Tokyo races against quake that will shake world on “X” day

•April 30, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-26/tokyo-races-against-quake-that-will-shake-the-world-on-x-day

There’s nothing comical about this manga comic: office building windows shatter, trains derail and cars plunge from buckling bridges. It all happens at 4:35 p.m. on a day dubbed “Tokyo’s X Day.”

This catastrophic scenario is depicted in a 300-page book on earthquake preparedness published by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The book, which includes tips on how to make fly traps to rid evacuation centers of the pests, begins with a weighty warning: Experts say there’s a 70 percent chance of a quake directly hitting the greater Tokyo area, home to 36 million people, within the next three decades.

“It’s a race between us and the earthquake. And if we don’t win it we won’t be able to protect the capital,” said Professor Satoshi Fujii of Kyoto University, a special adviser on disaster preparation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet.

Preparations for the Big One in Tokyo have taken on more urgency this month after two devastating temblors struck in southern Japan, exposing weaknesses in the nation’s readiness for such disasters. Lying on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines crisscrossing the Pacific Basin, Japan is a nation of quakes, up to 2,000 per year, with densely populated cities. This combination puts thousands of people at risk of losing their lives in a major calamity that could strike at any time.

On April 14, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southernmost of Japan’s main islands, sustained the biggest quake in the country since the March 2011 disaster that killed around 16,000 people in northern Tohoku. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5, was followed some 28 hours later by another registering a magnitude of 7.3. This kind of double strike hadn’t been foreseen by experts, according to Fujii.

The government should immediately inspect official buildings used as disaster command posts after some in Kumamoto were put out of action, he said in an interview. “Once and for all, we have to take action on the basis this thing is coming,” Fujii said. Earthquakes are occurring at a pace of more than one every 10 minutes in Japan during some hours as tremors still rattle the island of Kyushu, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

There are educated guesses as to how such a disaster might play out. A magnitude 7 earthquake occurring directly under greater Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis, is a “highly imminent scenario” that may result in as many as 23,000 fatalities and 95 trillion yen ($856 billion) in economic damage, according to the cabinet office’s Disaster Management in Japan white paper for 2015.

The government is aiming to reduce that number by half by reinforcing more houses, preventing fires and attempting to lessen population densities in areas at most risk from an earthquake.

An even more devastating vision assumes a triple-earthquake combined with a massive tsunami that would swallow a large swathe of Japan’s Pacific coast, with damage reaching as far as Tokyo. That might leave as many as 323,000 people dead and result in economic damage of 214 trillion yen, according to the cabinet office. The probability of such a scenario is “extremely small,” but the panel decided to publicize it in order to share lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, according to a final report three years ago.

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to be honest..there wont be much anyone can do if they get the big one..parts of the island will just fall into the ocean..

“Experts say there’s a 70 percent chance of a quake directly hitting the greater Tokyo area, home to 36 million people, within the next three decades.”

but the government can protect you!

“It’s a race between us and the earthquake. And if we don’t win it we won’t be able to protect the capital,”

i know who wins that race..

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Zuckerberg gains $4 billion to become world’s sixth richest person

•April 30, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/04/27/mark-zuckerberg-gains-4-billion-to-become-worlds-sixth-richest-person-ahead-of-larry-ellison/#6ae8cd6c75be

The market’s positive response to Facebookstrong first quarter earnings report has made the social media giant’s CEO $4.2 billion richer in after-hours trading. Mark Zuckerberg is now the sixth richest person in the world with fortune that Forbes estimates is $51.7 billion, surpassing Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison by nearly $2 billion as of 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

On Wednesday, Facebook stock jumped nearly 10% in after-hours trading, after the company announced that its revenue and earnings had beat analysts’ expectations again for the first quarter of 2016, following a record fourth quarter. Revenue for the first quarter was $5.38 billion, above the $5.26 billion analysts predicted, with mobile advertising continuing to drive overall revenue. Facebook’s net income was $1.51 billion, up 195% from last year’s first quarter.

Zuckerberg, Ellison and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are all solidly in the ranks of the world’s top ten richest people, but have switched between fifth, sixth and seventh place this year as their companies’ stocks have risen and fallen. These three billionaires, who hold the majority of their fortunes in their respective company’s stock, can gain or lose billions of dollars in just minutes of after-hours trading after quarterly earnings reports. That’s often enough to unseat another billionaire, as Zuckerberg did today, regaining his spot as the world’s sixth richest person. He’s less than $2 billion behind Bezos, who holds the spot as the world’s fifth richest person. Forbes updates all billionaire net worths throughout trading hours daily in our Forbes Real Time Rankings.

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“strong first quarter earnings report has made the social media giant’s CEO $4.2 billion richer in after-hours trading.”

thats probably in about 10 minutes..its obscene..and he tells us how to live..he has no idea how we live..

the rich get richer and the poor get the picture..

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Comcast in talks to buy DreamWorks animation for $3 billion-plus

•April 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comcast-talks-buy-dreamworks-animation-888070

Jeffrey Katzenberg might have finally found a buyer for his DreamWorks Animation.

The animation company is in talks with Comcast to be sold for more than $3 billion, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Tuesday. DWA declined to comment on the report and a spokesperson for NBC Universal/Comcast did not respond.

The move, which the Journal characterized as not being close to final, would provide Katzenberg, CEO of the animation company, with a strong buyer after years of searching. A $3 billion deal would be well above the current market value of $2.3 billion of DreamWorks Animation. Katzenberg previously was in talks with Japan’s Softbank and has courted everyone from 20th Century Fox to various Chinese companies.

DWA was formed in 1997 under parent company DreamWorks, which was created five years earlier by founded by Katzenberg, Stephen Spielberg, David Geffen and  Katzenberg. The animation studio was spun off as a separate company in 2004, with Katzenberg at the helm, and in 2006, it entered into a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, which lasted until 2013, when DWA moved its distribution deal to 20th Century Fox, where it runs through the end of 2017.

News of the proposed deal comes several months after Spielberg’s reinvigorated DreamWorks Studios — now called Amblin Partners — signed a sweeping distribution deal with Comcast’s Universal Pictures.

Buying DWA would give Universal two of Hollywood’s leading animation studios, since it already owns Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment, home of the blockbuster Minions franchise. With both DWA and Illumination in-house, Universal could challenge Disney’s animation powerhouse combination of Pixar and Disney Animation. On the flip side, by adding DWA to its fold, Universal would have two animation studios competing for coveted release slots.

Katzenberg has steered the Glendale film studio through a number of financial challenges during the past few years as he has worked to diversify the company. He formed a joint venture in 2012 with Chinese companies to build a Shanghai-based studio, Oreintal DreamWorks, which was involved in the company’s latest animated movie, Kung Fu Panda 3, which has grossed $504 million worldwide since its Jan. 29 relase. In 2013, DWA also bought the YouTube channel Awesomeness TV and signed a mutli-year deal to provide original content to Netflix.

Meanwhile, DWA has been in the process of transforming its film operations after a series of box-offlice disappointments, like Turbo and Penguins of Madagascar, weighed on its quarterly results. DWA responded by cutting 500 jobs last year, closed an animation studio in Redwood City, and put new executives in charge of the film studio.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Katzenberg

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clan of berg player in hollywood..or is that holy wood?

“DWA was formed in 1997 under parent company DreamWorks, which was created five years earlier by founded by Katzenberg, Stephen Spielberg, David Geffen and  Katzenberg. The animation studio was spun off as a separate company in 2004, with Katzenberg at the helm, and in 2006, it entered into a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, which lasted until 2013, when DWA moved its distribution deal to 20th Century Fox, where it runs through the end of 2017.”

spot the non jew..its a trick question..

money makes money if you bat for the right team..

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Beyonce invokes “urban terrorism” in a new music video?

•April 30, 2016 • 4 Comments

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http://www.infowars.com/beyonce-invokes-urban-terrorism-in-new-video/

Pop icon Beyonce invokes “urban terrorism” in a new music video which appears to rally people behind the notion of unprovoked violence.

In a video for “Hold up,” the controversial star – whom Obama once labeled a great “role model” for children – destroys businesses, smashes car windows and sets off explosions as kids cheer on in support.

The music star has previously been accused of using her songs, videos and performances as veiled encouragements of unlawful violence, with many asserting her latest super bowl half time show purposely portrayed police in a negative light.

Earlier this year, several law enforcement entities called on agencies across the country to boycott the star following release of the video for her song “Formation,” which some have called a “black power anthem and call to arms,” and its subsequent performance featuring militant Black Panthersat Super Bowl 50.

Beyond that, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z – along with NGOs chaired by billionaire Nazi collaborator George Soros – have been accused of helping fund the divisive “Black Lives Matter” movement, and affiliated groups which frequently encourage violence against police, white people and Trump supporters in general.

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its all acting anyway..i have seen many more suggestive or violent videos in my life..but she is a puppet..

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Qatar National Bank: Database leak gives data on al-Jazeera journalists and British “spies”

•April 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/qatar-national-bank-1-4gb-database-leak-gives-data-customers-journalists-spies-1556787

A 1.4GB trove of internal documents, files and sensitive financial data purporting to be from the Qatar National Bank (QNB) has been leaked online.

The massive data dump appears to contain hundreds of thousands of records including customer transaction logs, personal identification numbers and credit card data. Additionally, dozens of separate folders consist of information on everything from Al Jazeera journalists to what appears to be the Al-Thani Qatar Royal Family.

However, it is a folder listed as “SPY, Intelligence” that quickly catches the eye. Upon analysis, it contains a slew of records listed as Ministry of Defence, MI6 (the UK foreign intelligence service) and Qatar’s State Security Bureau, also known as “Mukhabarat”.

The MI6 file, which sits alongside similar documents reportedly holding information on Polish and French intelligence, opens up an in-depth report on an alleged agent. This includes names of close relations, phone numbers, social media accounts and credit card data. Furthermore, in one instance, a file marked “wife”, opens a photo showing a woman and two children.

There are roughly a dozen of these intelligence dossiers included in the Qatar data dump. However, this data is not likely to have been collated by the bank and remains unverified by IBTimes UK.

The alleged banking leak also openly lists a folder marked “Al Jazeera” that stores nearly 30 separate profiles alongside a Microsoft Excel file that holds more than 1,200 records – including national ID numbers, telephone numbers and home addresses. Much like the intelligence files, the Al Jazeera disclosure contains a number of entries labelled “SPY” and also includes images of the person alongside social accounts, banking data and passwords.

When contacted, multiple sources confirmed to IBTimes UK the data is legitimate.

On the customer-facing side, the data dump contains a number of folders that are likely to concern users. Some of the listed database spreadsheets are labelled: “Account Master”, “User Profile” and “Transactions” however, much like the rest of the contents, IBTimes UK is still in the process of verifying the entire leak. It remains unknown how current the data is – and how or when it made its way into the public domain.

The massive leak was initially uploaded at Global-Files.net however was quickly removed without explanation. Then, a separate well-known whistle-blowing website mirrored the entire data dump in an easily-accessible format.

In response to questions from IBTimes UK, Maha Mubarak, QNB media relations officer said: “It is QNB Group policy not to comment on reports circulated via social media. QNB would like to take this opportunity to assure all concerned that there is no financial impact on our clients or the bank. QNB Group places the highest priority on data security and deploying the strongest measures possible to ensure the integrity of our customers’ information. QNB is further investigating this matter in coordination with all concerned parties.”

The same statement has since been posted online.

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the global leaks continue unabated..

“However, it is a folder listed as “SPY, Intelligence” that quickly catches the eye. Upon analysis, it contains a slew of records listed as Ministry of Defence, MI6 (the UK foreign intelligence service) and Qatar’s State Security Bureau, also known as “Mukhabarat”.”

so who did the leak?

how do they benefit?

is it a false flag like the panama papers?

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SpaceX founders create new company to launch hundreds of micro-satellites

•April 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/usa/341166-spacex-founders-micro-satellite-rockets/

Two men involved in the founding of SpaceX are launching a new company dedicated to crafting rockets that can fire micro-satellites into space – and they aim to do hundreds of launches every year.

The new company is called Vector Space Systems, and the goal of its founders is to effectively service developers of small micro-satellites that typically have much fewer options when it comes to hitching rides to space. On Tuesday, the company announced that it had secured $1 million in angel funding.

Unlike other companies – such as SpaceX, for example – that specialize in launching rockets capable of carrying huge payloads, Vector Space Systems will be focused on creating an alternative for those looking to launch satellites or spacecraft weighing about 90 pounds or less.

“We always wanted to build micro-rockets, but Elon [Musk] had other ideas,” Jim Cantrell, Vector’s CEO and SpaceX’s first vice president of business development, said to The Verge. “He was interested in building a company with larger rockets for his Martian ecosystem. We were more attracted to the smaller stuff.”

Currently, developers of these micro-satellites need to wait and see if the bigger, higher-profile rocket launches can make enough room for them to tag along. If the small satellites can fit onboard, there’s no problem. However, there were 175 micro-satellites launched in 2015 alone, and there were less than two-dozen orbital launches total that the US conducted in the same time span, Space News reported.

Micro-satellites are set to account for 75 percent of all satellite launches by 2020, which means that a lot of them could end up sitting around for years before eventually getting the green light to launch.

That’s where Vector Space Systems is hoping to come in. Instead of looking at these small payloads as filler for bigger launches, it will dedicate its entire business to serving their needs. Its first step is to try and hit 100 launches per year, but that could eventually climb even higher.

“We’re going to bring real economics to the launch platform,” Cantell said to TechCrunch. “And we can do that because we bring supply. We’re talking about building hundreds of these things.”

The faster pace of launches means that scientists and spacecraft engineers can spend time tweaking and finalizing their products in the weeks leading up to launch, since they wouldn’t have to wrap a project up years in advance as they do now.

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“Micro-satellites are set to account for 75 percent of all satellite launches by 2020, which means that a lot of them could end up sitting around for years before eventually getting the green light to launch.”

for some..the doors just keep opening up..be interested to know more about jim cantrell..

“Vector Space Systems will be focused on creating an alternative for those looking to launch satellites or spacecraft weighing about 90 pounds or less.”

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma is Asia’s richest man

•April 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Jack Ma or Ma Yun, Chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, reacts as he eats food at a luncheon during the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2016 in Qionghai city, south China's Hainan province, 23 March 2016. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, on Wednesday (23 March 2016) called for a fresh global e-commerce platform to accommodate the interests of small traders who have been enabled by e-commerce to buy and sell across borders. Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia in the southern province of Hainan, Ma said he calls for an Electronic World Trade Platform, or e-WTP, to enable small and medium enterprises that had been largely left out of the free trade regime of the world in the past. "In the Internet Age, we need trade platforms that are more open, fairer and freer," Ma said. "We need to go back to trade itself. It is not an organization. It is not a negotiation. It is just a platform to enable the small and medium enterprises and the consumers of the world, especially the young," he added.

Jack Ma or Ma Yun, Chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-27/alibaba-s-jack-ma-overtakes-wanda-s-wang-as-asia-s-richest-man

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Chairman Jack Ma overtook Dalian Wanda Group Co.’s Wang Jianlin as Asia’s richest man after the e-commerce giant’s financial affiliate raised a record amount in its latest round of fundraising.

Ma added $4.3 billion to his fortune on Tuesday after his Ant Financial’s latest deal, expanding his wealth to $33.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That puts him ahead of Wang’s $32.7 billion and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s $29.5 billion.

Ma’s lead among Asia’s billionaires could be short lived as Wang reorganizes his entertainment business and seeks to relocate his property unit’s listing in search of higher valuations in mainland China — deals that could affect the property-to-entertainment mogul’s fortune.

Alibaba’s billionaire chairman owns 6.3 percent of Alibaba and 37.9 percent of Ant Financial, whose full name is Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group Co., after the fundraising. Ma is also said to be planning to take Ant Financial public in what could be China’s largest IPO since 2010.

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ugly looking dude..but i am sure he doesnt care to much..numero uno in asia..maybe the world next?

“Ma is also said to be planning to take Ant Financial public in what could be China’s largest IPO since 2010.”

ant financial?

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