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Salmond spends £400k on London visitor centre... but no one turns up!

It was billed by First Minister Alex Salmond as Scotland’s London ‘embassy’, aimed at attracting foreign investment into the country.

But the exclusive Pall Mall club hired by the Scottish National Party for the duration of the Games was largely empty yesterday.

Mr Salmond was widely condemned for spending £400,000 of taxpayers’ money hiring the Army and Navy Club – described by critics as a ‘vanity project’.

Ministers had hoped to create a ‘hive of activity’, attracting masses of foreign interest in Scottish industries – but the venue’s lavish conference suites and hosting rooms were mostly unoccupied. Read More

Car Bombs Kill 19 in Iraqi Capital

BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Twin car bombs exploded in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people, and security forces fought off an attack inside a police station by two suicide bombers trying to free jailed insurgents.

The assaults underscored the seriousness of Iraq’s struggle with insurgents more than seven months after the last American troops left a country still grappling with political instability and sectarian tensions.

Clouds of dark smoke rose above the center of the capital where the car bombs exploded minutes apart, leaving the dead and wounded lying in the street or slumped inside a damaged minibus, witnesses and police officers said. Read More

Delhi power back after huge Indian power cut

The electricity supply to India's capital, Delhi, has been largely restored after a two-day blackout across much of the country.

More than 600 million people across India were affected by the power cut after three power grids collapsed, one for a second consecutive day.

Transport networks ground to a halt with hundreds of trains stranded and water supplies interrupted.

Full power is not expected to resume until some time on Wednesday.

The breakdowns in the northern, eastern, and north-eastern grids affected at least 20 of India's 28 states.

In Delhi, Metro services were halted and staff evacuated trains. Many traffic lights in the city failed, leading to massive traffic jams.

Other areas affected included Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in the north, and West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand in the east.

In eastern India, around 200 miners were trapped underground as lifts failed, but officials later said they had all been rescued. Read More

Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles-report

(Reuters) - Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute.

NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence.

Indications are that the U.S. government, which has said it opposes arming the rebels, is not responsible for the delivery of the missiles.

But some U.S. government sources have been saying for weeks that Arab governments seeking to oust Assad, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been pressing for such missiles, also known as MANPADs, for man-portable air-defense systems, to be supplied to the rebels.

In recent days, air operations against the rebels by Syrian government forces appear to have been stepped up, particularly around the contested city of Aleppo, making the rebels' need for MANPADs more urgent. Read More

Syrian Rebels 'Execute UNARMED Pro-Regime Militia'...These are the People that should be in Charge?

Graphic new footage has emerged that it is claimed shows rebel soldiers in Syria lining up and shooting dead pro-government milita members.

The two-minute video seems to show members of the Shabiha, a militia group aligned to President Bashar al Assad's regime, being killed. They appear to be unarmed.

Sky News is unable to verify the images independently.

The person who posted the video online says it shows rebel soldiers leading members of the militia down a street in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and the scene of intense fighting between government forces and the opposition.

Some of the captives appear to have been beaten or are wounded. The men are forced to sit down by a wall as a crowd gathers. Many of the men are armed.

Another member of the crowd appears to try to prevent it being filmed.

After a minute of continuous shooting, the dead bodies of the men who had been lined up against the wall can clearly be seen. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 1st August 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA at a depth of 37 km (23 miles), the quake hit at 00:20:36 UTC Wednesday 1st August 2012
The epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) West of Tomohon, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE OREGON - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE OREGON at a depth of 21.9 km (13.6 miles), the quake hit at 23:53:11 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 30 km (18.6 miles) Southwest from Gold Beach, Oregon
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck EASTERN TURKEY at a depth of 5.2 km (3.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:12:14 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 37 km (23 miles) NNW from Van, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 33.2 km (20.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:34:42 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 41 km (25 miles) Southwest of Santiago, Peru
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Many Mysteries of Barrack Hussein Obama: Fact or Fiction?

Deadly Seal Virus is a MUTATED BIRD FLU VIRUS and Poses Threat To Humans

Seal flu could pose a new threat to human health, scientists have warned.

A new flu virus identified in American harbour seals has the potential to pass to other mammals, including humans, say experts.

The H3N8 strain was discovered after the death of 162 New England harbour seals last year.

Post-mortem examinations of five of the animals showed they were killed by a flu infection.

The strain is closely related to one that has been circulating in North American birds since 2002.

But unlike the bird strain, it has adapted to living in mammals. It has also evolved mutations known to ease transmission and cause more severe symptoms.

Specifically, the virus has the ability to target a protein found in human lungs.

Dr Anne Moscona, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, who led the researchers, said: "There is a concern that we have a new mammalian-transmissible virus to which humans haven't been exposed yet.

"It's a combination we haven't seen in disease before."

The warning is published in the online journal of the American Society For Microbiology, mBio. Read More

Angel Carromero a Spanish politician charged in dissident's Oswaldo Paya car-crash death, Cuban media says

Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- A Spanish politician is facing a charge of vehicular homicide for the car crash that killed prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, Cuba's state press said Tuesday.

Angel Carromero could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. He is accused of speeding and then losing control of a car that he, Paya, Swedish politician Jans Aron Modig and Cuban dissident Harold Cepero were traveling in.

Paya and Cepero were killed when the car struck a tree Sunday near Las Gavinas, Cuba.

The men had been traveling across the island to meet some of Paya's supporters in Santiago de Cuba when the crash occurred. The Cuban government said the crash was the result of a single-car accident.

Paya had tried for decades to change Cuba's single-party system of government. He delivered thousands of signatures in an unsuccessful attempt to force a national referendum and was a constant critic of the Cuban government. But Paya also had called for reconciliation between the polarized extremes that dominate the debate over Cuba's future.

Following Paya's death, his family immediately accused Cuban authorities of foul play and said they had received information that another vehicle had forced the car Paya was in off the road. Read More

Prisoners are being held by Syrian rebels inside a school, accused of being members of a pro-government militia

Taiwan prepares for typhoon Saola

Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photographer, was abducted on the Turkish-Syrian border last week

Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photographer, was abducted on the Turkish-Syrian border last week. He says he was captured by a "jihadi group" consisting of about 100 fighters who said they were fighting a "holy war" in Syria. He say the fighters were not Syrian but from "Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, even the UK".

Oerlemans said he and his captured colleague, British photographer John Cantlie, were freed after what appeared to be the Free Syrian Army intervened.

Syrian Struggles: Life on edge amid security nightmare

Sweden rejects offer to meet Assange, whistleblower still in sanctuary

Radicals Rising: Right-wing winds blow as crisis hits Germany

Syrian Rebels 'Execute UNARMED pro-government militia members'

Graphic new footage has emerged of what it is claimed is rebel soldiers in Syria executing pro-government milita members.

The two-minute video seems to show Shabiha fighters, who are an armed militia group aligned to President Bashar al Assad's regime, being killed.

The men appear to be unarmed.

Sky News is unable to verify the images independently.

The person who posted the video online says it shows rebel soldiers leading members of the militia down a street in Aleppo.

It is Syria's largest city and the scene of intense fighting between government forces and the opposition.

Some of the captives appear to have been beaten or are wounded.

The men are forced to sit down by a wall as a crowd gathers. Many of the men are armed.

Another member of the crowd appears to try to prevent it being filmed.

After a minute of continuous shooting, the dead bodies of the men who had been lined up against the wall can clearly be seen. Source

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:16:39 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 97 km (60.1 miles) East of Saryg-sep, Siberia, Russia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bird flu 'has jumped to baby seals'

(CNN) -- A new strain of avian flu that jumped from birds to mammals is responsible for the death of more than 160 seals off the New England coast last year, scientists announced Tuesday.

The virus could theoretically pose a threat to human health, they said.

Harbor seals -- most of them babies less than 6 months old -- began appearing with severe pneumonia and skin lesions in September of last year, the researchers said.

Over the next few months, at least 162 dead seals were recovered along the coast from Maine to Massachusetts, they said.

Testing pointed at a new strain of the H3N8 flu virus being called seal H3N8.

"When initial tests revealed an avian influenza virus, we asked the obvious question: How did this virus jump from birds to seals?" lead researcher Simon Anthony of Columbia University said.

The virus developed the ability to attack mammalian respiratory tracts, scientists learned. Read More

Japan sees China's army as a growing risk

(Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday flagged the Chinese army's growing role in shaping the country's foreign policy as a security risk, saying a sense of caution exists across East Asia about Beijing's apparent military expansion in the region.

In its annual defense white paper, Tokyo said some believe that relations between the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Communist Party leadership were "getting complex" and said this was a matter of concern.

There is a possibility that the degree of military influence on foreign policy decisions has been changing, the paper said, without elaborating.

"This situation calls for attention as a risk management issue," it added.

The report comes out at a time when China's senior officers, intelligence advisers and maritime agency chiefs have been increasingly outspoken in calling for Beijing to take a tougher line in regional territorial disputes with rival claimants.

In referring to those disputes, which include a long-simmering row with Japan in the East China Sea, Tokyo's views echoed the findings of a 2011 paper which welcomed China's growing role on the world stage while noting its increasingly aggressive moves. Read More

Scot Swept Away While Tubing In Canada

Police in Canada are searching for a Briton believed to have been swept to his death over waterfalls in British Columbia in an incident in which two others died.

The 50-year-old man from Scotland, who has not been named, is thought to have tumbled over a set of falls on the Kettle River near Grand Forks.

The bodies of a local couple in their 70s, who were sharing a small inflatable dinghy, have been recovered from the water.

They have been identified by the British Columbia Coroners Service as Ronald Legare, 74, and his wife Jacqueline Jean Legare, 71, according to CBC News.

A search for the Scot is ongoing but local police say he is presumed to have drowned following the incident on Saturday.

Police believe the three were in a family group of around 13 people. It is thought they were tubing along the river and were swept away after missing the safe place to stop.

The Scottish man's 16-year-old son apparently swam to the shore and raced along the river bank in a bid to catch his father before they disappeared. Read More

George Osborne's flagship initiative for boosting lending to small businesses is to be quietly sidelined

I can exclusively reveal that the Treasury is preparing to wind down the National Loan Guarantee Scheme (NLGS) - or "credit easing" as it was widely dubbed - less than six months after its launch.

Treasury officials have told banks in recent days that the NLGS will be effectively abandoned because it is to be superseded by the "funding-for-lending" scheme that officially launches tomorrow and which could channel as much as £80bn of new lending to households and businesses.

"The scheme is not being formally axed, but it is reasonable to expect that banks will not deem it sensible to continue accessing it," a Whitehall official told me. Read More

2.9 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake has struck OKLAHOMA at a depth of 2.9 km (1.8 miles), the quake hit at 16:03:39 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 4 km (2.4 miles) WNW of Prague, Oklahoma
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 33 km (20.4 miles), the quake hit at 14:43:40 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 136 km (84.3 miles) South of Ambulu, Java, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the revenge: Syria and Iran take out Saudi Arabia's Intelligence Chief after bomb attack in Damascus

Disquiet in Washington, Jerusalem and a row of Middle East capitals is gaining ground the longer the Saudi government stays silent on the reports of the assassination of the newly-appointed Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, purportedly in a revenge operation by a Syrian intelligence death squad. If true, it would shoot a devastating tentacle out from the Syrian conflict to the broader region.

It is widely feared that Saudi rulers are too traumatized to respond by the fear of Iranian penetration of the highest and most closely guarded circles of Saudi government, possibly climaxing in Bandar’s assassination.

The unconfirmed reports of his death attribute its motive to revenge by Iran and Syria for the bomb explosion five days earlier in Damascus which killed four of Bashar Assad’s top managers of his war on the uprising against his regime.

The prince, son of the late crown prince Sultan, has not been seen in public since Saudi General Intelligence headquarters in Riyadh was hit by a bomb blast Monday, July 23 killing his deputy, Mashaal al-Qarni. more

Ellie 999 Call HOAX That Sparked Hunt In Leeds

Police say they have spoken to two 10-year-old girls from Bridlington following a 999 call that sparked a frantic search in Leeds.

Police in West Yorkshire said they have spoken to two 10-year-old girls from Bridlington following a hoax 999 call.

A girl, who gave her name as Ellie, called the ambulance service claiming her mum had fallen at their home in Leeds.

She said she was three years old and that her mother is called Stacey Hall.

She also told the 999 operator that her house number was 23 and had "Court" in the street name.

But West Yorkshire Police later revealed the emergency appeal was a hoax and that two 10-year-old girls were being "spoken to" after the mobile call was traced to Bridlington in East Yorkshire.

The call was made at 10.53am yesterday but despite extensive enquiries police were unable to identify where it came from.

During the call, which lasted 33 minutes, "Ellie" told the operator she was nearly four years old and that her mum had fallen over and would not get up. Read More

State of Emergency declared due to drought‎ in Oklahoma

Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to the drought conditions in Oklahoma. All 77 counties in the Sooner State are included in the State of Emergency.

KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City also reported on July 30 that the State of Emergency allows state agency to make emergency purchases related to the drought. The State of Emergency lasts for 30 days and can be changed due to the current conditions.

There have been several wildfires in Oklahoma in the past few days. These wildfires contributed to Governor Fallen’s decision to declare a State of Emergency for Oklahoma. Some of the wildfires are still burning. Read More

John Campion Attacked by Great White Shark on Back Beach, near Streaky Bay, Australia

Image: A man is cared by after being bitten by a shark on Back Beach, near Streaky Bay. Picture: Jeff Schmucker Source: AdelaideNow

JOHN Campion had surfed the West Coast waters for years, but yesterday he was lucky to make it out alive after being attacked by a great white shark.

Mr Campion, 48, was mauled while surfing with his daughter and friends near Streaky Bay, on the SA West Coast, about 2.40pm.

He suffered injuries to his upper body and right arm but they are not life threatening.

Mr Campion, of Sceale Bay, 30km south of Streaky Bay, had to be dragged from the water and carried about 600m along Back Beach to reach an ambulance, before being flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Local Jeff Schmucker was shooting photos of Mr Campion and about 15 others when the attack occurred.

"I was shooting three surfers in the water ... and every time a set came in I'd snap a couple of photos, but then those guys just disappeared," he said.

When Mr Schmucker got further along the beach someone shouted that there had been a shark attack so he called emergency services.

"He had lacerations on his wetsuit from his hip to his shoulder on his right side," he said. "The guys ... said they thought his injuries were possibly life threatening so I ran back up to call the police back.

"The guys were quite worried for him (but) by the time he was going into the ambulance he was breathing strongly and looking rejuvenated and he was conscious." Read More

Two children die, 435 people admitted to Kolkata hospital with food poisoning, India

Kolkata: Two children have died and over 400 hospitalised after eating food at an iftaar party in North 24 Parganas district, Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya said today.

The condition of five of 435 other patients was critical at the ID Hospital at Beliaghata locality, Bhattacharya told PTI.

She said a large number of people fell ill after eating 'Ghugni' (made of pulses), prepared at a community kitchen, for an iftaar party on Monday at Bankra area in North Dum Dum in the neighbouring North 24 Parganas district.

All the victims were taken to the ID hospital where two children, a six-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy died.

A medical team has been sent to Bankra, the minister said. Source

2 dead, 26 missing in Xinjiang mudslide, China

Rescuers carry out an on-site assistance after the mudslide occurred at an iron ore mine in the township of Araltobe in Xinyuan County, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, July 31, 2012.

The mud and debris buried 28 people, two were reported dead and 26 others missing, the local government said. Photo: Xinhua

Two people died and 26 others have been reported missing after a mudslide hit Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Tuesday morning, the local government said.

The mudslide occurred at an iron ore mine in the township of Araltobe, Xinyuan County, Kazak Autonomous Prefecture of Ili, said a spokesman with the prefecture's fire brigade, adding that the brigade received an emergency call at around 1 am.

The mud and debris buried 28 people, initially identified as 22 mine workers and six local residents, said the spokesman.

The bodies of two victims have been recovered from the debris, which covers an area about 500 meters long, 60 meters wide and five to six meters deep, he said.

More than 50 rescuers are searching for the missing people. Source

Tornado in Colorado mountains is 2nd highest on record

A twister that touched down in Colorado's high-country on Saturday is estimated to be the second-highest tornado ever recorded in the U.S. by the National Weather Service.

There were four different reported sightings of the high-altitude hit the northeast side of Mount Evans — a prominent mountain located about 60 miles west of Denver. The National Weather Service estimates the tornado's touched down at about 11,900 feet in elevation.

Bob Glancy, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, Colo., told NBC News that this tornado above the treeline is "not unheard of," but "just unusual." Most tornadoes in high terrain are weak, he said.

For the last two decades, Colorado has averaged 50 tornadoes a year. But Glancy said the "vast majority" occur on the plains east of Interstate 25.

Colorado Springs resident Josh Deere told The Denver Post he saw the funnel as he was driving with his family to the top of Mount Evans. Read More

Bee swarm attacks dogs, killing one‎

PHOENIX - Aggressive bees swarmed a Phoenix neighborhood in the area of 69th Ave and Thomas Monday.

By the time firefighters got there, the bees had already stung a couple of dogs, and sadly one did not survive.

Firefighters found a large hive underneath a shed in a neighbor's backyard.

They were able to rescue a dog, but witnesses say the dog was whimpering, it was crying, and that a cloud of bees surrounded it.

"My husband was back there and I saw him running and I went out there and there was a bunch of bees outside my patio," says Ignacia Arredondo.

A swarm of aggressive bees attacked at least three dogs Monday morning. Ignacia Arredondo's black lab was stung a few times, but managed to escape.

"There was bees everywhere they were flying everywhere," says neighbor Jovanny Dominguez.

"I saw people running out but the bees followed them," says Tre Graves.

Neighbors took cover indoors, and Arredondo called 911. When firefighters arrived on scene they located the hive in her backyard.

"There is still a good swarm back there but they're dispersing at this time," says Jason Rideout, Phoenix Fire Department. Read More

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'Rabbit fever' confirmed in northern Arizona

PHOENIX - Authorities say tularemia has been found among wild rabbits in the Dewey area of northern Arizona.

Commonly known as ``rabbit fever,'' tularemia is caused by a germ carried by animals- especially rodents, rabbits and hares.

It can be passed to domestic creatures and humans.

Yavapai County health officials say there haven't been any human cases this year in Arizona.

But they say people should watch for symptoms such as sudden fever, headaches, diarrhea, muscle soreness, joint pain, progressive weakness, dry cough and pneumonia.

The illness is treatable and symptoms vary depending on the person.

The Arizona Republic says about 120 human cases of tularemia are reported each year in the United States, mostly in Western and south-central states. Read More

Don't touch European banks with a barge pole

July 31 - Profit at several large European banks tumble, putting the troubled financial sector under even greater strain. Trade financials if you want, but don't invest in them, says CMC Market's Michael Hewson

Two More suspected Ebola deaths reported in Uganda, Including a Child

(Reuters) - Two more people, including a child, are suspected to have died of the Ebola virus while 11 more have been put in isolation in western Uganda where the deadly haemorrhagic fever was first confirmed last Friday, health workers said on Tuesday.

So far 14 people have died of the disease and Ugandan officials fear a repeat of an outbreak in 2000, the most devastating to date, when 425 people were infected, more than half of whom died.

Dan Kyamanywa, health officer for Kibaale district where the outbreak had started, told Reuters by telephone that villagers had called medical officials on Tuesday to report that two more people had died, including a 5-year old boy.

Kyamanywa said the latest deaths also occurred in Kibaale, about 170 km (100 miles) west of the capital, and near the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus first emerged in 1976, taking its name from the Ebola River. Read More

Syrian rebels say Aleppo theirs "within days"

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels aim to push towards central Aleppo, capturing the country's biggest city within days despite being outgunned by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a local rebel commander said.

Colonel Abdel-Jabbar al-Oqaidi, who defected from the Syrian army six months ago, told Reuters government troops had tried for three days to capture the south-western Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddine, and Assad's soldiers were increasingly demoralized.

The fight for Syria's second city has become the focus of the 16-month-old rebellion against Assad, with rebel fighters confronting government forces backed by artillery and helicopter gunships.

"We don't have goals for the coming months. We have goals for the coming days. Within days, God willing, Aleppo will be liberated," said Oqaidi, dressed in green camouflage uniform at an Aleppo school which has been turned into a rebel base. Read More

Dewani 'Needs A Year' Before Extradition

A businessman accused of arranging the honeymoon murder of his new bride needs up to a year to recover from stress and depression before he will be fit to be extradited, a court has heard.

Shrien Dewani's lawyer said he was still mentally unfit to be sent to South Africa where he is to stand trial for the contract killing of his wife, Anni.

Clare Montgomery QC said the case hung over Dewani "like the Sword of Damocles", but he was a suicide risk and not well enough to plead to charges of murder, robbery and obstructing justice.

She said he needed "a period of calm".

South African police said Dewani hired three local men to kill Anni, 28, during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November, 2010. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEPAL - 31st July 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NEPAL at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles), the quake hit at 11:58:36 UTC Tuesday 31st July 2012
The epicenter was 56 km (34.7 miles) Southeast of Jumla, Nepal
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'Ellie' 999 Call: Yorkshire Police Try to Trace 3-year-old who Called 999 to Help Mum

Police have launched an urgent appeal to trace a little girl who called the ambulance service to say her mum had fallen and was not moving at their home in Leeds.

The girl, who gave her name as Ellie, said she was three years old and that her mum is called Stacey Hall. She said her house number was 23 and had "Court" in the street name. She said her grandparents lived in Bridlington.

She made the 999 call at 10.53am yesterday but despite extensive enquiries since then the police have been unable to identify where the call came from.

Anyone who thinks they know who Ellie and her mum Stacey Hall are and where they live is asked to urgently call the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 0800 056 0944.

Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law

Debate has been raging in the Twittersphere about whether Dorset police overreacted by arresting a 17-year-old in the early hours "on suspicion of malicious communications".

The police were responding to a tweet sent by a Twitter user which quoted the Twitter name of the Olympic diver Tom Daley, who missed out on a medal yesterday. The tweet told Daley: "you let your dad down i hope you know that".

Daley's father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

What has surprised some people is that it is only four days since another Twitter user, Paul Chambers, was cleared of sending a menacing communication, an offence under the Communications Act 2003. The lord chief justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges ruled that the message, sent in frustration when Chambers found his local airport closed because of bad weather, was not intended to be menacing. Crucially, though, the high court decided that the use of Twitter is covered by the 2003 act. If the message had been menacing, the court would not have overturned Chambers' conviction.

The Twitter user who wrote about Daley is apparently being questioned under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. This makes it an offence to send an electronic communication which conveys a message that is grossly offensive, but only if the sender's purpose is to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or anyone else to whom he intends to communicate it. The maximum penalty is six months' imprisonment or a fine of £5,000. Read More

NOTE: The Police seem to have no problem finding a person who left a comment on twitter within Hours, but can't locate a poor 3 year old girl who spoke to 999 for 40 MINUTES about her mother being unresponsive at her home

....Anyone else see a Problem with this?

Antinuclear protestors march through Tokyo, surround Diet building

Tens of thousands of angry citizens from all walks of life marched through Tokyo and surrounded the Diet building under scorching heat on July 29, demanding the government scrap its decision to reactivate nuclear reactors and break its dependence on nuclear power once and for all.

The mass antinuclear rally, organized by the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes, which has urged ordinary citizens to gather in front of the Prime Minister's Office every Friday to protest against nuclear power, kicked off at Hibiya Park at around 3:30 p.m. The demonstrators then marched in central Tokyo where government offices are concentrated to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, and the Diet building.

Chanting antinuclear slogans such as "Stop nuclear power!" and "We oppose the reactivation of nuclear reactors," the demonstrators, including children, housewives and elderly people, filled about 1.3 kilometers of streets surrounding the Diet building at 7 p.m. Read More

Construction of tsunami defenses delayed at Hamaoka nuke plant

NAGOYA -- Chubu Electric Power Co. announced July 30 that construction of tsunami defenses at its suspended Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture will be delayed by a year, pushing the completion date back to December 2013.

The rescheduling is the result of unforeseen difficulties in installation work, including the installation of emergency power equipment. The total cost of construction is expected to remain unchanged at about 14 billion yen.

"Reactivation (of reactors at the plant) will be delayed because of this, and it will be quite tough on finances," the utility's president, Akihisa Mizuno, told a news conference.

After construction is completed, the utility hopes to win understanding from local bodies and other related parties in restarting reactors at the plant. However, as a result of the setback, the schedule for restarting the reactors remains in doubt. Read More