‘Meteorite’ smashes into Nicaraguan capital


MANAGUA, Nicaragua – A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua’s crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a meteorite, officials said Sunday. Amazingly, in a sprawling city of 1.2 million people, the impact near the international airport did not cause any known injuries, but it did leave a crater measuring 12 meters (39 feet) across. “We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact,” said Wilfredo Strauss of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies. The meteorite appeared to have hurtled into a wooded area near the airport around midnight Saturday, its thunderous impact felt across the capital. The hit was so large that it registered on the instruments Strauss’ organization uses to size up earthquakes.

“You can see two waves: first, a small seismic wave when the meteorite hit Earth, and then another stronger one, which is the impact of the sound,” he said. Government officials and experts visited the impact site on Sunday. One of them, William Martínez, said it was not yet clear if the meteorite burned up completely or if it had been blasted into the soil. “You can see mirror-like spots on the sides of the crater from where the meteorite power-scraped the walls,” Martínez said.

Government spokeswoman, First Lady Rosario Murillo, said Managua would be in contact with the U.S. Geological Service to try to get more information about “this fascinating event” in the Central American nation, one of Latin America’s poorest countries. People who live near the crater told local media they heard a blast they took for an explosion, and that liquid, sand and dust were blown through the air, which smelled like something had burned. There were no reported injuries because the impact was in a wooded spot, and flights at the airport were not affected.

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Felt as an Earthquake

Felt as an Earthquake

Roughly, the diameter is 40 times the diameter of the meteorite, 12 meters/40 = 30 cm. So that would seem to come out at the weight of a large cannonball, which I guess would be 34 kg (Volume = 4/3 radius^3), density of steel = 7700kg per cubic meter = 7.7kg per square meter

Pound Falls Over Scotland Referendum Fears – Says Sky News

The Saltire, the flag of the European Union and Union Flag fly together in a street before a debate in the Scottish Parliament on ‘Scotland’s future,’ in Edinburgh

I just posted this here https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/scottish-independence-gets-boost-from-hong-kongs-money/ from Hong Kong. Can we say Sky is telling lies? I am no financial expert, so, to financial experts, what you say?

Story below

As polling shows voters may choose independence, markets see a sell-off on the pound and companies with major Scottish interests

Sterling has fallen to a 10-month low against the dollar amid a sell-off of Scotland-linked companies, after a weekend poll showed a potential surge for independence. The markets reacted with widespread negative sentiment over rising uncertainty about the United Kingdom’s economic stability. The pound was trading down more than 1% against the US dollar in midday trades. At 3pm it was still 0.99% down. A broad range of companies with major interests in Scotland also saw their share prices fall on Monday. Weir Group saw its shares drop more than 2.45%, SSE fell 2.44% and defence contractors Babcock and BAE Systems slid 4.87% and 2.37%, respectively. The Royal Bank of Scotland dropped 2.88%, Lloyds Banking Group was down 3.36% and Standard Life fell 4.2%.

The drops eased slightly in afternoon trades.

Many leading pension funds have significant exposure to the banks and big companies affected by the sell-off. Forex.com research director Kathleen Brooks told Sky News: “An independent Scotland would potentially have to start a currency from scratch, which is a hard thing to do. “Obviously a new currency was formed with the euro, but that was decades in the making – and Scotland doesn’t have the time so it would be a real uphill struggle.” The sell-off follows a YouGov poll in the Sunday Times which indicated that 51% of Scots supported independence while 49% backed the current Union. It was the first time polls suggested there could be a ‘Yes’ vote for independence in the referendum on September 18.

On Sunday, Chancellor George Osborne sought to head off the surge of support for an independent Scotland by promising more powers north of the border, including control over taxation, job creation and welfare spending. “The markets took for granted for so long that it was going to be a ‘No’ vote and as the polls narrow there has been a huge change in sentiment,” Ms Brooks added. “If there is a ‘Yes’ vote in 10 days’ time things are going to get very ugly in the markets, not just for the pound, but for stocks and potentially raise our borrowing costs in the UK without Scotland.” And on Monday, party leaders began a final push to sway undecided voters as Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, warned a Yes vote “would be forever”.

The Scottish Government, based on expert advice it has received, has said that Scotland should continue to use the pound as part of a currency union with the rest of the UK. As a fully tradeable curre

**BREAKING** Luton Airport Evacuated: Flights Diverted

Luton Airport has been evacuated following a security alert

Luton Airport has been evacuated after a security alert, disrupting flights for thousands of passengers. Pictures on Twitter show hundreds of travellers crowded outside the terminal. All incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the Bedfordshire airport has been closed. An alert is thought to have been sparked by a checked-in suitcase that was picked up by a security scanner. A spokeswoman for the airport said: “London Luton Airport has evacuated the terminal building after a suspicious item was found in the security search area. “The decision has been taken with the police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff. “Further updates regarding the security and operations at the airport will be provided as soon as possible.”

A bomb disposal vehicle at the airport.

She added: “Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to establish the status of their flights.” A spokesman for easyJet said: “Currently passengers are unable to board or disembark flights. “easyJet will work with the airport to ensure that our passengers can return to the terminal as soon as possible. “Whilst this is out of our control we apologise for the inconvenience caused and would like to thank passengers for their patience and co-operation.” Britain recently raised its terrorism alert to its second-highest level, saying Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq posed the UK’s greatest-ever security threat.

More follows…

Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong’s money…


Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong’s money markets

In a week that has seen Britain discuss the very future of the pound sterling and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s money changers have provided an unwitting boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate – and more favourable – rate for Scottish pound notes. Last week, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne warned that an independent Scotland would have to give up control over key elements of its economy if it wanted to continue using the pound. Osborne said a “Yes” vote in next year’s referendum would leave Scotland with three options – unilaterally keeping the pound, creating a Scottish currency or joining the euro. But the Scottish nationalists got an unlikely boost when currency exchange company Mega Foreign Exchange listed the Scottish pound in its exchange rates, valuing it higher than the English pound. Yesterday it was offering HK$11.50 for a Scottish pound but HK$11.30 for an English one.

The company has three outlets locally – two in Causeway Bay and one in Tsim Sha Tsui. A spokesman for the company confirmed they offered a separate rate for the Scottish pound and would continue to. “It’s legal tender,” he said. “We have had transactions in the past, but … it’s actually only been once in a blue moon, but we will continue to provide the service. The rate is based on whatever the English pound is at that time.” The Sheraton Hotel at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, also has an exchange rate for the Scottish pound, the same as it offers for the English pound. However, five Western Union money exchange outlets the Sunday Morning Post visited in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay would not accept a Scottish £20 note for Hong Kong dollars.

Although the currency is not exactly flooding Hong Kong, those fighting for Scottish independence welcomed the news. “Perhaps Mega Forum Exchange’s difference in exchange rate is a recognition that the latest figures showed that Scotland’s economy is outperforming the UK as a whole,” a Scottish National Party spokesman said. “The strength of Scotland’s economy and our export performance underlines the significant contribution that Scotland makes to the strength of Sterling, and why continuing a Sterling area after a ‘Yes’ vote in September 2014, and Scotland becoming independent, would be in the interests of both Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the country in that it is also consists of British pounds, but most Scottish banks print their own versions. Most “Scottish” banknotes circulating in Scotland are issued by Scottish banks and are widely accepted throughout Britain.

 This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Scots find support in HK cash markets. The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the country in that it is also consists of British pounds, but most Scottish banks print their own versions. Most “Scottish” banknotes circulating in Scotland are issued by Scottish banks and are widely accepted throughout Britain.
A currency rate board displays an exchange rate for the Scottish pound (SCP) at the Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A currency rate board displays an exchange rate for the Scottish pound (SCP) at the Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Scotland – Vote No and get something better? – Prepare for Tory Lies to ask us to vote NO!

A BBC Article, check where the Scottish flag is.. sigh!

A BBC Article, check where the Scottish flag is.. sigh!

Many including myself said this would happen, Westminster are panicking and are offering Salmond/SNP a better deal. A better deal they COULD have offered in the ‘Edinburgh Agreement” SCOTLAND – DO NOT FORGET 1979!

This is a letter from a man who lived through the 1979 lies! It is a MUST read! 




I urge every walking, talking, breathing Scottish person able to vote YES, even disabled people like me, young and old to NOT FALL FOR WHAT Westminster are about to offer Scotland, all us people, in exchange for a NO VOTE. Scotland we must remember why we are  voting Yes. We want out of this criminal, lying, money greedy Union. Do you remember it? Thatcher covered up a Sex Scandal! How many Politicians joined the Westminster “STEAL MONEY FOR A SECOND HOME” Game? This is not a Union we want to be in Scotland.

Thatcher covered up Conservative Sex Scandal

It was PROVEN Thatcher and the Tories and more were involved in having sex with under age kids. The Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal opened a door right to 10 Downing Street. We can’t stay here Scotland! 






On the morning after the poll before, “Vote No and get something better” summed up George Osborne’s message. It’s a tried and trusted message which worked in the independence referendum in Quebec when a last minute poll lead for Yes was transformed into a narrow No. It is, though, a message with a difficult history in Scotland.

Thirty five years ago it was precisely what Scots were told when they were voting in a referendum on a much more modest proposal – to create a Scottish Parliament with some devolved powers.

A former prime minister, a Scot and, as it happens, a Tory, Sir Alec Douglas Home urged his countrymen to vote No and get “something better”. The referendum rejected devolution and what they got soon afterwards was 18 years of Margaret Thatcher’s government and no devolution at all (until, that is, Labour were re-elected in 1997).

That is just one reason why Osborne’s promise of a plan to transfer new powers to Holyrood – covering tax raising, spending and benefits – caused such confusion yesterday. It is why Alex Salmond felt able to attack it as a sign of “panic” on the No side.

The other reason is that the three rival Westminster parties – the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats – have not agreed a plan for which precise powers to devolve. Each party has published its own set of proposals which overlap in the areas Osborne listed.

The plan he was talking about – but which is still being argued about behind the scenes – is to give Scottish voters certainty that this time – unlike last time – they are guaranteed to get “something better” whoever forms the next government in Westminster.

The Lib Dem Scottish secretary Alastair Carmichael has long talked about the idea of setting up a Scottish Constitutional Convention bringing together representatives of all parties – including the SNP – and none (trade unionists, business groups, the churches etc). This would hammer out a new settlement which all the Westminster parties would then promise to implement whoever is elected in the 2015 general election.

Who should announce this, where and how poses its own problems since Scottish voters – like voters right across the world – are deeply mistrustful of what politicians say. If all three party leaders stood together it would simply allow Alex Salmond to say “I told you they were all the same and that Labour were in bed with the Tories.”

A striking finding of this weekend’s YouGov poll is that the leader of the Labour Party – for so long the natural party of government in Scotland – is trusted by under a quarter of Scottish voters, the same number as it happens as trust David Cameron.

Alex Salmond is not immune from the anti politician mood, but 38% of people said they trusted him which may be one reason the Yes campaign is doing as well as it is.

EU trade chief hopes to clinch U.S. trade deal by late 2014

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht

(Reuters) – The United States and European Union cannot afford to let transatlantic trade talks fail after they are launched in June, the EU’s trade chief said on Wednesday, warning that both sides’ standing and prosperity in the world depended on their success. Washington and Brussels will begin talks towards a deal encompassing half the world’s economic output just a few months after the EU launches talks with Japan in March, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht told the Reuters Euro Zone summit. Benefits to the U.S. and EU economies, suffering from the aftermath of global financialcrisis, could be tangible even before a deal is signed, while wrapping up talks by the end of 2014 was “not impossible” De Gucht said in Brussels. “This is about the weight of the western, free world in world economic and political affairs,” said De Gucht, one of the EU’s most powerful commissioners who is negotiating trade deals with more than 80 countries on behalf of the EU’s 27 countries. “Once we have started, failing is not an option. It would be very detrimental for both the European Union and the United States if we were not to succeed,” he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed talks this month and the EU’s leaders have also backed the plan, hoping a deal with Washington will help Europe pull out of its debt crisis. At a time when the euro zone is in recession and the United States expects only modest growth this year, an EU-U.S. trade deal could add 0.5 percent a year to the EU economy and 0.4 percent to the U.S. economy by 2027. De Gucht said the deal was so weighty that signs of progress, before completion of a deal, could have a positive economic effect. But the reverse was also true, he warned. Following the collapse of global trade talks in 2008, both the United States and Europe have sought to tie up as many free-trade agreements as possible and this bilateral accord represent the pinnacle of those ambitions.

Such a deal was first discussed three decades ago and considered too difficult because of policies protecting the farm sector on both sides of the Atlantic. De Gucht said agriculture would be part of the discussions. “We have chosen the path of a deep and comprehensive agreement,” he said, saying barriers for companies in areas ranging from data protection to regulation and government contracts could disappear. De Gucht, a former Belgian foreign minister, said while there were no deadline, November 2014 represented a good target for a U.S. accord because his term as trade commissioner ends then and the United States holds midterm elections. After that, six months could be lost, he said. De Gucht also said the current value of the euro did not represent a problem for the EU’s exporters. “The euro is not at a forbidding level” for European trade, he said. Not content with an accord with the United States, the European Union will launch trade talks with Japan, the world’s third largest economy at the end of March in Tokyo, De Gucht said. But he said the going would be slower.

An EU-Japan accord would bring together two trading partners responsible for a third of global economic output and could create 400,000 jobs in Europe alone. But the complexity of the negotiations meant it could take several years to reach a deal. “This is a negotiation that is going to take time. I don’t think you could do it in less than three years,” De Gucht said. “With the United States, we have to crack a number of very hard nuts, but we at least we know them. In Japan, it’s very much about internally changing a mentality,” he said. France and Italy have been worried about the impact of foreign imports from Japan on their auto industries when they are already suffering from the impact of the euro zone debt crisis and falling sales across the continent. But De Gucht said that by the time a pact was signed, European automakers should have had more than enough time to adapt with a sustainable new business model.

“It’s so far away it cannot be an excuse not to restructure our car sector,” De Gucht said. “There is no reason at all to use (Japan trade talks) as a scapegoat.” Canada is another of the EU’s prizes if Brussels can wrap up a deal, which would be the European Union’s first with a major world economy. Talks started in 2009 but De Gucht walked away from signing an agreement at the latest round of negotiations in Ottawa that were meant to wrap things up. Negotiations are held up over contentious issues including agricultural exports, intellectual property and the ability being to bid for government contracts. “We do not have an agreement and I’m not pleased with what is on the table now,” De Gucht said. “They have a very sensitive offensive interest, which is agriculture. I think we can make a deal on that. But the reward for that on the European side also has to be very clear,” he said, urging Ottawa to open up more.

A real worry developing that Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could be signed this year. Tories should delay until 2015 General Elections. Could this impact Scotland? Thoughts anyone?

Nelson Mandela said it, we must implement it Scotland


#HopeOverFear is a statement that has become 2nd nature in Scotland over the last year. The Scottish Media should hang their heads in shame. The BBC should hang their heads in shame. So the vote in 10 days is about we as a people in Scotland having no Fear. We must have hope, we must be brave. we as a nation invented the modern World. I say a lot, ‘Let us now go and invent a brilliant better new future’ Scotland we are doing it. The only think stopping a yes vote in 10 days is fear. I urge you once more Scotland. Not give in to the fear being pushed by the no campaign. There will be no Terrorist Attacks on a free Scotland and there will be no Border Guards at the England/Scotland border. Both Miliband and Cameron have since came out and said “We were misquoted” I ask simply, how can someone be stupid enough to not interpret “I will put Border Guards on the border”  Over the next 10 days Scotland we will hear more fear. If Westminster offers us a handful of shillings now, why didn’t they when Cameron signed the ‘Edinburgh ‘Agreement’ Our time is now Scotland. Let’s be bold and brave and give our kids a better life. Give ourselves a living wage not a minimum wage. The amount of reasons to vote Yes are staggering, there are 100’s of reasons to vote Yes, but only a few for no, if we get a no vote. People are voting to KEEP AUSTERITY! HOW DARE THEY? How dare people be selfish and make so my Kids grow up under Tory rule and “Get by” just and no more? I say vote yes and make Scottish History a better more prosperous one. Come on Scotland, the hard work is done, let’s see it through for 10 more days. I have said many times, we can’t be selfish in this vote, this vote is us as a people speaking for our kids and their kids in a 100 years or so from now. We are voting for them and of course us now. If you don’t like Alex Salmond, DON’T VOTE FOR HIM IN 2016! Do what is right Scotland. #HopeOverFear




A Englishman’s view on Scotland being ahead in the polls

The Artist Taxi Driver @chunkymark cartoon

The Artist Taxi Driver

This is from chunkymark A lad I spoke to a few times a while ago. He is also known as “The Artist Taxi Driver” He is totally against what I am, and I hope what you are, and that is the Liars from Westminster. The people who want to line their friends pockets by selling off the NHS just now. This guy says “Scotland you are winning, you are saying no to Austerity” And we are. Mark is a cracking lad and has a big heart when it comes to fairness. His video’s are always like this, he is very animated. This is a very clever Englishman’s views on Scotland becoming free from the Establishment

I have spoken to people from England, EIRE, America, Australia, South Africa and more and EVERYONE says “You would be mad to vote no” And we would be. I did a blog on how clever Scottish people are http://shaunynews.com/2014/09/04/scottish-inventions-and-discoveries-lets-now-invent-our-own-future/ All we must do is look at this blog and realise “Wait a second, we invented the World” We are a very clever people. But let me say one thing, should an unlikely NO VOTE happen, we would become the stupidest nation on Earth, by a country mile!


No campaign in meltdown as Labour tries to disown latest border guard threat



Labour said “Ed Miliband” was misquoted. Now I have been saying this for a while now, expect the Media to tell Stories and then for the Political parties to blame the Media for basically getting what was said wrong. I said below in “Scotland the Brave” That we here in Scotland MUST not get frightened by this rubbish. LABOUR HAVE ASSURED US SINCE, THAT THIS BORDER CONTROL WON’T HAPPEN! But does that push me, a Labour voter back to Labour? No chance. It’s been said, it’s how “They” feel in England. The media will tell more stories then the “Oh, em, no, wasn’t what he meant” will come into play, like below. Scotland. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has said today “Scotland WILL be the wealthiest NATION ON EARTH” Now how do we take that? We take that to the BANK SCOTLAND! Read below how the NO Campaign were their own enemy, they lost it, because they lost thier togetherness, Scotland, we won’t lose this. We are so close now. Lets get through the last 10 days of fear and crap thrown at us ..Article below

Signs of disarray within the ranks of the No campaign have emerged after the Labour party sought to distance itself from comments allegedly made by its own leader in a newspaper interview.

Shot the no campaign in the foot!

Today the No campaign has been accused of going ‘into complete meltdown’ after an Ed Miliband threat to build border posts with an independent Scotland provoked a spectacular backlash – prompting the Labour press office to try and disown the interview. After Mr Miliband’s comments were reported by the Mail on Sunday, the Labour press office immediately disowned the story and tried to blame the newspaper, tweeting: “Ridiculous splash in Mail on Sunday. There is no Labour ‘plan’ for border guards in independent Scotland and nor does Ed say that. Rather than establishing borders, Ed is focused on keeping the UK together” However, according to the newspaper, Mr Miliband was quite clear on the issue, telling a reporter: “If you don’t want borders, vote to stay in the United Kingdom”.  Asked to clarify if this meant border guards and passport checks, he said “it would have to be looked at”.

Compounding Labour denials, a spokesman for Mr Miliband also said: “The last time I looked there were two sides to the Border – and we would be in charge of one of them.  It would be up to us, not Mr Salmond, to secure our northern border.” The border threat was widely reported in many newspapers and also featured in a BBC article which said a newly elected Labour Government at Westminster would “consider building border posts if Scotland voted for independence.”

“The No campaign has gone into meltdown as Ed Miliband’s latest attempt to scare people into voting No has spectacularly backfired. “Ed Miliband is putting forward the ridiculous proposition that he would share an open border with Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands – but he would erect border posts with an independent Scotland. No wonder the Labour party is running for cover.

“All of these territories have been part of the Common Travel Area since the 1920s, and that sensible arrangement will continue after Scotland becomes independent – because it is in everyone’s interests for it to do so.” Claims by Labour officials that the Labour leader has made no such claims, contradict comments Mr Miliband himself made in June when he raised the prospect of border patrols in the event of independence.

On a visit to Scotland, Mr Miliband said: “It’s certainly the case that we would have to have a look at the issue of a border if we’ve got different immigration policies. It totally stands to reason.” Ms McAlpine added: “The No campaign’s credibility has completely collapsed – the more they try and frighten people into voting No, the more they are moving toward support for Yes. “As the referendum approaches, more and more people are realising that Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – and a Yes vote next week is the golden opportunity to make that wealth work for the people of Scotland – building a fairer society, creating job opportunities and protecting Scotland’s NHS.”

The apparent contradiction at the top level within the Labour party is being seen by Yes opponents as a sign of panic within the No campaign as a newly published poll has revealed Yes may in fact have overtaken its rival in the referendum race. The poll, from Yougov, puts support for Yes on 51%, with support for No at 49%.  However another survey carried out by Panelbase has shown the reverse, with No on 52% and Yes on 48%. The two polls are being interpreted by both sides as evidence that the result of the independence referendum is now too close to call.  However few are now challenging the fact that all recent polls confirm that momentum is now very definitely with the Yes campaign.