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Daily Archives: April 29, 2010

BP Oil Well Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated

Bloomberg
April 29, 2010


By Jim Polson and Yee Kai Pin

April 29 (Bloomberg) — A damaged BP Plc oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking as many as 5,000 barrels of crude a day, five times more than previously estimated, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
“There’s an additional breach in the well,” Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson said by telephone from Robert, Louisiana. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration HAS increased its estimates of the flow of crude from 1,000 barrels a day, he said.
The explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans last week caused a slick that had drifted within 16 miles of the coast, according to a Coast Guard map released after a press conference yesterday. The spill is about 600 miles in circumference, the Coast Guard said. That’s about twice the land area of Maryland.

link – http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-29/bp-oil-well-leaking-five-times-faster-than-estimated-update1-.html

Afghan MP says US troops raid home, kill relative

29 Apr 2010 07:44:29 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Rafiq Sherzad

(Reuters) – U.S. troops raided the home of a female member of the Afghan parliament and killed a neighbor who was one of her relatives, the MP said on Thursday, an incident that sparked angry protests in the east.

A spokesman for foreign forces in Afghanistan said Western and Afghan troops had raided a house in the area and shot dead an armed man but was not able to comment on whether the house belonged to a member of parliament.Night-time raids by Western troops and civilian casualties are among the most incendiary issues in Afghanistan, and the targeting of a female parliamentarian would raise the political temperature at a time when NATO is preparing a large offensive.
link - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63S0YM20100429

Mexico, Journey of Terror for Central American Migrants

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Apr 29, 2010 (IPS) – “The fifth time I tried to get to the United States I left Guatemala, crossed the border into Mexico, and on a bus I was assaulted by five police officers,” Guatemalan migrant José Donis said Wednesday.

The story of Donis, who since 2008 has worked in a shelter for Central American migrants in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and has tried without luck to reach the United States to be reunited with his father, is a common one among the undocumented migrants who make their way across this country while heading for the U.S.

link -http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51243

Toys banned from kids’ fast food in California county

Xinhua
April 29, 2010

BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhuanet) — California’s Santa Clara County has become the first county in the U.S. to ban toys as rewards or promotion from fast food children’s meals, foreign media reports.
Childhood obesity in the U.S has tripled in 30 years and two thirds of adult Americans, or 190 million people, are overweight.

“This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” the county supervisor Ken Yeager said, adding: “It helps parents make the choices they want for their children without toys and other freebies luring them toward food that fails to meet basic nutritional standards.”

link -http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-04/29/c_13272164.htm

WHO warns of danger of untreatable gonorrhoea

English.news.cn
2010-04-29

MANILA, 29 April (Xinhua) — The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday that gonorrhoea may soon become untreatable unless urgent measures are taken to prevent and treat the sexually transmitted infection.
Improper use of antibiotics has resulted in widespread antimicrobial resistance to the disease, with cheaper, first-line antibiotics losing their effectiveness, WHO said in a press release.

link – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-04/29/c_13272310.htm

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.

New York Times
April 28, 2010
Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
The author, James Risen, who is a reporter for The New York Times, received a subpoena on Monday requiring him to provide documents and to testify May 4 before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., about his sources for a chapter of his book, “State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.” The chapter largely focuses on problems with a covert C.I.A. effort to disrupt alleged Iranian nuclear weapons research.

A version of this article appeared in print on April 29, 2010, on page A21 of the New York edition.

link -http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/us/29justice.html?src=twr

Blackwater Will Be Allowed to Bid on Big State Department Contract

The Washington Independent
By Spencer Ackerman
4/28/10

GUANTANAMO BAY — A brief detour from my Guantanamo coverage, as a State Department official, speaking only on background, confirmed something else I’ve been working on. The private security company formerly known as Blackwater and now known as Xe Services, will be allowed to bid on the next generation of the State Department’s lucrative Worldwide Protective Services Contract. The company’s track record of killing Iraqi civilians, shooting at Afghan civilians, taking for personal use U.S. military-issued rifles from the Afghan police and setting up shell companies to win government contracts will not be an obstacle.

link – http://washingtonindependent.com/83383/blackwater-will-be-allowed-to-bid-on-big-state-department-contract

Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House

Alliance of Natural Health USA
April 28, 2010

The American public is becoming fed up with “sneak” provisions tacked onto largely unrelated bills that are likely to pass. A glaring recent example was tacking onto the Healthcare bill a complete change to student loans. Often the “sneak” provision is so buried that hardly anyone is aware of it.

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.

link – http://www.infowars.com/waxman-slips-obscure-anti-supplement-measure-into-wall-st-reform-bill-passed-by-the-house/

Aerial drone will fly on Texas border soon, Napolitano says

Gary Martin
San Antonio Express-News
April 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that an unmanned aerial drone will soon fly through Texas skies as drug-cartel violence continues to escalate on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Texas is the last border state to receive a Predator drone, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the absence of one has hurt intelligence capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.
“I’m concerned that some of the assets that could be deployed to help not only quell the violence, but also keep our borders secure, are not being deployed because of unnecessary foot-dragging,” Cornyn said.
Napolitano said Texas was the last Southwest border state to receive a drone because “Texas airspace is more crowded.”

link - http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-drone_28tex.ART.State.Edition1.4c2da2f.html

Spain downgraded, Europe debt crisis widens

Associated Press
April 28, 2010

Europe’s debt crisis mushroomed Wednesday as Spain saw its credit rating lowered, just as Germany sought to reassure nervous investors that Greece would not be allowed to go under, saying Berlin’s share of a key aid package could be approved in the next few days.
Stock and bond markets had begun to regain their composure after stinging downgrades of Greece and Portugal the day before, when Standard & Poors delivered more bad news by cutting Spain’s rating to AA from AA+ amid concerns about the country’s growth prospects following the collapse of a construction bubble.

link -http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-8440-0-13-13–.html