Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thousands of paedophiles, drug dealers and violent thugs caught trying to get jobs as teachers

Paedophiles, violent thugs and drug dealers were among more than 4,000 offenders who applied to become teachers last year despite having almost 10,000 criminal convictions between them.

Criminal records checks revealed four convictions for child sex offences, including one for a sex attack on a girl under 13, as well as three convictions for assaulting or neglecting a child.

The Criminal Records Bureau said that, to date, checks had helped to stop more than 130,000 unsuitable people from working with children.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that the 263,477 checks carried out on applicants for teaching posts in 2011 identified 4,098 with 9,493 convictions between them. Read More

Beach walker buried up to his neck in sand after dune collapses on top of him, at Druridge Bay in Northumberland

A walker enjoying the sunshine on the beach was buried up to his neck in sand after a dune collapsed on him.

Police helicopters, fire crews and ambulances fought desperately to free the trapped man at Druridge Bay in Northumberland, before taking him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle.

It is thought that he and another man had been digging a large hole in the dunes when the sand bank slid down on top of them.

One of the men managed to escape but the second, who has not yet been named, became imprisoned by a landslide of sand.

The man was given oxygen to help him breathe as emergency crews work to free him.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said he remained conscious and breathing but was put on oxgen 'because the weight of the sand was causing him to have breathing difficulties.'

He was eventually dug out of the dune by fire and police crews and taken to hospital by air ambulance. Read More

Qatada, the happiest man in England: Brother tells of hate-preacher's delight at being handed a more expensive taxpayer-funded home

Abu Qatada has been upgraded to a larger taxpayer-funded home since his release from jail last month, the Mail can reveal.

The terror suspect has told relatives in his native Jordan that he is the ‘happiest man in England’ after he was rehoused to the more expensive property.

His wife and five children are also said to be ‘delighted’ with the move, because their new home has more bedrooms, a bigger garden and more modern fittings.

Qatada, who was once described by a judge as ‘Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe’, asked to switch houses a week after being freed from Long Lartin jail in February.

The hate preacher had initially moved into a £400,000 home in Wembley, North London – organised by the local authority – where his family were said to be paying £1,900 a month rent which they funded through benefits.

But the 51-year-old requested a move after complaints from the property’s owner, who was furious to discover he had unwittingly allowed the cleric to become his tenant. Read More

Syria Crisis: Russia Backs Kofi Annan's Plan



Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged his full support to UN envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to find a way to end the year-long violence in Syria.


Speaking at a meeting between the two men at a Moscow airport, Mr Medvedev said the mission "may be the last chance for Syria to avoid a protracted bloody civil war".

"We will be offering you our full support at any level in which we have a say," he said. "We very much hope that your efforts have a positive outcome."

But Mr Medvedev also stated foreign support for the Syrian opposition was the main obstacle to peace in the country.

Mr Annan's meeting with the Russian president comes days after Moscow followed through on unprecedented criticism of Syrian President Bashar al Assad by finally backing a UN Security Council call on his forces to pull out of protest cities. Read More

Obama's Blunt Words For Two Nuclear Powers

President Barack Obama has urged North Korea "to have the courage to pursue peace" while warning Iran that time is running out over its nuclear stand-off.

Speaking in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of a nuclear security summit, Mr Obama told leaders of North Korea that the US has no hostile intent towards them but they must give up their nuclear weapons.

"Today we say: Pyongyang, have the courage to pursue peace and give a better life to the people of North Korea," the President said.

"I want to speak directly to the leaders in Pyongyang. The United States has no hostile intent towards your country. We are committed to peace."

He said the internationally isolated country needs to change its ways because continuing down the same path will lead to "more broken dreams" and "more isolation."

Mr Obama went on to say that the international community has made progress in reducing the threat of nuclear material but says "we're under no illusions."

"Even as we have more work to do, we can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need," he said.

"I firmly believe that we can ensure the security of the United States and our allies, maintain a strong deterrent against any threat, and still pursue further reductions in our nuclear arsenal."

Mr Obama also warned Iran that time was running out to resolve the stand-off over its nuclear programme through diplomacy. Read More

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGINIA - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake has struck Virginia at a depth of just 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 03:21:51 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) SSW from Mineral, Virginia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ADRIATIC SEA - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Adriatic Sea at a depth of 16.3 km (10.1 miles), the quake hit at 03:00:17 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) SSW of Shkoder, Albania
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake IRKUTSKAYA OBLAST', RUSSIA - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Irkutskaya Oblast', Russia at a depth of 33 km (20.4 miles), the quake hit at 02:37:03 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 249 km (154.3 miles) Northwest of Kirensk, Russia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 34.8 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:33:50 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Guatemala at a depth of 18.9 km (11.7 miles), the quake hit at 02:01:16 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) ESE of Escuintla, Guatemala
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN IRAN - 26th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck Southeastern Iran at a depth of 67.2 km (41.8 miles), the quake hit at 00:06:19 UTC Monday 26th March 2012
The epicenter was 157 km (97 miles) SSE of Bam, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

7.1 Magnitude earthquake strikes Chile injuring at least 3 Persons, Evacuations Ordered

(CNN) -- A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit central Chile on Sunday, injuring three people and prompting emergency officials to order an evacuation along parts of the coast.

There were no immediate reports of major damage.

The earthquake was at a depth of 21.6 miles (34.8 km) and struck 16 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Talca, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had originally reported the quake was offshore and had a magnitude of 7.2.

No tsunami warning was issued and authorities initially canceled an evacuation order that had been issued for parts of the coast. They reissued that order late Sunday as a preventative measure.

Three people were injured as a result of the quake, emergency officials said. One person was in a traffic accident in the Biobio region and two people sustained light injuries when a ceiling collapsed.

Talca was one of the cities hit hard by a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake in 2010. Source

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake - MAULE, CHILE


Magnitude7.2
Date-Time
  • Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 22:37:06 UTC
  • Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM at epicenter
Location35.198°S, 71.783°W
Depth30 km (18.6 miles)
RegionMAULE, CHILE
Distances
  • 32 km (20 miles) NNW (341°) from Talca, Chile
  • 215 km (133 miles) NNE (32°) from Concepcion, Chile
  • 215 km (134 miles) SSW (208°) from SANTIAGO, Chile
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 19.8 km (12.3 miles); depth +/- 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
ParametersNST=336, Nph=342, Dmin=24.5 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDusc0008pwq

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 25th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck Vanuatu at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:45:41 UTC Sunday 25th March 2012
The epicenter was 79 km (49 miles) Northwest of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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Swine flu returns, kills 12 in three weeks, India

The dreaded H1N1 virus has reared its ugly head again with twelve dead and 129 infected during the past three weeks in the country.

"It is expected to spread in pockets which had remained unaffected earlier. People might have developed immunity in areas where the flu had struck earlier," Dr V.M. Katoch, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research, said.

Of the 12 deaths, six were reported in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan and one in Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, Maharashtra has reported 69 cases of infection, followed by Rajasthan (28), Andhra Pradesh (27) and Karnataka (5).

Officials said there is no need to panic as drugs are available to control the flu. Source

H1N1 resurfaces; doctors suspect minor mutation, India

The human influenza virus, called H1N1, has resurfaced in the country, with dozens of sporadic cases reported from different states including AP and Maharashtra. Authorities are planning to screen passengers at airports if the number of cases keep increasing.

Virologists are trying to decode the genome of the circulating strain to ascertain if it has mutated since the 2009 pandemic to adapt itself to dry climate conditions. Though influenza viruses strike round the year, they are more active in wet conditions and low temperatures. Summer has begun in many parts of the country with the mercury soaring past 35o Celsius. That the H1N1 virus seems to be thriving in these conditions is causing scientists to wonder if the virus has mutated, and if so, to what extent. If the mutation is a major one, a new vaccine has to be developed. Read More

Emergency declared in 2 Ontario aboriginal communities

FORT ALBANY FIRST NATION — Two First Nations communities in northern Ontario have declared a state of emergency and are evacuating residents as ice breakup on a nearby river causes jams and flooding.

The evacuation of "vulnerable residents" in the First Nations of Kashechewan and Fort Albany began as a precaution yesterday and is continuing today.

A spokesman with Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services says the plan is to evacuate some 300 residents today and take them to the northern Ontario towns of Kapuskasing and Wawa.

Greg Flood says approximately 50 people were taken from Kashechewan to Kapuskasing yesterday, where preparations to house them have been made.

He says a breakup of ice on the Albany river has caused localized flooding and ice jams near the two communities which sit on the James Bay coast.

Flood says weather conditions, mainland access for residents on an island and aircraft availability may impact the number of people evacuated from the communities today. Read More

Avalanche kills two mountaineers on Ortles, Italy

(AGI) Bolzano - Tragedy on the Ortles moutain in Alto Adige, the highest in the region with its 4000 metres. An avalanche killed two mountaineers on the northern versant of the mountain.

Two more mountaineers were injured and taken to hospitals in Silandro and Bolzano. The two victims were a Swiss and a Spaniard. An avalanche of ice and snow ran down the 'Gurgel' tract, at an altitude of about 2800 metres, above the mountain refuge 'Tabaretta'. The two mountaineers were part of a group and were run over and dragged down below. A man and a woman, both foreign, were also part of the same group. . . Source