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Queen celebrates 88th birthday as David Bailey photograph is released

queenA black and white portrait of the Queen has been released by David Bailey to celebrate her 88th birthday today.

The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II smiling will be used in activity to support the campaign, which aims to highlight Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.

In the image the monarch is dressed in pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002. Continue reading

Huge great white, known as ‘Joan of Shark,’ closes Australian beach

White_shark16-foot-long great white shark recently closed beaches in Albany, West Australia, where public debate still rages over the state government’s shark-culling policies.

Researchers believe “Joan of Shark,” as the locals call her, swam close to shore in search of a distressed whale calf. In a widely circulated photo, scientists fitted her with an electronic tag to track her movements.

Mark Kleeman, of West Australia’s Department of Fisheries, told the ABC that authorities had put the shark to sleep before tagging it. Continue reading

We should give up trying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock

james-lovelockSaving the planet from climate change is ‘beyond our ability’ and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming, a leading scientist has claimed

James Lovelock, who first detected CFCs in the atmosphere and proposed the Gaia hypotheses, claims society should retreat to ‘climate-controlled cities’ and give up on large expanses of land which will become inhabitable.

Lovelock, who has just published his latest book A Rough Ride To The Future, claims we should be ‘strengthening our defences and making a sustainable retreat.’ Continue reading

Searchers Hear Signals Consistent With Missing Plane’s Black Boxes

malaysia-plane-missingAustralian officials said a navy ship has detected new signals “consistent” with the black box data recorders of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

Search chief Angus Houston told reporters Monday in Perth the development during the past day is the “most promising lead” so far in the search for the Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.

He emphasized that further confirmation is needed, which could take days, but he described the information picked up by the U.S. Navy ping detector as “very encouraging.”

Houston said the detector towed by the Australian ship Ocean Shield had contact that lasted two hours and 20 minutes, followed by another contact of 13 minutes. He said this would be Continue reading

Chile hit by 7.6-magnitude earthquake aftershock

chile-earthquakeA powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late yesterday in the wake of the fatal major quake on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighbouring Peru was called off.

It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed the 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the same region on Tuesday.

Chile’s emergency office Onemi said there were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the latest quake. Continue reading

South Korea fires shells into North Korean waters

North Korea, South KoreaSouth Korea has fired shells into North Korean waters after shots from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals’ disputed western sea boundary.

The artillery exchange comes just days after Kim Jong Un’s reclusive nation threatened to launch a ‘new form’ of nuclear power tests.

Residents on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, located in the battle-stricken Yellow Sea, were evacuated to shelters during the exchange.

No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, an official with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. He provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. Continue reading