Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More than 2,000 students face deportation after Government revokes university's right to admit foreigners

More than 2,000 students could face deportation from Britain after the Government stripped a university’s right to admit and sponsor foreigners.

London Metropolitan University has had its Highly Trusted Status (HTS) for sponsoring international students revoked and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas, according to the institution's website.

The move could mean more than 2,000 students being deported within 60 days unless they can find another sponsor, according to the National Union of Students.

The university's HTS status was suspended last month while the UK Border Agency (UKBA) examined alleged failings.

A statement posted on the university's website tonight read: ‘The implications of the revocation are hugely significant and far-reaching, and the university has already started to deal with these. Read More

Weak politicians are wrecking our hopes of recovery: Growth plans just hot air, says business chief

Britain’s ailing economy has been crippled by ‘professional politicians’ and ‘self-serving’ Whitehall officials who have failed to kick-start growth, according to a leading figure in business.

John Longworth, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, lambasted the Government’s ‘scandalous’ opposition to a third runway at Heathrow, a raft of ‘utterly mad’ green taxes and an infrastructure plan full of ‘hot air’.

In a scathing interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Longworth gave ministers three out of ten for delivering on the economy and blamed a lack of bold leadership in government and inertia in the civil service for holding back the recovery.

He called for urgent action to stimulate growth – including the creation of a business bank and investment in road and rail – and warned that Britain could be stripped of its coveted AAA credit rating if the slump is not reversed. Read More

Three diggers killed in Afghanistan

Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said three soldiers had been killed in the incident around 10.30pm on Wednesday but he did not have full details.

"Three Australian solders have been killed as a result of a green on blue incident and two have been injured," he told the ABC.

"It's a very dreadful tragedy. My sympathy goes to the families of those brave men who have lost their lives."

The latest deaths would take the Australian death toll in Afghanistan to 36 since 2002.

Defence will still not confirm how many soldiers have been killed. Read More

Isaac Downgraded, Still Batters Gulf with Wind and Downpours

Man in Afghan army uniform kills 3 NATO soldiers in S. Afghanistan

KABUL, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- A man wearing a uniform of Afghan National Army (ANA) shot dead three NATO soldiers in southern Afghanistan Wednesday, the coalition confirmed Thursday morning.

The Wednesday's attack is the latest in the so-called "green- on-blue" insider attacks when members of Afghan army, police or gunmen in their uniform turned their weapons against foreign partners, leaving casualties.

"An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing three." the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement.

"The incident is currently under investigation." the ISAF statement said, without disclosing the nationalities of the victims under the ISAF policy. Read More

Assad: West's Buffer Zone Is 'Not Practical'

Syria's President Bashar al Assad has said that talk of a Western-imposed buffer zone on Syrian territory is "not practical", adding that more time is needed to win the conflict against rebels trying to overthrow the regime.

Mr Assad spoke in an interview with Syria's Addounia television, excerpts of which were broadcast on Wednesday.

"I believe that talk about a buffer zone is not practical, even for those countries which are playing a hostile role (against Syria)," Mr Assad said.

Neighbouring Turkey has floated the idea of a buffer zone to be set up for civilians under foreign protection as the fighting intensifies in the 17-month-old uprising against Mr Assad's rule.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has urged the United Nations to care for displaced Syrians inside their own country instead of letting them flood into Turkey.

"We expect the United Nations to engage on the topic of protecting refugees inside Syria and if possible sheltering them in camps there," Mr Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

Ankara fears a repeat of the flight of half a million Iraqi Kurds into Turkey after the 1991 Gulf War. Read More

'Racists' Kicked Out Of Republican Convention

Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention in Florida after they allegedly threw nuts at a black camera operator and subjected her to racist abuse.

Several people witnesses the exchange at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday, before security and police removed the two people from the building.

The two threw nuts at the CNN worker and said: "This is how we feed animals."

A statement from the RNC said: "Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behaviour. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated." Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 30th August 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 100 km (62 miles), the quake hit at 03:01:22 UTC Thursday 30th August 2012
The epicenter was 12 km (7.4 miles) West of Campoverde, Peru
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

LA: Nine Kids Hurt As Driver, 100, Mounts Curb

Nine children have been injured after a 100-year-old man drove his car onto a pavement outside a school in south Los Angeles.

LA fire Captain Jaime Moore said four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived but were stabilised and are now in a serious condition at a hospital.

Capt Moore said some of the victims were trapped under the blue Cadillac before witnesses helped pull them out.

Two adults were also injured in the incident.

Police identified the driver as Preston Carter. Investigators are interviewing him and have said he is being cooperative. Source

Richard Millet: French writer says Anders Breivik was 'what Norway deserves’ (due a festering hatred for social democracy across Europe)

Richard Millet, a respected French writer and editor, has sparked controversy for his comments on Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass killer, whom he described as “without doubt what Norway deserves”.

Mr Millet, who says he has read all 1,500 pages of Breivik’s online manifesto, insists that he does not approve of the Norwegian gunman’s crimes.

However, he praised Breivik’s writing and cry of hatred for social democracy, immigration and multiculturalism.

“Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserves,” wrote Millet in an 18-page pamphlet.

He is “as much a child of a broken family as of an ideological and racial fracture caused by immigration from outside Europe over the last 20 years,” added Mr Millet, who has edited several award-winning books in France.

His writing about Breivik has sparked consternation in the literary circles, with one author Annie Ernaux calling the text “a politically dangerous act”. more

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (And how he stole from Americans, crushed American business, and made others pay for it)

The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything. He's a flip-flopper, they say, a lightweight, a cardboard opportunist who'll say anything to get elected.

The critics couldn't be more wrong. Mitt Romney is no tissue-paper man. He's closer to being a revolutionary, a backward-world version of Che or Trotsky, with tweezed nostrils instead of a beard, a half-Windsor instead of a leather jerkin. His legendary flip-flops aren't the lies of a bumbling opportunist – they're the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-consuming goal. Romney has a vision, and he's trying for something big: We've just been too slow to sort out what it is, just as we've been slow to grasp the roots of the radical economic changes that have swept the country in the last generation.

The incredible untold story of the 2012 election so far is that Romney's run has been a shimmering pearl of perfect political hypocrisy, which he's somehow managed to keep hidden, even with thousands of cameras following his every move. And the drama of this rhetorical high-wire act was ratcheted up even further when Romney chose his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – like himself, a self-righteously anal, thin-lipped, Whitest Kids U Know penny pincher who'd be honored to tell Oliver Twist there's no more soup left. By selecting Ryan, Romney, the hard-charging, chameleonic champion of a disgraced-yet-defiant Wall Street, officially succeeded in moving the battle lines in the 2012 presidential race. more

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Bird flu scare in North 24-Parganas, govt on alert‎, India

A team of Animal Resource and Husbandry Department (ARD) on Wednesday visited Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas to collect blood samples of dead chickens as reports of widespread deaths of poultry were reported from the area, triggering fear of an outbreak of bird flu.

In the last 22 days, around 50,000 chickens have reportedly died in the four blocks of Swarupnagar — Baduria, Kakrasuti, Lakshmikantapur and Nayabandh.

“I am closely monitoring the situation and the blood samples have been sent to Belgachia government laboratory for test,” said Chief Medical Officer (Health) of North 24-Parganas Susanta Kumar Sil.

ARD Minister Noor -E- Alam Chowdhury urged people not to panic and said the government is prepared to tackle any outbreak of bird flu. “Yes, birds have died, but there can be a number of reasons behind it. We are prepared to tackle any such outbreak,” he said.

Senior officials said if the blood samples of the dead birds are found positive of Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) then it would be sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation. Positive result from Pune lab would lead to beginning of culling operation within three days. Rapid response teams will be formed to carry out surveillance of bird deaths, said an official. Read More

Explosion rips through gas station in eastern Cuba, injuring 31

HAVANA — An explosion ripped through a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago, injuring 31 people, including five seriously, Cuban state media reported Wednesday.

The blast happened Tuesday evening when the driver of a government-operated truck struck a gas tank, which tipped over and spilled its contents, the Sierra Maestra newspaper said on its website.

“Even as firefighters urgently tried to contain the spill, specialists agree that among a group of people nearby, a spark originated that ignited the spill and the fire extended to the tanks, causing the explosion,” Sierra Maestra said.

State television broadcast images of a completely charred gas station, but the blaze was extinguished before it could spread to other buildings. Read More

Bubonic plague Case Reported in Southern Colorado

In the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in Colorado since 2006, an Archuleta County resident has tested positive for the disease, The Durango Herald reported.

The last human case in Archuleta County, which borders on New Mexico, was in 1998, The Herald said.

It is believed that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground northwest of Pagosa Springs, but the investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from the San Juan Basin Health Department.

The gender and age of the victim were not released, the paper reported.

In 2006, Colorado had four cases of plague, all in La Plata County, Joe Fowler, a disease-control nurse with the San Juan Basin Health Department, told The Herald. Read More

Austerity hits 'Italy's Dubai'

Travesty of Justice: 'No chance Gaddafi son gets fair trial in Libya'

New World Disorder: CrossTalk

Poverty back in Europe

Where's panic button? We're being robbed!

'US becoming increasingly isolated'

Bolivian Police Seize 2 Tons of Uranium

After declaring that authorities had arrested four men in connection with trafficking uranium in La Paz, Bolivian authorities are backing off the claim that the material found inside nylon bags may be the alleged radioactive material.

Bolivian Government Minister Carlos Romero said late Tuesday that the Bolivian Institute of Nuclear Technology is conducting a study on the material to determine its composition.

“There is the possible existence of uranium in the screening solids, but it deserves research and scientific expertise,” Romero said, according to the Bolivian daily Los Tiempos.

Romero also tried to assuage fears of people in the neighborhood where the material was found – which includes a number of embassies – that there was no risk of a radioactive blast. Read More

Salvador Earthquake destroys 45000 endangered sea turtle eggs

SAN SALVADOR — Wildlife authorities say a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday destroyed more than 45,000 endangered sea turtle eggs on the coast of El Salvador.

The director of the turtle conservation program for the El Salvador Zoological Foundation says the 7.4-magnitude undersea quake sent at least three waves at least 30 feet high up the beach and destroyed thousands of nests and just-hatched turtles. It also washed up on about 150 people collecting eggs in order to protect them in special pens hundreds of feet up the beach. The waves injured three.

Program director Emilio Leon said that in the last year and a half the foundation has successfully hatched and released 700,000 turtles from four species at risk of extinction. Source