Thursday, April 19, 2012

Qatada could be Backon the streets in weeks after botched bid to kick him out....Think it's is time for a New Home Secretary

Hate cleric Abu Qatada could be back on the streets within weeks as the row over botched efforts to deport him continued to rage.

An immigration judge said he would reconsider bail if the fanatic’s removal from Britain was not ‘imminent’.

The ruling was a further blow to embattled Home Secretary Theresa May as she continued to insist there had been no blunder by her officials over Qatada’s case.

Facing down her critics in the Commons, Mrs May accepted she would take ‘full responsibility’ for any mistakes. She said: ‘This is not a question of what officials have done. I take full responsibility.’

Backbench Tory MPs demanded Britain’s withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights. Read More

Kirsty Sowden advertised herself as 'bondage princess', had sex session with stranger... and then cried rape

A John Lewis sales assistant has been jailed for crying rape after becoming embarrassed by a sadomasochistic sex session she arranged with a stranger.

Kirsty Sowden, 21, met the man she would go on to accuse of attacking her after advertising herself on a website for no-strings-attached encounters.

Although she was trying for a baby with her boyfriend at the time, she visited Andrew Boarer’s home and voluntarily participated in a sex session that involved her wearing a leather dog lead and being spanked.

Shortly after leaving the flat in Maidstone, Kent, however, she became racked by guilt and called police claiming she had been raped. She said a balding stranger in his 40s had raped her in a park after grabbing her arm as she left a gym in nearby Gravesend.

Sowden, met her victim online after advertising herself as a 'BDSM princess' - standing for Bondage, Domination and Sadomasochism - on a no-strings attached website.

Police eventually untangled the dominatrix’s web of lies and charged her with perverting the course of justice. The investigation had already cost nearly £14,000 and wasted a staggering 376 hours of police time. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 20th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 44.3 km (27.5 miles), the quake hit at 03:31:46 UTC Friday 20th April 2012
The epicenter was 74 km (46 miles) NNW of Al `Amarah, Iraq
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Neil Heywood a Spy? Old Harrovian 'passed information on Chinese power couple to MI6'

The mystery of the Old Harrovian murdered in China took an intriguing twist last night when MPs demanded to know if he was a spy.

They called on Foreign Secretary William Hague to come clean about whether Neil Heywood tipped off MI6 about his secretive activities as an adviser to a disgraced Chinese power broker.

The Daily Mail has been told that Mr Heywood passed information to MI6 as an ‘agent of influence’, though officials insist he was not on the Secret Intelligence Service payroll.

The Chinese authorities are investigating whether Mr Heywood, 41, was poisoned with cyanide last November after falling out with Bo Xilai, who was ousted as the Communist boss of the city of Chongqing.

Officials in China told the Mail Mr Heywood died after helping Mr Bo and his wife Gu Kailai, with whom the Briton is alleged to have had an affair, funnel £1billion of Chinese state assets into foreign bank accounts.

Mrs Gu is suspected of murdering the British businessman after he demanded a larger cut of the cash and threatened to expose the money trail.

Mr Heywood also worked with the secretive Mayfair business intelligence firm Hakluyt, which was founded by two retired M16 officers and also employs a number of former MI6 officers. Read More

Lagarde Urges Britain To Boost IMF Funds......Again!



Christine Lagarde has issued a personal appeal to George Osborne to provide extra funds for the International Monetary Fund.

The Fund's managing director, who warned that there were "dark clouds on the horizon" for the world economy, said "it is in their interests" that Britain provides extra bail-out cash.

In an interview with Sky News, she said that she had now raised $320bn of the $400bn extra resources she wants to bolster the Fund by, but added: "We have more [funds] in the pipeline. They will be announced in the coming days and I hope that by the end of the spring meeting that we have reached critical mass."

She added that it was "in [Britain's] interests" to provide more resources for the fund. Read More

F1 Bahrain Protests cause Concern: Should if be Canceled? or Are we Suddenly fine with one Government inflicting Violence on Unarmed People

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain should be cancelled because of continuing anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

"I don't think British drivers should go and I don't think F1 should go ahead in Bahrain," the Labour MP said.

"Although it should be a matter for the sport to decide rather than for the Government and I don't think the Government should take the final decision, I do think ministers can express an opinion.

"That opinion should be very clear - it should not go ahead. It would send the wrong signal."

Practice runs for the race are due to begin this morning following a night of violence in the capital, Manama.

Anti-government activists hurled petrol bombs at security forces who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Yesterday, some members of the British-based Force India race team flew home after they were caught up in a petrol bomb attack. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 20th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 45.5 km (28.3 miles), the quake hit at 03:05:47 UTC Friday 20th April 2012
The epicenter was 89 km (56 miles) North of Al `Amarah, Iraq
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 20th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 01:48:38 UTC Friday 20th April 2012
The epicenter was 72 km (43.8 miles) Northwest of Al `Amarah, Iraq
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 20th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 34.2 km (21.3 miles), the quake hit at 01:21:10 UTC Friday 20th April 2012
The epicenter was 74 km (45 miles) North of Al `Amarah, Iraq
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 20th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Guerrero, Mexico at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 00:06:48 UTC Friday 20th April 2012
The epicenter was 147 km (91 miles) ESE of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 19th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Central Peru at a depth of 122.7 km (76.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:02:46 UTC Thursday 19th April 2012
The epicenter was 161 km (100 miles) SSE of Cusco (Cuzco), Peru
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN TURKEY - 19th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Western Turkey at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles), the quake hit at 19:52:42 UTC Thursday 19th April 2012
The epicenter was 12 km (7.4 miles) Northwest of Pazarlar, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bollywood actress Meenakshi Thapar has reportedly been kidnapped and beheaded by two fellow actors

A young Bollywood star, Meenakshi Thapar, has allegedly been kidnapped and beheaded by two fellow actors.

The 26-year-old actress met Amit Jaiswal and his lover Preeti Surin on the set of her latest film, 'Heroine', The Daily Telegraph reports.

It was there that Jaiswal and Surin heard of her family's wealth, and allegedly hatched a plot to kidnap her.

The duo are said to have invited Thapar to a small town on the Nepalese border, where they took her hostage and demanded 1.5 million Rupees (£18,000) from her parents, and threatened to force her into pornography if they were not paid.

Although Thapar's parents are thought to have transferred some money to their daughter's captors, the young star was killed soon after. Read More

Sandstorm strikes Baghdad

April 19 - Traffic in Baghdad slows down and many Iraqis are hospitalized as a sandstorm grips the city.

Ron Fouchier the bird flu virologist is on Time list of 100 most influential..... But then Again So is Bashar Assad and Kim Jong Un

The Dutch virologist at the centre of the row over a mutant bird flu virus is included in the latest Time Magazine ranking of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Ron Fouchier is a professor at Rotterdam's Erasmus teaching hospital where he led research to develop a highly infectious strain of the bird flu virus H5N1 on behalf of a US health institute.

H5N1 rarely transfers from animal to human, but if it does, the infection is often fatal. Foucher was asked to find out if H5N1 could lead to a pandemic and was able to show that a couple of mutations in the virus dna changed it into an extremely virulent form.

There is an ongoing dispute about whether the research should be published. The Dutch government has slapped an export ban on the research because of fears it could end up in the wrong hands. Read More

FAO to probe resurgence of H5N1 virus in Tripura, India

AGARTALA: Reports of repeated resurgence of pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Tripura have prompted the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to send a five-member specialist team to the state on Wednesday to investigate the matter.

According to official records, as many as 13 lakh poultry have either died or been culled in the past four years in Tripura. The poultry industry has received a setback due to frequent outbreaks of avian flu and the state has incurred an estimated loss of Rs 25 crore over the years.

More than 10,000 poultry farmers and nine state-owned companies, including the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), have borne the brunt of the outbreaks.

Animal resource development minister Aghore Debbarma said that the state government had requested FAO to investigate the reasons of frequent occurrence of bird flu in government-run companies over the past three years. Read More

H5N1 Cases Confirmed in China

China's Northwestern Ningxia Hui autonomous region has reported an outbreak of the highly epidemic H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture announced.

More than 23,000 chickens at several farms in a village of Touying town in the city of Guyuan in Ningxia showed symptoms of suspected avian flu Friday and the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed the epidemic was a H5N1 bird flu case after testing samples collected at those sites.

The body said in a statement that a total of 95,000 chickens have been culled after the H5N1 bird flu case was confirmed.

The epidemic is under control now as a team was dispatched to the quarantined area to guide epidemic prevention. Source

Beached whale died of old age, experts believe‎

COCOA BEACH — A 10-foot long male pigmy sperm whale that beached Wednesday near 11th Street South appears to be the victim of heart disease.

Officials with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute found no signs of trauma, just hallmarks of old age.

“We didn’t find anything grossly abnormal,” said Teresa Mazza, a research assistant at Hubbs who performed the field examination of the whale.

A small crowd gathered as Mazza carved out samples of the animal’s organ tissue. Those will be used to test for toxic metals, pathogens and signs of disease.

City officials brought in a backhoe to bury the whale in a hole about eight feet deep. Read More

Puffer fish meals kill 4, Including 2 Children

One of the most poisonous creatures of the sea, puffer fish, has claimed the lives of four more persons in two provinces early this week, indicating a continuing lack of awareness among people about the dangers of eating the fish, locally known as “butete.”

In the island town of Jomalig, Quezon, two children are dead and nine men were hospitalized on Wednesday after eating puffer fish for lunch, according to police.

In Sagay City, Negros Occidental, two fishermen are dead and eight of their neighbors were rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after eating the same fish.

Chief Insp. Elmar Beltran Sillador, head of the Quezon police public information office, identified the dead in Jomalig as siblings Noriel Roldan, 2, and Julie Ann, 3, residents of Barangay Apad in the town.

Sillador, quoting a town police report, said the victims and nine other members of the family ate puffer fish cooked in coconut milk for lunch.

Neighbors rushed the two children to the town health center where they died while undergoing treatment.

Despite its being toxic, puffer fish dishes, properly rid of its poisonous substance, are popular among coastal villagers. Read More

Dead fish could attract predators, South Africa

The recent discovery of scores of dead fish in the vicinity of Durban’s uShaka/South Beach has raised concern that careless dumping of undersize fish and by-catches might attract sharks to nearby bathing beaches.

Spear fishermen Carl Stow and Selwyn Rautenbach found dead, undersized shad lying on the sea bed near the backline last week.

How the fish died remained a mystery, but fish researchers speculated that these might have been discarded by seine netters or ski-boat fishermen.

Durban spear fisherman Rory O’Connor said he was concerned that the presence of dead fish or fish blood so close to the shore could attract sharks and predator species to nearby bathing beaches.

He was also concerned that the presence of large shoals of fish struggling to escape from seine nets could also lure sharks. Read More

Dead fish in Pakistan lake raise fears over drinking water

Karachi Some unknown poisonous element Wednesday killed thousands of fish and other species at the Kenjhar Lake, one of the largest freshwater sources that supplies 70 per cent of drinking water to Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan.

The onslaught of fish, cows, and dogs which drank the water, was seen early yesterday morning. Even the seashells, which are found in the bed of the lake died and lifelessly floated on the lake surface and the shore, wildlife official and witnesses said.

"What I can see is that in the area of more than three kilometres all the living things in water have died including fish, other species and water plants," said Ghulam Rasool Khatri, the World Wildlife Fund representative in the Thatta district some 125 kilometres east of Karachi.
The lake, also known as Kalri Lake, is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan with extensive reedbeds and flowering plants of lotus. The lake breeds a diverse range of flora and fauna and a wide variety of waterfowl, thus it is a wildlife sanctuary. Source

México's Popocatépetl volcano: Ash and Rock Half-Mile Into the Sky

Mexico City – México's Popocatépetl volcano has spewed super-heated rock fragments into the sky and officials worry that this is a sign of more serious eruptions to come.

The volcano southeast of México City has sent giant plumes of ash and water vapor into the air, which may trigger fallouts of gritty, abrasive volcanic ash that can ruin car engines and block drains.

The National Disaster Prevention Center said in a report Thursday that ash may fall on the eastern flank of the peak, away from the Mexican capital.

The volcano has dusted towns on its flanks with spouted ash or vapor about 15 times over the last 24 hours.

But unlike recent days, the ash has not spread to neighboring cities.

Civil defense radio dispatcher Dulce Maria Casquera says the volcano alert level remains high, but no evacuations are planned at present.

Authorities this week raised the alert level due to increasing activity at the 17,886-foot peak. Its most violent eruption in 1,200 years occurred on Dec. 18, 2000. Read More

David Lilienfeld Killed By Great White shark while paddling off South African beach where National Geographic TV crew were filming

A surfer died today after he was attacked by a Great White shark in South Africa.

David Lilienfeld, 20, was body boarding in the Indian Ocean at around midday when the 16ft beast struck.

Witnesses watched in horror from the beach as Mr Lilienfeld was dragged underwater by the deadly predator in the sea at Koeel Bay east of Cape Town.

And soon after the fatal attack, the spotlight fell on a National Geographic documentary crew who were accused of risking public safety by luring sharks in close to the shore for filming.

NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon confirmed Mr Lilienfeld's body was found on rocks on the shore and said his severed right leg had yet to be recovered.

He also confirmed that the surfer had been in the water alongside his brother, who witnessed the attack.

He said: 'The deceased man sustained complete amputation of his right leg, below the hip, while body boarding with his brother and friends and he was rescued from the water by his brother, friends and bystanders. Read More

Unresponsive Plane Crashes in Gulf of Mexico

A twin-engine aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico after the pilot was unresponsive for nearly three hours as radar tracked the plane flying aimlessly in loops.

The FAA lost radio contact with the Cessna 421 before 9 a.m. ET. It was circling at approximately 28,000 feet. Fully loaded, the plane was carrying about 3.5 hours worth of fuel. Only the pilot was thought to be on board.

The plane took off from Slidell, La., and was en route to Sarasota, Fla., according to a flight plan. Somewhere between the two points, it began flying in circles.

Officials at NORAD confirmed that the air defense agency has launched two F-15 fighter aircraft to intercept the general aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico.

NORAD spokesman John Cornelio said the fighter jets made contact visual with the aircraft over the Gulf around 8:45 a.m. They monitored the situation providing overhead cover.

"We are monitoring the flight pattern and the aircraft remains unresponsive," said Cornelio before the crash. Read More

James Sullivan Elementary School in Wissinoming Evacuated following the presence of Unidentified fumes

A Fire Department Hazmat Unit has not been able to identify the source of fumes that prompted officials to evacuate the James Sullivan Elementary School in Wissinoming this morning and declared the building safe after testing found nothing toxic in the air, the commander at the scene reported.

No students or teachers required medical treatment because of the fumes, said Fire Department Executive Chief Richard Davison.

The school at 5300 Ditmas Street was turned back to School District control for ventilation, the scene commander reported at 11:15 a.m.

The K-5 school’s 500 students and staff members were relocated by bus to the Warren G. Harding School a few blocks away. Read More

Food Poisoning Strikes 250 Inmates at Michigan Jail

About 250 inmates being held at the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, MI suffering with food poisoning symptoms since Sunday still do not know for certain what ails them.

None required hospitalization and all are said to be recovering.

The illnesses among the inmates began on Sunday, when Undersheriff Jon Hess says the jail served a taco-type meal that included a "chicken product." Hess said the meat was cooked at the proper temperature in a kettle, and then kept warm in a steamer.

Because the steamer was not keeping the meat warm enough, a pizza oven was substituted. Later Sunday afternoon, inmates said the meat did not smell or taste right. The jail feeds 1,000 inmates for every meal. Read More