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AUSTRAILIA
TELEGRAPH:Needles found in supermarket grapes in Australia months after strawberry scandal
Police are investigating after Shams Alsubaiy and her partner Mr Skender Hasa told 9News in Melbourne that Ms Alsubaiy had pricked herself whilst picking up a green seedless grape.  
When they cut the grapes open the couple found two needles hidden inside the bunch bought at a supermarket. 
The incident is the latest case of supermarket fruit contamination in Australia, following hundreds of cases of needles found in strawberries in September 2018.  
In November, a 50-year-old woman who had previously worked on a strawberry farm, was charged with seven counts of contamination. It is believed that many other cases were copycat actions. 
A young boy who had admitted to hiding sewing needles inside strawberries as a prank was also arrested by New South Wales police. 
Contaminated strawberries were first traced to one supplier in the northern state of Queensland, before reports of similar cases across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/02/needles-found-supermarket-grapes-australia-months-strawberry/

SMH:Four large sharks caught on the NSW Mid North Coast
Four large sharks have been caught on the NSW Mid North Coast, on a stretch of river popular with water skiers.
Commercial fisherman Billy Brislane said he caught the four large sharks and one smaller one on a set line at the mouth of the Macleay River on Monday.
The largest shark measured 3.5 metres long and the smallest 1.7 metres.
Mr Brislane cut open the sharks and found a number of other animals in their stomachs.

“The sharks must have been very hungry as there [were] baby sharks, dolphin and stingray in their stomachs,” Mr Brisland said.

Other details in the article and could only happen in Australia
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/four-large-sharks-caught-on-the-nsw-mid-north-coast-20190101-p50p57.html

SMH: ‘Extremely contagious’: Child becomes third case of measles in Sydney
A child has become the third person diagnosed with measles in Sydney in five days, as health authorities warn the public to watch for symptoms of the highly infectious disease.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/extremely-contagious-second-case-of-measles-in-sydney-20190102-p50pah.html

CHINA
SMH:Taiwan ‘must and will’ be reunited with the mainland says Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping has insisted that mainland China and Taiwan be united into one nation in the clearest sign yet that he wants to settle the 70-year dispute during his tenure.
“China must and will be united, which is an inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” Xi told a gathering in Beijing to mark the 40th anniversary of a landmark Beijing overture to Taipei after the US and China established relations.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/taiwan-must-and-will-be-reunited-with-the-mainland-says-xi-jinping-20190102-p50p9b.html

US

COLLETIVE-EVOLUTION:Journalist Who Broke Story Of Mueller Deleting Text Messages Dies Mysteriously

She seemed unafraid to take on things that mattered, including breaking the hard-hitting piece DOJ Destroyed Missing Strzok/Page Text Messages Before The IG Could Review Them on December 13th, where, unlike the mainstream media who later focused on the idea that there was ‘no evidence’ that these text messages were deliberately destroyed, Payton leaned towards the conclusion that there was criminal intent in these deletions, a notion supported by Donald Trump.
And then she died suddenly on Friday in San Diego. She was 26.
https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/01/02/journalist-who-broke-story-of-mueller-deleting-text-messages-dies-mysteriously/

NYPOST:Black Lawmakers’ Charity Didn’t Give Out A Single Scholarship, Top Pols Hide Financials
CAMPUS POLITICS organization, run by black lawmakers in New York, is intended to give scholarships to underprivileged youth. They spent money on food and limos instead.
https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/legislators-spent-big-on-lavish-fundraisers-but-gave-no-grants-to-students/

CHICAGO
TRIB: Lawsuit filed in Cook County claims negligence by Boeing in Lion Air crash in Java Sea that killed 189

The wrongful death suit was filed in Cook County on Dec. 24 in the name of passenger Sudibyo Onggo Wardoyo, 40, of Jakarta, Indonesia, who was killed in the crash. It was filed on behalf of his parents and three siblings.
The suit alleges that the sensors on Boeing’s 737 MAX provided inaccurate data to its flight control system, causing its anti-stall system to improperly engage, leading the plane to crash after taking off from Jakarta on Oct. 29.
The suit also claims that Boeing failed to provide adequate instructions to pilots on how to respond to and disengage the anti-stall system.

Black box flight data showed that the anti-stall system, designed to keep a plane from flying up at too high an angle, repeatedly forced the nose of the plane down while pilots were trying to keep it up, Indonesian authorities said. A similar thing happened on the plane’s previous flight before the crash, but pilots were able to overcome the problem, according to Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee.

Who was negligent again?

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-lawsuit-blames-boeing-for-lion-air-crash-20181228-story.html

DC
FOX5: Gunshot that killed Marine at Southeast DC barracks was not self-inflicted, officials say
DC police source tells [reporter] Marine shot and killed at the barracks this morning appears to have been shot by accident. Happened during shift change when weapons are supposed to be unloaded before being passed to next shift. Appears that didn’t happen.
http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/marine-barracks-shooting

WTOP:DC sees more gun violence, deadlier shootings in 2018
In D.C., 160 people died by homicide in 2018, up from 116 in 2017 — a spike of about 40 percent. These numbers from WAPO and includes 12 deaths from previous years that police only recently deemed as homicides.
Adjusting for that sneaky move the “spike” is 28%.
https://wtop.com/dc/2019/01/2018-homicides-in-the-district-increased-while-the-murder-rate-in-other-parts-of-our-region-went-down/

UK

DAILYMAIL: Bristol University student, 22, becomes second climber to die on Ben Nevis in two weeks after she plunged 500ft in horror New Year’s Day fall
A Bristol University student has died after a 500ft ‘horrific’ fall down Ben Nevis on New Year’s Day – the second death there in a fortnight, it was revealed today. 
The female climber, 22, who has not yet been named, was on the Ridge Route between the summit of neighbouring Carn Dearg and Ben Nevis on a climb with three others. 
But at around 3300ft up she slipped on ice and fell down the mountain to her death.
Her friends, also studying at Bristol University, were stuck on the ridge above and later helped down by a mountain rescue team. 
Cardiff University student Patrick Boothroyd, 21, died on Britain’s tallest mountain in December after tumbling 1,500ft when a ledge of snow collapsed, but his friend Leo Grabowski miraculously survived.
Describing today’s tragedy John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, said: ‘We got called out about 10.30am. The woman had a big fall on very steep ground – around 500ft I would say. ‘The rocks are very icy at the moment and where she slipped there was an almost vertical drop.
‘There is not much snow just now, but it’s very cold and icy and there is a lot of black ice about.
‘It was actually a very nice day and the climbing conditions were good but difficult because of the ice.
‘The helicopter airlifted the three people she was with, one female and two male I think, away as they were also stuck in the ridge.
‘It has been a very quiet two months for us but unfortunately the only two call outs we have had have been fatalities.
‘It is hard to say but she would have stood little or no chance. It is a very rocky drop too. She would have gone straight down. It would have been a horrific fall to happen where it did.

DENMARK

TELEGRAPH:Six killed as passenger train ‘hit by objects’ from beer freight train in Denmark
Six people have been killed and 16 injured in Denmark after a high-speed passenger train was hit by part of a passing freight train, Danish police confirmed on Wednesday. 
Investigators suspect an empty wagon on a train carrying Carlsberg beer was blown into the passenger train as it crossed the Great Belt Fixed Link between Zealand and Fyn, Denmark’s two largest islands. 
“One can see that a wagon has been overturned or blown from the freight train and into the InterCity train,” Bo Haaning, from Denmark’s Accident Investigation Board said at the press conference shortly after 12pm.  “Whether it hit the train in the front or on the side, we don’t know.” 
At the same conference, Lars Bræmhøj, chief inspector of the Fyn police, confirmed earlier reports on the number of dead and wounded.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/02/six-killed-passenger-train-hit-objects-freight-train/

RUSSIA
DAILY MAIL:Russian tower block collapse was a TERROR ATTACK, officials fear, as special services kill three ‘terrorists’ in gun battle overnight following a car explosion in the city

Three suspected terrorists have been killed in Russia overnight amid fears a deadly tower block collapse in the same city was the result of an attack.
Nineteen have been confirmed dead but dozens more bodies are thought to be under the rubble of the building in Magnitogorsk after a New Year’s Eve explosion that was originally considered to have been caused by a gas leak.
There are now reports – denied by officials – that an explosive has been found in the ruins. Another report claimed the apartment where the ‘gas blast’ was suspected to have had its epicentre had been rented by a man from ex-Soviet republic Tajikistan.
Overnight, a small Gazel ‘minivan’ exploded in a fireball at 1am local time (8pm GMT) in the centre of Magnitogorsk. Witnesses then heard repeated shooting with the dramatic scene caught on videos.
A report said that three suspected terrorists died in the Gazel and that one had escaped and was on the run in the industrial city.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6546365/Russian-tower-block-collapse-TERROR-ATTACK-officials-fear-three-terrorists-killed.html

RT:Top 5 countries opting to ditch US dollar & the reasons behind their move
China
India
Turkey
Iran
Russia
https://www.rt.com/business/447915-top-states-ditching-dollar/

VIETNAM

Vietnam criticised for ‘totalitarian’ law banning online criticism of government
The law, which mirrors China’s draconian internet rules, came into effect on 1 January and forces internet providers to censor content deemed “toxic” by the ruling communist government. Vietnam’s ministry of public security said it will tackle “hostile and reactionary forces”, but human rights groups said it was authorities’ latest method of silencing free speech.
The Vietnam government has intensified a crackdown on criticism since 2016, jailing dozens of dissidents. Spreading information deemed to be anti-government or anti-state online is now illegal in the country, as is using the internet to “post false information that could cause confusion and damage to socio-economic activities”.
Last week, the country’s Association of Journalists published a code of conduct banning reporters from posting information that could “run counter” to the state on social media. Daniel Bastard of Reporters Without Borders called the measures “a totalitarian model of information control”.
The government has asked Facebook and Google to open offices in Vietnam, and to agree to comply with the new censorship and user data rules. Hanoi claimed that Google has put steps in place to open a base in the country, although the search engine has not confirmed this. In response to the new law, Facebook said it would protect users’ rights and safety.

This coming from the Guardian which is under similar constraints as the UK is currently under the EU’s increasingly rules.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/vietnam-criticised-for-totalitarian-law-banning-online-criticism-of-government

SPORTS

NYPOST: Tom Brady bet on himself this season and lost big.
As part of a series of team-friendly deals the three-time MVP has taken from the Patriots, Brady had $5 million in performance bonuses built into his contract for 2018, and he will receive exactly none of that money.
Brady was in line to receive $1 million for finishing in the top five in the league in each of passer rating, completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown passes and passing yards, according to contract data from Spotrac.com. He failed to accomplish any of those.
The closest he got was finishing seventh in passing yards (4,355). He also finished 10th in touchdown passes (29) but was outside the top 10 in the other three categories.
The 41-year-old quarterback appeared to be showing signs of wear and tear this season from his now 19 years in the league, but he still earned his 10th straight Pro Bowl selection and 14th overall. He also led the Patriots to the AFC East title, a second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye.
So, all told, Brady still made out all right in 2018, not to mention the $15 million he was due anyway.

https://nypost.com/2019/01/01/tom-brady-overestimated-himself-and-lost-5-million/

Solar Weather
SFI 73
2m-6m, Aurora Band Closed
80m-40m Good/good
30m-20m Fair/Fair
12m-10m Poor

Financial

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