Archive for April, 2011

April 30, 2011

Two hundred and thirty nine earthquakes struck the world today with most intense (M4-M6) in Japan and South America

[Edwin Crowel, Natural Disaster Contributor]

According to the US Geological Survey, two hundred and thirty nine earthquakes shook the world on Saturday 30th April 2011.

The most intense of them, between M4 and M6 – indicated in blue on the picture, struck Japan, the Pacific area, the USA and South America. No tsunamis, or damage reports have yet been made.

Earthquake in Japan

In the past few days, Japan was struck by more than 12 earthquakes at intensity M4-M5. Most occurred in proximity of the Fukushima prefecture. The area, and Japan in particular are notoriously unstable parts of the world for earthquakes which strike on more, or less, a daily basis – some earthquakes being more intense than others.

Analysts are commenting that having regard to Japan’s geological instability, it was a supreme act of recklessness for the nuclear facility in Fukushima with its known vulnerabilities to this kind of natural disaster, to have ever been commissioned.

April 30, 2011

Bristol in flames over Tesco

[Paul Goddaddie, Courts & Legal Affairs Contributor]

MailOnline: reports that the British city of Bristol is up in arms about the monopolizing antics of the Tesco stores company. It seems that residents are angry that the proliferation of the company’s shops all over the city is stifling local competition and amounts to an oppressive monopoly.

A peaceful protest this Friday by more than 400 people turned nasty as scuffles broke out with police. Two men were arrested and charged with public order offences and more than 15 are in police custody. Bottles, stones and roof tiles were thrown at the police by protesters and some officers were injured.

April 30, 2011

President of Yemen promptly executes 12 protestors after promise of immunity for war crimes by European Union

[Timothy Wills, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

EU Observer: From the ‘poisoned chalice’ of the sanctioning of the deployment of cancer-causing depleted uranium ordinance in Libya in support of the rebels, to the endorsement of a plan proposed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (‘GCC‘) to give the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, immunity from prosecution for war crimes, the EU’s bumbling diplomacy is proving to be a disaster in the Middle East.

A glaring recent example, is that  shortly after the endorsement by the EU of the immunity plan for the Yemeni president, whose forces have taken more than 100 lives since the conflicts began, his forces promptly shot 12 protestors and injured more than 100.  Notwithstanding, the EU has said that the deaths do not change its position. However, international human rights groups are saying that the deal for the Yemeni president will be a bad example for other world dictators.

Under the GCC plan, Saleh will enjoy total immunity from any prosecution for wrongdoings if he goes in 30 days, arranges new presidential elections two months thereafter and arranges for more power to be given to opposition activists in a newly formed national unity government.

April 30, 2011

Twister sisters in USA’s southeast take 300 lives and devastate region

[Peter Kinsley, Natural Disaster News Contributor]

Huffington Post: The tornadoes that wreaked havoc across southeast USA last week have caused the USA’s ‘deadliest twister disaster in nearly 40 years’.

The twisters took close to three hundred lives and turned vast, densely populated territories in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina states into disaster zones.

Joshua Wurman, one of the world’s leading weather disaster experts and president of the Center for Severe Weather Research is reported to have said: “In my career I have never seen this many tornadoes or this many fatalities”.

April 2011 has broken all previous records so far: six hundred tornadoes of different magnitude have swept over the planet, thrice the amount of the so far windiest April of 1974 which brought 267 twisters. The surge is so great that scientists are wondering whether climate change might be the reason.

A 2008 report from the U.S. Global Change and Research Program, a federal inter-agency project under the supervision of  the White House, found that increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could lead to an increase in severe storm conditions that make tornadoes possible. However, opinions vary  whether climate change is the culprit behind the USA’s current extreme weather conditions.

According to Howard Bluestein, meteorology professor at Oklahoma University. “This is something that happens every 10 or 20 years when everything comes together like this. This is just natural variability.”

April 29, 2011

Royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is a big hit!

[Paula Riggs, Royal Wedding Contributor]

The marriage today of the British royal,  Prince William and Kate Middleton has become a world-wide sensation attracting more than 2 billion TV viewers. The couple will be married at Westminster Abbey in the company of a packed audience of celebrities from all over the world.

Attendees at the ceremony include the Beckhams and Sir Elton John. Sadly, there were no invitations for ex prime ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

April 29, 2011

Transgendered women attacked for using a ladies’ toilet at a McDonalds in Baltimore, USA

[Alice Warrington, Sex & Relationships News Contributor]

ABC News:  When a transgendered woman, Chrissy Lee Polis, used the woman’s toilet in a Baltimore-area McDonald’s on April 18th, she was subjected to a severe beating by two women in the fast-food restaurant, Teonna Monae Brown, 18 and her accomplice, a fourteen year old girl.  Both are now facing hate crime and assault charges.

A video showing the attack has since gone viral on the Internet. It was shot by a McDonald’s employee (now sacked), who could be heard laughing in the background and who had warned the attackers to leave as the police was on their way.

Ms. Polis said: “They started ripping my hair, throwing me on the floor, kicking me in my face…..everybody sat there in that McDonald’s and watched me get hurt. And nobody did nothing at all. Nobody.”

Eventually, a woman customer had come to Ms. Polis’ aid as she appeared to suffer an epileptic seizure at one point during the attack.

April 28, 2011

Bradley Manning guilty, even before trial, according to a shocking declaration by President Obama

[Joe O ‘Brian, War on Terror Contributor]

In a video now going viral on YouTube, President Obama says that Bradley Manning, the US soldier being detained for alleged involvement in the Wikileaks disclosures, is guilty even before his trial.

There is widespread concern in the legal community in the USA now, that this utterance by the president, will make it impossible for Mr. Manning to be brought before a military tribunal and as a result, he is likely to spend the rest of his life as a ‘detainee’.

Mr. Manning’s supporters are saying that he should be declared a ‘patriot’ and not a spy as his alleged disclosures appear to have been for the benefit of the people of the USA to educate them on the misdeeds of their own government and no Wikileaks files concerning Mr. Manning it seems, had ever been released to any enemy of the USA.

April 28, 2011

Wikipedia in trouble as it defies UK High Court privacy injunctions

[James Trou, Wikipedia News Contributor]

MailOnline: Wikipedia has published details of four UK celebrities hiding their private details which include sex scandals although they had been protected by UK privacy ‘super injunctions‘.

Wikipedia are said to be embarrassed over the exposures and are reportedly ‘scrambling’ to remove the postings made by users. It has since pledged to lock the profile pages to prevent such occurrences.

Even though the site is based in the USA, a UK privacy injunction as an order of a UK court can be enforced in any US court under judgment recognition protocols between the US and UK, so if the postings continue, Wiki is likely to end up in hot water with the UK legal system which would involve criminal proceedings.

Although the postings have been removed, their details are still appearing on the site’s history pages.  Wikipedia, has over 400 million readers.

The privacy orders include:-

  • THE FOOTBALLER: a UK married footballer who had a sexual escapade lasting over 6 months with Big Brother‘s Imogen Thomas.
  • THE ACTOR: a famous actor who had a raunchy affair with Helen Wood, the same prostitute that  the celebrity sportsman, Wayne Rooney enjoyed recently;
  • TV STAR I: a married celebrity who has been shown in photos in intimate situations with a woman;
  • TV STAR II: a celebrity who is preventing his ex-wife from saying that she slept with him after he remarried.
April 28, 2011

For ‘rocking’ Japan, its business as usual as 7 earthquakes at M4.4 to M5.8 strike in the past two days

[Jana Tinaki, Earthquake Japan Contributor]

The US Geological Survey reports that the following earthquakes struck Japan over the past two days. No damage, or Tsunami has been reported.

In the preceding Easter holiday weekend, Japan had been struck by not less than 9 earthquakes of the same magnitude.

MAG     UTC DATE-TIME          LAT          LON          DEPTH    REGION

4.6     2011/04/28 14:04:41        37.237     142.658      30.4       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.8     2011/04/28 09:27:48        37.492     141.652      48.9       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/28 01:44:46        38.663     141.789      35.8       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/28 00:02:25        36.787     142.501      34.1       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.1     2011/04/27 21:45:03        38.170     141.778      53.3       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.1     2011/04/27 21:42:50        36.738     142.685      31.9       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/27 16:03:29        26.685     143.680      10.0       BONIN ISLANDS

April 27, 2011

Japan is heaving as nine M4 – M5 earthquakes strike over the easter holiday weekend

[John Goldman, Natural Disaster News Contributor]

By all accounts, it would seem that Japan is the unsafest place in the world for any nuclear facility as according to the United States Geological Survey, not less than 9 earthquakes at M4 to M5 struck it over the bank holiday weekend.

Earthquakes off the East coast of Honshu (116 km north east of Fukushima)

M4.6

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 18:03:28 UTC
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 04:03:28 AM at epicenterDepth: 37.50 km (23.30 mi)

M4.6

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 16:02:07 UTC
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 02:02:07 AM at epicenter
Depth: 35.00 km (21.75 mi)0

M4.6

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 15:58:57 UTC
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 01:58:57 AM at epicenter
Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

M4.6

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:26:54 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 09:26:54 PM at epicenter
Depth: 54.60 km (33.93 mi)

M5.0

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:12:00 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 09:12:00 PM at epicenter
Depth: 51.70 km (32.12 mi)

M4.9

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:03:04 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 08:03:04 PM at epicenter
Depth: 20.40 km (12.68 mi)

M4.9

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 04:01:52 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 01:01:52 PM at epicenter
Depth: 34.90 km (21.69 mi)

Earthquake in Hokkaido, (823 km from Fukushima)

M 4.8

Monday, April 25, 2011 23:26:34 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 08:26:34 AM at epicenter
Depth: 61.70 km (38.34 mi)[Japan News Contributor]