to me by Altantuya that her US$500,000 was because of the successful deal concerning the Scorpene submarine transaction.
14) The identity, background and involvement of two Malaysians identified as Major Rahim and Abdul Rahim Saad.
15) Altantuya's family background.
16) My links with Suaram, if any.
17) The need for justice to be served for the Altantuya murder and the truth to be told concerning the Scorpene deal.
What happen to the Altantuya, murdered mongolian girl case?
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