A New York City-sized Antarctic ice shelf has broken into icebergs this month after the collapse of an ice bridge widely blamed on global warming, a scientist said Tuesday. "The northern ice front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf has become unstable and the first icebergs have been released," Angelika Humbert, glaciologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, said of European Space Agency satellite images of the shelf. Humbert told Reuters about 700 sq km (270.3 sq mile) of ice -- bigger than Singapore or Bahrain and almost the size of New York City -- has broken off the Wilkins this month and shattered into a mass of icebergs. She said 370 sq kms of ice had cracked up in recent days from the Shelf, the latest of about 10 shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula to retreat in a trend linked by the U.N. Climate Panel to global warming. The new icebergs added to 330 sq kms of ice that broke up earlier this month with the shattering of an ice bridge apparently pinning the Wilkins in place … [Read more...] about New York City-sized ice collapses off Antarctica
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US President Barack Obama basked in new-found glory Saturday, vowing to consider his surprise Nobel Peace Prize as "a call for action" to address the challenges of the new century. A visibly surprised Obama, 48, said Friday he did not feel fit to join the honor roll of revered Nobel peace laureates, but vowed to use the prize as a "call to action" to lead the world in confronting its deepest challenges. As shockwaves from the Nobel committee in Oslo raced around the world, many saw the award as a final swipe at ex-president George W. Bush. Critics complained Obama had few big achievements to justify such an illustrious prize. Gasps greeted the announcement at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where the jury hailed Obama's "extraordinary" efforts in international diplomacy and hastening nuclear disarmament. "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the Nobel jury said.Related article: Statement … [Read more...] about Obama basks in new glory after Nobel Peace Prize win
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures >> At least 7 dead, 6 missing in Son Tinh powerful storm At least 13 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy, which dropped just below hurricane status before going ashore in New Jersey on Monday, according to officials and media reports. More than 1 million people across a dozen states were under orders to evacuate as the massive system continued to plow westward. One disaster forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured. The storm also slowed the presidential campaign at a key time ahead of next week's vote and closed U.S. markets for two days. Sandy, … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is recovering ground in the critical swing state of Ohio as he rises in the polls and crowd numbers swell after his strong debate performance last week against President Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters Despite pundits and pollsters dismissing Romney's chances in the state in late September, the Republican is now either tied or just barely trailing Obama in Ohio ahead of the next presidential debate on Tuesday night. At an event with thousands of Ohioans on Friday night, Romney boasted of "a growing crescendo of enthusiasm." He has spoken to several large audiences in Ohio this week. "(Obama's) campaign is about smaller and smaller things, and our campaign is about bigger and bigger crowds fighting for a bright future," he said on Saturday. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio. Romney looks determined to put the state in his win column in the November 6 election after it appeared nearly out of reach last … [Read more...] about Romney closing gap in Ohio as poll numbers, crowds rise
Performance "The Importance of Being Earnest" Fri 28 Oct 2011, 8 pm Sat 29 Oct 2011, 4 pm The Youth World Theatre, 125 Cong Quynh, District 1, HCM City Dragonfly Theatre, with the support of the Saigon Players, is proud to present Oscar Wilde's masterpiece and one of the most hilarious comedies of all times. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. The Importance of Being Earnest is the first professional English language theatre in Vietnam to bring together Vietnamese and Western actors. It stars Lan Phuong, one of the most prestigious actresses in the Vietnamese film and television industry, in one of the lead female roles. Collaborating with this Vietnamese icon, the show's male leads are Aaron Toronto, the most famous western actor/director in the Vietnamese arts realm, and Brian Riedlinger, artistic director of the International Choir HCMC, who performed in the shows "Annie … [Read more...] about EVENTS FROM OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 4