Archive for May 15th, 2011

May 15, 2011

No bailout for horny IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, for sexual assault and attempted rape

[Angelique De Strange, Crime News Contributor]

Update: Wednesday 18th 2011 Strauss Kahn is reported to be on suicide watch in prison. European leaders are distancing themselves from him, with the German Chancellor saying outright that he should ‘consider his position’. However, his French friends in high places are alleging a set-up, but fresh sex charges are coming up thick and fast from other women who are claiming that he had taken copious advantage of them.

In the meantime in respect to his immediate plight, DNA tests are on the cards to prove positive and a consensual sex plea is being hinted by Strauss Kahn’s lawyers.  At the IMF,  fierce lobbying by ex British prime minister, Gordon Brown, has resulted in him being tipped to replace Strauss Kahn in a matter of days. An anonymous source reports that Mr. Brown has said: “I am looking forward to the challenge”.

Update: Monday 16th May 2011a handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared at an arraignment in New York and was declared a flight risk by the presiding judge. Accordingly, his bail application was refused and he is now being held in  jail pending his trial. 

Not a good day for Mr. Kahn as a new sex attack claim has now been started against him by a French woman who said that he had attacked her back in 2007. READ MORE…..

Sunday 15th May 2011 , Guardian.co.uk: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the current IMF head, is in another sex scandal, but this time it’s serious.  Today, the horny financier was arrested in New York’s JFK Airport and charged with brutally sexually assaulting and raping, or attempting to take serious advantage of a chambermaid in a posh £1850 per night New York hotel where he was a guest.

A visibly shaken Strauss-Kahn, who is 62, was frogmarched by plain-clothes police officers from the first-class cabin of an Air France aircraft waiting to take off to Paris. Later on Manhattan police formally arrested him and charged him with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.

New York Police said that the alleged attack took place at the Sofitel New York on West 44th Street, where the attacker, Strauss-Kahn was staying. His 32 year old victim, a chambermaid, said she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at around midday when the attack took place.

According to the police: “She told detectives he came out of the bathroom naked, ran down a hallway to the foyer where she was, pulled her into a bedroom and began to sexually assault her, according to her account. She pulled away from him and he dragged her down a hallway into the bathroom where he engaged in a criminal sexual act, according to her account to detectives. He tried to lock her into the hotel room.”

Strauss-Kahn had already departed the hotel in an apparent hurry by the time the police arrived as his  mobile phone and other personal items had been left behind.

New York state law prescribes that forcing oral sex is a criminal sexual act which is in the same class as attempted rape. The penalty for the offence is 15 to 20 year imprisonment. Unlawful imprisonment carries a sentence of between 3 and five years.

Times Online reports that back in 2008, Mr. Strauss-Khan had been involved again it a similar scandal. That time, Mario Blejer, a senior Argentine economist, said that Mr. Khan had seduced his wife, Piroska Nagy at the Davos international forum.  His complaints are being investigated by lawyers in Washington and the case is still ongoing.

Mr. Strauss-Khan did not deny the incident.  Mrs. Nagy, who had been employed in the Africa department of the IMF, left after the incident and is now employed in London at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which job, apparently, Mr. Strauss-Khan had used his influence to get for her.

May 15, 2011

Shock news – Greece on fringe of bankruptcy, IMF to inject a further EUR100 billion in bailout money

[Paul Letterhaur, European Union Politics Contributor]

EUObserver:  As Greece has indicated that it is unable to make the current bailout repayments, the IMF, as a last ditch measure, is going to inject another EUR100 billion into the country’s coffers to enable it to do so and also to stave off its bankruptcy.

Analysts are saying that Greece’s situation is a striking example that EU bailouts are not working and that EU/IMF austerity programs aimed at forcing baileout countries to drastically reduce public spending when more prosperous countries are increasing theirs, also are not working.

Greece’s position is grave. Last week the country experienced a major general strike against EU-IMF austerity programs which have brought the country to desolation. Police and demonstrators in the streets of 14 cities all over Greece, last Wednesday, were in battle mode with demonstrators throwing stones in retaliation against police tear gas and stun grenades.

Workers of all classes including teachers, stevedores, government administrators and medical professionals were on the streets and schools, public transport, hospital and airports were all affected, with some services stopping to function entirely.

The protests coincided with the government’s announcements of a EUR 26 billion cuts measure and massive tax increases coupled with government sell-offs to the tune of some EUR50 billion at a time of 15% unemployment in the country.  Greece is in chaos, that is sure, as government ministers, MPs are showing increasing disaffection with the EU/IMF program bailout/ austerity program which is proving to be Greece’s poisoned chalice par extraordinaire.

As if all that was not enough, the Greek Daily newspaper, Kathimerini has reported that the IMF, upon request of the government, is going to put in another round of bailout money – this time to the tune of some EUR 100 billion into Greece to save its debt to the Eurozone and its reported inability to meet its current bailout repayments.

Economists are saying that Greece’s position is untenable as it has reached a stage when only bankruptcy would be a feasible option. However, the EU is not keen for this to happen as Greece’s debts are spread over most European Union states and its bankruptcy would result in some of the countries which are its creditors collapsing as well.   In addition, Greece’s demise would surely end the Euro because of the collossal amount of debt which would would need to be absorbed by the European Central Bank.

My guess on futures? Greece will default on the bailout, go bankrupt, or leave the Eurozone within 12 months from now.

May 15, 2011

Papparazi Pippa fever finds Pippa in Madrid larking about with friends and new boyfriend

[Samantha Templeton-Brewster, Celebrities Contributor]

MailOnline:  Twenty seven year old Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton has been seen in Madrid with her bratpack girlfriends and what seems to be a new boyfriend, George Percy – an old flame.

The two (pictured above), looked quite happy doing some shopping together.

By the way, George is the son of one of the richest men in England – the Duke of Northumberland – way to go Pippa!

May 15, 2011

Two Earthquakes at M6 and M6.2 respectively shake Fukushima and Costa Rica on Friday 13th May 2011

[Daiwai Kumushi, Japan News Contributor]

United States Geological Survey reports around 17 category M5 earthquakes struck the world in the past few days with two of them at M6 in Japan’s Honshu region (area of Fukushima) and Costa Rica respectively – see the chart below for details.

M5-M6 category earthquakes are serious and can be viewed in context of the recent M6.3 earthquake which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand recently.  No damage, or injury reports from the events are available.

A list of M5/M6 earthquakes happening in the world in the past few days appears below as reported by USGS.

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