Friday, July 8, 2011

Elizabeth Smart signs as commentator on ABC News

Was kidnapped and held captive for 9 months when she was 14, Elizabeth Smart could be on the air within the next few weeks according to an ABC rep.

Smart was held captive by a Salt Lake City street preacher for nine months at age 14. Joining ABC News as a commentator focusing on missing-person and child-abduction cases, Elizabeth is expected to add insightful, invaluable perspectives of what families are going through and bring stories to life for viewers according to the network spokeswoman Julie Townsend.

Now, at 23, Elizabeth Smart will contribute across the network’s news programs like “Good Morning America” and “Nightline”. Smart’s spokesperson says Elizabeth wants to take the job so she can create awareness about cases involving missing children.


Japan rattled by 5.6 Quake near Fukushima Plant Region

A 5.6 earthquake struck Japan off Honshu Island early Friday morning at 3:35 a.m of July 7, 2011. This is the same area the devastating 9.0 earthquake ravaged last March knocking out power at the Fukushima power plant.

US Geological Survey said that the epicenter of the quake was about 51 miles south-southeast of the nuclear plant and about 120 miles northeast of Tokyo.

No tsunami watch was issued and no reports of damage to properties was reported. A magnitude 5.6 can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings near the epicenter. Japan is known to have high earthquake-proof building standards; little damage is expected to intact buildings.

The USGS reports a series of smaller earthquakes in the last week in the same area, which runs along a fault zone.


New Zealand Earthquake Causes Tsunami Warnings

New Zealand’s was hit with a 7.6-magnitude earthquake with a depth of 29.8 miles today, July 6, 2011.

The earthquake was felt most on NewZealand’s Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean, remote islands that are essentially uninhabited. There is only a weather station there and a hostel for visiting scientists. The Kermadecs are about 570 miles south of Tonga, the nearest major island, and are 736 miles northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.

Local tsunami warnings followed after the 7.6 quake but New Zealand civil defense authorities canceled this and warned the people of possible stronger than normal ocean currents around the east coast of the country.

The said “tsunami” resulting from the earthquake was expected to affect Keramecs, Tonga, and New Zealand.


PowerPoint Ban

“Ban PowerPoint!” was the suggestion of one Swiss Party.

It is said that PowerPoint costs Switzerland 2.1 billion Swiss Francs a year. 11 percent of Swiss people have to attend PowerPoint presentations on average twice a week with at least 10 people attending each presentation.

The Swiss Party believes that the software is boring employees and costing companies billions in lost work. Matthias Poehm, the Anti-Power Point Party’s founder, said that in over 14 yearsof public-speaking-training, the use of flip charts noticeably beats Power Point in 95 out of 100 cases. Poehm is also selling a book called “The PowerPoint Fallacy”. People who will join his group are said to get a 10 euro discount off the book.

PowerPoint’s maker, Microsoft refused to comment on this issue