Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shares tumble across world as eurozone fears return

Stock markets around the world plummeted yesterday as the eurozone debt crisis came roaring back again and fresh doubts about the sustainability of the US recovery gripped investors.

The FTSE 100 Index of the UK's leading shares shed 2.24 per cent of its value, some £33bn, and Wall Street's Dow Jones Index fell 1.7 per cent. The German and French stock markets also sank dramatically, with the Dax closing down 2.5 per cent and Paris's CAC 40 slipping by 3.1 per cent.

Yesterday was the first day's trading in Europe since figures were released on Good Friday, showing that just 120,000 new jobs were created in the American economy in March. Equity investors also reacted with alarm to the fiscal situation in Spain, where the government is struggling to bring down the country's hefty budget deficit. The head of Spain's central bank warned that the country's fragile banks might need to raise still more capital if the slump continues. This sent Spanish 10-year borrowing rates briefly above 6 per cent at one stage, close to the levels that saw Greece, Ireland and Portugal forced to seek bailouts from the EU and the International Monetary Fund. Read More

China Copyrights Only Valid 3 months, Progress Or Decline?

George Zimmerman's Lawyers Quit



The special prosecutor investigating the controversial shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has said she will release important new information "within the next 72 hours".

The announcement comes as lawyers who represented George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead the unarmed black schoolboy, said they have lost contact with the 28-year-old.

Lawyer Craig Sonner said he had talked to Mr Zimmerman almost every day the last couple of months, but their firm had not heard from him since Easter Sunday.

"He's gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to," Mr Sonner said. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 11th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Northern Xinjiang, China at a depth of 31.7 km (19.7 miles), the quake hit at 01:21:18 UTC Wednesday 11th April 2012
The epicenter was 153 km (95 miles) ENE from Korla, Xinjiang, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTER ISLAND REGION - 11th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the Easter Island Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:34:13 UTC Wednesday 11th April 2012
The epicenter was 650 km (403 miles) WNW of Hanga Roa, Easter Island
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 31.7 km (19.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:16:16 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 185 km (114 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 35.7 km (22.2 miles), the quake hit at 22:45:14 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 150 km (93 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Russia is massing troops on Iran's northern border and waiting for a Western attack, according to Russian sources

The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.

Russian Security Council head Viktor Ozerov said that Russian General Military Headquarters has prepared an action plan in the event of an attack on Iran.

Dmitry Rogozin, who recently was the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, warned against an attack on Iran.

"Iran is our neighbor," Rogozin said. "If Iran is involved in any military action, it's a direct threat to our security." Rogozin now is the deputy Russian prime minister and is regarded as anti-Western. He oversees Russia's defense sector.

Russian Defense Ministry sources say that the Russian military doesn't believe that Israel has sufficient military assets to defeat Iranian defenses and further believes that U.S. military action will be necessary.

The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.

Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of "unpredictable consequences" in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region. more

Note: The Coming Crisis is following this situation closely, and may be issuing an alert at any time.

Four-year-old found with serious injuries in Frederick Street, Mansfield was STABBED

A four-year-old boy who was found injured in the street is believed to have been stabbed, police have said.

The youngster, who has not been named, was rushed to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham after he was found with serious injuries in Frederick Street, Mansfield, at about 1.30pm on Monday.

The boy's parents have been with him at the hospital, where he is conscious and stable.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the assault and will be questioned by officers, a spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said.

He added: "We believe this is an isolated incident and we do not think any other parties are involved. We will be interviewing the man in custody later today.

"Specialist support is being provided for the boy and his family, while house-to-house inquiries and a full forensic examination of a property in Frederick Street will be carried out today." Source
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Stranded Arabian Sea humpback whales dies

By A Staff Reporter — MUSCAT — The Environment Society of Oman (ESO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, reported the stranding of an Arabian Sea Humpback whale in Al Qurm, 50 km south of Al Ashkharah, two days ago.

It was stranded alive, and the locals tried to push it back to the sea but were not successful in saving the whale, the ESO said in a statement.

This is the first humpback whale that the ESO whale and dolphin research team has been able to get to in time to get a species sample. Another sighting of a humpback whale floating between Hasik and Shuwaymiyah came in on the same day. The cause of the stranding and death is unknown.

Her Highness Sayyida Tania al Said, President of the ESO commented: “The death of two Arabian sea humpback whales is of great concern, as it represents 2 per cent of the estimated population. “Our research project funded by Renaissance SAOG is ongoing and will help yield results that will help us protect the remaining whale population.” Source

Forest fire rages in North China

SHIJIAZHUANG - More than 2,000 people are struggling to put out a forest fire that has been raging on a mountain to the northeast of Beijing, local authorities said Tuesday.

Steep hills, strong winds and poor telecommunications have added difficulty to efforts to control the blaze, which started on a mountain in Chengde city, Hebei province, at about 1 pm Monday, according to a spokesman for provincial forest fire control authorities.

The cause of the fire remains unclear, he said.

Vice-provincial governor Shen Xiaoping has arrived at the site, less than 200 km away from Beijing, to oversee the operation. Source

Over 1000 families displaced in Cagayan flashflood, Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - About 1,200 families were displaced due to flash floods in the northern Philippine province of Cagayan, a senior government official said Tuesday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos said that flash floods occurred in Claveria and Sta. Praxedes towns following heavy rains during the past few days.

"A total of 31 out of 41 villages were inundated in Claveria, affecting 877 families. Ten villages were also inundated in Sta. Praxedes, affecting 338 families," he said.

Ramos said that erosion also occurred near seven houses in Bacsay village, Cataroan Norte town and about two hectares of irrigated rice and 22.5 hectares of vegetables were destroyed.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has already released relief assistance to the affected families, he said. Source

Cyclone kills seven in Tripura, India

AGARTALA, April 10 (IANS): At least seven people, including two children and an elderly man, were killed and over 30 injured as cyclonic storms accompanied by rains lashing several parts of Tripura since Friday left behind a trail of devastation, officials said here Tuesday.

"Two people at Mohanpur, a 72-year-old man at Bishalgarh in western Tripura, two young people including a girl in Amarpur and another middle aged man in Belonia in southern Tripura were killed in separate incidents of lightning since Saturday night," an official told reporters.

A six-year-old boy was electrocuted when live electrical wires snapped by the cyclonic storm struck him at Dharmanagar in northern Tripura.

Thirty more people, including women and children, were wounded in these incidents and have been shifted to government hospitals, the official said.

The pre-monsoon rains accompanied by strong winds and hailstorm, also damaged more than 1,000 houses and killed many head of cattle across Tripura during the past five days. Read More

H5N1 virus found on bird body in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - A carcass of an oriental magpie robin found in Hong Kong last week was confirmed to be H5N1-positive after a series of laboratory tests, the city government said in a statement on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said that the dead bird was found and collected near 19 Station Lane, Hung Hom, last Wednesday. The oriental magpie robin is a common resident bird in Hong Kong.

He added that the department will continue to conduct inspections of poultry farms to ensure that proper precautions against avian influenza have been implemented.

The spokesman reminded people to observe good personal hygiene. "They should avoid personal contact with wild birds or live poultry and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them," he said. Source

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma; 2 injured

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – At least two tornadoes have touched down and hail the size of softballs pounded northwestern Oklahoma, injuring two people and damaging a county jail and numerous vehicles.

The National Weather Service says one tornado was spotted about 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Another tornado was spotted east of Sharon.
In Woodward, hail up to 4.25 inches broke vehicle windows and damaged roofs.
Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says an infant was cut by glass when hail knocked out windows in its parents' vehicle. Lehenbauer says he didn't believe the baby was seriously hurt. Read More

Food poisoning: Over 150 villagers ill in Jewar, India

JEWAR (GREATER NOIDA): More than 150 people, including women and children, were taken ill due to suspected food poisoning after eating at a 'shraddh' ceremony at Chiroli village near Jewar on Monday. District authorities said the food served for lunch might have caused the food poisoning. An investigation has been ordered into the matter.

Gautam Budh Nagar chief development officer, Pawan Kumar, said that most villagers started vomiting and complained of stomachache and headache after the ceremony. A few ailing villagers have been admitted to local nursing homes and hospitals in Jewar, Bulandshahr and Greater Noida. Some victims were administered first aid and allowed to go, district administration officials said.

Even though the administration has put the number of ill between 100 and 150, local residents say that the count could be well over 300. Read More

39 survive plane crash in Tanzania

Thirty-five passengers and four crew members aboard a Dash 8-300 aircraft belonging to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) escaped death yesterday when the plane skidded off the run way at Kigoma airport while taking-off for Dar es Salaam via Tabora.

However, aviation officials confirmed that the accident, which occurred in the morning, seriously damaged the plane, the only aircraft belonging to the national flag carriers. The acting Kigoma regional police commander, Mr Kihenya Kihenya, said the plane skidded off the run way after it failed to take-off when its tyres stuck in muddy potholes.

The deputy minister for Transport, Mr Athuman Mfutakamba, told a press conference that no one was hurt. Speaking on telephone from the western Lake Tanganyika shore town of Kigoma, the regional commissioner, Lt. Col. (rtd) Issa Machibya, said when he received information about the accident he rushed to the airport. Read More

Bo Xilai's Wife 'Linked To Neil Heywood's Murder', (Reported on the Coming Crisis 28th March 2012)

The wife of a disgraced senior Communist Party figure once tipped as a future leader has been named as a suspect over the murder of a British man killed in China.

State media is reporting Chinese police have reopened the investigation into the death of Neil Heywood after finding evidence implicating Bo Xilai's wife, Gu Kailai.

In revelations likely to reshape leadership succession plans, Mr Bo has now been banished from the party's Central Committee and its Politburo, effectively ending the career of China's most controversial politician.

The official Xinhua news agency confirmed his wife had been implicated in the death of businessman Mr Heywood, who was found dead in a hotel room in Chongqing last November. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines at a depth of 51.1 km (31.8 miles), the quake hit at 16:44:49 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 69 km (42 miles) Southwest of Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF JAPAN - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the Sea of Japan at a depth of 374.3 km (232.6 miles), the quake hit at 16:36:13 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 202 km (125 miles) Northwest of Kanazawa, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 357.2 km (222 miles), the quake hit at 13:42:03 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 137 km (85 miles) SSE of Tsu, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA, INDONESIA - 10th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at a depth of 51.3 km (31.9 miles), the quake hit at 13:00:41 UTC Tuesday 10th April 2012
The epicenter was 199 km (123 miles) SSE of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Rick Santorum Pulls Out Of Presidential Race

US Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has pulled out of the race for the White House, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to become the nominee.

Mr Santorum is holding a press conference in his home state of Pennsylvania.

It comes just two weeks before the Republican presidential primary in the state, where Mr Santorum faced a tough fight against the front runner.

The conservative former senator has been lagging Mr Romney in opinion polls and in the fight for the 1,144 party delegates needed to win the nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.

More follows...

Flights rerouted to avoid North Korea rocket

Asian airlines said they will divert planes from the intended flight path of North Korea's rocket as shipping in the area was warned on Tuesday to beware of falling debris.

Japan's two largest carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said they will alter the route of flights between Tokyo and Southeast Asian cities including Manila, Jakarta and Singapore during the planned rocket launch window.

Philippine Airlines said it "plans to reroute some of its flights in view of the possible effects on a portion of Philippine territory of the satellite launch of North Korea within the month."

The moves came as Philippine air control authorities declared a no fly zone in airspace where North Korea's rocket was projected to pass, a Japanese transport ministry official told AFP.

"The Japanese side are also preparing to issue a 'notice to airmen' that warns them not to enter a no fly zone set by the Philippine authorities," he said.

"These no fly zone-related notices should apply to all international carriers," he added.

The re-routing comes as North Korea ramps up its preparations for what it says is a peaceful satellite launch, but what Japan and its Western allies claim is a disguised missile test. more

Teenage Girl in Fatal Fall from 17th Floor Flat on Mulgrave Road in Woolwich during Police Raid

A teenager has died after plunging from a 17th-floor flat during a police raid in southeast London.

Police say the 18-year-old woman fell from the bedroom window of the tower block in Woolwich at 9.30am.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were at the Mulgrave Road home to carry out an arrest.

A man was taken into custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) has also been called in to investigate.

More to follow

Hospital in battery bungle

A Melbourne mum has told how her intuition may have saved her little girl from brain damage.

Four-year-old Shaylee Wilson loves playtime, but a game of hide and seek with a battery could have killed her when she decided to stick it up her nose.

Shaylee's mum Brooke told 7News: "We'd put her to bed and she'd said nothing, and later on about 40 minutes after we'd put her down she started complaining about it."

It didn't take long to realise something was very wrong with her little girl.
"We woke up and she had gunk coming out of her nose," Brooke explained.

"It smelt pretty bad and did not look too good at all, so I raced her to the doctors who said to take her to hospital."

Doctors at Casey Hospital assumed it was gravel stuck up her nose, and said they couldn't book her in for the necessary procedure to get it out for five days.

"They say you've got a mother's instinct and you do," Brooke said. "If you know there's something wrong with your child, there's something wrong." Read More

Zimbabwe's Mugabe "well, on holiday" as Officials Dismiss Reports of Him Dying

(Reuters) - Zimbabwean officials on Tuesday dismissed reports that President Robert Mugabe was seriously ill in Singapore, saying he was well and on holiday there with his family, and was expected to return home this week.

Two senior officials from Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, who declined to be named, said a website report about the 88-year-old leader battling for his life in a Singapore hospital, which was widely repeated by some international media, was not true.

"The president is well and away on a private holiday to help his daughter prepare for post-graduate studies, but we are expecting him home this week," said one of the officials.

"But some sick and malicious people are spreading false stories about him being seriously ill while others are saying he is dead or dying out there," he added.

The two officials confirmed Mugabe was in Singapore but declined to divulge any further details about his trip. Read More