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Scene of the accident in Macau which claimed the life of Luis Carreira (Imago)

Choi crashed his Chevrolet Cruze into a barrier while competing in the CTM Macau Touring Car Cup at the demanding street circuit.

He was cut free from the wreckage but later died in hospital.

Portuguese motorbike rider Luis Carreira (pictured) was killed in an accident on Thursday.

Carreira, an experienced Isle of Man TT rider, came off his Suzuki at a sharp corner and his bike burst into flames.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead 20 minutes after arrival.

Meanwhile, Italian rider Stefano Bonetti remains in hospital after suffering multiple fractures in another crash.

“I don’t think there is any question about the track, it has existed as it is for 60 years,” said Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix committee, who added that none of the weekend’s remaining events would be cancelled.

Macau’s 3.8 mile street track features extremely long straights, tight bends and narrow roads.

Although before this week, only one competitor had died since 1994 when French motorbike rider Bruno Bonhuil was killed in 2005.

This is very tragic. What do you think of this? please leave a comment on what you think.

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A Californian teenager has survived falling into a rattlesnake pit where she was bitten six times.

Vera Oliphant, 16, inadvertently fell into the nest, in a rural area just outside San Diego, while searching for reception to phone her mother.

One adult and six baby rattlers bit her and their venom immediately took hold of her body.

She managed to make it to her uncle’s house nearby and he immediately drove her to hospital.

Speaking for the first time since the incident, she told ABC News she felt lucky to be alive.

“I was feeling numb and paralysed. I had black vision and I saw bubbles,” she said.

“It felt like needles were stabbing me… it burned so hard and it felt like a bomb just exploded in me. It’s really hard to describe.”

Vera went into anaphylactic shock twice and lost consciousness four times during the ordeal.

She says the fast reactions of her uncle and staff at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa saved her life.

Doctors there administered 24 does of anti-venom and kept her in intensive care for four days.

David Oliphant, the teenager’s father and also an occupational nurse, told ABC News: ”I am used to dealing with patients, but when it’s your own daughter it’s different”.

Vera is planning to return to school next week. She said the next time she has reception problems she will learn from this mistake.

“Be careful where you step,” she said. “If you don’t need to, just wait until you are somewhere that you can call people.”

Originally from uk.yahoo.com

when a snake bites you it injects venom to paralyze you. It also decomposes the joints so it can swallow. If you imagine something squirming around before a snake eating it it can cause such an injury for the snake. So when the snake injects the venom it can swallow the prey like a tube. Here is some more facts about the snake.

Did you know that over 8 thousand people are bitten by  poisonous snakes every year. This is in the united states. it is said that on average fewer than 10 snake bites cause death. This is not accurate because if someone was to get bitten and no one was around who would know about it? In fact more people die from bee and wasp stings than snake bites. even the non-fatal snake bites can cause a lot of pain and permanently damaged tissue.

I hope you enjoyed this little lesson on snakes. What do you think about all this?

 

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After several difficult weeks, Republican Mitt Romney found his footing on Wednesday night in a strong debate performance against Democratic President Barack Obama. The question is whether it is too late to make a difference.

Romney could see a burst of fundraising, new interest from undecided voters and a wave of support from his fellow Republicans after he appeared to have emerged as a clear victor in his first face-to-face confrontation with Obama. Romney likely will benefit from favourable news coverage as well.

Still, with the November 6 election little more than a month away, Romney is running out of time to seize the lead.

Voting has begun in some form or another in 35 states, and 6 percent of those have already cast their ballots, according to a Reuters/IPSOS poll released on Wednesday.

And while debates are among the most memorable events of any presidential campaign, there is little evidence that they can change the outcome of an election.

Obama may have underwhelmed, but he avoided the sort of disastrous performance that can cause backers to reassess their support.

“Nobody is going to switch sides on the basis of this debate,” said Samuel Popkin, a political science professor at the University of California at San Diego.

Standing on the same stage as the president for the first time, Romney took full advantage of the opportunity to convince voters that he is up to the task of leading the nation.

Speaking in crisp, bullet-pointed paragraphs, Romney came armed with a quiver of “zingers” built for a long afterlife on cable television and YouTube.

“You’re entitled to your own house and your own airplane, but not your own facts,” Romney told Obama at one point.

Obama, by contrast, looked unhappy to be on stage.

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His answers were meandering and professorial, laden with facts but short on vision. He argued that Romney’s tax and budget plans don’t add up, but he steered clear of other lines of attack that have proven effective.

“Romney won. The real surprise is that he won so clearly,” said Paul Sracic, a political science professor at Youngstown State University.

Voters seemed to agree.

Some 67 percent of those surveyed by CNN in a “flash poll” after the debate declared Romney the winner. Obama’s re-election prospects on Intrade, an online prediction market, fell from 74 percent to 66 percent.

Obama maintains an advantage in opinion polls. On Wednesday, he led Romney by 47 percent to 41 percent in the daily Reuters/IPSOS tracking poll, a margin that has held fairly steady since the middle of September.

Other polls have shown the race to be a little closer. Obama holds clear leads in most of the politically divided states that are likely to decide the election.

DEBATES HAVEN’T HAD MUCH OF AN IMPACT

Many pollsters expect Obama’s margin to shrink somewhat over the coming month, but debates rarely have much of an impact.

Opinion polls have shifted by an average of less than 1 percent in the wake of the 16 presidential debates that have taken place since 1988, according to research by Tom Holbrook, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

The biggest shift came in 2004, when Democratic challenger John Kerry gained 2.3 percent points on Republican President George W. Bush. Bush won the election.

People who have made up their minds to vote against Romney won’t change their minds no matter how presidential he looks in debates, said Popkin, author of “The Candidate: What it Takes to Win – And Hold – the White House.”

“If you think he’s a selfish person who’s out for the rich, you can still think he’s a confident, comfortable, genial executive who fires you with a smile,” he said.

And some voters may have been actually focusing on the words the two candidates said, rather than the manner in which they said them.

While Romney played down his conservative positions in an effort to reach out to centrist voters, Obama successfully emphasized themes like education and deficit reduction that appeal to this group, several observers said. His new emphasis on expanding opportunity, rather than ensuring fairness, also could help among the more ideologically moderate voters who have yet to make up their minds.

“Often voters are looking more for substance than for style,” said Dotty Lynch, a professor of communication at American University.

originally from uk.yahoo.com

what do you think about the election? are you voting for someone?

A section of the Parchin military facility in Iran is pictured in this August 22, 2012 DigitalGlobe handout satellite image. REUTERS/Courtesy DigitalGlobe/Handout

(Reuters) – Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium for several atomic bombs if refined to a high degree but it may still be a few years away from being able to build a nuclear-armed missile if it decided to go down that path.

Israel’s warning last week that Iran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon by mid-2013 seemed to refer to when it could have a sufficient stock of higher-grade uranium to make a quick dash to produce a bomb’s worth of weapon-grade material.

But, analysts say, Tehran would need time also for the technologically complicated task of fashioning highly refined uranium gas into a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a missile – if it opts for such weapons of mass destruction.

“If they haven’t worked out all the steps with dummy materials beforehand they will have a lot to do,” said a Vienna-based diplomat who is not from one of the six world powers involved in diplomacy over Iran’s disputed nuclear activity.

“Maybe they have all of the equipment ready. Maybe they have played with surrogate materials. I don’t think anyone knows.”

Experts stress that timeline estimates are fraught with uncertainty as it is unclear how advanced the Islamic Republic may be in its suspected nuclear bomb research.

“I still think that we are talking about several years … before Iran could develop a nuclear weapon and certainly before they could have a deliverable nuclear weapon,” said Shannon Kile, head of the Nuclear Weapons Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a think-tank.

Iran rejects suspicions of a covert quest for atomic bomb capability. But its refusal to curb nuclear work with both civilian and military applications, and its lack of openness with U.N. inspectors, have drawn tough Western sanctions.

A high-level group of U.S. security experts – including former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage – estimated that Iran would need between one and four months to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a single nuclear device.

“Additional time – up to two years, according to conservative estimates – would be required for Iran to build a nuclear warhead that would be reliably deliverable by a missile,” they said in a report published last month.

Mark Fitzpatrick, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think-tank, also said Iran would need at least two years for assembling a nuclear-tipped missile.

Senior researcher Greg Jones of the U.S.-based Nonproliferation Policy Education Center put forward a much quicker breakout scenario for any bomb bid and suggested a truck rather than a missile could be used for delivery to target.

Iran could refine uranium for a nuclear weapon in 10 weeks and produce the required non-nuclear components in six months or less, he said, adding this could be done simultaneously.

NO BREAKOUT WITH JUST ONE BOMB?

But the IISS argued in a report last year that the weaponisation time must be added to that required to produce the fissile material to calculate when a usable bomb could be made.

Making the actual weapon entails converting uranium gas to metal, designing a nuclear triggering device and the production and fitting of spherical explosive lenses, it said.

The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last year published a report with a trove of intelligence indicating past, and some possibly continuing, research activities in Iran that could be relevant for nuclear weapons.

They included suspected high explosive experiments and possible work on designing a device to produce a burst of neutrons for setting off a fission chain reaction.

“The information indicates that prior to the end of 2003 the activities took place under a structured program; that some continued after 2003; and that some may still be ongoing,” the IAEA said in its latest report on Iran, issued in late August.

Washington still believes that Iran is not on the verge of having a nuclear bomb and that it has not made a decision to pursue one, U.S. officials said in August.

Israel, believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, has threatened military action to stop Iran obtaining such weaponry, although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week signaled any attack was not on the cards this year.

In a speech at the annual United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Netanyahu drew a “red line” on a cartoon bomb just below a label in which Iran was 90 percent along the path to having sufficient weapons-grade material.

Experts put that at the point when Iran has amassed enough uranium, purified to a fissile level of 20 percent, that could quickly be enriched further and be used to produce a bomb.

Iran has produced more than 6.8 tonnes of uranium refined up to 5 percent since 2007, an amount experts say could be used for about five nuclear weapons if processed much further.

Worryingly for the West and Israel, some of that material has been refined to 20 percent, representing most of the effort involved in reaching potential bomb material.

According to the latest IAEA report, Iran has produced about 190 kg of this higher-grade uranium, about half of which has been earmarked for conversion into research reactor fuel, leaving a stockpile in August of just over 90 kg.

Traditionally, about 250 kg is estimated to be needed for a bomb, but some believe less would do.

“It is widely known that even a first device can be made with much less,” the diplomat in Vienna said. But, “no one breaks out to make one warhead. Estimates vary but most think three to five warheads is a minimum to be a real nuclear power.”

An Israeli official briefed on the Netanyahu government’s Iran strategy told Reuters: “Once Iran gets its first device, no matter how rudimentary, it’s a nuclear power and a nuclear menace. With that said, we have always noted that, from this threshold, it would take Iran another two years or so to make a deployable warhead.”

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what do you think of this? personally i can’t just see why everyone can’t just get along!

Sanctions against Iran are making their impact, on the innocent working-class people of Iran–and the destruction of the currency may be getting a boost from the CIA.

International trade is dying and the currency is in free fall. It fell 17% this morning. The rial has lost more than 80 percent of its value since the start of the year.

I am also hearing that the CIA may be pumping newly (CIA printed) rial into the country in an effort to destabilize the country through hyper-inflation. The Fed may think money printing boosts an economy, but the CIA knows what it really does.

Ordinary Iranians are increasingly struggling with the resulting inflation, which was officially put at 23 percent even before the latest plunge of the rial.

“Prices are rising every day and it just doesn’t stop,” said Khosro, a retiree who gave only his first name. He was forced to work as a taxi driver to boost his diminishing pension, he said.

Even locally made products were becoming more costly in Iran’s supermarkets.
“The price of my toothpaste, a foreign brand, has tripled in just a few months. Now, I’m buying an Iranian one, but it has also nearly doubled in price,” said Maryam, a young shopper.

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what do you think of this? is Iran in a mess?

A tropical storm is sweeping across central Japan with high speed winds and torrential downpours.

As a typhoon, Jelawat has already sparked chaos in the south of the country, injuring more than 100 people, flipping vehicles and causing power cuts.

On Sunday morning it made landfall in the Aichi prefecture with less intensity, but winds of up to 112mph, and is currently moving up the main island Honshu and central areas.

The storm is expected to churn northeastwards, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

It warned high waves of up to 10 metres (33ft) could hit islands and the Pacific coast near Tokyo, while up to 50cm (20ins) of rain is expected in some areas in the next 24 hours.

More than 2,000 people in the central Mie prefecture have been told to evacuate their homes, while residents in the capital have been urged to stay indoors, although Jelawat is not now expected to pass through the city.

Dozens of high-speed train services have been suspended across the country and some 500 flights cancelled.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: “It is not a typhoon anymore. As it hit mainland Japan a few hours back it became a tropical storm … but it is still bringing some torrential downpours of rain … so flooding still possible and landslides.

“There will still be a lot of damage as it moves through the country, even though it is losing its intensity.”

On Saturday, violent winds battered Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, overturning cars and lorries, uprooting trees and ripping open shop fronts.

A 29-year-old man was swept away by high waves when the typhoon hit Okinawa and was later confirmed dead, according to national network NHK.

One person lost a finger after a door slammed shut on it due to strong winds, the public broadcaster said.

More than 300,000 homes have also been left without electricity.

originally from uk.yahoo.com

this is crazy. i cannot believe this!!! what do you think?