Thursday, October 08, 2015
Via The Local: Swedish divers confirmed on Thursday that they have uncovered the wreck of a legendary warship which was lost off the coast of Karlskrona in southern Sweden in the 17th century. Marine archaeologists from the Maritime Museum in Stockholm said that a wreck found near Karlskrona is that of the 'Solen' (which means 'sun' in Swedish) warship from the 1600s. "This is one of the first pieces of the world heritage puzzle", marine archaeologist Jens Lindström, who found the ship together with his colleague Jim Hansson, proudly told regional newspaper BLT. The wreck was discovered at a depth of only six meters, in an area where several other warships are believed to lay buried. It was intentionally sunk in 1694 after it had served its purpose. Solen was one of the largest ships in the Baltic in his heyday and took part in Sweden's sea battle with the Danish and Dutch navies off the island of Öland in 1676. Built in Lübeck in 1669 with 72 guns and a gross tonnage of 1.400, it out-sized even the famous warship Vasa, which sank in 1628, and its 64 guns. The Vasa ship has been on show in Stockholm since it was lifted from the capital's harbor in the 1960s. Its museum was recently voted best historic museum in the world by users of international travel site TripAdvisor. But there are no plans to recover Solen, Lindström and Hansson told BLT. "It will probably stay where it is", said Hansson.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Via Disclose.tv: This photo comes directly from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, a government website operated by NASA at the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis department at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. They are responsible for training the astronauts in Earth observations, cataloging, and archiving the photographs that astronauts take from space using hand held cameras and more.
Via The Local: The US and Germany have taken the lead in the battle for the future of news. Sweden has what it takes to seize the initiative, but the country's media giants need to think more globally, argues The Local's founder Paul Rapacioli. A global daily news brand does not work in print or in multiple languages. But it does work online and in English – as half a billion dollars of German media money testifies.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Via Before It's News: A consultant at NASA and the NSA gave a series of incredible statements. Over the last 12 years, Dr. Eric Norton, an external consultant for NASA and the NSA, was responsible for identifying threats coming from the space, such as asteroids and comets. However, in January 2012, he identified something serious. He noticed an enormous alien fleet heading towards the Earth. On January 22, he was invited to the MacDonald Observatory, located near Fort Davis in Texas. The tools provided by this observatory helped him to notice this threatening group of UFOs. “I saw plenty of huge, three dimensional space objects, flying in a straight line formation towards the Earth”. It became clear that the UFOs were technologically highly developed, because after the three-month observation, Norton noticed that they were moving fast, passing millions of kilometers in just a couple of months. The data collected using spectroscope indicated that these objects were made of materials that are several thousand times harder than anything ever developed on Earth. Logically, this theory triggered serious worries of the research team members. Additionally, infrared spectrum pictures showed that cosmic particles were deflected by some energy field similar to the Earth’s magnetic field. As the group of UFOs was traveling through the Solar system, telescopes could provide more details about these flying objects. These spacecrafts are huge three dimensional “L” shaped objects. By January 2013, Mars was far behind the fleet so it was reasonable to think that they were approaching our planet. However, they suddenly disappeared, leaving Norton with the belief that they had turned some “invisibility” mode on. Over the last ten years, people have been making significant progress in the field of camouflage technique development. Therefore, it is logical to believe that advanced extraterrestrial civilization already has technology that can make their ships invisible. Another possibility is that they have changed their course. Despite using the infrared telescope, Norton and his team couldn’t spot them anymore. Over the next couple of months, Norton was uptight, because not just that he didn’t know where the fleet was, but he also couldn’t tell what their intention was. “I knew that the top level of authorities was worried about these findings, and that is why I was under constant protection of Secret Service agents. We spent the entire year of 2013 skeptically watching the skies. We didn’t know what was happening or where the spacecrafts disappeared. According to my calculations, the fleet should have been so close to our planet by then that everyone could see it even without a telescope. We didn’t know if they were still moving towards us, or they had already left the Solar system”. Almost a year later, Norton heard from his former colleague that the fleet had shown up again and it landed on the Moon, which was written in an internal report provided by Norton’s colleague. Luckily, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera photographed the object and the images ended up on Google Moon by accident. These images testify about unidentified object which has landed in a crater the size of Chicago. This means that calling it huge is not even close to an accurate description. The Department of Defense launched three Terrier-Orion rockets from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on January 15, 2014, which is also stated in the report. The launches were labeled as “top secret”, and their mission is a mystery to the general public. Dr. Norton pointed out that his discoveries might produce a dangerous effect. “When it comes to revealing information to the public, I have to be careful in order to protect myself”. He is also convinced that the classified information in his possession has the potential to cause trouble in public regarding the UFO phenomenon. A leak of information could cause many problems. That would mean the breakdown of all religions, as well as the breakdown of society itself. Even though Norton’s statements are quite shocking, he didn’t want to provide the public with a little more detail. Yet, it is understandable why, taking into consideration the level of secrecy that accompanies these reports. However, he is right when he says that the government would do anything to cover up the extraterrestrial intervention of this size. It looks like we will have our answers once the fleet lands on Earth.
Via The Local: The rainy summer did not stop foreign tourists from flocking to Sweden in record numbers, according to key statistics released on Tuesday afternoon. According to fresh figures published by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, a national government agency in charge of promoting entrepreneurship and local businesses, foreign tourism in Sweden broke new records this summer. Tourists traveling to the Nordic country from abroad spent a total of 387.000 more nights in Swedish hotels, hostels, and guest houses during June, July and August than in the same period last summer. "There are two strong incentives for tourists to come here. Partly it's the genuine, unspoiled nature, and partly it's our Swedish lifestyle", Thomas Brühl, chief executive of tourism organization Visit Sweden, told the TT news agency on Tuesday. It is perhaps unsurprising that people are attracted to the stunning Swedish mountains of the north, the vibrant capital Stockholm, and even the country's long sandy beaches. But according to Brühl the Swedes themselves are enough of a tourist attraction to draw foreign visitors. "It's how we live and our values that are fascinating to tourists. Our openness and our relationship with democracy interest them, for example our paternity leave", said Brühl, referring to Sweden's generous parental leave to promote gender equality between mums and dads. Most tourists still flock to the Nordic country from Germany and its neighbour Norway. But Indians and the Chinese are the two groups growing the fastest. "Sweden is a relatively big tourist destination in the world. When it comes to foreign visitors we're between the 20th and 30th spots", said Brühl. Tuesday's figures back up statistics from the Swedish hospitality industry's trade association Visita, which last month noted a marked rise in the number of overnight stays from last year (up by 8.6 percent compared to June-August in 2014). Foreign tourists have also been able to get more kronor for their dollars, pounds and other currencies this summer, which in turn is believed to have contributed to the hike. While a year ago $100 for example would have bought you around 700 Swedish kronor, visitors were able to cash in the same amount for well over 800 Swedish kronor this summer.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Via Before It's News: Russia's leader Vladimir Putin is set to mobilize 150.000 reservists who he conscripted into the military. An insider revealed: “It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra. This is fast becoming a race to Raqqa – to secure the oil fields they need and to cleanse the region of insurgents, and the IS capital is vital to do that”. It comes a day after Russian jets obliterated nine ISIS outposts in just 24 hours using bunker-busting bombs. Russian jets pounded terrorist targets and blew up a command center, potentially killing dozens of fighters. Confirming the successful raids, Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army vowed to ramp up the pressure, saying: “We will not only continue strikes… We will also increase their intensity”. And Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations”. “A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions”. “These and other highly exact means of attack in recent days have been used to target objects of Islamic State terrorists. Command posts, stores of weapons and oil products, workshops where weapons of suicide bombers are made”. Meanwhile a terrorism expert revealed to Express.co.uk that ISIS have vastly exaggerated their military strength and called on Western leaders to launch a co-ordinated fightback which would obliterate the hate group. Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS has become its own worst enemy with its campaign of terror against the West, which has prompted an international backlash. He said: “This mythical state will disappear in a matter of hours once the international community decides to act. It won’t take very long at all to drive them, if not out of all of Iraq or Syria, then certainly the majority of their territories. They will hide in towns, but I would say do not follow them as they would use innocent civilians as human shields".
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Via The Local: An investigation by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has discovered that many Swedish taxi drivers are charging refugees up to 15 times more than the standard fare for some journeys. While there were some drivers who offered free trips to refugees, many have been charging excessive fares. A trip that would cost 65 kronor in central Malmö has been costing up to 1.000 kronor. “I had to pay 400 kronor from the central station to Kontrapunkt social centre. First, we agreed on a price of 250, and then he wanted more when we arrived. I paid because I was afraid”, Hani Hamid, 30, an Iraqi refugee told Aftonbladet. “It is terrible to be exploiting this situation. I have heard that the refugees had to pay between 500 and 1.000 kronor to come to us. It must be stopped”, said Johanna Nilsson, coordinator of the Kontrapunkt social center, which has been providing up to 300 refugees a day with food and somewhere to sleep. Aftonbladet talked to five refugees who had taken a taxi to Kontrapunkt - all paid double rate or more. Many refugees report that drivers have convinced them to accept the inflated prices by telling them that it is forbidden for refugees to stay out on the street. 31-year-old Amir who arrived with his wife and child from Syria, says his taxi driver took his last money. The driver had offered him a ride to Kontrapukt - although Amir had told him several times that he could not afford it. “He said we could go anyway. When we arrived, he demanded that I pay him. He threatened to take my bag if I did not pay. I got scared and gave him all my Turkish money - the equivalent of 200 kronor”. Some drivers have also been massively overcharging for trips from Malmö to Gothenburg. “There is a big problem with the drivers that use refugees. Last night 22 people came by taxi from Malmö. They had all overpaid”, Katarina Gauffin, coordinator of Refugees Welcome Gothenburg told Aftonbladet. “They were charging 400 euros per person for a car with three or four refugees”, she said. According to official statistics quoted by the TT news agency, 73.000 people had applied for asylum in Sweden by the end of September, close to the 74.000 expected in the country in the whole of 2015. Last month alone, 24.306 people sought asylum in Sweden, a historically high figure that included 1.300 people on one single day.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Via The Local: The first batch of Sweden's new currency has gone into circulation as part of a huge project designed to replace over 300 million bank notes across the country. The Nordic nation has introduced 200-kronor notes and launched updated versons of 20, 50 and 1,000 kronor cash as part of its biggest currency changeover in decades. The new money features Swedish legends including director Ingmar Bergman, actress Greta Garbo, and children's author Astrid Lindgren. "The notes we have today have been around in various forms for about 30 years. We have always worked to update the security features of the bank note, but at some point you reach a point when it isn't meaningful any more", said Stefan Ingves, governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, at a press conference. The new kronor notes each include a 'KR' symbol in the top right hand corner, which changes colour when you wiggle them, in a move designed to make the money more difficult to forge. "You can quite easily see if it's genuine", added Ingves. He made the first purchase with one of the new notes, using a 200 kronor bill to pay for a copy of a children's book in the popular Swedish Pippi Longstocking series, for his granddaughter. Those super keen on getting their hands on the new currency queued up at the Riksbank in central Stockholm on Thursday afternoon. The notes will be available from 80 select ATMs this week and eventually nationwide from 2016. The areas where you can cash in on the new notes first are: Borlänge, Enköping, Gävle, Göteborg, Hedemora, Huskvarna, Jönköping, Kalmar, Karlskrona, Kramfors, Kristinehamn, Lindesberg, Linköping, Lyckeby, Malmö, Nässjö, Olofström, Sandviken, Skellefteå, Stockholm, Sundsvall, Sörberge, Timrå, Umeå, Visby, Västervik, Västerås, Växjö and Örebro. New coins will also be arriving in Sweden next year, including a brand new two kronor. A fresh set of one and five kronor coins will also be introduced, while the ten kronor coin will be the only currency that doesn't get a makeover. Today's 20, 50, and 1.000 notes will no longer be valid after June 30th 2016. The current 100 and 500 will be invalid after June 30th, 2017, together with the 1, 2, and 5 kronor coins. Swedes have become less dependent on cash in recent years and as The Local reported last year, four out of five purchases in Sweden are made electronically or by debit card. Researchers from Oxford University discovered in 2013 that Sweden's cash was among the filthiest in Europe, with bank notes containing more bacteria than all others across the continent.