Tokyo - The operator of Japan´s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Sunday it had found highly radioactive water dripping from a pipe connecting two coolant tanks, and had patched it up with tape. The discovery came hours after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said late Saturday it had found new radiation hotspots at four sites around coolant tanks, with one reading at 1,800 millisieverts per hour -- a dose that would kill a human left exposed to it in four hours. (Snip) It was repaired using special material and plastic tape. Water with a radioactivity of 230 millisieverts per hour was found below it,
This LADEE is a champ: See NASA’s latest rocket mission soar into space from the greater Washington metropolitan area Friday night at 11:27 p.m. The flight will be launched — relatively close by — from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. If skies are clear, the launch window will be 11:27 p.m. to 11:31 p.m., NASA says. For Washington area residents, look to the south-southeast by that time, since rockets move at blistering speeds. NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment – or LADEE – is a robotic mission that will orbit Earth for three weeks. It then speeds off to the moon
Tucker Carlson was hard at work Saturday on Fox Snooze. A tuckered-out Carlson grabbed some winks Saturday morning — while he was supposed to be hosting “Fox & Friends.” His two co-hosts, his very own Fox Friends, knew just what to do. Cut to a commercial? No way! They aimed their banter at Carlson. “He’s really asleep,” said Clayton Morris, as he delightedly put his finger to his lips. Alisyn Camerota laughed lightly at Carlson’s predicament, observing, “I don’t think we’re being good co-hosts right now.” Her giggles awoke the conservative cat-napper after a moment,
Damascus, Syria - A Syrian state-run newspaper on Sunday called President Barack Obama´s decision to seek congressional approval before taking military action against Syria "the start of the historic American retreat." The gloating tone in the front-page article in the Al-Thawra daily followed Obama´s unexpected announcement on Saturday that he would ask Congress to support a strike punishing the President Bashar Assad´s regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons. The decision marked a stark turnabout for the White House, which had appeared on the verge of ordering U.S. forces to launch
Johannesburg - South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the hospital in the capital, Pretoria. President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Sunday that former President Mandela remains in critical condition and was sent to his Johannesburg home early Sunday, where he would continue to get intensive care. Mandela’s condition sometimes is unstable, the statement said. The anti-apartheid leader had been hospitalized since June 8 for what the government has described as a recurring lung infection. “His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care
In his Saturday Playbook email, Politico’s Mike Allen defended GOP establishment Senators like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander and others facing Tea Party challengers as up against nothing more than an “expensive headache” they will defeat. Allen, a denizen of D.C. political establishment, highlighted two news stories to make his point: One from the New York Times, and the other from the Associated Press. The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauser reported with Jonathan Weisman on the front page of the Gray Lady on Saturday that “[d]espite their careful efforts, some of the best-known and most influential Republicans in
This week the United Kingdom, with the support of the U.S. and France, scrambled — in vain — to get the approval of the United Nations Security Council for a military strike on Syria.I can certainly understand why some see this as a legal or political necessity. International law says that nations should seek approval of the Security Council before attacking other nations. That means if the United States attacks Syria without U.N. approval, President Obama will open himself to the charge from the left of being even more of an international war criminal than George W. Bush, who at
One of the bravest, dependable, loyal to America and innovative sheriffs in the country is under heavy attack from anti-American forces mentioned in the heading shown above as they try to bring him to his knees and strip him of his authority. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, State of Arizona explained in an online article published on Thursday, August 22, 2013 titled, “This Is Outrageous” in which he lays blame for most of the anti-American statements in the public domain on loose and porous borders and a lack of enforcement of existing laws for illegally crossing the border.
From the beginning, the national media was informed of the case primarily from the vantage point of Martin´s family and their supporters. Trayvon´s parents were terribly upset that Zimmerman was not detained and charged after having originally been taken into custody for questioning. They were unhappy over the refusal to immediately charge Zimmerman with killing their son. They never accepted that self-defense was justified since their son was unarmed and Zimmerman was carrying a gun. This is something they have held onto from the night he was shot, through the trial, and probably will for the rest of their lives.
This past week there was a commemoration on the 50th anniversary of what was then called the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" and which is now referred to more simply but incorrectly as "the March on Washington." To many of us, the commemoration, which drew about one fifth of the estimated crowd, was a reminder of how low the present civil rights movement has fallen in our esteem in these five decades; how much of a left wing anti-Republican Democratic myth-generating operation it is and how necessary it is for its organizers to undermine the very tenets of
Obama has surrendered. (Snip) The old omnipotent President Obama, able to make the seas fall, the child of the world uniquely equipped to build bridges everywhere, answerable only to himself, is gone. As America’s leader the old Obama handed Syria, Russia and Iran and huge victory. Gave it to them on a platter with his vaunting, invincible stupidity. In the process, not only has he shot America in the foot on the world stage but he will have emboldened the Ayatollahs to forge ahead with their nuclear ambitions. (Snip) He has also destroyed himself.
When a previous prime minister passed the baton of decision-making on war and military intervention from 10 Downing Street to Parliament, he committed his successors to a tortuous path over which he or she might have limited control. Last week, David Cameron trod that path with commendable conviction but unwise haste. Parliament, with an ear to the high street, stopped him in his tracks. Were this not such a serious matter, it could have been passed off as another quiet August news story, but the consequences are profound not just for the Prime Minister but for the United Kingdom and
Analysis by The Sunday Telegraph shows that the authorities have investigated more than 700 cases of sensitive data being obtained illegally from organisations such as mobile telephone companies, councils and the NHS in the last five years. The cases cover the details of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and include instances where confidential medical information was stolen from official databases. In some cases the personal information was sold on to marketing firms, providing leads for Britain’s burgeoning cold-calling industry. Many records were stolen by employees seeking a profit, while in other cases, staff used the data in personal feuds.
Admiral Mohab Mamish confirmed that "a terrorist" had launched the attack against a Panamanian-flagged ship, adding in a statement that "the attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried". The statement gave no details of the nature of the attempt at 1230 GMT Saturday, but sources said they heard loud explosions from the container ship which had been passing through the canal. The Egyptian army gave the order for heightened security measures at the strategic sea route. The Suez Canal dealt with a normal volume of 45 boats on Saturday with another 55 expected to
Trenton — Two city police officers were injured in a street brawl tonight that erupted when West Ward residents turned on them after the officers had arrested two girls for fighting, two police sources told The Times. The sources, who did not speak on the record because they were not authorized to give out information, said Officer Walter Rivera received a dislocated ring finger and Officer Herbert Flowers a dislocated knee during the melee, where a radio call for help for Flowers brought every available officer in the city to their aid. Rivera and Flowers were in the hospital last night
Newark — A woman was fatally stabbed and a man was shot and killed in unrelated homicides in the city’s Central Ward this afternoon, the sixth and seventh killings of what authorities are calling the city’s deadliest week so far this year, said Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor´s Office. Authorities first responded to 25 Parkhurst St. about 2:40 p.m., where they found Ebony Martin, 24, and a second female stabbed outside. Both women were transported to University Hospital in the city where Martin was pronounced dead on arrival. The second woman, who was not identified
There may be no official rule book for being a liberal, but that doesn´t mean there aren´t rules. There are actually quite a few rules liberals go by and the more politically active liberals become, the more rigidly they tend to stick to their own code of behavior. These rules, most of which are unspoken, are passed along culturally on the Left and viciously enforced. Ironically, many liberals could not explain these rules to you and don´t even consciously know they´re following them. So, by reading this article, not only will you gain a better understanding of liberals, you´ll know
ORLANDO —For the second day in a row Saturday, a rising Republican star was interrupted while speaking to the crowd of conservative activists at the Americans For Prosperity conference here. But while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had to contend with a few hecklers who criticized his immigration stance on Friday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz paused near the end of his remarks Saturday while the crowd of about 1,500 chanted, “Run, Ted, run!” Cruz, one of four potential 2016 presidential candidates to speak to the two-day gathering, got by far the most enthusiastic response from the limited-government, free-market group.
President Obama put the Syria decision in Congress’s hands Saturday, but lawmakers — who had begged for a voice in the decision — seemed in no rush to return to Washington to make it. House Republican leaders said they’ll wait until the end of their five-week summer vacation, which is scheduled to last another week, before coming back to Washington to take up a resolution authorizing the president to strike at President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The GOP leaders said the intervening week will give Mr. Obama the chance to make a stronger case than he has laid out so far. “We
President Obama’s announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional approval for a possible attack on Syria sets the stage for the most tumultuous foreign policy debate on Capitol Hill in more than a decade. And already, an unlikely alliance between tea party conservatives and veteran liberal doves, as well as the memory of the Iraq war debate, has cast doubt on whether the president can mobilize enough support in the country and in Congress to persuade lawmakers to approve even a limited attack in Syria. After Obama’s decision Saturday to seek congressional approval for the military action, House and Senate
After the guns of World War I fell silent, the world’s nations convened in Geneva to outlaw for the first time an entire class of weapons. Barely 1 percent of the war’s battlefield deaths had come from toxic chemicals, yet these had evoked greater horror than the blast wounds, shrapnel and bullets that killed millions more. Nearly a century later, images of another chemical-weapons attack are stirring some Western capitals into action, this time over the alleged gassing of thousands of Syrian civilians by their government. Now, as then, the toll of dead and injured is relatively small, roughly equal
The UK’s intelligence-gathering assets based in the Mediterranean are to provide the US military with information, as it prepares to carry out cruise missiles strikes against President Bashar al-Assad. Whitehall sources said Britain’s decision not to take part in attacks punishing the regime for using chemical weapons only covered its Armed Forces, and the sharing of intelligence would continue. GCHQ’s powerful eavesdropping facilities on Cyprus, around only 100 miles from the Syrian coast, are expected to play a key role in intelligence gathering for military action. [Snip] Washington pays for half its costs and in return has a say in
BEIRUT — Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad expressed anger on Saturday that President Obama had apparently decided against an imminent strike in Syria, saying that failure to act after the threats that have been made would embolden Assad’s government. After Obama announced that he would seek congressional approval for any attack on Syria, deferring any possible military action for at least 10 days, rebel fighters predicted that Assad loyalists would seek to use the delay to escalate attacks on rebel strongholds. “Assad has been given the green light by the international community,” said Musab Abu Qatada of the Damascus
As you probably know by now, President Obama is going to seek the blessing of Congress for military action in Syria. The reason I think Obama is taking this route is because he’s getting cold feet because of the cold shoulder from the British Parliament, the Arab League and the UN. It’s true that French President Francois Hollande backs military action in Syria, but now he’s hedging his bets and is now awaiting the results of the Congressional vote. As I have argued previously, I am not convinced Obama is going to attack Syria. If he was then missiles would
You won´t be reading this in many places, but here goes. Parliament´s rejection of military action in Syria has been good for David Cameron and bad for Ed Miliband. More to the point, it has been good for our standing in the world. Good for David Cameron? How can I possibly say such a thing? Hasn´t he just been "undermined", "fatally weakened", "given a bloody nose" and subjected to every other journalistic cliché? The newspapers assure us so: for 72 hours, headlines have reflected the Westminster obsession with which party is "having a good day". But entertain the possibility that
If the US loses its sense of historic purpose, then what is it? Just a place to go to get rich? There is only one winner in the ongoing shambles of the West’s policy on Syria, and it is not Bashar al-Assad. Mr Assad and his regime are now locked into the familiar slow suicide march of the modern dictatorship which ends eventually in execution or exile. [Snip] No, the grand-slam, record-breaking, knock-out winner of the past week has been Vladimir Putin, who graciously thanked the British Parliament on Friday for its support in his quest for global domination. Surely