Stories for January 2011

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 21:35 UTC

Microsoft helicopter in emergency water landing in Ushuaia

Octopus helicopter was going to pick up Paul Allen from the local airport

A helicopter from a huge luxury yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, made an emergency water landing in the extreme south of Argentina on Monday, but neither Allen nor Bill Gates were on board.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 21:30 UTC

FAO, IMF anticipate more civil unrest and protests because of soaring food prices

Ratna Sahay deputy director of IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department

North Africa and Middle East civil unrest can be expected to spread to several other countries if as anticipated the FAO Food Prices Index for January 2011 confirms the December 2010 tendency when the “basket” of food staples reached a new peak.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 21:21 UTC

Fisheries, aquaculture support livelihoods of 8% of world population, says FAO

About 32% of world fish stocks are estimated to be over-exploited or depleted

The contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of about 17 kg per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15% of their average animal protein intake.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 21:11 UTC

Foot ad Mouth disease alert extended to East Asia; Korea outbreak worst in half a century

Juan Lubroth, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer.

FAO has called for veterinary and border control authorities in Asia to be on alert for animals showing signs of infection by Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), following an unprecedented outbreak of the livestock-affecting sickness in South Korea.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 21:00 UTC

Future cars will not obey drivers with high blood alcohol level

An estimated 9.000 alcohol related fatalities occur annually in the US

Future technology may put the brakes on drunk drivers and save many lives as researchers in the United States are developing a system that will prevent a car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 20:48 UTC

Loss of Antarctic glacial ice expected to trigger changes in ocean circulation patterns

Steve Rintoul, oceanographer with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Australia

The loss of a massive “tongue” of glacial ice on the Antarctic coast — a natural protective barrier nearly the size of Luxembourg (2.500 square kilometers) — could affect ocean circulation patterns and anticipate changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 20:41 UTC

Paraguay supports Colombia’s bid to join Mercosur

Foreign Affairs minister Lacognata: thumbs up for an expanding Mercosur

Colombia’s request to formally join Mercosur will be addressed during the group’s next summit to be held in Paraguay June 24th, revealed Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 01:40 UTC

Tourists Leaving Egypt as Tourism Hit Hard

The United States and Turkey on Sunday offered to evacuate people wanting to leave Egypt where violent protests have taken place.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 01:24 UTC

Ways Round Egyptian Internet Crackdown Found

“Internet not working, police cars burning,” sent out one Egyptian. “Today marks a great day for Egypt,” sent out another.

Sunday, January 30th 2011 - 23:58 UTC

Explosion at Venezuelan Arms Depot Kills One

Flames engulf the military depot at Maracay following a series of explosions. (Photo AFP)

At least one person was killed and three others injured in northern Venezuela on Sunday when a series of powerful explosions shook an arms depot, officials said.

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