Archive for March 15th, 2011

March 15, 2011

“Friday” has over 5 million hits on Youtube

[Music & Song Contributor]

With more than 5,650,114 hits in record time, Rebecca Black’s “Friday”  video is a YouTube sensation.  The song’s lyrics are belted out in rap style and itself is a bewildering array of contradictions that should deny it any popularity. But popular it is – check it out and see. The video producer is Ark Music Factory, a Los Angeles company focussing on developing child stars in quick time. It was started in February by Patrice Wilson and Clarence Jey who are veteran producers.

March 15, 2011

Japan – third nuclear power plant explodes, town disappears, meltdown in process

Third nuclear explosion in four days – meltdown in process as rods are exposed

Huffington Post reports that another explosion has occurred at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early today. The incident is the third explosion to happen at the plant in a four-day period. The explosions appear to be happening because the authorities are unable to cool down the nuclear plants which were damaged by the recent earthquake.

More explosions are feared as all six plants appear likely to suffer the same fate as the exploding three so far.  Although radiation leakage is being played down by the authorities, evacuation procedures have begun and external parties are reading extraordinary levels of radioactivity in the atmosphere surrounding the plants and further afield.

Whilst the plant operators are trying to contain further deterioration of the plants, experts are warning the meltdown is more or less certain which will practically destroy Japan as a country and have catastrophic effects on the whole world due to the resultant radiation being pumped into the atmosphere from the disaster.

Town disappears

The town of Saito has disappeared – 250 people and 100 houses are simply not there anymore as a result of the savage onslaught of the tsunami that took the country apart.  In neighbouring coastal town, hundreds of bodies litter the coast and deeper inland rescuers continue to fight to extract people from fallen buildings and debris.

Millions in crisis

The earthquake and tsunami have severely damaged Japan’s infrastructure with the result that millions are without food and electricity. Some just wander the streets looking for help, whilst many huddle up in emergency centers frightened that any exposure to the outside world will bring them new dangers from imminent aftershock earthquakes and radiation poisoning.

[Natural Disasters Contributor]

March 15, 2011

G.O.N Emanuel, distinguished Dominica ex-Chief Magistrate under attack

Dominica Central Newspaper makes a poignant tribute to this active 85 year old Dominican – a distinguised UK and Caribbean lawyer, ex-judge and Chief Magistrate of Dominica and WW2 Royal Navy veteran.

Unfortunately, GON Emanuel is now under attack in his own country, by whom-no-else than the very powers that be.  A recent attack was made on his life (no comment from the PM whose attorney was his ex-law firm partner and who he is claiming stole over 6M ECD from his firm).

It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds, many leading Dominicans are worried about law and order on the island and widespread civil unrest if the current government does not come clean over its involvement in the affair. Many are saying the PM Skerritt should resign now and hand the investigation of this case which is sure to involve widespread government corruption to international law enforcement agencies. GON’s nephew, Dr. Edward Lestrade, himself a lawyer, is taking a keen interest in developments and has offered assistance to Mr. Emanuel.

[Dominica Contributor]