Posted: March 14, 2010 Filed under: Analysis, Breaking News, Business, Community, Current, NZPacific, Politics, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: (L), 10, 2010, afghan, afghanistan, Ahmadinejad, aimed, Angela Merkel, audience, Ban Ki-Moon, berlin, Bestof, british culture, capital cities, Chancellery, Concepts & Topics, conference, conflict, consider, country, defense, Diplomacy, does, eight, ending, england, foreign, gates, german, germany, Gordon Brown, government, hamid, hamid karzai, hillary clinton, his, horizontal, hotel, Iran, iranian, john mccain, joint, Joseph Lieberman, Kabul, karzai, Lancaster House, leadership, leaving, Mahmoud, march, meeting, munich, nato, overlaps, palace, ParsPix/ABACAPRESSCOM, peace, photo, Photograph:, Politics, Portrait, presence, president, Presidential, press, Prime Minister, receives, review, Robert, said, secretary, secretary of state, Secretary-General, security, solution, speaks, speech, surge, talking, The Media, topics, Topix, touring, troop, troops, UK, united nations, us, usa, vertical, visit, visiting, Waist Up, war, year'S
Photos aplenty showing Afghan President all over the democratic world hobnobbing with world leaders from Iran, Germany and British.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he arrives at The Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 10, 2010. Ahmadinejad said Iran does not consider the presence of foreign troops a solution for peace in Afghanistan. His visit overlaps with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates touring the country for a review of the US and NATO troop surge aimed at ending eight years of war. Photo by Parspix/ABACAPRESS.COM
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Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) speaks at a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 10, 2010. Photo by Parspix/ABACAPRESS.COM
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the audience during the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 7, 2010 in Munich, Germany. The 46th Munich conference on security policy ends today.
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German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (R) welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the first day of the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 5, 2010 in Munich, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai depart after speaking to the media after talks at the Chancellery on January 27, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel has pledged an additional 500 German ISAF troops for Afghanistan as well as a program to help intice Taliban fighters who are willing to lay down their arms. Karzai is in Berlin ahead of the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan in London. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images).
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U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (C) and John McCain (R) talk to Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) during the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 7, 2010 in Munich, Germany.
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) shakes hands with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in Downing Street after a breakfast meeting on January 28, 2010 in London, England. Foreign ministers from over 70 countries attended the conference, co-hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Talks aims to tackle key issues on the future of Afghanistan and the gradual withdrawal of international troops from the country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images).
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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Delegates including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (C), Afghan President Hamid Karzai (CL) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (CR) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Second Row, CL) pose for a photograph ahead of the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube before posing for a photograph ahead of the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.
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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband waits to greet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) meets with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at the London Conference on Afghanistan in London on January 28, 2010. UPI/Embassy Photo.
Posted: February 28, 2010 Filed under: Breaking News, Community, Current, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: -, 2010, 25, 27, 300, 33, 38103, 8.8, bachelor, california, ceremony, chile, coast, couple, despite, earthquake, evening, exchanged, february, guests, hit, Jason, Jason Mesnick, magnitude, Malaney, married, Mesnick, Molly, Molly Malaney, morning, ocean, outdoor, overlooking, pacific, PacificCoastNews.com, Palos, Photograph:, rain, Rancho, resort, result, saturday, Terranea, tsunami, tv, Verdes, vows, warning, wedding, wedding day, wedding dress
[tweetmeme]Earlier today, despite tsunami warnings to stay away from the Pacific ocean, one of America’s reality TV couples tied the knot.
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PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA. Bachelor TV couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney are married in front of 300 guests. Mesnick, 33, and Malaney, 25, exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony at the Terranea Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, despite evening rain and a morning tsunami warning – a result of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 28, 2010 Filed under: Analysis, Breaking News, Business, Community, Current, Environment, NZPacific, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: 11:03, 2010, 27th, 38100, 6am, a, Affected, alerting, beach, beaches, Binns, boats, bottom, Breaking News, Chilean, clearing, coast, county, earthquake, evacuate, evacuation, february, ground., hawaii, higher, hit, homes, hours, hundreds, islands, latest updates, lifeguards, maui, meassures, ocean, pacific, PacificCoastNews.com, People, Photograph:, planet, police, PST., raced, residents, saturday, seen, serious, Sirens, sounding, state, the, threatening, top.Maui, triggered, tsunami, tsunami wave activity, U.S, warning, waves, West, will
Issued to governments and registered news media outlets at 11.42am, Sunday, NZ Time.
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 017
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2241Z 27 FEB 2010
- LAT – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
- LON – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
- TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
- AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
- PER – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
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MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
——————- —– —— —– ————— —–
NUKUALOFA TO 21.1S 175.2W 2024Z 0.10M / 0.3FT 62MIN
KAWAIHAE HAWAII 20.0N 155.8W 2211Z 0.52M / 1.7FT 24MIN
BARBERS PT HI 21.3N 158.1W 2140Z 0.19M / 0.6FT 76MIN
KAUMALAPAU HAWAII 20.8N 156.9W 2136Z 0.18M / 0.6FT 56MIN
KAHULUI MAUI 20.9N 156.5W 2147Z 0.98M / 3.2FT 22MIN
NAWILIWILI KAUAI 22.0N 159.4W 2151Z 0.28M / 0.9FT 44MIN
PAGO PAGO AS 14.3S 170.7W 2132Z 0.66M / 2.2FT 12MIN
MONTEREY HARBOR CA 36.6N 121.9W 2031Z 0.32M / 1.1FT 56MIN
SANTA MONICA CA 34.0N 118.5W 2035Z 0.41M / 1.4FT 32MIN
SANTA BARBARA CA 34.4N 119.7W 2029Z 0.22M / 0.7FT 48MIN
SAN DIEGO CA 32.7N 117.2W 2036Z 0.13M / 0.4FT 20MIN
APIA UPOLU WS 13.8S 171.8W 2018Z 0.16M / 0.5FT 16MIN
RAROTONGA CK 21.2S 159.8W 1907Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 24MIN
ACAPULCO MX 16.8N 99.9W 1931Z 0.62M / 2.0FT 26MIN
DART SAN DIEGO 4641 32.2N 120.7W 1931Z 0.06M / 0.2FT 24MIN
LOTTIN PT NZ 37.6S 178.2E 1934Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 10MIN
RAROTONGA CK 21.2S 159.8W 1918Z 0.32M / 1.0FT 06MIN
CABO SAN LUCAS MX 22.9N 109.9W 1833Z 0.36M / 1.2FT 12MIN
DART TONGA 51426 23.0S 168.1W 1844Z 0.04M / 0.1FT 30MIN
HIVA OA MARQUESAS 9.8S 139.0W 1741Z 1.79M / 5.9FT 12MIN
PAPEETE TAHITI 17.5S 149.6W 1810Z 0.16M / 0.5FT 10MIN
NUKU HIVA MARQUESAS 8.9S 140.1W 1745Z 0.95M / 3.1FT 04MIN
MANZANILLO MX 19.1N 104.3W 1705Z 0.32M / 1.0FT 24MIN
DART MANZANILLO 434 16.0N 107.0W 1611Z 0.07M / 0.2FT 24MIN
RIKITEA PF 23.1S 134.9W 1559Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 22MIN
DART MARQUESAS 5140 8.5S 125.0W 1531Z 0.18M / 0.6FT 18MIN
QUEPOS CR 9.4E 81.2W 1416Z 0.24M / 0.8FT 52MIN
BALTRA GALAPAGS EC 0.4S 90.3W 1452Z 0.35M / 1.2FT 14MIN
EASTER CL 27.2S 109.5W 1205Z 0.35M / 1.1FT 52MIN
ANCUD CL 41.9S 73.8W 0838Z 0.62M / 2.0FT 84MIN
CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE 12.1S 77.2W 1029Z 0.36M / 1.2FT 30MIN
ARICA CL 18.5S 70.3W 1008Z 0.94M / 3.1FT 42MIN
IQUIQUE CL 20.2S 70.1W 0907Z 0.28M / 0.9FT 68MIN
ANTOFAGASTA CL 23.2S 70.4W 0941Z 0.49M / 1.6FT 52MIN
DART LIMA 32412 18.0S 86.4W 0941Z 0.24M / 0.8FT 36MIN
CALDERA CL 27.1S 70.8W 0843Z 0.45M / 1.5FT 20MIN
TALCAHUANO CL 36.7S 73.4W 0653Z 2.34M / 7.7FT 88MIN
COQUIMBO CL 30.0S 71.3W 0852Z 1.32M / 4.3FT 30MIN
CORRAL CL 39.9S 73.4W 0739Z 0.90M / 2.9FT 16MIN
SAN FELIX CL 26.3S 80.1W 0815Z 0.53M / 1.7FT 08MIN
VALPARAISO CL 33.0S 71.6W 0708Z 1.29M / 4.2FT 20MIN
SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.
A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.
FOR ALL AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Posted: February 28, 2010 Filed under: Analysis, Breaking News, Business, Community, Current, Environment, South Pacific Region, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: 11:03, 2010, 27th, 38100, 6am, a, Affected, alerting, all pacific islands affected by tsunami warning, beach, beaches, Bestof, Binns, boats, bottom, Breaking News, charity and relief work, Chilean, clearing, coast, county, earthquake, Emergencies And Disasters, Emergency Planning, evacuate, evacuation, february, ground., hawaii, Hawaii Islands, higher, hit, homes, Honolulu, horizontal, hours, hundreds, islands, lifeguards, maui, meassures, natural disaster, ocean, pacific, Pacific islands, PacificCoastNews.com, People, Photograph:, planet, police, PST., raced, rear, residents, Sandbag, saturday, seen, serious, Sirens, sounding, state, supplies, the, threatening, tidal wave, tools, top.Maui, topics, Topix, triggered, tsunami, TSUNAMI WARNING, U.S, usa, Waikiki Beach, warning, waves, West, will
[tweetmeme]Pacific Island nations are included in the 53 tsunami warning issued. Please check below:
FR. POLYNESIA / MEXICO / COOK ISLANDS / KIRIBATI / KERMADEC IS / NIUE / NEW ZEALAND / TONGA / AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA / JARVIS IS. / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU / FIJI / AUSTRALIA / HAWAII / PALMYRA IS. / TUVALU / VANUATU / HOWLAND-BAKER / NEW CALEDONIA / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / MARSHALL IS. / MIDWAY IS. / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / POHNPEI / WAKE IS. / CHUUK / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / INDONESIA / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / YAP / BELAU / JAPAN / PHILIPPINES / CHINESE TAIPEI.
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HONOLULU, HAWAII: Eli Cantu and Scott Liang make sandbags along Waikiki Beach in back of the Westin Moana Surfrider February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Residents are stocking up on food and emergency supplies in preparation for a potentially damaging tsunami, after a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile which sent waves across the Pacific Ocean. Warning sirens have been reported to be going off near the coast and the state is under a tsunami warning but there is no evacuation planned at this time. So far over 100 deaths in Chile have been reported and that number is expected to rise. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images).
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Shoppers line up in front of a grocery store as they wait for it to open February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Posted: February 24, 2010 Filed under: Analysis, Breaking News, Community, Current, Honour & Tribute, NZPacific, South Pacific Region, sports, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: 02, 10, 18, 19, 2010, 201005501427, action, aut, Bobsleighing, bruno banani, canada, Centre, cheering, copyright, cut, date, divers, Feb, games, GEPA, Guggenberger, horizontal, imago, Luge, Matthias, men, national sport, NewsFebruary, Olympia, Olympic, Os, picture, pictures, premiumd, PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxAUTxSUI, shot, shows, single, skeleton, sliding, sports, tonga, tongan, Vancouver, Vdig, Whistler, winter, ZAF, zagency, zselect
Luge, one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous sports on ice, isn’t usually associated with the Pacific island Kingdom of Tonga. But one Tongan athlete, Bruno Banani may change that.
ABC Asia Pacific News:Stories:Tongan athlete narrowly misses out on Winter Olympics.
Posted: February 20, 2010 Filed under: Analysis, Breaking News, Business, Community, Current, Politics, US & Foreign Affairs | Tags: (R, 18, 2010, assembling, barack, capital cities, civil rights, Dalai, dancing, Diplomacy, february, government, his, holiness, horizontal, house, Lama, map, meets, news, obama, Politics, president, room, Souza/The, Tibetan Culture, Tibetan Ethnicity, UPI/Pete, us, usa, washington, washington dc, white, White House
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WASHINGTON, USA: Tibetans dance as they gather outside the White House February 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama had a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House despite the opposition of the Chinese government. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images).
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House in Washington on February 18, 2010. UPI/Pete Souza/The White House.
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The Dalai Lama arrives for a press conference outside his hotel February 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day the Dalai Lama met with U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images).