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Flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 144 people and left thousands homeless in Central America, officials said Monday. Dozens of people are still missing and emergency crews are struggling to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges caused by Tropical Storm Agatha. In all some 110,000 people were evacuated in Guatemala. Thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Honduras, where the death toll rose to 15 even as meteorologists predicted three more days of rain. In El Salvador, at least 179 landslides have been reported and 11,000 people were evacuated. The death toll was nine, President Mauricio Funes said. Agatha made landfall near the Guatemala-Mexico border Saturday as a tropical storm with winds up to 45 mph (75 kph). It dissipated the following day over the mountains of western Guatemala. Rescue efforts in Guatemala have been complicated by a volcanic eruption Thursday near the capital that blanketed parts of the area with ash. Guatemala City's La Aurora airport remained closed Sunday because of heavy ash that fell from last week's eruptions of Pacaya volcano. But volcanic activity had tapered off Sunday, allowing helicopters and small planes to deliver aid to communities still unreachable on washed out roads. People try to cross the overflowed Huiza River as others look from a damaged bridge in La Libertad, 40 km south of San Salvador. An orange alert was issued by the Salvadorean goverment on Saturday due to heavy rains, as tropical storm Agatha already killed one person, authorities said. A couple remove mud with a bucket the from their home, destroyed by tropical strom Agatha on May 30, 2010, in the village of Los Almendros, in the municipality of Palin, Escuintla 39 km south of Guatemala City. People look at a car destroyed by a mudslide caused by tropical storm Agatha on May 30, 2010, in the municipality of Palin, Escuintla, 36 km south of Guatemala City.

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A Vietnam War veteran has released incredible night-time photographs he took of American troops opening fire on a Viet Cong sniper who had been firing on a U.S. Army camp. For more than four decades, photographer James Speed Hensinger kept these incredible photographs to himself, not releasing them to the public until now. Hensinger was just a 22-year-old paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in April 1970 when a Viet Cong sniper began spraying automatic rifle fire on Hensinger's base in Phu Tai, near the coastal city of Da Nang. 'We were pissed off at taking Viet Cong sniper fire from the mountain above us several nights in a row,' Hensinger, now 66 and living outside Denver, Colorado, recalls. 'The guy would stand up from behind a rock and blow off a clip from his AK47 on full-auto. The sniper was shooting at such a high angle that most of his rounds came through the sheet metal roofs of our hooches. 'We decided to use a "heavy" response the next time the sniper hit us.' The following night, Hensinger set up his Nikon FTN camera to take long exposures to capture the firefight. Each shot includes 15 to 60 seconds of gunfire. When the Viet Cong sniper began shooting, the Americans unleashed hell. An M42 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun began pouring cannon and machine gun fire into the hills above the camp.

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There are some large cottonwood trees East of our house that have had a bird nest for years. In 2005, we saw some Great Horned owls nesting there (see bottom pictures) ... but a few years later, the nest was taken over by some Red-Tailed Hawks. I didn't see any action in 2009, but in 2010, the Great Horned Owls came back to the nest - perhaps the next generation!

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From Indonesia come two flavors. Jeden z nich doceniany i serwowany jest glównie w lokalnych restauracjach. One of them appreciated and is mainly served in local restaurants. Drugi, to rozpoznawany i niezwykle ceniony na calym swiecie produkt. Second, it is recognized and highly valued throughout the world product. Burgery z miesa kobry nie sa daniem szczególnie wykwintnym, ale znajduja swoich amatorów wsród turystów i ludnosci lokalnej. Burgers from the meat dish cobras are not particularly refined, but their fans are among the tourists and the local population. Zbierane dziko zyjace kobry sa przenoszone do rzezni, gdzie zabija sie je przez odciecie glowy. Gathered wild cobras are transferred to the slaughterhouse, where they kill them by decapitation. Nastepnie z ciala weza zdejmowana jest skóra a otrzymane mieso jest czyszczone i ciete na drobniejsze paski. Then the body of the snake skin is removed and the resulting meat is cleaned and cut into smaller strips. Ze zmielonego i doprawionego miesa formuje sie burgery, które w wygladzie przypominaja te znane na calym swiecie. And seasoned with ground meat formed into burgers, which look similar to those known throughout the world. Drugi z przysmaków przeznaczony jest dla konsumentów o bardziej wyrafinowanym guscie kulinarnym i znacznie zasobniejszym portfelu. The second of delicacies is designed for consumers with more sophisticated culinary tastes, and much zasobniejszym wallet. Kopi luwak, bo o niej mowa, to najdrozsza kawa na swiecie. Kopi luwak, because of her question, the most expensive coffee in the world. Jej kilogram kosztuje okolo tysiaca euro. Her kilogram costs a thousand euros. Wynika to z faktu, ze swiatowe zbiory/produkcja tego gatunku kawy wynosza zaledwie 300-400 kg rocznie. This follows from the fact that the world harvest / production of this species of coffee are only 300-400 kg per year. Jak powstaje kopi luwak? How to make a copy of luwak? Owocami kawowca karmione sa cywety ( Paradoxurus hermaphroditus ), w których zoladkach trawiony jest miazsz owoców, ale nie samo ziarno. Cherry fruits are fed civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), in which the stomach is digested pulp of fruit, but not the same grain. Po nadtrawieniu przez enzymy trawienne i lekkim sfermentowaniu przez bakterie produkujace kwas mlekowy, ziarno kawy przechodzi przez przewód pokarmowy cywety i jest wydalane. After nadtrawieniu by digestive enzymes and a slight fermented by bacteria producing lactic acid, coffee bean passes through the digestive tract and is excreted civet. Wydobyte z odchodów ziarna kawy, dzieki takiej obróbce, nabywaja niepowtarzalnego aromatu. Extracted from the faeces of coffee beans, with such treatment, they acquire a unique flavor. Z uwagi na swoje zdolnosci, cywety czesto padaja lupem klusowników, którzy wykorzystuja je do „produkcji” kopi luwak. Due to their capacity, civet often fell prey to poachers, who use them for the "production" copy luwak.

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A recent Pentagon report on the situation in Afghanistan over the past 6 months gives the impression that while things aren't necessarily getting any worse, they are far from improving. Afghan citizens, when polled, showed only limited support for their government, and a slight majority placed the blame for instability on Taliban forces. There remains a heavy reliance on international forces to provide security, training and equipment. As of March 31st, there were approximately 133,500 foreign troops on the ground in Afghanistan - 87,000 U.S. forces and 46,500 international forces. This month also saw the departure of a U.S. military presence from Afghanistan's notorious Korengal Valley, a small, isolated, patch of difficult terrain where 42 soldiers lost their lives over the past five years. NATO is calling the move a "realignment", focusing efforts on more-populated areas. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. A mortar team from the U.S. Army's Centurion Company, 2-1 Infantry Battalion, 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team fire a 60mm round from a hand-held tube outside Combat Outpost Terminator in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province. A CAT Scan shows the placement of a 14.5 millimeter high explosive incendiary round which was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army solder at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 18, 2010. The injury was sustained during an improvised ordinance device attack. Trucks carrying supplies to coalition forces burn after hundreds of people blocked a main road and set them on fire to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO operations in Logar province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 25, 2010. They gathered hours after NATO said coalition troops killed several insurgents and captured a Taliban sub-commander.

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Photographer and filmmaker, Phil Jackson is also an avid skateboarder, who spends a lot of time in skate parks. His series, “Temporary Autonomous Aggro Zone,” photos of an abandoned building he and his friends are rebuilding into a skate park in Newark, New Jersey, is currently on view through July 27th at Marginal Utility Gallery in Philadelphia. Jackson received his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and since then has participated in multiple group exhibitions both domestically and internationally. His annual zine, “Borderline Retarded,” was featured on our Tumblr, PDN’s Promos We Kept.

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Vladimir Putin, the 58-year-old former president and current prime minister of Russia, has cultivated a distinct public image over the past several years. The politician has piloted firefighting planes, darted whales, driven race cars, and even taken a submersible 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) below the surface of Lake Baikal. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin swims the butterfly during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in Karatash area near the town of Abakan while on a working trip to Khakassia, Russia 25 February 2010. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during test driving a Renault F 1 race car on a track outside St. Petersburg, Russia, 07 November 2010.

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India is one of the largest salt producer in the world. Blisko 70% z ok. 20 mln ton soli potasowej pochodzi ze stanu Gujarat. Nearly 70% of the approximately 20 million tons of potassium salt comes from the state of Gujarat. Miejscem, które z tym zajeciem wiaze sie szczególnie, jest Wielki Rann – sezonowe solnisko (slone bagna) na spornym pograniczu Indii i Pakistanu, nad Morzem Arabskim. The place, which in this particular occupation is associated, is the Great Rann - seasonal salt pan (salt marshes) on the disputed border between India and Pakistan, the Arabian Sea. Sól czesto wydobywana jest tradycyjnymi, niezmiennymi od stuleci metodami. Salt is often extracted by traditional methods immutable for centuries. Przy pracy zaangazowane sa cale rodziny, równiez dzieci. Szacuje sie, ze kazdego roku zbieraniem soli zajmuje sie 200 tys. When the work involves the whole family, including children. It is estimated that each year the collection deals with the sole 200 thousand. ludzi. people. Obok Wielkiego Ranu na zdjeciach zobaczycie równiez solnisko znajdujace sie w Indonezji, na wyspie Madura. In addition to the Grand Ranu see photos of the salt pan located in Indonesia, on the island of Madura. W miejscowosci Sumenep, po odparowaniu wody, rolnicy zbieraja ok. 10 ton soli z kazdych 100 m2. In the town of Sumenep, the evaporation of water, farmers collect about 10 tonnes of salt for every 100 m2. Sól ta jest nastepnie eksportowana – glównie do Malezji. This salt is subsequently exported - mainly to Malaysia.

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