Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spanish PM To Unveil Austerity Budget

Spain's prime minister is today set to unveil a new budget amid anger across the country at the government's austerity measures and changes to labour laws.

Hours after tens of thousands of workers took to the streets in protest, Mariano Rajoy will outline his latest economic plans.

He has already warned they will be "very austere" and it is rumoured they will involve spending cuts of up to 15% in every government department.

The government, which is not yet 100 days old, is under pressure to reduce its budget deficit, which last year ballooned to 8.51% of all the goods and services produced by Spain.

The European Union says this must be reduced to 5.3% this year and 3% in 2013 but economists warn that growth in Spain is so sluggish and debt so high, it will be a tough deadline to meet. Read More

Shrien Dewani Extradition Decision Due

The British businessman accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon will learn today whether he has won his High Court appeal against extradition to South Africa to face allegations of masterminding the killing.

Shrien Dewani has always denied any involvement in the killing of his wife Anni after she was abducted in Cape Town in November, 2010.

His lawyers have said he is suffering from depression and that he is a suicide risk, claiming that his extradition would be "inhumane".

Mr Dewani has said that armed hijackers threw him out of a taxi and sped off with his new bride still inside.

Mrs Dewani, 28, was later found dead in the back of the abandoned cab with a bullet wound to her neck.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who has admitted his part in the crime, claimed in a plea agreement with prosecutors that Mr Dewani ordered the carjacking and paid for a hit on his wife. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 30th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck Hokkaido, Japan Region at a depth of 138.3 km (85.9 miles), the quake hit at 00:52:10 UTC Friday 30th March 2012
The epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) ENE of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ECUADOR - 29th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Ecuador at a depth of 72.9 km (45.3 miles), the quake hit at 23:57:20 UTC Thursday 29th March 2012
The epicenter was 39 km (24 miles) SSE of Riobamba, Ecuador
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 29th Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the Kodiak Island Region, Alaska at a depth of 22.4 km (13.9 miles), the quake hit at 22:31:31 UTC Thursday 29th March 2012
The epicenter was 28 km (17 miles) South from Karluk, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Richmond Height (MO) Woman Anna Brown Arrested At Hospital Begging For Care, Dies In Jail



This video compiles the moments from when Anna Brown arrived at the hospital, was refused treatment, was arrested, and later died as a result from a lack of care.

Mass UFO sighting in Las Vegas: What was it?

First angle:



Second angle disproving "bats reflecting in Luxor's light" theory (as they end up leaving the beam of light yet still remain illuminated, but for some reason remain attracted to it):

Montserrat volcano active again, Antigua

St. John’s Antigua- For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall.

Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware.

Stuart reported, “Last Friday we had the first sort of activity in the volcano in over two years. It generated some ash and because it was the first activity we had in two years, it was almost a precautionary measure that we closed daytime access to Zone C just in case this activity started something bigger,” Stuart told OBSERVER Media.

The authority also noted increased steam venting activity on the volcano and a new steam vent (fumarole) that appeared on the northwestern face of the lava dome behind Gages Mountain. Audible roaring associated with the venting were intermittently heard from the Observatory, 5.75 km northwest of the volcano.

The seismic network recorded nine rockfalls, 105 volcano-tectonic (VT) and four hybrid earthquakes. Additionally, two swarms of VT earthquakes occurred. Earthquakes in the second swarm were described as markedly larger than those in the first.

Consequently Zone C on the volcanic risk map was closed until Tuesday when there was a decrease in volcanic tectonic earthquakes below the volcano. Read More

U.S. Army charges four GIs with murder of soldier, 19, and his 17-year-old girlfriend 'who were executed with shots to the head'

The U.S. Army has filed murder charges against four soldiers in the shooting deaths of an ex-soldier who had been part of their brigade and his girlfriend.

The GIs, who are based in Fort Stewart in Georgia, have been charged with premeditated murder and other crimes under military law, an army spokesman said yesterday.

Soldiers convicted of premeditated murder by a court-martial can be sentenced to death or life in prison. The four were already facing charges in civilian court.

The military action comes nearly four months after fishermen found the bodies of Michael Roark, 19, and Tiffany York, 17.

Both had been shot in the head before they were discovered in December not far from Fort Stewart, where Roark had served in the Army until being discharged just three days before he was killed.

Brett Roark, the victim's father, said: 'If we can get the death penalty, let's go for it. This was one cold-blooded execution.' Read More

Former nuclear scientist at Large Hadron Collider goes on trial accused of being Al Qaeda agent

A nuclear scientist accused of plotting an explosion that would have destroyed 'a city the size of London' has gone on trial in Paris today.

Suspected Al Qaeda agent Adlene Hicheur also complied a 'hit list' of VIP targets including French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his former interior minister Brice Hortefeux.

The 35-year-old French-Algerian was arrested in a joint MI5 and French intelligence sting three years ago while researching the Big Bang theory at the CERN nuclear laboratory near Geneva.

In one email to suspected Islamic terror chief Mustapha Debchi, Hicheur said he would 'propose possible objectives in Europe and particularly in France'.

He wrote in March 2009: 'Concerning the matter of objectives, they differ depending on the different results sought after the hits.

'For example: if it's about punishing the state because of its military activities in Muslim countries - Afghanistan - then it should be a purely military objective. For example: the air base at Karan Jefrier near Annecy in France. This base trains troops and sends them to Afghanistan.'

In June 2009, Debchi asked Hicheur: 'Don't beat around the bush: are you prepared to work in a unit becoming active in France?' Read More

Shaw Tyson Killed TWO UNARMED British Tourist in Cold Blood and Obama Ignored THREE letters from Grieving Family

They said Mr Obama’s failure to respond to three letters was because there was no ‘political value’

Friends of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Obama for his lack of compassion over the deaths.

They said Mr Obama’s failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no ‘political value’ and it was not worthy of a few minutes of his time.

They spoke out as Shawn Tyson, 17, was charged with two counts of first degree murder for killing James Cooper and James Kouzaris in April 2011 and was sentenced to life in prison.

The teen murdered the holidaymakers after he tried robbing the young men only to find that they did not have any cash on them.

Speaking after Tyson was jailed, Paul Davies and Joe Hallett lashed out at Mr Obama, saying the deaths of their friends was ‘not worthy of ten minutes of his time’.

Mr Davies said: ‘We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself. Read More

Asylum seeker raped woman in park after being released while awaiting deportation

An asylum seeker has been jailed for punching a woman to the ground and raping her in a historic park - after being freed while he awaited deportation.

Palestinian Ali Aboalkassem, 29, was arrested by the UK Border Agency a year ago after he entered Britain illegally in a bid to claim asylum.

But immigration officials released him back into society on bail while they made arrangements for him to be deported.

The attacker approached his 32-year-old victim as she walked through Parker’s Piece, in the middle of historic Cambridge, and asked her for a light for a cigarette, then offered her an alcoholic drink.

When she declined he grabbed her and dragged her off the path, silencing her screams with punches before raping her on the grass.

He then stole her mobile phone and fled, leaving the distressed woman to flag down a passing cyclist who called the police.

Aboalkassem’s DNA was later discovered on the victim and on a bottle of absinthe, which was recovered from the crime scene.

He admitted rape and was sentenced to six year in jail at Cambridge Crown Court and will be deported when he is released. Read More

Philip Austin Collins arrested in Peru after police 'find £150,000 worth of cocaine stashed in yacht fire extinguishers'

Rock star Phil Collins' nephew is being held in a Peruvian prison accused of trying to smuggle £150,000 worth of cocaine into Britain.

Philip Austin Collins was arrested alongside two other Britons after police allegedly found 40kg of the Class A drug on his yacht, docked near the capital of Lima.

The substance was reportedly hidden in fire extinguishers and gas cylinders in the cabin.

Officers swooped on the 37-year-old former pub owner, whose father Clive is musician Phil's brother, while he was onboard his 39ft boat the Audaciter.

Richard Marshall Crewe and Gareth John Young were detained as part of the investigation, alongside a Peruvian woman called Helena Ramírez Vargas.

Two houses in the capital of Lima were also raided in connection with the find, as police continued a month-long crackdown on alleged drug trafficking.

So far 27 people have been arrested and 5,000kg seized. Read More

Nato and Eurolet 63 Libyan refugees starve to death on boat cast adrift in Mediterranean', After distress calls went unanswered for days

Dozens of refugees fleeing war-torn Libya on a boat were 'left to die' after they were cast adrift and their distress calls went unanswered for days, a damning report has revealed.

Nato warships and European coastguards were blamed for a series of errors which contributed to the deaths of 63 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2011.

Only nine survived as the vessel, which set sail from Tripoli, ran into trouble and was left floating for two weeks before it was washed back up onto Libya's shores.

Emergency calls were issued, and the boat's location was noted and identified by European coastguards. But astoundingly a rescue mission was not launched.

The victims died from thirst and starvation, a nine-month investigation by human rights watchdog the Council of Europe also discovered. Read More

Just 27 police officers tracking down paedophiles in London… while 150 are working on phone-hacking investigation

There are just 27 police officers tracking down paedophiles in London - while 150 officers work on the phone-hacking investigation, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in London, told the media standards hearing he had been concerned about the £40million being spent on looking into hacking.

He said that Scotland Yard was struggling with a backlog of 400 rape cases in 2009 and he had been unhappy with their response to gang crime a year later.

Mr Malthouse questioned top Met officers about resources being put into the operation and earlier this month Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick said he had spoken to her three times about the issue.

Today, Mr Malthouse said it was his job to ask questions about how money was spent and which types of crime detectives should focus on. Read More

Black fox is KILLED by car just days after being spotted in countryside

The second black fox to ever be spotted in Britain has died today, just days after it was spotted by an amateur photographer.

The rare creature was killed after it was hit by a car on a busy road in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, near to where it was first seen by John Moore, 58, on Monday.

Members of the public stopped to see if they could help to save the injured animal after they recognised it from being in the papers, but it was already dead.

According to legend, the black fox is an omen of bad luck, but on this occasion it seems it was the animal whose luck ran out. Read More

Spain's streets Erupt in Violence as thousands clash with police in 24-hour general strike



Riot police took to the streets of Spain today as protesters burned bins, vandalised shops and attacked officers during a one day nationwide general strike.

Spaniards angry with having the eurozone's highest unemployment rate refused to go to work in protest at further crushing austerity measures being brought in by the new centre-right Popular Party government.

In Madrid more than 1,000 members of the National Police's mobile anti-disturbance units patrolled the streets on foot and in armoured personnel carriers. Read More


Oksana Makar dies from her injuries two weeks after She Described harrowing Attack By Gang in Ukraine

A Ukranian teen who was gang-raped, dumped in a ditch and set on fire has died days after she posted a tragic online video revealing her ordeal.

Oksana Makar bravely told from her hospital bed how she was raped, strangled and burned by three men in a savage attack which stripped off 55 per cent of her skin.

Her harrowing hospital video, filmed by her mother, emerged after medics had been forced to amputate one of her arms and both her feet in a battle to keep her alive.

But after a two-week fight for life, health officials in Donetsk said Oksana, 18, died today of severe burns and damage to her lungs.

The rape attack on Oksana shocked Ukraine with its cruelty, and also caused nationwide protests against corruption after police initially released two of the suspects who had powerful connections in the region.

In the 1:19 minute video clip which emerged earlier this month, Oksana looks distraught as her mother, Tetyana Surovitska, urges her to describe her horrific ordeal by saying 'a couple of words to Ukraine'. Read More

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake UTAH - 29th Mar 2012

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake has struck Utah at a depth of just 0.3 km (0 miles Poorly Constrained), the quake hit at 17:22:06 UTC Thursday 29th March 2012
The epicenter was 8 km (5 miles) Northwest from Emery, Utah
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: USGS has downgraded this earthquake from 3.7 t0 3.4 Magnitude

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake UTAH - 29th Mar 2012

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake has struck Utah at a depth of just 0.4 km (0 miles Poorly Constrained), the quake hit at 17:06:02 UTC Thursday 29th March 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) WNW from Emery, Utah
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

2.8 Magnitude Earthquake COLORADO - 29th Mar 2012

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake has struck Colorado at a depth of just 4.8km (3 miles), the quake hit at 15:56:20 UTC Thursday 29th March 2012
The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) West of Cokedale, Colorado
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mystery illness sweeps through Oklahoma school

MADILL, Okla. - A Marshall County school remains closed Thursday after an illness swept through the school.

Classes were canceled at Madill Elementary School Wednesday after about 30 people became sick.

The school superintendent says students and staff complained of nausea, dizziness and fatigue.
Those who were ill were treated by paramedics and some were transported to a local hospital.

The Madill Fire Department says they've checked the school for signs of a possible gas leak and Carbon Monoxide poisoning but found nothing.

Classes are canceled again Thursday to allow time for state health officials to investigate and the school to be disinfected for possible viruses. Source

Woman is DECAPITATED by lorry in hit-and-run... and workmen post sick pictures of her body on Twitter

A woman was decapitated by a 40-ton truck in a hit-and-run tragedy today - as witnesses took sick photos of her on their mobile phones.

The victim is believed to have fallen into the path of the articulated lorry as it travelled through the rush hour. The HGV driver then drove off without stopping.

Police were called to the scene at 10am on Upper Brook Street in Longsight, Manchester, to find the woman’s body parts strewn across the road.

But as the tragedy unfolded passers-by whipped out their phones and began taking pictures of the grisly scene before posting them on social networking site Twitter.

Eye witnesses claimed builders working on a nearby site had also filmed the death taking place. One picture on Twitter showing the woman’s severed leg was later deleted.

The trucker has now been arrested on suspicion of murder after his vehicle was pulled over by police at a side street near a council tip three miles from the death scene.

Officers are now investigating whether the victim jumped to her death from an office block during the morning rush hour and fell into the path of the truck. Read More

Police force orders petrol stations to CLOSE

The fuel panic crisis descended into further chaos today after a police force ordered petrol stations to close because of the huge traffic jams the shortages were causing.

Dorset police ordered a temporary shutdown after dozens of stations ran dry and motorists formed long queues outside those still selling fuel, which they said were dangerous to other drivers.

There are now fears that other forces may follow suit. Petrol stations in Cambridge have already started rationing by limiting customers to £10 worth of petrol or diesel.

The chaos followed the incredible farce of ministers issuing a series of conflicting messages to motorists on how to prepare for a national strike by tanker drivers.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey this morning suggested that drivers top up when their tanks are half empty. Read More

Ship rams into Denmark railway bridge‎, only moments before a train was due to cross

Copenhagen - A cargo ship rammed into a railway bridge in northern Denmark only moments before a train was due to cross, causing massive damage and traffic chaos but no injuries, police said on Thursday.

Late on Wednesday "we received word that a boat had hit a railway bridge that links the town of Aalborg with that of Lindholm", crossing the Lim Fjord in the north of the Jutland peninsula, local police chief Per Joergensen said.

"The bridge was so damaged that it will not be possible to use it for the next six months. This will cost millions [of kroner, hundreds of thousands of euros/dollars]," he said, pointing out that all passengers travelling from Aalborg towards the north will have to be transported by bus.

Per Vagn Nielsen, a duty officer with the local police in northern Jutland, meanwhile told public broadcaster TV2 News that a train had been just a minute from the bridge when the accident had happened on Wednesday night.

"The train could have derailed and gone into the water. That would have been the worst imaginable scenario," he said. Read More

Student protest could paralyze downtown Montreal

A student demonstration rolling out in Montreal mid-day has the potential to paralyze the city's core for much of Thursday.

It’s the latest in a series of what have become near-daily protests by various student groups across the province over proposed university tuition hikes.

Thursday’s demonstration is being organized by CLASSE, a collective of student associations that represents many of the students. Nearly 309,000 students are on strike over the looming fee hikes, according to student groups organizing the protests. more

Extensive fire breaks out in Czech chemical plant, no injuries

Pardubice - The extensive fire that burst out in the Synthesia chemical plant complex early this morning fortunately injured no one but it caused an estimated damage worth up to 25 million crowns, local firefighters and police spokespersons told CTK.

The fire started around 4:00 in consequence of an accident in the premises belonging to Rekla, a company that handles mineral oils and is seated in the Synthesia complex.

Fifteen firefighter units, professional and voluntary, tackled the fire and its aftermath for about three hours, Synthesia spokeswoman Jaroslava Dolezalova told CTK. Read More

Vietnam treats human bird flu case

A 31-year-old man has become the 2nd patient to be successfully treated for bird flu (H5N1) so far this year in Vietnam.

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) announced that the patient has recovered and been discharged from the hospital after 19 days of intensive treatment.

His family said they had previously slaughtered and eaten a sick home-raised chicken more than 10 days earlier, from which he later developed a cough and high fever. The entire flock of chicken also died.

In a previous case, the hospital successfully treated a 22-year-old bird flu patient from Binh Duong Province.

Vietnam has so far this year reported 4 bird flu infections, 2 of which have been fatal, after a 20-month absence.

On 21 Mar, the Animal Health Department announced that Vietnam was free of bird flu. According to relevant regulations, a province is considered free from an infectious disease if there is no new infection in three weeks. Read More

'Panic buying' at petrol stations Continues

Queues have formed at petrol stations as demand for fuel shot up after ministers called for people to top up in case of a tanker drivers' strike.

Some garages ran dry but retailers said they were coping and normal deliveries would ensure supplies were replenished.

Ministers have rejected retailer claims their advice caused "panic buying".

No strike is fixed and conciliation service Acas says it hopes to set up talks by Monday, making action over Easter unlikely, correspondents say.

Some 90% of UK forecourts are supplied by the Unite union's 2,000 or so members, who are calling for minimum standards of working conditions and pay.

Anticipating a strike they describe as "completely wrong", ministers had called for motorists to keep their cars "topped up" but urged people not to queue.

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said people "just need to do the sensible thing... get a full tank of petrol, not a half-tank." Read More

Traynor Martin: “Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!”

The Daily Caller has identified a second Twitter handle that was used by the late Trayvon Martin during the last weeks of 2011. Tweeting in December under the name “T33ZY TAUGHT M3,” Martin sent a message that read, “Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!”

It’s unclear who Martin intended the message for, or whether he intended it to be taken literally.

The photo Martin chose to represent himself on Twitter as “T33ZY TAUGHT M3″ depicts him in a black Polo cap, looking into the camera and extending his middle finger. The photo’s file name on Twitter’s server indicates that it was taken on the afternoon of June 17, 2010.

At least one website issued a retraction this week after mistakenly linking Martin to a middle-finger-salute image on a Facebook account corresponding to a Georgia teenager who shares Martin’s name. This image, however, was uploaded to Twitter by the teen himself.

On Tuesday TheDC published 152 pages of Martin’s Twitter activity that were retrieved using the social analytics product PeopleBrowsr. more

Note: This image was not selected by us. Traynor Martin himself chose this image to represent his Twitter account.

Murphy: Obama fuels racial hatred

When 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Florida last month by a neighborhood watch group volunteer, he was packing Skittles, not heat.

The man who killed him was doing some sort of neighborhood safety patrol and started following Martin, who is black, because he “looked suspicious.”

This is ugly stuff, and although many of us can’t relate to what it feels like to be considered “suspicious” for simply walking down the street, we can certainly become outraged as human beings on behalf of anyone who dies at the hand of a killer motivated by prejudice.

The Hispanic man accused of killing Martin, George Zimmerman, claims he acted in self defense. If he did, the law will protect him from prosecution. If he didn’t, he will land in prison for the rest of his life, as well he should.

While we await the specifics, it serves no purpose to whip up a racism-fueled frenzy because whatever motivation propelled Zimmerman to kill, the serious problem of racism needs to be redressed, not stoked.

The president of the United States apparently believes otherwise.

Clearly not worried about embarrassing himself again, as when he declared that Cambridge police acted “stupidly” by arresting a black Harvard professor, Obama interrupted a relatively insignificant White House press event to answer an obviously planned-out question about Trayvon Martin with an even more obviously planned-out response about how if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.”

The president prefaced his fatherly comment with an awkwardly gratuitous observation that, as the head of the executive branch of government, he had to be careful not to intrude on the discretion of law enforcement officials.

And then he intruded anyway, dumping a pile of presidential jet fuel on an already incendiary situation. This, despite his declaration at the outset of his presidency that this is “not a black America or a white America.” Read More