0 Jellyfish wash up 'like wallpaper' on Australian beach

(BBC)----Charlotte Lawson, 24, took photos of the jellyfish at Queensland's Deception Bay after noticing an unusual colour in the water.
"[When] we got closer we realised it was jellyfish," she told the BBC. "It was like bubble wrap across the beach."
Although a common sight on Australia's east coast, the mildly venomous marine stinger is rarely seen in such numbers.
Marine biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin said she gasped when she saw the pictures.
"It's like wallpaper," she said. "They are just cheek by jowl. They are packed so tightly. It's a sea of blue."
Dr Gershwin said the phenomenon was probably caused by a combination of factors including warmer waters, abundant nutrients and an absence of predators.
Northerly winds and tide conditions may have also contributed, she said.
Ms Lawson said she had never seen so many jellyfish. They had started to smell "pretty rank", attracting complaints from locals, she said.
Dr Gershwin said she expected the jellyfish to dry out on the sand and be eaten by birds.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported that recent strong north-easterly winds had contributed to a spike in jellyfish sightings.
According to Surf Life Saving Queensland, more than 22,800 swimmers were treated for stings by another jellyfish species, the bluebottle, on the Sunshine Coast from 1 December to 31 January.
Dr Dan Capps said he treated three dogs for stings at his Sunshine Coast veterinary clinic at the weekend.
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0 Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

(BBC)---Moscow was "weaponising misinformation" in a bid to expand its influence and destabilise Western governments and weaken Nato, he said.
Vladimir Putin had chosen to become a "strategic competitor" of the West.
Sir Michael said it was vital alliance members strengthened cyber defences.
His speech, at the University of St Andrews, came hours before Theresa May was due to use an informal summit in Malta to press EU Nato members to boost defence spending.
May to press EU leaders over defence spending
Meanwhile, in a report, MPs have warned that a skills shortage and "chaotic" handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the UK government's ability to protect its own infrastructure and economy from cyber attacks.
MPs question UK's cyber attack defences
Sir Michael said Nato needed to do more to tackle the "false reality" being propagated by the Kremlin.
"Nato must defend itself as effectively in the cyber sphere as it does in the air, on land, and at sea, so adversaries know there is a price to pay if they use cyber weapons," he added.
The defence secretary pointed to a "persistent pattern of behaviour" by Moscow, highlighting a series of cyber attacks that had been linked to Russia.
Suspected Russian attacks included France's TV5Monde broadcaster being taken off in April 2015, and the targeting of Germany's lower house of parliament, he said.
Another cyber attack, on Bulgaria in October 2016, was described by the country's president as the "heaviest" and most "intense" to be conducted in south-eastern Europe.
Sir Michael also spoke of the suspected Russian hacking of the two main political parties in the US presidential elections.

Testing Nato

"Today, we see a country that in weaponising misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age," he said.
"Russia is clearly testing Nato and the West. It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilise countries and weaken the alliance.
"It is undermining national security for many allies and the international rules-based system.
"Therefore it is in our interest and Europe's to keep Nato strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course."
Sir Michael backed US president Donald Trump's call for all Nato member states to honour the commitment to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on defence.
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0 Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use

(BBC)----Mr Mattis is in South Korea, where he has been assuring Seoul it has America's continuing support.
He also reconfirmed plans to deploy a US missile defence system in South Korea later this year.
North Korea's repeated missile and nuclear tests and aggressive statements continue to alarm and anger the region.
The US has a considerable military presence in South Korea and Japan, as part of a post-war defence deal. There are just under 28,500 US troops in the country, for which Seoul pays about $900m (£710m) annually.
President Donald Trump has previously said he wants both South Korea and Japan to pay more towards maintaining that presence.
Mr Mattis has been using his visit to reassure South Korea that the Trump administration "remains steadfast" in its "iron-clad" defence commitments to the region, said the Pentagon.
Speaking after talks at the defence ministry with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo, Mr Mattis told reporters that "any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming".
North Korea conducted its fifth test of a nuclear device last year, and claims it is capable of carrying out a nuclear attack on the US, though experts are still unconvinced its technology has progressed that far.
It has also said in recent weeks that it has a new intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the US mainland, which it is prepared to test launch at any time.
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North Korea's missile programme
Under the Obama administration, the US and South Korea agreed to deploy a US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system in South Korea.
Its supporters say it is aimed solely at defending from North Korean threats. But China and Russia have complained it is unnecessary and provocative.
Beijing says it goes "far beyond the defence needs of the Korean peninsula".
It is also unpopular with some South Koreans, who fear missile bases could become targets and endanger people who live nearby.
Speaking on Thursday, Mr Mattis sought to reassure China, saying there is "no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea".
Mr Han said Mr Mattis's visit "communicates the strongest warning to North Korea".
Mr Mattis will travel to Japan later on Friday, where there are a further 50,000 US soldiers plus their dependents and support staff in Japan. The US paid about $5.5bn for its Japanese bases in 2016, with Japan paying a further $4bn.
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0 Tsunami fears after 8.9 earthquake Indonesia

Indonesia has issued a tsunami warning after a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.9 hit waters off westernmost Aceh province.
The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles (495 kilometers) from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.
Said, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued.
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.
A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh. AP
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0 Chinese model Li Ying Zhi’s 李颖芝

Let’s take a peek at popular Chinese model Li Ying Zhi’s 李颖芝 new car shoot! What we’ve got here are probably just snapshots. Hopefully we’ll get more pictures of the photo shoot soon. Remember to check Li Ying Zhi’s Red Flava link if you have bookmarked it.
Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls

Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls
Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls
Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls
Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls
Li Ying Zhi – Car Shoot Sneak Peek cgirls
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