There is a new, huge iceberg that broke away from Antarctica

There is a new, huge iceberg that broke away from Antarctica

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A76 is as big as the island of Mallorca. It was identified by ESA satellites, which consider it the largest in the world

A76 (Photo: Esa) An iceberg almost as big as Molise broke away from the Ronne glacial shelf, in the western part of Antarctica , and is now floating in the Weddell Sea. With its 4,320 square kilometers of surface, the huge block of ice has been declared the largest iceberg in the world by the European Space Agency (ESA). The images of the floating giant were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission and then published on the ESA website, which compared its dimensions with those of the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The new sample of the world was called A76. Like all icebergs, it received its initials based on the Antarctic quadrant from which it originated, to which a sequential number is added and, in the case of fragmentation, a final letter. A76 exceeds by about one thousand square kilometers the size of A23A which, with its 3380 square kilometers, had assumed the record as the largest iceberg in the world following the melting of A68 (twice the size of A23A) in the Atlantic Ocean one month ago, after two years of "navigation". A68, in addition to its size, had become famous for having come very close to contact with the British Isles of South Georgia, potentially endangering the colonies of penguins that inhabit those territories.

The Ronne Ice Shelf, from which both A76 and A23A broke off, is among the largest floating ice sheets connected to the land mass of Antarctica and extending into the surrounding seas. The periodic detachment of large sections of these plates is part of a natural cycle of glacier life. However, the deterioration of some of these platforms has accelerated sharply in recent years, a phenomenon that scientists believe to be linked to climate change and CO 2 emissions.

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Dear Neighbors – there is apparently a new scam regarding...

Dear Neighbors – there is apparently a new scam regarding package deliveries. See description below, which I received from a relative.

Stay alert -- be suspicious of strangers bearing unexpected gifts, especially if they ask for any sort of payment!Jane SchwabWHPOA Security Chair________________________

This is very clever. I would probably fall for it, if not warned. Give this wide distribution. This scam is very clever. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Be very careful out there! Beware of people bearing gifts!

The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: 'Express Couriers' (the name could be any courier company). He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature. The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in approximately an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I was very surprised, since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I, certainly, didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was.

The courier replied, 'I don't know, I'm only delivering the package.' Apparently, a greeting card was being sent separately. (The card has never arrived!) There was also a consignment note with the gift.

He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 'delivery/verification charge,' providing proof that he actually had delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor. This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction. He added, 'Couriers don't carry cash to avoid loss or being, likely, targets for robbery.'

My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and the 'delivery man,' asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad. Frank, my husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction.

The guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day, and left.

To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.

Apparently, the 'mobile credit card machine,' which the deliveryman carried, now had all the info necessary to create a 'dummy' card with all our card details including the PIN number.

Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed.

We, also personally went to the police, where it was confirmed that it is, definitely, a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

WARNING: Be wary of accepting any 'surprise gift or package,' which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know, or there is no proper identification of, who the sender is. Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!


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